Principal Message:  November 3, 2016

Dear Parents,
Is it actually beginning to feel a little like fall! Last night, when I was at my son's football game, I had to put on a jacket.  Gotta love Texas weather! 
 
We hope that you will be able to join us next week for our Fun Run. As a reminder, this is the fundraiser that we are completing to provide shade for our awesome new playground.  I just want you to know that the company thinks that I am crazy for setting a school goal of us netting $42,000, but I told them that we are LOVEJOY, and we can do anything!  If every student raises at least $200, then we easily reach our goal, and then Mrs. Craft and Mrs. Boxell will get SLIMED! 
 
Here are some quick stats from our second night of fundraising!
States:  17 (Our goal is at least one donation from every state for a 
       School Wide Popsicle Party!)
Countries:  1
Registration %:   57% (Our goal is 100%!) Read below for how to
 register!
Current Profit:  $4,874 (Our goal is $42,000)
Percent to Goal:  12%
**Students who get a donation tonight, will have their name entered into a drawing to pie "Crash," our Boosterthon representative, in the face tomorrow at Leopard Live!
 
As always, please feel free to e-mail me or call me with any questions or concerns. 
 
  All My Best,
Wendy Craft
469-742-8077 (office)
214-551-4503 (cell)

LES News 
NEW! Leopard Live TOMORROW @ 2:00 p.m.
I hope that some of you will be able to join us as we recognize our students who exhibit great character in the area of responsibility.  Some of you have asked why we are having the assembly at 2:00 p.m.  To explain, we are trying to have our Leopard Live at different times this year to try and meet the needs of all. Some parents can't come at 8:00, and this allows them an opportunity to attend the 2:00 Leopard Live and vice versa. 
 
NEW! OPERATION SHADE
Register your student on www.funrun.com . To log in pledges, please register your child on www.funrun.com, using our school's registration code: 789-144. Students receive a FREE GIFT just by having their parent or guardian register them on www.funrun.com.  Please join us during your child's specials for this fun event. All students will be bringing home a shirt to wear on Thursday, November 10 th!
 
REMINDER! Veterans Day Brunch and Assembly
We hope that you will be able to join us on Friday, November 11th for our Veterans Day Assembly in the Lovejoy Gym at 10:15 a.m.  We will host a brunch for our heroes in the Gathering Spot at 9:15 a.m. We are asking that our students wear Red, White, and Blue to show support for those that we are honoring. 
 
REMINDER! 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 our campus.
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. I have sent a notecard and envelope home in your child's Thursday folder for you to use! Please clearly label the envelope with the staff/teacher's name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign). Please return the letter to the front office by Friday November 11th. These letters are for each member of our staff, including those making the great smelling rolls, the ladies we see in carpool each morning, and our great staff for kiddos who need additional support. I hope you will remember all of the people that make an impact in your child's education.
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,
Tanya Samuels
LES Lovejoy Letter Campaign Coordinator
tanya.samuels@sbcglobal.net
 
NEW! November is American Diabetes  Month
American Diabetes Month is part of the American Diabetes Association' s efforts to bring attention to the disease and those affected by it.  The American Diabetes Association' s website provides additional information which may be found here.  
 
Each Friday during National Diabetes Awareness Month you may show your support for people affected by diabetes by wearing blue.  Click here for details.__
 
Thanksgiving lunch
Our annual Lovejoy Thanksgiving luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 17 th.  Please mark your calendar so you will not miss this opportunity to feast your child.  Please click herefor more information.
4 th grade - 10:45
2 nd Grade - 11:15
3 rd Grade - 11:45
1 st Grade - 12:15
Kindergarten - 12:45 (program will follow)

 




District News
                                                        
NEW!   Senior Project:  Blood Drive
LHS Senior, Katie Hale, is organizing a blood drive for her Senior Project.  Read below to see how you may donate blood to the American Red Cross.
 
