Puster Elementary Principal Message
January 31, 2019
I’m sure you know that the flu is making its way through our campus. We are doing everything we can to disinfect and keep your children well. Make sure you are taking proper precautions at home as well.
 
February 14 is an early release day for the entire district and we are also out of school on February 15 and 18. On the 14 th , we will have a Puster Pride Assembly, author visit, and Valentine’s Day parties. The author who will be visiting is Michelle Grimes. She is the author of the book “Where is Pidge?”. You can find more information about her book and the author at www.whereispidge.com . We will be selling copies of her book which she will sign while on our campus. If you would like for your child to purchase a copy, you can send $15 to your homeroom teacher or to the front office in the form of cash or check. You can also purchase a copy through the district’s online payment system at https://lovejoy.revtrak.net/   Once we receive payment, we will reserve a copy for your child. Ms. Grimes will sign the book on February 14 and we will deliver the books to your child on February 19.
 
I understand the weather is supposed to warm up this weekend. I hope you have a chance to enjoy the nice weather.
 
Pride in Puster
Kevin



Dates to Remember
FEBRUARY 14 - EARLY RELEASE @ 12:00
FEBRUARY 15 - HOLIDAY
FEBRUARY 18 - BAD WEATHER DAY/SCHOOL CLOSED

January 31 – Pre-K Chili with Dad
February 2 – The Party/Denim & Diamonds
February 4 – PTA Board Meeting 10:00 am
February 4 – PTA Presents “Parenting the Digital Generation” 11:00 am
February 4 – Chess and Choir
February 5 – 100 Day KG Parade 8:10 am
February 5 – Spanish and Engineering K-1
February 6 – Engineering 2-4
February 8 – Daddy/Daughter Dance
February 11 – Chess and Choir
February 12 – Spanish and Engineering K-1
February 13 – 3 rd Grade Living Museum
February 13 – Engineering 2-4
February 14 – Puster Pride Assembly @ 8:15 am
February 14 – Author Visit
February 14 – Early Release and Valentines Parties
February 15 – Holiday
February 18 - Bad Weather Day /School Closed


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Denim and Diamonds – The Party
Saturday, February 2
Denim & Diamonds – The Party

Title Sponsor Audi McKinney, a Sewell Company

Presenting Sponsor Lee Lewis Construction and also sponsored by
Corgan Architects, Grateful Lovejoy Family, Michael and Roxana Denham, Jones Carr McGoldrick LLP, JCM Mediation, Homes by J. Anthony, Tim Jackson Custom Homes, Al and Kelli Litchenburg, Owens Realtors, William Anthony Homes, Renfrow Dunaway Group, Glenn and 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 and Sampson LLP, Carey Lynn Photography, Matlock Real Estate, Reinhard Real Estate, Missy Hobgood Fournet, spot1media. The beer sponsor is Andrews Distributing and the wine sponsor is the family of Caroline Swanson.


and 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 Four Hunters

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

Christmas in Orlando, Florida (Condo for Eight)

Seagrove Beach Cottage for Six

Christmas Break Skiing in Angel Fire (Condo for Six)

Wine Dinner at Waterboy Farm for Ten

Royal Chef Dinner for Ten in Your Home

Maggiano's Wine Dinner for Fifteen

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

Allen American's Premium Luxury Suite for Ten+

Delta Charlie’s Dallas Sightseeing Flight and Dinner for Two

Fogo de Chão Experience for Lovejoy

Ultimate Passport Trip
Five Nights in your choice of one of 24 Exclusive Properties


Name a Grant
If you desire to donate to a specific school or classroom grant, this is your chance. There are 71 grants from which to choose this year at Denim & Diamonds. The grants that do not get funded at the event on Saturday will move to the online auction next week. Grants range in value from $128 for Lucy Calkins Supplemental Books for the "How to Writing" Unit to $2,500 for a Sphero BOLT Power Pack Robot. Click here to view the full list of grants.

Denim & Diamonds Online Auction
Tuesday, February 5 – Tuesday, February 12
In addition to the array of fun donations from the Lovejoy staff, most of the auction items that the Foundation has received will be in the online auction this year. The entire community will have the opportunity to bid and win some fabulous items. The link to the bidding sight will be available on Tuesday. Check the Foundation website and Facebook page for up to date information.


A Message from the President of the Foundation
“I am excited to announce that Vicki Deerman has accepted the position as Executive Director of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Vicki has been involved in the Lovejoy community for over 25 years as a Lovejoy parent and volunteer. She served as a director of the Foundation for 6 years and then spent 6 years as Executive Director prior to retiring 2 1/2 years ago. We are excited to have her as our Executive Director and hope you will congratulate her on this position.” – Henri Friloux, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Board President   

Puster News
Engineering for Kids - Spring Enrollment

Go to these links for enrollment:

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
Library Lowdown
Bluebonnet Pancake Breakfast-- Big Success!
Thank you for supporting your third and fourth graders in reading at least five of the Bluebonnet nominees. We had a huge turnout for our pancake breakfast, and students voted for their favorite Bluebonnet book in the library before they headed to class on Friday. Our Puster winner was Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of a Little Horse Who Became a Hero. We will submit our votes to the state agency, and we will find out the official Bluebonnet winner later in February.
No Book Clubs Next Week
Mrs. Smithwick will be attending the TCEA conference in San Antonio next week. Book clubs will not be held the week of February 4-8. They will resume the week of February 11.

Six Flags Read to Succeed, Grades K-4
Teachers have distributed information about the Six Flags Read to Succeed program through Seesaw and classroom newsletters. The deadline for logging six hours of reading is February 22. Please complete the official log and return to school (library or classroom) by the deadline. Six Flags tickets will be issued in May. 

