December 13, 2019
Friday, December 13
Parsonage Open House 6:30 p.m. 

Saturday, December 14
Josh Wilson Concert 7 p.m. 

Sunday, December 15
Advent by Candlelight 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 18
Children’s Christmas Program 9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 19
K-8 Caroling at Bay Shores 10 a.m.

Friday, December 20
Early Dismissal 11:30 a.m.

December 21-January 5
Christmas Break

Wednesday, January 8
PTO Meeting 6 p.m.

Friday, January 17
Geography Bee 9:30 a.m.
End of 2nd Grading Period

Monday, January 20
No School; Teacher Inservice 

January 26-31
National Lutheran Schools Week

Sunday, January 26
Y5-8th graders sing in church 8 & 10:30 a.m.

Friday, January 31
Pancake Breakfast 7:15 a.m.

Saturday, February 1
PTO Fun Fair
Sunday, December 15
8:00 a.m. - Caroline Douponce
10:30 a.m. - Lexi Hutchinson

Wednesday, December 18
6:30 p.m. - Hayden Swartz

Sunday, December 22
8:00 a.m. - Blake Lowe
10:30 a.m. - Rachel Mammel

Tuesday, December 24
3:15 p.m. - Natalie List
6:30 p.m. - Emily EauClaire

Wednesday, December 25
9:00 a.m. - Caroline Douponce

Children’s Christmas Program Practices
Rehearsal at Church
Mon., Dec. 16: Preschool-8 @ 8 a.m.
Please remember:
• Bags and books can stay with students at church; no need to drop those off at school.
Preschool-Grade 8 Early Arrivals assemble at the church.
Preschoolers who haven’t attended a practice yet need to attend Monday’s practice. 
All Preschoolers-Grade 8 be at the Children’s Christmas Program 9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 18.

Special Christmas Dress Days
Students and teachers are welcome to celebrate and participate in the following special dress days:
• Wed., Dec. 18 - Dress Up Clothes (No Jeans) for Christmas Program
• Thurs., Dec. 19 - St. Paul Spirit Wear
• Fri., Dec. 20 - Christmas Spirit Wear (e.g. sweaters, hats, antlers, entire everything!)

Advent By Candlelight 2019
Reminder - Advent By Candlelight will take place in the school auditorium this Sunday, December 15, at 7 p.m. 

Parsonage Open House 
The Matyas family warmly invites the families of St. Paul Church & School to their Parsonage Open House on Friday, December 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be food, drinks, music, and laughter. Please use the side door into the mud room. We look forward to seeing you there.
Josh Wilson Concert
A limited number of concert tickets will be available at the door for the Josh Wilson concert this Saturday, December 14th in the St. Paul sanctuary. $10. Please join us for a wonderful night of music and fellowship for the whole family.  

Ice Cream Social
Join us in the gym on Wednesday, December 18, after the evening Children’s Christmas Program, for an Ice Cream Social hosted by the Board of Education. Ice cream, toppings, desserts, and hot cocoa will be served. Freewill donations will be accepted to benefit the Ministry Center.

Sunday School Birthday Party For Jesus 
During Sunday School on December 22, we will host the annual Birthday Party for Jesus. Children, Preschool through 8th Grade, can join us for songs, crafts, snacks and prizes, celebrating Jesus’ birthday. Please note that Sunday School will not meet on Sunday, December 29. Child Care will be provided on December 29, for those who would like to attend the adult Bible class.
Extended Care - Dec. 20 
Today is the deadline! Please sign up if you need Extended Care on Friday, December 20 after the early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. Sign-up sheets are in the office and with Mrs. Kramer, or you can sign up by contacting the office. We will need at least 7 children signed up in order to provide care. Please plan to bring a sack lunch from home. 

Pick Up Your St Paul Apparel Orders Next Friday 
Friday, December 20 beginning at 11:00 a.m., you can pick up your orders in the school auditorium. I (Sam Britton) will plan on remaining in the auditorium until 1:00 pm. (Yes, I know this is a change in pick up times.) If you are unable to pick up your order or make arrangements to have someone else do it, just let me know and we’ll work out a time to get your items to you. You can text or call me at 798-3152 or email me at and we’ll work out a plan for pickup or delivery. Don’t forget: Next Friday – School Auditorium – 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Wreath Fundraiser - Thank You!
Thank you for supporting the fresh wreath fundraiser! $1,030 was raised for the Ministry Center. We appreciate your contribution. Merry Christmas! - Kristen Glasser and Ray & Debbie Garcia

PTO Students of the Week
Congratulations to this week's Students of the Week—Brooks Boven, Max Finney, & Kennedi Ritt!

Thank You for Lunch!
The Olive Garden of Midland generously prepared and cooked spaghetti, breadsticks, and salad for the school’s lunch last Friday. Thank you to Olive Garden for offering this discounted lunch and for the Thrivent Action Team to cover the discounted price. What a blessing!

