Principal Message 10/21/2021
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Puster Families,

I'm so filled with gratitude for our community. Our PTO-sponsored Fall Family Fun Night was everything it is supposed to be. Thank you for joining us for the fun!

All teachers have been hosting conferences this week. This is such a great opportunity to partner with you in your child's success. I certainly hope you find these meetings informational and productive! While these are our only formally scheduled conferences this year, you may request a meeting with your child's teacher at any time.

The whole Haynes family is headed to Leopard Friday tomorrow night. This is one of the many traditions I love about Lovejoy! Both Hart and Puster are sharing a spirit wear booth - come see us and get some awesome Lovejoy gear!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Puster Proud,
Holly
@pusterlearners
#PES
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Important Information regarding attendance
WHY ATTENDANCE MATTERS

How important is it for kids to be in school? 
School attendance is a baseline factor in determining school success. 
A missed school day is a missed opportunity for students to learn. 
Regular attendance fosters a classroom connection between teachers and students. 
Attending school also provides time for social interactions with peers. 

Did you know that?
Attendance is the most significant driver in the funding Lovejoy ISD receives from the state each year? 
A 3% reduction in the yearly average daily attendance (ADA) can cause the district to lose $800,000 in funding. 
An increase of 1% in the yearly ADA can fund 3 teachers’ salaries. 
Although it may seem insignificant that the district loses $50 a day when a student is absent, consider the impact when 250 students are absent across the district and the district loses $12,500. Multiply that by 15 days and it is a loss of $187,500. The impact is significant.
Attendance taken at 10 AM determines the ADA funding that Lovejoy ISD receives for that date. If the student is on campus at that time, LISD receives approximately $50.00 per student. If a student is absent, ADA is lost.

Upcoming Dates
10/18-10/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/21 - Book Character Pumpkins dropped off (see details below)
10/22 Early Release, 12:00
10/25-10/29 Red Ribbon Week
10/29 Reading with the Leopards
11/1 - 11/2 Student Holiday/Teacher PD Days
11/11 PTO General Meeting and 2nd Grade Veterans Day Performance 5:30
11/22 - 11/26 Thanksgiving Break
Red Ribbon Week is a special week recognized around the country. This week-long celebration of events is designed to educate and increase awareness about drug prevention. At Hart Elementary, we consider this a great time to pledge to be drug free and to reflect on ways that we can maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle. Red Ribbon Week activities will kick off on Monday, October 25th. During the week of October 25th-
October 29th, we will emphasize making responsible choices that can help students be and do their very best in school and in life. We would like to encourage everyone to bring healthy snacks to school and to participate in the fun dress-up days.
Let’s Participate in a Healthy
Activity that Benefits Our Community!
According to research, youth who feel they are contributing members of a caring community are less likely to be involved in illegal drug use. As part of our Red Ribbon Week activities, Lovejoy students will have the opportunity to feel connected to the Collin County community. We will emphasize participating in a healthy activity that benefits others by participating in a service project to support Allen Community Outreach (ACO). Each year during the month of October, ACO has a fundraiser called the Caring Coins Drive in which they encourage donations of spare change to support the ongoing needs in Collin County. Let’s encourage our students to contribute to this service organization by bringing in their American coins and/or bills each day next week. Their generous contributions will assist residents of Allen, Lucas, and Fairview who are in financial need.

At Puster, we know EVERY staff member goes above and beyond, though we may not always hear about it. Who are our unsung heros? Has a Puster teacher or staff member gone above and beyond for your child/family? We want to hear about it! Parents, community members, staff members and students are welcome to share by clicking the link above. We will keep contributors anonymous in our shout outs.
New After School Learning Opportunity
COVID-19
Information & Resources
Volunteers and Visitors to Puster will be required to complete a COVID pre-screener the day of visit. Please scan the QR Code at the front of the building to access this form. We appreciate your diligence in keeping our leopards healthy!

At this time, we are not allowing lunch visits or volunteers. You are welcome to drop lunch off for your child at any time.
  • You will be sent a communication of possible exposure if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID. This note will go out to the whole class and any group the child may have participated in that day.

