LaCoste Elementary Newsletter

2022-2023 School Year / Week of Sept. 26th - 30th

From the Front Office:

LaCoste Families,

Our campus is in need of improvement with student attendance. It is important for your student to have consistent attendance in order to learn and continue to grow throughout the school year. We wanted to provide you with the attendance expectations in our district handbook. Please be sure your student is on campus by 7:40 daily. If arriving after 7:40 you will need to park and walk your student up to the front doors.

Elementary Student Handbook

Regular school attendance is essential.

Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s education. The student and parent should avoid unnecessary absences.

Two important state laws—one dealing with compulsory attendance and the other with how attendance affects the award of a student’s final grade or course credit—are discussed below.

Compulsory Attendance

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten

Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school and are subject to the compulsory attendance requirements as long as they remain enrolled.

Ages 6–18

State law requires that a student who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached their 19th birthday, shall attend school, as well as any applicable accelerated instruction program, extended-year program, or tutorial session, unless the student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt.

State law requires a student in kindergarten–grade 2 to attend any assigned accelerated reading instruction program. Parents will be notified in writing if their child is assigned to an accelerated reading instruction program based on a diagnostic reading instrument.

A student will be required to attend any assigned accelerated instruction program before or after school or during the summer if the student does not meet the passing standards on the state assessment for his or her grade level and/or applicable subject area.

Compulsory Attendance—Failure to Comply

School employees must investigate and report violations of the compulsory attendance law.

A student absent without permission from school, any class, any required special program, or any required tutorial will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action.

Ages 6–18

When a student ages 6–18 incurs three or more unexcused absences within a four-week period, the law requires the school to send notice to the parent.

The notice will:

  • Remind the parent of his or her duty to monitor the student’s attendance and require the student to attend school;
  • Request a conference between school administrators and the parent; and

  • Inform the parent that the district will initiate truancy prevention measures, including a behavior improvement plan, school-based community service, referrals to counseling or other social services, or other appropriate measures.

We are still in need of Parent Volunteers to represent LaCoste - There is no cost to the volunteer for conference registration or hotel!

We are looking for 2 parents to attend the statewide Parental involvement conference December 8-10 to represent LaCoste. The 2 parent volunteers will be responsible for bringing back information to share and present on with the family engagement committee. If you are interested in attending the conference please email . We encourage you to look at the attachments below for more information.

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Counselor's Corner

I have started my lesson self regulation and coping strategies.

PK - I will read the book, “I’m Feeling Macaroni & Cheese,” and discuss feelings. Students will have the opportunity to name their color a silly name and work on their fine motor skills with coloring.

K - I will talk about emotions and the different Zones of Regulation. Students will listen to “The Color Monster,” and identify which zone the feelings are in. They will choose their top 3 feelings they have the most and complete a feelings page. Students will also learn different coping strategies.

1st - I will talk about emotions and the different Zones of Regulation. Students will listen to “Even Superheroes Have Bad Days” and a discussion will be held on making good choices with strong feelings. Students will draw themselves as superheroes and name a strategy they can try to help calm themselves.

2nd - I will talk about emotions and the different Zones of Regulation. Students will identify different feelings and sort them into which zone they fall in. Students will hear the story of “Niko Draws A Feeling” and a discussion will be held about other types of strategies to calm.

3rd-5th - I will talk about emotions and the different Zones of Regulation. Several coping strategies will be shared. We will then play Coping Skills Bingo and students will learn how the strategies are useful and in the different zones.

We are excited to host volunteers from the Assistance League of San Antonio. They will be presenting to 4th and 5th graders about personal safety, bullying, gun and drug safety, and Internet safety. Parent permission is required to attend. Please contact your child’s teacher if you need another form.

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

Leader in Me

Check out Emotions At Home (Week 1) for our younger Panthers and positive affirmations for all grades!

Emotions @ Home

LIM Positive Affirmations

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!

Leaders Wanted!

