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A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - December 8, 2023

Dear Black River Community, 

Please click here to read the letter from our Board President, Kimberley Mitchell, and Head of School, Shannon Brunink. The letter celebrates our great school and also asks for your support.

You can find a link to support the donation request here.

Thank you so much for your care of our great school!

December 8, 2023

Early today a student on campus was not feeling well and needed some medical support.  AMR/medical support responded and was able to assist and the student quickly received the necessary care.

Out of respect for the privacy of the student involved, we asked teachers to keep students in classrooms. We are thankful for everyone's patience and help during that time.

It's the FINAL PUSH for a brand new Outdoor Learning Environment! Reserve a Brick

We're thrilled to announce that fundraising for the new outdoor learning environment is nearly complete! But you have one last chance to participate in this exciting project! For a donation of only $100, you can sponsor a personalized brick in this new space, creating a lasting tribute for your business, family, or student. Additionally, we're offering other exclusive naming rights (FCFS) for larger contributions, a unique way to significantly impact and showcase your commitment to our school's future. 

This initiative is more than just building a space; it's about creating a lasting legacy for generations of BR students. For more information, please visit the website or see the letter your student received. Let's make history together at BR!

Reserve a premium naming opportunity or questions?

Forms and cash or check due to: EL or MS/HS Main Office by January 1, 2024

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Kinder Dutch Dance Registration Is Open!!

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in the greater Holland/Zeeland area are invited to Join the Dance!!

Black River dancers will practice on Thursday afternoons at 3:15pm in the Lyceum. 

Signing up is simple-- use the following link and select Kinder Dutch Dance. On the registration form, use the pull-down menu to select the location as 'Black River Lunchroom'.

Registration closes on January 24, 2024 and practices begin the week of February 19th.

You will be contacted at the end of registration with more details.

Dutch Dancing

BRPS Open Enrollment Period for the 2024-25 School Year is Underway!

 Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be accepted throughout the BRPS Open Enrollment period, which runs now through February 28, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. Applications received at any time during this period will be eligible for the enrollment lottery. BRPS families must fill out an application if they have a new incoming student to BRPS for the 2024-2025 school year, including an incoming kindergartner! Currently enrolled students do not need to re-apply each year. 

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

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Parents & Students: Meet your 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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If school is to be closed or delayed, Black River Public School will make the announcement via web, voicemail and media outlets (WHTC 1450 AMWOOD TV8) prior to 6:30 a.m.  

NON DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT  Black River Public School admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, athletic programs and other school-administered programs. 

513 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616.355.0055 x302