2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

May 11, 2018 - Issue #35

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

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

  • Mrs. Cook (100)
  • Mrs. Rowin
  • Mrs. Williams (150)
  • Mrs. Ballard
  • Mrs. Kudrna
  • Mrs. Outlaw
  • Ms. Field
  • Mrs. Hernandez
  • Ms. Voisinet

Our campus-wide total is 3600!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 1350

First Grade: 750

Second Grade: 750

Third Grade: 750

The goal for the 4th nine weeks is 5000 Golden Tickets on or before May 18th. We need 1400 more Golden Tickets to earn our movie day!

STAAR Tests - May 14th and May 15th

All 3rd grade students will be taking the STAAR Math and Reading tests on Monday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 15th. Our generous PTO is providing snacks and water to all students testing. Students will be testing throughout the building, so we ask that visits to campus on testing days be kept to a minimum. Visitors will not be allowed in testing areas of the campus or be able to eat lunch with 3rd grade students on testing days.

If you have a student testing, please make sure that he/she gets plenty of rest the night before the tests, and arrives at school on time.

Keep in mind that the purpose of the STAAR test is to see how students have mastered the skills taught all year, and it is just one of the many measures we use to ensure that students have mastered the skills needed to be successful next year.

LVES is a designated No Place For Hate Campus!

Read more about our accomplishment in Mrs. Sexton's Counselor's Corner! I am so proud of our Project Vinatta student coalition group, and LVES students, for helping our campus earn this honor! A special thanks to Mrs. Sexton for being our Project Vinatta sponsor.

There is an end of year activity for our Project Vinatta student coalition on Friday, May 18th. The student coalition group will travel to the PAC with other campus student coalitions to participate in year end activities. Mrs. Sexton sent home a permission slip and information about this event.

Teacher Appreciation Week - Thank You

Our teachers and staff appreciated all of the treats and gifts this week for Teacher Appreciation Week! We definitely felt the love this week!

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Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

It's our turn to show you how much we appreciate all you do to help us out throughout the school year. Whether you have donated items, your time at events, stuffed Friday folders, chaperoned field trips, etc...without you, we could not do the things we do everyday!

Stop by the Reading Lab on Friday, May 18th from 7:50-11:00 am for a yummy brunch, as our way of saying "THANK YOU"!

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Thank you to Craig the Butterfly Man for donating a milkweed plant and caterpillars to each classroom. Classes will be able to watch the caterpillars over the next couple of weeks go through metamorphosis and change into a beautiful Monarch butterfly!

If you would like to find out more about Craig the Butterfly Man and his work with Monarch butterflies, please visit his website at:

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Thank you to the PPCD class for watering our office plant each day!

Ocean Week 2018 is almost here!

Ocean Week 2018 is May 21st-24th. This is a yearly tradition of studying about the different habitats of the ocean, and is filled with many hands-on activities and research. Grade level hallways will be turned into different ocean habitats that students have researched throughout the week. Here is the schedule for the week:

  • Monday, May 21st: Bubbles and Blubber
  • Tuesday, May 22nd: Touch Tanks
  • Wednesday, May 23rd: Fishing/Casting
  • Thursday, May 24th: Biologist Demonstration; Closing Ceremony from 1:30-2:30.

Due to the timing of Ocean Week this year, Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be combined into one ceremony. All grade levels will have a part in the Closing Ceremony. There will not be a Learning Showcase this year, however, students will still complete the Scavenger Hunt through the different habitats at school with the classroom teacher.

Transportation Changes for May 25th

May 25th is the last day of school, end of year party day, and early release at 11:30 am. All transportation changes for May 25th must be in on or before May 24th. Transportation changes will not be accepted on May 25th. Thank you for your help in making dismissal on the last day of school go smoothly!

Student Placement Forms - PK -2nd Grade Students Only

We will begin preparations in the coming weeks for classroom placements for the 2018-2019 school year. Our primary commitment is toward success for all students by creating balanced classes. The creation of classrooms is a collective effort of the staff. We assemble those who are familiar with your child and the chemistry among the children. Adjustment to class lists by the campus administrators is an ongoing process due to student enrollment and withdrawal during the summer. For this reason, final class lists will not be available until Meet The Teacher Night in August.

As at any campus, the faculty for next year may change throughout the spring and summer due to personal choice, personnel changes and campus needs/growth. Therefore, specific teacher requests for your child will not be accepted.

We would like to give parents the opportunity to share their thoughts regarding their PK-2nd grade child's characteristics and needs within the learning community. Again, specific teacher requests will not be accepted. If you would like to provide input for your child, please fill out the Student Placement Profile and return to the front office on or before Friday, May 18th. This is a firm deadline. Forms submitted after this date will not be considered.

