February 7, 2019
Dear Parents,

Can you believe our crazy weather?  One minute, you are getting glimpses of spring, and then the next, you are reminded that winter is not over yet.  I enjoyed seeing some of you at Denim and Diamonds last weekend.  Please read below for the awesome auction items for our school.  There are some great items available, and I know that this helps the foundation to support our schools.  Next week, we will have a four day school week. I hope that you will be able to join us for Leopard Live on Thursday at 8:00 and our Valentine's Day party at 11.  We are asking that students either purchase a sack lunch or bring a lunch on Thursday to have during the party.  I hope that you have a fantastic weekend and stay warm!  

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 & Diamonds Online Auction
Now - Tuesday, February 12
The Denim & Diamonds online auction opened on Tuesday, February 5 and will close on Tuesday, February 12 at 10:00 PM. Up for bid are classroom parties, sports camps, prom tickets and other Lovejoy experiences donated by Lovejoy staff.  Additionally, auction donations normally reserved for the Denim & Diamonds event are available in the online auction.Click here to bid now!
LES News 
NEW! Leopard Live
Please join us for Leopard Live on Thursday, February 14th at 8:00am 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 Thursday, February 14th at 11:00am.  All grade levels will have their parties at that time. Please watch for more information from your room parent.  A sack lunch will be available for purchase in the lunch line if your child needs to buy lunch that day.

NEW! Early Release: Thursday, February 14th
Just a reminder that Lovejoy Elementary will have Early Release on Thursday, February 14th at 12:00pm.

NEW! Sack Lunches for Early Release
We will be offering a sack lunch on Thursday, February 14th (Early Release).  The sack lunch will include:

- Chicken Sandwich
- Sun Chips
- Baby Carrots
- Animal Crackers
- Milk or juice

If your child needs a sack lunch this day, please let his/her teacher know.

NEW! Winter Break: School Closed
Lovejoy Elementary will be CLOSED on Friday, February 15th and Monday, February 18th for Winter Break.  We will return to school on Tuesday, February 19th.

DUE TOMORROW! 4th Grade Yearbook Ads
If you previously purchased a 4th Grade Yearbook Ad and have not turned it in, it must be turned in by TOMORROW!  Please email the ad to katie_olsen@lovejoyisd.net .   

Order Now! Yearbook Sale
The 2018-2019 Lovejoy Elementary Yearbook is now on sale! The yearbook will be on sale for $22 until TOMORROW! . 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.

NEW! A Note from Nurse Debbie
Just a reminder that we are seeing Flu, Strep and viruses on our campuses.  We are asking that you please keep your students home if they are experiencing a temperature, vomiting and/or diarrhea until they are symptom free for 24hrs without receiving medication for these symptoms; this is policy for Lovejoy ISD.  This applies during the week and weekends as well. Thank you for your help and please call Debbie Nash at 469.742.8132if you have any concerns or questions.

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! Lovejoy Elementary Campout Fundraiser
From now until February 22nd, you can purchase a large utility tote of your choice from Thirty-One Gifts. These totes are our #1 seller every year and make life easier to haul your loads for sports, vacations and storage. For every tote purchased, $10 will be donated to the Lovejoy Elementary School Campout. Please click here to complete your order or email Holly Tomlin at hmtomlin@att.net .

NEW! Late Night Leopards Palio's Spirit Night: Wednesday, February 13th  

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.

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.

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.       

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.

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.

Mother/Son Science Night
Join us for a Science Mother/Son night on Friday, February 22nd from 6:00 - 8:00pm at Lovejoy Elementary.  The LES PTA welcomes the Perot Traveling Science Museum for hands on science fun. Please click here to purchase your $10 Mother/Son ticket. Checks (made payable to LES PTA) or cash can also be turned in to the office. We are excited for you to join us! We are in need of 7 more volunteers to work science stations. If you are interested, please contact Kasey Havens at kasey.havens@yahoo.com.

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!

Monday, February 11th
Choir; 3:00pm
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00pm 
Tuesday, February 12th
Alpha Omega Gymnastics; 3:15pm 
Wednesday, February 13th
Chess Club; 3:00pm
Thursday, February 14th
Leopard Live; 8:00am
Big Air Assembly sponsored by PTA at 9 or 10
Class Valentine's Parties; 11:00am
Early Release; 12:00pm 
Friday, February 15th  Student Holiday - NO SCHOOL!
Monday, February 18th  Student Holiday - NO SCHOOL! 

District News

Lovejoy Senior Hosts Volleyball Camp: February 19
Lovejoy High Senior Madison Waters is hosting a volleyball camp for her Senior Project:
"Hello everyone. My name is Madison Waters and I am a senior at Lovejoy High School. This year for my senior project, I will be raising money for the American Cancer Society through donations and by hosting a volleyball camp for boys and girls from 1st grade to 6th grade. The camp will be held at Willow Springs Middle School on Tuesday, February 19 from 5:30-8:00 PM. The cost is $15 per child.
All proceeds from the camp and donations will be given to the American Cancer Society. This foundation funds and conducts research and spreads information with the mission to free the world of cancer. The money they receive goes towards research and support for patients.
Next year I will be attending the University of Cincinnati where I will play volleyball and earn a degree in business.
To register for the camp, please contact me at madisonbwaters@yahoo.com. You can also contact me at 214-799-3402 if you have any further questions.
If you would like to make a donation, please venmo me @madisonwaters
There will also be envelopes located at the front office of each Lovejoy School in which you can place your donations. Both cash and check are accepted and very appreciated."

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
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 STEM Festival CANgineering Competition: March 2
Lovejoy is pleased to announce the first ever CANgineering Competition at the Lovejoy STEM Festival on March 2. Form a team and get creative. Your team will compete to build a structure made entirely of canned and non-perishable foods. The best in show will win a prize.
Click here for detailed information regarding the CANgineering Competition. Gather your family and friends and join us for this exciting competition!

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
Kinetic Sand
Sports Balls
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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