Mustang Messenger

August 19, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

8/29/19................3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades' Curriculum Night 6:30 - 7:15 pm

09/02/19.................Labor Day Holiday. No School Today!

09/05/19.................Volunteer Fair/PTO General Meeting at 9 AM

09/12/19.................APEX FUN RUN

09/08 - 09/14/19....Arts in Education Week

09/11/19................National Patriot Day

09/15 - 10/15/19....Hispanic Heritage Month

09/16/19................Fore the Kids LTEF Back to School Scramble 11 am @ The Hills

09/16 - 09/23/19....Celebrate Freedom Week

09/17/19................Constitution Day

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IS IT SNACK TIME? COUNT ME IN!

Time for a snacks drive! While most of our students here at Lakeway Elementary School bring healthy snacks daily, there are families that do not have the means to supply this for their child. We are holding a snacks drive to help these children. You may be asking yourself, what can I send in?


  • Individually bagged snacks

  • Nut-free items

  • Healthy (low in sugar)

Please deliver snacks to our School Counselor, Michelle Monahan, so that she may arrange for further distribution. In advance, thank you for your generous donations!


Arrival & Departure Routines:

Please be sure to inform your classroom teacher how your child will arrive and depart school each day. Teacher will take your input at Meet The Teacher and the first day of school.

School Dismissal Manager is our application program that we will use after the first two weeks of school for attendance, arrival, and departure changes.


We will send out information on School Dismissal Manager on Friday. Please continue to communicate directly with you classroom teacher on dismissal changes.

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Bus Transportation Information:

The safest way to get to school and back home is our school bus. I encourage all parents to consider using our district transportation services. For more information, call Transportation at (512) 533-6070. Bus routes and estimated morning pick-up times can be found on the district website.

Students currently enrolled for transportation services have been provided with a SMART tag ID badge. Bus riders will receive their SMART tag ID badge in their homeroom on the first day of school. Please note, a SMART tag ID badge is required each time your child enters and exits the bus. However, rest assured, our drivers will not deny any student of transportation services if the student does not have his/her badge present at boarding time. Information on how to obtain a replacement badge is detailed in our 'Frequently Asked Questions' posted under the 'SMART tag' section on the district’s transportation site.


The SMART tag system also offers parents a bus tracking feature through a secure Parent Portal. Parents can register to receive ‘SMART Alert’ text messages notifying them their child is 10-15 minutes from his/her bus stop. The portal may be accessed from any device with a web browser. Parents can also add or remove guardians authorized to pick up their child at school through the Parent Portal.


Parents or a designee must be at the bus stop to receive K thru 2nd grade students. If no one is there to receive the student, the student will be returned to the campus. It is the responsibility of the parent to see that the students who are returned to the school are picked up. Students returned more than three times a semester will have their riding privileges suspended.


We know you will have questions about the SMART tag system. Should you have any questions or concerns about the SMART tag system not addressed on our website, please contact the Lake Travis ISD Transportation Department at 512-533-6070, or via email at davisr@ltisdschools.org.

Reporting an Absence:

Consistent school attendance is critical for the development of your child. When they miss school, we miss them! The entire school day is needed to deliver the full instructional program. Students need to come to school and attend the full day unless they have fever, a communicable disease, or family emergency. Help us communicate the importance of daily attendance to your child and schedule necessary appointments around school hours. When an absence is necessary, report the absence using School Dismissal Manager. For questions regarding attendance concerns, e-mail the registrar, Debbie Combs at combsd@ltisdschools.org A note explaining any absence is required upon the student’s return to school.

