Volume 23, Issue 6* January 27, 2017

Full STEAM Ahead at Birchwood School

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Community (1-18) • Food Pantry (6) Senior Center (7) • School (19-28) Church Directory (9)

-by Jenna Johnson, 7th grade, BMS

M r. J e r r y h a s recently started teaching the elementary students about STEAM. What is STEAM, you may ask? We l l , S T E A M stands for Science, Te c h n o l o g y, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. When Mr. Jerry was asked what STEAM meant to our school, he replied in the focus that STEAM is important for all of us. “My goal is to integrate STEAM activities in the elementary school, middle school, and high school,” Mr. Jerry explained. He had also said that his focus was to foster the skills that are transferrable into problem solving skills and future STEAM related colleges and jobs. To him, coming from a technical background, is a certain way of thinking and a mindset that one can develop. This mindset is also useful in problem solving skills. He wants students to be able to distinguish a problem and then find a logical way to solve it. Mr. Jerry said that the most exciting and enjoyable part of working with the elementary students is “To see their enthusiasm and see them create.” In the elementary section of STEAM, they will be creating ideas and experiments in the form of models and crafts. Mrs. Schlapper’s students had a STEAM experience of their own! To start this project, the students had read the book Jack and the Beanstalk. After, they created beanstalks and balanced beans on top with the goal of seeing how many beans it took to make it collapse. They then compared the results from each beanstalk

and weighed the beans, seeing which held more weight. After their testing was over, they watched as Mr. Jerry designed and printed beans with the laser engraver Mr. Jerry’s STEAM activities are not ending here! He has explained that there will be projects with different K-12 grades, including the Montessori. His next project will be “The Science Of Soap”. We can’t wait to see how this project goes!

Students at the conference were (from left to right): Alex Schott, Sophia Trude, Taylor Robotka, Taylor Widiker, and Mikki Greisen.

Birchwood Students Attend Leadership Day at WITC

On Wednesday, January 11th, these students spent the day at WITC for the Lakeland Conference Leadership Day! As representatives of Student Council or National Honor Society, these students had a chance to talk about leadership ideas in our school while learning new ideas from other schools! Their main focus was to think of new Snowcoming ideas to involve the community, but they also were able to get some great ideas for service projects and fundraisers. Overall it was a day well spent, meeting new people and sharing our ideas together.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

-by Josie Garrett, 12th grade, BHS

Are you looking for a local restaurant that is family friendly, serves homemade meals, for low prices and great service? Then the Rustic Corner Cafe is the place for you! Located on the south end of Main Street, The Rustic Corner offers a variety of delicious and unique meals. Some special features you will find there are homemade buns/ bread, unbeatable breakfast deals, and out-of-this-world burgers! Be sure to try a local breakfast favorite “the Yeti”, or a sandwich such as our chicken bacon ranch or bacon cheeseburger! The Rustic Corner Cafe is happy to serve the Birchwood community and any guest visiting this beautiful area. Becky Darko, the owner of the Rustic Corner Cafe, says, “I have been here for over 30 years, and for 15 of them I worked at the school.” In addition, Darko has also been an EMT for 28 of the 30 years she’s lived here. To Darko, it’s always been important to be a part of the community, and she’s taken that pledge very seriously. “I have enjoyed raising my kids in this community and school system. It’s really given me the opportunity to get to know everyone and be a part of everyone’s lives.” said Darko. She has a passion for getting to know the community, so taking over this restaurant was the perfect way to get involved. The Rustic Corner is a family-orientated restaurant, managed by Lorace Weeny. As a newer Birchwood restaurant, they have many hopes and goals for their future. With a passion for the food business, Becky Darko knew that she had to take a chance and start her own twist on Birchwood’s restaurant scene. This passion started when she was young, having started her food service career at another Birchwood restaurant, The Birchwood Cafe! Now, having her own business to control, Darko knows the possibilities of where The Rustic Corner may go are endless. So stop in for a meal and make a new memory for yourself and your family at this local business. Darko says to, “come in for a bite to eat and get to know our employees! We’re excited to serve you and get to know you as well.”

Local Snowmobile Trails Open for Business

Although the recent snowfall that occurred from Janaury 8 - 11 may have caused headaches for some, snowmobile enthusiasts and area businesses that depend on snowmobiling are very happy to say the least. All the trails throughout Sawyer county were in the process of being groomed as of Janaury 11, thanks to volunteer operators for the Sawyer County Snowmobile and ATV Alliance. Trail systems in neighboring counties, including Rusk, Barron and Washburn were also declared open to snowmobile traffic. Additionally, the cold snap that preceded the snow allowed volunteers from various clubs to stake all the area lakes that are used to connect land trails. Ice thickness of more than a foot has been reported, which is more than sufficient to support a snowmoblie. Riders are cautioned, however, to follow the marked trails as there may be areas where the ice is not as thick. For current trail conditions in Sawyer county visit the Alliance website at sawyercountyalliance.com. For conditions in other areas of the state visit travelwisconsin.com.

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Where are they now?

Where are they now? This column is being written to take a look at how successful Birchwood graduates have become! If you have an idea for someone to feature, or would like to be featured please contact us at [email protected]

k12.wi.us! This month’s column is written by Taylor Robotka, 10th grade, BHS.

Where’s all the snow? Two of the three club operated groomers waiting for more snow

Birchwood Bobcat Rider’s Work To Keep Snowmobile Trails In Great Shape

As one of 10 motorized recreational clubs affiliated with the Sawyer County Alliance, the Bobcat Riders are responsible for maintaining all of the trails in the southwest corner of the county that connect to Washburn, Barron and Rusk counties. The club also maintains a contract with Washburn county to keep their trails in shape as well. During the winter, the primary focus is on grooming the snowmobile trails with one of the John Deere tractor’s owned by the Alliance and operated from the Bobcat clubhouse. Two track operated groomers owned by the club are kept during the winter months at Spider Lake Saloon. The tractor is primarily used on corridor trail 31 that leads to Stone Lake on the north and Weyerhauser on the south. It is also used to keep the heavily travelled Tuscobia in good shape from County Road T towards Rice Lake, and now stretches the other direction almost to Couderay, including the “nine mile loop”. The club groomers maintain trails that surround Long Lake and the Spider Lake chain as well. At an average speed for all the groomers of less than 10 miles per hour, grooming can take the better part of an entire day, with a start in the early morning before the sun is up and finishing around dinner time. By using volunteer drivers, the money made by grooming is then used to maintain equipment, pay for fuel, and eventually help pay for new equipment.

Available Board Seat

Due to the upcoming resignation of Mr. Robert Herscher, Birchwood School District School Board is looking for a new Board member. Interviews with the existing four Board members will be held on Monday, February 27th at 7pm in the Commons during the regular Board meeting. Please contact Superintendent Diane Johnson at 715-354-3471 or email [email protected] by Friday, February 17th if interested in interviewing for the open seat. Thank you Mr. Herscher for your dedication to the students!

