2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

April 27, 2018 - Issue #33

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

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

  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Mrs. Hernandez
  • Ms. Field (100)

Our campus-wide total is 2400!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 1000

First Grade: 500

Second Grade: 600

Third Grade: 300

The goal for the 4th nine weeks is 5000 Golden Tickets on or before May 18th. Our campus will earn a movie day the last week of school if we reach our goal!

Field Day Fun

Thank you to Coach D and Coach Lash for a fantastic Field Day last Friday for 2nd and 3rd grades. The weather could not have been more perfect for the races, field events, and bungee inflatable. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped at each field event and/or race.

Kindergarten and 1st grade will have their Field Day on May 4th. If you would like to volunteer, please click on the following link to sign up:

Kindergarten will participate in the field events, but will return to campus for lunch at 11:00 am. First grade will eat lunch at the track and participate in the races before returning around 1:15 pm. Students must wear tennis shoes and clothes that allow for ease of running and jumping. It is a great idea to apply sunscreen in the morning and send in an extra water bottle too.

Parking Lot Reminders

Please remember that you may only park in handicap parking spaces if you have the legally required documentation (placard in window or license plate). There has been an increase over the last couple of weeks of vehicles parking in handicap spaces without the legally required documentation. We have staff and visitors who need to park in those spaces, and have the correct identification. Please be mindful of those who need those parking spaces.

Thank you for your help!

PK/Kindergarten Round Up Success

We welcomed over 40 new PK and Kindergarten families yesterday for PK/Kindergarten Round Up. If you, or someone you know, missed Round Up, you can come see Veronica anytime between 8:00 11:00 am to complete registration.

We look forward to welcoming all of our future Vikings to LVES in the fall!

PTO Meeting on Wednesday

Join us for the final PTO meeting of the year at 5:00 pm in the Community Room. PTO will be voting in new board members, so if you are interested in volunteering you don't want to miss Wednesday's meeting.

There are several board positions available, and without those positions, PTO is not possible. We could not do some of the things we do without the generosity of our PTO!

LVES 2018-2019 School Supply Orders

Please note that orders for school supplies will be accepted online only this year. Orders will be accepted until June 15th.
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book fair - april 27th-may 4th!

Summer School News

Summer school invitations were mailed home this week. Please make sure that your child attends summer school if he/she received an invitation. In some cases, summer school attendance is a requirement for promotion/placement in the next grade level.

If you have any questions regarding summer school, please contact Mr. Holt at

Dress Code Reminders

Spring has sprung here in Central Texas. Warmer weather is here, so that means that shorts and tank tops are being worn. Please remember that shorts/skirts must be fingertip length. Tank tops are permitted, but strapless, halter tops, racerback tanks and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Students wearing strapless, halter tops, racerback tanks or spaghetti strap tops will be asked to change or wear a sweater or jacket. You can read the LVISD dress code by clicking on the following link:

It's always a good idea to leave the sandals, flip flops and dress shoes at home, as our students have PE and/or recess everyday. Tennis shoes are a much safer shoe option for our LVES Vikings, especially on PE days.

Lost and Found Overflowing

Please encourage your child to check the Lost and Found bin in the cafeteria for any missing/lost items! The bin is overflowing with jackets, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc. Two of our amazing volunteers, Mr. and Mrs. Sellers, have done a great job of reuniting some of the lost items with their owners. Lost jackets have been placed outside of the library so students and parents can check for missing jackets while visiting the Book Fair next week.

Any unclaimed items on the last day of school will be donated.

Lago Vista Intermediate School Supply Order - Current 3rd Grade Only

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Nurse's Notes

Cuts, Scrapes & Scar Management: Parent FAQs

(Cómo tratar cortes, raspaduras y cicatrices) Haga clic aquí para la versión española


​It is almost impossible for a curious and active child to avoid some scrapes and cuts. And…while a kiss from mom or dad and some TLC is often all that is needed, it sometimes takes a little more know-how to help wounds heal properly.

The following FAQs will help you prevent serious bleeding and other problems such as scarring when your child gets a cut.

What's the best way to treat a small cut or scrape?

Almost all active bleeding can be stopped by applying direct pressure with clean gauze or cloth over the site for five or ten minutes. The most common mistake is interrupting the pressure too early in order to peek at the wound.

  • Once bleeding stops: Gently wash the wound with soap and water for five minutes. If your child persistently objects, try soaking the wound in the bathtub. Cleaning the wound will decrease the chance of infection and prevent dark spots caused by dirt trapped in the skin.
  • After cleaning: Apply a small amount of antibacterial ointment to keep the wound moist and cover it with a dry gauze or bandage until healed.

How do I know whether or not my child needs stitches?

Here are some guidelines to help you determine whether or not stitches are needed:

  • Cuts that go all of the way through the skin may benefit from stitches.
  • Any cut that is gaping open with visible dark red muscle or yellowish fat should probably be closed, even if it is small.
  • Any cut that is gaping and is more than ½ inch long should probably be closed. Get a ruler and measure it if you are not sure. Cuts smaller than this may not require closure, but if they are gaping, then it is best to have them checked out.
  • Small cuts that are not gaping may not require actual stitches, but may still benefit from steri strips.
  • If your child has a cut that is deep, gaping, or in a cosmetically sensitive area, call your pediatrician to determine if stitches are needed.

