Principal Message:  December 7, 2017
D ear Parents,

BRRR...IT IS COLD OUTSIDE. We have had a great week at LES, and we want to thank our PTA for providing us the program of Dr. Recess. He taught our students all inclusive games for everyone to be included at recess. Our PTA also provided us with the equipment for these games. We appreciate all of the volunteers who came in and helped us during our recess. Our students loved it, and we are excited about playing the new games during recess. As a reminder, we will go outside as long as the wind chill is above 32 degrees. Please make sure that you send your child with a sweat shirt or coat. Don't forget to write your child's name in it so we can return it if ends up in our Lost and Found.
We would also like to thank our PTA for our NEW water bottle filler fountain. Our first one has been installed by our gym, and after Christmas, we will install the second one by the Kindergarten/First Grade rest rooms. Don't forget to send your child to school with a non-breakable water bottle.
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! 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.


NEW! 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!

 

NEW TIMES!!!! 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.


NEW!  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.



NEW! 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.




NEW! Double L Choir Sings at Northpark
Our Double L (3rd and 4th Grade) Choir will be performing at Northpark Mall on Monday, December 18th at 10:30 am.  They will be performing in the NorthCourt venue which is located between Nordstom and Macy's. Parents are welcome to come watch and support our choir!

 
NEW!  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.


NEW! 4th Grade Austin Field Trip
Our 4th grade students will be traveling to Austin on Friday, January 19th.  You can find detailed information and permission slip forms in your child's Thursday Folder.  Please return all signed permission slips to school no later than Friday, December 15th.  


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

 
Fourth Grade Recorders
4th grade music students at Lovejoy will learn to play the recorder. In order to ensure that each student gets a quality instrument and to provide a level of convenience to our busy families, we will be collecting $3.00 per student and ordering the instruments from our music supplier. You can pay cash or check to Lovejoy Elementary or purchase online at https://lovejoy.revtrak.net
If you already own a recorder, it is not necessary to purchase one through the school . However, I would like to caution you against purchasing an instrument from a discount retailer. These instruments are generally of inferior quality and play out of tune. If cost is a concern, please contact Mrs. Hebert wendy_hebert@lovejoyisd.net and we will work with you to get a quality instrument for your child.


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.  An information session for the parents of kindergarten students will review the referral process, as well as the G/T services offered in Lovejoy.

Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
December 15, 2017
9:00 AM or 4:30 PM (Session information repeats)

If you are unable to attend and would like more information, a slideshow presentation will be available on the Gifted and Talented webpage after the December 4th presentations.

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).



Monday, December 11th
Choir; 3:00 pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00 pm
Tuesday, December 12th


Wednesday, December 13th
Chess Club; 3:00 pm 
School Board Meeting; 7:30 pm 

Thursday, December 14th 

Friday, December 15th
Engineering Club; 3:00 pm (Last Class)
 

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 go on sale Friday, December 1st at 10:00 AM.
 
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.


Worthwhile Senior Project  
LHS Senior John Treanor's Senior project will benefit the USO through in-kind donations. He will be placing boxes for collection at our 3 elementary schools and at Sloan Creek. He shared that he wants to serve in the Navy after college, and has always respected the men and women who serve our country. He plans to have the boxes out for collection by December 13th. Click here for a list of suggested donation items.



Orchestra Spirit Day: December 12
The Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit day/ night will be held at Pei Wei on Tuesday, December 12th from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Please join the orchestra for a great combo of delicious food, good company, and support of the Lovejoy Orchestra. 20% of the proceeds will go to the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order please let them know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra. This includes dine in and take out at the Pei Wei located at 1008 West McDermott Drive in Allen.

December Nutrition Newsletter
To view the December Nutrition Newsletter please click here.

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!

SCIS Choir to Perform at Dallas Arboretum:  December 11th
The SCIS select Fifth Grade Choir, Sloan Creek Chorale, will be performing at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on Monday, December 11th.  This special holiday concert will be at 11:00 am.  Join student performers in the beautiful gardens at the famous "Twelve Days of Christmas" display and enjoy holiday cheer.

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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