PES Principal Message

February 15, 2023

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February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Our students had the opportunity to create kindness rocks to take, share and leave during their counseling lessons this month!

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Puster Families,

Yesterday's Valentine festivities were so fun! Thank you for getting creative with the parking. I'm sorry to say we had a few cars get stuck in the back field after the morning rain. Thank you to Office Emory, Coach Hill and Puster parent Mr. Tassan for throwing it in 4 wheel drive and lending a helping hand!

REMINDER: Tomorrow, 2/16 is an early release day at noon. Please make any necessary dismissal changes in School Dismissal Manager. Friday. 2/17 is a student holiday. Both days, our staff will be engaging in professional development.

REMINDER: Monday, 2/20 is a bad weather make-up day and school is IN session! We are excited our 4th graders will have the opportunity to "bump-up" to 5th grade and spend the day at Sloan Creek!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Puster Proud,


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Upcoming Dates


15 - School Marshal Day

16 - Early Release, 12:00 p.m./Staff PD

17 - Student Holiday/No School/Staff PD Day

20 - Bad Weather Make Up Day, School in Session

20 - 4th Grade Bump Up Day

22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

22-Starbooks Cafe

22-Dennis Lee

K-2nd 8:15-9:15

3rd-4th 9:15-10:15

27-3/3 - Spring Book Fair


2/27-3/3 - Spring Book Fair/Read Across America

2 - 4th Grade Music Program, 5:15 p.m.

3 - End of Q3

6-10 - Spring Break/No School

12 - Daylight Savings Begins

13-24 - Kindergarten Round Up

17 - Q3 Report Cards Go Home

23 - Kinder Sneak Peek, 6-7 p.m.

28 - Spring and Class Picture Day

29 - Starbooks Cafe

30- Perot Science Night @ PES, 5-7 p.m.

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Attendance Updates

Attendance continues to be a top priority for Lovejoy ISD. It should come as no surprise that attendance has a direct relationship with student learning. Additionally, public school funding is provided by the State of Texas based on each district's average daily attendance (ADA).

Lovejoy has developed an Attendance Task Force consisting of staff, parents, and students to formulate ideas about how to positively impact ADA in our district. One suggestion is to update the community via weekly principal communication on the number of absences each campus has accrued YTD along with the budgetary impact of those absences. This information can be found below:

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Heart of the Teacher and Heart of Support

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Ariel Stewart, Library Media Specialist

Ariel is a ray of sunshine at Puster. She is a huge part of building a positive culture on our campus. She has built a great STEM/Library program for our students and is constantly learning. She truly knows our students as individuals and works to motivate them to learn.

Pat Panmanee, Student Nutrition

Pat works whenever, whatever, wherever needed. She loves the kids and goes out of her way with each individual student. She pays attention to their needs and wants and remembers them when they come through the cafeteria.

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News from Mrs. George


Just a reminder that school begins at 7:55 am. Students should be in their seats at 7:55 when the bell rings. In the event you are running late, a parent should walk the student into the front office to sign them in. Please let the office staff know if you have any questions.

Testing season is upon us. Students identified as English Language Learners will be participating in TELPAS assessment during a five week window in February. More information on specific testing dates will be coming soon.

STAAR dates for third and fourth grade are listed below. Please schedule appointments around these dates.

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Notes from the Library

Library stats:

1,540 titles have circulated so far for this month.

27,057 titles have circulated so far for this year!

One of my favorite parts of my job is to share my love of reading with students and help them grow as a lifelong reader, in partnership with families. I am here to help match the right books to the right reader. We practice previewing interesting books to make sure it is a good fit for them as a reader, and help redirect with books that are aimed at other age levels in our Kinder-4th grade school.

Lovejoy ISD currently offers students access to digital library books through SORA. The District has the ability to curate the collection of books accessible to students through the SORA platform. However, publishers at times have included external links with the digital books, similar to what is found in some hardcopy books. These external links are not maintained by the District and are not a material within the control of the District. The District neither selects the external links nor endorses the specific links. The District believes the online SORA platform is a beneficial program and will continue to allow students whose parents agree to utilize the resources.

In the spirit of transparency, the District is notifying parents of their right to opt out of the use of the SORA platform for their children. If you elect to not have your child access digital books through SORA, please contact your campus librarian.

As a reminder, parents may access a list of digital books their children have checked out by following the steps noted below.

Sora How-To for Parents:

Every Friday at 4:00 a “weekly notification” email from Lovejoy ISD Library System should go out with the current physical titles your student has checked out from the Puster Library.

Students also have access to Ebooks and audiobooks through Sora by overdrive. You can login to Sora to access the digital books your child has checked out.

Sora How-To for Parents:

What's Coming up in the library?

Spring book fair: Feb 27-March 3 Sign up to volunteer with the signup genius link below, make bulletin boards, work the register etc.


Read Across America Week: Feb 27-March 3

The book fair is just 1 week away!

In case you haven’t heard, our Puster book fair opens Monday February 27th at 7:30. We will close Friday March 3rd at 12. Students may shop before school, during their library time and during other times their teacher allows. We will be open late on Thursday March 2nd from 4:00-6:45 if you want to pop in and shop after school and then see our 4th Grade program. We accept cash, cards or the easiest, safest method, a book fair gift card!

Buy a book fair gift card here:

In the hands of students, digital gift cards are a safe and easy payment method that won’t get lost in a backpack. They make great gifts for teachers!

