Hart Elementary School
450 Country Club Road
Lucas, TX 75002
January 13, 2017
Message from the Principal
Kathy Foster 

Hart Family and Friends,

January is School Board Appreciation Month. We are extremely fortunate to have such an amazing board supporting our school district. Be sure to say thank you to our school board members if you see them this month: Scott Christiansen, Amy Smith, Al Litchenburg, Matt Gourney, Julie James, Chad Collins and Robin Wells. Many thanks to these board members for their countless hours of service and dedication to the students, staff and families of Lovejoy ISD.

Enjoy the three day weekend!

Happy at Hart,
Kathy Foster 
Hart Announcements

Check us out at Hart_Elementary on Facebook and Twitter
Click Here for the Hart Facebook page
Click Here for the Hart Twitter page 

New! Waiting list for STEM Engineering Class -  Our Monday class is full. We are starting a waiting list in the office to see if there is enough interest to start a second STEM Engineering Class on Friday afternoon after school.  Please contact Heather in the office to add your name to the list.

4th Grade Austin Trip Information 
Chaperones have been chosen and notified. We're sending a BIG thank you to all of you who entered our lottery. Medical Forms and Permission Slips will go out next week and are due back by Friday, January 13th. Mandatory Training is Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00 p.m. here at Hart in the cafeteria.

New! Thank you Kiwanis for donating dictionaries to our 3rd graders this year!  
(Our delivery will be here on January 19th!)

Reminder: Please send all information regarding absences and dismissal changes to the office (heather_bouska@lovejoyisd.net and Alis_Brantl@lovejoyisd.net) as well as to the teacher. Thank you :0) 

Message from the Nurse


Currently, we are seeing a rise in Flu A, and strep throat. Symptoms may include (but may not be experienced by all): fever, chills, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, cough, diarrhea, headache, body aches, sore throat. It seems that the most common symptoms with these illnesses are fever, sinus congestion, headache, stomach ache (not many complaints of body aches with the Flu so far).  We are also seeing a short lived virus including low grade fever, stomach ache, and headache. Please remember, if your little ones have had diarrhea, fever greater than 100 (without medications), or vomiting, they must be out of school for a full 24 hours so that we can help keep protect others.

The most effective way to protect ourselves for coming in contact with bacteria and viruses are:
* Frequent hand washing with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol (when soap and water aren't available).
*Avoid direct contact with body fluids of people who are obviously sick
*Be kind and cautious with cough and sneezing--cover mouth and nose and use tissues
*Fever of 100 degrees or higher indicates student should not come to school until 24 hours fever free (without medicine) and additional concerns of illness are best discussed with your Physician
*Do NOT share food, drinks,and utensils with others
*Flu shots are available in the community
*Be proactive, contain illness by staying home if you are sick, and prevent the spread of germs
This is the time of year that brings upsetting incidences involving head lice. Head lice can happen to anyone, so it is important to learn how to recognize, treat and prevent it from happening again! Here's what to look for:
-Persistent itching of the head
-Small white particles attached to hair that are difficult to remove
-Small brown bugs that move very fast
*We no longer conduct "line-up" classroom lice checks but if a child is having and sign/symptoms listed above they are sent to the clinic for assessment. We do not give specific information on particular children or classrooms that have had incidences of lice. For more information please refer to the link on our website under Hart Elementary/Clinic drop down tab. On the left side there is a link that is always available for your education.

Thank you for your cooperation!
PTA News
Current VOLUNTEER Needs

Lunch Bunch spots ~ on Fridays- calendar link

Dads Lunch Bunch ~ last Friday of the month- calendar link

Library Volunteer ~ Mrs. Thomas welcomes library volunteers! Click Here for date/time options and to sign up.

Leopard Leader of the Month Bulletin Board~ Mrs. Hart and Ms. Kennaugh need a team to help decorate a new front entry board for the Hart students on Wednesday, Jan 11 th. Please email Hollye to volunteer: hollye@cartacreations.com

Hart PTA~ Parent Powered // 
Counselor's Corner

Check out this great campus resource for parents provided by our PTA! It's located in the Lair. Parents are able to check out books pertaining to parenting strategies, and subjects related to kids like overcoming anxiety, setting limits, and development to name a few. Please stop by and peruse. Books can be checked out in our library.  

