November 29, 2018
Dear Parents,

We have had a fantastic week back from Thanksgiving break. I hope that you will be able to join us this weekend at the Fine Arts Festival.  This is a fantastic event for all ages. All of our students will have one piece of their art displayed, and then our 3rd and 4th grade choir will perform at 10:30.  There will be fun arts and crafts, yummy food, and other shows for everyone to enjoy. This is definitely one of my favorite events that showcases all of our students.  For more specific information, please read the details below. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at anytime.

All My Best,
Wendy Craft
214-551-4503 (cell)
469-742-8077 (office)
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools News

Foundation's Annual Appeal Reaches $185,200
If you have not yet made your gift to the Foundation, please help us close the gap to reach our $200,000 goal. The money raised impacts the education of every Lovejoy student.  You may  click here to donate. All gifts are tax deductible.


Denim and Diamonds
The Party - We Need Your Help
Donations are needed for the silent and online auctions. The online auction will be different this year. A few of the big items will be in the silent auction at the event, but most of the items will be online, so that everyone will have the opportunity to bid. What can you donate?  Here are some ideas:

-Perhaps you have a vacation home that you could share for a week,
-Create a fun experience - in the past we have had crawfish boils, private dinners with live entertainment, fishing excursions, hunting excursions, etc.
-A business service,
-Restaurant gift cards (over $25 please)

You may click here for the donation form. Donation form. For questions, please contact Kelli Litchenburg or Vicki Deerman.

Don't miss The Party. Click here to purchase tickets.




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




LES News 


Now that November has come to an end, we have concluded our focus on "Gratitude." Students have learned that gratitude is about much more than just saying, "thank you." It encompasses the broader idea of appreciating and being satisfied with what you have and helping and serving others. Our students have such generous hearts and we're always amazed at how they actively participate in efforts to help others. This year we raised over $1,000 for ACO through their contributions to the Caring Coins drive for ACO. Thank you for supporting your child in practicing gratitude by sharing the "Lovejoy love" with those who are in need.

We are beginning a new Leopard Life Skill for the month of December. "Curiosity" will be our next focus, and students will learn that it means "a strong desire to explore and learn new things by asking questions and searching for information." We want our students to learn that there is wisdom in wonder, so we will be encouraging them to use their imaginations and natural curiosities to learn more about our world and the things around us. Our hope is that by asking questions and being curious, students will realize we can learn more, become more enlightened, and begin to notice things that are interesting, mysterious, and exciting. This goes right along with our Leopard Life Skill of having a growth mindset by embracing opportunities to learn and grow. There is a great article about "10 Tips to Help Develop Your Child's Curiosity," and you can find it at: http://www.howtolearn.com/2013/05/10-tips-to-help-develop-your-childs-curiosity/ . It is a short article with some practical ideas for fostering "wonder" in your child.

You may also find more information about the nine character strengths, skills, and mindsets on which our Leopard Life Skills are based at www.characterlab.org . Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions. Thank you for helping us develop curious minds in our little leopards!

Mrs. Ruggeri ☺

TONIGHT! Double L Choir @ Fairview Center
Please join us on TONIGHT, Thursday, November 29th at the Fairview Center to hear our wonderful Double L Choir sing. The event officially begins at 6:30 pm with a welcome from the Mayor and introduction of council members and Santa's friends and then the lighting of the tree. The address for Town Hall is 372 Town Place. Lovejoy Elementary will sing at approximately 7:10 pm. To view the poster of the event, please click here.


THIS WEEKEND! Fine Arts Festival
Each elementary campus choir will perform Saturday from 10:00 am - 11:30 am and all elementary students will have visual art on display in the LHS auxiliary gym throughout the event.  We hope you will plan to see your child's art, attend the elementary choir performances and then stay to visit the SCIS, WSMS, and LHS performances and exhibits. The festival is a
wonderful opportunity to see where your child can
participate as they move up to SCIS and beyond. Please click here for the Fine Arts Festival Schedule.



NEW! Upcoming Christmas Parties
We will have our class parties on Wednesday, December 19th.  Our day will be busy as we kick off the morning with our Leopard Live/Sing Along at 8:05 am. From, 10:00 am to 10:45 am, our Kindergarten will celebrate by having their Christmas party. Grades 1,2,3, and 4 will have their parties from 10:45 am to 11:30 am.  For those attending Leopard Live or the class party, we ask that the adults check in through the front office. We will be sending out a fast pass sign up in the coming weeks to facilitate the check in process.  We will be asking any parents who are in attendance to either leave at 11:45 or wait until 12:15. This is to help us accommodate the traffic in the parking lot and to allow our buses to stay on schedule. Thank you in advance for helping us ensure the safety of all students and parents with this schedule.  Student will be released at 12:00 pm that day!




THIS SATURDAY!  Rudolph Run
The City of Allen Rudolph Run will be held on December 1st.  Registration is now open online at  http://www.allenspecialevents.org/153/Rudolph-Run for the 0.5K Donner Dash and the 5K Rudolph Run.  Registrations closes on November 18th.




NEW!  Box Tops
Just a reminder to continue to clip your Box Tops and turn them into the school in a baggie with your name and teacher's name on it.  Currently 2nd Grade is in the lead with 101 Box Tops.

