November 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to November!  We appreciate everyone who participated in our first book parade. It was definitely a great celebration of reading.  Our students are working very hard to become better readers each and every day.  I hope that you have a great weekend.   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 and Diamonds, The Party: Saturday, February 2
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools is planning a great party on February 2. Everyone is invited to participate. The Party is being held at the Marriott Legacy in Plano at 7:30 PM. There are no reserved tables this year. Buy your ticket and come have fun trying our new food stations, music, drinks, a poker tournament, casino games and live and silent auctions. Click here for additional information.

We need your help to make The Party a success. Sponsorships are needed to pay for the cost of the venue, food, etc. so that proceeds from the event will go directly to support Lovejoy schools. Click here and here for details.  Your donations are needed for the silent and live auctions. Vacations, parties, fun items, restaurant gift cards, etc. are needed. Click here for details. You may visit the Foundation website for additional information.

Thank you in advance for making this the best Denim & Diamonds party we've ever had.

New Date! Men's Tailgate Tournament: Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 PM
Tickets on sale now!
Gentlemen, please plan to join the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools for food, beer, and a double elimination corn hole tournament, guaranteeing all players two games. The tournament will be at the home of John and Kris Dunaway on Wednesday, November 7. Sponsors for the event are Renfrow Dunaway Group, Lee Lewis, Fable Security, Chick-fil-A Stacy Road and Twin Creeks Village, and Lovejoy HVAC.  Click here for additional information and  click here to register.
Please contact Vicki Deerman, Interim Executive Director of the Foundation with any questions.

Kendra Scott Gives Back Party: Thursday, December 13
Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

LES News 

NEW!  Leopard Life Skill for November - Gratitude
As we approach the end of October, we are wrapping up our focus on self-control. All month long students have been working hard at practicing their self-control skills. Whether it's in the classroom, in the hallway, in the cafeteria, or on the playground, students have been presented with many opportunities to listen to their inner "brain voice" and practice using self-control to make positive choices. We will continue to work on using self-control for the remainder of the year, but will move into our next Leopard Life Skill for the month of November, "Gratitude." Students will learn that gratitude is "being thankful for the benefits we receive and showing appreciation to others." According to research, those who practice gratitude feel considerably happier and are more enthusiastic and determined. Studies also have found that children who are grateful are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, have more friends, and get higher grades than kids who are more materialistic. It can be difficult, however, to instill gratitude in children who are naturally self-centered and growing up in an entitlement-driven society. We want our students to learn that showing gratitude is more than just saying, "thank you." It also encompasses the mindfulness of appreciating and being content with what we have and helping and serving others. We will be focusing on these key elements to help our students develop authentic gratitude.

While we're teaching and practicing gratitude here at school, there are some simple ways you can reinforce it at home as well. You might enjoy reading a short article about the Five Ways to Instill Gratitude in Your Child at . It describes some things you can do on a daily basis to make gratitude a habit in your household.

If you would like to know more about the nine character strengths, skills, and mindsets from the Character Lab organization, you can visit their website at . You can also contact me at any time. Thank you for helping us grow grateful hearts in our little leopards!
Mrs. Ruggeri ☺

TONIGHT! 4th Grade Music Program
The LES 4th Grade will present their Music Program TONIGHT, November 1, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the LES Gym. This will be a special evening for all the 4th graders as it is their LAST grade level program at LES!! Please join us for an evening of song, dance and inspirational readings about the Great State of Texas!   Student report time is 6:15, and dress is RED LES SCHOOL-WIDE SHIRT. 

THANK YOU! Red Ribbon Week
A Huge Thank You to everyone who participated in Red Ribbon week!  We were so excited to be apart of helping with the Caring Coins Campaign for ACO again this year.  Thanks to you and your child's generous hearts, we collected $1150.97 and will be presenting the donation to ACO at next week's Leopard Live.  

PTA Reflections - Extended Deadline!  
The Deadline for PTA Reflections has been extended until Friday, November 9th. Please click here for additional information and for the Reflections form that must be turned in with each entry. We hope all Leopards will submit an entry in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Literature, Film Production, Photography, Visual Arts, and Music Composition - reflecting on the "Hereos Around Me" theme. There is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in this program. If you have any questions regarding Reflections, please contact Brooke Benefield at

NEW! Recycle Week
Recycling Week will be held November 12th - 16th.  We are asking that students bring in recyclables to their classroom teacher.  The class that fills up the most
13 gallon recyclable bags will win a special treat and a recycling book for their classroom.

NEW! PTA Wild Salsa Spirit Night - Please join us all day on Tuesday, November 13th at Wild Salsa in Fairview for an LES Spirit Night.  Please click here for a copy of the flyer that must be presented when you place your order. Thank you for your support!

Veterans Day Brunch & Assembly
We are extending an invitation to our veterans as well as other com munity members, to join us on November 9th in the Lovejoy Elementary Gym at 10:15 am.  We will ho st a brunch for our heroes in the Gathering Spot at 9:15 am and would love to have the honor of serving those who protect us every day. If attending the brunch and assembly, please complete the bottom portion of the invitation (included in your child's Thursday Folder) and return to the Front Office no later than Friday, November 2nd.

