If your child is absent for any reason, please call the office and press 1 to report your child absent. If your child will be absent for more than one school day, please arrange for missed classwork by emailing your child’s teacher and making arrangements to pick up missed assignments.
The district website (slsd.org) contains the most up-to date calendar of all district wide activities.
Please check the calendar for information such as school closings, special programs and district events. Dates, times and places of activities are also noted on the calendar.
Emergency Contact Data Forms were mailed home to all families. Please review the information, update the form, and return it to school with your child on the first day. Please provide the names and numbers of individuals who can be responsible for your child in case of illness, injury or other urgent situations should we be unable to reach you. We must be informed whenever your phone number or emergency contacts change. These contacts are only used when we are unable to reach you directly.
Please see the cafeteria newsletter that comes home with your child on the first day of school. Log onto EZSchoolPay.com for fast, easy payment. All children will receive a PIN number (student ID#) to be used for all transactions. Children will use these funds to purchase their school lunchs and any snacks. If you do not want your child to purchase snacks with these funds, you must let the cafeteria know in writing in advance and they will put a note on your child’s account. (If not using EZPAY.com please make checks payable to Southern Lehigh Cafeteria.)
Daily Lunch$ 2.75
A la carte milk $ .55
Reduced lunch $ .40
Parents may apply for Free or Reduced lunches at any time if your financial situation changes. New applications must be completed annually for this program.
If a child forgets or loses lunch money, your child may borrow from the cafeteria with the understanding this money must be paid back on the next school day. Please send all checks or lunch money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, grade and teacher noted on the outside of the envelope payable to “Southern Lehigh Cafeteria”.
Students who are picked-up by parents at the end of the school day must bring a note from home. Please remind your child to give the note to their teacher! If parent pick-up will occur on a regular schedule, one note for the year will be sufficient. Please include first and last names of both the student and parent and date on each note to the teacher.
Early or End of the day Pick-Up forms are available at SLSD.org on the Hopewell homepage.
We discourage calling the office to request last minute parent pick-up and ask you to please plan in advance. The end of the day is hectic and calling the classroom is disruptive to the teaching and learning process. For the safety of our students, please understand we prohibit adults from pulling students from our bus lines.
We open our doors for parent pick-up at 3:20 daily and ask that you report directly to the cafeteria. Please do not stand in the lobby or block any doorways. Students on the parent pick-up list are dismissed to the cafeteria at 3:25PM. Sign-out sheets are located by grade level of your child. Parents and children are asked to exit out the door of the cafeteria in a timely manner. Buses will be called promptly at 3:30PM. For student safety, we attempt to keep our car traffic and bus traffic separate.
Good communication is vital to your child’s success in school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher should always be your first contact. Email addresses are: last name first email@example.com (no spaces). School related papers are sent home daily in homework folders – please check them daily for homework and school related information.
The 17-18 PTA officers will be greeting you at many upcoming events:
President: Carla Stock
Vice President: Tara Moyer
Treasurer: Kathy Schiffer
Recording Secretary: Jill Wheeler
Corresponding Secretary: Shauna Werling
Thank you in advance for your involvement and support of our PTA! Together our parents and teachers provide the entrance fees for field trips, numerous school assemblies, supplemental teaching materials, and help fund supplies and activities not covered by our school district budget.
Monthly PTA meetings are held in the school cafeteria. While we welcome all to attend, we understand meeting times are not always suitable for all parents. The majority of our volunteer tasks and activities can be accomplished anytime during the day and school year. Please consider joining our PTA and helping out your child’s school. We need you and always need assistance at all PTA sponsored functions!
Hopewell is a great school with great students, great staff, and great families! Please consider volunteering for at least one school related PTA sponsored function we’ll be hosting this year! You will make a difference.
Please plan to schedule vacations around scheduled school holidays. We value excellent attendance! State regulations define excused Absences and Tardies as follows: Illness, Death of relative, Serious emergency, or Educational Trip.
Children arriving after 9 AM are considered tardy and must be signed into school by an adult.
Educational trips may be excused if approved by the Principal two weeks in advance and the student is in good academic standing. Educational Trip forms are available in the office or online.
***Please note after 10 absences a physician’s excuse may be required for each future absence. According to the PA School Code, “A maximum of ten days of cumulative lawful absences verified by parental notification may be permitted during a school year. All absences beyond ten cumulative days should require an excuse from a physician.” Absences in excess of ten days (educational trips included) that are not accompanied by a physician’s note shall be deemed unexcused. The accumulation of three unexcused absences will consititute a violation of the compulsory School attendance law.
All children are assigned to a specific bus as well as bus stop. A “green slip” must be completed to request permission to ride a different bus or exit at a different bus stop. Forms are found at SLSD.org on the Liberty Bell Homepage. This information will facilitate the district in the event of an emergency and track the availability of seating.
We operate on a five day cycle identified by DAYS A,B,C,D, and E. Our office sends home a monthly calendar to identify each day. However, if school is cancelled on a DAY A, the day we return to school will be adjusted and become DAY A so we have no loss of instruction and would follow DAY A’s schedule.
NEW LAWS have been passed that require the following clearances if you wish to volunteer or assist in any capacity during the school day. The clearances required every 5 years are:
- FBI Fingerprint
- PA State Police Criminal History
- PA Dept. of Welfare Child Abuse
- Arrest/ Conviction Report ACT 24of 2011(form PDE-6004)
Directions to obtain these clearances may be found on the SLSD.org website. No parent will be able to volunteer, assist in our classrooms or chaperone field trips without these clearances. Once the district receives the appropriate paperwork, it will take several days to verify the information and place your name on the district wide approved volunteer list. We suggest obtaining these clearances as soon as you can if you plan on volunteering at any time during the school year.