Principal Message:  May 3, 2018
D ear Parents,

Wow! We have definitely been spoiled this week for Teacher Appreciation week. A big thank you to our PTA and all of you for your generous donations in the form of food, gifts, and time.  A special thank you to Erin Woods, the PTA Hospitality Chair for all of your efforts in coordinating this weeks events.  We appreciate our amazing community's thoughtfulness and continuous support.

We would also like to thank the PTA for sponsoring today's special program, Mr. Blue Shoes. Mr. Blue Shoes is a a highly interactive and engaging live music experience that combines Blues music, oral history, and life lessons, designed to inspire children of all ages about music and learning.  It was a fantastic show, and we loved it.  A great question that you can ask your child is, "tell me what you learned today about the blues."

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 

N EW! THANK YOU!
The teachers and staff at Lovejoy Elementary would like to thank all of our parents for making Teacher Appreciation Week amazing!  We are blessed to have such wonderful families here
at Lovejoy Elementary School. Thanks for making us feel so  special!



NEW! Super Skills Day
Super Skills Day (Field Day) will be Tuesday, May 29th.

9:00 - 11:00 - Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
12:30 - 2:30 - 3rd and 4th Grade

We will utilize the 4th graders to help run the stations during the Kinder-2nd morning session, however, we will need volunteers for the 3rd - 4th afternoon session. We will have 22 stations and will need two volunteers per station. All volunteers will need to be here from 12:15-2:45. Please click here to sign up to volunteer.
 

NEXT FRIDAY! Kindergarten Sneak Peek
Come meet with Wendy Craft while your child spends time with each  Kindergarten teacher.  Please join us on Friday, May 11th from 8:30 - 10:00am . (This is NOT a come and
go event!) We look forward to seeing you there!




NEW! 4th Grade Parent Coffee at SCIS
Just a reminder that Sloan Creek Intermediate School will be offering their final 4th grade parent coffee of the year on Friday, May 11th, from 9:00-10:30am in the Sloan Creek Cafeteria.

You will learn what to expect as your child enters the 5th grade from Mr. Winkler and a panel of SCIS students.   A group of 5th grade students will answer your questions and give you insights as to what to expect next year.

SCIS will also post this session on their facebook page using facebook live starting at 9:00 a.m., May 11th.

For those of you who attended our previous 4th grade parent information meetings held on February 1st and February 2nd, 2018 this is the exact same information.  You will also be getting a video message sent to your email from Mr. Winkler later this week.

Feel free to reach out to Mr. Winkler via his personal cell if you have any questions. 214.417.4660


NEW! Bright Bytes Survey
Lovejoy ISD is partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about our students' school and home technology use and the impact it has on instruction. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Technology & Learning questionnaire. This is a semi-annual initiative, and your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of the role technology plays in your students' learning.


NEW! All Library Books Due
Parents, all library books are due back to the Lovejoy Library by Friday, May 18th. A list of your child's current checkouts can be found in Thursday folders. If your child has lost a book, payment will need to be made to replace it. You may pay by cash, check or online at https://lovejoy.revtrak.net/tek9.asp .


 
NEW! Note from the Nurse Nash - Medication Pick Up
If your child has medicine at school, please make sure your child has exactly enough medicine to finish the school year. You are responsible for picking up any extra medicine as the school district has a policy against sending medicines home with students. At the end of this school year, any remaining medicines, including inhalers, will be thrown out. The school cannot store these for you during the summer. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Nash at 469.742.8132 or email debbie_nash@lovejoyisd.net.

NEW! Storm Season is Here!
With the uncertainty of North Texas weather in the spring, I want to be clear about our approach to emergency weather procedures on campus. We have designated weather safe rooms on the interior of the campus. In the event there is a tornado warning, students and staff will take shelter in their designated rooms. We will monitor weather radars to ensure we are aware of how close severe weather is to Lovejoy Elementary. In the event there is a tornado in the immediate area, we will not release students in order to ensure their safety. If you arrive on campus prior to this particular time, we will ask that you join your child in their severe weather location. Once it has been determined that a tornado is in the immediate area, ALL staff (especially front office staff) will take shelter and will not be available to let visitors in through the front door. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Craft.

