September 15, 2023
Note from Mrs. Craft
Dear Hart Families,
Excitement has been in the air this week at Hart! We loved spending time with our Grandparents or special someone and enjoying a yummy lunch over the past two days. I hope this will be a memory that your child will always treasure.
This morning we kicked off our day with Reading with the Leopards! This is a special time for our secondary students to interact with our elementary students. This is a long standing tradition, and it is one of my favorite ones. The "big kids" greet our students in the morning, then they go into their classrooms and read a book to them and answer questions. Our students dream about coming back and having the same experience when they are in high school
Next week, we will have our first character assembly of the year with Dr. Blake Brandes on having a growth mindset. We appreciate our PTO sponsoring this event to help our students embrace challenges with excitement and see it as an opportunity.
As always, please feel free to reach out at anytime with questions or concerns.
All My Best,
My mission is to be a servant leader who works with students, parents, and staff to build a community that fosters relationships and learning where everyone THRIVES. Each day, I strive to make the choice to be great versus comfortable, because you can't be both!
Important Dates @ Hart
20th: Dr. Blake Brandes Assembly
21st - 28th: Book Fair
27th: Fall Picture Day
29th: Student Holiday
1st - 31: National Principals Month
2nd: National Custodian Appreciation Day
3rd: 3rd & 4th Grade Talent Show Tryouts
6th: End of 1st 9 weeks
6th: Hart Beat @ 8:45
6th: National Coaches Day
9th - 13th: Fall Break
16th: National Bosses' Day
19th: 4th Grade Field Day to State Fair of Texas
19th: Brooks Gibbs Parent Presentation @ 6:30pm
20th: Brooks Gibbs 3rd & 4th Grade Presentation
23rd - 27th: Red Ribbon Week
25th: Picture Retakes
26th: Fall Family Fun Night
27th: Leopard Friday
27th: Reading with the Leopards
30th: School Board Meeting
31st: 3rd & 4th Grade Talent Show @ 1:30pm
Dr. Blake Brandes - Empowering Students through Hip Hop
Upcoming Assembly - September 20th
We are excited to kick off the school year with an assembly on some essential life skills we teach our Leopards - Growth Mindset and Grit! Dr. Blake Brandes is a youth motivational speaker, music producer, and growth mindset expert who has 17 years of experience presenting and working with students on these topics. Dr. Blake’s school assemblies feature engaging lessons on Growth Mindset and Grit through the use of beatboxing, comedic storytelling, and family-friendly freestyle rapping. His message and lessons are based on the research of Carol Dweck, author of Mindset and Angela Duckworth, author of GRIT. The goal of his presentation is to help students feel excited about embracing challenges and learning new things and persevere when they encounter difficulties in school and life. Our Leopards will be engaged and entertained, while also learning important lessons from his expertise and experience! We are so grateful to our generous PTO who is helping bring him to our school!
Book Fair - September 22nd-28th
The Literati Book Fair will begin next week! Books can be purchased with cash, debit card, credit card or gift card. For more information about gift cards, click here.
Online shopping is going on now and will end on Sept. 28th, click here to shop! Orders will be sent to the school for delivery. Thank you for supporting reading!
Mrs. Dawson, Hart Librarian
Peanut Butter Drive
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:
MAP Growth Update
MAP Growth testing will be completed at the end of this week. We are looking forward to using the information it provides to meet the needs of our students. On October 4th, we will send home the MAP Growth Family Report with each student. This report will provide you with information about your child’s performance on the assessment. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher or campus administrator. You may also find helpful information in the MAP Growth Parent FAQ.
Fall Picture Day
We are excited to have Engineering for Kids back at Hart this year! Please note that the start date has been pushed back one week. Kindergarten and 1st grade will begin on Wednesday, September 13th, and grades 2-4 will begin on Monday, September 18th.
Lovejoy Green Team
Lovejoy Gifted Association
Extended Day Leopard Academy
Extended Day Leopard Academy is an opportunity for your child to participate in enrichment activities on his or her campus before and after school. Our goal is that these enrichment opportunities will allow our Lovejoy Leopards to develop creativity and critical thinking skills through activities related to their personal interests.
Registration is open for the following academies for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Choose from one of the links below for more information.
LISD Full Day Programs
Absences and Dismissal Changes
If your student will be ABSENT, please email Irianna Olvera at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need the email as documentation for our records.
If you have a DISMISSAL CHANGE for your student and either cannot access School Dismissal Manager or it is after 2:00, please email or call Janean Mancini at email@example.com.
PowerSchool: Update Enrollment & Student Forms
It's time to update paperwork in PowerSchool!
Click Here to log in to PowerSchool. Once you are logged in, scroll down on the left side to "Enrollment & Student Forms" to complete.
September Nutrition Newsletter
A Note from Nurse Tami
Hi, Hart families! We have been seeing a lot of cases of strep and upper respiratory infections, which is expected this time of year.
Please do not send your child to school if he/she has:
- A fever of 100.0 degrees or greater
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
- An infection that requires antibiotics (i.e. Strep throat, bronchitis, pink eye, etc.) unless they have been on antibiotics for a full 24 hours
Your child’s health is important to me. Please reinforce these everyday actions with your children to help prevent the spread of illness:
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid sharing drinks or food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Join PTO Today!
If you'd like to know more about volunteer opportunities at Hart, please fill out this form, and we'll contact you when spots open up!
Book Fair Volunteers
We're gearing up for an incredible book fair adventure, and we need your help to make it happen! With the fair just around the corner, we're in a race against time to fill our volunteer slots.
Dads @ Hart
Calling Dads! We've opened up spots now for October Dads@Hart volunteers! Sign up using the following links to spend a day your kiddos will always remember on campus.