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St. Paul’s Lutheran School Pioneer Press
“May all the peoples praise you, O God!” Psalm 67:3
Phone number:  922-1080

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April 11, 2024  

Cleaners: April 15-19, 2024 (Fisher/Slattery Clean)

 Regular Worship Schedule:  
Saturdays at 6:30pm and Sundays at 7:45 & 10:15am;
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 9:00am

School & Sunday School Mission Offering
The offerings collected during our second semester will be going to Martin Luther College, our synod’s training school for called workers. The mission offering total last week was $18.23. The total for the semester is $332.97.

St. Paul’s Forensics Meet - Judges Needed
The annual St. Paul’s Grade School Forensics Meet will be held here on Wednesday, April 17th at 6pm. If you have served as a judge in the past and are able to help again, or if you are interested in learning more about helping judge at our meet, please contact our Forensics Advisor Tammy Franklin at 920-251-9648 or email

Singing for Church Saturday Night
Junior Choir AND kindergarten AND the seventh and eighth grade students will be singing during church on Saturday night, April 13.  The kindergarten and 7th-8th grade students will open the service with a hymn.  The junior choir (with a little help from our senior choir) will sing in place of the psalm.  Thank you for making sure your child arrives by 6:15.

Timber Rattlers Deadline
Just a reminder that the deadline for getting the Timber Rattlers Reading Minutes submitted to Mrs. Kampman is on Monday, April 15th. Thank you!

Spring Festival (Preschool through 4th Grade Play)
Please join our preschool through fourth grade students on Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 PM as they present the John Jacobson play “Go Fish.”  Here’s a brief synopsis, provided in the hope of reeling you in (pun intended): The musical takes place in the ocean.  There is a little Tiger Shark who wants to be friends with everyone.  They think he’s crazy.  But he meets a bunch of friends who also have their quirks; a seven-legged octopus, an angel fish, a clown fish who isn’t funny, a needlefish, a star fish who can’t get an acting role, a blow fish with allergies, a tuna fish who can’t carry a tune, and so on.  Throughout the course of the musical, all involved on stage and off are reminded that it takes all kinds of fish to make the ocean the beautiful place that it is, just the way it takes all kinds of people to make a world filled with harmony and color.  It would be a dull place indeed were we all the same.
Mark your calendars, because our fifth through eighth grade students will present their plays on Sunday, May 5.

CES Bowling Event for Parents
Our Christian Education Society has reserved a few hours of bowling at Ledgeview Lanes for our church and school parents/adults.  We hope you’ll be able to join our fellow St. Paul’s parents for some fun, fellowship, and (maybe??) some 300 scores!  The event will take place on April 21, from 2:00-4:00 PM.  Please sign up on this link: Adult Bowling Event by Friday, April 12th so the CES coordinator can reserve an appropriate amount of lanes.  Please note that all bowlers will pay for their session at the alley, so no prepayments will need to be made at St. Paul’s.

3-8 Grade GAME CLUB!
All children grades 3-8 are invited to join in on St. Paul’s Game Club on Wednesdays in May! Parents are welcome to attend as well! The Game Club will meet on May 1, 8, 15, 22 from 3:30-4:30pm in Mrs. Kampman’s classroom. Games that will be available are Chutes and Ladders, Chess, Cards, Sorry and Trouble. You may bring other games if you would like. You may come to as many or as few as you would like. Snacks will not be provided. Any questions? Contact Mrs. Kampman at 920-238-5772.

Principal Call Extended
After our call meeting on Thursday, March 21,  we called Mr. Kevin Needham from St. Paul’s in Saginaw, Michigan to serve as principal and 7&8 in the coming year here at St. Paul’s. Mr. Needham is married to Janna Thiesfeldt (maiden name) and the two have been blessed with four children ages 20, 18, 16, and 11 years old. His contact information is 989-327-4792 and May God bless his deliberation.

End of Year Field Trip
A field trip form has been sent home with students!  If you haven’t received yours yet, here’s a linked version:  Field Trip Form
Please complete the form as promptly as possible and return it, with payment, to Mrs. Surian.  We are looking forward to our preschool through 8th grade trip to the N.E.W. Zoo and Bay Beach in Green Bay on Tuesday, May 21.

Only 2 practices left! They will be held from 3:30-5:00 pm on the following dates: 4/16, 4/23.  The Grace Forensics Meet is scheduled tonight at 6pm.  We’re excited to see them develop their public speaking skills as they build toward St. Paul’s forensics meet on Wednesday, April 17 at 6pm.  The WLA Forensics Meet is scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 6pm.

