Principal Message:  February 1, 2018
D ear Parents,

Tomorrow, is an early release for the students and we will be dismissing at noon. Early release days are essential to the work we do with your kids. During the afternoon, we work together as a staff to further fine tune our instructional practices and better our understanding of campus focuses. Over the last couple of years, our main focus at Lovejoy Elementary  has been to establish daily learning targets so students understand exactly what is expected of them in all content areas each day. Furthermore, we want to establish success criteria that lead students to be able to meet those learning targets. You send us highly motivated kids. We know that if students are aware of what the target is we would like for them to reach each day, they are more likely to hit the bulls eye.
HELP NEEDED! We just want to remind our parents to please follow our drop off and pick up procedures each day. We have these procedures in place to provide safety for all of our students. Here are a few key reminders:
Please enter the church parking lot for drop off and pick up.
In the mornings, please do not pull up on the side of the school (parking lot) and drop off your child at the front door.
In the afternoons, please do not cut in front of other cars when we make the "snake."
Thank you in advance for helping us to provide our community with a safe and efficient drop off and pick up procedures. 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 

Flu Awareness  
It is flu season and the local news has been reporting that it is hitting the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area hard, so we are asking parents for their help. We ask that you please keep your children home if they are running a temperature, vomiting and/or experiencing diarrhea, rest and fluids are the best plan of action. After any illness a student needs to be temperature free, vomit free and diarrhea free for 24 hours before they return to school. We have attached a link to the CDC that has some helpful information and if you have any question please feel free to call Nurse Debbie, 469.742.8132. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm 


NEW! Leopard Life Skill for Febru ary - Zest!
Since we returned from winter break, our little leopards have been learning about the value of "G"enerating "R"elentless "I"nner "T"oughness. They've been "gettin' gritty with it" by pushing hard to persevere even when it's difficult. The term "Grit" is now a common term used throughout classrooms as we encourage our students to view their setbacks and failures as opportunities for progress and growth. Over time, we hope to help students discover the benefits of persistence in the pursuit of their goals.
Well, now that the cold, dreary days of winter are upon us, we all could use a little burst of energy and enthusiasm. That brings us to our next Leopard Life Skill for the month of February, "Zest." When people first hear the word "zest," they may think of lemons or even the soap, with the catchy old commercial about being "zestfully" clean ☺. In the same way that lemon zest provides a burst of flavor in dishes, or Zest soap invigorates the spirit, living with zest brings a renewed excitement and enthusiasm to everyday activities.  Unfortunately, too many adults and youth are suppressed by the demands and stress of everyday life and they end up being disengaged, bored, and unmotivated. However, there are some people who seem to have more passion and approach each day with optimism and gusto. The difference between these two types of peoples is "zest." Zest - also referred to as vitality - is an approach to life that is filled with excitement, energy, and enthusiasm. Our students will be taught about the benefits of shifting their attitudes and living with more zest so they can derive more enjoyment out of life and learning. We know that most kids have enthusiasm for something. Therefore, we want to find out what that something is so we can harness that energy and help them view their world with wonder and excitement.  
If you would like more information about the nine character strengths, skills, and mindsets on which our Leopard Life Skills are based, you can visit their website at www.characterlab.org. You are also welcome to contact me at any time if you have any questions. We appreciate your support in helping our leopards develop a little "Z"any "E"nthusiastic "S"pice of "T"oday!  
Mrs. Ruggeri


TOMORROW! Early Release
Lovejoy Elementary will have early release on Friday, February 2nd.  The students will get out this day at 12:00 pm.  If your child needs a lunch from the cafeteria, please let your teacher know. Otherwise, students will have regular snack in the classroom. Also, there will be NO Engineering Club on this Early Release Day.


TOMORROW! Fundraiser for Allen Community Outreach (ACO)
Please join Lovejoy Elementary 4th graders Jocelyn Chapman and Lauren Perry for the kickoff event of their business Motive8, featuring handmade jewelry and t-shirts with motivational messages. These budding entrepreneurs are also philanthropists, as they will be donating all proceeds from this event to Allen Community Outreach. The event will be held on Friday, February 2nd from 4:30 - 7:00 PM at 2800 Bauer Court, Lucas. For more information please click here or text Sandra Chapman at 469.371.0204.



NEW! Leopard Live
Please join us for Leopard Live on Friday, February 9th at 1:10 pm in the gym. This is a great time to recognize students who show Leopard Pride.  We hope to see you there!





