09-13-2018 School news & Calendars

“Kute Kids”… THIS “KUTE KID” IS… Jennifer Lewis from Pennsylvania celebrating her 4th birthday in June. Her mom is Mellisa Lewis. Jennifer’s great-grandpa is Herb Taylor from Hartford. Herb tells that he has three great-grandchildren all with birthdays in the same week in June. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the paper, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to record@tricityrecord.com. Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Berrien RESA to host 2018 Festival of Families, Sept. 22

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (Berrien RESA) will be hosting its sixth annual countywide event for families and children wishing to learn more about educational programs offered in their community. The event, the Berrien RESA Festival of Families, will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs. The Festival of Families will feature a resource expo where families can learn about a variety of community programs and services designed to help their children thrive.

For the first time ever, the Festival of Families will host a 5K walk/run, sponsored by First Student, Inc. and Sunset Coast Striders immediately preceding the event. This competitive race will start at 8:30 a.m. Those interested in participating in the 5K can still register – a link to the official registration page is accessible via www.berrienresa.org. Proceeds benefit MyTEAM TRIUMPH and United Way of Southwest Michigan. “This event continues to grow each year!” said Berrien RESA Superintendent Dr. Kevin Ivers. “The Festival of Families provides a networking and resource opportunity for hundreds of people throughout Berrien County. If you are looking for information about early child development, K-12 education, advanced programming, transition services, special education opportunities and higher education, this event is for you!” Through conversations with their constituents, Berrien RESA learned that families are seeking a one-stop source for information and tools to help their children be successful in all areas of their development. Families said they wanted to learn more about community athletic opportunities, financial literacy, Career and Technical Education, resources about transitional needs, and occupational and volunteer opportunities. Therefore, Berrien RESA established the Festival of Families, providing such a resource for families of children ages 0-26. The Festival of Families will also feature carnival games and activities that are accessible to children of all abilities. During the event a variety of local entertainment acts will perform and face painters will be on site. Children will be able to play games, visit with animals from Potawatomi Zoo, and enjoy hands-on activities, as well as participate in a communitywide “Arts for All” project. Free lunch and dessert will be provided for the first 500 children in attendance. Additional items may be purchased from a select menu being offered by Lark’s BBQ, Michiana Hot Dog, Wagner’s Ice Cream, and Babatürk Food Truck. Event sponsors include Berrien RESA, First Student, Inc., Berrien County Youth Fair, Sunset Coast Striders, Art & Image, Chemical Bank, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Four Winds Casino Resort, Lakeland Health, United Federal Credit Union, Beaudoin Electrical Construction, Baguette de France, Competitive Edge, Honor Credit Union, Kruggel, Lawton & Co., The Toy Company, Plante Moran, Silver Beach Carousel, Affinity Salon & Spa, Silver Beach Pizza, and St. Joseph Today. The event and all activities are free-of-charge. Pre-arranged shuttle service throughout Berrien County will also be available (at no cost to families) thanks to the continuous support of First Student Transportation. The shuttle service is door-to-door and can accommodate riders needing wheelchairs or car seats. Please contact Karen Heath at (269) 471-7725 ext. 1147 to request transportation. For more information about the Festival, please visit www.berrienresa.org.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 13 MS School Picture Day; Fellowship of Christian Athletes (HS), 7:00 a.m.; 7th Grade White Volleyball at River Valley, 5:00 p.m.; 8th Grade White Volleyball at Bridgman, 5:30 p.m.; Cub Scout Sign-up at North School, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; JV Football at Mendon, 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 14 North School Spirit Day; 7th grade fundraiser meeting, 2:30 p.m.; Varsity Football at Fennville, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15 7th Grade Maroon & White Volleyball at River Valley Tournament, 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 17 7th/8th Maroon Volleyball at Saugatuck, 5:00 p.m.; Freshman Volleyball at Comstock, 5:00 p.m.; 7th White Volleyball at Paw Paw, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 19 MS Football at Martin, 5:00 p.m.; 7th/8th Maroon Volleyball home vs. Lawton, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20 Freshman Volleyball at Niles, 4:30 p.m.; JV Football, home vs. Kalamazoo United, 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 21 Freshman Vision Screening; Varsity Football at Kalamazoo United (Kalamazoo Christian HS), 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 22 MS Cross Country at Bangor Invitational, 9:00 a.m.; 8th Grade Maroon & White at River Valley Tournament, 9:00 a.m.

Miss and Mr. Coloma 2019 informational meeting September 16

There will be a meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 16 at the Coloma Township Hall for all young women and men interested in competing in the Miss and Mr. Coloma 2019 contests. Contestants who live in Coloma should be accompanied by one parent or guardian and must be 17 to 19 of age. Application forms are at the Coloma High School Office. The contest will be Saturday, January 5 at 6 p.m. at Coloma High School. For more information, call Doreen Hess at 269-449-5237.</