LaCoste Elementary Newsletter

2022-2023 School Year / Week of Oct. 17th - 21st

From the Front Office:

LaCoste Families,

We appreciate all of your support in our two events we had this week!! We had such a great turn out to both events. Our Watch D.O.G.S program had an amazing turnout and we are so thankful for our positive male role models to be on campus! Please do not hesitate to email Mrs. Rakowitz at to schedule the day you can volunteer on campus. As a reminder you do need to complete the background check, complete volunteer training, and purchase a Watch D.O.G.S shirt prior to being able to volunteer. Thank you to all of you that participated in our Title 1 meeting and reminders of attendance and skyward family access. We appreciate your feedback and support.

As a district we are moving to a paperless sign in and sign out system for parents so that we can have a digital tracking system for tardies and early outs. When coming to the front window effective October 24th please have your phone available to complete a google form for tardies and early outs.

Families, please adhere to our MVISD Elementary Student handbook Policy for Deliveries. Deliveries for celebrations may be dropped off between 7:15-7:50 a.m in order to not disturb the instructional day.


Except in emergencies, delivery of messages or packages to students will not be allowed during instructional time. A parent may leave a message or a package, such as a forgotten lunch, for the student to pick up from the front office during a passing period or lunch. Pg. 46 of MVISD Elementary Student Handbook

Red Ribbon Week Is Next Week!!

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UIL Competition Information

Please read this newsletter to learn more about our LCE UIL Teams and which one may be a good fit for your student!

Counselor's Corner

I just started lessons focusing on kindness and bullying prevention.

PK - I will read the book “Billy Bully,” which is about a Bull that loses friends when mean, but gains them when nice. We will talk about situations that are kind/not kind.

K - A comparison will be used with people and plants. When plants are unhealthy they are sad and droopy, while when healthy they stand tall and are happy. This is similar to people and we can help each other stand tall by being a “watering can” of kindness. Students will color and give me a positive note to write on the pot. We will mix them up and each student will get a message from someone in class.

1st - Students will be taught the difference between tattling and reporting situations. The book “Tattle Tongue” will be used to drive the discussion and practice.

2nd - I will read “One” while doing a food coloring experiment with students. They will learn what a bystander and upstander is.

3rd - Students will learn the difference between rude, mean, and bullying. They will also learn the difference between a nice and mean tease and how powerful our words are to others. The book “Tease Monsters” will be used to assist with the lesson and students will show if they would have hurt feelings or not in different situations which will ultimately show that words affect us differently.

4th - Will read “The Invisible Boy” and discuss inclusion/exclusion. We will do an experiment to help concrete the terms. Students will also learn the difference between rude, mean, bullying behaviors.

5th - An activity with glitter will help students to learn that words/gossip can get quite messy and leaves a trail. A powerpoint will be used to help students to understand how hurtful gossip can be. If time permits, the book “What James Said” will be used.

We continue to be available to all students upon request. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us at the emails listed below, or use the attached form.

Talking Time Counseling Request Form

Watch D.O.G.S

We had a great turnout this past Thursday! Thank you to our male role models who came to learn more about our Watch D.O.G.S program. Thank you to those that chose to commit to the program and signed up to volunteer too! If you are a dad/grandpa/uncle/adult brother and missed it and would like to know how to be involved in volunteering, please contact

We remain beyond grateful to our PTO for the support and also volunteering to help in the event!

Leader in Me

Check out Emotions at Home - Week 3

WIG#3 Leaders of the Week

Our Campus wide WIG#3 is “Students will model their 7 habits in the cafeteria. They will have an opportunity to earn weekly class recognition based on positive behavior.”

Students have an opportunity to obtain the 1st place Golden Fork or 2nd place Silver Spoon each week by displaying the BEST leadership skills in the cafeteria for the week.

Winners from October 10-14th:

Golden Fork:

2nd: T. Rodriguez

3rd: A. Garza

4th: ALE Kern-Garcia

5th: Esquivel

Silver Spoon:

2nd: Wood

3rd: Lopez

4th: B. Garza

5th: Crowther

Caught Being a Leader!

