Heavilin Elementary

October 2020 Newsletter

For Your Calendar


8 3:45-4:30 Remote Student Tie-Dye

9 PRIDE Day (Tie Dye) - wear grubby clothes

12& 13 No School - Fall Break

14 Family Night Out at Culvers

14 6:30pm PTO Meeting Zoom (*See link below)

15-23 Candy Drop Off

21&22 Parent Teacher Conferences

22&23 Half Days - Dismissal at 12:20pm

29 5pm Reverse Trick-or-Treating Parades begin (details forthcoming)


3 Election Day/eLearning (traditional school on November 4)

PRIDE Day - October 9

This week, we will open our PRIDE activities for the year with our revamped theme: “Together.” While we cannot meet in our houses at this time, the whole school will do activities inside our classrooms. So, to symbolize our different house colors working together this year, we will use multi-colored tie-dye instead of solid colors. Our first activity will be tie-dye masks and will take place Thursday afternoon (remote learners) and Friday (in-person learners.)

Remote Date: Thursday, October 8, 3:45-4:30pm

In-person Date: Friday, October 9 during school hours

Thursday, October 8, students who are new to Heavilin will have their PRIDE house reveal at the end of the day via live streaming. New remote learners, if you do not have your reveal envelope, you can pick it up at the tie dye event on Thursday or it will be in your next material pick-up bag.

Friday, October 9 will be our official PRIDE day. Students are encouraged to wear their house colors on PRIDE days. For this PRIDE day, we will be tie-dyeing, so it is important to wear grubby clothes in case the dye gets messy (even if that means it is not your house colors.)

Remote student tie-dyeing on October 8: park in the back parking lot after 3:40pm and walk past the playground to the north side of the building. We will be set up in the bus turn around area outside. (If it is raining, look for us under the patio.) Please watch the two videos below prior to coming to school on Thursday afternoon (note: some remote students may watch these in zoom with their classes.) We will have all the supplies for you.

Viking PRIDE Video (2:20)

Tie Dye Video (8:33)

**In-person learners will watch these videos in class. No need to show them to in-person learners at home.**

PRIDE shirt Orders - Due Sunday, October 4 by 11:59pm

Each year, we offer a special PRIDE shirt for students to order. This is optional. The shirt this year is a multi-colored tie-dye for all houses. We sell it at cost, no profit to us. We are also offering stickers and yard signs this year, at cost. And once again, there is an option for families to donate a shirt. This has been popular in the past, and allows us to give shirts to new students as they arrive throughout the year, as well as students who are not able to purchase their own shirt at this time. The window to order closes on Sunday, October 4 at 11:59pm.

Shirt Website

Office Staff

Our secretary, Mrs. Szmagaj, will be out on leave from October 7 through Thanksgiving. We will miss her! We are thankful that Mrs. Dana Funk will be covering the office in her absence during that time. Please direct all office communication to Mrs. Funk during Mrs. Szmagaj's leave. Thank you!

Remote Learner Return

Some of our remote families have inquired about the process of returning to in-person learning. If you would like for your child to return at the start of the 2nd quarter, contact Dr. Stephens at bstephens@valpo.k12.in.us.

The start of the new quarter is after fall break on Wednesday, October 14. That is an eLearning Day. So, the first day returning remote students will come to the building will be on Thursday, October 15.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually this year on the following dates:

Wednesday, October 21, 4:00-7:00pm

Thursday, October 22, 1:30-6:00pm

Students will have half days on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23. Dismissal will be at 12:20pm on these days.

Spell Bowl

Congratulations to the following students for representing Heavilin on our 2020-21 Spell Bowl Team:

Ruby Crane

Marie Kimlinger

Anna Gumz

Johnny Buggs

Alex Taylor

Jackson Herb

Abby Tincher

Sidney Herb

Brooklyn Hatala

Karina Trivedi

Ben Faga

Mallory Mendoza

Taylor Stone

Virtual Art Club with Mrs. Rucklos

Virtual Art Club will be starting October 14th (the Wednesday after fall break). I will be creating a module for each grade level so you will be able to find it in your art canvas course. Anybody is welcome to participate this year since it is virtual but it is completely optional! I’ll keep you updated! - Mrs. Rucklos

From the Public Library

As you probably know, we offer many resources to support your students. However, we are trying to highlight one particularly useful service during this challenging year- free online tutoring!

All students have to do to access free live tutoring services is go to our site for Students and Learning and click on Brainfuse. Then they click Login/Sign up, create a username and password and they are good to go! Tutors are available every day from 2-11 pm. They do not need a library card to use this service. Tutors are available for all grades K-12 and a very wide range of subjects. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available.

Sweater Weather

With the cooler weather here, please make sure your children have the proper clothing for outdoor weather for recess/gym. Encourage jackets, and in case the weather switches in school, please keep hat, gloves in their bookbag.

From our Social Worker, Mrs. Sibray

October is significant for a couple of causes here at school! October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Monday, October 5th is World Day of Bullying Prevention. To show support of bullying prevention, we should #blueup and wear blue! During the month, students will receive information about how to identify bullying and what to do if they see it or feel they have been bullied.

October also includes Red Ribbon Week. We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 26-30 this year. We will have themed days and I will be sending out a newsletter about how to have conversations at home to help your student make good choices and remain drug free. The National theme this year is “Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free”. Keep watching for more info!

As We Learn...

One thing we have come to realize as this school year progresses is that in-person learners can do a lot more in class if they have headphones that also have a microphone. Some of our students already have this (like Apple wired ear buds.) We will probably adjust our school supply lists for next year to include this type of headphones. If you'd like to get a jump on that and provide them for your child for this school year, here are some suggestions of type of headphones that work best:


Option #1 - $9.99

Option #2 - $14.99

Specials Rotation

During our weeks of eLearning Wednesdays, we have adjusted the specials' schedule to a rotation so that no class consistently misses their Wednesday specials class in-person. We have shifted from a Monday-Friday specials schedule to a Day A through Day E specials' schedule. Classroom teachers will continue to remind students and families about which specials they have each day.

PTO News for October

Walk-a-Thon Update

THANK YOU Heavilin for an AMAZING response to our walkathon! EVERY class met their goal and we raised a total of $15,796!!! Wow! Way to go walkers!

Upcoming Events

Oct. 15-23

Candy Donations for Heavilin’s Reverse Trunk or Treat at doors A and L

Oct. 14

Family Night Out at Culver’s. Let them know you are dining to support Heavilin and we’ll receive a percentage from the proceeds.

Oct. 23-30

VIRTUAL Book Fair. Stay tuned for more details.

Oct. 29

Reverse Trunk or Treat beginning at 5 pm.

We are excited to bring you a Reverse Trick-or-Treating Event this year where Heavilin Staff and PTO will come to local neighborhoods to share candy and catch kids in their costumes! More event details to follow.

But we need your help to make the event a success! We are asking for Halloween candy donations that can be brought to the school between Thursday, October 15 through Friday, October 23, with the Reverse Trick-or-Treating event scheduled for October 29 at 5 p.m. Candy donations of any size can be dropped off at Door A during school hours and at Door L during morning drop off.

We will be sharing special shout outs to the kids dropping off donations, so they can look out for that. Thank you so much for your help! We are looking forward to a Happy Halloween Heavilin-style: safe and sweet!

PTO Zoom on 10/14 at 6:30pm

Please join us for our next PTO meeting:

Topic: PTO Meeting

Time: Oct 14, 2020 06:30 PM

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Meeting ID: 812 7436 5893

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