OFHS CHOIRS PRESENT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CONCERT

The Oconto Falls High School Choirs under the direction of Miss Amy Thiel will be presenting “Home for the Holidays X” on Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. Pre-concert music will begin in the Commons Area at 6:10 p.m.

This year’s performances will include many holiday classics, including The First Noel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and O Come All Ye Faithful.

The four choirs, including Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Concert Choir and Chorale, will also join their voices to sing traditional favorites It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, The Christmas Song, and We Need A Little Christmas. In addition, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform an exciting arrangement of Jingle Bells and there will be many children’s favorites, including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake, and We Are Santa’s Elves.

The concert will conclude with the traditional Candlelight Processional— O Holy Night, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, and Joy to the World. Community members and alumni will again be asked to join the OFHS Choirs for the Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah.

The concert is free and everyone is invited to attend!

OFHS and WMS Choir students attend in Singing In Wisconsin Festival

The Oconto Falls High School Choir and Washington Middle School Choir recently had selected students participate in the WCDA Singing In Wisconsin Festival on Saturday, November 11. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event sponsored by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. Choir students participated in rehearsals and clinic sessions throughout the day and presented a final concert at Chilton High School in the Engler Performing Arts Center. Four sites throughout the state invited students to share in a day of singing and performing, including Chilton, Chippewa Falls, Waukesha, and Wausau. Each site had four choirs performing – Youth Choir, Treble Clef Choir-Young Women, Bass Clef Choir-Young Men, and Mixed Choir-SATB. Over 1000 choral students participate in the event statewide.

Oconto Falls High School choir students were part of the Mixed Choir – SATB and performed The Cuckoo by Robert Hugh, All for the Best from Godspell by Stephen Schwartz, He Never Failed Me Yet by Robert Ray, and Cantate Deo from Water Music Suite by George Frederic Handel.

OFHS Choir student performers were: Emma Bliskey, Autumn Canavera, Madeline Dorn, Hailey Ferfecki, Gustav Frisack, Camden Jackson, Peter Murphy, Isabella Rennie, Lindsey Schuster, Aidan Spillane, Mackenzie Staidl, Andrea Waschbisch Spang, and Megan Zielinski. Students were nominated by OFHS Choral Director Amy Thiel.

Oconto Falls High School Choir students:
Row 1: Madeline Dorn and Lindsey Schuster
Row 2: Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Mackenzie Staidl, Megan Zielinski, and Andrea Spang
Row 3: Camden Jackson, Peter Murphy, Gustav Frisack, Aidan Spillane, Emma Bliskey, and Hailey Ferfecki

Washington MIddle School School Choir students participating in the Treble Choir performed Glory of Love by Billy Hill, Bright Morning Stars are Rising arr. Audrey Snyder, Someone to Watch Over Me by George Gershwin, and March of the Women by Ethel Smyth. The Bass Choir performed Cripple Creek arr. Emily Crocker, Wade in the Water arr. Dan Davison, Stand By Me arr. Roger Emerson, and All Shall Be Well by Carlotta Ferrari.

Washington Middle School performers included Kaitlyn Graham, Abigail Peterson, Kiera Danielczak, Emily Riebe, Christina Bauer, Khloe Archiquette, Alexandra Brown, Taylor Schuster, McKenzie Jackson, and Ashlynn Vanderheyden. Students were nominated by WMS Choral Director Rachel McCully.

Washington Middle School Choir students:
Row 1: Kaitlyn Graham, Abigail Peterson, Kiera Danielczak
Row 2: Emily Riebe, Christina Bauer, Khloe Archiquette, Alexandra Brown, Taylor Schuster, McKenzie Jackson, Ashlynn Vanderheyden

Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is looking for volunteers

Oconto Falls – The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is looking for kind, compassionate and hard-working volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks.

Volunteer duties can include greeting and escorting hospital guests and patients; clerical and data entry; and help with special events and fundraising projects. Volunteers can choose regularly scheduled hours, or, serve “on-call” for special projects.

There are many benefits to volunteering with the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Auxiliary,” said Regina Boettcher, Volunteer Services Clerical Support Assistant. “It is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, learn a new skill, experience a sense of connectedness and accomplishment, and have fun.”

