Principal Message:  April 6, 2017

Dear Parents,
It was nice seeing some of you on Saturday at Denim and Diamonds.  We appreciate the foundation and all of their hard work not only for this event, but for everything that they do throughout the year for our school and Lovejoy ISD.  It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Mrs. Boxell has decided to stay home next year with her baby.  Although we are happy for her and her family, she will definitely be missed as our assistant principal.  In the next couple of months, I will actively be looking for an assistant principal to serve Lovejoy Elementary and continue our strong legacy.  

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 
National Autism Awareness Month
Autism is a complex developmental disorder, affecting 1 in 68 people. It can affect a person's ability to communicate, learn, interact with others, and reason. It can also affect speech and motor skills. April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.  Click here to learn about autism. 

On Monday, April 3, our school is celebrating World Autism Awareness Day.  Please send your child into school that day wearing something blue!
Throughout the month of April (Autism Awareness Month), our students will be learning facts about autism in R-Time lessons and on our morning announcements.  



 NEW! 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 hereto 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. 

NEW! Bad Weather Day April 14th - NO SCHOOL! 
There will be no school on Friday, April 14th!  Because we do not have any bad weather makeup days this year, school will be closed.

  NEW! Kelly Family Farms Spirit Night
Please join us on Tuesday, April 11th for Kelly Family Farms Spirit Night.  When you place your order, mention that you are with Lovejoy Elementary and we will receive a portion of the proceeds.
 
NEW! Choir Concert
The Lovejoy Elementary School Choir will host a concert on Thursday, April 20th at 6:30pm in the gym.  Please join us as we show off our wonderful choir and all they have learned this year.

NEW! Legacy Read
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.
The LISD librarians are excited to share the Legacy Read program for 2017. This annual district reading experience will foster and promote a community of readers at LISD while also celebrating our diversity. The goal is to encourage empathy, perspective taking, and acceptance by prompting Leopards to read books, both fiction and nonfiction, about people who are different from themselves. By immersing ourselves in the stories of others, we can better understand the paths they choose to follow and experience what it means to "WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES." During the month of April, students will be encouraged to read diverse books, share their reflections and creatively show what they have learned from these books.
 
A family art project will be in Thursday folders this week. The challenge is to read a Legacy book and then create a pair of shoes to represent that book. You may decorate the footprints on the page sent home or even decorate an actual pair of shoes! Your only limit is your creativity! All projects will be showcased in the Lovejoy Library. For more information click here . Mrs. Dawson

NEW! PTA Annual Meeting
Please join us on Tuesday, April 17th at 8:15 am for our PTA Annual Meeting in the Gathering Spot. This is the general PTA meeting where all of the officers will give their yearly report.  You will hear from some of our other Standing Committee Chairs and have an opportunity to meet the nominees for the upcoming PTA board.  We will also be taking time to vote in the 2017-2018 board members.
 
NEW! 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 25th  - 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
 
Daddy/Daughter Dance: TOMORROW NIGHT!
Dust off your boots and get gussied up for dinner, dessert, photos, and a two-steppin' good time! The Lovejoy Elementary PTA is hosting a Daddy/Daughter Western Shindig on Friday, April 7th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  You may purchase your ticket at the door for $25 per family. To view the order form, please click here .

 

Kindergarten Round-Up will be held the week of April 3 rd - 7 th at each elementary school from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The Round-up is a pre-registration opportunity for parents of kindergarten age students for the 2017 - 2018 school year. 
If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2017, please plan to attend. 
**It is very important for all parents to enroll their children for Kindergarten this week to help us plan for next year. 
Pre-Registration Steps:  It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3
1.  Email your campus registrar with the following information:
Student's legal name
Date of birth
Last four digits of your child's social security number
Home address and phone number
Hart Registrar - alis_brantl@lovejoyisd.net
Lovejoy Registrar - peggy_whitmore@lovejoyisd.net
Puster Registrar - kendra_card@lovejoyisd.net
2.  You will receive a user name and password by email to complete your online registration at www.lovejoyisd.net.  Click on Parents, PowerSchool Parent Portal, and Create Account.  Once an account is created, you will need to complete the on-line forms.
3.  Attend Kindergarten Round-Up between April 3 rd - April 7 th at your campus between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM. 

