Monday, March 18, 2019

3.18.19

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Guest Reader Day

We had an amazing Guest Reader Day on Friday.  These are just a few!

Superintendent Oquist

Stevenson Football Players

Stevenson Hockey Players

LPS Board Member Mark Johnson

Stevenson Swimmers
Representative Laurie Pohutsky

Stevenson Pom 

Green Out

Thanks for supporting our Green Out Spirit Day!  We raised funds to ship our Glue Sticks to the recycling center.
Diegel Sisters in the Green Out Gear

Be Kind

This week I visited classrooms and read the book BE KIND.  We discussed small acts of kindness that the students could do in their classrooms.



          

 

Spring Picture Day

Thursday March 21st is Spring Picture Day.  Students will get their pictures taken.  No need to pay until you see the pictures!






Battle of the Books 

 The Battle of the Books teams have been meeting weekly to discuss the books.  Thank you to the volunteer coaches for making it so fun to read!  We are looking for some volunteers to help the morning of March 29th, our Battle Day.  Please see this link if you can help

Did you know there are now 5Rs?  That's right, there are now 5 Rs - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle, in that order.  The order of the Rs is also important. The closer to the start of the list, the better the option.
Refuse Our lives are full of stuff we don't need, and each thing has an environmental cost.  Be thoughtful when buying, use the power of your dollar to tell companies what you want and don't want.  Refuse those straws and plastic water bottles.

Reduce You can reduce your overall consumption by questioning all significant purchases and resisting impulse buying. Before purchasing, give yourself at least a day or two to cool off.

Reuse Ditch disposable for reusable! Almost everything we buy and use in our daily lives ends up being thrown away at some point. It goes to landfill, becomes litter or pollutes our oceans, contributes to the emission of harmful greenhouse gases, or harms the planet in other ways. We need to cut our consumption to reduce our environmental impact. Reusing an item is how earlier generations made the most of limited resources in less wealthy and consumer-convenient times.

Repurpose This one is simple and can go by many names. Simply take something you are no longer using and alter it for another more practical use. Think, mason jar into smoothie cup or pallet into shelving unit.

Recycle When you've tried everything else, it's time for the final R, recycle. Recycle everything you can. Anything made from metal, wood, most plastics, paper and cardboard, and electronic e-waste are all likely to have a recycling option.

Author, Mary Morgan: On Friday many of our students had the opportunity to hear author, Mary Morgan, present her children’s books. She DONATED her time to our school for 2 assemblies. Friday was also her birthday and the students sang “Happy Birthday” to her. She was thrilled and had a lovely day with our Hoover Rockets!! Our PTA donated a set of her children’s books to our Hoover Library. The Runaway Lawnmower book is geared towards grades K/1 and the National Parks Series is more for grades 3-7.
Mrs.Linn also emailed the forms out on Friday and they will also be making their way home via backpack mail Monday (if they have not already).

Youth Making a Difference: Projects are due March 22nd. Contact Christina Testa if you have questions: Christina.testa.80@gmail.com

Book Bingo is Thursday, March 21st from 6-7pm. This is a fun FREE event sponsored by the Hoover PTA. Please join us for night of popcorn, Bingo and MANY chances to win free books. WE ARE IN NEED OF BOOK DONATIONS TO OFFER THE WINNERS ON THURSDAY. Please place your donations in the bins in the frot lobby.
Dine to Donate will be at BJ’s Brewhouse on Wednesday 3/27 from 11am-close. More information to come home this week.