This month’s “Where are They Now?” is a former foreign exchange student, Larissa Lorbschat! Larissa attended Birchwood school as a visiting student from Germany, and she graduated from Birchwood with the class of 1999. After graduating, Larissa attended college back in Germany in order to pursue a career in teaching. She currently teaches the subjects of German and English to some very lucky students! Larissa considers her host family, the Marshes, her true family, and she continues to be very close to them from abroad. Larissa’s favorite thing about going to school in this little town of Birchwood was the accepting people she met! She felt this way because the people she met made all the difference for her as an exchange student. Everyone was welcoming and made her feel a part of the community! Her advice for other Birchwood students is to “ be there for everyone- you just might become friends for life”.

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Sawyer County to Host Association National Parks Service Program of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs Promotes Safety Initiative Director’s Meeting On Friday, January 27, Dan On January 8th representatives from each of the 72 counties in Wisconsin voted to hold their January, 2018 meeting in Hayward. The AWSC is made of 625 snowmobile clubs from throughout the state with a membership of more than 42,000 snowmobile enthusiasts. The Sawyer County Snowmobile and ATV Alliance will serve as host for the event, with help from the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and the many local businesses that benefit from snowmobiling. Visitors will be staying at Flat Creek, Comfort Suites and the LCO Hotel and Casino the weekend of January 5-7. More than 200 people are expected to attend, with plans calling for a number of guided snowmobile rides on Saturday, including one to the Birchwood area. Steve Bethke, Sawyer County Director for the AWSC and a member of the Birchwood Bobcat Riders, expressed hope that these representatives will go back home with a positive impression about snowmobiling in Sawyer county. “Our goal is to have them share their experiences with their local clubs so that future trips to our area occur”, said Bethke.

Watson, Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator with the National Park Service (NPS) will be on hand to offer updates on important NPS safety initiatives, as well as other topics. The program sponsored by the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance starts at 7:00 p.m. in Megger’s Hall at the University of Wisconsin Barron County. The main theme will be an introduction to the NPS Operational Leadership Trail Safe Program. The unique training is available through videos on the agency’s website and focuses on how leadership can deal with unsafe human behaviors. The principles can be applied to all leadership situations and can be useful to everyone from supervisors to parents. Ranger Watson will also offer a brief review of the Volunteer Program of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, as well as some general interest information on the NPS and some of his personal career locations and work experiences that have ranged from law enforcement to wildland firefighting. The program will follow the Annual Meeting of the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance that will be held from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. The public is invited to attend the presentation and or the annual meeting. For additional information please call Don Erickson (71) 354-3827.

January 27, 2017

CHILI COOK-OFF CHALLENGE AT TRINITY LUTHERAN

Calling all chili lovers! The annual Chili Cook-Off Challenge will be held on Saturday, February, 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Birchwood. Public sampling of, and voting for, the top three chili entries will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., followed by the opportunity for “seconds” until 6:45 p.m., when the winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded. Salads, vegetable tray, homemade bars and cookies, and all the ‘extras’ for the chili will be provided after the sampling. A free will offering will be held, with the donations split between the Love Fund and the Birchwood Area Food Pantry. Interested competitors for the Chili Challenge can pick up an entry form at Trinity Lutheran Church or find it on the website. Please return the registration forms to Trinity Lutheran Church by February 21st. Competing chefs are asked to bring 5 quarts of their special recipe chili to the church Fellowship Hall no later than 5:00 p.m. for the sampling. For more information or to receive an entry form via mail or email, please contact the Trinity office at 715-354-3790 or send an email to [email protected]

Attention all Chili Cooks

Chili Challenge February 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church VILLAGE OF BIRCHWOOD News and Events

For information about what’s happening in the village, please visit their website! http://www.birchwoodvillagewi.com Board Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of

every month at 6:00 p.m.

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Birchwood Bobcat Riders Raffle! Only 200 tickets sold at $100 dollars each

First Prize of $5,000 Second Prize of $1500 Third Prize of $1000 Fourth and Fifth Prizes of $500 Sixth through 20th Prizes of $200

Drawing to be held March 27, 2017 Tickets Available at Bear Tracks, Ed’s Pit Stop, Chit Chat, Seasonal Power Toys, Cheers, Lincolnwood, Paul’s Pizza Den, Rustic Corner and Spider Lake Saloon, or you may contact Rick Oswalt at 715-354-3610

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Food Pantry News   New location on Main St (the old Printing Post) Entrance in back with ample parking 1st and 3rd Monday AND 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 10:30 am to 1:30 pm After hours or days off call 715-416-3139

Birchwood Food Pantry is Looking for Volunteers VISIT: http://www. birchwoodareafoodpantry.com/ ADDRESS: PO Box 201, Birchwood, WI FOOD PANTRY HOURS on Main Street: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm the 1st and 3rd Monday and Saturday BACKPA CKS for Kids - weekend meals

CALL 715-416-3139 or email

Monetary donations may be sent to: Birchwood Area Food Pantry, Inc. PO Box 201 113-115 Main Street Birchwood, WI 54817

[email protected] Check us out online at: www.birchwoodareafoodpantry.com

Anyone interested in volunteering at the food pantry

SENIOR DINING MENU ~ FEBRUARY 2017 ~ WASHBURN COUNTY MONDAY

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Tater Tot Hot Dish Buttered Beets Ice Cream Minong Dining @ 5

TUESDAY

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Brunch for Lunch

Apple French Toast Bake

Sausage Links V8 Vegetable Juice Yogurt

WEDNESDAY

1 Swedish Meatballs over Whole Wheat Penne Parsley Carrots Pumpkin Bar

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Creamy Chicken ‘n Biscuits Steamed Broccoli Cherry Fudge Brownie

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14 Valentine’s Day! Pork Chops in Gravy Mashed Baby Reds Creamed Spinach Heart-Shaped Cookie

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21 Meaty Italian Lasagna Roasted Brussel Sprouts Garlic Bread Sherbet

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Sloppy Joe Sweet Potato Puffs Asian Coleslaw Applesauce Shell Lake Dining @ 5

No Meals Served President’s Day

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Homestyle Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Glazed Carrots Lemon Bar Spooner Dining @ 5

Homestyle Chili w/ Cheese & Sour Cream Cornbread Muffin Red Velvet Cake (Spooner Salad Bar) Honey Baked Ham Whipped Sweet Potatoes Steamed Corn Pineapple Slices

THURSDAY

Baked BBQ Chicken Boiled Baby Reds Cheesy Cauliflower Pudding Parfait (Birchwood Potluck) Cook’s Choice

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FRIDAY

Lemon Pepper Cod Wild Rice Blend Green Beans Peach Cobbler

10 Sweet & Sour Pork over Brown Rice Stir Fry Veggies Egg Roll Mandarin Oranges

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17 Grilled Chicken Salad w/ Dressing Breadstick Peanut Butter Bar

23 Classic Liver & Onions Parsley Potatoes Creamed Peas Chocolate Cake

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Chicken Parmesan Whole Wheat Pasta Garden Salad, Dressing Garlic Bread Rosy Pears

Cook’s Choice

Birchwood Dining @ 5

28 Mexican Cuisine Day

Cook’s Choice ALL MEALS SERVED WITH MILK AND BREAD

*Menu subject to change*

Check with your meal site to confirm

Finalized 1/10/2017

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Senior Center News

Also, if you have not joined us for Dining at Five, I really encourage you to do that. It’s the last Friday of the month and we have such a good time. Just fantastic food and fellowship and you by Carol Addington can bring some wine if you wish to have with your meal. This is a Happy New Year! And did you make any NY Resolutions? I gave perfect time to check us out and see who’s there. Call to reserve.. that up a long time ago as I make them all year long...a better chance cost is $5.00 and where can you eat a full meal for that price??? of success. Hope you were toasty warm with family love ‘cuz it was Doorprizes this month were Birchwood Bucks (good at all really cold outside! Also hope you escaped that nasty cough bug so businesses in Birchwood) and were won by Russ Kemp, Barb many of us had. I am much better but still coughing. YUK! Neumann, Ruth Clausen, Nel Brawner, Brenda Ely and Helen We are starting the New Year with a new Treasurer, Mary Gibson McClyman. who is stepping in to fill a vacancy as our treasurer moved away. So that’s it for this month. Hope you have kept happy, healthy, Dues for 2017 are due ASAP...only $5...and that includes a free and warm and are ready for the love month coming up. Don’t forget isKids $5.00 birthday lunch so dues are actually only $1.50. Suggested Now that’s a deal... donation the annual Soup for fundraiser for students at the Pizza Den on Cost: $8.75 for anyone under yrs old new friends, fun, fellowship, food and activities...all year...for $1.50. Sunday, Jan 29th. 60 Delicious soup with bread and dessert served in There just ain’t another deal that good! bowls made by the students. Also, on Sunday, February 12th, bring Please Make Reservation 24 Hours in Advance Our Grandparent Program isMinong really successful. You will want to your honey or best friend to Greeners Reel ‘Em Inn for a delicious 715-466-4448 Shell Lake 715-468-4750 be a part of this! Please callSpooner the center and715-635-8283 put your name on the spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings...and dessert. This is a fund Birchwood 715-354-3001 volunteer list to be a substitute grandparent. I always need a few raiser for the Birchwood Food Pantry. You will see flyers for both and sometimes a lot. I needed 8 on Jan 9th but only found 6 as so events. Man, do we eat well in this community! Minong Shell Lake many are ill and our snowbirds have flown already. All you have to do is visit with them and share a meal. They even wait on you. Menu Menu th Come on down! Monday, February 6 Monday, February 13th We have hired Janet Davidson to come once a month to do some basic maintenance cleaning.Meaty We are far behindLasagna in this and she Italian Stuffed Pork Chop has already polished the center to Buttered look like new.Corn When its warm Baked Potato SC Suggested donationw/ is $5.00 enough to do windows, we will actually be able to see and enjoy Garlic Bread Cost: $8.75 for anyone underSprouts 60 yrs old Roasted Brussel that awesome view of Birch Lake thatSalad we have!Bar Thanks Janet and Seven Layer Salad Please Make Reservation 24 Hours in Advance welcome! Red Velvet Cake Minong 715-466-4448 Shell Lake 715-468-4750 Red Velvet Cake Awesome to have our Brenda Ely back with us after her major Birchwood 715-354-3001 Spooner 715-635-8283 back surgery. We missed her smile and input and all she does for us! Minong Shell Lake One of our Board members will attend Birchwood Chamber of Menu Menu Spooner Commerce meetings to help learn and participate in our Community Birchwood th Monday, February 6 Monday, February 13th activities and planning. Every organization, no matter the size, plays Menu Menu a roll in the success of all community activities. th Meaty Italian Lasagna Stuffed Pork Monday, February 27 Friday, February 24th Chop Our Timber Bay youth are back in the lower level on Monday Buttered Corn Baked Potato w/ SC Garlic Bread evenings. They were outside most of the summer with their service Roasted Brussel Sprouts Salad Bar BBQ Ribs Slow-Roasted Roast and activities and many ofSlow-Roasted them attended their camp in Northern SevenBeef Layer Salad Red Velvet Cake Baked Potato w/ SC Mashed Potatoes &Red Gravy Velvet Cake Minnesota. Corn Peas & Carrots It was warm and toasty inside forButtered our Potluck this month as about 30 of us filled our tummies with awesome hot dishes Salad Bar and desserts. Salad Bar It was wonderful having Kelly Lover’s Brunkow with us. She brought low Lava Cake Angel Food Cake Spooner Birchwood vision calendars and left some at the center for you if you need Menu Menu them. Also visiting was Dana Olson who heads the emergency Monday, February 27th Friday, February 24th assistance program. You may be eligible for assistance in your heating challenges. If you have any questions, do call her at 1-866Slow-Roasted BBQ Ribs Slow-Roasted Roast Beef 432-8947. Eligibility is easier than most think. They will come and Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed! Baked Potato w/ SC Mashed Potatoes & Gravy check the quality function of your furnace and appliances and you Buttered Corn Peas & Carrots might just get a new one. One family got a new furnace. You never Bar Bar that MealsSalad on Wheels is a wonderfulSalad program Lover’s Lava Cake know ‘til you ask! All counties have this program so if you are not Angel Food Cake meal provides our homebound seniors with a daily in Washburn County, call your local one. five days a week. We’re in need of drivers at this time. Free Income Tax service is available from Indianhead Credit You will be reimbursed 52 cents a mile. This could be Union in Spooner. Call them at 715-635-8273. Service will be a great opportunity for any of our high school kids available thru April 15. who’d like a quick job for a little cash. There could Again I encourage you to take a tour of our wonderful Birchwood still be a need for drivers in the fall as well. Education System. The long cold days are just the time to do that. Call the school at 715-354-3471 and set up a time. You will be so Interested? glad you did! Contact Charlotte Snarski at 354 – 7077 Don’t forget our monthly brunch on the 2nd Tuesday. Becky needs or Becky Darkow at 354 – 3001. 10 participants or that brunch meal will be served as a lunch.

February Dining at 5

February Dining at 5

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BIRCHWOOD BRICK MEMORIAL

BIRCHWOOD BRICK MEMORIAL The Birchwood American Legion Post 379 would like to thank everyone who has supported the Brick Memorial. We have placed all bricks that we received by November. Hopefully all who have ordered a Memorial Brick have had a chance to see them in place at the Memorial.

The Birchwood American Legion thank everyone who has suppor We have placed all bricks that w November. Hopefully all who ha Brick have had a chance to see Memorial.

Now we would like to invite all th purchasing a Memorial Brick to possible. We would like to get a ordered over the next month, so

Memorial Day.

Memorial Order Day.

Now we would like to invite all those still thinking about Although we feel all Veterans should be honored here, remember that it purchasing a Memorial Brick to pleaseVeteran. order asaresoon Some honoringas their parents, or their sons, daughters, or ju with a permanent memorial. We have also had civic groups order possible. We would like to get a large honor number of bricks logos. Businesses are also encouraged to purchase a brick, supporting ordered over the next month, so we can place them by community.

now as prices will be increasing in June!

These bricks will be placed in front of the Veterans Memorial. They are or without clipart.

