October 7, 2021
Dear Hart Families,

Happy Thursday! We have had a beautiful week of weather, and it has been so fun to have lunch guests back on campus. When you are enjoying lunch with your child, please know that this is a time for you and your child. A friend may not come and join you for lunch. We also respectfully ask that you do not walk your child back to class. Please leave your child at the cafeteria, and then come to the front office to check out. Thank you in advance for following these procedures.

I am sure I don’t have to tell you, but this weekend we have a four-day holiday. LISD students and teachers will not have school on Friday, October 8th, and Monday, October 11th. I hope you and your family have an opportunity to spend some time together, create great memories, and enjoy the short break from school.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.  
 
All My Best,
Wendy Craft
Wendy_craft@lovejoyisd.net
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
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.

LISD Socioeconomic Information Form
This year, all Lovejoy ISD parents are asked to complete the LISD Socioeconomic Information Form, regardless of socioeconomic need. State and federal funds are allocated to school districts based on this information.
 
If you have already completed this form for 2021-2022 you do not need to complete another form. However, if you have not completed this form for the 2021-2022 school year, please click Socioeconomic Information Form to download the form, complete one form per student and return it either to the campus PEIMS personnel (Alis Brantl) or to PEIMS Coordinator, 259 Country Club Rd, Allen, TX 75002 by October 8, 2021.

If you prefer to complete the form online, please click On-line Socio Economic Information Form. We still require this to be completed for each student.

Please note that this form is not sent to the Texas Education Agency and that the income levels indicated for your family are not reported to the Texas Education Agency. Only the Economic Disadvantaged status of each student as determined by the information provided is reported to the Texas Education Agency.
Football Update
Lovejoy ISD is extremely fortunate to have strong family and community involvement. 
We value the partnerships that we share among our students, families, and community members. 

The District is thrilled this year to have had an unusually high turnout at the last two home varsity football games. The attendance has been a great show of support for our students, particularly following the 20-21 school year. 

With the increase in attendance, our administration team has spent time reviewing the organization and safety of the varsity football games. We have determined areas that require attention to provide our patrons with a positive experience at these events. The following adjustments have been made and will go into effect for the upcoming game this Thursday, October 7th. 
  • Additional ushers will be in place to assist with seating and monitoring.
  • Season ticket holders will be required to secure a wristband for reserved seating. (Tables will be set up inside the gates to distribute the wrist bands.)
  • Students will be expected to remain seated in the stands during the game. 
  • K-6 students should sit with their parents. LJHS and WSMS students can sit in their respective student sections. Students will not be allowed to congregate below and around the stadium stands.
  • We request any type of ball, frisbee, etc, be left at home and not brought inside the gates.
  • Additional Lovejoy ISD district and campus administrators will be on-site to provide assistance and monitor designated areas.
  • Gridiron Club has been relocated to a centralized location outside of the stadium.
  • Additional signage will be posted in the parking areas and stadium.

Don’t forget we offer parking shuttles from Hart Elementary, Willow Springs Middle School, and Grace Church. Staff will be on-site to assist.

Again, we believe these changes will provide for a safe and positive experience for everyone. We thank our school community for supporting our student events throughout the year.  

We look forward to seeing you Thursday evening at Leopard Stadium!
Water Bottles: Please Send a Water Bottle With Your Student Each Day
Please make sure you send a water bottle to school with your student each day. We have several water bottle fillers in the school that students can use to refill their water bottle if it runs out.

Please note: We have lots of water bottles in Lost and Found in the Cafeteria if your child is missing his/her water bottle.
Kindergarten Field Trip to the Dallas Arboretum
Kindergarten will be going on a field trip to the Dallas Arboretum on Friday, October 15th. They will be attending a pumpkin class with time to explore the pumpkin exhibits at the Arboretum. To pay for your student's trip please click HERE to pay. If you have any questions please reach out to your child's teacher.

If you would like to Chaperone the Kindergarten Field Trip to the Dallas Arboretum, please click here to complete your Volunteer Background Check (if you have not already done so).
Picture Volunteers Needed
School Pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th and Wednesday, October 19th. We need 2 parent volunteers each day from 8:00 - 11:15am to help with pictures. If you would like to Volunteer, please contact Erin Johnston @ erin_johnston@lovejoyisd.net. Volunteers will be taken on a first come first serve basis. Thank you for giving us your time!
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.
October Student Nutrition Newsletter
Our October Newsletter is here, and the topic is 5 Game Day Foods That Will Score Big This Football Season. 
PTO News
Membership
Calling all Hart students, staff, and families!! We want all of you to be members of Hart Elementary PTO! Every dollar goes towards staff appreciation, student activities, programming, cultural arts, etc. Thank you in advance for your support! 

