SCIS Parent Message
#Be The Difference 
Principal's Message
Wonderful Sloan Creek Parents, 

We have a wonderful week back from our week long break!  I hope you will watch the video above regarding details about the following: 

Principal's Coffee, Friday, Dec. 6th @9:00 a.m.
Topic:  Parents will get an overview and detailed information about all the support systems that are in place to support all kinds of learners at SCIS and in Lovejoy ISD.  This session will include PST, 504, Special Education, and GT.  

WSMS will be doing the same session on December 12th. 

IMPORTANT - LOST & FOUND
All lost and found items will be donated on Friday, December 13th at 3:00 pm. 

Fine Arts Festival
The Lovejoy ISD K - 12 Fine Arts Festival will be held December 6th and December 7th at Lovejoy High School.  See Schedule Here.


Mr. Winkler gets "Slimed" on December 19th -Kids Heart Challenge
Our school has officially started Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association. Most schools can only earn 3 heart hero characters right away, but because our school is such a great supporter of Kids Heart Challenge, our students can earn them ALL instantly when students sign up onlin e www.heart.org/KHC   or by downloading the Kids Heart Challenge app in the App Store (search Kids Heart Challenge), available for  iPhone  and  Android *See details below on how to to sign up.

With Gratitude,

Ray Winkler
Principal
Ray_winkler@lovejoyisd.net

"My mission is to inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them. I believe that we must teach 5th and 6th graders how to be leaders by design, not by chance.  I am passionate about building trust within classrooms to create a breakthrough performance for each child.  I am driven to ensure that each child has an experience that is second to none."
SCIS News
Kids Heart Challenge
Dear Parents -

Our school has officially started Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association. Most schools can only earn 3 heart hero characters right away, but because our school is such a great supporter of Kids Heart Challenge, our students can earn them ALL instantly when students  sign up online www.heart.org/KHC or by downloading the  Kids Heart Challenge app in the App Store (search Kids Heart Challenge), available for iPhone and Android.
   
Once you register online, be sure to send texts or post to Facebook to spread the word and save even more lives!
 
Watch the heart-healthy experience that students are having at school   https://youtu.be/2I1fRcpW7Mg!  
 
Here 's how it works:  
  • Download the APP- KIDS HEART CHALLENGE
  • Earn our official Wristband just for registering and taking a healthy challenge!
  • Sloan Creek - Lower's Kids Heart Challenge event day is: 12/19/2019
  • Donations are due: 12/19/2019
  • www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge

Lovejoy Gifted Association presents Chemical Reaction Lab Dec, 13
SCISLGA
                    LGA members registration   LGA non-member registration               

Christmas Social, Thursday, December 19th Chick-fil-A lunch order
LUNCH INCLUDES:
ONE Chick fil A SANDWICH, with no pickles
Bag of chips
Fresh fruit
Bottle of water
If you need a gluten free meal, please contact Lisa Wyrick at lisa_wyrick@lovejoyisd.net 

Click here for a printable order form to return to front office or pay online

SCIS Yearbook On Sale Now! 
It's time to order your SCIS yearbook.  Sales for the yearbook will be ONLINE ONLY.  Use the link below to access the Jostens website and purchase your 84 page full color, hardbound yearbook at the early bird price of $30.  The early bird sale will be on until December 12.  

http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01125266



SCIS Reminders
PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Tips
Here are some quick bullets about the PowerSchool Parent Portal:
PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Tips
  • Unless you have changed your username after August 12, 2019, the username is the email address that is associated to the parent account. The log of invalid logins that we are seeing are typically parent accounts that are trying to use something other than an email address as the username.
  • Recently users have been denied access and it is determined that they are not using the correct URL. Please make sure that you are going to http://powerschool.lovejoyisd.net . If you see Welcome to Unified Classroom, you are on the wrong site. This is another PowerSchool product that we do not have a subscription as it duplicates Google Classroom.
  • Remember that the mobile app is only a tool for updates on assignments, grades, and attendance. Typically to access the Enrollment Forms, Absence Reason Excuses, GPA Information, and the Random Drug Testing Forms you must use a tablet, laptop or desktop and the URL above. From a mobile phone, you can use your browser and go to the URL above; however, once logged in it is difficult to navigate.
Calendar of Events
Date
Event
Time
Dec 10 Q2 progress report 2 sent home
Dec 05 Orchestra Rehearsal  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dec 06 Principal's Coffee 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Dec 6-7 LISD Fine Arts Festival
Dec 09 Chess Club 3:00 pm
Dec 16 Chess Club 3:00 pm
Dec 19 SCIS Early Release 11:45 am
Dec 20 Christmas Break begins
Jan 06 Q3 grading period begins

SCIS Volunteer Opportunities

SCIS Volunteer

Thank you to all of the volunteers that have helped the Sloan Creek Campus.  We understand that your time is valuable and we love that you are spending a portion of it at Sloan Creek, helping our kids.  

Ongoing Volunteer Needs
LIBRARY HELP
Library Shelving -  Help Ms. Stewart keep our library organized and all the books in the right spots.  Every Friday from 1-2:45

Friday Read-A-Louds - Read a loud to students in the library.  Twice a month on Fridays.  You can pick one recess or all four.

