Principal Message:  April 12, 2018
D ear Parents,

We have had a great week of learning at Lovejoy Elementary.  Our students are learning about their brain and having strong social emotional health. Click here for a great video on "Why do we Lose Control of our Emotions?"
We are very excited about our campout tomorrow night.  For those of you attending, you will be receiving a special email from me with last minute details and our bad weather plan.   We will have our campout rain or shine!   If you have signed up for our campout, and you have not received special campout emails from me recently, please email me or text me so I can make sure that you have all the information that you will need for the campout.
As always, if you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
All My Best,
Wendy Craft
469-742-8077 (office)
214-551-4503 (cell)
LES News 


TOMORROW! Camp Store
Our camp store will be open Friday, April 13th during each lunch.  Even if your child is no t participating at the campout, they should be able to find some fun things that they would like to own.  All proceeds will benefit our Late Night Leopard Campout. Please send cash or check only.  


STAAR Dates - Mark your Calendar
Our 3rd and 4th graders will be taking the STAAR Math test on Monday May 14th and th e STAAR Reading test on Tuesday, May 15th.  On these dates, we are asking all parents to help us by sending 2 snacks with their child and by having them keep all electronics, including cell phones, fitbits, or apple watches, at home. Please also refrain from scheduling doctor or dentist appointments on these dates.  Thank you in ad vance for your help and support.


No Volunteers or Lunch Guests
Due to STAAR testing, we will not have any volunteers or lunch guests for any grade level on April 10th, May 14th, or May 15th.  Thank you in advance for your support.
 
3rd & 4th Grade STAAR Snack List
As we prepare for STAAR testing, we want to set our students up for success.  We are requesting that each student bring two snacks on testing days. The following snacks are suitable to send with your child on STAAR days:

*     Pretzels
                                   *     Crackers (Ex: Goldfish, Cheesz-Its, etc.)
                                   *     Raisans
                                   *     Cheese Sticks
                                   *     Grapes 
                                   *     Apples

Please do not send any snacks or drinks that could leave a stain on the test, such as Cheetos, soft drinks, or red juices.  Stains on the testing material could prevent the test from being scored properly.

Bottled water will be provided on all testing days.


2018-2019 School Supplies: Order Now!
We are happy to announce that we have chosen to sell pre-packaged school supplies for the next school year.  School Tool Box comes with the teacher-approved school supplies your student requires and saves you time searching for those hard-to-find items in the back-to-school crowds.  Just place your order online and it will be waiting for your child at school. If you have any questions please contact Erin Joh
nston or 469-742-8080. Please visit www.schooltoolbox.com to order your supplies! * Please note:  The school supply list does not apply to current fourth graders (2018-2019 fifth graders). You will receive school supply information from SCIS.
NEXT WEEK! Bike Rodeo Rescheduled  
Our bike rodeo will be on Wednesday, April 18th.  This is an early release date. Students will attend during the times listed below.  We will send more information out the closer we get to our event.
8:15 - 8:55 - 2nd Grade
9:00 - 9:40 - 1st Grade
9:45 - 10:25 - Kindergarten
10:30 - 11:10 - 3rd Grade
11:15 - 11:55 - 4th Grade

Next Week!  Early Release: Wednesday, April 18th
Students will have EARLY RELEASE on Wednesday, April 18th at 12:00 pm. Your child may eat a sack lunch purchased in the cafeteria or bring a snack to eat.



Next Week! Earth Week
We have an exciting week planned to celebrate Earth Week April 16th - April 20th and we do hope everyone joins in on the FUN!
  • Monday - Please submit a poster using the theme "Lovejoy Leopards Love Our Earth.  On the back, please include your name, grade, and homeroom. There will be one winner grade level.
  • Tuesday - Wear GREEN to school!
  • Wednesday - No Plastic Bag Lunch.  If you are buying lunch at school,       we will have special bins set up for recycling.
  • Thursday - Paint a rock in Art and place it in our newly designed Leopard Rock Garden.
  • Friday - Love Our Earth poster contest winners announced and prizes awarded

NEW! 4th Grade San Jacinto Day Living Museum - The 4th Grade Living Museum will be held on Friday, April 20th from 9:15 am - 11:00 am in the LES Gym.  Our 4th Graders are excited to invite family and friends to the 3rd Annual San Jacinto Day Living Museum.
9:15 am - 10:00 am: Doty, Sweeney, Danielson ELAR classes
10:15 am - 11:00 am: Wilkins, Reiners, Waites ELAR classes




NEW! Teacher Appreciation Week
April 30th - May 4th is a special week at LES! This is the week we get to show our teachers how much we appreciate them. Please see the included flyer for more information.  Also, be on the lookout for sign-ups on the PTAvenue Calendar to see where you can lend a hand.

NEW! Spring Choir Concert
The Lovejoy Elementary School Choir will host a concert on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 pm in the LES gym.  Please join us as we show off our wonderful choir and all they have learned this year.



NEW! Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
Please join us for Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night on Tuesday, April 17th at the Chick-Fil-A on Stacy Road. When ordering, mention Lovejoy Elementary and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Lovejoy Elementary PTA.   Thank you for your support! Our Second Grade Teachers will be there!


NEW! Girl Scout Troup 6409 Garage Sale
Lovejoy 3rd grade Girl Scout Troop 6409 is having a garage sale to raise money to donate to Children's Medical Center and the SPCA of Texas! We are collecting donate items for the sale, to include: furniture, gently used clothing and shoes, home decor, kitchen items, pet supplies, toys, baby items, working electronics and tools.


End of the Year Awards
As in the past we will have our End-Of-The-Year Awards Assemblies for each grade level.  Mark your calendar for your child's assembly dates and times.

Kindergarten - Wednesday, May 30th @ 11:00 am
First - Tuesday, May 29th @ 1:30 pm
Second - Thursday, May 24th @ 1:00 pm
Third - Wednesday, May 30th @ 1:00 pm
Fourth - Thursday, May 31st -Walk @ 1:00pm and Awards at 1:15 pm


A Note From Transportation
School transportation is a privilege and bus safety regulations must be followed. School principals are responsible for the student while on the bus and reserve the right to resolve discipline problems that occur between home and the school. Bus drivers are charged with maintaining proper student conduct which may include assigning individual seats. Students are expected to conduct themselves on buses in the same manner as in the classroom.

With the continued growth of our community, bus ridership has also grown. The majority of our afternoon routes are at or near bus capacity. Therefore, transportation will not be able to accommodate students ridding the bus home with other when the student is not assigned to the bus route. This would include sending your child home on another student's bus for play dates, sleep over's, group projects, sports practices, etc.

In the rare instance that you have a last minute emergency and need your child to ride the bus home with someone else, please call your child's school to get permission so the school can inform the bus driver of the change.


Final Box Tops Contest
Each unexpired Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school! Think of those little Box Tops as dimes just waiting to be collected! Simply clip the Box Tops from the items you already have (making sure that the product code and expiration date are visible), put them in a zip top baggie with your teacher's name on it, and drop them in either of the big BOX TOP collection boxes we have near the office or the library. The homeroom with the most submissions gets a popsicle party! Our final deadline for this year is May 4th.


LHS Softball Presents Future Leopard Night: 
April 13th
The Lady Leopards Softball Team will host Future Leopard Night on Friday, April 13th. The team will play Wylie East with a 5:00 PM start for JV and a 7:00 PM start for Varsity. Planned activities include a candy raffle during both games, joining the varsity players on the field for the National Anthem, a keepsake varsity poster for all elementary students, an autograph session following the varsity game, and other surprises. Bring your softballs to have them signed by players before and after the games. Admission will be free for all elementary students. Help the team fill the stands and cheer the Lady Leopards on to victory.

Kids 1st Summer Camp
Kids 1st is no accepting registrations for summer camp. Click herefor additional information.


Camp Invention
Secure your Spot today and save $25! Camp Invention is a STEM program where children are presented with fun, hands-on activities that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and curiosity. Camp will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School on June 11th - 15th from 9:00 - 3:30pm.  To register Click here   or click here to view the flyer. For more information, please contact Jacie McDonald.



 

Monday, April 16th
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:05 pm 
Choir; 3:05 pm
Earth Week
Tuesday, April 17th
Tutoring 
Chick-Fil-A Night (Stacy Road) 
Earth Week 
Wednesday, April 18th

EARLY RELEASE; 12:00 pm 
Chess Club; 12:05 pm 
School Board Meeting; 7:30 pm 
Earth Week 
Thursday, April 19th
1st Grade Field Trip to Heritage Village 
Tutoring
Earth Week 
Friday, April 20th
4th Grade Living Museum
Engineering Club; 3:05 pm
Earth Week
 

Foundation News 
Denim and Diamonds - Thank You
Thank you to everyone who attended the Denim and Diamonds Auction and Gala on Saturday. The event raised a significant amount of money which will be awarded in grants to benefit the students of the Lovejoy Independent School District. The success of this event was led by chair, Carrie McClure and the Foundation Directors.

A special thank you to all of our sponsors who helped fund the costs of the event, and the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to help make this evening a success. Thank you, as well, to the Lovejoy ISD staff who gave of their time.

Lovejoy Fiesta - Small Number of Seats Remain
A few available seats remain for the Lovejoy Fiesta. If you are interested in attending, email Cindy Booker  or call 469-742-8043.

Join hosts Kevin and Maria Ritchie, Henri and Allison Friloux, and Sean and Stephanie McCaffity on Saturday, April 21st for a multi-course dinner and drinks at the Ritchies' home. Beer and other adult beverages will be served. Dinner will be provided by Fogo de Chão with all proceeds going to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. There is a limit of 76 people. This is an adult-only event and tickets are $60/person.

