Originally delivered on 3/13/2023 8:06 am

SUBJECT: Hoover Notes March 13, 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... 

  • another TERRIFIC Read-A-Thon week! We are now only $716 away from our $6,000 fundraising goal with 389 readers logging in reading minutes totaling 194,685! The Week 2 Winners are still being tallied and will be shared in next week's Hoover Notes.
  • 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.

Plan on...

  • signing up your student for the Hoover Read-A-Thon.  Since winners are selected weekly, readers signing up today still have the chance to win this month. 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!
  • participating in the next fundraising Spirit Night at Ledo Pizza on 3/22.
  • purchasing items from the Hoover Staff's Amazon Gift Registry. Many teachers have requested snacks for their after school programs.
  • joining Hoover's PTA Facebook Group to stay up to date on all things Hoover.
  • reviewing and submitting comments on the Board of Education's recently proposed changes to Policy ABC (Parent and Family Involvement) which guides regulation ABC-RA. Why should you care? While several of the proposed revisions expand outreach expectations, reinforce commitments to equity and align with National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships, others may leave family and student involvement in school improvement efforts to the sole discretion of MCPS (e.g., "as appropriate" language in line 176 and line 253).  If family involvement, information sharing and stakeholder participation in school improvement are important to you, please read the proposed revisions to Policy ABC and submit your comments to the Board of Education before the April 20th deadline. The proposed Policy ABC revisions and public comment submission form can be found on this page beneath the video clip on the right-hand side.  

Check out... 

  • 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 March 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.
  • The Counseling Department is hosting a Career Expo on 5/18 from 5-7 pm. Presenters and volunteers are needed. Click here for the flyer and 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 9 provides information about the Annual Report for the 2021-2022 school year, the extended deadline to sign up for a free SAT prep course, the next fentanyl family forum, the teacher awarded this year’s Rising Star award, and how to nominate someone for the Board of Education led Distinguished Service to Public Education awards.
  • On 3/9, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released its accountability report card—the Maryland Report Card—for every school in the state of Maryland, designed to measure the success of schools and identify areas for improvement. The Maryland Report Card was last released in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.
  • 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.  
  • 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 

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