Hello from Hoover!
November 12, 2021
Hello Hoover Families!
If you have not yet signed up for Parent Teacher Conferences, please see the section below and use the links to reserve a conference time on Wednesday, November 17. If you have questions or need help with the scheduling program, please call the school office (319) 688-1110.
Reminder that Wednesday, November 17, will be a NO SCHOOL day for students because of Parent-Teacher conferences.
It looks like the weather will be trick this week with some ups and downs. Please be sure to check the predicted weather and temperatures before school each day. When the temperature is predicted to be below 45 degrees, please send your children to school with a coat or jacket, gloves or mittens, and a warm hat if you have them. If your child does not have their own coat, gloves, and hat, please contact our Student Family Advocate, Karli Moellers, and she will help your family find what you need.
Thank you for all you do to support your children and our school!
Love and light to all,
IMPORTANT DAYS TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR
November 17 -- NO SCHOOL, Conference Day
November 18 -- Hoover Community Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm on Zoom
November 24-25-26 -- NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday Break
December 20-31 -- NO SCHOOL, Winter Break
January 3 -- School begins
Safety Reminders for Drop off and Pick Up
Safety is our top priority so it's time to review our Drop off and Pick up procedures.
When dropping off or picking up at the corner of American Legion and Barrington, please check for the crossing guard before leaving the area. If a crossing guard or police officer is not present, parents should be prepared to walk their child across the street if necessary.
When dropping off or picking up from the carline, please follow these guidelines:
- Following the path into the parking lot, please pull up as far as you can, without passing any other cars and without blocking the crosswalk
- Stay in your vehicle and have your child exit/enter your car from the passenger side
- If carline spaces are not immediately available, please wait in line or park in an available lot space. Please do not double park in the aisles of the parking lot or the carline.
- If you need to leave your car for any reason, please park in an available lot space and use the sidewalks and crosswalk. Please do not leave cars unattended in the carline. Spots along the back sidewalk are specifically reserved for those that need to help their children get in and out of their car.
Please review the directions in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEa384m81ew
WHEN YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABSENT OR TARDY
It is important to include the following information when you call or email:
1. child's name
2. grade and teacher
3. the reason for their absence. For example, we would like to know if they are absent because of illness, a vacation. If your child is absent and you have not contacted us, someone from the office will call you to check in.
Therapy Dog at Hoover
We are writing to inform you that a therapy animal has been approved under ICCSD policies to be present in your child’s school. Redd is a Fox Red Labrador Retriever that has been individually trained to provide animal therapy. Under federal and state law, ICCSD is sometimes required to allow therapy animals onto ICCSD property, but we want to minimize any negative effects on other students and staff in the building due to Redd’s presence. You may review ICCSD’s policy regarding Therapy Animals in the School District at https://www.iowacityschools.org/cms/lib/IA01903939/Centricity/Domain/80/100%20Series%20-%20School%20District%209.19.pdf.
ICCSD staff will meet with the owner and handler of Redd to determine the best way to introduce them to the building and classroom. Having information about any allergies or fears that affect others in the classroom is extremely important to the introduction effort and to determine whether accommodations need to be made for others in the classroom. If your child suffers any known allergies to, or has fear of, dogs, please contact your child's teacher or the Hoover office (319) 688-1110 so that our staff can include that information in its introduction plan. If you have any questions, please contact Kris Mowatt, Behavior Interventionist, or Carolyn Ceynar, Principal.
Parent Teacher Conferences
There's still time to sign up for a conference with your child’s classroom teacher. Our final conference day is Wednesday, November 17, 2021: 7:40am-7:10pm. Click the Conference weblink below:
You will enter your child’s first and last name and use their birthdate as a password (MM-DD-YYYY). Once logged in, the first page the parent will see is a listing of the classes and teachers the student is enrolled with. The parent can schedule an appointment with each teacher by clicking the button on the right of the line.
Once you have signed up for a conference, you will receive an email confirmation along with a link to the zoom meeting.
We want all families to participate in parent-teacher conferences! Interpretation services are available. Please contact your child's elementary school office if you need a language or American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.
Dressing for the Weather
Music Student Teacher
The Hoover staff is pleased to welcome Ericka Barloon, general music student teacher at Hoover until early December.
Hello! My name is Ericka Barloon. I am a student teacher learning how to teach general music. I like to read, draw, sing, and thrift. I have a big orange fluffy cat named Hotdog and a partner named Chad. My favorite part about teaching is getting to know students and watching them grow personally and academically. I am so excited to get to learn at this school!
FROM MRS. MOELLERS, STUDENT-FAMILY ADVOCATE
Winter Break Baskets
Hoover students will collect food for families needing assistance over winter break. Any additional food will be donated to the CommUnity Food Bank (formerly the Crisis Center).
Please bring donations to the classroom or the main office November 29 - December 15.
- PRE-K and Kindergarten: uncooked rice/ pasta/ crackers/ spaghetti sauce
- First Grade: Boxes of cereal/ oatmeal/ brown sugar/ syrup/ pancake mix
- Second Grade: Canned vegetables/ beans/ pumpkin
- Third Grade: Canned soup/ gravy/ canned meat
- Fourth Grade: Instant mashed potatoes/ cake mixes/ canned frosting
- Fifth Grade: Canned fruit/ cranberry/ canned sweet potatoes
- Sixth Grade: Laundry detergent/ shampoo/ bars of soap
- Staff: Gift cards or other foods
Other appreciated items include:
boxes of tissues (Kleenex)
If your family would like to receive a Winter Break Basket, please contact Todd Simpson or Karli Moellers at 319- 688-1110. They can help arrange pick-up or delivery.
