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Elementary News

A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - December 4, 2020

Dear Black River Families,

Thank you for your patience as we await more information regarding what school may look like after the 8th of December.  We will keep you posted with developments as soon as we have more information!

With appreciation,

Shannon Brunink, Head of School

A Message from Our Reading Specialist / Title 1 Director, Fran Oelsen - December 3, 2020

Dear Parents,

This year getting ready for our children to go back to school looked very different from years past. One important item that may have been rescheduled or cancelled and now missed is an updated eye exam for your student.

One in four children, it turns out, has subpar eyesight, while a whopping 60 percent of “problem learners” have trouble seeing. If you can’t see well, you won’t read well, and that makes school extra hard. 

I shared these statistics with the parents whose children are my students. The students who did have eye exams ALL needed glasses, and what a positive difference it made in our lessons.

So please parents, if your child(ren) has not had a thorough eye exam recently, I strongly encourage you to schedule one for them.

Thank you,

Fran Olesen, Reading Specialist / Title 1 Director

School Board Meeting

The December 14, 2020 board meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, December 7, 2020 at 5:30pm via Zoom webinar. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or iPhone one-tap : 

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Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

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Webinar ID: 845 9930 9216

    International numbers available:

Individuals requiring special accommodation to attend this meeting or with questions should call the school office at 616-355-0055 at least three days prior to this meeting.

Middle/High School Final Exam Update from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - November 30, 2020

Dear Black River Middle School and High School Families,

As you all know, this year has been incredibly challenging for everyone.  Because of this, we at BR would like to make a change to support our students both academically and in their mental health.  For this semester, our middle and high school students will not be taking final exams to end the semester.  Instead of these traditional exams, teachers will continue to work with their students on their important assignments so that our students might have even more support during a time when they most need it. 

Through the end of this semester, teachers will be accepting late assignments so that our students who need this extra support can do this important work that they may have missed.  This time will also offer them the opportunity to show that they understand the material through these assignments, rather than through an exam.  For students who are all caught up in their work, teachers will be offering interesting extensions of learning for them so the learning does not stop!  Your student will be getting more information from their teachers very soon.

While this pandemic has been terribly difficult, we are hopeful that this extra support and grace will allow all of our students to get the help and support that they need.


Shannon Brunink, Head of School


Shop the BR Scholastic Online Book Fair Now through Monday, December 7

Share the JOY of READING by shopping our Scholastic Online Book Fair!

Now through Monday, December 7, Black River friends and families can shop a huge selection of books from Scholastic and Black River will receive 25% of your total purchase to shop for books for our BR Classrooms!

Orders will be shipped directly to your home before the holidays and book orders over $25 ship free!

Click here to order

Thank you for supporting BR!


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Remote Learning Update

Remote learning for grades 6-12 begins today, November 18.  K-5 students will begin remote learning on Monday, November 23.  In person learning is planned to resume on Wednesday, December 9 for all grades.

The remote schedule for 6-12 will mimic the same schedule from the first nine weeks of school.  Click HERE for more information.

As a reminder, Tuesday, November 24 is a half day so there will be no scheduled meetings after 11:00am.  There is no school for K-12 from Wednesday, November 25-Friday, November 27.

Free Curbside Meal Pickup

During the remote learning period scheduled to go through at least December 8th, 2020 Black River will continue with Monday meal pickups. Students may sign up to pick up 5 FREE breakfasts and 5 FREE lunches each week! Please sign up through your parent or student Infinite Campus portal by noon on Sunday the week before.

Pickup will take place in the Lyceum parking lot Monday, November 23rd, November 30th, and December 7th from 11am-1pm.

We look forward to serving you!

Black River Sophomore, Hannah Huggett Featured in Get Out the Vote News Story

BRPS sophomore and local community leader, Hannah Huggett was featured in a WZZM news story highlighting her climate activism and plea to get out and vote. She is an inspiration to all of us and we are so proud of her.

See the feature here.


We have exciting news to share with you regarding the free school meals served in the district to our students. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced all schools will be able to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL children through June 30, 2021.

BRPS Open Enrollment Period is Underway - 2021-2022 Lottery Information

BR families and friends, the open enrollment period has started! Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted throughout the BRPS Open Enrollment Period which runs from October 1, 2020 through February 24, 2021 at 4pm. Applications received at any time during this period will be eligible for the enrollment lottery. BRPS families will need to fill out an application if they have a new incoming student to BRPS for the 2021-2022 school year, including an incoming kindergartner! Currently enrolled students do not need to re-apply each year.  

Contact Kelli Heneghan, Enrollment Coordinator, if you have questions regarding enrolling your student at Black River Public School. Kelli can be reached via email at or by phone at 616-355-0055 ext. 116. 


Application for the BRPS Enrollment Lottery - 2021-2022 School Year 

Masks at BRPS Athletic Events

Black River is committed to adhering to the governor's Executive Order requiring our student athletes to wear masks for all sports activities listed in the Order.  Our students know that this is for safety and we all must do our part to end this pandemic.

Spectators at all BR athletic events are also required to properly wear a mask in order to be admitted to our events.  These masks must  be worn during the entire event.  Please know that spectators not properly wearing masks will cause a stoppage in our students' play and those refusing to wear their masks will be required to leave. Click here for the MHSAA guideline.

Thank you for understanding how important this is to all of us - especially our student athletes. 

Wear a mask

Amazing Guest Teachers Needed!

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OK2Say Hotline is Always Open

Stop the Silence! Black River Parents and Guardians - If you are worried about a student, don't be afraid to speak up by contacting the Ok2Say Hotline to leave an anonymous tip - OPEN 24/7 including weekends and before/during school hours. Specially trained technicians receive the tips and filter the information to the appropriate agency. Please use this resource if you have a concern during a time school is not in session. Contacting 911 with a concern is also an option. These methods will be the quickest way to ensure student safety. Thank you! 

Phone: 855-565-2729     Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)     Email:

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School News Updates at a Glance - Download our Stay Connected Mobile App

Stay up-to-date on BRPS current events and news by adding the Stay Connected App to your phone! Features include:

  • Headline News and Information
  • Calendar of Events
  • School and Staff Directory
  • School Notifications for Closings and Delays
  • Push Notifications for Important Updates 

Please click on the preferred link below to download the website application:
Click Here for Apple SchoolPointe Stay Connected App
Click Here for Android SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

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Meet your New Infinite Campus Apps!

Infinite Campus has released two new and improved mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, schedules, announcements and more. 

School Code: 231963
District ID: PWHTPS

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