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Classroom of the Week – Kindergarten Room 102


Our week will be filled with shared readings and read alouds about force and motion. This is our science focus.  The students will write about experiences for this science unit during the week.  We will also write our own opinion writing during this week.

Math Updates
During this week we will review the math chapter we experienced last week. In preparation for the Chapter 8 test on Tuesday.  We will be reviewing activities through the week using activities to review addition and subtraction as we want to make sure we continue to build on our ready facts and these two areas of our math understanding!

Science/Social Studies

We will continue to read texts that prepare us to understand Force and Motion concepts. We will identify ways that things move.  We will also learn to identify a push and a pull. We will look at video clips and read about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  We will compare and contrast these two presidents next week once we have studied each of them.

Student Council at Friendship Village

Student council kids worked hard making fleece tie blankets and went last night to donate them to Friendship Village residents. The students were able to play a game with the residents and chatted together. Was a great experience for all involved, and the residents were very excited to see such young faces.

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A Message From Mrs. Ankrom

Dear Hoover community,

It was wonderful to see our new kindergarten families during Thursday’s registration! Many new little faces entered our doors with excitement and we can’t wait to meet them in the fall.

This week we are looking forward to meeting with you and your child on February 15 and 16 for conferences. Student-led conferences provide the perfect opportunity for students, parents and teachers to celebrate your children and discuss their success in school, along with how we can help them continue to grow. We are truly lucky to be a part of a district that ensures student success. Thank you for all you do to support our students, teachers and entire community.

Friday’s PBIS celebration has been rescheduled for Thursday morning, February 15.  We will be having our whole school PBIS monthly assembly and will have fun recognizing students and staff members. We also rescheduled Muffins with Moms. Please read a note from our PTA.

Moms and Muffins

Hello Hoover families! We will need to re-schedule our Moms and Muffins event. We had over 400 people sign up. This number would exceed the capacity for the Hoover gym!  In order to accommodate so many families, we will split the event into two dates.

  • On Wednesday, March 14, from 7:45 to 8:20 a.m.: students in kindergarten, 2nd, 4th or 6th grades can attend with their families.
  • On Thursday, March 15 from 7:45 to 8:20 a.m.: students in 1st, 3rd and 5th grades can attend with their families.

Please note that families can attend all together. Just choose one of the two dates and everyone in your family will attend at that time. For example, if you have a student in both first and fourth grade you do not need to come on both dates. Choose one of them and RSVP for that date and bring everyone on that date.

Unfortunately, new RSVP sheets will need to be returned so that we know how many people to expect on each date.  Please look for the new forms in the Monday PTA folder and complete them.

Sorry for the confusion!  We are happy so many families want to participate.  If you’d like to help with this event, or any of our other PTA events, please contact Tracey Croy at

Note from the Nurse

This is a reminder to those who have not submitted proof of dental examination for current kindergarten, second and sixth-grade students. A dental exam dated from November 15, 2016 and after is acceptable. Please submit to the nurse on or before May 15, 2018.


We have one week more to order yearbooks and only 57% of our goal has been met. Order yours today to have your order guaranteed! After next week, orders will be at a first come, first serve basis until all books are gone. The yearbook pages will be submitted for printing in one month. Please submit any school photos you have at or the replayit app. Questions? Contact Jeanette Ackland at

Hoover Hawk

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Classroom of the Week – Kindergarten Room 102

Kindergarten and Room 101 is the place to be!  Currently we are learning to identify the main topic and key details of an informational text.  We learned that stories are written in an organized way using words like first, then, and last.  We are creating pieces of writing to practice this skill. This week we celebrated our 100th Day of school!  In addition to counting higher numbers we are busy learning to add and subtract numbers. In social studies we are learning all about American Heroes like George Washington and Abe Lincoln and we are comparing their lives.  Forces and motion is our new science unit.  We are exploring the forces of pushing and pulling with experiments in the classroom.

Morning Announcements – February 7, 2018

Student Council

Here is some news from Student Council

Olympic Science in Third Grade

Students in Mrs. Koebernick’s third grade classroom designed and constructed bob sleds and bobsled racetracks during their Olympic STEM experiments. They used straws, gummy bears, masking table, paper towel tubes, wrapping paper tubes toilet paper tubes and  construction paper. They tested out their bobsleds and recorded their results.

