Hart Elementary School
450 Country Club Road
Lucas, TX 75002
September 8, 2017
Reading with the Leopards is Friday, Sept. 15th. Our Lovejoy High School Athletes will be here to greet students at drop off and to read in our classrooms at 8:00 a.m. 
Message from the Principal
Lacey Moser

Hart Family and Friends,

With the arrival of September, we hope you all are joining these beautiful temperatures (let's hope they stay!).  

We are looking forward to the Ice Cream Social and Book Fair on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6:00-7:00.  This will also be our first opportunity for all of our fabulous dads to sign up to spend a day at Hart with students and staff.  We invite all dads to sign up to spend a day as a "Dad at Hart"!
   
With a Full HeART,
Lacey Moser
Hart Announcements

Check us out at Hart_Elementary on Facebook and Twitter
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Elementary School Start and End Times:
7:50 AM - First Bell
8:00 AM - Tardy Bell
3:05 PM - Dismissal
 
Email Communication:
To receive weekly emails from the Principal:
-Click on Email Express
-Sign up by choosing Hart
Choir Practice Begins Next Week:

Monday Sept.11th-   3rd Grade Choir Practice Begins 3:05-4:00 p.m. (pick up on South side)

Tuesday Sept. 12th -  4th Grade Choir Practice begins at 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. (drop off at South side doors)

Chess Club Begins Next Week:

Lovejoy Chess Club registration is going on now and we hope many of you can join us for our first session the week of September 11, 2017. 

To get a copy of the flier for chess club and to register online go to the following website: http://lovejoychess.weebly.com/school-chess-club-registration.html . If you have any questions please email Miles Knight at miles_knight@lovejoyisd.net

Student Birthdays and Class Treats

Please contact your student's teacher to make arrangements for date/time to bring birthday treats for your student. Each individual teacher will have knowledge as to a non-instructional time that is best suited to celebrate. 

Please bring/send individual type treats (donuts, cupcakes, cookies) as opposed to goodies that have to be sliced and served. 

Prior to choosing treats, please ask the teacher if there are any allergies to be aware of. Additionally, please do not bring treats to share in the lunchroom during lunch as feelings can be hurt when students are inadvertently left out due to seating.
Nutrition News:

-Click on Parents
-Click on Student Nutrition

Get menus, free & reduced applications or prepay your student's account
A note about attendance -  We are required by the State of Texas to report absences. If your child is going to miss school, please email a lis_brantl@lovejoyisd.net  with the reason for your absence. Otherwise, Alis is required to follow up with you. We respectfully ask that you please provide doctor and dentists notes when your student returns. We appreciate your support.
New! Please Complete FERPA and General Waiver Forms-this must be done again every year:

It is, once again, time to complete the FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) and General Waiver forms electronically. Also, please take the time to verify that all other required forms have been completed. 

You can find these forms on line by:

1. Go to the LISD Website . 
2. Click on Parents, 
3. Power School Parent Portal
4. Input your user name and password
5. You should now be in PowerSchool. Click on the blue "Click here to access the Enrollment Packet Forms or to update student information."
6. There are multiple forms you can click to update, but the required forms are the two on the bottom - "FERPA" and "General Waiver"

PLEASE NOTE  : Regarding the Release of Directory Information for School Use:
In order for your child's picture to appear in the Yearbook, you should answer "YES".
If you have any questions, please give Alis Brantl a call at  469-742-8160 .
Transportation News

Please make all dismissal changes in writing before 2:00 p.m. by emailing Heather_Bouska@lovejoyisd.net. Please do not send changes directly or verbally to teachers. Heather will communicate with the teachers once she has heard from you. Thank you for helping us keep our kids safe. 

New! Attention Parents of Kids on the Bus:  Parents, this year food and drinks are not allowed on LISD buses (this is a new policy). Please discourage your children from eating and drinking while riding on the bus.  

Questions or concerns?
David Dillon (Senior Director of Operations)
469-742-8028 or david_dillon@lovejoyisd.net
 
Donna Holden (Administrative Assistant)
469-742-8009 or donna_holden@lovejoyisd.net
 
You may view the LISD Transportation Policies and Procedures by going to  www.lovejoyisd.net  then to Departments then to Transportation.
Counselor's Corner  


The last two weeks, I have enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with every class for their first guidance lesson "Meet Your School Counselor".  We played different games in each grade level in order to identify all the different ways I can support your child while they are at Hart. Please feel free to call or email me anytime.

