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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

It's hard to believe December is here. The weather is changing fast! Please have your student(s) dress for the weather. If the windchill is above 20 degrees F., and playground conditions permit, we will go outside.

The students have been working hard and making great progress this year. This month we are focusing on how we can bring the 7 Habits home for the holidays. Below is a brief article from The Leader in Me on how to put the Habits into action.

The Leader in Me December Newsletter

Community Volunteerism

During the holiday season, many families look for ways to help others in need. If your family’s time is limited, consider just one or two projects a year and make them a family tradition (for example, making and donating gift baskets to care facilities for the elderly around the holidays).

Why should your family lend a helping hand?

 It feels good

 It strengthens your community

 It can strengthen your identity as a family

What can children learn from volunteering?

 A sense of responsibility—children learn about commitment, to be on time, do their best, and be proud of the results.

 One person, one family can make a difference—children learn that they and their family can have an impact on someone or something else.

 The benefit of sacrifice—children learn that there are important things besides themselves.

 Cooperation and unity—children learn that working together as a family can unite the family and that two heads are better than one.

 Job skills—children learn about fields that may help them decide on future careers.

 How to fill idle time wisely—children learn to use time to help others.

Ultimately, children learn that we're all responsible for the well-being of our communities. Whatever community service you choose, your community and your family will benefit.

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

Friendship Drama Do’s and Don’ts for Parents


Listen Dismissing or trivializing the problem can create a divide between you and your daughter. Acknowledge the enormity of this issue in her world. Try not to minimize it and never let her think that it’s easier and perhaps safer to do nothing at all. Don’t leave her with the perception that this is only a small blip in her life and that she should simply accept the mean behavior without response.

Give visual cues that you are listening, such as nodding your head or looking confused. Use verbal phrases such as, “hmmm…” or “I see…” or “Wow!”

Ask questions These questions are open-ended, exploratory questions that will help you learn more about the situation. “How did you feel when she said that?” or “What happened next?” or “What were you hoping would happen?”

Empathize Find an emotion or a way to let your child know that you are listening. “That must have felt horrible!” or “I can’t believe you were able to stay in class after that happened!” or “How sad that your best friend would say that.”

Ask How you can help: Rather than jumping in with a suggestion or picking up the phone to “fix it,” ask your child what they need from you. For example, “Do you want to hear what I think?” or “Do you need help coming up with a solution?”

Brainstorm together If your child wants to find a solution, work towards an answer together, rather than forcing her to do what you think is best. Role play different scenarios and help your child find one that she feels comfortable trying.

Keep the conversation open Friendships change rapidly, your child is going to need to talk often. Encourage open communication in the future by ending the conversation with, “If you ever want to talk more about this, I’m here for you.”

Talk regularly about friendships Find ways to use books, TV shows or examples from your own life to talk about how to be a good friend, how to stand up for victims of bullying or how to be confident when faced with peer pressure.


Fix the problem yourself It may seem easier to jump in and solve the problem for your child. However, your solution may make things worse. But this doesn’t mean you can’t help. You can be there for her to talk to and you can certainly make suggestions, but the truth is she will be better off if you let her find her way. Let her know she has choices — no matter how grim they may feel. Feel free even to offer some options if she is open to them or cannot even fathom what to do.

The painful moments are the ones that can teach your daughter that she can stand on her own two feet. These are the moments she can step up. And, if her choice doesn’t work, she’ll learn that too. She’ll survive – and so will you.

Force your child to stay with or change friends Talk about the pro’s and con’s of remaining with a certain group of friends. Review qualities of healthy, good friendships. This is a great learning opportunity for your child.

Assume your child is the victim Your child may appear to be the one being picked on, but there may be more to the story. Use role play to help your child tell you the rest of the story, “Ok, what did Jaden do after you took the pencil…”

Ignore hurtful comments If your child reports something hurtful, don’t brushing it aside or tell them that it is “nothing.” You don’t have to dwell on it, but emphasize with them, and then turn the conversation to something positive about your child.

Allow bullying: If you know or suspect that your child or their group of friends is acting in a way that is bullying other students, speak up. Talk with your child about bullying and explore how the other children may feel; encourage them to make amends.

Please free to call (419-937-2804 ext 1022) or email ( me with any questions or concerns.

Jenny Sterling, LISW

Coffee with the Councelor

Friday, Dec. 7th, 7:30-9:30am

181 North County Road 7

Bascom, OH

This month's Coffee with the Counselor is about helping your child deal with anger management.

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

Upcoming Music Performances

The Hopewell-Loudon Music Department will be hosting annual Christmas Performances. The dates are as follows.

Dec 4-JH at 7 pm (7th & 8th-grade choirs and JH band)

Dec 10-HS at 7 pm (HS choir and band, TE, and Jazz Band)

Dec 17-5th & 6th-grade bands at 7 pm and 5th and 6th-grade choirs at 8 pm

In the spirit of the Christmas season, we will be having a food drive at all of the concerts and are asking everyone who attends to bring a non-perishable item. Items will be donated to area food pantries. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the season and caring for those in need.

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 2nd Grade - Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Puffenberger, Mrs. Steyer

As we begin the month of December, it is hard to believe the school year is almost half over! The second graders are working very hard and this year every second grader has their very own computer which we use daily. Think Central and XtraMath are used to sharpen Math skills and RazKids is a program used to improve Reading. This month we will use Google Classroom to write stories and complete assignments. Our new reading series gives lots of opportunities to compose many different kinds of writing. We are becoming EXCELLENT writers! In Math, we are adding two-digit numbers with regrouping and solving complex story problems. Our next unit in Math is subtraction. Please help us study the basic addition and subtraction facts at home. The better we know the facts the easier Math is for us.

A highlight of the year is our blanket drive. We are collecting new and clean, gently used blankets to donate to First Call for Help in Tiffin. They will distribute the blankets to families in need. We are very happy to help those in need in our community this holiday season.

Finally, our class will be having a Christmas gift exchange on Thursday, December 20. More details will be sent home soon. As we celebrate the season, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, too!

December Library Picks

K – Click, Clack, Ho Ho Ho by Doreen Cronin

1 – How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace

2 – The Santa Thief by Alane Adams

3 – Cody and Grandpa’s Christmas Tradition by Gary Metivier

4 – Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon

5 – The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis-Grab

6 – The Children’s Blizzard , 1888 by Lauren Tarshis

Around Hopewell-Loudon

Habit 6 Synergize

Father Daughter Dance

Kindergarten Turkey Masquerade

Kindergarten students and families had a good time dressing their turkeys to avoid being Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy the disguised turkeys.

Veterans' Day Breakfast and Assembly

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

Please come out to Chipotle on Monday, December 3, 2018, from 4-8pm to support Hopewell-Loudon Elementary PTO! Make sure to show the flyer, have a pic on your phone, or tell the cashier at checkout it is for the PTO fundraiser.

We're looking for volunteers for elves to help at our Santa Shoppe on December 11th, 12th, and 13th. Students are bringing home a volunteer form on Friday 11/30. You can also sign up here. Sign up by Wednesday 12/5.

Upcoming PTO Events

12/3/18 - PTO Chipotle Night - Tiffin Location

12/9/18 1:00 PM Santa Shoppe Gift Wrapping

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!

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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