Today, more than 30 people volunteer with the Auxiliary, giving their time, talent and resources to benefit HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Those interested in joining should contact Volunteer Services at (920) 838-6348 or Regina Boettcher at regina.boettcher@hshs.org. Student volunteers must be at least 15 years of age.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT CALENDAR – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

The Oconto Falls Music Department will be presenting a variety of concerts during the months of November and December! Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT CALENDAR – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

Friday, November 17 OFES Second Grade Concert
2:00 p.m. – Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mrs. Melody Kostreva, General Music Instructor

Saturday, November 25 Avenue of Lights
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. – East Side Beach
OFHS Choral Music Students perform
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Saturday, December 2 OFHS Choirs “Home for the Holidays X”
6:15 p.m. – Pre-Concert in the Commons
7:00 p.m. – Concert in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Monday, December 4 OFHS Choirs performance for Elementary Schools
8:35 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Friday, December 8 OFES First Grade Concert
2:00 p.m. – Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mrs. Melody Kostreva, General Music Instructor

Tuesday, December 12 OFHS Vocal Jazz performances in Green Bay
Fox 11 “Sounds of the Seasons performance
6:00 a.m. – 3:18 p.m.
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Tuesday, December 12 Washington Middle School Choir Concert
6:30 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mrs. Rachel McCully, Choral Director

Thursday, December 14 Abrams 5K-Grade 5 Holiday Concert
9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. in the Abrams Gymnasium
Mr. Jesse Baumgart, General Music Instructor

Friday, December 15 OFHS Choirs caroling in the community
During the day
Ms. Amy Thiel, Choral Director

Monday, December 18 OFHS Winter Band Concert
7:00 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mrs. Victoria Dominguez, Band Director

Tuesday, December 19 Washington Middle School Band Concert
6:30 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Mr. Jeremy Seelig, Band Director

Wednesday, December 20 Abrams 4K Holiday Concert
9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. in the Abrams Gymnasium
*please note this change from the 2017-2018 School District calendar
Mr. Jesse Baumgart, General Music Instructor

ENCORE!


Students from six area schools, including Oconto Falls High School, Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls Elementary School, Abrams Elementary School, Pulaski Middle School, and Pulaski High School recently participated in ENCORE!, a co-curricular ensemble of singers and dancers! Many of the students took part in the Oconto Falls School District Summer School program to learn about more about singing and dancing. The ensemble performed as the Opening Act for the Wisconsin Singers on October 27, singing several selections, including I Believe In Music, Celebrate, Dancing in the Street, The Loco-motion, The Twist, Boogie Fever, Rhythm of the Night, Twist and Shout, and Down at the Twist and Shout. ENCORE! also had a one hour clinic with the Wisconsin Singers in preparation for their combined performance of Ease On Down The Road. Special thanks to the parent volunteers and Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts volunteers for their assistance with the potluck meal and performance! Members of the ENCORE! 2017 ensemble are:

Keith Archiquette, Khloe Archiquette, Novalee Bauer, Addison Borst, Kiera Danielczak, Hailey Ferfecki, Gustav Frisack, Mara Grasse, Camden Jackson, Mackenzie Jackson, Audryn Just, Alex Kamke, Lyndsey Luebke, Mckenzie Miller, Peter Murphy, Cedar Olson, Gracelin Ott, Abigail Peterson, Elizabeth Radtke,

Isabella Rennie, Connor Romandine, Haley Schwantes, Faith Shamburek, Grace Shamburek, Andrea Waschbisch Spang, Aidan Spillane, Mackenzie Staidl, Calea Wirtley, Charis Wirtley, Jessica Wolford, and Megan Zielinski. The choral director for the ensemble is Amy Thiel and the choreographer is Anne Renier.

Recycle Unwanted or Broken Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is accepting broken and/or unwanted Christmas lights now through Jan. 26, 2018.

Anyone who would like to drop off their working or non-working Christmas lights can leave them in the electronics recycling box on the ground floor, near the entrance to the cafeteria at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, located at 855 S. Main St., in Oconto Falls.

“Millions of Christmas lights are discarded each year in the United States,” said Dan Rocheleau, Campus and Sustainability Facilitator at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “Many people do not know that Christmas lights can be recycled, and we encourage others to do their part in keeping this recyclable product out of our landfills.”

