Principal Message:  October 12, 2017


D ear Parents,
Welcome Back from Fall Break! I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend.  We have had a fantastic quick week back.  
As you are aware, tomorrow is the last day of the first quarter which means that report cards will be coming out soon.  I want to reiterate how important this communication tool is between the teacher and home.  We, of course, use Standards Based Report Cards (SBRC), which allows us to report how a student is performing on specific standards they are expected to learn and the teacher is expected to teach.  This type of report card gives a much clearer picture of what a student is able to consistently do as opposed to a number grade that represents the average of what a student is able to do.  We will also be asking that you take time to visit with your child's teacher for a fall parent/teacher conference to celebrate your child's successes and communicate areas they can improve.  If you have any questions about this reporting system, I'd be glad to visit with you as well.
Do you want a chance to throw a pie in Mrs. Craft's face or Dunk Mrs. Craft in the dunking booth?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then make sure that your family comes to our Fall Family Festival.  I will be in the the Pie booth from 6:30 - 6:45 and the Dunking Booth from 6:45 - 7:00!  I look forward to seeing everyone at our Fall Family Festival. It is a night full of fun and fellowship.
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)
LES News 


Family Fall Festival - Make sure to buy your family bracelet NOW!
Lovejoy Elementary PTA will be hosting our Family Fall Festival on Thursday, October 19th, from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  Please join us for games, silent auction, karaoke, cake walk, pizza, spirit wear, Kona Ice, and more. Purchase your bracelets in advance.  $20 per family or $30 at the door.  *This means that your entire family can attend for just $20 if your wristband prior to the festival.  You may also purchase your bracelets online at PTAvenue.com

We will also be needing candy donations and baked goods for this event.  Please drop them off in the office on Wednesday, October 17th and Thursday, October 18th.

 
Book Fair
Saddle up for the fall book fair! Cowboys and cowgirls will find some rootin', tootin' good books.  The fair will run from Friday, October 13th- Friday, October 20th.  The fair will also be open during the Fall Festival on October 19th!  



NEW! Book Fair Volunteers Needed
The Fall Book Fair starts Friday and is looking for Volunteers! Please sign up to help our wonderful librarian, Kristin Dawson, with the Book Fair!   Click here for Monday's sign up. .   You can see the full calendar at PT-Avenue.com , school code LESPTA.


NEW! Report Card Handbook
Today,, you will find your child's grade level report card handbook for 2017 - 2018. I highly encourage you to review this  document before your conference. As a reminder, the Lovejoy Independent School District utilizes a standards-based report card in Kindergarten to Grade 4.  The standards, based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills/TEKS, describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level in all subjects.  Behavior and work habits that support learning are also reported, but this performance is reported separate from academic performance. The purpose of the report card is to communicate with parents and students about the mastery of knowledge and skills and the behaviors and work habits that contribute to academic performance.  The standards-based report card is designed to give parents, teachers, and students a clear picture of academic strengths and areas for improvement.  Please click here to find the electronic versions of the handbooks.


NEW! Picture Retakes
If you are unhappy with your child's pictures, please return the pictures on Thursday, October 19th.  On this day, your child can have their picture retaken. If your child was absent or is new to our school, then they will also have their picture taken on Thursday.  If you have any questions, please contact Erin Johnston at erin_johnston@lovejoyisd.net .  


NEW! Watch Me Sculpt
It is time to register for Watch Me Sculpt for a 6 week session starting on Monday, October 30th and ending on Monday, December 11th.  The cost is $78 for the 6 week session and all supplies are included.  Please register by October 26th - Limited Space available! To register visit www.watchmesculpt-texas.com or contact paul@watchmesculpt-texas.com for any questions.

 
NEW! Box Tops
Each unexpired Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school! Think of those little Box Tops as dimes just waiting to be collected! Simply clip the Box Tops from the items you already have (making sure that the product code and expiration date are visible), put them in a zip top baggie with your teacher's name on it , and drop them in either of the big BOX TOP collection boxes we have near the office or the library. Currently, Castine, McDonald, and Harper's classes are in the lead but there is still time. The homeroom with the most submissions gets a Popsicle party! Our first deadline is October 27th .


Engineering for Kids
Now Registering for STEM Engineering for Kids classes for students in  Kindergarten - 4th Grade.  $129/session plus a $10 supply fee for 7 weeks of class.  Classes will be held on Fridays from 3:10 - 4:10pm from Friday, October 20th and goes through December 8th.  Please see included flyer for more details.  Please click here to register online.  

NEW! Jump Rope for Heart
It's time for Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart!  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.  



NEW! Volunteer Opportunities
LES has many ways that parents can help our students and teachers this month. Opportunities include Book Fair, PTA's Fall Festival, and Friday Lunchroom Helpers. Please go to  PT Avenue, organization code LESPTA, and click on the calendar to see all dates and times. Thank you!

If you have not yet completed your volunteer clearance for the 2017-2018 school year, you can find it here:  Volunteer Application - Volunteering - Lovejoy Independent School District .



