Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dear Hoover Rockets,


Hoot N'Howl is this Friday from 6;00-8:00 p.m.  This is one of my favorite nights.  We will have a DJ, games, food and fun activities.  Students are not permitted to bring toy weapons to school for the Halloween parties or for Hoot N' Howl.  Students are also asked not to wear masks with their costumes.  We have young students who might be afraid of the masks.  Thanks for following the school rules.


Safety on Levan
If you park on the neighboring streets south of Hoover, please make sure you are parking in a legal spot.  Drivers can not see students crossing at the sidewalk when cars are parked close to the corner. Students have been walking between cars and crossing Levan south of Hoover.  This is not safe. Please make sure parents and students are crossing at the Cross Walk with our Crossing Guards.  The Livonia Police Department has been notified and will be helping us to keep our students safe.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thank you to all the parents/guardians that attended conferences this week.  Together we will achieve our academic goals.  Keep reading with your children and talking about what they have read.  The conversation after reading is just as important as reading.

Lunch in Classrooms due to Halloween Obstacle Course
Mr. O will have his famous Halloween Obstacle Course set up in the Multipurpose Room again this year.  Students will be eating lunch in their classrooms on Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th.  If your child is in a Nut Free classroom (Hawker, Eckerle, Janis, Lipinski, Skibinski) or a Dairy Free classroom (Larabell) or a Pineapple Free Classroom (Poteracki) please try not to pack these items in their lunch on these days.  Thanks for your support.

 Book Fair
 The Book Fair was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who purchased books to support our library and classrooms.



                                                 Rocket Pad School Store
It is with great excitement that we are happy to announce that The Hoover School Store, The Rocket Pad, will be opening next week (10/24).  This year, the students on the Hoover Leadership Team will be working at the store and helping customers with their purchases.  The store sells everything from pencils to glue sticks and look for special surprises during the holiday seasons.  The First and Second Graders will be shopping on Tuesdays during their lunch recess and the Third and Fourth Graders will be shopping during their lunch recess on Thursdays.  Items range in price from a nickel to three dollars.  Gift cards are also available in fifty cents and $1.00 denominations.  Thank you to Mrs. Hawker and Ms. Charochak for supervising the Student Council Students.
Hoover Community, our hearts are bursting with pride!! Thank you for all the coats you donated for our coat drive. We collected over 100!!! From the 100 “coats” collected, 67 of them will be eligible to help the homeless Detroit Public Schools students. We will be accepting LARGER CHILDREN’S AND ADULT SIZED WINTER COATS THROUGH MONDAY. Next week the coats will leave Hoover for the Detroit Marches Organization. From there they will start to be passed out to homeless Detroit Public Schools students. THANK YOU, Hoover for being so generous!

NEXT FRIDAY is Hoover’s annual Fall Party. Get ready for a SPOOK-tacular time! The HOOT-N-HOWL is Friday, October 27, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Children are welcome to dress in costumes (no masks, blood or weapons, please). We will be offering games, refreshments, music and dancing. Also, the winners of the guessing jars, pumpkin weight contest, and the Walk-a-Thon gift card drawing will be near the end of the celebration! Come dine with us, play games and enjoy the evening with your HOOVER FAMILY. 
Adult ghouls are still needed to help with the event. The sign up genius has been updated to include both donation requests and volunteers.   
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48acae2ba7f49-hoover
Please remember to drop off donated items in the lobby by the date indicated on the Sign Up Genius.  Perishable items can be brought in and left in the PTA freezer or refrigerator.    
Thank you for helping to make this a SPOOK-tacular night for our AMAZING HOOVER ROCKETS!


Did you know that we serve breakfast every morning beginning at 8:30 AM? Students getting dropped off or riding the bus may enter the cafeteria and eat breakfast before getting in line or going to classrooms. Students not eating breakfast should arrive no earlier than 8:40 AM when our crossing guard and bus monitors go out for morning supervision. We want to make sure that all students are safe at school. Great things are happening at Hoover! 


