Puster Elementary Principal Message
January 17, 2019

Happy Thursday Puster Community!

Puster held our annual spelling bee this week. The competition was full of very talented word-smiths (is that a word?). In the end 4 th grader Claire Wu emerged as the winner and will move on to the next round which is the Collin County Spelling Bee. We had two spellers who tied for 2 nd place, 4 th graders Jayden Daniel and Devin Goins. Congratulations to all of our participants on their hard work!

Today, all students in grades 2,3, and 4 will be bringing home a UIL form. UIL competitions are academic competitions that allow students in these grades to compete in a chosen field against other students. In LISD, the UIL competition includes students from all three elementary schools. Students will try out in the events they choose. Those who qualify for the competition will then compete at Hart Elementary School during the week of April 1. Please encourage your 2 nd-4 th grader to test their skills for an opportunity to represent Puster Elementary. 

Monday is a student/staff holiday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Enjoy your long weekend.

Kevin 

 
Pride in Puster
Kevin



Dates to Remember
JANUARY 21 - HOLIDAY
FEBRUARY 14 - EARLY RELEASE @ 12:00
FEBRUARY 15 - HOLIDAY
January 18 – Choir sings at LHS Basketball game
January 21 – Student Holiday
January 23 – 3 rd Grade Field Trip
January 24 – PTA Meeting @ 6:00 pm and 4th Grade Program
January 25 – Bluebonnet Pancake Breakfast/Voting @ 7:30 am
January 25 – Reading with the Leopards
January 25 – 4 th Grade to SCIS
January 28 – Chess and Choir
January 30 – Starbooks Café 7:30 am
January 31 – Pre-K Chili with Dad
February 4 - PTA Board Meeting @ 10:00 am
February 4 - PTA Meeting @ 11:00 am
February 4 - Choir and Chess
February 8 - Daddy/Daughter Dance
February 14 - Early Release @ 12:00
February 15 - Holiday
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Denim and Diamonds – The Party
Saturday, February 2
Denim & Diamonds – The Party is presented by Lee Lewis Construction and sponsored by Corgan Architects, Grateful Lovejoy Family, Michael & Roxana Denham, Jeff & Kayla Wood, Homes by J. Anthony, Tim Jackson Custom Homes, Al and Kelli Litchenburg, Owens Realtors, William Anthony Homes, Renfrow Dunaway Group, Glenn & Ashley Shooner, Cleve Adamson Custom Homes, Stephanie and Sean McCaffity, Dale Carnegie Training - Ryan Akins, Fairway Independent Mortgage and Henri and Allison Friloux, Samantha and Matthew Poulton, The Walker Group - Coldwell Banker Apex, Commercial Bank of Texas, Estate Life Magazines, GolfSwing.com, RBFCU, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP, Carey Lynn Photography, Matlock Real Estate, Reinhard Real Estate, Missy Hobgood Fournet


Live Auction Items
Join us at the event to have the opportunity to bid on these fabulous items:

Audi for All Seasons

Bird Hunt at Bethel Ranch for 4 Hunters

Lovejoy Football Game - Dinner in the Press Box
With Autographed Lovejoy Football Helmet

Christmas in Orlando, Florida (Condo for 8)

Seagrove Beach Cottage for Six

Christmas Break Skiing in Angel Fire (Condo for 6)

Royal Chef Dinner for 10 in Your Home

Maggiano's Wine Dinner for 15

Two Orchestra Section Tickets to Hamilton at Dallas Music Hall with Hotel Stay

Allen American's Premium Luxury Suite for 10+

Delta Charlie’s Dallas Sightseeing Flight & Dinner for two



Puster News
January 21 - Student Holiday
Engineering for Kids - Spring Enrollment

Go to these links for enrollment:


After School Spanish for Spring 2019
New Security Procedures
Driver's License must be presented and scanned with every visit and student sign out, no exceptions.

Absences
If your child is going to be absent please e-mail Kendra Card at:

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Yearbook Sales!
Order your yearbook today! The cost is $25 through Feb. 10. Starting Feb. 11 the price will increase to $30. Yearbooks sales end April 3. Go to this link to order your yearbook:

https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1792372/Robert-L-Puster-Elementary-School/
Puster Campout 2019

Watch D.O.G.S. 2.0 "Another Year, Another 100"
Take a day or ½ day to be a hero for your child. Get your picture on the Puster Watch D.O.G.S. wall with your child.

Signup below for your day. Let’s see how fast we can fill this up.

What is WATCH D.O.G.S. and how do you participate?

Watch D.O.G.S. is a program that helps bring dads and other male role models into our school. Dad's spend a day with their child at school and get to interact alongside the teachers, help with carpool, monitor hallways, help out in the classroom, help with specials...the possibilities are endless.
Have you completed the districts background check?

