Puster Elementary Principal Message
November 16, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving! As a staff, we are so thankful of the partnership we have with our families to ensure the best possible school experience for your kids. I was able to hand out the appreciation letters to our staff this morning. This is one of the many days our staff looks forward to each year. Thank you for taking the time to write a small “Thanks”. It means so much for us to receive these letters.
If you’ve ever wondered how you can guarantee your child’s picture will be in the yearbook, you can send pictures to be included. Rhiannon Evans, our PTA Historian and yearbook coordinator, appreciates any pictures sent her way. She is currently needing pictures from the Thanksgiving Luncheon. You can send your pictures to  pusteryb@gmail.com  . 
I hope you enjoy your time with your families over the next week.
Pride in Puster,

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

HaT Hayy to Remember
November 19 - 23 - Thanksgiving Holiday
November 26 – Choir and Chess
November 27 - Spanish, Engineering K-1
November 28 – Starbooks Café 7:30 am
November 28 – Spanish, Engineering 2-4
November 29 – Puster Choir Tour
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
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.

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 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
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!

Volunteers are needed. Please take a moment to read this  flyer  to see if you can help.
Library Lowdown
Book Clubs
It is time for another round of book clubs! Because The Notebook of Doom series has been so popular at Puster, we are going to introduce some additional series to our readers. We have titles in each of the following series in our library, but you will want to purchase a copy of the selected book club book for your student so that he/she is able to fully participate and keep up with the reading assignments each week.
We will meet for three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We may not finish the books in that time frame, but we are hopeful that we will kindle some interest in the books and series in time for the holiday break.
Students will be encouraged to sign up on the library website with a simple Google form. Here is the plan for each club:
Second Grade:    Geronimo Stilton #1, The Discovery of America by Geronimo Stilton, meeting on Tuesdays during lunchtime
Third Grade:    Ranger in Time #4, Race to the South Pole by Kate Messner, meeting on Wednesdays during lunchtime
Fourth Grade   : Gregor the Overlander #1 by Suzanne Collins, meeting on Thursdays during lunchtime
The last day to sign up will be Friday, November 23.
Please contact Mrs. Smithwick with any questions.
Holiday Gift Ideas!
The response to our author visit with Troy Cummings has been positively overwhelming! Although the Puster Library has 26 copies of the Notebook of Doom series books, students are having to join a waiting list to check out any of these books. Need some gift ideas for your kiddos? The Notebook of Doom series would make a great gift that keeps on giving! Troy Cummings' new picture book Can I Be Your Dog? is a New York Times Bestseller. We highly recommend these books and will also work on putting together other suggestions for holiday gifts for your little learners. :)

Go to this link for information: https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00PMBHYYC/ref=st_afs_B072K65JSY
Makerspace Wishlist
Puster parents make dreams come true! Thank you to so many of you for the quick response to our Facebook post regarding makerspace wishlist items. These items are always popular and often are used up within just a few days. We will take any of these materials on a rolling basis. 
And if you've kept reading this far--thank you!-- we would love to make the holiday trees with magazines/catalogs again this year. Please keep us in mind before tossing your items into your recycle bin!
PTA News

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
New! SafeSchools App Now Available
SafeSchools has launched their new mobile application for anonymous reporting. You may click here for the SafeSchools Alert Mobile Application Download Instructions
New! Lovejoy Family Requests Assistance in Remembering Our Troops
The Heckman Family, with students at Puster Elementary and Sloan Creek Intermediate, is requesting your assistance in providing stuffed stockings to a military intelligence unit deployed in the Middle East. Click here for full details regarding how you may help.
New! Black Friday Shopping Benefits the Foundation
Friday, November 23
Stay home and do your Black Friday shopping on AmazonSmile. Did you know your purchases could make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/81-0625033
New! Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, November 27
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday, which is a perfect time to give a gift to the Foundation’s Annual Appeal campaign. If you haven’t made your gift this year, now is the time. Help us close the gap between the $181,500 already given and the $200,000 goal. Only $18,500 is needed. Follow the #GivingTuesday link to make your generous donation
Lovejoy Gifted Association
New! Senior Project Benefitting Archway Hospice Center
LHS Senior Amanda Gibson is asking for your help with her Senior Project:

“Hi, my name is Amanda Gibson and I am currently looking for donations. For my Senior Project, I am making fleece blankets for the Archway Hospice Center in Prestonwood. I am looking for fleece donations for blankets preferably 1 to 2 yards long. The donations may be dropped off at Lovejoy High School, attention Mrs. McClelland's room B124
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.
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

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
LHS Choir Provides Carol-O-Grams
Carol-O-Grams are singing telegrams provided by the LHS Choir. Lovejoy residents absolutely love and look forward to this event. Purchase a Carol-O-Gram as a holiday gift for someone within the Lovejoy ISD boundaries. Purchase one for your neighbor, or have your neighbor purchase one for a neighbor…Share a random act of kindness! Each Carol-O-Gram is $26 and you can order online by clicking here or by going to www.lovejoychoir.com/carol-o-grams . The order form and payment button is located on the webpage. Orders and payments must be received by Friday, November 16.
Lovejoy Fine Arts K.12
Save the Date! November 30 & December 1, 2018
The Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival is around the corner. The Festival team will need a great deal of donations and volunteers to make this year’s event a success. If you have a student in the visual or performing arts, please take time to review the following and lend your support. 

Student Volunteers: Sign up will begin on November 26.

Click here for updates on performance schedules, art galleries, and more.

Lovejoy Athletic News