Principal Message:  February 23, 2017

Dear Parents,

As part of the LISD Graduate Profile, to "work for justice through community service," our 3rd graders opened the Leopard Café. For the past two days, our third graders managed, served, entertained, and cleaned their café while raising money for the Allen Community Outreach. We are very proud of our 3 rd graders for hosting an amazing restaurant that raised $2,689.50.  We appreciate all of our families that contributed to making the restaurant a huge success!
With the warm weather and longer days, it seems that the Craft household is getting very busy.  Spring is always a busy time of year, and I have noticed many tired faces in the halls of Lovejoy Elementary. According to the National Sleep Foundation, " babies, children, and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development. Most parents know that growing kids need good sleep, but many don't know just how many hours kids require, and what the impact can be of missing as little as 30 to 60 minutes of sleep time."  When students are tired, it is much harder for them to learn.  Below, is a chart of recommended sleep from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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

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

Draper James Event:  February 28
Draper James is holding a special event to benefit the Foundation on Tuesday, February 28th, from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. They will give 20% back from the proceeds during the event. They will be providing sweet treats while you shop. Draper James is Reece Witherspoon's new store located in Highland Park Village.

     Taste of Fairview

The 2nd Annual Taste of Fairview:  March 3rd
Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual Taste of Fairview will be held on March 3rd.  The event is presented by  Estate Life Magazine , in partnership with the Allen/Fairview Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club, and the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.  Details are as follows:
March 3, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club

Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased by clicking here.  Ticket sales will be donated to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.

This event sells out quickly...reserve your tickets today.
FLS 2017 DandD
2017 Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction - Your Support is Appreciated!
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host the 11th annual Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at a new location; the Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano. The theme is a Southern Soirée - Celebrating 100 Years of Lovejoy ISD.
Denim and Diamonds Chair, Andrea Paranteau and Co-Chair, Carrie McClure welcome you to a night featuring dinner, entertainment, and live auctions.
Tickets are now on sale, for $90 each. The ticket price will increase to $100 beginning Monday, March 10th. This year, guests will be seated at tables of 12. For additional information, visit ,   or contact Cindy Booker at 469.742.8043 or
email.   You may also click here to   purchase tickets to the gala.
Raffle Tickets
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host a raffle entitled "Fab Five", which includes:
  • 7 nights in Sydney, Australia, donated by Cleve Adamson Custom Homes
  • $2500 VISA gift card, donated by Owens Realtors
  • Texas Limo Wine Tour and Getaway
  • Goyard, St. Louis PM Large Tote in Black
  • Large Kamado-Style Grill in Red by Grill Dome, donated by The Firehouse in Allen
Raffle tickets are $100. Only 500 tickets will be sold. A drawing will be held for each item, giving each ticket a chance to win one of these prizes. The winners will be drawn at the Denim and Diamonds Gala. You do not need to be present to win. Click here for additional information.  You may purchase tickets from any Foundation director, via the foundation's website, or at the LISD administration building. See the Foundation website for a list of directors, or click here to purchase tickets online.

Online Auction:  Opens February 28
The Denim and Diamonds Online Auction will open February 28th and run through March 7th at 10:00 PM. Check out the auction for the opportunity to win great items for your family and students. Various members of the Lovejoy staff have donated unique and special experiences for the online auction.  Class Masterpieces, created by our K-5th grade students are also available.  Click here for additional information.
Click here and select "Start Bidding" to create your account.  Remember, the auction opens on February 28th at 8:00 AM.

