2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

January 26, 2018 - Issue #21

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes for earning at least 50 Golden Tickets:

  • Mrs. Cook (100)
  • Ms. De Silva
  • Mrs. Rowin
  • Mrs. Ballard
  • Mrs. Outlaw (100)
  • Mrs. Walker
  • Ms. Field

Our campus-wide total is 500!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 250

First Grade: 50

Second Grade: 150

Third Grade: 50


Second Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance and Honor Roll Recognition

Car Rider Lines

Please help us keep students and staff members safe in the car rider line by waiting until your child is in the car, the door is shut and staff members have moved away from your car before driving away. Thank you so much for your help!

Tech Time with Mr. Holt

Each week students have an extra specials rotation that allows teachers to meet to work on curriculum, assessments and data. One of the extra specials rotation is Tech Time with Mr. Holt. Here is an update from Mr. Holt on what is happening in Tech Time.

One of the pieces of feedback that we received on the recent parent survey was that parents really didn't know how we were teaching technology, so I wanted to share what we work on in Tech PLC. We cover a wide range of issues from Digital Citizenship all the way to beginning principles of computer programming.

In Kindergarten, we go to a website called, and I work with the kids on basic computing skills like how to use a mouse, website navigation and not eating the keyboard(if you've ever been in a computer lab with a bunch of 5 and 6 year olds - you know this is important!).

1st grade is using an awesome website - I love it for a few reasons - the kids have to use spatial reasoning and problem solving skills to program a robot to go through several challenges.

2nd and 3rd Grade are using a website this month to work on their typing skills - Each student has their own log in that keeps track of all their attempts and has statistics of Words Typed Per Minute, Accuracy and more. Their usernames are first name and last name, and then their password is their student ID.

Please let me know if you have any questions about what we are doing in Tech PLC class, and I will be glad to give you more information.

GT Spring Referrals (1st-12th) and Kindergarten Screening

Each year Lago Vista ISD evaluates all kindergarteners to identify students for the Gifted and Talented program. During this screening process, with your consent, your child will complete one or more assessments. These assessments will be administered at school, and will provide us with multiple measures of ability, creativity, and academic aptitude. If you signed a consent form when you registered your child for kindergarten, you do not need to sign a new consent form. If we do not have a consent form on file for your child, one will be going home in this week's Friday folder. Please return consent forms to Randenne Kelley, GT Facilitator, by Thursday, February 1st.

The spring referral window for students in grades 1-12 is now open. Please visit the Curriculum and Instruction page on the district website, or click on the link below, for the referral form. All referral forms are due February 1st.

Daddy Daughter Dance - February 9th

Save the date! February 9th from 6:00-8:00 pm is the Daddy Daughter dance. The dance will be held here at LVES. Flyers with more information and order forms went home in Friday folders. Purchase tickets by February 7th and pay the discounted price of $15 per couple and $5 per sibling. The price will increase to $20 per couple for tickets purchased after February 7th.

All proceeds from the Daddy Daughter dance will go towards purchasing books for the Guided Reading room.

If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please email Mandi Melendez at

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Yearbook News

Yearbook orders are flying in! We have a limited supply this year. Click the link below to place your order quickly and at ease. Don’t delay or you may miss out this school year!

*CLICK: Order below*

School code: 13030118 OR enter Texas, Lago Vista.

Email your yearbook picture submissions to with a subject title. On a time crunch? Email the address above and we will provide a dropbox link to drop the photos to. Another alternative is to text the photos, please email for phone number.

We are currently looking for the following pictures: Meet the teacher, 1st day of school, random school/lunch pictures, Pep Rallies, football/sport player classroom meeting, Running of the Vikings, Viking Spirit Friday's, college Wednesdays, crazy sock day, crazy hair day, neon day, pajama day, grandparents lunch, Watch DOG, upcoming photo opportunities: Fall festival, Red Ribbon week and pumpkin gallery walk. Keep us in mind through out the year when creating memories, send them our way! Thank you!

