LVES Parent Newsletter

Building a Brighter Future, Edition 6- September 3, 2021

Finding the Joy

Well parents, we have made it another week. I know that this year has been filled with many stresses and challenges. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or administrator, when you are charged with ensuring the well-being of others, it can be easy to get lost in the responsibility. I myself have been guilty of this more times than I would like to admit. However, something happened this week that I wanted to share with you all.

On Thursday, I went into PE to visit and see what they were up to. Coach D and Coach Lash were teaching the 1st graders how to play Fitness Tag, which is a great combination of tag and exercises. I decided to kick off my heels and jump in. Boy, am I glad I did! Even though I only lasted 10 minutes- your kids are fast!!- those were the best 10 minutes of my week. The looks on the kids' faces when they saw their principal desperately trying to avoid being tagged so I didn't have to do wall sits (for the 100th time!) reminded me that amid all the stress and difficulty of reality, there is always joy to be found.

So, as we begin our long weekend, I want to encourage you to find joy with your kiddos this weekend- even if it's only for 10 minutes! Although it may leave you exhausted and gasping for breath :), I promise it will also reenergize you.

REMINDER- Monday and Tuesday are student holidays!

Our Week in Pictures!

Remote Conferencing Opportunity for Isolated or Quarantined Students

Lago Vista ISD students may be eligible to participate in remote conferencing for attendance purposes in the event they are unable to attend face-to-face instruction on campus. Students are eligible for remote conferencing if both of the following requirements are met:


  • The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition; AND

  • The total amount of remote conferencing does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year.


A student who is absent due to other reasons not listed above will not qualify to participate in remote conferencing and will be marked absent each day he/she is not physically present in school.


In addition to the two requirements above, one of the following requirements must also be met:

  • The student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States; OR

  • The student has a positive test result for a communicable condition (such as COVID-19); OR

  • The student has been identified as having been in close contact with COVID-19.


Students in remote conferencing instruction will continue to work on class assignments via Seesaw, Google Classroom, or Canvas, and receive synchronous (live) assistance from a designated Remote Conferencing teacher. To the extent possible, a dedicated certified teacher will be designated to provide remote conferencing throughout the duration of students’ time in this setting, but it will not be the students’ teacher of record. In addition to working on assignments, students will be required to attend daily attendance meetings that will count for the day’s attendance and keep your child within the 90% attendance rule while out temporarily.


You will be notified by ParentLink with specific remote conferencing instructions and Google Meet links if your child qualifies for this temporary opportunity. If your child receives a close contact notification from the school, there will be a link to a form to complete if you wish for your child to participate in remote conferencing.


COVID Questions Answered

Q: If I was asked to get my student tested and they were negative, what do I need to do?

A: Either bring in a hard copy of the negative results to Marcy in the front office, or email them to the school at regina_carmichael@lagovista.txed.net. Once the results are confirmed to have been received, your student is good to return to school!


Q: How will I know if my student has been exposed?

A: If your student is determined to be a close contact of a student who has tested positive for COVID, you will be personally notified. If your child is in the same grade level as a student who has tested positive, you will receive an email.


Q: Are masks required?

A: LVISD does not require students, parents, teachers, staff members or visitors to wear masks or face coverings while on district premises. However, the wearing of face masks is allowed and is highly encouraged.


Q: Can I choose for my child to do at-home/remote learning this year?

A: The state has not provided for a funded remote instruction option this school year. Students not at school will be under normal attendance requirements. Exceptions to this are students who are isolated because of a positive COVID result or who are quarantined due to being a COVID close contact.

Cordovan Art School

We are excited for our Vikings to have the opportunity to join Cordovan Art School after school again! Please remember that if your student is enrolled in Cordovan Art School and they will be walking with Mr. Paul or Mrs. Mira after school, a transportation change needs to be made by calling or e-mailing Marcy in the front office (marcella_kuske@lagovista.txed.net) so that we can ensure your student is dismissed to the correct location.

Water Bottles Needed!

Students are not currently able to drink from the water fountains as a COVID precaution, but they are allowed to use them to fill their water bottles. Please send your child with a reusable water bottle labeled with their name.

