Hoover Happenings

11/5/2018

Fall Festival & Book Fair

A huge thank you to our Hoover PTA and volunteers that helped make our Fall Festival and Book Fair a success. It was a great night to see many Hoover families at the school. The pumpkin decorations were amazing as always. The book fair was very busy with lots of children going home with new books to read!


The hay ride was very popular, as was the movie and cookie decorating! A wonderful night seemed to be had by all! Thank you all very much for making the Hoover community strong. We will see you all again soon at our upcoming fall conferences.

Hoover PE Happenings


October and November bring many exciting activities in Physical Education class at Hoover! In October, students participated in a variety of activities that worked on hand/eye coordination, gross motor skills, and building physical fitness. Dance Dance Revolution, striking activities, and teamwork building are just a few of the fun lessons planned for November.


Progress reports and conferences are also in November. We would love to visit with families about your student’s progress in PE. Please stop by the PE office if you have time during conferences. Demonstrating school expectations in PE is something every student works on during class. Also, every grade level focuses on a specific skill for the fall. Those skills are listed below.


  • Kindergarten- Moving safely with others.

  • 1st Grade- Working safely by myself and with a partner.

  • 2nd Grade- Creating a movement pattern.

  • 3rd Grade- Understanding how to check pulse at rest and during activity.

  • 4th Grade- Understanding the concepts of physical fitness and Healthy Fitness Zones.

  • 5th Grade- Understanding the FITT Principle and the Components of Fitness.


With the weather changing and snow coming, please remember to leave a pair of tennis shoes at school for PE days. This will help students participate safely in the gym.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call the PE office. Have a safe and active November!


Adam Hanson- ahanso4@isd77.org

Annie Pitcher- apitch1@isd77.org



PE Office- 507-207-5344


Attitude of Gratitude - Focusing Students on the Positive

The Attitude of Gratitude mindset teaches us the importance of seeking the positives from every experience and being thankful for all that we have. Through this mindset, we learn that we can use the positives or the negatives of our lives as the foundation on which to build. Choose the positives, and we are on our way toward extraordinary success; choose the negatives, and we embark on path toward disappointment, resentment, and suffering. In these lessons, we guide students to focus on all the things they have, leaving no time to be distracted by what they don’t.


The 4 critical components of Attitude of Gratitude:


1. Treasure Yourself – We create the wonderful lives we want by harvesting the great things within us. There are often things we don’t like about ourselves, but we must recognize that we’re made of far more wonderful things than not. We need to recognize our own worth and see our uniqueness as something to treasure and develop so we can live the extraordinary lives we’re meant to live.


2. Be More Grateful – We all have the choice to focus on the good or the bad in life. If we focus on the positive things, they expand and guide us down the path to our dreams. If we spend our time in regret, jealously, and anger, then the negatives multiply and we likely find our dreams sidelined and our goals unattained. We must simply be more grateful, reflecting as much as possible on the good things in our lives as well as those that are coming to us.


3. Thank it Forward – One of the best and quickest ways to feel better and become happier is to do something for someone else. And the easiest as well as one of the most powerful things we can do for someone is express gratitude for who they are and what they mean to us. Thanking someone provides two wonderful gifts: it makes the other person feel good, and makes us happy at the same time.


4. Elevate Your Perspective – People who have achieved great lives point to moments of great adversity and challenge when they learned a critical lesson or built the essential skill that allowed them to be successful. Knowing this, we understand why it is important to seek the positives from all situations, even those that seem completely negative. When we do this, we get better, learn, and grow in essential ways that help us to live richer and fuller lives.


Top 5 Dos and Don'ts at Home:


1) Do practice gratitude every day, even if it’s only to tell your children how grateful you are to have them in your life. If you have a journal, write down the things that you’re thankful for every day, both the big and small. Verbalizing what you’re grateful for is a powerful way that both you and your children can keep from taking things for granted and remain thankful for all that you have.


2) Do say “thank you” regularly. Showing your gratitude to neighbors and teachers with a kind note or word is one small way to show your appreciation for them. Teaching your children to do the same is important in helping them to feel gratitude for the lives and friends that they have.


3) Don’t let the bad times be all bad. Become an “inverse paranoid” and believe that the universe is conspiring to do you good, and the bad times and obstacles are there to teach you something useful. Try saying to yourself, “I can’t wait to find out what good will come from this!” This helps you look at all situations as leading toward positives in life.


4) Do write a thank you note to your children for what you appreciate about them. For example, you might write and leave a note that says, “Thank you so much for picking up your room today without me even asking. You are an incredible kid and I am so thankful to have you in my life!”


5) Do treasure yourself and take care of yourself as a role model for your child. Many parents treasure their children but not themselves. Think about how you are living your life. Are you maximizing your potential? Enjoying how you spend your time? If parents are not able to live extraordinary lives and let themselves shine for all to enjoy, what kind of lives are we modeling for our children?


Activities to Do with Your Child:


1) A New Story of Me – link

2) Being More Grateful – link

3) My Thank You Notes – link

4) Becoming an Inverse Paranoid – link

5) Gratitude Journal - buy a journal for child to write in every night what they are thankful for

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November, 2018

Tuesday, 6th - Election Day - no evening activities

Thursday, 8th - K-5 Parent-Teacher Conferences; 3:30-8:30

Tuesday, 13th - 2 Hour Late Start

Tuesday, 13th - K-5 Parent-Teacher Conferences; 3:30-8:00

Thursday, 15th - K-5 Parent-Teacher Conferences; 3:30-8:00

Tues.- Fri. 20-23 - No School

Tuesday, 28th Guthrie Theater - Grade 5

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HOMEWORK HELPERS - MSU

Homework helpers is a free program offering homework and academic assistance to K-12 students. We specialize in K-3 reading assistance, 5-12 math and science and K-12 English, Social Studies and History.


We meet Monday-Thursday 4-9pm and Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm with weekends starting in October.


We can be found in the lower level Educational Resource Center (ERC) in the Memorial library on the Minnesota State University, Mankato Campus.


The College of Education is responsible for the organization of this program using work study and student volunteers. MSU students are program supervisors and tutors.


Please don't miss out on this opportunity for students to get extra help. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Mymique Baxter at mymique.baxter@mnsu.edu or her graduate assistant Joshua Lawson at Joshua.lawson@mnsu.edu

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