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Principal’s Message – August 23, 2019

Dear HMSA Families,

We had a fabulous first week and can’t wait for our kindergarteners to arrive on Monday. This week we kicked off our whole school theme Champions Together. We shared a great book with students called There’s Only One You by Linda Kranz. It is a sweet story about how we all matter and can make a difference in the world. We talked about how we will be Champions Together for kindness, collaboration and positivity. We each painted a rock that symbolizes us and will be creating a rock garden at the entrance to the school. Hopefully, your child can tell you about it tonight.

Students have done an amazing job to start the year. Be sure to check out our photos on Facebook or Instagram. Here are the links:

https://www.facebook.com/HooverMSA/

https://www.instagram.com/hoovermsacademy/

Students did a great job being champions for kindness. We had a fifth grader who went above and beyond to welcome a new student. We had a third grade class that created decorations and posters to welcome our kinders. We had second graders on announcements share how to be a friend at recess. In addition, they are showing us how invested they are in their learning. They are already setting goals for themselves for the year. As Mrs. Fry and I shared with all students, we want this to be their best year yet! We are here to support and cheer them on. Your partnership is important to us. As we work together this school year, please feel free to reach out to any one of us here at the Hoover Math and Science Academy if you have questions or concerns. 

Hoover Hawk
Each week we will send you a link to the Hoover Hawk. This has important dates and information. It includes things like information about special lunch or upcoming events. Reading it each week will ensure you don’t miss ordering spirit wear or sending your child for their club meeting, etc. Here is the link to this week’s Hawk: http://hoover.sd54.org/hmsa-hawk-08-23-19/

Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival has gone very well. Thank you for following the procedures for parent drop off and parking lot closure times. We also appreciate your patience with our dismissal the first few days of school.  It tends to take a few minutes longer the first week or so as we settle into new routines.  If your child rides the bus, we aim to have them on the bus and rolling out of the lot at 3:10 each day.  Again, this may be delayed a bit the first two weeks or so as we learn the routines. If you have any questions, please reach out to the main office. 

Kinder Arrival on Monday
What the first day will look like here at Hoover for our kinders: Classroom teachers will be in their classrooms waiting to greet your child. Parents will say goodbye and remain outside of the school unless they need to drop something off in the office. Support staff will be at the main entrance assisting students who would like an escort to their classroom. Staff will be wearing yellow safety vests so they are easy to spot. We will have staff holding balloons to help you identify our escorts. They will say follow me and the giant school bus balloon to Mrs. Noworul’s room or whoever is your child’s teacher. We know many of you helped your child practice walking to their new classroom and many of our students will be able to walk to their new classrooms independently or with a sibling. We will have staff in the hallways too in case students who were comfortable trying it on their own get confused. Please see any staff member in a yellow vest for assistance. Students who ride the bus will also be greeted by a staff member and walked to class. At the end of the day, kindergarten students who ride the bus will be escorted to the bus by our safety patrols. Walkers will exit the building at door 5.

There is information in the Hoover Hawk about our Boo Hoo/ Yahoo Breakfast for parents of kindergarteners that will take place outside the school right after drop off. We hope you can join us

Wednesday Dismissal
As a reminder, all students will be dismissed at 2:30pm every Wednesday. 

MAP Testing
Fall MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) will begin next week and continue through September 7. Each student at the Hoover Math and Science Academy will take one MAP reading session and one MAP math session.  This data will be used to better know your child as a learner, as well as inform our teachers on how to best instruct your child. 

Below is the schedule of when grade levels will be testing.  Please be sure your child has a full night’s rest and a good breakfast before coming to school each day. 

