2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

May 18, 2018 - Issue #36

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes for earning at least 50 Golden Tickets:

  • Ms. De Silva
  • Mrs. Kannmacher
  • Mrs. Rowin (100)
  • Mrs. Arredondo (100)
  • Mrs. Ballard (100)
  • Mrs. Kudrna (100)
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Ms. Gase
  • Mrs. Jimenez (150)
  • Mrs. Walker (150)
  • Ms. Baker (200)

Our campus-wide total is 5200!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 1550

First Grade: 950

Second Grade: 1750

Third Grade: 750

We met our goal!! Students will have a movie day next week for the reward.

Last Day of School is Friday, May 25th. We will release at 11:30 am!

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Stacey Bingham...LVISD Elementary Teacher of the Year!

Busy Last Week of School

We have a lot of fun, learning lessons planned for the last week of school. Please make sure that your child is here everyday from 7:45 am-3:00 pm so he/she doesn't miss out on these learning opportunities. We want to make sure the focus is on learning each day, even through the last week of school.

Yearbooks are here!

Yearbooks will be delivered to classrooms next week and distributed in time for end of year parties. Teachers will provide time at the end of year parties for students to sign yearbooks.

If you have any questions about the yearbook, please email Thank you Lauren Gerace for all your hard work on the yearbook.

Ocean Week 2018

Ocean Week 2018 is next week and we are so excited for this yearly tradition of studying about the different habitats of the ocean. Grade level hallways will be turned into different ocean habitats that students have researched throughout the week. Here is the schedule for the week:

  • Monday, May 21st: Bubbles and Blubber
  • Tuesday, May 22nd: Touch Tanks
  • Wednesday, May 23rd: Fishing/Casting
  • Thursday, May 24th: Biologist Demonstration; Closing Ceremony from 1:30-2:30.

Due to the timing of Ocean Week this year, Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be combined into one. All grade levels will have a part in the Closing Ceremony. There will not be a Learning Showcase this year, however, students will still complete the Scavenger Hunt through the different habitats at school with the classroom teacher.

If you plan on attending Closing Ceremonies, please plan on arriving early for parking and checking in to receive a Visitor's badge. Visitors who park in the back of the school will have to enter the school through the front door for safety purposes. Please be patient when checking in, as this is a highly attended event and all visitors must receive a Visitor's badge before entering the main building. Thank you for your patience.


Transportation Changes for May 25th

May 25th is the last day of school, end of year party day, and early release at 11:30 am. All transportation changes for May 25th must be in on or before May 24th. Transportation changes will not be accepted on May 25th. Thank you for your help in making dismissal on the last day of school go smoothly!

Victory Walk

Our 3rd grade students walked the halls last Friday to get some love and support from the rest of the school before taking the STAAR tests this week. The 3rd grade students and teachers LOVED the signs, high fives, chants, and letters!

Field Day Fun

The last Field Day of 2018 was a great success for our kindergarten and first grade students. Thanks again to Coach Dachowski and Coach Lash for planning this fun event, and to the volunteers who helped run the stations.

LVES 2018-2019 School Supply Orders

Please note that orders for school supplies will be accepted online only this year. Orders will be accepted until June 15th.

Click on this link to order your supplies:

School ID: LAG001

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Dress Code Reminders

Spring has sprung here in Central Texas. Warmer weather is here, so that means that shorts and tank tops are being worn. Please remember that shorts/skirts must be fingertip length. Tank tops are permitted, but strapless, halter tops, racerback tanks and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Students wearing strapless, halter tops, racerback tanks or spaghetti strap tops will be asked to change or wear a sweater or jacket. You can read the LVISD dress code by clicking on the following link:

It's always a good idea to leave the sandals, flip flops and dress shoes at home, as our students have PE and/or recess everyday. Tennis shoes are a much safer shoe option for our LVES Vikings, especially on PE days.

Lost and Found Overflowing

Next week is the last week to claim any lost items from the Lost and Found. Any items still in Lost and Found on the last day of school will be donated.

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

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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, May 21st: OPEN
  • Tuesday, May 22nd: Joele Porter
  • Wednesday, May 23rd: Chris Thatcher
  • Thursday, May 24th: OPEN
  • Friday, May 25th: Early Release, Last Day of School

We will have a Watch DOG Kick-Off event in September for the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you to all of our Watch DOGs for being on campus this year!


Character Trait of the Month - Gratitude

May's Character Trait is Gratitude. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Gratitude:

  • Say thank you for things that you receive;
  • Think about what you are thankful for and why;
  • Show others how nice it feels to be remembered and appreciated by someone;
  • Write thank you cards;
  • Enjoy giving back;
  • Understand that you are not owed things; you earn them.

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

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! We have wrapped up our guidance lessons for the school year, and this month we learned what it means to show and have Gratitude. Children learn respect and how to show appreciation to others from parents, as parents are their first role models. Show your child the importance of saying thank you to those that are serving you, helping you, or when you notice someone’s effort.

When children understand what it means to be grateful for what they have, it can have a positive effect on their attitude and perspective. At home, think about starting a gratitude journal with your child. Get a blank notebook (I have many--if you’d like for me to send one home with your child, let me know!) and work together to design it. Each night, or as often as possible, spend time together adding the things you are thankful for.

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.” ~Ralph Marston

¡Hola familias LVES! Hemos completado nuestras lecciones de orientación para el año escolar, y este mes aprendimos lo que significa mostrar y tener Gratitud. Los niños aprenden respeto y cómo mostrar aprecio a los demás por parte de los padres, ya que los padres son sus primeros modelos a seguir. Muestre a su hijo la importancia de dar las gracias a quienes lo están atendiendo, ayudándolo o cuando nota el esfuerzo de alguien por hacer algo.

Cuando los niños comprenden lo que significa ser agradecidos por lo que tienen, puede tener un efecto positivo en su actitud y perspectiva. En casa, piense en comenzar un diario de gratitud con su hijo. Obtenga una libreta en blanco (tengo muchas, si desea que envíe una a casa con su hijo, hágamelo saber) y trabajemos juntas para diseñarla. Cada noche, o tan a menudo como sea posible, pase tiempo juntos agregando las cosas que agradece.

"Haz un hábito decirle a la gente que gracias. Para expresar su agradecimiento, sinceramente y sin la expectativa de nada a cambio. Agradezca verdaderamente a quienes le rodean, y pronto encontrará muchos otros a su alrededor. Verdaderamente aprecio la vida, y encontrarás que tienes más de eso.” ~Ralph Marston

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of May 17th:

  • 95.50% - Let's end the year strong Vikings! We have a lot of exciting activities next week, so make sure you are here every day:-)

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 94.55%

PK: 88.42%

Kindergarten: 95.25%

First Grade: 95.43%

Second Grade: 95.15%

Third Grade: 97.48% - FANTASTIC job meeting our attendance goal!

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 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...

  • May 21st - 24th: OCEAN WEEK 2018
  • May 24th: Last Day for Transportation Changes for May 25th
  • May 25th: 3rd Grade Farewell Walk, 11:00 am
  • May 25th: Last Day of School - Early Release at 11:30 am, no pm PPCD
  • June 4th-14th: Summer School, 8:30-11:30 am
  • June 4th-28th: LVES Summer Office Hours; 8:00-4:00 (Monday through Thursday)