Principal Message:  January 18, 2017
D ear Parents,

BRRR...I hope that all of you are staying warm this week. I am personally looking forward to a little warmer weather this weekend.  We have had a great week of learning at Lovejoy Elementary.  I just want to say thank you for sending us amazing children!  We appreciate all that you do to partner with us each and every day.
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.

NEW! Class Pictures
2018 Class pictures will be taken on Wednesday, January 25th.  Only class pictures will be taken. Individual pictures will be taken in the spring. Order your picture today online or fill out the form in your child's Thursday Folder.  All orders must be received and paid for by Picture Day on the 25th!

NEW! Congratulations to our Reflection Winners at the District Level
We are very proud of the following students for representing Lovejoy Elementary at the district level.  The Award of Excellence winners will represent Lovejoy elementary and Lovejoy ISD at the State level for the PTA reflection contest.  

Music Composition
Intermediate (3-5) - Bentley Fischer (Lovejoy)

Intermediate (3-5) - Madison Mejia (Lovejoy)

Visual Arts
Primary (K-2) - Morgan Sullivan (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Charlton Kim (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Madison Mejia (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Tebra Tassan (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Ella Wills (Lovejoy)

Intermediate (3-5) - Caroline Cummins (Lovejoy)

Dance Choreography
Intermediate (3-5) - Addison McCaffity (Lovejoy)

The following students received Award of Merit and Honorable Mention at the district level. These students will not be going to state.

Visual Arts
Intermediate (3-5) - Cami Branch (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Ameena Chowdhury (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Katelyn Cummins (Lovejoy)

Intermediate (3-5) - Lily Helfand (Lovejoy)

Dance Choreography
Primary (K-2) - Aditi Cheruku (Lovejoy)

Intermediate (3-5) - Allie Benefield (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Berkley Benefield (Lovejoy)

Visual Arts
Primary (K-2) - Aditi Cheruku (Lovejoy)
Primary (K-2) - Caroline Hays (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Layne Dechant (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Noelle McGill (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Peyton Novicke (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Lauren Perry (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Morgan Powell (Lovejoy)
Intermediate (3-5) - Olivia Smith (Lovejoy)

NEW! 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

Yearbook Sale
Yearbooks are on sale for $20 from January 16th - January 26th .  Please click here to order your yearbook or complete the form and pay by check or cash. If you have any questions, please contact Sondra Payne at .

Mother Son Night Out
Moms: Enjoy a night out with your sons and the excitement of the Allen Americans with discounted tickets to Star Wars Night on January 27th! Tickets are only $18 and a portion of ticket sales is donated back to the Lovejoy PTA. Click here   to purchase your tickets now!

PTA Presents Panel on Human Trafficking - ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
The Lovejoy Elementary School PTA is hosting a luncheon and presentation on Protecting Today's Kids on January 24th at 11:30 am. Come learn from representatives from Operation Underground Railroad, the Texas Department of Protective Services and the Texas Attorney General's office how human trafficking impacts our community and our children. Seating is limited and only a few seats remain! Please  click here  to register now for this free event (which will include a brief general meeting of the PTA).

NEW! 4th Grade to Sloan Creek
The Fourth Graders will be going to Sloan Creek for Bump Up Day.  This will give them insight into what it will look like next year at the Intermediate School. 

Watch Me Sculpt 
Sign up for Watch Me Sculpt on Mondays from 3:05pm - 4:00pm.  The session will be 5 weeks (January 22nd - February 26th) and will cost $65.  All supplies are included. Limited Space is available, so register by January 18th.  Please click here to register or to view more detailed information.

UIL for 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade  
Lovejoy Elementary students will have the opportunity to participate in the UIL (University Scholastic League) competition this year.  Events will be held on April 2nd and April 6th at Puster Elementary. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.  The form is due no later than January 22nd.

Kindergarten Gifted & Talented Testing
All Kindergarten students will be given an academic abilities assessment in their homeroom class during the school day on January 23rd, 24th, and 25th.  Please see the included flyer for information.  You can contact Br ie Smith or Kari Lockhar t for further questions.

Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals  
Gifted and talented services referrals for kindergarten students (located in the Power School Parent Portal) will close on January 12, 2018.

