Heavilin Elementary

March 2018 Newsletter

For Your Calendar


7 Read-A-Thon PTO Fundraiser begins

8 Dress Your Best K-2 (Book Tasting)

9 Dress Your Best 3-5 (Book Tasting)

12 Dress Like Your Favorite Character Day

13-14 3rd Grade IREAD-3 Testing

15 Hat Day

16 School In Session (weather make-up)

16 Pajama Day

19 Reading Logs and Pledges Due

19-22 Girls Basketball Camp

21 Heavilin PRIDE Day

26-April 2 Spring Break - No School


3-6 Personal Safety Week

Welcome Miss Peplinski

Miss Jakki Peplinski joined our staff this month as an AmeriCorp tutor. Miss Peplinski recently graduated from VU Law School. She is originally from Michigan, and now lives here in Valparaiso with her two dogs, Ruby and Ellie. She always aspired to be involved with AmeriCorp, and the timing was perfect once she completed law school and was waiting for bar exam results. Miss Peplinski will work with designated students before and after school, as well as during the school day. Welcome, Miss Peplinski!
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School is IN SESSION

The following days school will be in session:

March 16 (weather make-up)

April 23 (weather make-up)

May 18 (election day make-up)

Please note that school will NOT BE IN SESSION on May 8 for the primary election, which is held in many of our schools. The school board decided that it is best for safety reasons to reschedule school that day.

Miss Franklin

Miss Dani Franklin is our student teacher in Mrs. Treece's classroom. She is also the captain of the VU Women's basketball team. Check out her story and video:


We are proud to have you here, Miss Franklin! Come cheer on Miss Franklin and the VU Women's basketball team as they face off Drake tomorrow, March 3, at the VU ARC at 3:00pm.



Attention Heavilin Families...

The Valparaiso Elementary STEM teachers are hosting a STEAM show at Valparaiso’s Urschel Pavilion on April 28th. Part of our event includes a CANstruction Junior engineering competition. Each VCS elementary school has a CANstruction team comprised of 5th grade students. The teams will compete, and build a CONSTRUCTION entirely out of CANS! This year’s theme is “FOOD”. Awards will be given at the end of the event. All of the CANNED GOODS collected will be DONATED to the Valparaiso Community Schools Backpack program and any overflow will go to Hilltop’s Food Pantry.

The Heavilin team is going to be constructing a PINEAPPLE! We are in need of YELLOW cans for the exterior of our CANstruction. The interior cans can be any type of 15 oz. or 16oz. canned good.

Here’s how you can help the FIRST EVER Heavilin CANstruction team….

  • Send in 15 oz. or 16 oz. canned goods AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

  • If you can send in any of the following brands, you can help with the exterior of our CANstruction.

    • Red Gold tomato sauce products

    • Del Monte fruit products

    • Old El Paso tex-mex brand products

Our CANstruction will be on display in the DISPLAY CASE outside of the library while we’re collecting cans during March and April. On April 28th it will be TRANSPORTED and built LIVE at the STEAM SHOW at Central Park. Mark your calendar for that date if you’d like to see the team in action!

Thanks for ANY help!

-Heavilin CANstruction team

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Music Notes

Our 4th and 5th grade classes recently enjoyed a mini unit on guitars. Mr. Chad Clifford of Front Porch Music provided two lessons on guitar basics. This unit was provided by the Gary Webster Young Musicians Program which was established in honor of former VCS teacher, Gary Webster who passed away a few years ago. Two Heavilin students from 4th and 5th grade will soon be awarded a scholarship for 12 guitar lessons.

Concert Series update: On Wednesday, April 11 the 2nd and 3rd grade classes will be presenting special concerts for family and friends. The 2nd graders will perform at 6:30 and the 3rd graders will perform at 7:15. More details will be sent home as the concert date approaches.

Also, 4th and 5th grade families should mark their calendars for Thursday, May 10 for their concerts date.

The 4th/5th grade choir is in full swing for the second semester. Our spring choir concert will be Tuesday, May 15. Parents, please remember to send Mrs. Bongard an email or call the office if your child is unable to attend a choir rehearsal.

Girls Basketball Camp

The Valparaiso Girls Elementary Basketball Camp is coming to Heavilin Elementary School from March 19th to March 22nd. Campers will be able to stay after school and have fun working with Valparaiso High School Head Girls Basketball Coach Candy Wilson, and her staff and players, to improve on their basic basketball skills. Camp forms will be handed out to girls by your homeroom teachers this week and are also available in the Main Office or on the Girls Basketball Website, https://valpogirlsbballclub.wixsite.com/valpogirlsbasketball

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Book Rental

Final book rental is now past due. Letters were sent home if you still have a book rental balance. Please login to Skyward or send your final payment to the office. Thank you for your attention to this matter.