Originally delivered on 3/20/2023 8:07 am

SUBJECT: Hoover Notes March 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... 

  • another TERRIFIC Read-A-Thon week. We are now only $576 away from our $6,000 fundraising goal
  • all of the enthusiastic readers who read over 22,000 minutes in Week 3! The 23 participating faculty and staff were the top readers this week with 8,982 minutes read. Congratulations to the Week 3 Winners:
    • Classes: Period 7 Kane (6th); Period 1 Chai-Onn (7th); Period 7 Martin (8th)
    • Individuals: Sophia Raney & Iman (6th); Jenny Ryu & Donald Hue (7th); and Luke Dahle & Fatemeh Tofigh (8th)
    • Faculty & Staff: Ryan Kwok
  • the Week 2 Winners:
    • Classes: Period 7 Kane (6th); Period 1 Chai-Onn (7th); Period 7 Martin (8th)
    • Individuals: Jodi Abanulo & Iman (6th); Lilianne Acheson & Donald Hue (7th); and Fatemeh Tofigh & Arianna Raney (8th)
    • Faculty & Staff:  Gina Blake
  • the Pretzel Bakery in Cabin John for donating their delicious pretzels to the top classes for Week 3.  
  • attending Hoover's STEAM Night. And a big thank you from the Math & Science Departments for your generous donation of items from the Hoover Staff's Amazon Gift Registry.
  • 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.  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.  
  • reviewing the Q&As from the 2/22 NAACP Parents' Council's Conversation with the Superintendent here. There is a lot of information on topics that PTAs should be very interested in. Here is the registration form for the next NAACP Parents Council virtual meeting on 3/22 at 6 pm. 
  • The Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) virtual meeting is on 3/23 from 7-9 pm. Here is the Zoom link: https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/84412245519?pwd=VDhJbSt1ai9TSVRGbjNWQi9vYnV0dz09 Meeting ID: 844 1224 5519; Passcode: 32323

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.
  • Tickets for Herbert Hoover Theatre's Musical Aladdin Jr. and Intermission Nightclub Show on 5/5-5/7 are on sale now and selling fast. There are 110 students in the production from Hoover and three elementary and three high schools. VIP Packages, Tickets, Aladdin Coins and more are available. Take a look at the Aladdin Jr Publicity Announcement and the complete list of packages and savings plans
  • 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 16 provides information about the next fentanyl forum, prekindergarten and head start registration, the long running Rock 'n' Roll Revival at Sherwood HS, and a grand prize winning documentary by two Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. middle school students. 
  • On 3/9, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released its accountability report card—the Maryland Report Card. 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 Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Plan guidelines and here are 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

3/22 - PTA Spirit Night at Ledo Pizza

3/22 -  NAACP Parents' Council Meeting (Zoom), 6 pm

3/23 -  Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting (Zoom), 7 pm

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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