2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

February 9, 2018 - Issue #23

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes for earning at least 50 Golden Tickets:

  • Mrs. Cook (100)
  • Mrs. Kannmacher
  • Mrs. Rowin
  • Ms. De Silva
  • Mrs. WIlliams
  • Mrs. Ballard
  • Mrs. Ramsey
  • Mrs. Kudrna
  • Mrs. Outlaw (150)
  • Ms. Baker

Our campus-wide total is 1400!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 500

First Grade: 400

Second Grade: 450

Third Grade: 50


LVES is a Kindness Certified School!

We had so many students participate in last month's Kindness Challenge, and students continue to find ways to show they care to others. I am happy to announce that our participation in the Kindness Challenge has earned Lago Vista Elementary School the honor of being a Kindness Certified School! The official certification and seal are posted on the Counselor's bulletin board in the cafeteria hallway. Way to go Vikings!
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Lago Vista ISD recognizes that communication between campuses and parents is a crucial part of building a strong school-home partnership, which we greatly value. As such, the District is committed to providing open, two-way communication and encourages all Lago Vista ISD parents to share the same commitment.

While social media presents us with an amazing venue to share and exchange information, if a concern arises regarding your child, or child’s campus, please contact the campus immediately. This timely communication directly with the campus is a crucial first step in working with you to resolve your concerns. As a district, we are committed to ensuring that all concerns are addressed as quickly as possible, but campuses are only able to assist with finding solutions when we are made aware of concerns through direct communication.

Thank you for your helping with Lago Vista ISD's continued efforts to build strong and effective partnerships with our parents!

Daddy Daughter Dance - February 9th

Tonight is the Daddy/Daughter dance! Doors will open at 6:00. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20/couple. Thank you to Mandi Melendez and all of the volunteers for organizing tonight's event. All of the proceeds raised from the dance will go towards purchasing new books for the Guided Reading Lab.

Valentine's Day Parties

Wednesday, February 14th is the second designated party day of the year. Information regarding parties have gone out through teachers and/or Room Parents. Here are the party times for each grade level:

  • PK: 1:30-2:30
  • Kindergarten: 1:45-2:45
  • First Grade: 1:00-2:00
  • Second Grade: 1:50-2:40
  • Third Grade: 1:00-2:00

Please remember that if you sign your child out before dismissal on party days, he/she will not qualify for Perfect Attendance. If you attend your child's party and take pictures, please share with our Yearbook Coordinator by emailing pictures to

Attention all 3rd Grade Parents...

Mrs. Davis, Lago Vista Intermediate School Principal, will be hosting a Coffee Chat on February 16th at 8:00 in the LVIS Art Room. The purpose of the meeting is to begin orienting parents with incoming fourth graders on what they can expect and how to help transition their student. Mrs. Davis will answer questions and concerns about schedules, recess, etc. Current 4-5th grade parents will also be invited to attend too.

An evening presentation will be held in May.

Yearbook Cover Voting

Voting for the Yearbook cover will take place very soon. Good luck to all of the 3rd grade students who submitted artwork. This is going to be a tough vote because of all of the amazing submissions! Take a peek at the submissions below...
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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 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

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, February 12th: Ken Schauf
  • Tuesday, February 13th: OPEN
  • Wednesday, February 14th: Doug Sourile, Michael Smith
  • Thursday, February 15th: OPEN
  • Friday, February 16th: Scott Makowichuk

We have several openings in the Spring for Watch DOGS, so if you would like to be a Watch DOG at LVES, please contact Mr. Holt ( for more information.


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Kindergarten students celebrated the 100th Day of School on Tuesday!!
Students use Seesaw and games to show off their math skills!
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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Mrs. Janine Ramsey - First Grade Teacher

1. How long have you worked in Lago Vista and what did you do before you started at LVES?

I have worked for this district for twenty glorious years. Ten as the Art teacher and ten in first grade. I moved to Texas as soon as I graduated from Indiana University. I loved the area and decided to stay.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. I lived in Colorado for first and second grade and then moved back to Indianapolis until I graduated high school.

3. Tell us about your family...

I am the oldest of four kids. I have two brothers and a sister. They all live in Indianapolis and I miss them tons. I have two kids of my own, Maya who is in 7th grade and Thomas who is in 2nd. I have a step daughter who is grown and about to start a family of her own. She lives in Arizona and we visit them as often as we can.

