Friday, March 24, 2017

Guest Reader Day at Hoover

Hello Hoover Rockets,
We had an amazing Guest Reader Day on Friday.  The students were able to meet many folks from our community and listen to a lot of great stories.  Thank you to our PTA and staff for organizing this wonderful day where we celebrate the fun and importance of reading.
Mrs. Springer read a book about Karate before she broke bricks.
Livonia City Councilman  Jim Jolly came and read.
Stevenson High School Hockey Players came and read!

School Board member Mark Johnson read to Mrs. Cannell's class.



Mr. Tony read to Mrs. Christensens's class.
Mr. Schenck Helicopter Medic


Fireman Hughes came to read.

State Representative Laura Cox

Author Assembly

We will be wrapping up March is Reading month on Friday with our Author Assembly.  Rhonda Gowler will be here.  Monday is the last day to turn in the order forms if you would like to purchase an autographed copy of her books.

YEARBOOK ORDERS

Yearbook order forms are due on Monday!

SACC on the SOUTH PLAYGROUND 

If you would like to stay after school and have your student play on the playground, please use the North Playground.  Our SACC program will be on the South Playground after school until 5:00.  The SACC staff have been instructed to ask those families playing to move to the North Playground. Thank you for supporting this policy.

Don't feel like cooking on Monday night?  Head to Buffalo Wild Wings and mention Hoover and we will get 20% back to our PTA.  Thank you for supporting our Hoover Rockets.

Next Friday is our Career Spirit Day.  Students can dress as their career choice.  

The Dearborn Ham order forms are due on Thursday, March 30th.  Pick up will be on April 13th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Next PTA Meeting will be on April 12th at 1:00 in the Community Room.

Attention 4th Grade Parents:  Riley Upper Elementary has invited you to their April 12th PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.


Did you know why it is important to read aloud to students?  Having a teacher read aloud to students helps increase their reading level, because it models fluent reading for students. By following along and seeing how the adult emphasizes different words, pauses at commas and periods, and pronounces difficult words, students can increase their own reading fluency.


3/27 Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser
3/31 Career Spirit Day, Rhonda Gowler Assembly, Ice Cream Sundaes
4/3-4/7 Spring Break
4/11 Cannell and Fortier Field Trip
4/11 2nd and 3rd Grade Cass Students Visit Hoover, Hoover Highlights
4/12 PTA Meeting 1:00 p.m., 4:15 Hoover Transition Team Meeting
4/12 6:30 RILEY PTA Meeting in the Community Room (4th grade parents are invited)
4/13 Dearborn Ham Pick Up 3:00-5:00 p.m.
4/18 Cowher and Flak Field Trip
4/14 No School
4/19 KG & 1st Grade Cass Students Visit Hoover
4/19 Churchill Football Players Tutor
4/20 Art Fair/Ice Cream Social
4/22 Martian Marathon 12:20 (Orange)
4/25-4/27 4th Grade Lansing Trips
4/28 Livonia Arbor Day Celebration at Hoover 1:30, Green Out Spirit Day
4/30 Hoover Tigers Game vs. White Sox


Friday, March 10, 2017

Hoover Bingo!

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Thank you for all the donated books!
Thank you to everyone who attended Book Bingo Night on Wednesday.  Families enjoyed time together and everyone went home with books to read!
Mrs. Holmes and Mrs. Larabell called the numbers!
Busy at Bingo Night!


Mrs. Lipinski's class modeling how electricity is made!
DTE Assembly
On Wednesday, our 4th graders heard an assembly from DTE and Consumers Energy on ways we can save energy.  They learned about Open and Closed Circuits, Natural Resources and important safety reminders.  Each 4th grade student received a Home Energy Kit.  If 90% of the 4th grade families complete the surveys, each classroom will receive $100 from DTE!

Buddy Reading on PJ day.

Buddy Reading on PJ Day.



This week we sent home order forms for Dearborn Ham.  Don't wait in line order, your Dearborn Ham through Hoover.  Forms are due on March 30th.  Pick up will be on Thursday, April 13th between 3-5:00 p.m.
We also sent home a flyer with information for ordering Detroit Tiger Tickets.  The checks and order forms are due on Wednesday, March 22.  The game is April 30th verses the White Sox.

