Puster Elementary Principal Message
October 18, 2018
Puster Parents,

Just as in years past, I am asking that we not wear Halloween costumes to school on October 31. I know the kids are excited to dress up, but I'd like to save the costumes for trick or treating that evening. I appreciate your help with this.

We have our Fall Family Fun Night Monday evening and I hope you all have plans to attend. It's a great event for Puster families to meet and the kids to enjoy their friends outside of the classroom. If you would like to enjoy a Mooyah burger and fries, you can order  here . There will be very few meals available to purchase that are not pre-ordered. The PTA has again generously planned to provide a variety of activities and games that are all free to participate.

We will celebrate Red Ribbon Week next week at Puster. Please take a look at the daily themes below for our students to participate in promoting healthy choices and lifestyles.

Pride in Puster,
Kevin

Follow Mr. Parker on Twitter @peskevinparker and follow what's happening on our campus @pusterlearners.  
Dates to Remember
October 18 – Report Cards
October 19 - Alpha Omega Gymnastics
October 22 – Choir and Chess Club
October 22 - Fall Family Fun Night
October 23 - Engineering K-1 and Spanish
October 24 – KG Field Trip
October 24 – Engineering 2-4 and Spanish
October 25 – Author Visit
October 26 – Student Holiday
October 29 – Choir and Chess
October 29 – Dennis Lee Assembly
October 30 - Engineering K-1 and Spanish
October 31 – Starbooks Café @ 7:30 am
October 31 – Engineering 2-4 and Spanish
November 1 - Picture Retakes
November 2 - Reading with the Leopards
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Foundation News
The Foundation Board of Directors is beginning a search for an Executive Director. Vicki Deerman is serving as the Interim Executive Director and may be reached at vicki_deerman@lovejoyisd.net  or 469.742.8043.


Annual Appeal
The Annual Appeal campaign has raised $155,700. If you have not yet contributed, you may make a donation at: foundationforlovejoyschools.org.

Men’s Tailgate Tournament
Wednesday, October 24
Tickets on Sale Now!
Gentlemen, please plan to join the Foundation for food, beer, and a double elimination corn hole tournament, guaranteeing all players two games. The tournament will be at the home of John and Kris Dunaway on Wednesday, October 24. Sponsors for the event are Renfrow Dunaway Group, Lee Lewis, Fable Security, Chick-fil-A Stacy Road and Twin Creeks Village, and Lovejoy HVAC.  Click here to register now.

Please contact Vicki Deerman , Interim Executive Director of the Foundation with any questions.
Kendra Scott Gives Back Party
Thursday, December 13
Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Puster News
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:

Puster Campout 2019
Be sure to put the  2nd Annual Puster Campout  dates on your calendar: April 26-27, 2019! A pretty fantastic group of volunteers is busy putting plans in place to make this event even better than last year's. We're adding more activities and bringing back all the favorites, including the 25-foot rock wall, giant inflatable hamster wheels and the glow dance party. Want to get involved as a volunteer? Email the campout team  here .

Sponsorship Opportunties
Last year, with the help of 49 generous sponsors, we raised over $100,000. The money raised enabled us to create and update the technology in the computer/collaboration lab, hire a math interventionist and enhance our hands-on, STEM-based workstations in the library. This year our goal is $125,000. I know we can do this. The sponsorship drive opened Monday, October 1. We have sponsorship levels from $500 up and many in-kind opportunities are available. Do you know of a business that would like to partner with Puster and have direct access to nearly 500 residents in our community?  Here  you can find the sponsorship packet for 2019. You can also let the leadership team know of potential sponsor opportunities by sending an email  here . Sponsorships aren't limited to businesses. As they did last year, sports teams and groups of families in neighborhoods can group together as a sponsor!


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
Veterans Day Program - November 12 - 8:15 am
All current and former members of the Armed Forces are invited to attend.
Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival
Save the Date! November 30 and December 1
The Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival is around the corner. Click here for updates on performance schedules, art galleries, and more!
Library Lowdown
Author Visit
Troy Cummings will be visiting Puster on Thursday, October 25. Mr. Cummings is an author and an illustrator, so he will be sharing his entire creative process with us. He will host three assemblies for large groups and then work with 4th graders in smaller groups later in the day. 
 
Tomorrow, Friday, October 19, is the LAST DAY to order books through Puster.  Follow this link to Revtrak  .
If you decide to send in cash, please ensure your student has exact change. We are not able to make change in the library.
Once the books arrive, we will keep them in the library until Mr. Cummings visits and autographs them. We will distribute the books as soon as possible-- hopefully that same day!
 
An Evening with the Author-- Last Day to Enter! Friday by NOON
Author Troy Cummings has graciously agreed to spend an evening with some Lovejoy ISD students and parents! Any student that would like to enter for a chance to spend the evening with the author and play Pictionary, needs to fill out the Google form linked below. Please make sure that your child is available to attend should their name be drawn. This event is limited to the student drawn and their parents. Due to space and budget constraints, siblings will not be able to attend.
Date: Tuesday, October 23rd
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Barksdale Williams House 780 Country Club Rd. Fairview, TX
Dinner: A meal will be provided.
 
