Puster Elementary School
Principal Message
November 17, 2017

A Message from Kevin Parker

This would be an even longer email if I listed all of the things our staff is thankful for because of how well we are taken care of by this community.  With that said, on behalf of the Puster staff I would like to say "thank you" for sending us children that allow us to do what we love to do and that is educate them.  They are eager to learn and with a support system at school and home we are able to do some amazing things with our students.  We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to your child's success.  Please accept my wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
 

Pride in Puster!
Kevin

Please let me know if I can do anything for you. You can always reach me on my cell phone at 469-667-2280. 

Follow Mr. Parker on Twitter @peskevinparker and follow what's happening on our campus @pusterlearners.


Dates to Remember

November 20 - 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break
November 27 - Choir and Chess Club
November 28 - STEM Class Grades K-1
November 29 - Starbooks Cafe
November 29 - STEM Class Grades 2-4
November 30 - Choir Tour
December 1 - 2 - Fine Arts Festival
December 4 - PTA Board Meeting
December 4 - Choir and Chess Club

 

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Campus Information
Absences/Tardies
Please e-mail Kendra Card @ Kendra_card@lovejoyisd.net 
each day  that your child is absent. Absences accompanied by a doctor's note are considered excused.
Parents of children who are absent (unexcused) for 3 or more days or parts of days within any 4 week period will receive a letter from our office. A meeting/action plan may be requested for any child who is absent 10 or more days within any 6 month period.

Please remember that students need to be seated in their classrooms when the 8:00 a.m. bell rings. Otherwise, they are considered tardy
If you have questions or need more information regarding our district policy on absenteeism, please contact our Assistant  Principal,  Holly Haynes: 469-742-8227 or email :
holly_haynes@lovejoyisd.net.


Lunchroom Visitors
You are welcome to have lunch with your child throughout the year.  Please keep in mind that you may only bring food for your child to eat.  We have many students on campus with food allergies and this will ensure that students are not put at risk.  Also, just as in years past, we ask that only you and your child sit at the designated tables closest to the hallway windows.

Morning Drop Off
This routine will stay the same as in years past.  Cars will enter the north driveway and come to the back of the campus.  Either staff or Safety Crew students will be waiting to assist your child out of the car.  On the first day of school, students will go immediately to their classroom regardless of what time they arrive.  Beginning on August 22, students who arrive before 7:45 AM will report to the cafeteria (3 rd /4 th graders) or the gym (KG, 1 st , 2 nd  graders).  They will then move to their classes when the bell rings at 7:45 AM.


Afternoon Pick Up
Students will be dismissed at 3:05.  Car riders will be dismissed to the back of the campus.  Please have your car number visible so this procedure will go as smoothly as possible.  If you plan to walk up to the front door to pick up your child, we will ask that you wait outside until the bus riders come through the front door.  We will then release your child to you.  This ensures the buses get out in a timely manner, as well as, we know exactly who your child is leaving campus with.  The safety of your children trumps everything else we do at Puster.



Each November communities across the country observe   National Diabetes Month to bring attention to   diabetes   and its impact on millions of Americans.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. While the causes of T1D are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. T1D is not related to diet or lifestyle, and there is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and-at present-nothing you can do to get rid of it. In T1D, the body's immune system destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, meaning the body produces little to no insulin to regulate blood sugar and get energy from food. The onset of T1D is sudden, leading to immediate insulin dependence and the need for injections. T1D requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels-even overnight-to avoid potentially lethal highs and lows in blood sugar, as well as other devastating complications like kidney, eye and nerve diseases, and heart disease. T1D can happen to anyone, and the number of people with T1D is expected to grow to 5 million by the year 2050 if we don't do something now.
To learn more about T1D and to support JDRF's mission  ,   please visit  
www.jdrf.org .
Please join us here at Puster to show our support for T1D by wearing Blue every Friday in November.

PRE - K News
To see Pre-K News  click here

PUSTER NEWS



November 20 - 24 Thanksgiving Break





NEW! Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival - December 1st and 2nd
The Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival is around the corner! There will be amazing performances by our music, dance, and theatre programs, and the artwork by the LISD visual art students is going to be sensational! Mark your calendar now to join us for the annual Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival on December 1st and 2nd, 2017. Admission is free.
  • EVERY student at Puster Elementary will have artwork on display and our Puster Pride Choir will perform at 10:30AM in the LHS gym.
  • The Fine Arts Boosters & Fine Arts Parents will provide a hearty chili luncheon, beverages, as well as delicious home baked treats for purchase throughout the day on Saturday.
  • A children's craft area and even a visit by Santa Claus will fill the time between the many opportunities to see the incredible work by the fine arts students in Lovejoy ISD.
  • Schedules are available on the Fine Arts Festival web site as well as updates and maps. https://tinyurl.com/LovejoyFine-Arts-Festival The performances and displays are FREE and open to the public.
  • The Festival needs your help with a donation or your time! Please review our sign up genius lists to see where your family can support the Fine Arts Festival.
We hope you and your family will join the Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts staff and students for this wonderful weekend of celebration!

Watch D.O.G.S. 100 DAD Challenge
T ake a day or ½ day to be a hero for your child. Get your picture on the Puster Watch D.O.G.S. wall with your child.
Signup below for your day. Let's see how fast we can fill this up. 
 
