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Hopewell Back to School Central

Posted August 1st, 2017

We are thrilled to get the 2017-18 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 18:           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 21:           6:30pm PTA Meeting
August 23:          8:30am First Day of School
August 30:          1:30pm Early Dismissal
August 30:          Strive for Less Than Five Challenge Day
September 4:      No School, Labor Day
September 4:       Run with Carl
September 6:      Fall Picture Day

For a full calendar of events, click here.

Meet and Greet Night, Monday, August 21!

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 fill out any incomplete registration forms
  • Unpack your backpack and pick-up your school supplies purchased through the PTA
  • Sign up for various PTA volunteer opportunities in the cafeteria. If you’re not sure you’re signed up for PTA, we can check for you.  Stop by!

Sara Sierk ( – President Allison McCauley ( VP/President Elect Alissa Hansel ( Treasurer Holly Stanic ( Secretary

6:15-7:00 PM    Registration and school fee finalization with school office personnel, if needed.

  • 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
  • Visit with school nurse

The PTA will have donation boxes in the cafeteria for Hopewell Harvest, which is Friday, October 13. We need the help and support from our Hopewell families in order to make this event a success! Below is a list of items requested.

  • Items for the Silent Auction Baskets (gift cards, event tickets, items to go into the baskets)
  • Empty baskets or containers used to assemble the Silent Auction Baskets
  • Exciting Raffle items (items in the past have included electric scooters, gaming systems such as the Xbox, iPads, Kindles, electric guitars, tickets to a local event)
  • Books for kids of all ages for the Cake Walk Trinkets to be used as game prizes (kid’s meal toys, promotional items from businesses, small bouncy balls, etc.)

From the Principal 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Hopewell Elementary! Meeting new teachers, making new friends, and connecting with previous classmates adds to the excitement and anticipation for the new school year. Whether you are returning to Hopewell for your 6th year or you are joining us for your first year at Hopewell, I am thrilled that you are a part of the Hopewell Family.

At Hopewell we believe that all students can and will learn, we engage in collaboration for learning, and we value learning as the fundamental purpose of our school. Hopewell is a Character Counts learning community. We practice and learn about the six pillars of character to build a culture of kindness. You can learn more about Character Counts by visiting

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. New for 2017-2018 is a monthly morning coffee with Mr. Welch in the cafeteria. Our first coffee will be on August 28th from 8:30-9:00. This is the first full day for our new kindergarten students and a great chance to welcome and connect with new families. I hope you can join us.


Mr. Welch, Principal

Parking Procedures:   

Pick Up/Drop Off:  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 bus riders.

School Supplies:  Click here for a complete 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, our site lets you look at the nutritional values of every item on our healthy menus!  Pretty cool!

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

To add money via credit card to your student’s food service account, use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 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:  New this year, we are introducing an online free and reduced application process to reduce paper and save you time.  Please see the below instructions on beginning your student’s 2017-2018 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 on the link

Snacks: If you’re bringing in a treat for a classroom, remember the Spartan Safe Snack list.  We only allow items on the list in our classrooms to make sure all treats are safe for all students.  We appreciate your help to keep all our students healthy!

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

New Faculty and Staff

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

Natalie Hentze – Third Grade
Jennifer Zeglis — Band

Strive for Less Than Five

This year, the Pleasant Valley Community School District is teaming up with school districts across the Quad Cities and the United Way to increase attendance.  We encourage you to watch this one-minute video below about the mission and importance of having students at school every day.  We’re hoping you’ll help us break attendance records on Wednesday, August 30.  We’re challenging every student to come to school to get the year started off right!

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

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: 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.  The 5k, 5 mile and kids run is Labor Day, September 4, 2017 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 80 scholarships in 2017.  Six PVHS seniors received scholarships in 2017 thanks to proceeds from Run with Carl! Register NOW at

Celebrating 2017!

Posted May 31st, 2017

Thank you to the students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members who made 2016-17 such a great year!  Enjoy the pictures below from the last few days of school!


Bridgeview students spent the last Friday before the end of the year celebrating a great year by visiting several stations with their school family groups.


Cody students celebrated the last day of school with a field day!


Hopewell students enjoyed the beautiful day, playing outside on the last day of school!

Pleasant View

Pleasant View students spoke about what they liked best this year and what they expect to achieve next year, before getting a send-off from faculty and staff.

Riverdale Heights

Riverdale Heights students watched the faculty versus 6th grade kickball game and took a school picture for Will Kohn.

Pleasant Valley Junior High

Students spent the last day of school writing letters to future 7th graders and some got to play a game of kick ball!

Hopewell Runs for Mrs. Gatton

Posted May 1st, 2017

When one of our own needs help, the Pleasant Valley community jumps into action.  In November, Mrs. Gatton, a fifth grade teacher, at Hopewell Elementary had a seizure at school.  Doctors soon found a brain tumor and Mrs. Gatton started treatment.

Since the news, Hopewell staff and students have been doing what they can to support Mrs. Gatton.  On April 22, they held a 5k in her honor.  About 150 people signed up and together raised about $5,000.  Even though she’s not in the classroom, Mrs. Gatton is teaching her students the lesson of grit, self-sacrifice and community.

Watch the WQAD story here.



Hopewell Student Wins State Doodle 4 Google Contest… Again!

Posted February 23rd, 2017

To win once takes a lot of talent, but two win twice — back to back — has never happened in the history of the Doodle 4 Google Contest!  Third grade students filled the library at Hopewell, clad in Google’s signature colors, to celebrate Shalini Chandupatala’s win! Google chooses a winner from each state and territory who then compete for the grand prize, having their design on the Google home page for a day!

Shalini’s doodle followed this year’s theme:  “What I see for the future.”  Members of Google’s team spoke to the students about innovations currently under design, like the Waymo, Google’s self driving car and the Tilt Brush, a virtual reality simulation that allows artists and scientists to “paint” in 3D.

To win the grand prize, Shalini needs your help.  Vote for her doodle at this website.  Voting will be open from February 23rd to March 6th.  The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

Hear Shalini describe her Doodle in the following video and check out the photo gallery below!



Come Donate at our Blood Drive!

Posted January 19th, 2017

Did you know that one pint of blood can save up to 4 lives? Give blood and save lives at the Hopewell Elementary blood drive! Sixth graders are organizing this event and hosting it along with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center on February 22nd from 3:00-6:30 P.M. in the Hopewell cafeteria. Sign up today by clicking this 
online signup sheet.

Give Blood. Save Lives.

Need To Know Facts While you’re Considering Donating

4.5 million Americans need a blood transfusion every year.

Blood is fully utilized when a donation is made.

A blood transfusion is needed every two seconds in the U.S.

One out of every ten people entering a hospital need blood.

Blood cannot be manufactured, only generous donors like YOU can give.

Student Artists Shine at PTA Reflections Ceremony

Posted January 18th, 2017


Pleasant Valley students showed off their skills at the PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  This program continues to grow.  This year, PV had 249 entries from  198 students!

The PTA Reflections contest is a nationwide contest to support Arts Education. Students create their projects on their own time and submit artwork in six different catagories:  dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  The work is judged by adult artists and each student receives a critique.  At the ceremony, all work is on display as each student is individually recognized for his or her creation.

Special thank you to co-chairs, Denise McGregor and Tosha Allen, as well as the chairs at each individual school:  Leta Rose (Bridgeview) Amy Hartz (Cody), Sharon Tinsman (Hopewell), Angela Brand (Pleasant View), Tosha Allen (Riverdale Heights), Kathleen Fitzgerald (PVJH), Shawn Rice (Edison Academy) and Jennifer Krier (PVHS).



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