Heavilin Elementary

November 2019 Newsletter

For Your Calendar


5 eLearning Day (kids stay home)

6 VSF Major Saver Fundraiser kickoff

6 Heavilin PRIDE Day

8 Spirit Wear Day

12 6:30pm PTO Meeting

14 2nd/3rd grade event at 5:00-7:00pm

18 5:00pm Spell Bowl Competition at BFMS

22 Spirit Wear Day

27-29 No School/Thanksgiving Break


6 Spirit Wear Day

eLearning Day

Next Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day and it is our first VCS eLearning Day this year.

By Monday, each student will bring home a green eLearning folder, and it will have information specific to your child inside. On Tuesday, teachers' e-office hours are 11:00am-12:00pm, and 1:00-3:30pm. Unless your child's teacher has specified to you otherwise, the best way to get in touch with them on eLearning Day is through email. We will be here to help if you have questions.

Friends at Heavilin

We are eager to launch the next piece of our 2019-2020 Theme: Friends Unplugged this month. In November, we will begin Time with Friends as a classroom practice. During Time with Friends, students will be randomly placed into small groups to do activities together - a game, a building activity, cards, dice games, jokes and riddles, Mad Libs and conversation starters. We are focusing this month on how friends matter to each of us, and how having friends makes life better.

As an extension, we will also have conversation starters posted on the monitors in our lunchroom and encourage students to talk to those around them and get to know each other better. You may remember that at our school, our students do not choose their lunch table and often may be seated by others that they do not know very well. We are excited to nurture new friendships naturally in the lunchroom as well as during Time with Friends.

Here is an article about a school that has taken a similar approach:

Lunchroom Article

Spell Bowl Competition

The Valpo Elementary Spell Bowl Competition will be at BFMS on Monday, November 18th @ 5 pm. Our team has been hard at work throughout the beginning of this school year & would appreciate the support of some fans at this event! Please come join us to cheer on our team and wear your Heavilin gear.

Election Day

Tuesday, November 5th is eLearning Day and also Election Day. Take a break from eLearning and exercise your right to vote by going to the polls and voting! Take your child with you so he/she can see what a great American citizen you are by casting a vote. Your child can also help you fly your flag to remind your neighbors that it is Election Day!

Our First Heavilin Baby!

Mr. and Mrs. Rucklos welcomed little Elias Francis into the world on Monday, October 28, at 9:40am. Mom and baby are doing great.
Big picture

Goodbye GaGa

We love GaGa Ball at Heavilin! Thank you to our PTO for providing the funds to purchase our GaGa pit equipment. Please do not worry if you notice the GaGa pit missing from our playground when the weather turns colder. GaGa will be taken down for winter and come back out in the Spring in order to allow our hard surface play area to be plowed when the snow falls.

Festivities in the Forum

We are in need of student musicians to play some holiday music for our Heavilin students as they come in to school during the weeks before our Christmas break.

Performers need to have taken private lessons for at least one year. Music will be performed in the forum area from 8:30 – 8:40 each day. Performers may play one to three songs. These songs should be ones that you have worked on with a private instructor or with an ensemble leader.

Students who are interested in participating as a performer may pick up an information letter and sign up form from Mrs. Bongard next week.

From Our PTO

Haunted Halls was a great success. Thank you Heavilin families for your participation. From decorating pumpkins for the contest, donating candy or baked goods, right down to joining in the fun. We couldn't do it without you. Special thanks to Jolynne Bartley for putting the event together. We appreciate you!

Mark Your Calendar

Family Night Out 11/6- Panda Express

PTO Meeting 11/12- 6:30- Viking Suite

2nd & 3rd Grade FREE Event 11/14- 5-7- Gym & Cafeteria. Animal themed crafts, snacks, and an opportunity to meet live animal friends.

We are still looking for sponsors for our January 24th Trivia Night at Aberdeen Manor. This will be a high traffic event. Support our school while getting your business name out there. If you or someone you may know would like to sponsor a table please contact Janelle Evans at Jdmentz@gmail.com or Kimberly Emmett at kimberly.emmett@yahoo.com

Bus Drivers Needed

Are you looking for an amazing part-time job that has the same scheduled days off as your children? Would you like to join a wonderful community of drivers and aide assistants who would love to have you come on board? Then you should consider becoming a school bus driver for Valparaiso Community Schools! We have friendly and dedicated trainers who will work with you every step of the way. You will receive paid training from them, all while helping you obtain the necessary licensing (Commercial Driver’s License).

Great pay, great hours, great people.

Stop by the transportation office located at 55 Evans Avenue for an application Monday-Friday, between 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; or you can call us at 219-531-3121. We look forward to welcoming you to our team!