Hopewell Happenings

September 10, 2021

Hopewell Families,

We are so excited for our Back to School Bash tonight! Looking forward to seeing everyone. The following information was communicated in an email earlier this week about the event.

Masks are not required during outside events. Please maintain social distancing while participating in the Back to School Bash. If exposure to COVID 19 occurs, we will not be able to contact trace. Each family will want to determine the best decision for their participation. Hand hygiene stations will be available.

Health Related Communication to our Visitors:

We are asking all community members to partner with us in screening and taking temperatures at home before joining this event. A visitor with a temperature higher than 100.3 F should stay home. If you answer yes to any of these questions, please stay home:

Do you:

  • Have a fever?
  • Have a cough?
  • Have a sore throat?
  • Have shortness of breath?
  • Have nausea/vomiting?
  • Have diarrhea?
  • Have a headache or fatigue?
  • Had close contact or cared for someone with COVID 19?

Thank you for your help in making this PTA-sponsored event a success!

Dr. Hensley and Dr. Brethower

Homecoming Parade

PHHS Homecoming parade is September 17th at 5:00 pm. Hopewell Elementary will have a spot for participation. Students must be accompanied by an adult and be at Prairie Point no earlier than 4:30. If you want to participate, we will be wearing Hopewell attire.

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.

Important Upcoming Dates


September 10th Back to School Bash 5:00-7:30 pm Outside at Hopewell

September 17 Park Hill High School Homecoming Parade 5 pm
September 21 PTA Meeting 6 pm

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Join us for a Hopewell PTA Sponsored Event!

The Hopewell PTA is happy to announce our 1st Annual Hopewell Back-To-School Bash on Friday, September 10th from 5:00-7:30 pm. We are looking forward to this FREE outdoor event on the Hopewell playground to celebrate the start of this fantastic school year!

There will be an Alpaca petting zoo, a juggling and comedy show (show starts at 6:00pm), 9-hole mini golf, John Deere Tractor Racing, a DJ and dancing, a craft table, and lots of yard games to play!

2 Guys and a Grill food truck will be offering dinner options of Hot Dogs($4), Hamburgers($5), and Grilled Chicken($6) for purchase. Meals also include chips and a drink. Please bring cash only for the grill. For dessert, Kona Ice Snow Cone truck will be offering snow cones for purchase (options between $2 and $5). Both 2 Guys and a Grill and the Kona Ice Snow Cone Truck give a percentage of sales from the night back to the Hopewell PTA. It’s a WIN WIN situation because you get delicious food and it raises money for our school! So, come hungry and have dinner and snow cones with your friends!

Masks are not required during outside events. Please maintain social distancing while participating in the Back to School Bash. If exposure to COVID 19 occurs, we will not be able to contact trace. Each family will want to determine the best decision for their participation. Hand hygiene stations will be available.

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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

Hopewell School Clubs!

We have had so many students interested in joining school clubs this year! Club sponsors have collected applications and will be sending out communication to students selected to participate in the club. Most clubs were using a first-come, first-serve selection process. Students will hear by the end of next week of their participation. If you have any questions regarding school clubs, please reach out to Dr. Megan Brethower. If you have questions regarding a specific club, please reach out directly to the club sponsor listed below.

School Clubs and Sponsors:

  • Kindness Ninjas with Ms. Bisges
    (K-5th participation)

  • Kindness Crew with Mrs. Bartlett
    (3rd-5th participation)

  • Battle of the Books with Mr. Wideman
    (3rd-5th participation)

  • Yoga Club with Ms. Stanczyk
    (3rd-5th participation)

  • Girls Running Club with Ms. Stanczyk
    (4th & 5th participation)

  • Mathletics with Ms. Stucky and Mrs. Morrison
    (4th & 5th participation)

  • Hopewell Student Council with Mrs. Morrision and Mrs. Neier
    (5th participation)

Repeated Information

Park Hill Education Foundation Fun Run

Join us for the first annual

Park Hill Education Foundation Fun Run

Register here to participate!

Become a sponsor by investing $100 in our district. Sponsorship includes

your logo/name on the back of every race participant’s t-shirt.

Register here to become a sponsor!

Proceeds from the Fun Run will benefit the

educational programs the Foundation supports.

Visit our website www.parkhillfoundation.org

Curriculum Connections for September

Check out the linked Curriculum Connections below to see what our Roadrunners will be working on in each subject area in September! 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- September 2021

Math Curriculum Connection- September 2021

Social Studies/Science Curriculum Connection- September 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.

Birthday or Classroom Treats

Due to Covid restrictions, no outside food is permitted in any Park Hill school. The Nutrition Services department is offering classroom treats that may be ordered to celebrate a student’s birthday or holiday party. Clickhereto place an order. For additional information, please contact the Nutrition Services office at 816-359-4090.

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