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Hopewell-Loudon Elementary

September 2019

Office Reminders

  • Illness Reminder - If your child has a fever, he/she can return to school when he/she has been fever- free for 24 hours without the use of medicine. If he/she has vomited and/or had diarrhea, he/she can return to school when he/she has been symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Sickness develops at school - Students will be sent home for fevers 100 degrees and over. Students will be sent home for vomiting and diarrhea. Other illness will be monitored on a case by case basis.
  • If your child is going to be absent please call 419-937-2802 anytime and leave a message. Please be sure to include the child's name, teacher, and reason for the absence. The student will need a note when he/she returns.
  • Students can enter the building at 7:40 for breakfast. Students not eating breakfast can enter at 7:50. Any adult walking a child into the building must sign-in.
  • Students being dropped off in the AM - The South Lot is the only drop-off lot. Please pull to the end of the sidewalk closest to the west end of the parking lot to drop off students. This will help reduce the traffic jam on TR. 112. Students cannot be dropped off in the bus lot without prior permission.
  • Students being picked up in the PM - Please note the following change. Please only park in the parking spaces in the South (playground) parking lot. As we reviewed our safety plan, the line of sight for staff members into the parking lot was blocked by cars parked along the sidewalk. We appreciate your understanding and help as we continue to look for ways to improve safety.
  • Temporary Transportation Changes - If you need to make a change in how your child is getting home, please call the office prior to 2:15 PM.
  • Lost and Found - If your child has lost something, please have him/her stop by the office to see if someone has found it.
  • Truancy - The truancy laws have changed. The State now requires schools to track the hours a child misses versus the days a child misses. This is for all absences, excused or unexcused. Click here for further details
  • School Fees - School fees are $50 for elementary students. $45 are for classroom fees and $5 is for Final Forms. (Free lunch qualifiers are not exempt from the Final Form Fee). Participation in incentive programs or celebrations may be limited if fees are not acknowledged and arrangements made with the office (p.20 Student Handbook)
  • Lunch Money - If you are sending in lunch money, please make sure the envelope/baggie is clearly marked with the student's first name, last name, and classroom teacher's name. We serve breakfast and lunch. The prices are as follows:

    Elementary breakfast

    • student $1.25
    • adult $1.75

    • Student K-6 $1.50
    • 7-12 $1.75
    • Adult $2.50

Principal's Message

As you are aware, we had a situation where a car stopped along the road and someone was shouting things at students while they were at recess. This is not acceptable behavior anytime, anywhere. Student safety is our number one concern. We took a serious look at our safety plan and procedures and made changes. Please be aware of the following changes.

  • Any visitor between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM, must come into the front office and sign in. When you come to the front office, you may be asked to state the reason for your visit. Visitors may be asked to present ID. You will also be asked to wear a visitor's sticker
  • If you are walking your student into the building from the drop-off parking lot, you will have to sign in with the adult at the door. You must wear a visitor's sticker while in the building.
  • In the afternoon, if you are picking up your student on the Southside of the building, you will need to park in a parking place. Parking along the curb is not permitted as it blocks the line of sight of the staff members watching the students leave the building. Parking along the curb also interferes with the fire lane.
While some of these changes may seem like an inconvenience, they are steps to help ensure student safety. Thank you for the quick adjustments you have made to our safety changes.

On a brighter note, the students have adjusted well to getting back into the swing of the school year. We have grown quite a bit this year, we welcomed 448 students into the elementary this year. It's so nice to see everyone's smiling faces. Everyone has been eager to share their summer stories and I love hearing all of the stories of summer adventures.

As a part of Leader in Me year 2, we are working on goal setting, action steps, and tracking goal progress. You may hear your student refer to a WIG. A WIG is a "Wildly Important Goal". Ask your student about their WIG.

Stay tuned to see our transformation into a Leader-ized school!

This issue is packed with information and happenings around the area and pictures from activities around the building. Enjoy!

~Mrs. Nelson

Counselor's Corner


Happenings this year

Class Room Lessons

Classroom lessons will begin next week and will be done twice a month in grades K- 3. Some of the topics that will be covered this year are anger, self-esteem, making friends and treating others with kindness!


We have the pleasure of having Ellen Groves from Firelands’ Prevention Department coming in and teaching a program called Lifeskills. This program is being offered to some of our 4-8th graders and will be once a week during their lunches.

LifeSkills Training is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.



I will be starting ROX groups in the next couple of weeks. The groups will consist of ten girls. There will be groups for 5th, 6th, and 7th grades.

