Winter Break: PTSC Weekly Update

Posted: December 15, 2014 in Building Relationships, Communication, Leadership, Personal Behavior
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Winter Break so Soon?

Remember those days when summer seemed to last forever and time didn’t seem to move so quickly?  I can’t believe we are already in the last few weeks of our first semester and headed into our winter break.  While I believe everyone looks forward to a few days off of school and work–I hope that we can all use this time to reflect on the past year and find things for which we are thankful.  Wrapping up a year is always the perfect time for reflection and gratitude.  It’s also important to look toward 2015 and dream about what you’d like to accomplish during this new year.  What is on your list of dreams?

PTSC Standouts:


Boone Grove Builder’s Club and Student Council just completed their fourth annual “Ham Dinner in a Box” project. Students collected all the makings of a ham dinner for the holidays for the Porter Township Food Pantry. Twenty six families in Porter Township will enjoy a delicious holiday dinner because of their efforts! Boxes include: ham, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, a bag of potatoes, stuffing, a bag of oranges or apples, heat and serve rolls, pork gravy, and two dozen homemade cookies. Township families donated $390 for the purchase of the hams. The rest of the items were collected by the Builder’s Club Members. A special thanks to the National Junior Honor Society for purchasing some of the needed items to make this project a success! This project is an awesome example of how our school and community pull together to help those in need.  What awesome work by our students and staff!

Congratulations to all involved with this year’s Madrigal–all of that hard work and dedication paid off in an outstanding event!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • All November and December:  A Night Out at Chili’s: PTO is sponsoring a Family Fundraiser at Chili’s for the entire month of November and December (no weekend or hour restrictions). You can visit Chili’s at the Merrillville or Valparaiso location and as long as you have the Chili’s voucher – this is a delicious way to help earn money for your school plus if you purchase a scrip Chili’s card you will earn an additional 11%! Vouchers will be coming home very soon – they will not be available at  Chili’s. Additional copies of voucher can be downloaded from the school website or the PTO Facebook page.
  • Now through December 19, 2014:  Take the Speak Up Survey.  You can access it at  Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology.
  • November 19-December 16, 2014:  SAAC is hosting an Angel Tree, at the high school, from November 19th-December 16th. All donations will be delivered to the Porter County Career Center to be distributed amongst families in need. The Club is also collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Pop bottle tab holders, donated by Bed Bath & Beyond, are available in the high school.
  • December 16, 2014:  You are invited to the Winter Band Concert, which will take place on Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00pm at BGHS. It’s going to be a terrific performance with several holiday selections and a good variety of other tunes. Rumor has it that Santa Claus himself might even make an appearance.
  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 5, 2015:  Classes resume
  • January 16, 2015:  End of 1st Semester
  • January 28, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • February 13, 2015:  Snow day make-up day or break day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 19, 2015:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 23-27, 2015:  Spring 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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