Puster Elementary School
Principal Message
August 30, 2018

A Message from Kevin Parker

It's time to pay the piper. Am I feeling good about going up in a hot air balloon? Not really! Am I going to have my game face on? You bet! Is the amount of anxiety I have about this whole thing worth Puster students getting excited and reading over 4,500 books in three months? Without a doubt!!!
 
Our target date and time for lift off is 8:00 am on Friday, September 7. The balloon will be on campus and begin inflating around 7:30 am. Puster families are welcome to join us in the back field to watch this exciting event. The viewing area will be the basketball court and will be marked off to keep everyone at a safe distance while we watch Jason Meyers and his Altitude Adjustment crew prepare for the flight. I will be climbing into the basket for lift off at 8:00 am. We would love to have you join us.
 
PLEASE PARK IN THE FRONT OF PUSTER AND WALK THROUGH THE FRONT DOORS AND INTO THE COURTYARD UNTIL YOU GET TO THE BASKETBALL COURT IN THE BACK OF THE SCHOOL IF YOU ARE COMING TO THE BALLOON LAUNCH.
 
*If weather is not conducive for the flight, we will postpone until Friday, September 14. We will keep everyone updated if we have to make a change. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

If there is ever anything you feel needs immediate attention, please don't hesitate to call or text me at 469-667-2280.
 
Pride in Puster,
Kevin

Follow Mr. Parker on Twitter @peskevinparker and follow what's happening on our campus @pusterlearners. 

Dates to Remember




September 3 - Labor Day Holiday

September 4 - Engineering Grades K-1
September 4 - Spanish Enrichment Classes
September 5 - Copier Training for Volunteers 10:00 am
September 5 - Engineering Grades 2-4
September 5 - Spanish Enrichment Classes
September 7 - Mr. Parker's Hot Air Balloon Ride
September 10 - PTA Board Meeting
September 10 - Choir and Chess
September 11 - Engineering Grades K-1
September 11 - Spanish Enrichment Classes
September 12 - Engineering Grades 2-4
September 12 - Spanish Enrichment Classes
September 14 - Reading with the Leopards
September 17 - 21 - Book fair
September 20 - PTA Meeting and Ice Cream Social
October 22 - Fall Family Fun Night




Foundation for Lovejoy Schools


Campus Information
New Security Procedures
Driver's License must be presented and scanned with every visit and student sign out, no exceptions. 


Start and End Time
School hours have changed for the 2018-2019 school year.  We will still begin the day at 8:00.  Dismissal will now be at 3:10.


Lunchroom Visitors

Lunchroom Visitors (PreK-4)
You are welcome to have lunch with your child throughout the year. Please keep in mind that you may only bring food for your child to eat. We have many students on campus with food allergies and this will ensure that students are not put at risk. Also, just as in years past, we ask that only you and your child sit at the designated tables closest to the hallway windows.
 


Morning Drop Off
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.  On the first day of school, students will go immediately to their classroom regardless of what time they arrive.  Beginning on August 21, 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.


Afternoon Pick Up
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.  If you plan to walk up to the front door to pick up your child, we will ask that you wait outside until the bus riders come through the front door.  We will then release your child to you.  This ensures the buses get out in a timely manner, as well as, we know exactly who your child is leaving campus with.  Please do not pull your child out of the bus line. The safety of your children trumps everything else we do at Puster.


PRE - K News
To see Pre-K News  click here

PUSTER NEWS







Volunteer Background Application Now Available
  For the safety of our students, a criminal history record is obtained annually for every person interested in volunteering at a LISD campus. Upon completion of the background check, applicants will be notified of approval to volunteer.
 
Please  click here  to access the Online Volunteer Application. The online application is a secure link.
 
All information regarding volunteer applications received for the 2017-2018 school year has been deleted. If you submitted an application prior to August 2018, you will need to complete another application.
 
Thank you for your assistance with this very important matter. Your interest in serving as a volunteer is appreciated. Should you have any questions, or require assistance, please contact:
 
Stacey Dillon
Assistant to the Superintendent
469.742.8003

EV3 Robotics Class
The 2-4 Coding class is being replaced with the EV3 Robotics class. The dates and price won't change. 
 
