Principal Message:  December 19, 2017
D ear Parents,

I hope that everyone is enjoying this wet Tuesday.  I just wanted to send you some last minute reminders before tomorrow.  Tomorrow will be a great day of fun for our students, and I hope that you will be able to join us for Leopard Live and your child's Christmas party.  As a reminder, we will ask parents to either leave at 11:45 or wait until 12:!5 to leave.  This allows our buses to enter or leave our parking lot in a safe and efficient manner.  I want to personally wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. I hope that your break is spent creating lasting memories with your family. Please be safe, and I look forward seeing everyone on Monday, January 8th.

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

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

NEW! Leopards Camp Out
Are you looking for a last minute Christmas gift for your child?  I have the perfect gift for you... a Late Night Leopards camp out gift certificate!  The best part is that it will not cost you anything until February!  As you are aware, we are going to have a camp out on April 13th - 14th at Lovejoy Elementary.  It will be a night filled with fun and games.  This will definitely be an event that you will not want to miss.  By getting the certificate now for free, you are just committing to purchasing a campout site in February for our event.  

To get your certificate, please click here, and then the certificate will be sent to you via email.  

Please click here to see a sneak peek of the video students will be seeing on Wednesday to show you more about our camp out.


TOMORROW! Early Release
Lovejoy Elementary will have early release on Wednesday, December 20th at 12:00.  As a reminder, children will be eating lunch during their classroom party and our cafeteria will not have service that day.  Please click here to view the campus calendar.  The LES office will close at 1:00 on December 20th, but Kid's First will remain open until 6:00 pm.


TOMORROW! Leopard Live/Sing Along
Please join us for Leopard Live on Wednesday, December 20th at 8:05 in the gym.  This will be a great time to recognize students who show Leopard Pride as well as sing Christmas songs for the holidays.  Please check in through the office when you arrive!

 

TOMORROW! Class Christmas Parties
Lovejoy Elementary will have all Christmas Parties on Wednesday, December 20th.

     Kindergarten - 10:00 am - 10:50 am
     1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade - 10:50 am - 11:40 am

Parents who are attending the parties, please check in through the front office.  If you are setting up for the party, you are welcome to leave your items at the outside doors nearest your classroom and retrieve them after you check in at the office.  Staff will be available to help!

***In an effort to help with traffic, we are offering parents who attend two different departure times. Parents can choose to leave at 11:45 or stay until 12:15. This will allow our buses to pick up our students and exit the parking lot in a timely manner. Thank you in advance for your help with this.


REMINDER! Office Closes at 1:00 on Wednesday, December 20th
As a reminder, our office will close on Wednesday, December 20th at 1:00, and we will reopen on Monday, January 8th at 7:30 a.m.

 
Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety. In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district's website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We will also announce any closure through the media and by phone. Links to our social media accounts are shown below.


TONIGHT! Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, December 19th!
Show Your Lovejoy Spirit all day and night by eating at Chick- Fil-a on Thursday, December 15. You must mention Lovejoy" PRIOR TO PLACING THE ORDER and a percentage of the purchase will be donated to Lovejoy Elementary PTA.




Engineering Club
Engineering for Kids put the excitement of S.T.E.M education by offering age-appropriate, inquiry based, hands on learning for children Kindergarten - 4th Grade with FUN activities and challenges.  Register by January 5th for Session 1.  To register click here . For questions, please call 469.730.6550 or email efkgreaterdallas@gmail.com .


PTA Presents Protecting Today's Kids
The Lovejoy Elementary School PTA is hosting a luncheon and presentation on Protecting Today's Kids on January 24th at 11:30am. Come learn from representatives from Operation Underground Railroad, the Texas Department of Protective Services and the Texas Attorney General's office how human trafficking impacts our community and our children. Spots are limited and will be soon be offered to other Lovejoy schools! Please click here to register now for this free event (which will include a brief general meeting of the PTA).


NEW!  Mother Son Night Out  
Moms: Enjoy a night out with your sons and the excitement of the Allen Americans Hockey Club with discounted tickets to Star Wars Night on January 27th ! Tickets are only $18 and a portion of ticket sales is donated back to the Lovejoy PTA. The first 15 registrants will watch warm-ups from the bench so don't delay! Click here to purchase your tickets now!



NEW! Student Raising Funds for Cystic Fibrosis
Zoe Smithey is a 6th grade student at Sloan Creek Intermediate School. She is raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis in support of her friend Avery Gray, a 4th grade student at Lovejoy Elementary School. Zoe will perform a polar plunge on January 1st, and is asking for your help with this fundraising effort. You may   click here for details.


Safety Reminders
Safety is always a priority for us at Lovejoy Elementary, and we just want to remind a parents of our procedures that promote safety for all students.  Thank you in advance for honoring our procedures.
  • All Visitors MUST enter through the front office. This includes dropping off or walking students into our school in the mornings.
  • Please do NOT ask students to let you in at any time at any door.
  • If you choose to join your child for lunch, please sit our guest table and only eat with your child.  As a reminder, you also can not give food to another student.
  • Please stay off of your cell phone during carpool drop off and pick up.

Save the Date for the Campus Campout  
A Tradition Begins...Save the Date for April 13th and 14th for our first annual Lovejoy Campus Campout Fundraiser! Support our school while spending quality time with our kids.  Please join us at the December 20th Leopard Live for more information.