Lovejoy ISD Volunteer process for the 2018-2019 school year is not yet open. Should be soon.
Each Watch D.O.G. dad is encouraged to wear a Watch D.O.G.S. T-shirt on the day he is volunteering at the school. Your child/children may also want a "My Hero" shirt to wear that day too. Below is the link to purchase your t-shirts. Watch D.O.G. t-shirts are not required but it's encouraged.

Here is the link to purchase your t-shirts:




If you have any questions you can contact Henri Friloux at  henri.friloux@gmail.com  or 972-365-5478.
Puster Fine Arts News
The Puster Pride Choir will sing the National Anthem at the LHS Girls Varsity Basketball game Friday, January 18th. The game begins at 6:15PM and they will sing at 6:05PM. We hope you will come out and support the choir and basketball team on Elementary Appreciation Night!
 
The Puster 3rd graders will attend the "I Am A Musician" Dallas Symphony Orchestra concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas Wednesday, January 23rd. They are looking forward to experiencing one of the world's top music halls in the country and hearing from new and experienced musicians on stage. For more information about the preparation for the trip visit the  Puster music website .
 
The Puster 4th graders will present their "Texas Tales and Trails" music program Thursday, January 24th at 6PM and Friday, January 25th at 2:20PM. Each specials color group will have a special game, dance, or instrument part to share on stage. We hope you can join us for one or both performances. For more information contact  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net  or visit the  Puster music website .
Library Lowdown
Book Clubs
It's time for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders to sign up to participate in book clubs! We are announcing daily on the Puster News Show that the Google Form is open on the Puster Library website, and we always support kiddos with signing up in the library. This link is provided for your reference, but because we are working hard at developing student autonomy, we prefer that students complete the forms themselves. Mrs. Smithwick gets many visits from students who say "My mom forgot to sign me up!" to which she always responds, "Your mom does not need one more thing to do. This was your responsibility." :)

https://pes.lovejoyisd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=383485&type=d&pREC_ID=1027868

Second grade meets on Tuesdays at lunch time. Third grade will meet on Fridays at lunch time. Fourth grade will meet on Thursdays. Kids love to bring their lunches on book club days so that they can come in and get started right away!

The books for this round include young characters who work to overcome challenges. We do need your help with supplying a book for your student. As of today, there are paperbacks available through Amazon Prime. Here are the selections for this round:
2nd Grade-- Disaster Strikes: Earthquake Shock by Marlane Kennedy
3rd Grade-- How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
4th Grade-- Ghost by Jason Reynolds  

Email Alison Smithwick with any questions or concerns.


PTA News
Parents,

We have officially kicked off the second Box Tops contest for the year. I need your help by sending in your box tops to school.

We will have each grade level competing to bring in the most box tops. The winning grade will have a special treat celebration during recess! The class that brings in the most box tops in this collection will get the honor of holding on to the Box Top Champions trophy. Will Mrs. Smith get to hold on to the trophy or will she lose it to someone else????

Please send your box tops to class with your child or you can place them in the main collection bin outside of the cafeteria. Please remember to put your child’s name and teacher’s name on the bag, envelope or collection sheet. You will be getting a collection sheet in your Thursday folder and extras are outside of the cafeteria.

The deadline for students to bring in box tops to school is Friday February 22 nd

Our fall collection raised over $600 for the school!! Thank you so very much for your help with this program. Please email me with any questions or comments. Thank you all so very much for all that you do!

Click here to get a copy of the collection sheet.

Sincerely,
Beth Gable
Your Box Top coordinator
Lifetime Membership Nomination
We are now accepting nomination letters for the PTA Life Membership Award. This award's recipient(s) go above and beyond to make Puster special for all students. This can be a Puster teacher, staff member and/or a parent volunteer. The recipients will be lifetime honorees which entitles them to a reduced annual membership fee as well as being honored at the Lovejoy Council PTA Banquet on March 4, 2019. Please email your letter(s) of recommendation to our membership chair Leslie Tucker by Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to  leslie_tucker@richards.com  or return the  nomination form  to the front office. She can be reached at 214.704.1394 if you have any questions.
Join PTA!
Go to this link: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/puster-pta-membership-only
District News
Lovejoy High School Majestics Dance Team & Majestics Booster Club Present:
Mini Majestic Dance Clinic
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8am-12pm
Cost $60 (includes t-shirt)
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 23rd

Go this link for more information:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Obs1baX9xTr-psBwWMKIDm5Rs-w3ZUDa/view?usp=sharing
New! Toy Drive Benefiting the Children of Little Leopards
The Lovejoy High School Work-Based Learning program is accepting new to gently used toys for children birth – 5 years of age. Examples of items needed are as follows:
 
Play Food
Outside Toys
Musical Toys
Books
Legos
K’nex
Kinetic Sand
Sports Balls
Dolls
Dollhouses
Shopkins
 
Toys may be delivered to any Lovejoy campus or the Administration building until February 15. To request a donation pick-up, or for additional information, please contact sancy_fuller@lovejoyisd.net .
Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action)

Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining!"
Lovejoy Offers Group Counseling

Lovejoy is offering group counseling for students for a variety of areas. The groups will meet weekly, during school hours, and will be facilitated by Lovejoy’s Social Worker, Noelle Gove, LCSW. The overall goal of the counseling groups is to address student’s social/emotional needs that may be impacting their experience and success at school. Groups are being offered, based on need, to every campus in the district, grades K-12.

