November 4, 2021
Dear Hart Families,

These 3 day weeks fly by quickly. Our teachers worked hard on Monday and Tuesday collaborating and growing together. I am continually humbled by our staff's commitment to excellence that they strive to achieve each day to ensure our students are growing. Today, we were spoiled by our PTO with a yummy BBQ baked potato lunch. A big thank you to the Breaux Family for sponsoring our catered Dickey's BBQ teacher luncheon. It was scrumptious, and we ALL loved it.

Last Friday, we honored our Hart Heart of a Teacher and Heart of Support for October. Mrs. Anderson, our Heart of A Teacher recipient, is a hardworking and dedicated first grade teacher. She goes above and beyond to create strong relationships with her students and parents. She is willing to think outside the box for creative solutions to help her students grow academically and emotionally. For Heart of Support, Alis Brantl, our PEIMS clerk, was recognized. Mrs. Brantl is friendly, helpful, positive, flexible, and welcoming to all. She has a servant's heart, and she is the Heart of Hart. Please join me in congratulating both of these well-deserving ladies.
A huge thank you to Brad and Kasey Havens and the team at Lovejoy HVAC for donating and recognizing our October Lovejoy ISD Heart of a Teacher and Heart of Support recipients!

All recipients received a $50.00 Target gift card from Lovejoy HVAC.
On Wednesday, the Hart Elementary Library received a donation from the Armistice Memorial Post 2195. Retired Air Force Captain, Larry Nordgaard presented Mrs. Dawson with the book Twenty-One Steps. This book is a narrative of the unknown soldier, telling the history of the tomb beginning with the soldier's ultimate sacrifice made in World War I. I know that our students will enjoy reading this book and learning more about our unknown soldiers. We hope that you will be able to join us on Thursday, November 11th as we honor our Veterans. This is a small token of our gratitude for all of those who have served. Our second graders have been working very hard on this program. It will definitely be a can't miss event.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

All My Best,
Wendy Craft
214-551-4503 (cell)
469-742-8077 (office)
My mission is to be a servant leader who works with students, parents, and staff to build a community that fosters relationships and learning where everyone THRIVES. Each day, I strive to make the choice to be great versus comfortable, because you can't be both!
HES Information
Hart PTO Membership Meeting 
When: November 9th 
Time: 10:30am
Where: Leopards Lair
Join us for our November Membership Meeting to learn more about PTO and upcoming events and activities! Please stay after the meeting to enjoy our Parent Enrichment Speaker Amy Egan from Love and Logic.
Parent Enrichment: Parenting with Love and Logic
Bring your lunch and come to a Parenting with Love and Logic parent enrichment program on Tuesday, November 9th. Hart PTO will be hosting Life/Parent Coach Amy Egan at 11:00 am in the Leopards Lair! Love
and Logic is basically a process by which children grow through their mistakes and learn from the consequences of their choices. Children learn the best lessons when they're given a task and allowed to make their own choices (and fail) when the cost of failure is still small. Some of the program topics of discussion will be defining the most successful parents, never argue or defend yourself (instead use one-liners), few words-more action, mistakes are good (the road to wisdom is paved with mistakes) and more compliments-less reprimands to name a few. Hope you can join us!
Veterans Day Assembly: November 11th
You are invited to join us for our Veterans Day Assembly on Thursday, November 11th at 10:00 am. Please invite your special Veterans to attend.
We hope to honor these guests by showing them our gratitude and respect for their duty in serving to protect our country and enabling us to celebrate freedom in our everyday lives.  

Please email to RSVP and let her know how many veterans and how many visitors will attend the assembly by Monday, November 8th.

For anyone attending the assembly, you must click here and fill out the
FAST PASS Google Form. You will also need a copy of your driver's license when you arrive at LES on Thursday, November 11th.

Please click here to make a slide for your Veteran. This will be shown during the Veterans Day Assembly.
Picture Retake Day: November 16th
HES will have picture retakes on Tuesday, November 16th. If your child was absent on picture day or if you would like your child to retake their picture, please send your child to school dressed and ready this day. We will take pictures first thing in the morning so it does not interfere with other activities.
Mother Son Night
Friday, November 12th
Our Mother/Son event is just around the corner!
Hart Elementary PTO presents "Game Day" for
all Hart Mothers and Sons. Please purchase event
tickets if you haven’t already. The deadline to order tickets is November 8th!
Kids Heart Challenge: Join Today!
We have just kicked off our Kids Heart Challenge! Click here to join our Kids Heart Challenge teamOur students are going to learn all about heart health and making healthy choices, as well as the importance of kindness, teamwork, and leadership. It’s free to sign up your student, and Kids Heart Challenge benefits our school by providing valuable heart health & wellness resources for our community and classrooms, PE equipment, and funding. Joining the Kids Heart Challenge, sharing the message of heart health, and supporting the American Heart Association helps save lives. Students can also earn awesome thank you gifts! Thank you for your continued support of our school and the AHA.
Holly Jolly Run: December 4th
Holly Jolly Run is an event that the City of Allen Parks and Recreation sponsors. If you would like to register, please visit, Holly Jolly Runand sign up by Sunday, November 14th. When you register, please select Hart Elementary School so the PE program can earn school credit.
Why Attendance Matters
How important is it for kids to be in school? 
School attendance is a baseline factor in determining school success. A missed school day is a missed opportunity for students to learn. Regular attendance fosters a classroom connection between teachers and students. Attending school also provides time for social interactions with peers. 

