Stewart Stampede

Summer - August 1, 2022

From the Principal

The first day of school is almost here! There is a lot of information in this newsletter. Please read carefully.


Feel free to contact us if you have questions.

Beginning of the Year Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I bring younger siblings to meet the teacher? Yes. We just ask that you come at your designated time.

4:30-5:15PM - Students who have last names beginning with the letters A-L

5:30-6:15PM - Students who have last names beginning with the letters M-Z


2. Can I walk my child to to the classroom on the first day of school? Yes. The campus will be open for parents to walk to the classroom on the first day of school. We ask that all students walk to class on their own on the second day of school. There will be staff members helping students if they need to find their classroom.


3. When can I eat lunch with my child? The first two weeks of school are critical for learning about the classroom, halls restrooms, recess, lunch, and specials classes. This is important for setting procedural and safety procedures. We are limiting visitors until Wednesday, August 24th. Parents are welcome to sign up to eat lunch with their child.


4. How do I make changes to my child's afternoon transportation? The best way to change transportation is with a note given to the teacher prior to instruction beginning for the day. It's best if you send a note to school with your child.


If you are not able to send note, you can contact our receptionist, Angie Creech. This change must be made prior to 1:30PM. You can call Angie at 936-709-4200 or by email at acreech@conroeisd.net.


Please do not email your child's teacher during the school day as they may not read it until after school.


5. How will I find out my child's daily schedule? Your child's teacher will communicate this on or before the first day of school.


6. Can I send a water bottle with my child? Yes. We encourage this. Please ensure your child's name is on the water bottle.


7. What if my child leaves their lunch at home? You can drop off the lunch at the front desk. We will get it to your child before their lunch.


8. What if my child leaves their homework or project at home? You can drop it off at the front desk. We will place it in the teacher's box. We are unable to take this to the child's classroom during instruction.


9. Are school meals free again this year? No. School meals are no longer free. Lunch costs $3.20 and breakfast is $2.00.


Free and reduced meal information and application can be found at: https://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/


Adding money to your child's account can be found at:

https://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/


10. I purchased school supplies through the PTO. How will the supplies get to my child's classroom? The PTO will deliver the school supplies to your child's classroom before "Meet the Teacher" night.

Stewart Dress Code

Students are expected to adhere to the dress code expectations set by the school district. You can find these at:

https://www.conroeisd.net/about/policies-procedures/#



In addition, Stewart dress code includes:

1. Shorts must be mid-thigh length.

2. Mid-drift and halter tops are not allowed. Students should be able to raise their arms without the mid-drift showing.

3. Muscle shirts are not allowed.

4. Spaghetti straps or straps that are not at least the width of two adult fingers are not allowed.

5. Jeans with rips or holes that are above the mid-thigh are not allowed, unless there is a patch under the rip for fray.

6. Sandals and flip flops are not allowed at school. Students must wear closed toe shoes.

7. Work out type yoga pants or leggings are allowed ONLY if the length of the shirt/top reaches the top of the thigh.

8. Undergarments should not be visible.

9. Hair must be a natural color. Pink, blue, green, purple...is not a natural hair color and therefore not appropriate for school.

10. Make-up is not allowed. Our Mustangs are natural beauties!


Teachers and staff monitor adherence to the dress code. Parents will be called if students are not dressed according to the dress code and students will wait in the front office for a change of clothes. If parents are unable to come to the campus with a change of clothes, the campus will provide the student with a pair of shorts and a t-shirt for the day.

Campus Safety

Below are some things you need to know regarding safety at Stewart:


1. Every visitor to the campus must sign in at the front office. Be prepared to show a government issued ID to visit the campus.


2. All visitors must wear a school issued badge the entire time they are on campus.


3. Visitor badges will state the area of the building they will visit. Any visitor seen in a different part of the building will be directed back to the front office.


4. All volunteers must sign-up to "Volunteer in CISD." Below is the Volunteer Link:


CISD Volunteer (conroeisd.net)


5. Visitors and volunteers are expected to follow all safety protocols established by the state, district and campus.


6. All substitute teachers are required to be trained on campus safety procedures before entering the classroom.


7. All staff members are required to wear a school district issued badge throughout the school day.


8. Staff members, other district employees, visitors, and volunteers shall never prop open a school door without a staff member present at and actively monitoring the door.


9. All visitors and volunteers must participate in all campus drills.


10. Visitors and volunteers must not enter classrooms without prior arrangements with the classroom teacher. Any visit to the classroom must begin with checking in at the front office.


Stewart Elementary accepts and encourages comments or suggestions regarding safety. We are consistently monitoring our procedures and are open to what you suggest. Additionally, if you see something that concerns you, please take time to make us aware of your observation. You can do this by accessing a form through the QR code below. This QR code will be placed on each entrance door as well. Please access the link to the safety suggestion google form:


https://forms.gle/qwCYuUdhSqTJNTg76


If you have any special concerns or comments, please contact our campus safety coordinator, Wes Harness. You can email him at wjharness@conroeisd.net.

