Friday, February 21, 2020

2.21.20

Hello Hoover Rockets,

100s Day in Mrs. Peerś Class
Last week was super fun and busy at Hoover.  We celebrated 100s Day, Valentines Day and had Mrs. Castiglione's Wax Museum.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers that helped with the parties or attended the Museum.
Mrs. Peerś Class




KG Parent Information Night
Join us on March 5th from 6-7:00 to learn about Kindergarten at Hoover.  We will share information about our Kindergarten Curriculum, describe a typical day, meet the teachers and get a tour of Hoover.  If you are thinking of registering your child for Kindergarten at Hoover or have already registered please join us!

Famous Guest Readers
Guest Reader Day is coming soon!  We are looking for local celebrities to come to Hoover and read for an hour.  If you know any famous folks that would be willing to read to a classroom at Hoover please email Christina Testa at christina.testa.80@gmail.com.  Help us make this a memorial day for our Hoover Rockets.

Martian Marathon
Martian Marathon - Kids Marathon for Kids and Timed Events for Older Kids & Adults


Register BEFORE March 1st to receive the special discounts (event date is April 18th)
Register as a "group participant" (registration includes a t-shirt and a Martian medal)
Team: Hoover Rockets, Password: Heart
Kids Marathon - discount is automatically applied when you register
Timed Events (5 K, 10 K, etc.) use discount code = SCHOOLGROUP20

Family Fitness Night 
Thank you to Mr. ¨O", Mrs. Gueriero, their team of volunteers and some Hoover Alumni who made this event a huge success.  Families exercised, learned about the 5 food groups, tried some Jazzercise and a Boot Camp.




Did you know that you can always sign up to volunteer for the Welcome Table or PALS (Parents At Lunch)?  We have a lot of openings.
Hoover to show off the creativity of our talented students.  

PALS (Parents At Lunch) You can sign up to come in the lunch room and help students open items in their lunch so they have more time to eat. Click on the link and select the days that you are available. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C49AFAB29A7FD0-pals2

Welcome Table If you would like to greet students in the morning and help with the late arrivals please click on this link and select the days that are available:

ODAY - BOX TOPS DUE
Our Spring collection ENDS today, Friday February 21st.  If necessary, quickly scan your receipts at WWW.BTFE.COM  Check it out!  This is a simple way to help earn funds for Hoover Elementary

TODAY – PISTONS TICKET ORDER DEADLINE
Enjoy an action packed night out to see the Pistons play the Jazz Saturday, March 7th at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $35pp ($46 value) for the upper level and $50pp (82 value) for the lower level tickets.  The Pistons will donate $5 per ticket back to Hoover Elementary.  There will be prizes awarded for the top 10 selling students (state wide) and top selling school.  Refer to the flyer for detailed information.  Invite your friends and family to support our school. 

TONIGHT - HOOVER SKATE NIGHT - RIVERSIDE ARENA
Looking for a fun family activity on a Friday night?  Mark your calendar for Friday, February 21st.  Watch for a flyer in backpack mail very soon!

ATTENTION 4TH GRADE PARENTS – DVD
The 4th grade DVD flyer went home.  Be sure to write down your student’s memories from each grade along with a baby picture and 5 photos of your student while at Hoover.  The deadline is Friday, February 28th.   You can send pictures in an envelope or email them to crystalDeG@gmail.com or ngregg@livoniapublicschools.org     Don’t miss out!  This will be a wonderful keepsake for your Hoover Rocket.   

MARCH PTA MEETING DATE CHANGE:
Due to the election, we will be moving our next PTA meeting to Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30pm.  Come on out and join us for a discussion about all the exciting reading activities planned for the month of March and much more!   There will be a light snack and fun conversation. 

CANCELLED - BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Due to scheduling conflicts, we are not able to offer Battle Of The Books this school year.  Our plan is to bring it back in the future.   



