SCIS Parent Message
#Be The Difference 
11.16.17

Parent Video Message
Principal's Message
Sloan Creek Parents,

I hope each of you have a fun and relaxing thanksgiving holiday break with your families.  I know Mary and I are looking forward to getting to spend some time with our three kiddos watching some football and eating some turkey.  Since I grew up on a turkey farm you would think I am tired of eating turkey, but each year we continue to celebrate with lots of turkey and a few naps! 

I hope each of you will watch the video above for details regarding:
  • Parent Testing Training-Friday, 11/17 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Parent Mentor Training-Friday, 11/17 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Academic UIL Sign-Up Starts: 11/29
  • 6th Grade Orchestra and Choir Rehearsal after school 11/28
  • Lighthouse Leadership Meeting-11/29 2:50-4:00
  • 6th Grade Band Rehearsal 11/20
  • k-12 Fine Arts Festival 12/1 and 12/3

With an Attitude of Gratitude, 

 
Ray Winkler
Principal
214.417.4660 

Student Kudos
The Middle School Match-Up (MSM) was held this last weekend, November 10-12th. It is a unique area Baseball tournament in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Area between local Middle School Teams. The tournament has grown to over 60 teams from 6th-8th grade.

Our 6th grade boys that represented Lovejoy ISD - Sloan Creek were: Aarren Marshall, Kyle Branch, Grant Harlan, Parker Daniels, Colgin Pettit, Nicholas Perez, Colton Williams, Grant Yerkes, John Woody, and Nolan Novotny.

These boys played with a lot of  heart and took 1st Place in their division!!
Let's congrat them on winning their Championship and making #Lovejoyproud!
(Picture Below)


Exciting news! Chloe Russell was nominated to compete in the American Fine Arts Festival's International Voice Competition "Golden Voices of America 2017". The results came in on Friday and she received 2nd place. The winner's concert will be at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on December 10th.  #Lovejoyproud  (Picture Below)



The 6th grade Leopards won their championship game  in football and Sunday night.  The Sloan Creek team entered in the middle school Matchup won the 6th grade division. (Picture Below)  #Lovejoyproud 

New SCIS Information
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 Sloan Creek Intermediate School will have artwork on display and our Sloan Creek Chorale members and all Sixth Grade Band, Choir, and Orchestra members will perform throughout the day.
  • 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!



Christmas Social December 20
From The Nurse
Parents,

Flu Season is here again.  Just a reminder that students must stay home with a fever of 100.0 degrees or more.  Students must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school.  The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated.  For more information on influenza and prevention, see the CDC website, it has some great information:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email  tamara_pierce@lovejoyisd.net or call me: 469-742-8307.


Healthy Zone  
November  Newsletter

Student Nutrition 
November Newsletter


SCIS Calendar of Events

November 20-24 Thanksgiving Break
November 27 Sloan Creek Chorale Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 4:oo pm
November 27 Sloan Creek Chorale Rehearsal 
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
November 27 Chess Club
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
November 28 6th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
November 28 6th Grade Choir Rehearsal  3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
November 29 Student Lighthouse Meeting 2:50 pm-4:00pm
November 30 6th Grade Band Rehearsal  3:00 pm-4:30 pm
December 01  Progress Reporting Period Ends
December 01 Principal's Coffee 9:00 am-10:30 am
December 01 6th Grade Band performs at Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival Evening
December 02 6th Grade Choir and Orchestra performs at Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival  Various
December 04 Sloan Creek Chorale Rehearsal 
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
December 04 Yearbook Club 2:50 pm - 3:45 pm
December 04 Chess Club
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
December 11 Sloan Creek Chorale Rehearsal 
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
December 11 Chess Club
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
December 11 Yearbook Club 2:50 pm - 3:45 pm
December 20  End of Second 9 Weeks (G2)
Early Release

December 21-Jan 05 Holiday Break
January 08 Start of School (G3)

Message from Sloan Creek PTA

District News
A New Tradition
The Lovejoy High Cheer Team is pleased to announce the new tradition of "Chant of the Week." 
 
Please watch our Lovejoy Varsity cheerleaders' video and be ready to cheer our Leopards to victory at this Friday night's home game against Royse City at 7:30 PM. We hope everyone will join us for Senior Night, as we show our support for the Seniors at their last home game.

Lovejoy Gifted Association Parent Panel: November 16
The Lovejoy Gifted Association invites you to join them for an evening of wit and wisdom shared by parents of recent Lovejoy GT graduates. This is an opportunity to receive answers to questions you may have.  The Parent Panel members will share their stories and perspective on how to help you and your children get the most from the GT programs in LISD. It's a great opportunity for families who are new to GT to get a head start, as well as for families who have been with GT and are looking to reconnect as their children's interests continue to evolve and change. The event is sponsored by The Lovejoy Gifted Association and is open to all parents, teachers and students who are interested in learning more about the Gifted and Talented programs. You do not have to be a member to attend. Please contact Piritta van Rijn with questions. 


Thursday, November 16, 2017
Parent Panel: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Mix and Mingle: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Lovejoy High School
Lecture Hall
 
You may click here for additional information.
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).

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.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Discount
Thomas Mears, Group Sales Education Specialist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has arranged for Lovejoy families and staff members to receive a 20% discount for all DSO Concerts, with the exception of Beethoven's 9th in May. When purchasing tickets online at  www.mydso.com, type LOVEJOYISD20 at checkout to receive your 20% discount (you will be charged a $7 fee).  If you call the box office at 214.849.4376, you will receive the 20% discount, and will not be charged the $7 fee. 

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:mailto:  greg_christensen@lovejoyisd.net   P.S.  Dogs are welcome. 

