The Trekker Times

January 9, 2023

Principal's Pen

Dear Bishop Baraga Trekkers,

Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a terrific weekend! Our first week back after Christmas break was nice and routine. We are back to a normal schedule with lots of learning going on. Our second semester ends this Friday, and report cards will be posted on SchoolSpeak next Monday, January 16th.

You will find the handout on our virtue of the month, humility, in this week's Monday Mailer. I forgot to include it last week. Please take time this week to talk with your children about the gifts and talents God has given them and to give thanks.

Scrip totals may also be found in the Monday Mailer. The report you will receive includes all your purchases from March 2022 through today. The first $200 is the scrip requirement. Anything above that is split 50/50. Preschool and pre-kindergarten families do not have a scrip commitment, so your entire total may be applied to tuition.

The Diocese of Marquette requires all students receive annual training in safe-environment policies. Our kindergarten through eighth grade students will receive instruction from their classroom teachers beginning next week. There is a letter in the Monday Mailer regarding this instruction. Please read through that memo and give me a call with any questions.

Our Caught Being a Christian Award this week goes to Izabelle Simms. Izabelle is one of our first grade students. She graciously played with one of the younger students in the after-school program who had no one to play with them. She was practicing the virtue of kindness. Great job, Izabelle!

Have a wonderful week and God bless,

Angela Oller

Our Lady of Guadalupe Play

The 6th graders performed a play last week about Our Lady of Guadalupe. They did a great job!
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Our Visiting Pastors

Below are pictures of Father Mike Woempner, the pastor of St. Mary, Queen of Peace Parish and Father Mike Chenier, the pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish. The students love the time they get to spend with our pastors.

Father Mike Woempner brought in a story to read with our first grade class. In the second picture Father Mike Chenier is teaching a lesson to our second grade class who are preparing for their first penance and first communion.

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Science with Mr. Carlson

Mr. Carlson taught a lesson this week with the second grade class that is the first in a series of lessons on minerals. Students learned that just as pizza is made out of different ingredients, rocks are made of different minerals. Each student will be able to put together a mineral collection.

How to Raise Kind Kids

Families with children in our preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten will find the book How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain by Thomas Lickona in their Monday Mailer today. This is a gift to your families from the school. We hope it will be a resource that helps you in the difficult job of raising children today in a culture that often stands in opposition to our values and beliefs. The chapters in this book can be read in any order. If you need help with discipline, there is a chapter on that topic. If you wonder how to get control of screens, try chapter 9. Chapter 8 is about how to have family meetings. Review the chapters to see what speaks to you.

Our hope is to have a few get-togethers starting in March for families to gather for fellowship and discussion to support one another in raising our children. We will use this book as a guide, but it will not be necessary to read it to join us. We will have more information regarding the get-togethers for you soon.

This is certainly not an activity only reserved for parents of our younger students. Everyone is welcome to join us in reading the book and gathering for discussions as the topics covered can benefit all of us, regardless of the age of our children. I have a few extra copies of the book in the office for anyone interested in reading it or you can find it on amazon. Call the office if you would like to borrow a copy.

Manners Monday | 5 | Sitting Posture

Recess Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help monitor the students during our lunch recess. Below are more specifics about what this involves.

  • Volunteers must complete the Safe Environment Training through the Diocese of Marquette.
  • Volunteers help the lead recess teacher monitor the students.
  • Help students who are injured.
  • Bring students to the office/bathroom.
  • Monitor students to ensure they are following the recess rules.
  • Assist the lead teacher in any way necessary.
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., Monday through Friday

If you are able to help, please call the office. We are not looking for a long-term commitment. If you are able to sign up for one or two days, it would be greatly appreciated! Call Mrs. Steinbrecher or Ms. Oller if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events


11 - Wed: 8:00 a.m. Mass

11 - Wed: 7th/8th grade visit Evergreen, Mass at 10:00 a.m.

13 - Fri: 8:00 a.m. Mass, 5th/6th grade prepares

13 - Fri: end of 2nd quarter

13 - Full day of school

16 - Mon: Report cards published on SchoolSpeak