SCIS Parent Message
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SCIS Parent Message
SCIS Parent Message

Principal's Message
SCIS Parents, 

We had an amazing Veteran's Day celebration this week. Our students learned so much from hearing from our Veterans. In the video above I have included some short clips from some of the Veterans who spoke to our student.  I hope you will also  watch the video above which has some details about the next few weeks at SCIS: 

Have you written your letter yet?   
Lovejoy Letter Campaign Ends Tomorrow! 
We need your help to let our teachers and staff know how much our Lovejoy ISD community values them and the impact they have on our children! Teachers' salaries include a 1 ½% payment (annual compensation) on the Friday before Thanksgiving break. In addition to the payment the staff receives, we would like to include a handwritten letter from Lovejoy families expressing gratitude and appreciation to each teacher and staff member on our campuses.
We would be so grateful if you would write a letter or letter(s) to any teacher(s) or staff member(s), either current or past, who have played a valuable role in your child(ren)'s educational experience. Please clearly label the envelope with the teacher's/staff name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign) and return it to the front office of the applicable school by Friday, November 9.
The letter campaign has become a meaningful Lovejoy tradition. We appreciate the time and effort your contributions will make to this year's letter campaign. Remember #shortandsweet #showappreciation.

Spelling Bee:
The spelling bee will be next Wednesday and Friday. If you child makes it one of the final rounds, your teachers will alert you. 
 

Adopt a Lovejoy Family
We are so thankful to have such wonderful families here in Lovejoy ISD.  Anytime we ask for help you deliver.  We are looking for current Lovejoy Families who would like to extend a warm welcome to families new to Lovejoy.  
As you all know, moving to a new place whether it be a new school, district, or state can be a daunting task.  There are many new things to navigate.  We are looking for families who would be willing to serve as a resource for new families by "adopting" a new family and helping them find their way in the community.  This could be by helping steer them in the right direction and through any unfamiliar territory, or by just helping them broaden their contacts. Since you have been in the community and your children have been in Lovejoy ISD, we are considering that you are the experts that just might be able to help with the transition for our new families.  If you are interested please click the link below. 
please click here: 

Technology: 
If you have any questions or concerns about how we support your child with google classroom, flipgrid, istation, or any of the other programs that we use to create your child's learning environment, please let me know.  I am happy to sit down and help! We will be having two principal's coffee's on the topic this spring, but don't wait until then if you have questions! 
 
With an Attitude of Gratitude,

Ray Winkler
Principal
214.417.4660 

SCIS News
2018-2019 SCIS YEARBOOKS are on sale now!
We are proud to announce that this year's book will be hardbound.  Our student staff is busy working to create the best yearbook we have ever had here at SCIS.  Online ordering opens up on November 1 and will continue until November 30 with the early-bird price of $28.  Click here to make your purchase!

SCIS Spelling Bee
When:  Wed, Nov 14 (preliminary)   fast pass request
            Friday, Nov 16 (final round) fast pass request
Time:    8:30 am
Where: Band Hall
Who is invited: Parents and family 
Contact: Tammy Cooper 
                Sunny Bradshaw 

Lovejoy Gridiron Club Play-off T-Shirts
The Lovejoy Football Gridiron Club is selling 2018 Leopard Football play-off t-shirts. The deadline to order is Tuesday, November 13 at noon. The shirts will be distributed on Thursday at the multi-purpose building turf area at 5:30 PM. You may pay by (check, cash, paypal). You may turn in the order form to the Lovejoy High School School Store or to any Gridiron Club Officer (Nate Rainey, Tony Iovinelli, Lauri Pool and Travis Droupy). You may email gridironclub13@gmail.com with question. The PayPal link is: http://lovejoyfootball.com/index.php/gridiron-club/paypal.

SafeSchools App Now Available
SafeSchools has launched their new mobile application for anonymous reporting. You may click here for the SafeSchools Alert Mobile Application Download Instructions.

Lovejoy Fine Arts K.12 Save the Date! November 30 & December 1, 2018
The Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Festival is around the corner. The Festival team will need a great deal of donations and volunteers to make this year's event a success. If you have a student in the visual or performing arts, please take time to review the following and lend your support.
 
