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April 25, 2014

Important Dates


25th-Variety Show

26th-May 13 - Spring Art Show at Valparaiso Public Library

28th-May 13th-ISTEP (updated ending date)


1st-13th-ISTEP (updated ending date)

8th-PTO Meeting

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

30th-Field Day


4th-Rain make up for Field Day (if needed)

6th-Last day of school for students

Field Day is Coming!

Field Day is Friday, May 30 and we need you! Sign up to help by using the link below. We are looking forward to another fun day!

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

Parents We Need Your Help

Mrs. Lain is looking for a 24 X 30 painters canvas to make a GIANT twister game for field day! If you can donate one or know someone who can, please contact the school office! Thank you!

'Grand-Friend' Day

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.

  • Menu:
  • Eggs Extravaganza
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Toast and Bagels
  • Fruit
  • Juice
  • Coffee

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)
  • Notebooks
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Two Pocket Folders
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Paper Plates
  • Diapers (4,5,6)
  • New Socks & Underwear
  • Used Cell Phones
  • Towels
  • Board Games
  • Fabric Paint
  • Alarm Clocks
  • New Sweats
  • New Bed Pillows

Spelling Bee Champion

We have our very own Porter County Spelling Bee champion for 5th grade! Congratulations to Kalyn Struve for winning first place! Great job, we are so proud of you!

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

Contact Dena Smiley at dsmiley21@hotmail or Lisa Sut with any questions. To volunteer sign up at! It's that EASY!

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!

Field Day!
Field Day is fast approaching, so keep an eye out for flyers and emails with information on how to volunteer!

Spring Art Show

Some of our students will have their art displayed at the Spring Art Show, at the Valparaiso Public Library, from April 26 through May 13. There will be a reception with refreshments on April 26 in the children's section of the library between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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.

Norh Alghadyah

Dallas Angell

Adrian Bindel

Jin Bloom

Kaylee Richardson

Xavier Williams

Max Winchell

Margeaux Berner

Izabella Casas

Cameron Dec

Jasmin DelReal

Renato Diaz

Beatrice Douglas-Arnold

Madelynn Dragon

Dominique Evans

Hugo Gallegos

Anna Garwick

Olivia Krutz

Brooklyn Kwiatkowski

Onaliah Loyd-Trimble

Miranda Major

Madison Sheets

Sam Sienkowski

Sophia Urschel

Kaden Wayte

Kalyn Blakeley

Coleen Grafton

Cole Seramur

Claudia Stage

Lucas Adams

Cayden Arends

Landon Astle

Savanah Camp

Yasmin Gallegos

Jucel Gentica

Holly Halpin

Lauren King

Alexander Laverman

Jenna Lockhart

Reese Molnar

Tania Mosqueda

Ella Pape

Eleanor Shirkey

Savannah Slease

Viridiana Gutierrez-Mata

Grace Kintner

Gabby Lopez

Tim Rue

Caelyn Rust

Abby Tharp

Miles Wadsworth

Banh Alghadyah

Hudson Beard

Jaden DeKock

Carter DeVries

Jailyn Edge

Audrey Fedorchak

Jayden Hurst

Madeline Kinsey

Elana Liangos

Jordan Mull

William Stage

Cheyanne Stock

Ryan Taylor

Nicholas Beckett

Niamh Berg O-Reilly

Lauren Carter-Chenoweth

Layla Daily

Hope Feller

Logan Lockhart

Connor McFadden

Aiden McNeil

Madison Patrick

Tyler Tarter

Halee Waters

Sam Adamson

Lillian Bricker

Josh Brinson

Destony DuPriest

Colin Kwiatkowski

Hexin Liu

Ethan McFadyen

Brynn Nylin

Sydney Sienkowski

Kalyn Struve

Vyctorya Swallow

Jane Topping

Brett Blauner

Morgan Catchur

Riley Evans

Katya Finley

Juan Garcia-Soriano

Ty Gill

Erik Kallen

Ian Krutz

Jori Smiley

'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!!!!!