News from the Nest

New Hope Elementary School

Dates to Know!




SEPT. 16 - PTO MOVIE NIGHT (Fun starts at 6PM; Movie begins at 8PM)


SEPT. 23 - WATCH D.O.G.S MEETING, 7:45AM in the cafeteria

SEPT. 26-30 - FALL BREAK (No School)

What's For Lunch?

Week of Sept. 12-16

Monday: Pasta with Sauce/ Meatsauce, PBJ, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Garden Veggie Burger

Tuesday: Chicken Sliders, PBJ, Ham & Cheese Roll- Up, Veggie Salad, Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Beef & Cheese), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Black Bean Burger

Thursday: Cheese-Stuffed Pizza Breadsticks, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Grilled Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Garden Veggie Burger

Friday: All-Beef Hotdog, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Week of Sept. 19-23

Monday: Cheesy Bread, PBJ, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Garden Veggie Burger

Tuesday: Popcorn Chicken, PBJ, Ham & Cheese Roll- Up, Veggie Salad, Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Beef), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Black Bean Burger

Thursday: All-American Burger (Beef), PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Garden Veggie Burger

Friday: Chicken Sandwich, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll- Up, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Please note: Availability of food, early release days and special school situations may require changes in menus without notice.

Grace Period for Reduced Lunches Ending Sept. 15

As of September 15, all students receiving free and reduced lunch must have updated forms on file for the 2022-23 school year. If no updated forms have been submitted, the student will be charged the regular lunch price. If you still need to complete the forms, they are located here.

COVID Guidelines - Please Read

Please see the information from FCS about COVID, absences, and staying well.

Lunch Visitor Info

We are so happy to have lunch visitors!! Please note that New Hope does have a no outside food policy which is designed to support the Forsyth County School's Wellness Policy. Parents and guests are always welcomed as customers of the school’s nutrition program to eat with their student in the cafeteria. We hope to see you soon!

Afternoon Transportation Changes

By now, you have shared with your teacher how your student(s) will be going home each day. If you ever need to change your child's afternoon transportation, either temporarily or permanently, please complete the online form located here and also on our website under the Quick Links section. Our office staff monitors all submissions and notifies teachers directly of any changes made. Changes must be made before 1pm.

Please do not send a handwritten note regarding a transportation change to school with your child. These are sometimes misplaced in their backpack or not given to the teacher by the student. Additionally, emails sent directly to the teacher during instruction time regarding transportation changes may not be seen prior to dismissal.

Any question, please contact

Early Check Outs

If you need to check your child out of school early for a doctor or dentist appointment, please come to the front office with your photo ID. Please remember that our latest check out time is 1:45. No check outs are allowed after 1:45pm due to dismissal procedures beginning at that time. Thank you for planning accordingly.

Mandated Reporter Video - Please View Now

We are so happy to have volunteers in our school! Before you visit, however, please view the Forsyth County School's Mandated Reporter video. After viewing the video, you will need to complete the sign off form. We will be checking that this has been done for all visitors. Thank you for helping us keep our children safe in our schools! The video may be found here. After viewing, complete the sign off sheet here.


The PTO kicked off our big fall fundraiser this week and WOW, what a wonderful response! We appreciate your support as we raise funds for our new playground, as well as teacher grants, new technology, curriculum enhancements, and innovative learning materials for our students.

Please help support our efforts over the next two weeks by sharing this fundraiser with friends, family and co-workers while also earning your child fun rewards!

Book Fair Coming Soon!

The Book Fair kicks off next Friday as part of our PTO's Movie Night event. Make sure to stop by and check things out with your child. Students will also visit the book fair with their class, so be on the lookout for more information from your child's teacher.

Chorus Sign Up Info

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Let's Get Moving!

Let's show the other elementary schools just how amazing our Nighthawks are! All Nighthawk families are invited to join the New Hope iChallenge team. The iChallenge is a 28-day virtual fitness event from October 3-31. Participants are encouraged to walk, run, bike, hike, waddle, and/or complete other fitness activities to create healthy habits. The first 1,700 people who register will receive a cooling headband, and winners receive additional prizes. Click here to watch a video about the Dr. Jim and Peggie Morrow iChallenge!

Registration is now open. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP All registrations are tax deductible.

