Friday, January 18, 2019

1.18.19

Hello Hoover Rockets,

No School On Monday, January 21, 2019.  Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we will not be having school on Monday.

4th Grade Concert at Stevenson


Our 4th Grade Students sang with the Riley and Stevenson Choir on Wednesday night at the Stevenson Performing Arts Center!  They sounded wonderful!  Thank you Mr. Turner!

 

Refillable Water Fountain


Our new Refillable Water Fountain is operational.  We have currently filled up 48 bottles!  Students can now bring a refillable water bottle and enjoy a cold drink!  The water is cold and filtered!  Thank you to US Ecology for donating funds for the Water Fountain!






Vision Screening (KG, 1st, 3rd)
The Wayne County Health Department will be here on January 22- January 28 to screen our Kindergarten, First and Third Grade students vision.  If a student does not pass the screening you will be notified by the Heath Department.

Now Hiring
The City of Livonia is looking to hire a couple of substitute crossing guards.  If you, or someone you know, may be interested, please reach out to Officer Rebant with the Livonia Police Dept Traffic Bureau.  The contact number is (734) 466-2683.  If there is no answer, please leave your contact info and a return call will be made.  Thank you!



US Ecology Volunteers and Hoover Parents
Did you know that our 3rd grade students participated in a trash dissection last Friday?  The students sorted and analyzed our lunchroom trash.  What category was thrown out the most?  (food, liquid, plastic, paper, metal or cardboard)  What can be done to help students eat their food at lunch?  According to a survey by the American Chemistry Council, the average household throws out $640 of food each year.  Furthermore, 76% of Americans admit to throwing out leftovers on a monthly basis.  Since data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that the average American household spent $4015 on food in 2015, this means we're throwing away almost 16% of the food we buy-and that's not a number to be proud of.  Inspiring Video:  Food Rescue Warriors: https://youtu.be/GY4Bw1Mhqss

This year was the 50th Anniversary of the National Reflections Contest. We are so proud of all 4 of our Hoover Rockets for being brave and entered into this year’s competition. Please join us in congratulating Corinne Christensen, Aubrey Edwards, Karen Pryciak and Milena Testa for their creative works about “Heros Around Me”!! They were all recognized on Tuesday during the LPTSA Ceremony at Franklin High School. Their work will be on display at our Hoover Art Fair in April. Next year’s theme is “Look Within” and we are looking forward to seeing the entries of our creative Hoover Rockets!!


Registration for Session 3 CRAZY CHEMISTRY is open now until January 29th. Hoover Students in grades 1st-4th are welcome on Mondays from 3:57-5:15pm in the Art Room!! Join us as we explore the world of Chemistry with hands-on experiments! The possibilities are endless with Chemistry - test tubes, polymers, explosions, edible experiments and much more! Students will take home what they make in class each week, and the best part is …We Make Science FUN! CLASSES: Slippery Slimy Science, Crazy Chemistry, Polymers Please, Colorful Chemistry, Test Tube Adventures, Yummy Science *Classes are aligned with MI Science Standards. A full description of each class is available at nutsaboutscience.com The class will meet MONDAYS: 02/04, 02/11, 2/25, 03/04, 03/11, 03/18 (no class 2/18)in the Hoover Elementary Art Room Tuition: $108 per student; $90 for student with parent helper (parent helpers must attend all 6 weeks). All materials are included. (A portion of tuition goes to Hoover PTA) Registration Steps: 1. Visit: www.nutsaboutscience.com 2. Click on After School Registration 3. Click on Livonia Schools 4. Click on Hoover Elementary 5. Follow the registration and payment steps. * Registration closes JANUARY 29TH!
WINTER BLAST INFORMATION Hoover’s Winter Blast is right around the corner on Friday, February 1st from 6-8:30pm. This is our biggest event of the year. We hope you will save the date for an evening of family fun. Activities will include, but not limited to:  carnival type games, food, and raffling off the themed baskets. Information about the baskets was sent home before Winter Break and is also posted below.
PRE-SALE: A great way to avoid lines the night of Winter Blast is to buy advance tickets for food/games and also raffle tickets for the themed baskets. Please look for more information to come home via backpack mail. Don’t worry if you misplace the order form. The pre-sale order form will be attached to the Winter Blast email from Mrs. Linn on 1/20. The form will also be available in the coming days on our private Facebook group page “Hoover Rockets PTA” and also attached to a message on the Remind app “Hoover Elementary PTA”.  
VOLUNTEERING: This FUN event will not be possible without your help!! Please consider volunteering for at least one shift to help our Hoover Rockets enjoy the evening.  They have so much fun and it is so great to see their smiling faces all night! **Also if you have older children (middle school aged or older) please consider sharing this information with them to earn volunteer credit for their organizations or just to return to their alma matter to help out!
We are looking forward to another successful event. THANK YOU so much for your time and consideration in serving our AMAZING kiddos! They sure do appreciate your support!!