Veterans Day Posters
To prepare for our Annual Veteran's Day Program on Novemb er 9th, we are encouraging students to make posters that honor family members or friends that are currently serving or have s erved in the Armed Forces.
The posters are DUE no later than November 2nd. Please see the included flyer for details.

Veterans Day Medals
Please have your student color and cut out the included Veteran's Day Medal in your child's Thursday folder..  This medal is designed by a veteran and will be used to decorate the hallways of our school on Veteran's Day.  We appreciate your help in making this day a day to honor those who serve or have served!

Thanksgiving Lunch
Our annual Lovejoy Thanksgiving luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 15th.  Please see the included flyer and mark your calendar so you will not miss this opportunity to feast with your child.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Replay It App
We are in the process of creating the 2018-2019 Yearbook and we need your help.  We are asking parents to share their photos from school events and class parties with us.  We have made it simple and user friendly by using the ReplayIt App. Please see the included flyer on directions for getting signed up and how to use it.  For questions, please contact Janean Mancini at 469.742.8100 or .

The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas Buddy Walk
Jonathan McGill is a 3rd grade student at Lovejoy Elementary and has Down Syndrome. His family is working to raise money for the
Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas . This organization provides support to people with Down Syndrome, their families, and the community. The McGill family will be participating in the Down Syndrome Guild's largest fundraiser, the Buddy Walk, on November 4 at Fair Park. The purpose of the Buddy Walk is to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome while raising funds. Please click here if you would like to support the McGill family and the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas.

Lovejoy Letter Campaign
October 22nd - November 9th
We need your help for an upcoming opportunity to let our teachers and staff know how much our Lovejoy ISD community values them and what an impact each one has on our children!  The district provides an extra check for teachers the day before Thanksgiving break. In addition to those checks, again this year we would love to include a handwritten letter from Lovejoy ISD families expressing gratitude and appreciation to each teacher and staff on our campus.

We would be so grateful if you could write a letter or letter(s) to any teacher or teacher(s)/staff, either current or past,that have been valuable to your c hild(ren)'s educational experience.   Please clearly label the envelope with the staff/teacher's name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign)and return the letter to the front office by Friday November 9th.

The letter campaign has become such a meaningful tradition. We really appreciate the time and effort your contributions will make again to this year's letter campaign.  Remember #shortandsweet #showappreciation.

Stacy Jaynes
Lovejoy Letter Liaison 2018

Art to Remember 
The Art To Remember Forms were delivered to your child earlier this week.  If you have not seen the form or need a new one, please contact Melissa Wilson at Orders are due by Friday, November 9th and can be placed online only at 

DUE TOMORROW! 4th Grade Yearbook Ad
Congratulate your child on a job well done at Lovejoy Elementary!  Place an ad in the LES 2018-2019 Yearbook showcasing your 4th Grader.  The cost for ¼ page ad is $25 and $50 for ½ page ad. Forms are due November 2nd and the ad is due February 1st. Please click here for more details or contact Janean Mancini at

DUE TOMORROW! 4th Grade Yearbook Cover Contest
Attention all 4th Graders!  Enter the cover contest to design the Lovejoy Elementary 2018-2019 Yearbook Cover.  Please  click here  for detailed information.  The due date for the contest is November 2nd.

Choir T-Shirts
We are now accepting payment for choir shirts. Please send $7 in cash, check made out to LES, or pay through the Online Payment Center     .  If you pay online, please print the receipt and send it to Mrs. Hebert or send a screenshot to

Rudolph Run
The City of Allen Rudolph Run will be held on December 1st.  Registration is now open online at for the 0.5K Donner Dash and the 5K Rudolph Run.  Registrations closes on November 18th.

Monday, November 5th
PTA Executive Board Mtg; 9:30am
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00pm 
Choir; 3:00pm 
Tuesday, November 6th

Wednesday, November 7th

Chess Club; 3:00pm 
Thursday, November 8th

Friday, November 9th
Veteran's Day Brunch; 9:15am
Veteran's Day Assembly; 10:15am
Leopard Live; 2:00pm
4th Grade Art Club; 3:00pm
Engineering Club; 3:00pm 

Circle of Partners
On behalf of Lovejoy ISD we would like to thank Accent Landscape Management for participating in the Lovejoy ISD Circle of Partners. We thank Accent Landscape Management for their support of Lovejoy ISD and the important value they place on the education of our children.

Accent Landscape Management pledges 10% of gross revenues on work performed within Lovejoy ISD. Accent provides landscaping, irrigation and lawn maintenance services for commercial and residential properties. Their website may be found at Accent Landscape Management. Owners, Phillip and April Sheppard, are proud Hart parents of second grader, Kaiser, and Kindergartener, Sebastian, with two-year-old Charlotte soon to follow.

