LaCoste Elementary Newsletter

2022-2023 School Year / Week of Jan. 23rd - 26th

From the Front Office:

LaCoste Families,

Friday, January 27 2023 is a student and staff holiday. Enjoy the 3 day weekend with your students! Students who have earned perfect attendance for the first semester, leaders of the week, leaders of the month, and readers of the week were able to parade in our first annual Synergy Parade. Students and staff cheered them on and recognized them for their accomplishments! They were led by our MVHS drumline. Our students and staff enjoyed hearing the drumline through our halls and were very excited to see them! We appreciate the High School’s partnership with us in celebrating our students.

As we welcome new students to our campus our pick up and drop off lines have increased to 75 more vehicles. We are all doing our very best to ensure your child gets dropped and picked up safely. Once again thank you for your patience.

If your child is missing a coat or a jacket please reach out to your child’s teacher. We have many articles of clothes that have not been claimed.

Reminder - Tuesday Jan. 31st is our 100th Day of School!

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Counselor's Corner

I completed lessons on Growth Mindset this week and will start lessons on accepting others and diversity.

PK - The focus will be on our different feelings. Students will be introduced to “The Little Spot of Feelings” character and book. We will act out our feelings and listen to a song about our feelings too.

K - I will read the book “It’s Okay To Be Different,” and students will create different faces using several options. We will name our character and welcome the character to our class. Great practice for accepting new students and communication skills!

1st Grade - I will read the book “The Same Heart.” We will discuss how we are different on the outside, but on the inside we all have the same feelings and emotions. Our words and actions are important to not only how we feel, but how we impact others too. Students will draw a self portrait of just their head and we will use them to create a grade level picture!

2nd Grade - I will read “You Are Enough.” Students will then complete a paper with unique items by learning from their classmates who may have experienced each item. (Ex: Writes with left hand, lived in another state)

3rd Grade - Discussion will be held how we are like a puzzle with different pieces that make us unique. Students will complete their own puzzle pieces and share out if time permits to allow students to learn from each other.

4th Grade - I will show the trailer for “Wonder,” which will introduce the picture book “We Are All Wonders.” After a discussion students will work as a team to create a poster for the class.

5th Grade - Students will learn about diversity, acceptance and tolerance through a Jeopardy Game.

Kindness Challenge

February is a month that focuses a lot on kindness and we would like to encourage kind acts! Students will receive a Kindness Challenge and have the entire month to complete this. Parents, please talk to your child and help your child to spread kindness to others through the different tasks within the challenge. Please only sign the paper after your child has met the goal and use it as an opportunity to have great conversations about what each completed task looked like!

Watch D.O.G.S

We have numerous days available for Watch DOGS to come this month and every month following! Come be a part of our Dads Of Great Students and make a positive impact on not only your own child, but all our students! Contact Mrs. Rakowitz at to learn how!

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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!

WIG 3 Winners - Cafeteria Behavior

Congratulations to the following student classrooms for having the best behavior during lunch for the week of

January 17-20th.


Golden Fork - Jones

Silver Spoon - Brown

1st Grade

Golden Fork - Neal

Silver Spoon - Villarreal

2nd Grade

Golden Fork - Cole

Silver Spoon - T. Rodriguez

3rd Grade

Golden Fork - Camarillo

Silver Spoon - Frank

4th Grade

Golden Fork - Kern-Garcia

Silver Spoon - Garza

5th Grade

Golden Fork - Esquivel

Silver Spoon - Crowther

Attendance Panther Class Pet

Each week the class with the highest attendance percentage in each grade level will get a Panther Class Pet for the week!

Congrats to this weeks winners:

PK - Mrs. Smith's Class

Kinder - Mrs. Castanon's Class

1st Grade - Mrs. Haley's Class

2nd Grade - Dr. Wood's Class

3rd Grade - Ms. Lopez' Class

4th Grade - Mrs. Murray's Class

5th Grade - Mrs. Haass' Class

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Visit to fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch Application

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Mrs. Castanon's, Dr. Wood's and Mrs. Haass' Classes with their Panther Class Pet!

Mrs. Haley's class met their attendance goal and celebrated with popcorn

3rd grade learned how to determine perimeter by using starburst. They were bursting over perimeter!

LCE Students Presented at the Board Meeting This Week To Show Our Appreciation! The Students Did a Fantastic Job!

Mrs. Persyn's Class Learned About The Letter M

We had our first Synergy Parade led by the MVHS Drumline to recognize those students that earned Perfect Attendance, Leader of the Month, Leader of the Week and Reader of the Week during the 1st semester!

Coach's Corner

I had a meeting on Monday January 23rd with the "Kids Heart Challenge" Representative. We will start this very important program on Monday February 6th and the last day will be on Friday March 10th. I will communicate more information each week. This program will allow you the opportunity to learn with you child and or children about hands only CPR, Finn's Journey and more about the Kids Heart Challenge. There will be a website where you can register, learn and donate and this website can be shared with your Family and Friends. Any child who raises $100 will get to slime Coach Camacho on the last day. The PE Department thanks you in advance for all your support and help during the Kids Heart Challenge! It is a Team Effort and we look forward to what we all will learn during the Kids Heart Challenge!

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 Leiana Galarza !

Leiana was caught by Mrs. Neal.

Leiana passed her first ReadnQuiz test! Way to go!

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Caught Reading

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

Upcoming Events

Jan. 27th - No School

Jan. 30th - Progress Reports Posted

Jan. 31st - 100th Day of School

Feb. 2nd - Texas Military Heroes Day

Feb. 6th - 10th - School Counselor’s Week

Feb. 16th - MVMS Counselor’s pre-registering with 5th grade/ GT Specialist on campus/ Love of Learning - Math/Reading Family Night

Feb. 17th - Class Picture Day/

Feb. 21st - UIL Competition - Storytelling/Spelling

Feb. 22nd - UIL Competition - Listening/Social Studies/Oral Reading

Feb. 23th - PTO Meeting/UIL Competition - Creative Writing/Ready Writing/Dictionary Skills/Number Sense

Feb. 28th - UIL Competition - Music Memory

Feb. 27th - Mar. 3rd - Dr. Seuss Week

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