2/21 Skate Night
2/27-2/28 Star Lab
3/5 KG Parent Information Night 6-7:00
3/6 Author Assembly Grades 3-4
3/7 Pistons Game
3/9-3/12 Vision Screening
3/10 No School, No Nuts About Science
3/12 Book Bingo Night 6-7
3/13 1/2 Day Dismissal 12:10, End of 2nd Trimester, PJ Spirit Day
3/17 Vision Re-screening
3/18 Author Assembly
3/18 PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
3/19 Spring Picture Day
3/20 Guest Reader Day
3/20 Report Cards Go Home
3/27 1/2 Day Dismissal 12:10 
3/30 Skate Night
4/6-4/10 Spring Break

Friday, February 14, 2020

2.14.20

Hello Hoover Rockets,
Happy Valentines Day! 

Mid-Winter Break
We have Mid-Winter Break on Monday, February 17th and Tuesday, February 18th.

Office News
Mrs. Stempeck is our new support secretary.  Mrs. Stempeck is a previous Hoover parent who has worked as a sub secretary, noon monitor and kindergarten intervention paraprofessional in Livonia Public Schools.  Her email address is estempec@livoniapublicschools.org.  Mrs. Gregg's email address is ngregg@livoniapublicschoools.org. 


Skibinski Wax Museum
Mrs. Skibinski's 4th Grade Students researched a famous person who had a lot of GRIT!  They dressed as the person and shared their knowledge last Friday.


Heart Month
Mr. O has a lot of events planned this month for us for Heart Month.  Family Fitness Night is Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 pm we will have a Large Group Warm-Up, Six-Station Rotation, Healthy Snack Social.  Come dressed for exercise and fun.  Bring a water bottle.

 3rd Grade In School Field Trip
Our thirds graders learned about fur trading, 3 tribes and    during the 3rd Grade In School Field Trip last Friday.


Livonia Goodfellows
We got a thank you letter from the Livonia Goodfellows for our canned food drive donation. In 2019, they were able to give 3 full boxes of food to those families who asked for food. Our efforts made the holidays better for Livonia Families! Way to show empathy Hoover Rockets.

Cybersafety
With children spending more time online than ever before, it is so important to talk to them about cybersafety. The Michigan Attorney General’s office Cybersafety Initiative (CSI) program teaches children to practice the 3 Keeps.
* I keep safe (by keeping my private information to myself.
* I keep away (from strangers on the Internet).
* I keep telling (if something makes me uncomfortable I tell a trusted adult right  away).
Here is a link to a catchy, short video Mrs. Jungwirth used with the 3rd grade classes in LMC recently to help students make good decisions online:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8z2ztlUuIQ
It is so important to have Internet Safety conversations with your child and to monitor what they are doing online. The Common Sense Media website has many great resources and videos related to this important topic. Here is a link to the parent page about Privacy and Internet Safety: Privacy and Internet Safety Parent Concern containing lots of helpful information.  


PTSA FOUNDERS DINNER
This week the Livonia PTSA Council hosted the annual Founders Dinner to celebrate PTA members and staff, student and parent volunteers from all the Livonia schools. Hoover selected 2 recipients of the Distinguished PTA award and honored them with a certificate of thanks. Congratulations to staff member KAREN WILCOX who runs the Hoover Kitchen. She graciously lets us use the kitchen for our PTA events and supports us with a smile. We are lucky to have her as a PTA partner. We also want to congratulate our Hoover parent AMANDA RICE who handles the PTA membership. She is a busy Mom who finds extra time to help out the PTA and volunteer at the school when she can. Thanks for years of support Amanda. We know we can always reply on you.

CANCELLED - BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Due to scheduling conflicts, we are not able to offer Battle Of The Books this school year. Our plan is to bring it back in the future.

BOX TOPS UPDATE
Our Spring collection will run February 10-21. Have your child bring in their clipped Box Tops For Education during this time frame. There is also a new option to scan your receipts at WWW.BTFE.COM Check it out! This is a simple way to help earn funds for Hoover Elementary

HOOVER SKATE NIGHT - RIVERSIDE ARENA
Looking for a fun family activity on a Friday night? Mark your calendar for Friday, February 21st. Watch for a flyer in backpack mail very soon!

ATTENTION 4TH GRADE PARENTS – DVD
The 4th grade DVD flyer went home. Be sure to write down your student’s memories from each grade along with a baby picture and 5 photos of your student while at Hoover. The deadline is Friday, February 28th. You can send pictures in an envelope or email them to crystalDeG@gmail.com or ngregg@livoniapublicschools.org Don’t miss out! This will be a wonderful keepsake for your Hoover Rocket.

