Puster Elementary Principal Message
October 24, 2019
Puster Families,

It was truly a joy to see so many of you at our Fall Family Fun Night earlier this week!

You may have noticed a new addition to our big playground. Last spring, our campus was awarded a grant to purchase playground stencils and paint for both playgrounds. Last weekend, Eagle Scout Karson Templin organized a group to get the first project done (pictured above). We have another Eagle Scout who will be working to place stencils on the kinder/pre-k playground in the spring. We are thankful for the Lovejoy Foundation who provides enhancements like this to our campuses each year. For more information on how the Foundation grants have benefited Puster, click here to view a short interview session I had with two Puster students this week. 

This week, all students participated in a lunchtime practice lockdown drill. We want students to know exactly what to do should we ever go into lockdown during any part of their day. Please feel free to ask your child if he/she knows the plan when they are in the lunchroom.

Next week is Red Ribbon Week and our ACO coin drive. Please see additional details below. 

I hope you and your families enjoy this cool fall weekend!

Puster Proud,
Holly

Dates to Remember



Student Holiday - November 1
October 30 - Kindergarten Field Trip
October 30 - Starbooks Cafe
November 1 - Student Holiday
November 6 - Picture Make Ups
November 7 - Thanksgiving Lunch
November 11 - Veteran's Day Program
November 25 - 29 Thanksgiving Holiday
Counselor Corner
Parents ,

My publisher, Boys Town Press, has created a fun activity to do with your family to help celebrate Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 26th. They have asked that Puster Elementary get started on this first so we can be an example for other schools across the country. Please work with your family and determine something you can do to make a difference on October 26.. Write this idea on the attached heart and return to school by Wednesday, October 9th. For examples and more information, please see the 2 attachments. We will put these on our main bulletin board in the hallway. Thanks for making a difference. 

Go to this link for more information:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QjAA0HG4iL1YJbRO6dDgxggDrN8-jIlb/view?usp=sharing

Bryan Smith - Puster Counselor
469-742-8228
Library News
Hello Parents!
We have had another great week in the library! This week we talked about renewable and nonrenewable resources in 1st-3rd grades! Thank you for your donations towards our makerspace units, they have been greatly appreciated. Below are the items that we are still needing if you are wanting to donate.

Items for Makerspace:
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Index cards
  • Unused paper plates
  • Plastic straws
  • Dot Stickers
  • Construction Paper
  • String
  • Unused Paper Cups
  • Ink Pads
  • Balloons
  • Straws
  • Water Bottles
  • Tooth Picks
It is the time of year again for our Book Pumpkin Decorating Contest! There have been several amazing creations brought in so far!! You and your family will have until next Wednesday to bring your pumpkins in before voting on Thursday! Please see the below graphic for more information.

In November we will be having a very talented author come to visit! His name is Michael Patrick O'Neill and he is an ocean photographer. For more information see the school website, mentioned in the below graphic.
Have a great weekend!
Naomi Emory, L.M.S.
Puster Elementary

Puster News
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PUSTER HONORS OUR VETERANS - Monday, November 11 8:15am

We invite all veterans to join us as we celebrate your service to our country Monday, November 11 at 8:15am. The 2nd graders will perform songs to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces.  
  • A wall of honor will be on display in the atrium. If you would like to see YOUR veteran on the wall please print out and send in this Veterans Day Form. If you submitted one last year we still have it and will include it in our display.
  • Veterans are also invited to join us for lunch Monday, November 11. We will have regular lunch times in each grade level.
If you have any questions please contact  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net
Field Day shirts were sent home on Wed, Oct 23rd. Please check your child's backpack. 

If you missed last month's deadline and would like to purchase a Field Day/Class shirt, we currently are accepting orders through 10/31/19. Click here to purchase:  https://puster-field-day-shirt-2019-20.cheddarup.com

**Kindergarten orders will not arrive before the kinder field trip.
Rudolph Run

Puster Families! I would love for yall to join Coach Johns and I in the Rudolph Run 5k & Donner Dash on Saturday December 7th off Main street in Downtown Allen.
 How to Register: Please Register by November 17
Step 1: Go to LifeInAllen.org/RudolphRun 
Donner Dash: Registration #12192
Rudolph Run 5K: Registration #12193

Note: Please register under the online school link and include your child’s homeroom teacher/ PE teacher names. By registering online you are agreeing that you will pick up your race packet on one of the pickup dates. 
Step 2: Packet Pick up dates

11:00Am- 6:30Pm on Wednesday December 4th or Thursday December 5th at Allen Parks and Recreation Administration Building (301 CenturyParkway - Allen). Packets will also be available to pick up on race day starting at 7:00Am.

Go to this link for more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XyRvG7tKjf4x2Oa1jvSiQaymCc2FIv5j/view?usp=sharing

I hope to see you there!
Coach Bailey
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
The PTA general meeting and “Parenting the Digital Generation” Presentation, Monday November 4th at 11am.
The Puster PTA will hold a general PTA meeting on Monday November 4 in the Think Tank, across from the library, beginning at 11:00 am. Immediately following the meeting we will have a parent presentation from Summar Thomas-Mosby from the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center.  
What you will learn in this informative presentation:
·         How to protect children as they navigate the digital world.
·         The four biggest risks for children online and helpful conversations about those risks to have with your children.
·         Recommendations on how to utilize technology to better protect your children.
Summar Thomas-Mosby
Community Educator
2205 Los Rios Blvd.; Plano, TX 75074
P: 972.633.6743 | C: 682.319.4476
www.caccollincounty.org






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.


October Student Nutrition Newsletter:


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

Safety and Security Training
Lovejoy ISD is offering “Stop the Bleed” and “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” trainings during the month of November. You are invited to join us for this training which is applicable and practical for all community members.

Stop the Bleed
November 19, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events
November 21, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall

For additional information, please visit our Community News Page.



Lovejoy ISD Community News
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:

Senior Judges Needed!

Register Now! 10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament

Varsity Football Tickets Available Through School Store

Parking Information for Home Football Games

2019-2020 PTA Reflections Contest – Look Within

LISD SAT Prep Class

Softball Fundraiser

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Men’s Tailgate Party and Cornhole Tournament

Taste of Fairview Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

Red Ribbon Night at Allen Americans

Lovejoy Gifted Association Coding Event

Lovejoy Professional Network Charity Benefit Golf Tournament

Senior Project! Boys Wrestling Camp

STEM Design Your World Conference for Girls

City of Lucas Farmers Market

Senior Project! Girls Wrestling Camp

Senior Project! Running Over Depression

Safety and Security Training

Leopard Baseball Buddy League

Mountain Bike Team

Lovejoy High School Cheer Fundraiser
Holiday Poinsettias for Sale

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run

News from Collin College



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