September 20, 2018

Dear Parents,

We have had an amazing week!  I absolutely loved going up into the hot air balloon yesterday.  Mrs. Dawson and I enjoyed our trip, and I would highly recommend anyone to take this adventure.  Some fun facts about our trip is that we traveled at a rate of 12 mph, and at one point, we were 3,000 feet high.  We landed in a hay field on the outskirts of New Hope and Princeton. If you would like to see a glimpse of our adventure, please click here . We appreciate you supporting your child this summer on our reading program.  THANK YOU!!
I hope that you will be able to join us tonight for our ice cream social.  This is a fantastic, FREE event sponsored by our PTA to meet new families and make connections. Plus, who doesn't love ice cream?  This is a come and go event from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. I look forward to seeing all of you tonight for this great event.

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

North Texas Giving Day   
The Foundation for Lovejoy School's Annual Appeal, #WeLoveLovejoy, is underway.  Our goal is to raise $200,000 with remarkable community support and 100% Lovejoy family participation.  The Foundation Board of Directors asks you to join them in giving to the Foundation on North Texas Giving Day, Thursday, September 20th, from 6:00 AM - midnight.

Schedule Your Pledge to Give!
If you are unable to give on September 20th, you may schedule your gift during this year's 10 Days of Giving, from September 10th - 19th. Visit for additional information regarding scheduling your gift, and donate.  Every gift, big or small, is valuable to the mission of enhancing education in Lovejoy.  Let's keep those campus thermometers rising!
LES News 

TONIGHT! 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 to reconnect with other Lovejoy families. This is a free event for our families. We hope you will join us on September 20th 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!   Leopard Live & Spirit Day
On Friday, September 28th, we will have our first Leopard Live of 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! Title I Overview
On Friday, September 28th, we will have our Title I Parent Meeting at 11:30 am in the gym. This is a brief meeting to explain the Title I process and purpose.

NEW!   Early Release
On Friday, September 28th, we will have an early release day. Our students will be released at noon. Please click here for the schedule.

NEW! Art to Remember
Our school is providing the opportunity with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child's art.  Our students are busy creating colorful, fun artwork and soon you will receive a personalized order form. These make great holiday gifts! We have sample products in the office if you would like to stop by and check them out.  The proceeds will be donated to the Lovejoy Elementary Art Department. For questions, please contact Melissa Wilson at .

NEW! PTA Reflections
Heroes don't always wear capes! The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Lovejoy Local and Council PTAs, and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works. This year's contest theme is "Heroes Around Me".  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 specific theme. There is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful. The deadline is Friday, November 2nd.  Please contact Lindsay Thomas with questions.

NEW! Visitors/Volunteers
With our new 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! New Check In/Out Procedure for Big Events
For our major events, like Leopard Live or class parties, we will have a new check in/out system. If you are a cleared volunteer that has gone through the Lovejoy ISD volunteer process, 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! Author Visit
LES is proud to announce that the author Troy Cummings will be visiting our school on Tuesday, October 23rd.  He is the author of the Notebooks of Doom chapter book series as well as several great picture books. Students in grades 2-4 are invited to join the Notebook of Doom Book Club which will meet weekly starting the week of October 1st.  Students who would like to participate need to secure their own copy of book #1 in the series, The Rise of the Balloon Goons by October 1st. Thank you, Mrs. Dawson

Chess Club for Elementary and Intermediate Students
Lovejoy Chess Club registration is now open. The first session will be held the week of September 10th. You may click here for additional information and to register. If you have any questions, please email Miles Knight.

No Cell Phone Use
As a reminder, please refrain from being on your cell phone during our morning drop off, afternoon pick up, and anytime that you are in our parking lot.  We appreciate your help keeping all of our staff and students safe during these busy times.  

Talent Show: The Healthy Selfie Showcase!
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 25. 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, "I Love My Drug Free Selfie!" and to go along with that theme, our talent show will be called the "Healthy Selfie Showcase!" We are requesting that all acts relate to or align with that theme and demonstrate how students' "healthy selfies" allow them to perform 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.  The online registration form can be found here .  Music may be emailed to Wendy Hebert or submitted to this Google Drive .   We can't wait to see what incredible talents our little leopards bring to our Healthy Selfie Showcase!  

