Puster Elementary Principal Message
August 29, 2019
Puster Families,

I’m excited to share that Officer Jose is back on campus! You will start seeing his friendly face this afternoon and from here forward.  

Last week, we celebrated ALL of the amazing reading your kids did over the summer by holding a staff talent show! It was SO fun! The reading doesn’t stop once the celebration is over. We all know we get better at the things we practice. All students should be getting about 20 minutes of reading in each day - whether it’s an audio book, leveled reader, someone reading aloud to them, taking turns reading, silent reading....it all counts! 

Today I was walking by the library and a Kinder student was jumping down saying “YEAH! A BOOK!” after he checked out his very first book of the 2019-2020 school year! Earlier in the week, I walked into a 3rd grade classroom where the students were like moths to the light intently listening to their teacher read aloud to them. She explained that they had just been to the library for the first time and the kids said “Mrs. ___, can we PLEASE have time to read?!” The teacher then explained to me that “Books are gold in our classroom.” Absolutely! Books ARE gold! 

We will not have school on Monday, September 2. I hope you and your families have a restful weekend - and enjoy a good book!

Pride in Puster,
Holly

If you haven’t done so already, please go into Dismissal Manager and set your child’s default dismissal option. We will rely solely on this system for dismissal changes. Please note that the “Bus #” is actually your child’s “Route #” in the system. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused. 

When data was pulled for the system, it included emergency contacts. If you find you have kids listed that don't belong to you OR if you find that your emergency contact is being notified when you make a dismissal change, just notify us in the office. It is an easy fix on our end.
Dates to Remember
September 2 - Labor Day Holiday
September 3 - PTA Volunteer Meeting
September 3 - Engineering K-1
September 5 - Engineering 2-4
September 9 - PTA Board Meeting
September 9 - Spanish
September 10 - Engineering K-1
September 11 - Manners and Spanish
September 12 - Chess, Manners and Engineering 2-4
September 13 - Early Release at 12:00
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
LEOPARD LEADERS AND NEWS CREW

4th Grade Parents, we are so excited that so many of our students are excited about becoming Leopard Leaders and News Crew Members! We have had a few questions regarding the applications so we wanted to provide you with a little more information to help out. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask!

FAQs
  1. Where are the applications located?
  2.  Go to the Puster Website. Then click on the Departments tab and click Library Media Center on the drop-down menu. Next, click Leopard Leaders/Puster News on the right-hand side of the screen. This will open a screen where they can fill out a form and submit.
  3. When I click on the application I cannot fill it out. What should I do?
  4. These forms only can accept information from Lovejoy ISD Google accounts. Make sure that you have your student log in to Google first.
  5. When are the applications due?
  6. Both applications are due by Friday, August, 30 which is the Friday of the second week of school.
Thank you again for your interest!

Naomi Emory, L.M.S.
Puster Elementary
Parent Portal Accounts
For the 2019-2020 school year, PowerSchool enhanced Contacts to allow us to add one contact and attach multiple students to that account. Information added and/or updated for that person is done one time for all students linked to that person. This includes updating phone numbers, emails, addresses, etc. across campuses.

Parent Portal usernames, account emails and passwords have been updated. Accounts will now be created at the campus by request. Initially we have added accounts for all contacts that are in PowerSchool that have a relationship of Mother, Father, or Guardian using the email on file. This includes students new to the district for 2019-2020 and all new kindergarten students.
The Parent Portal opens on August 12 for viewing schedules, homerooms, and completing the yearly enrollment updates (FERPA, Waivers, and Transportation Requests). No later than Sunday, August 11 each account for the Mother, Father, and Guardian will receive a message through School Messenger using the email on file. This message will include the account username (the email address attached to the account).

1.      Go to  https://powerschool.lovejoyisd.net .
2.      Click on “Forgot Username or Password?”
3.      Enter the Parent Username sent to you through School Messenger (email).
4.      Enter the same email address in the “Parent Email Address” field.
5.      Click on Enter.
6.      An email will be sent to this email address with the temporary password.
7.      Use this password to continue to the Parent Portal where you will be required to change the password.

