LaCoste Elementary Newsletter

2020-2021 School Year Week of Jan. 18th - 22nd

Mrs. Vera's Memo

LaCoste Families,

Our staff has organized another parent and family engagement opportunity for you to take part in with your child. Our campus is going to be playing virtual Bingo on Tuesday January 26th from 6-7pm. We ask that you please participate in the fun. You must pre register for this event using the QR code below. We look forward to playing bingo with you. We also want to remind you that all grades for students are available through skyward family access. It is important that you login to your account and check grades weekly for missing assignments, grades, and attendance. If you have any questions in regards please feel free to email your students teachers.


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

Leadership roles don’t just take place in the classroom! Let’s extend this leadership practice to the home and the virtual classroom.”

Check out more at: https://www.leaderinme.com/resources/extending-leadership-roles

5th Grade Parents

Here is information on 6th Grade Course Selection


In Person Learners

Remote Learners

Valentine's Day Card Exchange - Feb. 12th

If you would like your child to participate in a Valentine Exchange on February 12th please send an unopened box of Valentines to your children's teacher by Monday, February 1st. Your child’s class will participate in a writing activity within the instructional day to address the Valentines to their classmates.

From The Library

Please make sure that your child's water bottles can securely close. We are starting to notice more books with water damage due to water bottles leaking in backpacks.

Don't forget to encourage reading!


Counselor Appreciation Week is Feb. 1st - 5th

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Sophia Clavey accomplished her 2nd semester goal! She sang a song if front of the class!

Mrs. Esquivel's 5th Grade Classed Worked Hard This Week!

4th Grade did a hands-on investigation for weathering and erosion

Mrs. Pompa's Class Learned About Taste!

Student Lighthouse Members Gave Our New Students a Welcome to LaCoste Campus Tour!

Students looked for their picture in our new collage from Inter-State Photography

Mrs. Castanon's Kinder Class Made Season Trees

Mrs. P. Rodriguez's first graders are monitoring their peers reading!

Mrs. Trujillo's Kinder Class Learned About The Seasons In Science

Mrs. Robertson's class learned about landforms. Students made up their own island and wrote about what you would see if you visited.

Mrs. Villarreal's class worked on alliteration this week

Sophia was so excited to find a book with another Sofia on it during Library

Coach's Corner

This week in P.E. we put our basketball skills to work. Grades pre-k through 1st continued with bounce and chest passes. They also worked on making a shot from different areas of the court. Grades 2nd-5th completed a basketball circuit. In the circuit, they were able to travel to each staton and perform basketball drills.

Friendly reminder- please try to send your child with a personal water bottle. The twist-off caps are hard for them to close and continue to spill each day.

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

Mrs. Davis - Math Specialist

Click Here for this week's math tips from Mrs. Davis!

Mrs. Kempf - Reading Specialist

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

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

I have completed my lessons this month on growth mindset. Remote students can find the lesson in my virtual classroom! I continue to be available to help students, staff, and families with concerns and questions. The best way to contact me is via email at: cara.rakowitz@mvisd.org.


My goal is to help students to advocate for themselves in a respectful way in their academics, relationships with others, and to communicate effectively to maintain healthy relationships with others. I encourage students to find the win-win in situations and to seek first to understand then to be understood when conflict arises. Students can request to talk to me via their teacher sending an email, or parents can contact me too should there ever be a concern.


Please remember that I maintain confidentiality with students and will only contact parents if they have dangerous behavior, make threats of harming others, make threats of harming themself, or somebody is hurting them. I always encourage students to talk to their parents.


Campus Leadership Opportunity

Attention 5th graders! We have 5 spots open for the Announcement Crew. Fill out the application using the link below and submit it by January 28th if you are interested in joining the team! *Click on the link to learn more about the responsibilities. Priority is given to 5th graders at this time and students that do not already have a campus leadership position.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuA7aarxrkOAP_AX-TA_X5fkfuf5bBpQo-Rk_woZUu36Zl7g/viewform?usp=sf_link


Elementary Gifted/Talented Program Referrals

Medina Valley ISD elementary schools: Castroville Elementary, LaCoste Elementary, Luckey Ranch Elementary, and Potranco Elementary will begin the annual process of identifying gifted and talented students in 1st through 5th grades. The referral period ends January 31, 2021. The assessment process will occur throughout the spring. Parents, teachers and any other person familiar with the student’s exemplary academic skills may refer a student for further evaluation.

A Gifted/Talented Parent Awareness Video is available to give you more information about the process. This will be followed by a virtual Q&A session on January 19, 2021 from 5:30-6:00 pm.

Referrals can be made by contacting the child’s teacher or by reaching out to the campus GT Specialist.

For more information, to obtain a link to the video, or to join our Q&A session, please contact a GT Specialist:

Ellen Gay - ellen.gay@mvisd.org or

Rebecca Melton - rebecca.melton@mvisd.org


Traits of Giftedness _ National Association for Gifted Children


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.


Lucca Hall

Be Proactive


Jose Cruz

Put First Things First


Devin Mainez

Be Proactive


Hunter George

Be Proactive


Karla Montalvo

Think Win-Win


Jade Lopez

Think Win-Win


Courtney Salzman

Sharpen the Saw


Caleb Fernandez

Put First Things First


Avery Fieber

Put First Things First


Owen Hysell

Put First Things First


Caleb Fernandez

Think Win-Win


Steven Sandoval

Be Proactive


Tabitha Prichett

Be Proactive


Genaro Reina

Be Proactive


Kye Aldridge

Be Proactive


Alberto Arvizu

Be Proactive


Avery Fieber

Be Proactive


Lucas Garcia

Think Win-Win


Mireiley Rivera

Be Proactive


Mavis Garcia

Be Proactive


Fredy Hernandez

Think Win-Win


Cole Shadrock

Put First Things First


Roy Castelan

Be Proactive


Aiden Guerrero

Be Proactive


Melanie Mendoza

Be Proactive


Drew Montalvo

Be Proactive


Stella Sifuentes-Dowell

Be Proactive


Rileyy Gallardo-Martinez

Be Proactive


Zander Prado

Synergize


Eric Garcia

Synergize


Carmen Delgado

Put First Things First


Ethan Guzman

Be Proactive


Mavis Garcia

Be Proactive


Courtney Salzman

Sharpen the Saw


Karli Perales

Sharpen the Saw


Noah Castro

Be Proactive


Oliver Castro

Put First Things First


Micah Ramariz

Think Win-Win


Ava Fieber

Be Proactive


Taylor Harris

Be Proactive


Sophia Delgado

Think Win-Win


Marilyn Romero

Be Proactive


Joshua Hinojosa

Be Proactive


TJ Fulks

Begin With the End in Mind


Delanei Rhea

Put First Things First


Tabitha Pritchett, Abby Shadrock, Collins Dansby

Be Proactive

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 maureen.geurin@mvisd.org.

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 Dylan Lopez!

Dylan was caught by Mrs. Castanon, reading on his own.

So “Stay Sharp, and Get Caught Reading!”

Reminders

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

  • January - School Board Appreciation Month
  • Feb. 1st - 5th - Counselor Appreciation Week
  • Feb. 2nd - Class Picture Day
  • Feb. 9th - 100th Day of School