Principal Message:  August 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

We have had a very busy week at Lovejoy Elementary.   The teachers have been working hard to prepare for this school year. We would like to thank all of the parents for coming to Meet the Teacher on Tuesday night. We enjoyed seeing everyone and having the opportunity to start learning about your child.  I can't wait for Monday to get here so we will officially kick off the 2017 - 2018 school year.  We are eager for the opportunity to nurture your child 's heart and mind with Knowledge, Skills, & Character. Thank you for sharing your child with us. As always, please feel free to e-mail me or call me with any questions or concerns. I hope that you enjoy your weekend!  

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

LES News 
  
NEW!  SOLAR ECLIPSE - 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL
A unique celestial event will occur on our first day of school - A SOLAR ECLIPSE! The last time a solar eclipse of this magnitude occurred in Texas was February 26, 1979!
For us in Texas, we will not have a total eclipse. Our eclipse will have a 0.8 magnitude and reach its peak at 1:09 pm. 



A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the Sun fully blocking the Sun. Because our solar eclipse will have a 0.8 magnitude, the Sun will only be partially blocked and will look more like the one in the graphic above. As the eclipse reaches its peak, the temperature will drop and we will experience dusk-like lighting. There have also been reports of animals having strange reactions to the eclipse as it disrupts their normal patterns and rhythm. What an incredible experience it will be for our students!
I know that many of you have several questions about what we will be doing.  Below, I will explain all the precautions that we are taking to provide a safe experience for all students.
 

Questions about the event:
Answer
Will  all students be participating in viewing the eclipse?

Yes, all of our students will be participating in the events.  Each grade level will learn what a solar eclipse is through some hands on activities and videos.  Through this, we will be learning the correct safety precautions that one must take in order to protect their eyes.  Then, students will observe this rare event.

 Will  all  students be using the glasses? 

Yes, we have ordered glasses for each student and teacher to wear.  Part of our Science standards, is to teach safety.  Our glasses meet the requirement for ISO 12312-2:2015.     We will stress the importance of not taking their glasses off, and in Kindergarten and first grade, we are going to have the students hold their hands by the sides of their faces to help ensure that all glasses are on.  



What will the supervision look like during this process?

We will have all extra available staff going outside to assist teachers.  Your child's safety is our number one priority.

Will parents have the option to "opt out" if they do not feel comfortable with their students participating?

Yes, please email your child's teacher so we can accommodate any students who will not be able to go outside.

 






NEW! Monday's Dropping Off or Escorting Children Into the Building
Children will report directly to their classrooms on Monday.  If pulling along the curb to drop off your child or if parking and walking, please enter through the church parking lot. We are trying this new procedure to help with the congestion on Country Club.  We will have someone stationed at the entrance closest to Lovejoy and the Red Building entrance, directing you to the church parking lot entrance.  
Only buses and day car vehicles will be allowed to use the entrance south of Lovejoy Elementary.  Thank you in advance for having patience with us this first week.
 
NEW! Afternoon Car Rider s
If your child is a car rider, we'll begin taking numbers as soon as we have arrivals.  Again, please enter the church parking lot and make a "S".  The video below shows an example.  Thank you in advance for having patience with us this first week.
 
Please click here for our video.
 
NEW! Afternoon Walker Pick Up
Due to the increase in number of parents picking their children up in the library, we will beginning a new procedure. For the safety of our students, we are asking all parents to bring their new "Lovejoy Elementary" car tag with them. Parents will stand outside of the library door, a teacher will greet you, see your number, and then will retrieve your child. We are asking parents to wait outside of the library doors. Thank you for your patience as we try our new procedure.



NEW! Help, I don't have my car tag!
If you did not your car tag at Meet the Teacher, please pick it up on Monday morning when you drop off your child.  

 
NEW!  Respectfully Request No Lunch Guests Week 1
To allow us time to review procedures of our lunchroom, we respectfully request no guests for week 1. If there are circumstances where you need to join us for lunch, please don't hesitate to give me a call at 469.742.8077.


