Sunday, November 26, 2017


Hello Hoover Rockets,

Report Cards will be coming home today in back pack mail.  We have also included a letter explaining the new Standards Based Grading.  Please make sure you read this letter along with the report card.  If you have a question please open the Hoover Highlights from last week and refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page at the end of the Hoover Highlights.  If you still have a question feel free to email either your child's teacher or myself (

Our Climate Character Trait this month is KINDNESS.  Kindness means being friendly, generous or considerate.  We teach our Hoover Rockets to use kind words and actions with others.  They could say something to make someone feel better, help a classmate with a task, offer to play with someone at recess, and they could check the Buddy Bench to see if a student is sitting there.  Each morning during announcements we share a small act of kindness that our students could do that day.

Holiday Shop
Our Hoover Rockets had a great time shopping for loved ones in the Hoover Holiday Shop.  They were so excited to show their kindness towards others.  Thank you to the PTA for providing this wonderful holiday experience.\

Holiday Shop Picture

Did you know that according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a divison of the U.S. Department of Education, children who read frequently develop stronger reading skills.

  • According to the National Education Association, having kids read a lot is one of the crucial components of becoming a good reader. Young readers need to become practiced at recognizing letters and sounds. The only way to get good at it is to practice.
  • The U.S. Department of Education found that, generally, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores. Between 1984 and 1996, however, the percentage of 12th grade students reporting that they "never" or "hardly ever" read for fun increased from 9 percent to 16 percent.
  • A poll of middle and high school students commissioned by the National Education Association found that 56 percent of young people say they read more than 10 books a year, with middle school students reading the most. Some 70 percent of middle school students read more than 10 books a year, compared with only 49 percent of high school students.

Other facts

  • The substantial relationship between parent involvement for the school and reading comprehension levels of fourth-grade classrooms is obvious, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Where parent involvement is low, the classroom mean average (reading score) is 46 points below the national average. Where involvement is high, classrooms score 28 points above the national average - a gap of 74 points. Even after controlling for other attributes of communities, schools, principals, classes, and students, that might confound this relationship, the gap is 44 points.

So what can we learn from all these statistics?  The more students read and the more parents are involved with school the more academic success are Hoover Rockets achieve.  So read those report cards when they come home, talk about areas for growth, encourage reading, check those planners, buy books that your kids are interested in and get involved by volunteering at Hoover.

We had a BUSY weekend for our Hoover Families. Thank you to everyone that came out to support Hoover during the Hockey Night event. It was nice to spend time with our Hoover family! Also thank you to all the families that walked in the Merry and Bright Parade. We had great weather and it was so nice to see our Hoover Rockets and their families represented in such festive attire.

Thursday, December 7th and Friday, December 8th Hoover Holiday Shop.
Our Hoover Rockets will be shopping in our Holiday Shop. If you are available to stop by and help with escorting classes to and from the shop, as well as assisting with the shopping fun, we would love to have you volunteer!!! Information came home in backpack mail.

Friday, December 8,  Crazy Hair Day. For $1 your Hoover Rockets can come to school with a crazy hair style. Colored hair, glitter, crazy hairdos and props encouraged. 

Dearborn Ham Orders are due by Friday, December 8th
DEARBORN BRAND MEATS ARE BACK! If you are interested in ordering a variety of delicious meats, such as ham, sausage, turkey, hot dogs (and much more), catalogs went home in backpack mail last week. All order forms and payments must be turned in on or before Friday, December 8th. Checks are to be made payable to the HOOVER PTA. Your purchased items will be available for pick up on Wednesday, December 20th from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Hoover Elementary.
Thank you for supporting your Hoover Rocket with this PTA fundraiser.

Tuesday, December 12th and Friday, December 15th Kids Night Out
Hey Hoover Parents, it’s time for KID’S NIGHT OUT!  Need to do some holiday shopping, wrapping or simply need a night out?  Your Hoover student(s) is welcome to join us for a festive night of holiday fun! The evening will include dinner, games, activities, snacks and a holiday movie!  

There are 2 nights to choose from…..Tuesday, December 12th or Friday December 15th.  The time is 6-8:30pm and the cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Starting at 5:50 PM, you are welcome to drop off in front of the school. We will greet your vehicle, check in your student(s), and then walk them in. PROMPTLY at 8:30 PM, please come inside to pick up your student(s). Friendly reminder that children must attend Hoover to participate
Food includes: Pizza, carrots, juice, chips, pop, and water. Make checks payable to the HOOVER PTA.  Flyers will arrive in your students backpack very soon!  Just a friendly reminder that children must attend Hoover to participate in the event.

Friday, December 22nd Staff Cookie Exchange
Save the Date: Friday, December 22nd
Wow, how time flys, we are already getting ready for our holiday break. We host a cookie exchange every year for our AMAZING Hoover Staff.

We are looking for donations of homemade cookies and a sign up genius will go out next week. The exchange will happen on Friday, December 22nd, and cookies can be dropped off on the 21st.

Thank you!
Your Hoover PTA

Dec. 12                 Kids Night Out 5-8:00 p.m.
Dec. 14                 Nuts About Science
Dec. 15                 4th Grade Performs with the Stevenson Symphonic Choir 9:15 a.m.
Dec. 15                 Kids Night Out 5-8:00 p.m.
Dec. 19                 Hoover Highlights
Dec. 20                 Dearborn Ham Pick Up
Dec. 21                 Nuts About Science
Dec. 22                 9:30 2nd & 3rd Music Performance
Dec. 22                 10:30 KG & 1st Music Performance
Dec. 22                 PTA Cookies for Staff
Dec. 25-Jan 5        Winter Break
Jan. 8                    School Resumes
Jan. 9                    PTA Meeting 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 11                  Nuts About Science
Jan. 11                  Reflections Celebration Stevenson 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Jan. 12                  Spirit Day PJ Day
Jan. 15                 No School MLK
Jan. 16                  Hoover Highlights
Jan. 16-Jan. 18     Vision Screenings KG, 1st, 3rd
Jan. 18                  Lockdown Drill, Nuts About Science
Jan. 22                  Star Lab
Jan. 24                  Star Lab
Jan. 25                  Nuts About Science
Jan. 26                  Skatenight
Jan. 26                  Vision Rescreening KG, 1st, 3rd
Feb. 1                   Kindergarten Registration 2018/19
Feb. 2                   ACAT Applications Due
Feb. 2                  WINTERBLAST 5-8:00 p.m.
Feb. 19                No School Midwinter Break