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SCIS Parents, 


A Message from the Superintendent
  2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Calendars

It is time for us to prepare school calendars for the next two school years: 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The administration will take the recommended calendars to our Board of Trustees for approval on February 20. As our practice has been, we are reaching out to you for input in order to create calendars yielding the greatest satisfaction among all Lovejoy ISD stakeholders. You will find a link to the survey below.

As your superintendent, I will work to preserve a calendar that is in the best interest of both teaching/learning and a calendar that facilitates student attendance, which generates state funding. Please find some considerations, which will influence our decision-making:

* For instructional reasons, all school weeks must have a minimum of three attendance days with four days as the preference.

* Holidays such as Christmas must allow enough travel time for families so that we do not see a decreased attendance rate on the last school day prior to a holiday e.g. Friday before Christmas break.

* The start of the school year must allow sufficient days for teacher professional development and teacher workdays to ensure we are ready for school to begin.

* Student holidays will be aligned to traditional holidays such as Columbus Day when practical.

* Single student holidays must be strategically placed to allow appropriate teacher planning to support the instructional calendar e.g. a student holiday on the Monday after Thanksgiving would not be a good time for teacher planning as the semester is almost over.

You may click here to access a printable version of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 drafts. In general, these calendars are based on the current 2018-2019 calendar. You may click here to access the current calendar.

You may click here to complete the calendar survey. The survey will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, February 8. Should you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Stacey Dillon, Assistant to the Superintendent, at 469.742.8003.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

With Respect,

Ted Moore
Superintendent

Early Release and School Holiday: (see video above)
Reminder that we have early release next Thursday, February 14th at 11:45 a.m. 
We have a student holiday on February 15th and February 18th. We so appreciate those families that allow their children to be at school the entire time on February 14th and bring them back ready to learn on Tuesday, February 19th. 

Valentines at SCIS 
(please....see video above)
To help our students manage valentines day in a healthy way at the intermediate level, we downplay valentines day and work to have a normal day of school.  We ask that students do not send flower arrangements/ oversized teddy bears/balloons to school.  At the intermediate level teachers do not have their classes exchange cards or notes, but if individial kids want to exchange small valentines notes during lunch that is permitted.  Reach out to Mr. Winkler if you have any questions. 


With an Attitude of Gratitude,

Ray Winkler
Principal
214.417.4660 

SCIS News
 
STEM Festival T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling all students! Submit your entry for the design of the STEM Festival 2019 t-shirt. Click here for details.



2018-2019 SCIS / WSMS SPRING REGISTRATION

5th Grade

DATE
STUDENTS
EVENT
LOCATION
February 7
5th Graders
Online Registration for Fine Arts Form Due

SCIS
February 14
Parents of
5th Grade
Art Student Notification
SCIS
March 2
5th Graders
Band Instrument Fitting

SCIS
March 4
5pm - 8pm
5th Graders
Orchestra Instrument Fitting

SCIS


DATE
STUDENTS
EVENT
LOCATION
February 12
5:30pm
Parents of
6TH Grade
Cheerleader Information meeting
WSMS
Library
February 26
9am - 10am
Parents of
6TH Grade
WSMS Parent Registration Presentation
For Rising 7th Grade students

WSMS
Main Gym
February 27
5:30pm - 6pm
Parents of
6TH Grade
GT Parent Information Meeting
WSMS
Library
February 27
6pm - 7pm
Parents of
6TH Grade
WSMS Parent Registration Presentation
For Rising 7th Grade students

WSMS
Main Gym
February 28
6th Grade
WSMS Student Registration Presentations
For Rising 7th Graders

SCIS
March 7 and 8
6TH Grade
WSMS Online Student Registration
(with counselors at SCIS)

SCIS


*Date for the evening meeting has changed

WSMS Cheer Tryout Meeting: 
Coach Strange and Coach Wiggins are asking the parents of any student interested in cheer to attend the informational meeting on February 12th at 5:30 pm in the WSMS Library. This meeting will cover tryout requirements and discuss the difference between the three different teams your student might be placed on based on their tryout scores. We will also go over the cost for your student to be a WSMS cheerleader and answer any questions you may have about the cheer program. Please email  kali_strange@lovejoyisd.net if you are unable to attend this meeting and your child is interested in cheering at WSMS next year. 

WSMS Cheer Tryouts: 
Students who are trying out for 7th or 8th grade cheer will meet in the main gym at WSMS from 4:30-6:00 pm March 20th and 21st to practice and prepare for tryouts which will be held on March 22nd from 4:30-9:00 pm in the WSMS Main Gym. Please email  kali_strange@lovejoyisd.net if you have any questions about the WSMS cheer program or if you missed the informational parent meeting on February 12th. 