Food Program through CommUnity
Hoover Elementary School will, once again, be working with CommUnity Mobile Food Pantry in Johnson County to provide FREE food deliveries to families who may need assistance. There are no financial qualifications for this program and anyone in need can participate. In order to join, please contact Karli Moellers, SFA, at Hoover or complete this form. Forms are also available in Spanish and French.
FROM THE PTA
Opportunities to learn more and get involved with traffic safety at school
Hoover Community Meeting: November 18, 6:30pm, Zoom
Join the PTA and our principal, Carolyn Ceynar, as our Hoover community comes together to support our school, staff and students! Our parent-led community meetings are for every family who has a child at the school, and you do not have to be a PTA member to attend! https://fb.me/e/5CESOm5s0
We are pleased to welcome a guest speaker, Jared Morford with the Safe Routes to Schools program. SRTS is a movement established to create safe, convenient, healthy, and fun opportunities for children to walk and bike to/from school. We will use some of our meeting time to discuss safety education and how to promote a safe school crossing across American Legion.
We encourage our community to participate in our Panera Dine Out and pick up dinner before joining our meeting online! Please see the notes about our Dine Out below.
Panera Dine Out: November 18, 4pm-8pm
Panera will donate 20% of your meal when you show our flyer on November 18 from 4-8pm. You can also order online at panerabread.com and enter code PRFUND at checkout. Flyers will be sent home in backpacks; you can also find a digital copy of the flyer in our Facebook event:
We encourage you to join our virtual Hoover Community Meeting after you've picked up dinner from Panera! Please see the notes about our meeting above.
Upcoming PTA Events
November 17: Conferences 7:40am-7:10pm (help with teacher meals: https://hooverhawks.memberhub.com/store/items/462634)
November 17: No school
November 18: Dine Out at Panera, 4pm-8pm: https://fb.me/e/Gw5AVzXF
November 18: Community Meeting, 6:30pm: https://fb.me/e/44qWvikVw
November 24-26: No school
December 2: Take Out at Papa Murphy’s, 11am-8pm: https://fb.me/e/1gwIeWmpZ
Please help the PTA provide meals for the teachers during their fall conferences on November 17th! We are hoping to cater TWO delicious meals and need your help with donations. Any amount is helpful! We love our teachers!! HUGE thanks to everyone who has donated already!
HEALTH AND SAFETY IN SCHOOL
COVID-19 Vaccines for children age 5-11
Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine following the FDA and CDC authorizations of the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in this younger age group. This is the only COVID-19 vaccine available to children at this time. We are providing information to families on how eligible children ages 5 to 11 can receive the vaccine.
We are pleased to partner with the Visiting Nurses Association to hold walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students ages 5-11 at ten of our elementary schools. A parent/guardian must be present for a child to receive the vaccine. The schedule for those clinic locations is as follows:
- Garner Elementary (80 Birch St., North Liberty)
November 15, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
- Shimek Elementary (1400 Grissel Pl., Iowa City)
November 15, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
- Lemme Elementary (3100 E. Washington St., Iowa City)
November 16, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
- Horn Elementary (600 Koser Ave., Iowa City)
November 17, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
- Twain Elementary (1355 DeForest Ave., Iowa City)
November 18, 2021, 2:15-6:00 pm
Please note, vaccine availability may be limited depending on the doses allocated to each site from Johnson County Public Health. Each of these clinics will be providing vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 only due to the fact that the vaccine dose for this age group is different from the dosage for individuals 12 and over. We appreciate the collaboration of the VNA as resources remain limited. With only one nurse administering the vaccinations at each site, please be patient and courteous as visits could take longer than expected.
Below are additional local resources for scheduling an appointment if you or your eligible family members would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
- UI Health Care will hold evening and weekend COVID-19 vaccine clinics at their Iowa River Landing location for children ages 5 to 11 beginning this week. Appointments can be scheduled at https://uihc.org/schedule-your-covid-19-vaccination.
- Mercy Iowa City Family Practice: Call (319) 339-3520
- Towncrest Pharmacy: Visit https://www.towncrest.com, or call (319) 337-3526
- Appointments may also be available through local CVS, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart, or Walgreens locations.
- Your primary care provider may also have vaccination appointments available.
COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost; however, vaccine providers may charge an administration fee, which is covered by most insurance. For uninsured patients, this fee is covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
For individuals seeking information about the COVID-19 vaccine, you may visit the JCPH, Mercy, or UI Health Care vaccine information websites. Specific information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and children can also be found here: COVID-19 vaccines for your child | University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Iowa City Community School District
Mask Requirement to Continue
Dear Families and Staff,
On October 8, 2021, a preliminary injunction was granted regarding the State of Iowa’s mask requirement ban. This preliminary injunction follows the temporary restraining order that was issued on September 13, 2021, and provides school districts in Iowa the ability to require face masks in schools. Based on this decision, the Iowa City Community School District will continue to require face masks for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses.
This decision is based largely on the CDC’s strong recommendation that face masks be worn in schools, regardless of a person's vaccination status. This requirement also aligns with the advice of our local public health experts. We appreciate your support and collaboration in keeping our school community safe.
Iowa City Community School District
LINKS TO DISTRICT INFORMATION
School breakfast and lunch are free for all students during the 2021-22 school year. Students must take a complete meal for it to be free of charge. Charges will apply for second entrees, second milks, or single items.
As a reminder all volunteers must complete a new volunteer form prior to volunteering in a school or program. This includes volunteers for co and extracurricular activities.
Iowa City transit routes have all changed. Some stops have been eliminated, added, or moved. If you use transit to get to school, please check your stop and the schedule to ensure you get to school on time the first day.