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                                                                                Hamlow Elementary

                                                                       Back-to-School Information


                                                    Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year

Class Lists

Will be emailed to families on Friday, August 11th.

 Open House

Will be held August 14th from 5:30-6:30. Come meet your teacher and see your classroom.                                            

Kona Ice will be here from 4:30-7:00.  You can get your Kona Ice from the window of the truck and then you choose as much of as many flavors you want!  Don’t forget to stop by after you visit your child’s classroom.

 First Day of School

Wednesday, August 16th 8:25-3:20.  1st and 2nd Grade students will gather on the playground.  Classroom teachers will be out on the playground to pick up their students.  Students are not allowed in the building before 8:00 unless they are part of the Viking Discovery Program.  Kindergarten students will arrive 8:40 on the 1st day of school.  School is dismissed at 3:20. You will meet your student outside in front of the building at their teacher’s designated spot.

 Parent Portal

Parents received an email on July 17th about completing forms online. Thank you to everyone that has created a Parent Portal and completed your child's back-to-school forms. If you have not completed the forms, please log into your Portal and have forms completed by August 10. If you need assistance with your Parent Portal, please use the link below:

If you need access to a computer, please contact Teresa Erdkamp at or 402-786-2321 x 1120 to schedule an appointment.

Student Handbook  (The 2023-2024 handbook will be approved at the August Board of Education Meeting.) Click on the link above.

Dental Screenings

A reminder for parents of children entering the following grades: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 10th.  If your child had a dental exam after February 16, 2023, please get a note from the dentist for us.  State regulations require documentation of dental exam, or your child will have to be screened at school in the fall.  Please upload proof of a dental exam in your Parent Portal under section 3-3 Dental Health Information Waiver.

Before & After School Care

The District 145 Foundation for Education (FFE) provide before and after school care via the Viking Discovery program at all three district elementary campuses.  The Viking Discovery sites are open from 7am-8am, 3pm-6pm on school days and from 7am-6pm on non-school days.

For more information on the FFE's Viking Discover program, visit the FFE website by following the link below.

 Breakfast and Lunch

Hamlow Elementary School offers a breakfast program during the school year. Breakfast is served from 8:00-8:20. Students arriving on a late bus will be provided time to have breakfast at school. The student needs to indicate this preference in the school office when checking in.  The cost for breakfast is $1.90 and the cost for lunch is $3.04.

 Lunch Balance & Payment

District 145 provides the option for families to view and pay their lunch balances online. This is done in partnership with our lunch software vendor (Wordware, Inc.) and an online payment processing service made for schools (e-Funds for schools).  If you are new to the district your child’s lunch ID and instructions on how to access your lunch account will be sent by mail from the Superintendent’s office. Please use this number when making future payments to your family lunch account. To avoid long lines during Meet Your Teacher Night, please feel free to bring or mail the enclosed School District 145 Lunch Account form. If you have questions or do not receive this information, please call the Central Office at 402-786-2321.

Check Your Lunch Balance Here:   

Make Online Payments Here:

Information on Free & Reduced Lunch is linked below.

Please return these forms prior to the start of school, as it typically takes about a day to process and determine status of an application. Free and Reduced applications MUST be completed at the start of every school year even if you received it last year. If you have questions about the application process, please contact us at 402-786-2341

Free & Reduced Lunch Forms

Classroom Snack Information

Parents of all students in grades K-5 have the opportunity to purchase daily classroom snack for their child this school year.  To ensure the safety of all students, snacks brought from home are not allowed.  The cost of snack is separate from the cost of lunch.  Snacks can be paid for by semester or year ($32.00 per semester or $64.00 per year) using MySchoolBucks. Information regarding MySchoolBucks was sent out earlier this summer. Additional information regarding daily snack can be found in your Parent Portal under section 2-3 Elementary Classroom Snack.

Communication has always been a priority for our school.  We post information on the district

website and our Facebook page, Hamlow Elementary School Vikings.

 Student Information (Immunizations Physical, Vision Exam & Birth Certificate) – This is a reminder that students will not be allowed to attend school until their original birth certificate physical, vision exam and immunizations are on file in the building.  All kindergarten students and students enrolling from a school outside of Nebraska are required to have all of the above.

 District 145 Alerts

To provide you the best in school communication for school activities and important school messages, District 145 - Waverly utilizes School Messenger.