 
Pumpkins
Thank you for submitting pumpkins for our Book Character Pumpkin Contest. The last day to enter a pumpkin in the contest is TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19. We will begin our voting process on Monday in the library. The creators of the three pumpkins with the most votes will receive a credit to the Spring Book Fair. We will display all pumpkins on a slideshow during Fall Family Fun Night. Thank you for working so hard and sharing your creativity!
PTA News
2018-2019 Reflections Competition
 
Celebrate the arts during the National PTA Reflections competition, where students can unleash their creative potential and share an interpretation of this years' theme,  "Heroes Around Me!"  Students may submit work in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Competition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Entries are reviewed at local, council, state, and national levels, and will be judged on how well the student uses their artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity.  Please click here  for more information regarding this program, and  click here for a copy of the student entry form . Entries are due on  Friday, November 2 , and can be turned in to the front office. Contact Alice Robison ( alicerobison@hotmail.com ) with any questions regarding the competition.
 
Reflections Link
 

 
Save Your Boxtops
Welcome back to school! Don't forget to save those box tops when you are back to school shopping. There is a new box top collection container in the school lobby that you can drop your box tops in. You can bring them with you to meet the teacher or when school starts again, just remember to put your teachers name on the bag or envelope so your class will get the credit for them for the fall contest. You can turn in all of your box tops in this container. You do not need to take them to your classroom any more (just don't forget to write your class on it). In November we get to see which grade brings in the most box tops and which class gets the box top trophy for bringing in the most!! Thank you for always keeping an eye out for box tops to earn money for our school.

 
Join PTA!
Go to this link: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/puster-pta-membership-only
District News
Circle of Partners
On behalf of Lovejoy ISD we would like to thank Reinhard Real Estate for participating in the Lovejoy ISD Circle of Partners . We thank Reinhard Real Estate for their support of Lovejoy ISD and the important value they place on the education of our children.

Reinhard Real Estate pledges 10% of gross commission to several non-profits including Lovejoy ISD. Their website can be found at   Reinhard Real Estate . Jeff and Terri Reinhard own Reinhard Real Estate. They are proud Puster parents to fourth grader Ben, and second grader Max.

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.
Drug Awareness Parent Presentation
Thursday, October 25
Our Unexpected Journey – Helping Parents Be Prepared

Susan Hoemke will be sharing her son Hayden's story and their dark journey through his downward spiral into drug use, addiction and legal issues. Their seemingly perfect family life came to an abrupt end when they found themselves uneducated about – and unprepared for – managing these issues. They lost their sweet, beloved son Hayden in 2014 just before his 23rd birthday. The Hoemke's experience was tragic, and one they wish no parent would have to experience. Sadly, many will and are today.

Mrs. Hoemke will bring some light to this darkness by sharing her experience in hopes of providing some information about how drug abuse can start, what to watch for, and tools to handle these situations, if they do occur. All parents in the district are invited to attend the presentation at Willow Springs Middle School in the Band Hall on Thursday, October 25 at 9:00 AM. You may click here for additional information.

Turkey Chess Tournament
Saturday, November 3rd
Register now for Lovejoy's 10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament. This is a five round USCF (United States Chess Federation) event that will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School. Click here to register.
Lovejoy High School Thirst Project Hosts Fundraiser
Tuesday, November 6
The Thirst Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the world water crisis. They raise money to provide clean and safe drinking water to those in developing countries, like Africa, India, and the Philippines.

The Lovejoy High School chapter of the thirst project is dedicated to helping out the millions of people facing the world water crisis. Throughout the year, the Lovejoy High School chapter will host events to raise money for the Thirst Project’s mission and raise community awareness.

You are invited to join the Lovejoy High School Thirst Project on Tuesday, November 6 at Wild Salsa for a fundraiser.  Click here to access the flyer to present at Wild Salsa. 20% of the proceeds will benefit The Lovejoy Thirst Project.

You may click here for additional information regarding the Lovejoy Thirst Project, and to donate.
Lovejoy Fine Arts News
WSMS Theatre
Save the Date! Saturday, October 20
Sebastian and Friends Sing-A-Long
Join Sebastian and his “Under the Sea” friends for a morning of singing your favorite Disney’s The Little Mermaid tunes! Meet the characters and enjoy fun activities with the cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. Click here for more information. Tickets $25 per student and can be purchased online at the Parent Payment Portal.
Garage Sale
Join the Band for the Lovejoy Community Garage Sale on October 27 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The event will be held in the back parking lot of Lovejoy High School by the tennis courts. You rent a spot, you keep the profits!  Click here to rent a spot or click here for additional information
WSMS Theatre and Choir Department
Presents The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Tickets on Sale Now! November 1, 2 and 3
The WSMS Theatre and Choir department will be presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.  Click here to purchase your tickets."
Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival
Save the Date! November 30 and December 1
The Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival is around the corner. Click here for updates on performance schedules, art galleries, and more!
Lovejoy Athletic News
2nd Annual Lovejoy Professional Network Golf Tournament
Friday, November 2nd
The Lovejoy Professional Network is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Lovejoy Professional Network Golf Tournament on Friday, November 2 from 1:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Heritage Ranch. This year the proceeds will benefit the Lovejoy family of Casey and Jamie Sullivan. Casey passed away earlier this year. He was an avid golfer, music lover, coach and proud father of Ainsley (9th), Ryder (8th) and Piper (4th).
 
The Lovejoy Professional Network’s goal is to fill the course with 144 golfers. The event will include a dinner with a silent auction and raffle giveaway. If you are unable to attend the tournament, you are invited to attend the celebration dinner for Casey. You may click here for details. Please contact Mark Urbin for additional information.