Although we feel all Veterans should be honored here, remember that it does not have to be a Veteran. Some are honoring their parents, or their sons, daughters, or just anyone they want to honor with a permanent memorial. We have also had civic groups order bricks, with their clubs logos. Businesses are also encouraged to purchase a brick, supporting veterans and the community. These bricks will be placed in front of the Veterans Memorial. They are 4”X8” red concrete with or without clipart.

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Church Directory St. John The Evangelist Masses Thurs-8:30AM Sun-11:30AM

Our Lady of Lourdes~Dobie

Holy Trinity

St. Joseph

Masses Masses Masses Tues.-5:30PM Friday-8:15 AM Wed- 8:15AM Wed.-8:30AM Sat- 4:00 PM Sun-8:30 AM School Year Sun-10:00AM 6:00 PM Mass for Bluegill Festival 317 West 5th St, Haugen Thurs/Fri.-7:00 AM, Sat.-4:30PM 2411 23rd St, Rice Lake on Saturday, July 16th. 234-2508 Sunday 8:30 & 10:30AM; 5:30PM 234-2917 408 S. Main St * Birchwood 111 W. Marshall Street, Rice Lake Cluster Parish Office: 715-234-2032 715-354-3704 website: www.stjosephricelake.org Email: [email protected] 715-234-2032

Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Joan Scheffler

501 E Chetac Ave Birchwood

www.trinitybirchwood.com

Worship (year round) -Sundays at 10 am Outdoor Worship (Memorial Day - Labor Day) -- Sundays at 8:30 am Sunday School at 10 am (during school year) Office Hours, Mon-Thurs 8 - 11:30 am 12:30 - 3 pm (715) 354-3790

715-354-3790

Long Lake Lutheran Church of Sarona Pastor Mary Strom

Sunday Worship and Sunday School: 9:00 (Memorial Day – Labor Day: Outdoor Worship: 8:30 a.m.)

Located on Church Road 3 miles north of Cty Hwys V and M junction (715)354-3804 www.llchurch.com

The Family of God Opens New Possibilities To have only one choice is depressing. But new opportunities are like water to a thirsty person. The Family of God is the family that opens new horizons. The United Methodist Church is such a family, where hearts draw you into a circle of new possibilities and options.

The UNITED METHODIST CHURCH at Birchwood Sunday Service 9 am

Meteor Hills Bible Church 10 miles East of

Birchwood on Hwy 48 Sunday School - 10 am Morning Worship - 11 am

EVERYONE WELCOME! Pastor Al Miller church: (715) 943-2441 home: (715) 943-3301

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 6 1/2 miles East of Rice Lake on Hwy 48

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church cordially invites you, your family, and your loved ones to attend our church. We are a small, congenial group of your neighbors and friends.

Worship Time Sunday at 8:30AM

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH (Cedar Lake) Missouri Synod Located two miles south

Area Church Directory To add your church directory information to this page, please email [email protected] birchwood.k12.wi.us or call us at 715-354-3471

“THE COUNTRY CHURCH WITH A CONTEMPORARY STYLE SERVICE”

GRACE LUTHERAN Located on the corner of 23 1/2 St and Hwy V in Brill

of Mikana

Pastor Susan Anderson Lay Minister Saturday Services- 5:30 p.m. John Brunclik (Communion Celebrated Director of Music 1st,3rd, and 5th Saturday) Michael Pechman Congregational Assistant Lucille Evertsen “Sola Scriptura” More than a Slogan We pray for continued blessings in our sharing His Word.

Please Join Us!

Worship and Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Everyone welcome Any questions call 715-234-7729

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Birchwood Chamber Working to Create “Community Coordinating Committee”

With the approval of the Chamber membership at their October meeting, Chamber President Steve Bethke is working to put together a committee focused on fostering communication between eleven organizations that operate in the Birchwood community. To be known as the “Birchwood Community Coordinating Committee”, invited organizations in addition to the Chamber are Trinity Lutheran Church, St. John’s Catholic Church, Birchwood United Methodist Church, Birchwood School District, Village of Birchwood, Birchwood Senior Center, Birchwood American Legion, The Food Pantry, Birchwood Lion’s Club and the Birchwood Bobcat Rider’s. According to Bethke, the initial meeting will focus on getting to know how all organizations are organized as well as how they operate in the community. The long term goal focus on increasing communication between all the organizations with the hope of fostering coordination and cooperation whenever possible. “It will ultimately be up to the various organizations to determine how we move forward, but my hope is that we meet on a regular basis and see what happens”, said Bethke.

Sawyer County Snowmobile/ATV Trail Map Now Available As A Smart Phone App

The Sawyer County Snowmobile and ATV Alliance has contracted with “Trail Treker” to offer the 2016/17 Sawyer county snowmobile/ ATV map for download to a smart phone. The cost for the app is $1.99 from the App Store, with the map itself an additional $2. Maps are also available for Bayfield and Chippewa County, also for $2 each. The map is loaded with all of the business map sponsors as Points of Interest (POIs). If you click on a POI icon it will show you the business name and any details entered. Click on the name and it will show you a full screen of data with the phone number (and a call button!) along with all of the details. The paper version of the new map is also available at dozens of Sawyer county businesses free of charge, although a $1 donation to offset the cost of producing the map is appreciated. Some of the Birchwood area businesses featuring the map include Jason’s Market, Ed’s Pit Stop, Bear Tracks, Seasonal Power Toys, Paul’s Pizza Den, Spider Lake Saloon, Chit Chat and Dairy State Bank.

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MUSIC enrichment BEGINNING GUITAR LESSONS

GENERAL enrichment BASIC SEWING

DAY: Thursdays DATES: March 9 to 23, 2017 TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. DAY: Mondays AUDIENCE: High School (9th grade) to DATES: February 27 to April 3, 2017 Adult TIME: 5:00-5:45 p.m. LOCATION: Birchwood FACE room INSTRUCTOR: Raemi Hrdlicka AUDIENCE: 5th Grade to Adult MIN/MAX: 3-5 (or more if you have your LOCATION: Birchwood Choir Room own sewing machine) INSTRUCTOR: Kristine Knutson, Choir COST: $20.00 and fill out registration Teacher form by 3/1/17 MIN/MAX: 4 - 15 INCLUDES: 3 sessions, use of sewing COST: $25.00 and fill out registration form machine, scissors, & pins MATERIALS LIST: You will receive the by 2/20/17 INCLUDES: 6 Sessions, Materials & Use list once you sign up. No Materials Fee, but participant must of Guitar; No Refunds for Missed Lessons bring needed supplies to first class.

COMPUTERS BEGINNING UKULELE LESSONS

DAY: Mondays DATES: February 27 to April 3, 2017 TIME: 6:00-6:45 p.m. INSTRUCTOR: Kristine Knutson, Choir Teacher LOCATION: Birchwood Choir Room MIN/MAX: 4 - 15 AUDIENCE: 4th grade to Adult COST: $25.00 and fill out registration form by 2/20/17 INCLUDES: 6 Sessions, Materials, & Use of Ukulele; No Refunds for Missed Lessons

KEEPING UP WITH THE GRANDKIDS

Learn the basics of phone apps & email, iPad or tablet, and computer. Get comfortable with Facebook, Google (Email, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Presentations), YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, & other great apps to make your life easier!

