Principal Message:  October 20, 2016

Dear Parents,
Happy Thursday! I hope that you will be able to join us tonight for our Family Fall Festival. It will be from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Please read the information below for all of the details. We would like to thank our PTA for sponsoring such an exciting night, and we would like to thank everyone for the donations and for volunteering. It is definitely going to be a night filled with FUN!
 
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 TONIGHT from 5:30-7:30.  All of our events are "covered," therefore, we will have the festival rain or shine! If your child would like to wear their Halloween costume, then they are more than welcome to wear it.  Please note that some of the activities will have the students being very active.  Therefore, the costume could get damaged.  As I'm sure that you are aware with the recent clown incidents, we are respectfully asking that all participants refrain from wearing clown masks.  We want this to be a night of fun and enjoyment for all ages.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.
 
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. We have a few tickets left that can be purchased at the door. Cash, Check, and credit card will be accepted.
 
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! 
 
REMINDER! BOOKANEER BOOK FAIR is OPEN TONIGHT!
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 book fair will be open during the Fall Festival on Thursday night from 5:30-7:30, and will close tomorrow at noon.  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!

LES News 


NEW! Lovejoy's Got Talent
We are very excited for our talent show next week.  Please note that on Wednesday, October 26th, the audience will be students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. On Thursday, October 27th, the audience will be student in 3rd and 4th grade. If a sibling is performing, then they can leave class for their sibling's performance, and then return to class after the performance is over. We are trying to honor our instructional time.  Please just email your child's teacher so they will know when to send the sibling to the performance.  For questions regarding your child's time to perform, please contact Wendy Hebert at wendy_hebert@lovejoyisd.net.
 
Wednesday, October 26th at 8:30 a.m. - 1st & 2nd grade perform (Kindergarten - 2nd graders are in the audience)
Thursday, October 27th at 8:30 a.m. - 3rd & 4th grade perform (3rd and 4th graders are in the audience)
 
NEW! Red Ribbon Week - The Drug free force is with me!
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 to pledge to be drug free and to reflect on ways that we can maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle. Red Ribbon Week activities will kick off on Thursday, October 20 with our annual drug free Fall Festival. During the week of October 24 - October 28, we will emphasize making responsible choices that can help students be and do their very best in school and in life.  We would like to encourage everyone to bring healthy snacks to school and to participate in the fun dress-up days.
 
Monday, October 24
Theme:        The Drug Free Force is with ME!
Wear Star Wars themed clothing to show that we have the power within ourselves to make positive and healthy choices in our life.
***Penny Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your pennies for Caring Coins!
 
Tuesday, October 25
Theme:       Team Up Against Drugs!
Wear your favorite team sport shirt or jersey to show that we are members of the drug free team.
***Nickel Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your nickels for Caring Coins!

Wednesday, October 26 
Theme:       We Elect to be Drug Free!
Wear red, white, and blue clothing to show that we are making the positive choice to live a drug free life.
***Dime Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your dimes for Caring Coins!
 
Thursday, October 27
Theme:       Follow Your Dreams, Don't Do Drugs!
Wear your pajamas to show that we dream of a happy, healthy drug free world. Please make sure that pajamas are school appropriate.
***Quarter Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your quarters for Caring Coins!
 
Friday, October 28
Theme:        Lovejoy Leopards are Proud to Be Drug Free! Wear Lovejoy colors (black and red) or spirit wear to demonstrate our unified commitment in living a healthy drug free life.
***Dollar Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your dollars for Caring Coins!
 
NEW! Veteran's Bulletin Board
Lovejoy Elementary is again creating a bulletin board display to honor our veterans.  We'd love for you to provide a poster highlighting the veteran in your family.  We have families who have allowed us to keep their posters from last year's display to once again display on our bulletin boards.  Check your child's Thursday Folder (last week and next week) for more information about our veterans display.  Completed posters need to be turned in by Friday, November 4th
 
NEW! Thanksgiving lunch
Our annual Lovejoy Thanksgiving luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 17th.  Please mark your calendar so you will not miss this opportunity to feast your child.  Please click here for more information.
4th grade - 10:45
2nd Grade - 11:15
3rd Grade - 11:45
1st Grade - 12:15
Kindergarten - 12:45 (program will follow)
 
NEW! 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.
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 11th.
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,
Amy Smith
Lovejoy Letter Campaign Coordinator
 
NEW! Lovejoy Preschool PTA Holiday Bazaar:  October 23
The Lovejoy Preschool PTA is hosting a holiday bazaar, with a Kendra Scott Trunk show, on October 23rd.  Click here for detailed information.
 
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.
 
 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 31st. The class with the most students to submit an entry will get a popsicle party! You may contact Nicole Helfand with questions at nicolehelfand@yahoo.com.
Please click here for more information.
 
