The Lakeway Physical Education Department is involved with the district-wide FitSmart Expo. The FitSmart Expo highlights the programs within the District that promote health education, nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. From twisting and turning inside a life-sized hamster ball to creating kid-friendly snacks, children and families alike have an opportunity to experience a unique offering of health and fitness activities.
Serious Outrageous Science Day
Lakeway Elementary celebrates Science Day four days during the school year. This program makes math and science the focus of an entire day and involves every child and teacher at the school. Students participate in hands-on experiments throughout the school day. Science days are focused on creating a level of excitement and energy around science, as well as a sense that science both applies to each child’s everyday life and is easily understandable. Students will rotate through grade level classrooms and receive instruction from every teacher in the classroom. We often involve guest presenters such as the Austin Planetarium and area science educators. We are always looking for science-focused groups who would like to participate. This event is very volunteer intensive. We encourage all parents to work with your homeroom mother and classroom teacher to volunteer. A background in science is not necessary. Our Science Days for 2013-14 are:
Track and Field Day
Every year in the fall, the Physical Education department hosts Track and Field Day. This is a huge celebration that allows the students to demonstrate some of the skills they develop in Physical Education. It is a great time for team building among the students and the teachers. Parents are able to come and enjoy time with their child while watching them participate in a variety of events.
The Lakeway Elementary Physical Education department participates in Marathon Kids each year. The entire 26.2 miles are run in class. At the end of the year, the students are able to receive a t-shirt and a medal for accomplishing a marathon!
Lakeway Science Fair
Budding 5th grade scientists participate in a friendly competition which allows them to present their projects to the school and Lake Travis communities. Top performers move on to compete in the Austin Regional Science Fair and have placed among the best in Central Texas year after year.
One of our Art traditions each year is the 5thGrade special art project. Our inspiration is Texas Flag Art by Christopher Mayes. The flags are designed after an artist or an art movement. Students get to paint with acrylic paints onto their very own canvas. The final project is amazing!
Mother’s Day Tea
Lakeway Elementary 5th graders honor their mothers in a very special Mother’s Day Tea. Each class works diligently on this endearing program which is a memory the students and their mothers will treasure for years to come!
Father’s Day Kickball
The Father’s Day Kickball Game, held traditionally on the last day of school, has been a Lakeway 5th Grade favorite for many years. It’s all dads (and dad substitutes) vs all kids. The dads have a LONG history of winning, but that’s ok. We let them win, because we love our dads. Busy dads are allowed to send uncles, grandpas, friends, etc. as representatives, or any one of our manly teachers will be honored to pitch-in to assist any student without a dad. Refreshments follow the game. Come join the fun first thing in the morning on the last day of school.
Fifth Grade Sock Hop
Lakeway Elementary School 5th graders celebrate Valentine’s Day each year by rockin’ around the clock…o.k., thecafeteria! Dressed in poodle skirts and leather jackets, the students enjoy limbo, root beer floats, and hula-hooping, all to hit music from this fun era.
The Fifth Grade Walk
During the last 15 minutes of fifth grade, we celebrate our graduating Mustangs in a very special way. With their backpacks packed with all their belongings, the fifth graders parade through the hallways one final time as Lakeway students. Parents, teachers, and younger students line the hallways to cheer for the students who are finishing their elementary school journey.
Living History Museum
Step back into Texas’s history and watch the past come to life! History comes to life in 4thgrade at Lakeway Elementary where students dress in period costumes and speak in the dialect of the time. This interactive experience allows students to synthesize the information by researching, writing a script, creating scenery, and dressing as a famous Texan. You will be dazzled and entertained as fourth grade students present this historical reenactment to the entire school!
Capitol Complex Tour
For over a century, the sunset-red granite Capitol has stood as a symbol of the legendary spirit of Texas. Fourth grade students’ study of Texas history is enriched by the life-sized sculptures of Famous Texans and paintings depicting scenes from the past. In addition, students learn how the government works by visiting the House of Representatives and Senate chambers. When they are in session, the students have been able to witness our representatives discussing, debating, and enacting laws. What better way to learn about the government than by watching it live!
In music, 3rdgrade students study the different scenes and songs in the Nutcracker ballet. The students and teachers then attend the ballet performed by Ballet Austin in our finest attire!
