February 1, 2019
Dear Parents,

It has been a great week of learning at Lovejoy Elementary.  Thank you for sending your children to us each day and partnering with us to make their learning a success.  It looks like it is going to be a beautiful weekend.  I hope you enjoy it and we will see you on Monday. 

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)
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools News
Denim and Diamonds - The Party
Saturday, February 2
D & D 2019 Invitation


Title Sponsor Audi McKinney, a Sewell Company
Presenting Sponsor Lee Lewis Construction and also sponsored by
Corgan Architects, Grateful Lovejoy Family, Michael and Roxana Denham, Jones Carr McGoldrick LLP, JCM Mediation, Homes by J. Anthony, Tim Jackson Custom Homes, Al and Kelli Litchenburg, Owens Realtors, William Anthony Homes, Renfrow Dunaway Group, Glenn and Ashley Shooner, Cleve Adamson Custom Homes, Stephanie and Sean McCaffity, Dale Carnegie Training - Ryan Akins, Fairway Independent Mortgage and Henri and Allison Friloux, Samantha and Matthew Poulton, The Walker Group - Coldwell Banker Apex,  Commercial Bank of Texas, Estate Life Magazines, GolfSwing.com, RBFCU, Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson LLP, Carey Lynn Photography, Matlock Real Estate, Reinhard Real Estate, Missy Hobgood Fournet, spot1media. The beer sponsor is Andrews Distributing and the wine sponsor is the family of Caroline Swanson.


and join us at the event to have the opportunity to bid on these fabulous items:

Audi for All Seasons

Bird Hunt at Bethel Ranch for Four Hunters

Lovejoy Football Game - Dinner in the Press Box
With Autographed Lovejoy Football Helmet

Christmas in Orlando, Florida (Condo for Eight)

Seagrove Beach Cottage for Six

Christmas Break Skiing in Angel Fire (Condo for Six)

Wine Dinner at Waterboy Farm for Ten

Royal Chef Dinner for Ten in Your Home

Maggiano's Wine Dinner for Fifteen

Two Orchestra Section Tickets to Hamilton at Dallas Music Hall with Hotel Stay

Allen American's Premium Luxury Suite for Ten+

Delta Charlie's Dallas Sightseeing Flight and Dinner for Two

Fogo de Chão Experience for Lovejoy

Ultimate Passport Trip
Five Nights in your choice of one of 24 Exclusive Properties


Name a Grant
If you desire to donate to a specific school or classroom grant, this is your chance.  There are 71 grants from which to choose this year at Denim & Diamonds. The grants that do not get funded at the event on Saturday will move to the online auction next week.  Grants range in value from $128 for Lucy Calkins Supplemental Books for the "How to Writing" Unit to $2,500 for a Sphero BOLT Power Pack Robot. Click here to view the full list of grants.


Denim & Diamonds Online Auction
Tuesday, February 5 - Tuesday, February 12
In addition to the array of fun donations from the Lovejoy staff, most of the auction items that the Foundation has received will be in the online auction this year. The entire community will have the opportunity to bid and win some fabulous items.  The link to the bidding sight will be available on Tuesday. Check the Foundation website and Facebook page for up to date information.


A Message from the President of the Foundation
"I am excited to announce that Vicki Deerman has accepted the position as Executive Director of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Vicki has been involved in the Lovejoy community for over 25 years as a Lovejoy parent and volunteer. She served as a director of the Foundation for 6 years and then spent 6 years as Executive Director prior to retiring 2 1/2 years ago. We are excited to have her as our Executive Director and hope you will congratulate her on this position." - Henri Friloux, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Board President    
LES News 
 
NEW!   Leopard Life Skill for February - 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


Yearbook Sale
The 2018-2019 Lovejoy Elementary Yearbook is now on sale! The yearbook will be on sale for $22 from January 24th - February 8th. After February 8th, the cost will be $28. You can order the yearbook on Revtrak at https://lovejoy.revtrak.net or send cash or check (payable to LES) to the office.



