August 15, 2019
Dear Lovejoy Families,

We have had a very busy week at Lovejoy Elementary preparing for your precious children. Our staff is eager to build strong relationships with each child and help them grow into their full potential.   We would like to thank all of the parents for coming to Meet the Teacher on Tuesday night. We enjoyed seeing everyone and having the opportunity to meet your family. I can't wait for Monday to get here so we can officially kick off the 2019 - 2020 school year. Our goal is to nurture your child's heart, mind, and character.  I know that we will have another amazing at Lovejoy Elementary with your continued support. On behalf of our staff, we would like to thank you for sharing your child with us. As always, please feel free to email me or call me with any questions or concerns. I hope that you enjoy your weekend!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 
All My Best,
Wendy Craft
214-551-4503 (cell)
469-742-8077 (office)
LES Information 
Start and End Time
Our school day is 8:00 - 3:10. We will sound a 7:50 bell notifying teachers that it is time to report to the cafeteria or gym to pick up their students. On Monday, August 19th only, your child will go directly to his/her classroom.   Beginning Tuesday upon arrival, Kindergarten, First, and Second report to the gym and sit in front of their teachers' names. Third and Fourth graders are to report to the cafeteria and are to sit at their assigned table. Any students entering the building after the 7:50 bell will report directly to their classrooms. Students will be considered tardy after the 8:00 bell sounds. If a student arrives after 8:15, we request that a parent/guardian and the student report to the front desk to receive a tardy slip to be presented to their teachers.

Student Nutrition Information 2019-2020
Student Nutrition Services would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! We look forward to the opportunity to service you and we appreciate your continued support for our Nutrition Program. Student Nutrition Services is committed to providing our students with a variety of quality, nutritious meals. We have some exciting changes planned for this school year. Our commitment to
increase our fresh fruit and vegetable offerings, whole grain products, and reduced fat options continues. We offer quality products from manufacturers that you know and trust such as Tyson Foods, Jennie O' Turkey, and Land O' Lakes cheese. Our partnership with Paradise Produce for our fresh fruits and vegetables will continue this year. Paradise receives fresh product from our Texas farms each weekend and delivers to each of our kitchens every week.

Student Nutrition Accounts
When a student enrolls in LISD, they are issued a student ID number. This student ID number also serves as their Student Nutrition account number and will follow them for the duration of their LISD school years. Students should memorize their student ID number and manually enter it when they come through the serving line.

Payments for Student Nutrition accounts may be made at the cafeteria. Additionally, parents may pre-pay online using debit or credit card at Please note that there is a convenience fee of $2.49 for each transaction up to $250. A third party web provider administers the convenience fee. Student Nutrition Services does not receive funds from the fee.

Personal checks should be made payable to the student's campus cafeteria. Please include the student's full name and their ID number on the memo line. Cash should be in a sealed envelope labeled with your child's full name, student ID number and school name.

Leopard Lunch / Reimbursable Meal
Student Nutrition Services offers a Leopard Lunch consisting of five required components: The Meat/Meat Alternate, Vegetable,
Fruit, Grain/Bread and Milk. At the elementary and intermediate schools, it is imperative to note that for a meal to qualify as a plate lunch / reimbursable meal, the students MUST select a fruit OR a vegetable as part of their meal. We encourage the K-6th students to select all 5 components offered; however, USDA guidelines only requires the student to take 3 of 5 components offered to be considered a meal. If a student does not have the minimum components on their tray, including a fruit OR vegetable they will be charged at the a la carte price for each item.

Elementary Schools Cost
The lunch price at all elementary campuses will be $2.50 for the 2019-2020 school year. Qualifying students for reduced meal benefits, lunch is $0.40. Elementary schools feature two daily entrée selections as well as fruit and vegetable sides. In addition to the two daily entrée selections, students will be able to build their own entrée salad. They will choose a salad base then choose from a selection of fresh vegetables and proteins. The elementary and intermediate schools do not have a breakfast meal program; however, breakfast a la carte items will be available in the morning. Please see the monthly menus posted on the Student Nutrition website for details.

Morning Drop Off
Traffic the first few days of a new school year can be challenging. We ask that you park in the south parking lot if you opt to walk your child to class at any time during the school year. We respectfully ask that you not park in the grassy areas but use the church lot north of the Red Building as overflow parking. Use the north entrance, by-passing those pulled alongside the curb, and make your way to the south lot.   You may use the south exit when leaving the campus. Please, never park along the front curb in the mornings as we'll have cars pulling to the south end of the building, lining up along the sidewalk, with students exiting their cars. To drop off your child you will enter the church parking lot and form a snake.  If there is room alongside the front curb, you may pull along the curb, stop, and allow your child/children to exit the car. Once the cars along the curb have dropped off their children, the next group of cars will move towards the front of the Red Building and Lovejoy Elementary.   There will be staff along the sidewalk to assist your child and to provide directions.

Afternoon Pick Up
The afternoon routine looks quite similar to the morning. Again, if there is room along the curb in front of the Red Building and school, you may park to wait for your car riders' dismissal. Once the curb is full, please go straight to the north of the Church parking lot entrance, make a circle through church parking lot and park behind the last person in the line.   At 3:05, we will begin calling the numbers of the cars parked alongside the curb. Once you've made your way to the front of the line, a duty person will radio the gym with your number that has been printed on a yellow placard, hanging from your rear view mirror. Students in grades 1 - 4 will join the Kindergarteners in the gym at 3:05, awaiting your arrival. **We will be receiving new numbers this year. They will be distributed at Meet the Teacher. Each family will receive 1 placard with your number on it. You may request an additional placard in the front office. Parents wanting to park and walk their children to the car may meet in the library. You will form a line at the west glass door, mid-way on the south side of the building. Buses will be parked along the curb. We ask that you model good safety habits by not walking between buses.

Please go to this link to see a video of our procedures:

Bus Information
Student PowerSchool Account - Transportation Bus Service
For a student to be routed for bus service, the student's PowerSchool account must be marked "YES" in the Transportation tab. Step-by-step instructions are shown below. Please review the Transportation tab to verify your selections . If your student(s) do not require bus service, please select "NO".

Bus Service Routes, Stop Locations, and Times
The current 2019-2020 bus route information may be found by clicking here.  You may also access this information on the district website.

SafeStop App
SafeStop is the live school bus tracking app for parents. This free, easy-to-use mobile app provides real-time updates for your child's bus as it travels to and from school. Bus locations are updated every 10 seconds. This is a great tool to assist you in planning for the bus arrival. If you are interested in tracking your student's bus each day, please 
click here for more information. You may also access this information on the
district website.

Policies and Procedures
In addition to the above, Lovejoy Transportation Policies and Procedures may be reviewed by clicking here. You may also access this information on the district website.
Thank you for your assistance in reviewing and providing us with the necessary information to serve you and your family. Please know the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. We look forward to serving you and your family and welcoming your students to the 2019-2020 school year. Please feel free to call on the transportation team at any time we may be of service.
David Dillon, Sr. Director of Operations

Donna Holden, Routing Coordinator

Morning Drop-Offs and Afternoon Pick-Ups Locations

Bus Riders will be dropped off in the south parking lot each morning. Grade level teachers will escort students to the south parking lot each afternoon, supporting children as they board buses.  Please be sure your child/children knows their bus number.
  • Day Care riders will be dropped off and picked up in the south parking lot.    In the afternoons, students will be escorted by a grade level teacher to the cafeteria where they'll wait for the arrival of their day care bus.
  • Walkers will report to their designated area each morning. Duty staff will watch for and assist students upon arrival to school property. In the afternoon, grade level teachers will walk students to our sensory room (D112) in the 1st grade hallway or to the room across from our front teacher workroom (C106). There will be assigned staff members who will walk students to the perimeter of the school property.
  • Students attending the Kids 1st After School Program will be walked to the cafeteria by a grade level teacher. Please be sure to check out the enclosed flyer for more information about Kids 1st.
  • Parents choosing to walk their child/children to their cars - Please wait outside our library in a line at the library at 3:15. Due to safety, we are holding our Library pick up until 3:15! This is a change that we have made this year. We ask that you model good safety habits by not walking through buses when approaching the sidewalk. A teacher will greet you at the door asking for your number.     Then, we will release your child to you. Please make sure that your child know their car number.
  • Car riders will be escorted to the gym each afternoon. Students in grades 1 - 4 will join their kindergarten siblings.