2018-19 SCIS Yearbook
Purchase your yearbook  here until Feb 28th. 
Academic UIL

Traci Regan- Academic UIL Coordinator contact information: 
Cell Phone: 214.886.4819 Email:  traci_reagan@lovejoyisd.net

SCIS Upcoming Events

Date Event Time
02/11 Chess Club 3:00 pm
02/14 Early Release 11:45 am
02/15-18 Winter Break
02/21 Progress Reports sent home
02/25 Chess Club 3:00 pm
02/26 Orchestra Concert @ LHS
02/27 Student Lighthouse Meeting 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
03/01 Perot Field Trip - 6th Grade
03/02 LISD STEM Festival
03/02  Band Instrument Selection Day
03/04 Chess Club 3:00 pm
03/04 Orchestra Instrument Fitting 6:30 pm
03/05 Spring Group Pictures
03/06 Spring Picutres
03/08 End of grading period
03/11-15 Spring Break
03/18 Chess Club 3:00 pm
03/21 6th grade choir rehearsal 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
03/25 Chess Club 3:00 pm
03/26 6th grade choir Disney Spectacular Concert
04/01 Chess Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sloan Creek PTA






SCIS Accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 PTA Board
The PTA nominating committee will be taking nominations for all of the board positions at this time, as well as taking information on committee interests. As always, we encourage your involvement and welcome your input as we begin to create our board for next year. I have provided a list of positions and a brief description of the committees. If you have interest in a position, email Cheraina Dunn at  c ldunn@mac.com.  The slate of officers will be announced and posted in early April.  The slate will be presented for a vote at the membership meeting on April 15th at 10:30am.

Officers:
  • President: Presides over all meetings, coordinates efforts of the board, liaisons to school district.
  • 1st Vice President: Aid to the president and presides in his/her absence.
  • 2nd VP - Programs: Coordinates programs sponsored by the PTA. Researches, secures and facilitates the events.
  • 3rd VP - Membership: In charge of membership drive, soliciting new members, reporting to state.
  • 4th VP - Ways and Means: In charge of fundraising for the PTA.
  • Secretary: Takes minutes and maintains accurate records of board and general meetings.
  • Treasurer: Custodian of all funds and keeps books of receipts and expenses.
  • Parliamentarian: Advises president of parliamentary procedure for meetings.
Committee Chairs: 
  • Reflections chair: Responsible for promoting and implementing the Reflections art contest.
  • Art to Go chair:  Responsible for the organization and implementation of ATG for 5th grade.
  • Council Rep: Represent SCIS on the Lovejoy ISD Council of PTAs.
  • Environmental chair: Plans and implements environmentally friendly projects.
  • Hospitality: Responsible for coordinating teacher hospitality activities.
  • Legislative: Keeps local unit informed and aware of current legislative actions.
  • Volunteer Coor: Coordinates and publishes volunteer opportunities.
  • Website: Maintains the WSMS PTA website.
  •  Technology:  Maintains the database and sends email communications to membership
  •  Directory:  Solicits ads, creates and distributes a membership directory.

BOX TOPS
Our last submission for BoxTops will be March 1st. Please send them in with your student and have them give them to the office or drop them off with their homeroom teacher.


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Denim & Diamonds Online Auction Now - Tuesday, February 12
The Denim & Diamonds online auction opened on Tuesday, February 5 and will close on Tuesday, February 12 at 10:00 PM. Up for bid are classroom parties, sports camps, prom tickets and other Lovejoy experiences donated by Lovejoy staff.  Additionally, auction donations normally reserved for the Denim & Diamonds event are available in the online auction. Click here to bid now!

District News
New! Lovejoy Student Hosts Toy Drive
Lovejoy High School Freshman, Katie Berman, requests your assistance with a toy drive she is organizing to benefit Ready Fighter One. Following you will find information from Katie:
 
"My plan is to host a toy drive from February 4 - 15. We are collecting items to donate to hospitals that treat children's cancer. Ready Fighter One was my friend MJ's last wish. MJ was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, and passed away on the 11th. We are collecting:
 
Video Games
Playstations
Xboxes
DVDs
Toys
Board Games
 
Boxes for donations will be located at all campuses. MJ's school would not allow us to host the drive. I thought the next best thing would be to host it at Lovejoy. My team and I would handle all the details all we need is your support and time."
For additional information please contact katie.berman@icloud.com

Lovejoy Senior Hosts Volleyball Camp February 19

Lovejoy High Senior Madison Waters is hosting a volleyball camp for her Senior Project:
 
"Hello everyone. My name is Madison Waters and I am a senior at Lovejoy High School. This year for my senior project, I will be raising money for the American Cancer Society through donations and by hosting a volleyball camp for boys and girls from 1st grade to 6th grade. The camp will be held at Willow Springs Middle School on Tuesday, February 19 from 5:30-8:00 PM. The cost is $15 per child.
 
