Principal Message:  April 27, 2017

Dear Parents,
Can you believe it is practically May?   I know that the Craft family schedule is very busy, and typically during this time of year being busy is a common theme for most families.  Even though it is sometimes hard, the more consistency and routine that you can keep for your child will help them finish the year strong!  Thank you in advance for helping us by getting your child to bed.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

All My Best,
Wendy Craft
469-742-8077 (office)
214-551-4503 (cell)
LES News 

Leopard Life Skill for May -Purpose
During the month of April, our Leopard Life Skill has been "Social/Emotional Intelligence." We have taught students that all emotions are normal, even strong ones, but it's important to handle our emotions in a healthy, responsible way. When we experience strong emotions, we need to recognize that they are messages to us. Students have learned that we need to feel and tolerate our emotions, take time to calm down, and then problem-solve and act as necessary. Sometimes, kids can do this themselves, but at times they may need adult help to brainstorm ideas. However, it's important that we resist the urge to rush in and handle the problem for them unless they ask us to; that gives them the message that we don't have confidence in their ability to handle it themselves. A couple of strategies students have learned that you might want to consider practicing at home are the following:
  1. 1. Deep Breathing - Shut out the world by closing your eyes and imagine that your lungs are deflated balloons. You're going to blow them up as you breathe in through your nose, filling your chest with air, and then breathe out through your mouth like you're blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. Another visualization you can use is to breathe in through your nose like you're smelling hot cocoa, and then blow out through your mouth to cool it off.
2.Cool Kid Countdown - Shut out the world by closing your eyes and take a minute to count down from ten slowly. If you get to zero and you're still upset, count back up to ten and give yourself another ten seconds to make a good choice and calm down.
As we approach May, the last month of the school year, we will learn about the Leopard Life Skill, "Purpose." Students will learn that having a purpose means, "being driven to do something meaningful with your life by making a positive contribution to the world." We will be teaching our little leopards that everyone has a purpose in life. Our purpose is about giving the best of ourselves to the world. We want our leopards to realize that we all have unique skills, talents, perspectives, passions, and/or interests,  and it's up to us to discover what those are and how we can use them to fulfill our purpose. By uncovering their special gifts and sharing those with others, we hope to help them become good citizens who contribute positive things to the community and the world!
Our Leopard Life Skills are based on the nine character strengths, skills, and mindsets from Character Lab. You can get more information about these by visiting their website at www.characterlab.org. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for helping us develop these strengths, skills, and mindsets in our little leopards!
Mrs. Ruggeri J
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Note from the PTA...
Teacher Appreciation Week is next week, May 1st-5th! We are still needing people to sign up to bring a dessert on Monday May1st.  Please click hereto sign up!  This is a way to say Thank You to our wonderful teachers and staff!
         
Please also show your gratitude to your classroom teachers by having your child bring in a special surprise on Thursday, May 4th. You can bring in a teacher favorite, a homemade card, flowers, a sweet treat or anything to brighten their day!
 
Thank you for your support during Teacher Appreciation Week at Lovejoy Elementary! LES is an amazing place to learn because of the wonderful support from parents and families like you!
Sincerely,
Erin Woods, Hospitality Chair


NEW! STAAR Testing for 3rd and 4th Grade - May 8th & 9th
Our third and fourth graders will be taking the STAAR test on Monday, May 8th and Tuesday, May 9th.  As a reminder, students should not bring cell phones or any electronic devices to school on this day due to testing. 
Do not forget to send appropriate snacks! As always, guests aren't allowed to dine with our              test takers.  Also, we respectfully ask that there are no volunteers or lunch guests on testing days for any grade level.  Should you have unusual circumstances, please contact me at (469)742-8077and we can find a solution. 
 
STAAR Testing Days Schedule - 1st and 2nd Grade schedules will not be affected.
 
3rd Math and Reading May 8th and 9th             4th Math and Reading May 8th and 9th
8:30-12:30- Testing                                                   8:30-12:30- Testing
2:45-1:15- Lunch                                                       12:35-1:05- Lunch
1:15-1:45- Recess                                                     1:10- 2:00- Specials
1:45-2:05- Read/ pack up                                        2:00-2:30- Read/ Pack up
2:10-2:55- Specials                                                   2:30-3:00- Recess
3:00- Dismissal                                                          3:00- Dismissal
 
Kindergarten Schedule:
9:30- 10:20- specials
11:15-11:45- Lunch
2:00-2:30- Recess

NEW! Super Skills Day  
Super Skills Day (Field Day) will be Friday, May 19, 2017. Kinder-2nd will participate from 9:30-11:30 and 3rd-4th from 12:30-2:30. This year we will utilize the 4th graders to help run the stations during the Kinder-2nd morning session, however, we will need volunteers for the 3rd-4th afternoon session. We will have 21 stations and we will need one volunteer per station. The volunteers will need to be here from 12:15-2:45. Please sign up if you would like to volunteer to help work one of the stations during the afternoon session. Thank you for helping to make this event a success!To sign up, please click here 
 
NEW! Box Tops 
The first two Box Top contests of this school year were won by Mrs. Wilkins' fourth grade class and Mrs. Everett's second grade class. Even though only one homeroom class can come out on top each contest period, everyone wins because the school receives a dime for each unexpired box top sent in!

