January 7th Pony News

Building a Brighter Future!


Monica Lombrano 2nd Grade

Hello Pony Family!

I am excited to be teaching my second year in LISD as a Pony! I was born and raised in Southern California. I attended Chapman University in Orange, California with a major in History and Political Science. I have an older brother, a great sister-in-law, and one nephew, Nico (3 yrs.), and one niece, Mia (1 yr.). I made the move to Texas in 2016 to become a certified teacher. I worked in Special Education as an Instructional Aide in California for 4 years before coming to Texas. I was previously at Indian Creek Elementary as a BIC Aide and now I am part of the amazing second grade team at LVES! I am an avid reader and love Book of the Month Club! In my spare time, I love spoiling my niece and nephew! It’s so amazing to watch them grow up, see their personalities develop, say their first words, take their first steps, and call me Auntie Mimi (my nickname)!

#ponypride #LVES #bestyearever #secondgraderocks

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

I hope you had a great and restful break, and enjoyed time with your loved ones. I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences.

Among many blessings I had this break, I had the opportunity to take my daughter, Gairy to Texas A&M to order her Aggie ring. The feeling of pride that my husband and I felt is indescribable. She is getting closer to achieving her dream. My kids have been blessed to have a family that has always worked hard and taught them the importance of perseverance, of having a dream and believing in themselves and to always keep fighting to achieve their goals.

I could not stop thinking about our Ponies, and about how much we want a brighter future for them, as well. We are the role models for them. We are the ones that need to believe in them, and teach them that with hard work and perseverance, they can achieve their dreams.

We are a No Excuses University Campus that believes that every child deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college. We exhibit a culture of universal achievement by believing in students, by collaborating around that belief. During collaboration, we align standards as a team. As teams align standards, we assess the standards and manage the data to pursue meaningful interventions with our students to build them a brighter future.
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Restorative Practices and Classroom Management

What could be a better way to begin the new year, but with a Restorative Circle? Take some time to review procedures and expectations and practice.

Remember the following are non-negotiable expectations for all:

  • Connect before you correct.
  • Use a classroom-wide Positive reinforcement system. (Tickets, Dojo points, token economies, etc.)
  • Grump Meter: Remember to post your Grump meters in your classrooms . Click here for some examples.
  • 2 minute connections, 90 second sparks and checking room temperature should be daily practices. Click here for ideas.
  • ***** Based on current behavior and social emotional needs, Restorative Circles need to happen a minimum of once a week in your classrooms. If your classroom has behavior challenges, consider using Restorative Circles daily.
  • Continue using Dojo points for the color groups.


Strategy 2:

  • Students’ social-emotional skills will be developed to thrive in both the classroom and in life through different programs and support systems including mentoring, counseling, and social-emotional lessons.

3rd through 5th Grades - CBA Data Analysis

  • Reading 3rd - 5th Grades CBA Data Analysis
    • When: Tuesday, January 8th from 3:15 to 4:00 (no tutoring)
    • Location: Library
    • Resources:
      • Print and bring your CBA data by Student Learning Standard Breakdown.
      • Begin thinking on how this new data will influence your tutoring groups, guided reading, and Pony Time.

  • Math 3rd - 5th Grades CBA Data Analysis
    • When: Thursday, January 10th from 3:15 to 4:00 (no tutoring)
    • Location: Library
    • Resources:
      • Print and bring your CBA data by Student Learning Standard Breakdown.
      • Begin thinking on how this data will influence your tutoring groups and Guided Math groups.
      • Note: NEU Rally will be on January 28th instead of the 10th.

3-5th Grade Teachers: Please let parents know that there will not be tutoring on Tuesday or Thursday of this week because of the data analysis meetings, and that you will resume tutoring on January 15th.


Strategy 2:

Assessments and interventions will be data driven to ensure a culture of universal achievement.

Upcoming Reading training for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade

We are going to take advantage of some online learning opportunities the Language Arts Department is offering which will support us with the standards that will be on the STAAR test. Dates and grade levels are listed below. All of these days are tutoring days, so please inform your tutoring parents that there will not be tutoring on the dates below due to the training.

Please register in Eduphoria for the specified dates below:

We'll meet in the Think Spot on the assigned days. Snacks will be provided.

Reviewing the Standards (online) - STAAR

4th Grade Writing

Part 1: Jan. 29 and Part 2: Feb. 12

5th Grade Reading

Feb. 7th

4th Grade Reading

March 21

3rd Grade Reading

March 26


Strategy 1:

  1. Teachers and administrators will:

  • Participate in TEKS & ELPS Collaboration Sessions

  • Participate in Team Meetings

  • Participate in Vertical Alignment Meetings

  • Participate in district professional development sessions

  • Observe other classrooms (on and off campus)

  • Participate in book studies

STAFF RECOGNITION - I Statement: Be Positive and Encouraging every day.