Lovejoy Preschool Newsletter
Please click here for the October Preschool newsletter.
 
Field Trips
4th 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.
 
4th Grade Recorders
If you would like to buy the recorder on-line, please click here.
 


   








District News
NEW! LHS Choir/Coffee House:  October 22
You won't want to miss some of the best talent the Lovejoy High School Choir has to offer at "Coffee House" on Saturday, October 22nd at 5:00 PM in the LHS Courtyard. "Coffee House" will feature A Cappella, the Varsity Muses, Limelight (WSMS), Centerstage (WSMS), and talented soloists from the LHS choir. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the LHS Courtyard to enjoy some wonderful music under the stars. The LHS Choir Booster Club will be selling beverages and sweet treats, so make sure you also have some cash on hand. In the event of rain, "Coffee House" will take place in the LHS Cafeteria.
                                                        
NEW! STAR PARTY: November 7
Puster Elementary, along with the Texas Astronomical Society, will host a star party on November 7th. Viewing will begin at 6:00 PM and end at approximately 9:00 PM.  Join us as we explore the stars, moon, planets, the Andromeda Galaxy, and many exciting objects in the Milky Way. Parking will be available in the front lot. You may enter through the front doors where signs will direct you to the courtyard and back parking lot where viewing will take place. Access to the back parking lot will not be available via the driveway. The Puster PTA will provide hot chocolate. In the event the skies are overcast on the 7th, a back-up date of November 11th is planned.
 
NEW! E-Waste Recycling Event:  October 29
Lovejoy High School has arranged for an e-waste recycling day on Saturday, October 29 from 9 AM - Noon in the LHS parking lot. It is the perfect time to start gathering electronic items you would like to dispose of. Please click RECYCLE for additional information regarding the e-waste collection.
 
NEW! LHS Girls Soccer Presents Parent's Night Out:  November 4
The LHS Girls Soccer Team is hosting a community Parent's Night out on November 4th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Click here for additional information.
 
NEW! WSMS Presents Parent Session/ Drug Prevention:  October 25
WSMS invites parents throughout Lovejoy ISD to join them on Tuesday, October 25th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the WSMS gym for a parent presentation on drug prevention. During Lovejoy's Red Ribbon Week, one of our own community members, Susan Hoemke, will be presenting on her own unexpected journey:
 
Our Unexpected Journey: Helping You Be Prepared
We would like to share our son Hayden's story and our dark journey through his downward spiral into drug use, addiction and legal issues. Our seemingly perfect family life came to an abrupt end when we found ourselves unprepared and uneducated to manage these issues. We were ashamed, embarrassed, and felt very alone. We lost our sweet beloved son, Hayden, in 2014 just before his 23rd birthday and on our 28th wedding anniversary. Our experience was very unfortunate and one we wish no parent would experience - sadly many will and are today. As Hayden's parents, one way for us to bring some light to this darkness is to tell others of our experience in hopes to provide you with some knowledge how drug abuse can start, what to watch for, and tools to plan and be prepared.
 
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:  https://youtu.be/EPVqhiCap48
 
Lovejoy Preschool PTA Holiday Bazaar:  October 23
The Lovejoy Preschool PTA is hosting a holiday bazaar on October 23rd.  Click here for detailed information.
 
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:  OcOctober 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 ksmillerlacrosse@gmail.com
or visit the website at:  www.leopardlacrosse.com
 
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
Week-at-a-Glance

 
Week At A Glance: RED RIBBON WEEK
Monday, October 24th
The Drug Free Force is with ME!
Wear Star Wars themed clothing to show that we have the power within ourselves to make positive and healthy choices in our life.
***Penny Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your pennies for Caring Coins!
 
Watch Me Sculpt & Choir, 3:05
Tuesday, October 25th 
Team Up Against Drugs!
Wear your favorite team sport shirt or jersey to show that we are members of the drug free team.
***Nickel Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your nickels for Caring Coins!
 
Wednesday, October 26th  
We Elect to be Drug Free!
Wear red, white, and blue clothing to show that we are making the positive choice to live a drug free life.
***Dime Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your dimes for Caring Coins!
 
Talent Show - 1st and 2nd grade @ 8:30 a.m.
Chess Club, 3:05
Thursday, October 27th  
Follow Your Dreams, Don't Do Drugs!
Wear your pajamas to show that we dream of a happy, healthy drug free world. Please make sure that pajamas are school appropriate.
***Quarter Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your quarters for Caring Coins !
 
Talent Show - 3rd and 4th grade @ 8:30 a.m.
Friday, October 28th
Lovejoy Leopards are Proud to Be Drug Free!
Wear Lovejoy colors (black and red) or spirit wear to demonstrate our unified commitment in living a healthy drug free life.
***Dollar Day for Allen Community Outreach - Bring your dollars for Caring Coins!
 
 
 


 


 
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