Save the date for our Hoover PTA Tigers Game on May 19th.More details to come home soon. 
3/20 Tornado Drill
3/21 Book Bingo Night 6-7, Spring Picture Day
3/27 BJ's Brewhouse Fundraiser (20% back to Hoover)
3/22 YMAD Projects Due, 4th Grade Energy Assembly
3/29 Battle Of The Books
4/1-4/5 Spring Break
4/6-4/20 Five Below Fundraiser
4/10 Dearborn Ham Orders Due
4/12 Spirit Day Hat Day, Special Baseball Lunch, Skibinski Lansing
4/12-4/29 Spirit Wear Free Shipping
4/13 Martian Marathon
4/16 PTA Meeting 10:00
4/17 Dearborn Hams Delivered
4/19 No School
4/25 Art Fair, Science Fair, Ice Cream Social, YMAD Celebration
5/19 Detroit Tigers Game

Friday, March 8, 2019

3.8.19

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Shared Cart

Starting March 1st we have had a shared cart in the lunch room.  Students who buy lunch and don’t eat the packaged fruit or vegetables can place them on the shared cart.  Any student can select an item from the shared cart to eat.  We are trying to reduce the amount of food that is thrown away in the lunchroom every day.  If you child brings a lunch from home, please encourage them to eat their whole lunch or to bring home anything that they don’t eat.  That way parents will see what students like to eat, and how much does not get eaten.  We will remind them to send home food that is not eaten and NOT to throw it away.  

Lisa Wheeler

Mrs. Wheelr taught the students about research that she did before she wrote her books about Mammoths. Ask you Hoover Rocket some questions:
Why Mammoths don't have big ears like an elephant?   The skin is so thin that if they had big ears they would freeze.  
Are they extinct?  YES 
How many teeth do they have in their mouth?  FOUR


Report Cards Coming Home New Date 3/22/19

Due to the numerous inclement weather days, the 2nd trimester has been extended one week.  Report cards will now be coming home on March 22nd.

Spring Picture Day

Thursday, March 21st is Spring Picture Day!

Battle of the Books

We are looking for 2 more volunteers for Battle of the Books.  If you can help please email Mrs. Mayne at smayne@livoniapublicschools.org.  These are the book titles the students are reading for the Battle.

Hoover Battle of the Books
Book List – 2019 - Year 2


My Name is Maria Isabel
Owls in the Family
Flat Stanley Canadian Expedition
Emma Kate
        Drop It, Rocket!        
      Busy Butterflies      
       Clifford’s Family      
               A Friend For Dragon               
        Amazing Animal Journeys
                     Judy Moody Goes to College   
           The Umbrella      
         Froggy Builds a Treehouse
                                                                 Storm Runners  
        Froggy Rides a Bike 
             I Survived the Shark Attack of 1916    

KINDERGARTEN  DAISY SERVICE PROJECT  

Daisy Troop # 76853 needs your help! For the month of March we are collecting donations for the Humane Society of Michigan. We are collecting items for our local shelters.  The shelters are in great need of items that provide care and feeding for our cat and dog population. Items that they are needed include:
-Gently used/new dog or cat bowls
-Gently used/new dog or cat toys
-Old or new collars and leashes
-Old or new pet clothes
-Kitty litter
-Cat food
-Dog food
-Dog treats
-Cat treats
- Toilet/paper towel rolls
-Fleece fabric
-Other miscellaneous pets supplies (bandanas, pet glam items)

Please place all item in the donation box located across from the office. Thank you all in advance for your support for our troop and the animals that need your love.
-Sincerely,
Daisy Troop # 76853 
Any questions or concerns about our Humane Society Drive please feel see to text or 
call (810) 347-4625.

Did you know that students who have parents involved in school are more likely to succeed academically?  You can get involved by checking your Hoover Rockets backpack, reading their planner, asking them about their day.  Ask you child what did they learning in math?  What did they make in art?  What book are they reading?  Did they bring home a book that they could read to you?  Stay positive!  Make it fun!  Celebrate the new learning together!