Monthly, we will recognize our teachers and staff (teachers, instructional support, specialists, counselors, CIS and ACE, office, cafeteria, learning facilitators, custodian, etc.). The teacher and staff member receiving the most nominations will be recognized as the Teacher/Staff Member of the Month.

The winners will be allowed to park in the teacher and staff of the month parking spots (which are located in the front of the school), have their pictures posted in the lounge, and receive certificates and treats from the administration team.

Please click here to submit your nomination.

Please submit your nomination no later than 3:45 p.m. this Thursday, January 10th.

CIP CONNECTION: GOAL 2 PO 2: We will promote and nurture collaborative relationships essential for a successful school by developing committees and staff recognition incentives.

STUDENT RECOGNITION -I statement: Create meaningful and positive relationships with all students.

Each month, we will be recognizing the student of the month. Please select one student from your own classroom that is a leader representing the character trait of this 9 weeks. Other teachers and staff may also recommend students. For example, specials teachers, coaches, office staff, counselors, etc. may refer students, as well.

We will recognize students with a certificate and breakfast with Mrs. Valdes on Wednesday, January 16th in the library. At 7:45, I will make an announcement on the intercom and ask for the students to report to the library.

Please click here to submit your nomination.

Please submit your nomination by 3:45 p.m. this Thursday, January 10th.

CIP CONNECTION Goal 2: PO 5: We will create a positive environment for learners by connecting their learning with meaningful experiences through the NEU philosophy.

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Bus Roster - Update Needed

Mrs. Burleson needs the bus roster updated to help the front office field calls in the afternoon.

Check to see if all of your bus riders are on this roster. Click HERE & delete the students that have moved.

Tutoring Logs - Updates Needed

Go HERE to check if your tutoring log is updated. Click on your grade level, it is listed at the bottom of the document & scroll to find your name (in ABC order).

The data in this document is used to know which students are being served and for Title I documentation. It is valuable. Remind your teammates to update the log if you notice their roster looks empty.

Master Calendar

Click here to access the LVES Master Calendar. Thank you Coach Green for keeping the calendar up to date.

Our Pony Week

Monday, January 7th:
  • 2nd 9 wks Grade Posting window closes
  • No Pony Time
Tuesday, January 8th:
  • NO TEKS & ELPS Collab.
  • 3rd - 4th CBA Reading Data Analysis Mtg from 3:15 - 4:00 in Library
  • 5th gr. Science Mtg 3:15 - 4:00 TBD
  • No Tutoring for 3rd - 5th grade only
Wednesday, January 9th:
  • 2nd-5th Reading & Math CBA MAKEUPs
  • Dress for Success
  • GT Campus Selection
Thursday, January 10th:
  • No Tutoring for 3rd - 5th grade only
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th CBA Math Data Analysis Mtg. from 3:15 - 4:00 in Library
  • Rotary Reads
Friday, January 11th:
  • Spirit Day

Important Information

Monday, January 14th: Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff , New Teacher meeting

Tuesday, January 15th: 3rd, 4th, and Kinder Writing PLC
Wednesday, January 16th: Student of the Month Breakfast, Staff Learning
January 17th: 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Awards
January 18th: K,1st and 2nd grade Awards, Staff Luncheon - Kinder. & Cafe. Host

Friday, January 18th: 3rd grade Pre-LPACS

Saturday, January 19th: STAAR parent pancake breakfast
Monday, January 21st: MLK Holiday - No school

Tuesday, January 22nd: No PLC
Wednesday, January 23rd: Vertical alignment mtg

Thursday, January 24th K - 2nd Istation Check-ins, Parent Education Night

Monday, January 28th: NEU Rally

Tuesday, January 29th: 2nd, 5th and 1st Writing PLC

4th Grade Writing STAAR online training after school Part 1: Jan. 29

Wednesday, January 30th: Safe and Civil Training for all staff members


Click here to submit a Shout-Out.

  • Ms. Zamora, because kindness matters. It's the simple things that matter. Thank you for being willing to step in, if I need.
  • Mrs. Arocha for collaborating with me to help make Literacy Night & Winter Celebration a success!
  • Mrs. Anguita for helping set-up our table for Literacy Night!
  • Our Admin. Team for the yummy breakfast and hot cocoa the past week. Thank you!
  • Ms. Kilam for spreading cheer around our campus with her student carolers.
  • Ms. Frederick for being a great partner and going the extra mile to advocate for our kids.
  • Ms. Oden for the support she has been giving me this year.
  • Ms. Rutherford for all the support, modeling lessons, advice, and to be always willing to help.
  • Vicki Butler
  • Thank you Mrs. Franco for helping to make our classroom Christmas Party a fantastic one! The kids loved your surprise!
  • Thank you Mrs. Sayers for being my little elf and helping me put together treats for our classroom Christmas Party!!!
  • Mrs. Franco - Thank you for helping me to rearrange my tables! I can't wait for Math push-in!
  • Mrs. Davis - thank you for sharing your treats with my class! Yummy!
  • Mrs. Green! Thank you for the Kindergarten Tutoring Goodies!!

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