District News

Middle/High School Lost and Found Clean-out Reminder

Lost and Found for the main building will be cleaned out on October 30, 2020. Please remind your student to look for lost items by Wednesday, October 28. Contact Kelli Heneghan, Facilities Coordinator, at heneghank@brpsk12.org with questions.

 

FOOD SERVICE NEWS – UPDATED DATES FOR FREE MEALS

We have exciting news to share with you regarding the free school meals served in the district to our students. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced all schools will be able to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL children through June 30, 2021.

FALL PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES, OCTOBER 29 & 30

Thursday, October 29 -  Conferences 1:00 to 8:00pm (Remote Half Day of School 8:00-11:00am)
Friday, October 30 -  Conferences 12::00 to 3:30pm (Remote Half Day of School 8:00-11:00am)

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held remotely on Thursday, October 29 from 1:00 - 8:00pm and Friday, October 30 from 12:00 - 3:30pm.

Online sign up ended on Wednesday, October 21 at midnight.  Parents needing an appointment after sign up has ended are asked to contact teachers directly.  Parents who signed up in advance will receive a Google Meet or Zoom Meet Invitation prior to your scheduled appointment.

School Board Meeting

To allow for social distancing the October 26, 2020 board meeting will be held via Zoom webinar.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83700779360
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +13126266799,,83700779360#  or +19292056099,,83700779360#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 837 0077 9360
    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcebuZuRjC

Individuals requiring special accommodation to attend this meeting or with questions should call the school office at 616-355-0055 at least three days prior to this meeting.

Black River Theatre Company Holiday Production Auditions Announced

The Black River Theatre Company (BRTC) is holding auditions for two Holiday productions (A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Christmas Carol). The auditions will take place on October 26 and 27 after school, or students can set up another time if necessary.  Students not currently involved in BRTC can get more information by contacting Mrs. Andrews.  She will send you an invite to the BRTC google classroom.  Here is a link to the audition form: Audition Form

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Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon Schools Share Message

Black River Families, 

Please read this collaborative statement from Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon superintendents regarding COVID-19 and watch the OCDPH video statement below.

Ottawa County Department of Public Health Video Statement:

View online here: https://spark.adobe.com/video/ICNFFsxLmrCcT

Respectfully,

Shannon Brunink, Head of School

 

FLEX FRIDAY DETAILS

We are excited to have students back on campus! Our first Flex Friday will be this week, 10/23. ALL STUDENTS should fill out the Google Form to sign up for the choice of learning that day, in-person or remote. The Form can be found in an assignment in CAP Google Classrooms and should be submitted by 8am Thursday, October 22. Please speak with your student and determine the best choice for your family, then have them fill out the Form.

More details are available here: Flex Friday Information

Sailing Team Heads to the State Championship Races in Grosse Pointe 

Congratulations to the BRPS Sailing Team! The 420 Team Championship race on Saturday with Ella Sligh, Alden Gort, Eden Nykamp and Duncan Elmer finished 6th.

Results from the Sunday individual State Championship races: 
Eden Nykamp 1st in laser radial
Duncan Elmer 3rd in laser full

Sailing team photo

*NEW* Ordering Lunch through Infinite Campus

This year, we are asking that elementary students who would like a school breakfast or lunch pre-order their choices through Infinite Campus.  Middle and high school students do not need to pre-order breakfast but will need to pre-order their lunches.

If you have a remote student who would like a school breakfast and lunch please choose the Remote Meals option to pre-order. Pre-ordering is done through the individual student's account or your parent account if ordering for multiple children.  

Orders must be placed by the end of the day on Wednesday for the following week.

To place an order, log into the Infinite Campus Parent/Student portal. On the left hand side you will see ‘School Store’.  Click on the "Shop" under the BR image.  Select the day of the week you are ordering for and then you will be brought to a drop down menu to select a meal/drink option and if ordering for more than one student, select the appropriate student. You can do this multiple times if you have multiple children. Once the meal choices have been made and added to the cart click on the ‘My Cart’ icon and if the order is correct, click on the ‘Submit’ button. 

For the week of October 19-23 your meal choices will need to be completed by the end of the day on Saturday, October 17.

Food Service Is Hiring!

Black River Food Service is looking for help. We are looking for part-time and subs. Hours will be between 8am-2pm. Qualifications are as follows: no experience necessary, able to work in a fast paced environment, able to lift up to 35 pounds, positive attitude, good time management and a team player!

If you are interested in joining our team please apply in person at the Food Service Area in the back of the school building between the hours of 7:30 am and 8:00 am on Mondays and Tuesdays only. Questions? Please call 616-891-0227.

2020-2021 Calendar Changes to Announce

Black River Families,

It’s not ideal to learn about calendar changes during an already chaotic time.  We have decided that it is in the best interest of students to make all scheduled half days (with the exception of scheduled exam days) remote half days.    We appreciate your grace and flexibility as we navigate an unusual school year.  

The Master Calendar has been updated to reflect these changes but highlights are also included below.

 

Middle/High School Locker/Lost and Found Items from Spring 2020

With the sudden close of school in March 2020, we still have items that have been left in the middle/high school lockers and in the main building lost and found area located under the south basement stairwell. On Wednesday and Thursday of the first week of school, we will be asking the C & F block teachers to give the students a few moments to go to their locker from last school year and gather any items to take home. If your student cannot recall their locker number or combination, they should email Christie Phillips in the main office at phillipsch@brpsk12.org from their Black River school email account. Please remind your student to check the lost and found area. All lost and found items and student belongings left in lockers will be cleaned out and donated starting on Wednesday, October 28. 

 

Family Update - Rat Return Information for In-person Learning!

Dear Black River Families,

We are so excited to have the students that opted for in-person back on campus on October 19 and look forward to continuing to work with our remote students.

This year, back-to-school has a whole new meaning.  Uncertainty can be difficult as we help students navigate their return to the classroom, surrounded by their peers and supportive staff, in the safest way possible. Our sixty-member, Operation Rat return task force worked diligently over the past five months to  create a detailed process to welcome our students while prioritizing health and safety.  We have discussed every minute of the school day and have planned for several scenarios to align with our Governor's Safe School Start Phases.

This update includes an incredible amount of information for all families in all grades K-12.  Please take time to read all of the information provided in the links for your students whether they are in elementary school or in the middle and high school.

Thank you for your great support of our incredible school.

Please click the link below:

Elementary Rat Return Information for In-person Learning

Middle/High School Rat Return Information for In-person Learning

 

Ready for School

 

BRPO Phone Directory Sign Up Reminder

The 2020-2021 school year Black River Parent Organization electronic Student/Family Phone Directory is a great resource for families! Don't forget to submit your information so you can be included in the directory and receive a PDF copy.

  • Contact parents/students to work on projects/homework

  • Find emails and phone numbers for play dates/parties

Submit online: https://www.formality.io/v/PxDP8QH5xjf

Volunteer with the PO: https://www.formality.io/v/KqgcpxfZyj

 

Open Enrollment Period Begins October 1, 2020
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR - LOTTERY APPLICATION INFORMATION

BR families and friends, the open enrollment period has started! Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted throughout the BRPS Open Enrollment Period which runs from October 1, 2020 through February 24, 2021 at 4pm. Applications received at any time during this period will be eligible for the enrollment lottery. BRPS families will need to fill out an application if they have a new incoming student to BRPS for the 2021-2022 school year, including an incoming kindergartner! Currently enrolled students do not need to re-apply each year.  

Contact Kelli Heneghan, Enrollment Coordinator, if you have questions regarding enrolling your student at Black River Public School. Kelli can be reached via email at heneghank@brpsk12.org or by phone at 616-355-0055 ext. 116. 

APPLY TODAY!

Application for the BRPS Enrollment Lottery - 2021-2022 School Year 

College Rep Visits Continue Virtually!

While it looks a little different this year, we are excited to announce that we are still able to host College Rep visits this fall. While they will be virtual this year, students will have the opportunity to talk with a representative and learn more about colleges and universities that may be of interest to them. 

