Hello from Hoover!

November 19, 2021

Hello Hoover Families!

Welcome to the 2nd trimester! We welcomed several Hoover Hawks back onsite from the Online School, and we welcomed a few from other schools, districts, and states. The students have done an amazing job helping our new friends feel at home here at Hoover.

This afternoon, we enjoyed the "Principal's Surprise" for meeting the $6000 Read-a-Thon goal. Mr. Simpson and I had our silly string duel and it was epic! See the pictures below and be sure to ask your child about it.

In other exiting news, our students have earned nearly 40,000 PBIS tickets! This means that we will have an all-school celebration on Tuesday next week. Your child's classroom teacher will provide more details for the READ AND FEED. Thanks to the Classroom Connect parents who are donating snacks for this event.

Thank you to all who attended parent teacher conferences during these last two weeks. We appreciate your time, and we enjoy having the chance to visit with you about all of the great things your kids have done during the first trimester. Also, I want to give a HUGE thanks to all families who donated to the "Feed the Teachers" fund. The PTA was able to spoil us with tacos from Mexico Lindo for the Thursday night conferences, soup, sandwiches and cookies for Wednesday lunch, and pizza and salad for Wednesday dinner. Having food available during the late conference nights is very much appreciated!

Remember that we will only have school on Monday and Tuesday next week. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are no school days for the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope all of you have time during the long weekend to do something that brings you joy.

Thank you for all you do to support your children and our school!

Love and light to all,

Mrs. Ceynar



November 24-25-26 -- NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday Break

December 20-31 -- NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

January 3 -- School begins

Hoover Teacher Wishlist

PTA manages an Amazon wish list for teachers to add classroom requests: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/R9KRTROUPUHD?ref_=wl_share. It's a great option for holiday giving! Please direct your gift to the correct teacher by indicating their name on your gift receipt. Consider making your gift go further by selecting Herbert Hoover Elementary PTA, Iowa City, IA on Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.com.

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


Please remember to contact the school office when your child will be absent or tardy. If you email your child's teacher, please also include Hannah Born, Hoover's Principal's Secretary.


(319) 688-1110

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

Dear Parents:

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.

Dressing for the Weather

We use the chart below as general guidelines for what students might need to be dressed for the weather. As we get closer to winter and the possibility of snow, please know that in order to play in the snow during recess, a student must be wearing boots, snowpants, a warm coat, and gloves or mittens. If you need assistance finding these items, please contact our Student Family Advocate, Karli Moellers.
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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)

toilet paper

household cleaners


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.

Winter Clothing

Winter is on it's way and we will need to start dressing warmer for recess. This includes winter coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, and boots. If you need help getting winter gear for your child, please contact our Student and Family Advocate (SFA) Karli Moellers at (319) 688-1110 or by email at moellers.karli@iowacityschools.org.

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.

Contact Mrs. Moellers

Email: moellers.karli@iowacityschools.org


call 319-688-1110


Opportunities to learn more and get involved with traffic safety at school

  • Attend our next Community Meeting on November 18 at 6:30 p.m. We will welcome a guest speaker, Jared Morford with the Safe Routes to School program. https://fb.me/e/5CESOm5s0
  • Join the School Crossing Safety Committee: email Heather Younker at heather.younker@gmail.com.


Hoover PTA is excited to develop new and lasting traditions for our graduating sixth graders! We are asking 6th grade parents to contribute, develop and support ideas that will recognize their kids and set the standard for future Hoover graduates. This is an area full of exciting potential and room for creativity. Join the conversation by emailing ichooverpta@gmail.com.

Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday, let's grow something great! Hoover PTA is proud to develop one of the first outdoor classrooms in ICCSD. Your children have already been hands-on with this exciting project: all grades cheered on as we broke ground in September, and kindergarteners helped plant the first tree that will shade future classes. Concrete work was completed this fall and the next step will be to install the seating block wall. We are asking for your help to make that happen! On Tuesday, November 30, your donation will support innovative, hands-on learning and make a lasting impact for all Hoover students. Support this effort on Giving Tuesday by making a donation of any amount: https://hooverhawks.memberhub.com/store/items/163100
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Papa Murphy's Take Out Night


Mention that you are with Hoover Elementary PTA before placing your order. Hoover will get 20% of your meal’s price donated back!

  • Order by phone: 319-338-3808 (mention you are with Hoover PTA before placing your order)
  • Order by walk-in: 2300 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City 52240 (mention you are with Hoover PTA before placing your order)
  • Order online: https://www.papamurphys.com (write “I am with the GroupRaise Meal for Hoover Elementary PTA” in the section for order notes or special instructions)
  • Order by app: Papa Murphy's is available on Door dash, Grub hub, Uber eats. (write “I am with the GroupRaise Meal for Hoover Elementary PTA” in the section for order notes or special instructions)

Please help us to spread the word by RSVPing and sharing our Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1gwIeWmpZ

Upcoming PTA Events

  • November 24-26: No school

PTA Links


COVID-19 Vaccines: Second Dose for children age 5-11

The COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be at Hoover on Thursday, December 2, from 2:15-6:00pm. This clinic will be for children who need their second dose. A parent/guardian must be present for a child to receive the vaccine.

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.

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.


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District



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.

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.