Smoke Signals

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 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.
  • 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

Principal's Message

Spring is finally here! (Even though Mother Nature is playing an extended April Fool's joke.) It's hard to believe we are in the 4th quarter already. We have had a very busy March. Thank you to all the volunteers who made our events possible. We have many fliers for upcoming camps and summer activities. Please have your student stop by the office to see what's available.

Field Trip Season is approaching quickly. All students must have an emergency medical form on file in order to go on a field trip. The emergency medical form can be found here. Click on H-L Final Forms link and fill out the emergency med form. Please be sure to "sign" the form electronically when finished.

State and District-Wide assessments will begin the week of April 9th. Below, Mrs. Arnold has provided some tips to help survive testing. The teachers and students have worked very hard this year and I'm confident the students will shine! Teachers will share when students are taking which assessment. Students should remember to get a good night's sleep before testing, eat a good breakfast in the morning and be confident!

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

~Mrs. Nelson

Counselor's Corner - Ms. Jenny Sterling

Is it Mean or is it Bullying

As my first year at Hopewell Loudon comes to an end, there is a pattern that I have noticed throughout the school year. I have heard the word Bullying abused and misused. It seems that it is casually uttered about every hurt and is used in place of teasing or fighting. It seems that some have confused bullying with the unfortunate---but normal—moments of angry, thoughtless and hurtful behavior.

It is unfortunate but many parents want to label every unkind thing kids do as bullying. When this happens, the message of what bullying truly is gets watered down and the word bullying loses its meaning. When we talk about bullying, we want people to take it seriously. But if suddenly every mean thing a child does gets labeled bullying, it takes away from children that are actually being bullied.

Following are the definitions of both mean behavior and bullying with examples of each.

Mean = Purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).

•“Are you seriously wearing that sweater again? Didn’t you just wear it? Get a life.”

•“You are so fat/ugly/stupid/gay.”

•“I hate you!

Bullying = Intentionally aggressive behavior meant to signal out one person, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power. It's deliberately and methodically planned to harm and hurt another person.

· Social exclusion

· Shunning

· Hazing

· Rumor spreading

This past week, I have been started working with students on the difference between being mean and being bullied and how to recognize it. I wanted to share the above information with you, so that you can help reinforce the difference between being mean and being a bullied at home. Thanks Jenny Sterling, LISW

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 3:00 PM – 8:00PM in the Gymnasium, HL will be holding a Blood Drive in the Memory of the Rainey Family

Kindergarten Round-Up Meeting 4/12/18

Are you the parent of a preschool student in the Hopewell-Loudon District who will be eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2018? Hopewell-Loudon Kindergarten Teachers will be hosting a Kindergarten Round-Up meeting for parents on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 6:30-7:00 PM in the Auditeria. Please park in the south parking lot enter through the Main Street doors. We will be touring the building, handing out the information needed to register for kindergarten, and signing up for kindergarten screening. RSVP here. Hope to see you there!

Announcement from SADD


Last year, an average of 3 people died per day in car crashes. Knowledge is the only way to combat these tragedies. In an effort to make our students more aware of dangers associated with driving, H-L will host a “Mock Crash” scenario on Thursday, May 10th (rain date Friday, May 11th). Please be aware that the EMS from Bascom and New Riegel, local fire departments, State Highway Patrol Officers, Seneca County Sheriff’s Department, Seneca County Echo Unit, Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, and St. Vincent’s Life Flight will be on site for this event. Mark your calendars for this important event that will demonstrate how decisions that drivers make can have a lasting impact.

Feature Teachers- Mrs. Arnold

Mrs. Arnold’s Tips for Surviving Test-Taking Season

  • Relax! Your teachers have done an outstanding job getting you ready.

  • Relax! Your teachers realize that you are a kid and just want you to do your very best.

  • Relax! Your teachers have shown you how to look back in the text to locate answers.

  • Relax! Your teachers have shown you how to solve math problems, working step by step.

  • Relax! Your teachers have taught you the best way to gain information from diagrams and graphs.

  • Relax! Your teachers have demonstrated how to write essays and helped you to work through the writing process, making sure that you have high quality written responses.

