Pioneer Press
St. Paul’s Lutheran School Pioneer Press
"God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26            Phone number:  922-1080
October 22, 2020
Cleaners: October 26-November 1, 2020 (Zittlow)

Mission Offering:  Mission offering for 1st semester is going to the Tory Peterson family.  Tory was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma cancer in September of 2019.  He recently found out that the cancer has recurred and will be undergoing further treatments.  Mission offering for the semester is $393.75.
NO EXTENDED CARE NEXT WEEK:  We will not be able to offer extended care before or after school next week.  We apologize for the inconvenience this might cause, but appreciate the extra time it will allow for keeping our facility clean.
No School:  There is no school at St. Paul’s next Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th.
Hello Pioneer families,
I hope and pray that you’re reading this in good health.  As the COVID virus remains active in our community, it is crucial that we all do our part to stop the spread of the virus.  For those who are currently quarantined, thank you for following the health department’s procedures faithfully.  For those who aren’t quarantined, thank you for making every effort to limit your exposure to germs.  Our public school system has been reporting new cases on a regular basis, so the best way to keep it out of our own facility is to follow social distancing, hand washing, and face covering guidelines as stringently as possible.  Pastor Kampman has developed a helpful guidesheet for how to proceed with various “Do I have COVID?” questions.  I encourage you to keep this document handy, as it will serve as a quick and easy reference for what to do if you or your child is feeling under the weather.  Whenever in doubt, I strongly encourage you to err on the side of caution.  You can find it and other Covid related links here:
Classroom Status:  All of our classroom instruction will remain virtual through the conclusion of this week.  Please note that next week classes will be held on Monday through Wednesday.
PRESCHOOL students will return to campus on Monday.  As Mrs. Loescher will likely be quarantined  at least through next week (due to being a close contact to someone who had the virus), a substitute teacher, Mrs. Darla White, will be leading the classroom.  Mrs. Loescher will continue to serve our preschool families from home as she completes her quarantine.
KINDERGARTEN students will remain virtual through next week, as they complete their quarantine.  We look forward to welcoming them back to campus on Monday, November 2nd.
FIRST-SECOND grade students will return to campus on Monday, as Mrs. Miller has been released from quarantine by the health department.  All of her students who have completed their quarantine may also return to school on Monday.
THIRD-EIGHTH grade students will return to campus on Tuesday, as both COVID positive teachers have been released from quarantine by the health department.  All of their students who have completed their quarantine may also return to school on Tuesday.
PLEASE NOTE that some of our families may have children who have been placed on a quarantine list which is unrelated to a school contact.  If you haven’t notified Mr. Hartwig yet, please do so as soon as possible, so he can keep track of your child’s return date.   
On behalf of his family, I ask that you keep Joey Haines, a sixth grade student in our school, in your prayers, as he struggles to recover to health from his positive COVID diagnosis.  In that same vane, please continue to keep each other in your daily prayers, as we struggle together through the disruption to daily life and to good health.  Our Heavenly Father loves to listen as we pray, and He loves to answer all prayers according to His good and gracious will.
My prayer is that when we return from the short break next Thursday and Friday, all of our classes will be able to return to school in good health on Monday, November 2!
If you have any questions about the content of this article, please let me know.  I’m happy to assist you and humbly ask for your continued patience as we work together to provide a high-quality education, even during the days of the COVID pandemic.
God bless,
Aaron Hartwig
Schedule Change on Friday, November 6:  As noted in last week's Pioneer Press, our school's lighting is going to be upgraded to LED in early November.  Our Board of Christian Education has officially cancelled classes on Friday, November 6 (previously a scheduled 1/2 day of school) in order to give the lighting installers empty classrooms so they can do their work.  
Picture Retakes:  Picture retake day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17.  Any student who missed the original picture date in September, or not satisfied with the pictures that were taken may have them retaken.  If you choose to have pictures retaken, your child needs to bring back the original packet and pictures from Lifetouch. 
Thursday, October 22:
Saturday, October 24:
Sunday, October 25:
10:00am-Bible Study
Thursday, October 29:
No School at St. Paul’s
Friday, October 30:
No School at St. Paul’s