Hemlock & K.C. Ling Elementary Newsletter
Weekly Update From Mr. Killingbeck
This week is our 35th week for the 2020-2021 school year.
Right now, as we work to finish this school year strong, we face not only COVID-19 but also fatigue. Stakeholders at all levels are tired and worn out. With 15 school days remaining, I encourage everyone to stay focused, and let's continue to work together to make this end of the school year the best possible for our children/students.
Overall, we have been able to navigate through the pandemic and COVID-19 fairly successfully. We have had a low rate of positive cases and quarantines, but last week we experienced a pocket of positive cases (3) within our underclassmen at Hemlock High School.
This pocket of positive cases led to 33 quarantines. Although in the big picture 3 cases and 33 quarantines represent less than 1% of students positive and less than 10% quarantined, we selected to disrupt our face-to-face at our high school last week to re-evaluate our procedures/protocols, conduct a deep cleaning, and examine the data. In doing so, I can assure you that the safest place for children is school; due to all the protocols and cleaning procedures, the transmission of COVID-19 is extremely low. It appears that this current pocket of cases (3) and most of any other cases we have seen can be attributed to community spread and not spread through the school.
Yesterday, the Saginaw County Health Department changed their recommendations into an order requiring close contact 10-day quarantines for individuals within 6 ft for 15 minutes or longer with a laboratory positive tested COVID-19 person, which we will need to continue to follow for the remainder of the school year. With this in mind, I need to continue to urge parents to keep sick children home; this helps protect our face-to-face instruction and services from disruption. Again, we only have 15 days of school left.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.
All the best,
Don Killingbeck, Supt.
Leaders of the Pack
Kenny - Liam Trieb
Aldrich - Autumn Erickson
Bouchard - Jack Cadrain
Klopf - Caleb Larive
Schantz - Danielle Moore
Kaczmarczyk - Easton Morse
Olinger - Emma Baird
Siler - Maggie Raths
Bohn - Kendall Cole
Hammond - Madison Darby
Langworthy - Zane Reichle
Sensabaugh - Zackrey Crofoot
Grandy - Nikkos Kato
Green - Leighton Powers
Engelhart - Payton Bayn-Villanueva
Eaton - Maddison Hildebrant
Hingston - Jack Killingbeck
Tack - Mackenzie Terrian
Young Fives & Kindergarten Online Registration - Please Help Spread the Word!
It's time to register for preschool!
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.
Hemlock Elementary & K.C. Ling Cafeteria News
Attention Class of 2029! T-shirt Orders Due May 21st!
The school year is coming to a close very quickly. In past years we
have ordered 4th-grade t-shirts for the students to wear on the last day of school. Mild to Wild Graphics Design will be offering screen-printed shirts for the Class of 2029 this year. Please return payment and form to your student's teacher no later than Friday, May 21st. Payments can be made in cash or checks payable to Mild to Wild Graphic Design.
Tech News from Mrs. Kato
Parenting today involves so much more than it ever did with technology being a part of our daily lives. We are raising the first generation of kids to grow up with technology at their fingertips. Google has partnered with others to make a resource that is helpful for all parents. Google Families is helping families all around the world with resources, parent controls, family fun technology ideas, and tools to help with learning from a distance. There is something for everyone.