Back To School Information - 2022-2023

Last Updated: 1/3/2023 4:23 PM


              Back to School Information for Grades K-12

2022-2023 School Year

The start of the 2022-2023 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!

Allison Hilgert, 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



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 2022-2023 School Year Calendar for all important calendar dates and the Black River Master Calendar with early dismissal times and event information. 

Thursday, August 18, 2022: MS/HS Schedules 2022-2023 Available on Infinite Campus  | Watch for your schedule!

Student schedules will be mailed via USPS on Wednesday, August 17 and available on students' Infinite Campus accounts Thursday, August 18.  New students should 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 18 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 

Thursday, August 11, 2022: MS/HS Family Ice Cream Social | 5:30-7pm

Join other new middle/high school families for an informal, meet and greet at Tunnel Park, North Pavilion hosted by the BR Parent Organization. No RSVP needed. Click here to view the flyer.

Thursday, August 18, 2022: 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 located at nearby Prospect Park. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022: Middle School/High School New Student Orientation | 9-10am

The MS/HS New Student Orientation 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 into 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 23, 2022: Elementary Open House | 3-4pm

The Elementary Open House 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. 

The elementary school will not be conducting home visits this year but your child’s teacher for the 2022-23 school year will be reaching out to you in mid-August to welcome (or reconnect) your child to the classroom. 

HOORAY! Wednesday, August 24, 2022: First Day of School for Grades K-12 | 8:00am

Wednesday, August 31, 2022: Elementary Montessori Curriculum Open House and BRPO Family Picnic | Middle & High School Curriculum Open House 5–7pm

This is a wonderful time to meet with the teachers as they explain the curriculum and expectations for the upcoming school year.

Elementary families, the Elementary Parent Organization will be hosting a family picnic on campus at the same time. Stop by to say hello! 

Thursday, September 8, 2022: 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.

School Hours:

Middle School/High School - 8:00am-3:00pm, Doors open at 7:50am

Elementary - 8:00am-3:10pm, Doors open at 7:45am

Doors to the Lyceum Building open at 7:15am for breakfast and early arrivals.

What happens if you’re running late for school?

  • Elementary students arriving after 8:00am must be signed in at the elementary main office by a parent or guardian.

  • Middle/High School students arriving after 8:00am must stop in the MS/HS main office for a tardy slip. 


K-12 School Attendance Procedures

If your student will be late due to an appointment, absent from school or has a scheduled appointment that will require an early release, 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

  • Students must be signed out from the student’s main office before leaving and upon returning to school. A pass will be given to allow the student back into class.

  • Students leaving campus without signing out are considered unexcused.

  • The person providing transportation is required to come into the office to sign out their student anytime they are leaving before the end of the school day. 

  • Parents/guardians of student drivers with medical appointments or illness are required to contact the main office before the student will be dismissed from class and allowed to sign out in the main office to leave campus. 

For last minute appointments, please call the student’s main office. 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. 

Elementary Parents: The teachers and staff are so excited for the upcoming school year! 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.

Students or parents can request homework directly from their teachers via email. 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 require 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.  

Students who are consistently tardy to class will be offered interventions, which may include a meeting with parents/administration/Social Work/Counseling Team.  A student who is late 3 or more times to a single class may be eligible for supportive follow-up/interventions.  During this time the student and team will identify why the late arrivals are occurring and seek to fix the cause of the issues.


In addition to interventions and supportive measures, if a student continues to arrive late to class consequences ranging from lunch detention to morning detention up to suspension may be assigned.  


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 to 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 unless otherwise noted by the physician on the Administration of Medication form (ex: Epi-Pen/Inhaler). Medication is required to be held and dispensed from the main office.


Dress Code

We have updated the wording addressing our dress code policy. Below is an excerpt for quick reference. Please take the time to read the entire policy in the student’s respective handbook.

“Clothing that is overly revealing is inappropriate. Clothing must cover the chest, back, torso, stomach, and lower extremities, from armpit to armpit to mid-thigh. Mid-thigh is defined as halfway between the hipbone and where the kneecap begins. Clothing must not be see-through. Tops must have at least two-inch straps.”  


Fast and Convenient! Infinite Campus Parent Portal and the Schoolpointe App Keeps BR Families 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

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 10. 


