Puster Elementary School
Principal Message
Septmeber 13, 2018

A Message from Kevin Parker
Hot Air Balloon Update: We are in a holding pattern at the moment.  I am learning more than I ever thought I would about optimal flying conditions.  We are waiting to find out how low the cloud cover will be in the morning.  I will send another email tonight with a final decision for the morning.

Beginning this year we are serving a la carte items in the cafeteria before school.  We will have items such as muffins and cereal.  Students can go to the cafeteria before 8:00 for breakfast and then will continue to class.

If you have not done so already, I highly encourage you to join the PTA.  I strongly believe it is the best $8.00 I spend each year.  For the 2017-2018 school year, we had the highest number of PTA members we have ever had at Puster and because of our membership received the Platinum Voice for Every Child Award from the Texas PTA.  We have had 100% of our teachers join over the past three years and would love if our entire community would join in as well.  To join, follow this link:  https://puster-pta-membership.cheddarup.com .

My wishes for a great weekend.

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
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 12:00





September 14 - Mr. Parker's Hot Air Balloon Ride 
September 17 - 21 - Book fair
September 17 - Chess and Choir
September 18 - Engineering K-1
September 18 - Spanish
September 19 - Engineering 2-4
September 19 - Spanish
September 20 - PES Talent Show Auditions
September 20 - PTA Meeting and Ice Cream Social
September 24 - Choir and Chess
September 25 - Engineering K-1 and Spanish
September 26 - Engineering 2-4 and Spanish
September 28 - Early Release AT 12:00
October 22 - Fall Family Fun Night

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools





North Texas Giving Day
The Foundation for Lovejoy School's Annual Appeal, #WeLoveLovejoy, is underway. Our goal is to raise $200,000 with remarkable community support and 100% Lovejoy family participation. The Foundation Board of Directors asks you to join them in giving to the Foundation on North Texas Giving Day, Thursday, September 20th, from 6:00 AM - midnight.
 
Schedule Your Pledge to Give!
If you are unable to give on September 20th, you may schedule your gift during this year's 10 Days of Giving, from September 10th - 19th. Visit Northtexasgivingday.org for additional information regarding scheduling your gift, and donate. Every gift, big or small, is valuable to the mission of enhancing education in Lovejoy. Let's keep those campus thermometers rising!

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.

Absences
If your child is going to be absent please e-mail Kendra Card at:
kendra_card@lovejoyisd.net 
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

New! Girl Scout Troops Now Forming
 
New Girl Scout troops are forming for girls in K-12th grade - and you and your daughter are invited to join us to learn more about Girl Scouting. All Girl Scout activities are 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused.  Join us for information events on Saturday, September 15th from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Bethany Lakes Park (731 Bethany Lake Blvd, Allen) or Monday, September 17th at 7:00 PM at Marion Elementary School (1595 Stablerun Drive, Allen) or contact us at serviceunit101@yahoo.com for additional information.

NEW!  Sign Up Now for Cub Scouts! 
Meeting at Puster Elementary
September 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Go to this link for more information: 







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 ).



Last Day to order Field Day Shirts is Friday 9/14!
 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.  

Ice Cream Social on 9/20.
The Puster PTA invites you to the Annual Ice Cream Social. Please click here for more details 
 
PES Directory Cover & Advertisers
How cool would it be if the directory featured your child's drawing on the cover?  Just have your child submit a BLACK & WHITE hand-drawn picture ( click for contest rules )  by Friday, September 21. We will have four winners: 1st and 2nd place for grades K-2 and 3-4 grade. 

ADVERTISERS DATE EXTENDED to 9/21. We ask local merchants to support our PTA and our school through advertisements, which finance the printing of the directory. Ads range in size & price. 1/4 page, which is perfect for a business card, is $35. A half page is $50 and a full page is just $100. To place an ad in the directory, please email a high resolution PDF of your ad, and mail a
  completed contract  and your check (payable to Puster PTA) to Puster Elementary Attn. PTA Directory by Friday, September 14. Please contact PES Directory Chair, Alyssa Boyd ( alyssaboyd@live.com ) with any questions regarding the directory.

Calling all New Families
 
The Puster PTA and Welcome Chair will be hosting its annual "New Families Luncheon" on Wednesday, Sept 26th from 12-1:30pm at Gloria/s in The Village of Fairview 
. Any new families to Puster Elementary are invited and encouraged to attend. This will be a great and exciting opportunity for new parents to meet one another and learn more about Puster and navigating through Lovejoy ISD. Appetizers and beverages are on us! Please RSVP by 9/24 to Jacqueline Stevens at  Jaqsstevens@aol.com

2018-2019 Reflections Competition
 
Celebrate the arts during the National PTA Reflections competition, where students can unleash their creative potential and share an interpretation of this years' theme, "Heroes Around Me!" Students may submit work in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Competition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Entries are reviewed at local, council, state, and national levels, and will be judged on how well the student uses their artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity. Please click here for more information regarding this program, and click here for a copy of the student entry form. Entries are due on Friday, November 2, and can be turned in to the front office. Contact Alice Robison (alicerobison@hotmail.com

Puster PTA Membership and Puster Leopard Drive
Go to this for more information:



Boxtop Collection Time! 
It's Box Top collection time! Start bringing in your box tops to class and be sure to write your teacher's name on it.  As your class brings in Box Tops your teacher will start climbing on Mt. Box Top - who will get to the top first??? You can also drop your box tops in the collection bin under the bulletin board on the way to the cafeteria. 





