Hickory Ridge Highlights

Weekly Updates 11/18/22

Dear Hickory Ridge Elementary Families,

It's hard to believe that we're almost to Thanksgiving. I will not be sending home a newsletter next week, but will send one home the week of November 28th.

Just a reminder that we will be going out to recess as long as the temperature, with wind chill, is above 20 degrees. Students need to be wearing coats, gloves and hats to school to keep warm.

On Tuesday, November 22nd, the students at Brunswick Middle School encourage everyone to participate in “Support our Classmate Day.” Please wear either yellow to honor Mick, who is battling cancer, or orange to honor and remember Collin, who lost his battle with cancer.



Jamie Bailey


Hickory Ridge Elementary



11/19 - Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8 pm

11/22 - First Grade Field Trip to Akron Art Museum

11/22 - PTG Deck the Halls 4-5 pm

11/23-11/25 - NO SCHOOL Happy Thanksgiving

11/28 - Brunswick Learns Together 9:30 am

12/3 - PTG Breakfast with Santa 8:30 am-11:00 am

PTG Student Directories

Attention parents! If you would like your student to be included in their grade level directory, please fill out the form using the link for the appropriate grade for your students by Wednesday, November 23. HR PTG will send out the grade level directories the week after Thanksgiving.

Kindergarten Directory

1st Grade Directory

2nd Grade Directory

3rd Grade Directory

4th Grade Directory

5th Grade Directory

Pictures from the Week



Thanks for supporting our winter plant sale! Delivery is November 29 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at the school. If your student sold items, you need to plan to pick up all items on November 29, to distribute to those who purchased. Look for an email closer to distribution date with more details.


Thank you for your generosity! The staff really appreciated the donations of yummy goodies on conference night yesterday. It made the long day a little easier for them & they were so very grateful!


We have several dine to donate events lined up this fall! This means we partner with different local eateries to help bring patrons to local businesses & the restaurant agrees to give back a percentage of event sales. So, whether you're looking for a night off from cooking OR need to grab a quick bite to feed your family as you shuttle to & from activities, dine to donates are a WIN-WIN for everyone!

Chipotle hosts us on Saturday, November 19, from 4 - 8 pm.

Must mention Hickory Ridge when ordering. Dine-in, mention BEFORE paying. App/online order use code 8HMEKHX in promo field. 33% of sales that mention or use promo code come back to us.

Applebee's hosts us on Thursday, December 29, from 11 am - close

Must mention for it to count. Dine in or takeout. Online orders use code DOINGOOD for your order to give us credit. 15% of sales that mention or use online code come back to us.


We'll get the halls of the school holiday ready on Tuesday, November 22, after school. Students are required to have a parent or guardian attend with them. The permission slip hit backpacks this week!

If you have any new or gently used holiday decor you'd like to donate (i.e., artificial tree, garland, tree topper, lights) you may drop off to the bin in the school's lobby by November 21.


Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3! Santa joins us from 8:30 - 11:00 am. There is a cost to attend this event & RSVP is required. More details are coming soon!


Looking for ways to get involved in your child's school? Look no further! We have so many opportunities for you! Check out our Google form listing many of our opportunities & keep an eye out for additional opportunities throughout the year. **Please note that ALL volunteers coming into the school building during school hours MUST be background checked. Our Google form has a link for additional instructions on background checks.** Please email hrptg@bscoh.org with any questions!

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Please reach out to us via our email hrptg@bcsoh.org with any questions, comments, suggestions you may have! Like us on Facebook @HickoryRidgePTG & Follow us on Twitter @HickoryRidgeOH!
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"Too Tired to Cook"

Brunswick Education Foundation (BEF) is hosting a "Too Tired to Cook" fundraiser on Thursday, December 1st, from 4:00-6:00 pm. If you are interested in purchasing a delicious meal AND raising money for a great organization, this is the perfect opportunity! All orders MUST be placed by 3:59 on Monday, November 28th. Click HERE to place your order.

We are grateful for the continued support of BEF! The money they raise directly impacts students in the classroom through Educator Excellence Grants and student scholarships.

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Final Forms

If you have received an email from Final Forms to update your information please follow the instructions provided. If you have any questions regarding the process you can contact our main office.

enVision Homework pages

Below is a helpful website with all the Envsion homework pages. Please utilize this link to support learning at home.


Winter Concert announcement

Winter Concert announcement

On Wednesday, December 14th at 9:30, there will be a Winter concert performance featuring all of the 2nd and 3rd grade students. The concert will be held in the gym and 2nd & 3rd grade families are invited to attend. Please note, seating may be limited as other students will be attending the concert that morning. More information will be sent out closer to the performance date.

Concert dress: Holiday apparel, winter apparel, or dress clothes. Head coverings are acceptable as long as they are not a distraction to the performance.

artist spotlights Q1

22-23 Artist Spotlights Q1R2

Counselor's Corner NOVEMBER

Welcome to the second quarter of the school year! I have completed the Second Step bully lessons for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Each student at Towslee and Hickory Ridge should now know The Three R’s of bullying: Recognize bullying, Report bullying and Refuse bullying. Ask your child what each of these means and also what they can do if they’re a bystander to bullying. We want to make sure that there is no bullying at either of our buildings so everyone feels safe and respected. Remind your child to think before they speak or act and to make sure they’re always being respectful of others!

I will begin my regular Second Step lessons for grades 2 and 3 during the month of November. The topics discussed will be Skills for Learning and Empathy. Please see the parent links below for more information and how you can work with your child on these concepts at home.

Teach Empathy to Eliminate Name-Calling

“Nerd.” “Sissy.” “Geek.” Kids have called each other names for centuries. They put someone down in front of a crowd to look cool to onlookers. Whatever the reason, name-calling is wrong. Today these actions have been linked to much harsher schoolyard cruelies.