 If your student brought home a flyer yesterday, please ignore it and click here for the EV3 information. An updated flyer will also be sent home this week. 
   
Revel in robotics! Use the latest EV3 Robots to learn basic programming skills to make the Robot follow your directions.  Increasingly, program robots to do more complex tasks such as arm flex, repair broken bridge and rescuing skiers trapped in an avalanche!  Classes held on October 10, 17, 24, 31 November 7.

NEW AND RETURNING PUSTER FAMILIES:
Please Complete FERPA and General Waiver Forms
It is, once again, time to complete the FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) and General Waiver forms electronically. Also, please take the time to verify that all other required forms have been completed. You can find these forms on line by:
1. Go to the LISD Website .
2. Click on Parents,
3. Power School Parent Portal
4. Input your user name and password for existing families/ Create an Account for new families.
5. You should now be in PowerSchool Click on Enrollment and Student Forms.
6. There are multiple forms you can click to update, but the required forms are the two tabs on the top right hand side of the screen: "FERPA" and "General Waiver"
7 . MAKE SURE TO HIT "SUBMIT" at the bottom of the page when completed .
If you have any questions, please give Kendra Card a call at 469-742-8283.
 



Watch D.O.G.S. 2.0 "Another Year, Another 100"
Take a day or ½ day to be a hero for your child. Get your picture on the  Puster Watch D.O.G.S. wall with your child.
Signup below for your day. Let's see how fast we can fill this up.

What is WATCH D.O.G.S. and how do you participate?
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.
Have you completed the districts background check?
Lovejoy ISD Volunteer process for the 2018-2019 school year is not yet open. Should be soon.
Each Watch D.O.G. dad is encouraged to wear a Watch D.O.G.S. T-shirt on the day he is volunteering at the school. Your child/children may also want a "My Hero" shirt to wear that day too. Below is the link to purchase your t-shirts. Watch D.O.G. t-shirts are not required but it's encouraged.

Here is the link to purchase your t-shirts:

If you have any questions you can contact Henri Friloux at  henri.friloux@gmail.com or 972-365-5478.

Engineering Club
Registration for the after school Engineering Club opens on Monday, 8/20. 


FINE ARTS 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 10th.  If you have any questions please contact  Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net




PUSTER TALENT SHOW - 1st - 4th Grade
The Puster Talent Show for 1st-4th graders will be Thursday, October 4th at 8:15AM.  Auditions are September 19th and 20th after school.  Students must audition to be considered for the show.  Please read the 
Puster Talent Show Handout  for detailed information about auditions and expectations.  Submit an  ONLINE FORM  to register your child for auditions.  3rd and 4th graders may apply to be part of our Stage Crew by turning in this  Stage Crew Application Form .  For more information visit the  Puster Music web page  or e-mail  Anne_Tracy@lovejoysid.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 13 and 18 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  2018-2019 LCC Parent Packet  and  online permission form .  Questions can be directed to your child's music teacher or Anne Tracy ( Anne_Tracy@lovejoyisd.net ).




PTA NEWS

PTA Receives money back from Kroger Purchases
Did you know... The Puster PTA receives money back from Kroger based on purchases made by you?! Click here to get more information. 

Puster PTA Membership and Puster Leopard Drive
Go to this for more information:
https://my.cheddarup.com/c/puster-pta-membership

Click here for the Puster Leopard Drive form.


Order your Field Day Shirts
 
This year the Field Day shirt will be sold online only.  These shirts are worn for Puster Pride, some Field trips, and Field Day - and any other day you choose to wear them.  Each grade level has their own color!  Please get your order in ASAP.  ( https://my.cheddarup.com/c/puster-field-day-shirt-2018-19)


SAVE YOUR BOXTOPS 
Welcome back to school!  Don't forget to save those box tops when you are back to school shopping.  There is a new box top collection container in the school lobby that you can drop your box tops in.  You can bring them with you to meet the teacher or when school starts again, just remember to put your teachers name on the bag or envelope so your class will get the credit for them for the fall contest.  You can turn in all of your box tops in this container. You do not need to take them to your classroom any more (just don't forget to write your class on it). In November we get to see which grade brings in the most box tops and which class gets the box top trophy for bringing in the most!!  Thank you for always keeping an eye out for box tops to earn money for our school.



