Puster Elementary Principal Message
September 19, 2019
Puster Families,

We had a lot of great helpers during carline this morning! The parents received a special treat and so did the pups in honor of North Texas Giving Day! Thank you for your contributions to our non-profits which benefit teachers and kids! Please see the graphic below for answers to the question “Where does my donation go?” 

This week’s edition of “ Reading with Mrs. Haynes ” includes a guest reader. We hope you enjoy! *Disclaimer: the book we read involves the Tooth Fairy - you may wish to preview if your family does not practice this tradition. Click here to enjoy a read aloud that counts as 20 minutes of reading homework! 

You will find some of our staff wearing the “Dude. Be nice.” shirts on Mondays. You are welcome to purchase a shirt for yourself or your child. Currently there are not child sizes available though we are working on it. However, the size XS would fit many of our students. Click here to order

I hope you all enjoy the break in weather this weekend. It was awesome for our kids to get to go outside and follow their normal recess schedules. The REAL football weather is surely just around the corner! 

Puster Proud,
Holly

All after school clubs are up and running . Please remember to set your “Weekday Defaults” in School Dismissal Manager. Let us know if you need help! Please note times and dismissal plans for each.

"Default" and "Weekday Defaults" = dismissal that will happen most of the time (choir, kids first, bus, spanish, etc.).

"Exception" = just for that day.

Once an exception has been made on your end, it can not be edited on our end. We can, however, adjust defaults on our end. Please let us know if we can help.

Teachers have been asked to follow only what is in Dismissal Manager. Please notify the front office if you have a change that cannot be made in the system. Thank you!
POWERSCHOOL PARENT PORTAL ABSENCES REPORTING
Dates to Remember



Friday, October 11 and
 Monday, October 14

September 23 - September 27 - Book Fair
September 24 - PTA Meeting @ 6:15 pm
September 24 - Ice Cream Social @ 6:30 pm - Book Fair Open
September 25 - Fall Pictures
September 27 - Starbooks Cafe
October 4 - Reading with the Leopards
October 10 - Talent Show
October 11 and October 14 - Holiday
October 22 - Fall Family Fun Night
Counselor Corner
We are so thankful to have a supportive PTA. This year PTA bought two "Buddy Benches" for the playgrounds. Please look at the picture attached. I have also attached what was read to the students, so you are aware of what a "Buddy Bench" is for. Thank you again to the PTA for purchasing these for our school. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.


Go to this links:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g7eVr_xDOHr-GgqOZ3rIlRUZ4hNk9Y9J/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-STdKmazDAb5MbzMsFdHLqCnJbIQrLO_/view?usp=sharing

Bryan Smith - Puster Counselor
469-742-8228
Library News
Fine Arts News

PUSTER TALENT SHOW - 1st - 4th Grade - sign up to audition by Monday, September 23
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.

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.


TALENT SHOW PRACTICES: You are welcome to hold practices for the talent show in the Puster Courtyard or on the Playground. We will not host practices in the building as we have many after school clubs and activities taking place throughout the building. Please remember that an adult must be present at all times. Reach out to Mrs. Haynes with any questions around this. Thank you!
Puster News
School Portrait Day is Coming!!
*Order Form Attached
SchoolPix Inc. will be taking individual school pictures at  Puster   Elementary on:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  Two ways to order portraits ….
 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.
Order forms went home in Thursday folders. There are also extra forms in the Puster office.

Go to this link for the order form:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nOKzvqcPS-GadOK1T1cAAdSzNjOrawx0/view?usp=sharing

 2 . To  order online by credit card , please go to  https://schoolpix.ephotohost.biz/  . When prompted, enter  Puster’s School Code 1920-0047 . A confirmation email will be sent confirming your order has been received. No further action is required. 
 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.

SchoolPix, Inc.
Customer Service 972.334.9140
 
 
ExploraVision - Stem Competition

Attention 4th Grade Parents! We are excited to be bringing ExploraVision to PES this year! ExploraVision is the Nation's largest STEM competition, and offers students a chance to work in teams to develop their dreams into reality! This year, interested 4th graders will have the opportunity to apply to join a team that will work to simulate real research and development. Students will meet after school on Tuesday's from 3:30-4:15 and will be guided by a teacher as they work with their team to pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe and analyze the potential changes.

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 sign up, perform a background check, get a T-shirt!

Sign Up

Pick a date and time slot on the sign-up genius website, link below.


Background Check

Complete the districts background check for the new school year, link below.


