SCIS Parent Message
#Be The Difference 
1.25.18
Principal's Message

Sloan Creek Parents,

We are looking forward to bump up day tomorrow where the 4th graders travel to SCIS and the 6th graders get to travel to WSMS to view the elective choices for next year.  Our 6th graders will be leaving around 9:00 a.m. and will return around 12:45 p.m.    

 

Important Dates for Next Week: 

  • Friday, January 26th-4th/6th/8th Bump Up Day Trip.
  • Wednesday, January 31st Award Ceremony *(You will be contacted by a teacher if your child is getting an award) 
    • 5th Grade 8:00 a.m. 
    • 6th Grade 10:00 am.
  • Thursday, February 1st,- 4th grade parent coffee @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 2nd- 4th Grade Parent Coffee @ 8:00 a.m.

With an Attitude of Gratitude, 

 
Ray Winkler
Principal
214.417.4660 

New SCIS Information

6th Grade Perot Field Trip - March 02 


Hello, 6th Grade Parents!

We are thrilled to announce our annual visit to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for our sixth graders!

While at the museum, we will have the opportunity to explore the traveling exhibit, Journey to Space Exhibition, experience the 3D film Journey to Space, and take a journey through the museum exhibits exploring all that the Perot museum has to offer.

Details:
Friday, March 2nd
Buses depart for the Perot at 9:00 am.
Boxed lunch and a T-Shirt is included for students.
Buses will return to campus at 2:30 pm.

Pricing:
Students $35,Includes all museum activities, T-Shirt, and a boxed lunch
Parent Volunteers $25   Includes all museum activities, and a boxed lunch
Lunch choices available when you pay online

All students and parent volunteers should sign up and pay online on the SCIS website before February 15th.  
Parent volunteers must be a cleared volunteer for Lovejoy ISD.
This application can be completed at the LISD website.
Parent Chaperone training will be at 8:00 am, Friday 3/2.
Parent Chaperone training will be at 8:00 am, Friday 3/2. Parent volunteers will get a
detailed email with info.


Hoops for Heart
Students have started their basketball unit and will be participating in hoops for heart fundraiser during the next month. The money donated will help the American Heart Association help fight heart disease. Donate here 


Current 6th Grade Registrations 2018-2019
It is time to begin the process of registering current 6th graders for the upcoming school year at WSMS!  Middle school counselors will begin speaking to students in late January about elective classes, core class selections, how to register online, and what to expect in the 2018-2019 school year. Parent Registration Presentations will be held on:
  • Parents of current 6th graders: At WSMS, January 30, 9am-10 am - Daytime Registration Presentation.
  • Parents of current 6th graders: At WSMS, January 30, 6pm-6:30pm - GT Information Meeting.
  • Parents of current 6th graders: At WSMS, January 30, 6:30-7:30pm - Evening Registration Presentation.
  • For a complete registration timeline, please click here.  Contact the Student Support Center at 469-742-8422 if you have any questions about these dates.

Current 6th Grade WSMS SPRING REGISTRATION for 2018-19  
DATE
STUDENTS
EVENT
LOCATION
January 26
9am-2pm
6th and 8th Graders
LISD Bump Up Day
 
WSMS and LHS
January 30
9am - 10am
Parents of
6TH Grade
WSMS Parent Registration Presentation
For Rising 7th Grade students
 
WSMS
Main Gym
January 30
11am - 12 pm
Parents of
7TH Grade
WSMS Parent Registration Presentation
For Rising 8th Grade Students
 
WSMS
Main Gym
January 30
5:30pm - 6pm
Parents of
6TH Grade
GT Parent Information Meeting
WSMS
Library
January 30
6pm - 7pm
Parents of
6TH Grade
WSMS Parent Registration Presentation
For Rising 7th Grade students
 
WSMS
Main Gym
January 30
6:30pm - 7pm
Parents of
7TH Grade
GT Parent Information Meeting
WSMS
Library
January 30
7pm - 8pm
Parents of
7TH Grade
WSMS Parent Registration Presentation
For Rising 8th Grade Students
 
WSMS
Cafe
January 31
 
7TH Grade
WSMS Student Registration Presentations
(through ELA classes)
 
WSMS
February 1
8th Grade
LHS Student Registration Meetings
(through ELA Classes)
 
WSMS
February
8 & 9
 
6TH Grade
WSMS Online Student Registration
(with counselors at SCIS)
 
SCIS
February
12 & 13
7TH Grade
WSMS Online Student Registration
(with counselors at WSMS through Science)
 
WSMS
 
February 12
6pm - 8pm
Parents of
8TH Grade
LHS Parent Registration Presentation
LHS
Auditorium
February 12
6pm - 8pm
8TH Grade
Parents & Students
LHS Showcase of Elective Classes
(to immediately follow Registration Presentation for Rising 9th Grade)
 
 
LHS
February
14 & 15
8TH Grade
LHS Online Student Registration
(with counselors at WSMS through Science)
 
WSMS
 


From The Nurse
Our children are growing up immersed in digital media. As a parent, do you wonder how many hours your child should look at a screen per day? The American Academy of Pediatrics came up with some recommendations in October of 2016.