Late Night Leopards Campus Campout
Lovejoy Elementary 2nd Annual Late Night Leopards Campout  is quickly approaching. This year's campout will be held on Friday, April 12th .  The campout will include bounce houses, rock climbing wall, bumper soccer, glow in the dark dance party, face painting, movie under the stars and much more.  Last year's campout was a huge success and was able to fund our on site security officer at LES.
This is our ONLY fundraiser for the 2018-2019 school year and the proceeds will directly impact the school.  We are looking for sponsors (businesses, family members and friends) that are interested in supporting our school as well as advertising their business.  If you or someone you know is interested in a sponsorship, please click here or contact MJ Ciatto at latenightleopards@yahoo.com. T ickets will be on sale February 14th - March 1st. Thank you for your support of Lovejoy Elementary!  We are excited to see you at the campout on April 12th!


NEW! Gifted and Talented Referral Window Open: February 1 - March 8
The referral window for students in grades 1-11 for gifted and talented services is open February 1 - March 8. Referral forms are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Testing is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 and April 6. Appointments will be sent via email after the referral window closes March 8.
Please note: Kindergarten students will not be tested during the spring window.

NEW! Gifted and Talented Information Sessions: February 20 and 25
Looking for More Information about G/T Services? Brief information sessions will review the gifted and talented referral process and services offered in Lovejoy.
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
February 20 at 9:00 AM
February 25 at 9:00 AM or 6:30 PM
(Session Information Repeats)

If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please click here for a slideshow presentation.


NEW! PTA February Membership Meeting
LES PTA members are invited to attend the February Membership Meeting on Monday, February 4th at 10:30 in the Gathering Spot. We hope to see you there!

NEW! Camp Invention
Looking for a high-energy, hands on STEM camp? Camp Invention is for you! Camp Invention will take place June 10th - 14th from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Sloan Creek Intermediate School. The price is $255 for the week, and if you register before March 22nd with the Promo Code INNOVATE25, you will save $25. Please visit www.invent.org/camp to register.       
 

NEW! Alpha Omega Gymnastics  
Alpha Omega Gymnastics is offering tumbling l essons at Lovejoy Elementary!  
This class is for both boys and girls and will be held in the LES gym on Tuesdays  from 3:15pm - 4:15pm. The registration fee is $35 and the cost of the class is  $79/month. There is a sibling(s) discount available. To register, please visit  https://mckinney.alphaomegagymnastics.com . For more information, please call  469.859.9936.



NEW! Lovejoy Gifted Association Announces Rocket Build and Launch Events
3...2...1... Lift-off!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first people to land on the moon with the Lovejoy Gifted Association's Rocket Fest. The Lovejoy Gifted Association is partnering with the Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) for their annual LGA Rocket Fest. This event is suitable for students in grades 3 thru 6. Participants may choose between a basic and an advanced rocket model.

There will be a Rocket Build Party in the Sloan Creek Cafeteria  on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm where a volunteer from DARS will talk the junior rocket scientists through building the basic rocket step-by-step. Participants purchasing the advanced rocket may pick up their build package that same evening and are welcome to start building at SCIS or build at home.

The rocket launch will be held  on Sunday March 24 in the front parking lot of Lovejoy High School  at 12:00 noon, where volunteers from DARS will provide the launch equipment and make sure the launch process happens in a safe and orderly fashion.

You may reserve a spot and purchase your rocket kit from the Lovejoy Gifted Association Store at  https://my.cheddarup.com/c/rocket-fest-2019 no later than  Feb 17th, 2019. Each rocket package comes with rocket engines for two launches. Please note that junior rocket scientists must be accompanied by an adult at both events. The Lovejoy Gifted Association is a non-profit organization that supports the G/T programs across all schools in Lovejoy ISD. The LGA Rocket Project is a fundraiser and proceeds will flow back into Lovejoy ISD. If you have questions, contact Jay van Rijn at  jeroen.van.rijn@gmail.com.


REMINDER! Driver's License
Driver's License must be presented and scanned with
every visit and student sign out, no exceptions.



Bringing Medicine to Nurse Debbie
Just a reminder that when bringing a student's medicine to Nurse Debbie, please bring it in its original container/box. Please make sure a parent brings it to the clinic, after checking in the office.  A Medical Consent Form will need to be signed for Nurse Debbie to administer the medication.


