Hart Elementary School
450 Country Club Road
Lucas, TX 75002
January 6, 2017
Message from the Principal
Kathy Foster 

Hart Family and Friends,

There is nothing like a winter blast to get you back into the school routine. The kiddos are excited about the possibility of snow flurries, so we are keeping a lookout to see if any appear. 

I hope you enjoyed your break, and have had a super start to the new year. We are kicking off the first week back with Hart Beat today at 2:15. Please join us if you can. 

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! Hart Beat is tomorrow at 2:15 p.m.

New! 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! The 
4th Grade Spelling Bee will be Friday, January 13th at 8:15 a.m. in the cafeteria. 

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 what appears to be a cold / flu like virus. Symptoms may include (but may not be experienced by all) are: fever, chills, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, cough, diarrhea, headache, body aches, and sore throat. We are NOT seeing many stomach viruses or strep currently. 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 indicate 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, 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 any sign / symptoms listed above, be sure 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

We have begun discussing how to set goals and how to map out strategies students can utilize to achieve them. We are also discussing a  growth mind set versus a fixed mind set and the importance of persistence during the process. 

As parents you can foster growth mind set by encouraging the effort your child makes in setting goals and the process they go through to achieve them.  For example if they study for a test, you can praise what they did to prepare for it, and the process itself, versus just the result.      

Ms. Kennaugh

Upcoming Dates:
5 -    Report cards go home
6 -    Hart Beat at 2:15 p.m.
11 -  PTA Meeting 10:30 a.m.
13 -  Reading with the Leopards 8:00 a.m.
13 -  Spelling Bee 8:30 a.m.
13 -  Medical Forms due back to school for 4th Grade Trip 
16 -  No School
17 -  Chaperone Training for 4th Grade Trip in our cafeteria 6:00 p.m.
District News 
New! 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.
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
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.  
New! Youth Wrestling 
The Lovejoy Wrestling staff is offering a free youth wrestling club this winter. Please
click here to view additional information.  Click here to register. The first practice/orientation meeting will be on Tuesday January 10, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Sloan Creek Intermediate School.  Practices will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School from 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM, Monday-Wednesday nights, most weeks.
For additional information, please click here to email Coach Eaton.
New! Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Night:  Tuesday, January 10
Lovejoy Orchestra will host their next spirit night at the Chipotle located at 103 Central Expressway North in Allen.  The event is on Tuesday, January 10th, between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Please join the Lovejoy Orchestra for a great combination of delicious food and good company while supporting Lovejoy Orchestra. Be sure to let the cashier know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra to ensure 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Lovejoy Orchestra.
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