Puster Elementary Principal Message
November 29, 2018
The holiday season is special time of year in LISD. I hope you get to take advantage of our Fine Arts Festival this weekend at LHS. If you have had trouble getting into the holiday spirit, this is a great opportunity to get a jump start. Every elementary student in the district will have a piece of art on display and all of our performing arts groups (choir, band, orchestra, etc.) will be performing throughout the day. Our very own Puster Pride Choir will start everything off Saturday morning at 10:00 in the main gym. A complete list of events can be found below.

Many of you have asked if we had any ideas to help out less fortunate families during the holiday season. We have two opportunities to extend a generous hand we would like to offer if you are interested. The Heckman family, who have children at PES and SCIS are collecting items to send to troops who cannot be home for the holidays. More information can be found below. Our PTA has partnered us with another school in East McKinney. Burks Elementary has five families who are especially in need of items for Christmas. If you would like to “adopt” a family or a child in the family, you may access their wishes by clicking here.

Every Christmas season, my family enjoys the tradition of a holiday play or concert. Last year we were able to experience the “Gift of Christmas” at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano which we will do again this year. Please accept my wishes for your family to create memories you will always have this holiday season.

Lovejoy Fine Arts Festival
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!
Please take a moment to read this  flyer  to see if you can help.
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.
Dates to Remember

November 29 – Puster Choir Tour
November 30 – Reading with the Leopards
November 30 – December 1 – Fine Arts Festival
December 3 – PTA Board Meeting
December 3 – Chess and Choir
December 4 – Spanish and Engineering
December 5 – Spanish and Engineering
December 7 – Star Party 6:30 – 8:30
December 10 – Choir and Chess
December 11 – Spanish and Engineering
December 12 – Spanish and Engineering
December 17 – Choir
December 18 – 4 th Grade Field Trip
December 19 – Early Release @ 12:00
December 19 – Puster Pride Assembly @ 8:15 am
December 19 – Christmas Parties @ 10:45 am
December 20 – January 4, 2019 – Christmas Break

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

New! Foundation’s Annual Appeal Reaches $185,200
If you have not yet made your gift to the Foundation, please help us close the gap to reach our $200,000 goal. The money raised impacts the education of every Lovejoy student. You may click here to donate. All gifts are tax deductible.

Denim and Diamonds
The Party - We Need Your Help
Donations are needed for the silent and online auctions. The online auction will be different this year. A few of the big items will be in the silent auction at the event, but most of the items will be online, so that everyone will have the opportunity to bid. What can you donate? Here are some ideas:

-Perhaps you have a vacation home that you could share for a week,
-Create a fun experience - in the past we have had Crawfish boils, private dinners with live entertainment, fishing excursions, hunting excursions, etc. 
-A business service,
-Restaurant gift cards (over $25 please)

You may click here for the donation form. Donation form. For questions, please contact Kelli Litchenburg or Vicki Deerman .

Don’t miss The Party. Click here to purchase tickets. 

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:

Star Party December 7
Over the past 4 years, we have partnered with the Texas Astronomical Society to provide the Puster community an opportunity to view celestial objects through the use of their telescopes. We are very pleased to offer to another Star Party on Friday, December 7. If you would like to stop by between 6:30-8:30 pm, we would love to provide you with a cup of hot chocolate and an opportunity to star/planet gaze. This is a free come and go event and is dependent upon cloud cover. Parking will be available in the front parking lot. You will enter through the front doors and make your way to the courtyard and on to the playground where the telescopes will be set up. Hope to see you here!
Yearbook Sales!
Order your yearbook today! The cost is $25 through Feb. 10. Starting Feb. 11 the price will increase to $30. Yearbooks sales end April 3. Go to this link to order your yearbook:

Safety Crews
It's time to get our Safety Crews organized for the second semester! This sign up is for second semester (Jan. - May). If your child participated first semester, they are still welcome to sign up again! Responses are due by Friday, 12/7. Please follow this link to sign up and for detailed information: 


 If you have questions, please email Mrs. Haynes at  holly_haynes@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
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