If you are interested in your student participating in a group, please click here to complete the interest form. Noelle Gove will be in contact with parents regarding further details of the group and to obtain consent for student participation. This form is not a consent for counseling, but rather a survey of interest. 
BrightBytes Newsletter Info
Lovejoy ISD is partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use and the impact it has on instruction. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Technology & Learning questionnaire. This is a semi-annual initiative, and your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of the role technology plays in your students’ learning.
Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy.
Puster Parents, go to this link: 
http://www.bbyt.es/BR3XP
New! SafeSchools App Now Available
SafeSchools has launched their new mobile application for anonymous reporting. You may click here for the SafeSchools Alert Mobile Application Download Instructions
Lovejoy Gifted Association
Circle of Partners
On behalf of Lovejoy ISD we would like to thank Jones Solar and Roofing for participating in the Lovejoy ISD Circle of Partners . We thank Jones Solar and Roofing for their support of Lovejoy ISD and the important value they place on the education of our children.

Chadd Jones of Jones Solar and Roofing is pledging 10% of their profits on roofing and solar work completed in the Lovejoy ISD. Jones Solar and Roofing provides free inspections of your residential or commercial roof and property. They also offer free estimates on Solar/ Battery and Energy Efficiency upgrades to your home or business. Their website is: https://jonessolar.com/ or you may reach them by phone at 214.412.7444 for residential or commercial properties. Members of his family have been supporters of the Lovejoy ISD since 1979. Chadd and Liesl Thompson Jones are the proud parents of Puster Elementary 1st grader Maxwell.

Tutoring 101
Lovejoy ISD is pleased to welcome Tutoring 101 to the Circle of Partners . Tutoring 101 and Lovejoy ISD have formed a revenue generating/sharing partnership to bring their services to Lovejoy families. Please see below for several offerings.

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 one letter grade or more. Turn those C's into B's.

What is your SAT/ACT score? Want a better one? What do you need it to be?
Invest in a PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep program not just a class. Tutoring 101 helps high scorers get top scores, average students raise their scores and poor test takers achieve the scores colleges want. Tutoring 101 students have earned admissions and scholarships, and have saved thousands of tuition dollars every year. 
  • Specialize in working with individual students and their specific needs
  • Day-of-test strategies
  • One-on-one/small groups
  • PSAT/SAT Classes: Tues or Thurs or Saturdays
  • ACT Prep Classes: Mon/Wed or Sat
  • One on One and Online Prep also available
  • School District Employee Discount
Learn about Tutoring 101’s all-inclusive PSAT/SAT/ACT programs:

  • 11th-12th Grade SAT/ACT  
  • 10th-12th PSAT/SAT/ACT 
  • 9th-12th Grade PSAT/NMSQT/SAT/ACT 
  • Duke Tip (7th Grade) 
 
Classes are conveniently located at Lovejoy High School. Call 972.359.0222 or email Robyn@Tutoring101.com for additional information.


Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals
Parent Information Sessions
December 12

Parent Information Sessions regarding Gifted and Talented (G/T) referrals will be held as follows:


December 12 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
 
All sessions will be held in the Lovejoy Administration Building Board Room, located at 259 Country Club Road. Please join us for an information session to learn more about the G/T kindergarten referral and assessment process.
 
The referral form will open in PowerSchool on December 3. Referrals are due by January 11. Testing for referred students will be held on Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 16.
Lovejoy Fine Arts News
Lovejoy Athletic News
Lovejoy High School Girls Basketball
Invites You to Attend Elementary Appreciation Night

The Lovejoy High School Girls Basketball team invites all elementary students to join them for Elementary Appreciation Night. Elementary students wearing Lovejoy spirit wear will be admitted free.

Friday, January 18
Lovejoy High School
Lovejoy vs McKinney North

5:00 PM – JV Black
6:15 PM – Varsity
7:30 PM – JV Red
Lovejoy Lacrosse – Boys’ and Girls’ Teams Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the boys’ and girls’ 2019 Spring season of Lovejoy Lacrosse. Join the most exciting, fastest-growing sport in the country. 

Register now for Boys and Girls: Grades Kindergarten through High School

Visit www.lovejoylacrosse.com for information regarding the program and the upcoming Spring season. 

Hurry, as rosters are filling quickly!