Back To School Information - 2021-2022

Last Updated: 8/13/2021 11:59 AM


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Grades K-12
2021-2022 School Year

The start of the 2021-2022 school year is right around the corner, and we look forward to seeing all of our BR families back on campus. As you begin to plan for the upcoming academic year, please use the following information as your main hub of answers for frequently asked questions.

If you find yourself unable to find the information you are looking for, please know that we are always happy to answer questions or point you in the right direction. Thank you for choosing Black River Public School!

Robin Bentley, Elementary Main Office Administrative Assistant
Phone: 616-355-0055, ext. 302

Christie Phillips, Middle School/High School Main Office Administrative Assistant
Phone : 616-355-0055, ext. 102

What will in-person school look like this year?

As we return to school and plan for a typical schedule for in-person learning, we will continue to work with the Health Department to ensure the safety of our staff and students. We will communicate any updates as soon as possible. We appreciate your continued patience as we strive to bring our students back safely and responsibly!

Update your Contact Information   

Please help us keep family and emergency contact information up-to-date. If you have moved or changed your phone number, please take a moment to email changes or verify information. Email the elementary main office at or the MS/HS main office at Please note that participation in the Black River Parent Organization Directory does not update your personal information on file with the school.  


Important Dates

Access the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar for all important calendar dates and the Black River Master Calendar with early dismissal times and event information. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021: MS/HS Schedules Mailed  | Watch for your schedule!

Student schedules will be mailed on Wednesday, August 18. They will be available on students' Infinite Campus accounts on Thursday, August 19. New students can contact Caleb Fisher, Technology Director, at for Infinite Campus access information and password. Students who have an error in their schedule can make changes after August 19 between the hours of 9am-1pm, Monday-Thursday by contacting Jennifer Wise, School Registrar. She can be reached via email at or phone at 616-355-0055,  ext. 141. Please leave a detailed message.  

Middle School/High School Block Schedule

Middle School/High School Block Schedule 

block schedule

Wednesday, August 18, 2021: Middle School/High School New Family Meet & Greet | 6-7pm

Join other new middle/high school families for an informal, meet and greet in the Lyceum building. Students will be divided by grade level with simple chit chat cards on the table to facilitate conversation. Parents can exchange information. No RSVP needed - this is an informal gathering.

Thursday, August 19, 2021: Elementary Family Popsicles in the Park | 5:30-7pm

Please join the Elementary Parent Organization for an evening of popsicles, outdoor activities, and a meet-and-greet with other Black River K-5 families. Popsicles will be supplied. We hope you can make it out to this great community event.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021: Middle School/High School New Student Orientation | 9-10am

This is an opportunity for students new to BRPS and new to the MS/HS main building campus to meet their CAP teacher, tour the school, find their classrooms and locker.  Please be on-time as students will break up in to CAP rooms to tour as a group. Students should meet in the Main Building Lobby with a copy of their schedule. Parents are invited to the Lyceum building to enjoy coffee with the Parent Organization and ask staff members any questions they have about the upcoming school year. This is an informal gathering and not required.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021: Elementary Open House | 3-4pm

This is an opportunity for students NEW to BRPS, NEW to a classroom, and all Kindergarten students to take a walk through the building and see their classroom before school starts. We hope that this will ease the transitions for new students, rising students, and Kindergarten students on Wednesday morning. It is an excellent time to prepare your student for drop-off and pick-up procedures.

HOORAY! Wednesday, August 25, 2021: First Day of School, Grades K-12 

Middle School/High School - 8:00am-3:00pm, Doors open at 7:50am
Elementary - 8:00am-3:10pm, Doors open at 7:45am
The Lyceum building will be open at 7:15am for breakfast and early arrivals.
All K-12 students arriving to class after 8:00am
MUST stop in the main office for a tardy slip. 