Lunch Bunch

Lunch bunch is a time for students from the same grade to come together once a week to discuss various topics. Lunch Bunches will begin next week for K-3

Mumkins Elementary Fundraiser 9/6/19-9/22/19

The elementary will be having a Mumkin Fall Flower fundraiser from September 6th- September 22nd. All forms are due on Monday, September 23rd. What's a Mumikin? They're mums in adorable fall-themed pots such as pumpkins, mummies, and Frankenstein. Go to to take a peek. The mums will be delivered on and must be picked up on Saturday, October 5th. Pick up will be from 9:30 AM - Noon on Saturday, October 5th. Unclaimed flowers will be donated to volunteers working that day. Please note this is a time change due to the home football game that afternoon

This fundraiser helps support the many initiatives and groups in the elementary, such as playground improvements, awards day at the end of the year, Safety Patrol, Golden Fork Awards, as well as Leader in Me initiatives and incentives. Thank you for your support!

Elementary Visitors

Hopewell-Loudon welcomes visitors and encourages parents and community members to volunteer at the school. All parents and visitors must register in the office before going to a classroom. Visitors will receive a visitors badge to wear while they are in the building. Visitors need to sign out in the office when they are leaving. If the purpose of the visit is to observe in the classroom, please make arrangements with the teacher prior to the visit.

Parents are also invited to be guests at lunch with their child. If you desire to do this, please call the office and make arrangements. Calls should be made prior to the visit. If arrangements have not been made with the classroom teacher, to stay and observe after lunch, lease schedule another time to observe the class.

It is also wise to call the office for an appointment to see school personnel. This should eliminate long waits. All school personnel are available, but honor scheduled appointments first. In all cases, the visitation of children from other schools is discouraged. Children under school-age are not permitted to visit classrooms unless accompanied by a parent/guardian

Featured Teachers - 4th Grade Mrs. Margraf, Mrs. Phillips, Ms. Rumschlag, Mr. Smith

The fourth-grade teachers are excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year. We would like to welcome Mrs. Margraf to the team. She is our new fourth-grade intervention specialist. She co-teaches Math with Ms. Rumschlag and Language Arts with Mrs. Phillips. She previously worked in the high school but has many years of experience teaching 4th grade. She is a great fit within our 4th grade staff.

School-wide we are now using Live School. It allows students to earn or lose points based on their behaviors. It is an excellent way for parents to stay aware of how their students are doing in school. Students can then spend their points in a store called Chieftain Trading Post. They can get items like erasers, certificates for things like “wear a hat to school”, or they can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to go places like a Walleye game. If they haven’t already, parents need to make sure to sign up for this program as soon as possible. This is a great way to receive up to date information about your child.

In September, fourth grade will be attending the annual Heritage Festival School Day. It will be a fantastic opportunity for students to take a step into the past and learn about some of the history of Seneca County. They will have the ability to create crafts, play old fashioned games, and to learn about our heritage.


Hopewell-Loudon PTO is hosting a Family Friendly Tailgate on Friday, September 13th from 4:30-6:00 in the parking lot of Chieftain Gym. PTO is also hosting a Panda Express night on September 17th! Information will be coming home soon. Check out the H-L PTO FaceBook page for meeting dates.

Final Forms and Field Trips

If you're new to Hopewell-Loudon, Final Forms is the online system we use to house the many forms that need to be filled out including Emergency Medical Forms and The Student Handbook. These forms must be filled out in order for your child to attend a field trip. We have field trips for grades 4 and 6 in September. The forms can be found on the H-L website. Click the "Parents and Students" then click "H-L School Forms", then" Final Forms". Tab then Please get them filled out ASAP.

Athletic Events

All students are welcomed and encouraged to attend athletic events. For the safety and convenience of those in attendance the rules are as follows for home and away football games:

  • Students are encouraged to sit and watch the game with their family
  • Students are not permitted to play football, toss water bottles or any other items
  • Students are not permitted behind the bleachers on either side of the field
  • Students are not permitted to be beyond the pine trees beside the home stands
  • Students are not permitted to be near the baseball field, old pole vault track, or gray storage barn.
  • There is no fighting
  • Students choosing not to comply with the rules can be asked to leave. Those not willing to comply with the rules will not be permitted to future athletic events.

The rules for home and away volleyball and basketball games are as follows:

  • Students are encouraged to sit and watch the game with their family
  • Students are not permitted to run and play in the hallways
  • There is no fighting
  • Students choosing not to comply with the rules can be asked to leave. Those not willing to comply with the rules will not be permitted to future athletic events.

Upcoming Music Events

Below are a few of the upcoming music events. The spring concerts for 5th and 6th grade are still under construction.

Dec 16 5th & 6th grade Band Concert at 7pm (and food drive)

Dec 16 5th & 6th grade Choir Concert at 8pm (and food drive)

March 17 3rd grade program at 7pm

March 17 4th grade program at 7:45pm

Ronald McDonald House Pull Tabs

Our National Honor Society will be collecting pull tabs from beverage cans. Please save those tabs and stay tuned to when they can be turned in.

