AUGUST 30, 2018

Dear Parents,

We have had another fantastic week at Lovejoy Elementary. Students are mastering procedures, creating strong relationships with their peers and teachers, and beginning their learning journey.  As a reminder, if your child is going to be absent, please email Sondra Payne at sondra_payne@lovejoyisd.net . We would prefer an email instead of a phone call. This helps us with our records that we are required to keep.
In May, Mrs. Dawson, challenged our students to read 1,000 books, and if we reach the goal, then I will go up in an hot air balloon on Friday, September 7th! We need your help to send me up in a Hot Air Balloon. We have almost reached our goal! You can log your child's books by clicking here . If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Kristin Dawson at kristin_dawson@lovejoyisd.net . Parents are more than welcome to come and watch the big event with their child next Friday morning at 8:00. We will send an email next week with more details.
I hope that you have a happy and safe three day weekend. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

All My Best,
Wendy Craft
214-551-4503 (cell)
469-742-8077 (office)
LES News 

Growth Mindset
As part of our commitment to developing the whole child, we will be continuing our focus on monthly Leopard Life Skills to enhance our character education program. Our Leopard Life Skills are based on character strengths promoted by a company called Character Lab. Character Lab is a non-profit organization that has identified specific character qualities that can help our students live healthy, successful, and fulfilling lives. The character strengths are instrumental in helping our kids develop three main character strengths: strength of heart, strength of mind, and strength of will. Strengths of heart are "helping" strengths that help you relate in positive ways to other people. Strengths of mind are the "thinking" strengths that enable a fertile and independent life of the mind. Strengths of will are the "doing" strengths that help you achieve your goals. Altogether, we refer to these character strengths as "Leopard Life Skills" since they encompass skill sets that are predictive of current and future life success.
The first Leopard Life Skill for the month of September will be "Growth Mindset." Students will learn that having a growth mindset means understanding that intelligence can be developed. We want our leopards to learn that they can get smarter through hard work and practice, and that struggling with something is an opportunity for them to grow their intelligence. The key word we will use with students to underscore this skill is the word "yet." They may not be able to do something right now, but that doesn't mean they can't or won't ever be able to . . . they just don't know how to do it yet . While we will be teaching and practicing the Leopard Life Skills here at school, it would be beneficial to reinforce them at home as well. Please enjoy identifying real life examples of how these skills can help them tackle life's challenges. If you would like to know more about the character strengths and the Character Lab organization, you can visit their website at www.characterlab.org . You can also contact me at any time. Thank you for your ongoing support in growing heart strong leopard leaders! Mrs. Ruggeri ☺


REMINDER! Labor Day Holiday 
Lovejoy Elementary will be closed on Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day. We will resume class as usual on Tuesday, September 4th.




NEW! Driver's License 
We have a new check in system. This system will require everyone to use their driver's license to perform any task. You will need your driver's license even if you have an approved background check. Thank you in advance for always bringing your driver's license!



NEW! Engineering Club 
Engineering Club puts the excitement in S.T.E.M. education by offering age-appropriate, inquiry-based, hands-on learning for children Kindergarten - 4th Grade. Engineering Club will be offered after school on Fridays in the Gathering Spot from  3:00 - 4:10 pm. The first session is 7 weeks (September 7th - October 19th) and the second session is 7 weeks (October 26th - December 14th) Sign up for one or                                                               both! Please click here to register.


 
Ice Cream Social  
Our PTA will, once again, host the Lovejoy Elementary Ice Cream Social.  We highly encourage you to attend as it's a great time to meet to to reconnect with other Lovejoy families.  This is a free event for our families. We hope you will join us on September 20th from 6:00 - 7:00pm in the Lovejoy Elementary cafeteria.  Our staff memebers will be attending and serving ice cream and toppings to all who attend. 


Box Tops
Start collecting your Box Tops for the 2018-2019 school year.  Each box top that is turned in is 10 cents for our Lovejoy Elementary campus.  Put them in a baggie with your child's teacher's name on it and drop them in one of our Box Top boxes located near the library and front of the school, give them to the office, or turn them in to your teacher.  Every Clip Counts!

Back to School: Important Transportation News
The Transportation Department is looking forward to welcoming your students to the 2018-2019 school year. Important news regarding requesting bus service, bus routes, stop locations, time, and the SafeStop School Bus Tracking App is now available. Click here for this important news.


Student Nutrition: Menu
Please click here to view the September Student Nutrition Menu. 


 
Sign Up For PTA REMIND

JOIN TODAY! PTA Membership
Please join the Lovejoy Elementary School PTA! The cost is $8.00 and you will receive a Lovejoy Elementary Directory. Each member will be included in email and text communication throughout the year for all PTA sponsored events.  Every member that joins the PTA will be entered into a drawing that will be held at the Ice Cream Social for a parking space. The classroom with the most PTA members will also win a popsicle party!  Please click here to visit our NEW PTA website and join today!


