Hopewell Happenings

October 18, 2021


Through an innovative learning community, Hopewell Elementary teaches the whole child by building trusting relationships, creating high expectations and celebrating differences.


Hopewell Elementary is a learning community dedicated to the success of every child.

School Information

Hopewell Elementary School

School Phone: 816-359-4410

Principal: Dr. Melissa Hensley

Assistant Principal: Dr. Megan Brethower

Front Office

Administrative Assistant to the Principal: Debbie Rich

Administrative Assistant- Attendance: Marci Wettstein

Nurse Melissa Burghardt

(816) 359-4414


If you need to make transportation changes, please contact the office prior to 3:00 pm. this will help the office ensure that dismissal goes smoothly and minimize the chance of possible miscommunication.

Fall Party Info from PTA

Our Hopewell Fall Parties will take place in individual classrooms this year. Due to current Park Hill District Guidelines, outside visitors are not allowed in the building while students are present. Fall Parties will be led by classroom teachers and will include games, a beaded harvest corn craft, and snacks. The following is a link to a sign-up genius with a list of supplies that we need for the party. We need all items turned in at Hopewell by next Tuesday, 10/19, please. Thank you for your contributions, and for helping to make the Fall Party a success for our Hopewell students!


Musical Protocol

We are super excited to bring back musicals this year! We will be following Park Hill's safety protocol which means;

  • Only two guests per student
  • Seating will be set for social distancing
  • Masks will be required

Our first musical is 5th grade on Tuesday, October 26th at 6:30pm.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 and Thursday, November 4th from 12:00-8:00. There will be no school for students on November 4th or November 5th. Click the links below to sign up for a conference time. If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher. Conferences are in person this year.

Parent Teacher Conferences: K - 2nd Grade

Parent Teacher Conferences: 3rd - 5th Grade

Parent Teach Conferences: Academic Services

Counselor's Connection

  • School Counselor Referral: If you’d like Mr. Wideman to talk with your child or call you, reach out to him by email (widemana@parkhill.k12.mo.us), phone (816-359-5589), or by filling out the form at this link: School Counselor Referral
  • Small group counseling: Mr. Wideman and Ms. Galloway, Hopewell’s school social worker, will be starting the first round of small groups in October. Not all grade levels will have a group start right away. Permission forms will be sent home with students selected for groups later this week. Referrals for small groups were made based on a screener filled out by classroom teachers. If you have any questions about the reason for the referral, please contact your child’s teacher. If you have questions about the nature of the group counseling process, please reach out to Mr. Wideman or Ms. Galloway. If you do not receive a permission form, but would like your child to participate in a group, let us know by filling out the School Counselor Referral form.
  • Counselor lessons: Counselor lessons with kindergarten and 1st grade focused on treating others with respect, while 4th and 5th grade learned about safe and unsafe substances. 2nd and 3rd grade will get back to counselor lessons on the week of 10/25!
    • Kindergarteners have been learning about empathy: the skill of understanding/feeling how someone else feels. This week we discussed what to do when you see someone is feeling sad. Our new word this week was “compassion,” which is empathy in action. Here is an activity that will allow your child the opportunity to practice and build empathy: Empathy Home Link
    • 1st grade read the story One, by Kathryn Otoshi. We had a great discussion on how it only takes one person to stand up to someone being disrespectful. This makes our communities safer and more fun for everyone!
    • 4th and 5th grade had our substance education lesson this week. We discussed safe and unsafe substances and the importance of being drug-free!

Andrew Wideman



Important Upcoming Dates


  • 18th David Kilpatrick Parent Night (focus on Reading Research and Dyslexia) 6:00-7:30 pm Park Hill South Auditorium
  • 19th PTA Meeting 6 pm Hopewell Cafeteria
  • 21st Fall Classroom Parties (more information to come)
  • 22nd NO SCHOOL for Students (End of Quarter Teacher Work Day)
  • 26th 5th Grade Musical 6:30 pm Hopewell Gym
  • 28th Board of Education Meeting
  • 29th Trunk or Treat 5:30 to 6:30


  • 3rd Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:00 pm
  • 4th NO SCHOOL: Parent-Teacher Conferences 12:00-8:00 pm
  • 5th NO SCHOOL
  • 9th 4th Grade Musical 6:30 pm Hopewell Gym

District-Wide Family Reading Information Night- You can still sign up!

When: Monday, October 18

Where: Park Hill South Auditorium

4500 River Park Dr, Riverside, MO 64150

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.


This is a Title I parent engagement activity to support the parent/school connection in the area of reading research and Dyslexia.

Our goal is to share this important information with parents and guardians and we do not want child care to be a barrier. While children are welcome to attend, this is not an interactive child-friendly session. This session is designed to support parents and provide the most current research on reading development.

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PTA Reflections!

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Day of Hope

Registration for the event must happen prior to October 22nd. See more details below.
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Repeated Information

PTA Spirit Wear!

PTA is sponsoring another spirit wear event. Check out the link below to preorder your shirts or sweatshirts!

Join PTA!!

Our PTA does an amazing job supporting our Hawk community. We want to encourage you to join our PTA. The PTA is comprised of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.

Personal membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/personal-memberships

Business membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/business-memberships

Staff membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/staff-membership-57738

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NEW Birthday or Classroom Treats

New Birthday Treat Guidelines

Because of food and labor shortages, our Nutrition Services department can no longer provide birthday treats after Friday, Sept. 17.