Makerspace Challenge -  Lead students in a maker space challenge. Wednesdays, once a month, during lunch time for both 5th and 6th graders
Upcoming Events
LHS Visual Arts Campus Exhibition
Join us as we celebrate the fourth annual LHS Campus Exhibition. We are excited to celebrate 55 thoughtfully selected works that exemplify the variety of vision, voice, and process our students take on in our LJVA studios.  The work juried for this show was chosen from all levels of study in the LHS Visual Arts program as examples of excellence and innovation by our LJVA Gallery Managers; Kiley Boots, McKenna Christiansen, Grace Flinchbaugh, and Hunter Ruiz. We invite you to come and see this wonderful selection of works during school hours until November 18th.  
 
 
Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referral Form Opens December 2
The Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referral form opens on December 2 in PowerSchool. Referrals are due by January 10, 2020. Testing will be held on January 25 and February 1, 2020. Testing will be at Lovejoy Elementary School by appointment only.
 
Parents must complete the referral form in PowerSchool.


Fine Arts Festival
The Lovejoy ISD K - 12 Fine Arts Festival will be held December 6th and December 7th at Lovejoy High School! Our performing arts programs have created winter concerts and performances with a mix of your holiday favorites, while our Visual Arts teams are designing pieces that will awe you with their talents!  Please support the arts in Lovejoy ISD by stopping by and enjoying the sights and sounds of the holidays while celebrating the work our students and staff engage in for this amazing Festival. The LHS Fine Arts Booster clubs will sponsor a delicious chili luncheon, a bake sale full of yummy treats, as well as hot and cold beverages.  In addition, the children's craft area and a visit from Santa Claus will round out a merry and bright weekend at Lovejoy High School.  
 
The Festival is requesting your assistance with volunteering (parents from any campus are welcome to volunteer) and donations of both chili and baked goods.  Please visit the   Lovejoy ISD Fine Arts Website for additional information to include schedules, volunteer sign-ups, and more. For additional information, please contact Fela Mathy at  fela_mathy@lovejoyisd.net .

 
For additional information, please visit our   Community News Page.
Community News

The  Lovejoy ISD Community News Page  includes news from our schools, programs, booster clubs, student organizations, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, community, and more. Check back often for up-to-date news on events and activities.
 
This Week's News:
 
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 through a special edition of Message from Mike. Links to our social media accounts are listed at the end of this communication.
 
Senior Judges Needed!
 
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
 
Now through November 18 - LHS Visual Arts Campus Exhibition
 
Softball Booster Club Fundraiser
 
Safety and Security Training
Registration Closed - Sessions are Full!
 
Lovejoy Gifted Association Presents Surviving to Thriving
 
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center Fundraiser
 
LHS Cheer Holiday Fundraiser - Poinsettia Fundraiser
 
Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Referrals Open
 
Light the World Community Event
 
Band Booster Club Fundraiser
 
Fine Arts Festival
 
 
 
Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run
 
 
 
 
Save the Date! Lovejoy Country Run: April 18
 
Turn Lucas Green
 
News from Collin College
 
 
 
For the latest Athletic News, download the "Lovejoy Leopards Athletics" app.
 
For the latest Fine Arts News, follow  @LovejoyArts  on Twitter, or like them on Facebook at Lovejoy Arts.
District Communications
One of our Board Priorities is to develop stronger community connections and confidence through effective communication. We are continuing to strengthen our communications and have shared   best practices for communicating with the Board of Trustees and best practices for staff communications with parents. Today we are sharing the following information regarding how best to communicate and handle concerns with teachers, coaches, directors, etc. For future reference you may find this information on the Parent Resources page under District Communication.
 
Student and Parent Concerns/Grievances
The faculty and staff of Lovejoy ISD are committed to the service of our students and their parents by responding promptly and professionally to concerns or grievances which may arise.
 
Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances are governed by LISD Board Policies FNG (LEGAL) and FNG (LOCAL).
 
How Do You Resolve Parent Concerns?
If you, as the parent or guardian of a Lovejoy ISD student, have concerns regarding your child's education or performance, we want to talk with you. Sitting down and talking with the people who interact most often with your child on a daily basis - his/her teacher, counselor, coach or director- can remedy the majority of concerns.
 
Most concerns can be and usually are resolved at the classroom/activity/sports or campus level. However, if your concerns are not addressed by visiting with the teacher, campus counselor, coach or director, you may choose to follow the three-level process listed below:
 
Level One:
Within 15 business days of the incident causing the concern/complaint, you may request a meeting with the next level supervisor which could be the Athletic Director, Fine Arts Director or Campus Principal. The Level One form may be found here.
 
Level Two:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level One process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level One decision letter, you may request a meeting with the Assistant Superintendent of Operations (Athletics, Safety, Operations) or Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction (Teachers, Administrators, Student Discipline). The Level Two form may be found here.
 
Level Three:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level Two process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level Two decision letter, you may appeal the decision to the School Board by contacting the Superintendent. The Level Three form may be found   here.
Stay Connected

EMAIL COMMUNICATION
Be sure to take a moment to sign up, on the Lovejoy ISD website, to receive messages from the Superintendent  as well as my weekly e-mails.   Click here to sign up

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION
We cross post our daily updates on Twitter and Facebook. Parents are encouraged to follow our social media sites.

*If you would like to update your district/campus email preferences or change your email address, please click on the Update Profile link at the footer of this email. You will receive an email from Constant Contact which will allow you to update the information and campus news preferences.