2017-2018 Parent Newsletter
December 1, 2017 - Issue #16
Project Vinatta Presentation
December 15th is an Early Release Day
Front Drive Reminder
JOIN US FOR THE PTO MEETING ON DECEMBER 6TH AT 5:00 PM IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM!
LVES Reading Lab Book Drive
Thank you to our awesome Early Reading Interventionist, Mrs. Rachel Donahue, for organizing this yearly event!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 LVESyearbook@gmail.com
Watch DOGS of the Week
- Monday, December 4th: Ken Schauf
- Tuesday, December 5th: OPEN
- Wednesday, December 6th: OPEN
- Thursday, December 7th: OPEN
- Friday, December 8th: Vernon Reher
If you would like to be a Watch DOG at LVES, please contact Mr. Holt (email@example.com) for more information.
COLLEGE DAY IS EVERY WEDNESDAY...WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COLLEGE SHIRT!
2nd graders draw a house and identify ways magnets are used in houses during science.
1st graders conduct a science experiment to see what happens when you drop raisins in a Sprite during their matter unit.
3rd graders learn how to code during Technology with Mr. Holt.
Ms. Stacey Bingham - Third Grade Teacher
1. Where are you from originally?
I attended Lago Vista Elementary School and Lago Vista Middle School. My mother was a teacher here in Lago Vista for many years. My dad's job then transferred us to Plano, which is where I graduated high school. I got back here as fast as I could to attend the University of Texas at Austin.
2. What led you to become a teacher and how long have you been teaching?
My mom, a retired elementary school teacher, has been an amazing role model for me. I always admired her passion for learning. Now here I am, in my thirteenth year of teaching.
3. Tell us about your family...
I am the oldest of three sisters, and we are the best of friends. I have a 10-year-old daughter who is my whole heart. We have a feisty cat named Roxy and a very energetic Yorkie named Praisley.
4. Will the hair dye ever come out of your hair?
I wish I knew the answer to that! Temporary is clearly not temporary.
5. Where did you get Mr. Bear?
I got Mr. Bear at Build-a-Bear Workshop several years ago. He was sitting all by himself and looked like he needed a friend. Now he gets tons of love from my amazing students.
6. What's your favorite animal? Peacock
Favorite store? H-E-B and Target
And what are you afraid of? Most definitely, heights!
7. What is your favorite part about your job?
I love walking in to see my students' smiles and excitement about learning each day. My students are the reason I am here.
Mrs. Alyssa Ruff - Special Education Teacher
1. How long have you worked in Lago Vista and what did you do before you started at LVES?
This is my third year at LVES. Before I worked here, I taught one year in Lubbock (Frenship ISD) and three years in Duncanville ISD.
2. Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Duncanville, TX (a suburb of Dallas)
3. Tell us about your family...
I've been married to my husband, David for 2 years. My parents still live in Duncanville, and I have an older brother and a younger sister.
4. What are your favorite hobbies?
I love traveling, reading, interior design and I'm a Netflix junkie.
5. What is your favorite part of your job?
Teaching never gets stagnant, because everyday is different. That and the hugs/high fives. Also, when I see the kids helping each other, either socially or academically.
Character Trait of the Month - 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!
Hello LVES Families! The character trait for the month of December is Caring. Being a caring person means showing understanding of others by treating them with kindness, compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit. In our guidance lessons this month, students will learn ways they can show they care about their families, friends, teachers, community members, animals, and the environment.
Does your child need a new coat? The 2017 Coats for Kids Distribution Day is on Saturday, December 9 from 8:00 am-3:00 pm at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, 900 Barton Springs Road. For more information, go to: www.jlaustin.org/coats. Also, our Lago Vista Clothing Closet will be open on Sunday, December 10 from 2-4 pm. The clothing closet is open to all community members, and is located behind the Lago Vista Intermediate School in Portable 6.
If your child needs a coat and you are unable to get one, please let me know and I will make sure they get one! You can email or call me, just let me know if it is for a boy or girl, and the size needed. I will pick something out for your child and bring it to school for them.
firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 267-8300 ext. 4504.
¡Hola familias LVES! El rasgo de carácter el mes de diciembre es Caring. Ser una persona afectuosa significa mostrar empatía con los demás tratandolos con amabilidad, compasión, generosidad y espíritu de perdón. En nuestras lecciones de orientación de este mes, los estudiantes aprenderán maneras con las cuales pueden demostrar que se preocupan por sus familias, amigos, maestros, miembros de la comunidad, animales y el medio ambiente.
¿Necesita su hijo un abrigo nuevo? El Día de Distribución de Coats for Kids 2017 es el sábado, 9 de diciembre de 8:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. en el Palmer Events Center en Austin, 900 Barton Springs Road. Para obtener más información, vaya a: www.jlaustin.org/coats. Además, nuestro closet de ropa Lago Vista estará abierto el domingo 10 de diciembre de 2 a 4 pm. El armario de ropa está abierto para todos los miembros de la comunidad, y se encuentra detrás de la Escuela Intermedia Lago Vista en Portable 6.
Si su hijo necesita un abrigo y no lo puede obtener, dígamelo y le aseguraré de que lo tenga. Puede enviarme un correo electrónico o llamarme, avíseme si es para un niño o una niña, y el tamaño que necesita. Recogeré algo para su hijo y lo traeré a la escuela para ellos. ¡Graciasemail@example.com o (512) 267-8300 ext. 4504.
Weekly Attendance Goal
Weekly Attendance for week of November 30th:
- 96.27%- We were so close to meeting our goal this week! We had 3 grade levels meet or exceed our attendance goal!
Grade Level Totals:
Kindergarten: 98.08% - Fantastic job of EXCEEDING our attendance goal!
First Grade: 97.09% - Fantastic job on meeting our attendance goal for the 2nd week in a row!
Second Grade: 94.42%
Third Grade: 96.56% - Great job meeting our attendance goal!
LVES Front Office Hours
Lago Vista Elementary PTO Facebook
Christine Harris, Administrative Assistant
Registration and Attendance:
Veronica Fidencio, Registrar/Attendance Clerk
Student Emotional Support:
Amy Sexton, Counselor
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...
- 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