Puster Elementary Principal Message
February 21, 2019
If you haven’t already done so, take a look below at the CANgineering competition being held at the STEM Festival on March 2. It looks like a ton of fun and something the whole family can be a part of. I would love to see a great big Puster turnout. Hope to see you there!
 
Next Friday is the last day of registration for our 2 nd annual Puster Campout Event. We won’t be able to extend the registration deadline in order to get accurate numbers for planning purposes. If you haven’t had a chance to register, don’t wait! This is such a great community event. Your kids will be talking about their experience for years and years. If you have a financial hardship that is keeping you from registering, please reach out to me. We want everyone to be able to take part in this evening of fun and don’t want the registration fee to keep anyone from doing that.
 
Have a great weekend!
Dates to Remember

March 7 – Open House A-L 5:30 – 6:15
March 7 – Open House M-Z – 6:15 – 7:00
March 11-15 Spring Break
February 25 – Choir and Chess
February 26 – Spanish and Engineering K-1
February 27 – Starbooks Café
February 27 – Engineering 2-4
March 1 – Reading with the Leopards
March 1 – Puster Pride Choir at Allen Americans game
March 2 – STEM Festival at LHS
March 4 – 8 – Book Fair
March 4 – Choir and Chess
March 4 – PTA Board Meeting @ 10:00 am
March 4 – PTA General Membership Meeting@10:30 am
March 5 – Donuts with Dads, Book Fair Event 7:15am – 8:15am
March 5 – Spanish and Engineering K-1
March 6 – Engineering 2-4
March 7 – Open House A-L 5:30 – 6:15
March 7 – Open House M-Z – 6:15 – 7:00
March 7 – Book Fair open 5:45 – 7:15
March 8 – Book Fair closes at noon
March 11-15 – Spring Break
March 28 – Spring Pictures, Individual and class pictures


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Puster News
Kindergarten Round-Up

Kindergarten Roundup  is a registration opportunityfor parents of kindergarten age students for the 2018-2019 school year. i f you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2018 please plan to attend this come and go event.
 
 
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR STUDENT REGISTRATION:
 
Completed Enrollment Forms- we will have hard copies at our campus or they can be found at:  www.lovejoyisd.net , click on Parents/Parent Resources/Enrollment & Registration/New Student Registration Requirements and Forms
 
Copy of original birth certificate
Copy of Social Security Card
Current Copy of Immunization Record
  
Proof of Residency:
 
Copy of Driver License
Copy of current utility bill
Copy of current rental agreement

If building or purchasing a home in the district please contact Stacey_Dillon@lovejoyisd.net
469-742-8003
  *Only complete packets will be accepted*

Kindergarten Round-Up is a parent event only. Students and parents will be invited to the school in May for a Kindergarten Sneak Peek.
 
We Look Forward to Meeting You
Puster Elementary
An Important Message from the School Nurse
Cold and flu season is in FULL swing! Please remember to follow these guidelines set by the Texas Administrative Code: 
  • Cold and flu symptoms: PLEASE keep your student home until they are symptom free! 
  • Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more: Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea: student must be symptom free form 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school.
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

PUSTER CAMPOUT REGISTRATION
February 7 - March 1. The campout is April 26-27th. Packages start at $150 for one child and one parent. It is $25 per additional children. There are additional packages that include early entry and priority parking. Registration costs include camping, food and all of the activities. Look for your registration packet in last week’s Thursday folders. Register online at  pustercampout.com . Please join us for a fun-filled evening under the stars. This is great way to continue building our Puster Community.  

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
#pusterkind Book Fair-- Mark your calendars!
Our spring book fair is scheduled for March 4-8. This fair is themed #pusterkind, and we will be fundraising and collecting book donations for libraries in need. As always, we will be supporting Teaching with Jamaica and the creation of a new library in a Jamaican school this summer. Additionally, we will be making donations to Harmony Grove Middle School in Haskell, Arkansas. The Harmony Grove School District has recently opened a library dedicated to its 4th through 6th grade middle school students but has very little funding to support its development. Currently, the collection total is 1,142 books to be shared by 296 students. The American Library Association recommends 15-20 books per student. Please help us build their collection by either donating spare change or purchasing a book to donate. We will be promoting the message "Everybody deserves a library!" and would sincerely appreciate your family's support with this endeavor.
 
