October 25, 2019
St. Peter Lutheran School Hemlock, MI
The Seventh and Eighth Graders were able to go to Board & Brush today to stain all of their Woodland Works Ornaments for all of their ornament orders. Thank you for your support through ordering these ornaments. A big thank you to Board & Brush and Mrs. Kelly Eddy for allowing us to stain our ornaments for free today!
Calendar of Events
Oct. 25: End of First Quarter

Oct. 27: Reformation Sunday & Second Grade Bible Distribution

Oct. 27: 11:30am Second Grade & Parents Bible Meeting

Oct. 28: 7:00pm Voter's Meeting

Oct. 30: 8:05am Chapel: Mr. Heinlein

Oct. 30: Wear It Wednesday (WIW) Spirit Day (Wear Your Theme Shirt)

Nov. 1: 11:45am-2:15pm 5-8 Grade VLHS Music Extravaganza Field Trip

Nov. 1: 5:00pm-7:00pm Turkey Trot Registration

Nov.2: 9:00am-12:00pm Turkey Trot

Nov. 3: Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nurturing the Faith
In Our Prayers:  This week we will be praying for these St. Peter alumni who graduated from our school: Cody Oczepek , class of 2011; Colton Kreh , class of 2017; Dakota Baccary , class of 2012; and Danielle Behnke , class of 2014.

Devotion of the Week: Keys of the Kingdom Bible verse from Psalm 119:105: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." This is a very fitting verse for what is about to take place this weekend. For our celebration of Reformation Day, our second graders will have God's Word placed into their hands by their parents in our 10:30 worship service this Sunday. The Reformation was all about all people being able to read and study the Bible, and Martin Luther instructed all parents to make this a priority in their homes. Each year the second graders are so excited to receive this gift. May that joy also be given to all of us as we have the ability to read God's Word daily as it is a lamp to our feet and a light for our paths. (Thank you to our St. Peter Men's Club for this wonderful gift for our second grade students.)
Quote of the Week
"We are astounded at our Kindergartener's progress in Mrs. Homrich's class. She went from barely identifying all of the alphabet letters to writing intelligible sentences in just two months! She also learned quite a bit of history and Bible stories."
-Comment from a Kindergarten parent
In the Classroom
End of First Quarter: Today is the last day of the first quarter. Report Cards will be available via Fast Direct on November 8. Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on November 14.

The Home Depot Project: The algebra class had an opportunity to finalize their Home Depot project of building their own bedroom by going to the Home Depot and "purchasing" all of their supplies while trying to stay within their budget.

Fall Writing: The second graders have been busy learning how to write paragraphs. They are learning about topic sentences, ideas, details, transition words, and conclusion sentences. They are also creating rough drafts to edit and then finishing with their final draft. Come on in and see their latest Fall paragraphs.
Pay It Forward: The third and fourth grade class has been given the opportunity to participate in a project called “Sharing our Blessings.”  Mrs. Joann Frederick recently visited the students to explain this service project. She shared with the class that several years ago she had watched an Oprah show in which Oprah had given members of the audience a gift of $1,000 and asked them to “Pay It Forward” to someone in need.  Mrs. Frederick was so moved by this notion that she thought, “Well, I can’t afford a thousand dollars, but I could afford to give my nephew Joe and each of his 26 classmates ten dollars each to bless someone else.” Mrs. Frederick has done this several times during the past 13 years. Each student in our classroom has been given $10.00 from Mrs. Frederick as seed money to bless someone with an act of kindness.  Mrs. Frederick shared ideas and asked them to start thinking about a way in which they can do something special for someone. Students will have the opportunity to tell about their “Sharing our Blessings” experiences during Parents Day on November 27.   
Library Delivery: The youth librarian from Hemlock Library came in to visit the 2nd graders this week on Thursday. Students were able to check out library books right in their classroom. The librarian will be visiting the 2nd graders every few weeks to collect their read books and bring them new ones. The students are very excited about this. 
Thank You from the Seaman Family
"I would like to say thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity the St. Peter's family did for me and my family in our time of despair. Life always throws you challenges but with God in your heart, lots of prayers and great people like all of you it made those challenges less challenging! We are so so very thankful and we appreciated everything more than you know. God is so so Good!" Love, Carrie Seaman and Family 
What's Your Story
Every Tuesday, we have stamp day. This is a day our students can purchase stamps through Church Extension Fund (CEF) as they invest their money into a savings account while also helping to support the building of new churches. On this past Tuesday, one of our first graders forgot her stamp money and told her mom that she had forgotten it. As she was stating this to her mom, one of our eighth graders, Fred Wedding, handed her two extra dollars he had in order to purchase her stamps. That is an example of empathy, kindness, and generosity all in one simple act.

We are always looking for additional stories to share. Please click here to send us your story to be published in the Panther Press .
News & Notes
Parent-Teacher Conferences N ovember 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. To help us work with you, we are asking you to return the form sent home today or you may click here to obtain it (you may also email your requested time to meet with your child's teacher). 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.

Job Opportunity: Are you looking for a fun volunteer job that only happens a couple of times each year? We are looking for help with the changing of the filters in our classroom registers. This happens about two times each year, and it really helps to keep the air quality in the rooms excellent for our students. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Eric Hagenow. Free on-the-job training by Mr. Harold Schroeder will be included with this job opportunity. Thank you for your consideration.
7th-8th Grade Wreath Sale:   Orders can be placed through Friday, November 8.  Orders will be ready for pick-up at St. Peter Lutheran Church on Monday, November 18 from 2:45-4:00.   Order forms can be found by clicking here , in the school office, or on the table in the narthex at church.  Thank you so much for your support!
CEF: 2-4-6-8-Saving stamps are really great! Students can learn how saving stamps from the Church Extension Fund can help them save money and also help build churches and schools. Visit Mrs. Sheila Bauer on Tuesday mornings from 7:30am -8:15am near the main entrance of school to find out more.

Attachments: Going home with students in Preschool 4-8th grades is the Parent/Teacher/Student Conference form. In grades 2-4 the schedule for the intramural basketball league is going home today. Also look for the November calendar/menu.

I Need to Stay Home If: Below are our school guidelines for when to keep your child home from school. Thanks for your help!
Online Store Open until November 17
Volleyball Season Ending Tournament: The A-team had an exciting tournament last weekend. On Friday afternoon, they faced off against the Spartans from St. Lorenz. The Panthers lost the first game, but then rallied back to win the next two games with the third game final score being 19-17. On Saturday, the girls were able to defeat St. Paul in the first game, but then lost the second two which put them in the 3rd place game against Holy Cross. The Panthers had two very close games against the Blue Jays (22-25 & 24-26) but they lost them both. Our girls made some big improvements on the season and they were fun to watch. Great job Lady Panthers!
Thank You Coaches: Thank you to our fall sport coaches for all of their time and energy coaching our young athletes. We appreciate all of your work. Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Ryan and Amy Hyatt, soccer coaches, and Mrs. Krystina Curnutt and Mrs. Mindy Harry, volleyball coaches.

2nd-4th Grade Basketball: All players who signed up received a schedule today. The first practice is on December 12 and the first game is on January 8. Click here to view the schedule.

Parent Sign Up: All B-team parents are expected to sign up to help at every home game. Click here to go to SignUpGenius to sign up. Thank you in advance for all of your help!
PTL Information
Turkey Trot 2019:  Our annual 5K/10K Turkey Trot race is next Saturday, November 2 starting at 9:00am. This is a huge community event for us and a great way to get some exercise. Registration is open and volunteers are needed.  Click here to register  and contact  Eric Hagenow  to volunteer to help.
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