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A Letter from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - April 2, 2020

Please take a moment to read this letter from Shannon Brunink, Head of School regarding Governor Whitmer's announcement today, Thursday, April 2, 2020. 

BRPS Parent Survey: Technology & Online Learning

Dear BR Parents,

We want to do everything we can to support you throughout these uncertain times. You are an amazing community and we miss you all so much!

It is crucial to give yourself grace as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters together. Although we will certainly need your support in the coming weeks when it comes to academic progress, please remember to be there to support the emotional needs of your family. It's okay to struggle through this a bit as we figure things out-- we will all be figuring it out together.

Please take a moment to complete this survey. The data collected will help us determine which families may need assistance with technology at home.

Please only take this survey ONCE per household.

Thank you and take care!

Course Registration for 2020-2021

Course registration for next year began before our unexpected closure.  The deadline to register for classes will be extended to a date when we are back in session.  The main offices are closed.  However, families are welcome to return forms by mail to:

Black River Public School
Attn:  Jennifer Wise
491 Columbia Ave.
Holland, MI  49423

Forms can also be faxed to 355-0057 or scanned and emailed to wisej@brpsk12.org.  (PDF copies rather than images are preferred for printing purposes)

Elementary Storytime 'Try A Little Kindness' with Ms. Robin

Today Ms. Robin is reading Try a Little Kindness by Henry Cole. Ms. Robin chose this book because we are spending a lot of time with our family right now and we can use this helpful reminder of things we can do to make it easier.

Try a Little Kindness

Storytime with Lower Elementary Montessori Teacher, Ms. Jamie
A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - March 31, 2020

Dear BR Community,

Some media sources have reported details they expect to come from Governor Whitmer regarding what schools will need to do for the rest of this school year.  While we continue to plan for how to best serve our BR students, we will not be rolling out plans until the executive order is actually given from our governor.  We do not want to give incorrect information based on anything other than the actual guidance from Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Education.

Thank you all for your patience!

Mr. Schwartz Creates 3D Animation Video Short

Mr. Schwartz consolidated some of his 3D Animation class videos from their "Abstract Soothing" unit into one video. He thought we might all enjoy some calming images and sounds in these uncertain times.




A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - March 30, 2020

Dear Families,

First off,  we miss you all so much!

As we wait for the final word from Governor Whitmer about the specifics to come about school expectations, please know that a lot of information will be coming through email very soon from Black River and your child's teachers.  Please be ready by making sure to check that your Infinite Campus contact information is up to date so you do not miss communications about our plans for continuing the school year.

Don't forget that Infinite Campus has an easy app to update preferences! Below is the link to app information:


If you cannot access your Infinite Campus account please contact Kelli Heneghan at heneghank@brpsk12.org.

BRPS Playground Closed

Due to the COVID 19 school campus closure, we ask that community members refrain from congregating/using our playgrounds or outdoor facilities, as these are not being sanitized. We have been contacted by our local authorities and they are doing their best to monitor these locations, but we really could use your assistance in making sure we all are following the best practices for community health.

Read 'The Current' for Students News and More During the School Closure

Looking to engage with your peers? Students and teachers alike are publishing fun and entertaining news for The Current, our student news website, which you can find at brpscurrent.com

New student polls are published each week, and commenting is open so that students can respond to each other's publications. This week's feature: Ms. Stephens' cat makes some observations about the new world order. 

Students can also submit their own work for publication here. Don't miss out!

Self-Care is Important During the School Closure

self-care poster

Stronger together, From wherever!

No matter the changes we face in the days and months ahead - nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community. We miss you all and want you to know that we are here for you. Continue to take care of yourself - We are BR!

BR Family Collage

Storytime with BRPS Montessori Kindergarten Teacher, Ms. Ann

Storytime with BRPS Montessori Kindergarten Teacher, Ms. Ann

Ms. Ann is reading the perfect story, 'Waiting is not Easy' by Mo Willems. She chose this book because we are all having to be so patient during this time of uncertainty.