Ms. Kennaugh

Upcoming Dates:
16 -  No School
17 -  Chess club 7 a.m. and Chaperone Training for 4th Grade Trip in our cafeteria 6:00 p.m.
19 -  Kiwanis Club to deliver donated dictionaries to 3rd Grade
24-   Chess Club meets 7 a.m.
27 -  4th Grade Trip to Austin
31 -  Bluebonnet Book Pancake Breakfast
District News 
New! Gifted and Talented Referrals for 2017-2018 
The referral window for gifted and talented services is now open.
Referral forms are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The window will close March 31, 2017.
Testing will be Saturday April 8, 22, or 29 for students in grades 1-12. Kindergarten students will be tested during the school day.
For questions regarding students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, please email Caroline Garcia or call 469.742.8310 .
For questions regarding students in 5th through 12th grades, please email Brie Smith or call 469.742.8032
New!  Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety.  In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district's website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.  We will also announce any closure through the media and by phone.  Links to our social media accounts are shown below:
Lovejoy ISD App  
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New!  Lovejoy High School Performing Arts Presents Fiddler on the Roof:  January 19 - 21 A classic, timeless journey of love, loss, faith, and family.

The tradition of great musicals continues at Lovejoy High School with this year's musical, Fiddler on the Roof, January 19th through 21st at 7:00 PM.
Set in the small Russian town of Anatevka in 1905, Fiddler on the Roof tells a story of faith, family, and tradition. Tevye (played by senior, Trace Glorioso) tries to preserve his family's traditions in a changing world. He is forced to choose between maintaining his Jewish culture and the happiness of his three eldest daughters, Tzeitel (sophomore, Adelyn Maruca), Hodel (senior, Zoe Kahana), and Chava (junior, Renae Haas).
From laughter-inducing lines to memorable music, Fiddler on the Roof is a show for everyone, featuring characters audiences will fall in love with, such as the local matchmaker, Yente (senior, Abby Yaegar), the village butcher, Lazar Wolfe (junior, Vinny Horlock), and the poor lovestruck tailor, Motel (junior, Ryan Hyde).
The show offers iconic and beloved songs such as "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Tradition," and "The Dream," making it a perfect mix of audience-pleasing humor and heart.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students, faculty and seniors. Click here to purchase tickets online.  The physical box office, located in front of the LHS auditorium, will be open the week of the show, January 16th through 20th. 
Fiddler on the Roof is a heartfelt, moving play you and your loved ones will enjoy.
New!  Mini Majestic Dance Camp: January 28  The annual Mini Majestic Dance Camp will be held on Saturday, January 28th from 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM.  Lovejoy ISD girls K-6 are invited to join the Majestic Dance Team to learn a fun routine and perform at a "Show-Off" for parents and friends. The "Show-Off" will be held in the Lovejoy High School auditorium at 1:00PM on January 28th. The deadline for registration is January 24th. Please go to www.majesticsdance.org for additional details and registration information.
New!  Denim and Diamonds 2017 -  Southern Soiree
Preparations for the Foundation for Lovejoy School's Denim & Diamonds Gala and Auction are underway and we need your help to make this event a success.
Ways you can help: donate to the silent auction, donate a bottle of wine, sponsor the event, put a business ad in the event program.  Click here for additional details.
New! Camp Invention: June 19-23
Camp Invention will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School from June 19th through 23rd for children entering K - 6th grades.  Click here for additional information. 
Afterschool Coding Club
The University of Texas at Dallas Department of Computer Science is offering an afterschool coding club at Willow Springs Middle School.  The club will meet from 4:00 - 5:00 PM on Wednesday's in February, March and April.  Click here for details and registration information.  
After Christmas Toy Drive
The Work-Based Learning Program at Lovejoy High School is sponsoring their Annual After Christmas Toy drive for Little Leopards. Donations of gently used toys for children birth to 5 years old are appreciated.  Following is a list of After Christmas Toy Drive needs:
Littlest Pet Shop Houses and Animals
Doll Houses
Board Games
Dress Up Clothes and Hats
Baby Dolls
Outdoor Ride-on Toys for Toddlers
Outdoor Weatherproof Toys for Preschoolers
Arts and Crafts Items
Play-Doh and Play-Doh Toys
Plastic Animals and Dinosaurs
Board Books or Waterproof Baby Books
Anything "Little People"
Infant Mobiles or Toys which will Attach to a Crib
No Stuffed Animals, Please
Toys may be delivered to and Lovejoy campus or the Administration Building.  Thank you for remembering our youngest Leopards.
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