Any questions regarding yearbook should be sent to

PTO Membership

Need to still join the PTO? No problem, click on the following link to join:


Watch DOGS of the Week

Thank you to the following Watch DOGS for being an extra set of eyes, ears, and hands on campus next week!

  • Monday, January 29th: Daniel Thering
  • Tuesday, January 30th: Hunter Lawless
  • Wednesday, January 31st: Gary Olsen
  • Thursday, February 1st: OPEN
  • Friday, February 2nd: Matt Houston, Thomas McSkimming

We have several openings in the Spring for Watch DOGS, so if you would like to be a Watch DOG at LVES, please contact Mr. Holt ( for more information.


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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Mrs. Leslie Kudrna - Second Grade Teacher

1. How long have you worked in Lago Vista and what did you do before you started at LVES?

This is my 3rd year at Lago Vista. Before my family and I came to LVISD I was a PreK teacher in Sonora ISD.

2. Where are you from originally?

I'm originally from McKinney, TX.

3. Tell us about your family...

I have been married to Coach K for 8 years. He teaches at the middle school and coaches at the High School, football, girls basketball, and track. We have 3 kids: Karter (8), Kooper (6), and Keelye (3).

4. What are your favorite books? Favorite restaurant? Video game?

My favorite book is Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco. I read it every year to my class! It is a great story of a grandmother and her grandchild overcoming her fear of thunderstorms.

My favorite restaurant is Chuy's and Torchy's! I love some good Tex-Mex!

My favorite video game would have to be N64 Mario Cart. I haven't played in a LONG time but it is my absolute favorite and I will totally throw bananas at you to win!

5. What sports do you love to watch? What sports do you love to play?

I love to watch football and baseball. I also enjoy watching track.

I love to play volleyball. I played for a little while in high school and I had a lot of fun!

6. What made you want to be a teacher?

I wanted to become a teacher because I knew I wanted to work with kids. I coached gymnastics and cheer in high school and really enjoyed working with younger kids. I love seeing the spark ignite when a student mastered a skill. That has carried over into the classroom. When a student finally gets a skill they have been working on their faces light up. That spark is what brings me to work every day and keeps me going! My students are simply amazing!

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Mrs. Sharon Cochran - Functional Academics Teacher

1. How long have you worked in Lago Vista and what did you do before you started at LVES?

I started working in Lago Vista ISD in Dec. 2012. Before that I substituted in Leander ISD for a year.

2. Where are you from originally?

I am originally from Leander, Texas, I have lived there my whole life, until I moved to Lago Vista 6 years ago.

3. Tell us about your family...

I have been married to my husband Chris for 8 years. We have one child, Wyatt, he is 3 years old. We also have a dog, and a hamster.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I don't really have a favorite book, I love to read all kinds. I love reading Robert Munch books with my son.

5. What is your favorite part of your job?

I love working with the kids, and finding new ways to help them learn.

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Character Trait of the Month - Citizenship

January's Character Trait is Citizenship. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Citizenship:

  • Do your share to make your community and school better;
  • Cooperate;
  • Get involved in your community;
  • Stay informed, vote;
  • Be a good neighbor;
  • Obey laws and rules;
  • Respect authority;
  • Protect the environment;
  • Volunteer.

Students will learn more about Citizenship in Guidance with Mrs. Sexton!

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Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! Has your child completed their Great Kindness Challenge checklist? It is not too late to turn them in! (They were in last Friday’s folder, and I can email you another copy if you need one.) Each child that completes the Acts of Kindness checklist and turns it in with their name and teacher’s name will receive a Character Award along with a certificate for a free kid’s meal at Mighty Fine! The last day to turn in completed checklists is Tuesday, January 30. Thank you for encouraging your child to be a kind, helpful, and respectful person--these simple acts of kindness are helpful in creating a happy and safe school climate & culture!

