Principal Message:  November 2, 2017
D ear Parents,

We have had a very busy week with Halloween, early release, and Leopard Live.  It is always exciting to celebrate our awesome students' character.  We hope that you will be able to join us next week for Veteran's Day.  We are going to ask for our students to wear red, white, and blue. This is definitely a highlight every year.  I hope that you enjoy your weekend.
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)
HELP, Action Needed! 

NEW! Lovejoy Letter Campaign
We need your help for an upcoming opportunity to let our teachers and staff know how much our Lovejoy ISD community values them and what an impact each one has on our children! The district provides an extra check for teachers the day before Thanksgiving break. In addition to those checks, again this year we would love to include a hand written letter from Lovejoy ISD families expressing gratitude and appreciation to each teacher and staff on your campus.
Letters should simply be a #shortandsweet note of thanks that expresses how much #weloveourteachers.

We would be so grateful if you could write a letter or letter(s) to any teacher or teacher(s)/staff, either current or past, that have been valuable to your child(ren)'s educational experience. Please clearly label the envelope with the staff/teacher's name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign) and return the letter to the front office by Friday November 10th.

The letter campaign has become such a meaningful tradition. We really appreciate the time and effort your contributions will make again to this year's letter campaign.

Sincerely,
Anne Smith
Lovejoy Letter Campaign Coordinator 2017
#shortandsweet #weloveourteachers
ttudolphin@gmail.com


LES News 
DUE TOMORROW! Veterans Day Posters
To prepare for our Annual Veteran's Day Program on November 10th , we are encouraging students to make posters that honor family members or friends that are currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces.  The posters are DUE no later than November 3rd . Please see the included flyer for details.


DUE TOMORROW! Veterans Day Brunch & Assembly
We are extending an invitation to our veterans aswell as other community members, to join us on November 10th in the Lovejoy Elementary Gym at 10:15 am.  We will host a brunch for our heroes in the Gathering Spot at 9:15 am and would love to have the honor of serving those who protect us every day.  If attending the brunch and assembly, please complete the bottom portion of the invitation (included in your child's Thursday Folder) and return to the Front Office no later than Friday, November 3rd.
 


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. This is a fun event where students will run during their specials classes. 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.  We will have our Kick Off Event on November 7th at 1:45 pm and our Fun Run will take place on November 17th.


NEW! 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.



1st in Carpool Winner! 
Congratulations to Michael Miller's family for winning the 1st in carpool line.  Beginning on Monday, October 30th, the Miller family will be allowed to pass all of the cars in the carpool line and go to the very front.  We will have a cone with a reserved sign on top to serve as a reminder. We are asking that whoever is the first person who begins our carpool line to leave space for our lucky carpool winner.

 
Last Chance Auction
You still have a chance to bid on a teacher experience from the Fall Festival. The minimum bid is $25.  If you would like to bid on one of the experiences listed, please email Meredith Barnett at meredithbarnett@gmail.com . The auction will close on Friday, November 10th.

                        Mrs. Parker, 2nd Grade,  - Leopard Lunch Break
                        Jessica Ackerman,  Reading Intervention,  - Pretty Pumpkins
                        Sarajane Mueth, 2nd Grade, Leopard Lunch Break
                        Moriah Ahlfinger, 3rd Grade, Let's Go To The Movies
               Jamie Staats, 1st  Grade, Manicures/Munchies or Legos/Lunch



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)


NEW!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! 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.


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.



Rudolph Run
The 2017 Rudolph Run 5K and 1 mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday, December 2nd. Pre-register by November 11th for Lovejoy Elementary to receive credit. Please complete the Ruldoph Run Form and return to Lovejoy Elementary or click here to register.



NEW! Box Tops
Congratulations to Ms. Tays class for submitting the most box tops and winning a popsicle party for the class. Thank you to all who contributed. Since the start of school, we collected 2,856 box tops for our school. Please continue clipping.
Our next deadline is February 15th


Jump Rope for Heart
It's time for Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart! The event will take place November 6th - 10th during specieals. This program teaches heart healthy habits and helps the American Heart Association raise money for research and education that saves lives. Please see included flyer for more information. To register please visit heart.org/jump or heart.org/hoops.  



DUE TOMORROW! PTA Reflections: Within Reach 
The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Lovejoy Elementary PTA, and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works.  This years' contest theme is "Within Reach".  We hope all Leopards will submit an entry in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Literature, Film Production, Photography, Visual Arts, and Music Composition.  For rules and entry forms  click here.   The deadline has been extended until Friday, November 3rd. 
You may contact Christina Smith with questions at smithtopia@gmail.com. Please  click here for additional information.



TONIGHT! 4th Grade Program: "Texas, Our Texas!"
The LES 4th Grade will proudly present "Texas Our Texas!" on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm in the LES Gym.  Please join us for a brief, but meaningful program highlighting the great state of Texas through song, dance, and spoken word. 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 at wendy_hebert@lovejoyisd.net.



Monday, November 6th 
PTA Board Meeting; 9:30 am 
Choir; 3:00 pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 7th
Boosterthon Pep Rally; 1:45 pm 
Wednesday, November 8th
Chess Club; 3:00 pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00 pm 
Thursday, November 9th


Friday, November 10th 
Veteran's Day Program; 10:30 am 
Engineering Club; 3:00 pm 
 

Foundation News 
Kendra Scott Gives Back     
Kendra Scott is hosting a "give back" event with 20% of the sales going to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Kendra Scott will provide snacks and beverages. We hope you will join us for this special event.
Thursday, November 9
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kendra Scott in Watters Creek
888 Watters Creek Boulevard


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.