LIBRARY LOWDOWN
Book Fair September 17 - 21.  The Book Fair will be open during the Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 20. 

Leopard Leaders -- 
The Leopard Leader application is open NOW for fourth graders. Leopard Leaders are students who are interested in developing leadership skills on our campus by serving others. Fourth graders spend one recess period each week to help out in the library, with recycling, or working with younger students. Many students applied in May last year and will not need to apply again. This is an opportunity for new students and anyone who may have missed the deadline. The application will close on the evening of Monday, September 3.

Book Clubs-- 
Book clubs for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will begin in just a few weeks. We will be reading books from The Notebook of Doom series. Author Troy Cummings will be visiting our campus in October, so we will be reading his books and studying his writing style in order to be prepared for the visit. More information will be coming soon!

Library Books-- 
This week, we have begun meeting with students and working through Seesaw scavenger hunts in 1st through 4th grades. Our library philosophy is all about the "freedom of choice". We believe students should select books that are fun to read-- even if they are not on their classroom instructional level. We are working to support readers for life, and we want reading to be an enjoyable, fulfilling experience. Sometimes students choose to check out very challenging books-- this is okay! This is the way they tell us what kind of readers they aspire to be. With that being said, we work hard to highlight books that are engaging and grade-appropriate. We encourage students to select a wide variety of books and to keep trying new things until they find their "just right" books.

Students are able to check out up to 5 books at a time from the library, and the loan period is two full weeks. Generally, students like to keep their books for a week and return them for new ones on their next library day. However, we always want students to keep books as long as they are still reading them. It is possible to renew books when students need more time to complete them. Check with your classroom teacher and your student to find out when it is best to ensure library books are in backpacks to be returned to the library.

Makerspace-- 
The makerspace officially opens next week! The best way to see what happens in makerspace is to follow us on Facebook or Twitter and to let your student know that you like to see their makerspace creations on Seesaw.

Volunteers-- If you would like to volunteer in the library but have not yet signed up through PTA, please contact Emily Peabody  emily_peabody@lovejoyisd.net
 











DISTRICT NEWS





NEW! LHS Cheer
The Lovejoy High School Cheerleaders will host a 
Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp for ages 4 through 4th grade on October 20th. The Mini Cheerleaders will learn cheers, chants, and jumps to prepare for cheering at a Varsity football game. For detailed information, and to register, please click: 
Junior Leopards Cheer Registration. The registration deadline is Monday, October 1st.

 NEW! LHS MAJESTICS
The Lovejoy High School Majestics will host an Evening with the Majestics on Friday, October 12th at the Pink Out football game for Lovejoy ISD students in grades kindergarten through 6th. The mini Majestics will learn a routine to perform on the field during the Pre-Game show. For detailed information, and to register, please click: Evening with the Majestics Registration. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 3rd.

Lovejoy Senior Requests Assistance with Senior Project
A message from Lovejoy Senior, Alexandra Brungardt:
 
"As an incoming senior, I have selected a project that is close to my heart. There is a "Toy Closet" at the Cancer Hospital from which patients can choose an item to help during their stay. I want to stock the Closet with as many toys as possible.  In order to purchase toys for the closet, donation bins will be placed at each of the schools and the red building. These bins will be collecting gently used Lovejoy Spirit Wear. Once collected, the spirit wear will be sold and the money used to buy Toys for the Closet.
The toys will be donated in memory of Walker Jack Rainey.
I can be reached at  brungardt_alexandra@lovejoyisd.com
with any comments or questions.  Thank you for your generosity."



 Chess Club for Elementary and Intermediate Students
Chess Club Enthusiasts : Lovejoy Chess Club registration is now open. The first session will be held the week of September 10th. You may click here for additional information and to register. If you have any questions, please email Miles Knight .



Tom Landry Classic Saturday, September 1st
The Lovejoy Leopards will play Frisco Heritage in the Tom Landry Classic on September 1st at Allen Eagle Stadium. Proceeds from this game will go towards scholarships for students at Lovejoy High School. Come to the game and bring 5 of your friends.
 


