Hopewell Happenings




We are so excited to welcome you to the 22-23 school year! 'Better Together' is our theme, and we can't wait to be together! If you are returning to Hopewell, you know we have experienced a unique time since our grand opening three years ago. We are full of hope and excitement as we welcome a new take for a new year.

If you are new to Hopewell, we are so glad to have you as a part of our school family. We believe in strong partnerships and relationships with our parents and students. We want every child to have a sense of belonging and success!

Dr. Melissa Hensley, Principal

Dr. Megan Brethower, Assistant Principal


Through an innovative learning community, Hopewell Elementary teaches the whole child by building trusting relationships, creating high expectations and celebrating differences.


Hopewell Elementary is a learning community dedicated to the success of every child.

Meet the 22-23 Staff

Hopewell staff is ready to welcome our families and get to know you. Check out our amazing teaching teams below!
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Back to School Night

August 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm we will host a Back To School Night for families. This is a time for students to meet their teacher and drop off supplies. We will use Sign-Up Genius to stagger student times. This provides you and the teacher a better opportunity to meet and visit. A link to sign up will be sent out to families on Monday, August 15th along with the name of your child's teacher.

Remember you must enroll and prove residency before your student is placed in a classroom. If you need any assistance with this process, please contact Marci Wettstein at 816-359-4410 or click here for more information. Also, check out the guidance below.

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Back to School Information


  • Students may arrive at 8:50 am. Students may not enter earlier unless attending a before school club, because there is not adult supervision until 8:50 am.
  • As soon as busses and car riders arrive at 8:50 am, they may go straight to their classroom or stop at the cafeteria for breakfast.
  • Breakfast is served from 8:50 to 9:10 am.
  • Instruction begins at 9:10 am.


  • We begin dismissal at 3:50 pm to allow for student travel time within the building for our 4:00 pm dismissal. For example, car rider students walk to the cafeteria for dismissal, and Adventure Club to the gym.
  • Please remember the first several days of school dismissal will take longer. We double-check all bus rosters and placards for car riders.

Car Riders

  • During back-to-school night, please visit the cafeteria and sign up for a car rider placard and number. This is how we safely identify you as an authorized person to pick up your student.
  • Whoever is picking up the child should have this placard to ensure the safety of our children.
  • As you arrive in the morning, there will be one car line with staff members assisting students exiting from cars. Please wait for a staff member to help your student before they get out of the car to ensure the safety of all students.
  • At dismissal, there will be a double lane of cars to help expedite pick-up.

Bus Riders

  • Bus information will be available in the parent portal starting on August 15th.
  • You may contact First Student at 816-359-4560
  • Families can use the First View App to track their child's bus route.
  • Kindergarten students must be met at the bus stop by a parent when dropped off.
  • Staff help students safely arrive and leave the building.

Change of Transportation

Please have any change of transportation called into the office no later than 3:00 pm. This is to help ensure accurate communication in a timely manner.

School Starts @ 9:10 am

Drop off and Breakfast @ 8:50 am

Dismissal @ 4:00 pm

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we get into a routine the first several days.

Important Dates


18: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00 pm

22: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 8:50-9:10 am arrival

25: Board of Education Meeting 6:30 pm

29: PTA Meeting 6:00 pm


5: No school- Labor Day

7: Early Release 2 pm

8: Virtual Parent Orientation

28: PTA Meeting 6 pm

Be a Hawk Hero!

We are very excited to bring volunteers back into our building this year and have created our Hawk Heroes program for family members to sign up to volunteer in their student's classroom, eat lunch with their student, and finally, head out to recess with their student for some fun! We will have more information and a sign-up available at Back-to-School Night, but wanted to put the plug out there for this new opportunity to volunteer at Hopewell!

All Hawk Heroes volunteers must be screened through Park Hill prior to volunteering. More information can be found on the Park Hill website or by visiting the Hopewell office.

Park Hill Volunteering Information

Soaring to Success

Each morning our Hawks recite the school pledge and throughout the day they receive positive feedback about following Hawk expectations. Students receive Soar Slips as an acknowledgement of following the expectations. Students can redeem their Soar Slips for different activities such as lunch with the teacher, game with the principals or going to read to a younger class. These activities are great ways for students to be role models and engage in meaningful interactions within their class and throughout the building. Often a class might be trying to reach a Soar Slip goal together to earn something for the whole class.

We believe it is our job to teach our children expectations just like we would teach the curriculum. Through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), we have developed a framework that sets clear and consistent language throughout the building.

Each week, a Hawk from each class is recognized for being an outstanding Hawk and Soaring to Success! They receive a certificate and get their picture on a bulletin board in our main hall.

Fun Run September 16th!

We are pumped up to host our first Fun Run Fundraiser! This will happen during the day on September 16th. It is an awesome week of character building followed by the final day Fun Run. There is music, blow up arches and plenty of fun to go around. Parents are invited to come and cheer on our students and volunteer. Closer to the event, we will send out a sign up sheet for volunteers and provide more information on the fundraising part of this event. Funds we raise help with providing amazing experiences for our students such as field trips (virtual and in person), school t-shirts, items for our school PBIS store, play equipment and much more.

