2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

December 15, 2017 - Issue #18

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes:

  • Ms. De Silva
  • Mrs. Rowin
  • Mrs. Ramsey
  • Mrs. Williams (100)
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Ms. Baker

Our school-wide total is 2900!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 50

Kindergarten: 1000

First Grade: 650

Second Grade: 800

Third Grade: 450

We still need 1100 more Golden Tickets by January 12th for our PJ/Furry Friend Day! Keep earning those Golden Tickets Vikings:-)


Book Drive Success!

Students were able to choose 2-3 books during lunches on Thursday thanks to the large number of book donations during our annual Reading Lab Book Drive! Thank you so much for your generous donations.

Thank you

The staff would like to thank PTO for the hot chocolate and gift cards this week, and all of the parents who brought in yummy homemade cookies today!

We could not do what we do every day without the support of our PTO and wonderful parents. Thank you for spoiling us this week!!

Parent Survey

In Lago Vista ISD, we strive to continuously improve teaching and learning by gathering and reflecting on feedback from different stakeholders within our learning community. Feedback from our parents is crucial to help us identify what we are doing well and areas where we can improve on individual campuses and as a district.

Please take a few moments to complete the parent survey for Lago Vista Elementary School by clicking on the following link:

The survey will close at midnight on January 11, 2018. Thank you for your feedback!

Dressing for Recess

Please help us by dressing your child for colder weather. We want our students to be able to enjoy recess outside this time of year. Please be sure that they dress warm enough to be comfortable outside.

Dress Code Reminder

Leggings are a very popular clothing choice, especially during the colder months. They are permitted according to the LVISD Dress Code as long as the outer garment meets the middle of thigh length requirement. Please make sure the outer garment meets this requirement if your child is wearing leggings to school. For more information on the dress code, please click on the following link:

Front Drive - IMPORTANT

The front drive is not a drop off location at any point during the school day. Please park in a designated parking spot and walk your child into the building. This is for the safety of all our visitors. We greatly appreciate your help in following morning drop off procedures for the front drive.

The red FIRE ZONE is a no parking zone at all times. Please do not use the fire zone as a parking spot at any time. Thank you!


Box Top Winners

The box tops have all been counted, and here are the winners of Furry Friend/Pajama Day:

Walker - 428

Ramsey - 378

DeSilva - 278

Congratulations and enjoy your fun day as a reward for helping us to collect and submit $424.60 for our first submission! We will have many more to submit for our second submission from this contest. There will be a new contest in 2018, so be on the lookout for information coming soon! Thanks for collecting Box Tops for Education!


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.

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 to 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 1st: HOLIDAY, NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, January 2nd: STAFF DEVELOPMENT, NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, January 3rd: OPEN
  • Thursday, January 4th: OPEN
  • Friday, January 5th: OPEN

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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Check back in the next newsletter for more Spotlight on Learning!
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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Ms. Sophia Gase - 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 first year working at LVES! Before this year, I taught Pre-K in Austin for two years.

2. Where are you from originally?

I've lived in Austin since I was 12, so I tentatively call myself a local. I lived in Nebraska, Australia, and Singapore before Texas.

3. Tell us about your family...

I am the oldest of 3 children! My sister is in Washington DC getting her Masters in Museum Studies, and my brother is studying engineering at Texas A&M. My dad runs a local Austin hummus company - Lantana, and my mom is a real estate agent.

4. What's your favorite book series?

Hands down favorite book series is Harry Potter.

5. What's the best present you ever got for Christmas?

This is a tough one. Probably the iPod Classic when they first came out. I still use mine!

6. What was your first job?

My first job was in high school at a movie theater.

7. What is your favorite part of your job?

The kids. They make me laugh everyday!

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Mrs. Christine Harris - Administrative Assistant

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

I have been working for Lago Vista for six years. I started out Substitute teaching, then I was a Para in Special Education and I have spent the last three years in the Administrative Assistant role. Prior to working at Lago Vista, I was a teacher at a local mother's day out program for five years. My actual career prior to having children was spent at the Corporate headquarters for Pier 1 Imports and JCPenney doing allocations and buying in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born in Batavia, New York. This is in Upstate New York, farm country.

3. Tell us about your family...

I have been with my husband, Scott for 25 years. We have two sons. They both attend LVISD. I have a sophomore(Ethan) in High school and a six grader(Mason) at the Middle school.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy being pampered at spas, watching sporting events(especially my boys) and traveling.

5. What is your favorite part of your job?

What I like most about my job is that I am involved in almost all aspects of the school. This can make for an interesting day, no two are alike. And of course, the fine office characters that I get to see each day:).

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Character Trait of the Month - Caring

December's Character Trait is Caring. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Caring:

  • Be kind;
  • Be compassionate and show you care;
  • Forgive others;
  • Help people in need.

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

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families!

As we wrap up our class guidance lessons on caring, here is a good reminder for us all: The smallest gesture or act of kindness can often impact others in a big way. A simple hello, smile, or taking the time to ask someone if they are ok, and listening to their answer can really help people feel better. This holiday season, ask yourself how you can help others by showing you care!

“No one is a failure in this world that lightens the burden for someone else.” ~Anonymous

“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” ~Denis Waitley

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Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of December 14th:

  • 95.28% - We took another slight dip in attendance this week. Remember our weekly attendance goal is 97%.

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 85%

PK: 89.62%

Kindergarten: 95.06%

First Grade: 95.28%

Second Grade: 94.61%

Third Grade: 96.92% - Great job meeting our attendance goal for the third week in a row!

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'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...

  • December 18th - January 2nd: Winter Holiday, No School
  • January 3rd: School resumes
  • January 12th: End of 2nd Nine Weeks
  • January 15th: Student Holiday - No School
  • January 19th: Reports go home in Friday Folders
  • January 23rd: First Grade Field Trip to Thinkery
  • January 24th: Perfect Attendance and Honor Roll Recognition during lunches
  • January 25th: Transportation Changes due for January 26th Early Release
  • January 26th: Early Release at 11:30 am, no afternoon PPCD classes
  • January 26th: District UIL Meet in Florence