Huskie Highlights

Hemlock & K.C. Ling Elementary Newsletter

The Week of November 9th-13th

Peek at the Week

Monday, November 9th

*Team Hemlock & Team Huskies report for in-person learning

Tuesday, November 10th

*Team Hemlock & Team Huskies report for in-person learning

Wednesday, November 11th

*Team Hemlock & Team Huskies report for in-person learning

Thursday, November 12th

1/2 Day for Students, Dismissal @ Hemlock Elementary 11:02 a.m., Ling 11:09 a.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 13th

1/2 Day Remote Learning for Students

K.C. Ling Parent Drop-Off UPDATE

As we continue to adjust our drop-off procedures at K.C. Ling, please consider arriving through the service drive off Hemlock Rd. and departing from the building going south on Pine Street. Also, you will notice that there was a new crosswalk painted on the south side of the parking lot. If you are dropping your child off, please park your vehicle near the crosswalk and walk your child up rather than in between the cars by the building. As always, thank you for your cooperation.


This is our 11th week of the 2020-2021 school year. It remains our goal to provide the most current information possible.

We still remain cautiously optimistic that we can continue our positive trends. Still, we need everyone to do their part by doing daily health screeners, keeping sick children home, and following the 3 W's: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.

It is important to keep things in perspective; we want all of our county to succeed with our efforts against COVID-19. Right now, all of our Saginaw County school district neighbors are either partially or fully closed to face-to-face instruction. It feels like it may only be a matter of time for us, but please know we will do everything we can to safely keep our face-to-face options available for our students and families.

We can currently report that we have had one student and three staff members this week that have tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, these employees did not have close contact with other students or staff when we conducted our contact tracing. Our one elementary classroom that had face-to-face instruction suspended at K.C. Ling is now back to school, but we now have another K.C. Ling classroom that is quarantined due to close contact. However, there are still three dozen or more students on quarantine, plus this additional new classroom, and some staff members due to close contact.

This week we were not able to provide busing to students and families that ride bus #27. Although this was not directly related to COVID-19, it was part of the trickle-down effect from other COVID-19 situations.

We continue to follow our return to learn plan and guidance from the health department, the department of education, and other oversight that has been provided.

Please continue to encourage your child to utilize our free breakfast and lunch program for all; it makes your morning easier knowing that breakfast and lunch are already taken care of.

Please rest assured if there are any concerns specific to you or your children that either a building principal or myself will contact you directly.

Our goal is to be back in school five days a week; at this time, we continue to review our format and will continue remote Friday on November 6th and 13th.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 989.642.5282.

All the best,

Don Killingbeck, Supt.

The following are lessons learned from this week.

  1. You don't need permission to be socially awkward.
  2. Data continues to be important in the decision-making process.
  3. Close contact really is the big issue when navigating these situations.

Updated Calendar

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VIRTUAL Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually this year on Thursday, November 12th. Students will have a half day on November 12th and a half day of remote learning on November 13th. Teachers will be reaching out to their classroom families to schedule a time for a virtual or phone conference. Dismissal on these days at Hemlock Elementary is 11:02 a.m. and K.C. Ling at 11:09 a.m.

Congratulations to our October Leaders of the Pack!

Kenny - Lily Gonzalez

Aldrich - Jase Kropp

Bouchard - Maggie Hollingsworth

Klopf - Levi Oomen

Schantz - Elijah Bradd

Kaczmarczyk - Ruby Kramer

Olinger - Gabe Kubik

Siler - Willie Westendorf

Bohn - Riley Willman

Hammond - Trey Barnes

Langworthy - Jules Urbain

Sensabaugh - Kaden Gensch

Grandy - Lucas Fletcher

Green - Wyatt Wenzel

Taylor - Anna Hoffman

Eaton - Mason Miller

Hingston - Hayden Locanto-Massa

Tack - Gavin Leitz

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A Collaboration with Shutterfly

Do you frequently order from Shutterfly? By using this storefront, our schools will automatically earn 8% on all Shutterfly and Tiny Prints products. Please be sure to use this link on your next order and share it with family and friends!

Happy Birthday!

11/11 Allyson Wiley-Hall, Silas Bryce

11/13 Carson Hodges, Jase Dotson, Legion Vansickle