A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - March 23, 2020

Hello Black River Community,

As Governor Whitmer continues to make important decisions regarding our state's health, we want you all to know that you and your families are on our minds as we go through this together. Questions keep coming in about grades and online learning.  These are great questions but unfortunately we do not yet know the answers to them. In her press conference today, Governor Whitmer said that schools would be getting more guidance soon. We promise to share whatever we can about these important issues as we receive the guidance that will define our options for you and your family. Thank you and stay healthy.

New Student Enrollment Packets for 2020-2021

If you received a notice that your child is accepted to BRPS for the 2020-2021 academic year, we want you to know that while the 2020-2021 Enrollment Packets were originally due today, March 16, 2020, we understand that it may be difficult for you to submit your required paperwork by the deadline. 

If there will be a delay with submitting paperwork, please contact us immediately via phone (please leave a voice-mail) or email confirming your intention to complete your child's enrollment process at Black River:  klundern@brpsk12.org, 616-355-0055 x116. If you have access to mail the enrollment paperwork, please send your packet to the following address:

Black River Public School
Attn: Nicole Klunder
491 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI 49423

We are also accepting paperwork via fax at 616-355-0057 or by electronic submission (scan and submit a PDF or jpg photo) and email to klundern@brpsk12.org. Below is a useful free phone app that can easily scan and email multiple page documents.

TurboScan - Apple

TurboScan - Google Play

OAISD COVID-19 Response Interactive Lookup Map

Enter your address on the OAISD address lookup map to find a Food Distribution near you.

Project Term Course Fee Update

Project Term course fees were due today, 3/23.  At this time, we do not know what the academic year will look like.  Please do not send in any payments at this time.  We will continue to update as we know more. 

Academic News - 2019 Fall Honor Roll and Dean's List Recipients

Black River believes in recognizing students who achieve academically during each semester grading period.  There are two ways students will be recognized each term. First, students maintaining a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 can make the Honor Roll. Students can also be recognized by making the Dean's List and have earned a GPA higher than 3.5. We wish these students continued success and congratulate them on all that they have achieved.

2019 Fall Semester Middle School Honor Roll
2019 Fall Semester Middle School Dean's List 

2019 Fall Semester High School Honor Roll 
2019 Fall Semester High School Dean's List 

Students who wish to have a copy of their honor certificate should watch for the sign-up sheet out side of Mr. Donnelly's office once we are back in session. 

A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - March 20, 2020

Some of you have been reaching out with questions about why our offerings to students have been supplemental instead of graded coursework.  Please see the letter from the Michigan Department of Education regarding what a public school may count as instruction.  Please bear with us as Black River and all of the other public schools look to find answers for working with students during the closure.  

AP Exam Information & Updates from College Board

Black River parents and students scheduled to take the upcoming AP exams - Please click on the link below from College Board regarding updates to this years AP exams:



Helpful Online Resources for Keeping BRPS Students Engaged

Making sure our parents and community members have access to free, digital platforms is one way to help keep our students engaged and learning during this difficult time. Below are sites that have been shared by teachers and parents to help fill our days with meaningful activities. Please contact Kelli Heneghan at heneghank@brpsk12.org if you have a site to add to our growing list.

Online Resources for BRPS Parents and Caregivers  

Free Meals Offered to All Ottawa Area Families

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI - K-12 school districts throughout the Ottawa area are working to ensure that all students throughout the OAISD service region are included in meal distribution plans during the school closure period amid the COVID-19 emergency.  Below is information to be shared with families:

  • Parents may participate in ANY of our local district food service plans now through April 5, 2020.  Refer to the links below for specific information for each district.  Most are offering multiple pick up opportunities to receive meals for multiple days to limit the number of trips required. 
  • Though some local district sites refer to all children “age 18 & under,” they realize that Special Needs includes students “up to age 26” and are prepared to serve these families.
  •  There is NO cost for the meals, regardless of whether or not the family qualifies for the Free/Reduced     Lunch Program.Children do NOT need to be present with the parent(s) to pick up meals.
  • For planning purposes, some districts are requesting advance information.  Please encourage parents to visit the district links below as soon as possible to assist in these efforts.