NEW! Character Education Assembly
Get ready for Dennis Lee and his puppet friends! They are back again this year with a brand new show called "Dear Me." As part of our ongoing commitment to instill strong character values in our children, Dennis Lee and his puppets will bring our Six Pillars of Character to life and help us kick off a great school year! Through his engaging presentation with his zany cast of ventriloquist characters, he gently teaches and reminds us to have strength of character and disciplined behavior. The assembly will begin at 1:45 in the gym. We are excited for a new year of growing not only the minds, but also the hearts of our students!


 
NEW! Please Complete FERPA and General Waiver Forms
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:
 
Go the LISD website -  www.lovejoyisd.net
Click on Parents
Power School Parent Portal
Input your user name and password
You should now be in PowerSchool.  Click on the blue "Click here to access the Enrollment Packet Forms or to update student information."
There are multiple forms you can click to update, but the required forms are the two on the bottom  - "FERPA" and "General Waiver"
 
If you have any questions, please give Shelley Quirrenbach a call at  469.742.8083.

Bus Information
The 2017-2018 bus route information can be retrieved from the district's website prior to the beginning of the school year.
 
The third week of August, when bus routes have been finalized, go to the  LISD home page  and look for the 'Quick Links' heading on the right side of the page. Then click on 'Bus Routes,' listed underneath. You may also access the routes from the home page by selecting Departments /  Transportation  / Bus Routes.
 
When the new screen appears, type in your child's street address and select 'Search'. Route information will appear, including the stop location and times, along with a map. Route information is available only for those students who have requested transportation.
 
If you would like your child to ride the bus this year and have not already made the request through PowerSchool or need to make changes to your request for bus service (using instructions that were emailed at the end of last year), please make those changes in PowerSchool or alternatively contact the Transportation Department directly.
 
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  / Departments /  Transportation
.

PTA Membership
Please join the Lovejoy Elementary School PTA!  The cost is $7.50 and you will receive a Lovejoy Elementary Directory.  Also this year, you are able to sign up ONLINE!  If you choose to do so, you will be entered for FREE in a permanent parking spot Raffle that will be held on September 7th.  If you pay with cash or check, you can still enter the raffle by purchasing a ticket for $10.  To view the PTA Membership for please click here.  For online instructions, click here.


Grade Level T-shirts
This year, we are going to have a school wide shirt.  This shirt will be worn on field trips, Super Skills
Day, special spirit days and other special events throughout the year.  For more information about the shirt and to find the order form click here



Volunteering for the 2017 - 2018 School Year
As you know for the safety and security on all campuses, our volunteers must complete a volunteer form EACH YEAR which includes a criminal record check. In order to get the ball rolling to be approved as a volunteer for the new school year, please go to this link and follow the steps:
https://lovejoyisd.filebound.com/portal/HR%20Volunteer%20Applications/Volunteer%20Application
If you have questions regarding volunteering, please email gina_ellis@lovejoyisd.net


NEW! Double L Choir - 3rd & 4th Graders
Join the Lovejoy Elementary Double L Choir!  Choir rehearsals start on August 28, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00pm.  Join us for some singing fun.  Please   visit our registration page by the first rehearsal.  And, Don't forget to bring a snack!  If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Hebert at  wendy_hebert@lovejoyisd.net .


NEW! Chess Club
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





Monday, August 21st
First Day of School J
Students report to their class in the morning!
Tissues & Tears in the Gathering Spot at 8:05
Tuesday, August 22 nd
K-2 Students report to the gym first thing in the morning if arriving before 7:50.
3rd & 4th graders report to the cafeteria first thing in the morning if arriving before 7:50
Wednesday, August 23 rd
 
Thursday, August 24th
 
Friday, August 25 th
Dennis Lee Assembly @ 1:45 in the gym
 



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 above:  Kevin Parker, Principal of Puster Elementary School, "shoots hoops" with incoming Pre-Kindergarten student, Crew Thomas.

 

Lovejoy High School Mini Cheer Camp 
The Lovejoy High School Cheerleaders will host a Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp for ages 4 through 4th grade.  For detailed information, and to register, please click here .  The registration deadline is Friday, September 1st.

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