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Puster Elementary Principal Message
October 3, 2019
Puster Families,

In case you missed it: Our VERY FIRST Heart of the Teacher Award was presented to Lynn Shambaugh, Reading Intervention teacher. Mrs. Shambaugh was surprised in her classroom earlier this week with a visit from Dr. Goddard and his administrative team as well as members of the school board. Mrs. Shambaugh is a fantastic role model for our students and staff members and exhibits characteristics of the LISD Graduate Profile: 

Intellectually Equipped
Open to the Challenges of Learning
Well-Rounded
Engaged in a Healthy Lifestyle
Fair and Respectful of Others
Works for Justice in the Community

We are #PusterProud of Mrs. Shambaugh!

This week’s read aloud with Mrs. Haynes is perfect to lead us into October and features a unique guest! Click here for tonight’s 20 minutes of reading! 

I wanted to let you know that I will be off campus Tuesday and Wednesday next week. We are moving homes...in the middle of the week...in the middle of football season. I don’t really know how this happened but here we are! It seems most of the best events in life don’t happen on our timing. I will be on campus in the afternoon both days and I will be checking my email in the evenings. Please don’t hesitate to call me if a need arises.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend ahead!

Puster Proud,
Holly

Dates to Remember



Friday, October 11 and
 Monday, October 14

October 4 - Reading with the Leopards
October 10 - Talent Show
October 11 and October 14 - Holiday
October 18 - Puster Pride Assembly
October 22 - Fall Family Fun Night
October 30 - Kindergarten Field Trip
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! We are finishing up our Codes and Ciphers unit in the Makerspace. Starting next week, we will be starting our unit on Space. Thank you for all of your help in making our makerspace the best that it can be through your wonderful donations! 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
It is the time of year again for our Book Pumpkin Decorating Contest! We are very excited to see what your students create!! 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.
Puster News
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
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
Puster Families, 

It's finally fall y'all! While we patiently wait for cooler weather, planning for Puster's fall family fun night is in full swing. This event is a family favorite that has everything from a midway with games and prizes, to bounce house fun, balloon artists, a cotton candy station, sno cones, a cookie walk, and more! Leave the dinner planning to us as we will have on site catering available for purchase from Mooyah Burgers. This event for all Puster families will be held rain or shine on Tuesday, October 22 @5:30pm:
Order Mooyah:  http://bit.ly/PESFFFN
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






2019-2020 Reflections Competition

Hey Y’all! It's that time of year again! You can unleash your creative potential by entering our PTA Reflections Competition. This year’s theme is “Look Within.”

You may submit an entry in one or all categories which include:

Dance Choreography - Film Production - Literature - Musical Composition - Photography - Visual Arts

Each category with have its own specific guidelines. Please review the guidelines prior to submitting your work by visiting  www.txpta.org/reflections . You can also visit the Reflections Gallery to see examples of previous entries. 

Submissions that meet requirements will be eligible for judging and advancement to the Lovejoy council level. Entries are due  Monday November 4th  and can be submitted in the Reflections bin at the front office. 

All participants are honored on the “Look Within” wall by the Think Tank, and participants with entries advancing to the next round will be recognized at a Spring Puster Pride!

Please email:  jinjuweiss@gmail.com  with additional questions.  
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


LoJo Glow Community Pep Rally
Thursday, October 3

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for the 1st Annual Black Light Community Pep Rally! Make plans to arrive early as seating is limited.

This is a free event provide by the Lovejoy Cheer program. Donations to the Lovejoy Cheer program are welcome.
 

Please note: The Blacklight Pep Rally scheduled for October 4 will be held as scheduled at Lovejoy High School during school hours.

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

Majestics Fundraiser
Homecoming Mums and Garters
On Sale at Lovejoy High School

Lovejoy Preschool PTA Open House

LLI 11th Annual Golf Tournament
This event brings all Athletic Booster Clubs together to raise funds to support Student Athletes across all Lovejoy Sports. We hope to see you there!


Pink Out Pep Rally and Football Game T-Shirts
Benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Lovejoy High School Band Fundraiser
Homecoming Blackout T-Shirts

Soccer Fundraiser

City of Lucas Farmers Market

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

Taste of Fairview Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

Lovejoy Professional Network Charity Benefit Golf Tournament

Running Over Depression

Leopard Baseball Buddy League

Mountain Bike Team

Lovejoy High School Cheer Fundraiser

News from Collin College



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