DAY: Tuesdays DATES: February 21 to March 14, 2017 TIME: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. AUDIENCE: Community members (target audience is 30+) - student helpers available LOCATION: Birchwood Library Lab INSTRUCTOR: Sara Waldron, Business Education Teacher/Librarian COST: $30.00/$17.25 for seniors (62+) INCLUDES: 4 sessions & materials SIGN UP: By 2/14/17. Use the WITC form or go online to http://www.witc.edu/continuing-education/ No Refunds for Missed Sessions

SPORTS & RECREATION

YOUTH SPORTS

ADULT SPORTS

TUESDAY NIGHT

OPEN GYM

Basketball Ball Handling Mr. Eric Rademaker is looking forward to making YOU into a future basketball player! After your snack in the commons, those participating will need to change into shorts, T-shirt, athletic shoes and be ready to have fun and learn ball handling skills.

DAY: Tuesdays DATES: January 3 to February 28, 2017 TIME: 3:30-5:00 p.m. PICK UP: 4:50-5:00 p.m. in Commons AUDIENCE: Grades K-4th LOCATION: Small Gym INSTRUCTOR: Eric Rademaker COST: Free and includes T-shirt PERFORMANCE: Fri., February 10; HS vs. Winter @ 6:30 p.m. between games JOIN ANYTIME - just fill out registration

form and return it to school.

NOTE: It will be announced ahead of time when sessions are cancelled for weather or other reasons.

LITTLE LEAGUE Youth Baseball

DAYS: Tuesdays & Thursdays DATES: April 11 to June 29, 2017 TIME: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. practice until May games; Tues/Thurs game schedule TBA AUDIENCE: Girls & Boys Ages 7-12 by July 1, 2016 LOCATION: School Gyms, Softball, Baseball, & Football fields COACHES: Kevin Sunderland, Jeremy Lobitz, Michael Lehnert, Need Others MANAGER: Kelly Lehnert COST: $15.00 by 3/31/17 includes T-shirt for new players EQUIPMENT NEEDED: baseball glove, gray baseball pants, and cleats SIGN UP DATES: March 7th & 9th at P/T Conferences in main hallway or special form sent home and returned to office.

Basketball Scrimmage DAY: Every Wednesday DATES: January to May, 2017 TIME: 6:00-8:30 p.m. AUDIENCE: Adults 18+ (Male or Female) LOCATION: Big Gym CONTACT: Jordan Clark at 715-790-1990 COST: Free No sign up necessary, just show up.

ALUMNI DAY

Basketball & Volleyball Scrimmages FUNDRAISER FOR SCHOLARSHIPS DAY: Saturday DATES: February 11, 2017 TIME: 2:00 p.m. AUDIENCE: Alumni Adults 18+ (Male or Female) LOCATION: Big Gym CONTACT: Rhonda Schultz COST: $20.00 and fill out Comm. Ed. form by 2/10/17 (pre-registration appreciated)

COMMUNIT Y

COMMUNITY presentations THE HOLOCAUST - IT ’S RELEVANCE TODAY “Put Out the Flame”

DAY: Wednesday DATE: February 15, 2017 TIME: Part 1: 8:20-11:55 p.m. & Part 2: 12:30-1:45 p.m. AUDIENCE: 13 and older & adult community members LOCATION: Birchwood Small Gym INSTRUCTOR: Tim Scott COST: FREE to the PUBLIC

MINI POW-WOW Learn more about the Native American Culture

DATE: Coming March, 2017 LOCATION: Birchwood Gym AUDIENCE: Pre-K-12th & all Community COST: FREE to the PUBLIC “Like”

Birchwood School District on Facebook & check out our school website at www.birchwood.k12.wi.us

OPEN MEETINGS LAW PRESENTATION DAY: Monday DATE: March 27, 2017 TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Birchwood Commons Potluck Dinner before & School Board Meeting to follow. All area organizations who conduct public board meetings are invited.

COMMUNITY opportunities COMMUNIT Y GARDEN

Helping Grow Fresh Vegetables! Did you know that for $10 you can rent a 5’x24’ plot in the school’s new community garden? The plot will be cultivated, fertilized with compost, is fenced, and water is included. The garden is located on East Park Ave across from the student parking lot. This is sponsored by the Birchwood Public School. Contact Adam Smith at 715354-3471 if interested. Does your child have an interest in something not offered? Is there a class you’d possibly like to teach? Community Ed loves hearing about new classes you’d like to see offered, and welcomes new instructors! Contact Kelly at 715-354-3471 or email her at [email protected]

CPTO

Community Parent/Teacher Organization Join us the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons or contact Ami Iverson at [email protected] or (715) 354-3471. Help plan fun events for kids in the community!

trips

You Missed ...

Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” & Dinner! Included Dinner at Canal Park Brewery & Coach Bus Transportation from Birchwood Friday, December 3, 2016 3:00-9:30 p.m.

COMMUNIT Y FEATURED COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Birchwood Lions Club

is Welcoming New Members! We are part of the world’s largest & most active service organization. The Club’s motto is “We Serve”, and we serve the Birchwood community by...

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safety courses AT V/Snowmobile Safety Mike Paul has been heading up most of the safety training classes for more than 30 years. He has announced that he is retiring!

This is an important service that needs to Giving yearly scholarships to Birchwood be offered to young riders (& hunters). We need to promote safety to all young and High School seniors Collecting of eye glasses/hearing aides old. Holding Elem. school vision screening Sponsoring kid’s activities like the annu- If anyone is interested in becoming an instructor there will be a DNR training class al Easter Egg Hunt in mid-February. Hosting 2 Fish Fries! Sponsoring the Bluegill Festival on the 3rd weekend in July with street dances, If you have an interest in helping out, softball tournament, fish fry, conces- please contact Mike Paul at [email protected] or Rick Oswalt, Birchwood sions, craft fair, and parade. Monthly Meetings are held the first Bobcat Riders, by email at birchwoodbobThursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at [email protected] or phone 715-354-3610. the Village Hall. To inquire, contact Brad at 354-9720. Birchwood Bobcat

Riders Club

Welcomes You!

Birchwood Food Pantry

is Looking for Volunteers

VISIT: http://www.birchwoodareafoodpantry.com ADDRESS: PO Box 201, Birchwood, WI FOOD PANTRY HOURS on Main Street: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm the 1st and 3rd Monday and Saturday (Vols needed 9:30-1:30 & Truck deliveries 10-1 on 1st & 3rd Fri.) BACKPACKS for Kids - Weekend meals (Vols needed at Fri. noon during school.) CALL 715-416-3139 or email [email protected] Any time you can give makes a difference!

Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Bobcat Riders Clubhouse at 1118N Sunset Lane, Birchwood. Has your organization had a change in who to contact? If so, call the Community Education Office @ 715-354-7789 to have it updated/added.

