SCIS Parent Message
#Be The Difference 
11.2.17
   Parent Video Message
Principal's Message
Sloan Creek Parents,

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! I know our learners are enjoying the warm weather during recess this week! 

I hope each of you will watch the video above for details regarding:
  • This Week:
  • Parent Coffee Tomorrow @ 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
    • "Making Good Choices Online" presented by Sarah Pierson,  Collin County Children's Advocacy Center (See Details Below) 
  • Last Week to give us feedback on the Parent Homework Survey.  
  • Next Week: 
  • Benchmarks Monday and Wednesday,  Nov. 6th and 8th.
  • Veterans Day celebration and Thanksgiving Feast- Tuesday, Nov. 7th. 
    • (see below for details) 
  • Parent Training for being a student mentor  and helping with SCIS testing.
    • Friday, November 10th @ 9:00-10:00 am. 
With an Attitude of Gratitude, 
 
Ray Winkler
Principal
214.417.4660 

New SCIS Information
Principal Coffee~ November 3rd @ 9 a.m.  in the SCIS Cafeteria
Sarah Pierson, Community Educator
Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County



SCIS Parents,

Are you wondering how to establish digital family guidelines to safeguard your children? The SCIS PTA invites you to come hear from Sarah Pierson, Community Educator with Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County. She brings a knowledgeable and eye-opening perspective that is invaluable to parents.

Encouraging responsible technology use is an essential part of protecting children from online threats. Because it would be impossible for parents to keep up with every new technology platform with which children interact, it is imperative that parents have open dialogs with their children about responsible use of technology and online reputation management. Parents should be concerned not with limiting their children's use of technology or completely removing potential dangers but rather with teaching their children how to behave responsibly and safely in an interconnected world.

Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County is privileged to co-house two full-time cyber crime detectives who are part of the FBI's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Experts on these crimes tell us that the most important tool for protecting children online is positive, open communication with children. Just as you teach your children the rules of the road before handing them the car keys, so you should also teach your children the rules of the Internet before allowing them unfettered access to the digital world.
~ Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County on  Cyber Citizenship
Please join us for our Annual Lovejoy Thankgiving Luncheon and Veteran's Recognition Celebration at Sloan Creek November 7, 2017

Lunch Details

5 A Lunch 5 B Lunch
10:30-11:05 Lunch  10:30-10:50 Veteran's Day
11:10-11:30 Veteran's Day  10:50-11:00 Recess
11:30-11:40 Recess 11:05-11:40 Lunch


6 A Lunch 6 B Lunch
11:45-12:20 Lunch 11:45-12:05 Veteran's Day
12:20-12:40 Veteran's Day 12:05-12:15 Recess
12:40-12:50 Recess 12:15-12:50 Lunch

Recycling Week and Project Warm US collection-November 6-10
Let's celebrate Recycling Week by donating our gently used adult clothing to the homeless. Project Warm US takes warm items to the homeless and shelters in our area. They are in need of adult-sized coats, shoes, and blankets. If you can help us reuse your warm items and help a worthy cause, please place your items in the collection bin near the front office.  


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.

From The Nurse
Donate Halloween Candy to our Troops and First Responders
We are excited to partner with Texas Pediatric Dentistry in McKinney and Operation Gratitude to donate Halloween candy to our troops and first responders. We will be collecting the leftover Halloween candy on November 1, 2 and 3.
For more information about Operation Gratitude, see this link: https://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/halloween-candy-for-the-troops/.
I will be taking the candy to Texas Pediatric Dentistry, Saturday, November, 4 and they will get it to Operation Gratitude.


Thank you!
Tamara Pierce
School Nurse

Healthy Zone October Newsletter

Student Nutrition
October  Newsletter

SCIS Calendar of Events

November 03 Principal's Coffee 9:00 am-10:30 am
November 06 Yearbook Club
2:50 pm-3:45 pm
November 06 Chess Club
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
November 06 Sloan Creek Chorale Rehearsal 
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
November 07 Thanksgiving Luncheon
November 08 Fine Arts Fundraiser Delivery  
November 13 Yearbook Club 2:50 pm-3:45 pm
November 13 Chess Club 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
November 13 Sloan Creek Chorale Rehearsal 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Novebmer 15 Student Lighthouse Meeting 2:50 pm-4:30 pm
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 Choir Rehearsal  3:15 pm - 4:15 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

Dear Sloan Creek PTA Members,
First I'd like to offer you my heartfelt thanks for taking a huge step to support our Sloan Creek students! By joining the PTA, you are already helping to provide fantastic events, programs, and advocacy that benefits all SCIS students. One of the ways that we say thank you for joining is by producing a SCIS Student Directory , and it's here! Watch for your copy to come home with your student this week.

If you haven't already, please consider making a one-time contribution to the 2017-2018 SCIS Donation Drive online. We've made it easier than ever- just click HERE to donate! Every dollar raised stays at Sloan Creek to benefit our students.

Also, don't miss our NEW SCIS PTA site! It has information about Reflections, volunteer opportunities, and online donations. You can also access the site by visiting the district's Sloan Creek site: click the Parents tab, then choose Sloan Creek PTA.

