2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

November 3, 2017 - Issue #13

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes:

  • Mrs. Kannmacher
  • Mrs. Ballard
  • Mrs. Outlaw (100)
  • Mrs. Kudrna (100)
  • Mrs. Jimenez (100)

Our school-wide total is 600!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 150

First Grade: 50

Second Grade: 350

Third Grade: 50


1st Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance and Honor Roll

2017 Pumpkin Character Gallery Walk Success

"Hey Dude, Nice Shoes!" - Parent Workshop on November 8th

“Hey Dude, Nice Shoes!”

Anti-Bullying Presentation

Lago Vista High School

Performing Arts Center

November 8, 2017


Lago Vista ISD has invited Mrs. Carolyn Jennings Brown to give a presentation to Lago Vista parents and community regarding establishing bullying definitions for our families. She will discuss how to recognize and prevent bullying in our ever-changing, technologically advanced world. More from our speaker:

I am a fervent advocate of Public Schools and have been volunteering and serving the public school system in the state of Texas for the past 15 years. I have done everything from substitute teach to mentoring students to answering phones in the office. In short, I have made public schools my life's work. I started speaking to groups about parenting perspective about six years ago. A word kept bubbling up in our discussions...Bullying. I would hear it on the radio, read it in the headlines and see it on the news. Why is this suddenly such an epidemic and WHAT makes in different now? In the past two years, I have developed an anti-bullying/ pro-kindness workshop for students and their parents. " Hey Dude, nice shoes" is a customizable presentation geared at educating students and their parents about the who, what, when, where, whys and hows of Bullying. I have traveled all over the state delivering this message to thousands of students and their parents. Through this two part presentation my goal is to educate and inspire children and adults alike to -be the change- and make a positive difference in our world. I cover everything from basic definitions and policies to recent legislation pertaining to bullying in schools. Through personal stories...and some hilarious pictures I try to make one relatable point. We are all human. We all are fighting a battle that no one knows anything about and we all can take a moment to be kind.

We hope to see our LVES parents there!

Title 1 Parent Meeting - November 8th

If your child is receiving Title 1 Math services with Mrs. Phariss, please join us for a Title 1 Parent Meeting on November 8th from 5:30-6:15 at the MAC. This meeting will explain Title 1 services, as well as give you ideas on how to help your child at home. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Phariss at

Picture Re-Takes

If your child was absent on Fall picture day in October, they will have their picture taken on November 9th. Re-takes are only for individuals, not class photos.

Fall Book Fair

It's that time of the year for our Fall Book Fair. This is a great opportunity to stock up on some presents for the holiday. All of the proceeds from the book fair go back to our school. Here are the hours for the book fair:

  • November 10th: 10am - 4:00pm
  • November 13th - 17th: 7:30am - 4:00 pm

Box Tops Update

Just a reminder, the box top contest ends November 10th. The prize will be a pajama and furry friend day for the top 3 classes who submitted the most box tops. Please make sure to send your collection of box tops in with your student by Friday, November 10th so they have a chance to win the prize.

Our Nov. 1st submission is ready to send in, and so far we have raised $399.20. Please continue your collection efforts as we will continue having contests throughout the school year to raise more $$$. A collection sheet will be attached to the Parentlink email.

Thanksgiving Lunch - November 16th and 17th

Our annual Thanksgiving lunch will be held on November 16th and 17th.

Here is the schedule and lunch times for both days:

  • Thursday, November 16th: PK (11:00); Kindergarten (11:00), 2nd (11:40)
  • Friday, November 17th: PPCD (10:45); 1st (11:10) and 3rd (12:00)

Please call Veronica at 267-8300 X4500 before Thursday, November 16th to have your visitor’s badge pre-printed. You can also email your request to All visitors will still need to be buzzed in before entering the main building. Please plan on arriving earlier than your child’s lunch time, as parking is limited and there will be a line at the Raptor computer.