Lovejoy PTA Scholarship Application
The LES PTA will award one $500 scholarship to a college-bound senior graduation from Lovejoy High School in 2018.  All applicants must have attended LES during his/her 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades and LHS during their sophomore, juni
or, and senior years, and belong to the LHS PTSA.  For more information, please click here .

STAAR Dates - Mark your Calendar
Our 3rd and 4th graders will be taking the STAAR Math test on Monday May 14th and the STAAR Reading test on Tuesday, May 15th.  On these dates, we are asking all parents to help us by sending 2 snacks with their child and by having them keep all electronics, including cell phones, fitbits, or apple watches, at home. Please also refrain from scheduling doctor or dentist appointments on these dates.  Thank you in advance for your help and support.

No Volunteers or Lunch Guests
Due to STAAR testing, we will not have any volunteers or lunch guests for any grade level on April 10th, May 14th, or May 15th.  Thank you in advance for your support.
 
3rd & 4th Grade STAAR Snack List
As we prepare for STAAR testing, we want to set our students up for success.  We are requesting that each student bring two snacks on testing days. The following snacks are suitable to send with your child on STAAR days:

*     Pretzels
                                   *     Crackers (Ex: Goldfish, Cheesz-Its, etc.)
                                   *     Raisans
                                   *     Cheese Sticks
                                   *     Grapes 
                                   *     Apples

Please do not send any snacks or drinks that could leave a stain on the test, such as Cheetos, soft drinks, or red juices.  Stains on the testing material could prevent the test from being scored properly.

Bottled water will be provided on all testing days.


2018-2019 School Supplies: Order Now!
We are happy to announce that we have chosen to sell pre-packaged school supplies for the next school year.  School Tool Box comes with the teacher-approved school supplies your student requires and saves you time searching for those hard-to-find items in the back-to-school crowds.  Just place your order online and it will be waiting for your child at school. If you have any questions please contact Erin Joh nston or 469-742-8080. Please visit www.schooltoolbox.com to order your supplies! * Please note:  The school supply list does not apply to current fourth graders (2018-2019 fifth graders). You will receive school supply information from SCIS.

End of the Year Awards
As in the past we will have our End-Of-The-Year Awards Assemblies for each grade level.  Mark your calendar for your child's assembly dates and times.



Kindergarten - Wednesday, May 30th @ 11:00 am
First - Friday, May 25th @ 1:30 pm * Please note the change in date*
Second - Thursday, May 24th @ 1:00 pm
Third - Wednesday, May 30th @ 1:00 pm
Fourth - Thursday, May 31st -Walk @ 1:00pm and Awards at 1:15 pm


DUE TOMORROW! Final Box Tops Contest
Each unexpired Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school! Think of those little Box Tops as dimes just waiting to be collected! Simply clip the Box Tops from the items you already have (making sure that the product code and expiration date are visible), put them in a zip top baggie with your teacher's name on it, and drop them in either of the big BOX TOP collection boxes we have near the office or the library. The homeroom with the most submissions gets a popsicle party! Our final deadline for this year is May 4th.


Kids 1st Summer Camp
Kids 1st is no accepting registrations for summer camp. Click here for additional information.


Camp Invention
Secure your Spot today and save $15! Camp Invention is a STEM program where children are presented with fun, hands-on activities that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and curiosity. Camp will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School on June 11th - 15th from 9:00 - 3:30pm.  To register Click here  or click here to view the flyer. For more information, please contact Jacie McDonald.



 

Monday, May 7th
PTA Board Meeting; 9:30 am 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:05 pm 
Tuesday, May 8th
Tutoring 
Wednesday, May 9th

Chess Club; 3:05 pm 
School Board Meeting; 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 10th
  Tutoring
Friday, May 11th
 Kindergarten Sneak Peak; 8:15 am - 9:15 am 
1st Grade Mother's Day Tea 
 

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.  

