2019-2020 Parent Newsletter

August 16, 2019 - Issue #2

Excellence in ALL we do!

Successful First Week!

It was a fantastic first week at LVES! Thank you for your patience as we worked out some transportation issues. We promise car rider lines will go much quicker as daily transportation modes are solidified. Buses were much quicker leaving Thursday than they were on Wednesday! Teachers and students had a busy week of getting to know each other and the school, which sets the year off on the right path for success. We look forward to a great 2nd week of school next week!

What have you enjoyed the most about the first week of school?

Mrs. Jackson asked a few students this week what they have enjoyed most about the first week of school, and their responses are below. As you can see students have really enjoyed their first week of school at LVES!

Golden Tickets

At LVES, our Vikings are Respectful, Responsible, and Safe no matter where they go in the school. Teachers and staff recognize individual students and classes who are demonstrating Respectful, Responsible, and Safe behavior by handing out Golden Tickets! When classes earn at least 50 tickets, they get to hear their name announced during morning announcements, and it helps our school reach our quarterly goal. Students who earn tickets even get to take their tickets home to show parents.

You can see the common area expectations below...teachers and students have been reviewing these expectations this week, and will continue to review them throughout the year. Posters are hung throughout the building in each of the common areas for students and teachers to refer to as we go through the year.

Check back each week to see our weekly Golden Ticket count!

Walking your child to class?

Morning times can get a little hectic when teachers are picking up students from the gym and walking them to classes, so we are implementing a new procedure to help teachers transition students quickly and safely from the gym to classrooms. If you are coming in to walk your child to class, we ask that you take your child to the gym and wait with them in their grade level line. Once teachers arrive in the gym to transition students to the classes, you may walk with your child to class at that time. This will help keep hallways clear and allow teachers to make sure students get to the right classroom. We know it's a change from previous years, but always want to make sure that the morning transition to the classroom is as safe and calm as possible. Thank you for your help!

Lunch Visits

As with the start of all new school years, it takes a week to learn and remember the classroom and common area routines and expectations. One of the common area expectations that we spend a lot of time learning the first week is cafeteria. In order to give students time to learn the cafeteria routines and expectations (even our returning students need to re-learn the expectations), we ask that parents do not visit for lunch during the first week of school. Parents may begin lunch visits on August 22nd.

Thank you for your help in giving students time to learn routines and expectations.

Here are the lunch times for each grade level:

  • PPCD/Pre-K - 10:45-11:15
  • Kindergarten - 11:00-11:30
  • First Grade - 11:10-11:40
  • Second Grade - 11:40-12:10
  • Third Grade - 12:00-12:30

Since we added teachers to a couple of grade levels this year (yeah!!), all of our tables will be used during all lunch periods. If you are visiting your child, you will need to sit with your child at their lunch table since we will not have an empty table like we have in the past.

First Day Packets

Important papers went home on the first day of school that must be completed and returned as soon as possible. All students, both new and returning, received the paperwork in the Student Registration Packet. These documents must be updated annually.

The Student Registration Packet includes the following documents:

  • Parent/Guardian Consent and Acknowledgment - This gives your child permission to attend field trips, and have their picture used in school district publications (yearbook, website, Facebook, etc).
  • Student Residency Questionnaire
  • Parent/Guardian Authorized Individuals - This document is very important for us to have updated and returned. This lets us know who can/cannot pick up your child.
  • Student Directory Information
  • Student Health and Medical

The National School Breakfast and Lunch Program application only needs to be filled out for each household, not each child.

It is very important for the front office to have updated addresses, phone numbers and parent/guardian authorization on file to ensure the safety of all students. If you have any questions, please contact the front office.

Parent Information Night- August 28th

Mark your calendars for Parent Information Night on August 28th. You will get the opportunity to hear about what goes on in the classroom during the day. Teachers will review class/grade level expectations, grading guidelines, daily schedule, and much more. Teachers will have two, 30-minute sessions (6:00-6:30, 6:30-7:00) for families that have children in multiple grade levels.

Stop by the cafeteria before 5:00 for some popcorn and meet the PTO board members!

We hope to see you on August 28th!

Front Drive Reminders

Please remember that the front drive is not a morning drop-off location at any point in the morning. The front drive is for parking and walking your child to his/her classroom. Don't forget that we have 2 drop-off locations...Travis Drive starting at 7:10 am, and Civic Drive starting at 7:30 am.

We have 4 designated handicap parking spots in the front parking lot. Please make sure that you have the legally required license plate or placard displayed before parking in one of those spots. We have staff and visitors that need to park in those spots. Thank you for help!

PTO News

We have such an amazing PTO that supports our teachers and students in many ways! If you would like more information on our PTO, have membership questions, or would like to volunteer, click on the following link:

Don't forget to like the Lago Vista Elementary PTO Facebook page too!

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Thank you PTO for the new chairs in the front office!

2019-2020 Academic Calendar

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Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families!

As your school counselor, one of my responsibilities is teaching guidance lessons that are centered around the Lago Vista ISD monthly character traits. I also incorporate lessons with social emotional learning skills, such as communication, problem solving, respecting others, goal setting, and more. Each class will see me at least once a month for these lessons, and I am looking forward to seeing them soon!

In our counselor guidance classes this month, I will be explaining my role as their school counselor, and they will also learn about the character trait of Responsibility. I will be teaching what it means to be a responsible person--by doing what you are supposed to do, planning ahead, always doing your best, using self-control, being accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes, and setting a good example for others. We will discuss ways children can show responsibility at home, at school, with friends, and in their community.

Feel free to email or call me if you have any concerns about your child, or if your child needs help with something specific that I may be able to start a small group around.

Thank you!

Amy Sexton

Hola familias de LVES!

Como su consejero escolar, una de mis responsabilidades es enseñar lecciones de orientación centradas en los rasgos de carácter mensuales de Lago Vista ISD. También incorporo lecciones con habilidades de aprendizaje social y emocional, como comunicación, resolución de problemas, respeto a los demás, establecimiento de objetivos y más. ¡Cada clase me verá al menos una vez al mes para estas lecciones, y espero verlas pronto!

En nuestras clases de orientación de consejeros este mes, explicaré mi papel como consejero de su escuela, y también aprenderán sobre el rasgo de carácter de Responsabilidad. Enseñaré lo que significa ser una persona responsable: haciendo lo que se supone que debes hacer, planeando con anticipación, siempre haciendo lo mejor que puedas, usando el autocontrol, siendo responsable de tus palabras, acciones y actitudes, y estableciendo un Buen ejemplo para los demás. Discutiremos las formas en que los niños pueden mostrar responsabilidad en el hogar, en la escuela, con amigos y en su comunidad.

No dude en enviarme un correo electrónico o llamarme si tiene alguna inquietud acerca de su hijo, o si su hijo necesita ayuda con algo específico para que pueda comenzar un grupo pequeño.


Amy Sexton

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.

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:

Marcy Kuske, Administrative Assistant

Registration and Attendance:

Christine Harris, 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...

  • August 22nd: Lunch visits can begin
  • August 28th: Parent Information Night, 6:00-6:30 pm (Session 1); 6:30-7:00 pm (Session 2)
  • September 2nd: Labor Day - Student/Staff Holiday
  • September 3rd: Staff Development Day - Student Holiday
  • September 5th: Grandparent Lunch for PPCD, Kinder, 2nd Grade
  • September 6th: Grandparent Lunch for PK, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade
  • September 6th: Football Players/Cheerleaders Visit Campus
  • September 16th-20th: SPIRIT WEEK (Homecoming week) - daily themes will be sent home at a later date