Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Hello Hoover Rockets,

Helping Hearts
Unfortunately, the economy has presented challenges for many of our families. Please know there are agencies in the area that offer holiday assistance. While it may seem early many of these programs are already accepting applications. I do have applications available but if you prefer to contact them directly their information is listed below. Additionally, Hoover Elementary has the Helping Hearts Fund which is used to support our families in a time of need. Any information shared will remain confidential. We care deeply about our families and respecting their privacy. For more information, please contact Jan Bice at 734/744-2730 ext. 20120, Livonia Goodfellows 313-438-0862, Salvation Army 313-563-4457 or Toys for Tots Linda Rankin at 248-777-0510.
Canned and Boxed Food Drive
Hoover’s Girl Scouts are collecting food for the Livonia Goodfellows. Since 1936 the Goodfellows have been helping Livonia families and is completely run by volunteers. This drive will support their “No Child without a Christmas” campaign. All food goes to area families. Please bring non-perishable can or boxed food. There will be boxes in the lobby and in each hallway. We will be collected through November 25th. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Guidelines for Parent & Teacher E-Mail
E-mail has enriched communication opportunities between teachers and parents. There are benefits and drawbacks to these improvements in technology. In some ways, the new technology has added to everyone’s workload and led to an expectation for a turn-around response time that might not be possible. The guidelines for what is effective and appropriate in terms of e-mail communication need to be clarified.

Teacher Realities
The classroom environment does not allow teachers to check their emails regularly. In a best case scenario, they check and respond to emails once a day. Response time can be further delayed by teachers being unavailable due to illness, training sessions, meetings, workshops, and conferences before and after school. Teachers devote extra time learning new curriculum, standards, and assessments and then preparing for classroom instruction.

Issues to Consider Before E-Mailing a Teacher
*Timing: Remember the classroom environment and the complexity of each teacher’s day. If you don’t get an answer the same day, it doesn’t mean you’re being ignored.
*Purpose of Communication: Think about your goal in communicating with the teacher. If the goal is to merely share a piece of information or give the teacher some lead time to think about an issue you’d like to discuss, an e-mail is probably appropriate. If the goal, however, is to have two-way communication and meaningful dialogue, e-mail is not appropriate. The telephone or a face-to-face meeting is a better option.
*Sheer Volume: Each Hoover teacher has between 23-30 students. Think about the volume of e-mails this many parents could generate. Please Keep in Mind Teachers are interested in communicating with parents. Teachers want to know if a student is experiencing difficulty at home or at school. Communication, although important, needs to be controlled. Responding to e-mails takes time and thought. E-mails leave a lot of room for misunderstanding.


Fall is upon us and so is the cool weather. We have many items already filling the bins our Lost and Found.  Please make sure that your child's sweatshirts, sweaters, and jackets have a name on the label so that they can be returned to them.  If you are missing something, stop by the lost and found.  Every effort is made to locate owners.  Items not claimed prior to Thanksgiving Recess will be removed and donated to the Livonia Clothing Depot.

Outdoor Recess
We will go outside for recess as long as the temperature and wind chill combined are 15 degrees. We will be outside for 25 minutes, two times a day, so please make sure your child dresses for the weather.

Did you know that each school in Livonia Public Schools received large banners to share out our commitment to creating a school wide culture of excellence? I mentioned in an earlier post that we had the chance to hear the inspirational author and speaker, Jimmy Casas, talk about the four pillars of a strong culture. These pillars of "Be a champion for all students", "Expect excellence", "Carry the banner" and "Be a merchant of hope" are now hanging in our gymnasium for all to see. Great things are happening at Hoover!

PTA MEETING – Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 pm
Come join us in the Media Center as we recap recent activities and share ideas for upcoming events here at Hoover. Enjoy light snacks and fun conversation. There is always a drawing for a small gift for all who attend. Everyone is welcome….come mingle with other Hoover parents!


Don’t forget Hoover spirit wear is available for purchase all year, and they will deliver right to your home. Great for holiday gift ideas!

Good for ONE MONTH ONLY! 10% OFF Banner Hoodies - Use coupon code NOV19E at checkout to take advantage of this great deal!

We have partnered with Square 1 Art, to celebrate our Hoover Rockets' artistic accomplishments, while raising funds for our school. Your child's custom catalog, featuring their artwork, will be coming home soon. As a thank you for participating, each child will receive a sheet of stickers, of their artwork, which are FREE for you to keep, whether you order items or not. Order deadline will be Friday, November 22nd.

COLLEGE DAY/SPIRIT DAY – Friday, November 15th
Students can pay $1.00 and wear their favorite COLLEGE spirit wear for the day. A portion of the funds collected for Spirit days is used for Hoover helping hearts to support Hoover families in need.

Dearborn Meats are back! Watch for the order form in backpack mail late November. Orders will be due Thursday, December 5th

The December Holiday Shop will be moved a week later, and run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Dec 10-12). More details to follow soon. 
Friday, December 13th will be our Pajama-Rama.  This will be a pre-paid event with a maximum of 100 Hoover students.  Watch for a flyer in backpack mail early December.

11/11 & 11/13 4th Grade Field Trip to Creature Conservancy
11/12 PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
11/15 Spirit Day UM/MSU, Reflection Projects Due
11/27-11/29 No School Thanksgiving Break11/29-12/15 Five Below Fundraiser
12/10-12/12 Holiday Shop
12/5 Trimester Ends
12/6 No School Work Day for Teachers
12/6 Skate Night
12/8 Holiday Parade
12/9-12/20 IREADY Diagnostics #2
12/13 Report Cards Come Home