Winter Blast Raffle Baskets: Please help to fill either your child’s classroom raffle basket or another basket with donations.
Mrs. Christensen: Sweet and Salty – Sweet treats and Salty snacks
Mrs. Hawker: All about Girls- Dolls, diaries, hair accessories, and mani/pedi supplies
Ms. Moritz: All about Boys- Minecraft, Fortnite, action figures, and sports balls
Mrs. Poteracki: Ice Cream Sundae- Spoons, bowls, toppings, cones, scooper, Baskin Robin’s gift card
Ms. Charochak: Movie Night- Your favorite movies, popcorn, seasonings, candy, blanket, Family Video or RedBox gift card
Mrs. Eckerle: Cooking/Baking- apron, cookbook, bowls, timer, cooking sheets, utensils, Anything you need to make a FABOULOUS cook.
Mrs. Horgan- Family Game Night- Board games, card games, and snacks
Mrs. Neville- Gift Card- Gift cards to your favorite restaurants, movies, or activities, this is loved by EVERYONE!
Mrs. Flak- MYSTERY- SHHHHH it’s a secret, you’ll find out the night of the Winter Blast
Mrs. Harris- Mexican- All things Mexican, chips, salsa, taco kits, sombrero, and gift cards
Mrs. Mayne- Lottery Tickets- Any type of scratch off tickets
Mrs. Peer- Money Tree- Cash donations make this basket an absolute FAVORITE! What are you going to spend the money on????
Mrs. Cannell- Arts and Crafts- Paints, beads, paper, duct tape, makers, craft books, Let your
Creativity run wild.
Mrs. Cowher- UofM and MSU – Anything to show your school spirit and favorite team
Ms. Fotier- Made in Michigan- Lets see all the cool things are wonderful state of Michigan has to offer.

Ms. Janis- Sports- sports equipment, balls, sporting event tickets, jersey’s, and water bottle
Mrs. Larabell- Snow Day- All things to have a fun filled snow day, snow toys, blankets, puzzles, movies, games, hot chocolate, and books
Mrs. Lipinski- Tailgating- The things that make your tailgating party fun!! Cooler, snacks, outdoor games, blankets, chairs, sports gear.
Ms. Skibinski- Eco-Action- reusable grocery bags, straws, water bottles, and reusable lunch sacks
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS NIGHT A SUCCESS
Box Tops: Just keep clipping!!! Our Spring Contest will be February 11-15th. Have your child bring in their clipped Box Tops for Education during the contest. This is such an easy way to raise money for our school. Please look for more information to come home in the coming weeks about volunteer opportunities.

Youth Making a Difference
Has your child completed a community service project over the summer or are they planning to do so over the holiday season? Youth Making a Difference is a program that encourages and recognizes volunteer efforts by K-12 students. Livonia PTSA Council recognizes the efforts of these students at the annual Youth Making a Difference celebration in April. Some students, among other things, visit senior citizens, help collect money for the Livonia Goodfellows, pack lunches for the homeless, or rake leaves and pick up trash outside their schools or community. The YMAD program and celebration is a great way to recognize our children’s efforts. The commitment forms will go home soon and are due back February 22nd. Projects are due March 22nd and the ceremony is in April 2019 at Franklin High School. 


     
1/19 PTSA Chili Cook Off
1/21 MLK No School
1/22-1/28 Vision Screening (KG, 1st, 3rd)
2/1 Kindergarten Registration Begins
2/1 Winter Blast 6-8:30
2/8 Spirit Day Unhealthy Snack Day
2/11 PTA Meeting 10:00
2/18 Mid Winter Break No School
2/22 YMAD Forms Due
2/27 1/2 Day of School Dismissal 12:10  Professional Development 
3/7 Kindergarten Parent Information Night 6-7:00 p.m.
3/8 1/2 Day of  School Dismissal 12:10 Teacher Work Day
3/8 Spirit Day Mismatch Day

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Climate Character Trait for January is Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is learning how to pay attention. Mindfulness helps us calm down. Mindfulness strategies can calm your inner spirit. Kids have said it helps them to be a better person. Mindfulness is thinking about what you are doing right now. Not thinking about the future or the past only the present.

