Flint Lake News

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IMPORTANT DATES:

APRIL:

4-8th -- Riley Week - Sponsored by Student Council

13th -- PTO Meeting @ 6:00 PM

14th -- Kindergarten Roundup

15-May 13th -- mCLASS Reading EOY Testing Window

18-May 6th -- ISTEP Online - Part II Testing Window

19th -- 1st and 2nd Grade Music Program @ 6:30

21st -- School Board Meeting @ Northview Elementary

22nd -- IN SESSION - SNOW MAKE UP DAY

29th -- Harlem Wizards Game @ VHS


MAY:

9th-27th -- NWEA Testing Window

10th -- 3rd Grade Music Program @ 6:30 PM

11th -- PTO Meeting @ 4:00 in Flint Lake Media Center

12th -- Flint Lake Maker's Fair - 5:30-7:00 PM

13th -- No School -- Snow Makeup Day

17th -- 4th and 5th Grade Music Program @ 6:30 PM

19th -- School Board Meeting @ Cooks Corners

24th -- 5th Grade Visit to Middle School

25th -- Variety Show @ 6:30

27th -- Field Day

30th -- No School - Snow Makeup Day

31st -- Field Day Rain Makeup Day

A note from the Principal

Greetings, Flint Lake Families,


As you may already know, this year, Flint Lake Elementary started a new club for 5th graders. It is entitled, “STEAM Club,” and it originated from the “Maker Movement” that is growing throughout the world. The idea behind the club is to instill an interest for innovation, invention, creativity and engineering in our students. The ideals we’ve established for the group are:


-to create something that makes our world an even better place, and

-to openly share our ideas and creations with others, affording other Makers the opportunity to improve them further.


So far, the Flint Lake STEAM Club participants have done some computer programming, circuitry projects, chemistry and videography. We have also partnered with the School of Engineering at Valparaiso University for sessions in structural engineering and chemistry. A site visit to VU is planned for this spring, and a trip to the Porter County Career Center is also in the works.


That being said, our Flint Lake STEAM students are excited to announce that they will be hosting a Makers Faire this spring. The Makers Faire replaces a traditional science fair in that students are to develop an idea that is NEW, rather than repeat an age-old experiment. All students are invited to invent something and display their projects at the Faire, and projects can be in any form -- sketch, model, prototype or final stages. The only requirement is that the invention must somehow make the world an even better place. Whether it makes it easier to get ready in the morning or solves the global problem of safe drinking water, all positive-thinking projects are welcome! Art, music, design or other innovative endeavors are also encouraged. Students in all grade levels are invited to participate.


So, be on the lookout for information about the Flint Lake Makers Faire coming this May. Start working on your creative inventions. Come share your ideas. Come see the ideas of others. Let’s all make the world an even better place!


I’ll see you at the Makers Faire!


Erin Hawkins

Kindergarten Roundup

For Parents of Kindergartners for the 2016-2017 School Year:

We will offer two identical meetings for roundup. Please choose the one that best fits your schedule. Children who are entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016 and their parents must make arrangements to attend. During the meeting, all students will be given an assessment.


The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 14, 2016 ● 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. OR 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Prior to Roundup


Please complete and submit registration information for your child's home school by clicking on the following link: http://www.valpo.k12.in.us//site/Default.aspx?PageID=1889


We look forward to seeing you there!

Spring into the Arts

Valparaiso Community Schools, in partnership with local artists, businesses, and the community, is proud to announce Spring Into the Arts, a month-long celebration of the arts and creativity in our schools.


Organized as a month-long festival, Spring Into the Arts will showcase the intersections of art, technology, education, history, and feature local businesses. Artists of all ages and artist styles will be provided with a platform to showcase how art has transformed them and their community.


The Festival will include:

  • K-5 Grade Art Exhibit in 6 downtown buildings
  • 6-12 Grade Arts Exhibit featured at White Key Gallery
  • 2D/3D Art
  • Performance Art
  • Architectural/Historical Art
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Technological and Robotic Art
  • Interactive Art
  • Live Performances


Visit the Spring Into the Arts website to view the schedule and learn more.


Spring Into the Arts Website



Interested in showing your support for this wonderful event? You can purchase a shirt through the following link:


Spring Into the Arts Shirt Campaign

Flint Lake Spring Music Programs

Students in grades 1 through 5 will be participating and performing for their friends and families during a special performance. Performance dates are as follows:


  • 1st/2nd Grade - April 19th
  • 3rd Grade - May 10th
  • 4th/5th Grade - May 17th


All performances will be held in the Flint Lake Gymnasium and will begin promptly at 6:30 PM. If you are planning to attend, please fill out and return the bottom portion of the informational letter Mrs. Sager sent home with your child. This will ensure we have enough seating to accommodate all in attendance.


Our students have been hard at work practicing for their program and are looking forward to performing for you!

Nurse News

Attention all 5th grade parents/guardians:


Indiana students entering 6th grade require additional shots/ vaccines to protect against


Meningitis, Varicella (chicken pox), and Pertussis (whooping cough).


Shot / vaccine requirements for children 11 years of age and older are as follows:

Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap): 1 dose

Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4): 1 dose

Varicella vaccine (chicken pox): 2 doses of varicella vaccine (most already have 2 doses)

Porter County Health Departments: Portage and Valparaiso offices have many openings through May and will be pleased to make appointments, and assist parents with these needs.


Valparaiso Office

155 Indiana Ave. Ste. 104

Valparaiso, IN 46383

(219) 465-3525

M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM


Portage Office
3610 Willowcreek Rd. Ste 2
Portage, IN 46368
(219) 759-8239
M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Yearbooks

If you did not purchase a yearbook, there are additional yearbooks available for purchase for $15.00. You may pay by cash or check. Please make checks payable to Flint Lake Elementary.

PTO CORNER

Flint Lake Elementary

Mrs. Erin Hawkins, Principal

Mrs. Calli Dado, Dean of Students