Before going to Inner Space Caverns in May, 3rd grade students rotate to all of the 3rd grade teachers to learn a little bit about caves, spelunking, safety, wildlife, and vegetation in the caves.
Time Capsule Rotations
In celebration of a fun-filled and successful 3rdgrade year, the 3rd graders visit every 3rd grade teacher, where they complete an activity to put into a time capsule. They are not to open these memory filled capsules until they graduate high school.
End of the Year Party
3rd Grade Carnival is a fun-filled, end of the year 3rd grade celebration. The students play various games and participate in activities to win prizes and have fun with their friends right before summer.
Pioneer day is held in the spring. It involves going back in time and really learning what it was like to travel across the country in a covered wagon and what pioneer families did to establish a new life in an unknown territory. Students are grouped into pioneer families for the two weeks. This memorable unit culminates with students wearing traditional pioneer clothing and a traveling Pioneer Museum coming to our school where the students get to participate in hands on activities.
Pajama Day Read-A-Thon
Every December the students are treated to a Pajama day and read-a-thon where they get to wear their pajamas to school and bring a favorite book and buddy to school. We share books and have hot chocolate to make this an extra special day.
Field Trip to Exotic Resort Zoo
This field trip to the Johnson City Zoo in the spring is a highlight of the year. The students go on a safari in wagons and get to watch as the animals come up to the wagons. At this time, they get to feed the animals as well. This is a wrap-up to our animal unit in Science.
50th Day of School Celebration
Rock 'n Roll!! Poodle skirt, leather jackets, coke floats and records are all things you will see on first grades 50thday of school. We jump back in time and learn all about the 1950s in honor of our 50th day of school.
Market and Valentines Program at the Summit
During our yearly economics unit, students get to be involved in both of these incredible activities. The First Grade Market is around for one day only-Valentine’s Day! Students work all week on creating a product and earning money during class. At the end of the week students get the chance to spend their hard-earned money on items the other classes made. The Valentine Program at the Summit is an amazing experience for our first graders. We take a mini-field trip, walking just down the street, to the Summit where we sing valentine's songs (a service) to the elderly who live there. After singing, the students are allowed to pass out valentine cards they hand made to the residents.
Sweet Berry Farm Field trip
Field trips are always fun, but taking a field trip to Sweet Berry Farm will be something to remember. In the fall, pumpkin races and painting are a blast! Or, if we go in the spring, we enjoy picking our own carton of sweet, red strawberries. YUM!
First Grade ends the year with a blast! An ABC blastoff, that is. The last 26 days of school are dedicated to a letter of the alphabet. During this time, we embark on amazing adventures, projects and experiments about everything from Astronauts and Dinosaurs to Pop Rocks and eXercise. This year, first grade will close the year with our eighth annual “Alphabet Blastoff”!
Teddy Bear Picnic
Kindergarten starts off the year with a teddy bear picnic the first week of school. We have teddy grahams for a snack while our librarian reads us a fun teddy bear story.
The second event is Gingerbread Hunt. We make gingerbread people cookies, but they escape from the oven and run amuck all of our school! The children go on a hunt and get to know the counselor, nurse, receptionist, and all our “Specials” teachers, only to find their cookies in the principal’s office!
Feely Fair allows the children to experience all five senses as they walk through many textures in their bare feet!
The monarchs migrate once a year as over 100 Kindergarteners in butterfly wings fly down the field from Austin to Mexico.
In the spring, Kindergarten celebrates the 100thDay of School as we blow out 100 candles on a giant cake and participate in many activities counting to 100.
Our spring study of animals and life cycles includes hatching butterflies, ladybugs and baby chicks. But perhaps our oldest and most loved tradition of all is our Kindergarten Circus. The children amaze us with their many acts and tricks. Many LT graduates still remember their part in the LWE Kindergarten Circus!!!
Each year in October, the library is filled with beautifully decorated pumpkins! The students choose their favorite book character and with the help of their family, transform ordinary pumpkins into literary works of art. The entire school enjoys touring the annual Pumpkin Patch.
Hot Chocolate Stories
This tradition began the very first year that Lakeway Elementary opened, and it continues to be one of our favorites! Before the winter break we read a holiday story with a cup of hot chocolate. Last year we served over 40 gallons…and surprisingly had very few spills!
The library sponsors a school-wide reading incentive program each fall semester. The theme changes every year to keep it new and exciting for the students. Helping to develop lifelong readers is our goal!