Puster Elementary Special Edition
April 4 , 2019
Puster Families,
Your kids looked so pretty and handsome for school pictures. I know what an effort that can be to pull off in the mornings! We have rescheduled pictures for April 16th with fingers crossed for no power outages that day.  
Our students began competing in the UIL district competitions this week with Spelling and Creative Writing groups starting us off on Monday. The rest of the competitions will take place this Friday. 
I hope you will be able to join us for Puster Pride on Friday. We will have our massive Lost and Found on display in the atrium. Please be sure to check for any lost items as we will be donating remaining items soon. 
Finally, our 4th graders will be taking the writing STAAR test next week. Please see the note included for a slightly adjusted schedule. As always, we ask for no volunteers/visitors on testing days. 
Thank you for the kind words of encouragement as we kicked off this first week. Have a great weekend!
Pride in Puster,

Dates to Remember
April 5 - Puster Pride Assembly
April 5 - UIL - All Events at Hart Elementary
April 8 - Choir and Chess
April 9 - 1st Grade Field Trip
April 9 - STAAR - 4th Grade Writing
April 9 - Engineering K-1 and Spanish
April 10 - Engineering 2-4
April 15 – Choir and Chess
April 16 – Spring Pictures – Rescheduled
April 16 - Engineering K-1 and Spanish
April 17 - Engineering 2-4
April 19 - Holiday

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Ladies Night Out
Tickets go on sale on March 5 at 10:00 AM.  Click here  for the reservation page and  here  for the Foundation’s website.
Puster News
STAAR Writing, Tuesday, April 9
On Tuesday, April 10th, our fourth graders will be taking the STAAR Writing test. To maintain test security, we ask for no visitors or volunteers on that day. Student schedules will be adjusted slightly to accommodate the testing schedule:

Spring Picture Day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 16!
Because of the power outage Tuesday morning, we have rescheduled our picture day to Tuesday, April 16. If you already ordered online you do not need to reorder. If you sent a picture envelope to school with your student we will keep them until April 16.
    It's time to order your Classroom Group Picture!  
SchoolPix Inc. will be taking Classroom Groups and Spring Individual Portraits at  Puster   Elementary on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Two ways to order your Classroom Group Picture ….
 1 . Attached you will find an order form, please print and fill out the order form and return with payment to the photographer on picture day.  There will also be extra forms in the office.

 2 . To  order online by credit card , please go to  https://schoolpix.ephotohost.biz/   When prompted,  enter  Puster's School Code 1819-0149 A confirmation email will be sent confirming your order has been received. No further action is required. 

Reminder: Spring individual portraits  will be taken on the same day! Proofs and ordering information will sent home two weeks after picture day.
 If you have any questions or need assistance, please call  SchoolPix Inc.  customer service at  972-334-9140  or email us at  info@schoolpixinc.com .

  Please note: All orders are to be submitted to the photographer on picture day. All school portraits are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Fast Passes for Friday, April 5
Puster Pride Assembly

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  Puster Pride Assembly on Friday, April 5  to follow standard procedures and sign in when they arrive on campus.

Our system will allow us to have a “Fast Pass” ready 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 these events. 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 prior to the events to get registered. Please use the link(s) below to request your “Fast Pass”.

  • Keep in mind that you must sign up for a Fast Pass even if you received one at a prior campus event.

  • If you sign up for a “Fast Pass”, you may follow the signs and do not have to stop by the front office.

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

Go to this link to sign up for the Fast Pass for April 5   https://forms.gle/nHKJekfz4z4Avsao6

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

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
  *Only complete packets will be accepted*

We Look Forward to Meeting You
Puster Elementary

Library Lowdown
Make a Book Face!
Spring Fever is beginning to hit, and we want to keep kids engaged with books and our library. Take a look around your house, the public library, a book store and find a book cover with a face or head. Take a picture and send it our way for display! You can print at home or send an email to  alison_smithwick@lovejoyisd.net . Here are a few examples to get the wheels turning...

Puster Fine Arts
Puster "Night of the Arts" - Thursday, April 25th 6PM
Save the date for a celebration of the visual and performing arts at Puster. Mr. "R" and Ms. Tracy will be working to prepare artwork and a special choir concert. Please direct questions to  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net

PTA News
Educational Game Donation
In keeping with our #PusterKind initiative, we have another opportunity to make an impact at Burks Elementary (the same McKinney Title 1 Elementary school for which we did the Angel tree at Christmas). They need educational games for their classrooms and we believe that our community can make a difference for them by supplying them with this need. Please bring in any complete games that you no longer need or new games that you feel led to purchase. There will be a collection bin in the atrium to collect all your donations. We truly appreciate your kindness. 
District News
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. 

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
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.