  • We are not conducting close contract tracing investigations at this time. However, if we are aware of confirmed close contact we will notify you.

  • If you receive an exposure notice, your next steps as a parent are to monitor your child for symptoms. If your child is exhibiting 2 or more of the symptoms noted below, please keep your child home and obtain a COVID negative test or alternate diagnosis before returning to school. Notify Nurse Janet at janet_abramson@lovejoyisd.net.

  • All communication around your child's symptoms and diagnosis must be copied to Nurse Janet at janet_abramson@lovejoyisd.net.

  • Your child does not have to quarantine if asymptomatic.
  • If you choose to self-quarantine or if your child is out due to illness, this will be counted as an absence. If work can be made up, it will be pushed out through Google Classroom or Seesaw. Otherwise, the teacher will work to make-up missed instruction upon return.

  • NEW Beginning Sept. 8 - School systems may choose to require household-based close contact students to stay at home during the below stay-at-home period if they are in an area with high or rising COVID case rates. This applies specifically to students who are close contacts because an individual who lives in the same household is COVID-19 positive.The full document can be found at this link: SY-20-21-Public-Health-Guidance.pdf (texas.gov)

Please refer to our current district and campus procedures linked above and below and reach out to Holly Haynes with any questions: holly_haynes@lovejoyisd.net.
News from the Library
Book Character 
Pumpkin Decorating Contest


Decorate a pumpkin like your favorite 
Book Character and enter to win a prize!
Puster will be hosting a Book Character Pumpkin decorating contest. This is an optional family project to be completed at home and then brought to display in the library. Please only 1 pumpkin per family! Pumpkins should be decorated as your favorite book character using paint, markers, yarn, pipe cleaners, fabric scraps, cardboard, etc. Carved pumpkins will not be accepted because they turn bad quickly, make a mess, and attract pests!
 Tip: fake pumpkins work best!

Decorated pumpkins should be dropped off at the library on Thursday, October 21st for display. Please bring a picture of the front cover (or a copy of the related book) to be displayed beside the pumpkin. Pumpkins will be on display in the library until Friday, Oct 29th. Students will be able to vote on their favorite entries. Creators of the top 3 pumpkin characters with the most votes will receive a Spring Book Fair Gift Card. 
Please pick up all pumpkins no later than the end of the day October 29th. 
PTO News



Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped with Fall Family Fun Night, and a huge THANK YOU to these sponsors who helped make this such a fun night for our students and families. 

Please send your Fall Family Fun Night pictures in for the Puster Yearbook (PusterYB@gmail.com). 
We also welcome pictures throughout the year (classroom/lunch, sports (Puster students only), Dad's Club (Picture of Dad & his child). Please email them to PusterYB@gmail.com and label with class/grade level.
Puster Blank Notecards for Letter Campaign

PTO is collecting blank notecards in October. Please send them with your child to school and they can drop them off in a box in the front office. Go to this link to donate blank cards, thank you cards, card stock paper or Thanksgiving cards.

PTO Membership
Calling all Puster students, staff, and families!! We want all of you to be members of Puster Elementary PTO! This system will allow members to join online, subscribe to our calendar of events, receive online directory access, and update personal information at any time! These features are also available via a mobile app on your phone. https://ptopes. membershiptoolkit.com/home
Helpful Resources
Can I bring birthday treats to school for my child?

Yes, you can purchase birthday treats for your child through Student Nutrition. Please note that we are only allowing birthday treats from the LISD Student Nutrition department. Please click here to order your child's birthday treats today! Please email your child's teacher to inform them that you ordered treats so that we do not have 2 students celebrating birthdays on the same day. At this time, we are requesting no visitors during birthday celebrations.
District News
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
We’re excited to kick off our Annual Appeal campaign!  Our goal is to raise $300,000 and have 35% community involvement. The students of Lovejoy ISD are touched by Foundation dollars in every school and grade throughout the district. Now, more than ever, they need our support to ensure no interruption to the Lovejoy standard of exceptional learning. Visit our website today to learn more and donate! Click on the insert to go to the website.
Lovejoy ISD Football Events Update
Click here to get information regarding Lovejoy ISD Football Events