Oct. 24-25             Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
Oct. 24                  Rocket Pad Opens (1st & 2nd grade shop), Harris and Flak Field Trip
Oct. 25                  Mayne and Stack Field Trip
Oct. 26                  Picture Retake Day, Rocket Pad Open  (3rd-4th grade), Lunch in Classrooms
Oct. 26                  Nuts About Science
Oct. 27                  Hoot N' Howl 6:00-8:00 p.m., Lunch in Classrooms
Oct. 30-31             Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
Oct. 31                  Marching Band Assembly 10:45 KG, 1, Fortier, 11:15 2nd-4th
Oct. 31                  Halloween Parties 11:00-12:00 KG, 1:15-2:15 3rd, 1:30-2:30 1st, 2nd, 4th
Nov. 2                   Nuts About Science
Nov. 3                   Spirit Day Unhealthy Snack Day
Nov. 7                   No School Professional Development Day
Nov. 8                   Hoover Highlights
Nov. 9                   Nuts About Science
Nov. 22-24            Thanksgiving Break

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hoover Parent/Teacher Conferences Next Week!

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Next week is a busy week at Hoover.  Students will attend for half days of learning.  Parent Teacher Conferences will be in full swing on both Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings.  We look forward to meeting with you to discuss the progress your child is making at Hoover!        The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during conference times.  It is held in the library.  In the past, Mrs. Jungwirth has been able to pick many new resources for the library because of the positive support of this event.  Please make sure you stop by the Book Fair in the library.  
Half Day Reminder:Wednesday, October 18th Thursday, October 19th

Students are dismissed at 12:10 on half days.  We will plan to follow the established plan for how your child will be getting home on those days.  If you have made different arrangements  next Wednesday and/or Thursday, please let your child's teacher know.  We want to make sure all students are safe at the end of every day. J



Hoover Rockets eating lunch!
Did you know that students who buy lunch have access to a beautiful stocked salad bar?  Ms. Wilcox and Ms. Hollenbeck prepare the food for our Hoover Rockets every day.  We also have a snack cart where students can purchase items for $0.50, $0.75 or $1.  Eating a nutritious meal helps students learn and grow.  
Salad Bar

Snack cart and Service Squad Helpers


Ms. Wilcox and Ms. Hollenbeck

WOW!!!! So very proud to be a HOOVER ROCKET FAMILY!!!! Together we raised $11,115.79 in our Walk-a-thon!!!! THANK YOU! Our friendly competition between UofM and MSU proved UofM the most popular with $5757 and MSU with $2,817.06. All of the funds raised will allow the PTA to continue providing busses for field trips, grant teacher wish lists for classroom improvements, and so much more! The money will also allow us to have the dunk tank at field day, a student favorite. The classes in each grade level that raised the most money were: Mrs. Christiansen with $927, Mrs. Horgan with $680, Mrs. Harris $740, Ms. Fortier $705, Mrs.Skibinski $605. The students from each grade level winning lunch with a Hoover Staff VIP are: Kindergarten-Maxwell G. $300, 1st Grade-Enzo D. $170, 2rd Grade-Asher G. $205, 3rd Grade Aidan T. $130, 4th Grade-Bryce D. $120. Congratulations Rockets!!!!
Thank you to all our Hoover families for sending in Box Tops for our fall drive. We will announce the total and classroom winners next week after our volunteer counters have had a chance to tally the Tops.
Our Coat Drive will be October 16th-20th.This year Hoover Elementary is teaming up with the nonprofit Detroit Marches to provide new or gently used coats to homeless students in Detroit Public Schools. Please consider bring in new or gently used coats sizes 4T-3XL over the week of parent/teacher conference to the collection box in the lobby. 

