Puster Elementary Principal Message
August 15, 2019
Puster Families,

On Tuesday evening our hallways and classrooms were FINALLY filled with Puster families and children. It made my heart happy to see all of you again!  

As I type this, our staff members are learning about all of the new changes in our district curriculum. They will spend the rest of the week preparing their classrooms and working together to plan lessons for your children. 

Our PTA is hosting the annual "Tears and Cheers" on the first day of school. Join us to cry it out or celebrate the return of the school year! 8:15 AM in the Think Tank (B105) across from the library.

Below you will find important notes and “need to know” info to get us off to a great start this year. If you still have unanswered questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Pride in Puster,
Holly

School Times : School begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.
7:30-7:45 Students go to the gym (K-2) or cafeteria (3-4).
7:45 Students are dismissed to classrooms.
Students not in classrooms at 8:00 will go to the office for a tardy slip.
 
Morning Drop Off (K-4)
This routine will stay the same as in years past. Cars will enter the north driveway and come to the back of the campus. Either staff or Safety Crew students will be waiting to assist your child out of the car. To help us be as efficient as possible, pull up to the next available person who can assist your child. On the first day of school, students will go immediately to their classroom regardless of the time they arrive. Beginning on August 20th, students who arrive before 7:45 AM will report to the cafeteria (3 rd /4 th graders) or the gym (KG, 1 st , 2 nd graders). They will then move to their classes when the bell rings at 7:45 AM.

Morning Drop Off (Pre-K Only)
When you arrive before 8:00 AM you may either park in the front parking lot and walk your child in the pod doors or you may pull up along the curb and let a staff member assist your child out of the car. Either way, we ask you sign your child in, circle whether or not they will be attending after school care, and circle whether they will be ordering a lunch from the cafeteria. All Pre-K students will go straight to their classroom each morning. If you have an older sibling, they can be dropped off in the KG/PreK pod also and go to their designated location each morning. If you arrive after 8:00 AM, you must walk your child into the main office, sign them in, and we will walk them to class.

Afternoon Pick Up (K-4)
Students will be dismissed at 3:10. Car riders will be dismissed to the back of the campus. Please have your car number visible so this procedure will go as smoothly as possible. 

Afternoon Pick Up (Pre-K Only)
All pick ups will take place at the main entrance. For security purposes, parents will wait outside the door for students to be dismissed. A school staff member will also be at the door with a clipboard. They will check your ID and call to have your child (and sibling) brought to you. 

Dismissal News (Pre-K - 4): There will be a Special Edition message coming out regarding our new Dismissal Manager online system. We are uploading student names and parent emails based on what you have provided us in PowerSchool. Stay tuned for more info coming soon! 

More Dismissal News (K-4): Last year, we moved from a single line of buses to double-stacked buses. This created an additional need to be vigilant about student safety. At the end of last year, I invited our Director of Operations to come observe our dismissal process around bus dismissal and offer feedback. With some small tweaks, we were able to improve our process, however one safety concern remained. This year, we must reduce the amount of congestion in our front parking lot as well as the amount of pedestrian traffic at the crosswalk. Reducing the amount of student and adult movement between buses at dismissal is imperative to ensure the safety of all. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to eliminate the "Louie's Lair" dismissal option . This will decrease sidewalk congestion as bus riders are dismissing and, more importantly, reduce the amount of traffic walking between buses. Parents are certainly welcome to arrive early and park in the back parking lot to walk and pick students up from the car line.

More Dismissal News: Nothing scares a parent or staff member more than learning a child didn't get off the bus or we just aren't sure how a child went home. It is our job to keep our children safe from the moment you drop them off at Puster until the moment they are back in your hands. Therefore, we respectfully ask that you not wait for your bus rider to be dismissed and pull them off the bus or from the dismissal line. We have check-off systems in place to ensure we know where every child goes at the end of the day. Please check your child out at the front office if you have a last-minute dismissal change.

