LaCoste Elementary Newsletter

Nov. 16th - Nov. 20th

Mrs. Vera's Memo


Our school calendar has changed.

Monday November 30, 2020 is now a Student Holiday.

I am so thankful for all the wonderful LaCoste families and community we serve. Our Staff and Student Leaders hope you found our Parent Training week informative. Thank you for participating in our surveys we appreciate the feed back. We were able to provide ways to engage your student learners at home.

Take this next upcoming week to sharpen the saw with your family and spend time together building memories.

Thanksgiving Break will be from November 23 - November 30th. We will resume regular instruction on Tuesday December 1st.

In case you missed our Virtual Parent Trainings here are the links:

Volume 1 - Skyward Family Access

Volume 2 - Readers are Leaders

Volume 3 - Math For All Learners At Home

Volume 4 - Student Led Leader In Me Habit Review

Calendar Adjustments - From Dr. Rohrbach

Dear Medina Valley ISD Families,

In an effort to provide additional planning time for our teachers this semester, the MVISD Board of Trustees last night unanimously approved revisions to the school calendar for the Fall semester. Two days that are currently scheduled as instructional days will now be student holidays, which will be used as teacher workdays. Those days are:

Monday, November 30

The instructional calendars that are posted to our website will be updated to reflect these changes. Our teachers are doing an incredible job of balancing in-person and remote learning, but additional planning time is needed as we approach the end of this semester. I appreciate your understanding of the need to make these revisions. As always, please feel free to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance. Stay well.


Dr. Kenneth Rohrbach

From Nurse Sandy:

Please continue to monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms every day. Pay close attention to

Monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms every day

Pay particular attention to:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or Body Aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or running nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

If your child is having any of these symptoms please keep them home and contact our campus Nuse, Nurse Sandy at 830-931-2243 ext 3005. Your child will have the opportunity to complete assignments through class link and will not miss instruction. Please continue to work with us to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment. Our staff and custodians are working hard in keeping all areas clean for the safety for your children.

Leader In Me

This week our Student Lighthouse Team shared the habits with you and what they mean. Now is a great time to look over the Leader In Me Parent Guide! It’s a great tool!

Just in case you missed it! Watch it here!

Leader In Me Parent’s Guide English -

Leader in Me Parent’s Guide Spanish -

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Free Lunch Program Extended

Thanks to the most recent USDA waiver extensions, all students at Medina Valley ISD will continue to receive free breakfasts and lunches throughout the school year regardless of eligibility. This is for both on-campus and virtual learners.

There is a matter we would like to communicate with all Families about the importance of applying for the Free & Reduced Lunch program. A summary of the message follows:

The application process ensures that qualifying families will continue to receive free or reduced meals even after the current waiver comes to an end.

Students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches and breakfasts may also qualify for in-home affordable internet, waived fees for SAT/ACT tests, reduced cost for Advanced Placement exams, free transcripts, and/or waived college application fees.

Equally important, accurate data ensures that valuable resources remain in place for many supplemental programs and services that directly benefit students and families.

All information provided on applications is handled confidentially and used solely to determine eligibility and to verify data.

Click here for a short video. Haga clic aquí para ver un corto video.

To apply or for additional information, click here. If you have any questions or need help filling out the application please contact Rachel Valles, LCE Cafeteria Manager, at

Billy Bob's Hamburgers

We would like to thank Billy Bob’s Hamburgers in Castroville for partnering with us for the second year in a row. They provide all of our honor roll students with a free Panther’s Special (Jr. Burger, Fries, and a drink). The manager, Mr. Mark Dombrowski, was given a certificate of appreciation to hang in the establishment.
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Parent Training Vol. 4 Raffle Winners!

Sunshine Crew Greeted Students and Staff Each Morning

LaCoste Loves Our Paras! We Celebrated National Paraprofessional Day on 11/18/20

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3rd Grade Magic Multiplication and Division Day! The Final Magic Trick Exit Ticket was completed with an invisible ink pen

Caught Reading With Cookie the Panther

1st Grader Jentry Tipton Accomplished His 1st Semester Personal Goal! Jentry Was Very Brave And Sang In Front Of The Entire Class!

