January 30, 2020

Dear Lovejoy Families,

We have had another fantastic week at Lovejoy Elementary!  Our first graders were awesome last Thursday showing off the many things that they have learned this year in Music.  We are looking forward to our Mother Son Night at Pin Stack tonight. We appreciate the PTA sponsoring this night for our Mothers and Sons.  

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)   

My mission is to be a servant leader who works with students, parents, and staff to build a community that fosters relationships and learning where everyone THRIVES.  Each day, I strive to make the choice to be great versus comfortable, because you can't be both!
LES Information 

School Board Appreciation Month 

Barrett Owens

Barrett Owens was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2019.  Mr. Owens has lived in the Lovejoy district since 2005.  He and his wife, Paige, have three children which currently attend Lovejoy schools.  Mr. Owens owns and operates William Anthony Homes, a luxury custom builder and developer in the Lovejoy and north Collin County area and is Owner and President of Capacity Lending, LLC a residential mortgage lending company. Prior to William Anthony Homes and Capacity Lending, LLC, Mr Owens was a member of the board of directors and the Chief Lending Officer for First National Bank of Trenton, now Cap Tex Bank.  Mr Owens has worked in Real Estate Construction, Finance and Development as well as investment management for over 20 years.    Mr. Owens earned his bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.

In the community, Mr. Owens is a member of Chase Oaks Church.  Mr. Owens is also active in youth sports and coaches baseball and softball with his son Cooper and daughters Jade and Macy..  He enjoys teaching kids the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and the privilege of being able to participate in sports.

"It's a privilege to serve Lovejoy and the amazing people that make up this community and school district" notes Mr. Owens.  "This school district is special for many reasons and in many ways.  I am excited to use my knowledge, wisdom and experience to help make it the best it can possibly be for our children.  Lovejoy is turning out tomorrow's leaders and our strategic initiatives and priorities continue to provide an environment of success.  Our community leaders must stay focused and committed to ensure our students continue the legacy of success that has become Lovejoy"  "One Heart One Lovejoy!"

Congratulations! Meredith Tays and Manny Gonzalez 

Congratulations to Meredith Tays for being LES Heart of the Teacher for January. Mrs. Tays truly cares for all of her students. Students flourish and come to life in the safe, engaging, nurturing environment she creates in her class. She is open to learning new things and applying the learning in her class to better serve all students! 
Congratulations to Mr. Manny for being the LES Heart of Support recipient for January. Mr. Manny works tirelessly to serve our students an amazing lunch each and every single day. He has a servant's heart and finds value in every interaction that he has with our students, staff, and community.   

Calling all Moms and Sons, for Lovejoy Elementary's Mother Son Night Out event at PINSTACK Allen on January 30th 2020 from 5:30-7:30. It will be a fun-filled night of bowling and games! Tickets must have been purchased prior to the event.

We are so excited about our upcoming Bump Up Day at Sloan Creek on tomorrow, January 31st.  Students from all three elementary schools will join together and travel in groups with students from each school. They will visit classrooms, ask questions, learn about the ins and outs of 5th grade, and once they have done that, will eat lunch at Sloan Creek.  Please make sure your child wears a Lovejoy Spirit Shirt if they have one. If your child would like to purchase lunch, please make sure they have enough money in their account or send money with them. They are also welcome to bring a sack lunch. Your child should return to campus before 1:00 pm. Please make sure that your 4th grader does not have a doctors appointment or plans on leaving between 9:00am - 1:00pm .Your student will not be on our campus during this time!  

Bump Up Day Lunch Menu 

Home Line 
Crispy Chicken Sandwich 
Shrimp Poppers
Chef Salad
Tator Tots
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Shelled Edamame
Apple Slices
Italian Build Your Own Line 
Build Your Own Italian Pasta Bowl 
Solo Pizza
Shelled Edamame
Apple Slices
Burrito/Nacho Build Your Own Line 

NEW! Valentine's day fundraiser benefiting this year's Campus Campout! 
TAKING ORDERS   February 1st-10th.  Use code LEScampout when ordering.  Treats will be delivered to classrooms during school on February 13th.  Join us as we raise funds for the campout in the sweetest way! Please click here to order! 

NEW! Lunch on February 13th Valentine's Party Day
Lunch will NOT be served at the Valentine's Party on February 13th.  You have several options...you can have your child bring his/her lunch, you can order a sack lunch from the cafeteria, or you can have your child eat with you after school.  If you choose for your child to eat with you after school is dismissed that day, please communicate that with your teacher. Thanks for your help with this! 

NEW! 4th Grade Parents - Tuesday, February 11th - 5:00pm - 6:00pm   
The 4th grade writing teachers invite you to come and learn more about their writing instruction and the writing STAAR test!  They will explain the writing process that they are teaching, along with what they expect students to do with the editing and revising passages.  Come and feel free to ask questions, take home some writing samples, and be informed with the expectations of the 4th grade writing STAAR test (which will be April 7, 2020).  We hope you can make it!

NEW! Stress Management: Coping with Anxiety in a Stressful World 
Collin County Substance Abuse Program is presenting this program for parents on February 11th at 9:30 am in the Lovejoy Admin Building (Leopard Spot).  

