2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

October 6, 2017 - Issue #9

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes:

  • Mrs. Kannmacher
  • Mrs. Arredondo
  • Mrs. Williams
  • Mrs. Ramsey
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Mrs. Jimenez
  • Ms. Field

Our school-wide total is 3400!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 50

Kindergarten: 900

First Grade: 1000

Second Grade: 950

Third Grade: 500

Dance Party Details - Since we met our campus goal of 3000 BEFORE the end of the 1st nine weeks, the dance party will be on Friday, October 20th. PPCD/PK/Kinder/1st Grade will be from 1:30-1:45 in the gym. 2nd and 3rd Grades will be 2:00-2:15 in the gym.


Running of the Vikings - October 13th

Running of the Vikings is happening on October 13th, so if your child (PK-5th grade) wants to run through the tunnel before the football players, be ready to line when announced at 6:45 pm. Students will line up with a Varsity cheerleader by grade level and will run through the tunnel at approximately 7:15 pm.

Football Players, Cheerleaders, and Pep Rally...Oh My!

The football players and cheerleaders will be back on Friday, October 13th. First grade will travel to LVHS for the pep rally that day at 10:45. Due to the pep rally taking place during first grade's lunch period, students will eat lunch once they return to campus.

2017 Bond Election Information

LVISD will have presentations about the bond on October 5 and 16 in Viking Hall at 6:00. A third presentation will be on October 11, at 7:00 in the PAC, presentation will be before the Candidates Night debate.

Important Facts:

  • The amount of bond is $2.9 million.
  • Will taxes increase? No, the tax rate will remain the same $1.32
  • What is the bond for? HVAC replacements, transportation needs, technology needs, maintenance equipment, and service road repair.
  • How long will it take to pay off the bond? The bond will be paid off in 6 years.
  • Will we have to send any of the bond money back to the state? No, LVISD will be able to keep 100% of the money.

Please check out the flyer attached to the email for more information regarding this bond.

Say Cheese

Dianne Pursch Photography will be here on October 18th for Fall pictures. This year LVES will only have one picture day, so October 18th will include individual and class photos. Fall photos are used in the yearbook, so only individual picture make-ups will be scheduled at a later date in case students are absent on picture day.

Pumpkin Character Activity and Gallery Walk

Teachers will be sending home information soon about our fun, upcoming pumpkin character activity! Students will choose a character from their favorite book, decorate a pie pumpkin (real, foam, paper), and write about their pumpkin. Students will bring their decorated pumpkin, along with the book, to school on October 31st for the school to see on the Pumpkin Character Gallery Walk. We can't wait to see all of the creative pumpkins!

Write The Check Fundraiser

The first fundraiser for the year - WRITE THE CHECK CAMPAIGN - is in full swing. 100% of all money raised goes back to LVES and is tax deductible! Thank you for your support!

Fall Festival News

Mark your calendars for the Fall Family Festival on Friday, Nov. 3rd from 5pm to 8pm. There will be food trucks, games, prizes, face painting, jumpy houses, and much, much more so you don't want to miss out!

Committee Volunteers are now needed – if interested, please email Becky Richardson at

Yearbook News

You may now order your child's yearbook for the 2017-2018 school year! We have a limited supply for this school year! Don't wait, order it ASAP before it's too late! Keep a look out for our annual 3rd grade custom yearbook cover contest!

Order here online:

School code: 13030118 OR enter Texas, Lago Vista.

We are also looking for yearbook photo submissions. You can never send to many! You may email them to lvesyearbook@gmail.comwith subject title. If you are on a time crunchy, send a quick email and we will provide a dropbox link to drop to the photos to or a phone number to text them to.

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, Viking Spirit Friday's, college Wednesdays, crazy sock day, crazy hair day, neon day, pajama day, grandparents lunch, Watch DOG pictures. 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

Yearbook Cover Contest

Calling all 3rd Grade's that time of the year for the Yearbook Cover Contest! If you would like to submit a drawing for the contest, here are the guidelines:

  • Theme: Sail Into Learning. Think nautical theme.
  • Guidelines: Open to 3rd grade students only. Keep with in the theme listed above. Use your imagination and be creative! Must be on 8.5 x 11 paper, one side only, MUST contain the title ‘Sail Into Learning’ somewhere within the design. May use marker, colored pencils, crayons, pastels, paints, letter stickers, construction paper or other textured looks on top of the 8.5 x 11 paper ie: computer paper. NOTE: Please keep the look flat enough that it can be scanned on a scanner to the computer). Entire piece must be done by a LVES 3rd grader. Artist may autograph his/her artwork in bottom right corner. On the back please legibly write first and last name, followed by teacher’s name in pencil.
  • Deadline: All entries must be submitted by Friday, October 20th. Return to the teacher or submit to front office.
  • The 1st place winner’s artwork will appear on the front cover of the 2017-2018 LVES Yearbook! The winner will also receive a FREE softcover copy of the yearbook.

