Hopkins Elementary Newsletter


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Principal's Corner

Greetings Family,

Happy New Year! I sincerely hope each of you enjoyed the holiday season. Thank you for your participation in our December to Remember events. Our students had a blast!

As we prepare to return, please be reminded of the following:

  • As the weather changes, I ask that you ensure your child wears his or her coat or jacket daily. We want to ensure our students remain healthy during the winter months.
  • Several students now have cell phones. I ask that you closely monitor your child's interactions with others on their cell phones (and gaming systems). Some of the interactions can lead to conflict while in school. During school, we expect all students to be focused on learning.
  • The Law and School Policy regarding student attendance indicate that any student who misses school must present a written excuse, signed by his or her parent or legal guardian or health care professional, for all absences within 48 hours of the student's return to school. When your child is absent, be sure to complete the blue card sent home or complete the link to provide an excuse. Link- https://forms.office.com/r/7kVurJUQG6

Thank you for entrusting Hopkins Elementary faculty and staff with your children. Please let us know if there is a question, comment, or concern.


Audrey White-Garner, Principal

Mark your calendars for the events outlined below.

SIC/PTO Corner

The School Improvement Council (SIC) serves as an advisory committee to a school's principal and faculty. Unlike PTOs and other voluntary school organizations, councils are mandated by law to exist in every public school in South Carolina. SICs play a vital role in educating our state's children, bringing together parents, educators, and community stakeholders to work collectively to improve their local schools. Some of the critical functions of the SIC include:

  • assist in developing and implementing a five-year school improvement plan (school renewal plan);
  • monitor and evaluate success in reaching the plan's goals and objectives;
  • write an annual report to parents about the progress of the plan; and
  • assist the principal in writing the narrative for the School Report Card

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) allows parents and teachers to collaborate to supplement and enrich the educational experience. Hopkins Elementary has been fortunate to have outstanding PTO Officers and members. If you would like to serve as an officer or member of our school's PTO, please call 803-783-5541 or email audrey.white-garner@richlandone.org to share your interest.

Our next SIC/PTO meeting will be held on January 11, 2023 @ 6:30pm at Hopkins Elementary School.

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Download the Box Tops App

All you need is your phone! Download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit your school’s earnings online. Hopkins Elementary will receive a check twice this year that we can use for whatever we need for our school.
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January 2-6, 2023

  • January 3- Teacher Workday
  • January 4- Students Return

January 9-13, 2023

  • January 9- Law Enforcement Day
  • January 11- PTO Meet & Greet @ 6:30pm (Hopkins Elementary Media Center)
  • January 12- Report Card Issued
  • January 13- Half Day
  • January 13- Honor Roll Parade @ 8:30am

January 16-20, 2023

  • January 16- No School/MLK Day
  • January 18- STAR Early Literacy & Reading (K-5)
  • January 19- STAR Math (1-5)
  • January 20- STAR Growth Party (K-5)
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January 23-27, 2023

  • January 23-24- STAR Make-Ups
  • January 25- 100th Day of School (100th Day of School Fashion Show/Parade)