2019-2020 Parent Newsletter

January 17, 2020 - Issue #21

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

We are starting the 3rd nine weeks off strong with the following classes earning Golden Tickets:

  • Mrs. Cook (100)
  • Mrs. Vasquez (128)
  • Ms. Adkins
  • Ms. Kennedy
  • Mrs. Williams
  • Ms. Bingham
  • Mrs. Outlaw

Campus Total: 478

Grade Level Totals:



Kinder: 228

1st Grade: 150

2nd Grade: 50

3rd Grade:


Transportation Changes for Friday, January 24th

Friday, January 24th is an early release day at 11:30 am for the District UIL Meet. Please remember that we do not take transportation changes on early release days. If your child needs to go home a different way on January 24th, please email or call Mrs. Kuske ( on or before Thursday, January 23rd.

This is going to be a very busy day, so we greatly appreciate your help in making dismissal run smoothly by getting transportation changes in by Thursday.

Important UIL Information - Please Read

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UIL Hospitality Room

We are still in need of items for the Hospitality Room for Friday's UIL Meet. If you would like to help stock the Hospitality Room, please click on the link below to sign up:

Thank you so much for your help in stocking the Hospitality Room for our meet! This is a very busy day for all staff:-)

Internet Safety Presentation

Join LVES PTO for a free presentation on internet safety on January 22nd at 6 pm in the LVES cafeteria. The focus will be on content, context and the needs of each child. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, children may not attend this presentation. Lago Vista Academy will provide free childcare in the gym during this presentation. Please see the flyer below for more information.

This night is not just for elementary parents, so spread the word and encourage parents with children of all ages to attend this very informative presentation.

We hope to see you there!

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Perfect Attendance/Honor Roll Recognition - Wednesday, January 22nd

We will recognize Perfect Attendance and Honor Roll recipients on Wednesday, January 22nd during lunches. Students earn perfect attendance by being present every day from 7:45 am to 3:00 pm (without being tardy) and staying at school all day.

From the LVES Student Handbook, page 71:

"Students who leave early will not be eligible for recognition for perfect attendance, unless a doctor’s note is provided excusing the early dismissal from school."

If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Fidencio at

Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be recognized for Perfect Attendance. Third grade students will be recognized for Honor Roll.

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Click on the link above to see what's happening in PE!

Western Whirl Dance and Festival Coming Soon

Mark your calendars for the Western Whirl Family Event on Friday, February 7th. A flier went home in today's Friday folder with information. You can purchase tickets online by clicking on the link below:

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Yearbook Update

Yearbooks are available to order!!


Passcode: Lago2019

Deadline: April 6, 2020

A new feature this year is the ability to add personalized pages to your child’s yearbook. These pages will only be in the yearbook you order.

Don’t forget to submit your pictures to the Facebook page or by email.

Yearbook 2019-2020 Lago Vista Elementary


Lost and Found

Cold weather is here, and we have a lot of jackets (among other items) in the Lost and Found. If your child is missing his/her jacket, or lunchbox, please have them stop by the Lost and Found bin located in the corner of the cafeteria. Please make sure you label jackets, lunchboxes, and backpacks with your child's name so we can reunite lost items with their owners.


Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES families! Our next campus-wide Project Vinátta activity will be The Great Kindness Challenge! The Great Kindness Challenge is a global initiative that can help improve school climate and increase student engagement. Students will be given a list of acts of kindness they will be challenged to complete during the week of January 27--31. The checklists will be given to all classes by the end of next week. The acts of kindness can be done at home and at school, so please encourage your child to complete as many as they can! Students can turn in completed checklists to their teachers, or me, as they finish them (on the honor system), and the last day to turn in completed checklists will be February 7. For each student that turns in a completed checklist with their name on it, I will be giving a Character Award along with a certificate for a free meal at Mighty Fine!

Studies show that kindness matters--not only does it improve our climate and communities, but this simple concept and character trait can enhance our minds and bodies, too. A study conducted by Dartmouth College showed that acts of kindness can improve peer relations, lowers anxiety, and can enhance concentration. I look forward to seeing and hearing about all the kind acts our students perform, and feel free to email me pictures of your child doing something kind!

Thank you! Amy Sexton (

Hola familias LVES! Nuestra próxima actividad de Proyecto Vinátta en todo el campus será ¡El Gran Desafío de Amabilidad! El Gran Desafío de la Amabilidad es una iniciativa global que puede ayudar a mejorar el clima escolar y aumentar la participación de los estudiantes. Los estudiantes recibirán una lista de actos de bondad que deberán completar durante la semana del 28 de enero a 31. 1. Las listas de verificación se entregarán a todas las clases a fines de la próxima semana. Los actos de bondad se pueden hacer en el hogar y en la escuela, ¡así que anime a su hijo a completar tantos como puedan! Los estudiantes pueden entregar las listas de verificación completadas a sus maestros, o a mí, a medida que las terminen (en el sistema de honor), y el último día para entregar las listas de verificación completadas será el 7 de febrero. Para cada estudiante que entregue una lista de verificación completa con su nombre en él, otorgaré un Premio al personaje junto con un certificado para una comida gratis en Mighty Fine.

Los estudios demuestran que la amabilidad es importante: no solo mejora nuestro clima y nuestras comunidades, sino que este simple concepto y rasgo de carácter también pueden mejorar nuestra mente y nuestro cuerpo. Un estudio realizado por Dartmouth College demostró que los actos de bondad pueden mejorar las relaciones con los compañeros, reducir la ansiedad y aumentar la concentración. Espero ver y escuchar sobre todos los actos amables que realizan nuestros estudiantes, y siéntase libre de enviarme por correo electrónico las fotos de sus hijos haciendo algo amable.

¡Gracias! Amy Sexton (

Watch DOGS

Thank you to following Watch DOGs for being on campus and being an extra set of eyes and hands:

  • Tuesday, January 21st: Jon Self

If you are interested in signing up to be a Watch DOG, please contact Ms. Howard ( to check available dates.

Attendance at LVES

We stayed steady this week with our attendance. Stay healthy Vikings!

Attendance for week of 1/10-1/16: 94%

Grade Level Attendance:

Kindergarten: 92%

First Grade: 94%

Second Grade: 92%

Third Grade: 96%

For more information on why attendance matters for your child and our school, along with the difference between an excused and unexcused absence, click on the following links:

LVES Office Hours

Our front office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30-4:00 pm. If you call before or after that time, you will need to leave a message and someone from the office staff will return your call the next 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.

Need Assistance

Transportation Changes and Student Sign-out:

Marcy Kuske, Administrative Assistant

Registration and Attendance:

Christine Harris, Registrar/Attendance Clerk

Student Emotional Support:

Amy Sexton, Counselor

Student Health:

Tara Roberts, School Nurse

Discipline and School Improvement:

Michelle Jackson, Principal

Missy Howard, Assistant Principal

Mark Your Calendars...

  • January 30th: CEIC Meeting, 3:30 pm in Library
  • February 7th: PTO presents Family Dance Party; 6:00-8:00 pm
  • February 14th: Valentine's Day Parties
  • February 17th: Student and Staff Holiday - NO SCHOOL