2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

February 2, 2018 - Issue #22

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

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

  • Mrs. Arredondo (100)
  • Mrs. Williams (100)
  • Mrs. Outlaw (100)

Our campus-wide total is 800!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 250

First Grade: 250

Second Grade: 250

Third Grade: 50

We need your help...

We still have students being dropped in the front in the mornings. The front drive is not a drop off location at any point during the school day. If you would like to use the front drive in the morning, you must park in a parking spot or along Dawn Drive, and walk your child to his/her classroom. Please remember that parking in the fire lane is not allowed. Vehicles can be towed if parked in a fire lane. This is for the safety of all of our students and parents.

Parking is very limited in the front, so I encourage you to use one of our two drop off locations located off Travis Drive (drop off starts at 7:10), and Civic Drive (drop off starts at 7:30). Staff members are located outside and inside of the building to help your child get to the gym or classroom.

We are the CHAMPIONS!!!!

Before getting to the results of last week's District UIL events, I want to thank Mrs. Evans, our UIL Coordinator, for keeping our coaches and teams organized as we prepared for the meet. Thank you to the coaches for volunteering their time after school to coach and prepare students for each event, and to parents for supporting their child and the coaches! You will notice from the results below, several students competed AND placed in multiple events. Our students (LVES and LVIS) did a wonderful job showing Citizenship in Florence on Friday as they waited for each event. It's a great day to be a Viking!!

Thank you to the following staff members who volunteered their time as a coach for UIL:

2nd Grade Creative Writing - Leslee Arredondo

2nd Grade Storytelling - Nanette Wilde

3rd Grade Ready Writing - Jillian Field

3rd Grade Storytelling - Eric Holt

3rd Grade Music Memory - Jillian Field

3rd Grade Spelling - Erica Walker

Now for the results (both LVES and LVIS students listed)...

2nd Grade Creative Writing

3rd Place: Haleigh Carson

5th Place: Karter Kudrna

6th Place: Julia Richards

2nd Grade Storytelling

2nd Place: Halina Del Rosario

5th Place: Ava Bailey

6th Place: Violet Wheeler

3rd Grade Ready Writing

1st Place: Emily Viruette

2nd Place: Emerson Andrew

3rd Place: Molly Roberts

3rd Grade Storytelling

6th Place: Lanee Arredondo

3rd Grade Music Memory

1st Place: Kitt Seely

2nd Place: Anya Alanis

3rd Place: Kingston Cannon

5th Place: Hailey Meade

Best Alternate: Taylor Teague

3rd Grade Spelling

1st Place: Justin Fessler

3rd Place: Hannah Grill

4th Place: Emily Viruette

Best Alternate: Emerson Andrew

4th Grade Ready Writing

1st Place: Chuy Hildago

2nd Place: Tripp Henderson

Best Alternate: Jonah Farrington

4th Grade Oral Reading

3rd Place: Tripp Henderson

4th Grade Music Memory

1st Place: Isabel Villarreal

2nd Place: Jonah Farrington

6th Place: Haylee Giroux

4th Grade Art

3rd Place: Ripley Sinclair

4th Grade Number Sense
3rd Place: Haley Wray

4th Place: Victoria Lee

5th Place: Al Sifuentes

Best Alternate: Josey Morris

4th Grade Spelling

5th Place: Chuy Hildago

6th Place: Allisen Shipp

5th Grade Ready Writing

3rd Place: Lana Spedale

4th Place: Lindsay Richards

5th Place: Jake Bailey

Best Alternate: DeAndre Holcomb

5th Grade Oral Reading

2nd Place: Sydney Hiebert

3rd Place: Jasi Bingham

5th Grade Maps, Graphs & Charts

1st Place: Hanna Simmons

4th Place: Thomas Thering

6th Place: Madi Kassell

Best Alternate: Hudson Hunter

5th Grade Music Memory

1st Place: Phoebe Badger

2nd Place: Zachary Bridges

4th Place: Madi Kassell

5th Place: Jake Bailey

Best Alternate: Cason Field

5th Grade Dictionary

4th Place: Illiana Faz

6th Place: Haylee Meredith

Best Alternate: Patience Solis

5th Grade Art

1st Place: Megan Conine

6th Place: Dulce Juarez Hernandez

5th Grade Listening

2nd Place: Phoebe Badger

3rd Place: Zane Carson

6th Place: Bella Marquez

Best Alternate: Elijah Balisacan

5th Grade Number Sense

1st Place: Cason Field

4th Place: Matthew Monier

5th Place: Thomas Thering

5th Grade Spelling

2nd Place: Lindsey Richards

Best Alternate: Isabella Jones


Daddy Daughter Dance - February 9th

Friday is the day for the Daddy/Daughter Dance!! Doors will open at 6:00 pm, and tickets will be sold at the door. There are still opportunities to volunteer to work and/or provide a sweet treat or two. If you would like to volunteer, please click on the links below:

Volunteer Sign-Up:!/showSignUp/20f0f4da8af28a4f94-daddydaughter

Sweet Treats Sign-Up:

All proceeds from the dance will go to purchase books for our Guided Reading Lab.

