LaCoste Elementary Newsletter

2022-2023 School Year / Week of Jan 9th - 13th

From the Front Office:

Monday, January 16, 2023, is a student and staff holiday. Hope you have a great 3 day weekend sharpening the saw with your families! We will see your students back on campus on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023.

The district newsletter featured Mrs. Lopez our 3rd Grade bilingual teacher. There was a peek in her classroom where she was doing an interactive and rigorous lesson in her classroom! We are so excited that she was highlighted in the newsletter and we hope to highlight many more classrooms in the future.

Important Reminders:

  • Breakfast is served from 7:15-7:40 a.m students arriving after 7:40 a.m will be reminded to go straight to class. Please plan accordingly to ensure your student has breakfast at home if you arrive after 7:40 a.m .

  • Students arriving after 7:40 a.m must be walked to the front doors by a parent or guardian.

  • Students arriving at 7:50 a.m or later must be signed in via our google form. Parents or guardians must have their phones available to sign students in.

  • Our instructional day ends at 3:10 p.m. Our students do not begin to transition to dismissal until the bell rings at 3:10 p.m. Please be mindful of this and refrain from starting a line for pick up prior to 2:50 p.m.

  • If your child will have a change of transportation please send a note in their orange communication folder. Please do not email teachers with transportation changes. If it is an emergency and you need to change transportation mode you may call the front office.


Parents, please take a moment to check your student's headphones and ensure they are properly working. It is essential that all students have a good pair of working headphones. Students are using their Chromebooks daily and are in need of headphones for our online educational programs.

Counselor's Corner

I will begin talking about Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset with students. Growth mindset is not giving up when confronted with a challenge. Fixed mindset is the idea of giving up or feeling like you can’t learn something difficult.

PK - I will introduce the Flexible Thinking spot plush by reading “A Little Spot of Flexible Thinking.” We will practice using flexible thinking with Play-doh. Students will have different time limits to create an item called out. The idea is for students to practice being flexible to create something new, even if they may not be ready.

K - I will read “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and discuss the growth mindset/fixed mindset within the story. We will discuss what students may want to learn and with practice will become better. Students will draw and complete their sentence stem afterwards.

1st - I will read “Beautiful Oops” and discuss that we can learn to adapt our thinking when we make mistakes. Mistakes can be beautiful, given that we don’t give up! Students will be able to create new images from “oops” drawings.

2nd - We will not only discuss growth and fixed mindset, but the brain too using the story “Bubblegum Brain!” Students will practice reframing fixed mindset thoughts to growth mindset thoughts.

3rd - We will discuss growth and fixed mindset using the book “After The Fall,” and then students will practice reframing fixed mindset thoughts to growth mindset thoughts.

4th - We will not only discuss growth and fixed mindset, but the brain too using the book “Your Fantastic Elastic Brain.” Students will practice using a growth mindset also.

5th - A review will be held of what growth and fixed mindset are. Afterwards, students will be presented with a paper challenge. We will review some of the growth mindset and fixed mindset statements they may have had and reframe fixed to growth statements.

Attention 5th grade parents! MVMS will be hosting an elective night for next year 6th graders. Attend to learn more about what is offered. For more information click HERE

We continue to be available to all students upon request. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us at the emails listed below, or use the attached form.

Talking Time Counseling Request Form

Watch D.O.G.S

We have numerous days available for Watch DOGS to come this month and every month following! Come be a part of our Dads Of Great Students and make a positive impact on not only your own child, but all our students! Contact Mrs. Rakowitz at to learn how!

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Leader In Me

Learn more about Habit 3 and how to support your child at home.

Caught Being a Leader!

Click HERE to see this week's leaders!

Students cannot only be caught being a leader at school by staff, but also at home by you! If you see your child exhibiting any of the habits on their own without prompting, fill out this form! Examples: Habit 3: Put First Things First - Your child went to a quiet area in your home and began doing their homework without being told. Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood - Your child listened to their sibling’s point of view during an argument, understood why their sibling was upset, and did not push their own opinion of what happened or interrupt.

Students that are caught being a leader will have their name announced on the morning announcements and will be able to choose a charm for their Leader In Me Chain. Students proudly wear their chains to our Campus Awards.

CLICK HERE to tell us about how you caught your leader using their habits at home!

WIG 3 Winners - Cafeteria Behavior

Congratulations to the following classes that earned the Golden Fork or Silver Spoon for the week of January 3rd-6th.


Golden Fork - Marrufo

Silver Spoon - Castanon

1st Grade

Golden Fork - Villarreal

Silver Spoon - Galvan

4th Grade

Golden Fork - B. Garza

Silver Spoon - Murray

5th Grade

Golden Fork - Haass

Silver Spoon - Trujillo

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Visit to fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch Application

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MVHS Students came to read, dance and play with our students for their Make A Difference Day

Caught Reading

LaCoste Elementary students often go above and beyond! With that in mind, we love to acknowledge when they do. Reading is an important everyday activity. It shows great examples of the Leadership Habits we know are the foundation of our success. We like to “Catch Students Reading”. Examples of that would be; students independently choosing to read as a leisure activity or students achieving a reading goal they had set for themselves, like finishing their first chapter book or reading their first book independently. Parents can also "Catch Students Reading" at home! Please click the button below to submit your child's name for the drawing.

Each week a name is randomly drawn from those submissions. Their name is displayed on a bulletin board in the library, given a prize for their accomplishment, mentioned in our morning campus announcements and posted in our Parent Newsletter.

This week’s winner is Alexander Wood!

Alexander was caught by Mrs. Rakowitz.

Mrs. Rakowitz went into Dr. Woods's class after school to discover

Alexander reading on his own.

Caught Reading

Parents can also submit their child for the drawing if they catch them reading at home!

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Dates:

Jan. 16th - No School - MLK Day

Jan. 23rd - Board Meeting at Potranco Elementary

Jan. 27th - No School

Jan. 30th - Progress Reports Posted

Jan. 31st - 100th Day of School

Feb. 2nd - Texas Military Heroes Day

Feb. 6th - 10th - School Counselor’s Week

Feb. 16th - MVMS Counselor’s pre-registering with 5th grade/ GT Specialist on campus/ Love of Learning - Math/Reading Family Night

Feb. 17th - Class Picture Day/

Feb. 21st - UIL Competition - Storytelling/Spelling

Feb. 22nd - UIL Competition - Listening/Social Studies/Oral Reading

Feb. 23th - PTO Meeting/UIL Competition - Creative Writing/Ready Writing/Dictionary Skills/Number Sense

Feb. 28th - UIL Competition - Music Memory

Feb. 27th - Mar. 3rd - Dr. Seuss Week

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