Storytime with BRPS Montessori Kindergarten Teacher, Ms. Jillian
A Message Regarding Cancelled Event Donations & Payments

Since many things have been cancelled, we are working on refunding people who may have paid for an activity that did not take place or return donations for events that were cancelled.  Please be patient as we work through multiple platforms that were used for these payments and donations. More information coming soon!

BRPS Counseling Staff is Available to Help!

BRPS Families, Even though school is not in session, we want to be sure that families know that we still have counseling staff and social workers available to assist your children.  Please reach out to them over email regarding non-emergency situations:

Kim Richardson, Social Worker at richardsonk@brpsk12.org
Lauren Green, Social Worker at greenl@brpsk12.org
Karen Scranton, Social Worker at scrantonk@brpsk12.org
Tricia Schrotenboer at schrotenboert@brpsk12.org

In the event of an actual emergency, 911 and OK2SAY are the best ways to get help for someone in need.  The police would also be happy to help through their non-emergency number of 1-800-249-0911 if that is more appropriate.

A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - March 16, 2020

Dear Black River Community,

We have been looking into possibilities for us to provide meals for children in the area during this time of school closure.  In doing so, it has been apparent that since our food service is outsourced out of Caledonia, it would be much more efficient for us to promote the offerings and serve more kids through the offerings Holland Public Schools is making available to all area children.  Here is the information from their website:

An Important Message from the MHSAA

Message from the MHSAA:

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has directed all member schools to suspend activities in all sports for all seasons– effective Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, April 5 – to fall in line with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that all schools close for the next three weeks in order to deter the spread of COVID-19.

All athletic activities to be halted include practices, scrimmages and competitions/games, as well as strength training, conditioning and any other organized sessions and activities in all MHSAA in-season and out-of-season sports.

Letter and Resources from Mr. Brunink, 3/13/20

BR Families,
Please see the attached update letter and parent resource.

Attention Class of 2020 Seniors and Parents - Senior Party Information

The Class of 2020 Senior Party committee is planning an awesome post graduation party and we would love to have all seniors attend. Please fill out the form here to join the festivities. If you have any questions, please contact Rachelle Rokos at hsblackriverpo@brpsk12.org.

BR Students in the News

Holland Mayor Honors Black River We the People Team!

News Article

City of Holland Summer Junior Police Academy Dates Announced

Each summer the Holland Police Department hosts a Junior Police Academy for 7th and 8th graders (for students who have just completed the 6th or 7th grade). There will be one academy which will run for three weeks. Class sessions will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A mid-morning snack will be provided, and field-trip transportation will be by Max Bus. BR parents can contact Officer Nicole Hamberg at n.hamberg@cityofholland.com with questions.

Check the link for more information:


Black River Summer Camp Schedule Announced
BRTC 'Seussical the Musical' SPONSORSHIP Opportunities

Dear Black River Theater Company (BRTC) Parents, Families, and Friends, 

We are so excited to see your talented kids’ creativity play out in Seussical. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, this is an amazing group of kids! As many of you know, the BRTC receives no funding from the school for any of the yearly productions. What you may not realize is that for every production, including Seussical, we, the BRTC, pay for the theater space, the rights for the show, costumes, sets, props, etc. and this costs thousands of dollars!

Fundraiser for 'Suessical The Musical' Fundraiser, Wednesday, May 13

 The spring Black River Theatre Company fundraiser for 'Seussical the Musical' is May 13, 2020. Please stop by Panera in Holland any time (yes, ALL DAY!) on Wednesday, May 13 and mention the BRTC fundraiser and they receive 20% of whatever is purchased.

Class of 2020 Senior Schedule Change

The Senior Class of 2020 will have a schedule change on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. This change effects the SENIORS only and a letter was mailed home with more information. Here is a copy of the letter.

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

2020-2021 Black River Public School Open Enrollment for grades K-12

Open Enrollment ended on February 26, 2020.   All applications received by February 26 at 4pm will be included in the enrollment lottery.

