Principal Message:  December 1, 2016

Dear Parents,
We have had a fantastic week back, and students and teachers have jumped back into learning.  We hope that you will be able to join us this weekend at the Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival. Our 3rd and 4th grade choir will perform at 10:30, the Lovejoy Children's Choir will perform at noon, and every single student at Lovejoy Elementary will have a piece of their artwork displayed on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  For more information, please read below.  This is one of my favorite events, and I look forward to seeing all of you there on Saturday.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
 
All My Best,
Wendy Craft
214-551-4503 (cell)
469-742-8077 (office)
 


Leopard Life Skill - Curiosity
Now that November has come to an end, we have concluded our focus on "Gratitude." Students have learned that gratitude is about much more than just saying, "thank you." It encompasses the broader idea of appreciating and being satisfied with what you have and helping and serving others. Our students have such generous hearts and we're always amazed at how they actively participate in efforts to help others. This year we raised over $1,000 for ACO through their contributions to the Caring Coins drive for ACO. Thank you for supporting your child in practicing gratitude by sharing the "Lovejoy love" with those who are in need.
We are beginning a new Leopard Life Skill for the month of December. "Curiosity" will be our next focus, and students will learn that it means "a strong desire to explore and learn new things by asking questions and searching for information." We want our students to learn that there is wisdom in wonder, so we will be encouraging them to use their imaginations and natural curiosities to learn more about our world and the things around us. Our hope is that by asking questions and being curious, students will realize we can learn more, become more enlightened, and begin to notice things that are interesting, mysterious, and exciting. This goes right along with our Leopard Life Skill of having a growth mindset by embracing opportunities to learn and grow. There is a great article about "10 Tips to Help Develop Your Child's Curiosity," and you can find it at: http://www.howtolearn.com/2013/05/10-tips-to-help-develop-your-childs-curiosity/ . It is a short article with some practical ideas for fostering "wonder" in your child.
You may also find more information about the nine character strengths, skills, and mindsets on which our Leopard Life Skills are based at www.characterlab.org . Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions. Thank you for helping us develop curious minds in our little leopards!
Mrs. Ruggeri J

LES News 

NEW!   Chick Fil A Night - Thursday, December 15th !
Show Your Lovejoy Spirit, all day and night, by eating at Chick Fil a on Thursday, December 15. Must Mention "Lovejoy" PRIOR TO PLACING THE ORDER and a percentage of the order will be donated to the school.
 
NEW!   LOST & FOUND? Does any of this look familiar?
Anything that is left on Friday, December 16th will be donated to ACO.    As a reminder, please label all of your child's jackets, water bottles, and lunch boxes. We return those items. 








NEW! Upcoming Christmas Parties
We will have our class parties on Friday, December 16th.  Our day will be busy as we kick off the morning with our Leopard Live/Sing Along at 8:05.  At 10:00, our kindergarten will make their way to their rooms for the class party.  Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 will have their parties at 11:00.  For those attending the party, we ask that all adults check in through the front office.  If you have items for the class parties, you are welcome to leave those at the south entrances. We'll have staff stationed at all doors so we'll be glad to watch them while you make your way to the front to check in.  You may then make your way to the south doors through the building to retrieve your party items.  Student will be released at 12:00 on the 16th.  
 
NEW! Upcoming Sing Along
This year's Lovejoy Elementary Sing Along will look like last year's Leopard Live/Sing Along.  It will be on the last day of school before our winter break, with songs being sung during our third six week Leopard Live, between grade level awards.  Our choir will sing and there will be a few songs following our recognition assembly but the majority of our songs will be embedded in our award's assembly.  As in the past, you are all welcome.
 
NEW! BrightBytes Technology Survey - Please complete!
Lovejoy ISD is partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about our students' school and home technology use and the impact it has on instruction. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Technology & Learning questionnaire. This is a semi-annual initiative, and your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of the role technology plays in your students' learning.   Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy. Please click here to begin the survey.
 
NEW!  Social Skills "Accepting "No" for an Answer
With the holidays coming up, this social skill might come in handy!  When accepting no for an answer, one:
  1. Look at the person.
  2. Say "Okay."
  3.  Stay calm.
  4.  If you disagree, ask later.
 
