September 2, 2022

Dear Parents,


We have concluded our third week of school! This week, it was so nice to have our Dad's@Hart and lunch guests in the building.  I just want to share a few reminders for our parents.

  • Our teachers are busy teaching during the day.  If you email them, then they might not have an opportunity to respond to you until after school.  Please call the office if you have an emergency or have a question. 


  • As a reminder, our school day begins at 7:55.  If your child is not in the building by 7:55, they will receive a tardy slip.


  • We have had several complaints from the homeowners on Spurgin Road, if you are parking on this road, please park in the grass along the Hart fence line.  Do not block any driveway.  If we can not abide by this, then we will have to implement a new system where only students who live in the neighborhood will be allowed to exit that way. Thank you in advance for helping us with this matter.


A big thank you to Mr. Butler, Mr. Wiltin, and Mr. Stovall for mowing our playground and around our school.  We really appreciate you jumping in and helping us out.  As you know, our maintenance department is very small, and due to the rain and some illness, they have fallen behind on the district's grounds schedule.  We appreciate these Dads jumping in to create a safe playground for our students.


I hope that you have a happy & safe 4 day weekend!  We will see everyone on Wednesday, September 7th!


As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let me know.


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

Office Closed


Our office will be closed on Monday, September 5th and Tuesday, September 6th. Thank you for understanding.

School Dismissal Manager: Action Needed!

We need all parents to set up your School Dismissal Manager account. If you have not set your default for School Dismissal Manager, please contact Janean Mancini at janean_mancini@lovejoyisd.net or 469.742.8200.

IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE REMINDERS & UPDATES


All families should have received their campus’ Beginning of Year Truancy Letter, via Bright Arrow. We felt that it was important to follow up with additional information.


In addition to the Compulsory Attendance Law that was addressed in the letter, there is also the 90% law; state law mandates that a student is in attendance at least 90 percent of the academic year.


In order to receive credit for a final grade in a class, a student is required to attend 90% of the days a class is offered, regardless of whether the student’s absences are excused or unexcused. 


All absences count towards the 90% law and Truancy, except for the following absences with the proper documentation: 

  • Religious Holidays with written request prior to the absence 
  • Attending a required court appearance
  • UIL eligible absences- Educational Competition administered by school staff
  • Academic, Athletic, and music contests (uiltexas.org)
  • Medical-Related absences, when the student attended a portion of the school day and presents documentation from the health care professional for the same day
  • All day Medical-Related absences do NOT exempt a student from the 90% law or Truancy. Medical Documentation for a full day absence is only used in consideration by the Attendance Committee)
  • Sounding “Taps” at a military honors funeral held in Texas 


Attendance notes for an absence must be submitted to your student’s campus no later than 5 school days after the absence. Notes will NOT be accepted after the 5th day, and your student’s attendance will not be changed.

Absence notification timeline, all absences are counted, (excused and unexcused):

  • A letter will be sent home if your student is absent 3 times in a 4 week period
  • Another letter will be sent home once the student has accrued 6 absences
  • Intervention will begin with the campus attendance committee
  • A 10 day letter will be sent home once the student accrues 10 absences
  • Your student can be referred to Truancy Court


Although we know that students will get sick or other challenges may arise during the school year, consistent and timely school attendance is of the utmost importance. We all share the goal of enabling the students to reach their full potential and achieve all of their educational goals. The way to allow a student to reach their full potential and educational goals starts with consistent and timely attendance.

We are excited that the district will be utilizing Bright Arrow which will allow teachers to send "blast" texts and emails to our parents. As part of the district's Technology Acceptable Use Policy, we are asking teachers to refrain from texting with our parents. We are doing this in order to preserve our teacher's personal time and ensure confidentiality for all students. We know communication is important, and we encourage you to email, send a message in SeeSaw, or call the teacher on the school line. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Visitors: Please Scan QR Code Before Entering

All Visitors must scan the QR Code located on the HES entry door before entering the building. We are doing our best to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Absences and Dismissal Changes

If your student will be ABSENT, please email Alis Brantl at alis_brantl@lovejoyisd.net. We need the email as documentation for our records.


If you have a DISMISSAL CHANGE for your student and either cannot access School Dismissal Manager or it is after 2:00, please email or call Janean Mancini at janean_mancini@lovejoyisd.net.

Checking Your Student Out Before 3:00pm?

If you need to check out your student before the end of the day, please do so by 2:30pm. Anytime after that is difficult to get out of the parking lot. If you are checking out early, you do not need to put it in SDM. Thanks for your help with this!

School Start & End Times

Our school day begins at 7:55am each day, and we end at 3:10pm. If students are not in their seats by 7:55am, then they are considered tardy.

Email: tami_mitchell@lovejoyisd.net


  • Borrowed Clothing: Kids from all grade levels during the school year come to the clinic for a change of clothing for various reasons (falling in mud, bathroom accidents, etc.). We try to loan out clothes when possible. The clinic needs boys and girls clothing in every elementary age, especially pants/shorts as well as clean/unused underwear sizes 4, 5, and 6.
  • You may want to have your child keep a change of clothes in their backpack if they frequently need a change of clothes or are in grade levels Kindergarten through 1st grade. In order for us to help other children, please return any borrowed clothing (except underwear) after washing to the clinic. 

Volunteer Background Check

We love volunteers at HES, but in order to volunteer or go on a  field trip, then you must have an updated Volunteer Background check for the current school year. Please complete your background check now!

Click Here to Complete the Volunteer Background Check

PowerSchool: Update Enrollment & Student Forms ACTION NEEDED!

It's time to update paperwork in PowerSchool!

Click Here to log in to PowerSchool. Once you are logged in, scroll down on the left side to "Enrollment & Student Forms" to complete. If you have any questions or trouble accessing PowerSchool, please contact Alis Brantl at alis_brantl@lovejoyisd.net.

Hart Harmony Choir

Dear 4th Grade Families, 

The Hart Harmony Choir is the “official” choir of Hart Elementary. Any and all interested 4th grade students may join the group! All choir information during the year can be found on the Hart Choir website – Hart, Departments, Music, and select Hart Harmony Choir. I will be communicating with parents via email with updates, scheduling changes, etc. 

Click Here For More Information

Extended Day Leopard Academy

Extended Day Leopard Academy is an opportunity for your child to participate in enrichment activities on his or her campus before and after school. Our goal is that these enrichment opportunities will allow our Lovejoy Leopards to develop creativity and critical thinking skills through activities related to their personal interests. Registration is open for the following academies for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Choose from one of the links below for more information.

Please contact miles_knight@lovejoyisd.net with any questions regarding the Extended Day Leopard Academies offered for the 22-23 school year. 

Lovejoy Green Team

Engineering for Kids

Explore the excitement of engineering! Students at Hart Elementary will use the Engineering Design Process to explore different fields of engineering sparking a passion for creation and tinkering. Ours is a proven program for lifelong interest in STEM!

Click Here for More Information for Kinder - 1st Grades
Click Here for More Information for 2nd-4th Grades
Click Here to Make Your Donation

September

5th - Student and Staff Holiday

6th - Student Holiday

14th - Grandparents Day (A-M)

15th - Grandparents Day (N-Z)

20th - Ice Cream Social

26th - 30th - Book Fair

PTO News

JOIN THE PTO TODAY!


Your membership dues and donations allow us to fund special

events for students. This includes Ice Cream Social, Author Visits,

Science Night, Art Sparks, Staff Support, and much more. With your

membership, you will also receive the Hart PTO newsletter, access

to our online directory, and a greater opportunity to be involved. Help

us achieve 100% enrollment!! To register and join, see the

instructions below:


Step 1.) Click on the Register/Login link below to create an online

account with Membership Toolkit or to sign into an existing account. 

Register/Log in 

Step 2.) After logging in or registering, click the Join Now button on

Membership Toolkit homepage to become a Hart Elementary PTO

member.

JOIN NOW

HART PTO MEMBER MEETING

& VOLUNTEER TRAINING

Please join us for our first Hart PTO member meeting on September

13th at 10:30 am in the Leopard’s Lair. ** This meeting is open to

all current and paid Hart PTO members. **

LEOPARD DRIVE


Leopard Drive is our annual fundraiser.

Keep it simple with a donation that goes directly to Hart! All your dollars stay at the Hart Campus!

Click Here to Donate

VOLUNTEER @ HART

 

The Hart PTO is parent powered! LISD Volunteer background checks are required annually. Please see the Volunteer Opportunities and sign-ups listed on the website:  http://hes.lovejoypto.org.

 

Please don’t forget to complete your LISD Background Check!  

LISD Background Check

DADS AT HART

GRANDPARENT'S DAY

Click Here For Wednesday's Fast Pass Student Last Name A-M
Click Here For Thursday's Fast Pass Student Last Name N-Z

SAGE

Come meet the Lovejoy Administration Team behind the scenes in our

Special and Gifted Education programs, learn what is being done to

support students with special learning needs and abilities, and connect

with other families in our Hart community who are participating in these

programs. We expect the meeting to last about an hour with time for

questions and visiting and encourage all families who are already involved

or interested in SAGE to come out and learn more about what Lovejoy has

to offer our students!

VOLUNTEER FOR LUNCH DUTY ON FRIDAYS

Sign up here to give your student's teacher a quick break during lunch-- it's just a 30 minute shift! You will check into the front office and then report to the cafeteria. Please plan on arriving a few minutes before the lunch period to allow for check-in time. There will be two volunteers per grade level. See you at lunch!

Art Sparks Needs Volunteers!

Art Sparks is an in-class volunteer opportunity to present four art presentations throughout the year. No experience necessary. Materials, presentation, notes and discussion questions provided by the Allen Art Alliance. Each presentation takes approximately 30 minutes. We need at least one parent per classroom. Please sign up on the Hart Elementary PTO website, under the volunteer tab and select ArtSparks.

Follow Hart PTO on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and via our website for the latest Hart PTO news and information.  

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District News

Future Leopards Association

Red Out 2022 Homecoming T-Shirts

Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp 2022

Charity Benefit Golf Tournament

Helpful Resources

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