2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

December 1, 2017 - Issue #16

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes:

  • Mrs. Boyles
  • Mrs. Kannmacher
  • Mrs. Rowin
  • Ms. De Silva
  • Mrs. Williams (100)
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Ms. Baker
  • Ms. Field

Our school-wide total is 1800!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 50

Kindergarten: 650

First Grade: 300

Second Grade: 500

Third Grade: 300

Project Vinatta Presentation

Our Project Vinatta student coalition did a fantastic job on November 17th with their presentation! The presentation included information about the campus wide activities, as well as skits on ways to show kindness and respect for each other. The students came up with the skit ideas and wrote the scripts on their own. Thank you to our awesome counselor, Mrs. Sexton, for being the sponsor of this group.
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December 15th is an Early Release Day

December 15th is an early release day, which means we will release at 11:30. Due to early release, afternoon PPCD class will not be held that day. All transportation changes for December 15th will need to be called or emailed in on or before Thursday, December 14th. Transportation changes will not be accepted on December 15th. Thank you for your help in making dismissal go smoothly on the early release day.

Front Drive Reminder

Please remember that the front entrance is not a drop-off location at any time before school (7:30-7:45 am). If you plan on using the front entrance for drop-off, you must park and walk your child into the building. Since parking is very limited in the front, there are two drop-off locations in the back of the building to help make your morning drop-off easier. Staff is located at both locations to assist your child into the building.


Head over to The Grille at Highland Lakes after the PTO meeting on December 6th for a yummy dinner! If you mention that you are there to support LVISD, 20% of your check will be donated to the Lago Vista ISD Education Foundation. LVISDEF has been very generous to our teachers over the years by awarding grants to support instruction in the classroom.
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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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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, 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 ( for more information.


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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

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.

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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.

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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! 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: 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.

Thank you! 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: 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. ¡Gracias! o (512) 267-8300 ext. 4504.

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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:

PPCD: 82.50%

PK: 86.36%

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

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...

  • 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