In our counselor guidance classes this month, we are continuing our Project Vinátta activity of painting Kindness Rocks. Students will also be learning about the character trait of Citizenship. I will be teaching what it means to be a good citizen--a person who obeys rules and laws, and does their share to help make their home, community, and world a better place for everyone.

If you have any questions, you may reach me at or (512) 267-8300 ext. 4504. Thank you!

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop

¡Hola familias LVES! ¿Ha completado su hijo su lista de verificación del Gran desafío de bondad? ¡No es demasiado tarde para entregarlos! (Estuvieron en la carpeta del viernes pasado, y puedo enviarte otra copia por correo electrónico si la necesitas). Cada niño que complete la lista de acciones de Actos de bondad y la entregue con su nombre y nombre del maestro recibirá un Premio de personaje junto con un certificado de una comida gratis para niños en Mighty Fine! El último día para entregar las listas de verificación completas es el martes 30 de enero. Gracias por alentar a su hijo a ser una persona amable, servicial y respetuosa. ¡Estos simples actos de bondad son útiles para crear un clima y cultura escolar feliz y segura!

En las clases de orientación de nuestro consejero de este mes, continuamos nuestra actividad de Proyecto Vinátta de pintar las Rocas de bondad. Los estudiantes también aprenderán sobre el rasgo de carácter de Ciudadanía. Enseñaré lo que significa ser un buen ciudadano, una persona que obedece las reglas y las leyes, y hace su parte para ayudar a que su hogar, comunidad y mundo sean un lugar mejor para todos.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, puede comunicarse conmigo a o al (512) 267-8300 ext. 4504. ¡Gracias! "Ningún acto de amabilidad, por pequeño que sea, se desperdicia alguna vez". ~Aesop

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of January 25th:

  • 94.36%

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 71.11%

PK: 86.11%

Kindergarten: 93.79%

First Grade: 95.27%

Second Grade: 95.37%

Third Grade: 94.93%

LVES Front Office Hours

The front office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. If you call before 7:30 am or after 4:00 pm, you will need to leave a message and a member of the front office staff will return your call the following day.

Lago Vista Elementary Facebook

Don't forget to "Like" the Lago Vista Elementary Facebook page! The page is routinely updated throughout the school year with events and information.

Lago Vista Elementary PTO Facebook

Want to know what events and meetings are coming up with PTO? Then "Like" the Lago Vista Elementary PTO Facebook page. Here is the link:

Need Assistance

Transportation Changes and Student Sign-out:

Christine Harris, Administrative Assistant

Registration and Attendance:

Veronica Fidencio, Registrar/Attendance Clerk

Student Emotional Support:

Amy Sexton, Counselor


Student Health:

Kimberly Latham-Whitehead, School Nurse

Discipline and School Improvement:

Michelle Jackson, Principal

Eric Holt, Assistant Principal

Bus Routes and Transportation:

Jay Powell, Director of Transportation

(512) 267-8300, ext. 1508

Mark Your Calendars...

  • January 30th: Kindness Challenge Checklists due
  • February 7th: PTO Meeting, 5:00-6:00 pm in Community Room
  • February 9th: Daddy/Daughter Dance, 6:00-8:00 pm in LVES Cafeteria
  • February 14th: Valentine's Day Parties, details coming home from Room Parent at a later date
  • February 19th: Student and Staff Holiday - No School
  • February 26th: Six Flags Read to Succeed reading logs due
  • March 6th: 3rd Grade Music Program
  • March 7th: PTO Meeting, 5:00-6:00 pm in Community Room
  • March 12th-16th: Spring Break
  • March 22nd: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Sweet Berry Farms
  • March 22nd: CEIC Meeting, 3:15 pm in Community Room
  • March 23rd: End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • March 29th: Touch-A-Truck
  • March 29th: Report Cards go home in Friday folders
  • March 30th: Student/Staff Holiday, No School