Early Release Dates

On early release days, we dismiss at 2 pm.

Wednesday, September 7

Wednesday, October 5

Wednesday, November 9

Wednesday, December 7

Wednesday, January 4

Wednesday, February 1

Wednesday, March 1

Wednesday, April 5

Wednesday, May 3

Lunch Price Update

Meal Prices

Summer School 2022 Meals Prices

Elementary Breakfast – $1.50

Elementary Lunch - $2.70, Ala Carte Milk - $.70

Due to USDA Regulations, Park Hill will be required to increase meals prices for the 22/23 school year.

Application for Free and Reduced Lunch

Free Meals Ending

Free meals for ALL students were discontinued at the end of last school year (5/27/2022). To qualify for free or reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year, you must fill out a free/reduced application form. Please note, if you qualified during summer school, this covers you for the first 30 days of this school year only and still needs to be completed for the 2022-2023 school year.

If you think your family may be eligible for Free or Reduced Meals, please proactively apply now. Fill it out and return it to the school. The information provided on the application is confidential.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school social worker, Kristen Galloway at (816) 359-6437 or by email at gallowayk@parkhill.k12.mo.us

If you need the application translated, please use this link. https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/translated-applications

Birthday Favors

Approved Birthday Favors:

Students may bring a birthday treat or favor to school to share with their classmates, as long as they come from our list of treats that contain none of the eight (8) major allergens - milk, wheat, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish.

Thank you for understanding that all classroom treats must come from this list because we do not have the staff capacity to check for allergens that could threaten the health of some students.

Please bring birthday treats ahead of time (two hours after the start of school, at the latest).

· Stickers

· Erasers

· Pencils

· Crazy straws

· Blow Pops

· Juice boxes

· Popcorn

· Smarties

· Dum Dum lollipops

· Jelly Belly

· Nerds

· Ring Pops

· Skittles

· Sour Patch Kids

· Starburst

· Swedish Fish

· Life Saver Gummies

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Health services and Covid-19

Park Hill School District continues to work closely with our community public health partners as we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.

Please review these reminders as we prepare for back-to-school:

  • The CDC continues to recommend masks in our schools, facilities, and buses when community levels are high, but they will not be mandated at this time.
  • The district will no longer have a COVID-19 dashboard.
  • For up-to-date information about our community’s case numbers, the following dashboards are available:

MARC KC Region COVID-19 Data Hub

Missouri Weekly COVID-19 Activity Report

KCMO COVID-19 Dashboard

First View Bus App for Families

Prior to the start of summer school, please download and log in to the First View by First Student Bus App! In addition to access during the school year, logging in now will allow you access to the app the entire summer school session.

All students scan their badges as they board the bus, giving you access to live updates as to the location of your child's bus and the anticipated time in which the bus will arrive at your stop. This is especially helpful when buses become delayed while in route for various reasons. Check out the information below to get set up!

First View Instructions

If you have questions or experience difficulty in setting this up, please contact the Hopewell Office.

Sign Up for the Parent Remind App

To receive school event and activity updates, please sign up for the Hopewell Parent Remind App.
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Are you or someone you know looking for a well-paying job that allows you to make a difference for students? If so, join our team of dedicated Park Hill School District staff members. We have full-time and part-time support staff positions open, including nutrition services, childcare and substitute teacher positions.

We recently increased the pay for these positions, and our Adventure Club school-age childcare program and nutrition services positions will get a $1-an-hour bonus twice a year, paid on January 15 and July 30.

If you know of someone who would make a great addition to our Park Hill School District family, please let them know about these opportunities.

Apply here: https://parkhill.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx

Join PTA!!

Our PTA does an amazing job supporting our Hawk community. We want to encourage you to join our PTA. The PTA is comprised of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.

Personal membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/personal-memberships

Business membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/business-memberships

Staff membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/staff-membership-57738

Upcoming PTA Meetings - Please Join Us

  • August 29th, 6:00pm
  • September 29th, 6:00pm

Image/ Contact Information Opt-Out Designation

Throughout the school year, the district or school might take pictures/videos and release personal information about students. This could be to a local newspaper, Hopewell newsletters or on our school website. The district or school might also post pictures on social media (Facebook or Twitter). If you DO NOT want your child's image, please contact your child's teacher or the front office to fill out an Image/Contact Information OPT-OUT form.

Translation Information

We partner with Argo Telephonic Translation Services to help us better communicate with families that speak a language other than English. We can set up an interpreter during parent conferences in addition to using a translator during phone calls. If you, or someone you know would benefit from this service, please let your child's teacher know, or contact an administrator.

Park Hill Star

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a Pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee. Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

School Information

Hopewell Elementary School

School Phone: 816-359-4410

Principal: Dr. Melissa Hensley

Assistant Principal: Dr. Megan Brethower

Front Office

Administrative Assistant to the Principal: Heather Callura

Administrative Assistant- Attendance: Marci Wettstein

Nurse Melissa Burghardt

(816) 359-4414


If you need to make transportation changes, please contact the office prior to 3:00 pm. this will help the office ensure that dismissal goes smoothly and minimize the chance of possible miscommunication.