4TH GRADE T-SHIRTS HAVE ARRIVED!
Each 4th grader will receive a keepsake T-shirt compliments of the PTA. Once teachers organize all the sizes, they will be distributed.

MARCH PTA MEETING DATE CHANGE:
Due to the election, we will be moving our next PTA meeting. We will update you as soon as we have a date confirmed.

2/17-2/18 No School Mid-Winter Break
2/19 Family Fitness Night 6:30-8:00
2/21 Skate Night
2/27-2/28 Star Lab
3/5 KG Parent Information Night 6-7:00
3/6 Author Assembly
3/7 Pistons Game
3/9-3/12 Vision Screening
3/10 No School
3/12 Book Bingo Night 6-7
3/13 1/2 Day Dismissal 12:10, End of 2nd Trimester
3/17 Vision Re-screening
3/18 Author Assembly
3/19 Spring Picture Day
3/20 Report Cards Go Home
3/27 1/2 Day Dismissal 12:10

Friday, February 7, 2020

2.7.20

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Winter Blast
Thank you to Tara H, Stacey C and our PTA Board and Winter Blast team for an amazing event.  Fun was had by all.  Thank you to the parents, Hoover staff, Hoover alumni and numerous volunteers.  We appreciate all the time that you donated to make it a fun night!

Facebook
Check out our new Facebook Page at Herbert Hoover Elementary School.  Please like or follow us. 
We will be updating school events and happenings weekly.  Please continue to contact the main office with questions and concerns.




Mid-Winter Break
We have Mid-Winter Break on Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18.

February Climate Character Trait is Empathy
Parents are children’s first and most enduring teachers, and modelling empathetic behavior is one of the best ways parents can teach their child this valuable skill.

Other simple ways empathy can be developed include:

*Helping your child to name their feelings, as understanding their own feelings is an important first step in understanding the feelings of others.

*Talking to your child about how other people may be feeling, and why. This helps to build their emotional language and think about other people’s perspectives.

*Caring for animals and plants, which helps children understand the role they play in helping another living thing survive, thrive and be happy.

Perhaps one of the simplest ways of all to help children develop a sense of empathy is by reading books together, as children learn to associate feelings and actions with their favorite characters and stories.

Taken from https://www.goodstart.org.au/news-and-advice/february-2018/why-teaching-children-empathy-is-important

Heart Month

Mr. O has a lot of events planned this month for us for Heart Month.  Save the date 2/19 6:30-8:00 is Family Fitness Night.

Lost and Found Table
Our lost and found is overflowing.  We will be displaying some of the Lost and Found items next week.  Please remind your Hoover Rocket to check the Lost and Found for any items that they may be missing.  We have a lot of gloves, water bottles, and sweatshirts.  We will be making a donation to the Clothing Depot soon!  

Healthy Hoover

It is the time of year, when cold, flu, and other “bugs” hit our homes and infect our bodies. This leads us to ask the question, “Should I keep my child home from school today?” While being at school can be a very enjoyable experience, it is also a lot of hard work! Children who are feeling miserable are often unable to participate and engage in learning. Here are some tips to consider when determining if a child should stay home:
First the easy ones …
· If your child is running a fever, or has run a fever in the past 24 hours, he/she should remain home. (The CDC states that children are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine prior to returning to school).
· If your child has vomited in the past 24 hours, or is very nauseous he/she should remain home.
· If your child has any type of infectious disease (i.e. pink eye, strep throat, head lice, influenza, etc.) he/she should remain home until under treatment according to Wayne County Health Guidelines.
· It is more difficult to determine whether your child should stay home when he/she has a runny nose, persistent cough, tummy ache, headache, etc.
Some rules of thumb to consider are:
· Will your child be able to manage his/her symptoms during the 7 hour school day? (Remember, the school district policy does not allow our staff to administer, or for children to bring and self-administer, “over the counter” meds, such as cough drops, cold medicine, Tylenol, etc.)
· Will he/she be able to concentrate on schoolwork, complete assignments, participate in class and participate in lunch and recess?
· Are the symptoms likely to infect other children who will be in close proximity?
· Would I want a fellow classmate with the same symptoms to be sitting next to, or across from, my child all day?
Certainly we encourage children to have excellent school attendance and are not expecting that children will be kept home with every sniffle.  We simply ask that you do your best to gauge your child’s symptoms, especially those of the past 24 hours, and allow him/her time to recover when ill. Thank you for helping us to keep a healthy school environment for all who enter.

