April 15, 2021
Dear Lovejoy Families,

This school year is flying by in a flash. Our fourth graders are gearing up to take their Writing STAAR test on Tuesday, April 20th. As a reminder, it is best practice for our students to go to bed early the night before and to eat a good breakfast. I know that our fourth graders will do great because they have been working hard all year to become strong writers. I will be sending more information specifically to our fourth grade parents later today.

It has been been brought to my attention that some parents are planning on keeping their students home tomorrow in an effort to "save Lovejoy Elementary" from being repurposed. While every parent has the right to make the best decision for their child, I would like to remind you that this really only impacts or harms your child. Each child only gets 174 days in a school year and each and every moment counts! I look forward to seeing our students tomorrow.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel to contact me at any time.

All My Best,
Wendy Craft
Wendy_craft@lovejoyisd.net
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
Plans for 2021-2022 School Year
As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year, Lovejoy ISD will return to normal, pre-COVID operations.

For the 2021- 2022 school year:
  • Masks will not be required, but optional for those who choose to wear
  • All instruction will be face-to-face, LISD will not offer virtual learning
  • Secondary schedules will return to a traditional 8 period day

Please note that our plans to return to normal pre-COVID operations is based on current health conditions.

Changes may be required if guided differently by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Governor’s Executive order, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Collin County Health Department or the Department of Texas Health and Human Services hospitalization rates impact local guidance.
PTO Presents Author, Bruce Hale
LES PTO is excited to present author Bruce Hale, coming virtually on April 30th. Bruce‘s presentations are a blend of character education, stand-up comedy, and pro-literacy message. His lively assembly includes an audiovisual presentation about his journey from reluctant reader to author, a storytelling from one of his books, a question-and-answer session with students, and a brief cartooning lesson. Kids come away inspired, eager to write and illustrate their own books. He will give two virtual presentations, one for K-2nd students and the other for 3rd-4th students.
State Aid Funding
Lovejoy ISD has learned from the Texas Education Agency that districts will be eligible for "Hold Harmless" state aid funding in the 4th - 6th six weeks of school IF the following conditions are met:

  1. A districts average on-campus attendance participation rate during the sixth 6-weeks attendance reporting period is equal to or greater than 80% of all students educated during the sixth 6-weeks; or
  2. A districts average on-campus attendance participation rate during the sixth 6-weeks attendance reporting period is equal to or greater than the on-campus attendance participation rate reported on the LEA’s October 2020 PEIMS Fall Snapshot.

We need your help! Lovejoy ISD needs to ensure that all students who have signed up for on-campus instruction learning for Q4 are present every day on campus unless they are officially quarantined or are absent for other valid reasons such as illness, doctor's appointments, etc.

Since Lovejoy ISD is funded on daily attendance, we need your help in ensuring we receive all possible funding. Please help us by ensuring if your student is enrolled in on-campus instruction they are physically on campus.
Volunteer Opportunities
Our grade levels will be coordinating volunteers to help with copying projects. Please look for a Sign Up Genius to be sent to you from your Grade Level Coordinator.

In order to volunteer on our campuses, you must complete the 
Volunteer Application. This can take a few days to process, so please complete it as soon as possible if you are interested in volunteering on campus.

We will be looking for additional volunteer opportunities on campus as well. Be on the lookout for more information and opportunities to come!
STAAR Dates
April 20th - 4th Grade Writing
May 11th - 4th Grade Math
May 12th - 4th Grade Reading
May 18th - 3rd Grade Math
May 19th - 3rd Grade Reading
New Student Registration
We are so excited to announce registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! The enrollment paperwork can be found by clicking here. We will be sending out information regarding Kindergarten Round-Up at a later date. You do not need to wait for Kindergarten Round-Up to register your Kindergartener. Please contact Sondra Payne at sondra_payne@lovejoyisd.net or 469.742.8083 with any questions.
Birthday Treat Boxes: Order from the LES Cafeteria
Celebrating a student or teachers birthday? You can now order treats from the LES Cafeteria for that special day!
LES PTO
PTO
The purpose of Lovejoy Elementary PTO is to connect with the LES community, enrich the experiences for all LES students, and advocate for Lovejoy Elementary. Your membership and donations benefit the students and staff at Lovejoy Elementary.
General PTO Meeting
Monday, May 3rd
The LES PTO Executive Board invites all LES PTO general members to attend a special meeting on Monday May 3rd via Zoom @ 10:30 am. Issues and budget motions addressed will be in response to the April 19th LISD School Board’s elementary restructuring decisions. We hope to see everyone via zoom on May 3rd.