Beginning in mid-April, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will administer for the third year the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). Like last year, the M-STEP will be given online and will measure current student knowledge on Michigan’s standards in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science. The M-STEP will be administered in May for those students in third and fourth grade.  Please try and avoid scheduling appointments during the month of May.
We want your child’s experience to be relaxed, healthy, enjoyable, and stress-free. Your positive outlook and supportive manner going into these assessments will also influence your child’s experience.  Thanks for your support.


3/23 Spring Picture Day
3/24 Guest Reader Day, Report Cards Go Home
3/25 & 3/26 Girl Scout Cookie Drive Thru at Hoover
3/27 Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser
3/30 Mrs. Larabell's Class Wax Museum 10:00-11;30
3/31 Career Spirit Day, Author Assembly, Ice Cream Sundaes
4/3-4/7 Spring Break
4/11 2nd and 3rd Grade Cass Students Visit Hoover
4/12 PTA Meeting 1:00 p.m.
4/14 No School
4/19 KG & 1st Grade Cass Students Visit Hoover
4/21 Green Out Spirit Day
4/22 Martian Marathon 12:20 (Orange)
4/25-4/27 4th Grade Lansing Trips
4/28 Livonia Arbor Day Celebration at Hoover 1:30


PJs at Hoover!

Hello Hoover Rockets,

We had a great week at Hoover.  Wednesday we welcomed our new Kindergarten Families to Hoover. Thursday students enjoyed wearing PJs to school and we had our All School Read In.  The Second Trimester ended on Friday and teachers worked on report cards Friday afternoon.  Next week, the Hoover Staff will be trading spots with another staff member as they read to our Hoover Rockets to celebrate March is Reading month.
PJs in Ms. Moritz' Class
PJs in the Computer Lab!







PJs in Mrs. Christensen's Class
PJs in Mrs. Harris' Class

PJs in Ms. Fortier's Class
PJs in the Library.











Hoover Annual Education Report
We have posted the 2015/16 Hoover Annual Education Report on our website.  Here is the direct link for you to review.
http://lpshoover.ss5.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_3035590/File/Quick%20Links/Hoover%202015-16%20AER.pdf

Report Cards 
Due to the power outages last week, report cards will not be coming home until March 24th.  Thank you for understanding as many schools were without power for a couple days last week.
Please join us on Wednesday night for Book Bingo Night.  We are collecting gently used children and adult books for prizes.  Please send them in to the bins in the lobby.  Thank you!

Penny War Results  The SEAL wins!!!! $323.99  Thank you for sending in your change.  The Polar Bear collected $136.98.

 7 Ways to Build a Better Reader for Grades 3-5
         Try these simple strategies to make reading a lifelong habit for your child.

1. Read aloud with your child. Find a comfortable spot where the two of you can read together every day for about 30 minutes. Take turns reading chapters from a book for pleasure, or read books that are above her reading level but are about things that interest her.
2. Encourage all reading. Comic books and magazines can provide a good reading experience. As long as they are age-appropriate, don't discourage his interest, but keep a stock of high-quality books in your home so he has other options easily available.
3. Keep a dictionary handy. Together, look up words she doesn't know and invest in a dictionary she can use on her own.
4. Use informative books. Encourage reading for information. If he has a science report, help him find books for his research rather than only going to the Web. While the Internet is an easy resource, teach him that books are often more detailed.
5. Discuss the books. Ask your child what an author's main theme is, how characters are alike or different, what she likes or dislikes about the story, and how it compares to other books she's read. Share your own thoughts.
6. Expect plateaus. Following some big leaps in his progress, your child may stay at the same reading level for several months. Keep encouraging him and offer praise.
7. Set a good example. Read for your own pleasure and information every day at home, in a room without television.
Taken from Parent and Child Magazine

3/15 Book Bingo Night
3/15 4th Grade DTE Assembly
3/15 Hoover Transition Team Meeting 4:15
3/17 Teachers Swap and Read
3/23 Spring Picture Day
3/24 Guest Reader Day, Report Cards Go Home
3/25 & 3/26 Girl Scout Cookie Drive Thru at Hoover
3/27 Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser
3/31 Career Spirit Day, Author Assembly, Ice Cream Sundeas
4/3-4/7 Spring Break
4/11 2nd and 3rd Grade Cass Students Visit Hoover
4/12 PTA Meeting 1:00 p.m.
4/14 No School
4/19 KG & 1st Grade Cass Students Visit Hoover
4/21 Green Out Spirit Day
4/22 Martian Marathon 12:20 (Orange)
4/25-4/27 4th Grade Lansing Trips
4/28 Livonia Arbor Day Celebration at Hoover 1:30

Friday, March 3, 2017

March is Reading Month at Hoover!

