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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.

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 Killingbeck, Supt.

(989) 642-5282

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

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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.
Young 5's/Kindergarten 2021/2022

It's time to register for preschool!

How do I find the registration form?

1. Go to

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

Breakfast and lunch will remain FREE to all students thru the remainder of the 20-21 school year.
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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.

Happy Birthday!

5/17 Kassidy Cavendish

5/20 Alynn Bayn-Villanueva, Andrew Reid, Christos Kato

5/21 Adelynn Thiel

5/23 Samantha Gulliford, Niko Vanwyckhouse