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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

We're hoping for a more cooperative February. Please have your student(s) dress for the weather. If the wind chill is above 20 degrees F., and playground conditions permit, we will go outside.

These snow days may be throwing off your morning school routine. Below the Leader in Me offers tips to get the mornings back on track.

Getting Organized with the 7 Habits

Imagine a school morning where everyone knows what to do and is ready on time. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s possible! Organization is a skill learned over time. By teaching organization at home, your child will learn this very important skill. Use the first three habits as a framework for you and your child.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Habit 1 is about initiative and responsibility. Help your child determine what he/she will need for the next day. In the beginning, writing a list may help. Have your child gather the non-perishable items and put them in his/her school bag.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

Habit 2 is about visualizing how you would like something to turn out before it happens. If a smooth morning is the goal, brainstorm with your child what it will look and feel like. Your child may actually have time to do something extra in the morning if he/she is organized and you will all have a happy start to the day.

Habit 3: Put First Things

Habit 3 means focusing on the task when there's something else you would rather be doing — the hardest part of all! Helping your child learn how to avoid distractions by reminding them that, if they stick to it, all the fun things can come right after—with no guilt or nagging!

Once children know these habits — and how to apply them — they can start tackling more difficult tasks independently. They will begin to feel self-confident and proud when they're able to complete homework, chores, and other tasks by themselves. They're also sure to be pleased when they find they have some extra free time to do what they'd like to do.

Remember, it may take time to teach your child these skills. Sometimes, it will seem simpler just to do it for them. But remember, your child won't learn how to be independent and successful if you always do it for them. Using Habits 1-3 is a life skill that will benefit them their entire lives.

For the month of February, we will be focusing on "Circle of Influence", and "Choosing your weather". This is where the "private victory" happens. Students are Being Proactive (Habit 1), taking charge of their actions and being responsible. Students are Beginning with the End in Mind (Habit 2), they have a goal in mind. Students are putting First Things First (Habit 3) and taking care of things that need to be done before playing. Help your child conquer the private victory. Talk to them about how they are controlling what they can control.

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

Coffee with the Councelor

Friday, Feb. 8th, 7:30-8am

181 North County Road 7

Bascom, OH

This month's Coffee with the Counselor is about Improving Parent-Child Communication

Please RSVP to or 419-937-2804 ext. 1022. We'll have someone available to watch your school-aged child during this time.

Chieftains for Change Tuesday Feb. 5

The past two years, Chieftains for Change has been a committee to organize a community night of resourceful information in February. This year the committee will be focusing on social media. We are making this a two-part event as social media concerns seem to be on the rise. We have Sgt. Scott Frank coming to H-L with his digital empowerment program during the day for students in grades 5-12 on Tuesday, Feb. 5th (in 1.5 hr. sessions for the different age groups much like the speaker last week). That same evening we will have Sgt. Frank return for a 2-hour program for parents from 6-8:00 pm; this program will be more blunt and is for adults only.

Elks Free Throw Competition

The Elks Free Throw Northwest District Competition was held at Ohio Northern University

Gymnasium on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Athletes compete against winners from Northwest Ohio who won their local Elks Hoop Shoot contest.

Awards are given to the top 3 finishers, with the winner advancing to the State competition.

Lily Brickner finished 5th in the Girls 8-9 yr. old division.

Sidney Brickner finished 4th in the Girls 10-11 yr. old division.

Way to go Chieftains!

Student Council - "Bash the Winter Blues" Spirit Days

Don't forget about the Elementary Student Council "Bash the Winter Blues" spirit days. The days are as follows.

February 8th - Winter PJ Day - wear long winter jammies. No Slippers, please

February 14th - Valentine's Day - Wear red and pink

February 28th - Polar Bear Day - Wear black and white

March 7th - Spring into Spring Day - wear bright colors

March 18th - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day - wear green.

Spring Music Performances

Students are working hard getting ready for spring concerts. Below are the upcoming dates and times. Parking is 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 - Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM

1st and 3rd- Grades - Thursday, March 7 - 7:45 PM

2nd Grade - Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 PM

4th Grade - Tuesday, March 12 at 7:45 PM

Kindergarten Round-Up and Kindergarten Sceening

Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm. We'll kick-off the Roun-Up in the Auditeria. Parking will be on the south side of the building (by the playgrounds). Tour the building with our student tour guides, get questions answered about kindergarten and sign up for kindergarten screening. The Kindergarten Round-Up RSVP will be on the elementary webpage in March. 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.

