Flint Lake News

Back-to-School Edition

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Save the Date


  • 6th - Kindergarten Play Date - 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • 8th - Back to School Night - 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • 12th - First Day of School


  • 2nd - Labor Day - No School
  • 27th - Half Day - 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

A Note from Mrs. Dado

Welcome back to the start of what is sure to be a wonderful school year! I hope that you and your family have enjoyed the time off and are anticipating the new school year as much as we are.

I've had the honor of working in the Valparaiso Community School district for the past 10 years and have served in many different roles at both the elementary and middle school levels. In 2015 I served as Flint Lake Elementary Dean and am thrilled to come back "home" and have the opportunity to work with such a hard working and dedicated group of individuals.

Back to school time is always filled with many emotions. There is the excitement of new beginnings, the nostalgia of a summer gone by, and the anticipation of wonderful opportunities to come. Please know that I am here to support your children throughout this time of transition and assist all in making this an amazing school year. I look forward to seeing and meeting you at some of the upcoming events that are detailed below.

As you know, my family is expecting the arrival of our sweet baby boy any day now. Mrs. Phyllis Allison and I continue to work closely together to prepare for a great kick off to our year. We look forward to partnering with you in the coming year to develop a relationship that will assist in the growth of your child/children. Should you ever have questions, concerns or are in need of further support, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Again, welcome to the 2019-20 school year. We are so happy that you're here with us!

Mrs. Calli Dado


Flint Lake Administration

Welcome, New Flint Lake Staff Members!

We are thrilled to welcome new staff members to our Flint Lake Elementary School Family including:

Transitional Kindergarten - Mrs. Heruing

Kindergarten - Mrs. Proffitt

1st Grade - Ms. Embry

1st Grade - Mrs. Hubbard

2nd Grade - Mrs. Markley

3rd Grade - Mrs. Thompson

Music - Mrs. Riegle

Special Education - Mrs. Green

Special Education - Ms. Szymaszek

Secretary/Treasurer - Mrs. Kearns

Office Aide - Mrs. Ader

Instructional Assistant - Mrs. Bachert

Instructional Assistant - Mrs. Dahl

Instructional Assistant - Mrs. Duncan

Meet Moose

This school year Flint Lake is blessed to have a school therapy dog named Moose as part of the Valparaiso Community Schools Puppy Project. Moose is a two year old Yellow Labrador Retriever. Moose is a big boy, weighing in at 115 lbs. That being said, he is the most loving, gentle dog you will ever meet. We often refer to him as the gentle giant. We are so excited to welcome him to Flint Lake and we can’t wait for all of the students to meet him.

Kindergarten Playdate

Kindergarten Playdate will take place this Tuesday evening, August 6th, outside on the primary playground form 5:00-6:00 p.m.

This event is a wonderful opportunity for our kindergarten students and their families to meet and mingle with their peers and teachers. Please note, the building will not be accessible. Supply drop off and tours of the building will take place on Back to School Night.

Back to School Night

Join us this Thursday, August 8th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for Back to School Night!

Back to School Night will be open to all families K-5 and will run from 4:30-6:00. This will be an informal evening with no teacher presentations! You are welcome to share hard copies of documents, have a slideshow running, etc. but nothing formal is required. Student planners and dismissal tablets will be delivered to your classrooms this week so that you can get these into parent’s hands this evening.

The PTO will be in attendance this evening and will be serving ice cream to families outside of door 5. If possible, please utilize the schedule below to alleviate congestion.

  • Last Name A-M → Please enjoy your ice cream between 4:30-5:15
  • Last Name N-Z → Please enjoy your ice cream between 5:15-6:00

Teacher Assignments & Transportation Information

Teacher assignments and transportation routes will be finalized in the coming days. Please look for an email and voice message announcing when you are able to access this information in Skyward.

Accessing Bussing information

1. Go to the VCS web page (www.valpo.k12.in.us) and click on the PARENT PORTAL tab listed under quick links.
2. Login with your user name and ID.
3. Click on OPEN FAMILY ACCESS from the right side of the screen.
4. Click on STUDENT INFO from the left side of the screen.
6. Click on VIEW BUS STOPS (am and pm) for your information.

It is imperative that your child's transportation home is correct within Skyward. Please note that in order to make a change to this throughout the school year, you will be required to send a signed note with your child in the morning. Changes will not be allowed to be made using phone, fax or email. We apologize for any inconvenience this may create, however it is ultimately for the safety of your child.

Calling all 4 and 5 Year Olds

Join us for Ready... Set... Kindergarten! In collaboration with Parents as Teachers and Our Greater Good, this year, Flint Lake will be hosting a program for preschoolers entitled Ready, Set, Kindergarten. Ready, Set, Kindergarten will be a preschool session held at our school for children who will be entering kindergarten at Flint Lake in August of 2020.

****The sessions will take place on Tuesdays beginning September 20 and will run from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

To attend, a student must be 4 by August 1, 2019. If you are interested in registering your child for Ready, Set, Kindergarten, please contact Jill Stricker at PorterCountyRSK@gmail.com and send your child’s name, date of birth, mailing address, phone and desired school. Or, you may contact the school at 531-3160. If you know of a young candidate, spread the word!

Nurse News

Please remember that if your child needs medication of any kind during the school day, we need to have a release form on file. Forms are available on the VCS website, or with Mrs. Praschak at our Back-to-School night on . Medication must be delivered to school by an adult in an original prescription box. Please contact Mrs. Praschak with questions.

School Breakfast/Lunch

To access information regarding school lunch prices, payment options and menus, please visit the VCS School Nutrition website.

School Calendar

Our school day begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Please utilize the link below to access the 2019-20 school calendar. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Stay Connected

Be sure to stay connected and up-to-date with important information, updates and events by following along with us through the following platforms:

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