Puster Elementary Principal Message
January 16, 2020
Puster Families,

We were recently informed that three Puster students will have their PTA Reflection entries moving on to the State level competition. For perspective, there were around 60,000 entries and only around 3% are chosen to advance. This year, the theme was “Look Within.” Congratulations to:
 
Nora Price – Visual Arts titled “Love Each Other”
Solenne Vela – Literature titled “Night-night”
Isabella Porter – Dance Choreography titled “This is Me”
 
As you know, January is School Board Appreciation Month. At Puster, we are celebrating and honoring Anne Smith. She spent the afternoon with us yesterday and read aloud in several classrooms. Today’s Read Aloud with Mrs. Haynes is the book she read , A Dog Wearing Shoes , in case your child missed it! Stay tuned for one more special way we plan to honor Mrs. Smith this month!
 
Following the holiday break, we have had several student drop-offs in the front. As a friendly reminder, you are welcome to park in the front parking lot and walk your child into the building or use the back carline if it is before 8:00 a.m. For safety, the front carline is reserved for buses and pre-K drop-off only.
 
Please note that TEA has released the 2018-2019 school report card for all schools. This can be accessed here .
 
As a reminder, school will NOT be in session on Monday, 1/20. I hope you have an enjoyable, long weekend!
 
Puster Proud,
Holly

Dates to Remember
January 20 Student Holiday
January 23 - PTA Mtg - 4th Grade Texas Music Program
January 28 - Student Support Coffee
January 29 - Starbooks Cafe
February 7 - Daddy Daughter Dance
February 13 - Early Release/Puster Pride Assembly
February 14 - School Holiday
February 17 - No School (Bad Weather Makeup Day)
February 21 - Puster Pride Choir at Allen American Hockey
Library News
Puster News
4th Grade Bump Up Day
Fourth Grade Parents -

We are so excited about our upcoming Bump Up Day at Sloan Creek on Friday, January 31st. Students from all three elementary schools will join together and travel in groups with students from each school. They will visit classrooms, ask questions, learn about the ins and outs of 5th grade, and once they have done that, will eat lunch at Sloan Creek. Please make sure your child wears a Lovejoy Spirit Shirt if they have one. If your child would like to purchase lunch, please make sure they have enough money in their account or send money with them. They are also welcome to bring a sack lunch. Your child should return to campus before 1:00.  

We look forward to seeing the 4th graders!


Bump Up Day Lunch Menu

Home Line 
Crispy Chicken Sandwich 
Shrimp Poppers
Chef Salad
Tator Tots
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Shelled Edamame
Apple Slices

Italian Build Your Own Line - two serving lines 
Build Your Own Italian Pasta Bowl 
Solo Pizza
Shelled Edamame
Apple Slices




--
Amber Smith
School Counselor
Sloan Creek Intermediate School 
469-742-8316
STUDENT SUPPORT COFFEE

On January 28th, we will be hosting a “Student Support” coffee from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in the Puster Think Tank. Please join us if you’d like to learn more about our systems for supporting students including PST (Problem Solving Team), 504, and Special Education. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. 
LISD STEM Festival

The district is excited to announce the 3rd Annual STEM Festival to be held on February 29th from 10:00-3:00 at Lovejoy High School. We hope you will mark this date on your calendar and make plans to attend this STEMtastic event with your family. The STEM Festival also offers extra opportunities, like the CANgineering Competition and T-Shirt Design Contest, in which students and families can participate. All information about the STEM Festival is linked below:
Puster 4th grade Texas program - Thursday, January 23rd 6PM
You are invited to celebrate Texas with the Puster 4th graders Thursday, January 23rd following the 6PM Puster PTA meeting. Students will be singing, dancing, and playing instruments while sharing some facts about our great state of Texas. They will also perform Friday, January 24th at 8:15AM. Puster PreK-3rd graders are encouraged to wear their best "Texan" clothes to school Friday, January 24th. If you have any questions please contact  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net .