Hoover Elementary Science Fair 2019

Our Second Annual Hoover Science Fair 2019 Kick off Assembly was Friday, March 1st in the afternoon. Every grade level can participate in the Science Fair. This science fair is optional for all students, but we are hopeful that our AMAZING Hoover Rockets will be excited to take on this challenge. Your interest and encouragement will help to make this a valuable learning experience for your child. Families with multiple Hoover students are welcome to work on a Hoover Science Fair project together. PLEASE make sure all Science Fair Applications are turned in by Monday, March 11th. All approved applications and Science Journals will be returned by Friday, March 15th. The Science Fair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Art Fair and Ice Cream Social during the evening on Thursday, April 25th.  Contact Christina Testa, Christina.testa.80@gmail.com with any questions.

ADDITIONAL SPIRIT DAY Friday, March 15th, will be a GREEN OUT DAY. All proceeds will go to the Hoover Eco-Action Committee so they can pay to ship glue sticks to the recycling facility. Please join us in supporting this worth cause and send in $1 for your Hoover Rocket to wear GREEN to school. 
Youth Making a Difference: Projects are due March 22nd. Christina Testa will be in touch with those families that are participating.


Book Bingo is quickly approaching on Thursday, March 21st from 6-7 pm. This is a fun FREE event sponsored by the Hoover PTA. Please join us for night of popcorn, Bingo and MANY chances to win free books. We are still in need of a Chairperson to ensure this night is success. Please contact anyone on the Hoover PTA Executive Board if you are interested in helping. 

3/12 PTA Meeting 7:00 pm
3/15 Guest Reader Day, Green Out Spirit Day
3/20 Tornado Drill
3/21 Book Bingo Night 6-7, Spring Picture Day
3/22 YMAD Projects Due, 4th Grade Energy Assembly
3/22 Report Cards Go Home
3/29 Battle Of The Books
4/1-4/5 Spring Break
4/8 1st Grade Field Trip to Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, Nuts About Science
4/12 Spirit Day, Tigers Hot Dog Lunch
4/13 Martian Marathon
4/15 Nuts About Science

Friday, March 1, 2019

March is Reading Month

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Thank you to our generous PTA.  Each classroom received a $100 bill to celebrate 100 days of school last week.  The teachers will be able to purchase items for their classrooms.
Ms. Neville's Class

Mrs. Poteracki's Class


 STAR LAB  Thank you Mrs. Lipinski for bringing the Solar System right here to Hoover.  Students in 1st-4th grade enjoyed learning about the stars and planets in the Star Lab.

102 Days of School

Mrs. Peer's class had fun celebrating 102 days of school this week.

Family Fitness Night

Thank you to Mr. O and the numerous volunteers who helped lead our families in an evening of exercise.  Thank you Mrs. Wilcox for the healthy snacks.


 Skibinski Wax Museum

George Lucas
Ms. Skibinski's class held their Wax Museum this week.  The students, families and staff enjoyed seeing so many "famous" people right here
Sacagawea

Read Across America at Churchill


Read Across America Churchill High School chapter of the National Honors Society is hosting an event called Read Across America. On March 7th, elementary school students are invited to arrive at Churchill between 6:00 and 6:30 for a fun night of games and crafts; with activities concluding at 7:30. The activities are based off of Dr. Seuss and help to promote national reading month.  
Do you know how many hours of sleep your child needs a night?  According to the National Sleep Foundation children 5-10 years old need 10-11 hours a night.  What happens when your child does not get enough sleep?  Meltdowns, moodiness, weight gain, and extra sick days.  Not enough sleep puts your child at higher risk for colds, flu, and other nasty bugs.  An overtired child can be hyper or surly, or simply tuned out.  In time, that attitude will become tough to take-for parents, teachers and classmates.  Kids who stay up late get wired instead of tired.  When they finally to go bed, they're too jittery to nod off, setting them up for more bad nights ahead.  
So a great goal would be in bed by 8:30 asleep by 9:00!  