The LAST CONTEST of this school year ends NEXT FRIDAY, MAY 5th! So, make sure to send in all of those Box Tops you have sitting around the house so we can get them counted! YOUR kiddo's homeroom class could be the next winning class! :-) Keep clipping those little dimes and be sure to send them in to school in a zip top baggie with your child's teacher's name on the baggie! If the teacher's name is not on the baggie, the class can not receive credit for their classroom total.

THANK YOU ALL for participating in this fun and FREE way to earn money for our school!



NEW! Storm Season is Here!
With the uncertainty of North Texas weather in the spring, I want to be clear about our approach to emergency weather procedures on campus. We have designated weather safe rooms on the interior of the campus. In the event there is a tornado warning, students and staff will take shelter in their designated rooms. We will monitor weather radars to ensure we are aware of how close severe weather is to Lovejoy Elementary. In the event there is a tornado in the immediate area, we will not release students in order to ensure their safety. If you arrive on campus prior to this particular time, we will ask that you join your child in their severe weather location. Once it has been determined that a tornado is in the immediate area, ALL staff (especially front office staff) will take shelter and will not be available to let visitors in through the front door. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Craft.
 

Kindergarten Sneak Peek 
We are very excited to meet our new Leopards.  If you have a child that will be entering Kindergarten for the 2017 - 2018 school year, please join us on Friday, May 12th from 8:15 - 10:00am.  (This is NOT a come and go event!)  During this time, the parents will learn about Lovejoy Elementary with the principal, Wendy Craft, and the students will spend time learning about Kindergarten with our Kindergarten teachers.  

 

2017- 2018 School Supplies: Order Now!
We are happy to announce that we have chosen to sell prepackaged school supplies for the next school year.  School Tool Box comes with the teacher-approved school supplies your student requires and includes trusted brands like Elmers and Crayola.  School Tool Box saves you time searching for those hard-to-find items in the back-to-school crowds.  Just place your order online and it will be waiting for your child at school.  Time is limited, place your order today.  If you have any questions please contact Brooke Drescher at 469-742-8100. Please click here to order your supplies!
* The school supply list does not apply to current fourth graders (2017-2018 fifth graders). You will receive school supply information from SCIS. 

Legacy Read - ENDS TOMORROW!

Walk a mile in my shoes.
See what I see--
Hear what I hear--
Then maybe you'll understand why I do what I do.

Students have checked out many books this week that feature characters from all walks of life. By putting themselves in the shoes of others, they are becoming more aware of the world around them and are thinking about how showing compassion can enrich their lives.
 
To further foster compassion, students are encouraged to participate in a sock drive through the end of April.  Please send new socks to the library. All students donating socks will have their name entered in a drawing for some very fun prizes! 




Also, several family art projects have been turned into the library and they are amazing! All art projects are due by the end of April, so get creative and decorate a pair of shoes! The challenge is to read a Legacy book and then create a pair of shoes to represent that book. Your only limit is your creativity! All projects will be showcased in the Lovejoy Library. For more information click here

          

End of Year Awards - Mark your calendars! 
As in the past, we'll have our end-of-year awards assemblies for each grade level.  Mark your calendar for your child's assembly dates, times, and locations. 
       Kindergarten - Thursday, May 25 th  - 11:00 - in your child's classroom
       First - Tuesday, May 23rd  - 1:30 - in your child's classroom
       Second - Wednesday, May 24th  - 1:00 - in your child's classroom
       Third - Wednesday, May 24th  - 2:00 - Lovejoy Gym
       Fourth - Thursday, May 25th - 1:00 - Lovejoy Gym 

4th  Grade Parent Information:

Sign up for the SCIS Principal Message
If you would like to start learning more about Sloan Creek Intermediate and all of the events, I would encourage you to sign up for Mr. Winkler's principal message.  This can be done by entering your email address, entering your first and last name, and then entering a check by Sloan Creek Intermediate when you click here.

District News
Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Lovejoy ISD is accepting applications for tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten. This comprehensive program will be staffed by credentialed teachers and housed on the Puster Elementary School campus.  This program will offer enhancements in music, fitness, art, library, science, technology, engineering, and math. We are enthusiastic to provide a Lovejoy education for community members looking for a rich learning experience which will provide a firm foundation for kindergarten and beyond. 
 
To apply, please click here .  To schedule a tour of the Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.
 
Pictured below:  Kevin Parker, Principal of Puster Elementary School, "shoots hoops" with incoming Pre-Kindergarten student, Crew Thomas.