Puster Pride Choir and the Allen American Hockey Team - February 21st
The Puster Pride Choir will sing the National Anthem at the February 21st Allen American hockey game. Friends and family can purchase tickets in the "Puster section" here:   https://allenamericans.com/puster/ . We hope to see you there! Please contact  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net  with any questions.
Puster Pride Choir at Allen American Hockey game Friday, February 21

Dear Puster Pride Choir Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope all of you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends. It's back to work/fun here in the music room. We've already made great progress in rehearsals on our spring music. Our singers are such quick learners :)

Here are some upcoming dates for you as you plan for the spring semester:

Rehearsals will go through April 20th with a party on April 27th.  Our final performance will be Thursday, April 23

SAVE THE DATE - National Anthem at Allen American hockey game Friday, February 21st
  • This is an optional event for our singers and their family and friends. All singers attending MUST have a parent or supervising adult present.
  • Singers' tickets are $5 and family/friends pay $16
  • Meet at 5:15pm for mic check, perform at 7pm, singers free to go after National Anthem
  • Order tickets online:  https://allenamericans.com/puster/ (be sure to scroll to the bottom of the screen)
  • Flyer to send family and friends: 
  •  Puster at Allen American Game.png
If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.
Manners Classes
Spanish On Wheels
Click on this link to get a copy of the registration form. Send check or cash with registration form to the Puster Office. The cut off date for registration is Friday, January 24.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S_TyEhFBUD0InaSc-i9MLO0KI1o74sfw/view?usp=sharing
Engineering for Kids
Puster Campout
Campout Registration Opens  Thursday, February 6, 2020!  Mark your calendars & set your reminders -- you don't want to miss this!

The Campout Flag design contest is now closed and the entries look AMAZING! The winner will be notified soon and announced at Puster Pride on Thursday, 2/13. 

If you are new to Puster this year and want to learn more about campout (or just want to reminisce on all the fun we had last year!) check out:   http://www.pustercampout.com  

Questions? Suggestions? Let us know! Email us at  PusterCampout2020@gmail.com  or contact Christian Pruitt, 214-458-1449.  #WeCampWeCare 
Watch D.O.G.S. – Be Involved, be a Hero, be a Watchdog.
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.

Spend a day or a ½ day to be a hero for your child. 

Add your picture to the Puster Watch D.O.G.S. Wall of Fame. 

In order to participate you will need to sign up, perform a background check, get a T-shirt!

Sign Up

Pick a date and time slot on the sign-up genius website, link below.


Background Check

Complete the districts background check for the new school year, link below.


Watchdog Shirt

Each Watch D.O.G. dad is encouraged to wear a Watch D.O.G.S. T-shirt on the day you are volunteering at the school. Your child may also want a "My Hero" shirt to wear that day too. Below is the link to purchase a t-shirt. Watch D.O.G. t-shirts are not required but are encouraged.


Questions

If you have any questions about Watchdogs, please contact fellow Puster dad, Kyle Smith, at pusterwatchdog@gmail.com  or 903-456-9888. 
PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Tips
Here are some quick bullets about the PowerSchool Parent Portal:

PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Tips
Here are some quick bullets about the PowerSchool Parent Portal:

·          Unless you have changed your username after August 12, 2019, the username is the email address that is associated to the parent account. The log of invalid logins that we are seeing are typically parent accounts that are trying to use something other than an email address as the username.

·          Recently users have been denied access and it is determined that they are not using the correct URL. Please make sure that you are going to  http://powerschool.lovejoyisd.net . If you see Welcome to Unified Classroom, you are on the wrong site. This is another PowerSchool product that we do not have a subscription as it duplicates Google Classroom.

·          Remember that the mobile app is only a tool for updates on assignments, grades, and attendance. Typically to access the Enrollment Forms, Absence Reason Excuses, GPA Information, and the Random Drug Testing Forms you must use a tablet, laptop or desktop and the URL above. From a mobile phone, you can use your browser and go to the URL above; however, once logged in it is difficult to navigate.

