Friday, April 29, 2016

Hoover Sunshine!

Hello Hoover Rockets!

Last week we celebrated Poem in the Pocket Day.  During lunch, students volunteered to read their poem into the microphone during lunch.  Our Hoover Rockets were so proud to share their skills in front of their peers.  It was such a positive time in the lunchroom seeing students cheering for each other.
The 3rd Grade Students started the M-STEP this week!  They are doing an awesome job taking an assessment on the computer.   This requires a lot of stamina, focus and persistence.  Please make sure our students are getting enough sleep and a healthy breakfast on these assessment days.
Mrs. Cowher's Class using GoNoodle
Brain Breaks
At Hoover students take Brain Breaks in the classroom.  You might see them stopping and moving at various times throughout the day.  Research says that taking Brain Breaks increases blood flow, improves focus, attention and listening skills.  This week, as I walked through classrooms I saw students participating in a program called Go Noodle.  Students stand up and move their bodies to short, catchy songs.  Go Noodle is a free program that you can also access from home. You do have to sign up which takes only a couple minutes.  My children (Griffin and Sydney) 
enjoy it when they need a movement break while doing homework or on a rainy day.   Here is the link to the site:

*Everyone had a great time at the Tiger game on Sunday!  Thanks for supporting both our Hoover Rockets and the Detroit Tigers.
*Our last PTA meeting for the year will be next Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.  We will be voting for our Executive Board for the 2016/17 School Year.  Please join us if you can.
*Next Friday is Unhealthy Snack Day ($1 to eat an unhealthy snack)

*  Look for the Hoover Sign the next time you go to the Detroit Zoo to visit the Lion.
*Spirit Wear
We have a great new company provided our Spirit Wear this Spring.  Please click the link below for more details. Free shipping if you order between 5/2-5/15.  

Check out the latest edition of Live from the Dumpster.

In the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen.  

The National Wildlife Federation has researched outdoor play and has found the following benefits:

  • Outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, an important strategy in helping the one in three American kids who are obese get fit.
  • Spending time outside raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.
  • Being out there improves distance vision and lowers the chance of nearsightedness.
  • Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.
  • Schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.
  • Exposure to environment-based education significantly increases student performance on tests of their critical thinking skills.
  • Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces.
  • Play protects children’s emotional development whereas loss of free time and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety and depression.
  • Nature makes you nicer, enhancing social interactions, value for community and close relationships.
4/25-5/13 3rd Grade M-STEP
5/2-5/6 Staff Appreciation Week
5/3 PTA Meeting 1:00 p.m.
5/4 Door to Door Pick Up
5/6 Unhealthy Snack Day Spirit Day ($1)
5/9-5/27 4th Grade M-STEP
5/12 Volunteer Tea
5/26 Music Concert
5/30 No School Memorial Day
6/1 Kindergarten Orientation
6/7 Field Day
6/16 Last Day for Students (1/2 day)
6/17 Building is closed and construction begins

I look forward to working with you to continue this exciting, educational, and safe school year at Hoover. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Julie Linn
Growing Green with Hoover
(734) 744-2730