Principal Message:  November 30, 2017
D ear Parents,
I hope that all of you had an awesome Thanksgiving break. It was so nice to see all of our students on Monday.  I hope all of you will be able to join us this weekend for the Fine Arts Festival. This is a fantastic community event that showcases all of our students.  Each student is Kindergarten - 4th grade will have a piece of artwork displayed, and then our Choir will perform Saturday in the performance gym at 11:00 a.m.  If you can't make it for the concert, then you can come anytime from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.  There are also other fun activities for our students to enjoy. I look forward to seeing all of you on Saturday.  
We want to thank everyone for collecting money for our shade structure.  At this time, we have collected $16,323.00.  This brings us to a grand total of $33,174.34.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  We are investigating some other avenues so we can move forward with our shade.  I will definitely keep you updated.  
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 
Leopard Life Skill for December - Curiosity
Now that November has come to an end, we have concluded our focus on "Gratitude." Students have learned that gratitude is about much more than just saying, "thank you." It encompasses the broader idea of appreciating and being satisfied with what you have and helping and serving others. Our students have such generous hearts and we're always amazed at how they actively participate in efforts to help others. This year we raised over $1,000 for ACO through their contributions to the Caring Coins drive for ACO. Thank you for supporting your child in practicing gratitude by sharing the "Lovejoy love" with those who are in need.
We are beginning a new Leopard Life Skill for the month of December. "Curiosity" will be our next focus, and students will learn that it means "a strong desire to explore and learn new things by asking questions and searching for information." We want our students to learn that there is wisdom in wonder, so we will be encouraging them to use their imaginations and natural curiosities to learn more about our world and the things around us. Our hope is that by asking questions and being curious, students will realize we can learn more, become more enlightened, and begin to notice things that are interesting, mysterious, and exciting. This goes right along with our Leopard Life Skill of having a growth mindset by embracing opportunities to learn and grow. Click here to view a great article about "10 Tips to Help Develop Your Child's Curiosity," and you can find it at: . It is a short article with some practical ideas for fostering "wonder" in your child.
You may also find more information about the nine character strengths, skills, and mindsets on which our Leopard Life Skills. Click here to view. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions. Thank you for helping us develop curious minds in our little leopards!
Mrs. Ruggeri ☺

TONIGHT! Fairview Tree Lighting 
Please join us TONIGHT, November 30th, at the Fairview Center to hear our wonderful Double L Choir sing. The event officially begins at 6:30 with a welcome from the Mayor and introduction of council members and Santa's friends and then the lighting of the tree. The address for Town Hall is 372 Town Place.  Lovejoy Elementary will sing at approximately 7:30pm. To view the poster of the event, please click here.
 
THIS WEEKEND! 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! Save the Date for the Campus Campout  
A Tradition Begins...Save the Date for April 13th and 14th for our first annual Lovejoy Campus Campout Fundraiser! Support our school while spending quality time with our kids.  Please join us at the December 20th Leopard Live for more information.

NEW! BrightBytes
Lovejoy ISD is partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about our students' school and home technology use and the impact it has on instruction. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Technology & Learning questionnaire. This is a semi-annual initiative, and your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of the role technology plays in your students' learning. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy.  Please click here to complete the questionnaire.

 
NEW! 4th Grade Yearbook Cover Contest
Attention all 4th Graders!  Enter the cover contest to design the Lovejoy Elementary 2017-2018 Yearbook Cover.  Please click here for detailed information.  The due date for                                                                    the  contest is January 19th.

 

NEW! Upcoming Christmas Parties
We will have our class parties on Wednesday, December 20th.  Our day will be busy as we kick off the morning with our Leopard Live/Sing Along at 8:05 am.  At 10:00 am, our kindergarten will make their way to their rooms for the class party.  Grades 1,2,3, and 4 will have their parties at 11:00.  For those attending the Leopard Live or party, we ask that the adults check in through the front office. If you have items for the class parties, you are welcome to leave those at the south entrances.  We'll have staff stationed at all doors so we'll be glad to watch them while you make your way to the front to check in.  You may them make your way to the south doors through the building to retrieve your party items.  Student will be released at 12:00 that day!

 
Reminder! 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.


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
Anything that is left on Friday, December 16th will be donated to ACO. As a reminder, please label all of your child's jackets, water bottles, and lunch boxes. We return those items.

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, December 4th 
Choir; 3:00 pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00 pm
Tuesday, December 5th  


Wednesday, December 6th 
Chess Club; 3:00 pm 

Thursday, December 7th 

Friday, December 8th 

 

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.

2017 Annual Appeal Ends December 31
As the end of the calendar year approaches, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you for your generosity to the annual appeal campaign. We have received donations from 542 donors totaling $177,977. This is just shy of our goal of $200,000 and 650 donor s. If you have not yet donated or you wish to make a final end of year tax-deductible donation, please click here . Without you, we could not carry out our mission to enhance the educational experience for Lovejoy students and staff.

Lovejoy Ladies' Night Out
Join us for a Lovejoy Ladies' Night Out to raise funds to award grants to Lovejoy ISD. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Cross Creek Ranch in Parker. This event sold out last year. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1st at 10:00 AM.
 
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.


Open House for Prospective Families
Do you have friends, family members, or co-workers interested in Lovejoy ISD? Lovejoy ISD will host an Open House for prospective families in conjunction with the annual Fine Arts festival on Saturday, December 2nd. Open House events will be held at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Interested families can:
·        Learn about the Lovejoy K-12 academic, fine arts and athletic programs.
·        Visit with students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
·        Meet personally with elementary, intermediate, middle, and high school               principals.
·        Tour Lovejoy High School.
·        Enjoy our Fine Arts Festival with our award-winning visual and performing           arts students     
         and teachers.
We hope you will help us share this information. Any family interested in attending the Open House may email Stacey Dillon, Assistant to the Superintendent, for additional information.


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 mo
vie 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.


BYOP® (Volleyball Winter and Spring Sessions): Pre-registration ends December 22
BYOP® Program Overview:  This training program is designed for any volleyball player, no matter what skill or ability level, as long as their goal is to become the best they can be. Parents must be fully dedicated to being actively involved in this program. BYOP® will provide excellent volleyball fundamental skills training, as well as life lessons to both player and parent.

BYOP® Program Details: Each training session will build upon a solid foundation of all fundamental skills needed to participate in the sport of volleyball. Parents must be engaged in every training session and involved in the home training program involving physical and skills activities.


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.  


LHS Collecting Donations for Coats for Kids
Lovejoy High School is collecting donations to buy coats for S.M. Wright's Christmas in the Park Event. The purpose is to provide funding and resources for underprivileged children and families through the nonprofit organization For Kids Foundation. Every $15 donated will provide a child in the Dallas area with a new coat. This is a great opportunity for everyone to give back this Christmas. You may click here  to donate.


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