11-08-2018 School news & calendars

“Kute Kids”…

THESE “KUTE KIDS” ARE… Adonis Hansen, 18-month-old, and one-month-old baby brother, Cade in August. Their parents are Taylor & Austin Hansen stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

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Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, November 8 K-5th Grade Half Day of School, 6th-12th Grade Full Day of School; K-5th Grade Conferences 1:00-4:00 p.m. & 5:00-8:00 p.m.; 6th – 12th Grade Conferences 4:00-7:00 p.m.; Junior High Study Hall Closed Friday, November 9 K – 12th Grade NO SCHOOL Monday, November 12 Annual Veterans Day Program at High School by 4th graders at 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.; Junior High Study Hall Closed; Boys Junior High Basketball at Fennville, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 Junior High Guest Speaker – Todd Jadlow, 10:30 a.m. (Grades 6-8) Wednesday, November 14 2-Hour Late Start – Staff Professional Development; Boys Junior High Basketball, Home vs. Saugatuck, 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 16 Intermediate (4th & 5th Grade) Picture Retakes

NORTH SCHOOL ROCK STARS! Marcus Azzalini (left) is a 5th grade student in Mrs. Bongiorno’s class. She states that Marcus is attentive and participates often in class. He respectfully follows all school and classroom rules, and he is extremely kind to others. Marcus is a wonderful example of an all around great student! Abigail Solis (right) is in Mrs. Brown’s 3rd grade class. Abby is a very hard worker. She does her best on each task and is always friendly to others, and willing to help. She is a fantastic listener, and follows the school rules. Abby is an all around great student as well!


Watervliet District Library to hold Meet & Greet for social work intern Nov. 12 Social workers have become a frequently utilized resource in public libraries, and Watervliet is now a part of that movement. Social Workers in Small and Rural Libraries (SWiRLS) is a grant funded partnership between Niles District Library and six other regional libraries, which includes Watervliet. The program’s goals are to connect patrons with information about services available in their community and to develop collaborative relationships with local service agencies. Licensed social workers or social work interns from area universities will be available on a regular schedule or by appointment at each library to provide face to face assistance and referrals. To better inform the public of this service, the Watervliet District Library will hold a Meet-And-Greet event featuring WMU Social Work interns and their licensed program manager, Monday, November 12, from 1-3 p.m. Area residents are encouraged to stop by to share questions or concerns, or simply to say hello. Light refreshments will be served. Tracy Rudi, a graduate student enrolled in Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work, has been assigned regular hours in the library, Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. People needing help are welcome to stop in during that time to speak with her. In addition, patrons are encouraged to fill out a “Book-a-Social Work Intern” request form any time the library is open, to arrange a meeting with Miss Rudi. For more information please contact the library at 269-463-6382 or info@wdlib.org, or visit the library’s Facebook page.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Friday, November 9 Spirit Day at North School Monday, November 12 Veteran’s Lunch at Elementary Schools; MS Boys Maroon Basketball at Saugatuck, 5:00 p.m.; Board of Education Meeting, HS Media Center, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 Financial Aid Night for Seniors, HS Media Center, 6:00 p.m.; Europe Trip Parent Meeting, HS Cafeteria, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 14 2-Hour Early Release Day; MS Boys White Basketball, Home vs. Lawton, 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 16 North School Fire/Tornado/Winter Storm safety presentations

COLOMA HIGH SCHOOL October Students of the Month! (From the left): Freshman – Timothy Schroeder, Sophomore – Sierra Pearce, Junior – Kellsei Long, Senior – Adiel Granados.


