LaCoste Elementary Newsletter

2022-2023 School Year / Week of Oct. 31st - Nov. 4th

From the Front Office:

I would like to send a huge shout out to all the volunteers and staff who made fall fun day a success. Our PTO and volunteers were amazing as they helped students with the activities while ensuring their safety and engagement! Our PTO has truely gone above and beyond to provide us with volunteers to make our events run smoothly. We have many days still open for positive male role models to sign up to be on campus for a day as a WATCH DOG. We would love for you to join us for a the day please email to schedule a day to volunteer on campus. Our next Campus event is November 10th for our PTO meeting and Family Book Fair Night! We also have our Veterans day Drive thru Parade scheduled for November 11th at 9:00am. We also want to invite you to please create a slide honoring a veteran in your life to be shared with our students and LaCoste Families. Please see the flyers attached below with more information about our upcoming events.

GT Parent Awareness Meeting 2023.pdf

Elementary G/T Referral Form - 2022-2023

Kinder G/T Referral Form 2022-2023

UIL Competition Information

Please read this newsletter to learn more about our LCE UIL Teams and which one may be a good fit for your student!

Counselor's Corner

I finished up bullying prevention with students this week. I will begin lessons this week on personal space and personal safety in accordance with Erin’s Law.

PK - I will introduce students to the feeling of calm, by using the book “A Little Spot of Yoga.” This is a first for me, so I’m looking forward to learning with the students the effectiveness of deep breathing with yoga!

K/1st - We will go over personal space by using a PowerPoint with a social story and personal safety. Students will practice appropriate personal space using hula-hoops.

2nd/3rd - We will discuss personal space and safety. I will also read “Harrison P. Spader, Personal Space Invader.” We may practice with hula-hoops and also identify good/bad personal space from pictures.

4th - We will discuss personal boundaries and what this means in friendships, as well as safety in a PowerPoint format.

5th - Students will learn about boundaries and how to set limits. A house and fence drawing will be used to help students understand what they are okay/not okay with and how they can handle different situations if boundaries are broken.

We continue to be available to all students upon request. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us at the emails listed below, or use the attached form.

Talking Time Counseling Request Form

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Watch D.O.G.S

We had our first WATCH D.O.G.S. on campus this week and we are so thankful for them volunteering. Thank you Mr. Wells, Mr. Castro, and Mr. Iacono. If you would like to volunteer your time as a Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer, please contact Mrs. Rakowitz at to learn how to get you scheduled!
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Leaders of the Week

2nd grader Richard Sanchez is being recognized as the leader of the week for finding his voice, synergizing, and thinking win win! Richard has been using his voice to communicate effectively with staff and peers to synergize and help others! His bright smile and positive attitude are contagious to others!

1st grader Mia Ortega has shown great leadership qualities by always participating in class and being a role model for her peers. Whenever she completes an assignment, she takes out her book to read quietly. She also helps out her fellow classmates whenever she can. She is proactive as soon as she gets here by taking out our books and placing them in the hallway so students have something to read!

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Caught Being a Leader!

Click HERE to see this week's leaders!

Students cannot only be caught being a leader at school by staff, but also at home by you! If you see your child exhibiting any of the habits on their own without prompting, fill out this form! Examples: Habit 3: Put First Things First - Your child went to a quiet area in your home and began doing their homework without being told. Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood - Your child listened to their sibling’s point of view during an argument, understood why their sibling was upset, and did not push their own opinion of what happened or interrupt.

Students that are caught being a leader will have their name announced on the morning announcements and will be able to choose a charm for their Leader In Me Chain. Students proudly wear their chains to our Campus Awards.

CLICK HERE to tell us about how you caught your leader using their habits at home!

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Leaders Wanted!

We want to showcase our LaCoste leaders in our trophy case on campus. We’d like to showcase students that are leaders OUTSIDE of school. Is your child proactive with the Girl Scouts or Boys Scouts? Does your child synergize with cousins in raising animals for the stock show? Maybe your child is part of a youth group that helps in picking up trash on the weekends? Capture a picture and send it to us! Please indicate your child’s name and what organization they are a part of.

PTO Corner

What a great day we had at our Fall Fun Day! Thank you to the parents and teachers that helped make it happen and for donating candy and snacks! A few dates to remember coming up in November: Nov. 7-11 Scholastic Book Fair, Nov. 10 Night at the Book Fair, and Nov 17 Turkey Bingo. Win a Turkey dinner and other great prizes!

November PTO Newsletter

Spirit Shirts and Membership

Want to Volunteer? Check out the flier below!

If you have any questions feel free to email us at
Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Visit to fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch Application

PTO Meeting/Family Night at the Book Fair 11/4

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Watch D.O.G.S started this week!

Force and motion extension activity- paper roller coasters!

Coach's Corner

PreK- 5th Grade

Combined with exercise and stretching. We are working on their overall conditioning for physical activity. We completed stations that worked on their upper body strength by doing pushups at several points within the station. We also had stations that worked on their coordination, footwork, agility and the students had to stop and start running at certain points within the station. We also ran lines in the gym. As a way to thank the students for their good behavior last Friday during the Fall Festival, we had Free Play the last 15-20 minutes on their last day of the week coming to PE.

We will always work with you regarding if your child or children need to sit out in PE due to a medical reason. A note must be provided for documentation. There will be activities we do in PE that may be difficult. We are just wanting the students to try their best and with practice they will get better. If they do not try they will not get better.

Caught Reading

LaCoste Elementary students often go above and beyond! With that in mind, we love to acknowledge when they do. Reading is an important everyday activity. It shows great examples of the Leadership Habits we know are the foundation of our success. We like to “Catch Students Reading”. Examples of that would be; students independently choosing to read as a leisure activity or students achieving a reading goal they had set for themselves, like finishing their first chapter book or reading their first book independently. Parents can also "Catch Students Reading" at home! Please click the button below to submit your child's name for the drawing.

Each week a name is randomly drawn from those submissions. Their name is displayed on a bulletin board in the library, given a prize for their accomplishment, mentioned in our morning campus announcements and posted in our Parent Newsletter.

Last week’s winner is Xaeliz Felicano!

Xaeliz was caught by Mrs. Rakowitz.

Xaeliz was caught reading at lunch and making good choices.

This week's winner is Daeliann Bavousette!

Daeliann was caught by Mrs. Hernandez.

Daeliann wanted to read her book she checked out instead of going back to her station.

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Parents can also submit their child for the drawing if they catch them reading at home!

Upcoming Events

Nov. 7th - Beginning of 3rd 6 Weeks

Nov. 8th - 5th Grade BIL Field Trip

Nov. 9th - Report Cards Posted

Nov. 11th - Veterans Day

Nov. 14th - 4th Grade Field Trip

Nov. 17th - Family Turkey Bingo Night

Nov. 21st - 25th - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 2nd - Fall Picture Retakes

Dec. 5th - Progress Reports Posted

Dec. 14th - Family STEAM Night

Dec. 19th - Jan. 2nd - Winter Break

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