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November 2020
Here is a snapshot of the happenings at your school!
St. Paul's Spotlight Video
This month's Spot Light features ministry information from the Chairman of Education and the Christmas Committee's plans for this year's service. Special Note: If there are Christmas service plan changes due to weather or other considerations, school families and the congregation will be informed through an e-mail. We are prepared to videotape the service if needed as well.
Thank-you for Your Service
We weren't able to have our traditional Veteran's Day celebration this year.  What we do have is a bulletin board by the Pre-K entry door with pictures of military members of our families. Each time we walk by the display we can say a little prayer for those who have served our country and thank the Lord for the blessings we have in our country because of the military.
MLC Students
In October, Martin Luther College sent their students home to continue their classes online.  This turn of events has become a blessing for us here at St. Paul’s.  MLC sophomores, Erika Gosch and McKenzey Crowley are temporarily filling positions at school.  We are glad to have their helping hands as they look for to returning to MLC in January.

Erika is the Closing Assistant for Pre-K.  She works with the little ones from 2:30 - 5:15 pm each day or as needed.  McKenzey is an aide in the afternoons.  She spends an hour in the Kindergarten room helping children while they do centers.  She also spends the last hour of the day in the first grade classroom listening to children read and conducting learning activities.  The first graders enjoy ending their day listening to Miss McKenzey read Charlotte’s Web.
Virtual Band Lesson
St. Paul’s has 17 students in grades 5-8 that are involved with band.  This year, they are learning to play their instruments during small sectionals of instruction. On November 14th Kettle Moraine High School in Jackson, WI hosted the WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival.  Normally this takes place too far away to participate, but this year it is virtual. St. Paul's had 2 students participate. Anthony (8th) and Lyla (7th) learned about leadership and music technique from nationally renowned musicians, one of them was a renowned video game music developer.

 
New Chromebooks
Grades 3-8 use Chromebooks for online lessons.  Many of these devices have served us well for 6 years.  With the arrival of 32 new chrome books, we were able to replace 24 of the old ones and have 8 spares on hand. We are grateful to have this technology to enhance the educational goals of our students
Food Pantry
Thank offerings can take the form of donations to our food pantry this November.  Place items on the table at church or drop them off at Mrs. Crowley’s office.  We are looking forward to restocking our shelves so that we will have plenty to share with those in need.
 

 

    Winter Aluminum Can Recycling Plan
During the winter months, we will not be collecting aluminum cans at school.  Weather conditions can make storage and the hauling of cans difficult. We will resume the can collection in the spring. If people are saving their aluminum cans at home during these winter months and would like to take them to the recycling center themselves, they can have their donations sent to St. Paul’s.  The Pacific Steele & Recycling on Biernbaum Ln will take the cans and send the money directly to St. Paul’s. Just let them know to add the donation to the St. Paul’s FCE account.  The funds raised will be for end of the school year activities for the St. Paul’s students.
Luther Prep Visit
On Tuesday, November 17th, LPS Recruitment Director, Evan Chartrand met with students in grades 3-8. Luther Preparatory School is located in Watertown, WI.  LPS is a WELS high school that educates those who are considering entering the ministry.  The students learned what campus life is like. The students were encouraged to consider if they could become a pastor or teacher one day.
Girls Basketball
Girls Basketball Coaches:
Jenny Curtis, Michelle Boyles, Lisa Mahoney, Michele Benda
The game of basketball continues to bring an opportunity for learning, building relationships and providing an opportunity to give God glory.  This year we have six volunteers coaching 20 girls in grades 3-7.  The 3rd & 4th grade girls of the B-team are led by Coach Boyles & Coach Curtis.  The 5th-7th grade girls of the A-Team are led by Coach Mahoney & Coach Benda.  Coach Mitch Benda and Coach Matilyn Johnson assist with both teams. 
Intramural Basketball
You know it is Intramural Basketball season when you see Branden Stackenwalt in his ref shirt during lunch. Branden and Mr. Gurgel ref the two games being played during the lunch recess.  This year there are five co-ed teams in grades 5-8.  Part of the fun of the season is coming up with team names.  Quite a few creative names made the list this year:  Vomiteers, Crazy Croissants, Cosmic Badgers, Pancakes, Finger Lickin' Good.

The teams are taking a break from the action for a few weeks.  They hope to be back on the court in January.
God's Word in Preschool
  Killian and The Three Men in the Firey Furnace
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