2017-2018 Parent Newsletter

February 16, 2018 - Issue #24

Excellence in ALL we do!

Golden Tickets

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

  • Mrs. Rowin
  • Mrs. Jimenez (100)
  • Ms. Field
  • Mrs. Hernandez
  • Ms. Voisinet

Our campus-wide total is 1700!

Grade Level Totals:


Kindergarten: 550

First Grade: 400

Second Grade: 550

Third Grade: 200


Daddy/Daughter Dance Success

Last Friday's Daddy/Daughter dance was a blast! The line was out the door with dads and daughters waiting to get in to dance, eat, decorate cookies, take pictures, and much more. Mr. Holt provided the music and got the dads on the dance floor for an air guitar competition, conga line, and even some Whip and NaeNae dance moves!

Thank you to Mandi Melendez and Cindy Wheeler for chairing this event, and to all of the volunteers who provided food and time to make this event a success. The proceeds from this event will go towards purchasing more books for the Guided Reading Lab.


Yearbook News and Cover Contest Winners

Help us keep the tradition of yearbook alive! In order to do so we must hit our quota of 150 yearbooks sold. We currently have 80 orders. Yearbook is a big fundraiser for PTO. The profit made goes directly back to your kids :) We must hit our quota in order to profit and be able to continue the tradition next year. This year we chose to do online orders to keep the confusion to a minimum. If ordering via check or cash is better for you, please do not hesitate to contact and we will accommodate you. Our deadline is fast approaching.

Click the link below to place your order quickly and at ease.

*CLICK: Order below*

School code: 13030118 OR enter Texas, Lago Vista.

All emailed picture submissions will be featured in yearbook. Don't hesitate to email us pictures from your phone etc for the 2017-2018 LVES school year

Thank you for your support!

Results are in for the 2017-2018 Yearbook covers! Congrats to the winners and a huge thank you to all 50 3rd grade students who submitted entries this year. The competition was tough as each entry was unique and beautiful in it's own way! Also thank you to Mrs. Shoaf for all of your help in pulling this contest together! We're not done yet...Didn't see your entry on either cover? No worries, all remaining entries that were submitted will be featured throughout the yearbook on various pages. Don't forget to order your yearbook to see which page yours is featured on!

Drum roll please.........

1st Place Front Cover Winner - Kingston Cannon
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Back Cover Winners:

Anya Alanis (Top left), Lanee Arredondo (Top middle), Dominic Bailey (Top right).

Kennedi Mcskimming (Middle left), Saniyah Ray (Middle/center), Emerson Andrew (Middle right).

Avery Thompson (Bottom left ran a close 2nd!), Madison Williams (Bottom middle), Kandice Richardson (Bottom right).

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National FFA Week

LVHS FFA Club is having a coloring contest to support National FFA Week! If your child would like to participate, he/she can color the page below and return to the front office by Friday, February 26th. Coloring pages will be judged by FFA members, and winners will be chosen in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Winners will be notified on February 27th. Good luck and thank you for your support of the FFA!
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Read Across America Week - February 26th - March 2nd

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for children and communities to celebrate reading. LVES will celebrate Read Across America all week and end on March 2nd, which is the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Each grade level will participate in various reading/writing activities throughout the week based on a Dr. Seuss book. Grade levels are even decorating their doors to correspond to the book! The books that each grade level chose are:

  • PPCD/PK: Green Eggs and Ham
  • Kindergarten: Cat in The Hat
  • First Grade: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
  • Second Grade: Fox in Socks
  • Third Grade: Oh! The Places You'll Go
  • Office: The Lorax

Students and teachers are invited to dress up each day of the week. Here are the daily themes for Read Across America Week:

  • Monday, February 26th: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - wear red/blue
  • Tuesday, February 27th: Fox in Socks - wear crazy socks
  • Wednesday, February 28th: Wacky Wednesday - wear mismatched clothes (must still follow LVISD Dress Code)
  • Thursday, March 1st: Green Eggs and Ham - wear green
  • Friday, March 2nd: Cat in The Hat - wear a crazy hat (hats must not cover faces and cause a distraction)

Let's Talk...

Lago Vista ISD recognizes that communication between campuses and parents is a crucial part of building a strong school-home partnership, which we greatly value. As such, the District is committed to providing open, two-way communication and encourages all Lago Vista ISD parents to share the same commitment.

While social media presents us with an amazing venue to share and exchange information, if a concern arises regarding your child, or child’s campus, please contact the campus immediately. This timely communication directly with the campus is a crucial first step in working with you to resolve your concerns. As a district, we are committed to ensuring that all concerns are addressed as quickly as possible, but campuses are only able to assist with finding solutions when we are made aware of concerns through direct communication.

Thank you for your helping with Lago Vista ISD's continued efforts to build strong and effective partnerships with our parents!

