SCIS Parent Message
#Be The Difference 
4.12.18
 
Parent Video Message
Principal's Message
SCIS Parents,

Thank you so much for a great week at SCIS.  I hope you will watch the following video above about the following: 

1.) PTA General Meeting-Monday, April 16th, 10:30 a.m.

2.) Early Release- Wednesday, April 18th @ 11:45 a.m. 

3.) Snapshot Day for Perfect Attendance and Honor Roll Awards-Friday, April 27th. 

4.) 5th Grade Parents- Don't forget to sign the form below for the puberty video we are planning on doing on April 27th, 2018.  Please fill out the online Google Form:  https://goo.gl/forms/q51KXFuE686bfWJh1.   If we do not receive a form from you by April 15th, 2018, your child will NOT participate in the classes.

4.) Lighthouse Leadership Field Trip to Group Dynamics. Don't forget to sign your child up and pay for this field trip on May 17th (5th), May 18th, (6th).  Mrs. Price sent an email to all parents whose children are in the leadership program.  Deadline to sign up for this field trip is April 27th, 2018.  If you did not get this email, please reach out to her at Allyson_Price@lovejoyisd.net  


With an Attitude of Gratitude, 
 
Ray Winkler
Principal
214.417.4660 

     SCIS Student Spotlight
Would you like your child featured in the SCIS student spotlight? 
Just send Mr. Winkler an email with details and pictures! ray_winkler@lovejoyisd.net
New SCIS Information
Yearbook Sales Extended to April 20, 2018
Yearbooks can be purchased from Jostens until April 20. The cost is $30
 
Volunteers needed at SCIS
Parents are needed to help administer small group tests at SCIS. A training to answer all your questions will be held from 7:45 to 8:15 on Monday, March 26th. Each week we send out a Google Form with dates and times for parents to sign up to help test. You can help as little or as much as your schedule allows. Some tests are during single block classes for about 45 minutes and other test are during double block classes for about 90 min. Typically you will have a group of 2 to 4 kids that you will read the test to. We appreciate your help and support! 

5th Grade - Growth and Development Video
Dear 5th grade Parents/Guardians:

As part of the health curriculum, the Always Changing film on Human Growth and Development will be shown to the 5th grade on April 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm during 9th period.

Boys and girls will be separated for the Growth and Development class. Mr. Winkler will talk with the boys and Tamara Pierce, the nurse at Sloan Creek, will assist with the girls. We will be available to answer questions and concerns from the students after the presentation of the film. We will only answer questions that have to do with the information from the film.

As the parent/guardian, you have the most important role in teaching your child about their growth and development. We encourage you to preview the videos that will be shown and learn more about how to talk to your child.
https://www.pgschoolprograms.com/Parents  Scroll down to the view the Always Changing-Boys or Always Changing-Girls (not the original version). Please take this opportunity to talk openly with your child.

Please fill out the online Google Form at
https://goo.gl/forms/q51KXFuE686bfWJh1.  If we do not receive a form from you by April 15th, 2018, your child will NOT participate in the classes.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 469-742-8400.

Sincerely,

Tamara Pierce, RN                                       Amber Smith
School Nurse Counselor                              Counselor

ACTION ITEM: EACH 5TH GRADE PARENT NEEDS TO COMPLETE THE PERMISSION FORM HERE:


From The Nurse
5th grade vs 6th grade Step Challenge
Parents, to encourage students to be more active, we are going to have a 5th vs 6th grade step challenge next week.  Students can use their favorite device to calculate their steps for one week starting Sunday, April 8 and ending Saturday, April 14.  The winner gets to have Mr. Winkler as a DJ for their lunch/recess on Wednesday, April 18.  Here are the links to enter their steps on Saturday the 14th.
6th Grade Step Log          

New water bottle filling station
We will be using the remainder of our Healthy Zone grant money to buy another water bottle filling station for the south end of the campus.  We currently have one across from the cafeteria.  So, send a refillable water bottle with your student daily and encourage them to drink more water!

