Puster Elementary Principal Message
May 10, 2019
Puster Families,

Monday and Tuesday our 3rd and 4th graders will be participating in the state STAAR Math and Reading assessments. To maintain test security, we ask for no volunteers or visitors on these days. We all know that “a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast” are ideal on test days. Beyond that, an energy of “relaxed and confident” is equally as important! We all need to take a deep breath and let our kids know they are going to rock it next week!

We are very excited to tell you that the Parker Family will continue to serve the Puster kids! Mr. Parker’s wife, Carla, and their son Joe will be joining us next year. Carla has been teaching 2nd and 3rd grades at Lovejoy Elementary. She will be filling our open 3rd grade section. We are very thankful to gain her experience on our staff!

The form for student class placement requests will close on Thursday, May 16th. Please take a moment this weekend to complete the form if you would like us to note your preferences: https://forms.gle/q1D3d7Xs2RsW9c5LA .

Thank you so much for all of the kindness and words of support you have given me this week. I hope you and your families have a restful Mother’s Day weekend. The Haynes crew will be working on some overdue house and landscaping projects and, hopefully, catching some Lovejoy baseball!

Pride in Puster,
Dates to Remember
May 13 – 3 rd and 4 th Grade Math STAAR Test
May 14 – 3 rd and 4 th Grade Reading STAAR Test

On Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 14 our 3 rd and 4 th grade students will be taking the STAAR Math and Reading tests. 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.
May 13 – STAAR – 3 rd and 4 th Grade Math
May 14 – STAAR – 3 rd and 4 th Grade Reading
May 14 – Engineering K-1
May 15 – Engineering 2 – 4
May 17 -- Kinder Splash Day
May 20 – 23 – Scholastic BOGO Book Fair
May 24 – Field Day
May 27 – Holiday
May 28 – Pre-K and Kindergarten Talent Show @ 9:00 am
May 31 – Early Release
May 31 – Puster Pride Assembly @ 8:15
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Foundation Awards $403,593 in Classroom Grants
Because of the generosity of the Lovejoy community, the Foundation is awarding $403,593 in classroom grants to the Lovejoy teachers and staff for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Forty-four grants were awarded last Friday at Puster, Hart, Lovejoy, Sloan Creek, and Willow Springs. Another 12 grants will be announced on May 24 at the Lovejoy High School senior signing day. These grants cover all grades and all subject areas and support professional development for the staff. They will impact the education of each child next year. A list of everything granted will be found soon on our website. And check out our Facebook page for some live footage of the grant patrol.
Each and every one of you, our Lovejoy Community, who supported the Foundation this year, are the reason this is possible. The Foundation directors would like to congratulate and say thank you for making 2018 - 2019 a successful year.
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Requests Assistance
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools is requesting your assistance in taking the following 3 minute survey.  The objective of the survey is to determine how best to share our accomplishments and progress, identifying the best avenues to share information, and increase participation.

The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools continues to award grants that help preserve and offer experiences, programs, equipment and education which support the educational goals in our district.

Because of your awesome support, $403,593 in innovative classroom grants is being awarded for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

You may access the survey at the following link:

The survey is active now thru May 10, 2019.
Puster News
2019-2020 Student Placement Request Form

Below is the link to a google form where you can list characteristics in a teacher that you believe would make a good fit for your child and his/her learning style.

I have instructed our classroom teachers to make  classroom balance  their first priority when creating class lists. Having a diverse group of learners and a healthy mix of personalities creates the best environment for teaching and learning. Teachers will also be looking closely at the characteristics in a teacher you describe in the form.