You will receive alert messages from your child's school via phone and/or email. There is no cost to you. Parent names and e-mail addresses need to be current in our student information database as the contact information is taken directly from our Power School system to be utilized within School Messenger.  At the beginning of each year, a student profile form is sent home to be updated with any changed contact information.  It is important these are returned to school in a timely fashion.  If any contact information has changed during the school year, please contact your child's school directly.

Text messages to your mobile phone will be an option. As a district, we cannot send unsolicited text messages to you unless you choose this option. All applicable fees will apply regarding your service plan with your mobile phone service provider.

If you would like to receive text message alerts and currently are not receiving the text messages from 675-87, please fill out the form below or click here if it is not displaying correctly.

If you are a patron of the district, local before/after school care provider, etc. you may request to be added to the alert system using the same form below.

You can opt-in and opt-out of text messages as many times as you would like, just text the word HELP to 67587 and follow the instructions. To unsubscribe, text the word STOP to 67587.  For additional help,

If you would like to follow us on Facebook, please visit the following building's Facebook pages:

·       Waverly High School Facebook Page

·       Waverly Middle School Facebook Page

·       Waverly Intermediate School Facebook Page

       Hamlow Elementary School Vikes

Prescription Medication – Prescription medications will continue to be distributed to students who are in need of this service.  Parents need to personally bring prescription medications that students need at school and sign a permission slips before medications will be given.  This is a policy that better ensures the safety of the students attending Hamlow Elementary.

 Anti-Bullying Policy – One of the missions of the district is to provide a physically safe and emotionally secure environment for all students and staff.  The administration and staff are to implement strategies and practices to reinforce and encourage positive behaviors by students.  Positive behaviors include non-violence, cooperation, teamwork, understanding, and acceptance of others.  The administration and staff are to implement strategies and practices to identify and prevent inappropriate behaviors by all students, including anti-bullying education for all students.  Inappropriate behaviors include bullying, intimidation, and harassment.  Bullying means any ongoing pattern of physical, verbal or electronic abuse on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by the school being used for a school purpose by a school employee or designee, or at school sponsored activities or school sponsored athletic events.  The school district shall review the anti-bullying policy annually.

 Absences – Call the school if our child is absent.  If a call is not received, it is our policy to call you.  For the child’s safety, we need to account for the child’s whereabouts. 

 Parent Contact – Please inform us immediately if you have had a change of address or phone number since last spring or if you move during the school year.


School District 145 consists of approximately 300 square miles with district property in four counties: Lancaster, Cass, Otoe, and Saunders.  The district serves the communities of Alvo, Eagle, Prairie Home, Walton, and Waverly.  Our transportation department helps safely bring students to and from school each day from all corners of this area.  If you will need transportation for your student please call the transportation department at 402-786-3015.

Students who ride the bus to school are expected to ride the bus home unless we have a signed note by the parent.  Country students are expected to board the bus at Hamlow and not walk to any of the other schools.  Please let the office know if pick up plans have changed or if someone else is picking up your child.  We will not let students change plans unless we have your permission.

Cross-town Transportation – If you live in Waverly and are close to our pickup and drop off sites, and would like your child transported to and from school, you may sign up at the Central office at 14511 Heywood, Waverly, NE.  The cost is $100 for 1 child and $135 for 2 or more children. If you are interested in cross town bussing please contact the central office between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at 402-786-2321.

2023-2024 Staffing Assignments

Teaching assignments for Hamlow Elementary School are listed in the chart below.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

Vocal Music

Jen Baumeister

Toni Bloch

Kelsea Curtis

Elliott Crouch

Erin Keithley

Heather Brandt

Kim Frantzen


Michaela Lanik

Jane Calver

Ballad Hummel

Physical Education

Courtney Lucas

Diane Sullivan

Missy Schere

Allen Osborn

Jill Young

Kim Webster

Megan Wynn






Title I/ELL

Special Education

Guidance Counselor

Elementary Art

Melissa Kasuske

Liz Echternkamp

Hailey Harp

Teresa Hruska


Jackie Engelhardt



Occupational Therapist

Angie Konen

District Technology


Stephanie Jones

Cara Piper

Susan Riddle

Michelle Rezek


Becky Schroeder-Pre-School



Health & Wellness

Amanda Kuehn-Speech Path

Media Specialist

Administrative Assistant

Nicole McIntire

Keri Wiseman-Speech Path

Heather Manning

Neda Large


District RN – Joslynne Stauss