Hart Elementary School
450 Country Club Road
Lucas, TX 75002
August 17, 2017
Message from the Principal
Lacey Moser

Hart Family and Friends,
Thank you for joining us at Meet the Teacher! We enjoyed seeing all of our Hart families and watching the excitement on students' faces as they saw their new classrooms and met their teachers.  
Hart Families are invited to walk their students to class on the first day of school. Be sure to take a picture so that you can remember this first day for years to come. The doors will open at 7:30 and our staff will be here ready to welcome everyone. At 8:00, you are invited to join us in the Lair for Tears and Cheers. Our PTA is hosting this wonderful opportunity for parents to enjoy treats, meet new families, celebrate the first day, and even grab a tissue if needed.
We appreciate your patience during afternoon dismissal. The first week may take a little longer as we learn car numbers, student names, and assure all students get home safely.
Beginning Tuesday morning, students will go to the cafeteria as they arrive between 7:30-7:50 in the morning. If you plan to drop off your child in carpool, Hart staff is on duty at drop off and throughout the building to help students get to where they need to be in the morning. If students arrive after 7:50, they will go directly to their classes. 
We are so excited for the year to begin and can't wait to partner with you to make it the best year yet!
With a Full HeART,
Lacey Moser
Hart Announcements

Check us out at Hart_Elementary on Facebook and Twitter
Click Here for the Hart Facebook page 
Click Here for the Hart Twitter page 

Elementary School Start and End Times:
7:50 AM - First Bell
8:00 AM - Tardy Bell
3:05 PM - Dismissal
Email Communication
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A unique celestial event will occur on our first day of school - A SOLAR ECLIPSE! The last time a solar eclipse of this magnitude occurred in Texas was February 26, 1979!
For us in Texas, we will not have a total eclipse. Our eclipse will have a 0.8 magnitude and reach its peak at 1:09 pm. 
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the Sun fully blocking the Sun. Because our solar eclipse will have a 0.8 magnitude, the Sun will only be partially blocked and will look more like the one in the graphic above. As the eclipse reaches its peak, the temperature will drop and we will experience dusk-like lighting. There have also been reports of animals having strange reactions to the eclipse as it disrupts their normal patterns and rhythm. What an incredible experience it will be for our students!
I know that many of you have several questions about what we will be doing.  Below, I will explain all the precautions that we are taking to provide a safe experience for all students.
Questions about the event:
all students be participating in viewing the eclipse?
Yes, all of our students will be participating in the events.  Each grade level will learn what a solar eclipse is through some hands on activities and videos.  Through this, we will be learning the correct safety precautions that one must take in order to protect their eyes.  Then, students will observe this rare event.
all students be using the glasses? 
Yes, we have ordered glasses for each student and teacher to wear.  Part of our Science standards, is to teach safety.  Our glasses meet the requirement for ISO 12312-2:2015.    We will stress the importance of not taking their glasses off, and in Kindergarten and first grade, we are going to have the students hold their hands by the sides of their faces to help ensure that all glasses are on.  

What will the supervision look like during this process?
We will have all extra available staff going outside to assist teachers.  Your child's safety is our number one priority.
Will parents have the option to "opt out" if they do not feel comfortable with their students participating?
Yes, please email your child's teacher so we can accommodate any students who will not be able to go outside.

Transportation Information
*In light of the announcement that we won't have transportation fees, If the information you submitted at Meet The Teacher night isn't accurate, please immediately email your change to heather_bouska@lovejoyisd.net. Otherwise, we will dismiss your student according to the instructions we have here.  
Click Here   for information regarding back to school bus information. Click "On-line Route Finder" for specific bus pick up / drop off times and locations. Please be patient at the start of school as times will be approximate. 

Questions or concerns?
David Dillon (Senior Director of Operations)
469-742-8028 or  david_dillon@lovejoyisd.net
Donna Holden (Administrative Assistant)
469-742-8009 or donna_holden@lovejoyisd.net
You may view the LISD Transportation Policies and Procedures by going to  www.lovejoyisd.net   then to Departments then to Transportation.

Please Complete FERPA and General Waiver Forms-this must be done again every year.
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"
PLEASE NOTE  : Regarding the Release of Directory Information for School Use:
In order for your child's picture to appear in the Yearbook, you should answer "YES".
If you have any questions, please give Alis Brantl a call at  469-742-8160 .

Nutrition News
Be sure to check out the information in your Back to School Packet from Student Nutrition regarding answers to frequently asked questions. 
-Click on Parents
-Click on Student Nutrition
Get menus, free & reduced applications or prepay your student's account ( www.myschoolbucks.com)

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

Volunteering at LISD
Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer at Lovejoy ISD for the 2017-2018 school year. Your time and talents do make a difference and are very much appreciated. 

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.

Upon completion of the background check, you will be notified when you have been cleared to volunteer. 

Chess Club Enthusiasts
Lovejoy Chess Club registration is going on now and we hope many of you can join us for our first session the week of September 11, 2017. To get a copy of the flier for chess club and to register online go to the following website: http://lovejoychess.weebly.com/school-chess-club-registration.html If you have any questions please email Miles Knight at miles_knight@lovejoyisd.net

We look forward to a great year at Hart Elementary!
Upcoming Dates:

21-      First Day of School
21-      Tears and Cheers in the Leopard's Lair at 8:05 AM
29-      Fire Drill @ 8:30

 4-    No School - Labor Day Holiday
 5-    PTA General Meeting 10:30 AM
 5-    PTA Volunteer Meeting 11:00 AM
21 -   Book Fair (Daily thru Sept. 28th)
21-   Ice Cream Social 6:00-7:00 PM 
22 -  Leopard Friday and Early Release at Noon

PTA News

Tears and Cheers ~
Parents are invited to join the PTA for Tears and Cheers at 8:05 AM on August 21 st  after dropping your child off in class. We hope you will join us in the Leopard Lair.

PTA Membership & Leopard Drive ~ {All dollars stay at Hart}
You're invited to join the PTA today! Your membership dues and donations allow us to sponsor great programs throughout the year at Hart. In addition, joining the PTA provides you with quality parent resources, volunteer opportunities, and a membership directory. 

Click Here  for the Membership form.  Click Here  for the Leopard Drive form. 
Volunteer Information ~
The Hart PTA is parent powered!
Take a look at the many chances that parents have to get involved at Hart this year. Watch out for opportunities to help in the library, lunch bunch, hospitality events, book fair, decorating and others. 

Click Here  for the Volunteer form. 

Return it to the school and you'll then receive emails when opportunities arise.

New Hart PTA Website ~
Check out our new Hart PTA website to stay up to date with upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, forms and much more.

Lovejoy ISD District News 

Junior Cheer Camp:  September 16

The Lovejoy High School Cheerleaders will host a Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp for ages 4 through 4th grade.  For detailed information, and to register, please click here
.  The registration deadline is Friday, September 1st.
Receive Text Messages from Lovejoy ISD
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. 

To get started, 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.
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