Principal Message:  September 21, 2017


D ear Parents,

This is an exciting week in our community. I hope that you will be able to join us tonight for our PTA Ice Cream social. This is a great event to meet new families, visit with your child's teacher, and of course, eat some yummy ice cream.  Then, on Friday our district, will have our annual Leopard Friday.  This is a great community event for all of families. From 5:00 - 7:00, the high school boosters create fun, free, and interactive games for our students. Then, if you enjoy football, you can walk over to the game. I look forward to seeing all of you over the next couple of days.
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! 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



NEW!   School Wide Shirts are HERE!
If you ordered our new school-wide Lovejoy Elementary shirt, then your child will receive it today.  If you did not order a shirt, we do have a limited supply of some shirts. You are more than welcome to come in Friday morning and buy one from the office.   We are asking all students to wear their shirt on Friday! If you believe that you ordered a shirt, but did not receive it, please contact Erin Johnston at erin_johnston@lovejoyisd.net or Sondra Payne at sondra_payne@lovejoyisd.net .



TOMORROW! 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.


TONIGHT!  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.



TONIGHT! Lovejoy Elementary PTA 
Social.  Please join us TONIGHT in the gym.

To sign up online click here .



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




TONIGHT! 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.


 




DUE TODAY! 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!


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!



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.

 
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.





NEW! State Fair of Texas Ticket
Included in your child's Thursday Folder is a Student State Fair of Texas Ticket. This ticket is valid any Monday - Friday September 29th through October 22nd, 2017.



Monday, September 25th 
4th Grade Curriculum Night; 6:00pm
Tuesday, September 26th 

Wednesday, September 27th

Thursday, September 28th 

Friday, September 29th
Reading with the Leopards: Volleyball & Cross Country 
 

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.  

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_christiansen@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.   


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.

 
 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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