Hoover Elementary School

Family E-Blast 01.31.2016


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Monday, February 1

  • Kindergarten Registration Begins: Packets available for pickup in the office


Kindergarten Registration Begins Monday, February 1st

Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin throughout the Mt. Lebanon School District on Monday, February 1st, 2016. Children who reach the age of five before September 8th are eligible to enter Kindergarten in the fall. This is a wonderful time of the year as we welcome many children into the Mt. Lebanon Elementary Community and begin our planning for a new school year. If you have a child or know of a neighbor who is eligible for Kindergarten, please stop by the main office to pick up a registration packet.

All incoming Kindergarten students will be given a short screening interview in late spring to assess basic skills and to aid parents, teachers, and school administration in student placement. This tool is used just as a baseline of student knowledge. Parents will select a date and time for the screening when they pick up their registration paper work.

Additional details about our Kindergarten program can be found on the district's website, or by clicking HERE.

Hoover Spelling Bee

The 4th and 5th grade classes have held their grade level Spelling Bees, with the top spellers advancing to the Hoover Spelling Bee. Congratulations to all who participated and to our finalists! Please join us on Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30PM, as we cheer on our student spellers for a chance to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C!

Valentine's Day Celebrations

Classroom parties to celebrate Valentine's Day will be held on Friday, February 12th beginning at 2:30PM. In accordance with the District’s Volunteer Policies, party chaperones must submit either a copy of their clearances or a signed Volunteer Affirmation to the main office. This document is valid for the entire school year, so volunteers who have already submitted an affirmation need not complete an additional copy. Homeroom coordinators will need to submit the list of party chaperones by no later than Friday, February 5th.

With an increasing number of food allergies in our school buildings, we need to keep the safety of all students a priority. In accordance with the District Wellness Policy's food guidelines, we are requesting that no candy or other food be exchanged among students as a part of their Valentine’s Day celebrations. The PTA will provide the students with a special treat during their class parties.

Families and students are encouraged to consider other non-edible alternatives. Below is a link with some fun ideas for “no candy” valentines for kids! Thanks very much for you understanding and cooperation!

36 No Candy Valentine Ideas

Bestselling Author Visits Hoover

Hoover School is lucky to have been chosen to host Stephan Pastis, author of the bestselling Timmy Failure series, for his live telecast on February 22nd. Students in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to purchase a personalized, autographed copy of the most recent book in the series: Sanitized for your Protection for $16.00. Orders are due by January 29th.

Stephan will also be presenting at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall on Sunday, February 21st at 2:30. For more information or tickets visit: http://pittsburghlectures.org/kids-and-teens/stephan-pastis/


Recess Announcements

Please remember that we will be taking the students outside for recess as long as the weather holds out. It is very important to send students with proper winter attire, including a warm coat, hat, gloves, etc. If there is snow on the ground, students must have boots and snow pants to play in the snow during recess times. Thank you!

Absence Excuse Reminder

With cold and flu season in full swing, please remember that a written excuse is required in order for student absence(s) to be considered excused. Parents/guardians should submit a written note indicating the reason(s) their student(s) absence(s) upon their return.

For your convenience, a standard absence form has been added to the Hoover webpage. Find this and other helpful forms by clicking on the "Parent" link, then selecting "Forms."

Save the Date!

The first Mt. Lebanon School District STEAM Showcase will be held on Monday, March 7th! Look for more specific event details in upcoming e-blasts!

Weather Delays/Closings

To ensure that you receive weather notifications from the district, please take a moment to review your contact information on Dashboard. Additional resources for navigating our Dashboard system can be found HERE.

Weather Delays and Kindergarten:

In the event of a 10:00AM start due to inclement weather, the Kindergarten schedule will be adjusted as follows:

  • AM Kindergarten will be in session from 10:00AM-12:00PM (students should arrive to Hoover by 9:50AM)

  • PM Kindergarten will be in session from 1:00PM-3:30PM (students should arrive to Hoover by 12:50PM)

Find additional information regarding weather delays/closings HERE.

Principal's Notes

  • Your Information: Please inform the office if your phone number has changed from last year, or if it changes throughout the year.

  • Absences: For an absence, or a tardy, to be considered excused it must fall under the following categories set by the school board. Permissible excused absences from District Schools are: (1) personal illness/medical appointments, (2) death in the immediate family, (3) traditionally recognized religious holidays, (4) approved educational travel.

  • Pick-Up/Drop-Off: To ensure the safety of our students, cars should not pull into the driveway between the hours of 8:00AM-9:00AM or 3:00PM-4:00PM. Additionally, please do not park along Robb Hollow in front of the building and exit your vehicle. Specific details regarding the Go Zone procedures can be found below.

  • Morning Arrival: In the morning, supervision is not available for students on the blacktop until 8:20AM. For safety reasons, students should arrive to school, no earlier than 8:20AM. After 8:30AM, students may use the front entrance.

  • Lunch/Recess: The school lunch/recess hour occurs daily from 12:00-1:00PM. Students who leave for lunch should return to the building by 12:55 and report to the Main Office.

  • Visitors: All visitors to the school will need to buzz in at the main entrance door and sign in at the office. We will continue to require visitors to obtain a visitors pass.


Monday, February 8

  • Hoover Food Drive Begins

Tuesday, February 9

  • Hoover Spelling Bee: 6:30PM in Hoover Cafeteria

Friday, February 12

  • Valentine's Day Parties: 2:30PM in Classrooms

Monday, February 15

  • No School: Teacher In-Service Day

Wednesday, February 17

  • Hoover Spirit Day
  • Hoover Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night: 4:30-7:00PM (proceeds benefit the 5th grade class)