Elementary Parents:  In recognition of the Montessori focus on fostering independence in children and to allow the teachers to quickly establish a morning routine in the classroom, students will proceed to their classrooms independently. Please review the morning drop-off procedures prior to the first day of school.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021: Elementary Parent Orientation Night and Family Picnic | 5–7pm
Meet with teachers as they explain the curriculum and expectations for the upcoming school year. The Elementary Parent Organization will be hosting a picnic and the Scholastic Book Fair will be open during this time. Stay tuned for more details!

Thursday, September 9, 2021: School Picture Day for Grades K-12 
Black River is proud to partner with Geskus Photography for our school picture needs. Watch your elementary student classroom newsletter and your students backpack for more information. MS/HS picture packets are passed out in CAP class.


Stricter Student Immunization Rules Mandated by the Health Department

Are your student's immunizations up-to-date? Michigan law requires that all kindergarten, 7th grade students, as well as transfer students, have current immunizations to be in attendance at school. ALL students not compliant will be sent home from school. Please turn in any immunizations received over the summer into the main office. If you are unsure of your child’s immunization status, please check with your family physician. Families that may be exempt for a medical, religious belief and/or a moral or ethical reason, will need a waiver signed by the Ottawa County Health Department. Please remember waiver appointments are being  scheduled several weeks out. Contact the Health Dept. today! 


Medications at School

If your student takes medication, uses an inhaler, administers insulin, or carries an EpiPen during school hours, an Administration of Medication form must be on file in the main office. The form is available on the school website.  To ensure accuracy, a new form must be completed each year. Please note students may not have medication (prescription or non-prescription) in their possession at school. Medication is required to be held and dispensed from the main office.


Fast and Convenient! Infinite Campus Parent Portal and the Schoolpointe App Keeps You Up-to-Date!

The Black River Infinite Campus Parent Portal is a web-based student information system that allows parents/guardians and students to monitor registration, schedules, attendance, assignments, progress reports, lunch balances, school-related email messages, and much more! If you already have a username and password, it is not necessary to sign up again. However, it is greatly appreciated if you can log-in and make sure your information is up-to-date. If you are new to Black River and would like to access Infinite Campus, please complete the Infinite Campus Portal Consent form and return it to the main office. Your activation information will be emailed to you. Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Infinite Campus.

Get the app for your mobile device here.


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

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

  • 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


Are you Volunteering on Our Campus?

Black River Public School requires a School Volunteer and Campus Guest Profile Form to be on file in the main office before a volunteer or campus guest can help in a classroom, chaperone a field trip, or be on campus for an extended amount of time. Standard school safety procedures require all campus visitors to sign in and out in the elementary or middle school/high school main office and wear a visitor badge while on campus. Please allow 72-hours before your visit for the main office to process your form and once completed your form will remain on file for the school year. 

Important Reminder: A new form must be completed by EVERY campus guest and volunteer every school year.


MS/HS Locker Information and Request Form

Grades 6-8: Lockers will automatically be assigned to students in grades 6-8. Locker details will be printed on schedules mailed in August.
Grades 9-12: Lockers are available upon request. Students who wish to have a locker need to fill out the Locker Request Form or stop by the main office by Wednesday, August 11. 


School Lunch     School Breakfast and Lunch Program Information

Breakfast and lunch menus and additional information can be found on the website under Food Services. The school is not accepting drop-offs unless they are medically necessary. If your student forgets a lunch at home, they will have the opportunity to get one from our kitchen. 

We're waiting for the State of Michigan to finalize food service options for the upcoming school year. Please look for further information along with the 2021-2022 free and reduced meals application as they become available.

SENIORS-Black River Public School allows seniors in good academic and behavioral standing to have off-campus privileges for the CAP/lunch hour on the last school day of the week. On most school weeks this will fall on a Friday but can be on another day.  A parent/legal guardian must pre-approve this privilege by completing the Senior Off-Campus Lunch Form online. 


Back to School Supply List     School Supplies for Grades K-12

Grades K-5: Each elementary student has a fee of $50 that covers the expense of all supplies as well as some school field trips scheduled throughout the year. This fee can be paid through your Infinite Campus parent portal account or by cash/check in the main office.
Grades 6-12: Students will be instructed on the first day of class with specific school supplies that are needed. Basic supplies such as folders, pencils, and paper can be purchased prior to school starting.


Attendance matters

K-12 School Attendance Procedures

If your student will be late, absent from school or has a scheduled appointment and needs an early pick-up please call the automated attendance line by 9:00am the day of the absence:
Middle School/High School Attendance Line: 616-355-0055, ext. 228 
Elementary School Attendance Line:  616-355-0055, ext. 328

  • The student must sign out in the main office before leaving and upon returning to school. A pass will be given to allow the student back into class.
  • Anyone leaving without signing out is automatically UNEXCUSED.

Following the above procedures will alleviate waiting long periods of time in the office while staff searches for a student who is in gym class or not in their assigned classrooms.

Students or parents can request homework directly from their teachers via email or phone. Homework can be picked-up in the main office after school.

Please read the District Attendance Information & Procedures for more detailed attendance information. We are your partner in attendance success!

In order to maintain a consistent attendance policy as students move through their academic career, Black River has adopted the Ottawa County attendance policy and absenteeism protocol. Please see the important Attendance section in your student's handbook below:

Elementary Handbook - currently being updated, check back soon!
Middle School Handbook - currently being updated, check back soon!
High School Handbook - currently being updated, check back soon!

Any pre-planned absences over two days requires a signed Extended Absence Form approved by the Dean of Students. This form is available in the main offices or on the Black River website.

Tardiness  - School begins at 8:00am for all students. A student who arrives late must report to their main office and be signed-in by a parent or guardian. 

Student Drivers - If your student is driving to an appointment during school hours, please contact the MS/HS Attendance Line (ext 228) by 9:00am to inform us of the release time and when/if your student will be expected to return to campus.  

School Closing and Delay Information


Student Parking - Permit Required               

Each year students are responsible for purchasing and displaying a valid permit if they will be driving to school. Students should fill out the Student Parking Permit Form and once submitted pick-up a permit in the main office. A parking permit costs $15. In order to be good neighbors, we ask that students use the designated Main Building or Lyceum parking lots and not the streets surrounding the school or the lot at Baker Lofts.


Carpool Survey

If you would like to join a carpool, or are willing to drive another Black River student, please complete the carpool survey. Updated lists will be emailed mid-August only to families who filled out the survey. The survey is due by August 13, 2021. The school acts as an information source only and is not responsible for organizing carpools.


Elementary Dismissal Procedure

Both walker line and carline pick up will be on the east side of the building.  For both walker line and carline you will need to know or show your Driveline number.  If you are a new family to Black River you can find out your Driveline number by calling the elementary office at 616-355-0055 ext 302.

Click here for more information: Arrival and Dismissal Procedure + Maps


Black River Gear is Here!

Head back to school in BR style. Shop the school Spiritwear Store 24/7 for all of the latest BR gear including t-shirts, jackets, hats, backpacks, duffels and more!!  



All high school fall sports athletes and their parents with the exception of boys tennis, should plan to attend an informational/parent meeting on Thursday, August 19 at 7:15pm in the BR gym.  Meet the coaching staff, parent-coach meetings, purchase sports passes, and get all your athletic questions answered. 

High School Cross Country - High School Cross Country practice begins on August 9th.  For exact times and locations, please contact Coach Lambert at and ask to be put on his email distribution list.  Student athletes should be able to run 30 minutes without stopping before August 9.  Summer group runs have been scheduled. Ifb you would like to be added to the team communication emails/text messages, please email Coach Lambert at with your contact information.