Around Hopewell-Loudon

District Communication (Bussing Changes, Delays/Closings, and Other Happenings)

We use the InTouch K-12 Alerts text/email communication system to quickly communicate information to parents. It's important that parents sign-up for the InTouch system. Please follow the steps below so you can stay up to date.

  1. Go to the Hopewell-Loudon homepage
  2. Scroll down on the left-hand side of the homepage and click on InTouch K-12 Alerts
  3. Follow the steps listed on the webpage.

Grade Card Update

We've updated our grade cards for the school year to give parents better information on how your student is performing on Ohio's New Learning Standards. We will still have overall letter grades. However, you will see standards descriptions listed under the overall grade with numbers representing how the student is performing. Below is information to help you understand the grade card.

Letter Grading Percentages - Grade Levels 1-6 - “A, B, C, D, F” for an overall academic grade

A= 92-100

B= 83-91

C= 74-82

D= 65-73

F= Below 64

Ratings for Academic Standards

3 Consistently Demonstrates 90% - and above

2 Shows Some Accomplishment, 89%-74%

1 Continue to Work On -73% and below

Grade Level K - “O, S, N,” for Reading, Math, Science/Health and Social Studies

Grade 1 – O, S, N – Science/Health and Social Studies

Art - Grade Levels K-6 - “O, S, N, U”

Music – 3, 2, 1 (See above)

PE - Grade Levels K-6 – Advanced, Proficient, Limited

Who 'Ya Gonna Call?

When you have a question about classroom happenings, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher. The teacher will have up to the minute information and will get back to you as fast as he/she can.

Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention - a message from the Ohio Department of Education

Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention

The Project AWARE Ohio team has developed an information brief entitled Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention. This brief includes information about 1) how to recognize substance abuse in children and adolescents, 2) signs a child or adolescent may be abusing drugs or alcohol, 3) risk and protective factors associated with substance abuse, 4) best practices and strategies for adults who want to help prevent substance abuse among young people (excerpted below), and 5) a list of evidence-based prevention programs found on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Additional information on substance use prevention can be found through Ohio's Start Talking campaign.

Strategies for Parents and Other Adults to Help Prevent Youth Drug/Alcohol Abuse

Establish guidelines: Set expectations and make this clear to your child. Let them know what is acceptable behavior and what is not. It may also be helpful to discuss different types of drugs and the dangers associated with them. This takes away the mystery associated with drug use and will hopefully prevent them from experimenting with drugs they do not know anything about.

  • Monitor your teen(s): Be aware of where your teen is, who they are with, and what they are doing. This can be done by checking in with them through phone calls, randomly coming home earlier than expected, having neighbors watch for visitors to the house while you are gone, and monitoring the levels of prescription drugs in your home. Also, watch for changes in your teen’s habits or the people they are spending time with. It may also be helpful to monitor what they are watching on TV related to the use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Make consequences of drug use clear: Just as it is important to establish clear expectations, it is also important to make it clear what the consequences are when these guidelines are not followed. For example, you can discuss the various consequences that may result from drug use, including legal penalties, health problems, academic issues, etc. Additionally, rather than focusing on punishments, you may also consider rewarding your teen for engaging in positive behaviors, such as doing well in school and following household rules.
  • Have an open dialogue: It is essential for your teen to be able to trust you and communicate with you about these issues. This can be established by being open and honest when talking with them about drug use.6
  • Be a good role model for your child: Model positive behaviors, such as only drinking in moderation, never driving after drinking, and avoiding the use of illegal drugs.
  • Be involved in your child’s life: Listen to them, and don’t judge. Encourage your child to call you if they are ever in a situation where they feel uncomfortable. Build a sense of trust and non-judgment, and emphasize that they will not get in trouble for calling you for help.
  • Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities: Being involved in extracurricular activities and community service makes it less likely a teen will become involved with drugs and alcohol. Encourage your child to participate in things like sports, clubs, and community service.
  • Encourage your child to work hard in school: Teens who are doing well in school are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. Ask your child about school often, and be supportive. Help them to reach their goals and to get help when needed (i.e., from a tutor or counselor).

Strategies from: 7 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Alcohol and Other Drugs

For More Information

The Project AWARE Ohio team includes partners in 3 county ESCs. If you are from those local areas and want more information about Project AWARE services, please contact:

Cuyahoga County ESC: Mary Wise; (216) 901-4201;

Warren County ESC: Vycki Haught; (513) 379-2310;

Wood County ESC: Angela Patchen; (419) 354-9010 x228;

For information about Project AWARE in other regions of the state, please contact:

Emily Jordan:

Cricket Meehan:

Kathy Oberlin (Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success):

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