Puster Elementary Principal Message
November 14, 2019
Puster Families,

Tomorrow is the last day to turn in “Thankful” letters for Puster staff members. This is such a special tradition! During our recent move I came across several envelopes of letters I received as a teacher at Hart. Of course, I had to read every single one (a nice distraction from packing) and it warmed my heart all over again. Of all of the thoughtful gifts our staff members receive, the sweet notes and cards from our students and parents are the most special. Students may turn their cards and letters into the front office through tomorrow 11/15. 

This year, we have changed and added a few before/after school opportunities. Your input helps guide our decisions for future programming. As we plan for the 2nd semester, we need your help! If your child participates in a before/after school activity, we would greatly appreciate your input on your child’s experience so far: Puster Before/After School Programs 19/20

It’s looking to be a fabulous weekend in Lovejoy sports! This Friday, my family will either be at a baseball playoff game for my son (pending a win tonight) or at the Lovejoy football playoff game. Maybe I’ll see you there! 

Puster Proud,
Holly
Dates to Remember
November 18 - Author Visit
November 22 - Puster Pride Assembly
November 25 - 29 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 5 - PES Choir Tour
December 7 - Fine Arts Festival
December 10 - PES Choir to Heritage Ranch
December 18 - Author Visit
December 19 - Ned's Kindness Adventure Assembly
December 19 - Early Release
December 20 - January 3 - Christmas Holiday
January 9 - Spelling Bee
Counselor Corner
Parents,

Most of you know I am a children's book author. This fall I had 2 new books come out. They are titled How Did You Miss That? on self-monitoring and Stress Stinks. My books are normally $11.85 (including tax). Lovejoy families get a discount making them $10 each. Feel free to look at all 15 of my books and order some through my website at  authorbryansmith.weebly.com . You can pay through Paypal ( bryansmith616@gmail.com ) or Venmo (bryansmith616). I also take cash and checks. If you order, I will autograph them and deliver them to your child at school. Feel free to call or email with any questions.  
  
Bryan Smith
Puster Elementary
Counselor
469-742-8228
Safety and Security
If you hear your children discussing a puppet named Safety Sam it's because our wonderful Art Teacher, Mr. R. and I have started "The Safety Sam Show!". It's a puppet show that focuses on our R time lessons (Respect, Responsibility, etc.) in conjunction with safety and security. The show is put on once a month and displayed to the whole campus during morning announcements. Have a conversation with your kiddos about the show!

Safety Stars - We recently had safety and security stickers made that we hand out to any student that exemplifies safety and/or security in their everyday school tasks. These have turned out to be highly coveted stickers, so encourage your children to be safety stars in all things!

The Lovejoy ISD Safety and Security team will be hosting future training classes on Stop The Bleed and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE). Classes are being scheduled and open enrollment for those will be forthcoming. 

Jose Segura - Campus Security
Library News
Hello Parents!

This week we discussed weather in 4th grade and we are finishing up our Space unit in the Makerspace 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. Starting the week after Thanksgiving Break, we will start our next unit, Inventors and Inventions!

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
Have a great weekend! 
Naomi Emory, L.M.S.
Puster Elementary
Puster News
Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival

The Festival will need volunteers (parents from any campus can volunteer - it is not limited to the LHS campus) and donations of both chili and baked goods.  
Go to this link for more information:

Please go to the Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts website and find more information for the Fine Arts Festival, schedules, volunteering, and making a donation. If you need additional information for this year's Festival , please contact Fela Mathy at  fela_mathy@lovejoyisd.net .      Fine Arts Festival website:   https://tinyurl.com/LISDFestival2019   
Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival - Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7
  • https://tinyurl.com/LISDFineArtsFestival2019
  • Performances and PreK-12th grade student work on display Friday AND Saturday
  • Puster Pride Choir performs at 10:30am in the LHS gym
  • ALL Puster students will have artwork up in the Auxiliary gym Friday (6-7pm) and Saturday (10am-5pm)
Let's Camp Y'all! 

Amazing Puster Families: Mark your calendars, grab your tents and prepare to make memories! Puster Campout is on Friday, May 1, 2020! Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities, registration information and many more details to come! If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email:  PusterCampout2020@gmail.com  or contact Christian Pruitt directly at 214-458-1449. #WeCampWeCare 
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
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

LHS Visual Arts Campus Exhibition

Join us as we celebrate the fourth annual LHS Campus Exhibition Monday, November 11th. We are excited to celebrate 55 thoughtfully selected works that exemplify the variety of vision, voice, and process our students take on in our LJVA studios. The work juried for this show was chosen from all levels of study in the LHS Visual Art program as examples of excellence and innovation by our LJVA Gallery Managers; Kiley Boots , McKenna Christiansen , Grace Flinchbaugh , and  Hunter Ruiz . We invite you to come and see this wonderful selection of works and meet the artists from 6 - 8 pm Monday, November 11th in the LHS Gallery. If you are unable to join us on the 11th, we would love for you to come by and see the exhibition during school hours until November 18th.  
2019-2020  Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals
The PowerSchool Referral form opens December 2, 2019
Referrals due by January 10, 2020
Testing: January 25 & February 1, 2020
 
Testing will be at Lovejoy Elementary School by appointment only.
Parents must complete the referral form in PowerSchool.
Willow Springs Middle School Presents Annie Jr.
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:

Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety. In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district’s website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We will also announce any closure through the media and through a special edition of Message from Mike. Links to our social media accounts are listed at the end of this communication.

Senior Judges Needed!

Lovejoy Letter Campaign

Football Playoff T-Shirts

LJVA Campus Exhibition

Lovejoy Student Council Veterans Day Banquet

Kindergarten G/T Referrals

Soccer Fundraiser

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

Willow Springs Middle School Presents Annie Jr.

Senior Project! Running Over Depression

Safety and Security Training

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center Fundraiser

Kindergarten G/T Referrals Open
Lovejoy High School Cheer Fundraiser
Holiday Poinsettias for Sale

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run

Turn Lucas Green

News from Collin College



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