4th Grade In School Field Trip
On Tuesday our 4th grade students learned about Michigan Fossils during their In School Field Trip.




Hi! My name is Nancy Gregg and I have recently joined the Hoover family as the main secretary.  I have been married to my husband Mike for 18 years and we have a son, Isaac in 7th grade at Holmes Middle School and a son, Asher in 4th grade at Hoover. We love pets, and have 2 corn snakes named Smog and Nagini, 2 hermit crabs named Merry and Pippin and a little vizsla puppy on the way (name to be determined). We are an active family that does karate together and the boys enjoy playing soccer for Livonia Soccer Club. Isaac does cross country and wrestling for Holmes and plans to run track as well. Asher also plays basketball with LJAL and swims on the Newburgh Sharks swim team. We love the outdoors, being involved in our church, and we all love all things Harry Potter! 

I hope to be a welcoming and positive influence for the families in our community. I have already come to love Hoover so much and look forward to continuing with all of you!
CONGRATS NANCY GREGG! We are thrilled for Nancy and her new position as the Hoover main office secretary. She has been on the PTA board for the past few years and a very important part of our team! Best of luck on this new adventure!

WINTER BLAST WAS A SUCCESS! The PTA would like to thank all the volunteers who shared their time to help with the event. A HUGE thank you to Tara Haddad who stepped up to chair Winterblast again. She organized the entire event and made sure things ran smoothly. We are very grateful for all your hard work.

PTA MORNING MEETING – THIS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH @ 9:00AM
Come on out after drop off and share ideas and mingle with other Hoover parents. Enjoy coffee, a sweet treat and fun conversation. Our plan is to discuss upcoming activities and events. Everyone is welcome…

HOOVER SKATE NIGHT - RIVERSIDE ARENA
Looking for a fun family activity on a Friday night? Mark your calendar for Friday, February 21st. Watch for a flyer in backpack mail very soon!

ATTENTION 4TH GRADE PARENTS – DVD
The 4th grade DVD flyer went home. Be sure to write down your student’s memories along with a baby picture and 5 photos of your student while at Hoover. The deadline is Friday, February 28th. You can send pictures in an envelope or email them to crystalDeG@gmail.com or ngregg@livoniapublicschools.org Don’t miss out! This will be a wonderful keepsake for your Hoover Rocket.

HOOVER SPIRIT WEAR VALENTINES DAY SALE!!
From February 4th- 14th take advantage of 10% off orders (certain restrictions apply). Use coupon code: SWEETEST10 Also, from now until the end of the school year, any orders OVER $50 (before tax) will have free shipping.
Check out the link: www.hooverspiritwear.com

BOX TOPS UPDATE
Our Spring collection will run February 10-21. Have your child bring in their clipped Box Tops For Education during this time frame. There is also a new option to scan your receipts at WWW.BTFE.COM Check it out! This is a simple way to help earn funds for Hoover Elementary

2/17-2/18 No School Mid-Winter Break
2/19 Family Fitness Night 6:30-8:00
2/21 Skate Night
2/27-2/28 Star Lab
3/5 KG Parent Information Night 6-7:00
3/7 Pistons Game
3/9-3/12 Vision Screening
3/10 No School
3/10 PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
3/12 Book Bingo Night 6-7
3/13 1/2 Day Dismissal 12:10, End of 2nd Trimester
3/17 Vision Re-screening
3/18 Author Assembly
3/19 Spring Picture Day
3/20 Report Cards Go Home
3/27 1/2 Day Dismissal 12:10

Friday, January 31, 2020

1.31.20

Hello Hoover Rockets,
Pistons Assembly
We had a lot of fun learning about respect and kindness with the Pistons School Assembly Crew and Hooper on Thursday.  Families can purchase tickets for a Pistons game on March 7th.  Join other Hoover families for a fun afternoon of basketball.