National Honor Society to Collect Pop Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House

Dear Families,

The Hopewell-Loudon National Honor Society will be collecting pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, through March of 2019. The Ronald McDonald House is an organization that houses families with children who are currently receiving medical care in Toledo. The pull tabs collected will be recycled to help provide money for food, pantry and freezer items. These items are given to families with sick children who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is getting treatment.

Pull tab turn in dates will be announced at a later time. Prizes will be awarded to the class with the most tabs collected.

As you are opening your cans and soda’s this Thanksgiving, please remember to save your pull tabs!

Thank you for your generosity, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Yours Truly,

H-L National Honor Society

Feature Teachers - Mrs. Frank, Mrs. M. E. Sendelbach, Mr. Snyder

In 5th grade ELA we have really been focusing on opinion and informative writing. Students have been doing prewriting graphic organizers to plan out their writing. We have just started a new novel called George’s Secret Key to the Universe. Everyone really enjoys this book so far, and it goes right along with what is being taught in science class. My hope is that they enjoy the books we read in class so much, they are motivated to read their own books in their free time. I hope that every student learns to love to read, so please encourage them to read every night at home! I love talking about books, so you can also encourage them to share their independent reading with me, which several students already do!

In 5th grade math we are adding and subtracting mixed numbers. We are using pizza analogies as much as possible to help bring the fractions and mixed numbers to life. This helps the students to understand the math behind the algorithms and make the mathematical process more logical.

In the first semester in Science class, the students have learned all about our life and physical science content standards. Feel free to have them tell you about all the topics we have discussed so far. In the third nine weeks, our focus will be on Earth and Space science. This includes the planets, sun, stars, galaxies, and universe. This unit contains a lot of fun and exciting information for them to learn.

In Social Studies we have been building on how we got to be the United States of America. We have discussed some early explorers, countries, and Native Americans that first inhabited our country. We are now currently studying the colonies and the main reasons why people sailed across the Atlantic to start new lives. Finally, we will finish the year off with learning all our states and capitals.

February Library Picks

K – I’m Mighty by Kate & Jim McMullan

1 – Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop by Lisa Shulman

2 – Heidi Heckelbeck series by Wanda Coven

3 – The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey

4 – Ranger in Time series by Kate Messer

5 – Rescue by Jessie Haas

6 – Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Around Hopewell-Loudon

PBIS 2nd Quarter Drawing Winners Enjoyed a Bowling Trip

Thank You to Seneca Lanes for hosting our bowling trip!

Elementary Basketball - Hoopin' It Up!

Third Graders Embarking on a Space Mission

More H-L Happenings

Pass on the Gift of Crocheting

We need your help! Fourth graders are planning on completing a crochet project for the 2018-2019 school year in the months of January and February. If you have extra time during the school day, know how to crochet, and are willing to work with fourth-grade students in a small group setting, we would love for you to contact Ms. Rumschlag at

Board Game Donation

Thank you to all who have donated 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!

PTO Corner

It’s Box Top Contest Time! Who will win the Box Top trophy from Mrs. Wise’s 1st grade class? Coming home with your student very soon will be the Box Top collection page for the NEXT contest. Another option is to place them in a baggie. In order for your student or the class to get credit, the baggie or sheet must be labelled with name, grade, and teacher name. PLEASE return by Friday February 15th! The winner will be announced as soon as possible! Remember to watch the dates. Only UNEXPIRED Box Tops will count! The winning class will win possession of the Box Top trophy for the remainder of the year along with a SPECIAL treat! Thanks for your help in getting closer to our $2019 goal! Keep clipping! More contests to come!

Upcoming PTO Events

Bakery Bingo is around the corner on Saturday 3/9/19! We're looking for volunteers to help continue to make this event a smashing success! Click on the link below to sign up. We look forward to seeing you at Bakery Bingo!

Box Top Collection Now Through Feb. 15

Who will win the Box Top trophy from Mrs. Wise’s 1st-grade class???

A Box Top collection sheet will be headed home soon. Please attach your Box Tops to the collection page or place them in a baggie labelled with name, grade, and teacher name.

Please return by Friday February 15th! The winner will be announced as soon as possible! Only UNEXPIRED Box Tops will count! The winning class will win possession of the Box Top

trophy for the remainder of the year along with a SPECIAL treat!

PTO Piloted a Painting Party Fundraiser

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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