High School Girls Volleyball - Tryouts for all HS volleyball players will be August 9-11 from 4pm - 7pm in the BR gym. Practice begins on August 12 from 5-7pm. Questions? Contact Coach Jay Liu -

High School Boys Soccer - Tryouts for all HS soccer players will be August 9-11 from 6-9pm at the BR soccer field.  Bring cleats and shin guards to each session. Team practices will begin on August 12 from 6-8pm. Questions? Contact Coach Lawton at 

High School Boys Tennis -  We participate in a co-op program with Holland Christian School. Try-outs and practices begin on August 9. Please contact Coach Steve Gorno at for more information. 

Middle School Cross Country, Volleyball, & Soccer - Middle school sports begin on Monday, August 23. Please check the BR website, Final Forms emails and BR social media for exact tryout/practice times and information. 

ALL ATHLETES MUST BE REGISTERED WITH FINAL FORMS PRIOR TO TRY-OUTS/PRACTICES - All athletes and parents (MS and HS) must be registered with Final Forms -  Please register prior to tryout/practices begin. This will be used for data collection and communication throughout the entire BR athletic department at all levels (MS and HS). Sports physicals can be turned into the office or uploaded into Final Forms for review. THE PHYSICAL MUST HAVE TAKEN PLACE ON OR AFTER APRIL 15, 2021.

Any general athletic questions can be directed to Kyle Lawton, Athletic Director, at


Join the Athletic Boosters!

The Black River Athletic Boosters Club is dedicated to supporting all athletic programs at Black River. Please check-out the Booster page to find out the many ways to get involved!



Throughout the year, Black River Public School families have the opportunity to opt out of publications and the release of information.This may include a student's name, photograph, or video recording as they participate in routine academic, artistic, or athletic activities. The photos and videos are used in school-related promotional and advertising materials disseminated to the public through newspapers, magazines, admission materials, our website, social media, and other channels deemed appropriate and safe by Black River Public School. This consent will remain in effect until changed in writing by filling out the Opt Out/In Form. Please fill out a form for each student in your family. This request is only valid for the 2021-2022 school year. You will need to fill out a new survey each school year.

If you would like to receive an email notification of pesticide applications on Black River Public School property, please fill out the Opt Out/In Form. This request is valid for the 2021-2022 school year only. Requests must be made each year to ensure accuracy.


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For more BRPS news and updates, we encourage you to follow us on Twitter @blackriverrats.
We are also on Facebook and Instagram as @blackriverpublicschool.




Submit your Student/Parent Directory and Volunteer Forms online! A new form must be submitted each year.

2021-2022 Parent Organization Student/Family Directory

2021-2022 Parent Organization Volunteer Form


Senior Graduation Party Logo    Calling all Class of 2022 Parents/Guardians

Senior Party planning is underway. Would you like to be on the party planning committee?  Please contact Kerrie Esmeier at


Join the Elementary, MS, or HS Parent Organization

We are seeking parents who would like to participate in Black River's Parent Organizations! We have many opportunities to help serve the school - from research, to planning trips and community service events, to helping organize teacher appreciation lunches.

The Elementary and Middle School Chair positions are currently open, contact for more information.

Join the Black River Fine Arts Boosters

Do you have a student who’s interested in one of the Fine Arts at Black River? Would you like to be part of supporting the Fine Arts program, the teachers & their goals? Come join us and share your enthusiasm and ideas!

The FAB is made up of volunteers who support the teachers and educational goals of the Fine Arts department including art, band, choir and orchestra.  We host two annual fundraisers during the school year: RatFest in the fall and Spring Fine Arts Night held in April.

FAB Team:  

  • Made up of the FAB chair, faculty liaison and parent representatives for each Fine Art group.

  • OPEN POSITIONS for 2021/22 School Year:  FAB Chair, Band Parent Representative, Art Parent Representative

  • Interested in volunteering?  Contact Doug Danckaert, FAB treasurer at


  • All are welcome to our monthly meetings 

  • Held on the third Wednesday of every month  

  • First meeting of the 2021/22 school year:  Wednesday, September 15th at 5pm in the Lyceum

Interested in learning more?

Go to and look for Fine Arts in the Quick Links 


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. 

491 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 355-0055

Fax: (616) 355-0057