NEW! Help, I don't have my car tag!
If you did not get your car tag at Meet the Teacher, or if you need a second car tag, please stop by the office and Sondra Payne can will help get one.

Tears & Cheers
 We invite all of our KIndergarten parents to join us on Monday, August 19th at 8:05 in the Gathering Spot for Tears & Cheers.  This is a fantastic event sponsored by our PTA.  It is an opportunity for parents to get to know other Kindergarten parents while enjoying a light breakfast.

NEW! Respectfully Request No Lunch Guests Week 1
To allow us time to review procedures of our lunchroom, we respectfully request no guests for week 1.  If there are circumstances where you need to join us for lunch, please don't hesitate to give me a call  469.742.8077 or 214.551.4503.

NEW! Grade Level T-shirts
Back again this year are the All School Grade Level Tshirts. This shirt will be worn on field trips, Super Skills Day, special spirit days and other special events throughout the year. For more information about the shirt and to find the order form, please click here

Our PTA is an integral part of school! Our PTA hosts our Ice Cream Social, Family Fun Night, and all our school assemblies like Dennis Lee and our Author Visits! I highly encourage you to join our PTA today! 
Click here to JOIN TODAY!
Would you like to Volunteer or become a W.A.T.C.H. dog or simply learn all of the ways that our PTA supports our school? Then, click here for the August PTA Newsletter. 

NEW! School Dismissal Manager
This year we are using a new dismissal system called School Dismissal Manager.  This program will provide us with a more organized and effecient tracking system for afternoon dismissals.  Please look for an email from School Dismissal Manager with details and instructions on how to set this program up.  If you have any questions, please contact Janean Mancini

NEW!  Join Double L Choir
Attention all 3rd and 4th graders!!!  Join the Lovejoy Elementary Double L Choir.  All you need to do to sign up is fill out this online entry form.  Choir meets from 3:10-4:10 on Monday Afternoons.  Our exciting performance opportunities this year include, singing for the LES Veteran's Day Assembly, performing at the LISD Fine Arts Festival, singing at North Park Center in December, and performing the National Anthem at an Allen Americans game!!!  Rehearsals start on Monday, August 26.  JOIN CHOIR TODAY!!!!

District Information
Lovejoy Lacrosse - Boys' and Girls' Teams Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the boys' and girls' 2019 Fall season of Lovejoy Lacrosse.  Join the most exciting, fastest-growing sport in the country.  
Register now for Boys and Girls
Grades Kindergarten through High School 
Visit for information regarding the program and the upcoming Fall season. 

Tutoring 101
Don't let all the coming Summer fun erase all the work they've done! Tutoring 101 is here to make sure your kids keep their skills sharp, improve in subjects they struggled in, and even help them get ahead for the next school year. Our certified, professional tutors can give your students a leg up and help them avoid the dreaded summer slump. We offer:

Individualized Summer Learning Plan
Reading/Math/Writing for K-8th
Get ready for Fall Courses Precalculus, Geometry, Physics

Visit for information on how to prep and save this summer! You may 972.359.0222 for a free consultation.
Upcoming Dates
19 - First day of school for students
19 - Cheers and Tears - 8:05 - Gathering Spot
29 - PTA Volunteer Training @ 9:30 am
30 - Dennis Lee Assembly, 1:45pm       
2 - Student and Staff Holiday - Labor Day
9 - PTA General Meeting @10:30 a.m.
10 - Fall Picture Day
13 - Early Release @ noon - Leopard Friday
16 - Lovejoy School Board Meeting - 7:00
23-27 - Book Fair
23 - PTA Spirit Night @ In & Out Burger
26 - PTA Ice Cream Social - 6:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
27 - Leopard Live @ 8


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