Holiday Gift Ideas!
  Looking for ideas for gifts for your kids? Here are some of the MOST POPULAR series in our library right now:
The Notebook of Doom, Troy Cummings
Geronimo Stilton or Thea Stilton, Geronimo Stilton
Ranger in Time, Kate Messner
Gregor the Overlander, Suzanne Collins
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
The Princess in Black, Shannon Hale
The Land of Stories, Chris Colfer
Dragon Masters, Tracey West
Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey
Who Would Win?, Jerry Palotta
Dog Man, Dav Pilkey
The Babysitters Club Graphic Novels, Raina Telgemeier
Would you like ideas from our Makerspace? Follow this link to the library webpage to see some of our most popular activities.
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!
It's time to apply for the Puster News Crew!
If your fourth grader is interested in becoming a member of our announcement production team, he/she can apply NOW on the library website. The application will take a few minutes and is an opportunity to make a positive first impression-- much like a real job application! Once the application is submitted, Mrs. Smithwick will arrange audition appointment times and communicate those to students. The deadline to apply for the news crew is Wednesday, December 12 (midnight). Auditions will take place the last few days before the holiday break.
Follow this link to the application:
Bluebonnet Pancake Breakfast, Deadline Approaching
Third and fourth grade teachers have been supporting their students in preparing for Bluebonnet Award voting. Book nominees have been highlighted in the library throughout the first semester, and announcements have been made throughout the past couple of months about how to participate. Third and fourth graders who have read and reviewed (on Destiny, the library catalog system) five Bluebonnet nominees by Friday, January 18 will be invited to a special pancake breakfast and opportunity to vote for their favorite Bluebonnet book. The breakfast is tentatively set for Friday, January 25 at 7:30am.
If you would like to see the list of nominees, follow this link: 
Hour of Code-- Coming Soon! Library Volunteers Needed
Puster students and teachers will be participating in the Hour of Code in January 2019. This is a special opportunity is a one-hour introduction to computer science. Computer science is changing every industry on the planet. Computer science concepts also help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills to prepare students for any future career. We will be working with students in the both the PC Lab and the Collaboratory during the week of January 14-18. Mrs. Smithwick and Mrs. Peabody will be collaborating with the classroom teachers to provide some unique experiences. Makerspace will be closed that week, but we would LOVE to have our circulation be uninterrupted. If you love the library and would be willing to work at the circulation desk and support students during the week of January 14-18, please reach out to Emily Peabody or Alison Smithwick to volunteer. 
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
Open House for Prospective Families
Do you have friends, family members, or co-workers interested in Lovejoy ISD? Lovejoy ISD will host an Open House for prospective families in conjunction with the annual Fine Arts festival on Saturday, December 1. Open House events will be held at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Interested families can:  
  • Learn about the Lovejoy Pre-K-12 academic, fine arts and athletic programs.
  • Visit with students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
  • Meet personally with elementary, intermediate, middle, and high school principals.
  • Tour Lovejoy High School.
  • Enjoy our Fine Arts Festival with our award-winning visual and performing arts students and teachers. 
We hope you will help us share this information. Any family interested in attending the Open House may email  Stacey Dillon  , Assistant to the Superintendent, for additional information, or to register for the event. You may also contact Stacey by phone at 469.742.8003.
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! School Store T-Shirt Sale
The school stores, located at Lovejoy High School and Willow Springs Middle School, are getting ready for the cooler weather. Don’t miss special sales as they make room for the new season. Be sure to stop by the LHS Store on December 1st during the Fine Arts Festival. The store will be open 10:00-2:00.
All Gildan and Comfort Color Short-Sleeved T-Shirts – 50% off!
Light the World
The Allen Christmas Nativity Exhibit
November 29, 30 and December 1
The Lovejoy Community is invited to attend the Light the World event featuring the Lovejoy Children’s Choir, Willow Springs Middle School Choir, and Lovejoy High School A Cappella.  Click here for details .
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.
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 Jones Solar and Roofing for participating in the Lovejoy ISD Circle of Partners . We thank Jones Solar and Roofing for their support of Lovejoy ISD and the important value they place on the education of our children.

Chadd Jones of Jones Solar and Roofing is pledging 10% of their profits on roofing and solar work completed in the Lovejoy ISD. Jones Solar and Roofing provides free inspections of your residential or commercial roof and property. They also offer free estimates on Solar/ Battery and Energy Efficiency upgrades to your home or business. Their website is: https://jonessolar.com/ or you may reach them by phone at 214.412.7444 for residential or commercial properties. Members of his family have been supporters of the Lovejoy ISD since 1979. Chadd and Liesl Thompson Jones are the proud parents of Puster Elementary 1st grader Maxwell.

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.

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
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
BYOP® Volleyball Winter and Spring Sessions
Early BYOP® - registration ends December 24, 2018

BYOP® Program Overview: This training program is designed for any volleyball player, no matter what skill or ability level, as long as their goal is to become the best they can be. Parents must be fully dedicated to being actively involved in this program. BYOP® will provide excellent volleyball fundamental skills training, as well as life lessons to both player and parent.
BYOP® Program Details :
Each training session will build upon a solid foundation of all fundamental skills needed to participate in the sport of volleyball. Parents must be engaged in every training session and involved in the home training program involving physical and skills activities.