Topic: LES PTO General Member Meeting (issues related to elementary school restructuring)
Time: May 3, 2021 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)


Meeting ID: 875 6052 3317
Passcode: 180767
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 3rd - May 7th
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3rd through May 7th. Each day the LES PTO has something planned for the staff.  To start the week off we have already arranged for a Maggianos meal and a Profound Microfarms salad, but we need something sweet to finish off the meal. We are asking for your help to complete this meal by purchasing a family sized dessert for Monday, May 3rd. Attached is a sign up genius with details about purchase and drop off.
PTO Scholarship Application Available
The Parent-Teacher Organizations in the Lovejoy Independent School District each will award one $500 scholarship to a college-bound senior graduating from Lovejoy High School in 2021. This centralized application means that each student completes the form ONCE, but is eligible for PTO scholarships through the Lovejoy schools they attended (plus the Lovejoy Council and Preschool PTO).

All student applicants (a) must have attended LHS during their sophomore, junior, and senior years; (b) belong to the LHS Parent-Teacher-Student Organization; (c) complete the online scholarship application, including the essays; (d) upload a resume; and (e) have one letters of recommendation submitted.

To begin the application process, students must complete a brief survey, located online at 2020-21 Scholarship INTENT TO APPLY. This survey, which requests their name and email address, indicates their intent to apply.

Once the above Intent to Apply survey is received, we will send the student a link to the online scholarship application. This link will allow students exit and return to the application in case they cannot complete it in one sitting.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT FRIDAY APRIL 23, 2021

Please email Shannon Verschage at LJCouncilScholarship@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding this application.
District News
Adopt a 2021 Lovejoy Senior Community Project
Brooklyn Lloyd is a junior at LHS who is a part of the Varsity Volleyball Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and PALS. For her senior project, she is doing an "Adopt a 2021 Lovejoy Senior" Facebook page where each senior posts a bio about them and a person in our community chooses to "adopt" and spoil them with gifts. As we all know, these seniors have gone through so much with COVID-19 and have missed out on a normal senior year. So, what better way than to show them love than with tangible gifts they can remember forever. As a community, we can make light of this unexpected situation by showering them with our Love and Joy! To be apart of this, you can join our Facebook group page “Adopt a 2021 LOVEJOY Senior” and adopt a senior you feel led to bless. Spread the word and let all the senior parents know about this so they can add their senior's bio so they can get adopted! Also, check it out if you would like to adopt any of the seniors so we don't leave any behind. However, if you do not have Facebook, no problem! Just contact Brooklyn Lloyd at lloyd_brooklyn@lovejoyisd.com and she can help you! Let's show these kids some LOVE!
2021 Athletic Summer Camps
Registration for Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps wikk open on May 3rd. All camps are $110.00 per camper. Please Click Here for more information regarding summer camps.
Kids 1st Summer Camp
Student Nutrition Newsletter
Take a look at our April Student Nutrition Newsletter. The newsletter features information regarding Recovery Nutrition for Youth Adults and Post-Workout Snack Ideas.
Athletic Tickets
There has been some confusion in regards to ticket sales, as in the past all students and staff have been allowed in free to all athletic contests (with school ID).  Due to UIL covid-19 attendance capacity limitation regulations we are forced to charge for entrance to all athletic contests for all staff and students. The tickets sales assist the athletic department in keeping with the capacity limitations required of us. If you have questions, please contact the Lovejoy Athletic Office.
Need Technology Help?
If you are experiencing any issues with your technology or need assistance, please call the Technology Help Desk.

214.507.4415
April
20th - 4th Grade STAAR Writing Test
23rd - Leopard Live
30th - Author Visit from Bruce Hale (Virtual)
Community News
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
We’re not quite to our goal and we need your help to continue enhancing the education of our children. A donation to the Foundation provides opportunities that enhance student learning so they can perform at a higher level, achieve more and be better prepared for a changing world.

Four easy ways to give:
• visit our website: CLICK HERE
• drop a check off at the red schoolhouse
• mail a check to: 529 Country Club Road, Allen, TX 75002
• through your company payroll
 
We have received $194K for our Annual Appeal and 22% community participation. We need your help to reach our goal of $250K with a community involvement of 40%.Donate today to invest in our students’ tomorrow!
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