Hoover MAP Schedule Week 1 – Literacy Testing

August 26th – August 30th  

Date Time Grade
Monday, August 26th  8:45am 4th
12:15pm 2nd
Tuesday, August 27th 8:45am 6th
Wednesday, August 28th 8:45am 3rd
Thursday, August 29th 8:45am K (math)
12:15pm 5th
Friday, August 30th  8:45am 1st  
       

Hoover MAP Schedule Week 2 – Math Testing

September 3rd – September 6th 

Date Time Grade
Monday, September 2nd No School
Tuesday, September 3rd   8:45am 4th
Wednesday, September 4th  8:45am 3rd
12:00pm 6th
Thursday, September 5th  8:45am K (literacy)
12:15pm 5th
Friday, September 6th  8:45am 1st
12:15pm 2nd

Curriculum Night – Wednesday, August 28th
Save the date!  You are cordially invited to attend our back to school Curriculum Night on Wednesday, August 28 which begins at 5:30 p.m. This evening is a parent only event for all kindergarten through 6th grade parents.  We will have two different presentations for this evening. You will have an opportunity to go to a session presented by your child’s classroom teacher. Our teachers will be sharing valuable information about your child’s curriculum as well as classroom procedures. Each teacher will present twice during the event in order to allow parents with more than one child to attend the presentation in multiple classrooms as well as a technology overview.

Classroom Session 1 5:30-5:50
Passing Period 5:50-6:00
Classroom Session 2 6:00-6:20
Passing Period 6:20-6:30
Instructional Device

Parent Presentation

6:30-7:00

K-5 INSTRUCTIONAL DEVICES PRESENTATION

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Session 1: 9:00 AM or

Session 2: 6:50 PM

Join us for a brief presentation to learn more about:

  • The implementation of IPads in grades K-2
  • The implementation of Chromebooks in grades 3-6
  • Grade-level learning management systems
  • Digital citizenship lessons
  • Device care and expectations

Just as we repeat the classroom presentations, we will do the same for the technology presentation. There is a 9am session and a 6:30pm session.

Crisis Drills
Each year, our students participate in a number of safety drills such as fire drills, hard lockdown drills and shelter in place drills to be prepared in case of emergency situations.  Please see the attached letter for more information.

Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter – English

Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter – Spanish

Support the Foundation at Septemberfest
The District 54 Education Foundation is raising funds for District 54 students over Labor Day weekend at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest. You can support the Foundation by parking your car for $5 at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg, on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Summit is located between Roselle and Plum Grove roads. The Foundation is also participating in Not-for-Profit Day on Monday, Sept. 2, at Septemberfest. Purchase food from our partner, Riccardo’s Ristorante, and the profits will support District 54 students.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families to ensure that they begin their day ready to learn, and grants to students from financially struggling families so that they may participate in extracurricular activities.

For more about the Foundation, visit www.d54foundation.org.

Run to Read
District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit sd54.org/runtoread.

Schaumburg Parent University – September classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs scheduled for September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

  • Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12
    Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.
  • Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30
    This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de septiembre
La idea de la Universidad para Padres está diseñada para involucrar más a los padres en la vida escolar, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares, y mejorar los conocimientos de crianza que finalmente resultarán en un mejor éxito académico, social y emocional del estudiante. Hay dos programas nocturnos para septiembre. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible y los intérpretes están disponibles, pero deberá solicitarlo de antemano.

  • Cómo Entender y Planificar con Tiempo para a Universidad– 12 de septiembre 6–7:30 p.m. 
    Aprenda cómo planificar con suficiente tiempo para maximizar sus opciones sobre la universidad. Harper College discutirán los diversos tipos de universidades y programas para adquirir títulos, cómo planificar temprano, cómo hacer que la Universidad sea accesible y qué significa que su hijo tenga acceso a educación universitaria. Sólo para adultos.
  • Fomentando la comunicación saludable y productiva entre padres e hijos – 30 de septiembre 5:30–7 p.m.
    Este seminario interactivo, dirigido por el Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, psicólogo clínico del Centro de Psicología de Schaumburg, enseñará a los padres y a los niños / adolescentes estrategias efectivas de comunicación entre padres e hijos. Están bienvenidos en edades 10-17 con sus padres.
    Estos eventos se llevarán a cabo en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, ubicado en el 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Regístrese visitando https://goo.gl/TB49x7. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Barb Velez al 847-357-5074 o spu@nullsd54.org.

We look forward to seeing you soon!