November 8, 2019
St. Peter Lutheran School Hemlock, MI
Our first snow fall of the year did not consist of a snow day, but these girls were able to make some mini-snowmen decorated with leaves.
Calendar of Events
Nov. 8: 4:30pm Away Basketball @ Peace

Nov. 9: 8:00am-2:00pm Apple Pie Sale

Nov. 11: Veteran's Day Spirit Day: Wear Red, White & Blue

Nov. 11: 6:30pm PTL Board Meeting

Nov. 13: 8:05am Chapel: Pastor Morris

Nov. 13: Hearing Testing Grades PS, Y5's, Kdg., 2, 4, 6 & 8

Nov. 14: 11:02am Dismissal 1/2 Day with Busses/Child Care Available

Nov. 14: Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 14: 7:00pm Board of Christian Education Meeting

Nov. 15: 11:02am Dismissal 1/2 Day with Busses/Child Care Available

Nov. 15: 5:00 Home Bball Game vs St. Paul
Nurturing the Faith
In Our Prayers:  This week we will be praying for these St. Peter alumni who graduated from our school: Emily Fehn , class of 2010; Emily Starke , class of 2017; Emily Wardin , class of 2010 and Eric Krauss , class of 2011.

Our Condolences: Our prayers are with Ms. Michelle Oczepek and family upon the death of Michelle's mother, Mrs. Judy Hubbell. May God give comfort and peace to the family.
Devotion of the Week: Keys of the Kingdom Bible verse from 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, " 'O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." This past Sunday we celebrated All Saints Day and were reminded of those who have died in the faith. This verse from 1 Corinthians is a wonderful reminder that we too are counted in the saints even though we are sinners. We have the promise of eternal salvation because of what Jesus has done for us. This is a message are able to hear every day in school. As we enter into the season of Thanksgiving, may we daily be thankful and celebrate this eternal victory we have!

Thank You St. Peter: "Thank you so much for your donation of food. Every donation we receive goes a long way in helping those in need. 1 John 4:12B..If we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us. God Bless You!" This is a letter received from God's Helping Hand of Hemlock and Merrill. We also received this from God's Helping Hands, "GHH would like to thank all the students who participated in the food drive a couple of weeks ago. We will be open this Saturday, November 9, from 9:00am-12:00pm at Zion. Food is always needed and appreciated. Thank you again."
Quote of the Week
"Thank you for doing those Keys to the Kingdom. They're really doing their job. When she needed it (Bible words), it just came right out."
- Comment from a parent whose child had an emergency situation.
In the Classroom
Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences November 14: Parent-Teacher conferences for students in Four-Year-Old Preschool - 8th grades will be held on Thursday, November 14. School will be dismissed on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15 at 11:03 (Preschool dismissal will be at their regular time of 11:15). Bus transportation will be provided to and from school on both days for grades K-8. A printed conference schedule is going home today or you may click here to view the schedule. Please note, we will still offer SPLASH and Child Care on our half days of school. The cost for Child Care will remain the same. The cost for SPLASH is as follows: $5/child until 12:00, $15/child until 4:00 or $18/child until 5:40. Lunch will not be provided; children will need to bring a lunch from home.

First Quarter Report Cards: These are available to parents on Fast Direct for our K-8 students.
Science Fair 2020: Our St. Peter Science Fair is about three months away! Students in grades 5-8 should be ready to begin their investigations. These are some of the things students should have completed by now:
  • Have a question or problem they are trying to solve
  • Develop a hypothesis
  • Have a detailed procedure as to how they will carry out their investigations
For the next several months, students should be testing their question and gathering data to generate their conclusions.

Thank You: We appreciate the work Mr. Harold Schroeder did in building new shelving for the church balcony and the music room. Thank you also to Mr. Larry Bauer and Brady Hagenow for their help.
Bug Builders, Inc. Activity: The 7th-8th graders are studying heredity in life science and had an activity which they had to design a new type of Space Bug using two parent bugs. They paired an allele (gene) from each parent for each trait and figured out what each trait the new offspring would have.
What's Your Story
Pictured below are some of our preschool students who are gathered around a rocking chair. That rocking chair was given in memory of Mrs. Pam Pawlik who passed away a few weeks ago. Pam was a dedicated volunteer in our school who worked with our students in the READ program. We are thankful for the time that she spent with our students, and we know they will use the rocking chair regularly for relaxing and reading books. Thank you to Mrs. Debbie Mercer, Pam's sister, for donating this chair in memory of her sister.

