Principal Message:  January 11, 2017
D ear Parents,

Happy New Year! We have had a great first week back from our Christmas break.  Our students and teachers jumped back into learning, and we are off to a great start for the second semester.  Report cards will be sent home today for students in first through fourth grade.  Our Kindergarteners will receive their report card through a Parent/Teacher conference that will be set up by your child's teachers. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's progress, I encourage you to contact your child's teacher.
I am excited to announce that we have found a way to get our playground SHADE!!!  With the help of Mr. Russell, a grandparent at Lovejoy Elementary, and Whirlix Design, we have ordered our shade structure. We are hoping that it will be installed during spring break.  I want to personally thank all of our parents and students for working so hard to raise funds for the shade.  This will be something that students will enjoy for many years.  

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! School Holiday - MLK Day  - Lovejoy Elementary will be closed on Monday, January 1 5th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  To view our district calendar please click here .
 

NEW! Flu Awareness  
It is flu season and the local news has been reporting that it is hitting the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area hard, so we are asking parents for their help. We ask that you please keep your children home if they are running a temperature, vomiting and/or experiencing diarrhea, rest and fluids are the best plan of action. After any illness a student needs to be temperature free, vomit free and diarrhea free for 24 hours before they return to school. We have attached a link to the CDC that has some helpful information and if you have any question please feel free to call Nurse Debbie, 469.742.8132. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm



NEW! Yearbook Sale
Yearbooks are on sale for $20 from January 16th - January 26th .  Please click here to order your yearbook or complete the form and pay by check or cash. If you have any questions, please contact Sondra Payne at sondra_payne@lovejoyisd.net .



NEW! Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, January 16th 
Show Your Lovejoy Spirit all day and night by eating at Chick- Fil-a on Tuesday, January 16th . You must mention Lovejoy PRIOR TO PLACING THE ORDER and a percentage of the purchase will be donated to Lovejoy Elementary PTA.  Please join our 4th grade teachers from 4:30 - 5:30 pm.



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. Several families have already signed up so don't be left out in the cold!
Click here to purchase your tickets now!



LAST CHANCE!  PTA Presents Panel on Human Trafficking  
The Lovejoy Elementary School PTA is hosting a luncheon and presentation on Protecting Today's Kids on January 24th at 11:30 am. 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. Seating is limited and will be offered to non-LES parents beginning next Monday! Please click here to register now for this free event (which will include a brief general meeting of the PTA).

                       
NEW! Watch Me Sculpt 
Sign up for Watch Me Sculpt on Mondays from 3:05pm - 4:00pm.  The session will be 5 weeks (January 22nd - February 26th) and will cost $65.  All supplies are included. Limited Space is available, so register by January 18th.  Please click here to register or to view more detailed information.

NEW! UIL for 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade  
Lovejoy Elementary students will have the opportunity to participate in the UIL (University Scholastic League) competition this year.  Events will be held on April 2nd and April 6th at Puster Elementary. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.  The form is due no later than January 22nd.


NEW! Kindergarten Gifted & Talented Testing
All Kindergarten students will be given an academic abilities assessment in their homeroom class during the school day on January 23rd, 24th, and 25th.  Please see the included flyer for information.  You can contact Br ie Smith or Kari Lockhar t for further questions.


Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals  
Gifted and talented services referrals for kindergarten students (located in the Power School Parent Portal) will close on January 12, 2018.

Information regarding gifted and talented services and the testing process is available on the gifted and talented webpage .

Only students referred through PowerSchool will complete the full battery of assessments on 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).


NEW! 1st Grade Program  
The LES 1st Grade will proudly present a Music Class Demonstration on Thursday, January 25, at 6:30 pm in the LES Gym. Please join us for a brief, but meaningful program showcasing songs, games, and performances from our Music Classes. Students will report to the music room at 6:15 pm. Please have your child wear their Red LES Spirit Shirt and dark or black jeans, long pants, or skirt. If you have any questions, please email Wendy Hebert.



TONIGHT! 4th Grade Austin Field Trip Mandatory Chaperone Meeting
If you have been selected as chaperone for the 4th Grade Field Trip to Austin, please join us tonight at 6:00pm in the Lovejoy Elementary Gym. This is a MANDATORY meeting for ALL Chaperones .


DUE January 19th! 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.


LAST CHANCE! 4th Grade Recorders
LAST CHANCE to purchase a recorder for your 4th Grade music student. You can pay cash or check to Lovejoy Elementary or click here to purchase online at If cost is a concern, please contact Mrs. Hebert and we will work with you to get a quality instrument for your child.