LVES 2018-2019 School Supply Orders

Please note that orders for school supplies will be accepted online only this year. Orders will be accepted until June 15th.

Click on this link to order your supplies:

School ID: LAG001

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Dress Code Reminders

Spring has sprung here in Central Texas. Warmer weather is here, so that means that shorts and tank tops are being worn. Please remember that shorts/skirts must be fingertip length. Tank tops are permitted, but strapless, halter tops, racerback tanks and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Students wearing strapless, halter tops, racerback tanks or spaghetti strap tops will be asked to change or wear a sweater or jacket. You can read the LVISD dress code by clicking on the following link:

It's always a good idea to leave the sandals, flip flops and dress shoes at home, as our students have PE and/or recess everyday. Tennis shoes are a much safer shoe option for our LVES Vikings, especially on PE days.

Lost and Found Overflowing

Time is running out to claim any lost items from the Lost and Found, as we still have several unclaimed items! Any items still in Lost and Found on the last day of school will be donated.

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, May 14th: STAAR Testing
  • Tuesday, May 15th: STAAR Testing
  • Wednesday, May 16th: Gary Olsen
  • Thursday, May 17th: OPEN
  • Friday, May 18th: Darren Thompson, Rick Quinones

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 - Gratitude

May's Character Trait is Gratitude. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Gratitude:

  • Say thank you for things that you receive;
  • Think about what you are thankful for and why;
  • Show others how nice it feels to be remembered and appreciated by someone;
  • Write thank you cards;
  • Enjoy giving back;
  • Understand that you are not owed things; you earn them.

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

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! It is with great excitement that I announce that with the hard work and dedication of our Project Vinátta student coalition, and our campus-wide participation, Lago Vista Elementary is now a designated No Place for Hate® school! Our school activities this year that promoted kindness, anti-bullying, and respecting all people have earned us this award from the Anti-Defamation League®. This is the first year our campus has earned this designation, and my goal is to help us attain it every year!

This is our last week of guidance lessons for the school year, and we have been learning what it means to have Gratitude. When children understand what it means to be grateful for what they have, it can have a positive effect on their attitude and perspective. At home, think about starting a gratitude journal with your child! Get a blank notebook (I have many--if you’d like for me to send one home with your child, let me know!) and work together to design it. Each night, or as often as possible, spend time together adding the things you are thankful for.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey

¡Hola familias LVES! Es con gran emoción que anuncio que con el arduo trabajo y la dedicación de nuestra coalición estudiantil Project Vinátta, y nuestra participación en todo el campus, la escuela primaria Lago Vista ahora es una escuela designada como No Place for Hate®. Nuestras actividades escolares este año que promovieron la amabilidad, la lucha contra la intimidación y el respeto a todas las personas nos han otorgado este premio de la Anti-Defamation League®. ¡Este es el primer año en que nuestra escuela se ha ganado esta designación, y mi objetivo es ayudarnos a lograrlo todos los años!

Esta es nuestra última semana de lecciones de orientación para el año escolar, y hemos estado aprendiendo lo que significa tener Gratitud. Cuando los niños comprenden lo que significa ser agradecidos por lo que tienen, puede tener un efecto positivo en su actitud y perspectiva. ¡En casa, piense en comenzar un diario de gratitud con su hijo! Obtenga una libreta en blanco (tengo muchas, si desea que envíe una a casa con su hijo, hágamelo saber) y trabajemos juntas para diseñarla. Cada noche, o tan a menudo como sea posible, pase tiempo juntos agregando las cosas que agradece.

"Ser agradecido por lo que tienes; terminarás teniendo más. Si te concentras en lo que no tienes, nunca, nunca tendrás suficiente.” ~Oprah Winfrey

Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of May 10th:

  • 95.49% - Another dip in attendance this week! Stay healthy Vikings!

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 87.27%

PK: 86.32%

Kindergarten: 95.63%

First Grade: 95.43%

Second Grade: 95.75%

Third Grade: 96.40%

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...

  • May 14th: Math STAAR Test; Limited visitors on campus
  • May 15th: Reading STAAR Test; Limited visitors on campus
  • May 18th: Volunteer Brunch
  • May 21st - 24th: OCEAN WEEK 2018
  • May 24th: Last Day for Transportation Changes for May 25th
  • May 25th: 3rd Grade Farewell Walk, 11:00 am
  • May 25th: Last Day of School - Early Release at 11:30 am, no pm PPCD