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100th Day in First Grade

Student in first grade celebrated 100th Day of school!  In addition to classroom activities, students dressed up as a 100 year old person and wore a 100’s day crown.  Some of the activities that they participated in were …..

Writing:  Finish this thought ….”If I were 100 years old”

Literacy:  Write 100 Words and read the story, 100 Days Worries

Math:  100 piece puzzle, wrote to 100 around the room

100th Day of school at Hoover


Message from Mrs. Ankrom

Dear Hoover community,

Due to the expected winter storm coming later today (Monday, Feb. 5) the district is cancelling ALL after school activities. Students will be dismissed today at 3 p.m. and follow their normal dismissal routines. The forecast is for up to 5 inches of snow, with the start time expected to be at 3 p.m. and the ending time of 9 p.m.

Thank you for an amazing week with your children. We are lucky to have the privilege of seeing your children learn and grow each day.  Last week, our first- through sixth-grade students were celebrating 100 days of school. Many of our students had a fun time engaging in Hundreds Day school activities and staff members enjoyed watching students enter the building dressed up as if they were 100 years old!

February 19-23 is Engineering Week. There will be a form sent home today in search of volunteers who would be willing to present to Hoover classrooms on anything related to science or math. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form and have your child return it to Hoover no later than Friday, February 9.

This Friday we will be having our whole school PBIS monthly assembly and will have fun recognizing students and staff members. We are looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming conferences and PTA events.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year will be on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. Registration will take place from 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A child whose fifth birthday falls on or before Sept. 1, 2018 is eligible to enroll in kindergarten in 2018. If your child is currently enrolled at the District 54 Early Learning Center and will be going to kindergarten next year you do not need to register your child at this time.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

Health Information
Cold and flu season is upon us and we are seeing a large number of students with flu symptoms. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines.  Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough
  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
  • Headache
  • Mild stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home and consider seeking medical attention if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth. Your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications)
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

The flu shot is one of the best ways to prevent illness from the seasonal influenza virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults and children receive the flu vaccine each year. Yearly flu vaccination is needed because immunity against the flu wears off over time. In addition, the flu virus strains often change, so the vaccine also changes from year-to-year in order to match the flu viruses expected to be circulating in the community.  Colds and Flu are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours.

Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not they should attend school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities upon return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

District 54 Multicultural Event Performance Information and Interest Form
Each year the Department of Language and Culture, along with the Schaumburg Park District, presents a Multicultural Event.  This event takes place at the Community Recreation Center and showcases the diversity represented by the students of District 54.

Preparations are already under way for this year’s event, which will take place on Saturday, April 14. We look forward to seeing many of the cultures in District 54 represented and are looking for students, or groups of students, who would like to perform.

If your child is interested in performing, please visit the Department of Language and Culture homepage for details and complete the Performance Interest Form by February 9.  If you are unable to complete the electronic form, paper forms can be picked up in your school office.

Schaumburg Parent University – February 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 February.

  • Renter RightsAttorney Caroline Manley will teach attendees about Illinois landlord and tenant law and how to best protect yourself as a tenant. Topics covered will include: what to look for in a lease, security deposits, evictions, illegal lock-outs and habitability issues. This presentation for adults only will be presented in English and Spanish and will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on February 6 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Engineering Night – Using everyday materials, your family will become engineers who develop solutions to various challenges, build towers and design an artistic robot. Discover how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) makes all of these things possible. Limited to 50 families. This activity event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on February 21 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.

Upcoming Events

  • February 8:  Kindergarten Registration 9-11 a.m.; 1-2:30 p.m.; 6-8 p.m.
  • February 15:  Half-day dismissal at 11:40 a.m. for Conferences
  • February 16:  NO SCHOOL – Conferences
  • February 19:  NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day

Click here to access the latest edition of the PTA Newsletter, the Hoover Hawk. Have a great week!


Megan Ankrom
Interim Principal