2019-2020 Student Placement Request Form:  https://forms.gle/ZZnkviYE3p1oL15e6

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with special concerns or inquiries concerning your child’s placement for next school year.  
Spring Individual Picture Proofs are here...it's time to order!
The spring picture individual proofs have arrived and have been sent home with your child!
The  deadline to order  is  Friday, May 10, 2019 . All orders received by this date will be delivered back to the school.
***Please note...after this date orders can only be placed online and a $10.00 Late/Shipping Fee will be applied to all orders.***
   Two ways to order...
1.       ONLINE...Images can be viewed and orders  placed  online  using the personal online order code printed on your child's proof sheet. If your child did not bring this information home, please contact SchoolPix at 972.334.9140 or  info@schoolpixinc.com .
2 .      Return the order envelope  attached to your child's proof sheet back to school by  FRIDAY, MAY10th.
Questions?  SchoolPix can be reached at 972.334.9140 or at  info@schoolpixinc.com
May Fast Pass Links

Kinder Splash Day - May 17th

2nd Grade Bug Ball - May 20th

3rd Grade Awards - May 22nd

4th Grade Awards - May 23rd

Night of the Arts and Late Night Leopards Campout Feedback

We are always striving to do our best work for our kids and our community. If you were able to attend the Night of the Arts last week and/or our Late Night Leopards Campout, we'd love your feedback. Your feedback gives us valuable information to help us provide the best experiences. Thank you in advance for your time!

Night of the Arts held on April 25th:

Late Night Leopards Puster Campout on April 26th:

FIELD DAY – Friday, May 24
This year has flown by! May is quickly approaching which means it's time for Field Day again. Field Day is the largest event of the year and our kids look forward to it all year long. Field Day will take place on Friday, May 24th. We need as many volunteers as possible to make this event a success. This is a really fun day to volunteer. You will get to see your kiddos in their element with all their friends and lots of smiles and giggles. If possible, please check out the sign up link below to help on this exciting day. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. All you have to do is provide your time! Questions, please contact Jill LaTorre at  jilllatorre@gmail.com  or (214) 662-5089

Important News from Student Nutrition Regarding Student Meal Accounts
This is a courtesy message from Lovejoy Student Nutrition Services to inform households of an upcoming change in student meal accounts. In an effort to minimize negative balances at the end of the school year, beginning Wednesday, May 8 and for the remainder of the school year, students will no longer be able to charge meals which will result in the student incurring a negative balance to their meal account. Students may continue to use their lunch accounts as long as they have money in the account. Households with students who currently have negative balances will receive reminder emails and phone calls. Federal regulations prohibit us from rolling over negative balances to the next school year. Please make arrangements to remit payment for any negative lunch accounts your child may have incurred.
All positive balances will be rolled over to next school year. If you have a graduating senior, funds may be transferred to any sibling in the school district. To request a meal account refund, please complete a refund request form located on the Student Nutrition website. For assistance, please contact Student Nutrition at 469.742.8041.
Student Nutrition Services thanks you for your understanding and for allowing us to serve your student(s) this school year. 

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
Important Dates in the Library
May 10-- Last day to check out books
May 13-- Notices of all books checked out
May 17-- All library books due
Week of May 20-- BOGO Book Fair

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and we have many big projects happening in the library. We will soon conduct a full inventory of our library collection. We will stop circulation on Friday, May 10 for students, and on the next Monday, we will send notices to families of all books on student library accounts that will be due Friday, May 17. After May 17, we will send frequent reminders about overdue books. Please help us by either returning the books or contacting us to let us know if the books are lost or damaged. Many times, when we mark a book LOST in our system, it is resolved in the last couple of weeks of school. We never want our students to have a bad experience in the library, so any news of lost or damaged books is always received with something like, "That's a bummer! Thanks for letting us know so we can update it in the computer." When our collection is up to date in the library system, we are able to help students more efficiently, and we can make informed decisions about what purchases need to be made to fill gaps.

The Scholastic Buy One Get One Free Book Fair will be here the week of May 20. Mark your calendars and make that list of chores for your kids to earn some spending money. :)

Thank you for your continuous support of our Puster Library!
Puster Fine Arts
Pre-K and Kindergarten Puster Talent Show (May 28th)
Puster Pre-K and Kindergarten students have the opportunity to perform for their classmates and parents Tuesday, May 28th at 9AM. There are no auditions and no rehearsals on stage - it's a relaxed performance. Students can be in one act - solo or group - and will need to provide their own music, props and instruments (piano will be available). Please read this detailed handout for more information and a link to sign up online: Click here for the link.

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 High School Recycling Event - RESCHEDULED TO
May 18
Due to the stormy forecast for this Saturday, we are postponing our event to next weekend.

Lovejoy High School, in partnership with Renewed Solutions, invites you to clean out your closets and file cabinets to participate in an electronics recycling and paper shredding event on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM in the front parking lot of the high school. Click here for more details.

Go to this link for information:


WSMS Presents Parents Night Out
May 10, 2019

Lovejoy Tennis Junior Development 2019
June 3 – July 15

Class Description:
JD 1-Beginner tennis instruction for Elem/MS students-minimum 2nd grade
JD 2/3-Instruction for experienced Elementary, Intermediate, and Middle School players
JD ADV - Instruction for experienced Middle School and High School players  

“Instructors reserve the right to move students to appropriate levels”

Goal of all Sessions: Focus will be on teaching fundamental tennis skills and rules. Individual instruction, match play and games will be provided in each session.  Level of technical instruction will be geared toward specific age group.

Classes will be managed by Coaches Adam Cherry, Will Davis, Lou Hervey and staff. All coaches have extensive teaching experience. Both Coach Cherry and Davis played #1 for McMurry University and coach at Lovejoy High School. Cherry was 3A 2012 coach of the Year. Davis was 2009 conference player of the year. Coach Hervey has been directing the LJ JD program for 12 years.

$50 per week JD 1 (2x per week)
$75 per week JD 2&3&ADV (3x per week)

To reserve your spot email Lou Hervey at louhervey@sbcglobal.net or mail check to:

Lou Hervey
300 Hampton Ct
           Fairview TX, 75069

Click here for additional information.

This Junior Development Tennis Program is supervised by Lou Hervey, Adam Cherry and Will Davis who have successfully completed an SB 9 criminal background check including fingerprinting. Other instructors within this program have completed at minimum the name-based local background check which is the same as for all Lovejoy ISD Volunteers

Lovejoy Students Seeking Assistance With
Birthday Party Project
Camp Invention
June 10 – 14
Click on the Picture for Registration Information.
Kids 1st Summer Camp
Enroll Now!

Go to this link for information and registration:

Lovejoy Summer Musical Theatre Camps
July 9-20
We are excited to announce our 2019 musical: Seussical KIDS! 
Acting, choreography, lighting, costuming, set building, and painting are just some of the fun activities taking place in Lovejoy’s Summer Musical Theatre Camps: Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Intern Camp.
Students will work together to produce and perform Seussical KIDS. Students who attend will develop confidence, sharpen their musical and theatrical skills, and create wonderful memories along the way.  Directed by Jessica Brewster, LHS Head Theatre Director, and musically directed by Anne Tracy, LHS Puster Elementary Music Specialist, this show is sure to be an unforgettable experience. 

Please read the detailed handouts for more information and a link to register your child. If you have any questions please contact  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net.
Grades 3-6 Camp Flier, Click here
·   Musical Theatre Camp (35 student performers) 
·   Technical Theatre Camp (7-10 technicians)
Grades 7-8 Intern Camp, Click here  
·   Musical Theatre Intern Camp (assist student performers develop their musical and theatrical skills)
Online registration can be accessed from the flyers or with these links:
Grades 7-8 Intern Program:   http://tinyurl.com/SeussicalKidsInternReg
Summer Enrichment Camps
Click here to register now!
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.
Puster, Hart and Lovejoy Elementary Visual Arts Department invite you to attend the Annual LJVA Elementary Crossover Exhibition on display in the Lovejoy High School Art Gallery from April 23rd through May 7th. This exhibition will feature selected works to showcase each grade level (K-4) from Puster, Hart and Lovejoy Elementary.
Please join us for the opening reception in the gallery from 6:00-8:00 on April 23rd. If you are unable to attend the opening, please feel free to come and explore the gallery during school hours from April 23rd through May 7th.