Huskie Highlights

Hemlock & K.C. Ling Elementary Newsletter

The Week of March 1st - 5th

Peek at the Week

Monday, March 1st

Remote Learning Day for all students


Tuesday, March 2nd

Remote Learning Day for all students


Wednesday, March 3rd


Thursday, March 4th


Friday, March 5th

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February 25, 2021


This is our 25th week of school as we remain committed to providing you with a regular update for the 2020-2021 school year.


This past week our students had their first asynchronous snow day; this allows us to make some progress with content and learning while also balancing the difference between the demands/expectations of our synchronous remote learning days with the potential joys of a snow day.


This week, we will start tomorrow, Friday, February 26th, and continue through Monday, March 1st, and Tuesday, March 2nd, a series of asynchronous learning days as our staff is getting their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Our vaccine clinic for our 170+ employees was spread out over several days, and the potential known side-effects would have likely made it impossible to staff each day adequately.


Our Huskie Pack has done an amazing job fighting back against COVID-19, with daily health screeners, wearing masks, social distancing, and washing/sanitizing hands. Also, our staff and custodians have done their part to disinfect and sanitize our buildings. After six months of school, we understand that a handful of students/parents have issues with fading of clothing material that might come in contact with seating areas that have been cleaned. Please know that we are sorry if you are experiencing this; however, we have not changed our proven cleaning products or procedures since August. If things are looking differently coming out of the wash at home, we would recommend talking with your child and advising them not to sit in chairs or desks that are still damp from cleaning supplies but rather wait for them to dry or add a layer to avoid the staining of clothing material by requesting a paper towel ensuring the space is dry before sitting down.


Yesterday one of our staff shared a post about how woman drivers (driving robots) were actually good, this post cause some frustration, as it should and ultimately was removed. In 2021 there is no room for comments that may appear to slight someone based on their gender or other factors, for that matter. Although this post was presented and received poorly, the underline message was intended to be inspirational. All too often, young ladies have been either turned away or turned off by STEM-related activities. Still, here at Hemlock Public School District, we are pleased by the level and depth of our female students' participation in STEM-based activities, including things like being part of the drive team for robotics. We champion women to be leaders in the classroom, in competition, in the work world, and every facet of life.


The amount of support and positive energy from all stakeholders for our school system is outstanding. Hemlock Public School District's mission and vision are to innovate, collaborate, and educate our community of learners.


It continues to be 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. 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 my number is 989.642.5282 or send me an email at killingbeck@hemlockps.com.


All the best,

Don

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Table Talk with the Instructional Team

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

The Scholastic Book Fair is BACK!!!!

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! Students will be shopping March 8th-12th. The classroom shopping schedule will be posted next week. You can view the online book fair flyer using the link below or shop online HERE!

Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on March 11th & 12th. Similar to the fall, these conferences will be held virtually. Teachers will be scheduling a Google Meet or phone call with soon. These dates will also be half days for students.

Mark your calendars! Spring pictures are coming!

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Special thanks from MTSS!

The MTSS staff would like to send a special thank you to the following people for their generous donation to our program in memory of Norma Wegner. Norma worked for Hemlock Public Schools for 27 years as an aide in this program. The memorial was used to purchase many sets of a phonics based series as well as a downloadable reading program. These items will help many students into the future. On behalf of K.C. Ling Elementary School and students, we thank you!


Arlene Besner

Earl Besner

Eugene Besner

Adam & Samantha Engel

Andy Engel

Doug & Bonnie Engel

Wanda Gorte

Thomas & Mary Ann Ling

Nancy & Scott McLellan

Bruce & Susan Shaw

Galen & Jan Shepard

Alice Westendorf

Judith Koons

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 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

Breakfast and lunch will remain FREE to all students thru the remainder of the 20-21 school year.
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Hemlock Youth Baseball/Softball Registration

2021 registration is now open for Hemlock Youth baseball and softball!! Visit www.hemlockyouthbaseballandsoftball.com to find the online registration. We can't wait to get the season started!!!

Registration closes 3/4/2021 so spread the word!

Soccer Registration

Spring Soccer registration is now open through April 11th. We ask that when you register you choose the "pay by check" method and not pay until you receive an invoice. Once you receive an invoice you will then be able to log in and pay by check or credit card. This will give us the ability to cancel the season if needed due to Covid or lack of numbers without having to issue all of you refunds. We are also waiting on park board approval and they will meet on March 1st.


Our plan for this spring is to split the two large fields into 4 smaller fields 1 for each division. Teams will be small, we are hoping for 7v7 in the oldest division and 4v4 in the youngest division. With small teams we will be in need of many coaches, so please consider signing up to help. This will be entirely dependent on getting enough kids to register so please spread the word. The game days will be April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and June 5th. They are all Saturdays so they do not conflict with weekday baseball/softball contests.

Register by logging in to www.hemlockyouthsports.com

Technology Update from Mrs. Kato

Did you know that Hemlock Public School offers parents the ability to see what learning is happening in each classroom across the district? Keeping parents and teachers connected is important when it comes to supporting every learner. Whether you are a parent of a virtual learner or in person, keep up to date with what is going on in your child's classroom through our online Hemlock Hub website. You can access the Hemlock Hub by going to hemlockps.com and clicking on "Access our Learning Hub" or by clicking here.
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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!

2/29 Nikkos Kato

3/1 Kody Buszka, Bentley Ward

3/4 Isabella Kuehnemund

3/7 Trenton Miller