Principal Message:  September 28, 2017


D ear Parents,
Can you believe that it is the end of September?  I am so proud of all of our students for learning to have a Growth Mindset.  Our students are willing to take risks, ask questions, and continue to persevere  through any obstacles because we know that we just have not learned it YET!  We are very excited for our Talent Show next week. It is always fun to see the many talents of our students.
At Lovejoy Elementary, we are always striving to get better.  As much as I appreciate the "Good Jobs!" we hear, I pay much closer attention to what we can do better to create a better experience for each child that walks through our doors every day including yours. My goal as the principal of this campus is to not figure out how all children can fit into a box that we create, but instead create many boxes where your child can find success. If you find we don't have a box for your child, don't hesitate to contact me.
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 
 
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 www.characterlab.org. You can also contact me at any time. Thank you for your continued support in growing heart strong leopard leaders!
Mrs. Ruggeri ☺


TONIGHT! 4th Grade Curriculum Night
4th Grade Parents please join us TONIGHT in the Gathering Spot for 4th Grade Curriculum Night from 6:00 -6:45 pm .



NEW! Talent Show
Join us in the gym for the Talent Show on Thursday, October 5th !

3rd & 4th Grade - 8:15 am
1st & 2nd - 12:45 pm



NEW! October 6th & 9th Holidays
Just a reminder that Lovejoy Elementary will be CLOSED on Friday, October 6th and Monday, October 9th for a school holiday.



NEW! Family Fall Festival
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.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and to purchase tickets.  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.


NEW! 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!  It takes many volunteers to make the Book Fair happen. If you would like to help with decorating for the fair please email Mrs. Dawson kristin_dawson@lovejoyisd.net  PTA will also be asking for volunteers to help run the fair.  More information about signing up will be coming soon!


  
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 -  www.lovejoyisd.net
Click on Parents
PowerSchool Parent Portal
Input your username 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 Shelley Quirrenbach a call at 469.742.8083 or email her at shelley_quirrenbach@lovejoy.net.


NEW! Free or Reduced Lunch Information DUE October 2, 2017
Families who wish to apply for free or reduced priced meals need to complete a new income application every school year. The free/reduced price eligibility of our returning students rolled over to this school year for the first 30 school days. However, last school year's Free/Reduced Priced School Meal Applications are set to expire on October 2, 2017. Students who currently receive free or reduced price meals but whose family have not yet submitted an application for the 2017-2018 school year or who have not received an eligibility letter from the Student Nutrition Office will be changed to full pay status on October 2, 2017. Households will be responsible for the cost of school lunch until a new application is submitted and processed. If you have not already completed a 2017-2018 Free/ Reduced Income Application you can pick one up at your school's office, cafeteria, or download one from our website at www.lovejoyisd.net . To download an application from the website click on Departments, Student Nutrition, then Free/Reduced Income Applications. Once completed please return the application to the Student Nutrition Office.

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 Office Staff
As  a reminder, we have some new team members in the office. Please make note of our new staff for when your child is absent or when you have a change in transportation.

Sondra Payne - Receptionist - 469.742.8100 - sondra_payne@lovejoyisd.net

Shelley Quirrenbach - PEIMS Clerk - 469.742.8100 - shelley_quirrenbach@lovejoyis.net




3rd Grade DSO Field Trip & Dress code
Lovejoy Elementary 3rd Grade will attend a performance at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center on October 4th.  The schedule is as follows:
       10:00 am - Depart LES
      11:30 am - Concert begins
       Around 1:15 pm - Lunch at Celebration Park in Allen
    Around 2:00 pm - Return to LES

DRESS CODE - Students are asked to wear nice attire (NO jeans, shorts, or athletic clothing).
LUNCH - Please send lunch in a disposable bag with your child's name labeled on it.
SNACK - Please feel free to send a larger snack since we will be eating lunch later than usual.
  BEHAVIOR - Please remind your student about concert etiquette and field trip behavior.


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, we receive 10¢.  Thank you in advance for helping us earn extra money!


 
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 no later than October 20th.



4th Grade Showcase -PTA Directory
Congratulate your child on a job well done at Lovejoy Elementary.  Place an ad in the LES 2017-18 Directory showcasing your 4th grader. For more information, please email Anna Sides at gabbygray21@yahoo.com.