All after school clubs are up and running . Please remember to set your “Weekday Defaults” in School Dismissal Manager. Let us know if you need help! Please note times and dismissal plans for each.

"Default" and "Weekday Defaults" = dismissal that will happen most of the time (choir, kids first, bus, spanish, etc.).

"Exception" = just for that day.

Once an exception has been made on your end, it can not be edited on our end. We can, however, adjust defaults on our end. Please let us know if we can help.

Teachers have been asked to follow only what is in Dismissal Manager. Please notify the front office if you have a change that cannot be made in the system. Thank you!
PTA News
Please Help Support Burks Elementary (McKinney ISD)

Please join in helping our neighbor, Burks Elementary, with their “Rock
those grades” program in January. As an incentive for struggling students
who work hard to improve their grades and show significant growth, the
school awards the top two students in each class with a new board game.
As you are holiday shopping this year please consider picking up an extra
game to help our neighbor school in need. Examples are UNO Attack,
Chess, Checkers, Pay Day, Connect 4, Monopoly, Life, Clue, etc.
You can drop off the new game in the office at Puster. Just put a note on
the game(s) that it is for Burks Elementary.
Please turn in the games by January 15th, 2020.
Thank you so much for supporting our neighbor school district!
Sincerely,
Beth Gable
Youth Protection, Puster PTA

District News
District Communications

One of our Board Priorities is to develop stronger community connections and confidence through effective communication. We are continuing to strengthen our communications and have shared best practices for communicating with the Board of Trustees and best practices for staff communications with parents. Today we are sharing the following information regarding how best to communicate and handle concerns with teachers, coaches, directors, etc. For future reference you may find this information on the Parent Resources page under District Communication.


Student and Parent Concerns/Grievances
The faculty and staff of Lovejoy ISD are committed to the service of our students and their parents by responding promptly and professionally to concerns or grievances which may arise.

Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances are governed by LISD Board Policies FNG (LEGAL) and FNG (LOCAL).

How Do You Resolve Parent Concerns?
If you, as the parent or guardian of a Lovejoy ISD student, have concerns regarding your child’s education or performance, we want to talk with you. Sitting down and talking with the people who interact most often with your child on a daily basis – his/her teacher, counselor, coach or director– can remedy the majority of concerns.

Most concerns can be and usually are resolved at the classroom/activity/sports or campus level. However, if your concerns are not addressed by visiting with the teacher, campus counselor, coach or director, you may choose to follow the three-level process listed below:

Level One:
Within 15 business days of the incident causing the concern/complaint, you may request a meeting with the next level supervisor which could be the Athletic Director, Fine Arts Director or Campus Principal. The Level One form may be found here.

Level Two:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level One process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level One decision letter, you may request a meeting with the Assistant Superintendent of Operations (Athletics, Safety, Operations) or Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction (Teachers, Administrators, Student Discipline). The Level Two form may be found here.

Level Three:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level Two process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level Two decision letter, you may appeal the decision to the  School Board by contacting the Superintendent. The Level Three form may be found here .


Upcoming Events
Community News
The  Lovejoy ISD Community News Page includes news from our schools, programs, booster clubs, student organizations, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, community, and more. Check back often for up-to-date news on events and activities.
 
This Week's News:

Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety. In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district’s website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We will also announce any closure through the media and through a special edition of Message from Mike. Links to our social media accounts are listed at the end of this communication.
 
Save the Date! Lovejoy ISD STEM Festival
February 29, 2020

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Application Process Open for Administrative and Financial Assistant
 
Senior Judges Needed!
 
Now Enrolling! SAT Prep Classes
 
Senior Project! School Supply Drive







Save the Date! Lovejoy Country Run: April 18

Turn Lucas Green

News from Collin College
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