Principal News

October 2, 2023

Message From Your Principal


We hope this message finds you and your family in good health and high spirits. As we strive to provide a safe and hygienic environment for your children at Sullivan we would like to express our gratitude for your continued support. This week, I would like to emphasize the vital role that you, as parents, can play in helping us maintain clean and tidy student restrooms. Our dedicated custodial staff works tirelessly to ensure that the student restrooms are cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis. They are committed to providing your children with a clean and safe space while they are at school. However, maintaining cleanliness in shared spaces is a collective effort that involves not only our custodial team, but also our students and their families.

Please take a moment to talk to your children about the importance of cleanliness in shared spaces like restrooms. Help them understand that their actions impact the cleanliness and hygiene of these facilities. Encourage your children to practice good hygiene, including proper handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom. Remind them that this helps prevent the spread of germs. Teach your children to use the provided trash bins for disposing of paper towels, tissue, and waste materials. Littering can quickly lead to a messy environment. Emphasize the importance of treating restroom facilities with respect. Encourage your children not to vandalize or damage any property within the restrooms and finally encourage your children to report any plumbing issues, broken fixtures, or cleanliness problems they encounter in the student restrooms to school staff.

We appreciate your commitment to your child's education and safety, and we thank you for your ongoing support. Together, we can ensure that our student restrooms remain clean and inviting spaces for all.

As always, we appreciate your partnership and continue to reach out to me with any questions!

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

Safety Reminders

Reminders this week include:

* Be sure to check-out at the front office when leaving campus. For the safety of all, we ask that you do not exit through any other doors, other than those located in the front lobby.

* Parents waiting to eat lunch with their child, we ask that you wait on the stage each day. Please remember that you are only to eat with your child and you cannot bring lunch for other students.


The Campus Planning Advisory Committee, comprised of staff and parents, met this past week.

Topics of discussion included our Campus Improvement Plan, which details the goals, objectives and checkpoints established this year as a school, along with staffing issues. In 2nd-5th grades were are in the process of hiring instructional aids to assist the teachers with everyday teaching and learning aspects. In addition, the committee talked about building community among all students. This year we have many new Dalmatians joining us from a variety of campuses. Teachers are finding creative ways to engage students in peer activities. We also discussed safety at school and the measures we take to keep all safe. These actions include practicing drills, securing doors, making sure all persons on campus have come through the front lobby, and not permitting adults into classrooms without proper identification.

We will also ask students what events and activities they did at previous schools that we can consider at ASE for implementation. We will try to grow team spirit as well with grade level exercises and team building opportunities.

Our next meeting is November 29th.

Profile of a Graduate

Congratulations to our September Profile of a Graduate Leaders at ASE!

Students are nominated based on the Fort Bend ISD Profile of a Graduate strategic plan:

Equipped with skills for life

A servant leader

An effective communicator

A critical thinker

A compassionate citizen

A collaborative team member

A life-long learner


Amyra Choudhury

Ryan Stegemeier


Kinza Qassam

Zaim Arif


Paige Chintapalli

Rithik Adams


Mila Hernandez

Younes Alwazir


Annabelle Tanguma

Saikrishna Gadiyaram


Katie Tran

Krish Lakwadala

Staff Winners:

Mrs. Moosa, Special Education

Mrs. Warner, 5th grade

UIL News

UIL teams will be formed again this year.

UIL Tryouts will be October 4th, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for students in grades 2-5.

Please see the attached flyer. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Missy Hochstetler, Literacy Intervention Teacher.

October 4th

National Walk to School Day is slated for October 4th. We encourage all students and families to participate in this event, if walking from home to school can be done safely.

National School Lunch Week/Take Your Family to Lunch

October 9-13 is recognized as School Lunch Week. It is an annual celebration recognizing the importance of nutritious school meals in fostering healthy students and communities.

Family Picnic

Please make plans to come to campus for a picnic lunch on October 13th. Attached is our schedule for all k-5 families.

Fall Festival

Please make pans to join us at our Fall Festival on October 28th from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PTA and staff are excited to provide this event for all Dalmatians!

Book Character Parade

On October 31st, all students are invited to join in the fun of our Book Character Parade! Come dressed as your favorite character and let your imagination shine. Please note that for safety reasons, we kindly ask that no weapons or guns are part of any costume. Students will parade on campus, while holding the book of the character they represent.

* After an indoor procession, students will come outside to tour the building. Parents are permitted to watch the outdoor parade, standing in the blue space noted below. Parents are invited for the outdoor parade from 9:00-9:30 a.m.

Dalmatian Nation Drive

Dalmatian Nation Drive kicked off Friday, September 1st, with forms going home in Friday folders.

DND is our direct donation fundraiser which will be running through October 31st.

Your donations go directly toward student enrichment programs, classrooms, technology, all grade level field trips & transportation, field day, playground equipment, family events, class parties and more!

Let’s reach our goal of raising $40,000 and help bridge the gap between district funding and what is needed to make our students’ experience spectacular!

You can find more information and donate at-

For forms please make checks payable to ‘ASE PTA’.

Spelling Bee

This year grades 3-5 are invited to participate in ASE’s spelling bee. A qualifying round will take place in November and the top spellers will be asked to participate in the all school spelling bee. Please see the attached flyer and check out your child’s library schoology course for more information such as study guide, parent letter, rules, etc.

Counselors' Corner

From Ms. Omanukwue and Ms. Davis

Our big idea this month is integrity.

Nelson Mandela once said, “The first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, honesty, and humility.” Integrity is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. A person with integrity does the right thing even behind closed doors.

Tips for home:

1. Lead by example by acting with integrity. Our kids understand right from wrong and our always watching us.

2. Be specific with your reasoning. Remember, children are concrete thinkers and abstract words describing character traits such as kind, polite or be patient can be confusing. Model what it looks like and explain your expectations.