When you are on the Parent Portal, you should see the students attached to your account. However, if you don’t see those students you may use the Student Access ID and Access Code contained in the School Messenger email to link the student to your account. If you have multiple students in Lovejoy ISD you will receive one School Messenger email per student.
PUSTER TALENT SHOW - 1st - 4th Grade
The Puster Talent Show for 1st-4th graders will be Thursday, October 10th at 8:15AM. The show is a chance for students to prepare and share a special talent with friends, teachers, and family. All acts will audition to be a part of the performance and must be 2 minutes or less. Auditions will be Wednesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 26 from 3:15-6:15pm. Please read the  PES Talent Show Packet  BEFORE signing up for an  audition . The deadline to sign up for an audition is Monday, September 23.

3rd and 4th graders have the opportunity to apply to be on our Stage Crew. The  applications  are due Monday, September 9.

All Talent Show information can be found on the Puster Music Website:   https://tinyurl.com/PESMusic . Please contact  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net  with any questions.
CHOIR NEWS
PUSTER PRIDE CHOIR - 3rd and 4th Grade
Puster 3rd and 4th graders may join the Puster Pride Choir by filling out our  ONLINE Puster Pride Choir Form . Please read the  Puster Pride Choir Handout  for detailed information. Rehearsals are always on Mondays from 3:10-4pm in the Puster music room and will begin September 9th. All choir and music information can be found on the Puster Music Website:   https://tinyurl.com/PESMusic . If you have any questions please contact  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net .



LOVEJOY CHILDREN'S CHOIR - 4TH, 5TH, 6TH GRADERS
The Lovejoy ISD Children's Choir, directed by the Lovejoy ISD Elementary Music Specialists, is designed to serve the needs of our district’s 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who are committed to a musically exceptional experience. Auditions will be held on September 10 and 12 for any and all LISD 4th, 5th and 6th grade students interested in participating. Returning members do not need to audition but DO need to fill out the online  permission form . Visit  http://lovejoymusic.weebly.com/lovejoy-childrens-choir.html  to access the   2019-2020 LCC Parent Packet  and online  permission form . Questions can be directed to your child's music teacher or Anne Tracy ( Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net ).  
MISSED ORDERING SCHOOL SUPPLIES? IT IS NOT TOO LATE!
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.

Go to this link for the Registration form:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1codOza86Udw-Xlx1lof6BD8veC-Q1XwP/view?usp=sharing
Library News
It has been an amazing week in the library! We have kicked off our Library Orientation for 1st-3rd grades and our Makerspace Orientation for 4th and Kindergarten. Your students have been working very hard on codes and ciphers as well as with learning how to utilize the library. 

We are very excited about the interest we have been hearing about regarding volunteering in the library! PTA helps us organize our volunteers and we are so thankful for their help!

As we continue to plan our Makerspace lessons we will be requesting certain items to assist in our lessons. If you are interested in donating be on the lookout in this section of the Principal's Message as well as on the Library website.

Book Fair is quickly approaching!! Your students will be able to preview the fair on September 20th and shopping will begin on September 23rd. Also, we will be open during the Ice Cream Social so make sure to stop by if you are up here! 

Thank you for all you do for us here in the library, we know it is going to be an exciting year!

Sincerely,

Naomi Emory, L.M.S.
Puster Elementary
  Sloan Creek - Test Readers Needed

Please join us at SCIS on Wednesday, September 4th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am to learn about a volunteer opportunity. We need adults to help read tests to small groups of students. You will get to pick and choose dates and times that you are available throughout the year. We will be able to answer all of your questions during the training, so please join us to find out more details.  
PTA News
Dear Puster Families,
Did you know the Puster PTA sponsors several FREE events during the school year....Fall Family Fun Night, Mother/Son night, Daddy/Daughter Dance.

In order to sponsor these events, we ask the community to donate to Puster's Annual Leopard Drive. This is our only fund-raising event. The funds collected will only be used at Puster and will support the great events and programs for all students throughout the year. If we do not meet our fundraising goals, we will have to start charging for these events.

If you have not donated yet, please consider donating so that we may continue to support these programs.

Here is the link:  http://bit.ly/LeopardDrive

If you need to JOIN PTA & DONATE to Puster's Leopard Drive, please click here:


Also, please click below for this week's edition of Louie's Ledger. Only PTA members receive this communication. Remember to join the PTA so you can continue to receive important updates:  http://bit.ly/LL82519
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


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qxmD26sz2_bqcrU55o-1fgo89_wd6ihM/view?usp=sharing
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 ISD Community News
We are pleased to announce the  Lovejoy ISD Community News Page . This new addition to the Lovejoy ISD Webpage will share news from our schools, programs, booster clubs, student organizations, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, community, and more. Check back often for up-to-date news on events and activities.