COMMUNIT Y

REFUNDS & CANCELLATIONS Any cancellations received AFTER the “registration closing date” will receive a 50% refund unless you are able to find someone to fill your spot. If an opportunity reaches capacity or Community Education cancels or reschedules a class, trip, or event, you are eligible to receive a full refund. Waiting lists will be created when necessary. If school is closed due to inclement weather or holiday/closure day, all Community Education opportunities will be cancelled. If you are unsure if an opportunity is canceled please check www.birchwood.k12.wi.us or the Birchwood School District Facebook page.

Birchwood Community Education 300 S. Wilson Street Birchwood, WI 54817 Phone: 715-354-3471 Email: [email protected] Website: www.birchwood.k12.wi.us

Postal Patron Local

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Closing the Generation Gap



Local Timber Bay celebrates first year! by Charity Knauff, Area Director

Timber Bay has just celebrated its first year in Birchwood and what a wonderful year it has been! As 2016 was coming to an end and we were planning for the 2017 year we realized we had a need for camping equipment. In an effort to meet this need I presented a list of items we would need to the Birchwood American Legion. I explained to the Legion that a large part of Timber Bays outreach is to take the youth in our community camping. I shared that we had plans this year to take a group of kids to the Wolf River in June and another trip planned for the Boundary Waters in July. We also have some local camping excursions planned right here in Birchwood. I presented a list of items to the Legion that would be needed to make these trip and others like it a success. After a vote the Legion members decided to outfit Timber Bay with everything on our list and more. A member of the Legion had a connection with LL Bean and he presented her with our list. She donated 4 tents, 4 foot prints, a camping stove, and 4 sleeping pads. The Legion donated all our dishes, lanterns, packs, and many other items. A thank you does not really express the gratitude I have for all the members at the Legion and the work they do in serving our country and our community. And to the people at LL Bean who know the value of brining people together in the great outdoors. I am truly thankful for this opportunity to be loving our kids through the blessing of camping.

OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

Heating, Plumbing, Electrical Supplies Tools * Paints * Fishing & Boating Equipment Balloons * Housewares Pet Supplies * Lawn & Garden * Gifts * ATM L/P Gas * Midwest Fasteners

101 Main St - Birchwood

715-354-3901

-by Kelly Lehnert, Community Education Director

Mrs. Zemaitis’ E1 Montessori, Mr. Smith’s 5th Grade, and Mrs. Schlapper ’s Kindergarten classes were excited to have some “Fun with the Grandparents” at their program during December and January. Students arrived at the Senior Center and met up with their grandparents (or were matched up with an “adopted grandparent”) for the hour. They partook in a fun activity, such as a reindeer cookie craft (E1 Montessori), a grandparent interview (5th grade), or a Valentine’s bingo game (kindergarten). Grandparents are able to have a beautiful lunch prepared by Becky Darkow for the price of $3.50 (if over 60 years old). The students spend the lunch hour chatting and then are escorted back to school. The grandparents who participated with the E1 Montessori (1st3rd graders) include: Tim & Wendy Corry, Larry Greener, Sandie Potter, Leroy Anderson, Sabrina (for McFarland) Doyle & Julie Christian, Theresa Robotka, and Ron & Janet Bladl. Here is a list of grandparents who participated with their 5th grade grandkids: Lori Dahle, Cindy Dillivan, John & Jeanette Bidinger, Bill & Susan Brilla, Ninette Aufderhar, Cindy Gerber, Ron Kinsley, Bill Thrasher, Mary Manefeld, Bill & Vivan Marx, Chris Root, Ann Richter, Sharon Gruenhagen, Bonnie VanGilder, and Gene McCarthy. From the kindergarten class, the grandparents who participated included: Brian & JoAnn Mertens, Lois Anderson, Bob VanWinkle, Kathy Gregory, and Lori Dahlee. Thanks to Carol Addington and all the volunteer grandparents who take time out of their day for the students at Birchwood School as well as keep this program going! The Montessori Children’s House (Pre-K & K) and the Birchwood Pre-K are up next on February 13 and 27th, respectively. By the end of February, all of the students in Pre-K through 4th grade will have had a chance to participate in the Grandparent’s program this year! We are looking at having a day in the spring for grandparents to come in and eat lunch with their grandkids and receive a tour of Birchwood School, but dates have not been set as of yet.

Birchwood Flooring, LLC SALES & INSTALLATION

CARPET • LAMINATE • TILE • HARDWOOD Owners: Vicki & Dale Busick 101 E. Hwy 48 • Birchwood, WI 54817 Available For Appointments CALL:

PH: 715-354-7020 OR CELL: 715-205-0675

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Continuing Education  Offered by Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College   

“Keeping up with the Grandkids”

Technology Class at BIRCHWOOD SCHOOL Whether nearby or far, chances are your grandchildren are on the move. How can you keep up with what is going on in their lives and share what is going on in yours? Learn several avenues for communication. Gain confidence in using cell phone apps and email. Understand iPad and basic computer skills. Discover some great online applications such as Facebook and Google. Navigate YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and more. Your instructor is a Business Education Teacher and Librarian right at the Birchwood School District lMC. Class No. 

26075 

Time 

6:00 to   7:30 p.m. 

Date(s) 

Tuesdays from  Feb. 21 to March 14 

Fee / Sr. Fee(62+) 

$30.00 / $17.25 (Sr.)                                 

 

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HOW DO I REGISTER?  Online at witc.edu/search  OR In person, by mail, or phone (800.243.9482) at WITC‐Rice Lake.   o (We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.) OR In person, by email or phone at Birchwood School   o Contact Kelly Lehnert, Community Education Director @ (715) 354‐3471 x411 or email  [email protected]  Office Hours:  1:00‐3:30 p.m.

To access the WITC registration form, go to this site and go to the last page of the catalog: WITC‐Rice Lake  http://www.witc.edu/continuing-educationcontent/pdfs/2016-Fall/fall-personal-enrichment-catalog-2016.pdf 1900 College Drive 

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L.I.G.H.T. Keepers Games Bible Lesson Crafts Supper Fun 1 Thessalonians 5:5 – “For you are all children of light, children of the day”.

********************************************************************************************* WHO:

3RD , 4TH OR 5TH GRADE CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY

WHERE:

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH – BIRCHWOOD

********************************************************************************************* A fun weekly Wednesday night community youth program has begun in Birchwood. It is for any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade child in the community. The program meets at Trinity Lutheran Church from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There are games, Bible lessons, crafts, a light supper and FUN!! The L.I.G.H.T. (Learn In God’s House Together) Keepers program follows the Birchwood school calendar. This program is free of charge. For further information contact Sue Jostad at 763-218-3354 or Trinity Lutheran Church at 715-354-3790.

********************************************************************************************* Trinity Lutheran Church – 501 E. Chetac Ave, Birchwood, WI – Phone: 715-354-3790

YEARBOOKS

on sale NOW! $35.00 now with a $10.00 deposit. After January 31st the cost will be $45.00. Orders should be turned into Ms. Schultz.

Be sure to “like” the Birchwood School District on Facebook to keep up to date on school happenings and events!