We hope to have lots of Nighthawks on our team, so make sure to invite your friends and family members to join us!

Lost & Found

These 3 items can be picked up at the office. Also, please encourage your child to check the lost and found outside of the clinic for any lost jackets and water bottles. We have a lot as you can see from the picture below. Your child can check before or after lunch.
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Walker Information

Reminders if your child will be walking to or from school:

  • If your child will be a walker in the afternoons, please complete a change of transportation form located that we may inform their teacher.
  • All students must be supervised by an adult when walking to and from school.
  • In the morning, an adult must accompany the child(ren) to the flag pole at the main entrance. A staff member will greet the students and ensure they safety enter the building.
  • In the afternoon, an adult must wait at the flag pole with their student's car rider tag. Students will be brought to the flag pole similar to how car riders are walked to cars. If you do not have your school-assigned car tag, you will be asked to go to the office for a temporary tag once our car riders have been released.
  • Crosswalks are unable to be monitored by law enforcement during pickup and dismissal. Please use caution at all times!

Birthday Celebrations

At New Hope, we follow the Forsyth County School's policy of no outside food for birthday celebrations. We do, however, offer two special ways to celebrate your child's birthday at school! Read below for details!
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Birthday Ice Cream Purchase Information!

Please remember that no outside food or drink is allowed for birthday celebrations at New Hope. However, a great way to celebrate your child's birthday at school is to purchase an ice cream treat from our cafeteria for each student in the class!

The cost is $35 per class/$15 for SI and Pre-K classes. Birthday ice cream may not be purchased using money on your child's lunch account or by sending in checks/cash with your student. It must be purchased using Please purchase birthday ice cream at least 2 school days in advance of when you would like the class to have the ice cream.

Questions? Contact Gwenna Brooks at

A Note From Nurse G

Health Conditions & Forms

Dear Parent/Guardian(s):

I am thrilled to start our first year here at New Hope Elementary! We have such a great team here ready to support your child.

If your child has a health condition that may require additional support while he/she is at school please make sure all necessary healthcare action plans have been completed and brought to the school. All forms needed to help me provide excellent care to your child while he/she is at school can be found on the school nurse page of the New Hope website or by clicking here.

Please have the forms filled out completely and returned to me as soon as possible so that we may make sure your child receives the continuity of care that he/she deserves. If your student requires medication to be kept at school, a Request for Administration of Medication form (1form for each medication) must also be completed. If your child has a condition that does not fall into a specific form please use the Individual Health Care Plan. In addition, please note most forms require both a physician’s signature and the parent/guardian’s.

Please be aware that any medication brought to the school should be done by the parent/guardian. No student is permitted to carry medication to or from school.

If a condition no longer applies to your child or does not require any medical intervention at school, please provide documentation from the physician stating such. Documentation must be received before any condition(s) may be removed from our system.

I know these form(s) can feel overwhelming. I appreciate you taking time to help me provide great care to your child. I look forward to seeing your student thrive this year! Please feel free to call me, at 678-965-5101 x562106, or email me, at, if you have any questions or concerns.

Your Partner in Health,

Nurse G

Gillian Sampson, RN

PTO News & Events

Shop on Amazon to Support the PTO

AmazonSmile is a simple way for families and friends to support our PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to our PTO, helping to fund many programs at New Hope!

Amazon has made this program MUCH easier, as it is now a setting you can simply turn on within your app, and then the app takes care of the rest. No more having to visit a separate website first. For instructions on how to get started, please visit the PTO website here

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Please note: the Book Fair will also kick off at 6pm with a Family Night preview.

Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Your child won't want to miss owning this historic FIRST New Hope yearbook! The yearbook will share class pictures and photos from all of our wonderful events throughout the school year. It will be a great memory for your child to look back on over the years. Cost is $38. Please visit to purchase yearbooks, 5th Grade Tributes and get answers to frequently asked yearbook related questions!

Around Our Community

Partner in Education Program

We are so thankful for the local businesses who have joined our Partner in Education program. Their support makes such a difference and allows us to fund items in our media center and stem lab, host school events and provide items like playground balls, jump ropes, and more! If you own a business or know of a business who would like to support our school, please find the forms to join on our website here.
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