LVES Parent Newsletter

Building a Brighter Future, Edition 16- Nov. 12, 2021

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Our Apex fundraiser is going SO well! Thank you for all of your support so far!

It’s Pie Time to Thank our Schools!

From the Education Foundation:

Lago Vista Elementary School has a long-standing tradition of sending each staff member home with a dessert for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our teachers and school staff look forward to this time every year and it is so important to show our schools how much we appreciate their dedication to our students.

This year we will need 60 HOMEMADE pies, cakes or other special treats to send each teacher/staff personnel home with some Thanksgiving goodness. Please help show your gratitude by bringing your labeled scrumptious contribution to the front of the Elementary School on THURSDAY, November 18th.

Thank you in advance for your help!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D4FA8AF28A31-lves1

Tardies

We are seeing an increase in tardies. An important component in the classroom is morning greeting and meeting where students are able to continue building relationships with their Teachers and peers which happens first thing in the morning. If your student is entering through the front of the building after 7:40, they are missing this special time that helps set the stage for a successful day. If tardy, please make sure to park and walk your student up to the front doors to ensure a staff member is there to take their name and open the door for them.

Donations Needed

If anyone would like to donate small (Dixie-sized) cups for our PE department they would greatly appreciate it. Not being able to use our water fountains this year due to Covid precautions has made keeping our students hydrated during PE more challenging than usual. Cups can be sent in with your student or dropped off in the front office. We would love any help you can provide!
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We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

After missing out on many beloved traditions, our fall Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from November 29 - December 3, 2021, at LVES Library.

  • Our Book Fair offers a cash-free payment option called eWallet. It’s a convenient digital account that your child can use for shopping at our Fair. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute, too!

  • If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

LVES Book Fair

We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!
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Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be December 2nd. Anyone who did not purchase on the original day is welcome to bring money. (They will need to have their picture retaken). Students requesting retakes must return photos and give a reason (so they know what to look for). Online payments can be made at https://www.diannepurschphotography.com/payment/


A message from our photographer:


Anyone can send money (who did not the first time) and retake the pic on makeup day.If you are buying the class group picture, you can just include the individual money with that order. Please staple both envelopes (forms) together. If you do not want to retake the image and you are not buying the group, there is a $15 late fee to print from the original day shoot.Questions?

dianne pursch photography

512-260-9612

Blue Santa

LVES is proud to partner with LVPD this year in supporting their initiative, Blue Santa. We are accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys. There is a large Blue Santa dropoff box in our foyer.

If you would like to donate monetarily, or if your family is in need of assistance this holiday season, please visit https://www.lvbluesanta.com/.

Our Week in Pictures!

IMPORTANT! PLEASE COMPLETE ANNUAL STUDENT REGISTRATION FORMS IN ASCENDER PARENT PORTAL!

If you have not done so, it is important that you complete the annual registration process ASAP. This must be completed each year because these forms provide us with important permissions and information that must be provided annually. Students without completed registration forms will begin to lose certain privileges until they are completed, so please take a moment to submit those forms in Ascender.


HOW DO I ACCESS PARENT PORTAL?
https://ascportal.esc13.net/ParentPortal/login?distid=227912


¿NECESITA ESPAÑOL?
Todos los formularios de registro también están en español. Para continuar en español, hay un menú desplegable en la esquina superior derecha de la página de inicio de sesión para cambiar al español.


WHAT IF I HAVE A NEWLY ENROLLED STUDENT? WHAT IF DON'T SEE MY ENROLLED STUDENT IN ASCENDER PARENT PORTAL?
If you enrolled your student during summer enrollment, you must still complete annual registration forms. If you don't see your enrolled student when you log in, an Ascender Parent Portal ID is needed in order to link to your student and complete the annual registration forms.

Please email your campus registrar to receive your student's Ascender Parent Portal ID. Please note that there may be slight delays in answering requests during peak times, such as this, but we will get it to you as quickly as possible!

Once you receive your student's Ascender Parent Portal ID from the campus registrar, please log into Ascender Parent Portal, select "Link to Enrolled Student", and enter the Parent Portal ID and the student's date of birth.

WHAT IF I SEE MY STUDENT, BUT DON'T HAVE A "REGISTRATION" OPTION?
In order to complete forms or update data for a student, the email address you have listed in Ascender Parent Portal must match what we have in our system. If you can see your student, but can't update any information, those email addresses do not match. We recommend updating and verifying your email address in Ascender Parent Portal. If you need us to change your email address in our system, please email registration@lagovista.txed.net and your campus registrar. You will be asked to provide your student's full name, date of birth, and grade level for verification purposes.

NEED OTHER HELP?

See the Quick Guide to Setting Up Ascender Parent Portal at the conclusion of the newsletter for more information or email registration@lagovista.txed.net.

Recess Concern

Staff members have recently noted that some students at recess have been mimicking games from 'Squid Game', a Roblox video game and a Netflix show that is intended for mature audiences due to the violence depicted in the show. We want to make parents and guardians aware of this concern and that staff members will intervene when we hear children talking about or see them imitating the show. If your child is familiar with this show, we ask that you please find an opportunity to speak with him/her and to reinforce the school's message that discussion about and games associated with violent behavior are not appropriate for school. For more information, please see the article below. As always, we appreciate your support!


https://www.parents.com/news/kids-playing-squid-game-at-school/

Bike Giveaway!