Reflections Ceremony
On Thursday, our Reflection Participants enjoyed a celebration at Hoover to honor their hard work.  Each student got a medal for participating.  Thursday night they attend the district celebration at Stevenson High School.  I am thrilled to let you know that Hoover has 3 works of art advancing to the State level for the National PTA Reflections contest. Shayla V., 4th grader for dance and Corinne C. 4th grade has 2 pieces, photography and literature.








South Parking Lot-Buses only before 8:55
We have 5 buses coming between 8:40-8:55.  They drop off the students by the front door.  Parents need to use the Parent Lot for dropping of students.  If you are arriving after 8:55 you may use the South Lot.  This week we have seen 8-10 cars dropping off in the bus lane each morning. We are asking for your support in following the school rules.  Help us keep our Hoover Rockets Safe!        




Kindergarten Registration Begins February 3….
Parents of children who are, or will turn, age 5 on or before September 1, 2020 may register for fall kindergarten at Hoover, beginning Monday, February 3. We are very excited to welcome many new children and families to our school and look forward to having you join the Hoover family! To register for Fall, 2020 Kindergarten, stop by the office on or after February 3 for a registration packet.
Livonia Public Schools is also offering a Kindergarten Registration day on Saturday, February 22nd from 9-12 at Riley. Click on this link to sign up for a time to register on Saturday, February 22: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4dadab28a6fa7-kindergarten  

Did you know that Hoover has a refillable water fountain outside the office?  Students, staff and families can refill their water bottles with cold, filtered water!  So far we have refilled 3258 water bottles.
WINTER BLAST TONIGHT!
Hoover’s Winter Blast is this evening from 6-8:30 pm. We kindly ask that you arrive no earlier than 6:00 pm as we will be setting up for the event. Activities will include carnival type games, food, and raffling off the themed baskets. We look forward to an evening of Hoover family fun.
Congratulations Dorothy
The PTA would like to congratulate Dorothy on her retirement. We cannot thank her enough for all the help and support with the PTA over the years. Dorothy has been the HEART of Hoover and we will miss seeing her smiling face in the office! Wishing you a journey of joy and happiness in this new chapter of your life. May you be showered with abundant opportunities to do what your heart desires.

BJS BREWHOUSE DINE TO DONATE / 19740 HAGGERTY RD
Enjoy a night out for dinner on Thursday, February 6th. Between the hours of 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, BJ’s will donate proceeds from dinner back to Hoover. Be sure to bring your flyer and tell them you are part of Hoover Elementary!

SPIRIT DAY – UNHEALTHY SNACK DAY
Next Friday, February 7th is unhealthy snack day. This is always a favorite! Students who donate $1 will be welcome to bring an unhealthy snack to school to enjoy with a smile. Remember, spirit day donations are used toward Hoover Helping Hearts and other important funds here at our school.

PTA MORNING MEETING – THIS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH @ 9:00 AM
Come on out after drop off and share ideas and mingle with other Hoover parents. Enjoy coffee, a sweet treat and fun conversation. Our plan is to discuss upcoming activities and events. Everyone is welcome…

HOOVER SKATE NIGHT - RIVERSIDE ARENA
Looking for a fun family activity on a Friday night? Mark your calendar for Friday, February 21st. Watch for a flyer in backpack mail very soon!

ATTENTION 4TH GRADE PARENTS – DVD
The 4th grade DVD flyer went home. Be sure to write down your student’s memories along with a baby picture and 5 photos of your student while at Hoover. The deadline is Friday, February 28th. You can send pictures in an envelope or email them to crystalDeG@gmail.com or ngregg@livoniapublicschools.org Don’t miss out! This will be a wonderful keepsake for your Hoover Rocket.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
We are in the process of working out all the details. We will need volunteers in order to make this event a success. If you are interested in helping, please email livoniahooverpta@gmail.com More information will be coming home soon.

