The Howl - Our Parent Newsletter

September 19, 2023

Our 2023-24 Theme

Big picture

September 19, 2023

Dear Carter Coyote Families,

This past month we had progress reports distributed through Skyward Family Access, Go Western Day in honor of Fort Bend County Fair Day, and this week brings Custodian Appreciation Week.

Picture Day is coming soon on October 11. See information below for ordering details. Students wear best-dressed!

Parents, we are grateful for all your support.

Picture Day - October 11

Picture Day is coming up on October 11! Order before Picture Day to receive free shipping to the school. Order online at or click HERE and enter Order Code 78781HF.
Big picture

Save the Dates for the Book Fair!

Big picture


Big picture

House Shirt Orders

Click to order your Coyote a house spirit shirt! We are bringing back our original house shirt designs! The store is open now and will close on October 1st! If you are unsure about your child's house, please reach out to their homeroom teacher. Shirts should arrive in time for our first House Spirit Day on 10/20! πŸ’—πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™

Additionally, we will reopen the Carter-themed shirt store in early October in case you recently enrolled or missed it this summer! Stay-tuned!

Big picture
Big picture

Traffic Around Our School

Thank you to all parents who have adjusted schedules in order to have your student at school on time. We understand there is a lot of traffic in and around our school and this will only continue to be the case as our enrollment grows. Please know, that we take the traffic and safety of all of our Coyotes extremely seriously. We all have to work together to make this environment one in which we are confident our students can navigate in safety.

Thank you also to parents who pick up their student on time, and plan transportation changes with the office before 2 PM. We are working extremely hard to help students get to their dismissal locations each and every day. Your patience and understanding are extremely important for smooth operations of our large (980+ students) campus.

Repeated Information Below:

  • AM Car line--ARRIVE as Early as 6:45: There is absolutely NO pedestrian drop-off traffic crossing our busy car line in the morning. This is for the safety of everyone.
  • β›”After 7:15 AM, your student is considered tardy. If you pull into the car line at 7:10 or later, you WILL most likely be tardy. Starting Monday, September 11, cars will be routed from the car line into the parking lot at 7:15. At that time, cars must park and bring their child(ren) into the office to check-in and receive a tardy slip. β›”
  • PM Car line: PM car line is becoming very efficient. If you come to pick up your child in Car line after 3:00 PM, you may have to park and come in to the office to check out your child.
  • AM and PM Car line: Refrain from using your cell phone on school property. We have seen an uptick in cell phone use while in the car line. Per elementary handbook, cell phone use in the car line is prohibited.
  • Crosswalk: Please DO NOT park on Glass Peak Drive OR along Stonecreek Estates Drive on either side of the bridge and walk your student to the crosswalk--this road is not a parking lot. Lately an over congestion of cars parking near the intersections is causing an obstruction of a clear view for our walkers, bikers and crossing guard, particularly on the other side of the bridge where there is no longer staff assisting students and no crossing guard. Additionally, cars trying to come in and out of the neighborhood at Glass Peak Drive are blocked by cars parked to pick up or deliver walker students. The crosswalk is for students who are in the walk zone to Carter and do not have bus service due to their close proximity to the school.
  • Pre-K and Kinder students: Students in this age category must have someone waiting to pick them up at the bus stop or cross walk otherwise they will be returned to school, causing inconveniences for you and your child.

Library: News from Mrs. Garrette

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Counseling: News from Mrs. Patel & Mrs. Hernandez

Check out this free webinar series for parents and caregivers; Building Pathways for Healthy Minds
Big picture
Big picture

From our Emergent Bilingual Coach, Mrs. Delcid:

Big picture

From the LCISD Special Education Department:

Big picture

PTO News

Carter PTO spirit wear is going on sale again next week! We'll have the same designs that were sold this summer, plus we'll have dri-fit, long-sleeve and hoodies. The sale will run from August 28-September 10 and you'll get your spirit wear a few weeks after that. Visit to order your spirit wear. Please note that the link will not work until Aug 28. Thanks for supporting the Carter community!

We need you! Find out how you can volunteer at our school. We are looking for help in all areas and committees as well as some open board positions.

Contact to learn how you can support our school!

PTO Spirit wear QR Code


Important District Changes to the Student Code of Conduct That Will Affect All Students

This past month our Board of Trustees approved our Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct.

Among some of the most important changes are:

1. Being in possession of a Vape or E-cigarrette will result in automatic removal from the home campus to the Alternative Learning Center for a period of time TBD.

2. Being in possession of a knife of any length will result in automatic removal from the home campus to the Alternative Learning Center for a period of time TBD.

3. Cellphones: Cellphones and personal electronic devices including smartwatches must be turned off and stored in backpacks unless given specific permission by a teacher to use for an instructional purpose. The district has outlined specific required consequences for violation of personal technology policy: See page 100 in elementary student handbook.

