October 3, 2019

Dear  Lovejoy Families,

By now, I'm sure you have heard about our fancy new Gaga Pit that was built this past weekend by an awesome group of parents and students.  Our Gaga Pit was generously donated to us by Lovejoy HVAC. We appreciate their support to enhance our students' recess experience. Here are some photos of the building process.

Our students have loved playing in it this week, and I know that they will enjoy it for many years.  This is another great example of our amazing community working together to support the students of Lovejoy Elementary.  
In other exciting news this week, we celebrated our KINDNESS!  As some of you are aware, we started a new KINDNESS initiative where students recognize kind acts that they see in their peers, and then it is spotlighted every week in their classroom. We keep a total of the kind acts. I wonder if we can get to 1,000 kind acts by Christmas break...  This is another great example of our PTA supporting our school.

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 

Mark Your Calendar
Mark your calendar that Lovejoy Elementary will be CLOSED on Friday, October 11th and Monday, October 14th for a school holiday.  School will also be closed on Friday, November 1st as it is a Professional Development Day for our teachers. Please note that Lovejoy Elementary will have school on October 2nd, even though our High School students will be out that day. To view the district calendar,  
please click here.

Congratulations Mr. Doty! 

NEW! Manners Matter
We have noticed that an area of growth for all students is improving our manners and interactions.  Our focus for the past six weeks has been Respect and one way to show Respect is by having good manners.  We would love your help with improving these important life skills. Our current focus is saying "yes" or "yes ma'am/sir" instead of "yeah".  We know our students will shine! 

NEW! Fire Truck Visits LES 
The Fairview Fire Department will be visiting Kindergarten - 2nd Grade on Wednesday, October 9th. This is a great time for our students to learn about fire prevention.

NEW! James Munton Presentation 
Our PTA is providing a presentation called "Cybersense: Think Before You Click." James Munton is a magician who teaches students about cyber safety and protecting your cyber identity through magic. The K-2 presentation will be on Thursday, October 10th at 9:00am and our 3-4 will be at 10:00am.

NEW! Site Based Decision Making Team 
We are convening a Site Based Decision Making team to review our proposed Campus Improvement Plan.  This is an opportunity to have an understanding and a voice in decisions in the areas of planning, budgeting, curriculum, staff, staff development, and school organization.  We are looking for 2 parents, 2 community members, and 2 business representatives. Please email Wendy Craft at wendy_craft@lovejoyisd.net   if you are interested in being a part of this very important committee.   

Digital Citizenship 
Knowing strong Digital Citizenship guidelines is important for our tech savvy students. LISD teaches a standard curriculum to teach these concepts Pre-K through 12th grade. The units within the lessons include: Lovejoy ISD Acceptable Use Policy, Privacy and Security, Intellectual Property, and Digital Etiquette. The lessons have been taught by your child's classroom teacher. By September 27th. all LES students will have participated in the entirety of the Lovejoy ISD Digital Citizenship curriculum. 

NEW! Replay It App: Photos for Yearbook 
We are in the process of creating our 2019-2020 yearbook. We are asking parents to share their photos from school events and class parties with us. Please see the included flyer for instructions on how to download and use the APP. For questions, please contact Janean Mancini at janean_mancini@lovejoyisd.net   or 469.742.8100.

LAST CHANCE: Talent Show!
It's time to start thinking of planning and preparing for Lovejoy's annual talent show! This year we are excited to showcase our students' talents as a culmination of our Red Ribbon Week celebration on Thursday, October 31st. Since we know that in order to master a talent or skill, you need a healthy, drug free mind and body, we can't think of a better way to end the week than to show what our students can do when they commit to living a healthy drug free life! Our theme for Red Ribbon Week is, "Send a Message: One Choice, One Life, Be Drug Free!" and to go along with that theme, our talent show will be called the "Send a Message with your Talent" We are requesting that all acts relate to or align with that theme and demonstrate how students can send a healthy message through performing special talents and skills at their highest level. Talent Show registration will be completed online this year. Please click here to access the Talent Show rules and guidelines, and to access the online registration form .   Music may be emailed to Wendy Hebert or submitted to this  Google Drive .   Please note, School facilities (classrooms, gym, stage, Leopard Spot, Gathering Spot, etc.) will not be available for Talent Show practice.  All practices and rehearsals must be held off campus. We can't wait to see what incredible talents 
our little leopards bring to our Healthy Selfie Showcase! 

Wendy Hebert
Music Specialist

Box Tops 
Keep clipping and SCANNING your receipts for Box Tops! Just a reminder: Box Tops are going digital, however, there are still physical tops to be collected. If you see a "SCAN YOUR RECEIPT", simply download the Box Tops app and take a picture of your receipt. There is no need to clip these.  If you see an expiration date on the Box Top, those can be clipped and turned in. For more information of the changes, please visit www.boxtops4education.com . Our current count is 971!!!!! Please encourage your friends and family to clip and scan so that we may reach our goal for our school! Thank you for your help!

