2018-2019 Parent Newsletter

September 14, 2018 - Issue #5

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

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

  • Ms. De Silva
  • Mrs. Rowin
  • Mrs. Kannmacher (100)
  • Mrs. Arredondo (150)
  • Mrs. Williams (100)
  • Mrs. Ramsey
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Mrs. Vasquez (100)
  • Ms. Field

If our campus earns at least 3,000 Golden Tickets on or before October 19th, we will have a dance party in the gym! Our current campus total is 2200.

Grade Level Totals:

Kindergarten: 750

1st Grade: 500

2nd Grade: 600

3rd Grade: 350

Football Players and Cheerleaders...

Pep Rally Time

Running of The Vikings is Tonight!

If your child would like to participate in Running of The Vikings, please have him/her line up on the north end of the field by the Viking Tunnel at 6:50 pm. Running of The Vikings will take place once the football players leave field (approx. 7:10 pm).

Don't forget your cameras!

Car Drop Off Reminders

Please remember that students may not be dropped off in the back before 7:10 am. The doors are not open and staff members are not on duty until 7:10 am. We want to make sure all of our students are supervised and safe!

If your child is a car rider in the mornings or afternoons, please make sure that you do not pull around the car(s) in front of you once your child is the car/or out of the car. We've had a couple of near misses with accidents with cars pulling around others.

WatchDOG Kick-Off Event...

We are excited to have the WatchDOG program back again for the 2018-2019 school year. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for dads, grandfathers, uncles, and brothers to be a positive male role model for our Vikings by being an extra set of hands, eyes and ears in the classrooms and on campus. There will be an informational session on September 19th at 8:15 am for those interested in serving as a WatchDOG this year. Reservation forms are going home today in Friday folders with more information.

We LOVE having WatchDOGs at LVES and can't wait to have them back!

Hey Dude, Nice Shoes Presentation

Carolyn Brown, of Hey Dude, Nice Shoes, will be presenting to parents on Wednesday, September 19, at 6:30 pm in the PAC. Her presentation focuses on proactive and effective supports and solutions for parents on issues such as bullying and cyber-bullying. If you missed her amazing presentation last year, you will want to make plans to attend!

Carolyn Brown started speaking to groups about parenting perspective about six years ago. A word kept bubbling up in her discussions...Bullying. She would hear it on the radio, read it in the headlines and see it on the news.

Why is this suddenly such an epidemic and WHAT makes it different now?

In the past two years she has developed an anti-bullying/ pro-kindness workshop for students and their parents. "Hey Dude, nice shoes" is a presentation geared at educating parents about the who, what, when, where, whys and hows of Bullying. She has traveled all over the state delivering this message to thousands of students and their parents. Her goal is to educate and inspire children and adults alike to be the change and make a positive difference in our world. She covers everything from basic definitions and policies to recent legislation pertaining to bullying in schools. Through personal stories...and some hilarious pictures...she makes one relatable point - we are all human. We all are fighting a battle that no one knows anything about and we all can take a moment to be kind.

Hearing/Vision Screening for PK/Kinder - September 21st

All PK and Kindergarten students will have their vision and hearing checked on Friday, September 21st. If your child wears glasses, please make sure that he/she wears them to school on that day.

UIL Kick-Off Event

It's almost that time of year to form UIL teams for the 2018 UIL District Meet on January 25, 2019 here at LVES. We have been UIL District Champions two years running, and want to make it a three-peat! UIL events are open to any 2nd - 5th grader. To kick things off we will have an information event on September 26th during 2nd and 3rd grade lunches. Our awesome UIL Coordinator, Cathy Evans, will be there to talk about the different events and introduce coaches. 2nd and 3rd graders who are interested in trying out for one of the UIL events will be able to sign up after the this event. More information will come home in Friday folders soon.

GT Fall Referral

G/T Fall Referrals for Students in Grades 1-12 are Due Monday, October 15th!

Parents of students in grades 1-12 who consent to having their child screened for the

Lago Vista ISD Gifted and Talented Education Program should complete a referral form and return it the student's school by October 15th. Note: Parent consent is obtained each spring for all kindergarten students, so referrals for G/T screening are not accepted for students in kindergarten.

To access the referral form, please visit the Lago Vista ISD Gifted & Talented website at

Campus Educational Improvement Committee (CEIC)

The Lago Vista Elementary Campus Educational Improvement Committee (CEIC) is a group of teachers, parents, community members and local business owners who serve in an advisory capacity to review data and campus programs. Our committee is looking for two parents, a community member and a business owner rep. Members serve on this committee for a 2-year rotation. Meetings are held quarterly at 3:15 in the LVES library. If you are interested in one of the positions listed, please contact Michelle Jackson at

PTO News

PTO will be conducting a Fundraiser called "Write the Check Campaign". Remember that 100% of the funds collected benefit our school, our students, and our teachers. Donations help purchase new and fun supplies to engage students in hands-on learning in science and technology, sports equipment, field trip scholarships, awards for student achievements, music and art supplies and much more! Forms will be coming home today! The "Write the Check Campaign" will run from September 14th through October 19th.

thank you PTO for the Yummy lunch today!

2018-2019 Yearbook

Thank you everyone that submitted pictures for “Meet the Teacher” & “1st Day of School”. They will appear in this years yearbook! The next photo submission opportunity is for "Running of the Vikings" and "Football player, cheerleader visits". Please try to send these as you take them. Final deadline is November 4th. Grandparents lunch is coming up, please get lots of pictures, deadline to submit for this page of yearbook & category of photos is Sunday, September 9th. Stay plugged into the weekly online newsletter for yearbook announcements and deadlines. Email pictures to
Thanks for your support in yearbook as all proceeds support the staff and students of LVES!

Want to Volunteer?

We love volunteers at LVES! If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity at LVES (field trips, Room Parent, Watch DOG, Friday Folder Parent, PTO, etc), you must fill out a background check form. Background checks are done yearly, so even returning volunteers must complete a new form at the beginning of the year prior to volunteering on campus.

You can download the background check form by clicking on the link below:

Completed forms can be dropped at the LVISD Administration building located at 8039 Bar-K Ranch Road. Please allow at least 2 weeks for background checks to process.

Weekly Attendance

We met our attendance goal this week, and 4 grade levels met or exceeded our goal too! Way to go Vikings!

Attendance for the week of 9/13/2018: 97.16%

Grade Level Attendance:

EE: 100% - Awesome job having perfect attendance!

PK: 94.07%

Kinder: 96.92% - Great job meeting our attendance goal!

1st Grade: 95.64%

2nd Grade: 97.95% - Great job exceeding our attendance goal!

3rd Grade: 98.40% - Great job exceeding our attendance goal!

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Check this section each week for pictures of what is happening in classrooms!


Character Trait of The Month...

September's Character Trait of The Month is Responsibility. Here are few ways we can show Responsibility...

  • Do what you are supposed to do;
  • Plan ahead;
  • Persevere - keep on trying;
  • Always do your best;
  • Use self-control;
  • Be self-disciplined;
  • Think before you act - consider the consequences;
  • Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes;
  • Set a good example for others;
  • Understand your words and actions matter.

Students will learn more about this month's character trait in weekly Guidance lessons.

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! I have enjoyed learning about the different responsibilities our students have this month as we have been talking about the character trait of Responsibility. It is important for children to understand that showing responsibility at home, school, and with friends also shows that they are trustworthy and dependable. What kinds of opportunities have you given your child to help them learn about and show responsibility?

Have you heard about the Old Farm Community Center Food Pantry? This local resource is stocked with lots of wonderful free food for anyone in the community. Some items include fresh fruits, vegetables, frozen meats, beverages, baked goods, and even dog food.

They are open on Saturday at noon and are located at 3500 Lohman Ford Road in Lago Vista. For more information, their website is:

Help spread the word to families who may need to know!

“The way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community.” ~Jeff Bridges

¡Hola familias LVES! He disfrutado aprendiendo sobre las diferentes responsabilidades que nuestros estudiantes tienen este mes, ya que hemos estado hablando acerca del rasgo de carácter de la Responsabilidad. Es importante que los niños entiendan que mostrar responsabilidad en el hogar, la escuela y con los amigos también demuestra que son confiables y confiables. ¿Qué tipo de oportunidades le ha dado a su hijo para ayudarlo a aprender y mostrar responsabilidad?

¿Has oído hablar de Old Farm Community Center Food Pantry? Este recurso local está abastecido con una gran cantidad de alimentos gratuitos maravillosos para cualquier persona en la comunidad. Algunos artículos incluyen frutas frescas, verduras, carnes congeladas, bebidas, productos horneados e incluso alimentos para perros.

Están abiertos los sábados al mediodía y están ubicados en 3500 Lohman Ford Road en Lago Vista. Para obtener más información, su sitio web es:

¡Ayuda a correr la voz a las familias que puedan necesitar saber!

"La forma de cambiar el mundo es a través de la responsabilidad individual y tomar medidas locales en su propia comunidad.” ~Jeff Bridges

LVES Office Hours

Our front office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30-4:00 pm. If you call before or after that time, you will need to leave a message and someone from the office staff will return your call the next 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.

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:

Tara Roberts, School Nurse

Discipline and School Improvement:

Michelle Jackson, Principal

Missy Howard, Assistant Principal

Mark Your Calendars...

  • September 19th: Watch DOG Kick-Off Meeting, 8:15 am in cafeteria
  • September 19th: Hey Dude, Nice Shoes Presentation; 6:30 pm at PAC
  • September 26th: UIL Kick-Off during 2nd and 3rd Grade lunches
  • September 28th: Football Players and Cheerleaders Visit; 8:00 am
  • September 28th: 2nd Grade attends LVHS Pep Rally, 10:30 am-11:30 am
  • September 28th: Running of The Vikings, 6:50 pm at LVHS field