2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

December 8, 2017 - Issue #17

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

Congratulations to the following classes:

  • Mrs. Rowin (100)
  • Mrs. Cook (100)
  • Mrs. Kannmacher
  • Mrs. Arredondo (100)
  • Mrs. Ballard (100)
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Mrs. Jimenez (100)
  • Mrs. Walker
  • Ms. Bingham
  • Ms. Baker

Our school-wide total is 2550!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 50

Kindergarten: 850

First Grade: 500

Second Grade: 750

Third Grade: 400

LVES PTO Hospitality Christmas Cookies

The PTO would like to send our staff into Christmas break with a bunch of goodies! If every class could bring 4-5 Dozen baked goods (Cookies, Chex mix, Fudge), that would be really great. PTO will be providing boxes for them to make their own variety box. Please bring them to the PLC room (Room 304) by 8am on Friday, December 15th. If you would like to sign up to bring homemade cookies, please click on the following link:!/showSignUp/10C0E4BAAAB28A0FB6-christmas

The teachers and staff LOVE this annual tradition almost as much, or maybe a little more, than the Thanksgiving pies! We greatly appreciate all that PTO and our awesome parents do to show their support and gratitude to the staff. Thank you!

Cold and Flu Season is Here

Now that we are finally experiencing some winter-like weather, we are also seeing a rise in allergies, colds and flu too. Read below for some helpful tips on how to keep your family healthy during this time, identify symptoms, as well as reminders if your child comes down with a cold or flu. Stay healthy Vikings!
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Dress Code Reminder

Leggings are a very popular clothing choice, especially during the colder months. They are permitted according to the LVISD Dress Code as long as the outer garment meets the middle of thigh length requirement. Please make sure the outer garment meets this requirement if your child is wearing leggings to school. For more information on the dress code, please click on the following link:


December 15th is an Early Release Day

December 15th is an early release day, which means we will release at 11:30 am. Due to early release, afternoon PPCD class will not be held that day.

Holiday Parties

December 15th is the first of our three official party days. Here are the times for grade level parties:

  • PPCD: December 14th for both AM and PM classes. AM Class: 9:30-10:30, PM Class: 1:00-2:00
  • PK:10:00-11:00
  • Kindergarten: 10:15-11:15
  • 1st Grade: 8:30-10:00
  • 2nd Grade: 10:00-11:00
  • 3rd Grade: 10:00-11:00

Please note that if you take your child home before dismissal at 11:30 on Friday, December 15th, he/she will not be considered for Perfect Attendance.

LVES Reading Lab Book Drive

Books are still being accepted through December 13th for the Reading Lab Book Drive! If you would like to donate a new or gently read book to the book drive, please drop the donations off under the Giving Tree located in the first and third grade hallways. Before we leave for Winter break, all LVES students will be able to choose a "new to me" book from the donations.

Thank you to our awesome Early Reading Interventionist, Mrs. Rachel Donahue, for organizing this yearly event!

Thank you for the donations!

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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

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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, December 11th: OPEN
  • Tuesday, December 12th: Jermie Grady
  • Wednesday, December 13th: OPEN
  • Thursday, December 14th: OPEN
  • Friday, December 15th: Isai Arredondo

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!

Mrs. Lori Outlaw - Second Grade Teacher

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

This is my 14th year here at LVES! I have also taught in the Austin area and the Houston area.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born in Indiana. I have spent most of my life living is Texas.

3. Tell us about your family...

I have two children, a boy and a girl. One graduated from LVHS and the other is there now. We love to spend time at the lake.

4. What are the big differences in school between now and when you were a kid?

The biggest difference I remember from elementary school is that there were no desks until you got into 5th grade. We all had tables. Also, I absolutely loved going to the library. There were little individual slide projectors that read a book to you. You would put your eyes up to it much like looking into a microscope and press a button to make the slide change. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! We also had lockers to place our snow gear and boots in for the day.

5. What's your favorite animal? Book? State?

I think cheetahs are really cool. My favorite book series is Gregor the Overlander. My favorite individual book is Green Eggs and Ham…and of course I love all of the Arthur books! I also love pretty much everything from Cynthia Rylant and Nicholas Sparks.

6. What was your first job?

My very first job when I was 12 years old was babysitting.

I was 15 when I got my very first paycheck from Burger King. I began with the salad bar, and received tons of compliments on how nicely I set out the vegetables for the customers.