2nd Grade Showed Their Math Skills With Mrs. Davis

4th Grade Explored the Properties of Soil

1st Grade Classmates Were "Twinning" in their LaCoste Leader Shirts!

PK and Kinder Made Thankful Placemats, Turkey Handprints and Turkey Hats

Students and Staff Enjoyed A Great Turkey Luncheon From The Cafeteria

Coach's Corner

On behalf of LaCoste Elementary school I would like to extend a huge, heartfelt thank you!!! This year was our 4th annual Turkey Trot that took place on the grounds of the school. Even with the current circumstances, we were able to have our best year ever! We exceeded last year's donation of 125 pies to over 150 this year! While we were not able to award pies, we are going to hand out gift cards that can be used for a pie or treat of their choice!

We could not have done this with the tremendous support of our teachers, staff and community members. I am so happy with the entire student body that tried their best and the faculty for being so flexible. I would like to extend many thanks to all that made it possible.

With a grateful heart,

Coach Galyon

LaCoste teachers, staff and family members

Community National Bank

Wal- Mart of Castroville

HEB of Lytle

Tartan Construction

Reminder - Please send your student with a filled water bottle daily. We have 2 new refill stations on campus!

PTO Shout Out

Thank you so much to LCE PTO for all they do for our teachers and staff! Our staff enjoyed the thoughtful gift!
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Mrs. Davis - Math Specialist

This week's math tips from Mrs. Davis! Click your child's grade level below.

Pre-K and K

1st and 2nd grade

3rd-5th grade:

Mrs. Kempf - Reading Specialist

Click Here for this week's reading tips from Mrs. Kempf!

UIL Infomation

Please click the button below to get more information regarding this year's UIL Competition.

Remote learners are welcome to participate but must be able to attend the event in February in person.

Practices will start after Thanksgiving Break.

MV Read Aloud Library

The button below will take you to our MV Read Aloud Library with over 100 read alouds for all ages! Stories are read by employees across the district and more stories are added weekly!

Counselor's Corner

Enjoy sharpening the saw with your family!

I continue to be available to support you and students. My email address is I will be going into the library rotation soon to provide lessons. The virtual lessons will be updated and added to my virtual classroom.

Caught Being a Leader

The following students were announced for “caught being a leader!” These students do the right thing, even when nobody's looking. Parents can refer students from home too when they are exceeding your expectations by showing leadership through our Leader In Me habits, and accomplish tasks without being told.

Cooper Salzman - Be Proactive

Kanelo Hernandez - Be Proactive

Addison Valle - Be Proactive

Julia Stevenson - Put First Things First

Lilyanna Perez - Be Proactive

Lucca Halll, Taylor Harris, Jordan Bernard, Maddox Villanueva - Put First Things First

