Saturday, April 29, 2017

4.30.17 Arbor Day at Hoover

Hello Hoover Rockets,

Leah planted her new tree.
Arbor Day was a huge success at Hoover on Friday.  Thank you to the 3rd grade singers, students who entered the Poet-tree contest, Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Jungwirth, Mrs. Skibinski and Mr. Tony.  Thanks to the city of Livonia Tree Committee Hoover was given 3 large trees which were planted by students on the East side of the playground.  Every Hoover student was also given a tree.  Mayor Wright, Laura Cox, Colleen Burton and Crystal Frank also attended.  It was an amazing day.  The celebration can be seen on the Livonia Cable station on Monday, May 29th at 7:00 p.m.

1st and 2nd Grade Tree Planters
3rd Graders Singing with Mr. Murphy

Lansing

Our 4th graders enjoyed a day of learning about Michigan in Lansing this week.  They visited the Impression 4 Science Center, The Michigan Historical Museum and the State Capitol.  Thank you to all the parents and staff that made this field trip so amazing and one that our Hoover Rockets will never forget!
Mrs. Larabell's class in Lansing
Mrs. Lipinski's girls in Lansing











Fun at Impression Five

MSTEP Next Week
Our 3rd graders will begin taking the M-STEP on Monday, May 1st.  Please make sure that the students get a healthy breakfast and good nights sleep.  We recommend 8:30 or the latest 9:00 bed time.  Our 4th graders will begin on Thursday, May 11th.

Poem in the Pocket Day
Last Thursday students shared a poem that they carried in the pockets.  During lunch, Mr. Tony had students volunteer to read their poems into the microphone.
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I love Hoover
How About You?
by Katie Cramer

Lunch Balances
Please check your child's backpack if they buy lunch.  We have quite a few students with an outstanding balance.  Ms. Wilcox sends home an envelope if a student owes money for lunch.  Our goal is for all students to eat a lunch every day.  In June, we will be limiting the amount of credit that we can extend for lunches.  We don't want students to have a cheese sandwich for lunch, so please look for those envelopes and listen closely to the automated calls about lunch balances.  You can send in cash, a check or pay with a credit card for a small fee through Parent Connect.  If you find you may need some support please don't hesitate to call or email Mrs Bice (jbice2@livoniapublicschools.org).  We do have funds remaining in our Hoover Helping Hearts account to support families.

Next week, we will be celebrating our "STARS", the hardworking Hoover staff, starting May 1st with a week full of surprises.  We need lots of donations for the week, please consider signing up to send something in to help make the week a success!  
Thank you for all your support!

Here is the link to the sign up for staff appreciation :)




Did you know that Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. The idea for Arbor Day in the United States originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Among the pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 was Julius Sterling Morton from Detroit. He and his wife, Caroline, were lovers of nature, and the home they established in Nebraska was quickly planted with trees, shrubs, and flowers. Morton was a journalist and soon became editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper. Given that forum, he spread agricultural information and his enthusiasm for trees to a receptive audience. His fellow pioneers missed their trees and needed them for windbreaks, fuel, building materials and shade from the hot prairie sun. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn’t disclose the state was once a treeless plain, yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s.   Visit arborday.org to learn more.

4/30 Hoover Tigers Game vs. White Sox
5/1-5/26 M-STEP for 3rd and 4th Grade Students
5/1-5/5 Staff Appreciation Week
5/4 4th Grade Students Visit Riley 9:15-11:15
5/4 Volunteer Tea 3:00 p.m.
5/8 Popsicles on the Playground and Tour for new Cass Families 6:30-7:30
5/16 PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.
5/17 SACC Registration 4:30-6:00 p.m.
5/23 Music Concert 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wild About Hoover ART!


Pen Pals
Hello Hoover Rockets,
On Thursday, the Kindergarten and First Grade Cass students came to visit Hoover.  They met their Pen Pals, made an art project, and completed a scavenger hunt.  It was an exciting day to meet our Future Hoover Rockets.
Meeting new friends.
Making Stars and Rockets

 ART FAIR

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the Hoover Art Fair.  Ms. Mitchell works very hard to prepare all of our Rocket's projects.  She keeps them organized, labeled and prepares the necessary background to make the pop.  Thank you to Ms. Mitchell for an amazing evening.


3rd Grade Art

KG Art








Wild About the Windows
Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Gregg, Mrs. New and Mrs. Stempeck for painting the windows for Spring.  We are Wild About Hoover!



Biodiversity Garden
Now that spring is here, final plans are underway for the biodiversity garden.  One last piece we are hoping to have in place is a decorative, permanent border for the garden.  We are hoping that someone in the community with experience in this area would be willing to help us find discount pricing and assistance with installation.  Please contact Mrs. Jungwirth at jjungwir2@livoniapublicschools.org or Mrs. Skibinski at jskibins@livoniapublicschools.org as soon as possible if you are able to help.
Thank you.

Summer ELVs Reading Program 
The Livonia PTSA Council has been working to coordinate the 2017 Summer ELVs program to provide elementary school students with reading and literacy assistance over the summer. The link below will take you to a flyer letting you know about the program and how to enroll your child.


