2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

November 10, 2017 - Issue #14

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes:

  • Ms. De Silva
  • Mrs. Rowin
  • Mrs. Ballard
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Ms. Field
  • Ms. Bingham

Our school-wide total is 900!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 250

First Grade: 100

Second Grade: 400

Third Grade: 150


Fall Book Fair

It's that time of the year for our Fall Book Fair. This is a great opportunity to stock up on some presents for the holiday. All of the proceeds from the book fair go back to our school. Here are the hours for the book fair:

  • November 10th: 10am - 4:00pm
  • November 13th - 17th: 7:30am - 4:00 pm

Thanksgiving Lunch - November 16th and 17th

Our annual Thanksgiving lunch will be held on November 16th and 17th.

Here is the schedule and lunch times for both days:

  • Thursday, November 16th: PK (11:00); Kindergarten (11:00), 2nd (11:40)
  • Friday, November 17th: PPCD (10:45); 1st (11:10) and 3rd (12:00)

Please call Veronica at 267-8300 X4500 before Thursday, November 16th to have your visitor’s badge pre-printed. You can also email your request to All visitors will still need to be buzzed in before entering the main building. Please plan on arriving earlier than your child’s lunch time, as parking is limited and there will be a line at the Raptor computer.

Thanksgiving Lunch Volunteers

The awesome cafeteria staff could use some extra hands on November 16th and 17th to help serve Thanksgiving lunch to our families. If you are able to help fill a 30-minute time slot on one of those days, please click on the following link:

In addition to seeing all of the wonderful families and students at LVES as they come through the line, you will receive a free lunch as a thank you for your time.

Project Vinatta Presentation

The student coalition for Project Vinatta will have a short presentation for the campus on Friday, November 17th. The presentation will introduce the campus to Project Vinatta and discuss the campus-wide activities that all LVES students will participate in as we work towards a No Place For Hate distinction.

Lost and Found

Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Sellers for reuniting about 20 jackets and lunch boxes with students this week during lunch. There are still quite a few jackets, lunchboxes, etc still left, so please encourage your child to check the Lost and Found if he/she is missing any items. If you are visiting for Thanksgiving lunches, feel free to stop by the Lost and Found bin, located in the cafeteria, to locate missing items.

Fall Festival Success

Thank you to everyone who attended to Fall Festival and to everyone who supported the event. A HUGE thank you goes to Cathy Pennington and Becky Richardson for chairing the event, as well as all of the Room Parents and volunteers who organized and ran the booths that evening. This event could not have happened without their hard work.

PTO would also like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions:

  • Moonshine Tea
  • Travis County ESD #1
  • Trinity Anglican
  • Rolling Hills Community Church
  • Grace Fellowship Church
  • Northlake Church
  • St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Varsity Football Playoff Shirts

If you would like to order a playoff shirt to support the Varsity football players, please see the attached flyer for ordering information. Orders will only be taken online, and must be received by midnight on Sunday.

If you have any questions please contact Coach Phillips at

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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!

Thank you to the following families/businesses for their contribution to the WRITE THE CHECK CAMPAIGN:

  • Richardson Family
  • Norman Family
  • Dun Family
  • Lassites Family
  • Melendez Family
  • Pence Family
  • Fox Family
  • Rodriguez Family
  • Wesselman Family
  • Gilbert Family
  • Vaughn Family
  • Emerie Custom Homes
  • Smith Family
  • Griffiths Family
  • Lawless Family
  • Everett Family
  • St. Martin Family
  • Gerwick Family
  • Gonzales Family
  • Preece Family
  • Parsons Family
  • Pennington Family
  • Makowichuk Family
  • Bailey Family
  • Badger Family
  • Fuess Family
  • Tarlton Family

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

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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, November 13th: Daniel Thering
  • Tuesday, November 14th: OPEN
  • Wednesday, November 15th: OPEN
  • Thursday, November 16th: Justin Parra
  • Friday, November 17th: Jeff Rosprim

If you would like to be a Watch DOG at LVES, please contact Mr. Holt ( for more information.


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Students in 2nd and 3rd grade learn about using repetitive brushstrokes to create movement in the sky like artist Vincent Van Gough
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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Mrs. Ashley Williams - First Grade Teacher

1. Where are you from originally?

I grew up in Pittsburgh PA. Go Steelers!

2. What led you to become a teacher and how long have you been teaching?

After working in the corporate world, I decided to pursue my passion of working with children and what better way to do that than being a teacher! This is my 6th year of teaching.

3. Tell us about your family...

My husband's name is John and we live in Austin with our two sweet dogs, Maisy and Sissy Sue and two chickens.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I love to play golf and go fishing but I spend my most of my time right now studying.

5. What is your favorite type of snake? What's your favorite type of banana split?

Any snake in a picture but don't prefer to be anywhere near them in real life. :) I love all types of banana splits!

6. What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part of my job is getting to watch the students learn and grow. It is always fun to learn new things from them too!

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Ms. Cathy Evans - ESL Coordinator

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

This is my 17th year to teach in Lago Vista. Before moving to Lago Vista, I taught 4th grade in Amarillo, Texas for 13 years.

2. Where are you from originally?

I grew up in the Panhandle on a ranch in Texhoma; right on the border of Texas and Oklahoma

3. Tell us about your family...

My daughter, Angie, lives in Houston; and my son, Shawn, lives in Denver. Angie has 2 kids…Peyton is in 5th grade and Evan is in 1st grade. Shawn has a son, Theo, who is 3 years old. My daughter, Misty Inman, used to be the reading and dyslexia specialist in Lago Vista. Her son, Nathan, is in 8th grade at Cedar Park Middle School.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I love to cook and hang out with my family. We’re huge football fans! We also like going to our “happy” place in Rosemary Beach, Florida.

5. What is your favorite part of your job?

I love working with my ESL kids on every campus. I’ve known most of them since they were in PK.

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Character Trait of the Month - Giving

November's Character Trait is Giving. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Giving:

  • Do kind and thoughtful things for people in need;
  • Put other people's needs before your own;
  • Volunteer your time and resources for charity;
  • Managing resources so that I can give and share them with those in need.

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

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! This month during our guidance class lessons, students will be learning about the character trait of Giving. People are giving when they do kind and thoughtful things for others. Children are understanding that people can be giving even without spending money, because giving kindness, compliments, or doing thoughtful things for others can mean so much to people, and make people very happy.

One local church has been very giving, and has collected donations to help our elementary students in need. I will have some gift certificates available for families that need help with purchasing Thanksgiving meals and groceries. If your family could use assistance with this, please let me know. You may call me at (512) 267-8300 ext. 4504, or email me at

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of November 9th:

  • 96.23%- We did not meet our goal again this week, but we did increase by almost 2%! Remember attendance is taken daily at 9:50 am.

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 85% - 5% increase from last week

PK: 94.557% - 7% increase from last week

Kindergarten: 95.26%

First Grade: 96.04%

Second Grade: 98% - Fantastic job - exceeded our weekly attendance goal!

Third Grade: 96.35%

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...

  • November 16th: Thanksgiving Lunch for PK, Kinder, 2nd Grades
  • November 17th: Thanksgiving Lunch for PPCD, 1st, 3rd Grades
  • November 20th-24th: THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • December 6th: PTO Meeting; 5:00-6:00 pm in Community Room
  • December 13th: Third Grade Field Trip to Nutcracker
  • December 15th: Winter Holiday Parties - information and details will be coming home soon from Room Parents
  • December 15th: Early Release at 11:30 am; No afternoon PPCD classes
  • December 18th - January 2nd: Winter Holiday, No School