Girls and Boys Lacrosse Free Try-It Clinics
Lovejoy Lacrosse will host 2 girls' and boys' lacrosse try-it clinics on August 25th and September 8th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Willow Springs Middle School. The try-it clinics and introduction to girls' and boys' lacrosse is open to Lovejoy ISD and surrounding communities.
 
Both try-it clinics are free and are open to all grade levels - kinder through high school. Girls and boys are welcome to attend one or both of the clinics. No registration is required. Just come on out to the field ready to have fun. There will be lacrosse equipment available to borrow.
 
No lacrosse experience is necessary. There will be drills for players of all skill and experience levels. The clinics will be a fun, no pressure environment where girls and boys can try lacrosse and parents can learn about the Lovejoy Lady Leopards Lacrosse program.
 
For additional information click here . For questions, click here.






Back to School: Important Transportation News
The Transportation Department is looking forward to welcoming your students to the 2018-2019 school year. Important news regarding requesting bus service, bus routes, stop locations, time, and the SafeStop School Bus Tracking App is now available. Click here for this important news.

Kids 1st Registration
Now Open





Lovejoy Preschool PTA
Calling all parents of preschoolers - You are invited to join the Lovejoy Preschool PTA for their new member coffee to learn more about their organization.












Gifted and Talented Referrals for 2018-2019
The referral window for gifted and talented services is now open. Referral forms will be available online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal beginning August 13th. The window for referrals will close September 7, 2018.
 
Testing is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th and 22nd for students in grades 1-12. Please note: Kindergarten students will be tested at a later date.
 
Looking for More Information about G/T Services?
 
A brief information session will review the gifted and talented referral process and services offered in Lovejoy.
 
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
August 23 or August 30, 2018
9:00 AM or 6:30 PM (Session Information Repeats)
 
If you are unable to attend and would like more information, a slideshow presentation will be available on the gifted and talented webpage after the August 30 presentation.

For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469-742-8015) or Brie Smith (469-742-8032).
 









Lovejoy Hockey Fundraiser
The Lovejoy Ice Hockey team will host a fundraiser on September 4th. Click here for details.

New! Lovejoy Ice Hockey Registration
The Lovejoy Ice Hockey Club is forming teams for this upcoming season.  Any 7th - 12th grade hockey players who would like to join the team are encouraged to reach out to lovejoyhockey@gmail.com



Student Nutrition Letter for 2018-2019
Click here for the Cafeteria and Student Nutrition information. 





Twitter and Facebook
Are  you following the district on  Twitter ?  Have you liked us on  Facebook ?  Join us on social media for news and announcements.



School Bus Safety Practices
 
We would like to remind everyone of the following school bus safety practices:
 
*When you see a school bus, assume children will be in the area, and take extra care: leave lots of space around the bus.
 
*When the bus turns on its flashing yellow lights, the bus is either preparing to stop at a railroad crossing or preparing to stop to pick up or drop off children.  Please slow down and prepare to stop. 
 
*When the bus turns on its flashing red lights traffic must stop in both directions.  Never pass a school bus with flashing red lights. 
 
Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students safe.

 
SchoolMessenger 
Lovejoy ISD is adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger, the system we use for phone calls and email communications for information such as school closings due to inclement weather. SchoolMessenger will be configured to send text messages to your wireless phone number(s), with your approval. Please confirm we have your accurate wireless phone number in the PowerSchool Parent Portal and then opt-in to participate by following the directions below.
In order to receive messages from Lovejoy ISD or your student's school via SMS text we must have your wireless number(s) in SchoolMessenger and receive an "Opt-In Confirmation" from your wireless device.
You can easily opt-in by simply sending "Y" (or "Yes"), via text message, to our SchoolMessenger Short Code number 67587.
The wireless number(s) you enter into the PowerSchool Parent Portal are updated nightly. If you update your wireless number, or add a new number, in the PowerSchool Parent Portal, the new number will automatically be sent an Opt-In message.
To access the PowerSchool Parent Portal,  please click here . If you have any questions, or if we may be of any assistance, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.



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