The 2017 Reflections- "Within Reach" contest is in high gear. Ask your student what he/she is planning to submit. Click HERE for details about entry categories, deadline, an entry form and other details.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support,
Stephanie McGowan
Sloan Creek PTA




District News
Madagascar Live Tickets on Sale Now!
The animals are escaping from the Central Park Zoo.  Join the WSMS Musical Theatre Cast for an enjoyable evening of fun as they proudly present Madagascar Live on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the Lovejoy High School Auditorium.  All seats are reserved. Tickets may be purchased online at the  Fine Arts Ticket Box
 
If you like to Move It, Move It - we hope to see you at the show.
A New Tradition
The Lovejoy High Cheer Team is pleased to announce the new tradition of "Chant of the Week." 
The winning streak continues for the varsity football team. Please watch our Lovejoy Varsity cheerleader's video and be ready to cheer our Leopards to victory at this Friday night's game at Mesquite Memorial Stadium at 7:30 PM against Mesquite Poteet. We hope to see you at the game.  

Lovejoy Orchestra Spirit Day/Night: November 7
Join the Lovejoy Orchestra for their spirit day/night at Raising Cane's on Tuesday, November 7th, from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM. This is an all-day event so if you are unable to stop by for dinner, you may pick up lunch and still support the Lovejoy Orchestra Booster Club. 15% of the proceeds will go to the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order, please let them know you are with the Lovejoy Orchestra. This includes dine in, drive thru and take out.
 
We look forward to seeing you at Cane's for a great combo of delicious food and good company in support of the Lovejoy Orchestra.  Raising Cane's is located at 190 E. Stacy Road in Allen.   

E-Waste Recycling Event: November 11
Lovejoy High School will host an e-waste recycling event on Saturday, November 11th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the front parking lot of LHS. Now is the perfect time to gather electronic items you would like to dispose of. Click here for additional information regarding the e-waste collection.

Girls Lacrosse Try-It Clinic: November 11
Lovejoy Lacrosse will host a free try-it clinic and introduction to lacrosse for all Lovejoy girls in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The clinic will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Willow Springs Middle School Football Field. No lacrosse experience is necessary and there is no need to register. This will be a fun, no pressure environment where Lovejoy girls can try lacrosse and parents can learn about the Lovejoy Lady Leopards Lacrosse program. Please click here for additional information.
 
Last year's inaugural season was a great success. Now, we're looking for more girls to join the fun. Come out and see why lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States and in North Texas.
 
Questions? Click here to email Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse.  


Running Over Depression 5K and 1K Fun Run: November 11
Bradley Davis, James Ayers, and Jonah Barton are organizing the second annual Running Over Depression 5K and 1K event for their Senior Projects. Last year, this event had over 360 participants, and raised over $8,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This year, the organizers are looking forward to increasing the number of participants and involvement from the Lovejoy Community. The event will be held on Saturday, November 11th. The entry fees are $20 for the 1K and $30 for the 5K, with all proceeds donated to the AFSP. You may register by clicking here.  Register early, as prices increase after November 3rd.







Safe!: November 8
Issues Affecting Today's Teens and How You Can Help
 
We all want to keep our teens safe.  Join Vanita Halliburton and Dr. Ray Levy on Wednesday, November 8th at 11:30 AM in the Lovejoy ISD Administration Building Board Room to learn how to:
 
  • Recognize signs of distress in teens
  • Promote brain health
  • Foster resiliency and positive coping skills
  • Know the warning signs of suicidal behavior
  • Find help for a struggling teen
  • Implement protective measures to keep teens SAFE!
 
Vanita Halliburton is president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness and understanding of adolescent mental health and suicide prevention.  She speaks from the heart about her son's battle with depression and bipolar disorder and his suicide at the age of 19.
 
Ray Levy, Ph.D., LSSP is in private practice in Dallas, TX and works extensively with high risk children, children with ADHD and strong-willed behaviors.  He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows discussing various psychological issues.  Dr. Levy travels throughout the country giving workshops and talks on therapy, and child and adolescent issues.








Lovejoy High School Honors Veterans
On November 13th at 6:00 PM, Lovejoy High School will host its annual Veterans Day Banquet. The event, catered by Rudy's Barbecue, is open to all veterans and their families. Please share this information with friends and family members, and  click here to RSVP.  


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.


Lovejoy is kicking off it's 4th annual Lovejoy Letter Campaign for teachers/staff
Dear SCIS Families,
We need your help for an upcoming opportunity to let our teachers and staff know how much our Lovejoy ISD community values them and what an impact each one has on our children! The district provides an extra check for teachers the day before Thanksgiving break. In addition to those checks, again this year we would love to include a hand written letter from Lovejoy ISD families expressing gratitude and appreciation to each teacher and staff on your campus. Letters should simply be a #shortandsweet note of thanks that expresses how much #weloveourteachers.
We would be so grateful if you could write a letter or letter(s) to any teacher or teacher(s)/staff, either current or past, that have been valuable to your child(ren)'s educational experience. Please clearly label the envelope with the staff/teacher's name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign) and return the letter to the front office by Friday November 10th.
The letter campaign has become such a meaningful tradition. We really appreciate the time and effort your contributions will make again to this year's letter campaign.

Sincerely,
Anne Smith
Lovejoy Letter Campaign Coordinator 2017
#shortandsweet #weloveourteachers

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

Kendra Scott Gives Back
Kendra Scott is hosting a "give back" event with 20% of the sales going to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Kendra Scott will provide snacks and beverages. We hope you will join us for this special event.
 
Thursday, November 9
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kendra Scott in Watters Creek
888 Watters Creek Boulevard


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
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:
 
Lovejoy High School
 
Willow Springs Middle School
 
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.