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!

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