Sincerely,
Ms. Kennaugh
bryce_kennaugh@lovejoyisd.net
#CharacterCountsatHart

This year, the character cops are looking for students demonstrating  any  of the six pillars of character: 
respect citizenship responsibility trustworthiness
fairness , and  caring!  

If they are caught, they will be handed a red "Hart Character Ticket" that they can write their name on and turn in to one of the 3 drop off locations.  Every Friday, Ms. Moser and Ms. Ross will draw names from each grade level on the announcements and students will earn a trip to the treasure box! 
Library Happenings ~   

Students are checking out books from the library like crazy!  That is a GREAT thing!!   If you child is in Kindergarten or 1st grade, please ask your child about your library day to return books IF they are finished reading.  Students are working hard with responsibility in returning books on their library days.   All students can return and check out books any morning from 7:30 - 7:50.   Grades 2-4 will not have a regular library day but will return and check out books during the day as needed in their reading workshops.
Makerspace will startup soon, and the students are excited to get in there to check out some of the new items.   It is going to be a great year for exploring STEM and all kinds of activities - The possibilities are endless!

Get Ready!  THE WILD WILD WEST BO OK FAIR will be here Sept 21 - 28
WE kick off the book fair during the Ice Cream Social and continue the next week with Grandpa rent's Lunches. If you would like to volunteer, we have all kinds of opportunities to sign up to help.   Go  here  if you are interested in participating   as a volunteer during this exciting and busy time in the library! We love our volunteers!

We also welcome our new Library Tech  Aide, Michelle Fox to our staff. She is a great addition to the Hart library!   If you have any questions, please contact suzanne_hart@lovejoyisd.net.

For more volunteer opportunities in the library, see the Hart PTA page!
ILLNESS
Currently we are seeing allergies (ragweed is on the rise), strep, and a "summer cold" virus causing fever, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, body aches, and headache and sinus congestion / cough that is lasting from 2-4 days as well (some are not experiencing all of these symptoms).

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.

HEAD LICE
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 any 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.
 
MISSING IMMUNIZATIONS
There are a handful of our students that are still missing appropriate documentation of immunizations per Texas State Regulations. Please get these to the school nurse, Allison Wright, ASAP so that your child can continue attending school. 

* IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD AN EMAIL OR PHONE CALL FROM ME YET REGARDING MISSING IMMUNIZATIONS YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNIZATIONS SHOULD BE UP TO DATE. 

If required immunization documentation is not received (or process of series has not started if full series is required) we may have to delay school attendance until we have appropriate documentation. Please call me (Nurse Alli) with any questions, 469-742-8156.
 
Thank you for your cooperation!
Upcoming Dates:
September

*Engineering on Mondays and Fridays has already started. Please pick up students at 4:30 p.m. by coming through the office and walking down to the Leopards Lair. Thank you

11-   3rd Grade Choir Practice Begins 3:05-4:00 p.m. (pick up on South side)
12 -  4th Grade Choir Practice begins at 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. (drop off at South side doors)
12 -  Chess Club begins at 7:00 a.m. in the Lair (drop off at South side doors)
13-   Watch Me Sculpt begins. Pick up at 4:00 p.m. in the office and then walk down to the Art room.
15-   Reading with the Leopards 8:00 a.m.
21-   Book Fair (Daily thru Sept. 28th)
21-   Ice Cream Social 6:00 - 7:00 PM 
22 -  Leopard Friday and Early Release at Noon
26 -  Grandparents Day Lunch if your last name starts with A-L - come see the book fair!
27-   Grandparents Day Lunch if your last name starts with  M-Z - come see the book fair!

October

4 -      Family Fun Night 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
6 - 9   Fall Break 
13 -    End of first quarter and Fall Individual Pictures Day 
We're Rounding Up Volunteers for the 
Hart Book Fair 
(Sept. 21st thru Sept. 28th)

We're going to saddle up and READ real soon. If you'd like to help us at the Book Fair, please click the link below to sign up. 

Class shirts ~ are now available! Order forms were in folders Thursday this week. Orders are due by September 15th. 

