Stewart Stampede

October 2023

From the Principal

Dear Stewart Families,

I hope everyone is doing well.

There are a few big events going on this month. Please be sure to look at the calendar in this newsletter so you don't miss anything.

Red Ribbon week begins on October 23rd. Red Ribbon Week continues to be the nations largest and longest drug prevention campaign. Schools across America recognize this week in many different ways. At Stewart, we talk about making healthy choices. The conversation will sound different in all grade levels and will be age appropriate. We also like to establish "theme" days and encourage students to dress to match the theme. Our Stewart Student Council chooses the dress themes for each day.

Also, our book fair takes place October 16- 20th. The book fair will be open from 7:30-3:00 each day. Parents are ALWAYS welcome to shop at the book fair. On Tuesday night the book fair will be open from 5:30-7:00PM for Family Night at the Fair. There will be activities for students and Silver our famous Mustang Mascot will be here as well.

We have been experiencing quite a bit of illnesses recently. We are encouraging good hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer. Please also encourage this at home. Several students come to school with a small bottle of hand sanitizer in their lunch box. This might be a great option for parents to consider so that students can sanitize their hands before eating lunch.

October is a great time of year, as we begin enjoying cooler weather. It's also the time when students wear more sweaters and jackets to school. Every year, we have over a hundred items that go unclaimed when school is out. It is very helpful if you write your child's name on the label of each piece of outer clothing they bring to school.

Finally, our Storybook Character Parade takes place on Friday, October 27th at 9:00AM. This is a fun day for all our students. Students in kindergarten through third grade can dress as their favorite character from a book. Fourth through sixth grade students will be the audience for the parade. Parents are also welcome. We hope to see you here.

Dr. Julie English

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2023 Growing Bond

At their Special Board Meeting on August 1, 2023, the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to put four propositions on the November 7th ballot for a bond referendum. If voters approve Prop A and any combination of Props B, C, and/or D on November 7, there is a 2-cent anticipated tax rate increase to Conroe ISD residents in 2024-2025.

Prop A includes Phase I of the Washington High School Master Plan. This includes a new classroom building and critical infrastructure like chillers, boilers, freezer/cooler, air handlers, electrical service equipment, roof sections, and storm water drainage and detention improvements.

Leading up to Election Day, you will continue to receive factual information about the upcoming bond. To learn more about Bond 2023, please visit or follow us on social media

Important Dates for Voting

Last day to register to vote is October 10.

Early voting takes place October 23rd through November 3rd.

Election Day is November 7th

For more information click on the link below:

Montgomery County, Texas - Elections (

Applying for Free and Reduced Lunch

Your child may qualify for Free or Reduced Priced lunches and breakfast. Check out the following information to see you you qualify.

  • Federal waivers providing Free meals for all students the last 2 years have now expired
  • Parents must complete an application for students to be eligible for Free or Reduced meals
  • You can access the online free and reduced application at

From the Stewart PTO

The Stewart PTO membership drive is going on until Friday, Today, October 6th. Classrooms who receive over 90% membership will get a popsicle party PLUS 15 minutes extra recess time! And our teachers will get a break, with PTO covering recess for them!

Join PTO here:

Cypress Academy PNO

Hi Stewart Mustangs!

Stewart PTO has scheduled a fun Parents Night Out at Cypress Academy on Friday October 13th from 7-10pm. We would love to see all of your children's faces there to hang out with their friends, run, jump, flip, and climb. This is a private event for Stewart Families. Space is limited. To sign up, please visit: Stewart PTO will receive a portion of all proceeds.

Thank you!

Jeremiah's Spirit Night

Hi Stewart families! The new Jeremiah's Italian Ice in Woodforest's Pine Market is hosting a Stewart Spirit Night on Thursday, October 12 from 3-9 p.m. 20% of proceeds will be donated to Stewart's PE Department. Please mention Stewart PTO when you order. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for supporting our Mustangs and PE department!

Thank You PTO!

A huge thank you goes to the PTO and our Mustang Families! Our beginning of the year fundraiser was a huge success. We appreciate your continued support!

Please be sure to check out the PTO website for additional information and dates for upcoming events.

Thank You!

We want to express our gratitude to The Woodforest Church for providing "Payday Breakfast" and other thoughtful treats for our staff.

Cell Phone District Committee

Our district level cell phone committee has been working together to review our current cell phone policy. If you would like to see information about their progress, please access it through the link below.

Parent Access Account

Did you know you can access your child's STAAR score through the Parent Access Account?

You can also check on your child's attendance, lunch account balance, grades(3rd-6th) through the Parent Access Account.

If you don't have a Parent Access Account here is how to set it up.

Use the link below to register

You must have your students ID number and matching demographic information.

If you have more than one student, you will need to register for each of the separately using the same email and password to merge accounts.

Lunch with a Loved One & Bookfair

Your invited to have lunch with your child and visit our book fair. Please pre-register using the following Sign- Up genius link.

Please note, the 2nd & 4TH grade date has been changed from Thursday to Friday due to the field trip.

You are also invited to visit the bookfair during our Family Night at the Fair Event .

Tuesday October 17th

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

We will have fun games, shopping and our famous Silver the Mascot will be here.

Coats for Kids Drive

This is the 21st year that our Conroe ISD police will be collecting coats for those in need. The coats will all be cleaned before they are distributed to children and adults. We have a 55 gallon container by our front door to collect those items you would like to donate.

Thank you for helping out those who are in need.

Automated Library Notifications

Conroe ISD Library Services enabled daily email notifications, so you are informed of the items checked out by your student. Daily emails will list the item(s) currently checked out. If the book(s) your student selected is not a good fit, please have your student return it to the campus library and choose a new title. If you have questions about the book(s), please contact the school librarian.

