Happy Holidays Issue 8
December 4, 2010
President's Corner DECEMBER
The first snow of the season has fallen, the students have holiday
shopped, and the seasonal festivities are well under way.
We all know the traditional December holidays so we thought we would
share with you a few of the lesser know holidays of the month.
December 6th - Mitten Tree Day
December 7th - National Cotton Candy Day
December 8th - National Brownie Day
December 10th - Human Rights Day
Adopt a Family
December 11th - National Noodle Ring Day
Ends December 10
December 12th - Poinsettia Day
December 13th - National Cocoa Day
December 16th -
Boston Tea Party Anniversary.
Ends December 10
Las Posadas - Mexican
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 17th -
National Maple Syrup Day
Wright Brother's Day
December 18th - Wear a Plunger On Your Head Day
We plan on thoroughly enjoying Chocolate Covered Anything Day.
Warm Wishes, Karen and Cheryl
Adopt a Family No School
December 24 - 31
(A Salvation Army Social Services Program)
Don't forget to include Hoover's
adopted family in your holiday shopping!! Back to School
Pick up a gift card at Giant Eagle PTA Meeting
Or January 6
Donate cash Cafeteria
(cash donations are used to purchase gifts or gift cards) 9:00 am
Donations: PTA mailbox or THE DISTRICT
contact Christine Barnett CALENDAR
at 412-279-5576 Here is an online version
that can be sorted by
Christine Barnett, Committee Chair schools plus a scanned
version that you can
Art - Make it with your recyclables
We all know about recycling. We rinse, we flatten, and then we put in out
every two weeks and place it on the curb. Secretary
I would like to suggest another recycling technique, turn it into art.
Across the globe, artists are using recyclable materials to make art.
Recyclable art hangs on walls, lives in gardens, and holds our groceries. Need to call?
Hoover Main Office
During this winter vacation, introduce your children to the art of making 412-276-7411
art with recyclable materials.
There is the old standby of cutting up a box to make a house or rocket
but how about making a whole kingdom of characters or musical
instruments from cardboard rolls.
Have you ever made a dress or tote from plastic bags? This site even
shows you how to make plastic balls of bag yarn. All our lunchtime
knitters might fancy this site.
What do you do with all those boxes that were delivered, and all those First Vice President
boxes the toys came in? Turn them into masterpieces. Mark Langan, Cheryl Sheppard
whose artwork is shown here, uses only a knife, glue and corrugated
cardboard. Amazing! Second Vice President
Third Vice President
Mary Ann Schnirel
Susan Pochek and
Laura Yaremcho for
running our Holiday Gift
shop. Thank you for
finding new vendors and
organizing the gift shop so
Cultural Arts - For Students Only Thank you to Nichola
Moretti for all her advice
and expertise in helping
Holiday Unwrapped set up the gift shop.
Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:00 pm
presented by Attack Theatre Thank you to all the
volunteers who set up
Running the gamut from Tchaikovsky, to Duke Ellington, and Bizet, the gift shop, helped the
Attack Theatre's Holiday Unwrapped is an interactive dance performance children, helped at check
that invites students to experience the holidays with a fresh perspective. out, wrapped the gifts,
With dances adapted from classic and contemporary holiday fare, Attack and helped clean up the
Theatre will present an engaging and contemporary program at Hoover gift shop on Tuesday
this winter. This performance, which is funded by the Hoover PTA, is afternoon!
presented by The Gateway to the Arts.
Thank you to Jefferson
Diane Barna, Cultural Arts Chair Elementary School's
committee for loaning us
stencils to paint our
playground. They were
Duquesne Energy Pledge Elementary Website
Hoover PTA Website
Duquesne Energy Pledge
Ends December 10 Mount Lebanon School
If you misplaced the flyer, please go to the front office and pick one up.