3rd Grade STEM Project



Ms. Fortier and Mrs. Cowher's class built snow catapults out of a variety of items and launched the puff ball snow balls.  


4th Grade Music Concert

Our 4th Grade Hoover Rockets will be singing with the Stevenson Choir on Wednesday, January 16th at the Stevenson Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m.  Mr. Turner would like all the fourth graders to meet in the auditorium of Stevenson High School at 6:15 for a brief warm up and rehearsal.  We respectfully ask the parent to wait in the lobby, so the students’ full attention will be on directions and warming up.  The auditorium doors will officially open for guests at 6:45. 
Please have your child dress up for the performance.  The concert will begin at 7:00 and should last approximately 45 minutes. We are really looking forward to this special concert featuring our Hoover Fourth Graders, as well as the older students.  

Cyber Safety Initiative Assemblies

The Michigan Attorney General’s office will be conducting presentations on student safety featuring the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) and the student safety hotline, OK2SAY.  The presentation will be given to our students on January 18, 2019.
The primary theme of the K – 1st grade presentation is the “3 Keeps.”  Students are instructed to (1) Keep Safe by carefully guarding their personal information online; (2) Keep Away from Internet strangers; and (3) Keep Telling parents or a trusted adult about anything that makes them uncomfortable.  This presentation features videos from Common Sense Media that discuss important rules for being safe online and encourage children to seek the help of an adult they trust when faced with challenging situations like bullying.
The 2nd-4th grade presentation discusses important rules for being safe online and encourages students to seek the help of a trusted adult when faced with challenging situations. The presentation discusses the need to have permission to go online and to visit only sites where permission has been granted from a teacher or trusted adult. 
Birthday Celebrations
Just a reminder that Hoover is a Healthy School.  Birthday treats are not permitted.  Please do not send in cupcakes, candy, treat bags etc.  If you would like your child's class to celebrate a birthday perhaps your child could donate an indoor recess game or you could send in a pencil for each student in the class.  Thank you for supporting our efforts to be a Healthy School!

Did you know that a Hoover student's artwork is on display at Sam's Place Restaurant on Five Mile Road in Livonia.  This is part of the Livonia Public Schools' Art in the Community Program.  Congratulations Ellie!
Welcome to 2019!! The PTA hopes you enjoyed your break from the school routine!! Please join us on Monday, January 14th at 7pm for the next PTA meeting.

Our Hoover PTA is excited to recognize the following students for submitting their creative works for the 50th National PTA Reflections Contest. Congratulations to Corrine Christensen, Aubrey Edwards, Karen Pryiak, and Milena Testa. Their work will be on display at Franklin High School Tuesday, January 15th from 6-8 pm during the LPTSA Reflections Ceremony.  They will also be recognized on stage and receive a participation certificate. We will display their entries at Hoover during the Art Fair in April. They did an excellent job representing Hoover Elementary and we are so proud of all their hard work!!!

Here are the PTA events for January and the beginning of February.
SKATE NIGHT: The next Riverside Arena Skate Night is Tuesday, January 15th from 6-8pm. Watch for the flyer to come home via backpack mail.

SPIRIT DAY: Friday, January 18th is our next Spirit Day. For $1 your Hoover Rocket can wear their pajamas to school!!

NUTS ABPOUT SCIENCE: Session 3 registration opens on January 14th and closes on January 29th. The CRAZY CHEMISTRY session starts Monday February 4th in the Hoover Art Room. Please visit www.nutsaboutscience.com for registration information.

5th Annual PTA Dads Chili Cook-Off Hosted by the PTSA Council:
Join the fun on Saturday, January 19th from 11am – 2 pm at Franklin High School.   Looking for Dads, Grandpas and/or Uncles to join and support their favorite PTA’s, earn money for their favorite schools, and have a great time while doing it.  Male L.P.S. teachers and/or administrative staff are welcome too!   Entry fee is only $10 per chili entry so sigh up now!
Potential Entries:  All entrants MUST be a “dad” and a member of their local PTA.  If you are not a member yet, there is still time to join. Chili must be brought to the event in a crock pot, ready to eat.  Please bring an extension cord. Feel free to dress up your table to WOW the judges.  Extra awards will include people’s choice, best dressed table, & hottest chili!
The 1st place “Dad” will take home a “Dadcentric” prize package, a $500 grant, courtesy of The Livonia Kiwanis Early Risers, for their favorite Livonia Public School, and bragging rights for 365 days.
Come out and support this exciting event!  $5 admission gets you refreshments and unlimited chili samples from all of our entrants (while supplies last).

