September 26, 2019

Dear  Lovejoy Families,

We have two exciting events happening back to back to finish our week.  First, we will have our ice cream social tonight! This is a free community event, and it is a great way to connect with your child's classmates.  Tomorrow, we will have our first Leopard Live at 8:00. This is a pep rally to celebrate our students for their awesome character! We have some fun things planned, and we hope that you will be able to join us!  

As you know, the safety and security of your child is our number one priority.  One way that we ensure your child's safety is by having practice drills for our different procedures. This helps us to refine our procedures, and in case of a real emergency, our staff and students will not panic.  Today, we practiced our fire drill and our students exited in 1 minute 11 seconds. Our goal is to get under 1 minute. I know that we will make that goal next month. Tomorrow, we will practice a "lockdown." We would go into a lockdown if we thought there was a threat on our campus.  If you would like more information about our drills, please feel free to reach out to me.  
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 

TONIGHT! Ice Cream Social   
The Lovejoy Elementary PTA is hosting our annual Ice Cream Social TONIGHT from 6:00 - 7:00pm. Bring your family and enjoy ice cream with your child's teachers, friends, and other Lovejoy Elementary families.  In addition, you can support the LES PTA by purchasing tickets at the social or in advance to be entered in a drawing to win unique items.  Please click here for the Teacher experiences that will  be auctioned the night of Ice cream social.  

TONIGHT! 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.

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 during the Ice Cream Social TONIGHT from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  The fair will close on Friday, September 27th at 12:00 pm. You can shop online here  

TOMORROW! 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! 

TOMORROW! Lock Down Drill 
Tomorrow we will conducting a Lock Down Drill.  This is a drill to inform the students and staff of what is needed of them during an actual lock down.  We practice these drills to stay proficient in the safety and security of our children, staff, and visitors.  If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Craft at wendy_craft@lovejoyisd.not or 469-742-8100. 

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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! State Fair Tickets 
Included in your child's Thursday Folder is a FREE State Fair Student Ticket.  This ticket can be used Monday through Friday, September 27th - October 20th. 

NEW! Six Flags Columbus Day Discount Tickets  
Included in your child's Thursday Folder is a flyer for a discounted ticket to Six Flags on Columbus Day.  This is a great time to enjoy Six Flags since the students are out of school that day.

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. 

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 .  

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.

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

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
Parking Information for Home Football Games
2019-2020 PTA Reflections Contest - Look Within
Leopard Baseball Buddy League
Girl Scout Troops Now Forming
Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp
Public Lands Trail Cleanup
Softball Fundraiser at BJ's
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
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, September 30th  Choir; 3:10pm 
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:10pm 
Tuesday, October 1st 
Wednesday, October 2nd 
Thursday, October 3rd  Chess Club; 7:00 - 8:00am 
K-1 Engineering Club; 3:10 - 4:10pm 
Friday, October 4th  4th Grade Art Club; 3:10pm 

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