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Superintendent Column

MS Girls Basketball Begins! -by Josie Garrett, 12th grade, BHS

The middle school girls are off to a great start with a 3-0 conference winning record! Throughout weeks of hard work and practice, each girl is excited to get out on the court and show everyone the new skills that they have been learning! Each player is lead by head coach, Casey Rurup, who has been coaching the team for a total of three years. “Casey is a great coach, she really knows what she is talking about! She has helped me in so many ways, and there is still a lot that I am still learning from her.” said player, Laura Hrdlicka. As a whole, the team consists of 25 players. On the 7th grade team is made up of mostly 5th and 6th graders. The fifth graders are: Ella Vanacker, Lexi Langham, Riley Harder, Becca Greisen, Sam Greisen, Kianna Bidinger, Sophia Knauff, and Sylvia Anys. The sixth graders on the team are: AJ Jones, Hailey Kurtz, and Jasmine Wainz play on the seventh grade team as well. The 8th grade team is made up of 7th and 8th graders. The seventh graders are: Grace Knauff, Eva Knauff, Laura Hrdlicka, Hannah Parr, Mady Roppe, Abby Greisen, Alyssa Langham, Payton Schultz, Chloe Streit, Julie Pollak, Cierra Lindemans. The eighth graders on the team are Jasmin Kurtz, Kaitelyn Cayzer, and Heather Frey. Each of these teams are working hard in order to earn an undefeated record. Coach Rurup looks forward to future competitors and up and coming games. Each day she pushes her girls to learn new skills and try new plays. Their schedule can be found online at the Birchwood School website (www.birchwood.k12.wi.us) . Come and check out the new gym and cheer your middle school lady cats onto another victory! They can’t wait to see you!

Basketball Backstops Donations Accepted and Appreciated All of the 1979 basketball backstops in the gymnasium needed to be replaced recently due to safety concerns. Tax deductible donations would gladly be accepted to help defray the cost of this huge project. Currently, we have received a $3,500 donation from Dairy State Bank and $100 from a community member toward our goal of $15,000. The names of people or businesses who donate $500 or more will be recognized on a plaque in the gymnasium.

Thank you!

Happy January and welcome to 2017! Let’s hope this year is filled with positive experiences for all! Thank you for your support of the students, staff members, and volunteers in the building. We are glad that you take the time to read these newsletters and stay informed about the great things happening in the Birchwood School District. As you may remember, back in September, the Board approved a rather large Act 32 energy efficiency project that recently got started and is scheduled to be completed by midAugust. Complete Control, Inc. (CCI) will manage the installation of two new multi-zone air handling units. The current units were installed in 1953 and 1978 and both have deteriorated beyond their useful lives. Apex Engineers are studying the current system to determine the steps needed for the new installation. Most of the construction will begin once the heating units can be turned off in the spring. The messy parts will start after students are done in June. Stay tuned for more information! During the second week in January, a group of sixteen staff members gathered together in the IMC to begin a class entitled, “Improving the Performance of Economically Disadvantaged Students.” The coursework delves into the work of Eric Jensen, an author of many books on the topic of poverty. Currently, about 56% of our students who attend the Birchwood School District live in poverty, meaning, over half of the children qualify for free or reduced priced lunches. Staff members are studying about the development of the brain, how poverty affects the social, emotional, and academic development of a child, and strategies to employ in the classroom to strengthen learning and social opportunities for all children. Staff members will gather together three more evenings through January and February to explore this very important and pertinent topic. I hope you and your family have taken an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the winter season. Many students have talked about their ice fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling excursions. Our own Mrs. Henk (secretary) has shared a picture of her snowmobiling gear; ask her about it next time you stop in the office!

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HS Student of the Month

The January High School Student of the Month is 10th grader, Alex Schott! Alex is involved in Conservation Club, FBLA, Student Council, Forensics, softball, and volleyball. Alex played a huge role in the fundraising efforts for the sophomore class "Family Night Out" service project. She organized all 1000+ candy cane orders and help spearhead the delivery efforts. When students were missing candy canes, she knew exactly how to solve the problem and took care of it. She also is a huge asset to our Future Business Leaders of America organization and played a big role in our adopt-a-family program. She even taught other students how to nicely wrap the adopt-a-family presents using a butter knife. In addition to this, she volunteers to help organize and distribute food for our backpack program each week! Alex’s positive attitude and willingness to help (without being asked twice) are admirable. She is always one of the first to volunteer to help and never complains or has to think twice before being willing to do so. Congratulations, Alex!

Go Cats Go

The Birchwood Bobcat Basketball cheerleaders were able to get some sharp, new uniforms this year! A big thanks goes to Advisor, Ms. Campbell, and the girls for all their hard work cheering on the teams this season! Be sure to come to the Snowcoming pep rally in February to check out their new routine!

MS Students of the Month

The January Middle School Students of the Month are 8th graders Anna Will and Emma Leamy. They were nominated and selected by the staff and their peers for their outstanding performance. Anna Will is the daughter of John and Kim Will. Some of her hobbies include basketball, fishing, playing with her dog Copper, and hanging out with friends. Anna has been chosen for student of the month for her creativity, sense of humor and her ability to make any tough situation fun. Emma Leamy is the daughter of Jeff and Tonia Leamy. Some of her hobbies include competitive swimming, art, and reading. Emma has been chosen for student of the month due to her good grades, creativity and advanced classes. Congratulations to these outstanding young women! If you see them around town or in the hallways, be sure to give them a pat on the back!

Montessori Moments -by Taylor Robotka, 10th grade, BHS

The Montessori has been up to a lot of activities! In Mrs. Trude’s Children's House, the children are really hard at work. In the mathematical section, they’ve been banking, doing addition with short-hand, and also linear counting with the short and long chains. In science, the kids were busy learning about dinosaur-related projects. Some include, solids and liquids with dino ice eggs, and creating fossils out of coffee dough. Other science related things that are being studied are planting lettuce in there grow chart with Candy Severson, and finally learning about vertebrates and invertebrates. For Language Arts, the students have been studying the sounds and letters of the alphabet with sandpaper letters and other objects! They have also been making words with the Moveable Alphabet and learning more and more about reading and writing. Maps to study the names and continents are teaching the kids about geography, and they even made their own maps! In addition to academics, students also get to learn some other skills! Fun activities that the Children’s House has been learning how to prepare snacks like bread, homemade butter, and fresh honey. Other activities are making orange juice, sewing, washing dishes, and salad spinner art. Mrs. Trude said, “We’re busy learning in every way every day! We have fun learning together and from one another!”. If you’d like to see more about what’s happening at the Children’s House, visit the Birchwood Public Montessori page on Facebook!

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Lady Cats Score Big This Season

HS Boys Basketball Update -by Trent Stanley, 10th grade, BHS

The High School Boys basketball team have been hard at work this season, focusing on their goal of being the 2016-2017 conference champions. The Bobcats have been working diligently in practice, focusing on making a tough defense and a strong offense, which is being shown on the court during their games. Currently the Varsity team holds 1-2 Lakeland Conference record, but most of their games have been against non-conference opponents. Senior player, Robbie Darling, says, “our young team is starting to come together and figuring out how to play together. We’ve come a long way so far, and it’s been fun to see our hard work pay off.” As they continue to play and practice together, their play has become more polished and clean, showing that with a little hard work and dedication, they can do anything. January conference play has kicked off, and both the Varsity and JV boys are hoping to add some wins to their record. They play at home against Bruce on Friday, January 27th, JV tip off is at 5:45 and Varsity is at 7:45. They have three games the following week: Winter (Monday-away), Webster (Tuesday-home), and New Auburn (Friday-home). Basketball season is always exciting, so we hope you can come to a game this season to cheer on the Bobcats!