If you have any questions about the yearbook cover contest, please email

Friendly Reminder

All LVISD campuses are smoke-free environments, which include parking lots. Please refrain from smoking on campus, even when waiting in the car rider line. Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students and staff healthy!


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

Ms. Cindy De Silva - Kindergarten Teacher

1. Where are you from originally?

I am from San Antonio, Texas.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I have taught 23 years. 13 years in public education and 10 in private education.

3. Tell us about your family...

My son, Nathan is 31 years old and is chief financial officer overseeing the mortgage department at USAA in San Antonio. He is married to Jamie, whom is a marine biologist. They spend their extra time traveling the world. My daughter, Shaina is 28 and attended UTSA awaiting her business degree. She works at a wildlife park near New Braunfels.

4. What are your favorite hobbies and favorite flower? Do you ride roller coasters?

I love to read and write. I love the outdoors. I like to camp and fish. My favorite flowers are daisies. I used to ride roller coasters when I was young. The last roller coaster I went on was the Superman roller coaster at Fiesta Tx, that was it for me.

5. What is your favorite part about your job?

I love helping children become independent readers and helping them develop the skills to decode and become fluent readers. I love watching their journey as they learn and use skills to read and understand different genres.

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Mrs. Janice Crenwelge - PPCD Paraprofessional

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

I'm beginning my third year at LVES. Before coming here, I spent 13 years working at local Mother's Day Out programs. I've always had an interest in special needs, so I feel blessed to be here!

2. Where are you from originally?

I am the youngest of 9 children and grew up on a farm in Comfort Tx. In 1984, I married my high school sweetheart. We moved around a bit, but settled here in Lago 17 years ago.

3. Tell us about your family...

Robert and I have three sons, all of which graduated from LV. Sheldon is 31 and lives in Seattle. Austin is 28 and living in Round Rock. Brady is 25, and lives here in Lago.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

Outside of school, I enjoy doing a little gardening, cooking, reading, going on walks with my hubby, and binge watching British TV. lol

5. What is your favorite part of your job?

I love watching students learn new things and seeing them become more independent. I also enjoy working with such an amazing group of people. They encourage me in what I can do, and stretch me to try what I think I can't.

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PTO Membership

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Character Trait of the Month - Respect

October's Character Trait is Respect. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Respect:

  • Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule;
  • Be tolerant and accepting of differences;
  • Use good manners, not bad manners;
  • Be considerate of the feelings of others;
  • Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone;
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

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

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! The character trait for October is Respect. Students will be learning how they can show respect to their parents, friends, teachers, school, and themselves. At home, you can remind your child that Respect can mean: Using good manners, Being tolerant and accepting of differences, Being considerate of others, Dealing peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements--not threatening, hitting, or hurting anyone, and Following the Golden Rule~Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

Stay tuned for more information about Red Ribbon Week October 23-27, when students will learn more about respecting themselves by being healthy and drug-free!

“I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.” ~Maya Angelou

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of October 5th:

  • 93.81%- We did not meet our goal again this week, but will try again next week!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 85.71%

PK: 89.57%

Kindergarten: 89.25%

First Grade: 97.08% - Fantastic job meeting our weekly goal!

Second Grade: 94.41%

Third Grade: 94.66%

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's 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...

  • October 9th: Student Holiday/Staff Development
  • October 13th: Football Players, Cheerleaders Visit
  • October 13th: 1st Grade goes to LVHS Pep Rally
  • October 13th: Running of the Vikings
  • October 18th: Fall Pictures
  • October 23rd-27th: Red Ribbon Week - daily themes coming soon
  • October 25th: Fall G/T Parent Meeting, 6:30-7:30 in Viking Hall
  • October 26th: Transportation Changes for Early Release due on or before 4:00 pm
  • October 27th: Early Release at 11:30 am - No transportation changes are accepted on Early Release days
  • October 27th: Parent Teacher Fall Conferences - be on the lookout for sign ups from teachers coming soon
  • October 27th: Football Players, Cheerleaders Visit
  • October 31st: Pumpkin Character Gallery Walk
  • November 1st: Perfect Attendance (K-3) and Honor Roll (3rd Grade) Recognition during lunches