Principal News

August 15, 2022

Message From Your Principal


I hope everyone enjoyed a productive and rewarding week. I hope you share my sense of excitement, rejuvenation, and anticipation of what will be a tremendous year of growth for our students and our staff at ASE.


In addition to building relationships with our students and one another, we will continue to embark upon this noble journey of teaching young students, who need and crave our guidance.


I look forward to strengthening the amazing partnership that we have established.




ASE students will Learn… Inspire… and Lead…We are ASE!

School Safety

Student and staff safety are the cornerstone of our work at ASE. School safety will be an on-going discussion with all members of our Dalmatian community.


Please note a few items as we launch the new year.


  • This semester, within the first 10 days of school, students will have had four major drills. These drills include Lockdown, Shelter in Place, Evacuation, and Secure.
  • Our campus has a process to conduct weekly exterior door checks on the first floor of the building.
  • FBISD also has other new procedures in place, such as exterior door safety audits, to make sure they are all functioning properly.
  • Classroom doors remain locked during the day. Students are taught to seek teacher permission before opening the door to any adult.
  • Rhino locks are installed on all classroom doors. These locks are activated in the case of a Lockdown.
  • All visitors will be required to show proper ID and screened through our Raptor system before visiting any part of campus.


In addition, at the recent Fort Bend ISD Board Meeting, FBISD Police Chief David Rider and Coordinator of Emergency Management Bart Rosebure presented vital information about safety and security measures in place at our schools.

Please take time to review the chief’s report to the Board. You can see the entire presentation (Agenda Item 7A Safety and Security Update) beginning about 6:50 p.m. on the meeting recording’s timeline by using this link: HTTPS://WWW.FORTBENDISD.COM/BOARDMEETINGLIVESTREAM

Tardy to School

An on-time arrival is very important to the beginning of your child's day. Our instructional day begins promptly at 8:10 a.m. Therefore, we need all students to be in their homerooms so that they are organized and ready for learning at 8:10 a.m.

Students who are tardy to school will receive a tardy notification from the office. Our administrative team closely monitors student attendance and will reach out requesting a conference if a student is habitually late to campus.

Our goal is to set our students up for success. Thus arriving to school on time will certainly assist with this committment to our Dalmatians.

Backpack Tag

Your child has been issued a dismissal tag to keep on him/herself for the remainder of the year. It is attached to his/her backpack. In order to best insure safety at 3:25 p.m., this piece of identification needs to remain in place. If your child buys a new bag, we ask that you notify the teacher so a new tag can be shared. We appreciate your attention with this matter.

Volunteers in Public School Coffee

Please consider becoming a VIP! Come to our August 26th meeting from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Extended Day to learn more about becoming a volunteer at ASE.

Student Verification Process

The 2022-2023 Student Verification process is available to parents in Family Access beginning July 18, 2022 and ending August 8, 2022. It is important that you update your child’s information in Family Access to ensure the school has the correct information. This includes updating student/family demographic information as well as custom forms including: Consent Form, Medical/Emergency Information, Residency Questionnaire, Military Connected, Migrant Family Survey, Bring Your Own Device Agreement, Child Nutrition Acknowledgement, and Library Opt-In Notification Form. Additionally, you will be provided links to important resources such as Education Foundation, Extended Learning, etc. Once you login to Family Access, you will have access to view teacher gradebooks when they become available, complete online forms, setup notifications, review Ren360 test scores, etc. Please see the attached documents for directions.

Follow Us on Social Media

Electronic Communication from School

We communicate with families through Blackboard connect. For this platform, only one email can receive notifications, unless you specify additional addresses. Please read the information below if you wish to add a second email address into the system.

Lunch and Recess Schedules

See the attached chart for specific grade level times.

Lunch Visits

Lunch visits will begin August 24th. Please check in at the office where you will receive identification to proceed to the cafeteria to eat lunch with your child on the stage. Parents are only permitted to eat lunch with their own child. At the conclusion of lunch, teachers will announce the commencement of clean-up and the exit for parents. You will then walk back to the front office area and out the doors in the front lobby area.

Meals for Purchase

At the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiver that allowed all students to receive free meals expired, and beginning in the 2022-23 school year, breakfast and lunch meals will once again be available for purchase for both students and adults.

Student meal prices have increased by $0.75 for breakfast and $0.25 for lunch due to the increased cost of production and continuing supply chain issues.

Meal prices will be as follows:

  • Student Breakfast - $2.00
  • Elementary Lunch - $2.75

All Fort Bend ISD families are encouraged to complete the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application, which opens on August 1. It can be completed at www.schoolcafe.com/fbisd. Families must complete an application for each school year.

Dress Code for Students

As you begin preparing for your Dalmatian to return back to school, consider the following Dress Code as you purchase new items. Remember that we believe the student Dress Code shall promote the attributes of the Profile of a Graduate. Therefore, students are expected to dress in a way that promotes respect for self and others, a safe learning environment, and honors the diversity of the learning community.