PTA Directory Logo Contest
Calling all artists! We would love to see your art in the 2018-2019 PTA Directory. Please submit your best Leopard drawing to Lindsey Horton by Friday, September 28th to be featured in this year's directory.

PTA Directory Advertising
Lovejoy Elementary PTA is offering a fantastic advertising opportunity.  Advertise your business in the LES directory and reach approximately 400 families. All profits help defray the printing costs of the LES directory. For more information or to view the form, please click here .

Box Tops: DUE OCTOBER 25th!
Please collect Box Tops and turn them into one of our two Box Top locations (at the front of the school and by the library), to your teacher, or to the office. Please put them in a Ziplock baggie with your child's name, grade level, and teacher's name. And, don't forget to check the date to make sure they are not expired! Every Box Top collected is 10 cents for Lovejoy Elementary and that adds up quickly. Who will win??? Second grade is currently in the lead with 531 box tops! Third grade is in 2nd place with 212. It's still anyone's game. Be sure to check the leader boards located at the front of the school and by the library.
Happy Clipping!

JOIN TODAY! 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.
The PTA membership drive parking spot drawing is this Thursday night at the Ice Cream Social!The classroom with the most PTA members will also win a popsicle party!Currently Mrs. Tays class is in 1st place followed by Mrs. McDonald �� Please click here to visit our NEW PTA website and join today!  

Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp
Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp will be held on  Saturday, October 20th at the Lovejoy High School Main Gym from 1:00-4:00pm with a Parent Show Off at 3:30pm.  Then your cheerleader can come cheer for the first quarter with the LHS Cheerleaders at the Varsity Football Game on October 26th.  Please click here for the Registration Form.  You can turn them into Lovejoy High School or the foffice at your Elementary School.  Forms are due by OCTOBER 1st! For any  questions please e-mail me, Brandi Felton, at .

Evening with the Majestics:October 12th
The LHS Majestics will host an Evening with the Majestics on Friday, October 12th at the Pink Out football game for Lovejoy ISD students in grades K - 6. The mini Majestics will learn a routine to perform on the field during the Pre-Game show. For detailed information, and to register, please click: Evening with the Majestics Registration.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 3rd.

Volunteer Background Application
For the safety of our students, a criminal history record is obtained annually for every person interested in volunteering at a LISD campus. Upon completion of the background check, applicants will be notified of approval to volunteer.

Please click here to access the Online Volunteer Application. The online application is a secure link.

All information regarding volunteer applications received for the 2017-2018 school year has been deleted.  If you submitted an application prior to August 2018, you will need to complete another application.

Thank you for your assistance with this very important matter.  Your interest in serving as a volunteer is appreciated. Should you have any questions, or require assistance, please contact:

Stacey Dillon
Assistant to the Superintendent

Monday, September 24th

Tuesday, September 25th

Wednesday, September 26th
Chess Club; 3:00 pm 

Thursday, September 27th

Friday,  September 28th
Leopard Live; 8:00 am
Title 1 Meeting; 11:30 am
Early Release; 12:00 pm 

District News
Lovejoy Preschool PTA
Calling all parents of preschoolers - You are invited to join the Lovejoy Preschool PTA for their new member coffee to learn more about their organization.

Lovejoy Preschool PTA Open House: Sunday, September 30th
The Lovejoy Preschool PTA invites you to join them for their open house on Sunday, September 30th. Click here for details.

Leopard Friday - Friday, September 28th
The Lovejoy Independent School District will host a free community event on Friday, September 28th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Leopard Friday.On Leopard Friday, the Courtyard at Lovejoy High School will be transformed into a showcase of our students, clubs, community, and organizations. There truly is something for everyone, regardless of age. Join us for choir karaoke, the rubber duck game, baked goods, the opportunity to try multiple sports, and much more.A community pep rally will be held at 6:00 PM in the Lovejoy High School Courtyard. All Leopard fans are invited to form a spirit line on the field prior to kick off.Sonny Bryan's will cater a BBQ dinner. Tickets may be purchased via the Online Payment Center, or at the Lovejoy High School store. The ticket order deadline is September 26th. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

Red Out Homecoming Shirts
Available from LHS Band Order Now!
Have you purchased your Red Out Homecoming Shirt?  Click  here for more 
information and a printable order form. The deadline to order is                            October 12, 2018.