The Christmas light collection is sponsored by The Green Team – a group of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) – Eastern Wisconsin Division colleagues that share the common goal of identifying and implementing sustainability programs that support the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis’ mission of reverence for the earth.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Warm Winter Clothing Drive

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invites local communities to participate in its Warm Winter Clothing Drive by dropping off new or gently-used, and clean, coats and clothing. All will be donated to Kingdom Come Food Pantry in Oconto Falls, which serves as many as 200 families in need each week.

Hospital colleagues and community members can place their donated items in the collection boxes set outside the cafeteria and imaging department inside HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Donations will be collected through Monday, Nov. 6. Coats and clothing of all sizes are needed.

According to www.onewarmcoat.org, a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Children have a harder time learning, and adults can’t work as effectively. For the nearly 15-percent of Americans living in poverty, a warm coat could solve these problems.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital to Honor Pastoral Care Week, Oct. 22 – 28

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will celebrate Pastoral Care Week Oct. 22-28, in honor of those who serve in various ministries and provide spiritual healing to others in need.

Held first in 1984, Pastoral Care Week is sponsored by the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings Network, a national organization of pastoral care providers, professionals, chaplains, and a faith group endorser. Now in its 33rd year, the week-long observance recognizes the importance of spirituality and spiritual leaders as a part of the healing process.

“Pastoral caregivers make rounds to visit patients every day and are on-call after hours to provide spiritual assistance to patients and their families,” explains Mary Salm, Director of Spiritual Care, HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “During times of illness, knowing someone cares brings a sense of healing and hope to the sick and their families. They make frequent visits, offer support, share prayers and simply listen to patients.”

Each day, pastoral caregivers are invited into the life experiences of women, men, children and organizations. Pastoral Care Week provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate with chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers for bringing many gifts to the process of restoration to patients, young and old.

“Pastoral Care Week is a wonderful time to recognize those providing spiritual care within our community,” says Salm. “We are celebrating the work of our chaplains this week, but we also want to celebrate the work of the many other clergy and spiritual leaders throughout the area who faithfully visit their parishioners during hospital stays.”

All those who provide pastoral care to others, regardless of faith tradition, whether clergy or not, those who give pastoral care in specialized settings such as hospitals, prisons, businesses, industries, long-term care facilities, pastoral counseling centers, hospices, military settings, nursing homes, congregations of sisters, priests and brothers, schools, universities, seminaries, and many more – HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital celebrates them and appreciates all they do for our patients and the community.

Treat-and-Greet Community Event Thursday, Oct. 26

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and its partner, Prevea Health, invite the community to Treat-and-Greet on Thursday, Oct. 26 on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

A free, family-friendly event, Treat-and-Greet will feature trick-or-treating, refreshments, and the opportunity to tour the hospital campus and learn about the diversity of services provided. Attendees can “trick-or-treat” throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building where Prevea Health offers a variety of specialty care.

Treat-and-Greet

  • 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26
  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 835 Main St., in Oconto Falls
  • The event will take place throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building.

Candy, goodies and educational material will be handed out to the “trick-or-treaters”; and providers will be on hand to greet all attendees and answer questions about the services they offer. Costumes are not required but are encouraged for children and adults. Guests of all ages are welcome!

Prevea Welcomes Lena Native, Dr. Stacee Goedtel Birr

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health are pleased to welcome Dr. Stacee
Goedtel Birr, a board-certified family medicine physician, to see patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center.

Dr. Goedtel Birr specializes in the following:
• Routine care for children, adults and elderly
• Preventive medicine and health maintenance
• Osteopathic medicine and manipulative treatment
• Women’s care
• Pregnancy care up to 28 weeks
• Dermatology
• Minor skin procedures
• Minor psychiatric illness

Dr. Goedtel Birr, originally from Lena, Wis., completed medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and residency at Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency in Appleton. She is thrilled to be back in the area to care for patients so close to her hometown.

“My approach to providing quality patient care includes getting to know the patient and involving them in choosing a treatment plan that works best for them,” said Dr. Goedtel Birr. “I believe we must agree on a course of action that is simple and cost-effective, yet complex enough to accomplish all our goals.”

Dr. Goedtel Birr joins Dr. Amy Romandine Kratz, a primary care sports medicine physician and Oconto Falls native, who started her practice with Prevea in 2016. Both are now seeing patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center, 835 S. Main St., located on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

Appointments with Dr. Goedtel Birr and Dr. Romandine Kratz can be made by calling (920) 846-8187.