Principal Message:  February 22, 2018
D ear Parents,

I hope that you are staying warm on this cold, wet Thursday.  We want to thank our PTA for our sponsoring our visiting author Kate Klise.  She was outstanding, and I encourage you to have your child share about her visit.  Ms. Klise talked to our students about the writing process, and she showed our students the many drafts that she goes through to get to the final story.  For our Kindergarteners through 2nd graders, she taught our students  how to write great stories in 3 steps:  have a main character,  give the character a problem to deal with, and take your character on a journey.  For our 3rd and 4th graders, she taught our students how to create great stories using the following steps: have a main character, determine a problem, take your character on a journey, have an "Oh No!" moment, and and "Aha!" moment.  
I want to remind you that early voting opened on Tuesday for the Republican Primaries.  There are many issues to consider during the upcoming election season.  The one I'm most invested in is the issue of public school finance because it directly impacts the work that is done with your kids.  Compared to 2005, the State of Texas has decreased funding to public schools by approximately $1,500 PER STUDENT in LOVEJOY ISD.  I can't think of another industry that operates on less money in 2018 than in 2005.  The Lt. Governor's primary will greatly impact the future of funding public schools in Texas.  I encourage you to 1) vote and 2) take a moment to acquire deep knowledge of all of the candidates.  A great website for information is  .

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 

We are so excited to kick off our camp out registration! For more information and to register for the campout, please click here.  It will be a night full of fun that I guarantee you will not want to miss!

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.

NEW! Open House - Thursday, March 8th
Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 8th as it's our annual open house from 6:00 - 7:15 pm.  Also, we will be having our 3rd Grade Program beginning at 
6:45 pm in the Lovejoy Elementary Gym.  We hope you all will be able to join us!

NEW! 3rd Grade Program
Please join us on Thursday, March 8th for the 3rd Grade Music Program. This year we will be demonstrating folk dances we have been practicing throughout the year. Bring your dancing shoes, as we will be inviting members of the audience to learn a dance! Our performance will begin at 6:45 pm. Students will report to the music room at 6:30 pm. Dress in red school wide shirt and dark pants/jeans.

NEW! Book Fair
The Paws for Books Book Fair is coming to Lovejoy Elementary! Get ready to come and shop for amazing books in the library! Students will preview the fair on Friday, March 2nd to create their wish lists of books they would like to buy. The Book Fair will be open to purchase books from 7:45 - 3:45, March 5th - 8th  and will be open from 7:45 - 12:00 on Friday, March 9th. You can also shop the Book Fair at Open House on March 8th from 6:00-7:00.  If you would like to volunteer for the Book Fair, please contact Mrs. Dawson at

Double L Choir at Frisco Baseball Classic
The Double L Choir will perform "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at the Frisco College Baseball Classic on Saturday, March 3rd at the Texas A&M vs. Baylor game during the 7th inning! For more information about the tournament, plea se  click here.

Daddy Daughter Dance -7 days left to purchase at advance pricing!
Calling all LES Dads! Join us March 2nd for a night of food, fun and dancing with your sweet thing as the LES PTA hosts a CandyLand themed Daddy Daughter Dance! Doors will open for dinner at 6:00 and dancing begins at 6:30. Girls are encouraged to dress all in one color, or in whatever their heart desires. Dads, jeans are welcome as long as your little peppermint approves. Tickets are $30 per family in advance ($40 per family at the door) and include a pasta dinner, dessert, a photo booth, a candy bar, and priceless memories with your daughter(s). Purchase your tickets today (or use the form in your daughter's Thursday folder)!

N EW!  Box Tops Winner
Congratulations to Mrs. Hicks 2nd Grade class for collecting the most Box Tops! They will be  awarded extra recess. KEEP CLIPPING!  We will have one more contest before the end of school!

NEW! Engineering for Kids
Now Registering for Engineering Club Session II!  This session will be held on Fridays from 3:10 - 4:10 pm. The session begins on March 9th and will end on April 27th. To register click here.For questions, please call 469.730.6550 or email

NEW! Spring Pictures
Individual Spring Pictures will be taken on Thursday, March 1st.  A proof of your child's picture will be sent home, allowing you to purchase pictures at a later date. We do have a schedule for picture taking.  Please note that adjustments will be made should our grade levels move through the line slower or faster than expected.

8:15 - 8:35 - 1st Grade
8:35 - 8:55 - 4th Grade
  8:55 - 9:15 - 2nd  Grade
 9:15 - 9:35  - 3rd Grade
      9:40 - 10:00 - Kindergarten

Six Flags Read to Succeed - DUE TOMORROW!
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.

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.

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).

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.


Monday, February 26th
Choir; 3:05
Tuesday, February 27th

Wednesday, February 28th

Chess Club; 3:05 pm 

Thursday, March 1st
Class Pictures
3rd Grade Cafe
Friday, March 2nd 
3rd Grade Cafe
Engineering Club; 3:05 pm
Daddy Daugher Dance; Doors open @ 6:00pm


Foundation News 

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.

This year's goal is the same: great food and great people coming together for an incredible evening benefiting Lovejoy schools.

For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit

Denim and Diamonds - Lone Starry Night: April 7th
Through your generosity and support, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools awarded grants totaling $451,100 to teachers for use in their classrooms this year. The Foundation is funded primarily from Annual Appeal and the Denim and Diamonds (D&D) Gala and Auction. The Foundation's goal this year is to cover D&D costs with sponsorships prior to the night of the event so all monies spent at the event go directly to fund classroom grants.
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host its 12th annual Denim and Diamonds Gala and Auction on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano. This year's theme is a Lone Starry Night. Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Chair, Carrie McClure and Co-Chair, Aimee Peay welcome you to a night featuring dinner, entertainment and live auctions.
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools will host a raffle for three great prizes, which includes:

·          $2500 VISA gift card - donated by Owens Realtors
·          EZ Go Golf cart - Completely Remodeled and Refurbished Model 2014 TXT-PDS with 2014 upbody with flip seating, new batteries, tires and LED head/tail lights. New factory-painted, flame-red body. EC Custom Carts - value $5,000
·          Arcade Game Table - Designed like original arcade table from the 80s. Table can be customized, featuring officially licensed graphics of favorite College, Pro Team, etc. - value $4,400

Raffle tickets are $100. 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. You may purchase tickets from any Foundation director, via the Foundation's website, or at the LISD administration building. See the Foundation website for a list of directors or click here to purchase tickets online.
Tickets for the Gala go on sale Friday, February 9th for $135 each. The ticket price will increase to $150 beginning Friday, March 9th. This year, we will seat guests at tables of 12. For additional information, visit or contact Cindy Booker at or at 469.742.8043. Click here to purchase tickets to the gala.

Online Auction: February 27th - March 6th
The Denim and Diamond Online Auction will open on February 27th. This is a great opportunity to win unique and special experiences for your students, which have been donated by Lovejoy staff members. The Spring Fling Socials for grades K-4 are new this year. For additional information, please click here . Further information will follow regarding registering to bid in the Online Auction. For questions, please contact Cindy Booker at 469.742.8043.

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, "shootshoops" 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
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HS Jazz Band and A Capella Present Java and Jazz: February 23rd
Come sing and dance the night away with the Lovejoy High School Jazz Band and Choir at 7:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School commons area on Friday, February 23rd. This concert will feature vocal and band standards from the 1940s and beyond. Admission is free. Coffee and desert items may be purchased separately. This event is open to all.

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.

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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