Last Chance: PTA Membership 
Please join the Lovejoy Elementary School PTA! The cost is $8.00 and you will receive a Lovejoy Elementary Directory. Each member will be included in email and text communication throughout the year for all PTA sponsored events.  Every member that joins the PTA will be entered into a drawing that will be held at the Ice Cream Social for a parking space. The classroom with the most PTA members will also win a popsicle party! 
Please click here to visit our NEW PTA website and join today!

PTA Reflections 
The LES PTA is very pleased to announce that the theme for this year's Reflections contest is entitled "Look Within". We encourage ALL students to participate in this annual competition which promotes the creation of student works of art. The art categories range from dance choreography to film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts. Students may enter the Reflections program in one or more arts categories with no limit to the amount of entries in a single category. The deadline for submission is Thursday, October 31st by 3pm. Every student who participates will receive a certification of recognition signed by the Texas PTA President and recognition on the Texas PTA web site.  You can find entry forms in the front office or online here.

SCIS Volunteer
PTA Volunteers 
Interested in VOLUNTEERING with LES PTA? Lovejoy PTA welcomes you to get involved! Please click here to fill out a short form to let us know your area(s) of volunteer interest. No need to make any specific time commitments - just let us know what areas you're interested in and we'll contact you as needs arise. Thanks in advance for your time!

Note: Please ensure you have completed a new LISD background check application for this school year. To access the background check application process, please click here

PowerSchool Parent Portal Absences Reporting
Lovejoy ISD has added a feature to PowerSchool Parent Portal where parents can enter the excuse notes for a student absences. For more information about absence reporting click here.

NEW! PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Tips
Here are some quick bullets about the PowerSchool Parent Portal:
  • Unless you have changed your username after August 12, 2019, the username is the email address that is associated to the parent account. The log of invalid logins that we are seeing are typically parent accounts that are trying to use something other than an email address as the username.
  • Recently users have been denied access and it is determined that they are not using the correct URL. Please make sure that you are going to http://powerschool.lovejoyisd.net . If you see Welcome to Unified Classroom, you are on the wrong site. This is another PowerSchool product that we do not have a subscription as it duplicates Google Classroom.
  • Remember that the mobile app is only a tool for updates on assignments, grades, and attendance. Typically to access the Enrollment Forms, Absence Reason Excuses, GPA Information, and the Random Drug Testing Forms you must use a tablet, laptop or desktop and the URL above. From a mobile phone, you can use your browser and go to the URL above; however, once logged in it is difficult to navigate.

NEW! 4th Grade Yearbook Cover Contest 
Attention all 4th Graders! Enter the cover contest to design the Lovejoy Elementary 2019-2020 Yearbook Cover. Please see the included flyer for detailed information. The due date for the contest is November 1st. For questions, please contact Janean Mancini at  janean_mancini@lovejoyisd.net .

NEW! 4th Yearbook Ad 
Congratulate your child on a job well done at Lovejoy Elementary! Place an ad in the LES 2019-2020 Yearbook showcasing your 4th Grader. The cost for ¼ page ad is $25 and $50 for ½ page ad. All forms, checks/cash, photos, and an ad message are due November 1st. For questions, please contact Janean Mancini at  janean_mancini@lovejoyisd.net  .

NEW! 4th Austin Field Trip 
On Friday, February 28th, our Fourth grade classes will be traveling to Austin and visiting the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Capitol with a nonprofit educational organization, Education in Action. Revtrak will be open for payment today through October 25th. If you have any questions, please email your child's homeroom teacher.

Community News

TONIGHT! LoJo Glow: Thursday, October 3  
Join us for the 1st Annual Black Light Community Pep Rally!

Community News
We are pleased to announce the  Lovejoy ISD Community News Page . This new addition to the Lovejoy ISD Website 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:

Senior Judges Needed

Register Now! 10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament

Varsity Football Tickets Available Through School Store
Parking Information for Home Football Games
2019-2020 PTA Reflections Contest - Look Within
Majestics Fundraiser
Homecoming Mums and Garters
On Sale at Lovejoy High School
Lovejoy Preschool PTA Open House
LLI 11th Annual Golf Tournament
This event brings all Athletic Booster Clubs together to raise funds to support Student Athletes across all Lovejoy Sports. We hope to see you there!
Pink Out Pep Rally and Football Game T-Shirts
Benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Lovejoy High School Band Fundraiser
Homecoming Blackout T-Shirts

Soccer Fundraiser 
City of Lucas Farmers Market
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Men's Tailgate Party and Cornhole Tournament
Lovejoy Professional Network Charity Benefit Golf Tournament
Running Over Depression
Mountain Bike Team
Lovejoy High School Cheer Fundraiser
Holiday Poinsettias for Sale
News from Collin College
Upcoming Dates
Date Events
Monday, October 7th  Choir; 3:10pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:10pm 
Tuesday, October 8th 
Wednesday, October 9th  K-2 Fire Truck Visits
Talent Show Tryouts; 3:15pm
Thursday, October 10th  Chess Club; 7:00 - 8:00am 
James Munton Presentation
     K-2: 9:00am 
     3-4: 10:00am
K-1 Engineering Club; 3:10 - 4:10pm 
Talent Show Tryouts; 3:15pm 
Friday, October 11th  NO SCHOOL! 

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