Stewart Stampede

October 1, 2022

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 is begins on October 24th. 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 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. Their first meeting is on Thursday, October 6th. We will communicate this information with you after the four day weekend.


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 28th 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. Most of the parade route will be outdoors. Feel free to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the entire event. If it rains, we will move the parade to the commons area in the building. We hope to see you here.


Dr. Julie English

Thank You!

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.


https://www.stewartpto.org/join-us/

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/

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. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zSMWalPrWeohoE3z4QfpqYuhje4-x30bFeJ1-RADP-s/edit


If you have any questions about Watch DOGS, please contact our counselor Tonya Mathews at trmathews@conroeisd.net.

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 2nd 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 3- December 16, 2022.


You may request a referral form from the front office or the Assistant Principal, Wesley Harness.

You will also find the link for the GT Screening referral form HERE.

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 18th and October 19th. 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 Wesley Harness at 936-709-4272.

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 Angie Creech. Please only use the main front doors of the building (doors labeled #1 and # 2) to enter into the building.


-When checking in, Angie Creech 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.


-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 Angie Creech, give her your visitor's sticker, and exit out of the front doors of the building (doors labeled #1 and #2).

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:


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.

Applying for Free and Reduced Lunch


Meals No Longer Free for All Students in the 2022-2023 School Year



  • 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 www.myschoolapps.com

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

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.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4EA4AA2AA5F85-october

Looking Ahead at Important Dates

( All dates are subject to change.)

Fall Semester Important Dates

October 2- Custodians Appreciation Day

October 3-December 16-Gifted and Talented Referral Screening

October 7 – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

October 10 – Holiday – NO SCHOOL

October18-19th-Cogat Testing (2nd Grade Only)

October 18 – Mighty Mustang Celebration

October 21 – Stellar Student Celebration

October 24- 28 – Red Ribbon Week

October 27 - Kindergarten Field Trip - Oil Ranch

October 28 – Storybook Character Parade grade K-2

November 2- Individual Make up Pictures / Group Pictures

November 3 – PTO Meeting

November 4 – Stewart Fun Run

November 8 – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

November 8- Voting Day

November 10 – 4th Grade Musical

November 11 – Veterans Day Program

November 14 – 18 – Generation Texas Week

November 16 – Picnic in the Park 5:30 -7:30pm

November 17 - Fourth grade field trip to Sam Houston Museum

November 18 – Turkey Trot during specials classes

November 21- 25 – Thanksgiving Holiday – NO SCHOOL

December 1 – Dr. Jean Stewart’s Birthday

December 2- PTO Meeting

December 2- Stellar Student Celebration

December 5- 9 – PTO Holiday Store

December 7 – Mighty Mustang Celebration

December 8 – Grade 3-6 Choir Concert

December 9 – Kinder Gingerbread House Building

December 13 – PE & Art Night – 1st Grade

December 14- Band and Orchestra Concerts

December 15 – Grinch Day / K- 2 Parties

December 16 - Polar Express Day / 3rd- 6th parties

December 16 – Early Dismissal 12:10 pm

December 19 – January 4 – Winter Break

We had so much fun during our PRIDE Pep Rally! Students and staff played "Are You Smarter Than and 5th Grader" and "Hungry Hungry Hippos".