Hoover Elementary School

Family E-Blast 04.03.2016


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Monday, April 4

  • Hoover Spirit Day: Hat Day! (All students are invited to make a $1 donation to participate. All donations benefit the 5th Grade Farewell. Thanks for your support!)

Tuesday, April 5

  • Kennywood Ticket Sales at Hoover: 11:30-12:00 in Hoover Gym Lobby
  • Hoover Clean Up Day (Rescheduled for May: Date TBD)
  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM

Wednesday, April 6

  • Quarter 3 Report Cards Available on Dashboard: Released by grade level (you will receive an email notification when your child's report card is available)

Thursday, April 7

  • Grade 2 Field Trip: Heinz Hall
  • No AM Kindergarten (PM Kindergarten still in session)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: 5:30-8:30PM

Friday, April 8

  • No School (Grades K-5)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: 8:00AM-3:30PM


The CLO Visits Hoover!

Thanks to our wonderful PTA, the CLO visited Hoover last week to perform "The Incredibly Innovative Innovators of Pittsburgh" for our students! The show was engaging and full of interesting facts about the many amazing products, people, and ideas that have come out of our hometown! Thanks for making this and so many wonderful opportunities possible for our kiddos!

Band Pyramid Concert

Under the direction of Mr. Reichenfeld, members of our 5th Grade Band teamed up with other 5th Graders in the district to perform in the Band Pyramid Concert on Wednesday evening at the High School. The students put on a wonderful show and had the opportunity to hear from various performance bands from both JMS and MMS, along with the HS. The evening culminated in a dynamic performance featuring all of the student performers. Congratulations to Mr. Reichenfeld and our Hoover band!

Hoover Spirit Day!

Wear a hat to celebrate Opening Day for the Buccos and your Hoover Pride on Monday, April 4th! All students are invited to make a $1 donation to participate. All donations benefit the 5th Grade Farewell. Thanks for your support! Let's Go Bucs and Hawks!

Quarter 3 Elementary Report Card Release

In an effort to improve the accessibility of student report cards across the district, elementary student report cards will be available to view on Wednesday, April 6th. Once again, the district will release report cards by grade level throughout the day. You will receive an email notification when your child's report card is available to view.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office.

Spring Conference Calendar Opens

With the end of the third quarter drawing near, it is time to begin thinking about Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences. The Spring Conference schedule will be available to families beginning on Tuesday, March 29th. In order to schedule a conference with your child’s homeroom teacher please follow the directions below:

  1. Login to Dashboard using your Guardian Account username and password (not your child’s account).
  2. Under the heading "Dashboard Navigation" scroll down and click on the "More". This will provide links to a list of tools.
  3. Under the heading “Calendars”, select the Hoover Parent Conference Calendar.
  4. Select your child's homeroom teacher.
  5. The times available open under the teacher’s name. If the time is already reserved it will appear as Full. Look for an open time and click Join Event. You will see that your time, name and e-mail appear on the right of your screen. In the future, when you log into the Dashboard/Parent Conference Calendar you will see your conference time which will be your reminder.
  6. Please schedule only one 15-minute time with your child’s homeroom teacher.
  7. To select a session for another student, repeat steps 3 – 5 under that student’s homeroom teacher. Try to leave 15 minutes between conferences to account for pass time between your conferences.
  8. If you can’t keep your original conference time, re-schedule for another time slot on the calendar. The original conference will need deleted. Please contact Mrs. Wetzel via e-mail or call the office so this can be addressed.
  9. If you have any difficulties or questions, please call the office at 412-276-7411.

PSSA Testing

PSSA Testing is scheduled to begin in April for Grades 3-5. All tests will be given in the morning and should be completed by lunchtime. Below is a summary of the tentative testing schedule. Your efforts to ensure that your children are in school and on time for these days are greatly appreciated.

Reminders and additional information will be sent home as the testing window draws nearer. Please remember that pre-approved absences will not be granted for students in Grades 3-5 during this time.

Grades 3-5

  • English Language Arts: April 11, 12, 13, and 14
  • Math: April 18, 19, and 20

Grade 4

  • Science: April 25 and 27

If you have specific questions regarding PSSA testing at Hoover, please contact the main office.

Kennywood Ticket Sales

Representatives from Kennywood will be in the Gym Lobby at Hoover on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 11:30AM-12:00PM to sell FUN DAY Tickets. Each ticket will cost $26.00. Only CASH or MONEY ORDERS will be accepted. See the ticket information flyer for more details.

Kindergarten Registration Continues

Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is currently open throughout the Mt. Lebanon School District. Children who reach the age of five before September 8th are eligible to enter Kindergarten in the fall. 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.

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


MLEA Summer Scholarships

Please click on the thumbnail to the left for additional details regarding scholarship opportunities from the Mt. Lebanon Education Association. Online applications can be found at www.mlea.org.

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. 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."

  • 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, April 11-Thursday, April 14

  • PSSA ELA Testing (Grades 3-5)

Tuesday, April 12
  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM

Saturday, April 16

  • MLFE Taste of Lebo: 2:00-5:00PM at Clearview Common

Monday, April 18-Wednesday, April 20

  • PSSA Math Testing (Grades 3-5)

Tuesday, April 19

  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM