LaCoste Elementary Newsletter

2022-2023 School Year / Week of Jan. 16th - 20th

From the Front Office:

January is School Board Recognition Month. This year the theme is Forward, Together. We cannot thank our school board enough for truly moving us forward, together. Our MVISD school board has synergized to put students and staff first through the pandemic, growth in enrollment, and our ever-changing world. Our student leaders will be able to Thank our School Board at the January 23rd Board Meeting. Please take time to thank our Board Members for all their commitment, dedication, and hard work for the continued success of MVISD.

Students will be recognized in their classroom for their first semester achievements in academics and attendance. Our teachers will send a photo and a certificate with students who earned awards for the first semester on January 26th, 2023. Please be on the lookout for a picture via Remind or email and a certificate in your student backpack. We are so proud of our student leaders who earned awards the first semester! Keep up the great work!

Important Reminders:

  • Breakfast is served from 7:15-7:40 a.m students arriving after 7:40 a.m will be reminded to go straight to class. Please plan accordingly to ensure your student has breakfast at home if you arrive after 7:40 a.m.

  • Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. must be walked to the front doors by a parent or guardian.

  • Students arriving at 7:50 a.m or later must be signed in via our google form. Parents or guardians must have their phones available to sign students in.

  • Our instructional day ends at 3:10 p.m. Our students do not begin to transition to dismissal until the bell rings at 3:10 p.m. Please be mindful of this and refrain from starting a line for pick-up prior to 2:50 p.m.

  • If your child will have a change of transportation please send a note in their orange communication folder. Please do not email teachers with transportation changes. If it is an emergency and you need to change transportation mode you may call the front office.


Parents, please take a moment to check your student's headphones and ensure they are properly working. It is essential that all students have a good pair of working headphones. Students are using their Chromebooks daily and are in need of headphones for our online educational programs.

Leaders of the Week

Pre-K Student Alannah Molina is a great student and classmate. She exhibits all habits, but most importantly she demonstrates what it is to be a great friend and works great with others. Alannah is very helpful, kind, respectful and always does her best. I am very proud of being her teacher this year.

1st Grader Layton Wood has been an excellent leader in class! He takes initiative to help others by thinking win-win. He Puts first things first and focuses to complete his work and do his best. He encourages his friends to do their best as well.

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Counselor's Corner

I am finishing up lessons on growth mindset and will begin lessons on diversity soon. Growth mindset is not giving up when confronted with a challenge. Fixed mindset is the idea of giving up or feeling like you can’t learn something difficult.

PK - I will introduce the Flexible Thinking spot plush by reading “A Little Spot of Flexible Thinking.” We will practice using flexible thinking with Play-doh. Students will have different time limits to create an item called out. The idea is for students to practice being flexible to create something new, even if they may not be ready.

K - I will read “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and discuss the growth mindset/fixed mindset within the story. We will discuss what students may want to learn and with practice will become better. Students will draw and complete their sentence stem afterwards.

1st - I will read “Beautiful Oops” and discuss that we can learn to adapt our thinking when we make mistakes. Mistakes can be beautiful, given that we don’t give up! Students will be able to create new images from “oops” drawings.

2nd - We will not only discuss growth and fixed mindset, but the brain too using the story “Bubblegum Brain!” Students will practice reframing fixed mindset thoughts to growth mindset thoughts.

3rd - We will discuss growth and fixed mindset using the book “After The Fall,” and then students will practice reframing fixed mindset thoughts to growth mindset thoughts.

4th - We will not only discuss growth and fixed mindset, but the brain too using the book “Your Fantastic Elastic Brain.” Students will practice using a growth mindset also.

5th - A review will be held of what growth and fixed mindset are. Afterwards, students will be presented with a paper challenge. We will review some of the growth mindset and fixed mindset statements they may have had and reframe fixed to growth statements.

Attention 5th grade parents! MVMS will be hosting an elective night for next year 6th graders. Attend to learn more about what is offered. For more information click HERE

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

Watch D.O.G.S

We have numerous days available for Watch DOGS to come this month and every month following! Come be a part of our Dads Of Great Students and make a positive impact on not only your own child, but all our students! Contact Mrs. Rakowitz at to learn how!

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Leader In Me

Leadership roles don’t just take place in the classroom! Here are some ideas to explore some leadership roles at home. This is a great idea to make some household chores a little more fun.

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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!

WIG 3 Winners - Cafeteria Behavior

Congratulations to the following student classrooms for having the best behavior during lunch for the week of January 9th-13th.


Golden Fork - Marrufo

Silver Spoon - Jones

1st Grade

Golden Fork - Neal

Silver Spoon - Villarreal

2nd Grade

Golden Fork - Robertson

Silver Spoon - Morrow

3rd Grade

Golden Fork - Lopez

4th Grade

Golden Fork - Garza

Silver Spoon - Murray

5th Grade

Golden Fork - Stevenson

Silver Spoon - Trujillo

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Visit to fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch Application

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Our Campus Hosted Some District Staff To Teach Them About Leader In Me at LaCoste!

Student Lighthouse Team Helped Staff Celebrate National Popcorn Day!

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.

This week’s winner is Mia Ortega!

Was caught by Mrs. Villarreal.

Mia is making tremendous gains in class.

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

Upcoming Events

Jan. 23rd - Board Meeting at Potranco Elementary

Jan. 27th - No School

Jan. 30th - Progress Reports Posted

Jan. 31st - 100th Day of School

Feb. 2nd - Texas Military Heroes Day

Feb. 6th - 10th - School Counselor’s Week

Feb. 16th - MVMS Counselor’s pre-registering with 5th grade/ GT Specialist on campus/ Love of Learning - Math/Reading Family Night

Feb. 17th - Class Picture Day/

Feb. 21st - UIL Competition - Storytelling/Spelling

Feb. 22nd - UIL Competition - Listening/Social Studies/Oral Reading

Feb. 23th - PTO Meeting/UIL Competition - Creative Writing/Ready Writing/Dictionary Skills/Number Sense

Feb. 28th - UIL Competition - Music Memory

Feb. 27th - Mar. 3rd - Dr. Seuss Week

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