Puster Elementary Principal Message
December 6, 2018
The weather this weekend is looking frightful. It will be too conducive for a Star Party. Therefore, we are cancelling our star gazing party Friday night and will look for an evening in the Spring where we can invite the Texas Astronomical Society back out with their telescopes. 
 
Bundle up and stay warm and dry.

Pride in Puster
Kevin
Safety Crews - Sign up ends tomorrow!
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:  https://goo.gl/forms/9ZX3iXNFSmgc5Xxk2 . If you have questions, please email Mrs. Haynes at  holly_haynes@lovejoyisd.net
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


December 5 – Spanish and Engineering
December 7 – Star Party 6:30 – 8:30 - Canceled until Spring
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

Denim and Diamonds
The Party - We Need Your Help
We need your help to make this year’s Denim and Diamonds the best yet. How can you help?

Sponsor – the goal is to raise $100,000 in sponsorships. There are many levels available. Click here for options and/or contact The Party Chairperson, Kelli Litchenburg for additional information.

Donate – trips, parties, and fun items are needed for the silent and live auctions. Click here for the donation form. Please note – the donation deadline has been extended
Purchase Tickets – Tickets are on sale now for $135 and will increase to $150 tomorrow. Click here to buy your tickets today!
Kendra Scott Gives Back Party
Thursday, December 13
Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Puster News

After School Spanish for Spring 2019
New Security Procedures
Driver's License must be presented and scanned with every visit and student sign out, no exceptions.

Absences
If your child is going to be absent please e-mail Kendra Card at:

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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:

https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1792372/Robert-L-Puster-Elementary-School/
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
Library Lowdown
Celebrating December in our School Community
Thanks to the creative talents of Mrs. Peabody, we have a special display outside of our library walls. It is snowflake themed and says "No two are alike. December in my house looks like..." We would love for Puster families to send in a snapshot of an activity, tradition, or celebration in your home that happens in December. We know that Christmas is just one of the special holidays celebrated this month. We'd love to showcase families who are participating in Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other festivities. This is a great way to share and appreciate our many cultures and heritages at Puster. Please consider sending a 3x5 printout or an email to  emily_peabody@lovejoyisd.net . Thank you!

 
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
Makerspace
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!
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
New! LHS School Store Offers Special Holiday Shopping Night
December 12
Are you looking for spirit wear for people on your holiday shopping list, but don’t have time to shop during school hours? You are in luck! The LHS School Store will be open from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 12. We hope you will join us for the special shopping event.
 
Don’t forget… 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.
 
All Gildan and Comfort Color Short-Sleeved T-Shirts – 50% off!
BrightBytes Newsletter Info
Lovejoy ISD is partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use and the impact it has on instruction. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Technology & Learning questionnaire. This is a semi-annual initiative, and your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of the role technology plays in your students’ learning.
Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy.
Puster Parents, go to this link: 
http://www.bbyt.es/BR3XP
City of Lucas Hosts Santa’s Workshop
December 7
The City of Lucas invites you to join them for Santa’s Workshop on Friday, December 7 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at City Hall. Click here for details.
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.
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 12

Parent Information Sessions regarding Gifted and Talented (G/T) referrals will be held as follows:


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 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.