LVES Parent Newsletter

Building a Brighter Future, Edition 12- Oct. 15, 2021

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Under Construction

You may have noticed that construction started this week on our new addition. We have a front row seat to all the action! While most students think this is awesome, there are some students who are scared and worried that the equipment may run into our building and hurt us. Please talk with your kiddos (especially if you have younger ones) and assure them that Mrs. Walker will protect them from bulldozers along with anything else! :)

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Next week, we will be celebrating Bus Driver Appreciation Week. On Tuesday, we will have a yard sign for our bus drivers so EVERYONE in town can see how much we appreciate all they do for us. We will also be providing each bus driver with some goodies and expressions of appreciation from our students.

If your child rides the bus, be sure to tell them thank you this week for all they do to get our students to and from school safely!

Friday, 10/22 Early Release

Friday is an early release day. School will be released at 11:30. Please make any transportation changes by the end of the day Thursday to ensure those changes can be completed. Due to the behind the scenes logistics of preparing for student dismissal and bus arrivals, early student pick-ups need to be done no later than 10:30am. We will be unable to call your student out of class after 10:30. Thank you!

PUmpkin Painting- Oct. 22 @ the Varsity Football Game

The Class of 2023 is going to offer a "PUMPKIN PAINTING FOR PROM" table at our next home football game on October 22nd! Pumpkins and paint will be provided and student volunteers will assist all of our Viking painters. Cost is $5 and the painting table will be open for the first hour of the game. Pumpkins can be stored at the table to dry and picked up upon exit. We look forward to seeing your kiddo 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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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.)

Parent Conferences are Coming Up!

We will have an early release day on Friday, October 22 to allow teachers to schedule parent conferences. Please stay tuned for sign-up sheets and more information from your child's teacher!

Picture Day!

Our picture day will be October 27. Order forms were sent home today in Friday folders.

What Are You Going to Be???

Students WILL be allowed to wear costumes to school this year. Costumes will be worn on Friday, October 29. We just ask that no masks are worn, and no weapons or accessories (like wands, etc.) are brought.

PUMPKIN PARADE!!

We'd like for our students to have a great experience on October 29th! During our Pumpkin Parade, the office staff will be providing kids with goodies as they pass by the office along their walk. If you wish to send non-candy (pencils, bubbles, stickers) treats for your child's class, any deliveries must be made before 10am since the office will be busy providing a great experience for our students and we will be unable to deliver any items past this time.

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Apex Fundraiser Coming Soon!

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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

**Opportunity to Help**

Are you interested in being a virtual room parent for your child's teacher? We are still looking for volunteers for these classrooms:

Boyles, Arredondo, Crowther, Adkins, Labrador, Stevenson, Jackson, Axley, Hayhurst, Henninger, Baker, Rohne, and Cochran.

Each teacher needs a correspondent to share important information, dates, & events with other parents within your class. This parent will also help with volunteer efforts to rally class parties and donations for such.

If you think you may be interested, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information!


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.

Please visit: https://lvespto.org/shop/pto-membership/ to help support the PTO!


Current Memberships:


GOLD:

Cassie Cannon

Shay Lambert

Laura Duty

Halye Vance

Jeremy & Keri Mohler

The Reher Family

Courtney Stockard

Michael & Xanth Unbehaun

Jessica & Christian Ross

Jamie Burlew

Juan Tonche

Teri Hamilton

Steven Monaco

George Monaco

Kris Evans

Amy & Marty Sexton

Sarah Schroeder

Katelin Potvin

Denny & Bridget Henderson

Bernadette McAlvain

Patricia DiGuardi

Rebecca Campbell

Kaelyn Boyd

Donald Ike

Crystal Street

The Prescott Family


GOLD SPONSOR UPDATE: This will be the last week to get your Gold Membership in time to be included on the School's Large Vinyl Banner, Deadline: October 15th!


SILVER:

Sarah Ogle

Allison Gerwick

Jordan O'Neal

Craig & Olivia Devine

Ryan & Emily Long

Lindsey O'Brien

Kelly Green

Angela Smith

Kerri Walker

Leslie Kudrna

Mandi Denning


BRONZE:

Jennifer Joshua

Meghan Rambo

Sierrah Wilson

Adam & Terra Burton

Hannah Hoch

Josh Allen

Jami & Grant Robinson

Rhiannon Gilardi

Ema Colunga

Shauna Olson

Jeff Olson

Mallory Eden

Janine Ramsey

Bridgette Labrador

Tami Sornson

Amy Stewart

Erika Tomaszewski

Cass & Josh Gorniak

Madeline Mathes

Penny Chadis

Kaley Vercande


BASIC:

Becky Bostic

Drew & Whitney D'Armond

Whitney Curry

Amber Lauer

Michelle Heston

Keri Gold

Lucie Watts

Holly Jackson

Lori Longoria

Heather Walker

Jenifer Brown

Mickaela Wood

Kathryn Hayhurst

Nicole Kallina

Ali Evans

Heather Womack

Courtney Boyles

Leslee Arredondo


LVES PTO T-SHIRTS & MERCHANDISE

T-shirt orders can be placed at https://lvespto.org/shop/ while supplies last.

REMEMBER: VIKING PRIDE FRIDAYS! We'd love to have all little Vikings participate in showing their School Spirit each week by wearing their favorite Lago Vista Vikings Gear!

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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

Become a PTO Member!

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The PTO also hosts advertising opportunities for our local Business Sponsors:

https://lvespto.org/shop/business-sponsorship/


Thank you to our Business Sponsors:

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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.