Principal Message:  October 14, 2016

Dear Parents,
Happy Leopard Friday! This is one of my favorite traditions that we do each year In Lovejoy.  We have had a great short week. I hope that your family will be able to join us next week for our Family Fall Festival. I am definitely looking forward to this fun event. 
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)

Fall Festival 

Lovejoy Elementary Family Fall Festival  -  Join us for some fun at Lovejoy's Family Fall Festival on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30-7:30. Make sure to buy your tickets NOW!The deadline for purchasing your tickets has been extended to Monday, October 17th! Please click here for the order form. 
Lovejoy Elementary Family Fall Festival Game Truck - This year we will have the "Game Truck" here for our festival. Tickets are $5 for 15 minutes of play and there are only 160 tickets available. Please click here for the order form.
Lovejoy Elementary Family Fall Festival Food - Taylor Concessions, owned and operated by a Lovejoy family, is proud to present to the LES Fall Festival "The Wood Oven Pizza" food truck.  Lovejoy families will have the opportunity to purchase 10 inch pizzas to be made at the time of order in under 3 minutes!  There will be 5 choices available: cheese, pepperoni, sausage, BBQ chicken, and Mediterranean.  The cost is $7 - $9 per pizza.  No pre-sales are available. Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the time of purchase.  10% of the sales will be donated back to the LES PTA! 
LES Fall Festival on October 20th - Calling ALL Volunteers!
Volunteers and Donations are needed for the Fall Festival! If you are interested in helping plan the Fall Festival or in helping volunteer at the Fall Festival, please contact sign up here:
If you hvae questions, please contact Meredith Barnett at
We need lots of volunteers to make this event successful! If you know any high school or middle school students who need service hours, this is a fun and easy way to earn them.  We will also be collecting donations (water, individually wrapped candy, prizes, and cakes) for this fun evening.  We appreciate all of your help in making this event successful!

LES News 

Report Card Handbook
On Tuesday, October 18th, you will find your child's grade level report card handbook and parent supplemental documents. I highly encourage you to review these documents 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.  
Ahoy matey! The Bookaneer Book Fair is here! Come shop at the fair and discover a treasure trove of great books. Students will browse the fair on Thursday and Friday to create their wish lists of the books they want. The fair will be open Oct. 17-21 from 7:45-3:30 and will also be open during the Fall Festival on Thursday night from 5:30-7:30. Shiver me timbers! There are so many great new books to choose from! Online shopping is also available here. Come to the book fair or walk the plank!
NEW!  Rudolph Run: December 3/ School Registration Deadline:  November 1
The Rudolph Run is one of Allen's most exciting holiday 5Ks and takes place on Main Street in downtown Allen.  The event begins with a non-competitive, one-mile run and concludes with the USATF-registered 5K Rudolph Run.  Chip timing is used to determine race results of participants.  Also, there is an overall male/female Master's division for 50+ winners.  This is a family-friendly event open to all ages and skill levels.  You may help a Lovejoy PE department earn money by registering through the Rudolph Run's "School Registration Only" page.  For each registration, $5.00 will be donated to the Lovejoy campus (PE department) of your choice. 
Click here to register.
NEW! National Digital Citizenship Week: October 17-21
Grown-ups dread it. Kids need it. It's time to have The Talk.
When it comes to navigating social media, online games, smartphones, and the Internet, it is best for kids to get their information from a trusted source. With 92 percent of teens going online daily and nearly three-quarters of kids age 1-8 using apps
having The Talk is an essential rite of passage.  As parents and educators, we want to raise kids to be safe, responsible, and ethical in the digital world. Giving kids a solid understanding of how we expect them to behave -- both online and off -- starts everyone off on the right foot.  Lovejoy students will participate in Digital Citizenship Week October 17-21, 2016. Activities will focus on how to be safe, think critically, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Digital literacy skills are essential for students to leverage the full potential of technology for learning. We encourage you to engage in conversations with your student about making great choices in their digital lives.
NEW! Picture Retakes
If you are unhappy with your child's pictures, please return the pictures on Thursday, October 20
th. 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  We will have our 3 rd graders take their pictures before they leave for their field trip.
Kindergarten Referrals for Gifted and Talented Services
The online referral window for gifted and talented services for kindergarten is open. All referrals are processed online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, located at  Kindergarten referrals will be accepted through October 14, 2016. Kindergarten testing will begin in November.   For questions regarding Gifted and Talented services in grades K-4, please contact Caroline Garcia, Elementary G/T Coordinator, at:  or via phone 469-742-8310.
PTA Reflections :  What's Your Story?
We hope everyone is working on their Reflection project(s).  This year'contest theme is "What's Your Story?"  We hope all Leopards will submit in an entry in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Literature, Film Production, Visual Arts, and Music Composition.   
The deadline is Monday, October 31 st.   
The class with the most students to submit an entry will get a Popsicle party!  You may contact Nicole Helfand with questions at  Please click here 
for more information.
Lovejoy Preschool Newsletter
Please click  here  for the October Preschool newsletter.
Field Trips
1 st Grade Field Trip - Dallas Heritage Village on Tuesday, October 18 th with the cost of $4 per student and $5 per chaperone
3 rd Grade Field Trip - Dallas Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, October 20 th with the cost of $6.50 per student
4 th Grade Field Trip - Austin Field Trip on Friday, January 27, 2017 with the cost of $85.00 per student
If you would like to pay on-line for any of the field trips above, please click here.
4 th Grade Recorders
If you would like to buy the recorder on-line, please click here