Every flyer means free money for Hoover to be spent directly on your
children. So come on, grab a pen, pledge to save energy, get a free kit
of energy saving materials and help Hoover students. We currently have Newsletter Note
48% of Hoover families signed up. By allowing contact
information to appear in
Cheryl Wetzel, Hoover Secretary contributors grant
permission for their
contact information to be
viewed as part of the
'Hola' newsletter via email and
on the archives list.
Friendship Bracelet Sale
Light up a Life with a Llama
5th Grade students in Mt. Lebanon School District are learning about the
importance of llamas and alpacas in South America in Spanish class.
They will be making and selling friendship bracelets to purchase a llama
or alpaca through Heifer International (www.heifer.org) to send to a
needy family in South America. The character attribute in December is
LOVE so what better time for us to something for someone else?
Please help the 5th Grade support a needy family in South America by
sending your child to school with $0.50 for each bracelet they would like
to purchase on Tuesday, December 14th!
Wouldn't a homemade FRIENDSHIP BRACELET be a great gift for
Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa?
MUCHA GRACIAS for supporting this 5th grade World Service project!
Download the December Spanish Newsletter.
Sra. Conte's , Spanish Teacher
Legos Needed for Lunchtime Clubs!
The PTA is looking for donations of used Lego's for use during our
upcoming Lego Lunchtime Club. Any parents who have multiple Lego's
they are looking to clear out and are willing to donate, we need them!
Please contact Sara Hendrick.or at 412-443-1599
Sara Hendrick,Lunchtime Club Chair
Hoover PTA is in the process of forming a nominating committee
for PTA officers in the 2011-2012 school year.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact
Karen Morris or Pam Awad.
I would like to acknowledge and recognize the efforts of Takako Sachse.
She was there with me most of the time and also checking in with me
periodically about when I needed help to finish. We made a great
team...she was very precise on measuring the basketball lines. She was
a great help and I truly appreciated her time and assistance.
Also, Takako's husband John pitched in as well as my husband, Kevin
Kelly. Kevin came to my aid every time I called for help...and it was quite
Greta Kelly , Playground Painting Chair
Would you like to see all the pictures parents have taken this year of
school events? Then go to the PTA website homepage and click "play"
on the slide show.
December Wellness Tip
During the holiday season it is easy to slip away from the healthy eating
habits we practice all year. When eating out or cooking for large groups
in your home remember these tips.
When making an entree- "broil", "bake", "steam", or "roast" the
entree. This preparation method is usually a healthier option.
When ordering meats to prepare, choose "round" or "loin" cuts,
which have less saturated fats.
Include salad, soup or steamed vegetables as an appetizer.
Try making pasta with a vegetable marinara sauce.
Drink lots of water with a twist of lemon for flavor.
When selecting desserts order or make angel food cake,
fresh fruit, or sherbet.
Mrs Stilley, Hoover Wellness Committee
PTA Meeting January 6, 2011
This month's PTA meeting is in the cafeteria and will start at 9:00am.
Mark Staley from Whole Foods will be our Guest Speaker at our January
PTA Meeting. Mark will offer hints from learning to read nutrition labels,
understanding fat content and carbs and even learning how much salt or
sugar is too much. Mark will be accompanied by Chef Jim Shones who
will prepare samples of seasonal recipes and some nutritious soups to
warm us up on cold winter days. Come join in on the fun, bring your
appetite and enjoy the food with friends!
Karen Demma, Hoover PTA Secretary
Pull up a Chair
Quick Announcement Editor
Sends out Quick Announcements to Hoover parents via a software
program. Very easy to learn.
Parent School Education
Provides programs for parents that can enhance student development
and school performance. The Council PTA will help provide speakers.
Please email PTA President Karen Morris or call her at 412-429-2044 if
you are interested in chairing one of these committees.
Find out what is happening for children in the coming months at the
Mount Lebanon Library.
Holiday Bells, Mallets and Drums Children's Concert, Dec 11th at
MLHS. Tickets required
MLAC winter swim classes. Registration begins Dec 1st for Jan-Mar
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Until Next Time
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