Hopewell Back to School Center

Hopewell Back to School Center

 

We are thrilled to get the 2019-2020 school year underway!  This is your one-stop shop for all things back to school. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we'll see you soon!

Important Dates

August 19:       Classroom assignments posted on Infinite Campus Portal. ***Don’t have a Portal account?  Contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550

August 21:       5:00pm New Family Welcome

August 21:       5:30pm Meet and Greet

August 23:       8:30am First Day of School- ⅓ Kindergarten Attend

August 26: 8:30am ⅓ of Kindergarten Attend

August 27: 8:30am ⅓ of Kindergarten Attend

August 28:       All Kindergarten Students Start- All Preschool Students Start

September 2:   No School, Labor Day,  Run with Carl

September 5:   Homecoming Parade 6pm at PVHS

September 9: School Picture Day
 

Monday, August 19, 2019:

Infinite Campus Parent Portal opens to access homeroom teacher assignments.  If you wish to open a parent portal account, please contact Susan Parks at 332-5550, ext. 1004.  Parents of incoming kindergarten students will receive a call on Monday, August 13th from the school office indicating their homeroom teacher assignment and assigned staggered start day.

Wedensday, August 21, 2019:  Pleasant Valley Elementary Meet and Greet

  •  5:00-5:25 PM Welcome for parents of kindergarten students and new families to our district

  • 5:30-6:15 PM Elementary Meet and Greet (Please feel free to come at a time that works best for you.  This is an open house format.)

    • Meet your child’s homeroom teacher

    • Ask questions about the first day of school and become acclimated to your new classroom

    • Pick up your district calendar (one per family) and any incomplete registration forms

    • Unpack your backpack and pick-up your school supplies purchased through the PTA

    • Sign up for various PTA volunteer opportunities

  • 6:15-7:00 PM Registration and school fee finalization with school office personnel

         If needed only:

  • Finish any outstanding registration forms indicated during classroom visit

  • Deposit money into your child’s Food Service account (can be done online)

  • Visit with a Durham School Services bus driver representative for transportation questions

  • Visit with school nurse

Friday, August 23, 2019:  First Day of School

First Day of School 8:30 AM-3:00 PM

  • *Parents of kindergarten students:  Please note your kindergartener will attend either August 23rd, 27th or 28th as you are directed on August 13th.  All kindergarten students will begin regular attendance on Wednesday, August 28th.

From the Principal: 

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Hopewell Elementary!

Learning is the fundamental purpose of our community, and at Hopewell we believe that all students can and will learn at high levels. We engage in this mission through getting to know our students and in collaborative learning experiences. Our learning experiences are designed to challenge our student’s thinking while allowing them to have a voice and choice in the process.  I am excited to get the year started and I am happy to have you as part of our Hopewell family.

Hopewell is a Character Counts learning community. As an addition to character counts, we  focus on Respect, Responsibility, Caring and Safety. You may notice additional visual resources around the building that speak to these pillars. We practice and learn about the six pillars of character through six whole-school assemblies over the course of the school year. These character assemblies are designed and delivered by each grade level to teach the building about a given character pillar. Families are welcome to join us as we learn about respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Assembly dates and times will be communicated at your student’s grade level.

There are many ways to get involved with your student’s education. Hopewell welcomes family involvement through classroom volunteers, joining PTA, and helping with after school programs. Our weekly Enews will contain ongoing information regarding the many ways you can take an active role at Hopewell. The first PTA meeting is right after Meet and Greet night on August 21st in the library. I hope you can join us. 

Sincerely,

Mr. Welch, Principal

Parking Lot Procedures:

Getting back into the school routine can be tough.  Remind yourself of the pick up/drop off procedures at Hopewell.  Click here for the parking lot procedures.

Bus Rules:

Many of our students ride a bus to get to school. Click here for a reminder of the expectations we have for our exceptional bus riders.

School Supplies and Spartan Safe Snack List:

Click here for a complete list of necessary school supplies for the 2019-2020 year.

Click here for the updated Spartan Safe Snack List.

Food Service:

Want to know what’s for lunch today?  Click here for breakfast and lunch menus - You can also download an app to keep track of it all on your phone.  Plus, the site lets you look at the nutritional values of every item on our healthy menus, which makes it easy to feel good about what PVCSD is serving your kids!

School Meal Prices:

  • Elementary Breakfast $1.65

  • Junior High & High School Breakfast $1.80

  • Elementary Lunch $2.45

  • Junior High Lunch $2.55

  • High School Lunch $2.85-$3.10

You may make a deposit into your student's lunch account at any time by sending cash or check to their building.  You can also add money via credit card to your student’s food service account online through RevTrak by clicking here.   Communications for low food service balances will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) that the school has on file. Click here for a reminder about our meal charge policy, including how much students can charge and when you'll be alerted for having a negative balance.

Free and Reduced Application:  Please see the below instructions on beginning your student’s 2019-2020 Free and Reduced Application.

  • To begin your Online free and reduced application, please log into your Parent Portal Account here.  (If you do not have an account please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550.)

    • Please note that Free and Reduced application must be accessed from the Portal website link above; it is not available through the Portal Mobile App.

  • Once logged in, click the link for “Applications/Forms” on the left

  • Select “Click to start meal benefit application”

After your application has been processed you will receive notification in your parent portal inbox.

If you are unable to complete the online application please click here

If you have questions about our Food Service Program, please contact Food Service Director, Andrea Mahler, at 563-332-5550 or mahlerandrea@pleasval.org

 

New Faculty and Staff:

Join us in welcoming new faculty and staff to the Hopewell Family:

Larrissa Gaul- 5th Grade Teacher

Ann Pottratz- 3-6th Science Teacher

Liliana Vital- Preschool Teacher

Carol Mattox- Aide

Amy Sherlock- Aide 

Shannon Ofori- Preschool Aide

Cinamen Fouse- Aide

Nicole Mayo- Aide

 

Strive for Less Than Five:

The Pleasant Valley Community School District is teaming up with school districts across the Quad Cities and the United Way to increase attendance by participating in the Strive for Less Than Five Challenge!  We encourage you to watch this short video about the mission and the importance of having students at school every day.  We’re hoping you’ll help us keep student attendance high as we head back into the school year!

Don’t Miss a Thing!

In an emergency, PV will send you notices via text and phone calls.  Information you give us during registration automatically signs you up for emergency phone calls.  But, if you want texts too, you need to sign up. Click here to manage your preferences. Sign in and click on the Contacts Tab.  Your name will pop up, then click edit and make sure your information is correct!  (can’t remember your sign in? Click “forgot password” on the home page.  If you have any questions, contact our Communications Director at thomsenhannah@pleasval.org)

Pleasant Valley schools send out an email every week with important dates, events, and community opportunities.  It’s called the #SpartanNation and it’s unique to every school. Make sure you check your in-boxes every Friday afternoon, so you don’t miss a thing!

To assure that your email provider will not block email communications, please add this email address to your safe senders list: enews@pleasval.org. Pleasant Valley will not give email lists to anyone outside of the district. If you do not have access to email, information is available in the school office.

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Run with Carl

Support the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation and Run with Carl on Labor Day, September 2, 2019!  The 5k, 5 mile and kids run takes place at the Life Fitness Center.  The races start at 7:30am and every dollar raised from registration fees goes directly to the PVEF and the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation.  The PVEF provides scholarships for seniors, awarding 102 scholarships in 2019.  Register NOW at www.runwithcarl.com.