  • Relax! You have time to read questions carefully and think about one question at a time.

  • Relax! You know how to reread your answers before moving to the next question. Remember that by moving your lips while you read answers, you will find more mistakes that you can fix.

  • Relax! Get rid of answers that you know are not correct.

  • Relax! Many questions have more than one part. Make sure to answer all parts of every question.

  • Relax! You are a Chieftain and you are awesome!

6th- Grade Outdoor Camp News

This school year our 4th, 5th and 6th graders partnered with the high school baseball team to sell Toledo Mud Hens ticket vouchers. Our goal was to sell 300 vouchers. By meeting our goal, our baseball team would be able to play a game at 5/3 Field in Toledo and we would make a $900 profit for the 6th-grade Outdoor School account. With the help of many people, we were able to sell a total of 498 ticket vouchers! Hopewell-Loudon will now play Tiffin Calvert on April 21 at 7:00 pm at Toledo’s 5/3 Field. This game is free for the public to attend. We will also be putting a total of $1494 into the Outdoor School account!

Congratulations to 6th graders Emma Hintze (78 tickets) and Caine McDonald (70 tickets) for selling the most in the elementary. They will have the opportunity to be the bat boy and bat girl for our game at 5/3 Field. We would also like to thank Clouse Construction for purchasing tickets and supporting Outdoor School.

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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!

Mrs. Johnson's Top Library Pics


K – “My Friends Make Me Happy!” By Jan Thomas

1 – “Baby Monkey, Private Eye” by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

2 – “Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries” by Mark Teague

3 – “The New Kid’ by Karen English

4 – “Whiskerella” by Ursula Vernon

5 – “The Real McCoys’ by Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr

6 –“ Itch!” By Anita Sanchez

Student Council News

The elementary student council has taken inventory of the emergency bags in each teacher's class and the kids are working to fill them with updated supplies. They will complete the bags at our next meeting and put them back in the classrooms for teachers to use. Chase Rogier and Brody Lang will be presenting at the Board of Education meeting on April 11th at 6:30 pm.

Meeting Date:

April 10 complete emergency bag

April 25 teacher helper meeting

Music Events for 2017-18

Please come and watch our students shine at the following music events!
  • 5th & 6th-grade Band-May 14 at 7 pm

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

Mark Your Calendar

  • April marks the beginning of spring testing. Your child's teacher will share your child's testing dates with you. If at all possible, please try to avoid appointments during testing times. Please help your child get a good night's sleep the night before testing and a healthy breakfast the day of testing.

Around the Building

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PTO Corner

Bakery Bingo - Thank you to all of our volunteers and patrons for supporting Bakery Bingo! It was a very successful event. Proceeds help offset the cost of the 6th-grade Outdoor Camp experience.

Box Top Snippet- This year’s Box Top goal was to raise $2,018.00. So far this school year we have raised $1,194.50! We are only $823.50 away from our goal! Information will be coming home the first week of April for the next event, a Box Top drawing. There will be 2 prizes for each grade that the student may enter in by sending in 10 unexpired coded Box Tops attached to the sheet with their name, grade, and teacher’s name on it. One entry for every valid 10 Box Tops. Watch for papers to come home with your student. Also, stay tuned to the PTO Facebook page for more information. One more contest for the school year will be coming in late April –early May. Thanks to ALL who have been clipping and collecting Box Tops! We still have time this school year to meet our goal!

Spring Bookfair May 10, 11 and 14. - PTO will be hosting a spring Scholastic Bookfair. We are in need of volunteers. Click here to sign up!

Kalahari Get Away - May 29, 2018

Kick off summer at Kalahari on May 29th! H-L has a special room rate for $114 for the night of May 29th.

  • Rooms sleep 4-6 people and feature 2 queen beds.
  • 4 water passes are included.
  • 2 additional guests can be added for $25 each.
  • Call 1-877-525-2427 to book your room and ask for the Hopewell-Loudon group rate! Hurry! Rooms are going fast!

Upcoming PTO Events

  • Book Fair - Thursday 5/10/18- Monday 5/14/18

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):

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