2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

October 20, 2017 - Issue #11

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes:

  • Mrs. Cook (100)
  • Ms. De Silva
  • Mrs. Arredondo (100)
  • Mrs. Williams (100)
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Mrs. Walker
  • Ms. Gase
  • Mrs. Hernandez
  • Ms. Voisinet (59)
  • Ms. Bingham (62)
  • Ms. Baker

Our school-wide total is 4362!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 50

Kindergarten: 1250

First Grade: 1200

Second Grade: 1150

Third Grade: 712

Dance Party Details - Since we met our campus goal of 3000 BEFORE the end of the 1st nine weeks, the dance party will be on Friday, October 20th. PPCD will have their dance party right after lunch for the morning class heads home. PK/Kinder/1st Grade will be from 1:30-1:45 in the gym. 2nd and 3rd Grades will be 2:15-2:30 in the gym.

Fall Picture Orders

The deadline to turn in Fall pictures orders has passed, however you can still order online at Information will be coming home in 2 weeks on how to order the class picture, so be on the lookout for that information in Friday folders soon.

Retakes will be scheduled at a later date for individual students who were absent for Fall pictures. Class photos will not be retaken. I will put the retake date in the newsletter once it's confirmed.

Red Ribbon Week 2017

Red Ribbon Week is next week, so check out the daily themes below!

We encourage students to pledge to respect themselves by being drug free. All students and staff are invited to show their personal commitment to a drug free lifestyle by participating in our 2017 Red Ribbon Week activities.

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Transportation Changes for October 27th Early Release Day

Due to early release on October 27th, transportation changes will not be accepted on October 27th. If you need to make a transportation change for your child for October 27th, please have it in on or before Thursday, October 26th. We greatly appreciate your help in making the early release dismissal run smoothly!


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Car Ride Line Reminder

Our friendly business neighbor, Aero Brakes and Spares, at the corner of Deer Run Drive and Civic Drive would like to remind our families to not block the driveway during afternoon dismissal. Customers and employees are unable to enter and leave the parking lot due to cars blocking the driveway. Thanks for your help in making sure their driveway is not blocked in the afternoons.

2017 Bond Election Information

Important Facts:

  • The amount of bond is $2.9 million.
  • Will taxes increase? No, the tax rate will remain the same $1.32
  • What is the bond for? HVAC replacements, transportation needs, technology needs, maintenance equipment, and service road repair.
  • How long will it take to pay off the bond? The bond will be paid off in 6 years.
  • Will we have to send any of the bond money back to the state? No, LVISD will be able to keep 100% of the money.
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Pumpkin Character Activity and Gallery Walk

We are a little over a week away from our Pumpkin Character Gallery Walk, so keep working on the pumpkin characters. Students will choose a character from their favorite book, decorate a pie pumpkin (real, foam, paper), and write about their pumpkin. Students will bring their decorated pumpkin, along with the book, to school on October 31st for the school to see on the Pumpkin Character Gallery Walk. We can't wait to see all of the creative pumpkins!

Write The Check Fundraiser

The first fundraiser for the year - WRITE THE CHECK CAMPAIGN - is in full swing. 100% of all money raised goes back to LVES and is tax deductible! Thank you for your support!

Thank you to the following families/businesses for their contribution to the WRITE THE CHECK CAMPAIGN:

  • Richardson Family
  • Norman Family
  • Dun Family
  • Lassites Family
  • Melendez Family
  • Pence Family
  • Fox Family
  • Rodriguez Family
  • Wesselman Family
  • Gilbert Family
  • Vaughn Family
  • Emerie Custom Homes
  • Smith Family
  • Griffiths Family
  • Lawless Family
  • Everett Family
  • St. Martin Family
  • Gerwick Family
  • Gonzales Family
  • Preece Family

Fall Festival News

Mark your calendars for the Fall Family Festival on Friday, Nov. 3rd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. There will be food trucks, games, prizes, face painting, jumpy houses, and much, much more so you don't want to miss out!

Wristbands are still on sale through October 25th. Advanced wristband prices are $10 (ages 4 and up) and $5 (3 and under). After October 25th, prices will increase to $12 (ages 4 and up) and $7 (3 and under). Don't miss your wristbands today!

Committee Volunteers are now needed – if interested, please email Becky Richardson at

Yearbook News

Yearbook orders are flying in! We have a limited supply this year. Click the link below to place your order quickly and at ease. Don’t delay or you may miss out this school year!

*CLICK: Order below*

School code: 13030118 OR enter Texas, Lago Vista.

Email your yearbook picture submissions to with a subject title. On a time crunch? Email the address above and we will provide a dropbox link to drop to the photos to. Another alternative is to text the photos, please email for phone number.

We are currently looking for the following pictures: Meet the teacher, 1st day of school, random school/lunch pictures, Pep Rallies, football/sport player classroom meeting, Running of the Vikings, Viking Spirit Friday's, college Wednesdays, crazy sock day, crazy hair day, neon day, pajama day, grandparents lunch, Watch DOG, upcoming photo opportunities: Fall festival, Red Ribbon week and pumpkin gallery walk. Keep us in mind through out the year when creating memories, send them our way! Thank you!

Any questions regarding yearbook should be sent to

Yearbook Cover Contest

The deadline for the yearbook cover contest deadline has been extended until Friday, November 3rd! If you would like to submit a drawing for the contest, here are the guidelines:

  • Theme: Sail Into Learning. Think nautical theme.
  • Guidelines: Open to 3rd grade students only. Keep with in the theme listed above. Use your imagination and be creative! Must be on 8.5 x 11 paper, one side only, MUST contain the title ‘Sail Into Learning’ somewhere within the design. May use marker, colored pencils, crayons, pastels, paints, letter stickers, construction paper or other textured looks on top of the 8.5 x 11 paper ie: computer paper. NOTE: Please keep the look flat enough that it can be scanned on a scanner to the computer). Entire piece must be done by a LVES 3rd grader. Artist may autograph his/her artwork in bottom right corner. On the back please legibly write first and last name, followed by teacher’s name in pencil.
  • Deadline: All entries must be submitted by Friday, October 20th. Return to the teacher or submit to front office.
  • The 1st place winner’s artwork will appear on the front cover of the 2017-2018 LVES Yearbook! The winner will also receive a FREE softcover copy of the yearbook.

If you have any questions about the yearbook cover contest, please email

PTO Membership

Need to still join the PTO? No problem, click on the following link to join:



Want to see where these kids are headed in a few years? Click the link to volunteer for a day at Lago Vista High School!

Watch DOGS of the Week

Thank you to the following Watch DOGS for being an set of eyes, ears, and hands on campus next week!

  • Monday, October 23rd: Will Herring
  • Tuesday, October 24th: Matt Houston
  • Wednesday, October 25th: OPEN
  • Thursday, October 26th: OPEN
  • Friday, October 27th: Phil Molldrem

If you would like to be a Watch DOG at LVES, please contact Mr. Holt ( for more information.


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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Mrs. Holly Jackson - Pre-K Teacher

1. Where are you from originally?

I was born & raised in Kingwood, Texas (about 45 minutes north of Houston) I moved to Austin in 1999 to attended the University of Texas - and never left.

2. How long have you been teaching?

This is my fourth year teaching. I've taught in Hutto & Leander before coming to Lago Vista ISD.

3. Tell us about your family...

My husband, Nate, & I have two boys - Lucas (6) and Levi(3). They both attend LVES, Levi goes to Little Vikings & Lucas is in 1st grade. We also have an overgrown dog named Ranger Danger & a cat who thinks he's a dog named Otto.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I love exploring, camping, and going out on the lake - or to the beach - with my family. I also love to read, watch Longhorn football, garden, crochet, run, and snow ski whenever I get the chance. I really enjoy eating too.

5. What is your favorite part about your job?

There are so many parts I love about my job. I love the children & getting to be with them all day. I love connecting with the students & families. It's always so fulfilling to see the spark in the students' eyes when they learn a new concept. I love teaching pre-K, it's fun a be a part of their academic career so early on and help each student tap into just how smart & unique they are.

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Mrs. Janna Oliver - Dyslexia Teacher

1. How long have you worked in Lago Vista and what did you do before you started at LVES?

It’s hard to believe, but this year is my fourth year here at Lago Vista as the Dyslexia Specialist. I graduated from Texas State with my Masters in Education, but before becoming a teacher, I worked at National Instruments for many years.

2. Where are you from originally?

I’d like to be able to say I’m from some place cool like Australia, but I’m not that exciting. I was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. I went to Arlington High School where I met my husband, Chris. After Chris graduated college, he got a job at National Instruments; we married and moved to Austin. I have lived in the Austin area a lot longer than I lived in Arlington, so now I just consider myself an Austinite.