Link to Elementary Handbook and Student Code of Conduct: HERE

Link to the Parent and Guardian Standards of Conduct: HERE

Big picture

Parents Please Sign up in Smart Tag Portal for Your Child's Required ID Badge

Smart Tag is a MUST: If your child loses their Smart Tag, they will need to bring $5 to buy a replacement. Wearing a Smart Tag is an LCISD requirement and a security issue. Our students no matter what grade level have to get used to wearing it daily.

ALL students K-5 will receive a colored lanyard that identifies their House. Thank you, PTO!!

Registering for the Smart Tag Parent Portal is a vital safety measure that should be completed by ALL parents. Additionally, your child will use their ID Badge to purchase lunch and breakfast, on the bus, and library book check-out. Bus routing information will only be available in Smart Tag Parent Portal. The Smart Tag Parent Portal will show updated bus route information for your student before the first day of school.

The Smart Tag Parent Portal link can be found HERE

Big picture

Tardies and Early Pick Ups

We attribute our achievement success to several factors, one being bell to bell teaching! Here at Carter Elementary School, our students can go straight to the gym/grade level pod at 6:45am and begin getting ready for learning activities to start at 7:00!

Any student not in class at 7:15am will be counted tardy. Students will be routed to the front office to get a tardy slip before being released to go to class. We know that it is important for students to acclimate to new routines so we will begin counting tardies on Sept. 11th.

Our announcements start promptly at 7:15am, therefore all our students need to be in class for the pledges and to hear important daily information.

If you drop your child off in the morning, the best time (with minimal wait) is between 6:45am - 6:55am. At 7:05am, traffic picks up tremendously. If you turn into the carpool area at 7:10am or later, you run the risk of being late.

We understand that you have absolutely no control of the pacing of the carpool line on any given day. For this reason, we strongly suggest you access our carpool lane during the earlier minutes (6:45am - 7:00am) so your child has time to exit the car, enter the building and make it to class before the tardy bell rings.

It is very important that students are at school everyday, on time and stay for the entire day. Just as tardies impact learning over time, early pick-ups also cause students to miss instruction. Tardies and Early Pickups are recorded by the front office staff electronically. If you must pick up your students early for appointments, our cut off time is 2:00pm.

Full Price & Free and Reduced Cost Meals - Breakfast and Lunch

Please click the link below to apply for Free and Reduced-Cost Meals, Breakfast/Lunch Menus, and all things about Child Nutrition. Students will be charged for all meals unless you apply and qualify for free and reduced-cost meals.

2023-24 LCISD Instructional Calendar

Big picture

Uniform Information

Below, please find the uniform colors and uniform clothing items that can be worn for the 2023-2024 school year:

Bottoms: Solid color navy blue, black, khaki or blue denim pants, capris, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers. Leggings/tights worn alone as well as embellished and distressed jeans with rips and tears are not allowed.

Tops: Solid color, collared (polo style, no logo) shirts in red, white, navy blue (dark blue,) black or hunter green (dark green.)

Maroon, gray, olive, kelly green, royal blue and light blue are not Carter approved uniform shirt colors.

School and PTO approved Carter ES spirit shirts are allowed daily, such as the once a year Carter themed shirt.

Leggings/tights worn alone as well as embellished and distressed jeans with rips and tears are not allowed. Additionally, basketball shorts, roller shoes, shoes that light up and backpacks on wheels are not allowed.

If a student is not wearing the proper uniform, they will be sent to the Nurse to either call home or receive a change of clothes, as our inventory allows.

Arrival and Dismissal Areas for Car Line, Bus, and Walker/Bikers

Big picture

Important Documents at Your Fingertips

Big picture

Important Dates to Remember

  • September 6 - College Day πŸŽ“

  • September 18-22 - Freedom Week

  • September 21 - Progress Reports released in Skyward Family Access

  • September 28 - Go Western Day

  • September 29 - Fort Bend County Fair Day/Student and Staff Holiday

  • October 4 - College Day πŸŽ“

  • October 6-9 - Fall Break/Student and Staff Holiday

  • October 9-13 - Fire Prevention and School Lunch Week

  • October 11 - Picture Day πŸ“·

  • October 13 - End of 1st Quarter

  • October 16-20 - Bus Safety Week and Character Counts Week and Safe Schools Week

  • October 19 - Report Cards released in Skyward Family Access

  • October 20 - House Spirit Day - Go ALL OUT in your house colors! πŸ’—πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™

  • October 26 - 50th Day of School

  • October 27 - Student Holiday

Don Carter Elementary School

Leann Imrie, Principal

Mandy Casey, Assistant Principal

Aerika Dial, Assistant Principal