Kindergarten Round-Up is a parent event only, students and parents will be invited to the school on May 12 th for a Kindergarten Sneak Peek from 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
For more information on what is needed, please click here.
  
LES PTA Scholarship Application
Each year the Lovejoy Elementary PTA provides a $500 scholarship for a college bound Lovejoy Senior.  The student must have attended LHS for their sophomore, junior, and senior years to be eligible.  Please pass along the information about the scholarship to anyone who might be interested.  Interested students should contact Tina Walenciak at tinawalenciakpta@gmail.com.

4th Grade Parent Information:
4th Grade - Intro to the Creek T- shirts - ORDER NOW!      
Get your Sloan Creek Leopards Limited Edition 2017 - 2018 Shirt Now! We would ask every 4th Grader to wear this shirt on May 17 th  when they visit SCIS.  This will also be our 5th Grade Adventure Camp Shirt. To order, please click here .
 
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
NEW! 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! Friends of Fairview Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast: April 22
The Friends of Fairview Firefighters Association will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 22nd from 8:00 - 11:00 AM at Fairview Fire Station #2.  Click here for details.
 
NEW! Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Night:  April 11
Lovejoy Orchestra will host a spirit night at Zoe's Kitchen (Fairview) on Tuesday, April 11th, from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Please join the Orchestra for a great combo of delicious food, good company, and support of the Lovejoy Orchestra. 15% of the proceeds will benefit the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order please let the cashier know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra. This includes dine in and take out.
 
NEW! 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 .

NEW! Lovejoy ISD Training Pool Open House:  April 8
The Lovejoy Swim and Dive team will host an open house at the new Training Pool on Saturday, April 8th, from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. Please join the team for a tour of the 25-yard training pool located inside the dome behind Sloan Creek Intermediate School (440 Country Club Road, Fairview, Texas).
 
Metroplex Aquatics, the company managing and operating the training pool, will be available to answer questions regarding future program offerings available to the public. The Kona Mobile Shaved Ice truck will be on-site offering refreshments for purchase.
 
We hope to see you there.

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 their 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 programs for males to foundational courses for 1st graders.  There is something for everyone.  Click here for details and registration links.
 
E-Waste Recycling Event: April 22
In conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day, Lovejoy High School will host an e-waste recycling day on Saturday, April 22nd from 9 AM - Noon in the LHS parking lot. Please click here for additional information regarding the e-waste collection.
 
Lovejoy Gifted Association Sponsors Fantastic Fossils: April 11th
Join John S. Mead, a passionate 6th grade science teacher at St. Mark's, Origins Explorer, and Nature Photographer as he takes us through his exciting participation with the excavation of a new human species, Homo Naledi, from the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. Mr. Mead's 6th grade class had the opportunity to Skype with the scientists in Africa over the course of the excavation before it was ever announced. This species of human ancestor is believed to be 900,000 to 2 billion years old and was an incredible find. Mr. Mead will be sharing stories about the discovery as well as his outstanding photos. The presentation will be held at Lovejoy High School from 7:00 - 8:30 PM on Tuesday, April 11th. This event is sponsored by the Lovejoy Gifted Association.

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
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Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, April 10th 
Watch Me Sculpt, 3:05  pm
Choir
Tuesday, April 11th 
Engineering Club (Session 2),  3:05 pm
Tutoring
Spirit Night Kelly Family Farms 
Wednesday, April 12th 
Chess Club, 3:10 pm
Thursday, April 13th 
Tutoring
Friday, April 14th 
Bad Weather Day - NO SCHOOL!


 
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