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. 
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.
PTA News
The PTA general meeting and “Parenting the Digital Generation” Presentation, Monday November 4th at 11am.
The Puster PTA will hold a general PTA meeting on Monday November 4 in the Think Tank, across from the library, beginning at 11:00 am. Immediately following the meeting we will have a parent presentation from Summar Thomas-Mosby from the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center.  
What you will learn in this informative presentation:
·         How to protect children as they navigate the digital world.
·         The four biggest risks for children online and helpful conversations about those risks to have with your children.
·         Recommendations on how to utilize technology to better protect your children.
Summar Thomas-Mosby
Community Educator
2205 Los Rios Blvd.; Plano, TX 75074
P: 972.633.6743 | C: 682.319.4476
www.caccollincounty.org






Puster Directory

How cool would it be if the Puster Directory featured your child's drawing on the cover? Each year, the PTA prints a school directory that includes students’ class rosters, staff info, PTA members contact information and more. Have your child submit a BLACK & WHITE hand-drawn picture (following all contest rules) by Friday, September 20. We will have 4 Winners: 1st and 2nd place for grades K-2 and 3-4. Please contact PES Directory Chair, Alyssa Boyd ( alyssaboyd@live.com ) with questions. Click here for more information:  http://bit.ly/2m350sf
2019-2020 Reflections Competition

Hey Y’all! It's that time of year again! You can unleash your creative potential by entering our PTA Reflections Competition. This year’s theme is “Look Within.”

You may submit an entry in one or all categories which include:

Dance Choreography - Film Production - Literature - Musical Composition - Photography - Visual Arts

Each category with have its own specific guidelines. Please review the guidelines prior to submitting your work by visiting  www.txpta.org/reflections . You can also visit the Reflections Gallery to see examples of previous entries. 

Submissions that meet requirements will be eligible for judging and advancement to the Lovejoy council level. Entries are due  Monday November 4th  and can be submitted in the Reflections bin at the front office. 

All participants are honored on the “Look Within” wall by the Think Tank, and participants with entries advancing to the next round will be recognized at a Spring Puster Pride!

Please email:  jinjuweiss@gmail.com  with additional questions.  
Puster Families!
Take a break from the heat and join us @6:30pm on Tuesday, September 24 for Puster's annual Ice Cream Social! We will have Braum's ice cream, along with toppings galore. Don't miss this great opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new, and chat with the teachers and staff who have kindly offered to serve up ice cream for everyone. This is a complimentary event for all Puster families. We look forward to seeing you!

Wanna skip the carpool line? In case you missed it, dedicated parking & carpool spots will be auctioned off during the ice cream social.  You don't want to miss this lively event for bidding on prime parking real estate!

PS, school spirit wear will be available for purchase during the ice cream social - cool off and get some fall gear to show your Puster Pride.

For more information - Click here:
District News
District Communications

One of our Board Priorities is to develop stronger community connections and confidence through effective communication. We are continuing to strengthen our communications and have shared best practices for communicating with the Board of Trustees and best practices for staff communications with parents. Today we are sharing the following information regarding how best to communicate and handle concerns with teachers, coaches, directors, etc. For future reference you may find this information on the Parent Resources page under District Communication.

Student and Parent Concerns/Grievances
The faculty and staff of Lovejoy ISD are committed to the service of our students and their parents by responding promptly and professionally to concerns or grievances which may arise.

Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances are governed by LISD Board Policies FNG (LEGAL) and FNG (LOCAL).

How Do You Resolve Parent Concerns?
If you, as the parent or guardian of a Lovejoy ISD student, have concerns regarding your child’s education or performance, we want to talk with you. Sitting down and talking with the people who interact most often with your child on a daily basis – his/her teacher, counselor, coach or director– can remedy the majority of concerns.

Most concerns can be and usually are resolved at the classroom/activity/sports or campus level. However, if your concerns are not addressed by visiting with the teacher, campus counselor, coach or director, you may choose to follow the three-level process listed below:

Level One:
Within 15 business days of the incident causing the concern/complaint, you may request a meeting with the next level supervisor which could be the Athletic Director, Fine Arts Director or Campus Principal. The Level One form may be found here.

Level Two:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level One process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level One decision letter, you may request a meeting with the Assistant Superintendent of Operations (Athletics, Safety, Operations) or Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction (Teachers, Administrators, Student Discipline). The Level Two form may be found here.

Level Three:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level Two process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level Two decision letter, you may appeal the decision to the  School Board by contacting the Superintendent. The Level Three form may be found here .


Upcoming Events


North Texas Giving Day
Thursday, September 19



LoJo Glow
Thursday, October 3

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for the 1st Annual Black Light Community Pep Rally!
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.
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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.
This Week's News:

Varsity Football Tickets Available Through School Store

2019-2020 PTA Reflections Contest – Look Within

Girl Scout Troops Now Forming

Lovejoy Swim and Dive Fundraiser

Lovejoy Gifted Association Meet & Greet

Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp

Trail Cleanup

Lovejoy Preschool PTA Open House

LLI 11th Annual Golf Tournament

Pink Out Pep Rally and Football Game T-Shirts

Homecoming T-Shirts

City of Lucas Farmers Market

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Men’s Tailgate Party and Cornhole Tournament

Running Over Depression

Mountain Bike Team

News from Collin College

Girl Scout Troops Now Forming
September 14 and September 21 Meetings

The information is live on the Community News Page: