September 23, 2021
Dear Hart Families,

Wow! It is actually beginning to feel like fall, and if you live in Texas you associate fall with football. We are very excited to welcome the Lovejoy Football players to Hart Elementary tomorrow for Reading with the Leopards. This is a great tradition where different high school groups come to the elementary school to read a book to them and answer questions. Our students love seeing the high schoolers. In our car line and bus line in the morning, they will be helping by opening car doors and welcoming our students to school.

As you are aware, we have a new gate in the back of our property, If you are driving and parking to wait for your walker, please park with the flow of the traffic and watch for children crossing the street. We have many students who walk home, and we do not want them to get hit. Also, when you are waiting in the car pick-up line in the afternoons, please leave a little space in between the vehicles. So, if someone needed to get out of the line, then they would be able to get out of the line. Thanks in advance for your help with these two things.

I hope that you enjoy your weekend. 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
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.
PowerSchool - Enrollment Forms
The back-to-school enrollment forms for the 2021 - 2022 school year are ready for parents to update! You will access the enrollment forms in your PowerSchool Parent Portal - left navigation panel - "Enrollment & Student Forms." Please complete and update each form in that section of PowerSchool. If you have any questions or trouble accessing PowerSchool, please contact Alis Brantl at alis_brantl@lovejoyisd.net.
Book Fair: September 27th - October 1st
Books Bring Us Together!   The Fall book fair is here and will be open at Hart Elementary for in-person shopping all of next week! Students will be able to shop for amazing books in the Leopard Lair from September 27th - October 1stThe Book Fair will be open until 6:00pm on Tuesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 30th. This is a cashless fair, so please be sure to set up an EWallet account for your child.  Mrs. Dawson has run many, many book fairs, and she will make sure that your child is aware of the funds in their account and has the opportunity to use those funds.  Please know that any unused funds left in an EWallet account are not refunded back to you. 
You can spend them in two ways. 
1. Spend them at the online Scholastic store which has hundreds of items not at the book fair.
2. The balance will stay in the account until the next Scholastic Book Fair which will be held in the spring.
Please click here to learn more about the Book Fair. If you would like to volunteer to help with the Book Fair, please click here. There are several spots still available. We appreciate your help!
Books truly do bring us together! 
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).
Lovejoy Children's Choir - 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders
The Lovejoy Children's Choir is an auditioned choir for our 4th-6th graders.  Auditions will be held at PES, HES, and SCIS beginning September 16. We rehearse Tuesdays at SCIS from 3:30-4:30. Our first rehearsal is on Tuesday, October 5th.

Please read the HANDOUT for detailed information.  
Use this LINK to sign your student up to audition.

We look forward to a great year with our LCC singers! If you have any questions please contact Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net
K-1 Engineering Club: Spots Still Available - Join Today!
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

PTO Newsletter
Please click here to read the September PTO Newsletter.

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:
Book Fair - Book Fair Sign Up
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
Hospitality is putting together a SNACK CART for the HES Staff for the month of October. Please CLICK HERE to sign up to donate snacks. All snacks are due in the HES Office by October 1st. Thank you so much for your help with this.
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!
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! 
September
27th - October 1st - Book Fair (Open until 6:00pm on 9/28 & 9/30)

October
7th - End of 1st 9 Weeks
8th - School Holiday (No School)
11th - School Holiday (No School)
12th - School Pictures (Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd)
13th - School Pictures (1st and 4th)
22nd - Early Release @ 12:00pm
22nd - Leopard Friday
25th - 29th - Red Ribbon Week
29th - Family Fun Night
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