2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

April 6, 2018 - Issue #30

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

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

  • Mrs. Cook (100)
  • Mrs. Rowin (100)
  • Mrs. Williams (100)
  • Mrs. Outlaw (100)

Our campus-wide total is 750!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 250

First Grade: 200

Second Grade: 150

Third Grade: 50

The goal for the 4th nine weeks is 5000 Golden Tickets on or before May 18th. Our campus will earn a movie day the last week of school if we reach our goal!

Benchmark Testing - April 9th and 10th

Our 3rd graders will take math and reading benchmarks on Monday, April 9th and Tuesday, April 10th. This is an opportunity for students to practice their skills in preparation for the upcoming STAAR tests in May.

If you have a 3rd grader, please make sure he/she gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast on Monday and Tuesday. Please schedule medical appointments for after school on those days to ensure your child can complete the benchmarks during the time period.

On benchmark days, we ask that visits to campus are limited, as students will be taking the benchmarks in multiple locations throughout the building. We do ask that parents not visit 3rd graders for lunch on benchmark days. Thank you for your help in keeping our hallways quiet on those days.

Front Parking Lot Reminders

There has been an increase of vehicles parking in one of the 4 designated handicap parking spots without the proper legal identification (placard in the window or licence plate) during morning drop off. We have several visitors that need to park in one of those spots, so please do not park in a designated handicap spot. Thank you so much for your help!

Perfect Attendance/Honor Roll Recognition

Are You Returning?

As we get closer to wrapping up an amazing 2017-2018 school year, plans for the 2018-2019 school year are already in progress! Student enrollment plays a huge part in staffing decisions each year, so we need your help with your plans for next year. A form is coming home in today's Friday folder called "Are You Returning?", please fill the form out and return to the front office on or before Friday, May 4th.
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touch-a-truck 2018

Thank you to the following agencies for making this annual event fun and educational!

  • Travis County ESD
  • City of Lago Vista
  • Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War
  • UPS
  • Jonestown Police Department
  • Lago Vista Police Department
  • Travis County Sheriff's Office
  • Air Evac

The highlight of the day was the helicopter landing on the back playground. It was a great day to learn about our local community helpers and their jobs.

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2018-2019 Incoming Kindergarten Parent Meeting - April 26th

If you have a child entering kindergarten in the fall, we invite you to an informational meeting with the kindergarten teachers on Thursday, April 26th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. The purpose of this meeting is to walk through a typical day in a kindergarten classroom, give strategies on how to prepare your child this summer for a successful year, and answer any questions you may have.

Incoming kindergarten students will have a chance to meet teachers at Kinder Camp on August 3rd from 9:00 am-11:00 am. A sign up sheet for Kinder Camp will be available at PK/Kinder Round Up.

2018-2019 PTO Board Members Needed

We need people to fill many positions for next year. If you are interested in making a difference in your child's school, please consider being a part of PTO.
A few of the things we have accomplished this year, we purchased a new radio for PE, new pea gravel to make the playground safer, we gave money to the reading lab for new books, we coordinated monthly snacks/lunches for our teachers, and paid for 5 teachers to attend a conference.
If we do not fill board positions, then a PTO is not possible. If you have any questions regarding board positions, please contact Deanna Roberts, PTO President, at

Current 3rd Grade Parents and Students

Mrs. Davis, principal of Lago Vista Intermediate School, will be hosting a Parent/Student night on May 3rd from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm to talk about LVIS and answer any questions you may have about the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please contact the front office of LVIS at 267-8300, ext. 3500.

LVHS WE Walk For Water

Every day, women and children around the world spend 200 million hours fetching water, often from sources full of dangerous contaminants. We’re the generation that’s out to change this. When #WEwalkForWater communities have access to clean water, girls can attend school, parents can run sustainable farms, and families can break the cycle of poverty. The students at Lago Vista High School, recognize this issue and have joined up with the WE Organization to raise money for this cause. On April 28, 2018, at 10 am, we are hosting a Walk for Water to raise funds and awareness. The walk will take place on the LVHS 1-mile cross country course. We are asking registration fee as a donation of $5 for students and $10 for adults. We are also selling T-Shirts to raise additional funds. $25 raises enough money to give one person access to clean water for life!

To find out more about this cause watch this video: to buy t-shirts go here: @WEmovement Please email with any additional questions.

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

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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, April 9th: OPEN
  • Tuesday, April 10th: Vernon Reher
  • Wednesday, April 11th: OPEN
  • Thursday, April 12th: OPEN
  • Friday, April 13th: Brett Smith

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.


Character Trait of the Month - Intergity

April's Character Trait is Integrity. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Integrity:

  • Be strong enough to do what you know is right;
  • Do the right thing, even when it's difficult;
  • Be your best self;
  • Resist peer pressure;
  • Choose words and actions that are sincere;
  • Set high standards for yourself and stick to them.

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

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Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! During the month of April, our guidance lessons will be about Integrity. Students will understand that having integrity means doing what you know is right, even if no one is watching, being your best self, resisting peer pressure, and choosing words and actions that are sincere.

The primary source for children to develop integrity is their family. Children are not born with integrity, but family and societal influences are what teach children humility, social responsibility, and the courage to stand up for what they believe is right. It is so important for children to have strong role models in their life in order for them to develop the traits and skills they need to be happy, successful people!

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” ~Confucius

¡Hola familias LVES! Durante el mes de abril, nuestras lecciones de orientación serán sobre Integridad. Los estudiantes comprenderán que tener integridad significa hacer lo que usted sabe que es correcto, incluso si nadie está mirando, siendo su mejor yo, resistiendo la presión de los compañeros y eligiendo palabras y acciones que sean sinceros.

La fuente principal para que los niños desarrollen integridad es su familia. Los niños no nacen con integridad, pero las influencias familiares y sociales son las que les enseñan a los niños humildad, responsabilidad social y valentía para defender lo que creen que es lo correcto. ¡Es tan importante que los niños tengan fuertes modelos a seguir en su vida para que puedan desarrollar los rasgos y habilidades que necesitan para ser personas felices y exitosas!

La fuerza de una nación se deriva de la integridad del hogar.” ~Confucius

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of April 5th:

  • 95.05% - We had a drop in our attendance this week. Please make sure your child is at school everyday from 7:45-3:00.

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 88% - Exceeded out attendance goal!

PK: 88.56%

Kindergarten: 95.29%

First Grade: 95.89%

Second Grade: 94.23%

Third Grade: 96.06%

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...

  • April 9th: Math STAAR Benchmarks, limited visitors on campus
  • April 10th: Reading STAAR Benchmarks, limited visitors on campus
  • April 12th: PPCD Field Trip to Sweet Berry Farm
  • April 12th: GT Showcase at LVHS Mac, 6:00 pm
  • April 17th: GT Field Trip
  • April 20th: 2nd and 3rd Grade Field Day at LVHS track, more details coming soon
  • April 24th: PK/Kindergarten Round Up; 8:00 am-6:00 pm in Science lab
  • April 27th: Cinco de Mayo Celebration; LVHS, more details coming soon
  • May 3rd: Parent Meeting for 2018-2019 4th Graders, Lago Vista Intermediate School, 6:00 pm
  • May 4th: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Field Day at LVHS track, more details coming soon