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Welcome to the Lake Pointe Elementary (LPE) Spanish Program Parent/Teacher website. We have created this site as a means for sharing class information, materials, and directing you to useful online tools/references. This site is often updated. Please refresh your pages periodically to ensure that you have the most up to date information. We hope you find the site useful and welcome any feedback you might have on how to improve it.
Please e-mail the Spanish Program coordinator at Spanish@lakepointepto.org with any comments, questions, or if you are interested in volunteering.
What is the LPE Spanish Program?
Parent/Student Grade-level Information Site
LPE Spanish Program 2013-2014 Volunteer Site
What is the LPE Spanish Program?
The LPE Spanish Program is a volunteer-based Spanish Program that originated in 2003 with a grant from the Lake Travis Education Foundation, giving each elementary school in the Lake Travis Independent School District the opportunity to offer Spanish as an enrichment program for its students. The program, which began at LPE with kindergarten and first grade, has expanded each year and now includes every grade level. The students participate each week in a 30 minute Spanish class from October through May. Primarily using teaching materials from Risas y Sonrisas, our teachers incorporate conversational Spanish and vocabulary with songs and games in their lessons, so the children are learning Spanish while having fun. You can visit the Risas y Sonrisas website at www.spanishforkids.com to see an overview of the classroom program.
The LPE Spanish Program has been successful thanks to the work and dedication of our many volunteers, both past and present, who volunteer to teach each week for the entire year. We are also grateful for the support of our principal, Heidi Gudelman, and the LPE faculty and staff, without their support this program would not be possible.
It is well established that the best time to begin learning a second language is as a child. By offering our children this opportunity, we are opening doors for their future. We find the children are eager to learn and eager to share what they are learning. Perhaps some of you can take this opportunity to brush up on your Spanish and some of you can begin learning Spanish with your child. Our class time is limited and we hope that this site will help you to reinforce at home the Spanish your child is learning at school.
Teaching Spanish is extremely rewarding and an opportunity to make a direct and lasting impact on the children's lives. It is a great way to brush up on and expand your Spanish skills, and gives you the opportunity to be in your child's classroom on a weekly basis. The children will love you being there and will keep asking you to come back.Our ability to continue offering this program each year depends on our volunteer lead teachers and assistants. We are always in need of enthusiastic volunteers who are fluent and/or have good pronunciation skills, along with a basic command of the language. Teaching experience is not necessary. We provide training, as needed, and all of the materials. You do not need to be fluent to teach the classes – a few years of high school Spanish or a semester or two of college level Spanish is all you need. If you are not comfortable being a lead teacher, but are interested in volunteering, we also need volunteers who can assist in the classes, help with administrative matters or work on our website. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Spanish Program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.