Get ready for a SPOOK-tacular time! The Hoot-n-Howl will be held on Friday, October 27, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Children are welcome to dress in costumes (no masks, blood or weapons, please). We will be offering games, refreshments, music and dancing.  Also, the winners of the guessing jars and the pumpkin weight contest cash drawing will be near the end of the celebration! Come dine with us, play games and enjoy the evening with your HOOVER FAMILY. 
Adult ghouls are still needed to help with the event. The sign up genius has been updated to include both donation requests and volunteers.   
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48acae2ba7f49-hoover
Please remember to drop off donated items in the lobby by the date indicated on the Sign Up Genius.  Perishable items can be brought in and left in the PTA freezer or refrigerator.    
Thank you for helping to make this a SPOOK-tacular night for our AMAZING HOOVER ROCKETS!


Oct. 18-Oct. 19:    Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Days of School Dismissal 12:10)
Oct. 18-19:            Book Fair in the LMC, Coat Drive in Lobby
Oct. 24-25             Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
Oct. 24:                 Rocket Pad (School Store) Open for 1st Grade
Oct. 26:                 Picture Retake Day
Oct. 26:                 Rocket Pad (School Store) Open for 2-4th Grades, Lunch in Classrooms
October 27:           Lunch in Classrooms, Hoot N' Howl 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Oct. 30-31:            Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
November 7:         No School Professional Development Day

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hoover Walk-a-thon

Hello Hoover Rockets,

We had a great time on Wednesday walking for Hoover.  Paws came and cheered on the students and even visited the 4th grade classrooms.  Thank you to everyone who came and cheered on the walkers.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  We use these funds to support all of our PTA programs.  Many of the evening events at Hoover are free thanks to this fundraiser.  This year it includes Hoot N' Howl, Family Fitness Night, Book Bingo Night, Ice Cream Social, and Battle of the Books.  Our PTA also provides funds for field trip transportation, classroom wish list items, leveled library books, electric pencil sharpeners, periodicals and many other items.  If you have not had a chance to send in your pledges you can on Monday.  Help us reach our goal!  We need to raise $10,000 so that Mr. O, Mr. Tony, Mrs. Bice and myself can go in the Dunk Tank on Field Day.
Parents came and cheered on the students.




Paws greeted the KG students.

Paws visited 4th Grade.

Superintendent Oquist came for the Walk-a-thon!

Sara Pajor won the Banner Contest!





Mrs. Bice is our Elementary Support Teacher. At Cass this was Mrs. Wilson.  Mrs. Bice helps students feel good about learning and school.  She is also a great resource for parenting and setting routines and expectations to help our students be successful both at Hoover and in life.  Mrs. Bice can be seen supporting students with reading or behavior.  She is in charge of our Health Plans for those students who need medication during the school day.  Mrs. Bice also visits classrooms to support the teachers and students in maintaining a joyful learning environment.  In the next couple weeks, she will be visiting 4th grade to talk about bullying and how students can stop bullying by being an upstander. 

PTA NEWS
Thank you for all the Walk-a-thon pledges and support!!! Our Hoover Rockets had a great time and loved seeing PAWS!!! So far, we have raised approximately $7,105. The PTA goal is to raise $10,000.00 and then we can have the dunk tank on field day. When we reach our $10,000 goal, the students will have the chance to dunk some of our fantastic staff members including Mrs. Linn, Mr. Tony and Mr. O. In years past we have raised over $12,000 with all the money directly going to our Hoover Rockets. The money raised helps pay for field trip buses, teacher wish lists, assemblies, and so much more!! We are welcoming donations through Monday, October 9th. For every child that brings in money, they will be entered into a raffle for one of two $25 Visa gift cards to be drawn at Hoot-n-Howl. 
UofM has won our friendly College Spirit Competition with $3,353 of the pledge donations and MSU $1,599. On Monday Mrs. Linn will be and wearing UofM attire. We will post pictures on our Facebook page, Hoover Elementary School PTA, please remember to “like” the page so you can stay up to date.

