Marathon School 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Elmwood School 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Hopkins School 8:15 AM - 2:30 PM
Middle School 7:25 AM - 1:50 PM
High School 7:25 AM - 1:50 PM
PK Hours: AM 9:00 - 11:30AM
PM 12:45 - 3:15PM
Forgotten Items Dropoff
Marathon and Elmwood 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Hopkins 8:30 - 10:30 AM
MS 7:30 - 9:30 AM
Here are a few important contact details should you have any questions or concerns:
Hopkins Main Office phone: (508) 497-9824
Hopkins Absentee Call-in: (508) 435-0312
Hopkins Office email, dismissal changes: email@example.com
BACK TO SCHOOL REMINDERS & KEY INFO:
What are school office hours?
Our school office hours will be 7:30-3:30. Students may not be dropped off until 8:00 AM, when supervision will begin in the front of school, for walkers and parent drop-offs, and behind the building for busses. See the Transportation section for more details on these procedures. At 3:30, the office closes and families will not be able to gain access to Hopkins.
What about lunch?
School lunch is available for $2.75 ($.60 for milk). Online payments can be made through the HPS website, or with a check. Students are also welcome to bring their own lunch. As a reminder, Hopkins students do have lunch on Early Release Days, but not on Early Dismissal Days. Please check the school calendar on the website for details.
How can I get involved?
Families are encouraged to learn more about volunteer opportunities with both the HPTA (Parent-Teacher Association) and HEF (Hopkinton Education Foundation). These are great ways to become part of our community at Hopkins- and both are extremely important supporters of our schools in Hopkinton! You can find links to these organizations at the bottom of this newsletter or from our website.
We are also always looking for parents/guardians to volunteer at Hopkins- whether you are available weekly or for special events. We will be sharing more about these opportunities at our Curriculum Nights in several weeks. As a reminder, any volunteers do need to have an up-to-date CORI on file in the office.
In an effort to minimize disruptions, drop off hours for forgotten lunches, instruments, and other items occur between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM at Hopkins School. Please do not bring forgotten homework to school. To drop-off items, you will be buzzed into our main entrance exterior door, and a table will be located in the vestibule. Please leave the clearly-labeled items on the table. We no longer allow visitors into the main section of the building to drop-off forgotten items. Our staff will call students down to the Main Office to pick up these items at approximately 10:35.
Just a reminder that we ask for everyone’s support to prevent ‘tailgating.’ While holding the door open for others is a polite thing to do, it can be a security risk in our schools. Please do not hold the door open for others; we kindly ask that all visitors pass through our buzz-in system at the main entrance to the school.
Since Hopkins’ Office closes promptly at 3:30 PM and the building will remain locked at that time, we are now asking for all families picking up students from an enrichment activity that ends after 3:20 PM to please follow our normal after-school dismissal procedures. The instructors will be outside supervising the pickup. We will post a sign on our front door reminding families of these adjustments to our practices. To review the map of traffic flow for dismissals, please click here. A reminder, it is necessary to stay in your vehicle when in the dismissal line. This applies to all after-school enrichment program, unless the instructor has arranged with families to meet at another location outside our building. This is not applicable for the Kidsborough Afterschool Care, which has their own dismissal protocols.
If your child will be taking the school bus, you can access bus route information on the school district website (http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us). To access, click District Departments then Transportation followed by Bus Routes then Hopkins School. We recommend that you be at bus stops somewhat earlier than the printed times for the first week or so, until the buses have a chance to fully establish their routines. We encourage a 10-15 minute window at the beginning of the year, as route times are approximations. Be respectful of the time, as those not prepared will delay the route for all. For the dismissal route, again, please allow a 10-15 minute window of time. Route times are approximate, not exact.
Parent Drop-Off and Pick-up Procedures:
For those of you not familiar with our process, please see the following link, which can also be found on our website. Drop-offs in the morning start at 8:00. Please know that if you drop off your child prior to 8:00, we are unable to provide supervision or entry to the building. Therefore, we ask you aim for as close to 8:00 as possible. Our tardy bell rings at 8:15. The pick-up line will begin dismissing students promptly at 2:30. Be prepared with ID for all parent pick-ups at the end of each day.
Because we have so many buses picking up and dropping off at Hopkins all at once, we will continue using the ‘access road’ to queue waiting buses. That access road exits with a right turn next to the entrance into the front driveway/parking of Hopkins. If you are in the line of cars dropping off or picking up students, please do not block the access road so buses can exit.
Dismissal/Transportation Changes for Students:
It is critical to your child and our staff at Hopkins that we know your child’s dismissal routines, or, if there is a change to transportation at the end of the day. Please send in a note if you are picking up your child, or, if there is a change. We need all pickup plans or dismissal changes in writing or an email. Currently, dismissal changes are received up until 1:15 each day at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any dismissal changes also need to comply with our District’s Transportation policies.
It is imperative that we are able to verify our transportation information for our young students. Continuous changes impede this verification. As a reminder, the last day to submit transportation changes was Monday, August 14. On Monday, September 18, the HPS elementary schools will accept and begin processing Request for Change to School Transportation forms.
It is also important for your child to know their dismissal plans each day, especially if they have different routines on different days of the week. Children are sometimes confused or forget about the days of the week. Kids can also be on “auto-pilot” at the end of each day and not think about where they are supposed to go. If your child has different plans on different days, please review with your child their schedule and routine.
Our school website has static information, but it is also updated with current news, photos and bulletins. Every other week, you can expect a school-wide update from the Principal’s Office, the Hawk Squawk. This is distributed to families via email and can also be found on the school’s webpage. It may be a recap of recent events or a preview of upcoming happenings. Educational, child development, social-emotional learning links/videos, particularly related to our Core Value of the month, will also be included. It will also announce our Principal's Cabinet members for that month and share the current needs for Project Just Because.
You can also follow us on Twitter: @hopkinsschool, Instagram (hopkins_elementary), and Facebook (HopkinsElementarySchool). These will include highlights and photos from around Hopkins, as well as reminders of upcoming events. Links to these can be found at the bottom of the Hawk Squawk.
Ms. Babson sends out the Hopkins Herald newsletter every other month. This includes articles written by staff and students at Hopkins, as well as many pictures from our hallways. Links to old issues can also be found on the web page.
In addition to the above school-wide methods, please communicate openly with your child’s teacher(s). Each teacher has an email address and voice mailbox. Many also utilize Google Classroom, Class Dojo, a website and/or Twitter to share news. They will discuss this more at Curriculum Night. You can find their contact information on our school website or you can call (508)-497-9824 to reach teachers’ voicemail.