September 19, 2019

Dear  Lovejoy Families,

I hope that this email finds you doing well.  This week, I had an opportunity to teach in a 2nd grade classroom, and I was so impressed with our students.  They asked insightful questions, accepted every challenge that I gave them, and worked incredibly hard. This was a great reminder of how blessed I am to be a part of this campus.  Thank you for sharing your precious children with us each and every day. Next week, will be our first community event hosted by PTA. I hope that you will plan on joining us on Thursday, September 26th from 6:00 -7:00 pm.  It is a fun event where you can enjoy FREE ice cream, shop at our book fair, and participate in the drawing for prizes.  

If you have not done so already, you still have time to donate to the Foundation though North Texas Giving Day.  Please see details below in the Community News section.
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)
LES Information 

NEXT WEEK!  Come Chill Out at the Fall Book Fair! 
Come join us at the Fall Book Fair September 23rd - 27th.  The Book Fair will be open late on Monday, September 23rd until 6:30 pm.  It will also be open during the Ice Cream Social on September 26th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  The fair will close on Friday, September 27th at 12:00 pm. You can shop online here  

Volunteers are needed to help with decorations, set up, help students make purchases, and break down for the Fall Book Fair.  Volunteers can sign up here    for a time slot that works for their schedule.

eWallet is a quick, easy way to give your student money for the Book Fair.  You can set a spending limit and only get charged for what's purchased. It's that easy...create an account, add funds, and shop! Click here to set up your child's Book Fair eWallet today.

NEW! Gaga Pit: Volunteers Needed 
Lovejoy Elementary has been given a Gaga Pit for the playground! The pit is being delivered this week but we are in need of some help installing it and getting it ready for the kids to play.  If you are interested in helping on Saturday, September 28th, please click here . For questions, please contact Brad Havens at 214.356.4057. 

NEW! Leopard Live & Spirit Day 
On Friday, September 27th, we will have our first Leopard Live at 8:00 am.  This is an opportunity for us to celebrate our students who model the character trait for the current six weeks and to highlight our Leopard Leaders. It is a great morning of celebration! We hope that you will be able to join us.  Make sure to wear your new Lovejoy Elementary shirt! The shirts will be sent home next week. 

NEW! Visitors/Volunteers
With our Raptor system which checks in visitors and students, the first time that you check in requires a little longer process.  Therefore, if you have a few extra minutes, please come by the school and check in, as it will make the process go faster when you need to check your child out and are in a time crunch.

NEW! Check In Procedure for Big Events
For our major events, like Leopard Live or class parties, we will have a different check in/out system. If you are a cleared volunteer that has gone through the Lovejoy ISD volunteer process, and you have requested a FAST PASS, you will be directed to our Priority Check-In Station. You will be asked to present your driver's license and will then be checked against our master list and receive a visitor badge.  At the end of the event, you will need to exit through the office and check out in the same manner. If you have not completed the volunteer process, you will have to check in through our Raptor System with your driver's license. We encourage you to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time for this process. The safety of our students and staff is our first priority. Thank you in advance for your patience with our new check in/out system. If you would like to be a part of the Priority Check in/out system, please click here to fill out the volunteer application.

NEW! Talent Show: Send a Message with your Talent! 
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 
As you may, or may not be aware, Box Tops for Education is going DIGITAL !!! Because of this transition, we are having a school wide competition versus grade level competition. We want everyone to get rewarded for their "clippings". Our first goal is to collect 2,500 Box Tops! If we reach our goal before January 10th, the ENTIRE school will be awarded a pajama day. 

Engineering Club K-1  
Kindergarten and 1st Graders...interested in discovering, learning, and exploring Mechanical Engineering...join our Engineering for Kids after school class on Thursdays from 3:10 - 4:10pm.  For more details and to register click here

Food Drive for Hugs Café 
"Chip In" for a good cause!  Donate Semi-Sweet and White Chocolate Chips between September 16th and September 27th.  The mission of Hugs Café (Downtown McKinney) is to enhance the lives of adults with special needs through training and employment.  To learn more about Hugs Café please click here

4th Grade Choir Students
Our 4th Grade Choir Students have been invited to join with the 4th graders from Hart and Puster to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the LOJO GLOW Pep Rally on Thursday October 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  I don't know meet times and/or locations yet, but will pass those on to you as soon as I get them. Students may wear Lovejoy Spirit wear, Glow wear, or the Pink Out shirts that will be available at Leopard Friday.  Those shirts may also be ordered online - please see the attached flier for more information regarding the shirts and the pep rally!
Please let me know if your child will be attending the pep rally by filling out this  Google Form .  

Birthday Invitations 
The only way we can distribute birthday invitations at school is to invite the entire class.  For example, if you want to invite only the girls in your class, you cannot send them through school. Thank you for helping us not hurt any student's feelings!

Ice Cream Social  
Our PTA will, once again, host the Lovejoy Elementary Ice Cream Social.  We highly encourage you to attend as it's a great time to meet to reconnect with other Lovejoy families.  This is a free event for our families. We hope you will join us on September 26th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Lovejoy Elementary cafeteria.  Our staff members will be attending and serving ice cream and toppings to all who attend. New this year is the opportunity to WIN BIG! Purchase tickets here for a chance to win some great things...Reserved 3rd car spot in the after school pickup line, reserved seating at your child's grade level program (just to name a couple)! We hope to see you there! 

NEW!Title I Overview
On Thursday, September 26th ,we will have our Title I Parent Meeting at 7:00pm in the gym directly following the Ice Cream Social. This is a brief meeting to explain the Title I process and purpose.

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

PTA Directory Cover Contest 
Students, here is a chance to show your artistic talent!  Create an original drawing to be used in the 2019-2020 Student Directory.  The deadline to enter is Friday, September 27th.

NEW! 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.

Community News
North Texas Giving Day: Thursday, September 19  
Join the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools in front of the Red Schoolhouse on North Texas Giving Day. You may drop off your donation between 8:00 am - 10:00 am, pick up your yard sign and enjoy a donut!

LoJo Glow: Thursday, October 3 
Mark your calendars and make plans to 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:

Varsity Football Tickets Available Through School Store
2019-2020 PTA Reflections Contest - Look Within
Girl Scout Troops Now Forming
Trail Cleanup
Lovejoy Preschool PTA Open House
LLI 11th Annual Golf Tournament
Pink Out Pep Rally and Football Game T-Shirts
Homecoming T-Shirts
City of Lucas Farmers Market
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Men's Tailgate Party and Cornhole Tournament
Running Over Depression
Mountain Bike Team
News from Collin College


Upcoming Dates
Date Events
Monday, September 16th Choir; 3:10pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:10pm 
School Board Meeting; 7:00pm 
Tuesday, September 17th
Wednesday, September 18th
Thursday, September 19th Chess Club; 7:00 - 8:00am 

Friday, September 20th  4th Grade Art Club; 3:10pm 

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