Principal Message:  November 9, 2017
D ear Parents,

Tomorrow, we have the distinct honor of celebrating our Veterans.  This is a special event and tradition for Lovejoy Elementary.  I hope that you will be able to join us to thank the brave men and women who protect our freedom.  We will have our brunch at 9:15 in the Gathering Spot, and the program will begin at 10:15.  We are asking our students to wear red, white, and blue tomorrow.
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! 

DUE TOMORROW! 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 

TOMORROW! Veterans Day Brunch & Assembly
Join us tomorrow November 10th in the Lovejoy Elementary Gym at 10:15 am to honor our veterans and their commitment to our country.  We will host a brunch for our heroes in the Gathering Spot at 9:15 am with the assembly immediately following. We would love for you and your family to join us!

NEW! Recycle Week
Let's Go Green!  Please join us in our support of Recycle Week, the week of November 13th - 17th.  We will have daily events throughout the week.  

Monday
Recycle Coat Day!! Bring a new or gently used coat to recycle for those in need.
Tuesday
Recycle a Book!! Recycle a gently used book to be donated to the Allen Public Library and Lovejoy Library.
Wednesday
Clean Up Lovejoy Day!! Students will show pride in our campus by cleaning up the playground during recess.
Thursday
No Waste Lunch Day!! Bring lunch in completely reusable containers from home and for those buying we will have a container for cartons and plastic to be recycled.
Friday
Recycle Pet Supplies!! Bring gently used blankets, towels, dried or canned food, pet toys, and litter for The Collin County Animal Shelter.

Please click here for a copy of these details.


NEW! Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
Please join us on Tuesday, November 14th for Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A on Stacy Road.  Before ordering, mention Lovejoy Elementary and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Lovejoy Elementary PTA.  We appreciate your support!



NEW! 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 visit: http://les.lovejoyisd.net/apps/events

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NEW! PTA NOVEMBER VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Congratulations  to Ryan Cave!  He is the PTA Volunteer of the month for November.  Thank you Ryan for all of your help and volunteer hours at Lovejoy Elementary!



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.  Our Leopard Fun Run will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017.
Don't forget to register your child. We are shooting for 100% of students being registered, and we are already at 60%! Great Job Leopards!

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.


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.

 
CLOSES TOMORROW! 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)


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!
 


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.




Monday, November 13th 
Recycle Week: Recycle Coat Day 
Choir; 3:00 pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 14th 
Recycle Week: Recycle a Book 
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night 
Wednesday, November 15th 
Recycle Week: Clean Up Lovejoy Elementary Day 
Chess Club; 3:00 pm 
School Board Meeting; 7:30 pm 
Thursday, November 16th 
Recycle Week: No Waste Lunch Day 
Thanksgiving Meal & Kinder Program to Follow (See schedule above)
Friday, November 17th 
Recycle Week: Recycle Pet Supplies 
Boosterthon Fun Run 
Engineering Club; 3:00 pm 
 

Foundation News 

Kendra Scott Gives Back This Thursday  
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
If you are unable to attend the event, you may call-in your phone order from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Thursday and mention the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. The phone number for Kendra Scott is 469.795.0988.


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.

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)



A New Tradition
The Lovejoy High Cheer Team is pleased to announce the new tradition of "Chant of the Week."

Please watch our Lovejoy Varsity cheerleaders' video and be ready to cheer our Leopards to victory at this Friday night's home game against Royse City at 7:30 PM. We hope everyone will join us for Senior Night, as we show our support for the Seniors at their last home game.



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.


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.



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.


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.  


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.
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