Students must comply with the following dress and grooming standards:

Shirts, Blouses, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Vests

· Must touch the belt line with no revealing undergarments;

· No oversized armholes, vented t-shirts, spaghetti straps, tank tops, sleeveless t-shirts, backless attire and off the shoulder tops;

· No revealing midriff or undergarments while standing or sitting, or

· No revealing, see-through, or low-cut clothing

· No offensive language or images on t-shirts

Dresses, Jumpers, Skirts, Shorts, Skorts, Pants, and Jeans

· Dresses, jumpers, skirts, and skorts shall be worn at a length that is no more than 3” above the knee;

· Shorts, jeans, and all pants shall be worn at the hip and must cover undergarments;

· Shorts shall be worn at a length that is no more than 3” above the knee;

· Students in kindergarten through second grade may wear shorts slightly above mid-thigh,

· Leggings, tights or other clothing that is form fitting must be worn with a garment that covers to mid-thigh.

· Holes in jeans must only be a knee and below. Hole may not reveal any upper thighs

Shoes

· Shoes shall be worn, and if designed to be tied shall be properly tied;

· Shoes must be closed toe

· Elementary students shall not wear flip-flops or shoes with no back/heel strap; If students are wearing crocs, the strap must be worn on the heal

· Unsafe footwear is not permitted (i.e., house shoes, slippers), or

· Tennis shoes must be worn during PE/athletics classes

Reporting Child Illness

Parents/Guardians can now use their FBISD Skyward Family Access login credentials to login and complete the FBISD Wellness Screener to report their child(ren) testing positive for COVID-19.

FBISD Wellness Screener Link

Arrival & Dismissal Protocol

Please carefully read the attached information pertaining to ASE Arrival & Dismissal procedures. In addition, the map will help visualize our system for both times of day.

Early Pick-Up & Change of Dismissal

Early Pick-Up

We allow parents to pick-up their child before 2:40 p.m. Any later time coincides with our dismissal preparations; therefore we do not call students out of their classrooms after 2:40 p.m. We thank you for your cooperation.


Change of Dismissal

If you need to change your child's mode of transportation unexpectedly, we ask that you email our registrar, Gail Littlehales, with the request before 2:00 p.m. All Change of Dismissal requests are shared with teachers at 2:00 p.m. While you may additionally email your child's teacher, our registrar is the point of contact for this issue during the day.


Student Passwords

We are asking all families to test their child's login credentials to ensure a smooth first day of school experience. Attached are directions if assistance is needed.

ASE Parent Handbook, 2022-2023

The ASE Parent Handbook is full of important campus information. It will be housed at the bottom of this Smore and remain for the duration of the school year. As updates are made, parents will be notified.

Transportation News

Buses are provided to families who live more than 2 miles away from the school. If you are in need of bus transportation for your child this upcoming year, please check the website route finder, included below, for more information.


You can also call 281-634-1930.


http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=FBI-2B3JIB4YNDI

FBISD Whole Child Health Back to School Mental Health & Wellness Fair

August 17th, 2022 6-7:30 PM

The Whole Child Health Back to School Mental Health and Wellness Fair will be held at Dulles High School. The fair will provide families with information on the resources the district has available to support and develop the mental, behavioral, social, emotional, and physical health of all students in FBISD. The purpose of the Whole Child Health campaign is to increase awareness of FBISD’s diverse and robust health services and supports and decrease the stigma, financial, and access barriers to mental health support. Our commitment to Whole Child Health includes making sure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Rainy Day Dismissal-Walkers Take Note

If your child is a Red or Silver walker, he/she will either become a car rider and wait for you in our Parent Drive line OR walk home in the rain and meet you in the regular pick-up locations. You should have previously communicated with your child’s teacher about whether your child will either become a car rider or continue to walk home. We ask that all Red and Silver walker parents meet their child in the regular pick-up locations for a less chaotic pick-up. When parents converged onto campus, it is very difficult for our staff to see student movement. Your child's safety is our priority.

Staff

Principal: Donna Whisonant

Donna.Whisonant@fortbendisd.com


Assistant Principal: Stefanie Roach

Stefanie.Roach@fortbendisd.com


Assistant Principal: Anagha Machado

Anagha.Machado@fortbendisd.com


Executive Assistant: Michelle Mitchell

Michelle.Mitchell@fortbendisd.com


Registrar: Gail. Littlehales

Gail.Littlehales@fortbendisd.com


Front Office receptionist: Donna Allotta

Donna.AltamuraAllott@fortbendisd.com


Counselors: Kimberly Omanukwue (K-2nd) and Jessica Trahan(3rd-5th)

Kimberly.Omanukwue@fortbendisd.com

Jessica.Trahan@fortbendisd.com


Campus Compliance Coordinator (Special Education, 504, STAAR): Vanessa Browning

Vanessa.Browning@fortbendisd.com

SAVE the DATES

August 26th: VIPS coffee, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

September 5th: Holiday Labor Day

September 7th: Fall Open House K-2, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

September 8th: Fall Open House 3-5, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

September 22nd: Early Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conference, 12:10 p.m.

September 23rd: Professional Learning Day (No Students)