If you already ordered treats, we will be able to fill orders that were scheduled to go out this week.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must cancel any birthday treat orders that were scheduled to go out on Monday, Sept. 20 or later. If you need a refund, please let us know by calling the Nutrition Services department at 816-359-4090.

Approved Birthday Treats:
We will start allowing families to send birthday treats if they want to do so, as long as they come from our list of treats that contain none of the major allergens.

Thank you for understanding that all classroom treats must come from this list, because we do not have the staff capacity to check for allergens that could threaten the health of some students.

Please bring birthday treats ahead of time (two hours after the start of school, at the latest).

· Stickers

· Erasers

· Pencils

· Crazy straws

· Blow Pops

· Juice boxes

· Popcorn

· Smarties

· Dum Dum lollipops

· Jelly Belly

· Nerds

· Ring Pops

· Skittles

· Sour Patch Kids

· Starburst

· Swedish Fish

· Life Saver Gummies

Curriculum Connections for October

Check out the linked Curriculum Connections below to see what our Hopewell Hawks will be working on in each subject area in October! We want to share the learning topics at all of the grade levels so that you are familiar with what topics and content are taught this month! Your child's teacher is always happy to provide more details should you have questions!

ELA Curriculum Connection- October 2021

Math Curriculum Connection- October 2021

Social Studies/Science Curriculum Connection- October 2021

Bus and Car Rider Lanes

As you come up the Hopewell drive, you will see a sign with an arrow directing busses to the left and car riders to the right. Last year we did the opposite to accommodate for so many car riders. This year we believe we have a system that will allow us to resume the original route. This means car riders will be dropped off and picked up at the front of the building and bus riders will arrive and get on the bus on the east side of our building. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we get into a routine the first several days.
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Arrival and Dismissal


  • Students may arrive at 8:50 am. Students may not enter earlier unless attending a before school club, because there is not adult supervision until 8:50 am.
  • As soon as busses and car riders arrive at 8:50 am, they may go straight to their classroom or stop at the cafeteria for breakfast.
  • Breakfast is served from 8:50 to 9:10 am.
  • Instruction begins at 9:10 am.


  • We begin dismissal at 3:50 pm to allow for student travel time within the building for our 4:00 pm dismissal. For example, car rider students walk to the cafeteria for dismissal and Adventure Club to the gym.
  • Please remember the first several days of school dismissal will take longer. We doublecheck all bus rosters and placards for car riders.

Car Riders

  • The first day of school each family will receive a placard. Whoever is picking up the child should have this placard to ensure the safety of our children.
  • As you arrive in the morning, there will be one car line with staff members assisting students exiting from cars. Please wait for a staff member to assist your student before they get out of the car.
  • At dismissal, there will be a double lane of cars to help expedite pick up.

Bus Riders

  • Bus information will be available in the parent portal on Tuesday, August 17th.
  • Masks are to be worn on the bus.

Change of Transportation

Please have any change of transportation called into the office no later than 3:00 pm. This is to help ensure accurate communication in a timely manner.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

The Park Hill School District participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast program, which is a UDSA (United States Department of Agriculture) program. Currently, the USDA has approved a 2021-22 waiver which allows all children 0-18 in the Park Hill district boundaries to receive free breakfast and lunch daily while school is in session. We have more details here.

For more information about school lunch, please visit the link below:

Nutrition Services Department

Student Medications

Hopewell's health room is staffed by registered nurse, Melissa Burghardt. All non-prescription, over-the-counter medication must be sent in the original container with written instructions by the parent or physician. Before any prescription medication can be administered, it must be in a prescription labeled bottle accompanied by a doctor's note, and the Medication Authorization Form must be completed and signed by the parent or guardian. Parents must bring all medication to the health room; please do not send it with a student. All necessary forms can be obtained from the office.

Phone: 359-4414

Student Badges

All Park Hill students are issued ID badges. These badges, along with a school-issued lanyard will be required to be worn every day. Student ID badges support our safe and caring environment by providing proper identification and improved processes for several aspects of the school day. Students will use the badges to receive lunches in the cafeteria, when boarding our school buses, and for our library check-out process. Your child's badge will be provided by the school and one replacement badge will also be provided (in case of a lost badge). After the first free replacement badge, a $5 fee will be charged for each additional badge. Each student will also be provided with a lanyard. We ask that no other lanyards be used and no alterations/embellishment be made to the provided lanyard.

Translation Information

We partner with Argo Telephonic Translation Services to help us better communicate with families that speak a language other than English. We can set up an interpreter during parent conferences in addition to using a translator during phone calls. If you, or someone you know would benefit from this service, please let your child's teacher know, or contact an administrator.

Image/ Contact Information Opt-Out Designation

Throughout the school year, the district or school might take pictures/videos and release personal information about students. This could be to a local newspaper, Hopewell newsletters or on our school website. The district or school might also post pictures on social media (Facebook or Twitter). If you DO NOT want your child's image, please contact your child's teacher or the front office to fill out an Image/Contact Information OPT-OUT form.

School Information

School Phone: (816) 359-4410

Principal: Dr. Melissa Hensley

Assistant Principal: Dr. Megan Brethower

Counselor: Andrew Wideman