 
Festival Adult Volunteers:  https://tinyurl.com/FestivalAdultVolunteers2018.
 
Student Volunteers: Sign up will begin on November 26.
 
Click here for updates on performance schedules, art galleries, and more.




Congratulations to the Sloan Creek team who took home the 1st place trophy in the 4-12 U600. The team consisted of  Jaden Spriggins Brayden Mauriello Akhil Asher Dillon Helfand Nick Amabille , and  James Bognot .
Student Kudos
Lovejoy Scholastic Chess Turkey Tournament
Congratulations to the Sloan Creek team who took home the 1st place trophy in the 4-12 U600. 
The team consisted of  Jaden Spriggins, Brayden Mauriello, Akhil Asher, Dillon Helfand, Nick Amabille,  and  James Bogno t.

Akhil Asher  5th Grade
 took 3rd place in the 4-12 U600

 Dillon Helfand 5th grade
 took 4th place in the 4-12 U600
SCIS Upcoming Events

Date Event Time
11/12 SCC Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
11/19-23 Thanksgiving Break
11/26 SCC Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
11/27 Band Concert Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
11/28 Student Lighthouse Meeting 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
11/29 6th Grade combined choir rehearsal 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
12/03 SCC Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
12/07 Principal's Coffee 9:00 am - 10:30 am
12/10 Chess Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
12/10 SCC Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
12/14 Service Learning - Numana
12/17 SCC Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
12/19 SCIS Early Release 11:45 am
12/19 Q2 Grading Period Ends
12/20-01/04 Christmas Break
01/07 SCIS Regular School Day 
01/08 Hearing and Vision Screening
01/10 Report Cards sent home
01/11 Principal's Coffee 9:00 am - 10:30 am
01/14 Leadership Awards
01/14 SCC Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
01/18 5th Grade Fie Arts Preview @ WSMS school day
01/21 Student Holiday - MLK Day
01/28 Chess Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
01/28 SCC Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
01/30 Student Lighthouse 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
01/31 Progress Reports sent home

SCIS PTA
2018-2019 SCIS PTA Reflections Art Contest
Heroes don't always wear capes! The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Lovejoy Local and Council PTAs, urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works.
 
This year's contest theme is "Heroes Around Me." We hope all Leopards will submit an entry in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, & Visual Arts- reflecting on this year's contest theme. There is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful. Multiple entries are welcome.
 
Entry forms & official rules are available in the SCIS front office as well as online at: www.txpta.org/reflections-participation. Please place all entries in the box labeled "Reflections Entries" located in the SCIS front office. All entries are due by Friday, November 9th at 3pm.
 
Please contact Erin Lester, SCIS PTA Reflections Chair, at elester@outlook.com, with any questions.


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SCIS PTA MEMBERSHIP AND DONATIONS
Joining the SCIS PTA provides you with quality parent resources, volunteer opportunities, SCIS PTA emails, and a  membership directory  
This year we are offering our families the opportunity to join and make donations online, or through the school office.    To join and or make a donation online   click here   


JOIN THE FUN - VOLUNTEER
Calling all volunteers - we need YOU! Please join us and get involved at Sloan Creek this year.  Check out the SCIS PTA Volunteer Page to find ways you can support our  school




EARN MONEY FOR SLOAN CREEK PTA
This year we will continue to participate in several fundraising programs tha t give money back  for normal household purchases.
The programs are Kroger,  Ama zon Smile and  Boxtops .

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 Sloan Creek Intermediate School . Once you have logged in, you will have access to the same products, same prices and same service you find at  amazon.com


Start collecting  Boxtops today.   We will send out more details about our collection dates in the  Principal email.


Bookmark the Sloan Creek PTA website for easy connectivity and the latest information.

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Denim and Diamonds The Party Saturday, February 2
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools is planning a great party on February 2. Everyone is invited to participate. The Party is being held at the Marriott Legacy in Plano at 7:30 PM. There are no reserved tables this year. Buy your ticket and come have fun trying our new food stations, music, drinks, a poker tournament, casino games and live and silent auctions. Click here for additional information.
 