HOOVER SPIRIT WEAR VALENTINES DAY SALE!!
From February 4th- 14th take advantage of 10% off orders (certain restrictions apply). Use coupon code: SWEETEST10 Also, from now until the end of the school year, any orders OVER $50 (before tax) will have free shipping.
Check out the link: www.hooverspiritwear.com

YOUTH MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Are you trying to raise well rounded, compassionate children? Are you trying to teach your children it is better to give than receive? Considering having them participate in the YOUTH MAKING A DIFFERENCE program through the Livonia PTSA. Participation is simple: Have you child do a community service project, take pictures of them doing it, and put the pictures on a story board.

Then on April 16th, at Churchill High School, your child will be recognized at the LPS Youth Making a Difference District Wide Celebration. The projects will be on display and they recognized for all their hard work!

Some examples of appropriate community service projects are
· Family/Teen/Women Shelter Support
· Humane Society Drive
· Canned Food Drive
· Making Fleece Blankets to Give to Children’s Hospitals
· Hospital/Nursing Home Visits
· Yard Work/Errands for the Elderly
· Used Eyeglass Collection for Lions Club
· Salvation Army Support
· School Improvement Projects
· Recycle Bottle/Can Collections
· School Assistance Activities
· Clothing Depot Drive
· Ronald McDonald House Drive
· Park/Highway Clean Up

Commitment forms due March 6th, Projects due MONDAY, APRIL 13th and the Ceremony is Thursday, April 16th from 6-8 pm at Churchill High School.

For more information contact Christina Testa at Christina.testa.80@gmail.com
2/3 KG Registration Begins
2/6 3rd Grade In School Field Trip
2/6 BJs Brewhouse Fundraiser 5-8
2/7 3rd Grade In School Field Trip
2/7 Spirit Day Unhealthy Snack Day
2/11 PTA Meeting 9:00 am
2/17-2/18 No School Mid-Winter Break
2/19 Family Fitness Night
2/21 Skate Night
2/27-2/28 Star Lab
3/5 KG Parent Information Night 6-7:00
3/7 Pistons Game
3/9-3/12 Vision Screening
3/10 PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
3/12 Book Bingo Night 6-7
3/13 1/2 Day Dismissal 12:10, End of 2nd Trimester
3/19 Spring Picture Day

Friday, January 24, 2020

1.24.20

Hello Hoover Rockets,

New Building Secretary
We are excited to announce the Nancy Gregg will be the new Hoover Secretary.  Nancy has been working as a noon monitor and has been the support secretary for the last two years.  Congratulations Mrs. Gregg!  Her first official day is Monday, February 3rd.  If you need to reach Mrs. Gregg her email address is ngregg@livoniapublicschools.org.

Outside Physical Education
Some classes went outside this week with Mr. O'Loughlin for Physical Education.  They had the opportunity to use hockey sticks, sleds and snowshoes.  The snowshoes were purchased by our PTA a couple years ago.  Mr. ¨O" was excited that we had enough snow at Hoover and the temperature was warm enough to be outside.

Reading Proficiency Reports
Next week we will be sending home your childś reading Proficiency Report.  This will tell you how your Hoover Rocket is doing with reading based on their recent IREADY Diagnostic.

Parking Lot Routines
PLEASE remember that the morning drop off loop is DROP and GO! The line of cars gets too long when cars wait in that loop. For the benefit of everyone,
pull up and have your student ready to exit the car. Also, PLEASE only cross at the CROSS WALK!  Again, this is for everyone's safety!
Much appreciated!

WIDA Assessment (World- Class Instructional Design and Assessment)

Under federal and state law, students who are English Language Learners (ELL) are required to participate in an English language proficiency assessment annually until they are proficient on this assessment, including any ELL-eligible student not enrolled in the district’s ELL program due to parent refusal of services.  Our state’s test for the purpose of English language proficiency is called Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS).  It assesses social and instructional English used within the school context as well as listening, speaking, reading and writing in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Our ELL students will be taking this assessment the week of February 3, 2020.
PTSA Chili Cook Off
Hoover was well represented at the PTSA Chili Cook Off last week. Thank you Hoover Parent and Livonia City Councilman Jim Jolly.

