Puster Elementary Principal Message
November 1, 2018
Puster Parents,

It's really hard to believe we are headed toward the holiday season. We have our Thanksgiving Luncheon next week. It's always great to have families on campus to kick off the holidays.

Veteran's Day is being observed on November 12. Our Puster Pride Choir will be performing their Veteran's Day program that morning and we would love to have you in attendance as we honor those who have served our country. I would like to continue to create a veteran's wall at Puster. If you have a veteran you would like to honor and include in our wall, we would love to have you share a picture and a short introduction. I will have teachers email a template home in the next day or two for you to attach a picture and write the introduction. Bring those to the front desk and we will make sure your veteran is honored. If you have participated in the past, I still have your picture and introduction and will automatically include your past submission in our wall. We will begin putting our wall up on Monday.

Finally, don't forget to turn in your letter to let our teachers know how much they are appreciated. We have cards and envelopes at the front desk if you would like to stop by to grab one. Our Lovejoy Letter Campaign is a tradition to allow families to show thanks to their child's teachers, both past and present. These will be given to teachers before they leave for Thanksgiving break. You can drop your letter off at the front desk. Our goal is have at least one letter for every staff member on our campus.

Have a great weekend!

Pride in Puster,

Follow Mr. Parker on Twitter @peskevinparker and follow what's happening on our campus @pusterlearners.  
Dates to Remember

November 2 - Picture Retakes
November 2 - Reading with the Leopards
November 5 – Choir and Chess
November 6 – Engineering K-1 and Spanish
November 7 – Engineering 2-4 and Spanish
November 8 – Puster Thanksgiving Lunch
November 12 – Veterans Day Program 8:15 am
November 12 – Choir and Chess
November 19 - 23 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Denim and Diamonds
The Party
Saturday, February 2
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools is planning a great party on February 2. Everyone is invited to participate. The Party is being held at the Marriott Legacy in Plano at 7:30 PM. There are no reserved tables this year. Buy your ticket and come have fun trying our new food stations, music, drinks, a poker tournament, casino games and live and silent auctions. Click here for additional information.
We need your help to make The Party a success. Sponsorships are needed to pay for the cost of the venue, food, etc. so that proceeds from the event will go directly to support Lovejoy schools. Click here and here for details. Your donations are needed for the silent and live auctions. Vacations, parties, fun items, restaurant gift cards, etc. are needed. Click here for details. You may visit the Foundation website for additional information.
Thank you in advance for making this the best Denim & Diamonds party we’ve ever had.
New Date! Men’s Tailgate Tournament
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 PM
Tickets on sale now!
Gentlemen, please plan to join the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools for food, beer, and a double elimination cornhole tournament, guaranteeing all players two games. The tournament will be at the home of John and Kris Dunaway on Wednesday, November 7. 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 for additional information and click here to register.
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.

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

Puster Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
Join us on Thursday, November 8 th for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Lunch times will follow.
Jennie-O Oven Roasted Turkey & Gravy
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Savory Green Beans
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Fresh Yeast Rolls
Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule:
4th Grade: 10:30-11:10
1st Grade: 11:00-11:40
Pre-K: 11:15-12:00 (in the classroom)
Kinder: 11:30-12:10
3rd Grade: 12:00-12:40
2nd Grade: 12:30-1:10

Veterans Day Program - Monday, November 12 8:15AM
Puster Elementary invites all veterans and their families to join us for a special program honoring the men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces. We thank you for your brave service to our country. If you have questions please contact  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net
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
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
Thank You Notes, Ways to Win!
We had a wonderful author visit last week with Troy Cummings. Thank you to Puster PTA for sponsoring this tremendously successful experience! Before he left Puster, Mr. Cummings autographed all of the drawings he made while he was here as well as the wall displays that Puster students and parent volunteers prepared for the visit. Students who write and submit a thank you letter or card by end of the day this Friday, November 2, will be entered in a drawing to win a poster/wall display. We have been advertising this all week on the Puster News Show and have received a few thank yous already!
George and Agatha-- We need your help!
George and Agatha, the library bunnies, are yearning for a vacation! We would like to move them off campus for a couple of weeks in November (from the 12th to the 23rd). If you are able to help by providing a space for them, please contact Mrs. Smithwick right away. The rabbits currently live in a large chicken coop in the library. They are very gentle with children. When they are safely inside their home, they do not seem to be bothered by dogs. The entire coop can be moved, or the rabbits can be kept in a temporary pen (provided by the library). George and Agatha are accustomed to indoor life and would not tolerate outdoor conditions well. They are happiest when together and just need a simple diet of hay, fresh greens, rabbit pellets, and fresh water. A care package of food and supplies will be provided. The rabbits can be moved back in to the library after the Thanksgiving Break.
If you've been considering pets, this would be a great trial run for you and your family! Please contact Mrs. Smithwick if you can help.
Winning Pumpkins
Thanks again to all of the pumpkin contest participants. Students voted last week, and the three most popular pumpkins are pictured below. Winners will receive a credit to the spring book fair. And thank you for responding to our pumpkin SOS so quickly! We were sad to see some of the pumpkins deteriorate. Pictures of all of the pumpkins can be seen in the slideshow located on the library page:  https://goo.gl/WejPSm
PTA News
2018-2019 Reflections Competition Deadline Extended to Friday, November 9!
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 9 , 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.
Lovejoy Letter Campaign
A Message from the Lovejoy Letter Liaison
Dear Campus Families:
We need your help to let our teachers and staff know how much our Lovejoy ISD community values them and the impact they have on our children! Teachers’ salaries include a 1 ½% payment (annual compensation) on the Friday before Thanksgiving break. In addition to the payment the staff receives, we would like to include a handwritten letter from Lovejoy families expressing gratitude and appreciation to each teacher and staff member on our campuses.
We would be so grateful if you would write a letter or letter(s) to any teacher(s) or staff member(s), either current or past, who have played a valuable role in your child(ren)’s educational experience. Please clearly label the envelope with the teacher’s/staff name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign) and return it to the front office of the applicable school by Friday, November 9.
The letter campaign has become a meaningful Lovejoy tradition. We appreciate the time and effort your contributions will make to this year’s letter campaign. Remember #shortandsweet #showappreciation.
Lovejoy Letter Liaison
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.
Buddy Walk
Sunday, November 4
Jonathan McGill is a 3rd grade student at Lovejoy Elementary and has Down Syndrome. His family is working to raise money for the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas . This organization provides support to people with Down Syndrome, their families, and the community. The McGill family will be participating in the Down Syndrome Guild’s largest fundraiser, the Buddy Walk, on November 4 at Fair Park. The purpose of the Buddy Walk is to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome while raising funds. Please click here if you would like to support the McGill family and the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas. 
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.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Bernstein Beat
Saturday, November 10
T he Dallas Symphony Orchestra invites all staff, students, and families to a special Leonard Bernstein concert on Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 AM at the Meyerson Symphony Center. You may reserve up to 4 free tickets by using the promo code LOVEJOYBEAT. Click here to reserve your tickets. This promo code is valid only for the November 10 performance of The Bernstein Beat
Veterans Appreciation Dinner  
Monday, November 12
Lovejoy High School Fall Blood Drive
Tuesday, November 13
Lovejoy High School will host a blood drive on November 13. The Blood Drive will be run by the Red Cross and is open to LHS students (16 and older), staff members, parents, and community members. The drive will be held from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the LHS Auxiliary Gym. Pre-registration is not required. A parent signature is required for 16 and 17 year olds to donate.
Every person who donates blood has the potential to save three lives.

Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals
Parent Information Sessions
December 3 and 12

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

December 3 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
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
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.