Final Dismissal News: Please be patient with us the first two weeks of school! Students and teachers are learning car numbers, bus numbers and our dismissal procedures. The first few days will always take longer as we work out the bugs. Our systems will become more efficient with practice and I anticipate we will all be speedy experts after the first couple of weeks. As always, car line will dismiss at the back of the building. Bus will dismiss at the front of the building.

Lunch Visitors: We love visitors! You are always welcome to come eat lunch with your child. However, please wait until Week 2 - we need the first week of school to establish routines and procedures. Beginning August 26th, please join your child for lunch any day. As always, we ask that you eat at the back table with your child only - no friends OR you are welcome to eat at your child’s lunch table with him/her and the rest of the class.

Birthday Treats: You are welcome to send treats on your child’s birthday. Please be sure you have coordinated this ahead of time with your child’s teacher. Treats must be store bought and will only be served at the end of the day - no earlier than 2:45. Treats may be dropped off in the front office to be delivered to the classroom teacher. If your child has allergies, please coordinate with your child’s teacher on a plan for an alternate treat. 



Dates to Remember
August 19 - First Day of School
August 19 - PTA Sponsored "Cheers and Tears" in Puster Think Tank across from the library
August 23 - Puster Staff Talent Show, 2:00 PM in the Puster cafe
September 2 - Labor Day Holiday
September 23 - September 27 - Book Fair
September 24 - PTA Meeting @ 6:15 pm
September 24 - Ice Cream Social @ 6:30 pm - Book Fair Open
October 22 - Fall Family Fun Night
Puster News
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE IS HERE!
Student goal: 1000 minutes    
SCHOOL GOAL 500,000 minutes


WE ARE ALMOST TO OUR GOAL! We need about 2000 minutes to reach our goal! If EVERY kid at PES reads 20 minutes over the next 4 days we can get there!!

Puster Teachers will be putting on a special talent show the first week of school if we meet that goal! That's right! WE will be performing for YOU! It is bound to be a highly entertaining event. Parents are welcome to join us for the celebration!


How to participate? 
Visit www.biblionasium.com . Students will chose "Login Using Destiny" and use their same login as they would use to login to a computer here on campus.
Lastname_firstname
student ID#

Video instructions and more information can be found here on how to get started.
All information can be found on the Summer Read 2019 Website found on the Puster library webpage.

The SCHOOLWIDE READING CELEBRATION to recognize top readers will happen the first few weeks of school. A BIG EVENT is planned!

Can't wait to see if we reach our goal of ½ million minutes of reading!
MISSED ORDERING SCHOOL SUPPLIES? IT IS NOT TOO LATE!
Headphones are still available to purchase. They will be delivered to your child's classroom.

SchoolPhones headphones were developed by a father whose son who repeatedly destroyed headphones. They have excellent recording and audio quality and are protected under a one year warranty.

Step One : Navigate to www.schoolphones.com or click here .




Step Two: Choose a headphone for your student. The microphone headphone is highly recommended for grades K-2. (K6m) Media Headphone (ASH/CTLA)

Both shown below are sized to fit elementary students. All headphones are guaranteed for one year!



Kd6 Stereo Headphone $9.90 K6m Media Headphone $16.50

Step Three: Checkout!!! Paypal and credit card accepted.

*** Important***
* Be sure to use coupon code "LOVEJOYISD' to unlock free shipping!
* Be sure to select School Supply Program as a shipping method.
* Headphones will be delivered to your student's classroom!


2019-2020 After School Learning Opportunities
ENGINEERING FOR KIDS
Puster Elementary will once again be offering Engineering for Kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. See below for registration information.
MRS. MCVEIGH'S MANNERS CLASS
Puster will be offering classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. See below for registration information.
Spanish On Wheels
Spanish Classes will be offered this year at Puster on Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration forms will be coming home in Thursday folders.
PTA News
Puster PTA is now accepting membership & Leopard Drive for the 2019-20 school year!
Joining is easy, just click on the link below and follow the instructions.
Questions? Contact  pusterpta@gmail.com .
Thank you for your support.
To find out more about the Puster PTA, please visit:  http://bit.ly/PusterPTA
Watch D.O.G.S. – Be Involved, be a Hero, be a Watchdog.

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.
  • Spend a day or a ½ day to be a hero for your child. 
  • Add your picture to the Puster Watch D.O.G.S. Wall of Fame. 

In order to participate you will need to do the following.
1- Sign up
2- Perform a background check
3- Get a T-shirt

Sign Up
Pick a date and time slot

Background Check
Have you completed the districts background check for the new school year?

Click here to complete the background check. 


Watchdog Shirt

Each Watch D.O.G. dad is encouraged to wear a Watch D.O.G.S. T-shirt on the day you are volunteering at the school. Your child may also want a "My Hero" shirt to wear that day too. Below is the link to purchase a t-shirt. Watch D.O.G. t-shirts are not required but are encouraged.


Questions
If you have any questions about Watchdogs, please contact fellow Puster dad, Kyle Smith, at pusterwatchdog@gmail.com or 903-456-9888. 
District News
Student Nutrition Information 2019-2020
Student Nutrition Services would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! We look forward to the opportunity to service you and we appreciate your continued support for our Nutrition Program. Student Nutrition Services is committed to providing our students with a variety of quality, nutritious meals. We have some exciting changes planned for this school year. Our commitment to increase our fresh fruit and vegetable offerings, whole grain products, and reduced fat options continues. We offer quality products from manufacturers that you know and trust such as Tyson Foods, Jennie O’ Turkey, and Land O’ Lakes cheese. Our partnership with Paradise Produce for our fresh fruits and vegetables will continue this year. Paradise receives fresh product from our Texas farms each weekend and delivers to each of our kitchens every week.
Student


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Bus Information 

The 2019-2020 bus route information will be finalized by August 7 th. On or after this date, bus stop locations and times can be retrieved from the district's website at www.lovejoyisd.net under “Quick Links” or the “Transportation” section under Departments.

After selecting “Bus Routes 2019-2020”, a new screen will appear where you enter your address in the search box and select 'Search'. Route information will appear, including the stop location and times, along with a map. Bus stop information will only display for students who have requested bus transportation through PowerSchool.

If your student is a returning student and rode the bus last year, their PowerSchool account should already be marked “yes” for bus transportation. PowerSchool transportation choices from last year will roll over to this year. When PowerSchool is open to parents, please review your Transportation “yes” or “no” choice for 2019-2020 to make sure the correct one is selected. It is extremely important that this information is correct so we know how many students will need bus service. If your student will NOT ride the bus, please make sure the transportation choice is marked “no” for the 2019-2020 year so we have an accurate count of how many will ride the buses.

If your student is new this year, and would like your child to ride the bus, this is done through PowerSchool under the “Enrollment & Student Forms” section. Detailed instructions on requesting bus service, and Transportation Policies & Procedures are available on the district’s website under “Departments” and selecting Transportation. 

Questions or concerns?

Donna Holden (Routing Coordinator)
469-742-8009 or donna_holden@lovejoyisd.net
 
David Dillon (Senior Director of Operations)
469-742-8028 or david_dillon@lovejoyisd.net
Lovejoy Lacrosse – Boys’ and Girls’ Teams Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the boys’ and girls’ 2019 Fall season of Lovejoy Lacrosse. Join the most exciting, fastest-growing sport in the country. 

Register now for Boys and Girls
Grades Kindergarten through High School

Visit www.lovejoylacrosse.com for information regarding the program and the upcoming Fall season.  


Turn Lucas Green
The First Saturday of every month, Turn Lucas Green hosts a Styrofoam drop-off event in the parking lot of the Lucas Starbucks (next to the Lucas Walmart) from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Please rinse, clean, and collect your Styrofoam throughout the month and bring it to the drop-off event.

Acceptable Styrofoam items are marked #6 and include:

Egg Cartons
Meat Trays
Fast Food Clam Shell Containers
Cups
Packing Materials

*Packing Peanuts Will Not Be Accepted

You are invited to join Turn Lucas Green Facebook and Twitter groups for up-to-date reminders and news regarding recycle events in Lucas. Make a difference & recycle ♻️.