Among the AAP recommendations:
  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
  • Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
  • Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also come up with a tool that you can track your child's daily media use, https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx


Cold and Flu Season
Parents, As you may know flu cases in Texas have been on the rise. Here are a few reminders in an effort to stay healthy:
  • Please don't send your student to school if they have a fever of 100 or greater. They must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of ibuprofen of acetaminophen before they can return to school.
  • If your student has vomiting or diarrhea, they must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Common flu symptoms are: fever, chills, fatigue, stomach ache and headache (especially in children) and sore throat.
  • Handwashing and the flu vaccine are still the best prevention.
  • If you or your student have any flu-like symptoms, please stay home.  
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me: 469-742-8307

Thank you,
Nurse Pierce

Attention 6th grade parents:
There are two vaccinations required by the State of Texas for entry into the 7th grade. They are a Tdap (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis) booster and the Meningococcal vaccine. These vaccines are typically given at the 11 or 12 year old well child visit. If your student receives these two vaccines, please send a copy of the vaccination record to school with your student or fax it to 469-742-8401 . Your help is greatly appreciated, as it will make your transition to 7th grade much easier.

Healthy Zone  
January  Newsletter

Student Nutrition 
January  Newsletter


SCIS Calendar of Events

January 26 4/6/8 Bump Up Day - 6th Grade to WSMS 9:00-11:30 am
January 29 Yearbook Club 2:50 pm-3:45 pm
January 29 Chess Club 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
January 29 Sloan Creek Chorale Rehearsal  3:00 pm-4:00 pm
January 31 1st Semester Awards - 5th Grade      (Teachers will contact you if your child is receiving a leadership award) 8:00 am
January 31 1st Semester Awards - 6th Grade
(Teachers will contact you if your child is receiving a leadership award)
10:00 am
January 31 Geography Bee  3:00 pm
February 01 Rising 5th Grader Parent Meeting 6:00 pm
February 02 Rising 5th Grader Parent Coffee 8:00 am
February 02 Early Release 11:45 am
February 05  Yearbook Club 2:50 pm-3:45 pm
February 05 Chess Club 3:00pm-4:00pm
February 05 Sloan Creek Chorale 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
February 08 Rising 7th Grade On-line registration
February 12 Yearbook Club
2:50 pm-3:45 pm
February 12 Chess Club
3:00pm-4:00pm
February 15 Progress Reporting Period Ends
February 16-19 Winter Break- No School
February 23-24  Academic UIL 
February 26 Chess Club 2:50 pm-3:45 pm
February 26 Yearbook Club 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
February 26 Orchestra Concert @ LHS 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
February 28 Student Lighthouse Meeting 2:50 pm-4:30 pm 
March 02 6th Grade Perot Trip Day Trip

Message from Sloan Creek PTA

PTA News
We have more than 5 million good reasons to vote in the Primary Election on March 6, 2018. Be an advocate for all students in your #CommYOUnity and make your voice heard.
 
You may click here to view a list of candidates running for office in Collin County. Our State Representative Seat is District 89 and our State Senate Seat is District 8.
 
If you are new to the district, please be sure to register to vote by February 5, 2018. Additional information is available on the votetexas.gov website.
 
 




District News
Elementary and Intermediate School Appreciation Night
January 26th
The Lovejoy Girls basketball team invites you to join them for Elementary and Intermediate School Appreciation Night. This event will be held on Friday, January 26th during the team's home basketball game against Wylie East. JV will play at 5:30 PM and Vasrity will play at 7:00 PM.  We hope to see you there to help us fill the stands in support of the Lady Leopards. 

Mini Majestic Dance Camp
January 27th
Saturday, January 27
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cost $60 (includes t-shirt)
Registration deadline is Thursday, January 25th
 
Lovejoy students in grades K-6 are invited to join the Majestics Dance Team. Spend the morning learning a fun routine with the Majestics, meet new friends and perform the routine for family and friends at a "Show-Off" which will be held at 11:00 AM.  Click hereto register and  click here for additional information.
 
You may contact  Becca Supan (214.938.6385) or  Sophie Wissman (214.929.8138) with questions.
 
Thank you for supporting the Majestics.