We need your help to make The Party a success. Sponsorships are needed to pay for the cost of the venue, food, etc. so that proceeds from the event will go directly to support Lovejoy schools. Click here and here for details.  Your donations are needed for the silent and live auctions. Vacations, parties, fun items, restaurant gift cards, etc. are needed. Click here for details. You may visit the Foundation website for additional information.
 
Thank you in advance for making this the best Denim & Diamonds party we've ever had.


 
Kendra Scott Gives Back Party Thursday, December 13
Benefitting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

The Foundation Board of Directors is beginning a search for an Executive Director. Vicki Deerman is serving as the Interim Executive Director and may be reached at  vicki_deerman@lovejoyisd.net  or 469.742.8043.
Student Nutrition
District News
Senior Project Benefitting Archway Hospice Center
LHS Senior Amanda Gibson is asking for your help with her Senior Project:
 
"Hi, my name is Amanda Gibson and I am currently looking for donations. For my Senior Project, I am making fleece blankets for the Archway Hospice Center in Prestonwood. I am looking for fleece donations for blankets preferably 1 to 2 yards long. The donations may be dropped off at Lovejoy High School, attention Mrs. McClelland's room B124."

New! Volunteers Needed for the Samaritan Inn Opening
The Samaritan Inn stands on the goal line of opening their new facility that will ensure continued support for Collin County families in need of a hand up for getting back on their feet. The ribbon cutting is scheduled on Tuesday, November 13.  
 
While the staff has been turning their attention to the massive cleaning project, it is unfortunately taking them away from their daily duties. Extra Hearts and Hands are needed to volunteer from November 8 - 12. If you or someone/group you know may be interested in helping, please contact Cheryl Spofford in the Samaritan Inn's Volunteer Department.  Cheryl may be reached at: cspofford@saminn.org

Lovejoy Gifted Association presents A Future in STEM: "Unlocking the Secrets of DNA"
A hands-on experience of DNA extraction for 5th - 8th grade G/T students with exploration of careers in this fascinating area of STEM Special Guests John Yundt-Pacheco, MSCS, Sr. Principal Scientist for Bio-Rad Laboratories Sylvia Woods, STEM & Robotics for Lovejoy ISD Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Willow Springs Middle School, Room C502 This event is for 5th-8th grade student members of the Lovejoy Gifted Association Register at https://bit.ly/2Dfdy70 Not a member, yet? Not a problem! Join the LGA 

3rd Annual Running Over Depression Saturday, November 10th
Please join us for the 3rd Annual Running Over Depression Run on Saturday, November 10th at Lovejoy High School. The 1K Fun Run will begin at 8:00 AM and the 5K Run will begin at 8:30 AM at Leopard Stadium. Running Over Depression is an event being organized by Lovejoy Seniors Brett Pedersen , Michael O'Brien and Carson Hockersmith for their Senior Projects. The goal of this run is to raise awareness about teenage depression and suicide prevention. All proceeds from the run will be donated to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Please click here to register. If your business is interested in sponsoring Running Over Depression please email runningoverdepression@yahoo.com


Dallas Symphony Orchestra The Bernstein Beat Saturday, November 10
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra invites all staff, students, and families to a special Leonard Bernstein concert on Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 AM at the Meyerson Symphony Center.  You may reserve up to 4 free tickets by using the promo code LOVEJOYBEAT. Click here to reserve your tickets. This promo code is valid only for the November 10 performance of The Bernstein Beat.

Design Your World - STEM Conference for Girls Saturday, November 10
Design Your World - STEM Conference for Girls is the award-winning signature outreach hosted by the  Society of Women Engineers Dallas Section, twice a year since 2012. Girls in 6th - 8th grades from the greater Dallas area are invited to experience a day of fun and learning through STEM activities. Parents and educators are also invited to learn about resources to help their kids stay interested in STEM and hear from women engineers about their education and workplace experiences. You may click on the links above to learn more. You may use the link found here to register for the event. 


