Hopewell Back to School 2022-23

Back to School Center

The 22-23 school year is fast approaching!!  Yay:)  Let this communication full of information serve as a great preparatory resource, as well as a reminder to get in those last few memories for the Summer of 2022. 

One big change for 22-23 is Our new Dean, Rachel Gotto. We are so excited to have her join Hopewell.  Look for an introductory email in the near future!

On our plate for 22-23 is further inclusion of the Iowa Social Emotional Learning Competencies into our student’s academic day.  We have seen the difference this focus has on our entire building’s culture.  Specifically, the results of our 6th grade Conditions for Learning Survey indicated that Hopewell is continuing to grow to meet our students' needs. 

We will also be making changes to our protocols for student entry in the morning and visitor (anyone who is not a student or staff) entry. These changes will be made to add another layer to our current safety plan. More information to follow n the coming weeks. 

In closing, we are looking forward to a wonderful year providing excellent public education to all our students at Hopewell Elementary!  It is truly an honor and responsibility that is not taken lightly. 


Tony Runkle

Hopewell, Principal

August 9 Kindergarten Families Receive Teacher Assignments and Start Dates
August 16 Elementary Teacher Assignments Available on the Parent Portal
August 22 Meet & Greet 4:30pm to 6:00pm Sign Up Here.
August 23 First Day of School
August 25 First Day of Preschool 
August 29 6th Grade Campout Meeting at Forest Grove Elementary, 6:00pm
September 5 No School
September 5 Run with Carl. Register here to support PV Seniors.
September 6 Virtual Curriculum Night
September 7 Early Dismissal, 1:30pm
September 8 PTA Meeting, 10:00am
September 9 Hopewell Harvest

Did you know you can download your school’s calendar right to your digital calendar?  Click here.

NEW START TIME!  This year all elementary schools will start at 8:25am!  Make sure to set those alarm clocks a few minutes earlier!

EARLY DISMISSALS:  This year, PV schools will dismiss early on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal opens to access homeroom teacher assignments on August 16. To access the parent portal, please follow the following guides:

Infinite Campus Getting Started Guide
Navigating the Portal Video

KINDERGARTEN: On August 9, Kindergarten parents will receive a call from the school.  At that time, they will learn when their kindergartner will start school and their teacher assignment. Half of the kindergarten class will attend on August 23rd and 25th (Tuesday/Thursday)  and half of the kindergarten class will attend on August 24th and 26th (Wednesday/Friday).  All students will attend on Monday, August 29th.

On Monday, August 22, 2022 we will be holding our annual Meet and Greet. Families will sign up for a specific time between 4:30pm and 6:00pm.  This allows our teachers to spend time with each family as they bring in their supplies. Sign up here.  If you ordered school supplies through the PTA, they will be available during Meet & Greet.

If your student is riding the bus, you will learn your bus assignment through the parent portal.  Bus assignments will be made in mid-August and we will alert you when they are available. Bus assignments could change up to the night before school starts, so check back often! 

Click here for a reminder of the expectations we have for our exceptional bus riders.

Click here for a complete list of necessary school supplies for the 2022-2023 year.  If you ordered school supplies through the PTA, they will be available at Meet and Greet.

We have some exciting news about access to technology!  This year, K-2 students will have access to their own iPad right in the classroom! Every third grade classroom will have 12 iPads and 12 chromebooks! For the 2023-24 school year, 3rd grade students will have access to their own chromebook. 

Students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade will have access to their own chromebook. This device will be provided by the district at no charge to the family and can be checked out for home use as needed. Students are responsible for the care of the loaned device when it leaves school premises.  Please click here for an overview of the student chromebook responsibilities.

Want to know what’s for lunch today?  Click here for breakfast and lunch menus. 

You can also download the Nutrislice app by searching “nutrislice”.

The USDA has ended the free breakfast and lunch program. We appreciate your understanding as this was not a local decision, but a decision made by the USDA and Federal Government. 

Breakfast and Lunch Prices 2022-23 Reduced 
Elementary Breakfast $1.70 $0.30
Lunch $2.50 $0.40
Milk $0.50 $0.40

FREE & REDUCED MEALS: Your family may qualify for free or reduced-price meals by filling out the 2022-2023 Iowa Application for Free & Reduced Price School Meals/Milk. To begin your online free and reduced application, please log in to your Parent Portal Account here. If you do not have an account please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550. Please note that the 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 a 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, Corie Gamble, at 563-332-5550 or gamblecorrie@pleasval.org.

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

Rachel Gotto, Dean of Students
Tiffany Grzesek, Paraeducator
Abigail Hudson, 1st Grade
Kathy Ludwig, Paraeducator
Suhaja Tadinada, Paraeducator
Victoria Trostle, English as a Second Language
Jennifer Zapf, Paraeducator

RUN WITH CARL!  Funds raised from the ½ mile, 5k and 5 mile race benefit the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation’s scholarship program!  This year the PVEF will award more than 130 scholarships to graduating seniors!  Run with Carl and support our seniors!  Sign up for this Labor Day event here!

PV wants to keep you in the know. Pleasant Valley schools send out #SpartanNation weekly email with important dates, events, and community opportunities for your school. Make sure you check your inboxes 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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If you have any questions, contact our Director of Communications, Beth Marsoun, at marsounbeth@pleasval.org.