Friday, September 22, 2017


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 


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 starting this week already 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!

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

Fun was had by all at the Outdoor Movie Night.  Families enjoyed hot dogs, lemonade, Kona Ice, popcorn and cupcakes while watching Trolls.

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 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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Reaching for the Stars!

Dear Hoover Rockets,
The first week of school went by so quickly.  We had a great first week.  I enjoyed meeting all the new Hoover Rockets and their families.  Despite the rain, we had an amazing turn out for Curriculum Night and Meet the Teacher.  Thank you for teaming with our staff to insure that your children have a positive, rewarding learning experience at Hoover.  This week we learned routines for arrival, dismissal, lunch room and recess. Each day was better than the last. I know next week will be even smoother!

Emergency Cards
If you have not turned in your pink emergency cards please double check that the information is accurate, sign them and send them back in. It is important for us to have the numbers in case of an illness or emergency.  If you change cell phone numbers or emails please make sure you notify our office so we can keep this information current.  Thanks for your support.

Hoover Outdoor Classroom
Hans Anderson, his family, his scout troop and team of volunteers worked very hard this summer to create this amazing space for learning in nature.  Hans wrote grants, talked to local businesses and raised over $8000 in funds and $10,000 in material donations for our Outdoor Classroom.  This was his Eagle Project. Congratulation Hans and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to Hoover Elementary School.  If you have not walked back behind the library yet stop and take a look.  You will see an area for a pumpkin patch and garden.  Each classroom will have a designated circle for planting.  We have a couple more additions before it is complete including chalkboards and fencing.  Thank you to all of the scouts, parents, families and neighbors who contributed to this beautiful Outdoor Classroom.  We will be having a special ceremony in the future to open the classroom and celebrate Hans and his family.

Freedom Run 9/28
Freedom Run is our annual event where we celebrate our rights as Americans.  If you would like to volunteer and help Mr. O'Loughlin, our Physical Education teacher please click on the link below.

This week we will hold a fire and tornado drill.  The following week will be our first lock down drill for this school year.  The state of Michigan requires all schools to conduct three lock down drills each school year, in addition to the mandatory five fire and three tornado drills. Hoover staff has been given specific directions on their individual and collective responsibilities during our emergency drills. They  will speak to their students prior to the drills to explain and practice the procedures.  They will also prepare the students emotionally by reminding them that:
  • Schools are safe places;
  • Teachers and staff work with parents and public safety providers (police and firedepartments) to help keep students safe; and
  • These drills help us to keep students safe, the same way fire and tornado drillshelp keep students safe.
Parents, please review these same points with your child at home.  Remember that children take their cues from you and will feel comfortable with our various safety drills if you reassure them that they are necessary to help keep them safe in the event of an unlikely emergency or crisis.  Any visitors at Hoover during the course of a practice drill are required to participate in applicable drill.  You may want to visit for some kid friendly safety information brought to you by agencies of our Federal government.


To do so, please go to:  Use this service to: • Check account balances online • Make payments using a credit card, debit card, or e-check • Auto-pay your student’s account when it reaches a low balance threshold • Monitor cafeteria purchase history and receive low balance alerts

Did you know that Hoover teachers donate money each Monday and Friday when they wear jeans? Teachers pay $1 each day for the opportunity to wear jeans and that money is then collected for a student assistance fund for Hoover families in times of need or for other service projects.  Jean Day is a way for our staff to have fun while still serving a good cause. Great things are happening at Hoover! 

September 12:  11:00 Fire Drill 
September 12:  PTA Meeting-Community Room  6:30 Meet and Greet, 7:00 Meeting
September 14:  Fall Picture Day 
September 15:  11:00 Tornado Drill 
September 22:  Outdoor Movie Night
September 28:  Freedom Run 1:45
October 4:        Hoover Walk-a-thon
Ocotber 6:        Spirit Day College Day

PTA News 
Thank you to all of our Rocket families that came out to our Blast Back to School event on August 23rd. It was so nice to see so the students playing together on the playground, painting rocks and enjoying their popsicles. 

