Originally delivered on 10/24/2022 8:01 am

SUBJECT: Hoover Notes October 24, 2022


Hoover Notes will be sent out weekly to help you keep track of important school community news and events.  New items are bolded. 

PTA News

Thank you for...

  • your role in making Hoover the #1 Maryland public middle school in Niche's 2023 Best Schools and Districts ratings
  • joining the PTA.  The number one reason to join the PTA is to benefit your child. To date, about 35% (333 families and faculty) have joined.  If you have not purchased a membership, you belong in the PTA...and so do your relatives, neighbors, and friends...spread the word and join here. The deadline to verify school directory information is coming up on 11/1.  
  • making this "big thank you" photo from Mrs. Carlin and Ms. Kim in the Media Center possible. If you still plan to contribute to Hoover Staff's Amazon Gift Registry, donations should be delivered to the "Gift Registry Address".
  • your donations to the 7th Grade cell cookie lab. From the 7th Grade Science Team: "please extend a HUGE thank you to the wonderful 7th grade parents for their generous donations to our awesome cell cookie lab. We had a great time!".  See photos here.
  • the 179 happy skaters at Skate Night!  

Plan on...

  • buying tickets online for the Let's Glo All Night" Halloween Party on 10/27 from 6-8 pm in Hoover's Cafeteria.  Tickets ($12 each) will also be sold during lunch 10/25 and 10/26.
  • raising money for Hoover when you buy a delicious, homemade pie from Sprinkles Potomac. This women-owned small business has been serving Potomac for over 30 years and its manager is a Hoover graduate. If you want to support Hoover, but don't want the pie, you can purchase one for our wonderful Hoover staff to enjoy over Thanksgiving break. Enter "Hoover" in the comment box if you plan to keep the pie. Enter "Hoover Teacher" if you want the PTA to get the pie to a Hoover staff member. The order deadline is 11/10 and pick up is 11/20-11/24 during business hours. Click herefor more details.

Check out...

  • the 2022-2023 National PTA Reflections Art Contest on the PTA's website. There are two opportunities to participate: entering a theme idea for the 2024-2025 contest (due 11/4) and submitting art for this year's contest (due 12/2).  
  • the Student Service Learning (SSL) overview and opportunities on the PTA website.  The opportunities are updated periodically.  One upcoming opportunity: MCPS encourages students and families to visit the local Emancipation Day celebrations on 10/29 from 12-3 pm at Button Farm Living History Center and on 11/5 from 10 am - 4 pm at the Sandy Spring Slave Museum.  See the MCPS table at the sites for the SSL forms.
Hoover News
  • Principal Dr. Kim's Monthly Message provides a comprehensive overview of everything happening at Hoover, including important information for each grade and parent engagement opportunities. 
  • Hoover's Counseling Team is looking for 2-3 parent volunteers to join the student led No Place for Hate Committee. The committee's mission is to join the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate movement and create sustainable positive change at Hoover.  Its first task is to rally the school community together to sign the No Place for Hate Pledge. Meetings will be held every other week on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15 pm starting 10/19. Questions? Call Debbie Velasquez at 301-968-3750 or email Debra_M_Velasquez@mcpsmd.org. 
  • Order your student's yearbook here
  • Click on this link to sign up to volunteer in the Media Center. Volunteers are required to complete an online child abuse and neglect training and a COVID vaccination verification form. You can access these requirements here.
  • Here is the link for the 7th Grade Parent Tea slideshow.
  • Meet the administrative staff at Hoover's 8th Grade Parent Tea on 11/2 at 9 am. 
  • Hoover is hosting an outdoor family picture day on 11/7. All proceeds will go towards Hoover's wellness programs for staff and students. 
  • Hoover's 7th Grade Global Humanities Classes will participate in a financial literacy field trip on 12/5, 12/6 and 12/8. If interested in volunteering, click here.
MCPS Community News

  • Read MCPS' Community Message: Things to Know for Thursday, Oct. 20 which includes sports championships information, an updated bus dashboard, reminders, and more.
  • Read MCPS' Quick Notes, which includes a calendar of events and other helpful MCPS news and information.
  • Here is a letter from MCPS' Superintendent about safety and security protocols.
  • MCPS has transitioned to a new online payment system called SchoolCash Online as its preferred method of payment for all school-related fees.  Any available items for purchase will appear under your student's tab.
  • Potomac Elementary's Sister School, Highland Elementary, is collecting musical instruments to give to students who otherwise would not be able to participate in orchestra or band. Contact Katie Koshy at KatieKoshy@gmail.com with questions or to arrange an instrument pickup.
  • Winston Churchill's athletic events are now cashless. Single event tickets and season passes can only be purchased online through GoFan.co.  If your student does not have a cell phone, have them bring a copy of the purchased ticket. HERE is a list of athletic events. Questions? Contact Jesse Smith at Jesse_R_Smith@mcpsmd.org.
  • MCPS' Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) invites you to attend its 10/27 meeting from 7-9 pm. You can join the meeting with this Zoom link: https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/83500082631?pwd=YjhNVUJ3Yk5BWTExTlhRVmRZM08zUT09.
  • XMinds is a collaborative partnership of parents, educators, and service providers working together to improve the educational experience and outcomes for autistic students in Pre-K–12 education in Montgomery County.  XMinds hosts many eventsincluding a webinar about the special education law and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process in Montgomery County on 11/1 at 7 pm. 
Week of October 24, 2022

10/24 - No school (Professional Day)

10/25 and 10/26, all lunch periods - Halloween Party tickets sold 

10/27, 6-8 pm - Halloween Party (Hoover Cafeteria)

Week of October 31, 2022

11/2, 9 am - 8th Grade Parent Tea

11/4 - National PTA Reflections Art Contest 2024-2025 Theme Idea  Deadline

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