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Hopewell-Loudon Elementary

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 only park in the south parking lot. If you plan to get out of your car to pick up your child, please park in the parking spaces. For student safety, students will not be released to walk through traffic to a parked car. If you are in the pick-up lane, please pull up as close to you can to the car in front of you, so we can avoid a back up on 112. Cars cannot park along the sidewalk for longer than 15 minutes as it's a fire lane. We've been asked to pass that info on to parents.
  • 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)

Principal's Message

The end of the year is right around the corner. The students have worked very hard on the State and District-wide testing. We couldn't be more proud of their hard work. A huge thank you to parents and school staff for making sure our students were prepared.

As we close out the school year, we have a very busy May scheduled. We have our Spring Book Fair May 8th-10th. Please click here if you're able to volunteer. Kindergarten Screening is May 9th and 10th. If you have a child or know a child in the H-L Schoool District who will be 5 by 8/1/19, please call the office to schedule a Kindergarten Screening appointment. We will host the "Kindness Adventure" assembly on May 13th at 9:00. We'll have Right to Read Week the week of May 20th. We'll close out the school year with Elementary Awards at 8:30 on May 23rd, followed by a Walk-a-Thon in the afternoon. Proceeds from the Walk-a-Thon support our Leader in Me Tribe Time. Students will enjoy a Kona Ice slush during the Walk-a-Thon. The last day of school, we will have our final Tribe Time of the year, followed by our Fun Day. From 2:00-3:00 on May 24th, parents are invited to take a stroll down the Main Street hallway through our Sharpen the Saw Summer event, to pick up area summer camp information.

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

Spring Flower Fundraiser Delivery

Flower fundraiser pickup date is 05/18/2019.

Pickup will be at

Hopewell-Loudon School (parking lot) from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Thank you for supporting the counseling program!!!

Ford Drive 4UR School Event 5/18 from 10:00-2:00

In addition to the Flower Fundraiser delivery, the Elementary, Senior Class and Athletic Boosters have partnered to have a Ford Drive 4UR School event on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. This event will be held at Tiffin Ford. It's a no sales pressure event. You simply stop by Tiffin Ford between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM and test drive a new car. Ford makes a $20 donation per driver. The donation is for 1 driver per address. We hope you're able to swing by for a test drive and support 3 organization.

Leader in Me Parent Survey

Every year we will complete surveys to help guide our Leader in Me goal setting. The staff, students, and parents take a survey. Below is the link to the Parent Survey. The student survey is taken at school and is for students in grades 4-6. We hope you'll have a minute to take the survey.

Parent Survey

Counselor's Corner

Click on the "Emotional Cup" link below.

Leader in Me Walk-a-Thon

Walk-A-Thon Highlights

When: The walk-a-thon will take place at Hopewell- Loudon School Track during school hours on Thursday, May 23. K-2 grade will walk from 1:00-1:30 and grades 3-6 will walk from 1:30-2:00.

How does it work: Sponsorship is a single donation and not based on laps or minutes walked. “Sponsors” are those folks who agree to donate money for your participation as a walker in the Walk-a-Thon. Cash, or checks made out to “Hopewell-Loudon Elementary,” can be collected.

How will the funds benefit Hopewell-Loudon Students: The funds students raise will go directly to the Leader in Me fund which will be used to support Tribes/Clubs time. Tribe/Club time are held once a month for an hour. Tribe/Club time is a time for students to pick an interest and synergize with other students while learning about the interest.

Spring Band and Choir Performances

Students are working hard getting ready for spring concerts. 5th and 6th-grade Bands and Choirs will be performing on Monday, May 13th. Band performances begin at 7:00 and Choir performances begin at 7:45. We will be having a non-perishable food drive at the concerts. We would like to invite guests to bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Parking will be available on the gym and playground sides of the building. Both entrances to Main Street will be open. Please do not park in the grass.

Kindergarten Sceening

Kindergarten Screening will be held Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th. If you can't make it to Round-Up night, you can call to schedule your screening appointment starting Wednesday, April 10th.

Visit the Ohio Department of Education website for more resources on getting ready for kindergarten.

Plastic Lid Mural

Mrs. Sayre is heading up a plastic lid mural project. She is in need of clean milk jug lids, soda bottle lids, water bottle lids and any other kind or color of lids. If you can save them and send them in we'd appreciate it! Stay tuned to see the neat mural Mrs. Sayre will reveal.

Feature Teachers -Kindergarten

Kindergarteners here at Hopewell-Loudon are Dreaming BIG!

Our dreams are coming true in Kindergarten! Kindergarten students are becoming wonderful readers and writers. We have been reading many different types of literature and working on our comprehension through graphic organizers. Students are working on researching different animals for reports.

We will be traveling to Imagination Station in Toledo on Friday, May 17th. We will be exploring science through hands-on activities and experiments. In math, we are reviewing and getting ready for first grade through our Go Math series. We have been working hard on learning our math facts here at school and encourage students to work on these over the summer!

The Kindergarteners are becoming great leaders! We have learned and are applying all of the 7 habits through our Leader in Me program. We encourage our students to show the habits at home over the summer!!

Remember there is NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN ONLY on Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th for Kindergarten Screening.

May Library Picks

With summer just around the corner, you may be thinking of helping your child select books to read during summer break. The content of books has changed greatly in the last 20 years. It is always a good idea to look the book over to be certain that the material is what you want your child reading. I recommend reading the top and the lowest reviews on Amazon. These reviews can be eye-openers.

Here is a list of some of my favorite author/illustrators!

Grade 6 - Mike Lupica - especially good for those who enjoy sports

Grade 5 - Margaret Peterson Haddix - she has many published books to catch your child’s attention

Grade 4 - Kate DiCamillo - various books catering to grades 2-6

Grade 3 - Patricia Polacco and Jan Brett

Grades K, 1 and 2 - Mo Willems, Arnold Lobel, Jerry Pinkney

Ronald McDonald House Pull Tab Update

Thank you to everyone who helped support the Ronald McDonald House of Toledo, by bringing your pull tabs to school. Mrs. Frank's class is the winner if the doughnuts and orange juice prize having donated 21 pounds of pull tabs. Mrs. Wise's class was a close second place with 20 pounds Grades K-12 brought in a total of more than 160 pounds!!!

Continue to save your pull tabs for next year!!!

Around Hopewell-Loudon

Leader in Me Tribe Time

Wearing Purple to Honor Military Families

Welcoming New Kindergarten Families at Kindergarte Round-Up

PTO Corner

It’s time for the last Box Top Contest for this school year! PLEASE send your Box Tops to school as soon as possible. The student bringing in the most eligible Box Tops in each grade will win a prize. The class bringing in the MOST Box Tops will receive a special treat! What makes them eligible? They CAN NOT be expired, they must have the item code in the upper left corner, and they need to be intact inside the dotted line. If you would like to attach them to a collection sheet, please visit and print one from their selection. Otherwise, send them in a baggie or envelope! In order for your student to get credit the baggie, envelope or sheet must be labeled with name, grade, and teacher name. PLEASE return by Friday, May 3rd! The winner will be announced as soon as possible! Remember to watch the dates. Only UNEXPIRED Box Tops will count! We have a ways to go to reach our goal $2019 goal, but together we CAN DO IT! Keep clipping through the summer! THANKS for all your help!!

Our Spring Bookfair is right around the corner beginning on May 8th. We are in need of volunteers to help with this event. Please click here for volunteering opportunities.

Upcoming PTO Events

Book Fair May 8th through May 10th.

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.

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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