Huskie Highlights

Hemlock & K.C. Ling Elementary Newsletter

The Week of February 8th - 12th

Peek at the Week

Monday, February 8th



Tuesday, February 9th



Wednesday, February 10th



Thursday, February 11th

PAWS Drawing

Smencils/Sucker Sale


Friday, February 12th

VIRTUAL LEARNING DAY FOR ALL

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February 4, 2021


It is so hard to believe that this is our 22nd week of school. This week we celebrated 100 school days. Many of our elementary students dressed up to celebrate this milestone. We have many great things going on in our classrooms, school buildings, and our community. This week our HBA hosted two ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new businesses. Our community is a place that people want to be part of.


As I have been around town or school talking to people, I have had a few of them comment on my last update. These people were positive about how I ended my update with the calendar survey and said, “At the end of the day, if this is the most frustrating thing some people have to say about Hemlock Public School District, after managing pandemic education, we are in good shape.”


In hearing other people say those words back to me, it made me realize although many may agree and echo that sentiment, there are those out there that may feel marginalized or disenfranchised by those words. If you are one of those that felt like your opinion or thoughts did not matter, I am truly sorry and would encourage you to give me a call at 989.642.5282 or send me an email at killingbeck@hemlockps.com. Please know I was simply trying to highlight that in a world where many educational institutions are just opening their doors, we have been prepared, constantly working to improve, and focused not on what is easy but delivering what many have found impossible. People in other communities and schools would be willing to trade places.


My wife Becky and I are proud Hemlock Huskie parents. As your Superintendent, I often put on my “dad hat” and think about how decisions will affect kids, parents, and families. My family is probably a lot like yours, enjoying one another's company, eating dinner together, celebrating special occasions, playing games and talking. Since the pandemic, the amount of time isolated at home, we have all had to make decisions to balance wellness and health and social interactions. I personally know that my own kids, like probably your kids and even adults thrive on human interaction and connection.


Our children have not had a normal day of school since Thursday, March 12th. So when the opportunity to advocate to bring students back a week earlier next fall than we did this year, I have done so. For two reasons, first, no matter how hard we have tried and believe me, the team of educators here at Hemlock Public School District has tried their best. The education and opportunities that our children, although resilient, have lost since March 2020 are greater than we want to acknowledge. Second, to provide our students with some level of normalcy, social interaction, social and emotional learning support as soon as we possibly can. If you would like to talk about this or anything for that matter, feel free to give me a call at 989.642.5282. Also, feel free to click here and share your feedback.


Our school board will have the calendar as an emerging topic this month and not take any action on the calendar but rather will listen, examine, and make a decision at a later time. Here is the notice for our regular February meeting, held on Wednesday, February 10th at 6 PM. Here is the notice with the link to attend and participate.


Another week and It still is exciting to report that we have not had any new school-related cases of COVID-19 or school-related quarantines since our return to school after the holiday break. However, we do have a couple of students/staff quarantining for non-school related COVID-19 issues.


Our staff had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine with a clinic hosted by our partners, St. Mary's Hospital and Saginaw County Health Department, this past week. Based on the information we receive regarding our next round of the vaccine, we are examining our schedule. We may add additional remote days into our calendar to ensure we can adequately staff.


Click here to review our COVID-19 Dashboard with data updates in real-time. This link brings pertinent information together into one easy to access place.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.


All the best,

Don

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Congratulations to our January Leaders of the Pack!

Kenny - Ryan Buckley


Aldrich - Adalyn Eggers

Bouchard - Mason Olson

Klopf - Taylee Hall

Schantz - Wyatt Lawrence


Kaczmarczyk - Everly Hammond

Olinger - Addie Taylor

Siler - Calvin Eaton


Bohn - Mckenzie Christian

Hammond - Maci Reed

Langworthy - Rusty Moore

Sensabaugh - Lawson Rinz


Grandy - Lauren Launstein

Green - Isabelle Steinert

Taylor/Engelhart - Isabella Terrian


Eaton - Jaycob Hill

Hingston - Brooke Turner

Tack - Lydia Ricker


VISIT OUR COVID-19 DASHBOARD

We have added up-to-date information on our webpage at:

https://www.hemlockps.com/o/district/page/covid-19-resources--84

Order your March is Reading Month Shirt!

It's time for our annual Read-A-Thon! T-Shirts are available to order now through February 18, 2021. Be sure to use the link below to place your orders. If you have any questions, please reach out. More information to follow 🏫📚


https://hemlockreadingmonth2021.itemorder.com/sale

Young Fives & Kindergarten Online Registration - Please Help Spread the Word!

Parents of children, who will be age five by December 1, 2021, are encouraged to register their child for Young Fives or Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. A formal registration night will not be held this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Preschool Registration Coming Soon!

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 7:30 AM ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 8TH



How do I find the registration form?

1. Go to www.hemlockps.com

2. Click on the Early Childhood Center under the school tab.

3. Click on the menu tab.

4. The preschool registration will be located on the bottom left side of the page.

Boxes of Love!

Dear Families,

Each year our teacher’s union reaches out to support the women and children of the Underground Railroad of Saginaw. The Underground Railroad is a safe haven that provides services for victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and human slavery.


Annually, the Underground Railroad of Saginaw provided many valuable services to our community, including:

  • Providing 14,000 safe nights in a shelter for over 500 women and children

  • A 24-hour helpline and emergency response program

  • Childcare and housing assistance

  • Court support

  • Advocacy, therapy, and support groups


Each year, our school district collects items to donate to the women and children in need, including:

  • full-size bottles of shampoo & conditioner

  • deodorant

  • hair ties, accessories, and products

  • toothpaste and toothbrushes

  • full-size lotions or body sprays

  • soaps and body washes

  • feminine hygiene items

  • Other hygiene/self-care items...


We will be collecting items to donate from February 1st-15th. Items can be dropped off in the office or given to your child’s teacher. Thank you for your continuing support of our community and families in need.


Respectfully, Hemlock Federation of Teachers


For more information on the Underground Railroad of Saginaw, please visit: http://undergroundrailroadinc.org

YEARBOOK NEWS!

Volunteers needed to help create our year of memories in our school's yearbook! If you are looking for a way to get involved and help support our school, please consider serving on our Yearbook Team. This team will collect pictures of our students, help build content and layout our yearbook capturing one of our most unique years ever! You will be supported by a team of parent volunteers with direct support from Lifetouch to create our school's yearbook. No experience is necessary - please consider volunteering. If you are interested, please reach out to Mrs. Gensch at 989-642-5235 or gensch@hemlockps.com.

Math Month 2021!

Congratulations to Mrs. Green's Classroom, winners of the 2021 Mathbowl!

Hemlock Elementary & K.C. Ling Cafeteria News

Don't forget that we will continue to provide food service during remote learning days, between the hours of 11 AM-1 PM, passing out a daily breakfast and lunch at Hemlock Middle School door #29 for children age 19 and under and those with special needs up to age 26.
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February Kindness Calendar!

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Water Bottles & Winter Clothes

Just a few reminders....

Please make sure your child is bringing a refillable water bottle to school each day. The drinking fountains are still turned off, but the bottle filling stations are operating.


Also, please make sure students are dressed for the cold weather. Students should be wearing snow pants, boots, hats, and gloves outside each day to stay warm.

Happy Birthday!

2/8 Jaden Szepanski, Jayde Tinglan

2/9 Mahkenna Miiler, Hattie Powers

2/10 Bria Hendrickson, Everly Bouchard

2/11 Stella Flora

2/13 Emma Smith

2/14 Bently Marker