Join by scanning the QR code or by visiting our website: ptohes.membershiptoolkit.com

Leopard Drive
Help support our staff and students here at Hart by participating in our annual Leopard Drive. No amount is too big or too small! All of your dollars stay at HART!
Funds collected will be put towards:
  • Student Enrichment Programs
  • Dad Programs
  • Family Fun Night
  • Author Visits
  • ArtSparks
  • Art Contests
  • Staff Luncheons
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Environmental Programs
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Field Day
  • Spiritwear
  • Science Night
  • Leopard Friday
  • Ice Scream Social
  • Donuts/Muffins with Parents
  • Newsletters
  • Senior Scholarship
Head on over to our homepage and click Donate Now!! 

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
Grade Level Copies - Grade Level Copies

Dads @ Hart
We over 100 dads signed up so far! Thank you to those that have volunteered! There are still slots available if you are interested. Please follow our sign-up instructions found here: Dads @ Hart Form Instructions. The Dads@Hart program offers an opportunity to spend 1 day in your child’s classroom and assist in other activities on campus.

Please email Brian Butler, dadsathart@gmail.com with any questions about the program.

Hospitality
A big thank you to all the families that donated items for the October Thankful Cart. The donated snacks and treats will be provided to Hart staff throughout the month of October.
SAGE
WAYS & MEANS
Did you know raising money for Hart Elementary PTO is as easy as scanning your receipts or linking your shopping accounts? Here’s how:  
 
Box Tops:  Make a difference for our school every time you shop.  Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. From playground equipment to technology to library books, your school can use this money to help teachers and students get the supplies they need. 
 
How to Donate:   
  • Download the Box Tops app using this link:  https://www.boxtops4education.com/  
  • Create an account, linking our organization, Hart Elementary PTO. 
  • When you use the app to scan your store receipts (any store), it will find participating products purchased and instantly add cash to Hart Elementary PTO.   
 
AmazonSmile:  A simple and no-cost way to donate to Hart Elementary PTO now works on the Amazon Shopping app. It’s easier than ever to support our work anytime, anywhere. Through its AmazonSmile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to our PTO. 
 
How to Donate: 
  • Get the App:  Download or update the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android. 
  • Sign up for Amazon Smile: Simply sign up by selecting your favorite charity:  Hart Elementary PTO 
  • Turn on AmazonSmile:  Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.  In order to turn on AmazonSmile, you will need to turn on notifications.  If you do not wish to have notifications turned on, you may still earn money for Hart PTO by shopping directly at Smile.Amazon.com.  
  
Kroger:  You shop, Kroger gives. Once you sign up, any transaction using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account/app will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you.   
 
How to Donate:  
  • Create a digital account:  Sign up for a digital account here:  Kroger.com 
  • Link your Kroger Shopper’s Card to your digital account. 
  • Download the Kroger app and link your digital account information: 
  • Link Hart Elementary PTO: Once you have created a digital account, sign into your account.  Under the “My Account” tab, click on “Community Rewards” and search Hart Elementary PTO in order to add us as your chosen organization. 
Spiritwear
Please note our NEW pickup procedures below:

** Any order placed M-TH by 2 pm will be available for pickup that Friday. If an order is placed after 2 pm on Thursday, it will be available for pickup the following Friday. **

Orders will be placed in your child's backpack to go home with them on Thursdays. If you do not have a child at Hart, you will pick them up at the front office on Fridays 12-2 pm. 

Check out the New Spiritwear On Sale Now!!!
Programs
Nana Puddin' Grows a Garden by Dennis Lee
The Hart PTO is excited to welcome back in person DENNIS LEE on October 29th!!!
This year’s show will encourage you and your students to "SQUASH" hate and hurt, "TURNIP" love and joy, and grow "GOOD STUFF" in the World. Nana Puddin' discovers, "If it doesn't help you grow, then you can let it go." Since the World is our garden, let's get GROWING!
Red Ribbon Week
We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 25th - 29th. More information including theme dress up days coming soon!
Leopard Friday
Come visit the Elementary PTO booth at Leopard Friday on October 22nd. Both campuses will be offering spiritwear and the opportunity to become a member! We hope to see you there! 
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! 
October
7th - End of 1st 9 Weeks
8th - School Holiday (No School)
11th - School Holiday (No School)
19th - School Pictures (Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd)
20th - School Pictures (1st and 4th)
22nd - Early Release @ 12:00pm
22nd - Leopard Friday
25th - 29th - Red Ribbon Week
29th - Family Fun Night
Helpful Resources
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