Facebook and Twitter
We have started Lovejoy Elementary Facebook and Twitter pages. This will be another place for us to share upcoming events, the principal message, and other great things happening at Lovejoy Elementary.  We would love for you to like our page or follow us! 


District News
NEW!  Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas - Buddy Walk
This walk will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016  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 at
3....2....1.... Blast Off.....It's ROCKET LAUNCH TIME!
Rocket Build Party:  November 2; Rocket Launch:  November 6
The Lovejoy Gifted Association and the Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) will be sponsoring the ROCKET PROJECT again this year due to the overwhelming success of last year's event! The Rocket Project is an extracurricular STEM activity at which your child builds a rocket one evening, then launches it another day -- all with the assistance of the professionals from DARS. Please join us for the fun:
What:              Rocket Build Party*
Where:            SCIS cafeteria
When:              Wednesday , November 2nd from 6:00-7:30
Who:                Skill level geared toward 3rd-6th graders, but all ages are welcome with an adult.   
Launch:            Sunday, November 6th at LHS -- time TBD*
Cost:                $12 for LGA members and $22 for nonmembers.
Click here to order your rocket kit .  The deadline for orders is:  October 19
*Parental supervision is required at both the Build and Launch events.
LGA Rocket Launch Video:
NEW! L ovejoy Preschool PTA Holiday Bazaar:  October 23
The Lovejoy Preschool PTA is hosting a holiday bazaar on October 23rd.  Click here for detailed information.
NEW!  Pink Out Day and Football Game:  October 28
This year, Lovejoy's annual Pink Out football game and fundraiser will be held on Friday, October 28th.  Lovejoy is proud to support this cause to help beat breast cancer.  If you would like to support breast cancer research and a local non-profit, you are invited to purchase Pink Out t-shirts to help raise money and spread awareness for the cause.  Money raised will benefit Cancer Can Stick It!, a local non-profit created by a breast cancer survivor and rock drummer dedicated to fighting cancer. 
You may order your t-shirts now by clicking here .  The deadline for orders is October 18.  T-shirts will be delivered to your home campus.
Additionally, you may  visit: for information on April Samuels, the founder of Cancer Can Stick It!
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:  October 8, October 22 and 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:
October 22, 2016                    LHS                  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
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
or visit the website at:
NEW!  Men's Tailgate Tournament - October 26, 2016
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools is pleased to announce the annual Men's Tailgate Tournament.  Join the Foundation for food, beer, and a cornhole tournament. The tournament is double elimination, so everyone is guaranteed to play two games. The event will be held at the home of Chris and Kim Collier in Lucas. Sponsors for the event are Owens Realty and Capacity Lending, Nine Band Brewing, Chick-fil-A of Allen, and the Collier Family. For additional information and to register for the event click on the following link:  Men's Tailgate Registration
Quick Links

Monday, October 17th
Watch Me Sculpt & Choir, 3:05
Tuesday, October 18th   
1st grade Field Trip
Wednesday, October 19th  
Chess Club, 3:05
Lovejoy ISD School Board Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 20th  
Fall Picture Retakes
3rd grade Field Trip
5:30 - 7:30 - Fall Family Festival
Friday, October 21st  
Book Fair closes @ noon
Read with the Leopards

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