Looking for some Writing Mentors for our GT Students...
Mrs. McDonald and Mrs. Smithwick have dreamed up a scheme to connect our young writers with mentors through the use of Google Hangouts or Skype. Would you be willing to connect with kids periodically, listen to their writing, and offer feedback? Are you a writer? Could you share helpful hints about the writing process? If you have the interest and the schedule flexibility to connect with our students through technology on a regular basis, please contact Mrs. Smithwick. We are in the earliest planning stages and would love to have as many mentors as possible for our budding writers! 
PTA News
Parenting the Digital Generation
The Puster PTA is proud to present “ Parenting the Digital Generation ” as a part of our speaker series.
 
We have invited Sarah Pierson, Collin County’s community educator at the Children’s Advocacy Center to speak to Puster parents on how they protect their children in the digital age.
 
This parent only event will be held Monday, February 4 th @ 11am. 
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
Join PTA!
Go to this link: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/puster-pta-membership-only
District News
New! Lovejoy Student Hosts Toy Drive
Lovejoy High School Freshman, Katie Berman, requests your assistance with a toy drive she is organizing to benefit Ready Fighter One. Following you will find information from Katie:

“My plan is to host a toy drive from February 4 – 15. We are collecting items to donate to hospitals that treat children's cancer. Ready Fighter One was my friend MJ's last wish. MJ was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, and passed away on the 11th. We are collecting:
 
Video Games
Playstations
Xboxes
DVDs
Toys
Board Games
 
Boxes for donations will be located at all campuses. MJ’s school would not allow us to host the drive. I thought the next best thing would be to host it at Lovejoy. My team and I would handle all the details all we need is your support and time.”
 
For additional information please contact katie.berman@icloud.com.

Gifted and Talented Referral Window Open
February 1 – March 8
The referral window for students in grades 1-11 for gifted and talented services is open February 1 - March 8. Referral forms are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Testing is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 and April 6. Appointments will be sent via email after the referral window closes March 8.

Please note: Kindergarten students will not be tested during the spring window.


Gifted and Talented Information Sessions
February 20 and 25
Looking for More Information about G/T Services? Brief information sessions will review the gifted and talented referral process and services offered in Lovejoy.

Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
February 20 at 9:00 AM
February 25 at 9:00 AM or 6:30 PM
(Session Information Repeats)

If you are unable to attend and would like more information, a slideshow presentation is available on the gifted and talented webpage.

For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or
Lovejoy Gifted Association Announces Rocket Build and Launch Events

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first people to land on the moon with the Lovejoy Gifted Association's Rocket Fest. The Lovejoy Gifted Association is partnering with the Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) for their annual LGA Rocket Fest. This event is suitable for students in grades 3 thru 6. Participants may choose between a basic and an advanced rocket model.

There will be a Rocket Build Party in the Sloan Creek Cafeteria  on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm where a volunteer from DARS will talk the junior rocket scientists through building the basic rocket step-by-step. Participants purchasing the advanced rocket may pick up their build package that same evening and are welcome to start building at SCIS or build at home.

The rocket launch will be held  on Sunday March 24 in the front parking lot of Lovejoy High School  at 12:00 noon, where volunteers from DARS will provide the launch equipment and make sure the launch process happens in a safe and orderly fashion.

You may reserve a spot and purchase your rocket kit from the Lovejoy Gifted Association Store at  https://my.cheddarup.com/c/rocket-fest-2019 no later than  Feb 17th, 2019. Each rocket package comes with rocket engines for two launches. Please note that junior rocket scientists must be accompanied by an adult at both events. The Lovejoy Gifted Association is a non-profit organization that supports the G/T programs across all schools in Lovejoy ISD. The LGA Rocket Project is a fundraiser and proceeds will flow back into Lovejoy ISD. If you have questions, contact Jay van Rijn at  jeroen.van.rijn@gmail.com.
Save the Date – March 2
STEM Festival and Open House for Prospective Families
Save the date! Lovejoy ISD will host the second annual STEM festival on March 2 at Lovejoy High School. The event will be held from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. We hope you will join us for an exciting day filled with fascinating speakers, hands-on experiments, Makerspace, student exhibits, robotics lab, cool contests with prizes, food trucks, and much more.

An Open House for prospective families will be held during the STEM festival. We hope you will invite your friends and family members who are interested in Lovejoy to join us for this event.

Look for more details in the next edition of Email Express.
STEM Festival T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling all students! Submit your entry for the design of the STEM Festival 2019 t-shirt. Click here for details.
Check out this  video  to see all the fun events and activities coming to the STEM Festival.  (link to  https://youtu.be/4lcRIjbUpgo )
Hop Into Spring Chess Tournament
March 30
This annual Lovejoy Tournament continues to be a hit around the metroplex. Come join your fellow chess players on March 30 at Sloan Creek for a wonderful day of chess play. This five round tournament awards the top three players in each section a trophy and fourth place receives a chocolate bunny. Gather up a team from your school and compete together. Registration is going on now. Please visit North Texas Chess Academy's website to register.

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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
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.
Lovejoy Fine Arts News
Lovejoy Athletic News
Lovejoy Boys Basketball Elementary Appreciation Night
Friday, February 1
Elementary Night is this Friday, February 1, at Lovejoy High School. Come out and watch the Lovejoy Leopard Boys Basketball teams take on the Princeton Panthers. Elementary students wearing Lovejoy spirit wear will be admitted free of charge. There will be fun giveaways during the game, a halftime basketball game with a local elementary team and autographed team posters for the elementary fans.