Book Fair Volunteers Needed
We would love to have your help preparing and running our book fair. Please take a look at the sign up linked below and consider helping during this very exciting and busy week. Bonus-- volunteers receive 20% discount!
 
Makerspace at the STEM Festival
Have you heard the term Makerspace from your student but not sure what it's all about? Lovejoy Librarians will be setting up a Makerspace showcase at LHS on the day of the STEM Festival, Saturday, March 2. Be sure to seek us out and stop by for some fun!
PTA News
Parents,

We have officially kicked off the second Box Tops contest for the year. I need your help by sending in your box tops to school.

We will have each grade level competing to bring in the most box tops. The winning grade will have a special treat celebration during recess! The class that brings in the most box tops in this collection will get the honor of holding on to the Box Top Champions trophy. Will Mrs. Smith get to hold on to the trophy or will she lose it to someone else????

Please send your box tops to class with your child or you can place them in the main collection bin outside of the cafeteria. Please remember to put your child’s name and teacher’s name on the bag, envelope or collection sheet. You will be getting a collection sheet in your Thursday folder and extras are outside of the cafeteria.

The deadline for students to bring in box tops to school is Friday February 22 nd

Our fall collection raised over $600 for the school!! Thank you so very much for your help with this program. Please email me with any questions or comments. Thank you all so very much for all that you do!

Click here to get a copy of the collection sheet.

Sincerely,
Beth Gable
Your Box Top coordinator
Join PTA!
Go to this link: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/puster-pta-membership-only
District News
Save the Date – March 2
STEM Festival and Open House for Prospective Families
Save the date! Lovejoy ISD will host the second annual STEM festival on March 2 at Lovejoy High School. The event will be held from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. We hope you will join us for an exciting day filled with fascinating speakers, hands-on experiments, Makerspace, student exhibits, robotics lab, cool contests with prizes, food trucks, and much more.
 
An Open House for prospective families will be held during the STEM festival. We hope you will invite your friends and family members who are interested in Lovejoy to join us for this event.
 
Look for more details in the next edition of Email Express.

Check out this  video  to see all the fun events and activities coming to the STEM Festival.  (link to  https://youtu.be/4lcRIjbUpgo )
Lovejoy STEM Festival CANgineering Competition
March 2
Lovejoy is pleased to announce the first ever CANgineering Competition at the Lovejoy STEM Festival on March 2. Form a team and get creative. Your team will compete to build a structure made entirely of canned and non-perishable foods. The best in show will win a prize.
 
Click here for detailed information regarding the CANgineering Competition. Gather your family and friends and join us for this exciting competition!
A Message from the Superintendent
2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Calendars

It is time for us to prepare school calendars for the next two school years: 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The administration will take the recommended calendars to our Board of Trustees for approval on February 20. As our practice has been, we are reaching out to you for input in order to create calendars yielding the greatest satisfaction among all Lovejoy ISD stakeholders. You will find a link to the survey below.

As your superintendent, I will work to preserve a calendar that is in the best interest of both teaching/learning and a calendar that facilitates student attendance, which generates state funding. Please find some considerations, which will influence our decision-making:

  • For instructional reasons, all school weeks must have a minimum of three attendance days with four days as the preference.

  • Holidays such as Christmas must allow enough travel time for families so that we do not see a decreased attendance rate on the last school day prior to a holiday e.g. Friday before Christmas break.

  • The start of the school year must allow sufficient days for teacher professional development and teacher workdays to ensure we are ready for school to begin.

  • Student holidays will be aligned to traditional holidays such as Columbus Day when practical.

  • Single student holidays must be strategically placed to allow appropriate teacher planning to support the instructional calendar e.g. a student holiday on the Monday after Thanksgiving would not be a good time for teacher planning as the semester is almost over.

You may click here to access a printable version of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 drafts. In general, these calendars are based on the current 2018-2019 calendar. You may click here to access the current calendar. 