New! Advertise in the Hart PTA 
Directory  ~ 
Order If you or your company is interested in placing an ad in our PTA member directory please reach out to Leticia Salazar at glgsalazar@gmail.com

Click here for additional information. 

New!
Leopard Drive ~ 
{All dollars stay at Hart}
It's now easier than ever to support the Hart PTA. If you'd like to donate to the Hart Leopard Drive, where all your dollars stay at Hart, please click here  to do so online.

New! Tickets for the Hart Drawing ~
The much anticipated tickets for the Hart Drawing are now on sale. $5/ each or $20 for 5 tickets. We have some great new things this year! Forms will be in your Thursday folder or you can  Click here, print the form,  and return it to the school by September 20 th . Tickets will also be sold at the ice cream social on September 21 st  from 6-7.


Help "Fill the Backpacks" for Hurricane Harvey Victims ~
The Texas PTA is offering an easy way to help with the relief effort.
Click here to learn more or go to: http://www.txpta.org/donate


Hart PTA Website 
Check out our new Hart PTA website to stay up to date with upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, forms and much more.


You can also stay informed and up to date with the Hart PTA on Social Media. Click below to:

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UPCOMING PTA EVENTS FOR HART FAMILIES

The  Hart Ice Cream Social will be September 21st from 6-7 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Lots of LISD campus organizations will be here. Raffle Tickets will go on sale next week!

Family Fun Night will be October 4th at 5:00 p.m. outside here at Hart. We will have games, food, and fun!
Kids 1st After School Program:
Kids 1st is an after school program developed by Lovejoy ISD in order to provide quality, safe care for children at each of the elementary schools and also Sloan Creek. For information, please visit the Lovejoy ISD Kids 1st web page at:  Click here for more info.


Lovejoy ISD District News 

New! HELP for Houston
Special thanks to Inga Van Wagoner for leading the HELP for Houston drive which yielded over $50,000 in donations. Special thanks also goes to the Lovejoy community for your overwhelming support and generosity. You may click here for detailed information regarding the successful drive, and for photos. 
Our April early release is now April 18. This was previously April 11, however, due to state testing on April 11, the District has moved its April 11 early release to April 18. For a copy of the updated calendar, please  click here.
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
North Texas Giving Day

The Foundation for Lovejoy School's Annual Appeal, #WeLoveLovejoy, is underway. Our goal is to receive donations from 650 donors totaling $200,000. The Foundation Board of Directors asks you to join them in giving to the Foundation on North Texas Giving Day, 

Thursday, September 14th, from 6:00 AM - midnight.
 
New This Year: Scheduled Giving
If you are unable to give on September 14th, you may schedule your gift between September 7th and 13th. 
 
Go to:  www.Northtexasgivingday.org   for additional information, to schedule your gift, and to donate. Every gift is valuable to the mission of enhancing education in Lovejoy.

Volunteering at LISD:

Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer at Lovejoy ISD for the 2017-2018 school year. Your time and talents do make a difference and are very much appreciated. 

The Online Volunteer Application for the 2017-2018 school year is now available. Click here to access the application. Upon completion of the form, please be sure to click "Submit Application" located at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. The online application is a secure link.
 
For the safety of our students, a criminal history record is obtained annually for every person interested in volunteering at an LISD campus.
  
Your interest in serving as a volunteer is appreciated. Please email  Gina Ellis if you have any questions.

Upon completion of the background check, you will be notified when you have been cleared to volunteer. 

Receive Text Messages from Lovejoy ISD
Lovejoy ISD is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger, the system we use for phone calls and email communications for information such as school closings due to inclement weather. SchoolMessenger will be configured to send text messages to your wireless phone number(s), with your approval. 

To get started, please confirm we have your accurate wireless phone number in the PowerSchool Parent Portal and then opt-in to participate by following the directions below:

In order to receive messages from Lovejoy ISD or your student's school via SMS text we must have your wireless number(s) in SchoolMessenger and receive an "Opt-In Confirmation" from your wireless device. 

You can easily opt-in by simply sending "Y" (or "Yes"), via text message, to our SchoolMessenger Short Code number 67587. 

The wireless number(s) you enter into the PowerSchool Parent Portal are updated nightly. If you update your wireless number, or add a new number, in the PowerSchool Parent Portal, the new number will automatically be sent an Opt-In message.

