LVES Parent Newsletter

Building a Brighter Future, Edition 15- Nov. 5, 2021

Recess Concern

Staff members have recently noted that some students at recess have been mimicking games from 'Squid Game', a Roblox video game and a Netflix show that is intended for mature audiences due to the violence depicted in the show. We want to make parents and guardians aware of this concern and that staff members will intervene when we hear children talking about or see them imitating the show. If your child is familiar with this show, we ask that you please find an opportunity to speak with him/her and to reinforce the school's message that discussion about and games associated with violent behavior are not appropriate for school. For more information, please see the article below. As always, we appreciate your support!


https://www.parents.com/news/kids-playing-squid-game-at-school/

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We want to invite everyone out to dinner Friday, November 5th from 5-9 p.m.! Join the LVES PTO for a Spirit Night at Casa Mexico's Mexican Cantina. Grab the family and support one of our newest local restaurants as they are generously providing 20% of their total sales, back to the Elementary School PTO. We will be there and have a table to sell t-shirts and other LVES Vikings merchandise from 6-8pm. Come say hi and dine out at Casa Mexico tonight to show your support for LVES! See you there!!

BOOK FAIR!

We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

After missing out on many beloved traditions, our fall Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from November 29 - December 3, 2021, at LVES Library.

  • Our Book Fair offers a cash-free payment option called eWallet. It’s a convenient digital account that your child can use for shopping at our Fair. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute, too!

  • If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

LVES Book Fair

We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!

Bike Giveaway!

We are focusing on excellent cafeteria behavior and to recognize this, we are giving away tickets to win a bike each day to anyone who is caught being awesome! The winner will be announced on November 18, so encourage your child to be on their best behavior in the cafeteria!
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Education Foundation Fundraiser

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR LVISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION'S SECOND FUNDRAISER AT THE CITY of JONESTOWN

OUTSIDE MARKET AND BAZAAR

CITY OF JONESTOWN

18649 FM1431

Saturday, Nov. 6, 9:00am-1:00pm


BE SURE TO STOP BY THE LVISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION BOOTH, WHERE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO HELP THE FOUNDATION

WHILE THEY HELP OUR SCHOOLS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. REMEMBER WHEN YOU SPEND MONEY WITH THE LVISD

EDUCATION FOUNDATION IT IS A 501c NON-PROFIT AND ALL MONEY DONATED IS DEDUCTIBLE FOR YOUR TAXES.


ENJOY THE WONDERFUL FALL WEATHER WHILE WALKING AMONG HISTORY AND CURRENT DAY ACTIVITIES

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY AND HAVE SOME FUN


SEE YOU AT THE OUTDOOR MARKET ON SATURDAY

Our Week in Pictures!

Attendance Notifications Coming Soon!

Moving forward, Mrs. Harris, our attendance secretary, will be sending home notifications each day that your child is absent. This is just to let you know that we are showing that your child was marked absent for the day and to help remind you to bring us any applicable documentation (i.e. doctor notes, etc.)

Water Bottles

Friendly reminder to please send a water bottle with your child each day. Our water fountains are not being used at the moment.

Do You Need to Pick Your Child Up Early?-- UPDATED TIME

If you are needing your child early, we can bring them right out to the lobby for you- curbside service! :) We just ask you to arrive no later than 1:45 each day so that you don't get stuck in the bus line.

Transportation Changes? Email Marcella_Kuske@lagovista.txed.net by 12:00 each day!

Bus Policy Change

The district is no longer allowing students to ride to and from school with other students if they are not registered riders on the same bus route. If assigned to the same route they still need a signed note from the parent/guardian or a pass from the campus office for the driver to release them at an unauthorized stop. The district is experiencing a record number in ridership this year and extra students not assigned to that specific route may displace a student who has already registered for transportation in Ascender Parent Portal and been approved to ride.

Remote Conferencing Opportunity for Isolated or Quarantined Students

Lago Vista ISD students may be eligible to participate in remote conferencing for attendance purposes in the event they are unable to attend face-to-face instruction on campus. Students are eligible for remote conferencing if both of the following requirements are met:


  • The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition; AND

  • The total amount of remote conferencing does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year.


A student who is absent due to other reasons not listed above will not qualify to participate in remote conferencing and will be marked absent each day he/she is not physically present in school.


In addition to the two requirements above, one of the following requirements must also be met:

  • The student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States; OR

  • The student has a positive test result for a communicable condition (such as COVID-19); OR

  • The student has been identified as having been in close contact with COVID-19.


Students in remote conferencing instruction will continue to work on class assignments via Seesaw, Google Classroom, or Canvas, and receive synchronous (live) assistance from a designated Remote Conferencing teacher. To the extent possible, a dedicated certified teacher will be designated to provide remote conferencing throughout the duration of students’ time in this setting, but it will not be the students’ teacher of record. In addition to working on assignments, students will be required to attend daily attendance meetings that will count for the day’s attendance and keep your child within the 90% attendance rule while out temporarily.


You will be notified by ParentLink with specific remote conferencing instructions and Google Meet links if your child qualifies for this temporary opportunity. If your child receives a close contact notification from the school, there will be a link to a form to complete if you wish for your child to participate in remote conferencing.

Is Your Child Going to be Absent?

If your child is going to be absent, please email Christine_Harris@lagovista.txed.net your student's name, teacher's name, and the reason they are absent. She will take care of the rest!

PTO News

The LVES Parent Teacher Organization creates opportunities for parents, teachers, and students to learn, socialize, communicate, and grow!


Our non-profit organization is dependent on monetary donations to supply our school with everything the children need to have an amazing and above average elementary school experience. Funds raised go directly to the requests of our teachers and staff to enhance classroom materials and our student’s learning environment. We also host some exciting extracurricular events to bring students and their families together outside of school hours! By becoming a member of the PTO you are showing your support and school spirit for Lago Vista Elementary.


Thank you again to all of our wonderful PTO Members and Sponsors! Our 2021-2022 Vinyl Banners are hung on the fence along Dawn Drive!

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ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS: SMILE!

When you shop on Amazon, log-in through https://smile.amazon.com

on your web browser and sign in with your Amazon.com credentials. Choose Lago Vista Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization as your charitable organization to help raise money for our school just by making your normal everyday purchases! To join AmazonSmile from the mobile app, open the app and find "Settings" in the main menu. Tap on "AmazonSmile" and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone. Every purchase you make will contribute a donation! TIA!

Love, The LVES PTO

WANT TO CONTRIBUTE?

Each month our PTO Provides a Teacher Hospitality Event to thank them for caring for our children and for all of their hard work, this includes their favorite Sonic Drinks, snacks or a small meal, goody bags or trinkets, gift cards and more. Our PTO Volunteers have been amazing at providing these donations. But we would like to ask our parents, where you can, to help contribute to the funds we need to supply them with these treats! Click here to pitch in!:

https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=CZ4MZ7WFRRVRG

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

If you are looking to join a fun, organized group and get involved in the PTO, we'd love to hear from you. Request to join our Google Group live virtual meetings. Stay up to date with new events, contribute ideas to our team, and join us for PTO in-person socials.

https://groups.google.com/g/lves-pto

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Community Opportunities!

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Still Have Questions?

General Questions: Marcy Kuske @ marcella_kuske@lagovista.txed.net

Registration: Christine Harris @ christine_harris@lagovista.txed.net

Bus Questions: Lisa Gordon @ lisa_gordon@lagovista.txed.net

Nurse: Tara Roberts @ tara_roberts@lagovista.txed.net


You can contact myself (kerri_walker@lagovista.txed.net) or our Assistant Principal Karla Stewart (karla_stewart@lagovista.txed.net) with any questions you need help with as well.

Apex Fundraiser Coming Soon!