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, February 19th: NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, February 20th: Ken Schauf
  • Wednesday, February 21st: Jeff Rosprim
  • Thursday, February 22nd: OPEN
  • Friday, February 23rd: Vernon Reher

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.


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Each week we will get know members of our amazing staff from the students' perspectives!

Mrs. Amy Rowin - Kindergarten Teacher

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

This is my 19th year in LVISD. My first year I taught fourth grade and then moved down to Kindergarten! Before I came to LVISD I taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten for two years in Annapolis, MD.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born in San Antonio, but moved to Austin when I was two years old.

3. Tell us about your family...

I married my high school sweetheart, Scott and we have been married for 23 years. We have lived in Lago Vista for 19 years and have a 13 year old son, Andrew. Our youngest child is our 4 year old yellow lab, Dash.

4. What's your favorite place to go on vacation?

I have been to Alaska twice and would love to go again!

5. What's your favorite part of teaching?

I have always wanted to be a teacher! School for me as a student was not always my favorite and I remember wanting to make learning as fun as possible.

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Ms. Veronica Fidencio - Registrar

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

This is my 3rd year here at LVES and I absolutely love it! I have been a registrar for almost ten years. Before I worked in the Public Education System as a Registrar, I worked at NASA in Clear Lake for 7+ years. It was an experience I will never forget! I got to meet some cool people and work on Space Station projects. It was amazing. I moved to Round Rock in 2007 to be closer to my parents.

2. Where are you from originally?

I was born in Eagle Pass, TX, right on the border. My siblings gave me hard time, telling me I was born in Mexico and here illegally. LOL I lived most of my life in Houston, TX, so let's just say I am from Houston. :) I really miss Houston, but hate the traffic.

3. Tell us about your family...

I am the middle of five children. I have four children, Amanda-28, Mark-23, Victoria-22, and Grace-14. They are such a blessing!

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

I love to cook for my family, listen to music, sing, and dance!

5. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is PEOPLE! I get to interact with great people and most of all the little ones. I believe that greeting someone with a smile can make a difference in someone's day.

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Character Trait of the Month - Fairness

February's Character Trait is Fairness. Here are ways that students can demonstrate Citizenship:

  • Play by the rules;
  • Take turns and share;
  • Be open-minded and listen to others;
  • Don't take advantage of others;
  • Don't blame others carelessly;
  • Treat all people fairly.

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

Counselor's Corner

Hello LVES Families! In our guidance classes this month, students are learning about Fairness. We are discussing the important concepts of treating all people with honesty and respect, cooperating with one another, embracing the uniqueness and value of everyone, and making sure others are not treated badly. We are also learning about some significant people in history who have fought for justice and fairness for others, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, and Susan B. Anthony.

At home, you can remind your child that showing justice and fairness makes our home, school, community, and world a better place for all people!

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.”~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

¡Hola familias LVES! En nuestras clases de orientación de este mes, los estudiantes están aprendiendo sobre la equidad. Estamos discutiendo los conceptos importantes de tratar a todas las personas con honestidad y respeto, cooperando unos con otros, aceptando la singularidad y el valor de todos, y asegurándonos de que los demás no reciban un trato malo. También estamos aprendiendo acerca de algunas personas importantes en la historia que han luchado por la justicia y la equidad para los demás, como Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln y Susan B. Anthony.

En casa, puede recordarle a su hijo que mostrar justicia y equidad hace que nuestro hogar, nuestra escuela, nuestra comunidad y nuestro mundo sean un lugar mejor para todas las personas.

"Vive para que cuando tus hijos piensen en la justicia, el cuidado y la integridad, piensen en ti". ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Weekly Attendance Goal

Weekly Attendance for week of February 15th:

  • 94% - We increased our attendance percentage by 2% this week!! Fingers crossed we continue to increase each week.

Grade Level Totals:

PPCD: 73.33%

PK: 88.57%

Kindergarten: 95.28%

First Grade: 90.51%

Second Grade: 97.45% - Awesome job meeting our attendance average!

Third Grade: 94.16%

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...

  • February 19th: Student and Staff Holiday - No School
  • February 23rd: LVES UIL Awards Assembly; 1:30 pm
  • February 26th: Six Flags Read to Succeed reading logs due
  • February 26th-March 2nd: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' Birthday - more details above
  • March 6th: 3rd Grade Music Program
  • March 7th: PTO Meeting, 5:00-6:00 pm in Community Room
  • March 12th-16th: Spring Break
  • March 22nd: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Sweet Berry Farms
  • March 22nd: CEIC Meeting, 3:15 pm in Community Room
  • March 23rd: End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • March 29th: Touch-A-Truck
  • March 29th: Report Cards go home in Friday folders
  • March 30th: Student/Staff Holiday, No School