You may click here to complete the calendar survey. The survey will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, February 8. Should you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Stacey Dillon , Assistant to the Superintendent, at 469.742.8003.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

With Respect,

Dr. Dennis Womack
Interim Superintendent
Lovejoy ISD
469.742.8000 (office)
Hop Into Spring Chess Tournament
March 30
This annual Lovejoy Tournament continues to be a hit around the metroplex. Come join your fellow chess players on March 30 at Sloan Creek for a wonderful day of chess play. This five round tournament awards the top three players in each section a trophy and fourth place receives a chocolate bunny. Gather up a team from your school and compete together. Registration is going on now. Please visit North Texas Chess Academy's website to register.
Gifted and Talented Referral Window Open
February 1 – March 8
The referral window for students in grades 1-11 for gifted and talented services is open February 1 - March 8. Referral forms are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Testing is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 and April 6. Appointments will be sent via email after the referral window closes March 8.

Please note: Kindergarten students will not be tested during the spring window.


Gifted and Talented Information Sessions
February 20 and 25
Looking for More Information about G/T Services? Brief information sessions will review the gifted and talented referral process and services offered in Lovejoy.

Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
February 20 at 9:00 AM
February 25 at 9:00 AM or 6:30 PM
(Session Information Repeats)

If you are unable to attend and would like more information, a slideshow presentation is available on the gifted and talented webpage.

For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or
Lovejoy Gifted Association Announces Rocket Build and Launch Events

3...2...1... Lift-off!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first people to land on the moon with the Lovejoy Gifted Association's Rocket Fest. The Lovejoy Gifted Association is partnering with the Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) for their annual LGA Rocket Fest. This event is suitable for students in grades 3 thru 6. Participants may choose between a basic and an advanced rocket model.

There will be a Rocket Build Party in the Sloan Creek Cafeteria  on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm where a volunteer from DARS will talk the junior rocket scientists through building the basic rocket step-by-step. Participants purchasing the advanced rocket may pick up their build package that same evening and are welcome to start building at SCIS or build at home.

The rocket launch will be held  on Sunday March 24 in the front parking lot of Lovejoy High School  at 12:00 noon, where volunteers from DARS will provide the launch equipment and make sure the launch process happens in a safe and orderly fashion.

You may reserve a spot and purchase your rocket kit from the Lovejoy Gifted Association Store at  https://my.cheddarup.com/c/rocket-fest-2019 no later than  Feb 17th, 2019. Each rocket package comes with rocket engines for two launches. Please note that junior rocket scientists must be accompanied by an adult at both events. The Lovejoy Gifted Association is a non-profit organization that supports the G/T programs across all schools in Lovejoy ISD. The LGA Rocket Project is a fundraiser and proceeds will flow back into Lovejoy ISD. If you have questions, contact Jay van Rijn at  jeroen.van.rijn@gmail.com.
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Lovejoy Offers Group Counseling

Lovejoy is offering group counseling for students for a variety of areas. The groups will meet weekly, during school hours, and will be facilitated by Lovejoy’s Social Worker, Noelle Gove, LCSW. The overall goal of the counseling groups is to address student’s social/emotional needs that may be impacting their experience and success at school. Groups are being offered, based on need, to every campus in the district, grades K-12.

If you are interested in your student participating in a group, please click here to complete the interest form. Noelle Gove will be in contact with parents regarding further details of the group and to obtain consent for student participation. This form is not a consent for counseling, but rather a survey of interest. 
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
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
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.
Lovejoy Fine Arts News
Java & Jazz
March 1
The Lovejoy High School third annual "Java and Jazz" joint concert with the Lovejoy Jazz Band and LHS vocalists will be here before you know it. Join us for an evening of great music starting at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 1. The musicians are sounding great and have a huge program to perform. 
Admission is just $5.00. Coffee and dessert items will be available for a small fee. There will be an open dance floor for students and parents alike. The musicians and vocalists will perform a combination of classic swing-era classics and slow ballads. We hope to see you on the dance floor.
Lovejoy Athletic News