Notifications for these daily messages can be managed in Parent Access Center (PAC). If you don’t have a PAC account, you will need to register for one to access the email settings. You can also view the item(s) your student checked out by logging in to Destiny Discover through your student's SSO account. You can further manage your student’s access to library materials by completing the Library Access Form found on the Library Services website along with viewing other helpful information. Please do not reply to this email as it comes from an unmonitored email account.

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:

Watch Dogs

The Dads of Great Students WATCH D.O.G.S. program is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. WATCH D.O.G.S. is a family and community engagement educational initiative designed and developed by educators, experts and parent volunteers over more than two decades.

WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Please click on the following link to find out more and/or to sign up.

If you have any questions about Watch DOGS, please contact our counselor Tonya Mathews at

Attendance Matters

Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career. A recent study looking at young children found that absenteeism in kindergarten was associated with negative first grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in subsequent years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge.

Counselors' Corner

Join us for Coffee with Counselors on October 23rd, from 9:00-10:15 (See flyer below)
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Red Ribbon Week

Help us celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 23rd-27th! This year's theme is BE KIND TO YOUR MIND! Here at Stewart we use RRW as a time to emphasize the importance of making healthy/safe choices for our bodies. Please see the attached flyer for our themed dress-up days.
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Gifted and Talented Student Referral Timeframe:

Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or campus staff. It is recommended that parents of 2 nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher. Referrals will be accepted October 2- December 15, 2023. GT testing will occur during the window of January 22- February 2, 2024. Results will not be available until May 2024.

You may request a referral form from the front office or the Assistant Principal, Heather Paugh.

You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

Cogat Testing: 2nd Grade Students Only

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT Test) will be administered to all CISD students at the second grade level. CogAT measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime and at different rates for different individuals. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation and work habits, which contribute to school achievement as well.

Our campus will be administering the test on October 17 & 18th . These tests will be scored by an independent company, and we anticipate that the results of the test for your child will arrive prior to our sending home the second nine-week grade report.

Please review with your child the importance of doing his/her best in testing situations. Attendance during these days of testing is very important, as make-ups may be difficult. Also, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are highly recommended.

If you would like additional information regarding these assessments, please contact

Heather Paugh at 936-709-4207.

Destination Imagination

We are looking for Destination Imagination parent sponsors and student participants for the 2023-2024 school year. See the following flyer for details. Please contact our counselor, Ms. Smith if you would like more information and for student applications.


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Please write your child's name on lunch kits, water bottles and all jackets. The amount things found in the gym, cafeteria and playground is overwhelming. We do look for names and try to return things.

October Lunch Reservation Sign Up

You are invited to sign up to have lunch with your student. Please use the Sign Up Genus link to reserve your date.
In order to allow more families to come please limit your visits to one per month.

Campus Safety

Our Stewart community loves having all different types of visitors. Here are some helpful reminders while arriving on campus and in the building:

-When visiting the campus (for lunch, as a volunteer, PTO member, Watchdog, etc...) it is important to remember to check in at the front office with Bettzy Aguilar. Please only use the main front doors of the building (doors labeled #1 and # 2) to enter into the building.

-When checking in, Bettzy Aguilar will give each visitor a visitor's sticker. Please ensure that the sticker is worn in a visible location. Teachers and Staff members will be looking for visitors in the building to ensure that badges are being worn.

-When eating with your child/children at lunch, please remember that your child/children have to walk back to their classroom with their class and teacher. Parents may not walk down the hallways and escort their child/children back to class. Additionally, please do not ask another child to eat with you and your child. You may only sit and eat with your child.

-When either volunteering for the campus, coming in for the Stewart PTO, or a watchdog, please do not prop open any doors. All exterior doors must remain closed and locked at all times.

-When leaving the Stewart for the day, please check out with Bettzy Aguilar, give her your visitor's sticker, and exit out of the front doors of the building (doors labeled #1 and #2).

We are making plans for our Veteran's Day celebration. As in the past, we want to invite all veterans from our community to participate in a celebration parade. This will give us an opportunity to recognize those who served or previously served in the Armed Forces.

The date for the parade is on Friday, November 10th at 9:00AM.

Safety - We Want To Hear From You.

This information was sent out early August. Here it is again.

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:

If you have any special concerns or comments, please contact our campus safety coordinator, Courtney Thibodeaux. You can email her at

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

Looking Ahead at Important Dates


5th - PTO Meeting

6th - No School for Students - Staff Development Day

9th – No School

11th – Class Pictures and Make- ups

12th - Community Bond Meeting 6PM

13th - Third grade Parent Engagement Event

13th - Mighty Mustang

16th – 20th – Book Fair

17th - Family Night at the Book Fair

19th - 2nd Grade Field Trip

19th- Feeder Zone Choir Concert at Peet Junior High 6:30 p.m.

20th - Stellar Student

23rd - Coffee w/Counselors 9a.m. Topic: Anxiety in Children

23rd-27th – Red Ribbon Week

26th - Kindergarten Field Trip

27th – Storybook Parade K-3 @ 9:00AM


3rd – Fun Run

7th- Voting Day - No School for Students - Staff Development

10th – Veterans Day Celebration

10th - PTO Mtg

13th – 17th – Generation Texas Week

14th- 4th Grade Program and Open House

17th – Turkey Trot

20th -24th – Thanksgiving Break


1st – Stellar Student

1st - PTO Mtg. @9:00AM

4th – 8th - Holiday Store

6th - Mighty Mustang

7th - PE Night and Art Show for 1st grade @6:00PM

8th - Kinder Gingerbread Houses

12th - Choir Concert - CHS Auditorium @ 6:30PM

14th - Grinch Day and K-2 parties

15th – Polar Express Day and 3-6 parties/ Half Day