Click here for full article from The American Academy of Pediatrics

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

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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, April 30th: OPEN
  • Tuesday, May 1st: OPEN
  • Wednesday, May 2nd: OPEN
  • Thursday, May 3rd: OPEN
  • Friday, May 4th: OPEN

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.


Character Trait of the Month - Gratitude

May's Character Trait is Gratitude. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Gratitude:

  • Say thank you for things that you receive;
  • Think about what you are thankful for and why;
  • Show others how nice it feels to be remembered and appreciated by someone;
  • Write thank you cards;
  • Enjoy giving back;
  • Understand that you are not owed things; you earn them.

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

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! While we are wrapping up our guidance lessons on Integrity, here are some ways families can help grow a child’s integrity: (Taken from Integrity: How Families Teach and Live Their Values by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD.)

1. Articulate family values: Children learn these through a parent’s words and actions. Values should show habits of thinking and behaving that honor human strengths, weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and imperfections.

2. Develop a Moral Vocabulary: Words like honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage are core to centuries of family beliefs. Teach children the behaviors that flow from these principles.

3. Reward Respectful Behavior: When children feel good about doing what’s right, they learn to measure the quality of their lives beyond grades and extra-curricular achievements. When your children show integrity, tell them what you admire about their behavior.

4. Explore Consequences: When children understand and accept the consequences of failure, critical learning occurs. When they understand the consequences of their actions, they learn to make informed choices about how they live out their own values in the world.

5. Respond Appropriately: Listen and show respect for your child’s thinking, then restate your expectations that dishonesty and disrespect are never acceptable. Consequences should be consistent and clearly understood.

6. Be a Role Model: Children often name parents as their role models, and they are watching and learning from their adult role models.

7. Teach digital etiquette: It may be difficult for children to stand up to disrespectful behavior online, and they should always know that they can seek support from an adult when they feel threatened, bullied, or fearful. They should also know to never contribute or participate in any online bullying or disrespect. This is one way they can act with integrity and safely stand for what they believe.

“Living a life of integrity is one of the greatest missions we can undertake.” ~Greg Anderson

¡Hola familias LVES! Mientras terminamos nuestras lecciones de orientación sobre la integridad, aquí hay algunas formas en que las familias pueden ayudar a desarrollar la integridad de un niño: (Tomado de Integridad: Cómo las familias enseñan y viven sus valores por Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD.)

1. Valores familiares articulados: los niños aprenden esto a través de las palabras y acciones de los padres. Los valores deben mostrar hábitos de pensamiento y comportamiento que respeten las fortalezas, debilidades, vulnerabilidades e imperfecciones humanas.

2. Desarrolle un vocabulario moral: las palabras como la honestidad, la confianza, la equidad, el respeto, la responsabilidad y el coraje son fundamentales para siglos de creencias familiares. Enseñe a los niños las conductas que se derivan de estos principios.

3. Recompense el comportamiento respetuoso: cuando los niños se sienten bien haciendo lo correcto, aprenden a medir la calidad de sus vidas más allá de las calificaciones y los logros extracurriculares. Cuando sus hijos demuestren integridad, dígales lo que admira sobre su comportamiento.

4. Explorar las consecuencias: cuando los niños entienden y aceptan las consecuencias del fracaso, se produce un aprendizaje crítico. Cuando entienden las consecuencias de sus acciones, aprenden a tomar decisiones informadas sobre cómo viven sus propios valores en el mundo.

5. Responda apropiadamente: escuche y muestre respeto por el pensamiento de su hijo, luego repita sus expectativas de que la deshonestidad y la falta de respeto nunca son aceptables. Las consecuencias deben ser consistentes y claramente entendidas.

6. Sea un modelo a seguir: los niños a menudo nombran a los padres como sus modelos a seguir, y están observando y aprendiendo de sus modelos adultos.

7. Enseñe la etiqueta digital: puede ser difícil para los niños resistir el comportamiento irrespetuoso en línea, y siempre deben saber que pueden buscar el apoyo de un adulto cuando se sienten amenazados, intimidados o temerosos. También deben saber que nunca contribuyen ni participan en ninguna intimidación o falta de respeto en línea. Esta es una forma en que pueden actuar con integridad y defender de manera segura lo que creen.

"Vivir una vida de integridad es una de las mayores misiones que podemos emprender.” ~Greg Anderson

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of April 26th:

  • 97.02% - We met our attendance goal of 97%! Way to Vikings! Not only did we meet our goal but 5 grade levels met or exceeded the 97% attendance goal...woohoo!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 74%

PK: 96.84%

Kindergarten: 97.19%

First Grade: 96.52%

Second Grade: 98.52% - AMAZING job of having 99% attendance average!

Third Grade: 97.14%

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...

  • April 27th - May 4th: Spring Book Fair
  • May 3rd: Parent Meeting for 2018-2019 4th Graders, Lago Vista Intermediate School, 6:00 pm
  • May 4th: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Field Day at LVHS track, more details coming soon
  • May 10th: Last CEIC Meeting, 3:15 pm
  • May 11th: 3rd Grade Victory Walk for STAAR; 2:00 pm
  • May 14th: Math STAAR Test; Limited visitors on campus
  • May 15th: Reading STAAR Test; Limited visitors on campus
  • May 18th: Volunteer Brunch
  • May 21st - 24th: OCEAN WEEK 2018
  • May 24th: Last Day for Transportation Changes for May 25th
  • May 25th: 3rd Grade Farewell Walk, 11:00 am
  • May 25th: Last Day of School - Early Release at 11:30 am, no pm PPCD