WINTER BLAST INFORMATION Hoover’s Winter Blast is right around the corner on Friday, February 1st from 6-8:30pm. This is our biggest event of the year. We hope you will save the date for an evening of family fun. Activities will include, but not limited to:  carnival type games, food, and raffling off the themed baskets. Information about the baskets was sent home before Winter Break and is also posted below. A great way to avoid lines the night of Winter Blast is to buy advance tickets for food/games and also raffle tickets for the themed baskets. Please look for more information to come home soon about Winter Blast Volunteer Opportunities and Pre-Sale information.  
 Winter Blast Raffle Baskets: Please help to fill either your child’s classroom raffle basket or another basket with donations.
Mrs. Christensen: Sweet and Salty – Sweet treats and Salty snacks
Mrs. Hawker: All about Girls- Dolls, diaries, hair accessories, and mani/pedi supplies
Ms. Moritz: All about Boys- Minecraft, Fortnite, action figures, and sports balls
Mrs. Poteracki: Ice Cream Sundae- Spoons, bowls, toppings, cones, scooper, Baskin Robin’s gift card
Ms. Charochak: Movie Night- Your favorite movies, popcorn, seasonings, candy, blanket, Family Video or RedBox gift card
Mrs. Eckerle: Cooking/Baking- apron, cookbook, bowls, timer, cooking sheets, utensils, Anything you need to make a FABOULOUS cook.
Mrs. Horgan- Family Game Night- Board games, card games, and snacks
Mrs. Neville- Gift Card- Gift cards to your favorite restaurants, movies, or activities, this is loved by EVERYONE!
Mrs. Flak- MYSTERY- SHHHHH it’s a secret, you’ll find out the night of the Winter Blast
Mrs. Harris- Mexican- All things Mexican, chips, salsa, taco kits, sombrero, and gift cards
Mrs. Mayne- Lottery Tickets- Any type of scratch off tickets
Mrs. Peer- Money Tree- Cash donations make this basket an absolute FAVORITE! What are you going to spend the money on????
Mrs. Cannell- Arts and Crafts- Paints, beads, paper, duct tape, makers, craft books, Let your
Creativity run wild.
Mrs. Cowher- UofM and MSU – Anything to show your school spirit and favorite team
Ms. Fotier- Made in Michigan- Lets see all the cool things are wonderful state of Michigan has to offer.
Ms. Janis- Sports- sports equipment, balls, sporting event tickets, jersey’s, and water bottle
Mrs. Larabell- Snow Day- All things to have a fun filled snow day, snow toys, blankets, puzzles, movies, games, hot chocolate, and books
Mrs. Lipinski- Tailgating- The things that make your tailgating party fun!! Cooler, snacks, outdoor games, blankets, chairs, sports gear.
Ms. Skibinski- Eco-Action- reusable grocery bags, straws, water bottles, and reusable lunch sacks
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS NIGHT A SUCCESS

Youth Making a Difference

Has your child completed a community service project over the summer or are they planning to do so over the holiday season? Youth Making a Difference is a program that encourages and recognizes volunteer efforts by K-12 students. Livonia PTSA Council recognizes the efforts of these students at the annual Youth Making a Difference celebration in April. Some students, among other things, visit senior citizens, help collect money for the Livonia Goodfellows, pack lunches for the homeless, or rake leaves and pick up trash outside their schools or community. The YMAD program and celebration is a great way to recognize our children’s efforts. The commitment forms will go home soon and are due back February 22nd. Projects are due March 22nd and the ceremony is in April 2019 at Franklin High School. 

SCIENCE FAIR INFORMATION: The PTA will be hosting a Science Fair again this spring. Please watch for information to be sent home in the coming weeks. 
1/14 PTA Meeting 7:00 
1/15 Skate Night
1/15 Reflections Ceremony at Franklin 6:30
1/16 7:00 4th Grade Concert at Stevenson Performing Arts Center
1/18 Spirit Day PJ Day
1/18 Cyber Safety Presentation
1/19 PTSA Chili Cook Off
1/21 MLK No School
1/22-1/28 Vision Screening (KG, 1st, 3rd)
2/1 Kindergarten Registration Begins
2/1 Winter Blast 6-8:30
2/8 Spirit Day Unhealthy Snack Day
2/11 PTA Meeting 10:00
2/18 Mid Winter Break No School