April 25, 2014
26th-May 13 - Spring Art Show at Valparaiso Public Library
28th-May 13th-ISTEP (updated ending date)
1st-13th-ISTEP (updated ending date)
14th-Market Day Pick Up
20th-Grandfriends with Last Names A-F
22nd-Grandfriends with Last Names G-M
23rd-Grandfriends with Last Names N-Z
26th-NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day
4th-Rain make up for Field Day (if needed)
6th-Last day of school for students
Field Day is Coming!
Getting Ready for ISTEP
The multiple choice portion for ISTEP testing is April 28 through May 13 Only 3rd, 4th & 5th graders take the ISTEP. Please be sure your child eats a GOOD breakfast every morning and gets plenty of sleep at night. Although the students receive ample breaks, it is a lot of work for them. Please reassure your child that no one is expected to know all of the answers. Just encourage him/her to their best.
Study Island is a wonderful tool correlated with the Indiana standards. Those standards are the same standards assessed in the ISTEP. Please try and set aside some time every day to practice. There is a link to Study Island on our website and your child knows his/her ID and password. More information regarding the ISTEP can be accessed by visiting www.doe.in.gov/ISTEP.
Parents We Need Your Help
The staff and students have set aside a few special days at school to provide an opportunity for grandparents or another special adult, to share time with a child at school. Due to our limited space, we ask that you limit the number of "grand-friends" attending.
We will be doing breakfast this year from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m.
- Eggs Extravaganza
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Toast and Bagels
The cost will be $2.00 per guest. Student will use their lunch account for their meal. Adult/Guest meals can not be charged to the students account. Grand friends will come on the day coinciding with their grandchild’s last name.
- Tuesday, May 20-Student Last Name A-F
- Thursday, May 22-Student Last Name G-M
- Friday, May 23-Student Last Name N-Z
Call your grandfriend, have them check their calendars and join you for an exciting time! We look forward to an memorable time with all of the grandfriends!
Movers for Moms
Student Council and K-Kids are sponsoring Movers for Moms. Two Men and a Truck partner with local schools and donate collected items to a local women's shelter for Mother's Day. They will collect games, clothing and other household items. Over the last three years, Flint Lake, TJ Middle School, Hayes Leonard and the Porter County Vocational Center have helped with this not-for-profit program. Here is a list of items needed:
- Gift Cards from Walmart, K-Mart, Strack's, Target, Walgreens, Town & Country, Kohl's, JC Penny, Michael's, Visa or Mastercard.
- Liquid Hand Soap
- Tall Kitchen Garbage Bags
- Spray Disinfectants
- Disinfectant Wipes
- Dishwasher Detergent (tablets)
- Loose Leaf Paper
- Two Pocket Folders
- Watercolor Paints
- Paper Plates
- Diapers (4,5,6)
- New Socks & Underwear
- Used Cell Phones
- Board Games
- Fabric Paint
- Alarm Clocks
- New Sweats
- New Bed Pillows
Sixth Grade Immunizations
Children entering 6th grade require additional shots/vaccines to protect against Meningitis, Varicella (chicken pox) and Pertussis (whooping cough). Proof of completed vaccines must be provided to the middle school prior to August 20th. All children entering 6th grade must meet Indiana State immunization requirements or be denied school attendance in August. Please make arrangements now as appointment times do fill quickly. Contact Mrs. Spence, school nurse with any questions.
Variety Show and Pizza Dinner
We will be offering pizza dinners before the show! A dinner ticket will include two slices of pizza and a drink for only $4.00! Additional drinks and candy will also be available for purchase. Keep an eye out for order sheets! Dress rehearsal from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Ben Franklin Middle School. The Show is April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5-9 this year! Mrs. Krutz sent an email with all of the week's details. Here is a summary of the plan for the weeks:
Monday: Give a flower
Tuesday: Re-stock the Classroom
Wednesday: Spoil them with Lunch
Thursday: Thank your Aide Day
Friday: Dinner night
Grand Friend Day and Book Fair
Information will be sent home soon with the dates, times, and cost of Grand Friend day. We will also be hosting a Book Fair during Grand Friend Week and we need volunteers to help! If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Amy Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Field Day is fast approaching, so keep an eye out for flyers and emails with information on how to volunteer!
Spring Art Show
Congratulations to these students in Mrs. Cummings’ classes who have art in the Valparaiso Public Library art show. Students in bold print were also in the 'This Is Our Story' art show.
Niamh Berg O-Reilly
'Art’s A Budding' art show students are: Hannah Richey, Paige Kovats, Morgan Catchur, Carter DeVries, Lilly Bricker, and Dylan Kwiatkowski.
'Martin Luther King' art contest winners were: Ben Collins and Sam Adamson. Other entries were Lily Taylor, Haley Craft, Grace Kintner, Niamh Berg O'Reilly, and William Stage.
Other students from Mrs. Cummings’ class who don’t have art in the Valparaiso Public Library art show but were in "This is Our Story' art show are: Paige Kovats,
Gabi Brown, Hailey Rigg, Corbin Ton, Anja Wagner, Christian Christopher, Quentin Laughery, Araceli Soriano-Flores, Isaiah Arends, Fraser Biggs, Zach Brown, Alex Pissarski, Stephanie Gutierrez, Collin McCauley, Kassidy Reberg, Hannah Richey, Aislin Schaefer-Murray, Jack Smiley, Miquel Genis, Justice Mull, Lincoln Probst, Dahlia Smith, Laila Boriboune, and Olivia Nevarez.
Our Central students are incredible artists!!!!!