NEW! Author Visit and Book Club
Children's author, Kate Klise, will be visiting Lovejoy Elementary on February, 21st! We are very excited to read her books and learn what it is like to write and publish original stories. Fliers are going home today with 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students, inviting them to join a book club if they choose to. Students who join will need to purchase a copy of the book listed and will meet once a week to discuss the story. Please see the flier for more details. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be reading her books during their library time each week.


NEW! Lovejoy K-6 Talent Show             
The Lovejoy High School Junior Class invites Lovejoy K - 6 students to register for its upcoming fundraiser talent show. The show will take place Thursday, February 15th at 5:30 PM at Lovejoy High School in the auditorium, with rehearsals on Thursday, February 8th at 5:00 PM. The cost for single acts to perform is $25, and group acts is $50. Admission to the event is free. All proceeds will go to support Prom.  For more information and to register, click here . Please note, only the first 40 acts to register will be accepted, so don't delay.


NEW! Late Night Leopard Campus Campout Volunteer Opportunities  
Lovejoy Elementary's campout will take place April 13th, 2018.  Our overall objective is to create a fun school and community event while raising money for the district. All proceeds after $30K will stay right here at Lovejoy Elementary!  Many activities are planned for this event which means there are many volunteer opportunities to participate.   Click here to sign up today to make memories that will last a lifetime.


NEW! ASA Spring Baseball Registration
Registration for ASA Spring Baseball is now open through January 31st. Please click here for more information.


Monday, January 15th 
MLK Jr. Day; NO SCHOOL!
Tuesday, January 16th 
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night (Stacy Road)
Yearbooks Go On Sale 

Wednesday, January 17th
NO CHESS CLUB!
School Board Meeting; 7:15 pm

Thursday, January 18th 
Spelling Bee; 8:30 am 
Friday, January 19th 
4th Grade Austin Field Trip 
Engineering Club; 3:10 pm 
 

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.
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.

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.

Lovejoy ISD App
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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!

Free Girls Lacrosse Try-It Practices - January 22nd and January 24th
Lovejoy Lacrosse will host two free try-it practices for all Lovejoy girls in grades
K - 8. The practices will be held on Monday, January 22nd (at Lovejoy High School), and Wednesday, January 24th (at Willow Springs Middle School). The try-it practice times will be as follows for both days:
Kinder/2nd graders
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
3rd/4th graders
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
5th/6th graders
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
7th/8th graders
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
No lacrosse experience is necessary and there is no need to register. It will be a fun, no pressure environment where Lovejoy girls can try lacrosse and parents can learn about the Lovejoy Lady Leopards Lacrosse program. For additional information, please click here to visit the Lovejoy Lacrosse website.


Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Night - January 16th
The Lovejoy Orchestra will host a Spirit Night at BJ's restaurant Tuesday, January 16th from 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Please join the Orchestra for a great combo of delicious food and good company in support of our Lovejoy Orchestra. 20% of the proceeds from your visit will go to the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order, please let them know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra. This is valid for dine in or take out. BJ's is located at 190 E. Stacy Rd Suite 3300, Allen, TX 75002.

Toy Drive
The Work Based Learning classes at Lovejoy High School are hosting an annual toy drive in January to benefit the children in Little Leopards. Collection boxes will be placed at each campus and the administration building. Toy collection will begin when students and staff return to school on January 8th. The students are accepting new to gently used toys for children from birth to five years of age. For additional information please click here or contact  Sancy Fuller.

Lovejoy High School Music TheatrePresents The Sound of Music
Climb every mountain, ford every stream, and follow every rainbow to Lovejoy High School to see Lovejoy High School Performing Arts' musical, The Sound of Music . The musical is considered one of the masterpieces of modern musical theatre and marked the culmination of the epic Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. It will be presented January 18th - 20th at 7:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School Auditorium.
The Sound of Music is a show for everyone, and includes beautiful inspirational music and characters whom audiences will adore, such as Captain von Trapp's "wealthy and sophisticated" would-be fiancée Baroness Elsa Schräder (Senior, Raegan Vaughn); the von Trapp children: Liesl (Junior, Marcie Sawyers), Friedrich (Willow Springs 8th Grader, Aidan Abramson), Louisa (Freshman, Grace Felton), Brigitta (Freshman, Catherine O'Brian), Kurt (Sloan Creek 5th Grader, Brock Bernal), Marta (Sloan Creek 5th Grader, Rachel Dobbs), and Gretl (Puster Elementary 4th Grader, Sophie Brooks); as well as Captain von Trapp's great friend and music producer Max Detweiler (Sophomore, Zachary Joyner).
Tickets are $12 for students, seniors, and staff, and $16 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here .

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.  


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