Information regarding gifted and talented services and the testing process is available on the gifted and talented webpage .

Only students referred through PowerSchool will complete the full battery of assessments on Saturday, February 10th and 24th. Services for identified kindergarten students begin March 1, 2018.

For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or Brie Smith (469.742.8032).

1st Grade Program  
The LES 1st Grade will proudly present a Music Class Demonstration on Thursday, January 25, at 6:30 pm in the LES Gym. Please join us for a brief, but meaningful program showcasing songs, games, and performances from our Music Classes. Students will report to the music room at 6:15 pm. Please have your child wear their Red LES Spirit Shirt and dark or black jeans, long pants, or skirt. If you have any questions, please email Wendy Hebert.

DUE TOMORROW! 4th Grade Yearbook Cover Contest
Attention all 4th Graders!  Enter the cover contest to design the Lovejoy Elementary 2017-2018 Yearbook Cover. The due date for                                                                  the  contest is tomorrow, January 19th.

Author Visit and Book Club
Children's author, Kate Klise, will be visiting Lovejoy Elementary on February, 21st! We are very excited to read her books and learn what it is like to write and publish original stories. Fliers are going home today with 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students, inviting them to join a book club if they choose to. Students who join will need to purchase a copy of the book listed and will meet once a week to discuss the story. Please see the flier for more details. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be reading her books during their library time each week.

Lovejoy K-6 Talent Show             
The Lovejoy High School Junior Class invites Lovejoy K - 6 students to register for its upcoming fundraiser talent show. The show will take place Thursday, February 15th at 5:30 PM at Lovejoy High School in the auditorium, with rehearsals on Thursday, February 8th at 5:00 PM. The cost for single acts to perform is $25, and group acts is $50. Admission to the event is free. All proceeds will go to support Prom.  For more information and to register, click here . Please note, only the first 40 acts to register will be accepted, so don't delay.

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.

Mini Majestic Dance Camp - January 27th

Saturday, January 27
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cost $60 (includes t-shirt)
Registration deadline is Thursday, January 25th

Lovejoy students in grades K-6 are invited to join the Majestics Dance Team. Spend the morning learning a fun routine with the Majestics, meet new friends and perform the routine for family and friends at a "Show-Off" which will be held at 11:00 AM. Click here to register and click here for additional information.  You may contact Becca Supan (214.938.6385) or Sophie Wissman (214.929.8138) with questions.

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.

NEW! ASA Spring Volleyball Registration
Registration is now open for Boys and Girls ASA Spring Volleyball. The season wil l be March 24th - May 9th and will cost $130 per player.  Please register by February 9th. Please  click here  for more information.

NEW! ASA Spring Soccer Registration
Registration for Spring Soccer is open now until February 15th.  The season start date is February 24th.  Please click here for more information.

NEW! ASA Spring Baseball Registration
Registration for ASA Spring Baseball is now open through January 31st. Please click here for more information.

Monday, January 22nd 

Tuesday, January 23rd 

Wednesday, January 24th 
PTA Presentation & Luncheon; 11:30 am 
Chess Club; 3:00 pm 

Thursday, January 25th 
Class Pictures 
1st Grade Program; 6:30 pm 
Friday, January 26th 
4th Grade Goes to Sloan Creek 
Engineering Club; 3:10 pm 
End of Yearbook Sales 

Foundation News 

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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
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Free Girls Lacrosse Try-It Practices - January 22nd and January 24th
Lovejoy Lacrosse will host two free try-it practices for all Lovejoy girls in grades
K - 8. The practices will be held on Monday, January 22nd (at Lovejoy High School), and Wednesday, January 24th (at Willow Springs Middle School). The try-it practice times will be as follows for both days:
Kinder/2nd graders
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
3rd/4th graders
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
5th/6th graders
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
7th/8th graders
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
No lacrosse experience is necessary and there is no need to register. It will be a fun, no pressure environment where Lovejoy girls can try lacrosse and parents can learn about the Lovejoy Lady Leopards Lacrosse program. For additional information, please click here to visit the Lovejoy Lacrosse website.