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
Are you following the district on Twitter?  Have you liked us on Facebook?  Join us on social media for news and announcements.

Advocacy 101: May 16th


Lovejoy Country Run: May 12th
Join us for the 12th Annual Running with the Leopards Country Run on Saturday, May 12th at Lovejoy High School. The 1k Fun Run will begin at 7:30 AM and the 5k Run will begin at 8:00 AM at Leopard Stadium. The Country Run is coordinated by Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. (LLI) and benefits the Lovejoy athletic booster clubs. Please click here to register. If your business is interested in sponsoring the Country Run, please click here for the sponsorship form.

Performance Course
Performance Course Spring and Summer Sessions will be offered Lovejoy for all ages. For detailed information, please click on the links below.






Lovejoy High Summer Musical Theatre Camp  
The Lovejoy High School Theatre Department will produce Disney's The Jungle Book - KIDS this summer.

Students will work together to produce and perform Disney's The Jungle Book- Kids. Students will develop confidence, sharpen their musical and theatrical skills, and create wonderful memories along the way. Directed by Jessica Brewster, LHS Head Theatre Director, and musically directed by Anne Tracy, Puster Elementary Music Specialist, this show will be sure to be an unforgettable experience.

There are three camp opportunities available, which will run simultaneously:

Lovejoy HS Summer Musical Theatre Camp - for students completing 3rd grade through 6th grade who want to perform on stage.

Lovejoy HS Summer Technical Theatre Camp - for students completing 3rd grade through 6th grade who want to work behind the scenes.

Lovejoy HS Summer Musical Theatre Intern Camp - for students completing 7th grade through 8th grade who want to work with the LHS Theatre staff to produce the show.

You may  click here for additional information and for registration.



Lovejoy Parent Authors Book
Susan Hoemke, a Lovejoy parent, has authored a book titled, Healing Scarred Hearts which will be released on May 8th.  Following is information shared by Susan:

"After we lost our son Hayden in 2014 to drug overdose and our family was impacted the 8 years as he struggled with addiction and personality disorder, I began to feel the need to educate other families about what all we learned. I have been working with Kathy Stone to build a better drug awareness program. In 2016, when the Opioid crisis made the news, I decided to write a book and in 2017 Brown Books Publishing accepted my manuscript and this began the process to bring our story to the frontline. Healing Scarred Hearts will be released May 8th with hopes to bring education and healing to the complicated issue of substance abuse, addiction and overdose. My book also shares the crisis of legal issues that many times are associated with kids and substance abuse."

You may click here for additional information.

Summer Enrichment Camps
Online registration is now open for Summer Enrichment camps.For a complete listing of camp offerings and additional information, please click here.


Sewing Camp
Join the fun at Summer Sewing Camps to be held at Willow Springs Middle School. Sewing Basics 101 teaches machine and tool basics while making a pillowcase and PJs. Sewing Skills Builder 201 continues to develop your skills with your choice of an individualized project. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 sessions, which will take place in June and July. To reserve your spot, email Louisekingtx@gmail.com. Hurry, as sessions will fill quickly. Click here for additional information and to learn more about the special 3rd week option: a t-shirt quilt.
  
2018 Summer Athletic Camps
Registration is NOW OPEN for the Lovejoy ISD Summer Athletic Camps.  To view the camp schedule and to register, please click here.



Foundation:

2019 Denim and Diamonds
Planning for Denim and Diamonds 2019, which will be Saturday, February 2nd at the Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano, is now underway. The Foundation is gathering ideas and working on some new, fun and exciting things for next year's event.
The Foundation is requesting your input and help. If you are interested in learning more about the different areas in which you may serve or just want to provide feedback, this is an opportunity for you. Please join us for a lite lunch on May 10th at Rick's Chophouse in McKinney at 11:30 AM. This will be a great time to talk about Denim and Diamonds, answer questions, listen to ideas, and plan for next year.
Please RSVP to Kelli Litchenburg at alnkelli@yahoo.com if you will be attending.

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