2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

January 19, 2018 - Issue #20

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

The 3rd nine weeks grading period started on Tuesday, so that means we have a new campus-wide Golden Tickets goal. If we earn 4500 Golden Tickets on or before Friday, March 23rd, we will have a helicopter at Touch-A-Truck! This was such an exciting event for our students last year, so we look forward to earning this reward again!

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

  • Mrs. Kannmacher

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 50

First Grade:

Second Grade:

Third Grade:

January 26th is an Early Release Day

January 26th is an early release day, which means we will release at 11:30. Due to early release, afternoon PPCD class will not be held that day. All transportation changes for January 26th will need to be called or emailed in on or before Thursday, January 25th. Transportation changes will not be accepted on January 26th. Thank you for your help in making dismissal go smoothly on the early release day.


Perfect Attendance/Honor Roll Recognition on Wednesday

We will recognize Perfect Attendance and Honor Roll students on Wednesday, January 24th during lunches. Students earn perfect attendance by being present every day from 7:45 am to 3:00 pm (without being tardy) and staying at school all day.

From the LVES Student Handbook, page 71:

"Students who leave early will not be eligible for recognition for perfect attendance, unless a doctor’s note is provided excusing the early dismissal from school."

If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Fidencio at

Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be recognized for Perfect Attendance. Third grade students will be recognized for Honor Roll.

CEIC Meeting - January 25th

Our second CEIC meeting is Thursday, January 25th from 3:15-4:15 pm in the Community Room. This meeting is for our CEIC members, but if you are interested in how decisions are made for LVES and what our campus improvement plan consists of, please join us on Thursday.

GT Spring Referrals (1st-12th) and Kindergarten Screening

Each year Lago Vista ISD evaluates all kindergarteners to identify students for the Gifted and Talented program. During this screening process, with your consent, your child will complete one or more assessments. These assessments will be administered at school, and will provide us with multiple measures of ability, creativity, and academic aptitude. If you signed a consent form when you registered your child for kindergarten, you do not need to sign a new consent form. If we do not have a consent form on file for your child, one will be going home in this week's Friday folder. Please return consent forms to Randenne Kelley, GT Facilitator, by Thursday, February 1st.

The spring referral window for students in grades 1-12 is now open. Please visit the Curriculum and Instruction page on the district website, or click on the link below, for the referral form. All referral forms are due February 1st.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Our school is participating in an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the deadline is eligible for a free admission ticket, valid at the participating Six Flags Theme Park. A parent letter and reading log is going home in today's Friday folder. All completed reading logs are due back on or before February 26th.

Daddy Daughter Dance - February 9th

Save the date! February 9th from 6:00-8:00 pm is the Daddy Daughter dance. The dance will be held here at LVES. Flyers with more information and order forms went home in Friday folders. Purchase tickets by February 7th and pay the discounted price of $15 per couple and $5 per sibling. The price will increase to $20 per couple for tickets purchased after February 7th.

All proceeds from the Daddy Daughter dance will go towards purchasing books for the Guided Reading room.

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

Dressing for Recess

Please help us by dressing your child for colder weather. We want our students to be able to enjoy recess outside this time of year. Please be sure that they dress warm enough to be comfortable outside.

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

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, January 22nd: Patrick Tarlton
  • Tuesday, January 23rd: Micah Wheeler
  • Wednesday, January 24th: OPEN
  • Thursday, January 25th: OPEN
  • Friday, January 26th: Brandon Turner, Cody Darrough

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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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Ms. Nancy Baker - Third Grade Teacher

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

I have worked in Lago Vista since 2001. I taught in NC before that.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born in Tennessee, but I was raised in NC. Go Heels!

3. Tell us about your family...

I have a daughter, Madison, who went through Lago Vista. We have 2 dogs, Bear and Tom Hanks.

4. What's your favorite book?

I love the books Wonder and The One and Only Ivan.

5. What was your first job?

I worked in my father’s office while I was in college. However, my first real job was working at a MasterCard and Visa company.

6. Which college did you go to?

I went to Meredith College, an all women’s college in NC.

7. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is working with 3rd graders. They are so sweet and they love to learn!

