Helping Your Child with Homework

Have you wondered how you can better help your child with their homework or even what role you should take in homework as a parent?  You are not alone!  Homework is often a widely debated topic.  Here are some resources from great organizations that have published information to help parents navigate how to handle homework.  Click on the links below to learn more!

Wall Street Journal

Kid’s Health

U.S. Department of Education



RIF–Beyond Homework


PTA–many resources

PTSC Standouts:

Firefighter convocation

The third graders at PLE wanted to do something nice for the LOFS fire department as a thank you for choosing our third graders to receive pizza during lunchtime.  PLE decided to have a 3rd grade coin jar wars competition.  Students could bring in a penny, nickel, dime, or quarter.   We are delighted to report the amount of money collected was $689.43.  Way to go third grade students and teachers!

2014 Varsity VB team closeup

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Volleyball Team for completing the regular season 12-0!  With great leadership and teamwork they have pulled together this season and made us all very, very proud. This is a great athletic accomplishment while still keeping a focus on academic success. Next up is the PCC tournament–good luck, boys!

Congratulations to Senior Alex Morgavan and teacher Jori Swan for completing the Chicago Marathon Sunday.  That’s an awesome accomplishment–and one few achieve!  Congratulations and great job!

Saturday was a great Stuff the Bus event–watch for future newsletters in which I share the total raised to help the Porter Township Food Pantry.  Sneak peak–it’s pretty amazing!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 16, 2014:  The BOO’ Grove Choir Dept. Presents:  Spook’tober Singing Show at 7pm!  Thursday, October 16 is the “Boo” Grove Spook’tober Singing Show.  Come and enjoy fall concert music and spooky Halloween songs.  The show begins at 7 p.m. in the High School Small gym.  It’s only $2 for lil’ Ghouls (students) and $3 for Monsters (adults).  Hope to see you there to cheer on our talented witches and werewolves!!!
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 27-30:  Red Ribbon and Spirit Week atPLE and BGE.  ThePLE School Theme This Year Is: “I’d Rather Eat Bugs Than Do Drugs.” Here are the exciting things planned:
    • Monday, October 27th -“Turn Drugs Inside Out & Backward” – Wear all your clothes inside out and backwards day!
    • Tuesday October 28th – “Color our world Drug Free” – Wear as much of your grade color as possible!
    • Wednesday October 29th “Dream, Believe, Achieve, Succeed” – Dress up in the career of choice (What you want to be when you grow up) and Assembly with Officer Chavez.
    • Thursday October 30th-“Team up against drugs” – Wear your favorite sports team jersey/t-shirt a (can’t wait to see all of the Green Bay Packer jerseys)!
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  • October 28, 2014:  Girls’ Tennis Team Panera Break fundraiser from 4 to 8pm at the Valparaiso Panera Bread and the team will receive a percentage of the proceeds from any receipt when a printed flyer (attached) is given or is shown electronically when ordering.  The money raised will go towards the girls’ uniforms.  Come support the Girls’ Tennis Team!
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 1, 2014:  Attention all Zombie fanatics: Key Club will be hosting a 5k Zombie Run on Saturday, November 1st at 10 AM at BGHS. Run the cross country course while being chased by zombies. The run will cost $10 for pre-registered runners and an additional $15 for a t-shirt. T-shirt orders must be in by October 17th to guarantee your size. Registration forms can be picked up in the main office at the high school.
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 21, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break

Things to Know/Do:

  • Now hiring substitute teachers!  Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • Have you updated your account information in Instant Alert?  Make sure that you have your cell phone number and your email entered so that you will receive the latest updates we send out.  You can update your Instant Alert Account here.
  • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates?  Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start.  If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.  It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!

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