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2018-2019 School Year


The 2018-19 school year is right around the corner. We hope you had an enjoyable summer with family and friends and are looking forward to getting back in to the school routine in August.


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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.  


Access the 2018-2019 School Year Calendar for all important calendar dates and the Black River Master Calendar with early dismissal times and event information. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018: MS/HS Schedules Mailed  | Watch for your schedule!

Student schedules will be mailed on Wednesday, August 15. They will be available on students' Infinite Campus accounts on Thursday, August 16. Students who have an error in their schedule can make changes after August 16 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

1st 8:00-9:26 A A B A C
2nd 9:33-11:00 B C C B D
3rd 12:00-1:26 D F D F F
4th 1:33-3:00 E G E G E


Mid-August Elementary Student Home Visits for the 2018-2019 School Year: Beginning Soon!

One way that the elementary teachers get to know their students is by visiting the child’s home prior to the beginning of school. Teachers will typically begin making phone calls to set up home visits in mid-August. Please read below to see who should be expecting a visit from their teacher.

Kindergarten: All new Kindergarten students should expect a home visit from their teacher.
Lower Elementary: All First Grade students and students NEW to Black River. 
Upper Elementary: Only students NEW to Black River. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018: Middle School/High School New Student Orientation | 9am-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. Meet in the Main Building Lobby.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018: 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 this will ease the transitions for our new students, rising students, and kindergarten students on Wednesday morning.


First Day Back  Wednesday, August 22, 2018: First Day of School for Grades K-12 | 8:00am

The Lyceum building will be open at  
7:30am for breakfast and early arrivals.
Students arriving to class after 
must stop in the main office for a tardy slip. 
Middle School/High School - 8:00am-3:00pm, Doors open at 7:50am
Elementary - 8:00am-3:10pm, Doors open at 7:45am


Wednesday, August 29: Elementary Curriculum Night and Picnic | 5pm–7pm
your 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!



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. Any student not compliant will be sent home from school. Please turn in any immunizations received over the summer in 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.



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. To ensure accuracy, a new form must be completed each year. This form can be found in the main office or on our website. 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.




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.



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 15. 



If your student plans to order breakfast or hot lunch during the first week of school, please make your food service deposit before Friday, August 17 to ensure your child’s lunch account has sufficient funds. Payments by check or cash (exact change only) can be made in person or mailed to the main office. Credit card payments can be made online through your Infinite Campus account. Breakfast and lunch menus and more information can be found on the website under Food Services.

Senior Off-Campus Lunch Form


Back to School Supply List     SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR GRADES K-12

Grades K-5: Watch for an invoice that will be mailed home in August. This fee covers the expense of all supplies as well as some school field trips scheduled throughout the year. Families who qualify for free or reduced lunch plans can contact the main office if they would like this fee to be waived.
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


If your student will be late, absent from school or has a scheduled appointment 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 or parents can request homework directly from their teachers via email or phone. Homework can be
picked-up in the main office after school.


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
Middle School Handbook

High School Handbook

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.  


Student parking   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, attach a copy of the required documents (valid driver's license, registration and insurance card) and pick-up a permit in the main office. A parking permit costs $10. 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.


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 10, 2018. The school acts as an information source only and is not responsible for organizing carpools.



Please click here for more information regarding car-line.


Head back to school in BR style. Shop the school Spiritwear Store 24/7 for all of the latest BR gear!  



All high school fall sports athletes and their parents should plan to attend an informational/parent meeting on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00pm 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 8.  For exact times and locations, please contact Coach Morrison and ask to be put on his email distribution list.  Student athletes should be able to run 30 minutes without stopping before August 16. Team XC Camp is August 16-18th. Summer group runs will happen several times a week. To be added to the team emails and text communication, please email Coach Morrison, with contact information.

High School Girls Volleyball - Tryouts for all HS volleyball players will be August 8-10 from 5pm - 8pm in the BR gym. Questions? Contact Coach Ansley-

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 once tryouts are complete. Questions? Contact Coach Lawton at 

Middle School Cross Country, Volleyball, & Soccer - Begins on Monday, August 27. Students will receive information about times once school starts on August 22. Please remind your student athlete to listen during CAP announcements for information regarding meeting locations and times.