WINTER BLAST - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!  Winter Blast 2020
Hoover's Winter Blast is on Friday, January 31st from 6-8:30 pm. This is one of our biggest events of the year, so be sure to save the date for an evening of family fun.  Activities will include carnival type games, food, and raffling off a variety of themed baskets.   Your student's classroom has been assigned a basket theme (see the teacher list below).  We appreciate your support filling the basket with exciting giveaways!     
**PRE-SALE:  Purchasing tickets ahead of time is a great way to avoid lines the night of Winter Blast!  Tickets will be available for food/games and also raffle tickets for the themed baskets.  Look for a yellow form that went home in backpack mail this week.  You can also find it on our private Facebook group page "Hoover Rockets PTA" and also attached to a message on the Remind app "Hoover Elementary PTA".   
**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  Please HELP!!!  This FUN event will not be possible without support!!  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 mater to help out!   Check out our link to sign up and be a part of this fantastic event:  Winter Blast 2020   

WINTER BLAST BASKET THEMES:
Kindergarten
Mrs. Poteracki - Sweet and Salty
Mrs. Christensen - All about Girls
Ms. Moritz - All about Boys
Mrs. Hawker - Just add Ice Cream

1st Grade
Ms. Charochak - Movie Night
Mrs. Eckerle - Cooking/Baking
Ms. Neville - Family Game Night
Mrs. Gage - Gift Cards
Ms. McAlinden - MSU.

2nd Grade
Mrs. Flak - Mexican
Ms. Vince - Lottery Tickets
Mrs. Peer - Money Tree
Mrs. Harris - Arts and Crafts

3rd Grade
Mrs. Cowher - MYSTERY
Mrs. Cornellier - Sports
Ms. Fortier - A night around the campfire
Mrs. Cannell - U of M

4th Grade
Mrs. McCurry - Made in Michigan
Ms. Skibinski - Snow Day
Mrs. Lipinski - Tailgating
Ms. Castiglione - Eco-Actio

1/28 Nuts About Science Make Up If Needed
1/30 Reflection Ceremony 6:30 Stevenson High School
1/31 Winter Blast 6-8:30 p.m.
2/3 KG Registration Begins
2/6 3rd Grade In School Field Trip
2/7 3rd Grade In School Field Trip
2/7 Spirit Day Unhealthy Snack Day
2/11 PTA Meeting 9:00
2/17-2/18 No School Mid-Winter Break
2/19 Family Fitness Night
2/21 Skate Night
2/27-2/28 Star Lab
3/5 KG Parent Information Night 6-7:00
3/7 Pistons Game
3/9-3/12 Vision Screening
3/10 PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
3/12 Book Bingo Night 6-7
3/13 1/2 Day Dismissal 12:10, End of 2nd Trimester

Friday, January 17, 2020

1.17.20

Hello Hoover Rockets,

No School on Monday
Due to the Martin Luther King Holiday we will not be having school on Monday, January 20th.

No School on March 10th
Due to March 10th being an election day we will not be having school.  This will be a professional development day for staff.  You should have received an email this week from the district with a detailed explanation.

Stay Connected
Lobby Decorations
Reminder: ELEMENTARY parents, please log into Parent Connect via our website to make sure you are connected! If you've never used Parent Connect, you'll want to log in prior to next school year, when LPS will post ELEMENTARY teacher/classroom assignments in Parent Connect.
To access Parent Connect, go to the Parents tab at  https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/ and click on Parent Connect. Log in with your user name and password, which was issued at the time of registration. There, you may check classes, assignments, grades, attendance, cafeteria accounts, transportation assignments and more, in addition to managing account settings. If you do not have your log-in, please contact your child's school secretary.
To ensure that you're receiving important district information via email, text and phone calls, please check that your contact information is current on your student(s)' pink emergency card(s).