Transportation Changes?- Email Marcella_Kuske@lagovista.txed.net by 12:00 each day!

LVES Daily Schedule

7:15 Drop off and breakfast begins

7:30 Students enter classrooms

7:40 Tardy bell rings

2:45 Bus Rider dismissal begins

3:00 Car Rider dismissal begins

Is Your Child Going to be Absent?

If your child is going to be absent, please email Christine_Harris@lagovista.txed.net your student's name, teacher's name, and the reason they are absent. She will take care of the rest!

PTO News

The LVES Parent Teacher Organization creates opportunities for parents, teachers, and students to learn, socialize, communicate, and grow!


Our non-profit organization is dependent on monetary donations to supply our school with everything the children need to have an amazing and above average elementary school experience. Funds raised go directly to the requests of our teachers and staff to enhance classroom materials and our student’s learning environment. We also host some exciting extracurricular events to bring students and their families together outside of school hours! By becoming a member of the PTO you are showing your support and school spirit for Lago Vista Elementary.

Please visit: https://lvespto.org/shop/pto-membership/ to help support the PTO!


Current Memberships:


GOLD:

Cassie Cannon

Shay Lambert

Laura Duty

Halye Vance

Jeremy & Keri Mohler

Vernon Reher, Teacher

Courtney Stockard

Michael & Xanth Unbehaun

Jessica & Christian Ross

Jamie Burlew

Juan Tonche

Teri Hamilton

Steven Monaco

George Monaco


SILVER:

Sarah Ogle

Allison Gerwick

Jordan O'Neal

Craig & Olivia Devine

Ryan & Emily Long


BRONZE:

Jennifer Joshua

Meghan Rambo

Sierrah Wilson

Adam & Terra Burton

Hannah Hoch

Josh Allen

Jami & Grant Robinson

Rhiannon Gilardi

Ema Colunga

Shauna Olson

Jeff Olson

Mallory Eden

Janine Ramsey, Teacher

Bridgette Labrador, Teacher


BASIC:

Becky Bostic

Drew & Whitney D'Armond

Whitney Curry

Amber Lauer

Michelle Heston

Keri Gold

Lucie Watts

Holly Jackson, Teacher

Lori Longoria, Teacher


LVES PTO T-SHIRTS & MERCHANDISE

Our new 2021-2022 T-Shirts have been a hit! Our pre-order forms have all been accounted for. Orders are being placed and T-Shirts will be distributed to you through your child's backpack on a TBD Friday.

Future orders can be placed at https://lvespto.org/shop/ while supplies last.

REMEMBER: VIKING PRIDE FRIDAYS! We'd love to have all little Vikings participate in showing their School Spirit each week by wearing their favorite Lago Vista Vikings Gear!

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WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

If you are looking to join a fun, organized group and get involved in the PTO, we'd love to hear from you. Request to join our Google Group live virtual meetings. Stay up to date with new events, contribute ideas to our team, and join us for PTO in-person socials.

https://groups.google.com/g/lves-pto

Become a PTO Member!

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The PTO also hosts advertising opportunities for our local Business Sponsors:

https://lvespto.org/shop/business-sponsorship/


Thank you to our new Business Sponsors:



4Site Construction Services

1Four Handcrafted Homes

Sargent Strings

Premier Cleaning Service

HS Masonry & Concrete

Halls Roofing & Sheet Metal

Local Oaks Tree Services

Lago Vista Boat Rentals

The Mohler Team- Coldwell Banker Realty

FSG Construction Materials

1st Fire Safety

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Still Have Questions?

General Questions: Marcy Kuske @ marcella_kuske@lagovista.txed.net

Registration: Christine Harris @ christine_harris@lagovista.txed.net

Bus Questions: Lisa Gordon @ lisa_gordon@lagovista.txed.net

Nurse: Tara Roberts @ tara_roberts@lagovista.txed.net


You can contact myself (kerri_walker@lagovista.txed.net) or our Assistant Principal Karla Stewart (karla_stewart@lagovista.txed.net) with any questions you need help with as well.