October 15th Pony News

Building a Brighter Future!

LVES Mission and Vision

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Knowing our New Crew - Mrs. Kate Carlson

Hello Pony Family! I am Kate Carlson. I am so excited to have joined the Pony Family this year! I have always called Texas home and could not wait to move back when my husband was offered a new job as the Assistant General Manager of Cowboys Golf Club. I grew up just outside Houston, in the suburb of Clear Lake where my parents worked for Boeing in the Space Program. We moved to Sammamish in 2000 when my dad took a new job working with the Plane Program of Boeing. While I will always be a Seahawks fan, I will support the Cowboys as well now. :) I just moved here after the school year was over at the end of June from Sammamish, Washington (a suburb of Seattle). My husband moved here in February to start his new role. We have been married for almost a year and a half. We were married in June of 2017 in Chehalis, Washington.


We are the proud parents of two AMAZINGLY CRAZY Boston Terriers that are actual brothers, from different litters, Colt and Hawk. They are nonstop energy all day long, until we go to the puppy park at night. I have a younger sister who is a Junior at Chapman University in Orange, California studying Pre-Med. My parents are still living in Washington, but come to visit whenever they can! They are both engineers and continue to work with the Boeing Company. They even get to carpool to work together now. Nick and I are fortunate enough to have an amazing niece and nephew that live in Phoenix, AZ with my husband’s entire family. Family is everything to us, and we can’t wait until everybody is here for Thanksgiving this year!


This is my 4th year teaching. I previously taught Kindergarten as a long-term substitute in my home school district, Lake Washington School District. I then accepted a 1st grade job in the Snohomish School District. Nick and I moved to be closer to his golf course in Washington (The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge) requiring me to move back to my home district again. For my 2nd and 3rd years of teaching, I returned to LWSD and taught at the elementary that I finished my schooling at and student taught at. I was even fortunate enough to teach on the team that I student taught with! At Elizabeth Blackwell Elementary, I taught 1st grade for a year, and then was moved to 2nd grade last year!



Kate Carlson

1st Grade

carlsonk@lisd.net



Restorative Practices- Relationship Builders

Staff Learning - Wednesday, October 17th

Time: 3:20 to 4:30

Snacks: Provided by Special Education Team and Counselors

Agenda: Click here

NEU Rally - Monday, October 15th

Lewisville ES is a No Excuses University Campus. We will have our No Excuses Assembly/Rally once a month. At this rally, we come together to celebrate our vision and mission.


Please click on the link to see the sequence of the Rally!


  • Practice your grade level chant in the morning. Teachers will lead grade level chants as they leave their classrooms.
  • Please have your students ready in the GYM at 2:20.
  • Please sing and dance with us.
  • Talk to your team leaders if you have questions on procedures for the Rally.

We are a Professional Learning Community - TEKS & ELPS Collaboration is part of being a PLC.

CIP Connection: Goal 1: Student Learning/Performance Objective 2:

Strategies 1

Teachers and administrators will:

  • Participate in TEKS & ELPS Collaboration Sessions
  • Participate in Team Meetings
  • Participate in Vertical Alignment Meetings
  • Participate in district professional development sessions
  • Observe other classrooms (on and off campus)
  • Participate in book studies


Tuesday, October 16th:

    • K, 3rd and 4th Grades - Writing Focus
    • Click here for your grade- level agenda
    • Click here to see the TEKS & ELPS Collaboration at a Glance 2018-19 Calendar.

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    CBAs

    • 3rd and 4th grade will be taking CBAs on Wednesday and Thursday. Instructional support staff will be helping with small groups CBA pull-outs.
    • Kindergarten through 2nd and 5th grades, please continue your Pony Time without the instructional support.
    • 3rd and 4th Grades - No Pony Time due to CBAs on Wednesday (10/17) and Thursday (10/18) only.

    What is our Istation data telling us?

    As you can tell by the Skill Growth Report on the pictures below, the majority of the grade levels increased the percentage of Tier I and Tier III students showing growth.
    Take the time to celebrate this success. :-)

    Things to reflect on:

    • What are your celebrations / glows? In which areas did your students grow the most? How are you planning to celebrate with your students?
    • What are some needs / grows? How will you adjust your guided reading instruction based on your data?
    • How are you using the summary report to guide your mini lessons? Is the report showing the most need in vocabulary, spelling, text fluency, or comprehension?
    • Are your students in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III showing growth according to the skill growth report?
    • How are you sharing this data with your students? Do they know their Tier?
    • What are you noticing when monitoring your students while taking the test?
    • What support do you need?
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    Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades - Istation Data Check-Ins

    We will begin our collaboration on Istation check-ins on October 26th. Each teacher will receive coverage during the day.

    You will need to bring:
    • Your guided reading binder/notebook or any other tool that you use to organize your guided reading information
    • Guided Reading groups
    • Classroom distribution report graph

    During the meeting:

    • Share 3 things that you can CELEBRATE based on your October Istation data and running records for your class.
    • Share 2 things that you have been doing, or will be doing in RESPONSE to your October Istation data and running records for your class.
    • Create a goal for your Tier I, Tier II and Tier III students for your November Istation check-in using the Description of Instructional Tiers.
    • We will Identify strategies and resources to use to accomplish these goals, and the skills on which to focus.
    I will be sharing more information with each grade level - Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades.
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    2018 Homecoming Information

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    LHS Homecoming will be celebrated the week of October 15 -19th. Please see the schedule of events below. We are asking that staff members and students join us to walk in the parade. The parade is being held on October 17th. The theme is "Infinity and Beyond with Big John." Please wear space themed attire or Lewisville Elementary spirit wear if you plan to join us. We are asking each teacher to invite 2 or 3 of your students to join us. In order for a student to walk, his/her parent must return a permission slip stating that they are allowed to walk with the campus float, and that they will be there to pick them up at the end of the parade. Permission slips were sent home last Tuesday. Please give all signed permission slips to Ms. Snell by Monday, October 15th.

    Master Calendar

    Click here to access the LVES Master Calendar. Thank you Coach Green for keeping the calendar up to date.

    Our Pony Week

    Monday October 15th
    • Grades due for the 1st 9 weeks
    • IT Facilitator on campus
    • LA 3-5 Learning Facilitator on campus
    • NEU Rally 2:20 - 2:45
    • Homecoming Week - Martian Monday - Wear GREEN with Jeans
    • LISD Gives Back (United Way) Campaign
    Tuesday October 16th
    • Tutoring
    • LISD Gives Back (United Way) Campaign
    • Boss's Day
    • Homecoming Week-Martian Tuesday- Shine like a STAR- Wear NEON with Jeans
    Wednesday October 17th
    • 3rd and 4th Grades - Math CBA - 1st 9 wks.
    • Staff Learning 3:15 to 4:30
    • Homecoming Parade - Be there by 5:30
    • LISD Gives Back (United Way) Campaign
    • Homecoming Week - Wednesday Homecoming Shirts or/ College Shirts with Jeans
    Thursday October 18th
    • 1st 9 weeks report card sent home with Profile Card Packet
    • 3rd and 4th Grades - Reading CBA - 1st 9 wks.
    • 2nd Grade PTA Performance
    • McDonald's Night
    • Tutoring
    • LISD Gives Back (United Way) Campaign
    • Homecoming Week -Thursday Space Jammy Day - Wear Pajamas
    Friday October 19th
    • 3rd - 4th Grades - Reading & Math CBA makeups
    • LISD Gives Back (United Way) Campaign
    • Homecoming Week - Friday - Spirit Day with Jeans
    Awards (Friday 10/19):
    • 3rd grade @ 8:00 to 8:45
    • 2nd grade @ 8:50 to 9:30 (Specials teachers, please pick up students from cafeteria.)
    • 4th grade @ 1:40 (Lunch ends at 1:30. We will clean up and proceed with awards in cafeteria.)
    • 5th grade @ 2:05

    Important Information


    • October 20th (Saturday) Restorative Practices for Parents and Bullying Prevention with Mr. Hicks 10:00 to 12:00

    • October 22nd Awards Assembly 1st grade @ 8:00
    • October 23rd Awards Assembly Kinder @ 8:00
    • October 24th: United Nations Day 2018 - 19; Principal U; Vertical Alignment meetings; LA K-2 Facilitator on campus; Fire Dept. and Clowns Assembly for K to 2nd; Ms. Texas Assembly for 3rd to 5th at 2:00 PM

    • October 25th: PTA Membership/Trunk or Treat - Sign up to volunteer HERE

    • October 26th: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades - Istation Data Check-Ins

    • October 30th: Parent Resource Night

    • October 31st: HALLOWEEN/ READ-a-THON

    • October 31st : BLT 7:15 to 8:15 - Coverage will be provided.

    2018- 2019 Grade Posting Dates

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    End of 1st 9 weeks Report Card Information

    It's almost Report Card time!


    Enter ALL grades and comments by Monday, Oct 15 @ 11:45 p.m.


    Report Cards will be printed by Wednesday, Oct. 17 and sent home on Thursday, Oct. 18th.


    Here are a few reminders as you enter grades…


    1. Assignments - All assignments should be dated Friday, Oct. 12 or before. So, if you are entering grades after Friday, please make sure the date of the "assignment" and "due date" is Friday, Oct. 12 or before otherwise the grades will be automatically posted for the 2nd Nine Weeks.



    2. Language Arts Combined/Language Arts Average- After you have entered all of your Spelling, Writing, and Reading grades, please open your Language Arts Combined Class. This will ensure it weights each grade accurately.


    3. Enter your "Life Skills."


    4. Write Comments for your students that are descriptive comments helping summarize students' progress towards their academic goals.


    -To enter comments in Skyward…

    • Open your Life Skills, and click on comments. You will see 1st Nine Weeks, Post Comments.

    LVES 1st Nine Weeks Awards Assemblies

    Friday, October 19th: AWARDS Assemblies:

    • 3rd grade @ 8:00 to 8:45

    • 2nd grade @ 8:50 to 9:30 (Specials teachers, please pick up students from cafeteria.)

    • 4th grade @ 1:40 (Lunch ends at 1:30. We will clean up and proceed with awards in cafeteria.)

    • 5th grade @ 2:10

    Monday, October 22nd AWARDS Assembly:

    • 1st grade @ 8:00

    Tuesday, October 23rd AWARDS Assembly:

    • Kindergarten @ 8:00


    Click here for more information and to fill out
    the Google Sheet for your grade level awards.
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    Read - a -Thon, October 31st

    On October 31st, students (and your team) are encouraged to "Dress as a Book Character!" This is a fun way to express some of our Halloween energy in an academic way. There will also be volunteers visiting campus and reading to students in your classrooms.


    Each teacher needs to fill out the following Google doc. by this Tuesday (10/16) to request volunteer readers including the times you would like for them to visit your classroom.


    https://goo.gl/forms/az7xZawM6LdQvcjm2

    October Birthdays

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    Shout-Outs!

    Click here to submit a Shout-Out.
    • Thank you 4th grade for keeping your students silent in the lunch lines.
    • Marla Rodriguez for being such a great team leader and a sweet humble person!! We love you. xoxo
    • Ms. Helbig for providing homemade muffins for our team.
    • Mrs. Medlock for collaborating on science with our team.
    • Mrs. Simpson for listening to understand, during our meeting.
    • Mrs. Hernandez for scheduling our monthly IStation testing times.
    • Mrs. Hernadez - Librarian. Thank you for checking out DRA/EDL Kits and taking them to my classroom! You are awesome!!!
    • Thank you to everyone who has parked their class outside the clinic for screenings recently. We are making great progress in screening our Ponies!
    • Special thanks to Ms. Helbig for letting me interupt her class at the end of the day, without warning, for screenings. You are a rock star!
    • THANK YOU TO MRS. ROWLAND, MRS. ODEN, AND MRS. RUTHERFORD FOR YOUR SUPPORT WITH RESPONDING TO DISCIPLINE CALLS.
    • THANK YOU MRS. BRINEGAR FOR SUPPORTING ME WITH GETTING SPED REFERRALS (CONFIRMED).
    • THANK YOU MRS. VALDES FOR THE SANDWICH!
    • THANK YOU MS. SNELL FOR BEING A CALM PERSON!
    • THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO WILL VOTE AND BE A VOICE FOR OUR PROFESSION & STUDENTS!
    • THANK YOU TO THE PERSON WHO GAVE ME THEIR FAIR TICKET...YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
    • THANK YOU MRS. BETTY FOR THE PEPSI.
    • THANK YOU MS. BERNAL FOR MY LUNCH...YOU ARE WONDER WOMAN!
    • THANK YOU TO THE 2ND & 3RD GRADE TEACHERS WHO HAVE BEEN PREPARED FOR THIER RTI & 504 MEETINGS!
    • THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO IS ACTIVE ON TWITTER; I ENJOY SEEING WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN YOUR CLASS AND WITH YOUR STUDENTS!
    • THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO IS OPEN FOR FEEDBACK AND GROWING BECAUSE OF IT!
    • THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE CONFERENCING AND CALLING OUR PARENTS WHEN A NEED ARISES!
    • THANKS TO MR. COLON. (EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT BEING DILIGENT W/THE BIGGEST LOSER, YOU SAID YOU ARE STILL ROOTING FOR ME!)
    • THANKS TO MS. KILAM, MR. ANDERSON, MR. LEDESMA, AND MRS. BOSTON FOR SHARING YOUR TIME AND CLASS FOR OBSERVATIONS!
    • SHOUT OUT TO EVERY STAFF MEMBER WHO REMEMBERS THEIR WHY AND KEEPS BEING POSITIVE NO MATTER WHAT! (YOU ROCK!!!)
    • Thank you to the AP team that is running around supporting with discipline, parent conferences, curriculum, instruction and building relationships. They are the best.
    • Thank you to Mrs. Hayes for developing creative minds. I love the art work that she posted at the Public Library. Our students Thrive with her.
    • Thank you Mrs. Zamora for creating the awards invitation.
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