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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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
  • Parsons Family
  • Pennington Family
  • Makowichuk Family

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 yearbook cover contest is now over, so check back in the coming weeks to see which artwork won! This is going to be a tough contest, as there were a lot of really good entries. Good luck to all students who submitted artwork.

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, November 6th: Cody Darrough
  • Tuesday, November 7th: OPEN
  • Wednesday, November 8th: OPEN
  • Thursday, November 9th: OPEN
  • Friday, November 10th: Doug Sourile

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


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Check back next week for more Spotlight on Learning pictures!
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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Mrs. Erica Walker - Second Grade Teacher

1. Where are you from originally?

San Antonio, TX

2. What led you to become a teacher and how long have you been teaching?

I had a few special teachers in elementary school that influenced me to become a teacher. This is my fourth year in 2nd grade, my sixth year teaching in all.

3. Tell us about your family...

They're awesome! My husband is the Assistant Principal at LVHS, be sure to check out his AP Corner. I have 2 kids and one on the way; Kennedy is 5, Stetson is 2.5, and Baby #3 will be here in 45 days, but who's counting?

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I really love baking. I bake the best chocolate chip cookies, but I won't share the recipe.

5. What is your favorite book to read to your kids and what is your dream car?

My favorite book to read to my own kids are the David books by David Shannon and the Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? books by Bill Martin Jr., our most recent read is Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You See? My dream car is the Mercedes G-Wagon.

6. What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part about teaching is seeing the "oh!" look and excitement on student's faces when a concept finally clicks, and also my 2nd grade team, they rock!!

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La Tasha Phariss - Title 1 Math Specialist

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

This is my 7th year in Lago Vista, my 4th as Math Interventionist (K-5) at Lago, and 15th year teaching. Before teaching in Lago, I taught in Burleson, Round Rock, and Abilene. 1 year was in middle school with 6th and 8th grade classes, 6 years were in a 5th grade classroom and this is my 7th year as a math specialist/interventionist.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas (bottom of the panhandle). I graduated from Lubbock-Cooper home of the Pirates.

3. Tell us about your family...

My husband, Cory and I have 3 children. Our oldest, Alexia, graduated from Lago Vista in 2014. Garett is a freshman at Lago Vista high school, and Reagan is at the middle school.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

My favorite hobbies include trailer camping with my family and reading.

5. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is watching my students grow; watching them make progress in math, watching them grow and mature, and watching as their personalities develop. My absolute favorite moments are when it "clicks." The expression on their faces is priceless and the pride they feel when it makes sense feels the room with energy and happiness.

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Character Trait of the Month - Giving

November's Character Trait is Giving. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Giving:

  • Do kind and thoughtful things for people in need;
  • Put other people's needs before your own;
  • Volunteer your time and resources for charity;
  • Managing resources so that I can give and share them with those in need.

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

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! This month during our guidance class lessons, students will be learning about the character trait of Giving. People are giving when they do kind and thoughtful things for others. Students will understand the importance of helping others and ways they may be able to use their time or talents to help others in need, as well as simply giving kindness to others.

This Sunday, November 5 from 2-4 pm, the LVISD Clothing Closet will be giving out Free Coats and Clothing to families in our community who need them. The Clothing Closet is located in Portable 6 behind Lago Vista Intermediate School on 1431. Please spread the word!

Also, from generous donations from a local church, I have some gift certificates available for families that need help with purchasing Thanksgiving meals and groceries. If your family could use assistance with this, please let me know. You may call me at (512) 267-8300 ext. 4504, or email me at

Thank you!

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Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of November 2nd:

  • 94.58%- We did not meet our goal again this week. Remember attendance is taken daily at 9:50 am.

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 80%

PK: 87.27%

Kindergarten: 95.77%

First Grade: 94.07%

Second Grade: 95.83%

Third Grade: 94.34%

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

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...

  • 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 9th: Picture Re-takes
  • 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