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 is Friday, October 27th.
You may contact Christina Smith with questions at smithtopia@gmail.com. Please  click here for additional information.


 
4th Grade Austin Field Trip
On Friday, January 19th, 2018,  our 4th grade students will be taking a field trip to Austin on chartered buses to tour the Texas Ranger Museum, Bob Bullock State History Museum, and the State Capital.  Please see the included flyer for specific details and permission slip.  The money and permission slip are DUE October 20th.



Monday, October 16th 
Watch Me Sculpt
Book Fair
Tuesday, October 17th
Book Fair (Open until 7:00pm)
Wednesday, October 18th
Chess Club
Watch Me Sculpt
Book Fair 
Thursday, October 19th
Fall Picture Retakes
Family Fall Festival; 5:30 - 7:00pm 
Book Fair (Also open during Fall Festival)
Friday, October 20th
Reading with the Leopards
Book Fair (Closes at noon)
 

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.


NEW! Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas - Buddy Walk
This walk will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017  at AT&T Plaza at Victory Park.  Activities will be from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm with the walk beginning at 1:00 p.m. Registration and giving now open by clicking here.

 
NEW! Hurricane Maria Relief
A message from Enrique Vega, Lovejoy High School Senior:
" My name is Enrique Vega. I am a Senior at Lovejoy High School and have decided to help victims affected by Hurricane Maria. On September 20th, 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by a Category 4 hurricane. This powerful hurricane has left millions without power, little access to water, dwindling food supplies, and no place to call home. I have partnered up with the Salvation Army to collect items to help relieve some of the stress put onto the US territory of Puerto Rico. Some of the most essential items needed include food, water, hygiene supplies, and baby supplies. Large donation boxes will be located at the front of Lovejoy High School from October 10th - 13th. There will also be donation boxes at all entrances to the Homecoming pep rally and the Homecoming game. Please help those affected by this tragedy by donating items. For additional information, please click here ."


NEW! Dallas Symphony Orchestra Discount
Thomas Mears, Group Sales Education Specialist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has arranged for Lovejoy families and staff members to receive a 20% discount for all DSO Concerts, with the exception of Beethoven's 9th in May. When purchasing tickets online at www.mydso.com , type LOVEJOYISD20 at checkout to receive your 20% discount (you will be charged a $7 fee).  If you call the box office at 214.849.4376, you will receive the 20% discount, and will not be charged the $7 fee.  


NEW! 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.



NEW! 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.
 

NEW! Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Night: October 17
Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit day/night will be held at Kelly Family Farms on Tuesday, October 17th from 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM. This is an all-day event. We hope you will join us for a great combination of delicious food, good company, and support of the Lovejoy Orchestra. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Orchestra Booster Club. When placing your order, please let the cashier know you are with Lovejoy Orchestra for both dine-in and take-out orders.  You may place an order for pick up at 972.754.7974.


Lovejoy Lacrosse Spirit Day: October 16
If you love Chick-fil-A and Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse stop by Chick-fil-A on Stacy Road on Monday, October 16th to show your support of the Lacrosse teams. Chick-fil-A, on Stacy Road, is a sponsor of the Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse program for the 2017-2018 season. Before you place your order let the cashier know you are supporting Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse. Invite your family, friends, and co-workers. We hope to see you on the 16th!


Lovejoy High School Student Council - Pink Out Football Game:  October 27
Every year, Lovejoy Student Council makes a donation to help beat breast cancer. The LHS Student Council members invite you to purchase Pink Out t-shirts to raise money and spread awareness for the cause. The t-shirts are $16 and may be purchased through the Online Payment Center .
This year's fundraiser will benefit a local non-profit organization. Check out www.breastcancercanstickit.org , and the organization April Samuels has built to help fight breast cancer. Her story is amazing and her family lives in the Lovejoy district. Orders will be delivered to campuses October 25th and 26th.


ASA Winter Basketball
Registration for ASA Winter Basketball is now open for grades K-12.  For additional information, please click here 


Eagle Project: Hurricane Harvey Relief
"My name is Hunter Kight, I am an 8th grader at Willow Springs, and I've just started my eagle project. I have chosen to help the hurricane Harvey victims for my project. Many of the victims did not have flood insurance and this looks to be the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history. The clean-up and rebuild effort will take more than a year. There is a time during disasters like this that charities experience donor fatigue. This is where donations drop to their lowest. Through my project I am trying to reduce donor fatigue, by collecting basic essential items. I have partnered with the Salvation Army to collect supplies like canned goods, baby food/formula, hygiene items, diapers and cases of water. Large donation boxes are located at each school to collect these items. I will leave these boxes out until November 3, 2017. Please consider supporting this effort by filling the boxes and helping the victims." For additional information, please click here.
 

The Lovejoy Running Club
The Lovejoy Running Club will be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:00 PM near the Duck Pond at Celebration Park. All ages and ability levels are welcome to attend from novice walkers looking to shed a few pounds, to elite runners gearing up for the next race. If you have questions regarding the running program you may contact: greg_christensen@lovejoyisd.net.  P.S.  Dogs are welcome!


BYOP Volleyball - 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. For additional information click here.
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