Communicating with the School:

Communication is a top priority for the Lakeway community. For classroom concerns, please begin by speaking directly to the teacher. Teachers have limited phone and email access while they are with your child. Our standard response time is within 24 hours. If a concern requires immediate attention from a campus administrator, contact assistant principal, Kelli Ruby at rubyk@ltisdschools.org or our counselor Michelle Monahan at monahanm@ltisdschools.org When scheduling a meeting with Mr. Hicks, contact administrative assistant, Valerie Lemak at lemakv@ltisdschools.org

Campus Visits

When visiting Lakeway, extend a warm welcome to our front desk receptionist, Lisa Hanson, and have the following items readily available:


  • Driver's License or Identification Card
  • Purpose of visit
  • Length of visit
  • Destination(s) on campus



Visitors, other than a student’s parent or legal guardian, must have the written permission of the parent or legal guardian before they will be allowed to visit a student at school. For the safety of those within the school and to avoid disruption of instructional time, all visitors must first report to the campus main office. All visitors must sign in using the district’s Raptor system. After checking in, visitors will be given a badge to wear throughout the duration of the visit. Badges must be worn visibly on the shirt. Badges should be returned to the office when the visitor signs out.


  • Visitations are limited to areas approved during check-in.
  • School-age friends or relatives of district students may visit only at lunch times and with the parent of the LTISD student. Guests are not permitted to shadow LTISD students during the instructional day.
  • All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct. Disruptive behavior will not be permitted.

Lunch Information, Restrictions

Student lunches will be offered each day for students who wish to purchase a school lunch. Students who bring a lunch may purchase a drink or snack a la carte through the lunch line. The Federal Lunch Program forms are available online here. Lunch accounts can be set up online at the “Online Meals Prepay” link. It is suggested that all students have an account with a few days credit on it in case lunches or money are misplaced or forgotten. Please visit the Lakeway website to access the district’s Food and Nutrition (FANS) website to add money to your child’s lunch account, view your child’s purchases, access the daily menu, and to set restrictions for your child’s lunch. It is not permissible for the cafeteria and school staff to restrict your child’s purchases. Please take the time to review the FANS site and establish your child’s lunch account.


There is a section reserved at each table for students with food allergies. Students may invite a friend from class to sit in the reserved section during lunch.


Please note that your visit to lunch is time to spend with your child. Food may not be brought and shared with other children. For your convenience, we have cafeteria monitors who will assist the children in the cafeteria. Please report any concerns to the monitors at the end of the lunch period.


Students enjoy recess each day. This is valuable time for your child to socialize and play with others.


We ask parents to begin visiting for lunch after the first two weeks of school. The first two weeks are spent with our staff assisting students with lunch account information, seats in the cafeteria, lunchroom etiquette, and arrival and dismissal routines. This time is needed for us to establish routines in the lunchroom. After the second week of school, we welcome parents to visit their child at lunch.

Medication with the Nurse:

Nurse Shotwell is our full time nurse at Lakeway! He will assist you in keeping your child’s medication locked and stored in the nurse’s office. Refer to the Student Handbook for specific information on medications at school. shotwelln@ltisdschools.org
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Lakeway Spirit Wear 2019

2019-2020 Spirit Wear will be for sale at Meet the Teacher, and Curriculum Night. We sold out last year, so make sure to get yours early! Remember that every Monday is Mustang Monday and students are encouraged to where their school shirt.
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Click Here to Register

Ext. Care Registration begins July 1!

PTO 2019-20

Our first General Meeting and Volunteer Fair is on Thursday, September 5th. We would love to see you there! This is a great opportunity to find out more about our PTO and sign up for committees.


The 2019-2020 Board Members

  • President - Kristin Kenaston
  • Vice President - Jessica Romero
  • Grade Level Coordinator - Leslie Kempler
  • Campus Coordinator - Greg Van de Putte
  • Sponsorship - Heather Davis
  • Community Relations - Ann Mitchell
  • Treasurer - Paula Draughn
  • Volunteer Coordinator - Erica Finch
  • Secretary - Torie Pierce


Previous Meeting Minutes are below:

September 2018 General Meeting Minutes

October 2018 General Meeting Minutes

November 2018 General Meeting Minutes

January 2019 General Meeting Minutes

February 2019 General Meeting Minutes

March 2019 General Meeting Minutes

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Lakeway PTO Website

Click here for information about our AMAZING PTO

School Hours

Class Start Time: 7:40 am

Dismissal Time: 3:00 pm

We will dismiss students 15 minutes early the first three days of school. This early dismissal time is to accommodate our bus routes for the first week of school.