Did you know that?
Attendance is the most significant driver in the funding Lovejoy ISD receives from the state each year? 
A 3% reduction in the yearly average daily attendance (ADA) can cause the district to lose $800,000 in funding. 
An increase of 1% in the yearly ADA can fund 3 teachers’ salaries. 
Although it may seem insignificant that the district loses $50 a day when a student is absent, consider the impact when 250 students are absent across the district and the district loses $12,500. Multiply that by 15 days and it is a loss of $187,500. The impact is significant.
Attendance taken at 10 AM determines the ADA funding that Lovejoy ISD receives for that date. If the student is on campus at that time, LISD receives approximately $50.00 per student. If a student is absent, ADA is lost.

Senior Project Book Drive: Last Day to Donate TOMORROW!
Dads at Hart 
We have opened up the Dad’s at Hart calendar and dads can now select a second date! Please follow our sign-up instructions found here: Sign Up Instructions. The Dads@Hart program offers an opportunity to spend one full day in your child’s classroom and assist with activities on campus.

Questions? Please email Brian Butler,
Lovejoy Letter Campaign
Lovejoy Family!! The 8th annual Lovejoy Letter Campaign for teachers and staff members has begun! Many of you are familiar with this beloved tradition, but for those of you who are not, it is the time of year when we write appreciation letters for each of our teachers and staff members across the district. 

The letters do not have to be elaborate or lengthy. The goal is just for people to write a note of thanks to show appreciation to their teachers, the staff and the administration in our district. It is the opportunity for us to take the time to let each person who makes a difference for us throughout the school day know how much we value them. 
Please clearly label the envelope with the staff/teacher’s name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign) and return the letter to the box located at the specified location of each campus no later than Friday, November 12th. Please feel free to share this message as we spread the word about the campaign. We do not want to add any extra burden to our kids and parents, but we do want to share how much we appreciate our teachers and staff - especially this year!

Please see the sign-up genius below if you would like to donate blank cards for this campaign. 

These can be left at the front desk. There will be cards on the front desk that you can use to write notes and a basket to place them in as well as a large bin with a red lid labeled “Lovejoy Letter Writing Campaign” for dropping off letters outside the front door of the school. We will start collecting notes the week of 10/25/2021, and the deadline for letters is 11/12/2021. 
PTO News
PTO Newsletter
Please Click Here to view the November PTO Newsletter!
Project WarmUS
We are partnering with Project WarmUS during recycle week 2021! We will be collecting new or gently used items including coats, socks, shoes, blankets and other warm accessories (gloves, hats, etc.) The donation drive will be during the week of November 15th-19th.
Volunteers Needed for Gift Wrapping
On December 9th and 10th we will be wrapping presents for our amazing Hart staff in the Lair. The staff will bring in their gifts and we will wrap and return them to save them some time during the holidays. Please think about signing up to help us gift wrap!

PTO Volunteer Opportunities
Hart Elementary is Parent Powered! Giving the gift of time is a wonderful and selfless thing. We are always looking for volunteers! Please stop by our homepage and click the Volunteer tab to read about the current opportunities available!  

We currently need volunteers for:
Library Assistance - Library Sign Up 

Ways & Means/Fundraising
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Raising Money for Hart Elementary PTO
Did you know raising money for Hart Elementary PTO is as easy as scanning your receipts or linking your shopping accounts? Here’s how:  

Click on the image below to sign up for these fundraising opportunities!

  • For more detailed information about how to create these accounts see the latest Hart Headlines Newsletter!
Foundation News
Annual Appeal Campaign
We’re excited to kick off our Annual Appeal campaign!  Our goal is to raise $300,000 and have 35% community involvement. The students of Lovejoy ISD are touched by Foundation dollars in every school and grade throughout the district. Now, more than ever, they need our support to ensure no interruption to the Lovejoy standard of exceptional learning. Click on the graphic below to visit our website today to learn more and donate! 
9th - PTO Board Meeting @ 9:30am
PTO General Meeting @ 10:30am
PTO Presents Parenting with Love & Logic @ 11:00am
11th - Veterans Day Assembly @10:00am
12th - Mother Son Night at Jumping World
15th - Recycle Week
16th - Picture Make-Up Day
22nd - 26th - Thanksgiving Break
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