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December 2020
Here is a snapshot of the happenings at your school!
St. Paul's Spotlight Video
Merry Christmas from St. Paul's Lutheran School! Click to see a special Christmas message from our students.
Donations to the Black Hills Children's Home
The Black Hills Childrens Home sent us this thank you message to express their appreciation for the Christmas donations we gave them. We sent them a Christmas message video, Christmas coloring books, manger scenes to hang, cards, bookmarkers, a few handmade hats &  mittens and a monetary gift of $640. We want to especially thank those who helped organize this campaign and make it a success: Miss Hinsch, Mrs. Burow, Mrs. Crowley, and Mrs. Kindvall. Your work is appreciated!
School Bus Update
Mel Preble took our bus up to Harlow’s Bus Company in Bismarck, North Dakota. We were able to add 9 seats to the bus, bringing the total to 21 passenger seats. The cost of these upgrades was a little below $5,000. This will leave close to $8,000 in the budget for further additions (like seat belts for the new seats) and any future vehicle purchases. The next step we need to do is train our staff to get the passenger endorsement to legally drive the bus in South Dakota. 
Call Issued
On Sunday, December 13th, the voters of St. Paul's called Aaron Schwartz to serve as our principal and 7th-8th grade teacher to start the 2021-22 school year. Mr. Schwartz is currently serving as principal and 7th-8th grade teacher at Peace Lutheran School in Livonia, Michigan. He and his wife, Maggie, will be spending the next few weeks deciding whether to stay at their current call or to accept our call. We pray that the Lord gives them wisdom and peace during their deliberation.
Here is the letter from Mr. Schwartz to our congregation acknowledging the call. 
7th & 8th Graders Learn About Robotics
On Tuesday, November 24th, Sam Ryckman came from the School of Mines and presented on what their robotics club works on. He shared how they made their robots and how they even 3-D print some of their own parts. The robotics team also enters tournaments in which their robots have to complete certain tasks.  Our students really liked seeing one of their latest robots. This robot had to move around and collect as many balls as possibles in a given amount of time. 
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A Visit from GPLHS
The president of Great Plains Lutheran High School, Pastor David Maertz visited our school on Friday, December 11th.  He shared God's Word with us during our Live Streamed Chapel service. His messaged was based on our school theme of the year:  All to the glory of God - I Corinthians 10:31. Our theme is also Great Plains' theme. He taught us that a Christian education is shaped around the cross and built on God's Word. This is the 25th year that teenagers can receive a Christian high school education at Great Plains.

After chapel, he observed our dress rehearsal for the Outdoor Christmas service.  For the remaider of the morning, he met with the small groups of students in the church.  He presented information about Great Plains Lutheran High School. We learned about student life, school activities and classes.  It was also exciting to see pictures featuring the building projects of a worship, performing arts and music addition and a new kitchen and dining area. 
 
2020 Outdoor Christmas Service
In this strange year, we decided to try something new: we held an outdoor Christmas service on Sunday, December 13th. The students rotated to 6 locations around the building to share their portion of the Christmas account and to sing classic Christmas hymns. Their joy and enthusiasm to share the message of Jesus were clearly evident. 

It was an incredible blessing to celebrate Christmas and worship together with over 500 members of our church and school family. We especially appreciated the message of our leaders and pastors who helped us recognize the joy of our sins being forgiven through our Savior, Jesus.

The program ended in a special way: we lit candles and sang Silent Night together. The singing of silent night as a congregation is an annual tradition that goes back decades. We are thankful that it continued this year.
Christmas in the Classroom
Each classroom has been decorated for Christmas. 
Click here to take a little tour of the our classroom Christmas trees.
Girls Basketball
The girls basketball season has come to an end. You can see our "A Team" pictured above, which included girls from 5th-7th grade. It has been a blessing to witness the girls' growth of skills, their comradery and their love of the game, even as they took on competition that was often older and taller. Each time they stepped on the gym floor they took advantage of the opportunity to give glory to God. Thanks once again to our wonderful coaches: Lisa Mahoney and Michele Benda!
We also had an exciting B team this year! This team had girls from 3rd grade to 5th grade. We had quite a few girls playing their first year of basketball for St. Paul's, which was great to see! Coaches and spectators agree that the biggest improvement across the board was in defensive awareness.

The highlight of the season was their win against Hermosa, whom they had lost to earlier in the season. Thank you so, Michelle Boyles and Jenny Curtis, for all the work you did with the girls!
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