BrightBytes
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 complete the questionnaire.


4th Grade Yearbook Cover Contest
Attention all 4th Graders!  Enter the cover contest to design the Lovejoy Elementary 2017-2018 Yearbook Cover. The due date for    the  contest is January 19th.

Overdrive EBooks and Audiobooks - Lovejoy ISD has built a collection of over 3,000 ebook and audiobook titles through Overdrive.  Your students have access to download and enjoy them on the go!  For more information, please click here .  

Lost & Found
Anything that is left on Friday, December 16th will be donated to charity. As a reminder, please label all of your child's jackets, water bottles, and lunch boxes. We return those items.

Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals
Referrals for kindergarten Gifted and Talented services will be available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal from December 1, 2017 - January 12, 2018.   A slideshow presentation will be available on the Gifted and Talented webpage after December 4th. 

All kindergarten students will be tested at their home campuses in January. Additional testing for referred students is scheduled for both Saturday, February 10th and 24th. Services for identified kindergarten students begin March 1, 2018.
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or Brie Smith (469.742.8032).




Tuesday, December 19th
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night (Stacy Road) 

Wednesday, December 20th
Leopard Live; 8:05 am
Kindergarten Party; 10:00 am
1st - 4th Grade Parties; 10:50 am 
Early Release; 12:00 pm 

Thursday, December 21st 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! NO SCHOOL! 
Friday, December 22nd 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! NO SCHOOL!
 

Foundation News 

Give to the Foundation via AmazonSmile
If you plan on purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider visiting Amazon Smile. 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 website for the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Once you have logged in, you will have access to the same products, same prices and same service you find at amazon.com. Thank you for your support of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.

2017 Annual Appeal Ends December 31
As the end of the calendar year approaches, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you for your generosity to the annual appeal campaign. We have received donations from 542 donors totaling $177,977. This is just shy of our goal of $200,000 and 650 donor s. If you have not yet donated 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 experience for Lovejoy students and staff.

Lovejoy Ladies' Night Out
Join us for a Lovejoy Ladies' Night Out to raise funds to award grants to Lovejoy ISD. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Cross Creek Ranch in Parker. This event sold out last year. Tickets are on sale now!
 
For pricing and ticket information, click here or contact Cindy Booker at 469.742.8043.

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 ISD App
The Lovejoy ISD App is available for download on both Apple and Android devices.  To download the app for Apple devices, please click here.  To download the app for Android devices, please click here.  

Twitter and Facebook
Are you following the district on Twitter?  Have you liked us on Facebook?  Join us on social media for news and announcements.


Lovejoy Lacrosse - Boys' and Girls' Teams Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the boys' and girls' 2018 Spring season of Lovejoy Lacrosse.  Join the most exciting, fastest-growing sport in the country.  

                   Register now for Boys: Grades Kindergarten through High School
                   Register now for Girls: Grades Kindergarten through 8th grade

Visit  www.lovejoylacrosse.com for information regarding the program and the upcoming Spring season. Hurry, as rosters are filling quickly!


BYOP® (Volleyball Winter and Spring Sessions): Pre-registration ends December 22
BYOP® Program Overview:  This training program is designed for any volleyball player, no matter what skill or ability level, as long as their goal is to become the best they can be. Parents must be fully dedicated to being actively involved in this program. BYOP® will provide excellent volleyball fundamental skills training, as well as life lessons to both player and parent.

BYOP® Program Details: Each training session will build upon a solid foundation of all fundamental skills needed to participate in the sport of volleyball. Parents must be engaged in every training session and involved in the home training program involving physical and skills activities.


Relay for Life Gallery Wall Opportunity
Relay for Life is an annual event held at Lovejoy High School to raise awareness of cancer and donate to cancer research. This year's initiative is 
of community and care. The entire Lovejoy community is invited to participate in this event on April 6, 2018.

To encourage participation of students at the elementary and intermediate school l evels the LHS Relay for Life organizers are hosting a coloring page activity. Students may  click here  to print the coloring page and decorate it as creatively as they can. Beginning December 11th, they may turn the page into the receptionist desk at their campus to receive a pencil, sticker, or other prize.  The event organizers will use all coloring pages to create a gallery wall the night of the event which will represent loving support for those whose lives have been affected by cancer.  We hope you will save the date of April 6th and join us for Relay for Life.

   
Relay for Life Luminarias
Relay for Life is selling Luminarias for the Relay for Life event on April 6th at Lovejoy High School. Luminarias honor those whose lives have been affected by cancer. You may dedicate a Luminaria to a loved one who lost who lost their battle with cancer, someone currently battling cancer, or anyone who has overcome cancer. When you attend the Relay event, you will see the Luminarias placed around the track, decorated with names and sometimes messages to whom they are dedicated. Luminarias are $10. If you would like to purchase one, please click here.  


LHS Collecting Donations for Coats for Kids
Lovejoy High School is collecting donations to buy coats for S.M. Wright's Christmas in the Park Event. The purpose is to provide funding and resources for underprivileged children and families through the nonprofit organization For Kids Foundation. Every $15 donated will provide a child in the Dallas area with a new coat. This is a great opportunity for everyone to give back this Christmas. You may click here  to donate.


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