We are focusing on excellent cafeteria behavior and to recognize this, we are giving away tickets to win a bike each day to anyone who is caught being awesome! The winner will be announced on November 18, so encourage your child to be on their best behavior in the cafeteria!
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Early Pick-Ups

If you are needing your child early, we can bring them right out to the lobby for you- curbside service! :) We just ask you to arrive no later than 1:45 each day so that you don't get stuck in the bus line.

Water Bottles

Friendly reminder to please send a water bottle with your child each day. Our water fountains are not being used at the moment.

Transportation Changes? Email Marcella_Kuske@lagovista.txed.net by 12:00 each day!

Bus Policy Change

The district is no longer allowing students to ride to and from school with other students if they are not registered riders on the same bus route. If assigned to the same route they still need a signed note from the parent/guardian or a pass from the campus office for the driver to release them at an unauthorized stop. The district is experiencing a record number in ridership this year and extra students not assigned to that specific route may displace a student who has already registered for transportation in Ascender Parent Portal and been approved to ride.

Remote Conferencing Opportunity for Isolated or Quarantined Students

Lago Vista ISD students may be eligible to participate in remote conferencing for attendance purposes in the event they are unable to attend face-to-face instruction on campus. Students are eligible for remote conferencing if both of the following requirements are met:


  • The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition; AND

  • The total amount of remote conferencing does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year.


A student who is absent due to other reasons not listed above will not qualify to participate in remote conferencing and will be marked absent each day he/she is not physically present in school.


In addition to the two requirements above, one of the following requirements must also be met:

  • The student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States; OR

  • The student has a positive test result for a communicable condition (such as COVID-19); OR

  • The student has been identified as having been in close contact with COVID-19.


Students in remote conferencing instruction will continue to work on class assignments via Seesaw, Google Classroom, or Canvas, and receive synchronous (live) assistance from a designated Remote Conferencing teacher. To the extent possible, a dedicated certified teacher will be designated to provide remote conferencing throughout the duration of students’ time in this setting, but it will not be the students’ teacher of record. In addition to working on assignments, students will be required to attend daily attendance meetings that will count for the day’s attendance and keep your child within the 90% attendance rule while out temporarily.


You will be notified by ParentLink with specific remote conferencing instructions and Google Meet links if your child qualifies for this temporary opportunity. If your child receives a close contact notification from the school, there will be a link to a form to complete if you wish for your child to participate in remote conferencing.

Is Your Child Going to be Absent?

If your child is going to be absent, please email Christine_Harris@lagovista.txed.net your student's name, teacher's name, and the reason they are absent. She will take care of the rest!

PTO News

The LVES Parent Teacher Organization creates opportunities for parents, teachers, and students to learn, socialize, communicate, and grow!


Our non-profit organization is dependent on monetary donations to supply our school with everything the children need to have an amazing and above average elementary school experience. Funds raised go directly to the requests of our teachers and staff to enhance classroom materials and our student’s learning environment. We also host some exciting extracurricular events to bring students and their families together outside of school hours! By becoming a member of the PTO you are showing your support and school spirit for Lago Vista Elementary.


Thank you again to all of our wonderful PTO Members and Sponsors! Our 2021-2022 Vinyl Banners are hung on the fence along Dawn Drive!

ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS: SMILE!

When you shop on Amazon, log-in through https://smile.amazon.com

on your web browser and sign in with your Amazon.com credentials. Choose Lago Vista Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization as your charitable organization to help raise money for our school just by making your normal everyday purchases! To join AmazonSmile from the mobile app, open the app and find "Settings" in the main menu. Tap on "AmazonSmile" and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone. Every purchase you make will contribute a donation! TIA!

Love, The LVES PTO

WANT TO CONTRIBUTE?

Each month our PTO Provides a Teacher Hospitality Event to thank them for caring for our children and for all of their hard work, this includes their favorite Sonic Drinks, snacks or a small meal, goody bags or trinkets, gift cards and more. Our PTO Volunteers have been amazing at providing these donations. But we would like to ask our parents, where you can, to help contribute to the funds we need to supply them with these treats! Click here to pitch in!:

https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=CZ4MZ7WFRRVRG

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

If you are looking to join a fun, organized group and get involved in the PTO, we'd love to hear from you. Request to join our Google Group live virtual meetings. Stay up to date with new events, contribute ideas to our team, and join us for PTO in-person socials.

https://groups.google.com/g/lves-pto

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Guide to Setting Up Parent Portal

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Still Have Questions?

General Questions: Marcy Kuske @ marcella_kuske@lagovista.txed.net

Registration: Christine Harris @ christine_harris@lagovista.txed.net

Bus Questions: Lisa Gordon @ lisa_gordon@lagovista.txed.net

Nurse: Tara Roberts @ tara_roberts@lagovista.txed.net


You can contact myself (kerri_walker@lagovista.txed.net) or our Assistant Principal Karla Stewart (karla_stewart@lagovista.txed.net) with any questions you need help with as well.

Apex Fundraiser Coming Soon!