Monday, October 2nd
Choir
Watch Me Sculpt
Tuesday, October 3rd 

Wednesday, October 4th
Chess Club
Watch Me Sculpt
Thursday, October 5th
Talent Show
8:15am - 3rd & 4th Grade
12:45 pm - 1st & 2nd Grade 
Friday, October 6th
Monday, October 9th 
NO SCHOOL!
NO SCHOOL!
 

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

North Texas Giving Day: Thank you
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you to the Lovejoy Community for raising over $108,000 from 402 donors on North Texas Giving Day. The Foundation is well on their way to reaching their goal of receiving donations from 650 donors totaling $200,000 by December 31st. Every gift is valuable to the mission of enhancing education in Lovejoy. If you are considering making a donation to the Foundation, please click here for more information.


Men's Tailgate Tournament:  October 11
It is time for the men to sign up for the Men's Tailgate Tournament. Join us for food, beer, and a cornhole tournament. The tournament is double elimination, so everyone is guaranteed to play two games. The tournament will be held at the home of John and Kris Dunaway in Lucas. Sponsors for the event are Renfrow Dunaway Group, Lee Lewis, Nine Band Brewing, Tom Grisak Estate Homes Realtors, Estate Life Magazine - Lucas and Fairview, Chick-fil-A of Allen, and the Dunaway Family. For more information and to register to for the event click on the following link: Men's Tailgate Registration
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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.

Evening with the Majestics
The annual Evening with the Majestics will be Friday, October 13th. All Lovejoy ISD students in grades K-6 are invited to join the Majestics as we celebrate Homecoming. "Mini Majestics" (grades K-4) and "Majestics in Training" (grades 5-6) will perform the pre-game Fight Song in the Victory Lines on the field, and will then sit with the Majestics and participate in "stand routines" in the bleachers. For additional information click here.

Homecoming Mums
The Lovejoy Majestics will be selling mums in the high school commons area during A, B and C lunch from Monday, September 25th through October 12th between  11:25 AM and 1:00 PM; and in the evenings, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the high school between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM beginning September 26th through October 12th.   

Majestic Mums are a great Lovejoy tradition with all profits supporting the Majestics Dance Team. A dazzling array of mums and garters will be offered to suit any taste and budget.  Unique custom designs are available for mums and garters with numerous decorative ribbons, bling, and sports specific trinkets from football, basketball, baseball, band, theater, choir, fishing, wrestling and so much more.  Come by the LHS Commons Area to see the offerings.  The Majestics thank you for your support.

New This Year:  Name loops, braids and bases to buy to help you make your own.  

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_christiensen@lovejoyisd.net.  P.S.  Dogs are welcome!

LHS Senior, Sloan Carevic, will be hosting a swim camp for elementary students on September 23rd and October 21st at the Lovejoy swimming pool located behind Sloan Creek Intermediate School.  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.

Blackout Homecoming Shirts 
Lovejoy Homecoming is Friday, October 13th.  Be a part of the Homecoming tradition by wearing the "Black Out" spirit shirt.  The deadline for orders is Friday, September 29th. T-shirts are $10 each.  To print the Order Form, please click here .  Additionally, "Black Out" spirit shirts will also be available during lunches at WSMS and LHS from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM during Homecoming week.   

 
 HELP for Houston
Special thanks to Inga Van Wagoner for leading the HELP for Houston drive which yielded over $50,000 in donations. Special thanks also goes to the Lovejoy community for your overwhelming support and generosity. You may 
click here for detailed information regarding the successful drive, and for photos.  

Hurricane Relief
In light of the devastation caused by Harvey, Anthony Tang (LHS Senior) is leading the way to help those affected by the hurricane. From sorting toothbrushes to organizing fundraising drives in the district, Anthony has been doing anything he can to help the cause.
Anthony, a senior at Lovejoy High, first learned of the traumatic impacts of the storm when he contacted a childhood friend who lives in Houston. "My buddy's family was fortunately not severely affected because his house is on higher ground, but many other houses in surrounding neighborhoods were flooded and ruined. I can't imagine the troubles those families are facing, but I want to help in any way I can." Anthony has reached out and partnered with Trusted World and Salvation Army and has delivered boxes of donations to be transported from their warehouses. "It makes me smile to see how genuinely cooperative people are in this time of need. Everyone I have worked with seems so willing to help."
Anthony is requesting the help of fellow Leopards.  There is a need for clothes and shoes, especially for youth. Other supplies in need include Adult X-Large T-Shirts and undergarments, as well as Women's Sports-bras. If you wish to donate supplies or help pack donations to support this cause, please contact Anthony at:  tang_anthony@lovejoyisd.com
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