All proceeds from the camp and donations will be given to the American Cancer Society. This foundation funds and conducts research and spreads information with the mission to free the world of cancer. The money they receive goes towards research and support for patients.
 
Next year I will be attending the University of Cincinnati where I will play volleyball and earn a degree in business.
 
To register for the camp, please contact me at madisonbwaters@yahoo.com. You can also contact me at 214-799-3402 if you have any further questions.
 
If you would like to make a donation, please venmo me @madisonwaters
The referral window for students in grades 1-11 for gifted and talented services is open February 1 - March 8. Referral forms are located online in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Testing is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 and April 6. Appointments will be sent via email after the referral window closes March 8.
Please note: Kindergarten students will not be tested during the spring window.
Gifted and Talented Information Sessions February 20 and 25
Looking for More Information about G/T Services? Brief information sessions will review the gifted and talented referral process and services offered in Lovejoy.
Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
Board Room
February 20 at 9:00 AM
February 25 at 9:00 AM or 6:30 PM
(Session Information Repeats)
If you are unable to attend and would like more information, a slideshow presentation is available on the gifted and talented webpage.
For questions regarding referrals, please contact Kari Lockhart (469.742.8015) or
Brie Smith (469.742.8032).

March 2 STEM Festival and Open House for Prospective Families
Save the date! Lovejoy ISD will host the second annual STEM festival on March 2 at Lovejoy High School. The event will be held from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We hope you will join us for an exciting day filled with fascinating speakers, hands-on experiments, Makerspace, student exhibits, robotics lab, cool contests with prizes, food trucks, and much more.
An Open House for prospective families will be held during the STEM festival. We hope you will invite your friends and family members who are interested in Lovejoy to join us for this event.
Look for more details in the next edition of Email Express.

Lovejoy STEM Festival 2019 promo video
Lovejoy STEM Festival 2019 promo video



Lovejoy STEM Festival CANgineering Competition March 2
Lovejoy is pleased to announce the first ever CANgineering Competition at the Lovejoy STEM Festival on March 2. Form a team and get creative. Your team will compete to build a structure made entirely of canned and non-perishable foods. The best in show will win a prize.
 
Click here for detailed information regarding the CANgineering Competition. Gather your family and friends and join us for this exciting competition!


Lovejoy Gifted Association Announces Rocket Build and Launch Events
3...2...1... Lift-off!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first people to land on the moon with the Lovejoy Gifted Association's Rocket Fest.  The Lovejoy Gifted Association is partnering with the Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) for their annual LGA Rocket Fest. This event is suitable for students in grades 3 thru 6.  Participants may choose between a basic and an advanced rocket model.
 
There will be a Rocket Build Party in the Sloan Creek Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm where a volunteer from DARS will talk the junior rocket scientists through building the basic rocket step-by-step. Participants purchasing the advanced rocket may pick up their build package that same evening and are welcome to start building at SCIS or build at home.
 
The rocket launch will be held on Sunday March 24 in the front parking lot of Lovejoy High School at 12:00 noon, where volunteers from DARS will provide the launch equipment and make sure the launch process happens in a safe and orderly fashion.


Toy Drive Benefiting the Children of Little Leopards



The Lovejoy High School Work-Based Learning program is accepting new to gently used toys for children birth - 5 years of age. Examples of items needed are as follows:
 
Play Food
Outside Toys
Musical Toys
Books
Legos
K'nex
Kinetic Sand
Sports Balls
Dolls
Dollhouses
Shopkins
 
Toys may be delivered to any Lovejoy campus or the Administration building until February 15. To request a donation pick-up, or for additional information, please contact sancy_fuller@lovejoyisd.net.

Hop Into Spring Chess Tournament March 30
This annual Lovejoy Tournament continues to be a hit around the metroplex.  Come join your fellow chess players on March 30 at Sloan Creek for a wonderful day of chess play. This five round tournament awards the top three players in each section a trophy and fourth place receives a chocolate bunny. Gather up a team from your school and compete together.  Registration is going on now.  Please visit North Texas Chess Academy's website to register.

Circle of Partners



On behalf of Lovejoy ISD we would like to thank Jones Solar and Roofing for participating in the Lovejoy ISD Circle of Partners. We thank Jones Solar and Roofing  for their support of Lovejoy ISD and the important value they place on the education of our children.
 
Chadd Jones of Jones Solar and Roofing is pledging 10% of their profits on roofing and solar work completed in the Lovejoy ISD. Jones Solar and Roofing provides free inspections of your residential or commercial roof and property. They also offer free estimates on Solar/ Battery and Energy Efficiency upgrades to your home or business. Their website is: https://jonessolar.com/ or you may reach them by phone at 214.412.7444 for residential or commercial properties. Members of his family have been supporters of the Lovejoy ISD since 1979. Chadd and Liesl Thompson Jones are the proud parents of Puster Elementary 1st grader Maxwell.


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EMAIL COMMUNICATION
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