Lovejoy K-6 Talent Show The Lovejoy High School Junior Class invites Lovejoy K - 6 students to register for its upcoming fundraiser talent show. The show will take place Thursday, February 15th at 5:30 PM at Lovejoy High School in the auditorium, with rehearsals on Thursday, February 8th at 5:00 PM. The cost for single acts to perform is $25, and group acts is $50. Admission to the event is free. All proceeds will go to support Prom.
For more information and to register,  click here. Please note, only the first 40 acts to register will be accepted, so don't delay.










Lovejoy Lacrosse Spirit Day
January 29th
 
If you love Chick-fil-A and Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse stop by Chick-fil-A on Stacy Road on Monday, January 29th to show your support of the Lacrosse teams. Chick-fil-A, on Stacy Road, is a sponsor of the Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse program for the 2017-2018 season.
 
Before you place your order let the cashier know you are supporting Lovejoy Leopard Lacrosse. Invite your family, friends, and co-workers. We hope to see you on the 29th.


Relay for Life: April 6
Relay for Life is an annual event which will be held at Willow Springs Middle School to raise awareness of cancer and to donate to cancer research. This year's initiative is to bring the Lovejoy community together as a whole to promote a sense of unity and caring. We hope you will save the date of April 6th and join us for Relay for Life.
 
Relay for Life Dinner
A dinner in honor of survivors, caregivers, and their families will be held in conjunction with the Relay for Life event. If this applies to you or to someone you know, please RSVP to Katherine Guo.
 
Relay for Life Stories to Share
The high school Relay for Life committee is also organizing a tribute to those who have been affected by cancer. If you have a story to share, please contact Katherine Guo.
 
Relay for Life Gallery Wall Opportunity
To encourage participation of students at the elementary and intermediate school levels, the LHS Relay for Life organizers are hosting a coloring page activity. Students may click here to print the coloring page and decorate it as creatively as they can. They may then turn the page into the receptionist desk at their campus to receive a pencil, sticker or other prize.  The event organizers will use all coloring pages to create a gallery wall for the event, which will represent loving support for those whose lives have been affected by cancer.
 
Relay for Life Luminarias
Relay for Life is selling Luminarias for the Relay for Life event on April 6th at Willow Springs Middle School. Luminarias honor those whose lives have been affected by cancer. You may dedicate a Luminaria to loved ones who lost their battles with cancer, someone currently battling cancer, or anyone who has overcome cancer. When you attend the Relay event, you will see the Luminarias placed around the track, decorated with names and sometimes messages to whom they are dedicated. Luminarias are $10. If you would like to purchase one, please click here.  




Toy Drive
The Work Based Learning classes at Lovejoy High School are hosting an annual toy drive in January to benefit the children in Little Leopards. Collection boxes will be placed at each campus and the administration building. Toy collection will begin when students and staff return to school on January 8th. The students are accepting new to gently used toys for children from birth to five years of age. For additional information please click here or contact sancy_fuller@lovejoyisd.net



Kids 1st After School Program
Kids 1st is an after school program developed by Lovejoy ISD in order to provide quality, safe care for children at each of the elementary schools and also Sloan Creek. For information, please visit the Lovejoy ISD Kids 1st web page at:  Click Here

Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Registration for the Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program is now open.  If you have a child who will be 4 years of age by September 1, 2017, you may now register him or her in this tuition-based program.   Click here to access the registration packet. 
We are looking forward to offering this new program featuring credentialed teachers who will provide a developmentally appropriate experience which will prepare our four year olds for Kindergarten.  We fully recognize a Pre-K program must be highly engaging and allow our children to explore their creativity. Enrichment opportunities in Art, Music, Library, and Fitness, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) will be provided each week.  We are enthusiastic about this opportunity to provide a Lovejoy education for your youngest Leopards at Puster.  The Pre-K students will experience a rich learning environment which will provide them with a firm foundation for their K-12 Lovejoy experience.
You may  click here to review frequently asked questions.  For additional information, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003 or by  email.

Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety. In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district's website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We will also announce any closure through the media and by phone. Links to our social media accounts are shown below.
 
Lovejoy ISD App
The Lovejoy ISD App is available for download on both Apple and Android devices.  To download the app for Apple devices, please  click here.  To download the app for Android devices, please  click here.  
 
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.

MySchoolBucks Convenience Fee
MySchoolBucks, the district's online meal prepayment program, has provided notification regarding an increase in the convenience fee paid by parents using the online payment feature. The fee will be increasing from $1.95 per payment to $2.49 per payment and will be effective as of December 11, 2017. This increase is the result of an increase in card scheme fees. The district does not receive any convenience fee funds from MySchoolBucks.
 
In light of the increase, the district contacted MySchoolBucks. They agreed to increase the maximum payment from $120 per deposit to $240 per deposit. This payment deposit increase is effective immediately. You may contact MySchoolBucks directly by telephone at 855.832.5226 or via email at support@myschoolbucks.com.

