Puster Elementary Principal Message
November 8, 2018
 Thanksgiving Lunch is a special day each year at Puster. Today was a great way to start the holiday season. As good as the food was, and it was fantastic, it was great to see the fellowship among families. 
We tried a new “Fast Pass” system today to sign in our guests. If you have any feedback, we would love to hear from you. Please email me directly with any comments. 
We will have our Veterans’ Day assembly at 8:15 am on Monday. If you are attending and would like to utilize the “Fast Pass” system, see more information below. 
I hope to see you at the football game and/or volleyball games this weekend. Go Leopards!

Pride in Puster,

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

With the increased security measures the district is taking to ensure the highest level of safety on campuses, we will be asking all family and friends who attend the Veterans’ Day Assembly to follow standard procedures and sign in when they arrive on campus next Monday, November 12.
Our system will allow us to pre-print a visitor sticker for you if you have already used our new sign-in system this year. By doing this, you may skip the line by requesting a “Fast Pass” prior to next Monday. If you have not signed in with us yet this year and would like to use the “Fast Pass” option, you can stop by the campus before the end of the day on Friday, November 9, to sign in. Please use the link below to request your “Fast Pass”.

All visitors will be required to show their driver’s license regardless of if you use the “Fast Pass” option or not.

Thank you in advance for helping us take care of our most prized possession at Puster, your kids.

Dates to Remember
November 8 – Puster Thanksgiving Lunch
November 12 – Veterans Day Program 8:15 am
November 12 – Choir and Chess
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:

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!

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.
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
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! Volunteers Needed for the Samaritan Inn Opening
The Samaritan Inn stands on the goal line of opening their new facility that will ensure continued support for Collin County families in need of a hand up for getting back on their feet. The ribbon cutting is scheduled on Tuesday, November 13. 

While the staff has been turning their attention to the massive cleaning project, it is unfortunately taking them away from their daily duties. Extra Hearts and Hands are needed to volunteer from November 8 – 12. If you or someone/group you know may be interested in helping, please contact Cheryl Spofford in the Samaritan Inn’s Volunteer Department. Cheryl may be reached at: cspofford@saminn.org
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.
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
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
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
Lovejoy Gridiron Club Play-off T-Shirts
The Lovejoy Football Gridiron Club is selling 2018 Leopard Football play-off t-shirts. The deadline to order is Tuesday, November 13 at noon. The shirts will be distributed on Thursday at the multi-purpose building turf area at 5:30 PM. You may pay by (check, cash, paypal). You may turn in the order form to the Lovejoy High School School Store or to any Gridiron Club Officer (Nate Rainey, Tony Iovinelli, Lauri Pool and Travis Droupy). You may email gridironclub13@gmail.com with question. The PayPal link is: http://lovejoyfootball.com/index.php/gridiron-club/paypal .