04-04-2019 School news & calendars

NORTH SCHOOL ROCK STARS! (From the left): Jacob Shunkwiler is a 5th grade student in Mrs. Bongiorno’s class. He has earned Rock Star status for coming to school every day with a smile on his face and an eagerness to learn. He participates often in class and is always willing to help others. Jacob’s kindness and work ethic is one of a kind, and definitely makes the school a better place. Sam Rowe is a 5th grade student in Mrs. Laws’ class. Samantha is a Rock Star in her class! There have been countless times in her room where she has been observed moving around to different students who need help or have questions about assignments and is always there to help. Her kind personality and amazing work ethic makes her classroom better. Way to go Sam! Allison Poole is a 4th grade student in Mr. Soderborg’s class. She has earned Rock Star status for being a truly hardworking student. She has improved her reading and math scores throughout the year. Allison is always willing to help in class. Sophie Shafer is a 4th grade student in Mrs. VonKoenig’s class. Sophie is a Rock Star for being a very kind, generous, responsible student. She brought in her own money one spirit day, to buy popcorn for the other children who didn’t have any popcorn for that day. She is always cheerful and gets her homework done on time. Mrs. VonKoenig is so proud of her and her hard work that she accomplishes! Congratulations to all the Rock Stars!


Watervliet Public Schools Calendar  of Events Monday April 1 – Friday April 5 SPRING BREAK Monday, April 8 5th Grade M-Step; Irene Miller, guest speaker at HS Assembly, Auditorium, 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 5th Grade M-Step; PSAT & SAT Testing, MS & HS Students; Varsity Softball at Hartford, 4:30 p.m. JV Softball Home vs. Hartford, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Soccer at Cassopolis, 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 7:00 a.m.; 5th Grade M-Step; Work Keys Testing, HS Juniors; Golf at Ravines, 4:00 p.m.; HS Track Home vs. Constantine & Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.; Rec Council Pictures in HS Wrestling Room, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; PTO Meeting at South School, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 5th Grade M-Step; MS Track at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Baseball & Softball Home vs. Martin, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball at Berrien Springs, 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 5th Grade M-Step; MSVMA HS State Solo & Ensemble at Allendale HS; Elementary Spring Pictures Day; MS Dance, 3:00-5:00 p.m.; JV Baseball at Coloma, 4:00 p.m.; HS Track at Marcellus Relays, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 MSVMA HS State Solo & Ensemble at Allendale HS; Varsity Softball at Dowagiac Invitational, 10:00 a.m.; 9th & 10th Track at Hartford, 10 a.m.; Varsity Soccer at Bridgman, 10:00 a.m.; Varsity Baseball at Bethel College vs. Brandywine, TBA

Community CPR class offered by Lakeland Community members are invited to attend a free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training class from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Community Room at Orchards Mall, located at 1800 Pipestone Road in Benton Harbor. According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrests are more common than most people realize. Nearly 383,000 cardiac arrests occur annually outside the hospital setting, and four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home. According to the American Heart Association, effective CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. This course is for anyone 16 years of age or older with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. Participants will earn a two-year certification for HeartSaver CPR AED from the American Heart Association. Preregistration is required, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

Weight loss options subject of free seminar April 17

The Lakeland Weight Loss Center is offering a free seminar titled, “Lose Weight… Find Health.” The seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 17 in the Community Room at Caring Circle, located at 4025 Health Park Lane in St. Joseph from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Bariatric surgeons Michael Schuhknecht, DO, and Seth Miller, MD, will discuss programs available for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight for years to come. The Lakeland Weight Loss Center specializes in working with each person to create a customized lifestyle plan through bariatric surgery, diet and nutrition counseling, and monthly support groups. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 190 million adults in the United States are overweight and obese. Individuals more than 40% overweight are twice as likely to die prematurely as someone of average weight. However, the good news is that losing as little as 5-15% of your initial body weight can reduce your risk of diabetes and other illnesses and can even eliminate your need for some medications. For more information or to register for the seminar, visit www.lakelandweightlosscenter.com/events or call (269) 927-5361.

Lake Michigan College opens summer registration

Few phrases strike as much terror and dread in high school students like the words “summer school.” That was so high school, but students at Lake Michigan College know there’s nothing dreadful about taking classes here during the summer months. With registration now open, students can meet their academic goals in a fast and fun environment. Most classes are only 10 weeks long, and the small class sizes make learning personal. Recent high school graduates who are college bound can get a head start. Students who attend other colleges or universities who are home for summer can enroll as guest students with credits that transfer and save money in the process. The average university tuition is three times higher than LMC. Whether it is finally getting that Intro to Chemistry requirement fulfilled or working on finishing a LMC degree faster, there is a course here. The summer term begins May 13 and ends August 22 with classes in seven, 10 and 14-week sessions. Classes are offered online, as well as on their Benton Harbor, South Haven, and Niles campuses. Did they mention studying on the beach? Their Benton Harbor campus is only seven miles from Lake Michigan’s sandy shoreline, while South Haven campus is just three miles away, and students are only a half hour away from as many as three beaches in Niles. All prospective students and guests are invited to attend special monthly Saturday tours at LMC’s Benton Harbor campus held at 11 a.m. April 13 and May 18. Attendees will learn about the college admissions process, financial aid, and scholarships, and can tour facilities including the Hanson Technology Center and Beckwith Residence Hall. Admissions information and tour registration are available at lakemichigancollege.edu/visit. Tour registration is required. To explore the class schedule on all three campuses, learn more about being a guest student or to register, visit lakemichigancollege.edu/summer. Apply today to make LMC your summer destination.

‘Elite 8’ advance in #SWMISpirit tournament Sen. Kim LaSata congratulated the “Elite 8” schools that have advanced in the 2019 Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament. “The #SWMISpirit tournament is gaining momentum as we continue to receive excellent displays of school spirit from throughout Southwest Michigan,” said LaSata. “Congratulations to the ‘Elite 8’ who have advanced, and best of luck in the next round – keep up the great work!” The schools advancing to the round of eight are: Countryside Academy, Michigan Lutheran, Howardsville Christian, Lake Michigan Catholic, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Three Rivers, and Coloma. This third round will compete through noon on Friday, April 5, with the entire competition ending at noon on Friday, April 19. LaSata announced last week that AT&T Pioneers will donate $250 to the tournament winner. Visit LaSata’s Facebook page at facebook.com/SenKimLaSata/ to participate and for more information, including tournament rules.

Fridays thru April 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. “LENT FISH FRY” at Coloma American Legion Post 362, 351 E. St. Joseph St., Coloma. Adults/$10, children 4-12/$5, 3 and under/free; AYCE $13. Takeout available, call 468-5501. Thursday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. “CARRYING ON THE FOLK TRADITION” musical spring break program at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave., for kids 6-12; all ages are welcome. Free program; no RSVP. For questions, please contact peter@northberrienhistory.org. Friday, Apr. 5, 5-6 p.m. “COMMUNITY SOUP & SALAD SUPPER” at North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Rd., Coloma. Menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert & beverage. Cost is $5/adults, $3/kids up to 12 & under age 3 is free. Proceeds go to H.O.P.E. Resources. Hosted by Coloma Salem Lutheran Church.

Saturday, Apr. 6, 9 a.m. “PAW PAW LAKE ASSOCIATION MEETING” at Watervliet Charter Township Hall, 4959 M-140. Guests are welcome. Saturday, Apr. 6, 9 a.m. “SPRING STAMPEDE 5K” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. $25/person for 5K run/walk includes door prizes & refreshments. Kids Fun Run 1-mile race starts at 8:30 a.m. and is $1 to participate. Race registration and race number pick-up begins at 7:30. Call 269-927-4832 with any questions. April 6-7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. “SHED HUNT TRIALS” at Coloma Rod & Gun Club, 6145 Angling Rd. held by ECHO Dog Training Club of Buchanan. For more info, contact Mary Beth Depuydt at 269-470-6649. Sunday, Apr. 7, 4 p.m. “SPAGHETTI DINNER” at the Van Buren Sportsmen’s Clubhouse, 54030 County Road 687, Hartford. Meat Sauce Spaghetti, Garden Salad, Garlic Bread and Dessert; $7.00/adults, $5.00 for children under the age of 10. Proceeds go to new rooftop heating and air conditioning unit. The public is cordially invited

Friday, Apr. 12, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. & Saturday, Apr. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. “EASTER BAKE SALE” at Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center, 18000 Behner Rd, New Buffalo sponsored by Berrien County Orthodox Women’s Group. New this year, Friday 2-9 p.m. Fish Fry Buffet catered by Tony Mamouzellos and Formal Fork; $10/person; beer, wine, other beverages available for sale. Saturday, Apr. 13, noon-8 p.m. “LIONS CLUB HOG ROAST” at Knights of Columbus Hall, 7454 Paw Paw Ave., Watervliet. All you can eat buffet – pulled pork, salads, rolls, side dishes, coffee, water & punch. Tickets are $15; children under 10 are free. Cash bar, 65” flat screen TV drawing, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more. Contact Martin Teresko 269-621-1000 or Chris Blough 269-615-2793 to purchase tickets or make donation.

Saturday, Apr. 13, 12:45 p.m. “EASTER EGG HUNT” at Coloma Rod & Gun Club, 6145 Angling Rd. Cupcakes and cookies will be served. Saturday, Apr. 13, 1 p.m. “EASTER EGG HUNT” at Ely Park in Hartford sponsored by Van Buren Sportsmen’s Club. Rain date Saturday, April 20. Saturday, Apr. 13, 5-7 p.m. “SWISS STEAK DINNER” hosted by Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary at North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Rd., Coloma. Tickets are $10/adults, $5/children 7 and under; available at Park Bench Gift Shop at the hospital, the Senior Center and from an auxiliary member. Saturday, Apr. 13, 5-7 p.m. “SPAGHETTI DINNER & SILENT AUCTION” at Twelve Corners Community Church, 3902 Hicks Ave., Benton Harbor. Love offering for the dinner; proceeds go to building fund. Wednesday, Apr. 17, 6:30 p.m. “BUILDING SCHOONER HURON JEWEL” lecture at Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Ave., South Haven. Admission is $8, $7 for seniors. There is no admission fee for Museum members. For more information, contact the Museum at 269-637-8078 ext. 3 or visit www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/events.

Saturday, Apr. 20, 11 a.m. “EASTER EGG HUNT” sponsored by Watervliet Lions Club at Hays Park for children age 0-10 years. No baskets allowed for children over age 3 years. Saturday, Apr. 20, 6:30-11:00 p.m. “BLOSSOMTIME CORONATION BALL” at Lake Michigan College Grand Upton Hall. Reservations required, call 982-8016

Sunday, Apr. 21, 8:30 a.m. “EASTER BREAKFAST” at Salem Lutheran Church, 275 Marvin St., Coloma celebrating 100 years. All are welcome. Sunday, Apr. 21, 10 a.m. “EASTER EGG HUNT” held by Freshwater Community Church at Coloma Middle School following 8 a.m. sunrise service. Public welcome.

Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. “RUN FOR THE BUDS 5K RUN/WALK” as part of the Blossomtime Festival in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. Visit https://blossomtimefestival.org/run-for-the-buds for more information. Saturday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. “BLOSSOMTIME GRAND FLORAL PARADE” in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor

Friday, May 24 “SOUP SUPPER” at Van Buren County Museum, 58471 Red Arrow, Hartford. Menu includes an assortment of soups, salads & desserts; freewill offering. For inquiries, call 269-621-2188.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 “50-YEAR CLASS REUNION” for Coloma High School Class of 1969. For more information, email nmessal@att.net or check out the Facebook page of Coloma High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. “STAY & PLAY” at Hartford Public Library – unstructured story hour includes play time with doll house, giant LEGOs, computers, sticker sheets and possibly stories. No registration required or no age limit.