Our Box Top$ for Education contest starts this coming Monday, October 9th and runs until Friday, October 13th. Please help our AMAZING HOOVER ROCKETS earn "free money" by sending in your Box Tops for Education. The PTA will award a classroom party to the top earning class in each grade level. You can also participate by downloading the Bonus Box Top App to your smart phone. Simply download the app, create or login to your Box Top account, look for Bonus Offers, buy the products and upload a picture of your receipt to the app for points. Currently they are awarding bonuses for many cereals and Annie’s Mac 'n Cheese.
In order for the contest to be a success, we are in need of volunteers to be “Parent Counters.” They have to pick up the bag of Box Tops from the classroom at the end of the contest week. Then over the following week: check the expiration date, count them into baggies of 50, and turn them in to either the box in the lobby of the school, or you can leave them in the box on Amanda Rice’s front porch by Friday, October 20th. Please consider visiting the link below to sign up. Thank you for your support and Happy Counting.

Our Coat Drive will be October 16th-20th.This year Hoover Elementary is teaming up with the nonprofit Detroit Marches to provide new or gently used coats to homeless students in Detroit Public Schools. Please consider bring in new or gently used coats sizes 4T-3XL over the week of parent/teacher conference to the collection box in the lobby.

Hoot-N-Howl is Friday, October 27th from 6-8pm. This is our Halloween carnival. Students and families can wear costumes (no masks or weapons please) and bring a canned donation for a small bag of candy. Families can enjoy cider, donuts, and cupcakes free of charge. Food will also be available to purchase. We are still in the planning stages, however in years past we have had a loaded baked potato bar, hot dogs, chips, juice, pop and water. Entertainment will likely include music in the gym, games in the classrooms, photo props, and live animals. Please come join us for a FUN FAMILY EVENT!!!! 
This event is definitely not possible without the help of our AMAZING HOOVER ROCKET COMMUNITY!! We need volunteers for several committees listed below, high school students, grandparents, family members and friends are welcome to help! If you have a preference for a specific job within each committee please state so in your comment. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48acae2ba7f49-hoover
Another signup genius will be published early next week with items requested for Hoot-N-Howl donations.
The Hoover PTA is helping you to stay connected by utilizing Facebook and the Remind app. Our Facebook page is Hoover Elementary School PTA. Please visit and like our Facebook page to stay connected. You can also sign up for updates via the Remind app.  


Thank you so much for all your help making Hoover a great place to learn and grow!!


Oct. 9-Oct. 13:      Box Top Contest
October 11:            11:00 Fire Drill 
Oct. 18-Oct. 19:    Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Days of School Dismissal 12:10)
Oct. 24-25             Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
October 26:           Picture Retake Day
October 27:           Hoot N' Howl 6:00-8:00 p.m.
October 31:           Halloween Parties
Oct. 30-31:            Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
November 7:         No School Professional Development Day

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hoover Freedom Run Week!

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Wow!  We had a hot week at Hoover!  The students and teachers did an amazing job staying focused on learning.  We wrapped up our I-READY diagnostics this week with students in first thru fourth grade. 

Coffee with the Principal

Thank you to those parents that attended Coffee with the Principal yesterday.  This was a great opportunity to meet other parents and spend some time learning more about Hoover.  Look for another Coffee with the Principal later in the year.

FREEDOM RUN 

Thursday the boys and girls participated in Freedom Run to celebrate all of the special freedoms we share as citizens of the United States of America.  We formed a giant USA as a school and sang the Star Spangled Banner.  Thank you to Mr. O'Loughlin and the volunteers who made this event so special. 


GO BLUE!
Blue Shirt Day® World Day of
Bullying Prevention™

SAVE THE DATE 
10.2.17
The first Monday of each October is Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™ which signifies the importance of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month each October.



Happy Friday Hoover Rockets!  Preparation for the Walk-a-thon is in full swing!  This is our largest FUNdraiser of the year, and we are looking forward to an amazing day!
The schedule has been tweaked a bit due to a fun surprise for our Rockets!
The new schedule is  OCTOBER 4th, Kindergarten 9:30-10, First and Second 10:15-10:45, Third and Fourth 11-11:30

Remember to mark off your pledge sheet, have your Rocket dress in their favorite college spirit wear for the walk-a-thon, bring a waterbottle, and ask friends and family this weekend for their pledges. All pledges are due by October 6th, but can be turned in at any time next week. 

