Principal Message:  March 30, 2017

Dear Parents,
Happy Thursday!  We have had a great week of learning this week at Lovejoy Elementary.   We have noticed an increase in student tardies upon returning from Spring Break.  A student is counted tardy if they are not in their seat at 8:00.  As a reminder, if drop off your child between 7:35 - 7:45, you will not have to wait in line. Thank you in advance for getting your child to school on time.  I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday for Denim & Diamonds. This is definitely an awesome community event.  

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)
Leopard Life Skill 

NEW!   Leopard Life Skill for April  -  Social/Emotional Intelligence
This March we have focused on the Leopard Life Skill of "Optimism," having a positive and hopeful outlook about future outcomes even when things are difficult. We have taught students that in school and in life things are not always easy, but when we focus on having a positive attitude, such emotions can overcome the negative effects of bad experiences. A positive outlook helps build one's resiliency to handle challenges and setbacks, and we want our little leopards to be able to "bounce back" from the difficulties they face in all areas of their lives.
Now that we are approaching the month of April, we will begin learning about the Leopard Life Skill of "Social/Emotional Intelligence." Students will learn that social/emotional intelligence is "understanding and managing feelings and emotions to adapt well in different situations." Research shows that emotions are directly tied to how and what students learn. Therefore, we want to equip our leopards with the skills to adjust to different situations and to thrive in relationships with others. Our focus will be on understanding and managing our own feelings, as well as understanding the feelings of others and learning how to respond appropriately in various situations. This includes learning how to manage strong feelings in a healthy way and finding solutions during conflicts with others. Social/emotional intelligence is one more important skill that will help our students become more successful in school and in life.
Our Leopard Life Skills are based on the nine character strengths, skills, and mindsets from Character Lab. You can get more information about these by visiting their website at  www.characterlab.org. Please feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions. We appreciate your support in helping us develop these strengths, skills, and mindsets in our little leopards!
Mrs. Ruggeri              
LES News 
NEW!  National Autism Awareness Month
Autism is a complex developmental disorder, affecting 1 in 68 people. It can affect a person's ability to communicate, learn, interact with others, and reason. It can also affect speech and motor skills. April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.  Click here to learn about autism. 

On Monday, April 3, our school is celebrating World Autism Awareness Day.  Please send your child into school that day wearing something blue!
Throughout the month of April (Autism Awareness Month), our students will be learning facts about autism in R-Time lessons and on our morning announcements.  

NEW DATE - Leopard Live - Wednesday, April 5th
 @ 8:00am
We are excited to celebrate our students on Wednesday, April 5th at 8:00 a.m. If your child is being recognized, your child's teacher will contact you by Friday, March 31st.

NEW!  Early Release on Wednesday, April 5th
On Wednesday, April 5th, we will have early release, and our students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Students who go to Chess Club will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m.  This will allow our teachers to have professional development on Wednesday afternoon. Because it is early release, we will serve sack lunches in the hot lunch line. Those wanting to purchase a sack lunch will make their way to the cafeteria with a grade level teacher and will return to their classroom for a picnic.  The sack lunch includes a chicken sandwich, baby carrots, fresh apples, sunset sip veggie juice, skeeter snacks (cinnamon grahams) and choice of milk.  If you are choosing to have your child eat after school, please email your child's teacher, and then send a snack for them to enjoy during their picnic. 
Times for reporting to the cafeteria are:
10:40 - 10:50 -Kindergarten - Lunch in Classroom 10:45 - 11:15
10:50 - 10:55 - 4th - Lunch in Classroom 10:55 - 11:25
10:55 - 11:05 - 1st - Lunch in Classroom 11:00 - 11:30
11:05 - 11:10 - 3rd - Lunch in Classroom 11:10- 11:40
11:10 - 11:20 - 2nd- Lunch in Classroom 11:15- 11:45

Individual Picture Proofs - Orders DUE 
TOMORROW!
Last week, your child's individual picture proof was sent home in their Thursday Folder.  Please return your picture order to school with payment by Friday, March 31st.  For questions regarding your order, please contact Double T Photography at 214.551.1222.
   
Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Holidays Reminders
Holiday/Bad Weather Make Up Day - Friday, April 14th
 
Watch Me Sculpt
It is time to register for our last session of Watch Me Sculpt.  The session will begin April 3rd and will be held each Monday from 3:05 - 4:00 pm in the art room.  The cost of this six week session is $78 and includes all supplies.  Register ends March 31st. Please click here for more information.
 
Daddy/Daughter Dance
Dust off your boots and get gussied up for dinner, dessert, photos, and a two-steppin' good time! The Lovejoy Elementary PTA is hosting a Daddy/Daughter Western Shindig on Friday, April 7th from 6:30 - 8:30pm.   As of March 24th, tickets are now $25. Forms are being accepted in the office until April 6th or you may purchase tickets at the door on Friday evening. To view the order form, please click here.

 

Kindergarten Round-Up will be held the week of April 3 rd - 7 th at each elementary school from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The Round-up is a pre-registration opportunity for parents of kindergarten age students for the 2017 - 2018 school year. 
If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2017, please plan to attend. 
**It is very important for all parents to enroll their children for Kindergarten this week to help us plan for next year. 
Pre-Registration Steps:  It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3
1.  Email your campus registrar with the following information:
Student's legal name
Date of birth
Last four digits of your child's social security number
Home address and phone number
Hart Registrar - alis_brantl@lovejoyisd.net
Lovejoy Registrar - peggy_whitmore@lovejoyisd.net
Puster Registrar - kendra_card@lovejoyisd.net
2.  You will receive a user name and password by email to complete your online registration at www.lovejoyisd.net.  Click on Parents, PowerSchool Parent Portal, and Create Account.  Once an account is created, you will need to complete the on-line forms.
3.  Attend Kindergarten Round-Up between April 3 rd - April 7 th at your campus between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM. 

Kindergarten Round-Up is a parent event only, students and parents will be invited to the school on May 12 th for a Kindergarten Sneak Peek from 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
For more information on what is needed, please click here.

TONIGHT! Lovejoy Elementary Choir - Allen Americans
The Allen Americans are excited to invite all students, staff, family, and friends to the March 30 th  Allen  Americans Hockey Game, headlined by a special performance of the National Anthem by the Lovejoy  Elementary Choir.  All performers will receive a complimentary ticket to the game!  To order tickets, click here  or call 972-912-1000.
    
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 tinawalenciakpta@gmail.com.

Gifted and Talented Referrals  for 2017-2018 -Deadline is TOMORROW!
The referral window for gifted and talented services is now open. Click here for referral forms which are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  The window will close March 31, 2017. Testing will be Saturday, April 22 or 29 for students in grades 1-12. Kindergarten students will be tested during the school day. If you were unable to attend our information session, and would like more information, a slideshow presentation is available on the gifted and talented webpage .

For questions regarding students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, please email Caroline Garcia  or call 469.742.8310. For questions regarding students in 5th through 12th grades, please email Brie Smith or call 469.742.8032.

4th Grade Parent Information:
NEW! 4th Grade - Intro to the Creek T- shirts - ORDER NOW!      
Get your Sloan Creek Leopards Limited Edition 2017 - 2018 Shirt Now! We would ask every 4th Grader to wear this shirt on May 17 th  when they visit SCIS.  This will also be our 5th Grade Adventure Camp Shirt. To order, please click here .
 
NEW! Sign up for the SCIS Principal Message
If you would like to start learning more about Sloan Creek Intermediate and all of the events, I would encourage you to sign up for Mr. Winkler's principal message.  This can be done by entering your email address, entering your first and last name, and then entering a check by Sloan Creek Intermediate when you click here.

District News


NEW! Kid's 1st Summer Camp
The Kids 1st Summer Camp is designed to provide quality, safe care for children ages 5-12 during the summer months. The program is staffed by Lovejoy ISD employees.
The summer camp is hosted at Lovejoy Elementary.

Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
The Kids 1st Summer Camp is licensed by the Department of Family and Protective Services and the program and the staff meets or exceeds all required standards. For more information and to enroll, please click here



Lovejoy ISD Summer Enrichment Camps
The Summer Enrichment Camps have been finalized, and we are excited to offer opportunities for Pre-K through 12th grade.  You will find everything from dodge ball to robotics, and cooking to coding.
Summer Enrichment Camps will be offered in three sessions:
Session I:  June 12-16
Session II:  June 19-23
Session III:  July 10-14
Click here to see all of the exciting summer enrichment camp offerings.  Registration is open. 
With a few exceptions (athletic camps and Lovejoy theatre camp), information for all enrichment camps is available through this link.  If there is a need to register through the camp provider, the link will be provided with the session description for each session (e.g., PSAT Prep from Princeton Review).
Please review the enrichment camps and consider one or more of these excellent opportunities for your children this summer.

Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps and Performance Course
Registration is now open for Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps.  Click here for details.
 
Lovejoy Athletics is pleased to announce their partnership with Geno Pierce's Performance Course for the 2017-2018 school year.  Performance Course brings with it a proven track record of championship success.  Performance Course offers many different courses from high intensity programs for males to foundational courses for 1st graders.  There is something for everyone.  Click here for details and registration links.
 
NEW! E-Waste Recycling Event: April 22
In conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day, Lovejoy High School will host an e-waste recycling day on Saturday, April 22nd from 9 AM - Noon in the LHS parking lot. Please click here for additional information regarding the e-waste collection.
 
Lovejoy Gifted Association Sponsors Fantastic Fossils: April 11th
Join John S. Mead, a passionate 6th grade science teacher at St. Mark's, Origins Explorer, and Nature Photographer as he takes us through his exciting participation with the excavation of a new human species, Homo Naledi, from the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. Mr. Mead's 6th grade class had the opportunity to Skype with the scientists in Africa over the course of the excavation before it was ever announced. This species of human ancestor is believed to be 900,000 to 2 billion years old and was an incredible find. Mr. Mead will be sharing stories about the discovery as well as his outstanding photos. The presentation will be held at Lovejoy High School from 7:00 - 8:30 PM on Tuesday, April 11th. This event is sponsored by the Lovejoy Gifted Association.

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
Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, April 3rd 
Light It Up Blue - Send your child to school in something BLUE for Autism Awareness
Watch Me Sculpt, 3:05  pm
Choir
Tuesday, April 4th 
Engineering Club (Session 2),  3:05pm
Tutoring
Wednesday, April 5th 
Leopard Live, 8:00 am
EARLY RELEASE, 12:00 pm 
Chess Club, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Thursday, April 6th 
Tutoring
Friday, April 7th 
Daddy Daughter Dance, 6:30pm 


 
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