04-18-2019 School News & Calendars

(From the left): Natalie Van Lente, 6th grade; Kameron Smith, 7th grade; Brianna Hoy, 8th grade

WMS Students of the Month for April 2019

The sixth grade is proud to announce Natalie Van Lente is the Sixth Grade Student of the Month. Natalie is the daughter of Kate and Jonathan Van Lente and she has two older siblings, Susanna is a junior and Drew is a freshman. She has a twin sister, Courtney, and her little brother Connor is in third grade. Natalie’s favorite subject is band and she plays the flute. This year she played volleyball, basketball and soccer. She also enjoys drawing and reading. The sixth grade chose Natalie because she is polite, kind, helpful, hardworking and a real pleasure to have in class. The seventh grade is proud to announce Kameron Smith as the April Student of the Month. Kameron is the son of Richard and Rhonda Smith. He has a younger sister named Riley. Kameron’s favorite classes are PE because he likes physical activity and ELA because he likes reading. Mrs. Henderson says, “Kameron is an awesome student! He shows up to class every day with a smile and a ‘hello,’ is kind and respectful, and a hard worker. He goes out of his way to help others and is very patient with his peers.” At school, Kameron is a member of the Honor Club, the wrestling team, and the track team. Outside of school, Kameron enjoys video games and wrestling with his friends. His friends say he is nice, caring, loyal, funny, and respectful. In the future, Kameron plans to become a Marine. The eighth grade is proud to announce Brianna Hoy as Student of the Month for the month of April. Brianna is the daughter of Brandiwyne and Robbie Harting. Brianna has three siblings: Kayla, Kolten, and Daylee Hoy. Brianna’s favorite subject in school is science explorations because she loves to be able to dive deeper into science content and she feels that she is getting well prepared for high school science classes like biology. In her free time Brianna enjoys playing basketball, volleyball as well as the alto saxophone. She also loves being involved in 4-H. She shows llamas, goats, chickens, rabbits and lambs. Brianna also enters still exhibits to be judged at the Berrien County Youth Fair. After high school Brianna hopes to attend and receive an associate degree from SMC. She then wants to transfer to MSU to study veterinary medicine. Congratulations to all three Watervliet Middle School Students of the Month for April!

Discussion planned for local Emergency Warming Station

The recent severe winter weather has prompted concern for the area’s more vulnerable citizens. Warming stations to help those in need have been informally under discussion throughout Watervliet, along with much of the state, especially in light of the recent Polar Vortex. Interested community members are invited to share their thoughts towards creating a community-wide emergency cold-weather response on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m., at The River church located at 8712 Red Arrow Hwy. in Watervliet. Anyone needing further information is urged to contact The River at 269-463-3224.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, April 18 Varsity Softball at Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m.; MS Track at Gobles Relays, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball & JV Softball at Hartford, 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 NO SCHOOL – Good Friday Varsity Track – Watervliet Relays, 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20 JV Softball Home vs. Coloma, 10:00 a.m.; JV Softball Home vs. Paw Paw, 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 22 Varsity Softball & Baseball Home vs. Hackett, 4:30 p.m.; JV Softball & Baseball at Hackett, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Soccer Home vs. Constantine, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 MS Track at Coloma, TBA; JV Baseball Home vs. Coloma, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Golf at Cheshire, Gobles hosting, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 2-Hour Early Release, All Buildings Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meeting, HS, 7:00 a.m.; Varsity Track SAC Meet at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Soccer at Hackett, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25 4th Grade Field Trip to Sarett Nature Center; Varsity Softball & Baseball Home vs. Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; MS Track Home vs. Hackett, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 State Science Olympiad at MSU

CHS Class of 1969 announces 50-year Class Reunion Coloma High School Class of 1969 is planning a 50-year reunion for Saturday, August 24, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The class reunion will be held at F.O.P Lodge #147 located at 3470 Angling Rd. in Coloma. For more information, email nmessal@att.net, call 630-464-8287, or check out the Facebook page of Coloma High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion.