We want to showcase our LaCoste leaders in our trophy case on campus. We’d like to showcase students that are leaders OUTSIDE of school. Is your child proactive with the Girl Scouts or Boys Scouts? Does your child synergize with cousins in raising animals for the stock show? Maybe your child is part of a youth group that helps in picking up trash on the weekends? Capture a picture and send it to us! Please indicate your child’s name and what organization they are a part of.

Homecoming Week is Next week!

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PTO Corner

What another wonderful week at LCE! Our Big Kahuna catalog sale has ended but we are still excepting online sales for another week. Our students have done an amazing job so far and we are on track to surpass last years numbers. We would like to thank all of our parents and guardians for helping their students sale and learn new life skills. Please stay tuned for our pick up day.

We are still doing our PTO membership drive for another week. The first class to reach 100% per grade level by Sept 30 will win a pizza party hosted by PTO. Its easy to join, follow the link below.

Our “Pink Out” Shirt sale has ended and we cannot thank everyone enough for all the love and support we have received to be able to help one of our own continue there journey through Breast Cancer. We will be presenting our recipient with a check at our October PTO meeting.

Dates to remember:

Oct 13- PTO meeting and Fire Prevention Presentation by Medina County ESD 1 fire fighters, they will have truck there for the kids to see and touch and fun activities for kids of all ages.

Oct. 18- LCE Picture Day. Come volunteer and put a smile on our students faces!

Oct. 28- Volunteer opportunities, details to come.

Spirit Shirts and Membership

Want to Volunteer? Check out the flier below!

If you have any questions feel free to email us at

Right At School - Upcoming Full Day Camps - 10/10 & 10/31

Camp Day Info:

  • Camp will be held at Potranco Elementary

  • Hours: 6:30am-6:00pm

  • Snacks are provided - Lunch must be provided by the parents

  • Registration is open now on our website!

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Visit to fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch Application

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LCE Flag Crew was trained by the MVHS JROTC

Building strong readers & leaders in 3rd grade

Dr. Wood's class learned about combing materials to make bridges

Sunshine Crew started greeting students and staff this week

Student lead Synergy Circle daily activity in Mrs. Hecker’s class


MVHS Top Cats greeted students on Friday Morning

Coach's Corner


Combined with exercise and stretching. We are working on their conditioning for running. We run lines in the Gym, in two different formats, to help with their conditioning. Coordination drills to help introduce and tie into the volleyball unit. We also had a team conversation about keeping our hands to ourselves, following the expectations in PE and during the end of PE when we are lining up for showtime.


Combined with exercise and stretching. We are working on their conditioning for running. We run lines in the Gym, in two different formats, to help with their conditioning. We did some volleyball drills, using a beach ball for volley practice and drills to practice the first step in serving. (Only one 5th Grade Rotation did the serving drill). We also had a team conversation about keeping our hands to ourselves, following the expectations in PE and during the end of PE when we are lining up for showtime.

(We will always work with you regarding if your child or children need to sit out in PE due to a medical reason. A note must be provided for documentation.)

Caught Reading

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

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 Karla Aguilar!

Karla was caught by Mrs. Villarreal as she was participating with Heggerty .

You can be a star when you get caught reading!

Upcoming Events

Sept. 26th - Beginning of 2nd 6 Weeks

Sept. 29th - Report Cards Posted

Sept. 30th - American Indian Heritage Day

Oct. 2nd - Custodial Appreciation Day

Oct. 6th - Open House 4:00pm -5:30pm

Oct. 10th - No School - Columbus Day

Oct 12th - Fire Safety Presentation by LaCoste Fire Department

Oct. 17th - 21st - National School Bus Safety Week

Oct. 17th - Progress Report Posted / GT Parent Night 5:30pm - 6:00pm

Oct. 18th - Fall Individual Picture Day

Oct. 24th - 28th - Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 28th - Fall Fun Day Sponsored by PTO/ 2nd Grade Field Trip

Oct. 31st - No School/Staff Work Day

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