Principal Message:  November 16, 2017
D ear Parents,

We have had a great week of learning and character building at Lovejoy Elementary.  We are very excited about our Thanksgiving lunch today and our Leopard Fun Run Tomorrow.  If we can get every student to receive a $60 flat donation or $2 pledge per lap, then we can reach our goal and get our beautiful shade!!
As a reminder, here is our Thanksgiving lunch schedule.
4th Grade - 10:45
2nd Grade - 11:15
3rd Grade - 11:45
1st Grade - 12:15
Kindergarten - 12:45 (program follows lunch)

We appreciate everyone supporting our Recycle Drive. We have collected 30 coats and 116 books. THANK YOU!!!  Mrs. Dawson is currently sorting through the books and some will become part of our collection.  Tomorrow, our theme is Recycle Pet Supplies!! Bring gently used blankets, towels, dried or canned food, pet toys, and litter for The Collin County Animal Shelter. For more information, please click here for a copy of these details.

I want to personally wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I am very grateful to be a part of this amazing community. I hope that your week is filled with many great memories and safe travels. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me.
All My Best,
Wendy Craft
469-742-8077 (office)
214-551-4503 (cell)
Finish Strong - Boosethon
LEOPARD FUN RUN!!! TOMORROW!

Operation Shade  
This year we will continue to raise money to cover our playground with shade. We need to raise $25,000 this year!  In order to help us raise money, we are going to have a Boosterthon Fun Run. We are encouraging each student to raise money to help us earn our shade.  Since the shade is so expensive, this is our second year to raise money.

If we can get every student to receive a $60 flat donation or $2 pledge per lap, then we can reach our goal and get our beautiful shade!!

FOR THE FUN RUN, PLEASE WEAR AN OLD SHIRT OR YOUR BOOSTERTHON SHIRT FROM LAST YEAR! We will be counting laps by using a sticker and sharpie marker on the back of the shirt.

Leopard Fun Run Schedule -
8:30 - 2nd and 3rd Grade
9:30 - 4th Grade
10:30 - Kindergarten and 1st Grade





LES News 

Thanksgiving Break
Lovejoy Elementary will be CLOSED Monday, November 20th -Friday, November 24th .  We hope everyone enjoys the holiday time with family and friends.  We look forward to seeing all of our students when we return on Monday, November 27th.  To view the campus calendar, please click here.

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TONIGHT! Lovejoy Gifted Association Parent Panel: November 16
The Lovejoy Gifted Association invites you to join them for an evening of wit and wisdom shared by parents of recent Lovejoy GT graduates. This is an opportunity to receive answers to questions you may have.  The Parent Panel members will share their stories and perspective on how to help you and your children get the most from the GT programs in LISD. It's a great opportunity for families who are new to GT to get a head start, as well as for families who have been with GT and are looking to reconnect as their children's interests continue to evolve and change. The event is sponsored by The Lovejoy Gifted Association and is open to all parents, teachers and students who are interested in learning more about the Gifted and Talented programs. You do not have to be a member to attend. Please contact Piritta van Rijn with questions.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Parent Panel: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Mix and Mingle: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Lovejoy High School
Lecture Hall

You may click here for additional information.

T ODAY! Thanksgiving Lunch
Our annual Lovejoy Thanksgiving luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 16th. Please mark your calendar so you will not miss this opportunity to feast with your child.  Please know that most parents come to this event and enjoy a yummy lunch with their child. You may purchase your ticket at the ticket table (cash or check) or use your child's account for meal payment.

Thursday, November 16th 2017
4th Grade:  10:45
2nd Grade: 11:15
3rd Grade: 11:45
1st Grade: 12:15
Kindergarten:  12:45  (program to follow)

TODAY! Kindergarten Program
The Kindergarteners will have a music program immediately following their Thanksgiving lunch at 1:30 pm. We hope that you will be able to join us!
 
NEW! Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival
The Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival will be held December 1st and 2nd at Lovejoy High School. There will be band, choir, and orchestra concerts. You may attend plays and short productions by the middle school and high school theatre programs. The dance department will perform two concerts. Every student enrolled in a visual art course will have one or more works on display. In addition, volunteers from the High School Fine Arts Booster Clubs and district fine arts parents will provide homemade baked goods and beverages for purchase as well as the infamous Fine Arts Festival Chili luncheon. This event is truly a wonderful showcase of the incredible fine arts programs in Lovejoy ISD. Please click here for additional information to include schedules, maps, and details.  
Lovejoy Elementary Highlights:
Lovejoy Elementary Choir performs at 11:00 in the LHS Performance Gym
Lovejoy Elementary Art Work - Every student will have one piece highlighted from Art that they have completed this year from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


NEW! Fairview Tree Lighting
Please join us on Thursday, November 30th to hear our choir sing at the Fairview Tree Lighting ceremony. It is a night filled with great entertainment and fun for the family at the Fairview Town Hall. The event is from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m and the LES Double L Choir will perform from 7:20 p.m - 7:32 p.m.

 

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.



NEW! November is American Diabetes Month
American Diabetes Month is part of the Diabetes Association's efforts to bring attention to the disease and those affected by it.  The American Diabetes Association website provides additional information.   Click here for the American Diabetes Association website.  



NEW! 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
With the cold weather, we have had an increase in our lost & found. Please help us decrease the number of items in our lost and found by putting your child's names on all coats, lunchboxes, and water bottles.  If there is a name on it, then we can return it to the rightful owner.
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 4 or 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, November 27th 
Welcome Back!
Choir; 3:00 pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 28th 


Wednesday, November 29th 
Chess Club; 3:00 pm 

Thursday, November 30th 
Choir Sings at Fairview Tree Lighting at 7:20 (Event begins at 6:30)
Friday, December 1st

 

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.


Drop N Shop  
Friday, December 8th from 6:00 pm - 10:00pm at the Lovejoy High School Auxiliary Gym
Kids, wear your pajamas and join the LHS Cheerleaders for a holiday fun-filled night while your parents shop or enjoy a night out. Play games, color, craft, and watch a holiday movie with the LHS Cheerleaders.  The cost is $30 first child and $20 for each additional child. Please click here for additional information and to register.

November Student Nutrition Newsletter
Please click here to view the November Student Nutrition Newsletter.



School Bus Safety Practices  
We would like to remind everyone of the following school bus safety practices:

*When you see a school bus, assume children will be in the area, and take extra care: leave lots of space around the bus.

*When the bus turns on its flashing yellow lights, the bus is either preparing to stop at a railroad crossing or preparing to stop to pick up or drop off children.  Please slow down and prepare to stop.

*When the bus turns on its flashing red lights traffic must stop in both directions.  Never pass a school bus with flashing red lights.

Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students safe.


School Store T-Shirt Sale
The school stores, located at Lovejoy High School and Willow Springs Middle School, are getting ready for the cooler weather.  Don't miss their special sales as they make room for the new season.

All Short-Sleeved T-Shirts - 50% off
Hurry, as the t-shirts will go quickly at this special price.

The LHS Store is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  The WSMS Store is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM.
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