Stewart Morning and Car Rider Reminders





General Reminders:


1. There will be an officer (Officer Randy Bass) out at the front of the school on Woodforest Parkway directing traffic. It is important to follow all directions from Officer Bass to ensure child and family safety.


2. When exiting the parking lot during arrival times, all cars must exit to the right and are not able to turn left. This helps with getting car rider line moving faster.


3. There will be no parking in our front parking lot during arrival times (7:30-8:00 AM). The parking lot will be blocked off with cones.


4. To ensure the safety of all our students and families, families will not be allowed to park in front of our school (on Woodforest Parkway) on the grass and have their students walk up the sidewalk to the school.


5. To ensure the safety of all of our students and families, families will not be allowed to park at the Church at Woodforest and walk their students across Woodforest Parkway to the school.


6. To ensure the safety and efficiency of the car rider arrival process, please have all students ready to go (backpack and lunch kits ready, breakfast already completed, etc).


7. Students in the blue lane only exit the right side of the car. Students in the maroon lane only exit the left side of the car. Students in each colored lane cannot get out of car doors facing the middle part of the car rider lanes.


Car Rider Reminders:


1. As families pull their car into the front parking lot of Stewart, they will need to decide to either get into the Blue Lane (closest to the school) or the Maroon Lane (closest to the parking lot). It is recommended that only grades Kinder to 2nd Grade utilize the blue lane and grades 3rd grade to 6th grade utilize the maroon lane. If families have multiple students in upper and lower grade levels, they can utilize either of the two lanes.


2. As vehicles pull up to the front of the school in the blue lane, school staff members will help get students out of their cars (8 cars at a time) and walk them down the side walk to the front entry doors of the school. Students must not get out of the cars by themselves. Students are to wait for a staff member to open the door. Students in the blue lane only exit right the side of the car. As students pull up to the front of the school in the maroon lane, school staff members will help get students out of their cars (8 cars at a time) and walk them down the curb of the sidewalk to the maroon student holding area in the school parking lot. Students in the maroon lane only exit the left side of the car. When students all arrive in the maroon holding area, cars will be stopped by our car rider crossing guard and walk across the cross walk, and into the front entry doors of the building. Students must not get out of the cars by themselves. Students are to wait for a staff member to open the door.


3. The rotation of 8 cars each flight will occur until every student is inside the building.

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Stewart Afternoon and Car Rider Reminders

General Reminders:


1. There will be an officer (Officer Randy Bass) out at the front of the school on Woodforest Parkway directing traffic. It is important to follow all directions from Officer Bass to ensure child and family safety.


2. When exiting the parking lot during dismissal times, all cars must exit to the right and are not able to turn left. This helps with getting car rider line moving faster.


3. To ensure the safety of all our students and families, families will not be allowed to park in front of our school (on Woodforest Parkway) on the grass and have their students walk to their cars.


4. To ensure the safety of all of our students and families, families will not be allowed to park at the Church at Woodforest and have their students walk across Woodforest Parkway to the church.


5. The blue lane is the lane that forms off of Fish Creek Thoroughfare. The maroon lane is the lane coming off of Woodforest Parkway. Once a car are in a colored lane for dismissal, that is the lane each car must stay in. Cars will not be allowed to switch lanes during dismissal due to school staff members already calling in each families’ student name.

6. Students in the blue lane only enter the right side of the car. Students in the maroon lane only enter the left side of the car. Students in each colored lane cannot get into car doors facing the middle part of the car rider lanes.


Car Rider Reminders:


1. As families are in route to the school, they will need to decide to either get into the Blue Lane (closest to the school) or the Maroon Lane (closest to the parking lot). The blue lane is the lane that forms off of Fish Creek Thoroughfare. The maroon lane is the lane coming off of Woodforest Parkway. Once a car are in a colored lane for dismissal, that is the lane each car must stay in. Cars will not be allowed to switch lanes during dismissal due to school staff members already calling in each families’ student name.


2. As vehicles pull up to the front of the school in the blue lane, school staff members will help get students into their cars (8 cars at a time). Students in the blue lane must get into their cars on the right side of the car. As students pull up to the front of the school in the maroon lane, school staff members will help get students into their cars (8 cars at a time). Students in the maroon lane will get into their cars on the left side of the car. Students in each colored lane cannot get into car doors facing the middle part of the car rider lanes.


3. The rotation of 8 cars each flight will occur until every student has exited the building.

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Biker-Walker Dismissal Parent Reminders:

Below are some reminders regarding Biker-Walker Dismissal Procedures:


· Stewart classroom instruction stops at 3:10 PM. Stewart Biker-Walker dismissal begins at 3:20 PM.