Veterans Appreciation Dinner Monday, November 12


Lovejoy High School Fall Blood Drive Tuesday, November 13
Lovejoy High School will host a blood drive on November 13. The Blood Drive will be run by the Red Cross and is open to LHS students (16 and older), staff members, parents, and community members. The drive will be held from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the LHS Auxiliary Gym. Pre-registration is not required. A parent signature is required for 16 and 17 year olds to donate.
Every person who donates blood has the potential to save three lives.

New! Tutoring and Test Prep Now Enrolling
ACT and PSAT/SAT classes will be starting soon. Private tutoring is available for students in grades K-12 in all subjects. Tutoring 101 recommends once a week tutoring for an hour to increase grades and learn subject matter more deeply. A once a week appointment usually results in an increase of 1 letter grade or more. Turn those C's into B's. Click here:  Tutoring 101@Lovejoy High School for additional information. 

Google Classroom Email Summaries for Parents/ Guardians
In the next few days, you may receive an invitation to subscribe to summaries from your student's Google Classroom classes if your email address is in PowerSchool. 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. If you accepted an invitation last year, you will have remained connected to your student and continued to receive email updates. When accepting the invitation if you are logged into Google on the web browser, the Google account logged into will be accept the invitation instead of the email address the invitation was sent to. Please make sure you are not logged into a different Google account than the email was sent to when accepting the invitation. Following is a sample of the email invitation you may receive:

Fine Arts
LHS Choir Provides Carol-O-Grams
Carol-O-Grams are singing telegrams provided by the LHS Choir. Lovejoy residents absolutely love and look forward to this event. Purchase a Carol-O-Gram as a holiday gift for someone within the Lovejoy ISD boundaries. Purchase one for your neighbor, or have your neighbor purchase one for a neighbor...Share a random act of kindness! Each Carol-O-Gram is $26 and you can order online by clicking here or by going to www.lovejoychoir.com/carol-o-grams. The order form and payment button is located on the webpage. Orders and payments must be received by Friday, November 16.



Circle of Partners

On behalf of Lovejoy ISD we would like to thank  Accent Landscape Management  
for participating in the Lovejoy ISD Circle of Partners . We thank  Accent Landscape Management for their support of Lovejoy ISD and the important value they place on the education of our children.
 
Accent Landscape Management pledges 10% of gross revenues on work performed within Lovejoy ISD. Accent provides landscaping, irrigation and lawn maintenance services for commercial and residential properties. Their website may be found at Accent Landscape Management. Owners, Phillip and April Sheppard, are proud Hart parents of second grader, Kaiser, and Kindergartener, Sebastian, with two-year-old Charlotte soon to follow.


Lovejoy ISD is pleased to welcome Tutoring 101 to the Circle of Partners. Tutoring 101 and Lovejoy ISD have formed a revenue generating/sharing partnership to bring their services to Lovejoy families. Please see below for several offerings.
 
Private tutoring is available for students in grades K-12 in all subjects. Tutoring 101 recommends once a week tutoring for an hour to increase grades and learn subject matter more deeply. A once a week appointment usually results in an increase of one letter grade or more. Turn those C's into B's.
 
What is your SAT/ACT score? Want a better one? What do you need it to be?
Invest in a PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep program not just a class. Tutoring 101 helps high scorers get top scores, average students raise their scores and poor test takers achieve the scores colleges want. Tutoring 101 students have earned admissions and scholarships, and have saved thousands of tuition dollars every year. 
  • Specialize in working with individual students and their specific needs
  • Day-of-test strategies
  • One-on-one/small groups
  • PSAT/SAT Classes: Tues or Thurs or Saturdays
  • ACT Prep Classes: Mon/Wed or Sat
  • One on One and Online Prep also available
  • School District Employee Discount
Learn about Tutoring 101's all-inclusive PSAT/SAT/ACT programs:
 
  • 11th-12th Grade SAT/ACT  
  • 10th-12th PSAT/SAT/ACT 
  • 9th-12th Grade PSAT/NMSQT/SAT/ACT 
  • Duke Tip (7th Grade) 
 
Classes are conveniently located at Lovejoy High School. Call 972.359.0222 or email  Robyn@Tutoring101.com for additional information



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