Heavilin Elementary

April 2018 Newsletter

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3-19 Heavilin Reads!

10 6:30pm PTO Meeting

11 6:30pm 2nd grade Music Program

11 7:15pm 3rd grade Music Program

13 Spirit Wear Day

13 Kindergarten Round Up

16 ISTEP Part 2 window opens

21 Spring Into the @rts opens

27 Spirit Wear Day

28 Ste@m Show

Heavilin Reads: Because of Winn-Dixie

On Tuesday when students returned from Spring Break, each child was given a copy of the book Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCammillo and we are reading the book together as a whole school. Ask your children each night at dinner what India Opal and her dog, Winn-Dixie, are up to.. they have all sorts of adventures together as Winn-Dixie teaches others about how to accept and love themselves and others. When Heavilin Reads is over, the kids will bring their books home and we hope you can share together as a family and maybe even read it again.

Throughout the weeks of Heavilin Reads, we have all sorts of fun activities to do together. We started with a class scavenger hunt to find a puzzle piece to help reveal the cover of our book. Students have been bringing in pictures of their dogs to add to our "Stray Dog" wall display. We opened the book on Tuesday with a "prequel" movie, starring our very own Oliver. There will be a tree planting, a buddy class project, a service project for Lakeshore PAWS, and even a movie! Stay tuned for more information, and keep talking with your kids about the adventures of Winn-Dixie.

Bus Changes

The buses at Heavilin are quite full. We can no longer accommodate bus changes unless it is for emergency care purposes. No bus changes will be allowed for play dates, sleep overs, homework help, etc… In addition, we are no longer able to accept bus changes through a note to our school office. Please do not send notes that request we allow your child to ride a different bus for an evening. The only way to have a bus change approved is to contact the director of transportation directly and in advance. You can email Pat Hubbard at phubbard@valpo.k12.in.us (Boys & Girls Club transportation does not need special approval.)

As a side note: all other changes in dismissal still must be submitted as a written note to our office by the morning of the dismissal change. For example, if a student is going to be a car rider for one day, that must be a written note in the morning.

5th grade Transition to Middle School Dates

  • 5th Grade Parent Night - Thursday, May 3rd @ 6:30
    • Parents attend the school their student will be attending 6th grade
  • 5th Grade Student Visits - Wednesday, May 23rd.
    • Students visit BFMS/TJMS during the school day and meet the teachers and see the building

Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Sophia Bush and Tanner McClelland on their recent receipt of a 12 week guitar lesson scholarship! This scholarship is provided by the Gary Webster Young Musicians Program.

Food Rescue

Valpo Schools participates in Food Rescue. Watch this video to find out more:


No More Lids

We doubled our plastic lid goal before break. Thanks to everyone for saving and sending in plastic lids. We look forward to our new bench being delivered on April 18 already!

Please do not send in any more plastic lids. We are no longer collecting them and will put any more lids we receive in the weekly recycling bin.

2018 Sheriff's Camp

Our Sheriff is officially announcing the 2018, 4th Annual Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp. This year’s camp is again, being held at the Indiana Dunes State Park from August 7-9th. This is a 3-day ‘Day Camp,’ on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, offered to Porter County, LaPorte County, Lake County and Jasper County children ages 9-14. The Camp Flyer and Invitation are located on the VCS website under the Community Tab, Flyers. Space is limited (60 total) and this camp tends to fill up quick!

STE@M Show

Saturday, April 28th

1:00-4:00 pm

Urschel Pavilion


This year’s STE@M Show will be hosted and organized by the VCS elementary STEM teachers. This event will feature multiple STE@M activities including a Makerspace.

We are also excited to introduce CANstruction Jr. An elementary team from each school has been designing and engineering a structure made entirely of canned goods. This project features both the engineering process and community service, as all canned items will be donated to the VCS Backpacks Program.

Come watch the CANstruction teams during their live build as you participate in STE@M activities with your family!

Kindergarten Round Up

Kindergarten Round Up is on Friday, April 13 at Heavilin Elementary. There are two sessions, 9:15am and 1:15pm. Please enter through Door L (back parking lot.) Please pass the word to your neighbors and friends who have children who will be 5 years old by August 1st. You can pre-register in advance at: http://www.valpo.k12.in.us/parents/kindergarten_roundup/

Please note, at one point the registration link on the VCS website stated that our afternoon session begins at 12:30. It does not. The session times are 9:15am and 1:15pm.

Music Notes

It’s Concert Season! Several grade levels will be presenting concerts for their family and friends in the next several weeks. Please note your child’s grade level concert date and time. Students should report to the music room 15 minutes before concert start time. All concerts are here at Heavilin and will last no longer than 30 minutes.

April 11 - 2nd grade - 6:30 pm

April 11 - 3rd grade - 7:15 pm

May 2 - Kindergarten - 4:00 pm

A special note/permission slip will be coming home with more details on this!

May 15 - 4th grade - 6:30 pm

May 15 - 4th/5th Choir - 7:15 pm

May 15 - 5th grade - 7:45 pm

Watch for more details to be emailed to parents in the next few weeks!

In other music news... Recently the 4th and 5th grade classes traveled to BFMS for some concerts presented by the VHS Orchestra and Band. The purpose of these concerts was to get our students excited about the opportunity to begin learning how to play a string instrument (4th graders) or a band instrument (5th graders).

4th graders will be receiving more information regarding the beginning orchestra program in the next few weeks. A parent/student meeting call out/sign up meeting will occur in May.

5th graders have the opportunity to give band instruments a try at TJMS on Saturday, April 7 from 9am-Noon or Monday, April 9 from 4pm-8pm. Come for as long as you'd like!

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Summer Art Camp for grades 3-8

Do you have a 3rd-8th Grader that is passionate about Art and would love to continue creating this Summer? If so check out All About Art Camp! All About Art Camp is located on Valparaiso University's campus this Summer June 11-22. All artists will experience museum visits, professional visiting artists, and working in University Studios. Classes are taught by certified art educators. Camps include: 2D, 3D, Advanced Painting & Drawing, 2D/3d Combo, Digital Design, and Special Needs. Please visit our website for more information and to fill out an application. If your child is interested I am happy to give them an application at school!

Artfully Yours,

Mrs. Nix


Spring Into the @rts - a VCS Festival

Mark your calendars the Spring into the @rts Festival is around the corner! The below festivities will occur April 21st-May 20th throughout Valpo.

  • ART-chitecture Walk - This kick-off event will showcase VCS student artwork (K-12) at 7 downtown landmark locations.
  • Valpo Ste@m Show - This event includes multiple STE@M activities including a Makerspace, and VCS CANstruction creations.
  • The@ter Outreach - Please join us to watch a phenomenal collaborative production, created by Flint Lake Elementary 2nd grade students and Memorial Opera House.
  • Valpo Film Festiv@l - Currently seeking students of all ages to submit a ONE minute digital video into one of our five online categories. Selected winners will be announced and featured at our very own RED CARPET event.
  • Where did V@n Gogh? - A scavenger hunt throughout downtown Valpo searching for none other than..... Mr. Vincent Van Gogh!

Visit www.springintothearts.com for a detailed listing of the events, and visit here to buy a Spring into the @rts T-Shirt!