· Pick up for Biker Walker is right past the bike racks in the back parking lot employee entrance doors.


· Only families that live within walking distance from their house to the school may be eligible to sign up for Biker-Walker. The only eligible 7 neighborhoods within the school community are the ones that live on the same side of Woodforest as Stewart is located (Kinnerly Peak, Forest Heights, Greatwood, Chesswood, Muirfield Pointe, Pinnacle Ridge, and Biltmore). These eligible neighborhoods cannot ride the bus like our other neighborhoods in our Stewart school community.


· For grades Kinder to 1st, please remember to have your Biker-Walker Tag viewable. If you forgot or cannot find your Biker-Walker tag, please be prepared to show a Stewart staff member your driver’s license so that we can verify that you’re a person that can pick up your student.


· Grades 2nd to 6th students may walk or ride their bike home by themselves.


If you want your younger siblings in grades K to 1st to walk or ride their bikes home with their older sibling, each family must fill out and sign a Biker-Walker Permission Release form. This form must be turned into the school. You can pick up this form on "Meet the Teacher", the first day of school, or you can access the form at this link. Please see the link below:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yiLsui8d5Au-TP4LEfm7F_VhRJRATorK/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=115331760926549467776&rtpof=true&sd=true


For severe weather days, biker/walker students will be dismissed with the car riders. All biker/walker students will be dismissed as a car rider. Parents will need to bring either their biker/walker school issued sign or their car rider school issued sign. The weather in Texas changes quickly during the day. We try to call for a "Severe Weather Day" dismissal by 2:00PM. We will notify you by email and text.

Registration

We are here on campus and accepting registrations for the 2022/23 school year.


If you have a child at home who will be attending Stewart this school year, please begin the registration process online.


https://www.conroeisd.net/parents/enrollment-information/


Please also communicate this with your friends, family and neighbors.


Documents needed to enroll new student are as follows. Having these uploaded at the time of registration will expedite the process.


1. Student social security card

2. Student birth certificate

3. Student immunization records

4. Parent ID

5. Proof of residency


Contact our registrar Karen Scambray by phone 936-709-4201 or at kscambray@conroeisd.net

Meet the Teacher

All families will be notified through email, on Thursday, August 4th by the end of the school day, who their child's classroom teacher will be.


You will have an opportunity to meet the teacher on Monday, August 8th. We are dividing the alphabet to lower the number of people in the building at one time.


4:30-5:15PM - Students who have last names beginning with the letters A-L

5:30-6:15PM - Students who have last names beginning with the letters M-Z

Planning for Dismissal


About 70% of our parents have completed the dismissal google survey. Please help us out by completing this information to help us make plans for the first week of school.


This will need to be completed for each child, separately. We are asking how your child will go home on the first day of school and then each day after that. Please complete this ASAP.


https://forms.gle/bNBEz9EXMsnFbeEc6

School Supplies

Our PTO is busy putting together all the school supply packs that were pre-ordered. All supplies will be delivered to the classrooms before "Meet the Teacher" night.


If you did not pre-order school supplies, you can find the list on our website.


https://stewart.conroeisd.net/

School Supplies - Headphones Clarification

The school supply list includes a set of headphones for students. Please know the headphones should not be expensive. It works best if they cover the ears but it is not necessary to spend a lot of money for them.

Volunteer in Conroe ISD

If you want to volunteer in any capacity on our campus, you must complete an application to "Volunteer in Conroe ISD." This is a very easy application to complete. You can access the application at:


https://www.conroeisd.net/parents/get-involved/

Register for the CISD School Bus

If you want your child to access the school bus in the morning and/or afternoon, you must REGISTER your child through transportation. Your child will not be able to ride the bus without registering.


You will need to enter your child's birthday and six digit student ID number. You can find this number through parent access. https://www.conroeisd.net/parents/



Register for the bus:

https://apps.conroeisd.net/AlternativeTransportation/

Info-Snap

Please don't forget to complete your Info-Snap verification. Reminders have gone out through email. Your child will not be placed into a class without this verification complete.


There is a snapcode link in the email. Be sure to check your junk or spam email as it may sometimes appear in those areas.

Weekly Text Messages and Emails

Just a reminder that a text message and email is sent each Sunday afternoon at 4:00PM. This communication (Stewart Happenings Week of...) includes weekly reminders for families. If you are not receiving this communication, please contact our registrar to update your child's information.


Contact information

Karen Scambray

kscambray@conroeisd.net

Calendar

August

2nd - Teachers return to school

2nd-5th - Front office is open 8:00AM-3:00PM

4th - Email will be sent for classroom assignment

8th - Meet the Teacher - Watch Dogs kick-off

10th - First Day of School

10th - Boohoo/Yoohoo Breakfast 8:15AM in the Library

23rd - Parent Information Night

25th - Parent Information Night

26th - PTO Fundraiser - Auction Kick-off