LES News 
NEW! 4th Grade Program
Please join us on Thursday, March 2nd for the 4 th Grade Music Program.  Students will present Texas, Our Texas, featuring songs and dances from the Great State of Texas!  Our performance will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Students will report to the music room at 6:15 p.m.  Dress in 4th grade Austin trip t-shirt and dark pants/jeans.
NEW! Spring Pictures
We do have our spring picture day on Wednesday, March 1st.   A proof of your child's spring picture will be sent home, allowing you to purchase pictures at a later date.   We do have a schedule for picture taking. 
8:30 - 8:45 - 3rd Grade
8:45 - 9:10 - Kindergarten
9:10 9:30 - 1st Grade
9:30 - 9:45 - 2nd Grade
9:45 - 10:15 - 4th Grade
Adjustments will be made should our grade levels move through the line slower or faster than expected.
NEW! Book Fair
The Happy Camper Book Fair is coming to Lovejoy Elementary! Get ready campers to come and shop for amazing books in the library campgrounds! Students will preview the fair on Friday, March 3rd to create their wish lists of books they would like to buy. The Book Fair will be open to purchase books from 7:45-3:45, March 6-9 and will be open from 7:45-12:00 on Friday, March 10th. You can also shop the Book Fair at Open House on March 9th from 6:00-7:00. If you would like to volunteer and help run the Book Fair, please contact Mrs. Dawson at For more information and to order books online go to h ttp ://

NEW! Open House
Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 9th as it's our annual open house at 6:00 - 7:15.  
NEW! 3rd Grade Program
Please join us on Thursday, March 9, 2017 for the 3rd Grade Music Program. This year we will be demonstrating folk dances we have been practicing throughout the year. Bring your dancing shoes, as we will be inviting members of the audience up to learn our last dance! Our performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Students will report to the music room at 6:15 p.m. Dress is 3rd grade t-shirt and dark pants/jeans.
NEW! Spring Break
Our Spring Break this year is March 13th through March 17th.  Please mark your calendars! 

NEW! Social Skill "Disagreeing Appropriately"
For the next two weeks, we'll be practicing disagreeing appropriately.  To disagree appropriately, one:
  1.        Looks at the person.
  2.        Uses a pleasant voice.
  3.        Says, "I understand how you feel."
  4.        Tells why you feel differently.
  5.        Gives a reason.
  6.        Listens to the other person. 
Lovejoy Elementary Choir
LES Choir invites you to watch their performance of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at the Frisco College Baseball Classic on March 4th.  They will be performing during the 7th inning of Oklahoma State VS Arizona game with a start time of 4:00pm.  The proceeds of each ticket sold will go directly back to Lovejoy Elementary.  We hope you can join us!  To buy tickets visit:

LES PTA Scholarship Application
Each year the Lovejoy Elementary PTA provides a $500 scholarship for a college bound Lovejoy Senior.  The student must have attended LHS for their sophomore, junior, and senior years to be eligible.  Please pass along the information about the scholarship to anyone who might be interested.  Interested students should contact Tina Walenciak at
DUE TOMORROW! Six Flags Read to Succeed
Want to earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags? You can do it simply by reading good books for 360 minutes! Simply fill out this reading log and return it to the Lovejoy Library by Friday, February 24th. Tickets will be delivered to students in May.  For the Six Flags parent letter please click here. To print the student reading log please click here.

Gifted and Talented Referrals
Referrals for Gifted and Talented Services are now online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal . After logging in, please select the appropriate student from the blue bar at the top (under the PowerSchool heading). Select Gifted and Talented Referral from the Navigation pane on the left. Complete the referral form and submit. A detailed help sheet is available on the Lovejoy ISD Gifted and Talented web page.
The deadline for completing a referral for grades 1-4 is April 1, 2016. Testing will be conducted in April. Students may test once in a 12 month period.
For questions about K-4 elementary services, please contact Caroline Garcia ( ). For questions about services for students in grades 5-12 , please contact Brie Smith ( ).

District News
NEW!  February Student Nutrition Newsletter 
The Lovejoy ISD February Student Nutrition Newsletter has been posted.  It is filled with the latest announcements, nutrition news, and recipe of the month.  To view the newsletter, please click here .

NEW! Lovejoy Children's Choir:  February 28 
The students and staff of the Lovejoy Children's Choir cordially invite you to attend their Spring Concert on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 PM in the Sloan Creek Intermediate School Cafeteria. The concert will feature 31 students singing music from various genres of choral literature, and will last approximately 30 minutes.