Hopefully you had a chance to stop by our Welcome Tent on the first day of school and enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversation. We are looking forward to a great school year and have many wonderful events planned. 

Please remember to fill out your PTA membership envelopes and return them to the school if you wish to be a member and help provide so many wonderful things for our Hoover Rockets. The PTA helps provide transportation for field trips, in-school assemblies, classroom enrichment, the Hoover Walk-A-Thon, Hoot-N-Howl, and Winter Blast, just to name a few. Joining the PTA is such a great way to stay involved and meet new families, all while giving back to our school and community. 

Come join us on Tuesday, September 12th, at 6:30pm, for our PTA E-Board Meet and Greet before the 7pm meeting and help us make this school year a success for our Hoover Rockets. 

Spirit Wear:
You can order Spirit Wear starting September 15th.  FREE SHIPPING!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Celebrating 2017!

Fun Final Week

Despite the water and heat Hoover Rockets had a fun last week of school.

4th Graders at Fairway Farms 

KG putting picnic fun!

KG making Red and White and Blue necklaces

Clap Out

Our 4th graders walked through the building one last time as our Hoover Rockets clapped them out. We will miss each of you!  Please come back and visit and know that you will always be a Hoover Rocket.

Congratulations Mrs. Lempke

Mrs. Lempke will be retiring after teaching Kindergarten for 30 years.  We will miss her and we wish relaxing, wonderful, adventurous retirement days.

Fourth Grade DVD

Thank you to Mrs. Akahoshi and Mrs. Gregg for putting together the 4th grade DVD.  They had a great time watching it and each student has a DVD full of memories.  Thank you to the PTA for supporting us.

Autograph Day

Students signed yearbooks on Wednesday to remember a great 2017 school year.

Thank you to the PTA for all your hard work on the 4th grade DVDs.  Each student got a DVD to remember their time at Hoover.  Please continue to support our local businesses that support Hoover including:  Panera, Jimmy Johns, Buffalo Wild Wings, Busches, Kroger, 5 Below, Menchies, Cebellas Pizza, and Little Caesars.  Please mention Hoover so they continue to donate and support our students. 

Parent Connect

Did you know that we will not be sending home letters with teacher notifications on Labor Day Weekend? You will need to be able to access Parent Connect to find out your child's teacher and what bus they will be taking. Please go to our website to access Parent Connect or click on this

8/22 LPS Bounce Back Night
8/23 Hoover Tour 5:30
8/24 Hoover Tour 10:00
9/5    First Day of School

Friday, June 9, 2017

Field Day Fun!

Hello Hoover Rockets,
Field Day
Waiting to dunk Mrs. Linn
We had a great time on Field Day.  The students enjoyed all the team activities and dunking Mrs.Bice, Mrs. Linn, Mr. Tony and Mr. O.  Thank you to all the volunteers!  We had many families come and eat lunch with their Hoover Rockets.  Thank you to Mrs. Hinkle for organizing this amazing family time at Hoover.
Mr. Tony in the tank.

Tire Roll

Learning about the Outdoor Classroom and the Bio-diversity Garden

Family Picnic Lunch!

First Grade Teachers at the Zoo.
End of the Year Field Trips
First grade went to the Detroit Zoo on Thursday and 3rd Grade went bowling.  4th Grade went on the Diamond Jack Riverboat Tour.  It was a great week to be a Hoover Rocket!

Third Grade Diorama Projects
Our third grade students shared their Diorama projects in the LMC last week.  We were so proud of all their hard work as they learned about Native Americans.

Thank you for stopping in to Menchies on Wednesday!  

