2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

November 17, 2017 - Issue #15

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes:

  • Mrs. Cook (100)
  • Mrs. Rowin
  • Mrs. Kannmacher
  • Mrs. Arredondo
  • Mrs. Ramsey
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Mrs. Hernandez

Our school-wide total is 1300!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 450

First Grade: 200

Second Grade: 450

Third Grade: 200


LVES Reading Lab Book Drive

The Reading Lab is hosting a Book Drive November 27th - December 13th to ensure that all LVES students have books to read. If you would like to donate a new or gently read book to the book drive, please drop the donations off under the Giving Tree located in the first grade hallway. Donations will be accepted until December 13th. Before we leave for Winter break, all LVES students will be able to choose a "new to me" book from the donations.

Thank you to our awesome Early Reading Interventionist, Mrs. Rachel Donahue, for organizing this yearly event!

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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.

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 27th: OPEN
  • Tuesday, November 28th: OPEN
  • Wednesday, November 29th: OPEN
  • Thursday, November 30th: OPEN
  • Friday, December 1st: Jose Alanis

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


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Check back after Thanksgiving break for more pictures of learning in action!
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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Mrs. Tracy Kannmacher - Kindergarten Teacher

1. Where are you from originally?

Lockport is about 40 miles south of Chicago. I lived there until moving to Lago Vista Texas.

2. Tell us about your family...

I've been married to my husband Tracey for 22 years and we have four children. Two sons Cole 21 and Danny 9, and two daughters Kendall 19 and Josey 14.

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

I have always enjoyed kids, and wanted to work in a rewarding field. Teaching is a calling and I felt led to choose education as a career. My grandma, whom I was very close to, was a teacher. I have been teaching for 8 of my 10 years all in Lago! I was fortunate to stay home with my first 3 kids.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I have 4 kids, so...... no hobbies. Haha...My hobby is actually a second job. I make bracelets.

5. What is your favorite part about your job?

When I see a student "get it" when they learn something new. The hugs. Being surrounded by happy, loving children everyday.

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Mrs. Randenne Kelley - GT Teacher

1. Where are you from originally?

I was born in Ohio, and I am a dedicated Ohio State Buckeye fan.

I have lived in 8 different states, and I have also lived in Germany for three years.

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

I wanted to be a child psychologist for most of my young life, but my choices of college classes were limited as I started my college education in Germany.

When I moved to Lago Vista and started teaching, I felt like it was a great compromise because I enjoyed working with the children so much.

3. Tell us about your family...

I have an amazing family! My husband is the most supportive, patient, and kind man I have ever met. My children, Megan and Jonah, are true blessings!

They are native Texans and Vikings. Megan is a beautiful, intelligent, fun-loving, athletic senior in college, and Jonah is a handsome, intelligent, easy-going sophomore at LVHS.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

Some of my favorite hobbies are photography, camping, and traveling to new places.

5. What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part of my job is when we find those rare moments to slow down and just listen and enjoy our students. I love to hear their stories! They all have so much to say, and it never gets old!

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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! I am excited to announce that this year we will start having students from Lago Vista High School who serve as PALs--Peer Assistance & Leadership students come to our campus to meet with selected elementary students once or twice a week for a 30 minute time period. The positive peer influence of the PALs program is helpful for addressing issues such as low self-esteem, low motivation, social skills, or they can serve as an older brother/sister mentor.

These LVHS PALs will be meeting and doing activities with our LVES students who could use the extra interaction with a caring individual. Types of activities the PALs could do with our students are playing a game together, reading a book together, discussing friendship issues, helping with homework or class project, and more. All activities will take place on the LVES campus, in areas visible by school employees, and students will not leave campus during this time.

If you have a child that you think would benefit from having a PAL this year, please email or call me and let me know your child’s name and teacher’s name. The PALs will start coming to our school after Thanksgiving, so I will be checking email over the break to add names to the list.

Thank you! or (512) 267-8300 ext. 4504.

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Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of November 16th:

  • 95.70%- We did not meet our goal again this week, but will be back on track when we return from Thanksgiving break!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 85%

PK: 92.73%

Kindergarten: 95.90%

First Grade: 97% - Fantastic job on meeting our attendance goal!

Second Grade: 94.58%

Third Grade: 96.38%

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 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