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 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

Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! I hope your summer has been spectacular. We are gearing up for the upcoming school year. The custodial staff has the school looking beautiful! Teachers are in readying their rooms. We're excited to see our students.

We are excited to begin a journey of school transformation. We have partnered with Franklin-Covey to become a Leader in Me school. The Leader in Me brings a focus on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and 21st Century leadership skills to elementary schools around the world. The 7 Habits are timeless principles that will instil personal responsibility and success with our students. The staff will be trained on 8/17 and 9/4 in the 7 Habits. We will be focusing on implementing the 7 Habits into our daily lives both in and out of school. The Habits are:

1. Be Proactive - you are in charge of you and your decisions

2. Begin with the End in Mind - make a plan

3. Put First Things First - work first then play

4. Think Win-Win - everyone wins

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood - listen first then talk

6. Synergize - together is better

7. Sharpen the Saw- balance is best

This year's elementary theme is "Dream Big Chieftains". This theme pairs with Habit 2 "Begin with the End in Mind". We will have T-shirts for students to order when school starts.

Below is a Beginning of the Year FAQ to help get the year off and running on a positive note. If you have questions, please call the elementary office at 419-937-2804. Squeeze out every last drop of summer fun!

~Mrs. Nelson

Tiffin University and 2nd and 7

Grades K-2 will be partnering with athletes from Tiffin University to participate in the 2nd and 7 program. The 2nd and 7 program was started by former OSU football players. The 2nd and 7 program promotes literacy in the primary grades by having college athletes read with students and work on lifelong principles that align with our Leader in Me initiative. At the end of the program, students receive the book to keep. We will be welcoming TU athletes to read with our students and discuss life lessons aligning with our Leader in Me initiative.

Click here to learn more about 2nd and 7

Beginning of the School Year FAQ's

Q: When will the class lists be posted?

A: August 10th 3:00 PM

Q: When is Back to School Night?

A: Back to School Night is August 16th from 6:00 -7:00 PM. We have a new family night from 5:30-6:00. The doors will not be unlocked for returning families until 6:00. The transportation department will be available until 7:30 PM.

Q: What time can students enter the building?

A: Students can enter the building at 7:40 AM if they are eating breakfast. 7:50 is the earliest non-breakfast eaters can enter the building.

Q: Which parking lot can I drop off my student?

A: The south parking lot is the student drop-off lot. You cannot use the front parking lot to drop-off students. This is for buses only.

Q: What time does school start?

A: School starts at 8:00 AM

Q: When is picture day?

A: Picture day is August 28th. Picture order form information will be coming home at the beginning of the year.

Q: How do I pay school fees?

A: School fees can be paid by cash or check. K-6 fees are $50. $45 are class fees and the $5 fee is for Final Forms. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch and do not pay school fees, the $5 is not exempted. School fees must be paid prior to your child receiving a grade card.

Q: How do I sign-up to get Smoke Signals emailed to me?

A: click here to sign up

Visitor Policy

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.

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

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!

PTO Corner

The first PTO meeting is of the year is Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 PM. We will be meeting in the conference room unless otherwise noted on the office door. We will be finalizing plans for our Back to School Tailgate to be held on August 31st from 5-6:30 before the home opening Mohawk football game. Can't attend meetings? We're always in need of volunteers. Please stay tuned for volunteer opportunities!

We will again be saving Box Tops this year. We will be sending home information soon after the school year starts. Start clipping those Box Tops!

Upcoming PTO Events

8/31/18 -Tailgate Chieftain Gym parking lot 5-6:30 PM

10/6/18 - Cookies and Canvas 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

10/26/18 - COSI on Wheels

10/29/18-11/1/18 - Fall Book Fair

12/10/18 - Santa Shoppe Set-up

12/11/18-12/13/18 - Santa Shoppe (12/14/18 - possible make-up day for Santa Shoppe)

3/9/19 - Bakery Bingo

We're always looking for volunteers. Grandparents are always welcome to volunteer!

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

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Text or Call 1-844-723-3764