Mother/Son Science Night
Appreciation Night: Friday, February 1
Elementary Night is this Friday, February 1, at Lovejoy
High School. Come out and watch the Lovejoy Leopard Boys Basketball teams take on the Princeton Panthers. Elementary students wearing Lovejoy spirit wear will be admitted free of charge. There will be fun giveaways during the game, a halftime basketball game with a local elementary team and autographed team posters for the elementary fans.


Box Tops: Due February 15th! Just a reminder to send in Box Tops with your child!  Please put them in a baggie with your child's name and teacher's name. We are in full swing of our second class competition which will be coming to an end in February.  Every Box Top you send earns 10 cents for Lovejoy Elementary. Thank you so much for helping support our school !

K - 173

1 -91

2 - 236

3 - 236

4 -221

No Name: 332

NEW! 4th Grade Parents - Note from SCIS
The video that Mr. Winkler sent out last week for up and coming 5th Grade parents was accidentally sent to the wrong group of parents.  Please click here to 


   
Monday, February 4th
PTA Executive Board Mtg; 9:30am
PTA General Meeting; 10:30am 
Choir; 3:00pm
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00pm 
Tuesday, February 5th
Alpha Omega Gymnastics; 3:15pm 
Wednesday, February 6th
Chess Club; 3:00pm
Thursday, February 7th
Class Pictures 
Friday, February 8th 

Circle of Partners
 
District News

Hop Into Spring Chess Tournament:March 30
This annual Lovejoy Tournament continues to be a hit around the metroplex.  Come join your fellow chess players on March 30 at Sloan Creek for a wonderful day of chess play. This five round tournament awards the top three players in each section a trophy and fourth place receives a chocolate bunny. Gather up a team from your school and compete together.  Registration is going on now.  Please visit North Texas Chess Academy's website to register.


Lovejoy Student Hosts Toy Drive
Lovejoy High School Freshman, Katie Berman, requests your assistance with a toy drive she is organizing to benefit Ready Fighter One. Following you will find information from Katie:

"My plan is to host a toy drive from February 4 - 15. We are collecting items to donate to hospitals that treat children's cancer. Ready Fighter One was my friend MJ's last wish. MJ was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, and passed away on the 11th. We are collecting:

Video Games
Playstations
Xboxes
DVDs
Toys
Board Games

Boxes for donations will be located at all campuses. MJ's school would not allow us to host the drive. I thought the next best thing would be to host it at Lovejoy. My team and I would handle all the details all we need is your support and time."

For additional information please contact katie.berman@icloud.com .




Save the Date - March 2
STEM Festival and Open House for Prospective Families
Save the date! Lovejoy ISD will host the second annual STEM festival on March 2 at  Lovejoy High School. The event will be held from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We hope you  will join us for an exciting day filled with fascinating speakers, hands-on experiments, Makerspace, student exhibits, robotics lab, cool contests with prizes, food trucks, and  much more.

An Open House for prospective families will be held during the STEM festival. We hope  you willi invite your friends and family members who are interested in Lovejoy to join us  for this event.

Look for more details in the next edition of Email Express.  




STEM Festival T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling all students! Submit your entry for the design of the STEM Festival 2019 t-shirt. 


Lovejoy Offers Group Counseling
Lovejoy is offering group counseling for students for a variety of areas. The groups will meet weekly, during school hours, and will be facilitated by Lovejoy's Social Worker, Noelle Gove, LCSW. The overall goal of the counseling groups is to address student's social/emotional needs that may be impacting their experience and success at school. Groups are being offered, based on need, to every campus in the district, grades K-12.


Toy Drive Benefiting the Children of Little Leopards  
The Lovejoy High School Work-Based Learning program is accepting new to gently used toys for children birth - 5 years of age. Examples of items needed are as follows:
Play Food
Outside Toys
Musical Toys
Books
Legos
K'nex
Kinetic Sand
Sports Balls
Dolls
Dollhouses
Shopkins
Toys may be delivered to any Lovejoy campus or the Administration building until February 15. To request a donation pick-up, or for additional information, please contact sancy_fuller@lovejoyisd.net.


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