NEW! Engineering for Kids - Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers
We put the excitement in S.T.E.M education by offering age-appropriate, inquiry based, hands on learning for children Kindergarten - 8th grade with FUN activities and challenges! Register by January 6th for Session 1.  To register, visit  www.engineeringforkids.com/greaterdallas.  For questions, please call (469) 730-6550 or email efkgreaterdallas@gmail.com.
 
NEW! 4th Grade Yearbook Cover Contest
Design Lovejoy Elementary's 2016-2017 Yearbook Cover!!!!!  Just think of all the great memories you've had at Lovejoy Elementary - friends, teachers, recess etc.  Put your best artwork to the test!  For more information, please click here.      
 

 
 
 
 
Lovejoy Preschool Newsletter
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District News
   
NEW! Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse - Boys and Girls Teams Registration Open Through January 6
Registration is now open for the 2017 Spring season of Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse.  Join the most exciting, fastest growing sport in the country.  Register for:
 
Boys:  Grades 1st through 12th
Girls:  Grades Kindergarten through 8th
 
Visit www.lovejoylacrosse.com for information regarding the program and the upcoming Spring season.
 
Hurry, as rosters are quickly filling!
   
NEW! Fine Arts Festival
Lovejoy Arts will kick off its annual district event, the Fine Arts Festival, on Friday, December 2, 2016, at Lovejoy High School.  Featured performances include concerts by the Lovejoy Band program, a preview of the Varsity Cheerleaders UIL performance, and a performance by the WSMS Cheerleaders. The Visual Art galleries will be open for touring between concerts and performances.
The Festival continues all day on Saturday, December 3, 2016, with the first performances beginning at 10:00 AM at Lovejoy High School. This year's Festival will feature artwork from students from all campuses participating in visual art courses.  The newly renovated LHS Visual Arts Gallery will be open for public tours.  We will host performances from the elementary music programs, choir, Color Guard, orchestra, studio dance, Majestics, and theatre programs throughout the day.
Please come support our Lovejoy Arts programs and see the amazing works being presented.  For a complete Fine Arts Festival schedule please click here.
 
We hope to see our Lovejoy Arts parents involved in donating or volunteering to help make the Festival a success. 
 
To make a donation, please click here .  
 
To serve as an adult volunteer, please click here .
 
For additional information, please contact Fela Mathy , Director of Fine Arts.
 
Join the Lovejoy Arts Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on the Festival.
 
NEW! Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. Hosting 2nd Annual " LLI Gives Back"  Drive Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. is hosting their 2nd annual " LLI Gives Back "  drive benefiting Allen Community Outreach.  The drop off location is the Lovejoy High School indoor practice facility on Monday, November 28th from 5:00 -  7:00 PM.  Click here for details.
 
NEW! Lovejoy Cheerleaders Host Parent Night Out
Do you need someone to watch the kids so you can do some holiday shopping? Bring them to the Lovejoy Cheerleaders Shop ' N Drop event for a pajama party.  There will be games, crafts, movies, and more. The event will be held on Friday, December 9th from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School gym.  The cost is $25 for the first child, and $15 per each additional child. Proceeds will help support the cheerleaders ' upcoming UIL cheer competition. The kids will have a great time, and you will have a few kid-free hours to run your holiday errands. RSVP or email questions to Head Coach Shelly Wiggins .   Click here for additional information.

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
NEW! 2016 Annual Appeal Ends December 31, 2016
As the end of the calendar year approaches, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you for your generosity to our annual appeal campaign. We have received donations from 554 donors totaling $160,842.71. This is just a little shy of our goal of $200,000 and 650 donors. If you haven't donated yet or you wish to make a final end of year tax-deductible donation, please click here .  Without you, we could not carry out our mission to enhance the educational experiences for Lovejoy students and staff.
 
NEW! Give to the Foundation by Shopping with AmazonSmile
If you plan on purchasing anything on Amazon.com this holiday season (or later), please consider visiting AmazonSmile. Amazon established AmazonSmile to give back 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations. When you are ready to shop, log in to your Amazon account by visiting the AmazonSmile web-page.  You will experience the same products, same prices, and same service on www.smile.amazon.com .
 

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Week-at-a-Glance
 
Monday, December 5 th
     
Watch Me Sculpt, 3:05
Choir, 3:05
Tuesday, December 6 th   
Tutoring
Wednesday, December 7 th   
Chess, 3:05
Thursday, December 8 th     
Tutoring
 
Friday, December 9 th    
Choir perform at Stonebriar Mall @ noon
K-2 Dental Visit

 
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