Junior Vikes Track
Jr. Vikes track is going to get going very soon!  This program is for our students in grades 6-8 and runs in conjunction with the WLA high school program.  Please see the attached informational sheet giving the details. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Mathwig. 

WLA Summer Camps
Registration for WLA Summer Camps 2024 opens on April 1st. The schedule and descriptions of each camp can be found on the WLA website under Resources. Or, go directly to the registration page. Thank you! > Resources > Family Resources > Summer Camps

Hot Lunch Server
We are incredibly grateful for the past several years of service by Bev Buerger as she and her husband Don have run our hot lunch program.  Bev will be stepping down from the position at the end of our school year, which means it's time to begin our search for our next hot lunch server.  If you would like to consider taking on this role, please speak with Mr. Hartwig or Pastor Kampman.  Thank you.

School Cleaning Coordinator
We are incredibly grateful for the past several years of service by Wendy Holmes as she has run our school cleaning program.  Wendy  will be stepping down from the position at the end of our school year, which means it's time to begin our search for our next school cleaning coordinator.  If you would like to consider taking on this role, please speak with Mr. Hartwig or Pastor Kampman.  Thank you.

Career Connections Academy
The 7th and 8th grade students had been scheduled to attend a Career Connections Academy event in February.  That event was canceled due to inclement weather.  Thankfully, we’ve just received news that the event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 23.  Our 7th and 8th grade students will be bussed (free of charge) over to the Fond du Lac County Fair Grounds for the event.  Their session will last from 11:40-2:15.  If any parents of 7th or 8th grade students would like to chaperone, please let Mr. Hartwig know.

School Closings and Delays
When we have a winter storm, school delays and closings will be announced on KFIZ 1450am, WTCX 96.1 and WFDL 97.7fm.  As a rule, if North Fond du Lac schools are canceled or delayed, St. Paul’s will be, too.  St. Paul’s may not be mentioned separately by name with school closings, it may be announced as North Fond du Lac schools, both public and private.  If you signed up for the Weather Alert system, you will also be notified of closings and delays in the way you requested.  If you signed up for this service and have not been notified after the first delay or cancellation, please contact the office. If there is a different way you would like to be contacted, please email Mrs. Surian and she can get the change submitted. Mrs. Surian’s email is  When there is a 2 hour delay there is no Before School Care.

St. Paul’s Pioneers Car Decals Available
Interested in representing St. Paul’s on your car? We have decals available on the table as you enter the school! It is a free will offering and any money collected will go to the Christian Education Society to help cover costs on events throughout the year.

‘23-’24 Academic Calendar
The academic calendar for the 2023-2024 school year is available at this link, '23-'24 St Paul’s School Academic Calendar.

Church & School Wear Is Available at Hopper’s
A couple of our logos are on file at Hoppers in Fond du Lac. You can bring in any shirt you want and they will print them onto them for a small fee. They also do mugs, water bottles, and other items. Stop in or call to find out all the cool stuff they can do. Please note that they cannot embroider any type of fleece.  Please see below for the logos that are available.  

Camp Phillip
Camp Phillip is looking forward to another great year of Summer Camp.  Registration is open!
For more information on Camp Phillip or any of their programs, please check out their website at
There are also informational postcards on the table as you enter the school.

Quick Reference for links in the newsletter:
'23-'24 St. Paul's School Academic Calendar
Adult Bowling Event
Field Trip Form
WLA Summer Camps
WLA Summer Camps Registration 

April Birthdays!
Mia (3), Pastor Kampman (17), Reagan (20), Layla (26), Evelyn (29)



Thursday, April 11:
6:00pm- Forensics Meet at Grace, Oshkosh

Friday, April 12:
8:35am- Chapel (Mr. Mathwig)

Saturday, April 13:
6:30pm- Worship
6:30pm- Kindergarten & 7-8 sing; Junior Choir sings with Senior Choir

Sunday, April 14:
7:45 & 10:15am- Worship
9:00am- Bible Study & Sunday School
11:30am- Voters Meeting
2:00pm- Preschool - 4th Spring Festival

Tuesday, April 16:
3:30pm- Forensics Practice

Wednesday, April 17:
5-6 Field Trip to Brewers Weather Day
6:00pm- St. Paul’s Forensics Meet

Thursday, April 18:
6:00pm- Board of Christian Education

Friday, April 19:
3-4 Field Trip to Ledgeview Nature Center - Caves
8:35am- Chapel (Mr. Mathwig)

Saturday, April 20:
6:30pm- Worship with Communion

Sunday, April 21:
7:45 & 10:15am- Worship with Communion
10:15am- Preschool & 3-4 sings
2:00pm- CES Bowling for Adults