We are grateful to have active, involved parents who provide hundreds of hours of volunteer time throughout the school, plan enrichment activities and support fund-raising events. Our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a crucial part of the school community and provides opportunities for our students to have additional experiences in the arts, wellness and physical fitness. All parents and guardians are welcome to join our PTO!
Our school Parent Teacher Organization (HPTO) is a parent-run organization that works with building administrators and staff to provide an enriched learning environment for the Hoover Elementary Students. Fundraisers and community events are held to promote the connection between staff, students, and families. The fundraisers help provide additional support to Hoover in the form of classroom projects, assemblies, and supplies. The goal of HPTO is to provide staff with the best opportunity to give students the most fulfilling elementary school experience possible.
What We Do
There are many fundraisers throughout the year. However, you may be wondering where all that money goes. There a variety of areas and/or needs that HPTO helps to fund but here are just some things HPTO funded in the past:
- Beginning of the year supply funds for every teacher
- New Audio System (HPTO paid for half the cost)
- Visit with Author, Erin Dealy, for K – 2nd grade
- OMSI assembly for 3rd – 5th grade
- Scholarships for Boys & Girls Summer Club
- Two picnic tables – one for each playground
Sock Hop – September
Every fall we kick of the school year with our Sock Hop. During this free community event the gym turned into a 50s dance with lights, a DJ, and if you’re lucky you may even see Elvis! Pizza, soda, and juice are for sale as well as some fun toys for the kids!
Fun Run – October
Over the course of the day, every class comes into the gym and runs around in laps for 30 minutes while listening to some motivating music. The kids ask for donations for every lap they run from friends and family. The kids have a lot of fun, get some exercise, and everyone gets to participate in some way in one of the biggest fundraisers of the year.
International Night – November
Our school community has families from dozens of countries, and that is celebrated in our enrichment event, International Night. Families create displays about their home countries (or students can decide to learn about another country and create a display for that). Hoover families grab a passport at the door and take a trip around the world without leaving the gym. There are food tastings and performances from local groups.
Book Fair – December
This fundraiser is the only of the school fundraisers that does not give back 100% to the school, however it remains because of our love of books. The Scholastic Book Fair takes place at the start of every December offering a place for students to shop and for parents to take care of their holiday shopping.
Read-a-Thon – January
The Read-a-Thon encourages kids to read as much as they can for a week. Much like the Fun Run had kids earning money based on laps run, Read-a-Thon has kids earn money based on minutes read.
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) – February
Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide competition. The first level of these battles takes place right here at Hoover. 3rd – 5th graders form teams and read the books on that year’s OBOB list. A tournament-style competition begins in February culminating in a battle between the top two teams. More information can be found at http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/.
Science Night – April
This enrichment night is a favorite among our students and family. The gym, lobby and hallways are transformed into a Hall of Science with hands-on experiences for kids from several OSU departments, CVHS Robotics, Veterinary Clinics and more. Families are also encouraged to prepare for a contest which in past years have included an egg drop, marshmallow catapult, and a penny boat.
Teacher Appreciation – May
HPTO take a major role in honoring teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. While the Staff Appreciation Coordinator usually does several things throughout the year, it culminates with the International Luncheon. It’s one of the favorite days of the year for staff as they get to enjoy dozens of dishes provided by school volunteers.
Carnival & Auction – June
One of the most anticipated days of the year for students, staff and families is the school carnival. Dozens of games, bounce houses, and cotton candy make up some of the highlights of this fundraiser. During the night there is also the auction which is another major fundraiser and offers families the opportunity to bid on items from local vendors, art projects made by students, and experiences with staff members. It’s a memorable evening every year.
Field Day – June
As the year wraps up, HPTO likes to help kids stay active out in the sunshine with Field Day. A variety of games are set up for kids to play to keep them moving as they get ready to head into summer vacation. Parent volunteers make this event a success every year and the kids love the extra fun during the day!
2019-20 HPTO Board
|Vice President||Alison Schweiss|