Jordan Bernard - Sharpen the Saw

Cynthia Finch - Be Proactive

Natalie Langhorne - Synergize

Jeremiah Martinez - Be Proactive

Zariah Martinez - Be Proactive

Destiny Ostrander - Be Proactive

Ian Francis - Put First Things First

Bentley Vaughn - Think Win-Win

Renesmee Francis - Put First Things First

Clarice Fairchild - Put First Things First

Kinsey Bendele - Put First Things First

Sophia Delgado - Think Win-Win

Sonya Clark - Put First Things First

Sofia Ramos-Almazon - Put First Things First

Ellyse Sotello - Put First Things First

Savannah Sandoval - Begin With the End in Mind

Carmen Delgado - Begin With the End in Mind

Dylan Lopez - Think Win-Win

John Biediger - Sharpen the Saw

Dylan Looez - Sharpen the Saw

Anson Boatright - Sharpen the Saw

Gunnar Hitzfelder - Sharpen the Saw

Olivia Valentine - Put First Things First

Lawrence Mata-Sarro - Put First Things First

Nora Engbrock - Think Win-Win

Liam Maldonado - Think Win-Win

Jentry Tipton - Think Win-Win

Walker Payne - Begin With the End in Mind

Jenna McKinney - Think Win-Win

Randall Collins - Be Proactive

Abby Shadrock - Be Proactive

Matthew Mainez - Synergize

Natalie Langhorne - Synergize

Gunnar Hitzfelder - Put First Things First

Laila Mainez - Put First Things First

Freddy Hernandez - Put First Things First

Joshua Hinojosa - Put First Things First

Ethan Grant - Put First Things First

Juliette Sanchez - Be Proactive

Anson Boatright - Think Win-Win

Santiago Escalera - Be Proactive

Aubri Martinez - Put First Things First

Edward Sanchez - Find Your Voice

Brenda Ramos Medina - Sharpen the Saw

Erick Lopez - Think Win-Win

Korie Perales - Think Win-Win

Audrey Ramirez - Be Proactive

Justice Ethridge - Be Proactive

Ava Vallejo - Be Proactive

Mia Coronado - Be Proactive

Oliver Castro - Put First Things First

Luke Rodriguez - Synergize

Izabella Trujillo - Synergize

Anson Boatright - Think Win-Win

Mavis Garcia - Be Proactive

Bentley Vaughn - Be Proactive

Carmen Delgado - Begin With the End in Mind

Nykole Sotello - Synergize

Get 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.

In person learners AND remote learners are both included! Simply click and fill out the form below. Each week a name is randomly drawn from those submissions. Their name is displayed on a bulletin board in the library, mentioned in our morning campus announcements and posted in our S’mores newsletter. The student is also given a prize for their accomplishment. Prizes for remote learners will be mailed home.

If you have any questions please email

At LaCoste Elementary, our leaders stick together! So “Stay Sharp, and Get Caught Reading!”

Caught Reading Winner!

Students who read “above and beyond” by choosing to read and surpassing reading goals, can be “Caught Reading” by staff and by family. A winner is selected randomly.

This weeks winner is:

This week’s winner is Jenna McKinney

She was caught by Mrs. Graff because she chose to read during transition!

Jenna, please go to the library to select your prize!

So “Stay Sharp, and Get Caught Reading!”

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Our school hours are:

7:15am - Front doors open and Cafeteria is open for breakfast

7:40am - First Bell Rings

7:45am - Announcements Begin

7:50am - Tardy Bell Rings

3:10pm - Dismissal

Please do not drop off students prior to 7:15am. Thank you for adhering to these times for proper supervision and safety of all our students.

Drop off/ Pick Up - The front doors open at 7:15 a.m. Students are encouraged to enjoy breakfast in the cafeteria or head to their classroom.

The first instructional bell rings at 7:40 a.m. and tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m. Any students that arrive after 7:50 a.m. will have to be signed in at the front window before attending class.

The dismissal bell is at 3:10 p.m. All parents or guardians who have approval via Skyward and have a LaCoste Pick Up car hanger must have the hanger visible while in the pick up line or in hand to pick up their child.

Please use zip ties provided to attach the number tag to your child’s backpack.

If you do not have your hanger you must park in the designated parking lot and provide identification at the front office.

All students riding a bus will have a Bus Tag on their backpack to ensure students are riding their proper bus.

Thanks to our parents and students our drop off and pick up procedures are running smooth and ensure student safety.

Transportation Changes - At LCE safety is our number one priority. With that in mind, we are asking that all transportation changes be made prior to 2:30 p.m. This will allow our front office to ensure changes get reported to teachers and students in a timely manner.

When calling with a change, please be prepared to give your child's name, teacher's name and bus number.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 23rd - 27th - Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 30th - Staff Work Day/ Student Holiday
  • Dec. 4th - Fall Picture Retakes/Virtual Student Picture Day
  • Dec. 18th - Staff Work Day/ Student Holiday
  • Dec. 21st - Jan. 3rd - Winter Break