Click HERE to see this week's leaders!

Students cannot only be caught being a leader at school by staff, but also at home by you! If you see your child exhibiting any of the habits on their own without prompting, fill out this form! Examples: Habit 3: Put First Things First - Your child went to a quiet area in your home and began doing their homework without being told. Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood - Your child listened to their sibling’s point of view during an argument, understood why their sibling was upset, and did not push their own opinion of what happened or interrupt.

Students that are caught being a leader will have their name announced on the morning announcements and will be able to choose a charm for their Leader In Me Chain. Students proudly wear their chains to our Campus Awards.

CLICK HERE to tell us about how you caught your leader using their habits at home!

Leaders Wanted!

We want to showcase our LaCoste leaders in our trophy case on campus. We’d like to showcase students that are leaders OUTSIDE of school. Is your child proactive with the Girl Scouts or Boys Scouts? Does your child synergize with cousins in raising animals for the stock show? Maybe your child is part of a youth group that helps in picking up trash on the weekends? Capture a picture and send it to us! Please indicate your child’s name and what organization they are a part of.

PTO Corner

Fundraiser Pick Up will be today - Friday, Oct 21st from 3:30 - 5:30 at the front car loop. Please stay in your vehicle and your items will be brought to you.

Spirit Shirts and Membership

Want to Volunteer? Check out the flier below!

If you have any questions feel free to email us at

Right At School - Upcoming Full Day Camps - 10/10 & 10/31

Camp Day Info:

  • Camp will be held at Potranco Elementary

  • Hours: 6:30am-6:00pm

  • Snacks are provided - Lunch must be provided by the parents

  • Registration is open now on our website!

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Visit to fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch Application

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MVHS Football Players and Cheerleaders came to read to our students

Mrs. Neal’s class learned all about magnets this week in Science

The Student Lighthouse Team welcomed our new students!

Student Lighthouse team prepared for Red Ribbon Week

Our Flag Crew is doing an amazing job!

Coach's Corner


Combined with exercise and stretching. We are working on their overall conditioning for physical activity. We practiced some activities (stations) that the students will do next Friday in PE for the Fall Festival. This was done so the kids will know what to do at a designated station. The activities (stations) are altered for the lower grade levels.


Combined with exercise and stretching. We are working on their overall conditioning for physical activity. We practiced some activities (stations) that the students will do next Friday in PE for the Fall Festival. This was done so the kids will know what to do at a designated station.

We will always work with you regarding if your child or children need to sit out in PE due to a medical reason. A note must be provided for documentation. There will be activities we do in PE that may be difficult. We are just wanting the students to try their best and with practice they will get better. If they do not try they will not get better.

Caught Reading

Parents can also submit their child for the drawing if they catch them reading at home!

Caught Reading!

LaCoste Elementary students often go above and beyond! With that in mind, we love to acknowledge when they do. Reading is an important everyday activity. It shows great examples of the Leadership Habits we know are the foundation of our success. We like to “Catch Students Reading”. Examples of that would be; students independently choosing to read as a leisure activity or students achieving a reading goal they had set for themselves, like finishing their first chapter book or reading their first book independently. Parents can also "Catch Students Reading" at home! Please click the button below to submit your child's name for the drawing.

Each week a name is randomly drawn from those submissions. Their name is displayed on a bulletin board in the library, given a prize for their accomplishment, mentioned in our morning campus announcements and posted in our Parent Newsletter.

This week’s winner is Sofia Sitterding!

Sofia was caught reading in the library by Mrs.Graff.

You can be a star when you get caught reading!

Upcoming Events

Oct. 17th - 21st - National School Bus Safety Week

Oct. 17th - Progress Report Posted / GT Parent Night 5:30pm - 6:00pm

Oct. 18th - Fall Individual Picture Day

Oct. 24th - 28th - Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 28th - Fall Fun Day Sponsored by PTO/ 2nd Grade Field Trip

Oct. 31st - No School/Staff Work Day

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