NEW! Valentine's Parties
We will be celebrating Valentine's on Friday, February 9th with classroom parties starting at 2:00pm.  All grade levels will have their parties at that time.  Please watch for more information from your Room Parent.

 



Box Tops
Each unexpired Box Top is worth 10 c ents 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 alrea dy 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 popcorn party! Our next deadline is February 15th.


Six Flags Read to Succeed
Do your students love Six Flags Over Texas? If so, they can earn a FREE ticket to visit the park this summer simply by reading! Readers who read and log 6 hours, or 360 minutes, of reading time will earn one FREE ticket to enjoy roller coasters, games, food and fun. All Lovejoy students are eligible to participate, so get busy reading and fill out the reading logs coming home today in Thursday folders. Please return them to the Lovejoy Library by February 23rd.


Arthur Visit and Book Club  
Children's author, Kate Klise, will be visiting Lovejoy Elementary on February 21st! Many students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades are busy reading their Book Club Book while meeting each week in the library to discuss her amazing stories. To facilitate Book Club, m embers were required to purchase their own copy of the book, but she has written many more! A variety of Kate Klise books are available to purchase  today through February 12th..  To purchase the titles  that you and your family would like to have, please click here. All books, including Book Club copies, will be signed by Kate Klise during her visit to Lovejoy Elementary.


Daddy Daughter Dance - SAVE THE DATE!
Dad's mark your calendar for a night of fun and dancing as the LES PTA hosts a Daddy Daughter dance on Friday, March 2nd. More details coming
soon!


NEW! Camp Invention  
Build, design, and create and have some hands on STEM fun!  Join us in the summer for Camp Invention, June 11th - 15th at Sloan Creek Intermediate School for children entering grades K - 6.   Click here to register today  or click here to view the flyer. For more information, please contact Jacie McDonald.


NEW! Gifted and Talented Referrals for 2018-2019
The referral window for gifted and  talented services opens February 1st for students in grades 1-12. The window will remain open through March 31, 2018.
Click here for the referral forms located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All referrals must be completed in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. A line is included to type the name of the individual referring the student (parent, teacher, other educator, or student).

Testing is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th and 28th.
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or Brie Smith (469.742.8032).

            
Late Night Leopard Campus Campout Volunteer Opportunities  
Lovejoy Elementary's campout will take place April 13th, 2018.  Our overall objective is to create a fun school and community event while raising money for the district. All proceeds after $30K will stay right here at Lovejoy Elementary!  Many activities are planned for this event which means there are many volunteer opportunities to participate.   Click here to sign up today to make memories that will last a lifetime.



Astronaut Academy Camp
This Spring Break, students can BLAST OFF to The Perot Museum and learn all about what life is like on the International Space Station! Students will conduct experiments just like the astronauts and design their own rocket. The camp is for PreK - 4th grade students. Click here for  more information about this out-of-the-world experience.


Lovejoy Lacrosse - Boy's and Girls' Teams Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the boys' and girls' 2018 Spring season of Lovejoy Lacrosse.  Join the most exciting, fastest-growing sport in the country.  Register now for Boys: Grades Kindergarten through High School and Girls: Grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Click here for information regarding the                 program and the upcoming spring season.




Monday, February 5th 
PTA Board Meeting; 9:30 am
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:05 pm
NO CHOIR!
Tuesday, February 6th 
Tutoring

Wednesday, February 7th 
Chess Club; 3:05 pm 
Thursday, February 8th 
Tutoring
Friday, February 9th 
Leopard Live;1:10 pm
Valentine's Day Parties; 2:00 pm
Engineering Club; 3:05 pm
 

Foundation News 
 
Denim and Diamonds - Lone Starry Night  
Preparations for the Foundation for Lovejoy School's Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction are underway and we need your help to make this event a success.  Click here for complete details regarding the different ways you may help.

Raffle Tickets
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host a raffle for Denim and Diamonds with three drawings for the following prizes:

·EZ GO Golf Cart - 2010 completely customized and refurbished - value $5,000
·$2,500 VISA gift card, donated by Owens Realtors
·Arcade Game Table - value $4,400

Raffle tickets are $100 and only 500 tickets will be sold. A drawing will be held for each item, giving each ticket a chance to win one of these prizes. The winners will be drawn at the Denim and Diamonds Gala. You do not need to be present to win. Click here for additional information. Tickets may be purchased from any Foundation Director , via the Foundation's website , or at the Lovejoy ISD Administration Building.

