Chancellor News and Notes

September 16th- 30th, 2019

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Educate. Encourage. Empower.

A Letter from Our Principal

Greetings Chancellor Elementary School Staff, Students, and Families!

I am delighted to be the Principal of such an amazing school that is dedicated to making a difference in the Alief community. Together, we will work as a team to ensure that we educate, encourage, and empower our students.

At Chancellor, we believe in collaborating with you, our families, and the community to help each and every child grow academically and socially throughout the school year. I enjoy seeing children authentically engaged in learning, with teachers who are passionate about their craft. This year, my goal as Principal is to ensure your children are safe every day and learning from dedicated professionals who also serve as exceptional role models.

I encourage you to attend our campus events this year and show your support for our school community. We will update campus events and announcements on the Chancellor website, Twitter, and Facebook, so please check back frequently.

Thank you for trusting Alief ISD and Chancellor Elementary School to educate your child, as we do not take this responsibility lightly. Working together, this year will be awesome!


Mrs. Lisa Saarie

Chancellor Principal

Serving the Chancellor community since 2004

Phone: 281-983-8318


A Peek at Our Weeks

9/17 Constitution Day

9/18 Chancellor's Parent Night

  • Primary (Pre-K-2nd) 4:30 pm
  • Intermediate (3rd-5th) 5:30 pm
9/26 Progress Reports Go Home
9/30 Student Holiday (No School)
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Reminders For Parents

Student success is our goal at Chancellor Elementary.

We need your help!

•Spirit T-Shirts and Planners can be purchased in the front office ($10 for student shirts, $12 for adult shirts, and $2 for planners for grades 3-5)

•Please bring ID to sign in when you plan to come into the school for breakfast, a parent conference, etc.

•Breakfast is open every day to parents who sign in

Parents please note that tardies start at 7:55 am and all remaining students and parents will be dismissed from the cafeteria. If a child arrives after 7:55 am, the child will be permitted to eat breakfast in the cafeteria until 8:05 am, however no parent is allowed to stay with the tardy student.

•Lunch is closed to parents due to lack of space but we will host a parent lunch day several times a year

Gifted and Talented Nominations

If you would like to nominate your child for Alief's Gifted and Talented program, applications are being accepted now through September 27, 2019 for 1st- 5th grade. Kindergarten forms are due by December 20, 2019.

If you feel your child exhibits characteristics of giftedness, please send a note to your child's teacher to nominate him/her for testing. The GT Campus Coordinator, Lisa Arreola, will confirm your nomination with a permission to test form sent to you through your child. Testing will take place October 2019 through March 2020. Parents will be informed of results when testing has been complete.


Things to remember about attendance procedures at our school:

1) School starts at 7:45 a.m.—students who are not in class by 7:55 a.m. are considered tardy. Students who are 30 or more minutes tardy, will be considered as a “POD30”, which is a part-of-day attendance violation.

2) K-5th Dismissal is at 3:05 p.m. (Pre-K 3:15 p.m.)—students may not be released after 2:30 p.m. because dismissal procedures will have already started.

3) Students who are picked up before dismissal time will be considered as an “early leave”, which is a part-of-day attendance violation.

4) Excuse notes for absences must be returned to the front office no later than 3 days after returning to school.

5) If your child has excessive absences that have been excused by parent notes, the principal has a right to not allow anymore parent notes as excuses--only doctor's notes or notes from the school nurse will be excused.

Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information please contact our front office.

School Clubs and Tutorials

After School Club- Choir

Sponsor: Ms. Spitz

Meeting Day/Time: Wednesdays- 3:40 pm to 4:40 pm

After School Club- Leading Ladies

Sponsor: Ms. Simuel

Meeting Day/Time: Mondays- 3:40 pm to 4:40 pm

Specific dates will be sent home by Sponsor.

After School Club- Student Council

Sponsor: Ms. Watts

Meeting Day/Time: Every other Wednesday-3:40 pm to 4:40 pm

Specific dates will be sent home by Sponsor.

After School Club- Violin

Sponsor: Ms. Posey

Meeting Day/Time: Monday/Thursday- 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

Specific dates will be sent home by Sponsor.

After School Club- Arts and Crafts

Sponsor: Ms. Dao

Meeting Day/Time: Wednesdays -3:40 pm to 4:30 pm

Specific dates will be sent home by Sponsor.

Morning School Club- 5th Grade Art Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Kettner

Meeting Day/Time: 7:20 am

Specific dates will be sent home by Sponsor.


Teacher: 5th Grade Ms. Watts

Date/Time: Tuesday/Thursday 3:40 pm to 4:40 pm

Any cancellations will be posted on the school's website or a notification will be sent home by the sponsor.

School Safety Tips

1. Learn the school's emergency procedures. Emergency plans and phone numbers are usually included in school handbooks and posted in classrooms. Taking a few extra minutes to familiarize yourself and your child with emergency information can give him the confidence he needs to act quickly in emergency situations.

2. Know and follow school security and safety measures. These might include signing in when visiting the school, being escorted when walking through the building, or wearing a visitor pass. Following these procedures also sets a great example for your kids.

3. Talk with your child about safety. Be specific. Talk about instinct and paying attention to funny feelings of fear. Explain what to do if they do not feel safe (find a teacher, talk to the counselor, etc.). Make sure they know how to contact you or a trusted neighbor who is likely to be at home. Make sure that your child takes their safety seriously.

4. Inform school staff about health and emotional concerns. Whether your child has a food allergy, a physical disability, or has been subject to bullying, make sure to keep your child's teachers and principal in the loop.

5. Get involved. Talk with your child teacher and/or counselor about what you can do to increase school safety, such as organizing parents to form a neighborhood watch before and after school.

6. Lastly, keep your child's name and parent information inside the backpack at all times in case of an emergency.


Every Alief ISD student that is a bus rider has been provided with a SMART Tag from the district. The SMART Tag monitors students loading and unloading, providing real-time information to the Transportation Department, school, and the parent. It is very important for students to have their SMART Tag as it helps increase safety and security for students riding on the bus. If your child has lost or misplaced his/her SMART Tag, the replacement cost is $5.00 ($4.00 for badge and $1 for clear holder).

Go to Parent Portal and register to take advantage of the SMART tag parent features. If you are using a smartphone, you will be prompted to save the web app to your home screen. This will place the Parent App tile on your mobile device for easy access.

Children Interacting Afterschool

Free Meal • Homework Help • Fun Enrichment • Certified Instructors

Chancellor Elementary is now enrolling students for our FREE afterschool program.

Children Interacting Afterschool (CIA) provides educational, enrichment, and recreational activities that develop each student's educational competence, physical and social development, and community and family involvement in the educational setting.

Register Today! (works best on a desktop or laptop)

BoxTops for Education

We collect @BTFE. Please look for the Box Tops and send them in. They DO expire so please do not hold on to them for too long. Box Tops for Education will pay up to $10,000 per school year.

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.

Chipotle Reading Program

The Chipotle Reading Program has begun. If your child reads 1 hour at home in the month of August or September they can receive a free Chipotle kid’s meal. Please fill out and sign the reading log that was sent home documenting when they read at home. Return the reading log to Mrs. Bennett, the school's librarian, and we will send home the kid’s meal certificate. You may contact Mrs. Bennett about any questions concerning the program.

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