District News
Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals: Parent Information Sessions
December 3 and 12

Parent Information Sessions regarding Gifted and Talented (G/T) referrals will be held as follows:
December 3 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
December 12 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

All sessions will be held in the Lovejoy Administration Building Board Room, located at 259 Country Club Road. Please join us for an information session to learn more about the G/T kindergarten referral and assessment process.
The referral form will open in PowerSchool on December 3. Referrals are due by January 11. Testing for referred students will be held on Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 16.

Veterans Appreciation Dinner: Monday, November 12

Dallas Symphony Orchestra:The Bernstein Beat
Saturday, November 10
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra invites all staff, students, and families to a special Leonard Bernstein concert on Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 AM at the Meyerson Symphony Center.  You may reserve up to 4 free tickets by using the promo code LOVEJOYBEAT. Click here to reserve your tickets. This promo code is valid only for the November 10 performance of The Bernstein Beat.

Lovejoy High School Fall Blood Drive - Tuesday, November 13
Lovejoy High School will host a blood drive on November 13. The Blood Drive will be run by the Red Cross and is open to LHS students (16 and older), staff members, parents, and community members. The drive will be held from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the LHS Auxiliary Gym. Pre-registration is not required. A parent signature is required for 16 and 17 year olds to donate.
Every person who donates blood has the potential to save three lives.

Lovejoy High School Thirst Project Hosts Fundraiser
Tuesday, November 6
The Thirst Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the world water crisis. They raise money to provide clean and safe drinking water to those in developing countries, like Africa, India, and the Philippines.
The Lovejoy High School chapter of the thirst project is dedicated to helping out the millions of people facing the world water crisis. Throughout the year, the Lovejoy High School chapter will host events to raise money for the Thirst Project's mission and raise community awareness.
You are invited to join the Lovejoy High School Thirst Project on Tuesday, November 6 at Wild Salsa for a fundraiser.  Click here to access the flyer to present at Wild Salsa. 20% of the proceeds will benefit The Lovejoy Thirst Project.
You may click here for additional information regarding the Lovejoy Thirst Project, and to donate.

WSMS Theatre and Choir Department - Presents The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Save the Date!  November 1, 2 and 3
The WSMS Theatre and Choir department will be presenting Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.  Tickets go on sale Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival
Save the Date! November 30 and December 1
The Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival is around the corner.Click here for updates on performance schedules, art galleries, and more!


10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament: Saturday, November 3rd
Register now for Lovejoy's 10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament. This is a five round USCF (United States Chess Federation) event that will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School. Click here to register.

Senior Project - Raised Funds for Autism
Zachary Taylor, a senior at Lovejoy High School, thanks the Lovejoy community for their support of his Senior Project:
"Hello! I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who bought a ribbon or two at Leopard Friday and to those who donated online for the Autism Walk this past weekend.  We had a great turnout and the weather was perfect during the walk. We finished just in time before the rain started to come down on us. Not only did I meet my goal of raising $500 toward the walk, the donation total was over $700. If you would still like to donate, the deadline is October 29. The combined donations from the ribbons sale and the walk was over $850.  We had a fun time walking for such a great cause. Thank you everyone for your love and support of Autism Awareness!

2nd Annual Lovejoy Professional Network Golf Tournament
Friday, November 2nd
The Lovejoy Professional Network is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Lovejoy Professional Network Golf Tournament on Friday, November 2 from 1:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Heritage Ranch. This year the proceeds will benefit the Lovejoy family of Casey and Jamie Sullivan. Casey passed away earlier this year.  He was an avid golfer, music lover, coach and proud father of Ainsley (9th), Ryder (8th) and Piper (4th).
The Lovejoy Professional Network's goal is to fill the course with 144 golfers. The event will include a dinner with a silent auction and raffle giveaway. If you are unable to attend the tournament, you are invited to attend the celebration dinner for Casey. You may click here for details. Please contact Mark Urbin for additional information.  

3rd Annual Running Over Depression: Saturday, November 10th
Please join us for the 3rd Annual Running Over Depression Run on Saturday, November 10th at Lovejoy High School. The 1K Fun Run will begin at 8:00 AM and the 5K Run will begin at 8:30 AM at Leopard Stadium. Running Over Depression is an event being organized by Lovejoy Seniors Brett Pedersen, Michael O'Brien and Carson Hockersmith for their Senior Projects. The goal of this run is to raise awareness about teenage depression and suicide prevention. All proceeds from the run will be donated to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Please click here to register. If your business is interested in sponsoring Running Over Depression please email

Lovejoy Senior Requests Assistance with Senior Project
A message from Lovejoy Senior, Alexandra Brungardt:

"As an incoming senior, I have selected a project that is close to my heart. There is a "Toy Closet" at the Cancer Hospital from which patients can choose an item to help during their stay. I want to stock the Closet with as many toys as possible.  In order to purchase toys for the closet, donation bins will be placed at each of the schools and the red building. These bins will be collecting gently used Lovejoy Spirit Wear. Once collected, the spirit wear will be sold and the money used to buy Toys for the Closet. The toys will be donated in memory of Walker Jack Rainey. I can be reached at with any comments or questions. Thank you for your generosity."

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