2019-2020 Parent Newsletter

November 22, 2019 - Issue #16

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

It was a great week of earning Golden Tickets! Congratulations to the following classes:

  • Ms. Montemayor
  • Mrs. Brewer (130)
  • Mrs. Outlaw (100)
  • Mrs. Hernandez

Campus Total: 2232

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 50

PK: 250

Kinder: 782

1st Grade: 470

2nd Grade: 380

3rd Grade: 300


Wednesday's Events

We had a very eventful Wednesday this week, but the students and staff handled both events with calmness and followed expected procedures as directed. Thank you so much to Travis County ESD #1 and Lago Vista Police Department for their quick responses to the events. Our Vikings always enjoy visits from our local community helpers!

If you did not receive the emails sent out about the events, please check your spam folder. It seems the emails went to spam folders instead of inboxes. See the instructions below on how to set your filters on your email to ensure that any communication from the district and campus goes to your inbox and not your spam folder.

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Picture Retakes are Rescheduled for December 4th

Please note that picture retake day is rescheduled for December 4th due to our photographer being ill this week. Picture retake day for any student who was absent, or enrolled after, our picture day in October. If your child took pictures on picture day, but you would like to have his/her picture retaken, please send in the original pictures on December 4th. Group (class) pictures will not be retaken.

Handicap Parking Spot Issues

We still have cars parking in the handicap parking spots (in the front drive) during morning drop off that do have the legal requirements (licence plate or placard) to park in one of those spots.

Please know that we have several families and staff that must use those parking spots, and when cars are parked illegally in those spots it makes it very difficult for them.

We need your help in ensuring that those spots remain open for our staff and visitors who need those parking spots.

Thank you!

Apex Fun

A huge shoutout to our Apex leaders, Big Cheeto and CrushIt Cam, for being a part of our school over the last two weeks. Our students and teachers had so much fun learning how to be a game changer, all while earning money for our school.

Thank you to our PTO volunteers who decorated the school before the pep rally, and all of the volunteers who helped with the fun run yesterday. We could not have done without each and everyone of you!

There were so many pictures taken over the last two weeks, but here are just a few of our favorites...

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Kindergarten Thanksgiving Activities

Kindergarten rotated through different classrooms to participate in hands-on activities to culminate their studies on pilgrims and Native Americans. Activities included quill writing, fishing, arrow making, making butter, building log homes, sewing, making teepees, and making Mayflower boats.

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Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! Lago Vista Elementary has formed a kindness coalition of 3rd grade students called Project Vinátta. This group of students will help implement and promote our campus-wide No Place for Hate® activities. Vinátta is the Viking term for friendship, and our first activity, called “One School, One Book,” will address the importance of including others and noticing when other students need a friend. When classrooms come to their guidance lesson, each class will be read aloud the same book, The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig. This book is about a boy named Brian who feels invisible. Nobody seems to notice or include him in their activities. When a new boy arrives at school and Brian is the first person to make him feel welcome, they become friends, and Brian no longer feels invisible. Students will have discussions and activities related to the book, and will learn how a simple act of kindness can change a child’s life.

Our character trait for the month of November is Giving. Sometimes the greatest gift you can give someone is to simply include them. :)

¡Hola familias de LVES! La Primaria Lago Vista ha formado una coalición de estudiantes de tercer grado llamada Project Vinátta. Este grupo de estudiantes ayudará a implementar y promover nuestras actividades No Place for Hate® en todo el campus. Vinátta es el término vikingo para la amistad, y nuestra primera actividad, llamada "Una escuela, un libro", abordará la importancia de incluir a otros y darse cuenta cuando otros estudiantes necesitan un amigo. Cuando las aulas lleguen a su clase de orientación, cada clase leerá en voz alta el mismo libro, The Invisible Boy, de Trudy Ludwig. Este libro trata sobre un niño llamado Brian que se siente invisible. Nadie parece darse cuenta o incluirlo en sus actividades. Cuando un niño nuevo llega a la escuela y Brian es la primera persona que lo hace sentir bienvenido, se hacen amigos y Brian ya no se siente invisible. Los estudiantes tendrán discusiones y actividades relacionadas con el libro, y aprenderán cómo un simple acto de bondad puede cambiar la vida de un niño.

Nuestro rasgo de carácter para el mes de noviembre es dar. A veces, el mejor regalo que le puedes dar a alguien es simplemente incluirlo. :)

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Watch DOGS

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

  • Monday, December 2nd: Mark Taylor
  • Friday, December 6th: Chris Hyde

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

Attendance at LVES

We definitely have had some sickness going around, so hopefully a long break will help our Vikings get healthy again.

Attendance for week of 11/15-11/21: 91%

Grade Level Attendance:

Kindergarten: 91%

First Grade: 91%

Second Grade: 87%

Third Grade: 92%

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...

  • November 25th-29th: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 4th: Picture Retakes
  • December 6th: PTO Family Movie Night; 6:00-8:00 pm
  • December 12th: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Nutcracker
  • December 13th: ESL Family Fiesta; 6:00-9:00 pm in cafeteria
  • December 18th: Winter Parties
  • December 18th: Last Day of School for students
  • December 19th-January 6th: Winter Break
  • January 7th - Students Return