Friday, October 6, 2017

Hoover Walk-a-thon

Hello Hoover Rockets,

We had a great time on Wednesday walking for Hoover.  Paws came and cheered on the students and even visited the 4th grade classrooms.  Thank you to everyone who came and cheered on the walkers.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  We use these funds to support all of our PTA programs.  Many of the evening events at Hoover are free thanks to this fundraiser.  This year it includes Hoot N' Howl, Family Fitness Night, Book Bingo Night, Ice Cream Social, and Battle of the Books.  Our PTA also provides funds for field trip transportation, classroom wish list items, leveled library books, electric pencil sharpeners, periodicals and many other items.  If you have not had a chance to send in your pledges you can on Monday.  Help us reach our goal!  We need to raise $10,000 so that Mr. O, Mr. Tony, Mrs. Bice and myself can go in the Dunk Tank on Field Day.
Parents came and cheered on the students.

Paws greeted the KG students.

Paws visited 4th Grade.

Superintendent Oquist came for the Walk-a-thon!

Sara Pajor won the Banner Contest!

Mrs. Bice is our Elementary Support Teacher. At Cass this was Mrs. Wilson.  Mrs. Bice helps students feel good about learning and school.  She is also a great resource for parenting and setting routines and expectations to help our students be successful both at Hoover and in life.  Mrs. Bice can be seen supporting students with reading or behavior.  She is in charge of our Health Plans for those students who need medication during the school day.  Mrs. Bice also visits classrooms to support the teachers and students in maintaining a joyful learning environment.  In the next couple weeks, she will be visiting 4th grade to talk about bullying and how students can stop bullying by being an upstander. 

Thank you for all the Walk-a-thon pledges and support!!! Our Hoover Rockets had a great time and loved seeing PAWS!!! So far, we have raised approximately $7,105. The PTA goal is to raise $10,000.00 and then we can have the dunk tank on field day. When we reach our $10,000 goal, the students will have the chance to dunk some of our fantastic staff members including Mrs. Linn, Mr. Tony and Mr. O. In years past we have raised over $12,000 with all the money directly going to our Hoover Rockets. The money raised helps pay for field trip buses, teacher wish lists, assemblies, and so much more!! We are welcoming donations through Monday, October 9th. For every child that brings in money, they will be entered into a raffle for one of two $25 Visa gift cards to be drawn at Hoot-n-Howl. 
UofM has won our friendly College Spirit Competition with $3,353 of the pledge donations and MSU $1,599. On Monday Mrs. Linn will be and wearing UofM attire. We will post pictures on our Facebook page, Hoover Elementary School PTA, please remember to “like” the page so you can stay up to date.

Our Box Top$ for Education contest starts this coming Monday, October 9th and runs until Friday, October 13th. Please help our AMAZING HOOVER ROCKETS earn "free money" by sending in your Box Tops for Education. The PTA will award a classroom party to the top earning class in each grade level. You can also participate by downloading the Bonus Box Top App to your smart phone. Simply download the app, create or login to your Box Top account, look for Bonus Offers, buy the products and upload a picture of your receipt to the app for points. Currently they are awarding bonuses for many cereals and Annie’s Mac 'n Cheese.
In order for the contest to be a success, we are in need of volunteers to be “Parent Counters.” They have to pick up the bag of Box Tops from the classroom at the end of the contest week. Then over the following week: check the expiration date, count them into baggies of 50, and turn them in to either the box in the lobby of the school, or you can leave them in the box on Amanda Rice’s front porch by Friday, October 20th. Please consider visiting the link below to sign up. Thank you for your support and Happy Counting.

Our Coat Drive will be October 16th-20th.This year Hoover Elementary is teaming up with the nonprofit Detroit Marches to provide new or gently used coats to homeless students in Detroit Public Schools. Please consider bring in new or gently used coats sizes 4T-3XL over the week of parent/teacher conference to the collection box in the lobby.

Hoot-N-Howl is Friday, October 27th from 6-8pm. This is our Halloween carnival. Students and families can wear costumes (no masks or weapons please) and bring a canned donation for a small bag of candy. Families can enjoy cider, donuts, and cupcakes free of charge. Food will also be available to purchase. We are still in the planning stages, however in years past we have had a loaded baked potato bar, hot dogs, chips, juice, pop and water. Entertainment will likely include music in the gym, games in the classrooms, photo props, and live animals. Please come join us for a FUN FAMILY EVENT!!!! 
This event is definitely not possible without the help of our AMAZING HOOVER ROCKET COMMUNITY!! We need volunteers for several committees listed below, high school students, grandparents, family members and friends are welcome to help! If you have a preference for a specific job within each committee please state so in your comment.
Another signup genius will be published early next week with items requested for Hoot-N-Howl donations.
The Hoover PTA is helping you to stay connected by utilizing Facebook and the Remind app. Our Facebook page is Hoover Elementary School PTA. Please visit and like our Facebook page to stay connected. You can also sign up for updates via the Remind app.  

Thank you so much for all your help making Hoover a great place to learn and grow!!

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.
October 31:           Halloween Parties
Oct. 30-31:            Hearing Screenings (KG, 1st, 2nd, 4th)
November 7:         No School Professional Development Day