To access the PowerSchool Parent Portal, please click here.  If you have any questions, or if we may be of any assistance, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.

Lovejoy Orchestra Fundraiser:  September 11
Please join the Lovejoy Orchestra for a spirit night at Chipotle:
 
Monday, September 11
Chipotle
103 Central Expressway North, Allen
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Let the cashier know you are supporting Lovejoy Orchestra and 50% of your purchase price will be donated to the Orchestra. The Lovejoy Orchestra program appreciates the support of the community. 
New! Join Scouting Night:  September 11
Join Cub Scout Pack 358 on Monday, September 11th at 7:00 PM at Hart Elementary to learn about the Cub Scouts. Scouting is fun, educational, and helps to raise boys who respect themselves and others. Scouting helps build strong leadership skills and character. Our Cub Scouts enjoy outdoor activities and sports and also learn about community involvement, personal safety, and the environment. Pack 358 is dedicated to a lively Cub Scout experience with fun activities for the entire family, including siblings. 

For additional information, please click here or contact Aashik Khakoo at akhakoo2@gmail.com or call 917.821.3066.  We look forward to seeing you at Join Scouting Night.
Lovejoy Running Club:  September 12
You are invited to attend the organizational meeting for the newly forming Lovejoy Running Club. The first meeting will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday September 12th, in the Lovejoy High School Library. 
 
We will be meeting to discuss the formation, purpose, and workout schedules for the running club, which will be open to adults and children of all ages and levels of fitness, who are interested in participating in group runs/ walks on Tuesday/ Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM. Training assistance and guidance will be provided with the goal of preparing members for participation in road races throughout the year.
 
Our first organized run/ walk will be Tuesday September 19th at Celebration Park. We will meet by the southeast parking lot closest to the duck pond.
 
If you have questions, please email Greg Christensen .  We look forward to seeing you.
New! Girl Scouts Meetings:  September 12 and 17
At Girl Scouts, the next opportunity to stand up, speak up, and take the lead is never far away. With us, you will discover the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ in you, and watch her shine, again and again. Would you like to learn more about Girl Scouts? Join us for our information events:
 
Tuesday, September 12
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Greenville Oaks Church of Christ
703 S. Greenville Avenue
 
Or
 
Saturday, September 17
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Watters Creek
970 Garden Park Drive
 
Click here for additional information or email serviceunit101@yahoo.com .
Visual Arts
 
Water

Exhibition and Fundraiser for Harvey Relief

Lovejoy Visual Art Gallery - Lovejoy High School

Opening reception and Silent Auction: Thursday. September 14th, 6-8 p.m.

Lovejoy Visual Art AP Studio students are hosting a charity exhibition and fundraiser to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding of the Houston area. The exhibit will feature over 30 pieces created by AP Studio artists as a response to the need of the many who have been affected by this downpour. All work in the exhibit will be sold through the silent auction to benefit charitable organizations specified by each artist. Join us in this celebration of hope and giving. 
Leopard Friday

The Lovejoy Independent School District will host a free community event on September 22nd from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Leopard Friday.
 
On Leopard Friday, the Courtyard at Lovejoy High School will be transformed into a showcase of our students, clubs, community, and organizations. There will be something for everyone, regardless of age.
 
A BBQ dinner will be catered by Sonny Bryan's. Tickets may be purchased via the  Online Payment Center , or at the LHS school store. The ticket order deadline is September 20, 2017.
New! Lovejoy Homecoming Black Out Shirt Order Form:  Deadline is September 29
Lovejoy Homecoming is Friday, October 13th.  Be a part of the Homecoming tradition by wearing the "Black Out" spirit shirt.  The deadline for orders is Friday, September 29th. 

Click here to print your order form. T-shirts are $10 each. 

Additionally, "Black Out" spirit shirts will also be available during lunches at WSMS and LHS from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM during Homecoming week.   
New! Evening with the Majestics:
October 13, 2017

The annual Evening with the Majestics will be Friday, October 13th. All Lovejoy ISD students in grades K-6 are invited to join the Majestics as we celebrate Homecoming. "Mini Majestics" (grades K-4) and "Majestics in Training" (grades 5-6) will perform the pre-game Fight Song in the Victory Lines on the field, and will then sit with the Majestics and participate in "stand routines" in the bleachers.  

Click here to complete the registration form and be a part of the Homecoming tradition
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