Hoover Elementary Science Fair 2019

Our Second Annual Hoover Science Fair 2019 Kick off Assembly will be Friday, March 1st in the afternoon. Every grade level will participate in the assembly and information will be sent home Friday, March 1st, with specific details about the Science Fair. This science fair is optional for all students, but we are hopeful that our AMAZING Hoover Rockets will be excited to take on this challenge. Your interest and encouragement will help to make this a valuable learning experience for your child. Families with multiple Hoover students are welcome to work on a Hoover Science Fair project together. The Science Fair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Art Fair and Ice Cream Social during the evening on Thursday, April 25th.

Skate Night: Our Next Hoover Skate Night will be Tuesday March 5th at Riverside Arena. Please look for a flyer to come home with more information as the date approaches.
SPIRIT DAY: Friday, March 8th, is Mismatch Day. For $1 your Hoover Rocket can really show their creativity in this fun way while also supporting their school.
 ADDITIONAL SPIRIT DAY Friday, March 15th, will be a GREEN OUT DAY. All proceeds will go to the Hoover Eco-Action Committee so they can pay to ship glue sticks to the recycling facility. Please join us in supporting this worth cause and send in $1 for your Hoover Rocket to wear GREEN to school. 
Youth Making a Difference: Projects are due March 22nd and the ceremony is in April 2019 at Franklin High School. 

Box Tops Winners: Congratulations to Mrs. Hawker, Ms. Neville, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Cowher and Mrs. Lipinski’s classes for winning the contests for their respective grade levels. The winning classes will be contacted soon to set up their classroom parties. Thank you to all of the families for turning in their clipped Box Tops. Also a HUGE thank you to our Box Top Chairperson, Christine Douglass, and all of the parent volunteers that counted for SEVERAL classes to make our Spring Contest a success. We were able to raise an additional $336.60 for our Hoover Rockets bringing the Box Top total to $1,175.80 for the school year.

Spirit Wear:  Hey Hoover Rockets!  Don’t forget Hoover Spiritwear is available all year long.  Besides T-shirts, you can customize sweatshirts, zip-ups, polos, pants, shorts and bags.  They even offer gift certificates if you are looking for a creative gift idea for your student.  There are many designs and colors to choose from and they will deliver right to your home.  The warm weather is just around the corner so don’t delay!    http://www.hooverspiritwear.com/

PTA Advocacy: Did you know one of the PTA’s core functions is Advocacy? A parent approached the PTA Executive Board and volunteered to chair an advocacy position. This was an underutilized platform for our Hoover PTA and we have since accepted their request. The following information is from our new Advocacy Chair, Mike Testa:
The main function of this position is to share information — the intent is to raise awareness of issues that may impact our school and children. The plan is to cover Local, State, and Federal issues. The Michigan and National PTA will be used as the main resource. As you may know, from time to time they issue ‘call to action’ notices. To be clear, any ‘call to action’ is still just intended to be information sharing — taking action is completely optional.
I will be attending Michigan PTA Advocacy Day in Lansing on 3/21. My hope is to learn and network with other advocacy leaders on how to best support the members of the Hoover PTA.
I would also like feedback from you...what would you like to see / which issues would you like to be informed about. Feel free to reply to this post, contact me privately via Facebook or email me at testamic424@yahoo.com
Lastly, if anyone would like to help with this endeavor, I welcome the support.
Thank you,
Mike Testa


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
3/12 PTA Meeting 7:00 pm
3/15 Guest Reader Day
3/15 Report Cards Go Home
3/20 Tornado Drill 11:20
3/21 Book Bingo Night
3/22 YMAD Projects Due

Friday, February 22, 2019

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Family Fitness Night is Tuesday from 6:30-8:00.  Come out and exercise your heart with our Hoover Rockets and Mr. O.

Reminder:  Wednesday, February 27th is a half day of school. Students will be dismissed at 12:10.  Staff will be participating in Professional Development!


3rd Grade In School Field Trip

We learned about the French fur trade in Michigan and the Voyageurs of the Great Lakes.  We also learned about the storytelling that was done through the 1600's to the 1800's as trading occurred. Students were able to see and use various items from those times along with learning a song and dance.  They also played a game that children played long ago.  Genot Picor does a fabulous presentation and we're excited to have him back this year.