Toy Drive
The Work Based Learning classes at Lovejoy High School are hosting an annual toy drive in January to benefit the children in Little Leopards. Collection boxes will be placed at each campus and the administration building. Toy collection will begin when students and staff return to school on January 8th. The students are accepting new to gently used toys for children from birth to five years of age. For additional information please click here or contact  Sancy Fuller.

Lovejoy High School Music TheatrePresents The Sound of Music
Climb every mountain, ford every stream, and follow every rainbow to Lovejoy High School to see Lovejoy High School Performing Arts' musical, The Sound of Music . The musical is considered one of the masterpieces of modern musical theatre and marked the culmination of the epic Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. It will be presented January 18th - 20th at 7:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School Auditorium.

Based on a true story in 1938 at the town of Salzburg, Austria, The Sound of Music is a story of love, family, and a life with music. Maria (played by Senior, Hannah Hansen ), a young postulant, is too high-spirited for the religious life of a nun, so she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of the widowed Captain von Trapp (Senior, Jack Supan ), a family that Maria slowly begins to fill with joy, laughter, and music.

The Sound of Music is a show for everyone, and includes beautiful inspirational music and characters whom audiences will adore, such as Captain von Trapp's "wealthy and sophisticated" would-be fiancée Baroness Elsa Schräder (Senior, Raegan Vaughn ); the von Trapp children: Liesl (Junior, Marcie Sawyers ), Friedrich (Willow Springs 8th Grader, Aidan Abramson ), Louisa (Freshman, Grace Felton ), Brigitta (Freshman, Catherine O'Brien ), Kurt (Sloan Creek 5th Grader, Brock Bernal ), Marta (Sloan Creek 5th Grader, Rachel Dobbs ), and Gretl (Puster Elementary 4th Grader, Sophie Brooks ); as well as Captain von Trapp's great friend and music producer Max Detweiler (Sophomore, Zachary Joyner ).

The Sound of Music offers beloved and iconic songs such as "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "Edelweiss," and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," filling the show and audience with both heart-warming and heart-wrenching emotion for this timeless classic.

Tickets are $12 for students, seniors, and staff, and $16 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here .

This inspirational musical will become one of your "Favorite Things!" Be sure to see the show at the Lovejoy High School Auditorium.

January Student Nutrition Newsletter
Please click here to view the January Student Nutrition Newsletter.

PTA Reflections
The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Lovejoy Local and Council PTAs, and PTAs across the country invite students in Preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works.  This year's contest theme was "Within Reach." The Lovejoy Council of PTAs is proud to announce the award recipients for the Council Level Reflections contest. Please click here for the listing.
Seventeen students received the Overall Award of Excellence and are advancing to the state level of the competition. Congratulations to:
Primary (K-2)
Dance: Isabella Porter , PES
Literature:   Conor Vermie , PES
Photography: Riley McCarter , PES
Visual Arts: Lerin Davis , HES
Intermediate (3-5)
Dance: Addison McCaffity , LES
Literature: Audrey Morgan, PES
Music: Mary Sheridan , HES
Photography: Emersyn Runions , SCIS
Visual Arts: Marisa Green , SCIS
Middle School (6-8)
Literature:   Arya Raju , WSMS
Visual Arts: Jocelyn Kim , SCIS
High School
Film: Jackie Carroll, LHS
Literature: Jack Czyz, LHS
Music: Ryan Schlimme, LHS
Photography: Major Friesland, LHS
Visual Arts: Mary Johnson, LHS
Special Artist
Photography:   Gavin Lauter, SCIS

Relay for Life Gallery Wall Opportunity
Relay for Life is an annual event held at Lovejoy High School to raise awareness of cancer and donate to cancer research. This year's initiative is 
of community and care. The entire Lovejoy community is invited to participate in this event on April 6, 2018.

To encourage participation of students at the elementary and intermediate school l evels 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. Beginning December 11th, they may 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 the night of the event which will represent loving support for those whose lives have been affected by cancer.  We hope you will save the date of April 6th and join us for Relay for Life.

Relay for Life Luminarias
Relay for Life is selling Luminarias for the Relay for Life event on April 6th at Lovejoy High School. Luminarias honor those whose lives have been affected by cancer. You may dedicate a Luminaria to a loved one who lost who lost their battle 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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