Families are still encouraged to apply using the post lottery application.  All applications received post lottery will be added to the wait list for the applicable grade level.  If an opening occurs, families will be contacted.

For more information regarding open enrollment and our lottery please visit our admissions page.  Any questions regarding admissions or enrollment, please contact our Enrollment Coordinator, Nicole Klunder, at klundern@brpsk12.org or 355-0055, ext. 116.

Mark Your Calendars - MS/HS Spring Testing Date

Here is a snapshot of the spring testing schedule for grades 6-11. Students will be given testing information and instructions closer to the date of their test. 


6th Grade:
ELA Online Testing - Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:00 - 11:00am (A & B)
Math Online Testing - Friday, May 1, 2020  8:00 - 11:00am (C & D)

7th Grade:
ELA Online Testing - Monday, April 27, 2020, 8:00 - 11:00am (A & B)
Math Online Testing - Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:00-3:00pm (D & E)

8th Grade:
Science/Social Studies- Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 8:00-11:00am (A & C)

11th Grade:
Science/Social Studies - Thursday, April 23, 2020, 8:00-11:00am (A & B)

On site at Black River proctored in multiple classrooms
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 8:00 -11:30am
*Please note that 8th graders will eat during high school lunch on this day.

SAT Testing for 11th Grade
Off-site at First Reformed Church, Holland
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 7:30-12:30pm

ACT WorkKeys for 11th Grade
Off-site at First Reformed Church, Holland
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:30 - 11:00am

Annual High School Honors Assembly

The Annual Black River Public School High School Honors Assembly will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 1:30PM in the gymnasium. The assembly is hosted by Black River administrators and teachers to honor our high school students, especially the senior class for their scholastic and community achievements. All high school students will be in attendance and parents/guardians of juniors and seniors are encouraged to join us too. Teachers and staff will be available after if you would like to snap a few photos. The doors will open at 1:00PM for seating. Parents and family members can proceed directly to the gymnasium and do not need to sign-in at the main office before attending. Please contact John Donnelly at donnellyj@brpsk12.org if you questions.

Annual Middle School Honors Assembly

The Annual Black River Public School Middle School Honors Assembly will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:30AM in the gymnasium. The assembly is hosted by Black River administrators and teachers to honor our middle school students for their scholastic achievements. It is attended by all middle school students and eighth grade parents are encouraged to attend this event is in lieu of a formal 8th grade graduation ceremony. Teachers and staff will be available after if you would like to snap a few pictures. The doors will open at 11:00AM for seating. Parents and family members can proceed directly to the gymnasium and do not need to sign-in at the main office before attending. Please contact John Donnelly at donnellyj@brpsk12.org if you questions.

BRTC: Suessical the Musical, May 15

On behalf of the Black River Theatre Company students, we'd like to invite you to attend our spring production of Suessical the Musical. The performances are Friday, May 15 at 7:00pm and Saturday, May 16 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Cityside Middle School, Lokers Auditorium in Zeeland

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: ok2say@mi.gov

OK2Say Poster

GVSU Charter School Office College Prep Week 2020

GVSU College Prep Weeks for Summer 2020 have been announced. The application link is available through Friday, May 1, 2020. 

GVSU Summer Flyer

GVSU Summer Flyer Back Page

Stay Current on School News & Events! 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

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

Order your 2019-2020 School Yearbook Here!

It's time to start thinking about ordering this year's yearbook. We are working with a new company this year. Jostens offers a $5.00 incentive if you order your yearbook early. The Elementary Yearbook is $20.00 when ordering early, and the High School Yearbook is $45.00 when ordered early.

Below you will find the links to follow to order each yearbook. Please make sure that you click on the correct link for the yearbook you are ordering.

Elementary Yearbook $20.00 If ordered before October 11, 2019


High School Yearbook $45.00 if ordered before October 11, 2019


If you have any questions, contact Joy Shirk, the yearbook adviser at  shirkj@brpsk12.org  

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

meet your new infinite campus apps


Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play


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

Fax: (616) 355-0057