The Lovejoy Running Club
The Lovejoy Running Club will be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:00 PM near the Duck Pond at Celebration Park. All ages and ability levels are welcome to attend from novice walkers looking to shed a few pounds, to elite runners gearing up for the next race. If you have questions regarding the running program you may contact:mailto:  greg_christensen@lovejoyisd.net   P.S.  Dogs are welcome. 

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.


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Give to the Foundation via AmazonSmile
If you plan on purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider visiting Amazon Smile. Amazon established AmazonSmile to give back 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations. When you are ready to shop, log in to your Amazon account by visiting the AmazonSmile website for the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. Once you have logged in, you will have access to the same products, same prices and same service you find at amazon.com. Thank you for your support of the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools.

SCIS Reminders
Dear SCIS Parents, 

We want to alert you that there has been one or more cases of head lice at SICS over the last few months.  If there is a concern with your child, our school nurse will contact you directly.  If you need additional information and resources, you may visit the CDC's website at the following link:  https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html 
 
Moreover, you may review the District's procedures for head lice on page 42 of the 2017-2018 Student Handbook, which states, in relevant part:

" If careful observation indicates a student has head lice, the school nurse will contact the student's parent to determine whether the child will need to be picked up from school, and to discuss a plan for treatment with FDA-approved medicated shampoo or cream rinse which may be purchased from any drug or grocery store. After the student has undergone one treatment, the parent should check in with the school nurse to discuss the treatment used. The nurse can also offer additional recommendations, including subsequent treatments and how to best get rid of lice and prevent their return."
 
Below is the link to the Handbook for your reference:
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Tamara Pierce, 
School Nurse

REMIND 101: TEXT (TEACHER CODE) TO 81010

Cooper
@coopers5t
Drummond
@drummond5
McClintick
@emccli
Thornton
@fa62678
Turner
@8bd763
Bradshaw
@fg892e
Nash
@hf7dkc4
Rohlmeier
@rohlm
McTee
@4d938g4a
 
Reagan
@kc66kbk
Reagan - GT
@42886017
5th Math
@scis5t
Person
@df24f8
Casey
@22gg6d
Pomponio
@jpompo
Wojcik
@mrsgunderw
Anderson
@ha99cg8
Anderson -GT
@ecd1d
Underwood
@mrsunderw
Love
@gtela6
Chadwick
@mrschad
6th Math
@28e22k
Kuneman
@mrkuneman


FERPA and General Waivers
This must be done again every year via powerschool, 
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
5. You should now be in PowerSchool. Click on the blue "Click here to access                       the Enrollment Packet Forms or to update student information."
6. There are multiple forms you can click to update, but the required forms are the two on       the bottom - "FERPA" and "General Waiver"
If you have any questions, please give Lori Esser  a call at 469-742-8400.

Student Absences
For your convenience when your student is absent, you may send an e-mail to our PEIMS clerk,  Lori Esser, that will serve as a parent note.You are also welcome to call us, but we will require something in writing as well to satisfy the requirement. If your child does receive a note from a doctor's visit, please do send that in as well.


WOULD YOU LIKE DAILY TEXT UPDATES FROM SCIS? 
Here are the 4 easy steps:
  
1. Send a text message to the number:40404
2. Type this message:Follow @sloancreekis
3. Send the message above to the 40404 number
4. You will receive a daily update/reminder about SCIS
 
EMAIL COMMUNICATION
Be sure to take a moment to sign up, on the Lovejoy ISD website, to receive Mr. Moore's as well as my weekly e-mails.   Click here to sign up

Google Classroom Email Summaries for Parents/ Guardians
Lovejoy has been sending invitations for Google Classroom email summaries for parents/guardians over the last week; however, Google is having some technical issues with the invitations to all parent/guardian email addresses. We continue to work with Google to resolve this problem. Please continue to watch for your invitation for Google Classroom email summaries.
 
As a parent/ guardian, you may receive email summaries showing your student's progress in Google Classroom. You may choose daily or weekly emails, and unsubscribe or remove yourself from Google Classroom anytime. Guardian summaries include missing work, upcoming work, and class activity. As a parent/ guardian, you must receive and accept an email invitation before you receive email summaries. Following is a sample of the email invitation you may receive:

For additional information regarding Google Classroom email summaries for guardians, please  click here .  If you have questions, please contact the Library Media Specialist for your campus:
 
Sloan Creek Intermediate School


Volunteering at SCIS
Volunteer Applications Available 
The Online Volunteer Application for the 2017-2018 school year is now available. Please  click here access the application. Upon completion of the form, please be sure to click "Submit Application" located at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. The online application is a secure link.
For the safety of our students, a criminal history record is obtained annually for every person interested in volunteering at an LISD campus.
Your interest in serving as a volunteer is appreciated. Please email  Gina Ellis if you have any questions.