Michigan Flywheelers Museum holding Spaghetti Dinner fundraisers

Michigan Flywheelers Museum is hosting a homemade spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, April 19 and Friday, May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion in South Haven. Dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Cost is $9 per adult and $4 for children 12 and under. Meatless sauce will be available. Proceeds from the dinner are earmarked for the construction of an addition to the Stephenson Barn. The addition will allow more space for educational events and other programs. The American Legion is located at 129 Michigan Ave. For more information, contact the museum at 269-639-2010. The museum’s main events for 2019 are Farm History Day, May 10; Swap Meet, June 7 & 8; and Antique Engine & Tractor Show, Thursday, Sept. 5 thru Sunday, Sept. 8. More information on the museum is found at their web site http//www.michiganflywheelers.org or on Facebook.

Watervliet North Elementary is Children’s Book Week event host As part of the longest-running national celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, over 1,000 schools, libraries, and bookstores will celebrate Children’s Book Week from April 29 to May 5 from coast to coast in all 50 states. This May marks the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week; the theme for this year’s celebration is Read Now – Read Forever. All kids and teens at Book Week events will receive a free 2019 Children’s Book Week activity poster designed by Yuyi Morales. During Children’s Book Week: April 29 – May 3, Watervliet North Elementary will be celebrating with guest readers all week, a poster contest with the theme Read Now – Read Forever, a competition between grade levels to see who can read the most books, and many reading themed activities. Children’s Book Week also coincides with the Watervliet PTO Scholastic book fair. There will be a great deal happening to get kids excited about reading! Voting for the 12th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national book award voted on solely by kids & teens began online on March 1 and runs through June 2. Children’s Book Week is a cornerstone program of Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Other national programs include the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, in partnership with the Library of Congress, and Get Caught Reading.

Community Calendar

Friday, Apr. 19, 9:30 a.m. “LADIES GOOD FRIDAY BREAKFAST” at Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St. for all area ladies. No reservation required; no cost to attend. Donations will be accepted. Friday, Apr. 19, 5-8 p.m. “SPAGHETTI DINNER” hosted by Michigan Flywheelers Museum at South Haven American Legion, 129 Michigan Ave. $9/adults, $4/children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit construction cost of addition to Stephenson Barn. Call 639-2010 for more info. Friday, Apr. 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. Saturday, Apr. 20, 11 a.m. “COLOMA LIONS EASTER EGG HUNT” at baseball fields of Coloma FOP Lodge #147, 3470 Angling Rd. The FOP is hosting an Easter Breakfast with the Easter Bunny starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 20, 11 a.m. “WATERVLIET LIONS EASTER EGG HUNT” at Hays Park, 777 N. Main St. (M-140) 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. Sunday, Apr. 21, 2 p.m. “WILDFLOWER WALK” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Members & children free, non-member adults is $5 which includes general admission fee. April 22-25 “CITY OF COLOMA SPRING CLEANUP” Public Works will pick up refuse on the north side of Center Street on Monday and Tuesday, and the south side of Center Street on Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday, Apr. 23, 7 p.m. “EMERGENCY WARMING STATION DISCUSSION” for interested community members to be held at The River church, 8712 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet. Call 463-3224 for further information. Saturday, Apr. 27, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. “RANDALL PARK WORK DAY” Volunteers needed to help with renovation project. Park is located at corner of Tannery Drive and S. Church Street in Coloma. 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 Sunday, May 5, 2-5 p.m. “KENT CHURCHILL BENEFIT SUPPER & SILENT AUCTION” at North Berrien Fire Rescue Station #1, 170 Washington St., Coloma. Call North Berrien Fire Rescue at (269) 849-3409 or City Hall at (269) 468-6606 for more information. Wednesday, May 10 “FARM HISTORY DAY” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Watch for more information on www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook. Friday, May 17, 5-8 p.m. “SPAGHETTI DINNER” hosted by Michigan Flywheelers Museum at South Haven American Legion, 129 Michigan Ave. $9/adults, $4/children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit construction cost of addition to Stephenson Barn. Call 639-2010 for more info. 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. June 7 & 8 “SWAP MEET” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Watch for more information on www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook. Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. “50-YEAR CLASS REUNION” for Coloma High School Class of 1969. For more information, email nmessal@att.net, call 630-464-8287 or check out the Facebook page of Coloma High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion.


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