3. Offer examples of positive moral behaviors. Use real-life examples, books and movies to help children develop character. Point out positive behaviors and give an explanation to your child.

Safe Students

We always want to keep our children safe. The attached letter describes illegal substance abuse and concerns starting in middle school. We have included the information so that you are aware as parents.

Spirit Night

Come join us this Friday for our spirit night at Bounce Bounce and take advantage of the special pricing! 20% of all ASE sales proceeds go to ASE PTA.

Art Reflections Contest

Please see the flyer below if your child is interested in submitting a piece for the 2023-2024 Art Reflections Contest.

Science Fair

The district Science Fair will be held this year on March 27th. Students in grades 3-5 may submit projects for this district venue.

However, all students K-5 may create a project in the spring and bring to class. Be on the lookout for more information from your child's teacher in January.

Fort Bend Education Foundation

Stay abreast with all the upcoming FBEF events. The Foundation has donated over $74,000 to ASE since its inception and we are grateful!

Watch Dog Dads

Calling all ASE Dads, Grandfathers, Uncles and other family male role models!

Please consider spending time on campus as a Watch Dog Volunteer.

The attached flyer shares more information about this great opportunity.

Please reach out to Ms. Davis, our counselor, with any questions.

Writing Challenge

In an effort to grow future authors and develop the love of writing in our students, each month we will pose a writing topic for our K-5 Dalmatians to respond to as an optional activity. A child who completes the Challenge can submit his/her work to Ms. Roach electronically or in the yellow bus located near the front office.

Pieces submitted will be displayed on our Writing Challenge hallway bulletin board, along with recognition in this Smore. Creativity is encouraged and grammatical errors are forgiven!

October Writing Challenge is included below and the deadline to submit an October piece is the 27th.

FINAL Written September Submissions:

5th-Ryuki Hotta

5th-Anshu Darsi

4th-Aanya Parekh

4th-Mohid Atif

4th-Kanav Singh

4th- Devan Raizada

4th-Saikrishna Gadiyaram

4th-Prapti Patel

3rd-Naoki Hotta

3rd-Lianna George

3rd-Nikhil Sehgal

3rd-Aarish Khaki

3rd-Zoha Khaki

3rd-Queena Liu

3rd-Haniyah Jaliawala

3rd-Luna Hou

3rd-Noah Lakhani

3rd-Mritsa Hari

3rd-Riya Rayapeta

3rd-Aanshi Sheth

3rd-Jasmine Altmiller

2nd-Natasha Laiduc

2nd-Aadya Karri

2nd-Mehreen Vejlani

2nd-Saakshi Soni

2nd-Kaylee Zhou

2nd-Nitya Kolachalam

2nd-Sahara John

2nd-Deetya Ethiraj

2nd-Joann Okpani

2nd- Naima Mallya

2nd-Teddy Patel

2nd-Naima Mallya

2nd-Sharon Okpani

2nd-Bhuvi Grover

2nd-Aarish Kamdar

1st-Kayilan Santhoshkanna

1st-Aisha Jaliawala

1st-Nithya Sajja

Kindergarten-William John

PTA News

Welcome back Dalmatians and a warm welcome to our new ASE families. If you haven't already, please register for an ASE account using the QR code and you will receive access to school stores, PTA membership forms and details, updates to upcoming events, and much more. We are looking forward to another amazing year!

Gifted and Talented

Update: 2nd graders, who are not already part of the GT program, will take their GT screener test the week of October 24-28th. An exact day is unable to be shared due to activities happening on campus and scheduling. However, in the spirit of communication, we did want to make all 2nd grade families aware of the window to test.

All other Referrals for fall testing will occur the weeks of October 30-November 14.

Student Honored

Congratulations to Vivaan Ruparel, who won First place in a chess tournament held by RICCAS last Saturday. Way to go!

Parent Seminar

Dyslexia Parent Night will be hosted at the Reece Center on October 19th from 5:30-7:00. This informative and supportive event provides parents with valuable insights, resources, and strategies to better understand and support their students with dyslexia and literacy needs. The evening will include presentations from dyslexia teachers, interactive activities, and opportunities for parents to connect with each other and share their experiences. This event aims to empower parents with knowledge and tools to help their students thrive academically and emotionally.

Whole Child Initiative

As a part of the Whole Child Health Initiative, Fort Bend ISD is excited to present our first student success webinar of the new school year: “Mental Health Supports for Students.” This session will focus on answering FBISD students' questions regarding the mental health supports available to them. Students will explore the comprehensive mental health supports offered in their school community. This student success webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 18th at 6 p.m. Whole Child Health focuses on Whole Child Health, is aligned with FBISD's Profile of a Graduate, and is committed to supporting and developing the mental, behavioral, social, emotional, and physical health of all students in FBISD.

Reporting Child Illness

The health & safety of students, teachers, and staff is the District’s foremost priority. Please stay home when sick and if you do test positive for COVID-19 to self-report using the online FBISD Wellness Screener.


Principal: Donna Whisonant

Assistant Principal: Stefanie Roach

Assistant Principal: Anagha Machado

Executive Assistant: Michelle Mitchell

Registrar: Ashley King

Front Office Receptionist: Donna Allotta

Counselors: Kimberly Omanukwue (1-3) and Charlette' Davis (K,4,5)

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

Save the Date

10/4: UIL Try-Outs, grades 2-5

10/4: Walk to School Day

10/6: End of 1st 9-weeks

10/9: Holiday for all

10/10: Teacher Professional Development Day, no students

10/12: Report Cards posted to Skyward

10/13: Family Picnic, see above

10/23-10/27: Red Ribbon week

10/28: Fall Festival, 10-12 p.m.

10/31: Character Parade