The High School Girls Basketball team has kicked off their season! The lady cats are 2-1 in the East Lakeland Conference with the heart of their conference schedule occurring in late January and early February. The girls suffered a few tough losses throughout the season so far, losing 32-35 against Mellen and 37-44 to Shell Lake. The girls are fighting back and working extra hard to hopefully finish 2nd or 3rd in the conference this year, winning eight or nine conference games. Their overall goal is to achieve fourteen or fifteen wins this year including non-conference. With a goal of forty points per game, Taylor Widiker, Mady Schultz, and Josie Garrett are leading the team in scoring (each average about ten points per game). Raen Mellum leads the team in defensive work with nearly five steals per game. Mady Schultz and Annesa Loew leads the team in rebounds per game. The girls are working very hard every day and have been improving throughout the season. They play at home against Bruce on Friday, January 27th, JV tip off is at 5:45 and Varsity is at 7:45. They have three games the following week: Winter (Monday-away), Webster (Tuesday-home), and New Auburn (Friday-home). Come support the Lady Cats as they fight for their goals to finish top three in the conference!

GO BOBCATS!!!!!!!!!!

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Snowcoming 2017

Did you miss homecoming this year? We sure did! So please join us for Snowcoming 2017, our fun twist on homecoming. With a collaborative effort between the Birchwood schools, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Community, we hope to create a fun filled week to celebrate us! Students in all grades will earn class points for daily dress up days, participate in winter activities, fun challenges such as volleyball, our Amazing Race relay, and more. Join us on Friday at 1:30 for an indoor parade throughout the school hallways, followed by a fun filled pep rally of games. We hope to see you at the High School Boys and Girls Join us for a Spirit Filled Basketball games where we will be cheering on the Birchwood Week at Birchwood Bobcats VS the Winter Warriors. You can also get a glimpse of School! our future bobcat athletes with a show by our Tuesday Night Hoops participants. Food will be sold by the Charter School students, and Dress-up Days we will announce the winners of our “Silver Change Challenge” at an alumni game on Saturday, February 11. Our Full Schedule is as Activities follows: Parade MONDAY Pep Rally Class Color Day (Senior - Black, Junior - Yellow, Soph - Pink, Basketball Games Fresh - Blue, MS - Camo, Elem - Rainbow) Alumni Tournament ACTIVITY: Volleyball Silver Change Challenge TUESDAY Beach Day More! ACTIVITY: Football Field - Capture the Flag Home Basketball games Check out the Birchwood WEDNESDAY School Facebook page for more Winter Wear Day information! ACTIVITY: Christie Mt. Skiing/Ice Fishing THURSDAY Dynamic Duo/Twin Day ACTIVITY: Amazing Race MS Home Girls Basketball FRIDAY Spirit Day 1:30 p.m. PARADE -- FLOAT: Banner, Shopping Cart Floats Birchwood School VS Birchwood Community through school hallways 2:00 p.m. GAMES/ January 30-February 11 ACTIVITIES (Proceeds go to the Dan Glaze Memorial Scholarship Fund) 5:30-8:00 p.m. SPUD BOWL by Charter Schools--Baked Here is How it Works! potato bar) 5: 45 p.m. Winter Basketball Students and Community members can drop off their money at Dairy State Bank or the Game 6:45 p.m. Bobcat Hoops School. Make sure you put your money in the right containers! Performance between games SATURDAY The Twist: For every dollar bill in the container, the Team loses points! So you want to save your dollar bills 2:00 p.m. Alumni Game and put them in another team’s container so they lose the points, not your team! (Penny War for Dan Glaze Scholarship--School vs. Community) - Announce Help us collect silver change! Money collected will be donated to the Dan Glaze Memorial Scholarship Fund Penny Winner Quarter= dollar= Nickel = Dime= 1 penny = +25 points -100 points +5 points +10 points 7:00-10:00 p.m. High School -1 point VALENTINE’S WINTER Jars will be on display at the Birchwood VS Winter game on Friday, February 10. DANCE at Birchwood School Winner will be announced at the Alumni games on Saturday, February 11. 7:30 p.m. Coronation Winner gets a trophy to be displayed at School for bragging rights!

You’re Invited to

Snowcoming 2017

January 27, 2017

Oh, What a "Spectacular" Christmas Spectacular!

Out with the Christmas Tea and in with the Christmas Spectacular! The big Christmas Spectacular sign, with it's twinkle lights, lit up the stage along with the smiling faces of all the PreK-4 Elementary and Montessori students as they performed "I Need A Little Christmas Vacation" under the direction of new music teacher Ms. Kris Knutson. During the performance on Wednesday, December 21st, the school and community got to experience a really great program! Snowballs flew at the end of the story, lead by the two custodians, Betty, played by McKenzie Livingston, and Ralph Wilson, played by Matthew Lehnert, as they told about how all of the students were stuck at school during their Christmas vacation because of a blizzard. They realized during spending this time together, that Christmas isn't about shopping or skiing vacations, that it was okay to be with their school friends. Another highlight of the show, was Jingle Bells "Stomp", During this song, every class played either a mason jar, Pepsi shaker can, pots/pans, coffee can, or a big white bucket, garbage can, garbage can lids or jingle bells. It was awesome! Mrs. Rhonda Anderson and her 4th grade class helped to tell this story and all had speaking roles: Gabriella Roberts, Ethan Ehlers, Lucas Gindt, Shaylee Anderson, Morgan Lobitz, Corrine Knight, Micah Stowe, Emma Scheffel, Brock Mackewich, Paige Taylor, Austin Dillivan, Madison Fee, Jayden Kadlec, Allyshia Dillivan, Brianna Moeller, Rosie Flora, Veda Matious, and Alex Larson. Several other students also had other speaking, singing or drum solos: Adyson Smith, Alyiah Glaze, Kailye Thull, Michael Theisen, Lilly Gottwald, Keigan Stockdale, Caiden Lindemans, Taven Jones, Rory Kolodzinski, Mylee Waldron, Drake Rademaker, Reese Kinsley and Corinne Knight. All stage crew responsiblites were handled by Mr. Michael Brown's Montessori class with Ben Trude as the Stage Manager. Accompanying the program on piano was Mrs. Ritchey and on the drums, Mrs. Landes. In addition to all the excellent help during the performance, Ms. Pritchett and National Honor Society students provided the refreshments for the reception. This year they made sugar cookies, other various cookies, kettle corn, hot chocolate, coffee, and punch! Ms. Knutson would like to thank all of the students for their hard work, all of their teachers for their flexibility and help, and the older Birchwood students for helping to move the platforms up and down before and after rehearsals! Overall, it was a performance for the ages, and we know that next year it’s going to be even more amazing!

GO BOBCATS!!!!!!!!!!

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