What is WATCH D.O.G.S and how do you participate? 
Watch D.O.G.S. is a program that helps bring dads and other male role models into our school.  Dad's spend a day with their child at school and get to interact alongside the teachers, help with carpool, monitor hallways, help out in the classroom, help with specials...the possibilities are endless.
 
Each Watch D.O.G. dad will need a T-shirt that he will wear on the day he is volunteering at the school.  Your child/children may also want a "My Hero" shirt to wear that day too.  Below is the link to purchase your t-shirts.  
 
*Dads order the official "Watch D.O.G.S ®" t-shirt
*For your kids order the "My Hero" t-shirt
 
To participate in the Watch D.O.G.S. at Puster you must be an approved volunteer.  Please complete the Lovejoy ISD 2017-2018 Online Volunteer Application:
 
Go to  www.lovejoyisd.net , selecting "Parents - Parent Resources" from the top tool bar, and "Volunteer Application" from the right side of the page.
Please get your application in quickly to allow the district time to perform the background check prior to your volunteer day as a Watchdog. If you are not approved you will not be allowed to volunteer
 
If you have any questions you can contact Henri Friloux at henri.friloux@gmail.com or 972-365-5478. 



LIBRARY NEWS

NEW! 4th Grade Morning Crew
If your 4th grader is interested in participating as a member of the Morning Crew in the spring semester, the application will be open on the library webpage over the Thanksgiving Break. We have been advertising the opportunity to apply every day this week on announcements and have demonstrated where to find the application and description of job responsibilities. Students who have participated in the fall semester are welcome to apply again. However, priority will be given to students how have not yet participated. Thank you for your support of this very popular program!



NEW! Book Clubs--2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades
Students may begin signing up for the next round of book clubs after Thanksgiving Break. Books and days/times will be advertised on morning announcements, flyers around the school, and in the library. We will not begin meeting until January, but you may want to order books in advance. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!





NEW! Need ideas for holiday gifts?
Check out the items in our Makerspace. Your child may be interested in having these items at home as well.
https://goo.gl/oCVGBe 




NEW! Read in the car, on the airplane, on vacation. Use Overdrive!
Every Lovejoy ISD student has access to a fantastic online library. Overdrive is an app for any mobile-device and can also be used on a computer. There are many audiobooks available as well. Check out this resource here:
 

Makerspace Items
We are so fortunate to have a wide variety of items available for student use in our Makerspace. We often hear, "I wish I had this at home!" For your convenience, we have posted a document with pictures and names of some of our most popular activities. If you are looking for birthday or holiday gift ideas, take a look  HERE .





PTA NEWS

New: 
2017-2018 Yearbooks on Sale! 

The Puster yearbook for the 2017-2018 school year go on sale Monday, November 6. Purchase your yearbook(s) by clicking here.
The price for yearbooks is $25 which is the same as last year. After January 23 , the price will increase to $35.
DISTRICT NEWS

NEW! Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals
 
Referrals for kindergarten Gifted and Talented services will be available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal from December 1, 2017 - January 12, 2018.
 
An information session for the parents of kindergarten students will review the referral process, as well as the G/T services offered in Lovejoy.
 
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
December 4 or 15, 2017
9:00 AM or 4:30 PM (Session information repeats)
 
If you are unable to attend and would like more information, a slideshow presentation will be available on the Gifted and Talented webpage after the December 4th presentations. 

All kindergarten students will be tested at their home campuses in January. Additional testing for referred students is scheduled for both Saturday, February 10th and 24th. Services for identified kindergarten students begin March 1, 2018.

For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469-742-8015) or Brie Smith (469-742-8032).



NEW! Drop N Shop Fundraiser: December 8
Pajama Night with the LHS Cheerleaders
Kids, wear your pajamas and join the LHS Cheerleaders for a holiday fun-filled night while your parents shop or enjoy a night out. Play games, color, craft, and watch a holiday movie with the LHS Cheerleaders.  Click here for additional information and to register.
 
Friday, December 8
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lovejoy High School Auxiliary Gym
$30 first child; $20 each additional child









School Bus Safety Practices
 
We would like to remind everyone of the following school bus safety practices:
 
*When you see a school bus, assume children will be in the area, and take extra care: leave lots of space around the bus.
 
*When the bus turns on its flashing yellow lights, the bus is either preparing to stop at a railroad crossing or preparing to stop to pick up or drop off children.  Please slow down and prepare to stop. 
 
*When the bus turns on its flashing red lights traffic must stop in both directions.  Never pass a school bus with flashing red lights. 
 
Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students safe.

 
SchoolMessenger 
Lovejoy ISD is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger, the system we use for phone calls and email communications for information such as school closings due to inclement weather. SchoolMessenger will be configured to send text messages to your wireless phone number(s), with your approval. Please confirm we have your accurate wireless phone number in the PowerSchool Parent Portal and then opt-in to participate by following the directions below.
In order to receive messages from Lovejoy ISD or your student's school via SMS text we must have your wireless number(s) in SchoolMessenger and receive an "Opt-In Confirmation" from your wireless device.
You can easily opt-in by simply sending "Y" (or "Yes"), via text message, to our SchoolMessenger Short Code number 67587.
The wireless number(s) you enter into the PowerSchool Parent Portal are updated nightly. If you update your wireless number, or add a new number, in the PowerSchool Parent Portal, the new number will automatically be sent an Opt-In message.
To access the PowerSchool Parent Portal,  please click here . If you have any questions, or if we may be of any assistance, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.




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