Flint Lake News

November 2015


A Note from the Principal

Greetings, Flint Lake Families,

The following article was featured in the NWI Times as well as Valpo Life. I wanted to be sure to also share it with you in our newsletter. As always, thank you for all you do to work together with us for children.

Very sincerely,

Erin Hawkins

Growing the Whole Child

Erin Hawkins

At Flint Lake Elementary School, we’ve been talking.

We’ve been talking about the ideal that we are responsible for the whole child. We’ve been talking about the fact that school is not only a place where knowledge is imparted, but it is a place where children are nurtured to grow in every way -- socially, emotionally, physically and academically. We’ve been talking about ways to develop that social and emotional part of our children. So, we’ve been talking about the gift of failure.

By failure, we mean the opportunity to “mess up” – on an assignment, in the classroom, or on the playground. An experience of failure can have a lasting impact that is, at times, more powerful than a success. When we fail at something, we learn that failure happens to everyone, and we are not alone. We learn to problem solve in order to avoid failure in the future. We experience the feeling that comes with being forgiven, and we learn how to treat others when they’ve made a mistake. We develop a growth mindset that we can change and that failure does not define a person. We come to the understanding that failure explains a result and provides an opportunity to better that result next time. But perhaps most importantly, by experiencing failure, we learn that we can survive pitfalls, overcome them, and rise to the next occasion. We develop the courage necessary to try something hard and perhaps fail again.

At Flint Lake, we understand the importance of being responsible and reliable individuals, and we work to achieve that goal for ourselves and our students every day. We set high standards for our students, because we want each of them to reach his or her greatest level of success. We know with full confidence that they will. But we also know the importance of sometimes forgetting one’s homework, losing at a game, failing an assignment, misspeaking to a peer, or making an error on the playing field.

So when we see this happen for our students, we’ll stand back and allow for independence. We’ll maintain students’ dignity. We’ll provide appropriate consequences. Then we’ll help them up, trust them to return to a leadership role, and guide them purposefully toward another try. We will give them the gift of failure.



11th -- PTO Meeting @ 4:00

19th -- School Board Meeting @ Thomas Jefferson Middle School

20th-21st -- PTO Sponsored Book Fair

21st -- PTO Sponsored Holiday Bazaar

25th-27th -- NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break


17th -- School Board Meeting @ Memorial Elementary

21st-Jan 1st -- NO SCHOOL -- Winter Break


Please be mindful of the time you drop your child off at school. Students may arrive no earlier than 8:20 (8:50 on last start Wednesday) for students eating breakfast, and 8:30 (9:00 on late start Wednesday) for those students not eating breakfast. The building is not accessible prior to 8:20 (8:50 on Wed.) and there is no supervision for students prior to those times. Thank you for your assistance with this.


Please be reminded that in the event your child needs to be called off from school, or will be arriving late to school, a phone call to the office prior to 9:00 AM should be made.


As of Friday, October 30th, you were able to access your child's report card through Skyward Family Access. Once logged on, you will click on the "Report Card" tab on the left side of the screen. You will then be able to view your child's report card. If you are unable to view the report card or need assistance logging in, please contact the school.


Thank you for taking the time to complete the two surveys that were shared with you via email. For those of you who haven't had a chance to complete the Speak Up Survey yet, below is the information needed to access them.


Valparaiso Community Schools is committed to providing a 21st Century education for your child and we are requesting your help. As we continue to integrate new and exciting technology into daily teaching and learning, such as laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, online textbooks, student management systems (Skyward), and learning management systems (Canvas), we also need feedback from our stakeholders as to how effectively those items are working. We are asking our students, parents, and teachers to complete the survey below to provide us with feedback to help shape future decisions regarding technology implementation in our schools. Thank you in advance for your participation. Please complete the parent survey by November 30, 2015.

To access the survey, please use the link below. Search Flint Lake Elementary School by searching using zip code 46383 and selecting Flint Lake. You will then complete the parent survey portion. Your child will be completing the student survey at school.



The VCS Culture and Student Services Team are providing parents with several resources in regards to bullying prevention and pro-social skills. To find out more information, click on the following link to be directed to the Bullying Prevention and Pro-Social Skills for Parents page on the VCS website.