Hart Elementary School
450 Country Club Road
Lucas, TX 75002
October 19, 2017
We look forward to seeing you at parent / teacher conferences! 
Message from the Principal
Lacey Moser

Hart Family and Friends,

Tomorrow we have Hart Beat!  We hope you can join us at 8:15 in the gym.  We can't wait to celebrate award winners, dance a little, and pull Character Tickets!  We are also in for a treat with a special performance of Madagascar by our Willow Springs Middle School students.  They are coming to give us a sneak peak before their big show on Nov. 2, 3, and 4th.

We have noticed there are quite a few students arriving after the bell in the mornings. Our first bell rings at 7:50am and students are dismissed to class. This gives students time to hang up backpacks and jackets, get materials ready for the day, and be prepared for the day to start when the bell rings at 8:00am.  When students arrive close to 8:00 or after the bell, we notice they are frantic and worried about being tardy. They have also lost that precious time to unpack, organize, and mentally prepare for the day. I know when I am running late, it can start my entire day off wrong, and I feel like I am playing catch up, as opposed to when I am a little early, I feel prepared and ahead of the game. With the cooler temps and darker mornings, the Moser family has sure had to reassess our morning routine to ensure we have adequate time in the morning and we are not racing out the door. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know how we can help!

With a Full HeART,
Lacey Moser
469-742-8153 (office)
970-309-1581 (cell)
Hart Announcements

Check us out at Hart_Elementary on Facebook and Twitter
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Elementary School Start and End Times:
7:30 AM -  School opens and supervision begins
7:50 AM -  First Bell
8:00 AM -  Tardy Bell
3:05 PM -  Dismissal
Email Communication:
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Choir Shirts-   All students in choir will be required to purchase a shirt (or wear last year's shirt) for the upcoming December performance. Shirts can be ordered until October 25th through the on-line payment center at the district web site (www.lovejoyisd.net). Please see Mrs. Czechowski's email, and the Principal's email this week for more details.
New! Lovejoy Letter Campaign

Dear Hart Families,
We need your help for an upcoming opportunity to let our teachers and staff know how much our Lovejoy ISD community values them and what an impact each one has on our children! The district provides an extra check for teachers the day before Thanksgiving break. 

In addition to those checks, again this year we would love to include a hand written letter from Lovejoy ISD families expressing gratitude and appreciation to each teacher and staff on your campus. Letters should simply be a #shortandsweet note of thanks that expresses how much #weloveourteachers.

We would be so grateful if you could write a letter or letter(s) to any teacher or teacher(s)/staff, either current or past, that have been valuable to your child(ren)'s educational experience. Please clearly label the envelope with the staff/teacher's name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign) and return the letter to the front office by Friday November 10th.
The letter campaign has become such a meaningful tradition. We really appreciate the time and effort your contributions will make again to this year's letter campaign.

Anne Smith
Lovejoy Letter Campaign Coordinator 2017
#shortandsweet #weloveourteachers

NEW! The Rudolph Run will be December 2nd this year

On-line  Pre Registration is now available until November 19th. Please go to: AllenParks.org/RudolphRun. Please register under the Hart school link and include your child's homeroom teacher / PE teacher's name. We won the trophy last year for the largest number of Lovejoy elementary school applicant's. A portion of your registration fee ($5) comes back to Hart for our PE Program. This is a fun and family oriented event. We hope to see you there!
New Microwave - We have a new microwave in the cafeteria. Teachers will be glad to help students heat food. Please put a note on what needs to be heated, and tell your student how long to put it in for. If your student doesn't use a microwave at home yet, please practice with them. We appreciate your support in teaching them this skill.
Hart Elementary School
PTA Reflections:  Within Reach

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Hart Elementary PTA, and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works. This years' contest theme is "Within Reach".  

We hope all Leopards will submit an entry in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Literature, Film Production, Photography, Visual Arts, and Music Composition. For rules and entry forms click here . The deadline is Friday, October 27th.
You may contact Rachel Butler with questions at rachelc.butler@hotmail.com . Please click here for additional information. 
Counselor's Corner

is October 23rd - 27th

Monday, Oct. 23rd My Future is Key, Stay Drug Free!  Wear your favorite college shirt. Bring your pennies!

Tuesday, Oct. 24th Team Up Against Drugs!  Wear your favorite team sport shirt. Bring your nickels!

Wednesday, Oct. 25th Think of all that You Can Be When You Stay Drug Free!  Wear clothing     for what you want to be when you grow up. Bring your dimes!

Thursday, Oct. 26th -   Follow Your Dreams, Don't Do Drugs! W ear your pajamas. Please make sure that pajamas are school appropriate. Bring your quarters!

Friday, Oct. 27th -   Lovejoy Leopards are Proud to Be Drug Free! Wear Lovejoy colors (black and red) spirit wear. Bring your dollars!

*Specials Activities: During specials this week, students will have the opportunity to show their drug free spirit by singing and dancing to this year's drug free song. They will also participate in physical education activities that support leading a healthy drug free lifestyle.
RESPECT - The way you think about and treat someone 

Currently we are seeing a short lived stomach virus causing vomiting/diarrhea, headache, and stomach ache (some are not experiencing all of these symptoms - and some are having lower GI symptoms). Some are NOT experiencing fever with this stomach virus. This virus seems to be lasting about 24 hours.

We are also seeing allergies (ragweed is high) and strep throat (seems to be starting out as stomach ache and no fever present) which seems to have decreased a bit.

Please remember, if your little ones have had diarrhea, fever greater than 100 (without medications), or vomiting they must be out of school for a full 24 hours so that we can help keep protect others.

This is the time of year that brings upsetting incidences involving head lice. Head lice can happen to anyone, so it is important to learn how to recognize, treat and prevent it from happening again! Here's what to look for:
-Persistent itching of the head
-Small white particles attached to hair that are difficult to remove
-Small brown bugs that move very fast
*We no longer conduct "line-up" classroom lice checks but if a child is having any sign/symptoms listed above, they are sent to the clinic for assessment. For more information please refer to the link on our website under Hart Elementary/Clinic drop down tab. On the left side there is a link that is always available for your education.
There are a handful of our students that are still missing appropriate documentation of immunizations per Texas State Regulations. Please get these to the school nurse, Allison Wright, ASAP so that your child can continue attending school. IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD AN EMAIL OR PHONE CALL FROM ME YET REGARDING MISSING IMMUNIZATIONS YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNIZATIONS SHOULD BE UP TO DATE. If required immunization documentation is not received (or process of series has not started if full series is required) we may have to delay school attendance until we have appropriate documentation. Please call me (Nurse Alli) with any questions, 469-742-8156. 
Thank you for your cooperation!
Upcoming Dates:
20-      Hart Beat 
23-27  Red Ribbon Week
27 -     Dennis Lee Assembly

1-      Wednesday - Early Release
3-      Friday - Mother / Son Dance 7:00 p.m.
6-      3rd Grade Choir Practice 3:05-4:00 p.m.
7-      4th Grade Choir Practice 7:30 - 8:00 p.m., PTA Meeting 10:30 a.m. 
9-      Thursday - 4th Grade  Veteran's Day Program 6:30 p.m.
10-    Reading with the Leopards 8:00 a.m. 
Please drop off your empty rectangle 12 pack beverage / soda boxes to the front office. We will be using them for games during the dance. 

Please don't forget about our You've Been Spotted Signs! This is a great way to surprise your loved ones and say Congratulations or Happy Birthday!  Click here to see your options and order. 

Let's GLOW wild! ~
Mother and Son Glow Party on November 3rd, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come dressed in your best glow in the dark and neon attire for dancing and games. RSVP to dean1276@gmail.com by 10/31 to reserve your spot for Mother versus Son laser tag!

New! Dad's @ Hart ~
Thank you to all the dads who have been a Dad @ Hart or have signed up to be one. Fall semester is fully reserved as is January. We wanted to make sure every student has a chance to have a father figure before we accept the request for a second volunteer day. Before Thanksgiving break, sign ups will open for repeat volunteers and we expect the remaining available days to be reserved quickly. It's a meaningful experience for the student and the father figures. We would like for everyone to have a chance to experience it. Please click here to sign up for your first day if you haven't volunteered already.  

New! Nervous about protecting your children from online threats?
You won't want to miss the special speaker we have coming to Hart.
Sarah Pierson with the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County will be at Hart on November 7th to discuss risks our children face online: privacy, inappropriate content and cyberbullying.  She will discuss how to respond to these risks and leave us better equipped to protect our children online.  Our November General PTA Meeting will be from 10:30-11:00 and Sarah will speak from 11:00-12:00.
All parents are welcome!

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Lovejoy ISD District News 

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools 
Kendra Scott Gives Back

Kendra Scott is hosting a "give back" event with 20% of the sales going to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Kendra Scott will provide snacks and beverages. We hope you will join us for this special event.
Thursday, November 9
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kendra Scott in Watters Creek
888 Watters Creek Boulevard
Give to the Foundation via AmazonSmile
If you plan on purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider visiting Amazon Smile. Amazon established AmazonSmile to give back 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations. When you are ready to shop, log in to your Amazon account by visiting the AmazonSmile website for the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Once you have logged in, you will have access to the same products, same prices and same service you find at amazon.com. Thank you for your support of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.
District News
School Bus Safety Week #STOPONRED