Kendra Scott Watters Creek - Summer Launch April 18th
Kendra Scott invites the Lovejoy community to help launch its Summer line. Get a head start on shopping for your Mother's Day or Graduation gifts. This is a "give back" event, with 20% of sales on April 18th, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM going to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. We hope you will join us on the 18th for this special event. Kendra Scott will provide snacks and beverages during the event.

District News

Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Lovejoy ISD is accepting applications for tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten. This comprehensive program will be staffed by credentialed teachers and housed on the Puster Elementary School campus.  This program will offer enhancements in music, fitness, art, library, science, technology, engineering, and math. We are enthusiastic to provide a Lovejoy education for community members looking for a rich learning experience which will provide a firm foundation for kindergarten and beyond. 
 
To apply, please click here. To schedule a tour of the Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.
 

Lovejoy ISD App
The Lovejoy ISD App is available for download on both Apple and Android devices.  To download the app for Apple devices, please click here.  To download the app for Android devices, please click here.  

Twitter and Facebook
Are you following the district on Twitter?  Have you liked us on Facebook?  Join us on social media for news and announcements.


Lovejoy Parent Authors Book
Susan Hoemke, a Lovejoy parent, has authored a book titled, Healing Scarred Hearts which will be released on May 8th.  Following is information shared by Susan:

"After we lost our son Hayden in 2014 to drug overdose and our family was impacted the 8 years as he struggled with addiction and personality disorder, I began to feel the need to educate other families about what all we learned. I have been working with Kathy Stone to build a better drug awareness program. In 2016, when the Opioid crisis made the news, I decided to write a book and in 2017 Brown Books Publishing accepted my manuscript and this began the process to bring our story to the frontline. Healing Scarred Hearts will be released May 8th with hopes to bring education and healing to the complicated issue of substance abuse, addiction and overdose. My book also shares the crisis of legal issues that many times are associated with kids and substance abuse."

You may click here for additional information.


Town of Fairview Art Show: Call for Artist Entries
The 2018 Fairview Art Show will be held April 28th and 29th in Fairview Town Center. The show will be open for public viewing from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM both days, with an artist reception and award show on Sunday.

Artwork will be judged by a featured juror and will include the following categories: adult artwork, adult photography, student photography, and four student artwork divisions (Early Elementary, Intermediate, Middle, and High School). The show will feature medals and cash prizes up to $2,000.  

Entry packets are due by April 11th. Please visit: 


Firefighters Pancake Breakfast: April 21st
 
Summer Enrichment Camps
Online registration is now open for Summer Enrichment camps.For a complete listing of camp offerings and additional information, please click here.



National Geographic Explorer Alizé Carrère: April 18th
Lovejoy Gifted Association Presentation: April 19   
The Lovejoy Gifted Association invites you to attend a presentation by SMU's Dr. Ann Batenburg, as she discusses, "Finding the right balance to motivate GT children - ending procrastination, encouraging achievement, reducing perfectionism".

The event is sponsored by The Lovejoy Gifted Association and is open to all parents, teachers and students interested in advice regarding supporting Gifted and Talented students. LGA membership is not required to attend this event. Please contact Piritta van Rijn with questions.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Lovejoy High School
Lecture Hall

Sewing Camp
Join the fun at Summer Sewing Camps to be held at Willow Springs Middle School. Sewing Basics 101 teaches machine and tool basics while making a pillowcase and PJs. Sewing Skills Builder 201 continues to develop your skills with your choice of an individualized project. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 sessions, which will take place in June and July. To reserve your spot, email Louisekingtx@gmail.com. Hurry, as sessions will fill quickly. Click here for additional information and to learn more about the special 3rd week option: a t-shirt quilt.
  
2018 Summer Athletic Camps
Registration is NOW OPEN for the Lovejoy ISD Summer Athletic Camps.  To view the camp schedule and to register, please click here.


Athlete's Village
We are hosting the North Texas Special Olympics Spring Games on Saturday April,28th. As an opportunity for the athletes and families we are providing an athletes village for them to relax and have fun between meets. It will be located in the high school's auxiliary gym.There will be approximately 1,300 special Olympic athletes in attendance.

We've asked for each booster club (athletic and fine arts) to sponsor a booth similar to Leopard Friday. Also if any of their athletes or students need service hours we are looking for volunteers as well for both Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. Please click here to sign up for booths and volunteers for Athletes Village.  To volunteer for the actual Spring Games (not the Athlete's Village) please click here . If you have any questions contact Lauryn Fuller .  

Special Olympics Volunteers Needed
Lovejoy ISD is hosting the North Texas Special Olympics Spring Games on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th. The event will be held at Lovejoy High School, with over 1,500 Special Olympics athletes competing in track and field, tennis, and soccer competitions. Volunteers are needed for timing, scorekeeping, staging and escorting
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