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 
March  Newsletter

Student Nutrition 
March  Newsletter 


SCIS Calendar of Events

April 12 Sloan Creek Chorale Concert 6:30 pm
April 16 PTA General Meeting 10:30 am

Chess Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
April 18 Early Release 11:45 am
April 23 Chess Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
April 25 Student Lighthouse Meeting 2:50 pm - 4:30 pm
April 27 Growth and Development Video
April 30 Chess Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
May 01 6th Grade Orchestra Concert @ LHS 6:30 pm
May 04 Principal's Coffee 9:00 am
May 07 - 11 5th Grade Air Band  in class performance
May 07 Chess Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
May 14 6th Grade Math STAAR Closed Campus
May 15 6th Grade Reading STAAR Closed Campus
May 16 5th Grade Science STAAR Closed Campus
May 17-18 STAAR Retake
May 21-25  BOGO Book Fair
May 21 Student Lighthouse Leadership Presentation 6:30 pm 
May 22  6th Grade Band Competition NRH2O
May 22 6th Grade Orchestra Competition NRH2O
May 22 6th Grade Choir Rehearsal  3:15 pm
May 24 Art Field Trip
May 24 6th Grade Choir Concert @ WSMS 6:30 pm
May 25 6th Grade Choir Festival NRH2O
May 28 Student Holiday
May 29 5th Grade Award Ceremony 8:00 am
May 29 6th Grade Award Ceremony  12:45 pm
May 30-31 Hack-a-thon
June 01 Last Day of School/Early Release

Message from Sloan Creek PTA



Did you hear about our awesome speaker, Timothy Alexander? Ask your student about it...
Conversation Starters
  • How would you describe Timothy Alexander?
  • Tell me about TA's story...
  • What was most surprising about TA?
  • How did he handle his difficult situation?
  • How are you like TA?
  • What can you do when things get tough?
2018-2019 SCIS Executive Board Slate
The nominating committee submits the following nominees for the year 2018-2019. This slate will be voted on at the April 16th at 10:30 at the membership meeting.
President- Cheraina Dunn
First VP- Nicole Helfand
VP Membership- Juliet Saluja
VP Ways & Means- Andrea Paranteau
VP Programs- Tricia Meehlhause
Secretary- Sarah Quinlan
Treasurer- Rhonda Tiedt

Find all this information and more at: https://sloancreekpta.wixsite.com/sloancreekpta

District News

Lovejoy Gifted Association Presentation: April 19
The Lovejoy Gifted Association invites you to attend a presentation by SMU's Dr. Ann Batenburg, as she discusses, "Finding the right balance to motivate GT children - ending procrastination, encouraging achievement, reducing perfectionism".
 
The event is sponsored by The Lovejoy Gifted Association and is open to all parents, teachers and students interested in advice regarding supporting Gifted and Talented students. LGA membership is not required to attend this event. Please contact Piritta van Rijn with questions.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Lovejoy High School
Lecture Hall
 
You may click here for additional information.


Special Olympics Volunteers Needed
Lovejoy ISD is hosting the North Texas Special Olympics Spring Games on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th. The event will be held at Lovejoy High School, with over 1,500 Special Olympics athletes competing in track and field, tennis, and soccer competitions. Volunteers are needed for timing, scorekeeping, staging and escorting athletes, along with other general event support and assistance. You may click here for additional information and to register as a volunteer
 
If you have further questions, please contact Lovejoy High School Sophomore Lauryn Fuller.

Kids 1st Summer Camp
Kids 1st is no accepting registrations for summer camp. Click here for additional information.


Lovejoy Summer Athletic Camps
Registration is open for Lovejoy ISD Summer Athletic Camps. Click here for details.
Lovejoy Athletics is pleased to announce its partnership with Geno Pierce's Performance Course for the 2018-2019 school year. Performance Course brings with it a proven track record of championship success. Performance Course offers many different courses from high-intensity to foundational programs.
There is something for everyone. Click here for details and registration links.


Firefighters Pancake Breakfast April 21st

Lovejoy Parent Authors Book
Susan Hoemke, a Lovejoy parent, has authored a book titled, Healing Scarred Hearts which will be released on May 8th. Following is information shared by Susan:
 
"After we lost our son Hayden in 2014 to drug overdose and our family was impacted the 8 years as he struggled with addiction and personality disorder, I began to feel the need to educate other families about what all we learned. I have been working with Kathy Stone to build a better drug awareness program. In 2016, when the Opioid crisis made the news, I decided to write a book and in 2017 Brown Books Publishing accepted my manuscript and this began the process to bring our story to the frontline. Healing Scarred Hearts will be released May 8th with hopes to bring education and healing to the complicated issue of substance abuse, addiction and overdose. My book also shares the crisis of legal issues that many times are associated with kids and substance abuse."
 
You may click here for additional information.



Summer Enrichment Camps
Online registration is now open for Summer Enrichment camps. Click here for a complete listing of camp offerings and additional information.


Town of Fairview Art Show Call for Artist Entries
The 2018 Fairview Art Show will be held April 28th and 29th in Fairview Town Center. The show will be open for public viewing from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM both days, with an artist reception and award show on Sunday.
 
