Puster Elementary School
Principal Message
August 23, 2018

A Message from Kevin Parker
I hope the first week of school has been as smooth for you as it has been for us. We have begun to settle into routines and become familiar with our new grade levels and friends.  Next week our focus will turn to the curriculum and ensuring your child makes the expected progress in his/her grade level throughout the year.  Please continue to partner with us in the success of your child. This partnership is the foundation that the district has built its reputation. If you have questions or concerns about your child's academic growth, don't hesitate to reach out to the classroom teacher or myself. Have a fantastic 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,

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

Puster Safety Crew for 1st Semester -   "Last Call! Sign-Up Date extended to 8/31"
The Puster Safety Crew is open to any upcoming 4th grade student. Responsibilities include assisting students, teachers and staff with car drop-off and pick-up. Their work is crucial in helping us provide a safe start and end to the day for all students. Fourth graders who are interested may choose to help in the morning, the afternoon or both. Students who participate in both will not have A.M. and P.M. shifts within the same week. Once all responses have been collected, teams will be formed and a calendar will be sent out to students/parent. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Haynes at holly_haynes@lovejoyisd.net https://goo.gl/forms/6hgvRci7Y8Uxd5n03

Dates to Remember
September 3 - Labor Day Holiday
September 4 - Engineering Grades K-1
September 5 - Engineering Grades 2-4
September 10 - PTA Board Meeting
September 10 - Choir and Chess Club
September 17 - 21 - Bookfair
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
No Lunch Visitors During the 1st Week (PreK-4)
As in years past, I am asking that we not have any visitors in the lunchroom for the first week of school. The students will be learning new lunch room routines and procedures. Beginning August 27, please join us any day for lunch.
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

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

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.

Summer Reading
We are entering our final push for meeting our Summer Reading Goal. We are about two-thirds of the way there! Encourage your student(s) to log their reading online or keep a written log to be submitted to Mrs. Smithwick. Our final day for accepting reading logs will be Friday, August 24. Now is the time to buckle down and read if you want to see Mr. Parker sail away in a hot air balloon!

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. 


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 .

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 ).


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

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 )

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.

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


New! 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."

New! 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 .

NEW! 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.

New! 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.

New! 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.

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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