A New Tradition
The Lovejoy High Cheer Team is pleased to announce the new tr adition of "Chant of the Week."
The winning streak continues for the varsity football team. Please watch our Lovejoy Varsity cheerleader's video and be ready to cheer our Leopards to victory at this Friday night's game at Mesquite Memorial Stadium at 7:30 PM against Mesquite Poteet. We hope to see you at the game.



E-Waste Recycling Event: November 11
Lovejoy High School will host an e-waste recycling event on Saturday, November 11th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the front parking lot of LHS. Now is the perfect time to gather electronic items you would like to dispose of. Click here for additional information regarding the e-waste collection.

Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Day/Night: November 7   
Join the Lovejoy Orchestra for their spirit day/night at Raising Cane's on Tuesday, November 7th, from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM. This is an all-day event so if you are unable to stop by for dinner, you may pick up lunch and still support the Lovejoy Orchestra Booster Club. 15% of the proceeds will go to the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order, please let them know you are with the Lovejoy Orchestra. This includes dine in, drive thru and take out.
We look forward to seeing you at Cane's for a great combo of delicious food and good company in support of the Lovejoy Orchestra.  Raising Cane's is located at 190 E. Stacy Road in Allen.   

Auditions for Children's Roles in The Sound of Music : November 10
Auditions for children's roles for the Lovejoy High School production of The Sound of Music will take place on Friday, November 10th beginning at 4:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School choir room. The high school is looking for talented, responsible, and young looking students in grades 4 and above. The rehearsal schedule is especially rigorous and performances are January 18-20, 2018. For additional information, please contact: Wendy Hebert



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.
Madagascar Live Tickets on Sale Now!  
The animals are escaping from the Central Park Zoo.  Join the WSMS Musical Theatre Cast for an enjoyable evening of fun as they proudly present Madagascar Live on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the Lovejoy High School Auditorium.  All seats are reserved. Tickets may be purchased online at the  Fine Arts Ticket Box.
If you like to Move It, Move It - we hope to see you at the show.

Mini Madagascar Live! VIP Party: November 2
Are you a VIP? Join us for a Mini Madagascar Live! VIP Party on Thursday, November 2nd, at 6:15 PM.  November 2nd is opening night of the Willow Springs Middle School musical, Madagascar Live!. The animals are escaping from the Central Park Zoo, and you are invited to experience it firsthand.  If you like to Move It, Move It, we hope to see you at this exclusive engagement to meet the zoo animals, and experience a Crack a Lackin good time.
This experience includes a special pre-show backstage tour with a Madagascar Live! character, signed show poster, t-shirt, 1 adult ticket and 1 child/student ticket, a goody bag and special reserved seating. Tickets are $50 and are available at  this link.  Tickets to this special event are limited to the first 50 students.  Tickets are available  only online.

Girls Lacrosse Try-It Clinic: November 11  
Lovejoy Lacrosse will host a free try-it clinic and introduction to lacrosse for all Lovejoy girls in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The clinic will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Willow Springs Middle School Football Field. No lacrosse experience is necessary and there is no need to register. This will be a fun, no pressure environment where Lovejoy girls can try lacrosse and parents can learn about the Lovejoy Lady Leopards Lacrosse program. Please click here for additional information.
Last year's inaugural season was a great success. Now, we're looking for more girls to join the fun. Come out and see why lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States and in North Texas.
Questions? Click here to email Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse.


Lovejoy High School Honors Veterans  
On November 13th at 6:00 PM, Lovejoy High School will host its annual Veterans Day Banquet. The event, catered by Rudy's Barbecue, is open to all veterans and their families. Please share this information with friends and family members, and click here to RSVP.  



Gold Award: First Aid Donations for ACO
A message from Neha Kapur:          
"My name is Neha Kapur. I am a senior at Lovejoy High School and an ambassador in Girl Scouts. I am working on my Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl scouts.
For my service project, No Fear First Aid Is Here, I am creating awareness among kids regarding the importance of first aid in their lives. Knowing what to do when you or someone else is hurt can be very valuable information. I am going to have workshops for children to teach them about first aid, and also to let them practice skills. I feel every child should have at least a basic knowledge of First-Aid.


Running Over Depression 5K and 1K Fun Run: November 11
Bradley Davis, James Ayers, and Jonah Barton are organizing the second annual Running Over Depression 5K and 1K event for their Senior Projects. Last year, this event had over 360 participants, and raised over $8,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This year, the organizers are looking forward to increasing the number of participants and involvement from the Lovejoy Community. The event will be held on Saturday, November 11th. The entry fees are $20 for the 1K and $30 for the 5K, with all proceeds donated to the AFSP. You may register by clicking here .  Register early, as prices increase after November 3rd.



Safe!: November 8
Issues Affecting Today's Teens and How You Can Help
We all want to keep our teens safe.  Join Vanita Halliburton and Dr. Ray Levy on Wednesday, November 8th at 11:30 AM in the Lovejoy ISD Administration Building Board Room to learn how to:
  • Recognize signs of distress in teens
  • Promote brain health
  • Foster resiliency and positive coping skills
  • Know the warning signs of suicidal behavior
  • Find help for a struggling teen
  • Implement protective measures to keep teens SAFE!
Vanita Halliburton is president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness and understanding of adolescent mental health and suicide prevention.  She speaks from the heart about her son's battle with depression and bipolar disorder and his suicide at the age of 19.  
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