School lunch is available for $2.75 ($.60 for milk). Online payments can be made through the HPS website, or with a check payable to: “Hopkinton School Lunch Program.” Students are also welcome to bring their own lunch.
How about snacks?
Classrooms establish their own routines for snack time. However, we do ask that families abide by the allergy alerts sent home from the nurse for each classroom.
Our school website has static information, but it is also updated with current news, photos and bulletins. Every other Friday, you can expect a school-wide update from the Principal’s Office, New's From the Elmwood Eagle's Nest. This is distributed to families via email and can also be found in the news section of the school webpage. It may be a recap of recent events or a preview of upcoming happenings. You can also expect important updates to be sent through email.
You can also follow us on Twitter: @HPSElmwood and Instagram (Elmwood_Elementary_School_HPS). These will include highlights and photos from around Elmwood, as well as reminders of upcoming events.
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. They will discuss this more at Curriculum Night. You can find their contact information on our school directory or you can call (508)-497-9860 to reach teachers’ voicemail.
If your child will be taking the school bus, you can access bus route information on the school district transportation page or within the PowerSchool Parent Portal. 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.
Parent Drop-Off and Pick-up Procedures:
For those of you not familiar with our process, please see the following link. Drop-offs in the morning can start at 8:45. Pick-ups in the afternoon begin at 3:15 at the rear of Elmwood School. Be prepared with ID for all parent pick-ups at the end of each day.
Dismissal/Transportation Changes for Students:
It is critical to your child and our staff at Elmwood that we know your child’s dismissal routines, or if there is a change to transportation at the end of the day. Please complete the Dismissal Change Form if you are picking up your child, or if there is a change. Any dismissal changes must be in place before 2:00 pm and before 11:30 am on early release days. We will not accept late changes after 2:00 pm in keeping with our District’s Transportation policies. If you have any questions, please call the office.
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.
In an effort to minimize disruptions, drop off hours for forgotten lunches and other items occur between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM at Elmwood 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.
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.
Elmwood’s Office closes promptly at 4:00 PM and the building will remain locked at that time. Families picking up students from an enrichment activity should meet the instructor at the designated dismissal door.