To keep kids safe at home and school, we must try to limit their aggressive behavior. We must foster civility and doing the right thing. To do this, be sure to:

  1. Be a good role model. Don’t call people names. Say you disapprove when you hear someone putting another down.

  2. Don’t accept a child saying, “I was just joking.” It’s never a joke when someone is made to feel rejected or ridiculed.

  3. Voice your anger and disappointment if your child has taunted someone. Have him/her apologize to the victim and perhaps others.

  4. Express your concern if your child has been taunted. Help him/her reflect on why kids do this. And ponder ways of coping.

  5. Teach that name-calling hurts everyone. Doing it–or tolerating it–undercuts our integrity and humanity.

  6. Foster empathy. Always encourage your child to think how it might feel to be in another’s shoes.

Source: Michael Riera, Ph.D., Joseph DiPrisco, Ph.D., Right from Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in your Child.

The Second Step Program has a link that parents can utilize to reinforce the skills that their children have learned for the week. All you need to do is the following:

Use this link www.SecondStep.org then enter the following Activation Key:

Kindergarten- SSPK FAMILY70 Look for Lessons under Home Link

1st Grade-SSP1 FAMILY71 Look for Lessons under Home Link

2nd Grade-SSP2 FAMILY72 Look for Lessons under Home Link

3rd Grade-SSP3 FAMILY73 Look for Lessons under Home Link

4th Grade-SSP4 FAMILY74 Look for Lessons under Home Link

5th Grade-SSP5 FAMILY75 Look for Lessons under Home Link

Families, at times, struggle to make ends meet. See image and links below for local food distribution centers and food banks.



Please contact me via the Mach Form attached to the Principal’s newsletter if you have any questions or concerns about your child. In addition here is a link to outside counseling services.


If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me :-)

Leanne Lalos

School Counselor

Brunswick City Schools

Hickory Ridge Elementary School

Towslee Elementary School

330-225-7731 ext. 1518


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The use of parent volunteers with the school program enhances the educational process not only for students, but for the community as well. Volunteers may provide additional support in the classroom, promote community-school cooperation in facilitating the learning process and provide for individuals who have expertise in various areas to be used as resource persons.

All volunteers shall sign in at the office and receive an ID badge. Volunteers who are working with students during the school day will need to have a background check. Please visit link for additional information -


While representing our building as a volunteer, volunteers are always expected to adhere to the rights of privacy of all individuals. Any situation of concern regarding an individual/individuals at Hickory Ridge should be immediately reported to the building prior to leaving the building. Any breach of privacy will result in dismissal of volunteer privileges.

District news

Hickory Ridge PRIDE Awards 1st Quarter 2022 2023

Newsletters From The Superintendent

In case you missed an email from our school Superintendent, Mr. Niedermeyer, here is a document you can access. Click here to view all previously sent notifications.
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Staff Member Recognition Nomination - "B" 4 Excellence

"B" 4 Excellence allows employees and community members to recognize BCSD employees who are working hard to serve our students. This award seeks to recognize staff members who exemplify the BCSD commitment to excellence and the pillars of our strategic plan: empower, nurture, inform and grow.

To nominate a deserving employee, please complete the short NOMINATION FORM.

B4 Excellence Introduction
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Club Youth Volleyball

Brunswick Blue Devils Club Volleyball Team

For girls & boys in 3rd - 6th grade

When: Each team will play in 6-8 tournaments that are held on either Saturday or Sunday from late January to early May. Tournaments will last the full length of a day. Practices will be held every Monday & Friday from early January to early May.

Where: Practices will be held in the main gym/aux gym at BMS, or West Gym at the high school. Tournaments will be held in different locations throughout Northeast Ohio.

Cost: The approximate cost to play on the club team would be about $825 in addition to the $67 registration fee. This cost includes playing in 6-8 tournaments, two jerseys, warm-ups, and a bag. (this cost is relatively low compared to many other clubs that start around $1100 or more).

Interested? This is the perfect opportunity for any Brunswick student that wishes to play volleyball starting in 7th grade. Your player will learn the fundamental skills of the game in order to prepare him/her for the 7th & 8th grade teams. This is a Brunswick-only team, so the boys/girls will be able to get to know one another, and continue to play with one another throughout high school. We will be holding an informational meeting: on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:00 at BMS Student Center If this is something you would be interested in and you would like to receive informational emails, please email aperkey@bcsoh.org to be added to the email list. You can be removed from this list at any time.

Contact Information: Hi! My name is Amber Perkey, a coach and teacher at Brunswick Middle School. It is my goal to start, and build our volleyball program at a younger age, getting as many boys & girls involved as possible. I am so excited to begin YEAR 2 of this journey with you guys! If you would like to get in touch, feel free to email me at aperkey@bcsoh.org.

Website: You can access our website by going clicking on the following link:

Brunswick Volleyball Club Website

If you like what you see and would like to tryout, please complete the form located on our website! We look forward to meeting you! Tryouts will be held on October 21 & October 28 at BMS!

BVC Returning Player Google Form BVC New Player Google Form

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School Fees

You can pay your child’s fees through MySchoolBucks beginning the first day of school and at any time throughout the school year. Checks made out to Brunswick City Schools will also be accepted in the main office.

Safety Tip Line

There is a link on the homepage for SaferSchools Ohio which is an anonymous tip line for students, families and staff.

What is SaferSchools Ohio?

SaferSchools Ohio is a multi-agency effort created to assist schools in continuously improving the safety of our students. Public safety officials offer the hotline at no cost to schools as a way for students, parents, and community members to anonymously report potential suicides, school threats, bullying or other problems.