4. What's your favorite place to go on vacation?

The beach! We want to visit Costa Rica and Colorado in the near future but I always love a beach trip.

5. What's your favorite board game? Movie? Hobbies?

I like playing board games with my family. Lately we have been playing Apples to Apples or Clue. My son-in Law recently taught us how to play poker.

6. What is your favorite part of teaching?

Meeting and getting to know new students and families each year. I love seeing kids make so much growth throughout the year.

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Ms. Kathie Voisinet - Third Grade Math/Science Teacher

1. How long have you worked in Lago Vista and what did you do before you started at LVES?

This is my 11th year at LVES. I taught third grade for 8 years with Humble ISD.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born in Wichita, Kansas, also lived in Louisville, Kentucky, and Cleveland, Ohio

3. Tell us about your family...

I have 1 son who will be 32 this Sunday and 2 sisters who live here in Lago Vista.

4. What was your first job?

In high school I worked as a teacher's aid at a preschool.

5. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

I would love to experience Santorini and Morocco.

6. What inspired you to be a teacher?

Wanting to make a difference!

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Character Trait of the Month - Fairness

February's Character Trait is Fairness. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Citizenship:

  • Play by the rules;
  • Take turns and share;
  • Be open-minded and listen to others;
  • Don't take advantage of others;
  • Don't blame others carelessly;
  • Treat all people fairly.

Students will learn more about Fairness in Guidance with Mrs. Sexton!

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! I am proud to announce that our school has been awarded as a “Kindness Certified School 2018” due to all of our students who participated in the Great Kindness Challenge! And a shout out goes to Janine Ramsey’s 1st grade class who had the highest percentage of students who participated!

The character trait we are learning about in February is Fairness. Fairness means practicing justice, equity, and equality, cooperating with one another, and recognizing the uniqueness and value of each other.

In our guidance lessons this month, students will be learning how teachers show fairness in the classroom, and that fairness does not always mean that everyone gets the same, but that everyone gets what they need. Students are also learning about how our country’s laws are established to show fairness and justice for all of our citizens.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”~Martin Luther King, Jr.

¡Hola familias LVES! ¡Me enorgullece anunciar que nuestra escuela ha sido galardonada como "Kindness Certified School 2018" debido a todos nuestros estudiantes que participaron en el Gran Desafío de la Bondad! ¡Y un reconocimiento para la clase de primer grado de Janine Ramsey que tuvo el mayor porcentaje de estudiantes que participaron! ¡Gracias a todos nuevamente por apoyar esta actividad del Proyecto Vinátta!

El rasgo de carácter que estamos aprendiendo en febrero es la imparcialidad. La equidad significa practicar la justicia, la equidad y la igualdad, cooperar el uno con el otro y reconocer la singularidad y el valor de los demás.

En nuestras lecciones de orientación de este mes, los estudiantes aprenderán cómo los maestros demuestran imparcialidad en el aula, y esa imparcialidad no siempre significa que todos obtienen lo mismo, sino que todos obtienen lo que necesitan. Los estudiantes también están aprendiendo cómo las leyes de nuestro país se establecen para mostrar imparcialidad y justicia para todos nuestros ciudadanos.

"La injusticia en cualquier lugar es una amenaza para la justicia en todas partes." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of February 8th:

  • 92% - Please remember that students must stay home if they have cold/flu like symptoms (fever, vomiting, diarrhea) until they are symptom free for 24 hours (without the use of medication). This will help us keep all of students and staff healthy!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 86.67%

PK: 91.43%

Kindergarten: 93.54%

First Grade: 87.23%

Second Grade: 93.66%

Third Grade: 91.69%

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 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...

  • February 14th: Valentine's Day Parties, details coming home from Room Parent at a later date
  • February 19th: Student and Staff Holiday - No School
  • February 23rd: LVES UIL Awards Assembly; 1:30 pm
  • February 26th: Six Flags Read to Succeed reading logs due
  • March 2nd: Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' Birthday - more details coming soon
  • March 6th: 3rd Grade Music Program
  • March 7th: PTO Meeting, 5:00-6:00 pm in Community Room
  • March 12th-16th: Spring Break
  • March 22nd: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Sweet Berry Farms
  • March 22nd: CEIC Meeting, 3:15 pm in Community Room
  • March 23rd: End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • March 29th: Touch-A-Truck
  • March 29th: Report Cards go home in Friday folders
  • March 30th: Student/Staff Holiday, No School