Principal Message:  October 6, 2016

Dear Parents,
We have had a great week of learning! Today, in your child's folder, we will begin our new system of a "one pager" for Thursday folder overview. This will hopefully give you a guide to the information provided in the Thursday folder and reduce the number of papers that we send home each week.  At the end of this email, we will have a "quick" link section to make this process more user friendly. We look forward to hearing your feedback about our new process.  We hope that everyone has a happy and safe three day weekend.  Please enjoy this time with your family.
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)

October Leopard Life Skill

This month our little leopards have been working hard at having a growth mindset by exercising their brains and tackling difficult challenges. They are beginning to embrace the idea that there may be some things that they can't do YET, but they  can get smarter with hard work and effort. Now that we are just about at the end of September, we are getting ready to focus on the Leopard Life Skill for October, "Self Control." Students will be learning that self control is the ability to control one's brain and body to make positive choices even when it's difficult. We will emphasize that having self control means listening to our inner "brain voice" that guides us to make good choices and to control our impulses. There are so many real examples of when this skill is important in students' daily lives. For example, self control is needed in order to stop talking in class, to take their time with their schoolwork, to resist doing something that would be hurtful to themselves or someone else, and to stay calm when they are feeling mad, frustrated, or upset. While we're teaching and practicing this Leopard Life Skills here at school, it would be helpful to reinforce the importance of self control at home as well. The more real life applications students have with the skill, the more likely they are to begin doing it on their own. If you would like to know more about the nine character strengths, skills, and mindsets from the Character Lab organization, you can visit their website at . You can also contact me at any time. Thank you for your continued support in growing heart strong leopard leaders!

Mrs. Ruggeri 

Fall Festival 

NEW!   Lovejoy Elementary Family Fall Festival Tickets and Information
Join us for some fun at Lovejoy's Family Fall Festival on  Thursday, October 20th at 5:30-7:30. Please click  here for ticket information.  

NEW!   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! 
Kona Ice will also be at the Fall Festival this year! Snow cones will be $3 for a small, $4 for a medium, and $5 for a snow cone in a color change cup.  20% of gross sales will be donated back to the LES PTA!
LES Fall Festival on October 20th
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 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 

REMINDER!   Upcoming Holiday
Lovejoy ISD will be closed on Monday, October 10th.  I hope you have plans to enjoy your 3-day weekend!

NEW!  Punt, Pass, Kick Competition
We want to congratulate all of our school winners who won the Punt, Pass, & Kick Competition for Lovejoy Elementary. Please click here for a complete list of names for each grade level.  The first place winners in each division advanced to the Sectional Competition round, which was held on October 3rd.  We are very proud of Holland Hutchins who took first place in her division, and we are waiting for results from other locations to confirm if she will advance to the Championship round which will be held on Sunday, November 20th at AT&T stadium. 

NEW!  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

NEW!  Early Release on Friday, October 14th
On Friday, October 14th, we will have early release, and our students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. (noon). This will allow our teachers to have professional development on Friday afternoon. Please note that we will send a specific schedule for the day next week. Because it is early release, we will serve sack lunches in the hot lunch line. Those wanting to purchase a sack lunch will make their way to the cafeteria with a grade level teacher and will return to their classroom for a picnic.  The sack lunch includes a chicken sandwich, baby carrots, fresh apples, sunset sip veggie juice, skeeter snacks (cinnamon grahams) and choice of milk.  If you are choosing to have your child eat after school, please email your child's teacher, and then send a snack for them to enjoy during their picnic.

Times for reporting to the cafeteria are:
10:40 - 10:50 -Kindergarten
10:50 - 10:55 - 4th
10:55 - 11:05 - 1st
11:05 - 11:10 - 3rd
11:10 - 11:20 - 2nd

NEW!  Fire Prevention Week
October 10 - 14 is Fire Prevention Week. The theme is "Hear the Beep Where you Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!"  LES will have the Fairview Fire Department visit with the kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classes on Friday, October 14th. They will visit with the kids and allow them to tour the fire truck.                

NEW!  Lovejoy Library News
Families, you will now see a link to MackinVIA on the LES library page. Students will now be able to login using one simple username and password:
les01 leopards

All library databases will be accessible within MackinVIA with no need to ever have to log in to each individual one again!!!  If you have one of the old database username and password lists, you will no longer need them!  This will make access to wonderful sources such as World Book, Discovery Education, Britannica, Culture Grams and Pebble Go so much easier for our students.  Take a look here .

This year, we have decided to have our annual Talent Show during the fall. We received feedback from parents and teachers that May is too hectic.  Therefore, our annual Talent Show will be held on Wednesday, October 26th for 1st and 2nd grade, and Thursday, October 27th for 3rd  & 4th grade. Registration for the show and instructions for submitting music can be found on the  LES Music Website. Auditions for the Talent Show will be held on Wednesday, October 12th , and Thursday, October 13th. The Talent Show Committee will need to see your completed act with props, and costumes at your audition. Be creative! Have fun! Show your talent!

PTA Reflections What's Your Story?
This year's PTA Reflections art 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. Please click here for more information. The deadline is Monday, October 31 st . You may contact Nicole Helfand with questions at

NEW!   Lovejoy Preschool Newsletter
Please click here for the October Preschool newsletter.

Field Trips
1st Grade Field Trip - Dallas Heritage Village on Tuesday, October 18 th with the cost of $4 per student and $5 per chaperone
3rd Grade Field Trip - Dallas Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, October 20 th with the cost of $6.50 per student
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 .

th Grade Recorders
If you would like to buy the recorder on-line, please click here.

HELP!  Please Complete FERPA and General Waiver Forms
We have about 219 students who have not updated their FERPA forms.  Please take the time to update these forms.  Also, please take the time to verify that all other required forms have been completed. You can find these forms online by:
Go the LISD website -
Click on Parents
Power School Parent Portal
Input your user name and password
You should now be in PowerSchool.  Click on the blue "Click here to access the Enrollment Packet Forms or to update student information."
There are multiple forms you can click to update, but the required forms are the two on the bottom  - "FERPA" and "General Waiver"
If you have any questions, please give Peggy Whitmore a call at 469.742.8083.

Box Tops
Would you like to help Lovejoy Elementary earn some extra money?  It is as easy as 1, 2, 3. First, find Box Tops on many different products like Ziploc baggies, then clip Box Tops from each package, and send the Box Tops to school. For each Box Top Lovejoy Elementary receives 10ยข.  Thank you in advance for helping us earn extra money!

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!  Leopard Friday - October 14, 2016
The Lovejoy Independent School District will host Leopard Friday on Friday, October 14 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  This annual event, held in the Courtyard of Lovejoy High School, will showcase our students, clubs, organizations, and community.  The LHS Courtyard will be transformed into a setting which truly has something for everyone.
Tickets for the Leopard Friday BBQ Dinner are available for purchase.  Please click here for additional information.   

NEW!  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 8, 2016                      SCIS                 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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: 

Old Rooster Creek & Flea Market Bazaar Fall Festival
For more information, please click here.

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 10 th
 No School!
Tuesday, October 11th   
Wednesday, October 12th  
Chess Club, 3:05
Thursday, October 13 th
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
Book Fair Preview
Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch
Friday, October 14th
Early Release @ Noon
Leopard Friday - Wear Spirit Wear
Kinder - 2nd Fire Prevention Presentation
Last Day of 1st quarter
Book Fair Preview

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