Hello from Hoover!

October 29, 2021

Hello Hoover Families!

It's hard to believe that we turn the calendar to November on Monday! We have a busy stretch of time ahead until Thanksgiving holiday break so on behalf of the teachers and staff, I thank you for your ongoing care and support of your children and our school.


The days and nights are cooling down. Please encourage your children to dress for cooler temperatures. It might be time to trade shorts and tank tops for long pants and sweatshirts. Dressing in layers and having a coat, gloves, and a warm hat at school will be helpful to adjust to the varying temperatures inside and outside the building.


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. If you have questions or need help with the scheduling program, please call the school office (319) 688-1110.


Love and light to all,

Mrs. Ceynar

HOOVER HIGHLIGHTS

IMPORTANT DAYS TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR

November 2 -- NO SCHOOL, Voting Day

November 11 -- Conference evening, 2:10-7:10pm

November 17 -- NO SCHOOL, Conference Day

November 18 -- PTA 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

Parent Teacher Conferences


This fall, all Iowa City Community School District elementary schools will hold parent teacher conferences virtually on the following dates.

November 11, 2021: 2:10pm-7:10pm

November 17, 2021: 7:40am-7:10pm


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.


You may sign up for a conference with your child’s classroom teacher through the Conference weblink below:


Parents


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.


Parents Video Tutorial


Once you have signed up for a conference, you will receive an email confirmation along with a link to the zoom meeting.


If you would like the option of receiving information regarding your child's progress in specials classes, (art, library, music, and/or physical education) you have two choices.

One choice is to sign up for a virtual conference with any of the specials teachers. Please contact your child’s elementary school office by November 4, to have your child’s specials teacher(s) added to your conference schedule which will allow you to schedule a time with them in advance.

The second option is to email your child’s specials teacher to request a written report. This report will be emailed directly to you.

Art to Remember

Don’t Miss Out! Now is the time to place your order for custom keepsake products featuring your student's artwork. These items make great gifts for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and any other important person in your student’s life. The deadline to order is NOVEMBER 4. Go to https://arttoremember.com/artshow/P5UUS9 to place your order.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY IN SCHOOL

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.


Sincerely,

Matt Degner
Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

VNA Flu Vaccine Clinics

Once again this year, the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will hold flu vaccine clinics at Iowa City Community School District schools. The VNA flu clinic schedule can be found here: VNA Flu Clinic Schedule

The clinics will offer:

  • Flu Shots (QIV)
  • Covid vaccine (Pfizer)
  • High Dose Flu (for ages 65+ years): Available upon prior request. Call the VNA at (319) 337-9686 to reserve a dose.
  • Pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23 & PCV13): Available upon prior request. Call the VNA at (319) 337-9686 to reserve a dose.

To comply with OSHA regulations and CDC guidelines for Healthcare Organizations, all individuals participating in VNA flu clinics are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The VNA will directly bill your medical insurance company. Please bring your current medical insurance card with you. The vaccine will be available at no charge to children enrolled in Medicaid or children who do not have insurance. Please note, Medicaid for adults will not be accepted this year.

Please visit www.vnaic.org or contact the VNA at (319) 337-9686 for any questions.

FROM MRS. MOELLERS, STUDENT-FAMILY ADVOCATE

Contact Mrs. Moellers

Email: moellers.karli@iowacityschools.org

or

call 319-688-1110

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

Conference Meals

Please help the PTA provide meals for the teachers during their fall conferences on November 11th and November 17th! We are hoping to cater THREE delicious meals and need your help with donations! Any amount is helpful! https://hooverhawks.memberhub.com/store/items/462634

Fall into Reading Festival

Thank you AGAIN to everyone who came to the festival. We hope you had a great time! Special thanks to:

  • Blank & McCune
  • Da Flava Unit
  • El Gringo Loco
  • Iowa City Public Library & Anne Wilmoth
  • Iowa PBS & Abby Brown
  • HyVee
  • Mayor Bruce Teague
  • Moo Moo’s
  • United Way
… and all of our amazing volunteers, teachers and staff!

Read-A-Thon

Hip, Hip Hooray for our Hoover Hawks! We've hit every single Read-A-Thon goal - there's nothing our community can't do when we work together to support our students, families and staff! Principal Ceynar will reveal her surprise school-wide reward soon!

Our Read-A-Thon ends October 31; please help us exceed our goal and make this fundraiser our most successful ever! https://app.memberhub.gives/hooverreads

November 1st will be the last day to submit donations.

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You're always invited to join the PTA

Joining Hoover PTA doesn't mean you must volunteer... ever! It means you are joining our community of families and teachers as we strengthen connections between your family, your child’s classmates and their families, and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone. https://hooverhawks.memberhub.com/store

Hoover Celebration Rock

Reserve and paint the celebration rock for birthdays, congratulations, good luck, appreciation and more! All proceeds go back to Hoover PTA and your students! Use the link below to reserve your dates.

https://signup.com/go/rYutuFf

LINKS TO DISTRICT INFORMATION

Voting Day November 2, 2021

On November 2, 2021, the Iowa City Community School District will ask voters to consider the renewal of the Iowa Secure and Advanced Vision for Education Levy (SAVE) and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The no new money renewal of these levies allows the District to complete the promise of FMP 1.0 and to embark on Facilities Master Plan (FMP) 2.0 with no tax increase. This extension of SAVE and PPEL also provides funding for District-wide lifecycle projects that would otherwise pull vital teaching and learning dollars from the District’s general fund. This progress would come with no increase to the current tax rate.

Our District will hold two community information sessions on the extension of PPEL and SAVE. Superintendent Matt Degner will share details about the November 2, 2021 vote and answer questions from participants. The information sessions will be held virtually on the following dates:

You can learn more about our District’s plan at www.IowaCitySchools.org/FMP2.0. We appreciate your engagement in this process and please vote on November 2, 2021. #ICCSDtogether

Classroom Celebrations in ICCSD

Dear Families and Staff,


Last year, COVID-19 forced us to rethink many of our practices within the school day including our classroom celebrations, such as fall, winter, and spring parties. The decision to do away with elementary classroom celebrations last year provided time for us to reflect on the overall classroom party concept. Our work around equity is at the forefront of everything we do, and in recent years we have looked at participation in our classroom parties through an equity lens. For cultural or religious reasons, many of our families opt for their students not to participate in one form or another. For those that do participate, access for all students is not the same (i.e. lack of costumes, food, cards, etc.). It is for those reasons that we will continue with the practice of no classroom parties moving forward.


We understand that celebrations are an important part of our students’ school experience. Each of our schools will continue to find inclusive ways to have classroom and school-wide celebrations, that don’t fall around holidays, throughout the school year. While these may look different, they will continue to be part of our system of support. We strive to make all students and families feel welcome and included in all aspects of our school day and our school community.


Sincerely,

Matt Degner
Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

LUNCH MENUS ON MEALVIEWER

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.

VOLUNTEERS

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.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

IOWA CITY TRANSIT CHANGES

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.

District Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, howard.eric@iowacityschools.org.