Where:  Lovejoy High School Auxiliary Gym
When: Thursday, November 17th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
How:
  1.  Go to www.redcrossblood.org
  2.  Type lovejoycampus in box at the top right of the page.  See example below: 
  3. Choose a time slot to donate. You will receive a reminder text as the donation date approaches. 
It's that easy. Thank you for supporting the blood drive. Your donation could help save a life.
 
NEW! Orchestra Spirit Night at Raising Cane's:  November 8
The Lovejoy Orchestra Booster Club will host a spirit day/night at Raising Cane's on Tuesday, November 8th  from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM. This full day event provides opportunities to support the Orchestra at lunch or dinner.  Please join the Orchestra for a great combination of delicious food, good company, and support of our Lovejoy Orchestra.  The Orchestra Booster Club will receive 15% of the proceeds. When placing your order, please let the cashier know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra. This includes dine in, drive thru, and take out.  Raising Cane's is located at 190 E. Stacy Road in Allen.  We hope to see you there!
 
NEW! SAFE!  Issues Affecting Today ' s Teens and How You Can Help:  November 9th
We all want to keep our teens safe.  Join us on Wednesday, November 9th, at 6:00 PM, in the Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall with Dr. Levy and Ms. Halliburton 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!
  For additional information, please click here .
 
STAR PARTY: November 7
Puster Elementary, along with the Texas Astronomical Society, will host a star party on November 7th. Viewing will begin at 6:00 PM and end at approximately 9:00 PM.  Join us as we explore the stars, moon, planets, the Andromeda Galaxy, and many exciting objects in the Milky Way. Parking will be available in the front lot. You may enter through the front doors where signs will direct you to the courtyard and back parking lot where viewing will take place. Access to the back parking lot will not be available via the driveway. The Puster PTA will provide hot chocolate. In the event the skies are overcast on the 7th, a back-up date of November 11th is planned.
 
TOMORROW! LHS Girls Soccer Presents Parent's Night Out:  November 4
The LHS Girls Soccer Team is hosting a community Parent's Night out on November 4th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Click here for additional information.

Revisiting Diversity:  More than a Buzzword:  November 17
You see it sprinkled in college catalogs, corporate mission statements, and in employee training seminars:  Diversity.  A New York Times piece recently made the claim that the ubiquitous word has all but lost its meaning.  This lecture, presented by Dr. Salena Brody, will revisit what diversity really means for our schools, workplaces, and communities, focusing on social science research from the past half century.
 
Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building/Training Room
 
Dr. Salena Brody is a professor of Psychology at Collin College.  She earned her doctorate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying intergroup contact and attitude change.  Her research focuses on identifying the conditions under which contact between groups leads to prejudice reduction and other positive outcomes.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa member and has received numerous teaching awards including being named the 2016-2017 Outstanding Professor of the Year at Collin College.  She is a proud Lovejoy parent and active member of the community, serving on the Friends of Fairview Fire Board of Directors.
 
Lovejoy Women's Lacrosse Try It Days:  November 12
Lovejoy senior Kennedy Miller has taken on the challenge of launching the Lady Leopard Lacrosse program as her 2017 Senior Project. Please join Kennedy, Coach Shannon, and the rest of the Lovejoy student volunteer coaching staff for one of the free Try It Days scheduled this fall:
November 12, 2016                         WSMS                   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
All grades are welcome and loaner sticks will be available on a first come, first served basis. For additional information contact Kennedy Miller at ksmillerlacrosse@gmail.com  or visit the website at:  www.leopardlacrosse.com
Quick Links
Week-at-a-Glance
Monday, November 7 th      
PTA Board Meeting, 9:30
Watch Me Sculpt
Tuesday, November 8 th
3 rd & 4 th Grade Math Benchmark
Wednesday, November 9 th  
3 rd & 4 th Grade Reading Benchmark
Thursday, November 10 th   
LOVEJOY LEOPARD FUN RUN - Wear your Fun Run shirt!
Chess, 3:05
Friday, November 11 th  
Veteran's Day Brunch @ 9:15 a.m.
Veteran's Day Assembly @ 10:15 a.m. - Students wear Red, White, & Blue

 
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