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Character Trait of the Month - Citizenship

January's Character Trait is Citizenship. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Caring:

  • Do your share to make your community and school better;
  • Cooperate;
  • Get involved in your community;
  • Stay informed, vote;
  • Be a good neighbor;
  • Obey laws and rules;
  • Respect authority;
  • Protect the environment;
  • Volunteer.

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

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Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES families! Our next campus-wide Project Vinátta activity will be The Great Kindness Challenge! The Great Kindness Challenge is a global initiative that can help improve school climate and increase student engagement. Students will be given a list of acts of kindness they will be challenged to complete during the week of January 22-26. Look in your child’s Friday folder for the check list! The acts of kindness can be done at home and at school, so please encourage your child to complete as many as they can! Students will turn in completed checklists to their teachers as they finish them (on the honor system), and the last day to turn in completed checklists will be January 30. For each student that turns in a completed checklist with their name on it, I will be giving a Character Award along with a certificate for a free meal at Mighty Fine!

Studies show that kindness matters--not only does it improve our climate and communities, but this simple concept and character trait can enhance our minds and bodies, too. A study conducted by Dartmouth College showed that acts of kindness can improve peer relations, lowers anxiety, and can enhance concentration. I look forward to seeing and hearing about all the kind acts our students perform, and feel free to email me pictures of your child doing something kind!

Thank you! Amy Sexton (

¡Hola familias de LVES! Nuestra próxima actividad del Proyecto Vinátta en todo el campus será ¡El Gran Desafío de la Bondad! El Great Kindness Challenge es una iniciativa global que puede ayudar a mejorar el clima escolar y aumentar la participación de los estudiantes. Los estudiantes recibirán una lista de actos de bondad que se les desafiará a completar durante la semana del 22 al 26 de enero. ¡Busca en la carpeta de viernes de tu hijo la lista de verificación! Los actos de bondad se pueden hacer en el hogar y en la escuela, por lo tanto, ¡anime a su hijo a completar tantos como le sea posible! Los estudiantes entregarán las listas de verificación completadas a sus maestros a medida que los terminan (en el sistema de honor), y el último día para entregar las listas de verificación completas será el 30 de enero. Daré un Premio de Personaje a cada estudiante que entregue una lista de verificación completa con su nombre, junto con un certificado para una comida gratis en Mighty Fine!

Los estudios demuestran que la bondad importa, no solo mejora nuestro clima y nuestras comunidades, sino que este simple concepto y rasgo de carácter también puede mejorar nuestras mentes y cuerpos. Un estudio realizado por Dartmouth College demostró que los actos de bondad pueden mejorar las relaciones con los compañeros, disminuir la ansiedad y mejorar la concentración. Espero ver y escuchar acerca de todos los actos amables que realizan nuestros estudiantes, ¡y no dude en enviarme fotos de su hijo haciendo algo amable!

¡Gracias! Amy Sexton (

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of January 18th:

  • 95.02% - We didn't meet our attendance goal of 97%, but we did increase slightly from last week. Attendance is taken daily at 9:50 am.

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 91.67% - Didn't reach 97%, but had an 18% increase in attendance in one week! Woohoo!!

PK: 84.52%

Kindergarten: 95.16%

First Grade: 94.38%

Second Grade: 97.89% - Awesome job of exceeding our attendance goal of 97%!

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

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 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...

  • January 22nd-26th: Kindness Challenge - information coming home soon!
  • January 23rd: First Grade Field Trip to Thinkery
  • January 24th: Perfect Attendance and Honor Roll Recognition during lunches
  • January 25th: Transportation Changes due for January 26th Early Release
  • January 25th: CEIC Meeting, 3:15 pm in Community Room
  • January 26th: Early Release at 11:30 am, no afternoon PPCD classes
  • January 26th: District UIL Meet in Florence
  • February 7th: PTO Meeting, 5:00-6:00 pm in Community Room
  • February 9th: Daddy/Daughter Dance, 6:00-8:00 pm in LVES Cafeteria
  • February 14th: Valentine's Day Parties, details coming home from Room Parent at a later date
  • February 19th: Student and Staff Holiday - No School