Kindergarten Registration Begins February 3….
Parents of children who are, or will turn, age 5 on or before September 1, 2020 may register for fall kindergarten at Hoover, beginning Monday, February 3. We are very excited to welcome many new children and families to our school and look forward to having you join the Hoover family! To register for Fall, 2020 Kindergarten, stop by the office on or after February 3 for a registration packet.
Did you know that an entire generation of kids is growing up with smartphones, tablets, and other internet-enabled electronic devices? This has many parents worried. But it’s also giving scientists a chance to answer the question: What effect does screen time have on kids’ developing brains?
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health recently offered a glimpse of the answer, based on preliminary data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study.  This study is following more than 11,000 9- and 10-year-olds at 21 sites throughout the United States. The results were presented in December by study director Gaya Dowling, PhD, on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
The two big takeaways from the initial data are:
  • MRI scans found significant differences in the brains of some children who reported using smartphones, tablets, and video games more than seven hours a day.
  • Children who reported more than two hours a day of screen time got lower scores on thinking and language tests.                                                                      Please limit the amount of time our Hoover Rockets are using screens.  Reading habits begin now.                                                                                  
  • Taken from the article https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-does-screen-time-affect-kids-brains

WINTER BLAST - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!  Winter Blast 2020
Hoover's Winter Blast is on Friday, January 31st from 6-8:30 pm. This is one of our biggest events of the year, so be sure to save the date for an evening of family fun.  Activities will include carnival type games, food, and raffling off a variety of themed baskets.   Your student's classroom has been assigned a basket theme (see the teacher list below).  We appreciate your support filling the basket with exciting giveaways!     
**PRE-SALE:  Purchasing tickets ahead of time is a great way to avoid lines the night of Winter Blast!  Tickets will be available for food/games and also raffle tickets for the themed baskets.  Look for a yellow form that went home in backpack mail this week.  You can also find it on our private Facebook group page "Hoover Rockets PTA" and also attached to a message on the Remind app "Hoover Elementary PTA".   
**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  There are 174 volunteer positions open and only 68 have registered so far.  HELP!!!  This FUN event will not be possible without support!!  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 mater to help out!   Check out our link to sign up and be a part of this fantastic event:  Winter Blast 2020   
WINTER BLAST BASKET THEMES:
Kindergarten
Mrs. Poteracki - Sweet and Salty
Mrs. Christensen - All about Girls
Ms. Moritz - All about Boys
Mrs. Hawker - Just add Ice Cream

1st Grade
Ms. Charochak - Movie Night
Mrs. Eckerle - Cooking/Baking
Ms. Neville - Family Game Night
Mrs. Gage - Gift Cards
Ms. McAlinden - MSU.

2nd Grade
Mrs. Flak - Mexican
Ms. Vince - Lottery Tickets
Mrs. Peer - Money Tree
Mrs. Harris - Arts and Crafts

3rd Grade
Mrs. Cowher - MYSTERY
Mrs. Cornellier - Sports
Ms. Fortier - A night around the campfire
Mrs. Cannell - U of M

4th Grade
Mrs. McCurry - Made in Michigan
Ms. Skibinski - Snow Day
Mrs. Lipinski - Tailgating
Ms. Castiglione - Eco-Action

Yearbook Cover Contest
Thank you to all the 4th grade students who entered the Yearbook Cover Contest.  Congratulations to Megan S. for winning.  2nd Place went to Asher G and 3rd Place went to Owen G.Yearbook cover results!

Spirit Day 
Thank you to all the families that have been participating in events at Hoover.  Our last spirit popcorn day raised $413 for Helping Hearts.  We use these funds to support Hoover families.  It might be financial support for a field trip, food during difficult times, school supplies, back packs, boots, and coats.  Whatever we can do to help our community when there is a need.  Hoover is a caring community.

PTA Advocacy
1. January is nationally recognized as “School Board Recognition Month” - more info is available on the MASB website (School Board Recognition Month).

2)      MDE is creating a new Strategic Plan and is looking for public input.  A survey is open until 2/7 for the community to provide feedback. It is available at this link… MDE - Survey Opens for Public Input on Updating Top 10 Strategic Plan


1/20 MLK NO School
1/30 Reflection Ceremony 6:30 Stevenson High School
1/31 Winter Blast 6-8:30 p.m.
2/3 KG Registration Begins
2/6 3rd Grade In School Field Trip
2/7 3rd Grade In School Field Trip
2/7 Spirit Day Unhealthy Snack Day
2/11 PTA Meeting 9:00 a.m.
2/17-2/18 No School Mid-Winter Break
2/21 Skate Night
3/5 KG Parent Information Night 6-7 p.m.
3/7 Pistons Game
3/10 PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.