Originally delivered on 3/6/2023 8:09 am

SUBJECT: Hoover Notes March 6, 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... 

  • a TERRIFIC first week of the Read-A-Thon! We are now $4,988 towards our $6,000 fundraising goal with 475 registered readers. 355 readers have entered minutes totaling 102,388!!! Congratulations to the Week 1 Winners:
    • Classes: Period 7 Kane (6th); Period 1 Chai-Onn (7th); Period 5 Hemmersbaugh (8th)
    • Individuals: Jodi Abanulo & Sophia Raney (6th); Grace Luo & Jenny Ryu (7th); and Fatemeh Tofigh & Arianna Raney (8th)
    • Faculty & Staff: Karen Magary
  • volunteering to hand out Week 1 Read-A-Thon prizes during lunch.
  • 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 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. 

Plan on...

  • signing up your student for the Hoover Read-A-Thon.  It is not too late! 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.  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!
  • helping the 2023-2024 PTA Board Nominating Committee fill the NAACP Parents' Council Representative and these Committee/Event Chair positions: National PTA Reflections, School Dances & Parties, SGA Support, Skate Night, Spirit Nights, and Staff Appreciation.  If you're ready to step into a new role and support the Hoover community, please reach out to any member of the Nominating Committee: Maryellen Grant (mbarreca@gmail.com), Martin Stuermer (mstuermer1@gmail.com), or Jennifer Nordin (hhmsdelegate1@gmail.com).
  • participating in the next fundraising Spirit Night at Ledo Pizza on 3/22.
  • joining Hoover's PTA Facebook Group to stay up to date on all things Hoover.
  • purchasing items to support Hoover's STEAM Night through the Hoover Staff's Amazon Gift Registry.  There are also items to support counseling and overall classroom experiences.   

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.  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.  One SSL 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 still needed for Hoover's STEAM Night on 3/14 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Here is the sign up link.
  • Families that need Internet access (a mifi device) should notify their counselor who will 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.
  • 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, March 2 provides information about Prekindergarten/head start registration, how high school students can receive free virtual SAT Prep courses, the deadline for student registration for this year's Summer RISE program, 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.
  • Click here for MCPS six operational status options.  
  • The Winston Churchill Athletics Program is holding its first annual spring mulch sale 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.

March 2023

3/14, 5:30-7:30 pm - STEAM 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

April 2023

4/3-4/10 - No School (Spring Break)

4/13 - Hoover Heart's the Arts sponsored by the PTA, English Department, and the Arts Department

4/21 -   No School (Professional Day)

4/25 -   Bus Driver Appreciation Day

4/26 -  Administrative Professional Appreciation Day

4/27  -  Take Your Child to Work Day 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -