LV Intermediate Parent Newsletter

Volume 17 January 5, 2018

Upcoming Events...

January 11 Choir Starts Back This Week

January 12 Second 9 Weeks Ends---End of the 1st Semester

January 15 MLK Holiday- No Classes

January 16 Third 9 Week Grading Period Begins

January 26 Early Release at 11:35- UIL Academic Meet in Florence

January 30 Campus Education Improvement Committee Meeting at 5:30 in Art Classroom

Minds Under Construction... Building Kids Up for Success

Parent Survey- Your feedback is Appreciated

Please take a moment to let us know how we are doing and how we can better serve the students at LV Intermediate. Survey Closes January 11th at Midnight.

Lago Vista Intermediate School Parent Survey:

Counselor’s Corner

Viking Character Trait for January is Citizenship

Being a good citizen means we have the ability to be empathetic to those around us, to care about what happens to others. We can all be overly competitive and overly critical at times! Do we sometimes forget about the power of empathy? What messages are we sending our children?

Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It’s a foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships of many kinds, and for professional success. And it’s key to preventing bullying. Empathy begins with the capacity to take another perspective, to walk in another’s shoes. Empathy includes valuing other perspectives and people.

How can parents cultivate empathy? Just a few suggestions to ponder:

1. Empathize with your child and model empathy for others. Children learn empathy both from watching us and from experiencing our empathy for them. When we empathize with our children they develop trusting, secure attachments with us. Those attachments are key to their wanting to adopt our values and to model our behavior, and therefore to building their empathy for others.

2. Make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations.

3. Provide opportunities for children to practice empathy. Children are born with the capacity for empathy, but it needs to be nurtured throughout their lives. Learning empathy is in certain respects like learning a language or a sport. It requires practice and guidance. Regularly considering other people’s perspectives and circumstances helps make empathy a natural reflex and, through trial and error, helps children get better at tuning into others’ feelings and perspectives.

Key points from: Making Caring Common Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education. For more information, please visit

At LVIS, we want our students to strive for success. Hopefully, that energy and motivation to achieve will include a willingness to support and celebrate the accomplishments of others!

Our Attendance Percentage took a Hit this First Week Back

Attendance Percentages:

4th Grade: 92.11%

5th Grade: 95.67%

Total: 93.98%

Teacher: 100.00%

Information from the Office

Transportation Changes:

Please submit all transportation changes to Kristina Bell, in the front office, by 2:00 p.m. the day of the change:

Text: 512-337-2061 (texting only, no voice calls)


Phone: 512-267-8300 ex. 3500

***Please note*** Transportation changes for early release days need to be submitted no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day of the change.

Attendance Reminder:

If your child is out of school for any reason, please be sure to inform the front office the reason for the absence. For your convenience, Mrs. Bell as 3 electronic ways to get her notes:

Text: 512-337-2061


Fax: 512-267-8363

For questions regarding attendance policy, please refer to our handbook:

Parents you only have until January 12th to get those doctor's notes into Mrs. Bell for your student to qualify for a "Perfect Attendance" award this 9 weeks. We will not accept any doctor's notes past this date for "Perfect Attendance" award purposes.