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Hopewell-Loudon Elementary

Office Reminders

  • Lost and Found - If your child has lost something, please have him/her stop by the office to see if someone has found it.
  • If your child is going to be absent please call 419-937-2802 anytime and leave a message. Please be sure to include 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 7:45. Any adult walking a child into the building must sign-in, in the office.
  • Students being dropped off in the AM - 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 to how your child is getting home, please call the office prior to 2:15 PM.
  • 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

Principal's Message

We are very fortunate to be part of such a kind and supportive community. However, some areas of Ohio are having trouble. The Ohio Department of Education has sent out a notice to school administrators to share information on the seriousness of bomb threats. Below is the information from ODE

"Since the beginning of 2018, bomb threats have been reported at several Ohio schools. Ohio Homeland Security’s Center for P-20 Safety & Security reminds all Ohioans about the emotional effects and legal ramifications of an individual making a bomb threat and the impact to the entire community." Click here to view the video.

This issue of Smoke Signals is packed with information and pictures from around the school. Enjoy!

~Mrs. Nelson

Counselor's Corner - Ms. Jenny Sterling

How can I help my child


in school?

  • Read with your child every night.
  • Teach your children to be responsible for their actions and take pride in their homework.
  • Help your child with his or her homework. every night.
  • Make sure your child is getting plenty of sleep and is ready for school each day.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy breakfast.
  • Stay involved and feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns
  • Ask your child about school and encourage them to talk about their day.
  • Be Positive!! Always speak positively about school, learning, and your child's teacher no matter what.

Feature Teachers - Title I, Mrs. Baugher

Tips for building a successful reader at home

Pick Good Fit books-us the “5-Finger Rule” when trying to decide if a book is appropriate ask your child to read the second or third page of the book. Each time he/she comes to an unknown word, hold up 1 finger. If all 5 fingers are up before finishing the page, the book is probably too hard.

Make it Fun-Reading shouldn’t be a chore. Read books about topics your child enjoys and do fun activities with the books.

Explore Books-Give your child an opportunity to explore more than just books. Read magazines, newspapers, signs, video game manuals, cookbook, etc. Take your child to the library or a bookstore.

Read! Read! Read!-Make sure to read for at least 30 minutes a day with your child. This can include, children reading independently, aloud to an adult, an adult reading out loud to them, or back and forth with an adult.

Happy Reading!

Board Game Donation

We are in need of board games for indoor recess. If you would like to donate a game (gently used is great), please send it to the office.

Thank you!

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):

Mrs. Johnson's Top Library Pics

January Picks

K - The Puppy’s Wish by Lori Evert

1 –Winter Woes by Marty Kelley

2 – NANUK the Ice Bear by Jeanette Winter

3 – Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

4 – The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen

5 – Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

6 – The Winter Road by Terry Hokensen

Student Council News

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Adopted Family program for Christmas. Your generosity was greatly appreciated by all the families that received assistance.

Meeting Dates
Jan. 23 regular meeting

Spirit Day
Feb. 2 Super Bowl Day: wear a football shirt

Assessments - Charting Our Course

Our students took the winter NWEA MAP assessments in December. The information from these assessments helps guide our instruction for the second half of the school year. Our 4th-grade students provided positive thoughts and encouragement posted throughout the elementary - Thank you 4th-grade. Our 3rd-grade students provided post-it notes of encouragement on student lockers, for our students in grades 7-12, taking winter assessments - Thank you 3rd grade.

The spring State testing will begin in April. More details will be shared closer to testing time.

Mark Your Calendar

  • 1/12/18 - Grade Cards go home
  • 2/13/18 - Midterm grades will be available on Progress Book
  • 2/19/18 - Chieftains for Change Night 6PM-8PM (info coming soon)
  • 3/9/18 - End of 3rd quarter
  • 3/22/18 - Grade Cards go home

Music Events for 2017-18

Please come and watch our students shine at the following music events!
  • Kindergarten-March 19 at 7 pm (make-up March 20)

    1st grade-March 13 at 7 pm (make-up March 15)

    2nd grade-March 19 at 7:30 pm (make-up March 20)

    3rd grade-March 13 at 7:30 pm (make-up March 15)

    4th grade-March 19 at 8 pm (make-up March 20)

    5th & 6th-grade Band-May 14 at 7 pm

    5th & 6th-grade Choir-May 14 at 8 pm

Around the Building

Thank you to the PTO and to all of our parent volunteers for an amazing Santa Shoppe!

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PTO Corner

2018 has started so let’s see how many Box Tops we can collect until the end of the school year! We will be soon receiving the check for the 1st submission, $769.50. We still have a ways to go to meet our goal, but if we work together anything is possible. A little change in plans, but our next contest will be another class contest. Who will win the Box Top Trophy? Will Mrs. Snyder’s Kindergarten class be able to send in enough Box Tops to keep the trophy, or will another class take it from them? This contest begins now and ends on January 24th. Papers will be sent home next week, or feel free to send in the Box Tops in a baggie or envelope with the student’s name, teacher, and grade. The WINNING CLASS with the student who brings in the most Box Tops will win a special prize! All who bring in Box Tops in the WINNING CLASS will win a special treat! The winner will be announced the 1st week of February. WATCH the expiration dates as some recently expired in December. ONLY the VALID ones will count! Watch for more fun to come!!! Thanks for your help! KEEP on Clipping!

Thanks for all who sent in Labels for Education! We were able to submit and have enough points to redeem for new balls for both playgrounds! Great job! Unfortunately, the program has come to an end, but over the years we have been able to redeem points for many things that have benefited the students. Thanks for all the saving you have done over the years!

Upcoming PTO Events

  • Bakery Bingo - Saturday 3/10/18
  • COSI on Wheels - Tuesday 3/13/18
  • Cookies and Canvas Spring Edition - Saturday 4/28/18 10:00 am and 1:00 PM
  • Book Fair - Thursday 5/10/18- Monday 5/14/18

Speak up - Save lives

Your eyes and ears could save lives! You can anonymously report anything suspicious or endangering you, your friends, or your school.

Text or Call 1-844-723-3764