Lovejoy Youth Wrestling Club - Tuesday, September 25th
Lovejoy Wrestling is excited to announce the first ever Youth competitive team. The Lovejoy youth wrestling team is open to all boys and girls, grades K-6. A registration/information meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 PM in the Sloan Creek Intermediate School Wrestling Gymnasium. Please click here for additional information. If you would like to be added to the Lovejoy Youth Wrestling, email list, please click here .

Willow Springs Middle School Theatre
Save the Date! Saturday, October 20th for the Sebastian and Friends Sing-A-Long. Join Sebastian and his "Under the Sea" friends for a morning of singing your favorite Disney's The Little Mermaid tunes. Meet the characters and enjoy fun activities with the cast of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.  Click here for more information.

BYOP® Volleyball Fall Session - Pre-registration ends October 8
BYOP® Program Overview:  These training programs are designed for any volleyball player ages 10 and under, 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.

Join us for an introduction to BYOP® 101 on October 1st at Willow Springs Middle School.  We will meet in the library from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

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 Class Council
C ollecting for Those Affected by Hurricane Florence
The Senior Class Council is accepting donations for those affected by Hurricane Florence. Collection boxes will be located in each school from September 19th - September 28th. Requested items include:
Baby Wipes
Travel Size Shampoos/Conditioners
Other Hygienic Items
The Senior Class Council thanks you for your support and for your assistance in helping those in serious need.

Senior Project - To Raise Funds for Autism  
Zachary Taylor, a senior at Lovejoy High School, is asking for you
r help with his senior project:
"Hi!  My name is Zachary Taylor and I am a senior at Lovejoy High School.  My senior project is on the topic of Autism. There are 2 events I would like to bring to your attention.
The first event is Leopard Friday on September 28th.  I will have a table in the Lovejoy High School courtyard with information on Autism as well as selling the Autism Awareness ribbon for $1 each.  All proceeds from this event will be donated to Autism Speaks. Their mission: "Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions."  More information can be found on their website .
The second event is the Autism Walk I will be participating in on Saturday, September 29th in Richardson.  My goal is to raise $500 for
the walk. Please consider donating to this great cause by clicking here . Please search for my name under the "Search for a participant" tab to ensure your donation is counted toward my goal of $500. If you would like to participate in this walk, you are welcome to join my team (Team Draeven) or create your own team.  
Autism is on the rise. Together we can help work toward a great cause. Thank you for your time and donations."

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 Upper 90 Soccer Boosters Host Juggling-A-Thon
Saturday, October 13th
The Upper 90 Soccer Booster Club will host a "Juggling-A-Thon" to help raise money for the program.  Each Soccer player will have 30 minutes to get his or her highest number of consecutive ball touches.  Prior to this event, the players will be seeking sponsorships for the number of touches they complete during their 30-minute juggling drill.  Please help support our 2019 Boys and Girls Soccer program with a sponsorship.

For additional information, please contact:

Alex Duran, Head Boys Soccer Coach
Ian Keeble, Head Girls Soccer Coach

The team will perform their juggling drills for funds on Saturday, October 13th.  Additional information will be made available as the event nears.

Tonight! Lovejoy Softball Grand Slam Club Host Spirit Night
Thursday, September 20th
The Lovejoy Lady Leopard Softball Boosters are hosting a Lady Leopard Softball Night at Panera Restaurant on Thursday, September 20th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Bring the following flyer to Panera's for redemption and a portion of the bill will go to the Grand Slam Club.  Please come out, enjoy some great food, and help support our Lady Leopard's Softball Team.

Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, September 24th
The 10th Annual Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. (LLI) Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, September 24th at "The Dye Course" at Stonebridge Country Club. This is a new tournament venue.  Registration opens at 7:00 AM. The tournament begins at 8:00 AM and the cost is $150 per player, which includes green fees, cart, gift bag and awards luncheon.

Tutoring and Test Prep Now Enrolling
ACT and PSAT/SAT classes will be starting soon. Private tutoring is available for students in grades K-12 in all subjects. Tutoring 101 recommends once a week tutoring for an hour to increase grades and learn subject matter more deeply. A once a week appointment usually results in an increase of 1 letter grade or more. Turn those C's into B's. Click here for additional information.

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."

Lovejoy Ice Hockey Registration
The Lovejoy Ice Hockey Club is forming teams for this upcoming season.  Any 7th - 12th grade hockey players who would like to join the team are encouraged to reach out to

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