We are always looking for additional stories to share. Please click here to send us your story to be published in the Panther Press .
Spirit Wear Online Store Open
News & Notes
Last Chance for Handcrafted Ornaments: W oodland Works is having a final sale for their ornaments. They will be selling ornaments out in the hallway on the mornings of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Nov. 11-13). Ornaments range from $.50-$3.00 each. They have both Sedona red and Early American brown colored ornaments in stock. Thank you for your support. All proceeds go towards the Garuna Foundation.
Turkey Trot Success: Thank you to everyone who volunteered or participated (or both) in our annual Turkey Trot. We are thankful for all of the help we received. Special thanks to TriToFinish and Mr. Andy Brady for running this community wide event each year at our school. Thank you also to these people:
  • Mrs. Dawn Earnesty for picking up all of the milk, cheese and Gogurts from Gordon's and delivering them to school.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Jenny Curry, Mrs. Kaeleen Homrich, Mr. Scott Neumeyer, Ms. Lois Parsell, Mrs. Erica Rapini, Mrs. Mindy Harry, Ms. Tammy Watson, Mrs. Sheila Bauer, Mrs. Laurie Brady, Mrs. Pam Hales, Mrs. Nicole Love, and Mr. Mike Wardin for all their work before, during, and after the Turkey Trot.
  • Mrs. Sue Long for donating all of the delicious cupcakes for this event.
Spirit Day:  Monday is Veteran's Day. Remember to honor veterans by wearing red, white and blue to school. Lunch will be star-shaped soft pretzels with cheese, and 100% juice cherry slushies, with the American Flag on top!   

Child Care: Christmas break is Dec. 23-Jan. 3. School will resume on Jan. 6. Child Care (including Toddler Care) will be available only two days during the break, Jan. 2-3. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.
Self-Defense Class: On Saturday, November 16, there will be two self-defense classes offered by Bree Gakganski , instructor, at St. Peter Lutheran School in our gym. The first class is for adults from 9:00am-11:30/12:00. The second class is for children from 1:00-2:30. Here is a description of the adult class (ages 13 and up): "The way my program works is it is a 2.5 hour course that is very interactive. About 20% of my course is roughly in discussion, then the rest of the program is all hands on. Each person will have the opportunity to train to their own abilities and I work with each one individually and personally to make sure they get a full understanding of each tactic. There will be a combination of 3 hand-on-hand tactics that each person will walk away from. I teach the top tier civilian self defense training and I am a prior law enforcement officer." Here is a description of the children's class (ages 6-12): Scenario training for younger mindsets on how they may be approached by strangers, working on password training, along with a few tactics they can use in time of emergency. The times of emergency will be explained during the training for a firm understanding of when tactics such as these can be and should be used. Parents should be present in the back of the class room at all times." Contact Mrs. Ingrid Havens at 989-392-3014 if you are interested in joining either class. The cost of the classes are as follows:
  • $50 for the adult class, if 10 or more attend, the cost is $35 
  • $35 for the kids class, if 5 or more attend the class is $20. 
CEF: Stamps aren't just for envelopes anymore! Learn how saving a book of Kids at Work stamps from Church Extension Fund can help build a church or a school. The Kids at Work Stamps Programs teaches good stewardship through faith-based activity books. See Mrs. Sheila Bauer on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:15am near the main entrance of school for more information.
Basketball News: The Panthers had an exciting opening night against Faith in front of their home crowd on Wednesday. The girls were able to pull away from the Wildcats in the f ourth quarter to secure their 23-8 victory. Isabella Curry led all scorers with 11 points. Kendelle Klemish and Keirstyn Curnutt each chipped in 6 points. The boys also had a close game throughout, and the score was tied at the end of three out of four quarters and ended up going to overtime. The Panthers held the Wildcats scoreless in overtime and captured their first win of the season in a 17-14 victory. Zach Holifield had 9 points (three in OT) and Patrick Cowling added 8 points. Both teams are back in action tonight at Peace with the girls tipping off at 4:30 followed by the boys. Go Panthers!
Hemlock Saturday Morning Basketball: The Hemlock Sports Boosters and the Hemlock girls' basketball program are once again offering a Saturday morning basketball program for boys and girls in Grades K-6. The girls' 3rd-6th grade program will be run by Coach Neumeyer , his coaching staff, and members of the girls' basketball program while everything else is run by the Hemlock Sports Boosters. Attached are registration forms (one for the girls' Grades 3-6 program and one for everyone else). The early registration deadline is December 6th. The program begins on January 11th. You can register online at . If you have any questions or need more information, contact Mr. Neumeyer .   
PTL Information
St. Peter Christmas Bazaar  Saturday, Dec. 7   from 9 am to 2:30 pm.   Featured are crafts, holiday baked goods,   rock candy, fresh greens, white elephant sale,   and more. Luncheon from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.   Contact  Julie Ryan  (989)245.7114 to rent a table or space. WSGW will broadcast from the bazaar.
St. Peter Lutheran School
(989) 642-5659

2440 N. Raucholz Rd.
Hemlock, MI 48626
Saturday at 5:00pm
Sunday Morning at 8:00am & 10:30am

Sunday School & Bible Class at 9:15am Sunday Mornings