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is a public education program designed to address the importance of school bus safety, and serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront. The theme this year is #STOPONRED.
Following are some important reminders regarding school bus safety:
  • When you see a school bus, assume children will be in the area, and take extra care; leave lots of space around the bus.
  • When the bus turns on its flashing yellow lights, the bus is either preparing to stop at a railroad crossing or preparing to stop to pick up or drop off children.  Please slow down and prepare to stop. 
  • When the bus turns on its flashing red lights, traffic must stop in both directions.  Never pass a school bus with flashing red lights. #STOPONRED
Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students safe.
Gold Award: First Aid Donations for ACO
A message from  Neha Kapur :
" My name is Neha Kapur. I am a senior at Lovejoy High School and an ambassador in Girl Scouts. I am working on my Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl scouts.
For my service project, No Fear First Aid Is Here, I am creating awareness among kids regarding the importance of first aid in their lives. Knowing what to do when you or someone else is hurt can be very valuable information. I am going to have workshops for children to teach them about first aid, and also to let them practice skills. I feel every child should have at least a basic knowledge of First-Aid.
Additionally, I am holding donation drives at all Lovejoy schools to create first aid kits to donate to Allen Community Outreach (ACO). Items requested for donation are band aids, antiseptic wipes, crepe bandages, cotton balls, gloves, gauze, and any other supplies you would typically find in a first aid kit.  All donations are appreciated and will be accepted through Friday, October 27th.
The Lovejoy Running Club
The Lovejoy Running Club will be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:00 PM near the Duck Pond at Celebration Park. All ages and ability levels are welcome to attend from novice walkers looking to shed a few pounds, to elite runners gearing up for the next race. If you have questions regarding the running program you may contact: greg_christensen@lovejoyisd.net .  P.S.  Dogs are welcome. 

Friends of Fairview Firefighters Association Community Pancake Breakfast: 

October 21

New! Drug Awareness Parent Presentation: October 24:Our Unexpected Journey - Helping Parents Be Prepared
Susan Hoemke will be sharing her son Hayden's story and their dark journey through his downward spiral into drug use, addiction and legal issues. Their seemingly perfect family life came to an abrupt end when they found themselves uneducated about - and unprepared for - managing these issues. They lost their sweet, beloved son Hayden in 2014 just before his 23rd birthday. The Hoemke's experience was tragic, and one they wish no parent would have to experience. Sadly, many will and are today.
Mrs. Hoemke will bring some light to this darkness by sharing her experience in hopes of providing some information about how drug abuse can start, what to watch for, and tools to handle these situations, if they do occur.  All parents in the district are encouraged to attend the presentation at Willow Springs Middle School on Tuesday, October 24th at 10:30 AM. 
Lovejoy High School Student Council 
Pink Out Football Game:  October 27
Every year, Lovejoy Student Council makes a donation to help beat breast cancer. The LHS Student Council members invite you to purchase Pink Out t-shirts to raise money and spread awareness for the cause. The t-shirts are $16 and may be purchased through the Online Payment Center .
This year's fundraiser will benefit a local non-profit organization. Check out www.breastcancercanstickit.org , and the organization April Samuels has built to help fight breast cancer. Her story is amazing and her family lives in the Lovejoy district. Orders will be delivered to campuses October 25th and 26th. 
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New! Dallas Symphony Orchestra Discount
Thomas Mears, Group Sales Education Specialist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has arranged for Lovejoy families and staff members to receive a 20% discount for all DSO Concerts, with the exception of Beethoven's 9th in May. When purchasing tickets online at www.mydso.com , type LOVEJOYISD20 at checkout to receive your 20% discount (you will be charged a $7 fee).  If you call the box office at 214.849.4376, you will receive the 20% discount, and will not be charged the $7 fee.   
Parent Workshop Safe!: November 8
Issues Affecting Today's Teens and How You Can Help
We all want to keep our teens safe.  Join Vanita Halliburton and Dr. Ray Levy on Wednesday, November 8th at 11:30 AM in the Lovejoy ISD Administration Building Board Room to learn how to:
  • Recognize signs of distress in teens
  • Promote brain health
  • Foster resiliency and positive coping skills
  • Know the warning signs of suicidal behavior
  • Find help for a struggling teen
  • Implement protective measures to keep teens SAFE!
Vanita Halliburton is president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness and understanding of adolescent mental health and suicide prevention.  She speaks from the heart about her son's battle with depression and bipolar disorder and his suicide at the age of 19.
Ray Levy, Ph.D., LSSP is in private practice in Dallas, TX and works extensively with high risk children, children with ADHD and strong-willed behaviors.  He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows discussing various psychological issues.  Dr. Levy travels throughout the country giving workshops and talks on therapy, and child and adolescent issues.
Running Over Depression 5K and 1K Fun Run: November 11
Bradley Davis, James Ayers, and Jonah Barton are organizing the second annual Running Over Depression 5K and 1K event for their Senior Projects. Last year, this event had over 360 participants, and raised over $8,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This year, the organizers are looking forward to increasing the number of participants and involvement from the Lovejoy Community. The event will be held on Saturday, November 11th. The entry fees are $20 for the 1K and $30 for the 5K, with all proceeds donated to the AFSP. You may register by clicking here .  Register early, as prices increase after November 3rd.
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.

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. Click here to 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. 
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 for more info.

New! ASA Winter Basketball Registration Now Open

Registration for ASA Winter Basketball is now open for grades K - 12.  Click here for additional information.
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