NEW!  Summer Enrichment Opportunities
With summer quickly approaching, students are anxiously awaiting its arrival and parents are searching for a safe environment for their children to learn and have fun during the summer break.  Lovejoy ISD is pleased to continue to offer summer enrichment opportunities for students through summer camps. 
Are you interested in serving as a camp instructor?  All camp ideas are welcome...from dodgeball to robotics.... rainbow loom design to astronomy. This is your opportunity to develop a camp which will enrich the lives of students.  Please submit your proposal by February 27, 2017.   You will be contacted after the approval process is completed on March 3, 2017.
To recommend an idea for a summer camp , please click here .
If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Denison at 469.742.8196.

NEW! Impactive
Lovejoy High School Junior Matt Harris (pictured at the far right) is helping deliver 300 duffle bags for the Impactive Foundation. 
Impactive is a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering duffle bags to foster children in need.  Please click here to learn more about Impactive and to learn how you may help.

NEW! Give Glasses and Give the Gift of Sight
LHS Junior Eleise Brooks will be assisting her father, Dr. Dain Brooks, MD, on medical missions to Mexico (March), India (July), and Africa (2018) to help cure the world's blind.
Their main focus will be performing cataract surgeries; however, they will also be providing glasses to those in need. 
You may help by donating new or used glasses.  There will be marked boxes available at each campus.  To learn more please click here
Lovejoy ISD Centennial Logo Design Contest - Due March 10th 
Lovejoy ISD is accepting original artwork for the Centennial Logo Design Contest.  This contest is open to all Lovejoy ISD students.  For more information, please visit:  

LHS Choir Chipotle Spirit Night:  March 28th
The LHS Choir will host a Chipotle Spirit Night on Tuesday, March 28th from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at the Chipotle located at 103 Central Expressway in Allen. 50% of the profits will go to supporting LHS Choir, so bring a friend , this flyer (printed or on your phone), and your appetite in support our Singing Leopards.

Lovejoy Soccer Future Leopard Nights: February 24th and February 28th
The Men's Leopard Soccer team will host Future Leopard Night Friday, February 24th, when they take on Forney High School with a 5:30 PM kick off for JV and a 7:15 PM kick off for Varsity.
The Lady Leopard Soccer team will host Future Leopard Night on Tuesday, February 28th during their game against Wylie East with a 5:30 PM kick off for JV and a 7:15 PM kick off for Varsity.
During halftime of all games, the first 15 future Leopards able to score a goal will receive a $10 gift card to Zoe's Kitchen. There will be prizes for all future Leopards participating. LHS soccer players will be available after both the JV and Varsity halftime events to answer questions and sign autographs. All elementary and middle school students receive free admission the night of the event.

Volunteers Needed for The Frisco College Baseball Classic
There is an exciting new event coming to Frisco this spring, and you are invited to be a part of it. The Frisco College Baseball Classic will be held at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark March 3rd - 5th, 2017. The 2017 Classic will feature Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Arizona, all of which are considered to be among the top programs in country. The tournament spans over three days at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.

The Frisco Classic is proud to be partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the foundation.

The Frisco College Baseball Classic is looking for students 16 years and older needing volunteer hours. If you are interested in volunteering please click here or contact Abby Gray at for more information. 

If you are interested in attending the tournament, or would like additional information, please click here.

Camp Invention - June 19-23
Camp Invention will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School from June 19th through 23rd for children entering K - 6th grades.  For more information click here
Quick Links
Monday, February  27th 
Watch Me Sculpt, 3:05
3rd & 4th Grade Math Benchmarks 
Tuesday, February 28th 
Engineering Club, 3:05 pm
3rd & 4th Grade Reading Benchmarks 
Wednesday, March 1st 
Spring Individual Pictures - Proof will be sent home 
Chess Club 
Thursday, March 2nd 
4th Grade Program, 6:30pm 
Friday, March 3rd 
Book Fair 

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