    School Breakfast and Lunch Program Information

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

The State of Michigan has ended the universal free meals program that was in effect during the start of the pandemic. Therefore we will no longer be able to offer every student free meals. If you would like to continue to participate in the free/reduced price meals program for the 2022-2023 school year you will need to complete an application. These will be available in August and once approved a student may be eligible to receive one free/reduced breakfast and one free/reduced lunch per day. As in all years, any additional servings will be charged to the students account at full price. Please check your Infinite Campus account to pay for any outstanding food service balances prior to the start of the school year. 

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. 


    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.


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 12, 2022. 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!!  


Reminder from Ms. Fran!

Ms. Fran wants to remind parents that children's vision problems are often undetected, even with the routine school screening, which can have a great impact on their educational development. Please schedule a back to school vision screening with your doctor or the health department as soon as possible!

Here is an article Ms. Fran recommends reading for more information.



All high school fall sports athletes and their parents with the exception of boys tennis,  should plan to attend an informational/parent meeting on Tuesday, August 16 at 6:00pm in the BR main gym.  Meet the coaching staff, parent-coach meetings, purchase sports passes, and get all your athletic questions answered.

High School Boys and Girls Cross Country - High School Cross Country practice begins on August 8.  For exact times and locations, please contact Coach Lambert and ask to be put on his email distribution list.  Student athletes should be able to run 30 minutes without stopping before August 8.  Summer group runs have been happening several times a week.  To be added to the team emails and text communication, please email Coach Steve  Lambert with your contact information.

High School Girls Volleyball - Tryouts for all HS volleyball players will be August 8-10 from 6:30pm - 9pm in the BR gyms. Questions? Contact Varsity Coach Izzy Schroeder -

High School Boys Soccer - Tryouts for all HS soccer players will be August 8-10 from 6-9pm at the BR soccer field.  Bring cleats and shin guards to each session. Team practices will begin on August 11 from 6-8pm. Questions? Contact Varsity Coach Kyle Lawton at 

High School Boys Tennis - Co-op program with Holland Christian. Tryouts/practices begin on August 8.  Please contact Coach Steve Gorno for exact times -

Middle School Boys and Girls Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, & Boys Soccer (Grades 6,7,8)- Begins on Monday, August 22.  Please check the BR Website, Final Forms emails and BR social media for exact times for tryouts/practice.


All athletes and parents (MS and HS) must be registered with Final Forms -  Please register ASAP so you do not miss out on important communications. If your athlete is already in the FinalForms system, please update which sports they plan to play this year (it is reset each year). This will be used for data collection and communication throughout the entire BR athletic department at all levels (MS and HS).


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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 school year only. Requests must be made each year to ensure accuracy.


Stay Connected with Black River

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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.

2022-2023 Parent Organization Student/Family Directory

2022-2023 Parent Organization Volunteer Form


Calling all Class of 2023 Parents/Guardians

Would you like to lead or be on the senior party planning committee?  Please contact the Black River Parent Organization at and express your interest.


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 is 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 a Treasurer.

OPEN POSITION for 2022/23 School Year:  FAB Chair.  This position simply requires attendance at monthly Leadership Committee meetings, attendance at FAB meetings to be held via zoom based on the availability of the Chair, Faculty Liaison and Treasurer and helping to organize our two annual fundraisers.  

DON'T HAVE TIME TO HOLD A POSITION? No worries!  There are PLENTY of ways to help FAB during their two fundraisers.  Examples would be working short shifts at the event setting up, cleaning up, selling tickets, selling concessions and helping with crafts.

DON'T HAVE TIME TO ATTEND AN EVENT?  No Worries!  For each or our events we will be in need of donated items.  For RatFest we will have a list of concession items posted that we will sell at the event!  For Fine Arts Night we will have items listed for baskets that will be raffled off on the night of the event!  EVERY SINGLE DONATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED AND HELPS FAB FUND: Educational trips, classroom supplies, float decorations, and other items used to help the BR Fine Arts Department accomplish its goals and enrich our students.

Interested in volunteering?  Contact Lisa Anagnostopoulos, FAB Treasurer at

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. 


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

Fax: (616) 355-0057