Acting out famous books.
Hello Hoover Rockets,

We kicked off March is Reading Month this week.  Thank you to the Hoover PTA for sponsoring the Magic Carpet Theater Assembly on Friday.





Clara Barton
Sir Isaac Newton
Wax Museum
Mrs. Skibinski and Mrs. Lipinski's 4th graders held their Wax Museum this week.  The students read a biography and dressed as thefamous person.  They shared important facts as the audience guessed the
person.  Great Job!
                           

Professional Development

On Wednesday afternoon, our staff analyzed our Staff Climate Survey results and learned more about Standards Based Grading.  We are preparing for the future shift of a Standards Based Report Card.
Thank you for sending in all those pennies!  We will announce the winning animal next week.
Thank you for purchasing pizza from Cebella's on Monday.  We work hard to find local businesses that support Hoover!
Please join us on Wednesday evening, in the Multipurpose Room, for our March PTA meeting, at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, we have our next Spirit Day.  Donate $1 to wear PJs to school.
We are collecting gently used books for Book Bingo Night (3/15).  We will use the books for prizes.  Please send in any Elementary Level books or adult books (appropriate for a school function).  We have bins in the lobby by the Welcome Table.


What is Standards-Based Grading? Standards-Based Grading communicates how students are performing on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of SBG is to identify what a student knows, or is able to do, in relation to pre-established learning targets, as opposed to simply averaging grades/scores over the course of a grading period, which can mask what a student has learned, or not learned, in a specific course. Standards Based Grading reports what students know and are able to do within each content area. 



3/8 Kindergarten Information Night 6:00-7:00 p.m.
3/8 PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.
3/9 PJ Spirit Day, All School Read In
3/10 Marking Period Ends
3/10 Half Day of School, students are dismissed at 12:10
3/15 Book Bingo Night
3/17 Report Cards Go Home, Teachers Swap and Read
3/23 Spring Picture Day
3/24 Guest Reader Day
3/25 & 3/26 Girl Scout Cookie Drive Thru at Hoover
3/27 Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser
3/31 Career Spirit Day, Author Assembly, Ice Cream Sundaes



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Healthy Hoover!

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Wow!  What a warm weather week!  Thank you to Mr. O'Loughlin for a great Family Fitness Night. Students exercised with their parents and enjoyed healthy snacks at the end.  Thank you to the Family Fitness Night Committee for all their hard work!


Professional Development Afternoon

Hoover Rockets have a half day of school on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  They will be dismissed at 12:10. Our staff will be working together to prepare for the new Standards Based Report Cards next year.

Wax Museum

Mrs. Skibinski and Mrs. Lipinski's classes will be having their Wax Museum on Thursday and Friday between 9:15-10:45.  The students have been researching and writing about a famous person. They will be in costumes and ready to share their factual information with you.  Everyone is invited to attend.

*Don't feel like cooking tomorrow?  Order a pizza from Cebella's and support Hoover.
37625 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154
Hoover collected 15,819 Box Tops!!!
The winning classes for the contest are as follows:

First Place: Mrs. Lipinski's class with 2,541
Second Place: Mrs. Hawker's class with 1,943
Third Place: Ms. Moritz's class with 1,356

Honorable mention goes to all the parent volunteers for the contest. They were fantastic and detail oriented and this contest would not have been a success for Hoover without their help!!!!



Did you know that our Hoover Family will be growing?  We will be getting approximately 50 new students from Cass next year.  Our Hoover Transition Team met last week and we have begun making plans to welcome them and provide a smooth transition.  If you are interested in helping, please join us at our next Hoover Transition Team meeting on Wednesday, March 15th at 4:15 in the Community Room.