Gift cards can be purchased from your online fair at Customers can buy gift cards in person as well, so long as they have the recipient’s email address at checkout.


  • Purchase online at or purchase gift cards at checkout, the customer enters in a recipient’s email address.

  • A gift card code is then sent to the recipient’s email inbox.

  • To redeem, the cashier scans the gift card code at checkout, or the recipient inputs the code themselves online.

Gift cards never expire, so students and teachers can use any remaining funds on their next Literati Book Fair!

Teacher book fair wishlists are a great way for the community to give back to their teachers.This year, there will be a teacher wishlist ticket stand full of colorful wishlist tickets. These tickets give you the flexibility to buy your teacher a book or a book fair gift card.

Can’t make it in? Try our Online Companion Fair and select Puster Elementary. Our online fair allows the whole community to shop our book fair, including those who aren’t able to visit in person. Online companion fairs feature an expanded catalog of books, giving you a bigger array of titles to choose from. That way everyone can find a new favorite read!

When our book fair ends, our online fair will close and all online purchases will be added to our total book fair sales. Then they will ship our school’s online book orders, which should arrive at our school within 10 days, depending on carrier transit times. Shipments will contain a packing list with teacher and student names, I will then distribute orders.

Literati Kids Book Clubs

This ongoing fundraiser helps students build essential reading skills all year long. For students, it’s like getting a book fair in a box every month—one that’s curated just for them. sign up at


Our personalized book curation begins with a child’s reading pace and preferences and improves as they pick out and review their favorite stories. Once they sign up:

  • Members get five custom-curated books, delivered monthly.

  • They only buy their favorites with free and easy returns.

  • 10% of every dollar spent will always go back to your school.

Children's author Kevin O'Malley is coming to Lovejoy ISD!

Puster Elementary Thursday, March 2nd

We are very excited to read his books and learn what it is like to write and publish original stories. If your student would like to have Mr. O’Malley sign a book(s), please purchase any of his books that you would like. Send them into the library and he will sign them on the day of his visit.

Thank you to the PTO for sponsoring this event

Library Volunteer sign up:

Interested in shelving some books and helping keep the shelves tidy? Sign up for a day to come shelf, come anytime that! Sign up here!
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Miss B's Buzz

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Fine Arts


It has been an incredible year so far in our Puster Art Studio! From our kindergartners making their own brushes to create expressive self-portraits to our 4th graders making paper to build books; we have had wonderful experiences so far this year! In celebration of our Puster Studio and I am excited to announce the 1st annual Puster Art Tie-Dye Fundraiser! Each artist, friend, and family member who participates will receive a "PUSTER ART" T-shirt that was designed by 6 of our Puster Alumni, and they will be able to Tie Dye on April 25th from 4:00-6:00pm. This event will be a great time for our artists to create their own personal PUSTER ART shirt with their families, friends, and anyone else who would like to join. Each shirt for the Tie Dye event is $15, with all proceeds helping fund our Puster studio with the tools and fine art materials that support our K-4 artists and make our Puster art experience unlike any other! It promises to be a ton of fun, so make sure and sign up before all of the spots are filled!

Visit this link to purchase a shirt and secure your spot at the event:

Be sure to purchase your shirts by March 17th!

1st Annual Puster Tie Dye Fundraiser

Puster Elementary

April 25th - 4:00-6:00pm

$15 per shirt

Feel free to reach out with any questions and thank you for supporting your artist!

Ms. C

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Music News


Mrs. Grall here again. One of our favorite Puster traditions is coming up quickly! The 4th graders will be presenting a Texas Program on Thursday, March 2nd at 5:15 in the Puster cafeteria. Performers need to arrive at the Puster GYM by 4:45, dressed and ready to go!

We are asking students to wear their favorite Texas/Western wear! Denim, red/white/blue, flannels or plaid shirts, with boots or athletic shoes.

Here is a picture for reference if you need guidance. Reach out to Mrs. Grall with any questions.

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PTO News

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It's the FINAL month to order a yearbook-Sales end 3/17


Yearbook Sales end 3/17/23--Order at

Please send photos to be considered for Puster's yearbook to

Kindergarten 100 day pics due 2/18

Daddy Daughter Dance pics due 2/18

Valentine Party pics due 2/24

Thank you,

(The Yearbook is created as the year goes so if you submit your pictures late, those pages have already been completed.)

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Puster Dads! We need YOU! Please see the following links for information regarding spending the day at school with your child:!/showSignUp/9040D4FACAA2BAB9-puster

We look forward to seeing you!!

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District News

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Annual Bump Up Day will be RESCHEDULED. Date TBD

Sloan Creek Intermediate, Willow Springs Middle School, and Lovejoy High School will host 4th, 6th, and 8th graders on Friday, February 3, 2023 for Lovejoy ISD’s Annual Bump Up Day. Bump Up Day was created to assist students with transitioning to a new campus and to help generate excitement for the new experiences they will have. Students will travel to the campus they will be attending for the 2023-2024 school year and have the opportunity to tour the campus, ask questions, and eat lunch. Students will be able to charge lunch and any a la carte/snacks purchases to their lunch account during their visit to their Bump Up school. Please make sure funds are available in your student's lunch account. Lunch prices for students visiting Sloan Creek IS or Willow Springs MS will be $4.00 for a regular meal or $4.75 for a premium meal. Lunch prices for students visiting the high school will be $4.50 for a regular meal or $5.25 for a premium meal. A la carte/snack prices vary. Please refer to this document for specific pricing.

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Helpful Resources

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