NEW! Relay for Life: April 28
The annual Relay for Life event will be held on April 28th from 6:00 PM - 12:00 PM at the Lovejoy High School Stadium.  The Relay for Life Committee will be cutting ponytails for Beautiful Lengths, an organization which, partnered with the American Cancer Society, uses donated hair to create free wigs for women losing their hair due to cancer treatment. The committee is looking for selfless donors to cut their hair onstage at the event to donate to making these wigs for cancer patients. Donors may donate as little as 8 inches, but more if they please. The hair cannot have been chemically treated, have more than 5% grays, or be dyed permanently. Anyone, any age may donate.   Click here to register to donate. 
 
            Relay for Life Luminaries
The Relay for Life Committee is selling Luminaria, a commemorative item which will be on display during the 2017 LHS Relay for Life event.  The Luminaria honors all those who have had cancer, those who have survived, and those who have sadly passed away. Luminaria are $10 each and can be ordered by clicking here .  The order form and payment (made payable to the American Cancer Society) should be returned to the LHS School Store.
 
For questions, please contact:  Carolyn Murad:  murad_carolyn@lovejoyisd.com
                                                                     Katie Sawyers:  sawyers_katelyn@lovejoyisd.com
                                                                     Brady Duke:  duke_brady@lovejoyisd.com


Lovejoy Country Run: May 6 - Online Registration Ends:  April 28
Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. invites you to join them for a morning run or walk in the country surrounding Lovejoy High School. The 1K Fun Run will begin at 7:30 AM, followed by the 5K at 8:00 AM. The certified 5K course is a fast course or, if you prefer, you may choose the 1K Fun Run. Races will be chip-timed by Race Chip Timing.
 
After running, enjoy a pancake breakfast which is included in the race entry fee. Non-race participants may buy tickets at the door ($7 for adults, $5 children ages 6-12, and children 5 years and younger eat free) for breakfast.  You may register by clicking here.
 
Oxfam Hunger Banquet:  April 30
An Oxfam Hunger Banquet is a memorable, interactive event which brings hunger and poverty issues to life. After 40 years, this volunteer-led effort is still going strong and has changed hundreds of thousands of lives.
 
Draw a ticket and expand your world by attending  Carrie Duke's Oxfam Hunger Banquet.
WSMS Independent Studies student, Carrie Duke, is planning this hunger banquet for her 2nd semester project.
 
Participants will choose an income card which will depict what they will have for dinner. Depending on the income card, attendees will receive either a more nutritious and a higher quantity of food, or a less nutritious meal.
 
Join Carrie on Sunday, April 30th, from 5:00 - 6:30 PM in the WSMS Cafeteria (1101 West Lucas Road, Lucas, TX, 75002) for a learning experience which will change your outlook on world hunger. See hunger in a whole new way.
 
Click here to see Carrie's video explaining her mission.  Click here to register.  To volunteer, please contact Carrie at carrieduke2003@gmail.com .

Kid's 1st Summer Camp
The Kids 1st Summer Camp is designed to provide quality, safe care for children ages 5-12 during the summer months. The program is staffed by Lovejoy ISD employees.
The summer camp is hosted at Lovejoy Elementary.

Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
The Kids 1st Summer Camp is licensed by the Department of Family and Protective Services and the program and the staff meets or exceeds all required standards. For more information and to enroll, please click here

Lovejoy ISD Summer Enrichment Camps
The Summer Enrichment Camps have been finalized, and we are excited to offer opportunities for Pre-K through 12th grade.  You will find everything from dodge ball to robotics, and cooking to coding.
Summer Enrichment Camps will be offered in three sessions:
Session I:  June 12-16
Session II:  June 19-23
Session III:  July 10-14
Click here to see all of the exciting summer enrichment camp offerings.  Registration is open. 
With a few exceptions (athletic camps and Lovejoy theatre camp), information for all enrichment camps is available through this link.  If there is a need to register through the camp provider, the link will be provided with the session description for each session (e.g., PSAT Prep from Princeton Review).
Please review the enrichment camps and consider one or more of these excellent opportunities for your children this summer.

Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps and Performance Course
Registration is now open for Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps.  Click here for details.

Lovejoy Athletics is pleased to announce its partnership with Geno Pierce's Performance Course for the 2017-2018 school year.  Performance Course brings with it a proven track record of championship success.  Performance Course offers many different courses from high-intensity to foundational programs.  There is something for everyone.  Click here for details and registration links.

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.  For more information click here
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
NEW! Denim and Diamonds - Last Chance Auction Now Open
The last chance auction is now open.  There are a few items still available from Denim and Diamonds. The auction will close on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00 PM. The auction may be found by clicking here .  Click on "Start Bidding" to create your account.

Quick Links
Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, May 1st 
PTA Board Meeting, 9:30 am
Watch Me Sculpt, 3:05  pm

Tuesday, May 2nd 
Tutoring
Wednesday, May 3rd 
Chess Club, 3:10 pm
Thursday, May 4th 
Tutoring
Progress Reports Go Home 
Friday, May 5th 




 
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