Sunday School Recognizes Perfect Attendance for November 
Congratulations to the following students who had perfect Sunday School attendance for the month of November:
Charles Begick, Ava Garrett, Brooklynn Garrett, Rylie Garrett, Elise Helmreich, Noah Helmreich, Isaac Hendrick, Brynlee Kolberg, Ryker Kolberg, Natalie List, Abigail Matyas, Ethan Matyas, Isaac Matyas, Olivia Matyas, Hayden Schwartz, Ainsley Wiess, Owen Wiess

CEF Savings Stamps
This month, savings stamps will be available on Mondays at the church (drop off at church due to Christmas practices).

Need Gift Cards for Christmas?
With over 50 different cards to choose from, the scrip box is bound to have that perfect gift card for the people on your list. Please see the person selling at the back of church or stop in the office, or take an order form home. We do have a lot on hand. If not, it only takes a few business days to get them in. To ensure we have what you need, please place all orders by Dec. 14th. Any questions, please contact Megan Lowe 989-684-4450 or Thank you for supporting our school.

Did You Get the Practice Call?
Mr. Lustila sent out a practice emergency phone call before Thanksgiving. If you did not receive it, please let the office know. We utilize a notification system called School Messenger to call parents and notify them of school closings, emergencies, or other special events. The system will make a call out to the phone numbers that were listed as “cellular” or “home” on the Enrollment Application. If you would like to verify or change that number please contact the office. When the call comes in, the caller id shows the number 989-684-4450.

Hot Lunch Charge Policy
Please note the Hot Lunch Charge Policy (see below). Since we left the government hot lunch program on January 1, 2019, we need to follow this policy to ensure a successful program. Thank you for your cooperation. 
Charging Policy of School Meals and/or Milk and Ala Carte
The purpose of this policy is to insure proper management of the Hot Lunch Finances and provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances.
Our charging policy at St Paul Lutheran School is a five meal maximum per student, not to exceed $15.00. Parents will be notified through FASTDIRECT when their child owes money for school meals. All outstanding balances must be paid within 30 days. 
Parents may track their expenses and deposits for the School Meal program on the St. Paul School Information website: If help is needed to access the information please contact the St. Paul School Office.
Each parent can and should pay for meals in advance and they should keep track of their balances to minimize the possibility that their child may be without meal money on any given day. If a student is without meal money on a consistent basis, the cafeteria manager/principal will investigate the situation more closely, and send home a free/reduced meal application. If there is a situation the school needs to be aware of in regards to an outstanding hot lunch balance, please let the principal know.
This policy’s provisions pertain to regular school lunch meals only, NO ALA CARTE ITEMS CAN BE CHARGED (this includes extra milks). Free and Reduced students MUST have a credit available to purchase ala carte or extra milk.

December's Hot Lunch Menu
Click below to view:
A Boys & Girls Basketball, Poms, & Dance Practice Schedules

Boys A-Team: Coaches Brian Appold and Scott Lowe
Practices on Mondays & Tuesdays in December
3:30-5:30 p.m.

January 9
Home vs. Zion, Beaver 6:30 p.m.

January 13
Away @ St. John’s, Midland 6:30 p.m.

January 23
Away @ Immanuel, Bay City vs. Christ the King 6:00 p.m.

January 24
Away @ Zion, Bay City 6:30 p.m.

January 27
Away at Trinity, Monitor 6:30 p.m.

January 30
Home vs. Zion, Bay City 6:30 p.m.

February 4
Away @ Immanuel, Bay City vs. Bethlehem, Saginaw 6:00 p.m.

February 7
Home vs. St. John’s, Midland 6:30 p.m.

February 10
Parent Night for all 8th Graders
Home vs. Trinity, Monitor 6:30 p.m.

February 13
Away @ Zion, Beaver 6:30 p.m.

February 20-22
Tournament @ St. John’s, Midland

Girls A-Team: Coach Essa Roemer
January 9
Home vs. Zion, Beaver 5:30 p.m.

January 13
Away @ St. John’s, Midland 5:30 p.m.

January 23
Away @ Immanuel, Bay City vs. Christ the King 5:00 p.m.

January 27
Away at Trinity, Monitor 5:30 p.m.

February 4
Away @ Immanuel, Bay City vs. Bethlehem, Saginaw 5:00 p.m.

February 7
Home vs. St. John’s, Midland 5:30 p.m.

February 10
Parent Night for all 8th Graders
Home vs. Trinity, Monitor 5:30 p.m.

February 13
Away @ Zion, Beaver 5:30 p.m.

February 20-22
Tournament @ St. John’s, Midland

Girls Poms (K-3): Coach Lara Polzin
No Practice December 19
Performances at all Home games
January 9 & 30, February 7 & 10

Girls Dance (Gr. 4-8): Coach Lara Polzin
No Practice December 19
Performances at all Home games
January 9 & 30, February 7 & 10
Our Mission Statement
We will teach, experience, and share Christ’s love, equipping disciples
for a life-long faith walk with Jesus.