Artwork will be judged by a featured juror and will include the following categories: adult artwork, adult photography, student photography, and four student artwork divisions (Early Elementary, Intermediate, Middle, and High School). The show will feature medals and cash prizes up to $2,000. 
 
Entry packets are due by April 11th. Click here for full details.

Sewing Camp
Join the fun at Summer Sewing Camps to be held at Willow Springs Middle School. Sewing Basics 101 teaches machine and tool basics while making a pillowcase and PJs. Sewing Skills Builder 201 continues to develop your skills with your choice of an individualized project. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 sessions, which will take place in June and July. To reserve your spot, email Louisekingtx@gmail.com. Hurry, as sessions will fill quickly. Click here for additional information and to learn more about the special 3rd week option: a t-shirt quilt.

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
Denim and Diamonds - Thank You
Thank you to everyone who attended the Denim and Diamonds Auction and Gala on Saturday. The event raised a significant amount of money which will be awarded in grants to benefit the students of the Lovejoy Independent School District. The success of this event was led by chair, Carrie McClure and the Foundation Directors.
 
A special thank you to all of our sponsors who helped fund the costs of the event, and the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to help make this evening a success. Thank you, as well, to the Lovejoy ISD staff who gave of their time.
 
Lovejoy Fiesta - Small Number of Seats Remain
A few available seats remain for the Lovejoy Fiesta. If you are interested in attending, email Cindy Booker or call 469-742-8043.
 
Join hosts Kevin and Maria Ritchie, Henri and Allison Friloux, and Sean and Stephanie McCaffity on Saturday, April 21st for a multi-course dinner and drinks at the Ritchies' home. Beer and other adult beverages will be served. Dinner will be provided by Fogo de Chão with all proceeds going to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. There is a limit of 76 people. This is an adult-only event and tickets are $60/person.


Kendra Scott Watters Creek - Summer Launch April 18th
Kendra Scott invites the Lovejoy community to help launch its Summer line. Get a head start on shopping for your Mother's Day or Graduation gifts. This is a "give back" event, with 20% of sales on April 18th, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM going to the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools. We hope you will join us on the 18th for this special event. Kendra Scott will provide snacks and beverages during the event.


SCIS Reminders
Attendance Information 
I often say that Sloan Creek is the bridge between the dependence of elementary school and the independence of the secondary school model.  One area that we want to continue to shine a bright light on for parent understanding  is the structure around secondary attendance procedures.
Starting at Sloan Creek and continuing through your child's years at Willow Springs and Lovejoy High School, attendance is recorded during each period of the day.  There is often some misunderstanding regarding the difference between attendance accounting for State funding and attendance accounting for State truancy.   For funding purposes, we report to the State how many students are in attendance at 10:00 a.m. each day.  For your child's truancy accounting, we count attendance in days or parts of days. If your child comes in late or is checked out early and does not have a written excuse from a doctor/dentist/orthodontist, this will accrue toward the truancy reporting. 
You will receive a letter requesting an attendance conference from our campus for the following two attendance situations:
  1. When students are absent more than three days or parts of days within any four-week period. 
     
  2. When students accrue 10 or more *absences in any six-month period.
As a reminder, unexcused absences (coded with an "A" in Powerschool) means that the school does know the reason for the absence. 
*We allow for students to have five parent notes/calls per semester without concern.  We code these first five as "PN" (Parent Note) or "PC" (Parent Call).  After the fifth PN/PC absence, parent notes and parent phone calls are coded "P5".  When a student has ten P5 absences, you will get a letter from the school requesting an attendance conference. 
Doctor's notes are excused absences and are coded "D" in power school and are excused absences. If you check your child out for a doctors appointment and bring them back the same day with a doctors note, we code this a "M" and is not considered an absence and does not count against perfect attendance. All other absences (PN/PC/P5/D) all count against a students perfect attendance record.
When your child is absent, we request that you e-mail or call Mrs. Lori Esser, our campus attendance clerk so that we have the most accurate coding of your child's absence. I have tasked her along with our campus teaching staff to account for each child's whereabouts for each period of the day. If you have a note from a doctor/dentist/orthodontist, you are welcome to e-mail the note or send it to school with your child upon their return.
We know that attendance can be a confusing subject. If you have any questions regarding how attendance is tracked, please feel free to contact our Ms. Esser, or Mrs. Underwood, or myself.
As always, you may monitor your student's attendance via the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Lice Awareness
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

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McClintick
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Reagan - GT
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Casey
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Underwood
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6th Math
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Kuneman
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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:
 
Lovejoy High School
 
Willow Springs Middle School
 
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.