LIBRARY LOWDOWN

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


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-- 
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 is open and now in full swing! 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! Volleyball - Bring Your Own Parent Elementary Night
September 14th
Join Leopard Volleyball for the Annual BYOP (Bring Your Own Parent) Elementary School Night on September 14th. The Leopards will play Arlington Martin High School. The BYOP organization will have a booth set up in the foyer prior to the contest for all Leopard parents to review their program. Make plans to come out and support Leopard Volleyball.
 






NEW! Evening with the Majestics
October 12th
The LHS Majestics will host an Evening with the Majestics on Friday, October 12th at the Pink Out football game for Lovejoy ISD students in grades K - 6. 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

 
NEW! Red Out Homecoming Shirts Available from LHS Band
Order Now!
Have you purchased your Red Out Homecoming Shirt? Click here for more information and a printable order form. The deadline to order is October 12, 2018.




NEW! Lovejoy Softball Grand Slam Club Host Spirit Night
Thursday, September 20th
The Lovejoy Lady Leopard Softball Boosters are hosting a Lady Leopard Softball Night at Panera Restaurant on Thursday, September 20th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Bring the following flyer to Panera's for redemption and a portion of the bill will go to the Grand Slam Club.  Please come out, enjoy some great food, and help support our Lady Leopard's Softball Team









 
NEW! Lovejoy Upper 90 Soccer Boosters Host Juggling-A-Thon
Saturday, October 13th
The Upper 90 Soccer Booster Club will host a "Juggling-A-Thon" to help raise money for the program.  Each Soccer player will have 30 minutes to get his or her highest number of consecutive ball touches.  Prior to this event, the players will be seeking sponsorships for the number of touches they complete during their 30-minute juggling drill.  Please help support our 2019 Boys and Girls Soccer program with a sponsorship. 
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Alex Duran, Head Boys Soccer Coach
Ian Keeble, Head Girls Soccer Coach
 
The team will perform their juggling drills for funds on Saturday, October 13th.  
Additional information will be made available as the event nears




NEW! Lovejoy Gifted Association Meet and Greet
Wednesday, September 19th
Are you interested in learning more about the Gifted and Talented program in Lovejoy?  Click here for details regarding the Lovejoy Gifted Association Meet and Greet.
 


NEW! 10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament
Saturday, November 3rd
Register now for Lovejoy's 10th Annual Turkey Chess Tournament. This is a five round USCF (United States Chess Federation) event that will be held at Sloan Creek Intermediate School. Click here to register.


NEW! Lovejoy Softball Grand Slam Club Host Spirit Night
Thursday, September 20th
The Lovejoy Lady Leopard Softball Boosters are hosting a Lady Leopard Softball Night at Panera Restaurant on Thursday, September 20th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Bring the following flyer to Panera's for redemption and a portion of the bill will go to the Grand Slam Club.  Please come out, enjoy some great food, and help support our Lady Leopard's Softball Team

NEW! Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, September 24th
 
The 10th Annual Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. (LLI) Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, September 24th at "The Dye Course" at Stonebridge Country Club. This is a new tournament venue.  Registration opens at 7:00 AM. The tournament begins at 8:00 AM and the cost is $150 per player, which includes green fees, cart, gift bag and awards luncheon.
 
The Tournament is limited to 144 golfers.  Golfers should indicate the booster club they are playing in support of and LLI will return 90% of the net after expenses to that booster club.  Golfers may also purchase a Super Ticket for $50, which includes 10 raffle tickets and all games on the course. The deadline to register is September 17th. To obtain a registration form and pay online, golfers may access the LLI Golf Tournament Flyer by clicking here .



New! Tutoring for Students
Lovejoy teachers provide tutoring for students as the need arises. However, there are times you may decide an outside tutor would be helpful for your child. We are pleased to announce that Lovejoy ISD and Tutoring 101 formed a partnership to bring Tutoring 101 services to Lovejoy High School. Tutoring 101 will offer tutoring for K - 12 students in any subject area needed. This partnership is a revenue generating relationship for Lovejoy as we have signed a revenue sharing model. Click here: Tutoring 101@Lovejoy High School for additional information


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.

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 .



Girls and Boys Lacrosse Free Try-It Clinics
Lovejoy Lacrosse will host 2 girls' and boys' lacrosse try-it clinics on 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






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?
 
If you would like more information, a slideshow presentation will be available on the gifted and talented webpage  . 
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469-742-8015) or Brie Smith (469-742-8032).
 

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. 





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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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