Did you know that each grade level receives funding for transportation for field trips from our PTA? Thank you for supporting the fundraisers and events at Hoover.  It allows us to be able to offer field trips at reasonable costs.  Thanks for supporting Hoover!
6/13 4th Grade Swim Club Party
6/13 2nd Grade and Flak Beach Bash
6/13 KG End of Year Picnic
6/14 Field Day Rain Date
6/14 Autograph Day
6/15 1/2 Day of School Dismissal 12:10
6/16 4th Grade Clap Out 12:00
6/16 Last Day of School Dismissal 12:10

8/22 LPS Bounce Back Night
8/23 Hoover Tour 5:30
8/24 Hoover Tour 10:00

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fun Times at Hoover

Hello Hoover Rockets,
We welcomed 80 future Kindergarten Students on Thursday.  It was great to meet their families and to share all the amazing things happening at Hoover.
At the end of the day on Thursday, our Hoover Rockets clapped out Hoover Alumni that graduated from Stevenson.  It was awesome seeing our students look up to the High School Seniors.  One Hoover student said "they are grown ups now".  Enjoy every day because before you know it your child will be graduating from Stevenson.

Field Day Reminders:
Our all-school Field Day is NEXT Wednesday, June 7th.

Grades K and 1st = 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM  (volunteer check-in at 9:00 AM in the front lobby)
Grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th = 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (volunteer check-in at 1:00 PM in the front lobby)

Volunteers are needed to help make the day a success.  
Please access the sign-up genius link to select a slot: 

Field Day Family Picnic
This year's Field Day includes a Family Picnic.  Please review the attachment.  All picnic guests must check-in at the north playground.  The picnic check-in begins at 11:45 AM

Heart, Heart, Heart!

Mr. O

Jiffy Field Trip
3rd Graders and Mrs. Flak's class went on a field trip to Jiffy.  They have been learning about Michigan made products.  
Ready for the tour.

Mrs. Cowher's class using Chromebooks.
First Grade has Tadpoles!
They have been writing about Tadpoles and Frogs.  Now they have tadpoles in their classroom and they have little back legs!

We have one last Spirit Day on Tuesday, June 6th, Crazy Hair Day.
Wednesday every Hoover Rocket will have a chance to dunk a staff member during Field Day.  Thank you for all your support with the Hoover Walk-a-thon this year.  Mrs. Cowher's class celebrated their class winning by enjoying Kona Ice and an hour of electronics.

Thank you PTA for our new Lobby and Office Chairs.  They look great!

Did you know what can you do as a parent to help offer kids well-balanced lifestyle filled with what kids NEED, not just what they WANT. Don’t be afraid to say “No!” to your kids if what they want is not what they need.
  • Provide nutritious food and limits snacks.
  • Spend one hour a day in green space: biking, hiking, fishing, watching birds/insects
  • Have a daily technology-free family dinner.
  • Play one board game a day. (List of family games) The Linns love Spot It and Pie Face.
  • Involve your child in one chore a day (folding laundry, tidying up toys, hanging clothes, unpacking groceries, setting the table etc)
  • Implement consistent sleep routine to ensure that your child gets lots of sleep in a technology-free bedroom
Teach responsibility and independence. Don’t over-protect them from small failures. It trains them the skills needed to overcome greater life’s challenges:
  • Don’t pack your child’s backpack, don’t carry her backpack, don’t bring to school his forgotten lunch box/agenda, and don’t peel a banana for a 5-year-old child. Teach them the skills rather than do it for them.
 Source:  Victoria Prooday
6/5 Spree Checks Due
6/6 Crazy Hair Spirit Day
6/7 Field Day K-1 AM 9:30-11:30  Parent Lunch 2-4 1:30-3:30 
6/8 1st Grade Zoo Field Trip, 3rd Grade and Flak Bowling
6/9 4th Grade Diamond Jack Field Trip
6/13 4th Grade Swim Club Party
6/13 2nd Grade and Flak Beach Bash
6/13 KG End of Year Picnic
6/14 Field Day Rain Date
6/14 Autograph Day
6/15 1/2 Day of School Dismissal 12:10
6/16 Last Day of School Dismissal 12:10

8/22 LPS Bounce Back Night
8/23 Hoover Tour 5:30
8/24 Hoover Tour 10:00