  NEW! PTA Paw Signs  
Do you have a child's birthday or special occasion you want to make extra special? Support Lovejoy Elementary PTA with Paw Signs. You can now sign up ONLINE! Please click here to visit our Lovejoy PTA website. Please sign up in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Seely at natalieseely@yahoo.com.


ORDER TODAY! Grade Level T-shirts
Back again this year is the All School Grade Level T-shirt. This shirt will be worn on field trips, Super Skills Day, special spirit days, and other special events throughout the year. To order your shirt today please  click here



Volunteer Background Application: NOW AVAILABLE!
For the safety of our students, a criminal history record is obtained annually for every person interested in volunteering at a LISD campus. Upon completion of the background check, applicants will be notified of approval to volunteer.

Please click here to access the Online Volunteer Application. The online application is a secure link.

All information regarding volunteer applications received for the 2017-2018 school year has been deleted.  If you submitted an application prior to August 2018, you will need to complete another application.

Thank you for your assistance with this very important matter.  Your interest in serving as a volunteer is appreciated. Should you have any questions, or require assistance, please contact:

Stacey Dillon
Assistant to the Superintendent
469.742.8003
stacey_dillon@lovejoyisd.net       


Kid's 1st Registration: Now Open 


Gifted and Talented Referrals for 2018-2019
T he referral window for gifted and talented services is now open. Referral forms will be available online in
the PowerSchool Parent Portal beginning August 13th. The window for referrals will close September 7, 2018.
Testing is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th and 22nd for students in grades 1-12. Please note: Kindergarten students will be tested at a later date.
Looking for More Information about G/T Services?
A brief information session will review the gifted and talented referral process and services offered in Lovejoy.
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
August 30, 2018
9:00 AM or 6:30 PM (Session Information Repeats)
If you are unable to attend and would like more information, a slideshow presentation will be available on the gifted and talented webpage after the August 30 presentation. For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or Brie Smith (469.742.8032 ).


 
Monday, September 3rd
Labor Day Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED!
Tuesday, September 4th


Wednesday, September 5th


Thursday, September 6th


Friday,  September 7th
Hot Air Balloon Lift Off from Summer Reading Challenge @ 8 am



District News
Lovejoy Preschool PTA
Calling all parents of preschoolers - You are invited to join the Lovejoy Preschool PTA for their new member coffee to learn more about their organization.



Lovejoy Senior Requests Assistance with Senior Project
A message from Lovejoy Senior, Alexandra Brungardt:

"As an incoming senior, I have selected a project that is close to my heart. There is a "Toy Closet" at the Cancer Hospital from which patients can choose an item to help during their stay. I want to stock the Closet with as many toys as possible.  In order to purchase toys for the closet, donation bins will be placed at each of the schools and the red building. These bins will be collecting gently used Lovejoy Spirit Wear. Once collected, the spirit wear will be sold and the money used to buy Toys for the Closet. The toys will be donated in memory of Walker Jack Rainey. I can be reached at brungardt_alexandra@lovejoyisd.com with any comments or questions. Thank you for your generosity."


Tom Landry Classic: Saturday, September 1st 
The Lovejoy Leopards will play Frisco Heritage in the Tom Landry Classic on September 1st at Allen Eagle Stadium. Proceeds from this game will go towards scholarships for students at Lovejoy High School. Come to the game and bring 5 of your friends. Click here for details.

Girls Lacrosse Free Try-It Clinics
Lovejoy Lacrosse will host 2 girls' lacrosse try-it clinics on August 25th and September 8th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Willow Springs Middle School. The try-it clinics and introduction to girls' lacrosse is open to Lovejoy ISD and surrounding communities.

Both try-it clinics are free and are open to all grade levels - kinder through high school. Girls are welcome to attend one or both of the clinics. No registration is required. Just come on out to the field ready to have fun. There will be lacrosse equipment available to borrow.

No lacrosse experience is necessary. There will be drills for players of all skill and experience levels. The clinics will be a fun, no pressure environment where girls can try lacrosse and parents can learn about the Lovejoy Lady Leopards Lacrosse program.

For additional information click here. For questions, click here.

Lovejoy Hockey Fundraiser
The Lovejoy Ice Hockey team will host a fundraiser on September 4th. Click here for details.


Lovejoy Ice Hockey Registration
The Lovejoy Ice Hockey Club is forming teams for this upcoming season.  Any 7th - 12th grade hockey players who would like to join the team are encouraged to reach out to lovejoyhockey@gmail.com

 
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