Annual Appeal
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you to the community for your generous support of the Annual Appeal giving campaign. As of December 31, 2017 the campaign raised $211,280 from 577 donors.

Without you, we could not carry out our mission to enhance the educational experience for Lovejoy students and staff.

Taste of Fairview: March 2nd
Back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual Taste of Fairview will be presented by Estate Life Magazine in partnership with the Allen Fairview Chamber, Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club, and the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.
What: 3rd Annual Taste of Fairview with over 30 local restaurants, wine and spirits
Where: Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club
When: Friday, March 2nd at 6:00 PM
Why: All ticket sales donated to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Last year's event was a sell-out, with more than 500 attendees helping to raise more than $17,000 for the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.


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.
 
Pictured above:  Kevin Parker, Principal of Puster Elementary School, "shoots hoops" with incoming Pre-Kindergarten student, Crew Thomas.

Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety. In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district's website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We will also announce any closure through the media and by phone. Links to our social media accounts are shown below.

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 Gifted Association Rocket Launch: March 21st
3....2....1.... Blast Off.....It's Rocket Launch Time.
Back by popular demand, the Lovejoy Gifted Association is partnering with the Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) for the annual LGA Rocket Project. The Rocket Project is an extracurricular STEM activity at which your child builds a rocket one evening, then launches it another day, all with the assistance of the professionals from DARS.
The Lovejoy Gifted Association is a non-profit organization supporting Gifted and Talented programs across all schools in Lovejoy ISD. The Rocket Project is a fundraiser with proceeds directly benefiting Lovejoy students. If you have questions, contact Jay van Rijn.

What: Rocket Build Party*
Where: SCIS cafeteria
When: Wednesday, March 21st from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Who: Students aged 10 and up
Launch: Sunday, March 25th, Lovejoy High School, 12:00 PM

To reserve a spot, purchase your rocket kit from the  Lovejoy Gifted Association Store before March 4th, 2018.



Parents and Students Invited to Attend Food Show: February 2nd
This Friday, February 2nd, Lovejoy Student Nutrition Services will be holding a food show in the Sloan Creek Intermediate School cafeteria from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Students and parents from all schools are invited to stop by and visit our food vendor booths to sample new foods and help select new items for the school lunch menus.

Orchestra Night at Palio's: February 6th
You are invited to the Lovejoy Orchestra for Spirit night at Palio's Pizza Café onTuesday, February 6th from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.Please join the Orchestra for a great combo of delicious food and good company in support of the Lovejoy Orchestra. 15% of the proceeds will benefit the Orchestra Booster Club. When you order, please let the cashier know you are with the Lovejoy Orchestra. This includes both dine-in and take-out. The Orchestra hopes to see you there. (Palio's is located at 431 E. Stacy Road, Fairview.)



Relay for Life: April 6
Relay for Life is an annual event wh
ich will be held at Willow Springs Middle School to raise awareness of cancer and to donate to cancer research. This year's initiative is to bring the Lovejoy community together as a whole to promote a sense of unity and caring. We hope you will save the date of April 6th and join us for Relay for Life.

Relay for Life Dinner
A dinner in honor of survivors, caregivers, and their families wi
ll be held in conjunction with the Relay for Life event. If this applies to you or to someone you know, please RSVP to Katherine Guo.

Relay for Life Stories to Share
The high school Relay for Life committee is also organizing a tribute to those who have been affected by cancer. If you have a story to share, please contact Katherine Guo.

Relay for Life Gallery Wall Opportunity
To encourage participation of students at the elementary and intermediate school levels, the LHS Relay for Life organizers are hosting a coloring page activity. Students may click here to print the coloring page and decorate it as creatively as they can. They may then turn the page into the receptionist desk at their campus to receive a pencil, sticker or other prize.  The event organizers will use all coloring pages to create a gallery wall for the event, which will represent loving support for those whose lives have been affected by cancer.



Relay for Life Luminarias
Relay for Life is selling Luminarias for the Relay for Life event on April 6th at Willow Springs Middle School. Luminarias honor those whose lives have been affected by cancer. You may dedicate a Luminari to loved ones who lost their battles with cancer, someone currently battling cancer, or anyone who has overcome cancer. When you attend the Relay event, you will see the Luminarias placed around the track, decorated with names and sometimes messages to whom they are dedicated. Luminarias are $10. If you would like to purchase one, please click here .  
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