Principal Message:  October 19, 2017
D ear Parents,

Our Fall Festival is finally here!  We are so excited about the fun night our PTA has planned for our community.  You definitely do not want to miss out on the games, food, and fabulous silent auction.  Plus, you can stop by and visit our awesome book fair. This is definitely a do not miss event!  If you have not purchased your family wristband, you may do so at the door for $30.  As a reminder,  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 


TONIGHT!  Family Fall Festival
Here is some important information that you will need in order to be successful tonight.

  • Parking is available in our side parking lot and additional parking available in the church parking lot.  **Please do NOT park in the fire lane!
  • BRING your BRACELET!!!!!!
  • If you would like to participate in food, the book fair, spirit store, and silent auction, then you will need to bring additional cash and or debit card.
  • Enter by the Gym in the Leopard Spot.  The main doors of our school will be locked and no one will be allowed to enter in them for tonight.


T ONIGHT! Book Fair   
Make sure you stop by the Book Fair TONIGHT during the family fall festival from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  If you do not get a chance to stop by tonight, you can also visit the book fair Friday, October 20th from 8:00 am - noon.  Don't miss out on this opportunity! There are lots of great book and other items to purchase!

 
NEW! Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is a special week recognized around the country.  This week-long celebration of events is designed to educate and increase awareness about drug prevention.  At Lovejoy Elementary, we consider this a great time pledge to be drug free and to reflect on ways that we can maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle while giving back to others.  We would like to encourage everyone to bring in their coins and participate in the dress up days.  

Monday, October 23rd - My Future is Key, so I'm Staying Drug Free! - Wear favorite college shirt & bring your pennies for caring coins.

Tuesday, October 24th - Team Up Against Drugs! - Wear your favorite team sport shirt & bring your nickels for caring coins

Wednesday, October 25th - Think of All That You Can Be When You Stay Drug Free! - Wear clothing that represents what you want to be when you grow up drug free & bring your dimes for caring coins

Thursday, October 26th - Follow Your Dreams, Don't Do Drugs! - Wear your pajamas (must be school appropriate) & bring your quarters for caring coins

Friday, October 27th - Lovejoy Leopards are Proud to Be Drug Free! - Wear Lovejoy Gear & bring your quarters for caring coins


NEW! Microwave
We are very excited to announce that we now have a microwave in our cafeteria for our students to use during lunch. Therefore, if you want to send something to school that needs to be warmed up, your student can warm it in our new microwave.  Please help us by doing the following:

  • Put the item in a microwave safe container
  • Please write a note with how much time is needed for heating. We recommend that it does not take longer than 3 minutes.
  • Please do NOT send any foil
  • Also practice at home would be great! Don't worry, we will help our students with this.  


NEW! Guest Lunch Table
We have added another lunch table in our cafeteria.  This will allow us to have 2 guest lunch tables.  Therefore, we are going to ask all guests to eat at these designated tables.  This will ensure that students have the opportunity to visit with their guests while also protecting the privacy of our other students.  As a reminder, you may only have lunch with your child.  Thank you in advance for your help honoring this request.


NEW! Leopard Live
Join us on Wednesday, November 1st at 11:00 am for Leopard Live.  This is a time to recognize Lovejoy Leopards for displaying great responsibility and leadership.  As a reminder, this is an early release day.

* Correction - The information for Leopard Live in the Thursday Folder
Flyer today is incorrect. The correct date for Leopard Live is Wednesday,
November 1st at 11:00 am.


NEW! Directory Cover Contest
PTA Is looking for students to design the "LES LOVES AMERICA" cover for the PTA Directory. The deadline is Monday, October 23rd.  For additional information, please see the flyer in your child's Thursday Folder. Please click here for additional information.




NEW! Rudolph Run
The 2017 Rudolph Run 5K and 1 mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday, December 2nd. Pre-register by November 11th for Lovejoy Elementary to receive credit. Please see attached flyer for additional information and to pre-register.



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.

 
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 .


DUE TOMORROW! 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.  

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.  




DUE NEXT FRIDAY! 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.



NEW! 4th Grade Program: "Texas, Our Texas!"
The LES 4th Grade will proudly present "Texas Our Texas!" on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm in the LES Gym.  Please join us for a brief, but meaningful program highlighting the great state of Texas through song, dance, and spoken word. Students will report to the music room at 6:15 pm. Please have your child wear their Red LES Spirit Shirt and dark or black jeans, long pants, or skirt.  If you have any questions, please email Wendy Hebert at wendy_hebert@lovejoyisd.net.




 
DUE TOMORROW! 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 23rd 
My Future is Key, so I'm Staying Drug Free - Wear favorite college shirt 
Choir
Watch Me Sculpt
Tuesday, October 24th
Team Up Against Drugs! - Wear your favorite team sport shirt 
Wednesday, October 25th
Think of All That You Can Be When You Stay Drug Free! - Wear clothing that represents what you want to be when you grow up drug free 
Chess Club
Watch Me Sculpt
Thursday, October 26th
Follow Your Dreams, Don't Do Drugs! - Wear your pajamas (must be school appropriate) 

Friday, October 27th 
Lovejoy Leopards are Proud to be Drug Free! - Wear Lovejoy Gear 
 

Foundation News 
Kendra Scott Gives Back     
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


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.



Drug Awareness Parent Presentation: October 24   
Our Unexpected Journey - Helping Parents Be Prepared
Susa'n Hoemke will be sharing her son Hayden's story and their dark journey through his downward spiral into drug use, addiction and legal issues. Their seemingly perfect family life came to an abrupt end when they found themselves uneducated about - and unprepared for - managing these issues. They lost their sweet, beloved son Hayden in 2014 just before his 23rd birthday. The Hoemke's experience was tragic, and one they wish no parent would have to experience. Sadly, many will and are today.
Mrs. Hoemke will bring some light to this darkness by sharing her experience in hopes of providing some information about how drug abuse can start, what to watch for, and tools to handle these situations, if they do occur.  All parents in the district are encouraged to attend the presentation at Willow Springs Middle School on Tuesday, October 24th at 10:30 AM.


Gold Award: First Aid Donations for ACO
A message from Neha Kapur:          
"My name is Neha Kapur. I am a senior at Lovejoy High School and an ambassador in Girl Scouts. I am working on my Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl scouts.
For my service project, No Fear First Aid Is Here, I am creating awareness among kids regarding the importance of first aid in their lives. Knowing what to do when you or someone else is hurt can be very valuable information. I am going to have workshops for children to teach them about first aid, and also to let them practice skills. I feel every child should have at least a basic knowledge of First-Aid.


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



School Bus Safety Week  Use Graphic in Constant Contact
#STOPONRED
Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is a public education program designed to address the importance of school bus safety, and serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront. The theme this year is #STOPONRED.
Following are some important reminders regarding school bus safety:

·         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.


October Student Nutrition Newsletter
The October Student Nutrition Newsletter is filled with announcements, nutrition news, and our recipe of the month.  Please click here to view the newsletter.



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.

 
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.  


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.



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.
 

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 


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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