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.

Kids 1st After School Program
Kids 1st is an after school program developed by Lovejoy ISD in order to provide quality, safe care for children at each of the elementary schools and also Sloan Creek. For information, please visit the Lovejoy ISD Kids 1st web page at:  Click Here

Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Registration for the Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program is now open.  If you have a child who will be 4 years of age by September 1, 2017, you may now register him or her in this tuition-based program.   Click here to access the registration packet. 
We are looking forward to offering this new program featuring credentialed teachers who will provide a developmentally appropriate experience which will prepare our four year olds for Kindergarten.  We fully recognize a Pre-K program must be highly engaging and allow our children to explore their creativity. Enrichment opportunities in Art, Music, Library, and Fitness, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) will be provided each week.  We are enthusiastic about this opportunity to provide a Lovejoy education for your youngest Leopards at Puster.  The Pre-K students will experience a rich learning environment which will provide them with a firm foundation for their K-12 Lovejoy experience.
You may  click here to review frequently asked questions.  For additional information, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003 or by  email.
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

Give to the Foundation via AmazonSmile
If you plan on purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider visiting Amazon Smile. Amazon established AmazonSmile to give back 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations. When you are ready to shop, log in to your Amazon account by visiting the AmazonSmile website for the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Once you have logged in, you will have access to the same products, same prices and same service you find at amazon.com. Thank you for your support of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.


SCIS Reminders
Dear SCIS Parents, 

We want to alert you that there has been one or more cases of head lice at SICS over the last few months.  If there is a concern with your child, our school nurse will contact you directly.  If you need additional information and resources, you may visit the CDC's website at the following link:  https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html 
 
Moreover, you may review the District's procedures for head lice on page 42 of the 2017-2018 Student Handbook, which states, in relevant part:

" If careful observation indicates a student has head lice, the school nurse will contact the student's parent to determine whether the child will need to be picked up from school, and to discuss a plan for treatment with FDA-approved medicated shampoo or cream rinse which may be purchased from any drug or grocery store. After the student has undergone one treatment, the parent should check in with the school nurse to discuss the treatment used. The nurse can also offer additional recommendations, including subsequent treatments and how to best get rid of lice and prevent their return."
 
Below is the link to the Handbook for your reference:
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Tamara Pierce, 
School Nurse

REMIND 101: TEXT (TEACHER CODE) TO 81010

Cooper
@coopers5t
Drummond
@drummond5
McClintick
@emccli
Thornton
@fa62678
Turner
@8bd763
Bradshaw
@fg892e
Nash
@hf7dkc4
Rohlmeier
@rohlm
McTee
@4d938g4a
 
Reagan
@kc66kbk
Reagan - GT
@42886017
5th Math
@scis5t
Person
@df24f8
Casey
@22gg6d
Pomponio
@jpompo
Wojcik
@mrsgunderw
Anderson
@ha99cg8
Anderson -GT
@ecd1d
Underwood
@mrsunderw
Love
@gtela6
Chadwick
@mrschad
6th Math
@28e22k
Kuneman
@mrkuneman


FERPA and General Waivers
This must be done again every year via powerschool, 
It is, once again, time to complete the FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) and General Waiver forms electronically. Also, please take the time to verify that all other required forms have been completed. You can find these forms on line by:
1. Go to the LISD Website . 
2. Click on Parents, 
3. Power School Parent Portal
4. Input your user name and password
5. You should now be in PowerSchool. Click on the blue "Click here to access                       the Enrollment Packet Forms or to update student information."
6. 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 Lori Esser  a call at 469-742-8400.

Student Absences
For your convenience when your student is absent, you may send an e-mail to our PEIMS clerk,  Lori Esser, that will serve as a parent note.You are also welcome to call us, but we will require something in writing as well to satisfy the requirement. If your child does receive a note from a doctor's visit, please do send that in as well.


WOULD YOU LIKE DAILY TEXT UPDATES FROM SCIS? 
Here are the 4 easy steps:
  
1. Send a text message to the number:40404
2. Type this message:Follow @sloancreekis
3. Send the message above to the 40404 number
4. You will receive a daily update/reminder about SCIS
 
EMAIL COMMUNICATION
Be sure to take a moment to sign up, on the Lovejoy ISD website, to receive Mr. Moore's as well as my weekly e-mails.   Click here to sign up

Google Classroom Email Summaries for Parents/ Guardians
Lovejoy has been sending invitations for Google Classroom email summaries for parents/guardians over the last week; however, Google is having some technical issues with the invitations to all parent/guardian email addresses. We continue to work with Google to resolve this problem. Please continue to watch for your invitation for Google Classroom email summaries.
 
As a parent/ guardian, you may receive email summaries showing your student's progress in Google Classroom. You may choose daily or weekly emails, and unsubscribe or remove yourself from Google Classroom anytime. Guardian summaries include missing work, upcoming work, and class activity. As a parent/ guardian, you must receive and accept an email invitation before you receive email summaries. Following is a sample of the email invitation you may receive:

For additional information regarding Google Classroom email summaries for guardians, please  click here .  If you have questions, please contact the Library Media Specialist for your campus:
 
Sloan Creek Intermediate School


Volunteering at SCIS
Volunteer Applications Available 
The Online Volunteer Application for the 2017-2018 school year is now available. Please  click here access the application. Upon completion of the form, please be sure to click "Submit Application" located at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. The online application is a secure link.
For the safety of our students, a criminal history record is obtained annually for every person interested in volunteering at an LISD campus.
Your interest in serving as a volunteer is appreciated. Please email  Gina Ellis if you have any questions.