Did you know that Hoover is hosting the Arbor Day Celebration for the city of Livonia?  We will be having a short ceremony on Friday, April 28th at 1:30.  Hoover will be receiving 3 trees from the Livonia Tree City Committee.  Thank you to the City of Livonia for supporting our Eco-Action Efforts!

Hoover Spirit Wear is always available.  Perhaps you are looking for a birthday present, Mother;'s Day gift or Father's Day gift.  

Check out the website below.


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
5/1-5/26 M-STEP for 3rd and 4th Grade Students
5/1-5/5 Staff Appreciation Week
5/4 4th Grade Students Visit Riley 9:15-11:15
5/4 Volunteer Tea 3:00
5/8 Popsicles on the Playground and Tour for new Cass Families 6:30-7:30
5/16 PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.
5/17 SACC Registration 4:30-6:00 p.m.
5/23 Music Concert 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Welcoming Future Rockets!

Hello Hoover Rockets,
It was great to see all of our Hoover Rockets return to school with a smile!  We enjoyed meeting the future Hoover Rockets that are coming from Cass.  On Tuesday the 2nd and 3rd grade Cass students came to Hoover.  Their Hoover Pen Pal gave them a tour, they made an art project together and enjoyed getting to know a new friend.  Next week, we will welcome the Kindergarten and First grade Cass students.
Making stars and rockets with our Pen Pals
Enjoying the Scavenger Hunt!


Cass students on the bus.
Bio-Diversity Garden Update
Believe it or not, we had a wild turkey attempting to eat out of our bird feeder today.  I wanted to share our first Biodiversity photo with you.  Unfortunately, we scared it away before I could grab my camera and get a good photo.
Mrs. Skibinski

Thank to those folks who purchased a Dearborn Ham to support Hoover.  It was another successful fundraiser.
Our April PTA meeting will be on Wednesday, April 19th at 1:00 p.m.
Our PTA has purchased the Ice Cream for the Ice Cream Social.  So make sure you stop by the Multipurpose Room to get a complimentary sweet treat after taking in all the beautiful art work next Thursday night from 6:00-7:30.

Did you know that some of the Churchill Football Players donate their time to come to Hoover on Wednesdays?  You might see a football player reading to a student, helping them with their writing or playing four square at recess.  This is the third year that Churchill has partnered with Hoover for this great peer mentoring program.  Thank you Churchill!



4/18 Cowher and Flak Recycling Field Trip
4/19 KG & 1st Grade Cass Students Visit Hoover
4/19 April PTA Meeting 1:00 p.m.
4/19 Churchill Football Players Tutor
4/20 Art Fair/Ice Cream Social 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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
5/1-5/26 M-STEP for 3rd and 4th Grade Students
5/1-5/5 Staff Appreciation Week
5/4 4th Grade Students Visit Riley 9:15-11:15
5/4 Volunteer Tea
5/5 Popsicles on the Playground and Tour for new Cass Families 6:30-7:30


Friday, March 31, 2017

Ready for Spring Break

Rhonda Gowler-Greene Assembly
Hello Hoover Rockets,
We wrapped up March is Reading Month with our Author Assembly and Ice Cream Sundaes.   Author Rhonda Gowler-Greene shared with the students the steps of writing a book and how to make their story sparkle.






Elvis was in the building.
Mrs. Larabell's Wax Museum
Mrs. Larabell's class did an amazing job with their Wax Museum on Thursday.  Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and classes that attended to make this such a special morning.
3rd Grade In-School Field Trip
3rd grade classes had an in-school field trip on Thursday.  They learned about Michigan and the fur trade industry from an interpreter from the Metroparks.


Reading on Spring Break
We hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break.  We will be back together on April 10th.  Please encourage your Hoover Rocket to read and if they have an I-READY license to try and do 15 minutes a day of lessons.

Smart Watch
No Cell Phones 
Future Taekwondo Instructor
Students are not allowed to bring cell phones to school.  This includes smart watches that have one button to call home and/or a camera.  If a student has one, we will call you and keep it in the office until you can come and pick it up from the office.  Thank you for your support in following this rule.  If your classroom teacher is using a BYOD policy you will be asked to sign a permission form.





Career Spirit Day
Future Weatherman
Many of the students dressed for their future on Friday.  It was fun to see their excitement for their future careers.
Future Doctor

Thank you for all your support with the Dearborn Ham orders.  They will be ready for Pick Up on April 13th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.


Did you know that the bond renovations included a new piano for Hoover?  The new piano arrived last Thursday.  It is beautiful and digital.  Mrs. West and Mr. Murphy are so excited.  We also got a new piano lamp!  Thank you for supporting our Hoover Rockets!
Mrs. West using the new piano.
New piano keyboard!


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 welcome, tour of Riley)
4/13 Dearborn Ham Pick Up 3:00-5:00 p.m.
4/14 No School
4/18 Cowher and Flak Field Trip

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 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