Studies show that students are experiencing higher levels of stress.  Are you wondering how you can support your child with stress and anxiety? Please join us to learn about the types of stress, causes of stress, and methods for coping with stress.  There will be a Q & A portion at the end of the presentation.  
John-Mark Meulman completed his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2013.  John-Mark holds licenses in the state of Texas as an LPC and LCDC. As program administrator for Collin County Substance Abuse, he performs hundreds of substance abuse evaluations per year, educates adults and adolescents about substance abuse and supports drug and veterans' courts. 

Misty Harris is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Substance Abuse Professional and National Addiction Counselor. In her current role she educates the community on substance abuse prevention and early intervention, educates teens and their family on substance abuse cou nseling.

The 2019 - 2020 Lovejoy Elementary Yearbook is now on sale! The yearbook will be on sale for $22 from January 23rd - February 7th. February 8th - February 21st, the cost will be $28. To order on Revtrak, please click here or send cash or check (payable to LES) to the office.

Order Class and Individual Pictures TODAY! 
If you have not had a chance to order individual or class pictures, it is not too late! Please visit  www.careylynn.com,  go to Order Online and Login (create a login if needed), Open LES Class Images Gallery and enter the  Password les2020. For questions, please email Carey at office@careylynnphotography.com

Six Flags Read to Succeed 
The Six Flags Read to Succeed Program is ready to go.  There are some changes for 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dawson at kristin_dawson@lovejoyids.net.  Parents and students will track their reading minutes here The school code can be found  here .  All reading minutes must be entered by April 17, 2020.

Getting your Child to Become a Better Communicator: February 3rd 
Join us as the LES PTA Hosts Elise, McVeigh on presenting "Getting your Child to Become a Better Communicator" February 3rd directly following our 10:30 am General Meeting. In today's world of constantly looking at screens, more parents are complaining that their children lack communication skills with adults, and their peers. Elise McVeigh, Etiquette expert and writer, has answers on how to teach children of all ages to interact verbally with adults and other kids.  She also will give tips on how as adults we can handle typical scenarios in this age of people being hyper-sensitive.

Community News

Upcoming Events
February 3
STEM Festival T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline
Calling all students! We need your creative designs for the STEM Festival 2020 T-Shirts! Entries are due on February 3. Additional information may be found
February 14
Deadline to File for May 2, 2020 School Board Election
The Lovejoy Independent School District Board of Trustees consists of seven trustees, serving terms of three years, with elections held annually. The terms of one-third of the Trustees, or as near to one-third as possible, expire each year. The following positions will expire on Saturday, May 2, 2020 on which day a Trustee Election will be held:
Position 4, held by Anne Smith
Position 5, held by Matt Gournay
Position 7, held by Barrett Owens
The first date to file for a Position on the May 2, 2020 ballot is on January 15, 2020 and the last day to file is February 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM. The administration building office hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Additional information regarding the May election may be found here.

February 28
Java and Jazz
Mark your calendars for the annual Java and Jazz concert on Friday, February 28 at 7:00 PM. This is a great event you don't want to miss!

February 29
STEM Festival
Mark your calendars for the annual STEM Festival from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. You do not want to miss this fantastic event!

March 4
SAT Testing for LHS Juniors
Lovejoy ISD has designated March 4 as a schoolwide testing day for all eleventh-grade students to take the SAT college entrance exam at no cost. Additional information may be found  here.

Community News
The  Lovejoy ISD Community News Page  includes news from our schools, programs, booster clubs, student organizations, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, community, and more. Check back often for up-to-date news on events and activities.    

This Week's News:
Pirates of Penzance
  Color Guard Competition
Senior Project  - One Glove at A Time
Lovejoy Lacrosse
Allen Spring Sports Leagues
Sale at Lovejoy High School Store
Allen Americans Hockey Game
Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
STEM Festival T-Shirt Contest - 
Deadline February 3rd
Young Men's Service League
Meet the Leopards Night with Lovejoy Softball
Give Sight Globally
National League Junior Cotillions
Lovejoy ISD Gold Card Program
Lovejoy ISD is excited to announce the Gold Card program to honor and thank the senior citizens and retirees of Lovejoy ISD for being dedicated supporters of the district.
The Lovejoy ISD Gold Card offers the following benefits (one pass per cardholder):
Access and general admission seating to all regular season at home athletic events
Free admission to Fine Arts events
Free admission and VIP seating for select high school theater performances with reservation
An invitation to attend the annual Senior luncheon each Fall
Click Here to Learn More
International Justice Mission of Lovejoy Clothing Drive
Inclement Weather
School Board Election
Filing Deadline - February 14
Toy Drive to Benefit the Children
Of Little Lovejoy Scholars - Hart
New!  Java and Jazz 
STEM Festival
 Senior Project Judges Needed
 SAT Prep Classes
 Save the Date! April 18
Lovejoy Country Run
News from Collin College
Turn Lucas Green  

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Upcoming Dates
Monday, February 3rd
PTA Board Meeting; 9:30am 
PTA General Meeting (and Speaker); 10:30am
Choir,3:10 pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:10pm 
Tuesday, February 4th 
GT Extended Day; 3:10pm 
Wednesday, February 5th 
Engineering Club; 3:10pm 
Thursday, February 6th  Chess Club; 7:00am 
Friday, February 7th  Reading with the Leopards 
4th Grade Art Club; 3:10pm

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