We do need volunteers to make that day go smoothly.  The sign up genius link for this is, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48acae2ba7f49-walk

The PTA board would also like to thank all of our volunteers who helped at the Freedom Run, PALS, Welcome Table, Outdoor Movie Night, and so many more that have helped Hoover start off the year! 

October 4:             Hoover Walk-a-thon
                              KG 9:30-10:00, 1st-2nd 10:15-10:45, 3rd-4th 11:00-11:30
October 6:             Spirit Day College Day
Oct. 9-Oct. 13:      Box Top Contest
October 11:            11:00 Fire Drill 
Oct. 18-Oct. 19:    Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Days of School Dismissal 12:10)
Oct. 24-25             Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
October 26:           Picture Retake Day
October 27:           Hoot N' Howl 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Oct. 30-31:            Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
November 7:         No School Professional Development Day

Friday, September 22, 2017

9.24.17

Hello Hoover Rockets,

We had the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Outdoor Classroom this afternoon.  Hans Anderson thanked the volunteers and shared with the students the different areas of the Classroom.  Ranger Rick for the National Wildlife Federation also made a surprise appearance.

We are currently featured on the LPS Website.  Here is the link http://www.livoniapublicschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3032454&pageId=51616129 












LITERACY AT HOOVER

Literacy is a priority at Hoover. We are increasing the amount of time that we are spending on Language Arts. Students will be reading and writing for longer periods of time. Teachers will be providing literacy instruction for a larger portion of the day. We will be incorporating Science and Social studies topics into Language Arts, instead of a period of time designated just for science or social studies. For example, students might be reading a science text and then writing in their response journal.

During these first couple weeks, we are focusing on routines, developing a climate in the classroom that is respectful, kind, collaborative and engaging. Then we will be assessing the students reading levels by reading individually with students and administering the IReady Diagnostic. The IReady Diagnostic will assess both reading and math and is done on the computer. KG is assessing letter and sound identification  and will begin the IReady in January.

 We will be sending home a Reading Proficiency Report in October. This report will let you know your child's reading level. If a student is reading significantly below grade level, we will be developing an Individual Reading Improvement Plan (IRIP) with you during conferences. This will help you know what you can do at home to support reading growth and what we are planning to do at Hoover. 


Did you know that Hoover now has a Buddy Bench?
A buddy bench was added to the kindergarten and 1st grade playground this week.  Monday, Mrs. Bice visited each of the classrooms to explain this new addition. Here are the guidelines that she shared with the students.
  • Only sit on the bench if you can't find anyone to play with at recess.
  • While sitting on the bench look around for a game or activity you can join
  • If you see something you want to do or a friend get off the bench.
  • If you're sitting on the bench, play with the first classmate who invites you.  Introduce yourself (say your name and grade) and talk about what you are going to play.
  • When you see someone on the bench go over and invite them to play.
Making friends is an important part of life and we want all our students to have a joyful and fun recess.  Hopefully, the buddy bench will make it easier for friendships to grow!

The Hoover PTA extents a big thank you to all the families who came out for Outdoor Movie Night. We had a fun night watching and singing along with Trolls, while enjoying plenty of snacks. Thank you to Sweets 220 for donating the amazing cupcakes for our movie night! I think everyone was especially glad to see the very popular Kona truck! Even with the higher temps, it was a great night and we appreciate all your support for the Hoover PTA.  

We will now be continuing plans for our Walk-a-thon on October 4th. This is traditionally one of our biggest events! This year we are having a little contest for U of M and State fans. Students can decide which school they would like their pledges to represent by labeling U of M or State on their envelope. If U of M raises the most, Mrs. Linn will wear Wolverine gear for a day! If State raises the most, Mrs. Holmes will wear Spartan gear for a day! We are also offering $100 visa gift cards to the top fundraising class in each grade level, and the top fundraising individual in each grade level will win a lunch date with the staff member of their choice. More details on fundraising incentives and volunteering will be coming! 

