April 23, 2021
Dear Lovejoy Families,

Happy Friday! We enjoyed seeing some of our parents for our first "live" Leopard Live. We loved having students in the gym. Later today, our teachers will be sending out the recording for those who were not able to join us or who had difficulty hearing.

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Sheryl Nicholson as the Lovejoy Elementary Teacher of the Year Recipient. Mrs. Nicholson is a Kindergarten teacher, who builds strong connections with students, is always bettering her craft, and is the ultimate team player. The teacher of the year is voted on by staff members from those who have received the Heart of a Teacher award throughout the year. Congratulations, Mrs. Nicholson! We are so proud of you.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel to contact me at any time. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

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
Change in Lunch Menu
Tuesday, April 27th &Thursday, April 29th
Due to lunch menu items being back-ordered, there will be a change in the LES menu next week.
Traffic Notice: Tuesday, April 27th
On Tuesday, April 27th, a funeral is being held during dismissal at Creekwood United Methodist Church. Please be on the lookout for lots of extra cars in the parking lot and possible delays. We appreciate your patience!
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.
Fitnessgram - State Mandated Assessments
ATTENTION PARENTS @Home students- please click on this link Fitnessgram to view instructions on how to administer the Fitnessgram assessments for 3rd and 4th graders. Also, pay close attention to the assessments that will need to be administered at school (LES Gym). The two that need to be administered at school are the Pacer Test and the Sit and Reach. Each student will need to sign up for a day and time via signup genius. Please access it by clicking here: Signup. The other assessments you can complete at home, and post on your Seesaw account or send an email at jb_nicholson@lovejoyisd.net before May 7th. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me using my email address.
Not Returning to LISD Next Year?
If your student will not be returning to Lovejoy ISD for the 2021-2022 school year, please email Sondra Payne (Sondra_Payne@lovejoyisd.net) with your child's name and also fill out this form.
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.
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.
STAAR Dates
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 17th
Topic: LES PTO Executive Board Meeting
Time: 9:30 AM


Meeting ID: 867 8142 8454
Passcode: 620343

Topic: LES PTO General Member Meeting
(Elementary school restructuring & budget)
Time: 10:30 AM

Meeting ID: 875 6052 3317
Passcode: 180767
Teacher Appreciation Week:
May 3rd - May 7th
We have so much fun planned for our LES Staff for Teacher Appreciation Week!

How can you help????
  1.  Each morning we raffle off items for our teachers during morning announcements. If you want to participate by donating a gift card or item please contact Abby Gray at abbybauer@hotmail.com.  
  2. We still have a few spots open for you to purchase a Nothin Bundt Cake for our staff:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D44ACAB2DA31-dessert
  3. Abby still needs a few people to help at school each day. Please contact her at abbybauer@hotmail.com
  4. Send a sweet note to your teacher to let them know how your child has grown this year because of them!
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.
Summer Enrichment 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
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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