3. Tell us about your family...

My husband, Chris, and I have been married for 26 years. We have two amazing kids. Rileigh is a freshman at LVHS, and Ryan is in 6th grade at LVMS. Our kids keep us super busy with all of their extracurricular activities, which I love to watch, but our DIY projects keep us even more busy. We love camping, traveling, lake days, Jesus, and BBQ’ing out by the pool; not in any particular order. We also love hanging out with our fur babies. We have a ten-year-old Schnoodle named Oliver. We have a two-year-old giant Schnoodle named Samson, and a 1-year-old Standard Poodle named, Chloe.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I would like to say that my kids are my hobby but I’m a firm believer in keeping my own identity too. My most favorite hobby is singing with my band, The Sticky Notes. I’ve always loved music and it’s true what they say, “Music is what feelings sound like”. I can’t imagine life without it. My second hobby is making cakes. With our current DIY kitchen remodel, I have very little time for cake making. The most fun cake I have ever made was an R2-D2 cake for my nephew’s 5th Birthday. Second, was the life-size Spiderman cake I made for my son. I pride myself in making all components of my cakes completely edible.

5. What is your favorite part of your job?

I love, love, love watching my students become success stories. Watching them grow from hesitant, non-readers into confident readers is an exciting and rewarding experience. Sometimes this growth takes time, but since I get to follow the kids along as they move up, I get to see the full extent of how far they’ve come. It’s truly exciting and rewarding to be able to celebrate successes with my students and their families.

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Character Trait of the Month - Respect

October's Character Trait is Respect. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Respect:

  • Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule;
  • Be tolerant and accepting of differences;
  • Use good manners, not bad manners;
  • Be considerate of the feelings of others;
  • Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone;
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

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

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Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! During our class guidance lessons about Respect this month, students are also learning about Red Ribbon Week and the importance of being drug-free. They are understanding that when we help ourselves and other people, we are showing them that we care about them, and respect them. Students are understanding the value of respecting our bodies and brains, making good choices, being kind to our friends, and not hurting other’s feelings.

Our Red Ribbon Week themes starting Monday, October 23 are:

Mon. “You’d Be Crazy to do Drugs”- Wear crazy hair, socks, & outfits! (No hats, please!)

Tues. “Lei Off Drugs!”- Wear a lei and/or Hawaiian attire!

Wed. “We’re REaDy to Be Drug Free!”- Wear red for the Red Ribbon Pledge Signing!

Thur. “Team Up Against Drugs!”- Wear your blue & gold Viking spirit wear!

Fri. “We are Too Bright to do Drugs!”- Wear bright or neon colors!

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, and respect for others guides our manners.” ~Laurence Sterne

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of October 19th:

  • 94.48%- We did not meet our goal again this week, but will we did increase again from last week!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 100% - WOW! Exceeded our weekly goal - way to go!!

PK: 89.19%

Kindergarten: 91.25%

First Grade: 95.16%

Second Grade: 96.01% - increased average by 2% from last week!

Third Grade: 95.27% - increased average by 3% from last week!

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's 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...

  • October 23rd-27th: Red Ribbon Week
  • October 25th: Fall G/T Parent Meeting, 6:30-7:30 in Viking Hall
  • October 26th: Transportation Changes for Early Release due on or before 4:00 pm
  • October 27th: Early Release at 11:30 am - No transportation changes are accepted on Early Release days
  • October 27th: Parent Teacher Fall Conferences
  • October 27th: Football Players, Cheerleaders Visit
  • October 27th: LVHS Trick or Treat, 6:30-7:00 pm at Football Stadium
  • October 27th: Running of the Vikings, 7:10 pm
  • October 31st: Pumpkin Character Gallery Walk
  • November 1st: Perfect Attendance (K-3) and Honor Roll (3rd Grade) Recognition during lunches
  • November 1st: PTO Meeting, 5:00 pm in Community Room
  • November 2nd: CEIC Meeting, 3:15 pm in Community Room
  • November 2nd: GT Field Trip
  • November 3rd: Fall Festival, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • November 3rd: Yearbook Cover Contest ends
  • November 8th: "Hey Dude, I Like Your Shoes" Parent Workshop, 6:30-7:30 pm at LVHS PAC
  • November 8th: Title 1 Parent Meeting, 5:30-6:15 at LVHS MAC
  • November 10th: Football Players and Cheerleaders visit
  • November 10th: Kindergarten to LVHS Pep Rally
  • November 16th: Thanksgiving Lunch for PK, Kinder, 2nd Grades
  • November 17th: Thanksgiving Lunch for PPCD, 1st, 3rd Grades
  • November 20th-24th: THANKSGIVING BREAK