From Hamilton To Home

January 2021

Dear Parents and Families,

Happy New Year! We hope that 2021 has brought a fresh outlook on the new year. We have missed your students and are excited to get back to learning. In the meantime, we'd like to share with you what has been happening at school in December and provide you with details on the upcoming end of the 1st semester of school. As always, please reach out to your child's teacher or call the office with questions or concerns.


Jodie Johnson

Hamilton Principal

Upcoming Important Dates:

Monday January 18th
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day; No school for students

Friday January 22nd

  • End of the 2nd grading period
Monday January 25th
  • Records Day- No school for students
Tuesday January 26th
  • Beginning of 3rd quarter
Thursday January 28th
  • Parent/Teacher conferences (more information to come)
I Spy- Coping Strategies for Home

It is important to remember how to regulate our feelings with the New Year and the continual changes. Different coping strategies work for different people. Some play with pets, others love art. Be open and flexible when choosing your strategy.

The Holidays Brought Much Needed Joy and Happiness To Many:

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Hamilton's Pledge: Exploring and Teaching Individuality, Equity and Diversity

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Message From Our Nurse:

Let’s start 2021 off by focusing on health and safety at home!

  • Check your medications and dispose of outdated or unused prescriptions. Make sure that medications are stored secured and out of reach of children. Visit Lorain County Public Health, or call them at (440) 322-6367 for more information if you need medication disposal bags or locking medication safe storage bags.
  • If you have firearms in your home, or they are present in a home that your child visits, make sure that they are stored in a secure locked case or box with the keys and ammo stored in a separate secure location. Free gun cable locks are typically available the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office on Murray Ridge Road in Elyria.
  • Test smoke detectors and replace batteries as needed. Practice an evacuation fire drill with your family and establish a safe meeting place to reunite.
  • Practice “what if” scenarios with you child so that they can think about what they would do in an emergency or situation that they may need to get help. Provide children with resources, such as whom and when to call for help, and practice different scenarios with them.
  • Continue performing daily health checks for yourself and your family members before heading out for the day. Get a free Kinsa Smart Thermometer by texting the word FLUENCY to 900900. Simply download the app and follow the prompts to register for Hamilton Elementary.
  • Keep your kids safe on the internet by discussing safety and monitoring their activity. Devices should be used in common areas and off limits in private areas such as bedrooms or bathrooms. Set clear expectations about appropriate online behavior. Here are some helpful links to resources concerning internet safety:

We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon! Stay healthy and safe! Call me at (440) 284-8099 or email me at if you have any questions or concerns. Happy New Year!! ~Nurse Packman~