Lovejoy Elementary 

Principal Email - August 25, 2016 


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Dear Parents,

We have had a fantastic first week of school.  Our teachers have worked very hard this week building strong relationships with all of our students. We know in order for our students to learn best, that they need to have strong connections to their teacher, their peers, and our school.  If we have missed the target, please let us know so we can provide best learning environment for your child. 

We appreciate your patience with our drop off and pick up lines.  We are looking forward to our assembly tomorrow to "Kick-Off" our year with great character.  Lovejoy Elementary is off to a great start of continuing our legacy of strong character and education.  As always, please feel free to contact me or call me with any questions or concerns. My cell number is 214-551-4503 and please feel free to use it at anytime.  I hope that your child has enjoyed their first week, and I hope that you have a fantastic weekend. 

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


 
  
Lovejoy Elementary News:
NEW! Drop Off Procedure
In order to help us with drop off procedures in the morning, please try to have your child sitting on the passenger side.  Also, please make sure that you pull up to the end of the line so we can unload more cars at one time. Thank you in advance for your help in an efficient & safe drop off every morning.
NEW!PTA Membership
I would like to invite you to join our PTA as we work together with the faculty at LES to enrich every child's educational experience over the next 10 months. Joining PTA has some perks for you personally, including a printed PTA student directory and an electronic PTA newsletter, both only distributed to PTA members.  Beyond that, your dues help us meet our budget goals so we can continue to provide exemplary programs for the students at LES that we have all grown to love and appreciate.  Being a PTA member also provides you with the opportunity to attend our general meetings and participate as a voting member in making decisions throughout the school year.
 
Membership dues are $7.50 per person.  Anyone related to an LES student is eligible to be a member, including the students themselves!  We have entire families who have joined the team, including grandparents!  The support we have here at LES from our families is truly phenomenal and makes representing you all on the board a very special experience.  Please click here for the membership form.

Abby Gray
LES PTA Membership Chair

NEW!Referrals for Gifted and Talented Services
The online referral window for gifted and talented services for grades K-12 is now open. All referrals are processed online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, located at https://powerschool.lovejoyisd.net/public/ .
The referral window for grades 1-12 will close Friday, September 16, 2016. Testing for grades 1-12 will be Saturday, October 15 and Saturday, October 22, 2016.
Kindergarten referrals will be accepted through October 14, 2016 . Kindergarten testing will begin in November.  For questions about services in grades K-4, please contact Caroline Garcia at caroline_garcia@lovejoyisd.net or via phone:  469.742.8310 .  For questions about services in grades 5-12, please contact Brie Smith at brie_smith@lovejoyisd.net or via phone:  469.742.8032.  
 
NEW!  LOVEJOY CHILDREN'S CHOIR - 4TH, 5TH, 6TH GRADERS
We are pleased to announce the 7th season of the Lovejoy ISD Children's Choir. This choir is designed to serve the needs of our district's 4 th, 5 th and 6 th grade students who are committed to a musically exceptional experience. Auditions will be held for any and all LISD 4 th, 5 th and 6 th grade students interested on the dates listed below. Returning members do not need to audition.
Audition Dates:
  • Tuesday, September 27 (3:30 - 4:30PM) Sloan Creek Intermediate School Choir Room
  • Thursday, September 29 (3:30 - 4:30PM) Sloan Creek Intermediate School Choir Room
Singers selected to sing with the Lovejoy Children's Choir will rehearse weekly to prepare for a short performance at the LISD Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, December 3, 2016 and the final concert on Tuesday, F ebruary 28, 2017. Our first rehearsal is Tuesday, October 11th in the SCIS choir room.

Visit
http://lovejoymusic.weebly.com/lovejoy-childrens-choir.html to access the 2016-2017 LCC Parent Packet and online permission form. Questions can be directed to your child's music teacher or Anne Tracy ( Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net ).

NEW! DOUBLE L CHOIR
The Double L Choir is the official choir of Lovejoy Elementary and open to all 3rd and 4th graders. We rehearse Mondays from 3-4pm and have 3-4 performances each year - including our Veteran's Day celebration at LES, The LISD Fine Arts Festival in December, and a Spring Concert. More information can be found by clicking here . Registration for Double L may be completed online here: http://tinyurl.com/jo53oo8
The first rehearsal is Monday, September 12th. Please contact Wendy Hebert wendy_hebert@lovejoyisd.net for more information.
 
NEW! School Holiday
On Monday, September 5 th, we will not have school in observance of Labor Day. I hope that your family enjoys their 3 day weekend.

NEW! No electronics at school please!
As a reminder, we are encouraging our students to keep all of their electronics at home. They will not be allowed to play them in the morning before school or in the afternoon when they are waiting for their ride home.  If your child wants to bring their electronics for the bus ride home or for their after school day care, they are more than welcome to bring them to school.  We are just asking that they stay in their back packs all day. 
 
Character Education Assembly - Friday, August 26th at 1:45
Get ready for Dennis Lee and his puppet friends! They are back again this year with a brand new show called "Lite As a Feather." 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!
 
Ice Cream Social
Our PTA will, once again, host the Lovejoy Elementary Ice Cream Social.  I highly encourage you to attend as it's a great time to meet or to reconnect with other Lovejoy families.   I hope you'll be able to join us on September 15 th at 6:00 in the Lovejoy Cafeteria.  Also, our staff member will be attending and serving ice cream and toppings to all who attend!

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 Peggy Whitmore.
 
Chess Club Enthusiasts : 
Lovejoy Chess Club registration is going on now and we hope many of you can join us for our first session on September 12, 2016. 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
Volunteering for the 2016 - 2017 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 follow the steps by clicking here.  If you have questions regarding volunteering, please email gina_ellis@lovejoyisd.net.

District News:

An Evening With the Majestics
Once again the Majestic Dance Team is inviting girls K-6 to join them for Evening With The Majestics on Homecoming night, Friday, September 23rd. They will perform the Pre-game Fight Song in the Victory lines on the field, then sit with the Majestics and participate in "stand routines" in the bleachers. During half time, the Majestics will dedicate a special routine to you and your new "Mini Majestic" friends. Please click here for more details or visit our website a  www.majesticsdance.org .

NEW! Gus Macker Basketball Tournament:   September 10 - 11
The 2nd Annual Gus Maker Basketball Tournament will be held September 10-11, 2016 at The Village at Fairview.  For general tournament information, click here.  You may register a team at:  www.macker.com
 
NEW!  Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse:  Registration Now Open
Join the most exciting, fastest growing sport in the country. Registration is now open for the fall season of Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse, grades 1 - 12, boys only.  Click here to view additional information regarding registration.  Rosters are filling fast-register now!
For additional information regarding the Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse program, visit their website at:  www.leopardlacrosse.com.
 
NEW! Leopard Mini Cheer Camp
The LHS Cheerleaders are hosting their annual Junior Leopard Mini Cheer Camp for kids 4years through 4th grade! Come and join the LHS cheerleaders on October 8th to learn cheers, chants, and jumps! Then cheer with the cheerleaders during the first quarter of the Varsity game on Leopard Friday October 14th! A free T-shirt is included in the cost! Please click  here  for more information and registration.
 
Week At A Glance:
Monday, August 29th
 
Tuesday, August 30th
 
Wednesday, August 31st  
 
Thursday, September 1st  
 
Friday, September 2nd  
 
 



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