7. What is your favorite part of your job?

My very favorite part of the job is dressing for the seasons. I know that sounds silly, but students notice quite often. I can see it them happy, so it is even more fun! I also love to be around people, so teaching is great for me since I get to spend time each and every day with a lot of people, my students!

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Mrs. Judi Flores - Librarian

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

I came to work here in 1998, so that makes this my 20th year as librarian in Lago Vista. I was a librarian in Rosenberg, Texas before I came here and before that I taught reading to 5th and 6th grade kids in Needville, Texas for 10 years. I also taught reading to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Schulenburg, Texas and I began my teaching career in 1980 teaching 4th grade in Jarrell, Texas making this my 38th year teaching.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born in Beaumont, Texas and lived there until I was a freshman in high school. My family then moved to Lampasas, Texas, where I graduated from high school and still call it home.

3. Tell us about your family...

I am married to Lider Flores. He grew up in the Amazon jungle of Peru in South America, so he had a very different and interesting childhood. We have two sons, Joseph and Jacob. They both went to school in Lago Vista from kindergarten through high school.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I bet you can guess my most favorite hobby – it is READING!

5. What is your favorite part of your job?

All the HUGS I get from the kids. You can never have too many hugs.

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Character Trait of the Month - Caring

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

  • Be kind;
  • Be compassionate and show you care;
  • Forgive others;
  • Help people in need.

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

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! Does your child need a coat? There will be FREE coats and clothing available at the Lago Vista Clothing Closet on Sunday, December 10 from 2-4 pm. The clothing closet is located behind the Lago Vista Intermediate School in Portable 6. If you are unable to get to the Clothing Closet, or the Coats for Kids Distribution Day at the Palmer Events Center in Austin on Saturday, December 9 (, please let me know and I am happy to get a coat for your child and bring it to school for them. You can call or email me, just let me know if it is for a boy or girl, and the size needed. (512-267-8300 ext. 4504 or

This month we are learning about the character trait of Caring. At home, remember that you are a powerful role model for your child. If you are kind and helpful to other people, that is what your child will learn from you!

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop

¡Hola familias LVES! ¿Su hijo necesita un abrigo? Habrá abrigos y ropa GRATIS disponibles en el closet de ropa Lago Vista el domingo 10 de diciembre de 2 a 4 p.m. El armario de ropa está ubicado detrás de la Escuela Intermedia Lago Vista en Portable 6. Si no puede ir al Armario de Ropa, ni al Día de Distribución de Abrigos para Niños en el Palmer Events Center en Austin el sábado, 9 de diciembre ( / abrigos), háganmelo saber y me complace conseguir un abrigo para su hijo y llevarlo a la escuela. Puede llamarme o enviarme un correo electrónico y avíseme si es para un niño o una niña, y el tamaño necesario. (512-267-8300 ext. 4504 o

Este mes estamos aprendiendo sobre el rasgo de carácter de Caring. En casa, recuerde que usted es un poderoso modelo a seguir para su hijo. Si eres amable y servicial con otras personas, ¡eso es lo que tu hijo aprenderá de ti!

"Ningún acto de bondad, por pequeño que sea, se desperdicia". ~ Aesop

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Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of December 7th:

  • 95.57%- We took another dip in attendance this week. Cold and flu season is here, so be sure to check out the tips for keeping your family healthy during this time at the top of the newsletter.

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 90% - increased their attendance average by over 7% in one week!

PK: 86.36%

Kindergarten: 95.51% - Fantastic job of EXCEEDING our attendance goal!

First Grade: 94.83%

Second Grade: 95.42%

Third Grade: 97.47% - Great job meeting our attendance goal for the second week in a row!

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...

  • December 6th: PTO Meeting; 5:00-6:00 pm in Community Room
  • December 13th: Third Grade Field Trip to Nutcracker
  • December 15th: Winter Holiday Parties - information and details will be coming home soon from Room Parents
  • December 15th: Early Release at 11:30 am; No afternoon PPCD classes
  • December 18th - January 2nd: Winter Holiday, No School
  • January 3rd: School resumes
  • January 12th: End of 2nd Nine Weeks
  • January 15th: Student Holiday - No School
  • January 19th: Reports go home in Friday Folders
  • 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 26th: Early Release at 11:30 am, no afternoon PPCD classes
  • January 26th: District UIL Meet in Florence