Also coming in October, our first Box Top drive and a coat drive. Thank you for your continued support of the Hoover PTA!

Hoover Spirit Wear
Here is a quick link to the Hoover Spirit Wear.  
(Free Shipping and 15% comes back to Hoover)

September 28:       Freedom Run 1:45
September 28:       Coffee with the Principal 9:00 a.m.
October 4:             Hoover Walk-a-thon
                              KG 9:30-10:00, 1st-2nd 10:15-10:45, 3rd-4th 11:00-11:30
October 6:             Spirit Day College Day
Oct. 9-Oct. 13:      Box Top Contest
October 11:           11:00 Fire Drill 
Oct. 18-Oct. 19:    Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Days of School Dismissal 12:10)
Oct. 24-25             Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
October 26:           Picture Retake Day
October 27:           Hoot N' Howl 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Oct. 30-31:            Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
November 7:         No School Professional Development Day

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Faces at Hoover!

Hello Hoover Rockets,
We have some new face at Hoover.  Ms Neville comes to us from Cass where she taught First Grade.  Ms. Janis came from a Charter School where she has taught Fourth Grade.  Mrs. Mayne taught Second grade at Cass.   Mr. Turner and Ms. Sato are our amazing Music Teachers.  Both of them also teach at Stevenson when they are not here at Hoover.  Each of these talented professionals bring positive energy, enthusiasm and a love for learning into their classrooms.  They have already discovered that Hoover is an Amazing School!

Ms. Amy Neville
Ms. Brittany Janis
Mrs. Shari Mayne

Mr. Turner with Mrs. Hawker's class.
Ms. Sato 





Technology at Hoover

Ms. Charochak's Class on Chromebooks
Students are already busy using our technology.  First grade started Technology Wednesdays.  The Chromebook Carts are brought into the classroom and the entire class has a Chromebook to use.  First through Fourth Grade students began taking the I-READY Diagnostic on a computer this week.
4th Graders in Computer Lab #2


Message from LPS Transportation  

As we settle in to the school year, please bear with us as we make adjustments to our bus routes. We understand that late buses can be frustrating for everyone.

We would appreciate anyone with issues concerning Transportation, to email us at lpsbus@livoniapublicschools.org with your name, school, bus number and your concern. This is the best way to state your non-emergency concerns. We take all messages seriously and we are working very hard to run a smooth district-wide transportation system that safely transports more than 8,000 students to and from school each and every day.
Issues such as traffic, construction, settling into new routes, staffing shortages, can all cause unwanted and unintended delays. Working together, we can address the glitches that may arise in the system. Thank you for entrusting your children with us. Wishing you a great school year!
~ Transportation Department 
Did you know that dogs are not allowed at Hoover during pick up and drop off times or at the bus stops?  We have some students with allergies and some students who are afraid of dogs.  It can become a distraction for some of our younger students who want to leave their bus lines. I have heard several concerns from staff and parents. As a dog lover (I own a Puggle), I understand the desire to bring pets for pick up, but with so many children being released at once, it could lead to a pet getting startled and then an accident. Thank you so much for your understand and your cooperation.

Thank you to everyone who came to the first PTA meeting Tuesday night! We had a great turn out and loved hearing some new ideas. The next PTA event is Outdoor Movie night on Friday at 7:00 p.m. We will be featuring the movie Trolls. Look for more details to come home next week. 
Also thank you to those families that signed up for the after school program Nuts About Science. The class is now full and will start Thursday, September 28th, and run for 7 weeks.

September 22:       Outdoor Movie Night 7:00 p.m.
September 28:       Freedom Run 1:45
September 28:       Coffee with the Principal 9:00 a.m.
October 4:             Hoover Walk-a-thon
                              KG 9:30-10:00, 1st-2nd 10:15-10:45, 3rd-4th 11:00-11:30
October 6:             Spirit Day College Day
Oct. 9-Oct. 13:      Box Top Contest
Oct. 18-Oct. 19:    Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Days of School Dismissal 12:10)
October 26:           Picture Retake Day