  2nd - 101
  1st - 79
     K - 74
                                      3rd - 36
                                      4th - 15

  Unknown - 96 (These are all of the Box Tops that have been turned in with                                   no student or teacher name).


4th Grade Recorders
4th grade music students at Lovejoy will learn to play the recorder. In order to ensure that each student gets a quality instrument and to provide a level of convenience to our busy families, we will be collecting $3.00 per student and ordering the instruments from our music supplier. You can pay cash or check to Lovejoy Elementary.   If you already own a recorder, it is not necessary to purchase one through the school . However, I would like to caution you against purchasing an instrument from a discount retailer. These instruments are generally of inferior quality and play out of tune. If cost is a concern, please contact Mrs. Hebert wendy_hebert@lovejoyisd.net and we will work with you to get a quality instrument for your child.


Lovejoy GT Holiday Social



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 wendy_hebert@lovejoyisd.net.

   
Monday, December 3rd
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00pm 
Choir; 3:00pm 
Tuesday, December 4th

Wednesday, December 5th
Chess Club; 3:00pm 
Thursday, December 6th

 
Friday, December 7th
LHS Theater Presents "The Princess and Moon"; 8:00am 
4th Grade Art Club; 3:00pm
Engineering Club; 3:00pm 

Circle of Partners
 
On behalf of Lovejoy ISD we would like to thank Jones Solar and Roofing for participating in the Lovejoy ISD Circle of Partners . We thank Jones Solar and Roofing for their support of Lovejoy ISD and the important value they place on the education of our children.
Chadd Jones of Jones Solar and Roofing is pledging 10% of their profits on roofing and solar work completed in the Lovejoy ISD. Jones Solar and Roofing provides free inspections of your residential or commercial roof and property. They also offer free estimates on Solar/ Battery and Energy Efficiency upgrades to your home or business. Their website is:https://jonessolar.com/ or you may reach them by phone at 214.412.7444 for residential or commercial properties. Members of his family have been supporters of the Lovejoy ISD since 1979. Chadd and Liesl Thompson Jones are the proud parents of Puster Elementary 1st grader Maxwell.
District News
Open House for Prospective Families
Do you have friends, family members, or co-workers interested in Lovejoy ISD? Lovejoy ISD will host an Open House for prospective families in conjunction with the annual Fine Arts festival on Saturday, December 1. Open House events will be held at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Interested families can:
  • Learn about the Lovejoy Pre-K-12 academic, fine arts and athletic programs.
  • Visit with students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
  • Meet personally with elementary, intermediate, middle, and high school principals.
  • Tour Lovejoy High School.
  • Enjoy our Fine Arts Festival with our award-winning visual and performing arts students and teachers.
We hope you will help us share this information. Any family interested in attending the Open House may email Stacey Dillon , Assistant to the Superintendent, for additional information, or to register for the event.  You may also contact Stacey by phone at 469.742.8003.

 

THIS WEEKEND! Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival
 November 30 and December 1
The Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival is around the corner. The Festival team will need a great deal of donations and volunteers to make this year's event a success. If you have a student in the visual or performing arts, please take time to review the following and lend your support.

Click here for updates on performance schedules, art galleries, and more.



Light the World - The Allen Christmas Nativity Exhibit
November 29, 30 and December 1
The Lovejoy Community is invited to attend the Light the World event featuring the Lovejoy Children's Choir, Willow Springs Middle School Choir, and Lovejoy High School A Cappella.  Click here for details.


School Store T-Shirt Sale
The school stores, located at Lovejoy High School and Willow Springs Middle School, are getting ready for the cooler weather.  Don't miss special sales as they make room for the new season. Be sure to stop by the LHS Store on December 1st during the Fine Arts Festival. The store will be open 10:00-2:00.

All Gildan and Comfort Color Short-Sleeved T-Shirts - 50% off!


BYOP® Volleyball Winter and Spring Sessions
Early BYOP® - registration ends December 24, 2018
BYOP® Program Overview: This training program is designed for any volleyball player, no matter what skill or ability level, as long as their goal is to become the best they can be. Parents must be fully dedicated to being actively involved in this program. BYOP® will provide excellent volleyball fundamental skills training, as well as life lessons to both player and parent.

BYOP® Program Details:
Each training session will build upon a solid foundation of all fundamental skills needed to participate in the sport of volleyball. Parents must be engaged in every training session and involved in the home training program involving physical and skills activities.



Lovejoy Family Requests Assistance in Remembering Our Troops
The Heckman Family, with students at Puster Elementary and Sloan Creek Intermediate, is requesting your assistance in providing stuffed stockings to a military intelligence unit deployed in the Middle East. Click here for full details regarding how you may help.
 
SafeSchools App Now Available
SafeSchools has launched their new mobile application for anonymous reporting. You may click here for the S afeSchools Alert Mobile Application Download Instructions.


 
Senior Project Benefitting Archway Hospice Center
LHS Senior Amanda Gibson is asking for your help with her Senior Project:
"Hi, my name is Amanda Gibson and I am currently looking for donations. For my Senior Project, I am making fleece blankets for the Archway Hospice Center in Prestonwood. I am looking for fleece donations for blankets preferably 1 to 2 yards long. The donations may be dropped off at Lovejoy High School, attention Mrs. McClelland's room B124."


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.   
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