100 Days of School

Kindergarten and First Grade Celebrated the 100th Day of School this week. 

Mrs. Christensen's Class 

SNOW FUN

The students had a great time playing in the snow on Tuesday.  Please remember to send in snow pants and boots so they can enjoy the snow!



PTA News
SCIENCE FAIR: Our Second Annual Hoover Science Fair 2019 Kick off Assembly will be Friday, March 1st in the afternoon. Every grade level will participate in the assembly and information will be sent home Friday, March 1st, with specific details about the Science Fair. This science fair is optional for all students, but we are hopeful that our AMAZING Hoover Rockets will be excited to take on this challenge. Your interest and encouragement will help to make this a valuable learning experience for your child. Families with multiple Hoover students are welcome to work on a Hoover Science Fair project together. The Science Fair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Art Fair and Ice Cream Social during the evening on Thursday, April 25th.

Skate Night: Our Next Hoover Skate Night will be Tuesday March 5th at Riverside Arena. Please look for a flyer to come home with more information as the date approaches.
SPIRIT DAY: Friday, March 8th, is Mismatch Day. For $1 your Hoover Rocket can really show their creativity in this fun way while also supporting their school.
 ADDITIONAL SPIRIT DAY Friday, March 15th, will be a GREEN OUT DAY. All proceeds will go to the Hoover Eco-Action Committee so they can pay to ship glue sticks to the recycling facility. Please join us in supporting this worth cause and send in $1 for your Hoover Rocket to wear GREEN to school. 
Youth Making a Difference: The commitment forms are due back February 22nd. Projects are due March 22nd and the ceremony is in April 2019 at Franklin High School. 
Students with parents who are involved in their education are more likely to earn higher grades, adapt well to school, an pass their classes. But is there a point when parents can be too involved—
specifically, with homework?
Consider these scenarios:
•Your child’s big science project is due tomorrow, but her schedule has been so busy lately that she hasn’t had time to finish it herself. You want her to get a good grade, so you end up doing most of the work for her.
•Your daughter’s entry for a school poetry competition seems pretty bad so far. You suggest phrases that sound better. When the awards are announced, your daughter comes home and says, “We won!”
•Your son’s math homework packet is a big part of his grade, but he’s having trouble with a few of the concepts. You wonder if it’s okay to help him with some of the answers?
If parents end up taking over homework tasks—as in the first two examples—involvement can quickly turn into interference.

Use these strategies to reasonably support your child as he or she tackles assignments.

First, create conditions conducive to learning. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit space to do work, away from the TV or other distractions.

Help your child learn time management. Set a time each day for doing homework, and block off time on the weekends for working on big projects. Make sure your child has a planner. Create a visual calendar at home to help your child keep track of assignments.

Be positive. If your child is losing steam while completing homework, reinforce the importance of
school. If your child is frustrated with a project or a tough new concept, be encouraging.

Guide, don’t do. Don’t do homework for your child. Instead, help your child understand assignments by discussing concepts. Have your child walk you through the way he or she learned to solve a problem, and try to come up with a hands-on method to practice it.

Stay informed. Talk with your child’s teacher. If your child is consistently having trouble with a specific topic, let the teacher know.

Web Resources
The National PTA’s Homework Help Web page offers strategies to help parents cut homework
stress and maximize learning. http://bit.ly/PTAhomeworkhelp

Visit the Department of Education’s homework portal for resources on study skills and helping
kids get organized. www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/homework
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
3/12 PTA Meeting 7:00 pm
3/15 Guest Reader Day
3/15 Report Cards Go Home
3/20 Tornado Drill
3/21 Book Bingo Night 6-7, Spring Picture Day
3/22 YMAD Projects Due
3/29 Battle of the Books
4/1-4/5 Spring Break