Most Representatives are opting for one of two options, a virtual meeting for BR students or providing contact information for students to reach out and set up 1-on-1 appointments. 

The first two virtual meetings for BR students will be this Friday, 10/2. Students in eligible grades will be receiving details via email. 

College Ahead

Masks at BRPS Athletic Events

Black River is committed to adhering to the governor's Executive Order requiring our student athletes to wear masks for all sports activities listed in the Order.  Our students know that this is for safety and we all must do our part to end this pandemic.

Spectators at all BR athletic events are also required to properly wear a mask in order to be admitted to our events.  These masks must  be worn during the entire event.  Please know that spectators not properly wearing masks will cause a stoppage in our students' play and those refusing to wear their masks will be required to leave. Click here for the MHSAA guideline.

Thank you for understanding how important this is to all of us - especially our student athletes. 

Wear a mask

School Board Meeting

To allow for social distancing the September 21, 2020 board meeting will be held via Zoom webinar.

Please use the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571004077

Individuals requiring special accommodation to attend this meeting or with questions should call the school office at 616-355-0055 at least three days prior to this meeting.

Food Service Help Wanted!

Black River Food Service is looking for help. We are looking for part-time and subs. Hours could be 8am-2pm when school is in session. 2 days per week while we are on virtual learning. Qualifications are as follows: no experience necessary, able to work in a fast paced environment, able to lift up to 35 pounds, positive attitude, good time management and a team player!

If you are interested in joining our team please apply in person at the Food Service Area in the back of the school building between the hours of 12pm - 1:30pm on Monday's Only. Questions? Please call 616-891-0227.

 

A Letter from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health has provided the attached letter explaining how COVID-19 data for schools will be tracked and reported. Click here to read their explanation of what constitutes an outbreak and the context surrounding such a classification. 

MS/HS Students: Get involved in the Black River Theatre Company

Please watch the video from our BRTC president, Kate Bonello, for details about some of what we will be doing this fall/early winter.  

Video Link: https://youtu.be/CVThrK_W1rk

If you want more information throughout the year, please join the BRTC Google Classroom here. And, here is a link to sign up to perform in our Fall Showcase. Still have questions?  Contact Mrs. Andrews andrewsr@brpsk12.org

BRPO Phone Directory Sign-Up

The Black River Parent Organization electronic 2020-2021 Student/Family Phone Directory is a great resource for families!

  • Contact parents / students to work on projects / homework

  • Find emails and phone numbers for play dates / parties

Be included and receive a PDF copy by submitting your information.

Submit online: https://www.formality.io/v/PxDP8QH5xjf

Volunteer with the PO: https://www.formality.io/v/KqgcpxfZyj

Please note: The directory is organized through the BRPO. If you have an official address or email update for the school, please contact Christie Phillips in the MS/HS main office at phillipsch@brpsk12.org or Robin Bentley in the Elementary main office at bentleyr@brpsk12.org.

 

Amazing Guest Teachers Needed!

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School News Updates at a Glance - 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
  • 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

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Update: BRPS #1 Charter in Michigan - US News Best Schools Ranking Report

Our wonderful Black River Public School, Holland MI is in the news. Congratulations to our families, teachers and staff members that raise us up and keep us connected every day!

Recently, we received word that Black River Public School is the #1 ranked Charter School in Michigan, #3 of all open enrollment schools in Michigan, and #345 in U.S. schools. (That's #345 out of 23,000 nationally.) 

In addition, the 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings show that overall in Michigan, the No. 1 open-enrollment high school was also a charter school, Black River Public School in Holland. Black River came in at No. 7 on the list, but the six schools that finished ahead were either selective-enrollment schools or schools that don’t accept students from outside the district. 

Read two articles below:

https://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20200426/report-names-five-area-high-schools-among-states-top-100

https://www.charterschools.org/blog/u.s.-news-world-report-rankings-detroits-top-open-enrollment-high-schools-are-charters

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

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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