September 27, 2018

Dear Parents,

We are very excited about our First Leopard Live tomorrow by wearing our school-wide Leopard shirt. It will be awesome to see a sea of red for our audience, and we will have a special treat by having the LHS JV cheerleaders coming to kick off our assembly.  This is an opportunity for us to celebrate and recognize our student's success demonstrating strong character and leadership. We will be recognizing two students from each class for the character trait of respect and two students from each class for being Leopard Leaders.  
If you are planning to attend Leopard Live, please plan to arrive EARLY!  We will have new check in procedures, and we have worked very hard to plan ahead, but for this first time, it may take a little longer to accommodate everyone.  We will open at 7:20 a.m. to start accommodating the checking in process. You will also need to check out before you leave. Thank you in advance for your patience as we implement our new system to improve the safety for our big events.
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: Thank You!
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools would like to say thank you to the Lovejoy Community for raising over $114,000 from approximately 450 donors on North Texas Giving Day. The Foundation is well on their way to reaching their $200,000 goal by December 31 with great support from Lovejoy families and the community. Every gift is valuable to the mission of enhancing education in Lovejoy. If you are considering making a donation to the Foundation, pleaseclick here for more information.

Men's Tailgate Tournament
Tickets Go On Sale Friday, September 28
Gentlemen, please plan to join the Foundation for food, beer, and a double elimination corn hole tournament, guaranteeing all players two games. The tournament will be at the home of John and Kris Dunaway on Wednesday, October 24. Sponsors for the event are Renfrow Dunaway Group, Lee Lewis, Fable Security, and Chick-fil-A Stacy Road and Twin Creeks Village.  Registration and additional information to be announced at Please contact Laura Berend, Executive Director of the Foundation for additional information.

LES News 

TOMORROW! Leopard Live & Spirit Day
Tomorrow, 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!

TOMORROW! Title I Overview
Tomorrow, 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.

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

TOMORROW! Spirit Day @ Dairy Queen (Allen)
Please join us TOMORROW September, 28th at Dairy Queen in Allen from noon (Early Release) to close (11:00pm!!) Drive through or dine in.  Anything on the menu - ice cream cones, burgers, chicken, sodas etc. Must mention Lovejoy Spirit Day!  A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Lovejoy Elementary Camp Out. 
Dairy Queen
719 E. Main Street
Allen, TX 75002

Woohoo Leopards!!!!  It is going to be a fun Friday!

NEW! October 5th & 8th Holidays
Just a reminder that Lovejoy Elementary will be CLOSED on Friday, October 5th and Monday, October 8th for a school holiday.

N EW! Family Fall Festival
Lovejoy Elementary PTA will be hosting our Family Fall Festival on Thursday, October 18th, from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. There will be a magic show, photo booth, cake walk, silent basket auction, Scholastic book fair, and teacher raffles.  Food will be available for purchase from Taylor Pizza and Kona Ice. Purchase your bracelets in advance for $20 per family or $30 per family at the door.  Please click here to order bracelets online.

NEW! Global Read Alound Project
Lovejoy K-2 students are participating in the Global Read Aloud Project during the months of October and November.  The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 4,000,000 students having participated. is a link to the books that we are reading. K-2 students will be reading the picture books and responding in Seesaw.  Each class will also be making connections with other classes that are participating from around the world.

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 .

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.

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.

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 - DUE TOMORROW! 
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 still in the lead with 632 box tops! Third grade is in 2nd place with 314. It's anyone's game. Be sure to check the leader boards located at the front of the school and by the library. Keep 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, October 1st
PTA Executive Board Meeting; 9:30 am 
Choir; 3:00 pm
Watch Me Sculpt; 3:00 pm 
Tuesday, October 2nd

Wednesday, October 3rd
Chess Club; 3:00 pm 

Thursday, October 4th

Friday,  October 5th

District News
TOMORROW! 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.

Lovejoy Preschool PTA Annual Open House

LHS Choir Presents "War & Peace: a Fall Choir Concert"
Monday, October 1
The LHS Choir Department invites you to attend a multi-disciplinary concert of songs about war and peace on Monday, October 1 at 7:00 PM in the LHS Auditorium.  All choirs will be featured along with the Majestics officers, flautist Wendy Hebert, and pianist Rebecca Baker. The concert will include songs by Mendelssohn, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Craig Hella Johnson, among others.

Lovejoy Softball Grand Slam Club
October 1
The Grand Slam Booster Club will host a "Good Eats for a Good Cause" fundraiser at the Allen Chili's on Monday October 1. Chili's will donate 20% of your ticket to the Grand Slam Softball Booster Club when you bring this flyer to the restaurant.  Come out to Chili's on October 1 and help support the Softball program.

Lovejoy Softball Grand Slam Club - Flats for Bats
The annual "Flats for Bats" fundraiser is underway.  The sale will be held through October 11. Anyone interested in having flowers delivered to them please email For additional information, please contact Tien Nguyen at

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.

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.

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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