2/27 Cebellas Pizza Fundraiser
3/1 Half Day of School, students are dismissed at 12:10
3/2 Mrs. Lipinski's Wax Museum 9:15-10:45, Lock Down Drill 2:15
3/3 Mrs. Skibinski's Wax Museum AM
3/3 Magic Carpet Theater Assembly
3/8 Kindergarten Information Night 6:00-7:00 p.m.
3/8 PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.
3/9 PJ Spirit Day, All School Read In
3/10 Marking Period Ends
3/10 Half Day of School, students are dismissed at 12:10
3/15 Hoover Transition Team 4:15-5:00 p.m.
3/15 Book Bingo Night
3/17 Report Cards Go Home
3/23 Spring Picture Day
3/24 Guest Reader Day
3/25 & 3/26 Girl Scout Cookie Drive Thru at Hoover
3/27 Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser




Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine's Day, Hundreds Day and Founders Day

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Mrs. McPherson and Mrs. Mitchell
We had a great week at Hoover.  Students enjoyed their Valentine's Parties in the classrooms.  We celebrated Hundreds Day and PTA Founders Day!  Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. McPherson received a special award at Founders Day.
Mrs. McPherson, Mrs. Dant, Mrs. Schenk, Mr. Tony and Mrs. Haberlack
Mrs. Testa, Mrs. Tiernan, Mrs. Gregg
Mrs. Holmes, Ms. Fortier and Mrs. Mitchell

Mrs. Horgan's class counting to 100!

We celebrated 100 Days of school on Thursday!

Hoover has Character

During the months of February and March, Hoover students and staff are focusing on Kindness and Empathy.  Each day during morning announcements, we hear a short suggestion of kindness.  It could be "Give someone a compliment" or "use a friendly voice with everyone".  Ask you Hoover Rocket what they did today to be kind.

Eco-Action

Our Eco-Action team at Hoover has many exciting projects in the works as we continue to work towards our green certification through the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools program. While we’ve gotten off to a good start, there is still a lot of work to do and we are greatly in need of more interested Hoover community members to sustain our efforts. Please take a moment to look over this list of some of our projects and let us know if you’d be interested in helping out! These projects will not only enhance the learning environment for our current students, but for generations to come!

We are hoping to have a meeting sometime in late February/early March and would love to have as many people as possible join us. If you are interested, please click here to fill out a survey regarding your availability to help us best plan a day/time for our upcoming meeting.

Our current areas of focus include:

*Recycling/Waste

-Classroom bins

- Lunchtime - reduce waste & reinstate foil pouch/lunchable recycling

- Bins in lobby - recycling toner cartridges, markers, caps, batteries, etc

*Butterfly Gardens - maintaining and increasing our habitat for swallowtail and monarch butterflies

*Biodiversity Gardens - this is part of an NWF global education project with a sister school in Taiwan; gardens will be planted in front of the library windows and in front of Mrs. Skibinski’s classroom windows in hopes of attracting birds, butterflies and pollinators

*Outdoor Classroom - plans are underway to create an area on the playground where classes can participate in gardening and nature study

*Eco-Action Ambassador Program - train select students in grades 2-4 to become leaders

We’d love to have your help!

The Hoover Eco-Action Team
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Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.   The History Channel

2/20 No School Presidents Day
2/21 Cyber Safety Assemblies
2/22 Family Fitness Night 6;30-8:00 p.m.
2/23-2/25 Carsons Community Day Book Usage
2/24 Inside Out/Backwards Day
2/27 Cebellas Pizza Fundraiser
3/1 Half Day of School, students are dismissed at 12:10
3/2 Mrs. Lipinski's Wax Museum 9:15-10:45, Lock Down Drill 2:15
3/3 Mrs. Skibinski's Wax Museum AM
3/3 Magic Carpet Theater Assembly
3/8 Kindergarten Information Night
3/8 PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.
3/9 PJ Spirit Day, All School Read In
3/10 Marking Period Ends
3/10 Half Day of School, students are dismissed at 12:10
3/15 Book Bingo Night
3/17 Report Cards Go Home
3/23 Spring Picture Day
3/24 Guest Reader Day
3/25 & 3/26 Girl Scout Cookie Drive Thru at Hoover
3/27 Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser