Pony News

May 15th, 2017

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Moms and their Families!

I Want a Mom that will Last Forever (Happy Mother's Day!)


Hi Pony Family! I am Sandra Zamora. For those of you who have known me for a while know that writing this is quite difficult. I am one of those people who have to warm up to my environment before I poke my head out of my shell and speak. I remember back about 6 months after I started with the district one of the teachers told me, “OMG! I thought you were never going to talk!” So here it goes…

I was born in San Antonio, Texas. I love to read and watch movies, and do crafts, although I haven’t done much crafting lately. My parents and only sister live in San Antonio. I have been happily married for 29 years to my high school sweetheart, Frank. We have three daughters, Kristina, April, and Nicole. We also have four fur babies. Two Mini Schnauzers, Theodore and Abby, and two kittens we rescued last year, Atticus and Piper.

I have been an educator for 19 years. After my husband left the military, we settled back in San Antonio. Shortly after, I began attending classes at San Antonio College and then transferred to University of Texas (UTSA). I began my teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher. That was way back when I was young and had lots of energy. LOL! I have also taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th, technology and now STEM. I began teaching in LISD at Southridge Elementary and transferred to Lewisville Elementary. Becoming part of the LVES family has been one of the best experiences. I have been blessed with love, family, friends and a job I love to do.

Some of my favorite things: trips to Vegas, gummy bears, reading, movies and pandas

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A Minute with the LASes...

Please join us for our PTA- Multicultural Night on Thursday, May 18 from 6:00-8:00!

Ponies, we are a melting pot of different cultures and personal stories and we want to honor our heritage. We have a group of 20 students who became authors of a book titled "My Land, My Story" and they will present their work this Thursday. Also, Kinder and First grade students will sing and dance under the direction of our Music teacher, Mr. Thomas. Our K-2 students from Dance Club will be performing, and we will also have the participation of Central Elementary's Folkloric Ballet.

As our students share a glimpse of our cultural richness, we will also need your support! We would love to have a table with artifacts from around the world. If you can, would you share some with us or, even better, would you stay and participate with us that day?

Click here to sign up!

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, we will be having Multicultural Night and we would love to have you join us! We can’t wait to see you all there!


  • 6:00 to 6:20 Book Fair and Multicultural Booth will be open
  • 6:20 6:50 PTA will begin and Kindergarten and 1st graders will be performing
  • 6:50 to 7:10 A group of 20 students who became authors of a book titled "My Land, My Story" will present their work.
  • 7:10 to 7:20 No Excuses University Presentation
  • 7:20 to 8:00 Multicultural Dance
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Multicultural Night

For staff members staying to participate in Multicultural Night, I will be bringing "Tostadas" for dinner. This is an authentic traditional plate from my country; I'm just sharing a part of my heritage. :-)

- Lakshmi Valdes-Natividad

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EOY Assessment Calendar

Please take a minute to look at the EOY ELA Assessment Calendar. Continue organizing your plans to ensure all testing is done by the deadlines the district provides.

K-2 Math Assessment Reminder:

  • K-2 (At Risk Students Only)
  • EOY Universal Screening
  • April 24th - May 12th
  • Due Date in AWARE - May 19th


Using data to provide feedback:

K,1st and 2nd grade teachers:

If I did not have the opportunity to meet with you, please sign in on one of the available slots to visit with me so we can rebuild our wall together. Bring with you your students' most current Running Records (two weeks) and their most current I-Station score. We will add this information into your cards and move the cards on the wall.

Click here


Students have been working diligently to come to school on time. During the second week of May, two classes have received "No Tardy Tater" award certificates! Remember, complete your Mr. Potato Head with no tardies for ten days, and your class receives a certificate and a treat.

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Think Through Math

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have passed 74% of their on grade level lessons in Think Through Math. Students have passed 6,770 on grade level lessons and 4,854 below grade level lessons, for a total of 11, 624 TTM lessons passed during this school year. That is an increase of 453 lessons passed during this past week! Please encourage our ponies to keep up their good work. :)

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I Station Data

As you can tell by the graphs below, our students reading ability keeps growing. Continue exposing your students to reading these 13 days. Encourage your students to read during the summer.

We will have a summer library open during the summer using the library book box.

We are also planning on visiting with the apartment complexes and partner with them to deliver books during the summer.

If you have books that you are willing to donate, please give them to Belinda Rubio. Thank you for all of your support.

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Pinks and Blues

Here is some important information about pinks and blues for K to 5th grade teachers. Click here

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. :)

Stephanie Sanchez

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LVES Career Day

We will celebrate our 7th Annual Career Day here at LVES on Friday, May 19th, 2017 !!! Attached you’ll find the invitation letter that you can use to invite your guest speakers (friends, parents, family members, etc). To make sure that all the students have the opportunity to participate, you may combine (or double up) the classes within your team per guest speaker. Speakers are allotted 20 minutes to present during class time, that way our regular schedule (specials, lunch & recess) is not interrupted. Light breakfast will be provided for our special guests.

Please click here for more information.

Thanks so much for your support!. Please send us an e-mail or call us if you have any questions or suggestions.

Wanda & Brenda

LVES Career Day Coordinators


Hi Pony Staff,

There are many changes to the library schedule in the coming weeks, and I wanted to give everyone a heads up for planning purposes. Please take a few minutes to go over the information and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for being so patient and flexible!

Click here for more information.

Thank you to everyone for your amazing support for the library this year!


Damen Lopez, founder of No Excuses University, offers his main messages to teachers.

No Excuses University College Weeks

Let the fun begin!

From May 15th through May 26th, we want to challenge you to have No Excuses University College Weeks. During these two weeks, take some time to research with your students about the university that you represent. Teach students their class year. For example, our 5th graders will be graduating high school Class of 2024 and graduating college class of 2028... Wow!

Think of ways you can make these weeks and your research engaging. Examples:

Take a lot of pictures and videos so we can include them in our No Excuses University application!

We want to ask you to create a University "Bilingual" Chant with your grade level.

These chants will be shared during our first No Excuses University Assembly on May 25th before we begin our Move Up Day Experience.

See examples: https://youtu.be/pXdVeWUpGrw

Move Up Day

Let's engage our students to get excited about next year. Following the Lewisville ES tradition, we will have our Move Up Day on May 25th.

We will begin our day in the gym for our first Lewisville ES No Excuses University Assembly. Students will then be dismissed to their "Move Up Day" classrooms from the gym. More instructions will be coming soon.

  • Kinder students will "move up" to 1st grade.
  • 1st will "move up" to 2nd grade.
  • 2nd will "move up" to 3rd grade.
  • 4th will "move up" to 5th grade.
  • Our 5th grade students will be helping other grade levels throughout the day.

Special Note to Kindergarten Teachers: We will discuss your special opportunities during Move Up Day in the very near future. :-)

Please click on this link to see your receiving class.

1st grade Dual Language classrooms, please make this day a SPANISH DAY.

Field Day

May 26th

8:15 - 10:30 K - 2nd

12:00 - 2:15 3rd - 5th

More Information will be coming soon!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 15th to the May 26th...No Excuses University College Weeks
  • May 15th...EOY LPAC mtgs. and Water Safety Clowns 9:00 for K, and 1st
  • May 16th...BOGO Book Fair and Last day for K to 2nd after school tutoring
  • May 17th...Last day for Pony Intervention Time
  • May 18th...90 Minute PLCs, 5th grade Sandy Lake Choir, and PTA & Multicultural Night 6:00-8:00 PM
  • May 19th...Career Day 2017, Last day to turn in guided reading books to Leveled Library and Last day to turn in student library books and all professional library books

  • May 22nd...Special 90 Minute PLCs

  • May 24th...BLT meeting 3:10–4:30 (no staff meeting)

  • May 25th...Move Up Day and No Excuses Assembly

  • May 25th...5th grade Choir Celebration PM

  • May 26th...Staff Luncheon - Hosts 1st & Instructional Specialists, Field Day K--5, and Memorial 5th grade

  • May 29th...Memorial Day - School Holiday

  • May 30th... 5th grade Lock In

  • May 31st...EOY Award Ceremonies for K - 4th gr. and EOY Staff Celebration

  • June 1st...5th gr. EOY Celebration and Award Ceremony, End of Year/Student Early Release, Lewisville ES will stay an additional 4 hours on 6/1

Calendar for the next two weeks

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Staff shout-outs

  • All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers - thanks for all your hard work in getting our students ready for STAAR! May the "scores be with you!"
  • Mrs. Kitchen for help with Science Boot Camp instruction.
  • Ms. Kiliam for reading with my kindergarten students during her lunch break! You Rock!
  • Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Kimji Thank you for pulling books for my class to enjoy during our alphabet countdown!!
  • Miss Satterla for helping me gain a better understanding for planning guided reading lessons!
  • Mrs. Ramona Holder for all the hard work and support and dedication to help our students. Thank you
  • Thank you Ms. Strickler and Ms. Rimling for helping Positive Ponies every morning with Teacher Appreciation Week!

Thanks for the Shout-Outs!

Submit a Shout-Out to someone else HERE and we will share it in future Monday Messages.

Happy May Birthdays!

Victoria Hamilton May 7

Lakshmi Valdes May 7

Sandra Zamora May 14

Christina Chukwuedo May 15

Iraima Arocha May 17

Jerry Green May 19

Angela Snyder May 21

Barbara Kitchen May 23

Diahann Andrews May 25

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