Principal Message:  September 14, 2017


D ear Parents,
We have had another fantastic week at Lovejoy Elementary. We are all working on having a growth mindset and being eager to accept challenges.  Instead of "I can't," we say "I'm not there YET!"  This will help us to be flexible thinkers now and in our future.

If you have not had the opportunity, I highly encourage you to join our PTA. Our PTA sponsors many programs like W.A.T.C.H. Dogs, the Ice Cream Social, guest speakers, and author visits. They definitely add value to Lovejoy Elementary and help us continue our strong legacy.  

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 

TOMORROW! International Dot Day
International Dot Day is named for the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot . The book shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to "make her mark." Her advice is to "Make a mark and see where it takes you." Here at Lovejoy students are also making their mark while visiting the library this week. They are creating dots that will come together in a beautiful art project that will remind students that even if you start small, you have started. You can always add on to what you have begun.


NEXT WEEK!  Ice Cream Social
Our PTA will, once again, host the Lovejoy Elementary Ice Cream Social.  I highly encourage you to attend as it's a great time to meet or to reconnect with other Lovejoy families.  This is a FREE event for our families to meet new families.  I hope you'll be able to join us on September 21 st at 6:00 in the Lovejoy Cafeteria.  Also, our staff member will be attending to mix and mingle with all of our families.  Following the meeting, we will have a PTA General Meeting.


Lovejoy Elementary PTA 
We noticed that you haven't joined the Lovejoy Elementary PTA and would like to invite you to join.  At Lovejoy Elementary we work together with the staff to enrich the students, staff, and parents at our school.  Please refer to the flyer included in your child's Thursday Folder  for 8 Myths about joining the Lovejoy PTA.  If you have questions, please contact Abby Gray , LES PTA Membership Chair, abbybauer@hotmail.com .

To sign up online click here .



NEW! PTA Reflections
This year's PTA Reflections art 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, Visual Arts, Music Composition, and Photography.   Please  click here   for more information. The deadline is Friday, October 27, 2017. You may contact Christina Smith with questions at smithtopia@gmail.com.




NEW! Early Release
On Friday, September 22nd, we will have an early release day. Our students will be released at noon. Please click here for the schedule.


NEW! Leopard Live & Spirit Day
On Friday, September 22nd, we will have our first Leopard Live of the school year at 8:00.  We will have all of our Leopard Live's this year at 8:00.  We made this decision from the parent feedback that we received last year.  This is an opportunity for us to celebrate our students who model the character trait for the current six weeks and to highlight our Leopard Leaders. It is a great morning of celebration. We hope that you will be able to join us.   Make sure to wear your new Lovejoy Elementary shirt.  The shirts will be sent home next Thursday.




NEW! 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




NEW! Title I Overview
On Thursday, September 21st, we will have our Title I Parent Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the gym. This is a brief meeting to explain the Title I process and purpose.


 




NEW! 3rd Grade Dallas Symphony Orchestra Field Trip
All 3rd graders will attend a performance at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center on October 4th from 11:30am - 12:15pm.  The cost of the field trip is $6.50 and is due on September 21st. You can pay online using Revtrak or with cash or check in the office.  Additional information and a permission slip went home in your child's Thursday Folder today!


NEW! 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!


REMINDER! Girl Scouts
At Girl Scouts, the next opportunity to stand up, speak up, and take the lead is never far away. With us, you will discover the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ in you, and watch her shine, again and again. Would you like to learn more about Girl Scouts? Join us for our information event on Saturday, September 17th . For additional information please click here   or email serviceunit101@yahoo.com .


NEW CLASS ADDED! Watch Me Sculpt
Back by Popular Demand!!!  We have added another Watch Me Sculpt Class after school on Wednesdays. Sign up NOW!!!  The class will start next Wednesday, September 20th. The cost is $78 for the six week session. All supplies are included.  Please click here to register.

 
REMINDER! 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.


REMINDER! 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.



 
REMINDER!
LOVEJOY CHILDREN'S CHOIR - 4TH, 5TH, 6TH GRADERS
The Lovejoy ISD Children's Choir, directed by the Lovejoy ISD Elementary Music  Speciali sts, is designed to serve the needs of our district's 4 th , 5 th and 6 th grade students who are committed to a musically exceptional experience. Auditions will be held for any and all LISD 4 th , 5 th and 6 th grade students interested in participating. Returning                                               members do not need to audition.
Audition Dates:
  • Thursday, September 14 (3:30 - 4:30PM) Sl oan Creek Intermediate School Choir Room
  • Tuesday, September 19 (3:30 - 4:30PM) Sloan Creek Intermediate School Choir Room
Singers selected to sing with the Lovejoy Children's Choir will rehearse weekly to prepare for a short performance at the LISD Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12PM and the final concert on Tuesday , F ebruary 27, 2018 at 6:30PM.

Questions can be directed to your child's music teacher or Anne Tracy (Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net).



Monday, September 18th 
Talent Show Tryouts 
Tuesday, September 19th
Ants & Grasshoppers; 1:45pm
Talent Show Tryouts 
Wednesday, September 20th
Talent Show Tryouts 
Thursday, September 21st 
Ice Cream Social; 6:00pm
PTA General Meeting; 7:00pm
Title I Parent Meeting; 7:30pm 
Friday, September 22nd
Leopard Live; 8:00am
Early Release; 12:00pm
Leopard Friday 
 

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

North Texas Giving Day
The Foundation for Lovejoy School's Annual Appeal, #WeLoveLovejoy, is underway. Our goal is to receive donations from 650 donors totaling $200,000. The Foundation Board of Directors asks you to join them in giving to the Foundation on North Texas Giving Day, TODAY, from 6:00 AM - midnight.



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.
 
Elementary Swim Camp
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.   

Leopard Friday:  September 22
The Lovejoy Independent School District will host a free community event on September 22nd from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Leopard Friday.
On Leopard Friday, the Courtyard at Lovejoy High School will be transformed into a showcase of our students, clubs, community, and organizations. There truly is something for everyone:
  • Face painting
  • Candy and tattoo prizes
  • Cotton candy and popcorn
  • Instrument "petting zoo"
  • Try out multiple sports
  • Spirit wear for purchase
  • And much more
We will end the event with a community pep rally at 6:30 PM in the LHS Courtyard. All Leopard fans will be invited onto the field to form a spirit line prior to kick off.

Visual Arts

Water
Exhibition and Fundraiser for Harvey Relief
Lovejoy Visual Art Gallery - Lovejoy High School
Opening Reception and Silent Auction: Thursday, September 14th, 6-8pm

Lovejoy Visual Art AP Studio students are hosting a charity exhibition and fundraiser to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding of the Houston area.  The exhibit will feature over 30 pieces created by AP Studio artists as a response to the need of the many who have been affected by this downpour.  All work in the exhibit will be sold through silent auction to benefit charitable organizations specified by each artist.  Join us in the celebration of hope and giving.
 
 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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