PES Principal Message

February 9, 2023

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Puster Families,


This week is National Counseling Week! We are so happy to celebrate Miss Buaas and her work during her very first year as a school counselor. Her consistency and follow-through in her work add great value to our team. She builds amazing relationships with our students and we are so proud she is ours!


Tomorrow we FINALLY get to celebrate 100 days of school! We will kick off the day with a parade of tiny old people parading the halls. I can't wait to see all of the kinder outfits this year! Get your FAST PASS here if you are planning to attend.


We will end the day tomorrow with our annual PTO Daddy Daughter Dance. It's always super sweet to see our girls having special, quality time with their "dates."


Next week is Valentine's Week! We LOVE sharing the love at Puster! Classroom parties will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. If you decide to join us, you're welcome to sign up for a FAST PASS and skip the front desk.


Have a wonderful weekend. Go CHIEFS!


Puster Proud,

Holly

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Upcoming Dates

February

6-10 National School Counseling Week

10 - Progress Reports Go Home

10 - 100th Day of School - Kinder Parade FAST PASS

10 - Daddy/Daughter Dance 6:30-8:30

14 - Valentine's Day Parties 2:00 FAST PASS

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

27-3/3 - Spring Book Fair


March

2/27-3/3 - Spring Book Fair

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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Brittany Buaas, Counselor

Brittany goes above and beyond for our students and provides so much support for our staff! As a teacher, I have come to her many times and she has always listened, given feedback, and even provided resources for my classroom. I always leave feeling encouraged and equipped! She does all that she can to make sure our students are supported and loved-and they know it! Every week should be counselor appreciation week, she always deserves to be celebrated!
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News from Mrs. George

Parents,

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:


26,019 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.


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: https://tinyurl.com/lisdsorahowto


What's Coming up in the library?



  • Spring book fair: Feb 27-March 3

  • AUTHOR VISIT!

  • Read Across America Week: Feb 27-March 3



The book fair is just 2 weeks 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: https://efairs.literati.com/product-category/gift-cards/


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 efairs.literati.com. Customers can buy gift cards in person as well, so long as they have the recipient’s email address at checkout.


HOW THEY WORK


Purcase online at https://efairs.literati.com/product-category/gift-cards/ 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,their 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 https://efairs.literati.com/books/ 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 literati.com/schools.


HOW IT WORKS


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


3-4 graders have until February 10th to read 5 bluebonnet nominees if they would like to join the voting for the state winner and celebration. 3rd & 4th Grade Celebration and Voting will be February 15 2023


-Get invited to the party and voting after school FEB 15th Wednesday 3:00-4:00


Library Volunteer sign up: Interested in shelving some books and helping keep the shelves tidy? Sign up for a day to come shelve, come anytime that! Sign up here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4EACAA2DA7FDC25-peslibrary

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Miss B's Buzz

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PTO News

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Yearbook Announcements

Pre-order your yearbook at https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01104988

NEW: Please send photos to be considered for Puster's yearbook to PusterYB@gmail.com.

Field Trip pics within 2 weeks from the event.

Classroom or Grade level pics within 2 weeks of date taken (specify grade/teacher)

The Yearbook is created as the year goes so if you submit your pictures late, those pages have already been completed and your pics may not be included. Thank you!


Attention 4th Grade Families,

It's time to create & purchase your 4th Grade Ad for our 2022-2023 yearbook. Recognition Ads are the perfect way to commemorate achievements and celebrate your child's upcoming graduation from elementary school. This year we are using Jostens DIY site to create our ads. Ads can be purchased by anyone including proud parents & family members (multiple ads per student are allowed).

1/2 page ad = $50

1/4 page ad = $25
To purchase your ad online, follow the link below. You'll need to create a login if you don't already have one. The site is easy to use and there are tons of template options!

https://www.jostens.com/apps/jcom/router.mvc?affiliateId=1792372

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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:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflS-LEr4VBzUT_5-AujJzNHAlStmTdkRAXHb4SicbbbsYzhw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0


https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/9040D4FACAA2BAB9-puster


We look forward to seeing you!!

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District News

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On behalf of LJVA, I am excited to invite you to join us for the 8th Annual LJVA Portrait Show, February 6th from 5-730pm at the LHS Gallery. This collection of work contains a broad investigation of the concepts of identity and self through the eyes and hands of students of all ages and stages of exploration in LJVA. Whether dealing with honest representation or the languages of abstraction and symbolism, the work chosen for this exhibition speaks to the ever-evolving idea of how our artists see themselves and the world around them. This carefully selected exhibition is a celebration of the diversity and personal experience found within our student body and Lovejoy community. Please join us at the opening exhibition to celebrate all of the selected artists and their work Monday, February 6th from 5-730pm at the Lovejoy High School Gallery. (Light snacks will be served.)



We hope to see you at the opening!


8th Annual LJVA Portrait Show

LJVA Gallery - Lovejoy High School

February 6th, 5-730pm



Brice McCasland

K12 Visual Art Coordinator / AP Studio Art

Fine Arts | Lovejoy High School

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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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