If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please email Mandi Melendez at

Attention all 3rd Grade Parents...

Mrs. Davis, Lago Vista Intermediate School Principal, will be hosting a Coffee Chat on February 16th at 8:00 in the LVIS Art Room. The purpose of the meeting is to begin orienting parents with incoming fourth graders on what they can expect and how to help transition their student. Mrs. Davis will answer questions and concerns about schedules, recess, etc. Current 4-5th grade parents will also be invited to attend too.

An evening presentation will be held in May.

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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 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

PTO Membership

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


Watch DOGS of the Week

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

  • Monday, February 5th: Brett Smith
  • Tuesday, February 6th: OPEN
  • Wednesday, February 7th: Hunter Lawless
  • Thursday, February 8th: Justin Parra
  • Friday, February 9th: Levi St. Martin

We have several openings in the Spring for Watch DOGS, so if you would like to be a Watch DOG at LVES, please contact Mr. Holt ( for more information.


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Kindergarten students work on Texture Donuts in art!
Third Grade students voted for their favorite Bluebonnet Book.
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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Character Trait of the Month - Citizenship

February's Character Trait is Fairness. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Citizenship:

  • Play by the rules;
  • Take turns and share;
  • Be open-minded and listen to others;
  • Don't take advantage of others;
  • Don't blame others carelessly;
  • Treat all people fairly.

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

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Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! I want to thank all of you whose children participated in our first Great Kindness Challenge! I have received so many completed Acts of Kindness Checklists, and a lot of positive feedback from teachers and parents about this Project Vinátta activity! I am still working on filling out all of the Character Award certificates, so if your child turned in a checklist and has not yet received their award and gift certificate to Mighty Fine, don’t worry, it will be delivered to them or their teacher soon! I really appreciate everyone’s support with this school-wide kindness initiative!

The character trait we are learning about during our guidance lessons in February is Fairness. Fairness means practicing justice, equity, and equality, cooperating with one another, and recognizing the uniqueness and value of each other. Students will be understanding ways to show fairness by playing by the rules, taking turns, sharing, being open-minded, not blaming others, and treating all people fairly.

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.”~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

¡Hola familias LVES! ¡Quiero agradecerles a todos ustedes cuyos niños participaron en nuestro primer Desafío de Gran Bondad! ¡He recibido tantas listas de verificación de Actos de bondad completadas, y muchos comentarios positivos de maestros y padres sobre esta actividad del Proyecto Vinátta! Todavía estoy trabajando en completar todos los certificados de Carácter, por lo que si su hijo entregó una lista de verificación y todavía no ha recibido su certificado de premio y regalo a Mighty Fine, no se preocupe, se lo entregarán a ellos o a su maestro. ¡pronto! ¡Realmente aprecio el apoyo de todos con esta iniciativa de bondad en toda la escuela!

El rasgo de carácter que estamos aprendiendo durante nuestras lecciones de orientación en febrero es la imparcialidad. La equidad significa practicar la justicia, la equidad y la igualdad, cooperar el uno con el otro y reconocer la singularidad y el valor de los demás. Los estudiantes comprenderán maneras de mostrar imparcialidad siguiendo las reglas, turnándose, compartiendo, siendo de mente abierta, sin culpar a los demás, y tratando a todas las personas de manera justa.

"Vive para que cuando tus hijos piensen en la justicia, el cuidado y la integridad, piensen en ti". ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of February 1st:

  • 93.01% - Common area touchpoints (water fountains, handrails, doorknobs) will continue to be wiped down multiple times throughout the day, as well as cleaning/sanitizing classrooms. Additional hand sanitizers have been placed outside of common bathrooms and hallways for use in addition to hand washing. Please remember that students may return to school after being symptom free for a 24-hour period without the use of medication.

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 88.89%

PK: 79.05%

Kindergarten: 93.54%

First Grade: 96.38%

Second Grade: 89.89%

Third Grade: 94.08%

LVES Front Office Hours

The front office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. If you call before 7:30 am or after 4:00 pm, you will need to leave a message and a member of the front office staff will return your call the following day.

Lago Vista Elementary Facebook

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Lago Vista Elementary PTO Facebook

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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...

  • February 14th: Valentine's Day Parties, details coming home from Room Parent at a later date
  • February 19th: Student and Staff Holiday - No School
  • February 23rd: LVES UIL Awards Assembly; 1:30 pm
  • February 26th: Six Flags Read to Succeed reading logs due
  • March 6th: 3rd Grade Music Program
  • March 7th: PTO Meeting, 5:00-6:00 pm in Community Room
  • March 12th-16th: Spring Break
  • March 22nd: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Sweet Berry Farms
  • March 22nd: CEIC Meeting, 3:15 pm in Community Room
  • March 23rd: End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • March 29th: Touch-A-Truck
  • March 29th: Report Cards go home in Friday folders
  • March 30th: Student/Staff Holiday, No School