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!



Black River Public School does not sell or share you or your child’s personal information outside of the school unless required by law. However, a few instances do occur each year when parents have the right of refusal regarding the child’s information. If you would like to remove your child’s name, information, and/or picture from any BRPS publication, please submit your wishes via email to Nicole Klunder at no later than August 22, 2018. This may include, but is not limited to, social media sites, yearbook, media outlets, and for 11th and 12th grade students, military listings. This request is valid for the 2018-2019 school year only. Requests must be made each year to ensure accuracy.

If you would like to receive an email notification of pesticide applications on Black River Public School property, please email Nicole Klunder, using "Pesticide Information" in the subject line. Please include your student name and grade in the email. Application emails will be sent out 24 hours in advance.  In certain emergencies/situations, pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but you will be notified following the application. This request is valid for the 2018-2019 school year only. Requests must be made each year to ensure accuracy.


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A Note from Fran:

Dear Black River Parents and Guardians,

Getting ready for your children to go back to school should not only mean buying new clothes and school supplies, it should also include an updated eye exam. 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 children have not had a thorough eye exam, recently, I strongly encourage you to schedule one for them.

Frances Olesen
Reading Specialist / Title 1
Black River Public School


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

2018-2019 Parent Organization Student/Family Directory

2018-2019 Parent Organization Volunteer Form


  Fun Walk Logo   Fun Walk Friday Information

Fundraising period: Thursday, September 20th - Friday, October 5th. 100% of the funds collected by students benefit Black River!

Grand Finale: The BR community will gather together Friday, October 5th from 5:30-6:30pm to celebrate our school spirit with a 30-minute fun walk and festivities.

Why: Build Community, Get Some Exercise, and Raise Funds to Support BRPS!

Are you interested in sponsoring this fundraiser and getting your company's logo on the back of more than 1,000 t-shirts? See the sponsorship form or watch the website for more details.

Questions? Email


Fun Walk Friday T-shirt Design Contest

Attention All Students K-12 - SHOW OFF YOUR CREATIVITY                    

The Fun Walk Friday fundraiser is looking for two t-shirt designs for the 2018 event!

Show off your creative talent to the whole school by creating a design for this year’s Fun Walk Friday t-shirt!  We are having separate designs for elementary and MS/HS students!

Simply create a design in black ink or sharpie (it can be digital or hand-drawn) on a white 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper that conveys the spirit of the event - fun, fitness, and community building! Both collaborative and individual entries are allowed. Remember to put your name(s) and grade(s) on the back!

Deadline: Friday, September 7th at 3:30pm.  Please turn it into the main office or elementary office with your name and grade on the back so they can be judged anonymously.

This event and contest is sponsored by the BR Parent Organization. Please email if you have any questions.


Senior Class of 2019 Party Information

Senior Graduation Party Logo    Calling all Class of 2019 Parents

Senior Party planning is underway. Help us keep organized by sending in your senior party deposit and Senior Class of 2019 Party Form as soon as possible. Make sure to turn it in to the MS/HS main office during the first week of school.

Would you like to be on the party planning committee?  Please contact Rachelle Rokos at


Join the Middle School Parent Organization

We are seeking parents who would like to participate in the MS Parent Organization! We have many opportunities to help serve the school - from research, to planning trips + community service events, to helping organize teacher appreciation lunches. Many opportunities can even be done simply by email!  If you’re interested in helping, no matter how big or small, please contact Trisha Byrnes

6th Grade Camp Pendalouan Field Trip - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Field trip permission slips will be mailed home over the summer. Slips can be returned by mail, or returned on the first day of school.


Join the Fine Arts Boosters

Be informed! Be involved!  The Fine Arts Boosters (FAB) support the teachers and educational goals of the Black River Fine Arts Department including Art, Band, Choir, and Orchestra.  FAB sponsors two all-school activities that feature the work of our Fine Arts students and provide opportunities to raise funds: RatFest, which is held in February, and the Spring Fine Arts Festival at the end of April. Check out the FAB parent openings and all of the important ways FAB contributes by clicking on the Fine Arts Boosters page.




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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Phone: (616) 355-0055

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