Spectrum Health Lakeland welcomes new board members

The Spectrum Health Lakeland Board of Directors recently welcomed two new members, Tina Freese Decker and Bill Payne. Current Lakeland board members, Daniel Hopp, chair, and Michael Todman, vice chair, will also join the System Board of Directors. Freese Decker has been with Spectrum Health since 2002 and assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for the health system on September 1, 2018. Prior to this role, she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the organization. Under Freese Decker’s leadership, Spectrum Health has focused on building community partnerships and implementing innovative solutions to address the health needs of the community it serves. Payne was elected to the Spectrum Health System Board of Directors in 2015. He currently serves as vice chairman of Amway Corporation headquartered in Grand Rapids. Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief of staff at Amway and was responsible for ensuring enterprise alignment, efficiency and effectiveness in a global environment. “Our board will continue to oversee operations and ensure capital investment and philanthropic efforts on a local level and we are pleased to now have Tina and Bill as part of this important work,” said Loren B. Hamel, President, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “Both individuals bring with them an extensive healthcare background as well as in-depth knowledge and experience from a system-wide perspective.”

Thursday, Nov. 8 “RAKE A DIFFERENCE” United Way’s Day of Action for Seniors; volunteer event to help senior citizens with yard work. Visit uwsm.org/rakeadifference for more information. Thursday, Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m. “THE BUSINESS OF MURDER” murder mystery event at Watervliet District Library. Seeking participants; preregistration required. Contact the library at 463-6382 or by email to info@wdlib.org and on Facebook Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. “VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE” at Hartford’s Ely Park. Public invited; free hot dogs, chili and snacks Nov. 9 & 10, “INDOOR FLEA MARKET/ RUMMAGE SALE” at St. Joseph Catholic School gym, Lucinda Lane, Watervliet. Hours: Friday 7-3 & Saturday 8-3. Lunch available; Whirlpool refrigerator raffle tickets $5 at the door. Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. “51st ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR” at Hartford Middle School; Holiday Café 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; free breakfast for veterans; Santa visit 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; family portrait photography for purchase; free parking & admission Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. “VETERANS DAY SERVICE” at VFW Post 1137, 8777 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet followed by an Open House until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m. “MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BASH” at T’s Tap in Coloma for local Marines. Bring a dish to pass. Proceeds for raffle of Kabar knife and USMC sword go to Toys for Tots. Nov. 10 & 11, “NATURE BOOK SALE” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor during normal business hours. Monday, Nov. 12, 7:15 “VETERANS DAY BREAKFAST” at Coloma High School for veterans and spouses. Monday, Nov. 12, 1-3 p.m. “MEET & GREET” social work intern at Watervliet District Library. Call 463-6382 for more info. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4-6 p.m. “3-D PRINTER DEMO” at Hartford Public Library. Call 621-3408 for more information. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. “A CRUDE AWAKENING” sea otter rescue presentation by Tom & Sherry Miller at Coloma Public Library. Call 468-3431 for more info. Friday, Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m. “COOK’S NITE OUT THANKSGIVING DINNER” at American Legion Post 362, 351 E. St. Joseph St., Coloma. Tickets: $10/in advance, $12/at the door. Call 468-5501 for more information. Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. “PANCAKE BREAKFAST & BAKE SALE” at Twelve Corners Community Church, 3902 Hicks Ave., Benton Harbor. Proceeds go to the Building Fund. Menu: pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, fruit, jellies, coffee, O.J. & water. Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. “FOOD DRIVE” at Coloma Harding’s hosted by New Hope Community Church of Watervliet and New Life Christian Center of Coloma to benefit HOPE Resources. Saturday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m. “MISS TEEN COLOMA 2019 CONTEST” at Coloma High School Sunday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “COMET’S HOLIDAY BAZAAR” held by the Coloma Athletic Boosters at Coloma Intermediate Gym, 274 S. West St. Friday, Nov. 23, noon-5:45 p.m. “BLOOD DRIVE” at Hartford Federated Church, 65418 Red Arrow Hwy. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Saturday, Nov. 24 “SMALL TOWN SATURDAY” in Downtown Watervliet: Holiday specials at select businesses, Holiday Bazaar (old B&B location), food vendors and live music.

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