Originally delivered on 2/20/2023 8:03 am

SUBJECT: Hoover Notes February 20,2023


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

PTA News

Thank you for... 

  • joining the PTA.  The number one reason to join is to benefit your child.  Help us reach our $35,000 goal.  Buy your membership today.
  • the PTA members who are serving on the 2023-2024 PTA Board Nominating Committee: Maryellen Grant, Jennifer Nordin, and Martin Sturmer; and Jacqueline Coleman Snead for serving as the PTA representative to the NAACP Parents' Council. She is also one of the two Hoover MCCPTA Delegates.
  • attending the Hoover Social Studies Department's wonderful Social Studies Showcase.
  • the Valentine's Day Social volunteers.  It was another fun event for 180 students!
  • the Middle School Division Winners of the Montgomery County Council of PTA's Reflections Contest: Olivia Li for the Literature Award of Excellence, and Flora Tsui for the Visual Arts Award of Excellence. They will advance to the Maryland PTA's Reflections Contest. For more details, click here

Plan on...

  • participating in the next fundraising Spirit Night at Potomac Pizza (Falls Road) on 2/22.  Here is the flyer. And mark your calendar for the Ledo Pizza Spirit Night on 3/22.
  • signing up your student for the Hoover Read-A-Thon, a new PTA fundraiser that will start on Monday 2/27. Students will spend the month of March earning prizes for both reading and raising funds. It is possible to earn prizes without raising any money. Parents must assist students in setting up their account since they are not allowed to use their school emails. You can activate your reader's account by clicking on https://www.read-a-thon.com/readers/r/yZqoeV/1 and selecting your student's Language Arts teacher's class. Student accounts set up by midnight 2/26 will receive a treat at school on 2/27.  Click here to see all of the fantastic ways that students can earn prizes.
  • sponsoring the Read-A-Thon through a limited number of digital and printed business sponsorship opportunities.  Click here to reserve your sponsorship spot today!
  • signing up to distribute Read-A-Thon prizes the week of 2/27.
  • joining Hoover's PTA Facebook Group to stay up to date on all things Hoover. 
  • purchasing items to support the Counseling Department through the Hoover Staff's Amazon Gift Registry.  There are also items to support overall classroom experiences.   
  • signing up for a FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid class provided by MCCPTA and EveryMind. The next class date is 2/24 from 9 am-3 pm. If you are interested in attending, please complete this form and EveryMind will send you the registration link. If you are interested in taking the class but need a future date, please also fill out this form to be notified of additional dates.

Check out... 

  • two recently approved documents by the Montgomery County Council of PTA's (MCCPTA) delegates: 1) the Digital Balance Resolution, which recommends limits on screen time in classrooms; and 2) the MCCPTA Advocacy Priorities for 2022-2023, which lays out its priorities regarding access to equitable opportunities; capital funds and facilities; operating funds; communication; curriculum; diversity, equity and inclusion; health and wellness; and school climate and security. If you have any questions, please contact the Hoover MCCPTA delegates, Jacqueline Coleman Snead (JacquiTheLeo@gmail.com) and Jennifer Nordin (HHMSDelegate1@gmail.com).
  • the Student Service Learning (SSL) overview and opportunities on the PTA website.  Here is a list of February 2023 opportunities. Another opportunity: MSI is looking for "Youth Game Leaders" for 1st grade games held at Hoover every Saturday in September and October. At least one year of soccer experience is required. The Youth Game Leader trainings are August 28 or September 5.  Please go to the MSI website (www.msisoccer.org), click the "Play With MSI' tab, and then "Youth Game Leaders Program" for more info and to register for one of the trainings.  

Hoover News
  • Principal Dr. Kim's February Monthly Message provides an overview of everything happening at Hoover and parent engagement opportunities.
  • Parent volunteers are needed for Hoover's Steam Night on 3/14 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Here is the sign up link. 
  • Hoover wants to ensure every student has access to a device at home. Families that need Internet access (a mifi device) should notify their counselor who will then fill out a mifi request form for consideration.  If you need a MCPS student Chromebook at home, please follow the instructions in this form: Chromebook Form to Distribute to Families.
  • Order your student's yearbook here
  • Click here for the Rising 6th Grade Presentation.
  • Volunteers are needed in the Media Center.  Click on this link to sign up.  Volunteers are required to complete an online child abuse and neglect training and a COVID vaccination verification form. You can access these requirements here.
MCPS Community News
  • MCPS 5 Things to Know, February 16 provides information about proposed Board of Education policies, fentanyl prevention resources, a Black History Month highlight, and more.
  • Read this important email about antisemitism from Superintendent McKnight, and this message from the Board of Education President and Superintendent McKnight. 
  • Click here for the MCPS Mid-Year Roundup.
  • Here is the latest edition of MCPS QuickNotes, which includes a calendar of events and MCPS news and information.
  • Here are the Montgomery Board of Education's proposed Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Plan guidelines.
  • MCPS now has six operational status options, which will be reported by easy-to-understand, color-coded messages. Click here for more information.
  • The Winston Churchill Athletics Program is holding its first annual spring mulch sale to support its athletic teams and the student athletes with the help of Denchfield Landscaping Inc. The purchase deadline is 3/10. Click here for more information.
  • Single event tickets and season passes for Winston Churchill's games can only be purchased online through GoFan.co. HERE is a list of athletic events.
  • Montgomery College’s Sonya Kovalevsky Program is a free program for 6th grade students with the goal of increasing girls’ interest and participation in STEM classes and careers.  Register for the next class on 2/25 here: Sonya Kovalevsky Program | Montgomery College, Maryland.

February 2023

2/20 - No School (Holiday) 

2/22 - PTA Spirit Night at Potomac Pizza

2/24, 9 am-3 pm - MCCPTA Youth Mental Health First Aid Class (Zoom)

2/27 - Read-A-Thon Fundraiser Begins

March 2023

3/3, 12:30 pm - Early Release Day

3/14, 5:30-7:30 pmSTEM Night sponsored by the Math and Science Departments

3/15, 12:30 pm - Early Release Day

3/22 - PTA Spirit Night at Ledo Pizza

3/31 - No School (End-of-Quarter Grading/Planning - Possible Instructional Day Due to Emergency Closure)

3/31 - Read-A-Thon Fundraiser Ends

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