A very warm welcome to the 2021-22 academic year!

As you prepare for your child’s return to school, please take a moment to reflect on how we as a community can continue to keep our young students safe and how we can ensure, to the greatest extent possible given COVID-19 variants and metrics in Harris County, the continuity of education that our children deserve and need.

We look to the recently-released guidance of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and stand firm in our commitment to love our children.

You can find our COVID-19 policies and procedures on our website here.

You can also find the COVID-19 Q&A presentation and FAQ.

Dear St. Stephen’s Families,

We are so looking forward to the 2021-22 academic year!

As you prepare for your child’s return to school (scroll up for the August Conference forms and Summer Work packets), please take a moment to reflect on how we as a community can continue to keep our young students safe and how we can ensure, to the greatest extent possible given COVID-19 variants and metrics in Harris County, the continuity of education that our children deserve and need. We look to the recently-released guidance of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and stand firm in our commitment to love our children.

Please note the following key takeaways from the COVID-19 policies and procedures published here.

Masks. Orientation students will not wear masks. Wearing masks remains required “as feasible” for all children for Primary and above, all faculty and staff, and any adults on campus.

Notify the HOS. Please do not bring sick children to school. Please notify me by email (pbarker@ssesh.org) if your child is exposed to or tests positive for any communicable disease, including COVID-19.

Carpool Temperature Screening. At morning carpool, teachers or teacher assistants will take your child’s temperature. Children with a temperature of 100.4° F or more will not be permitted to enter campus. After your child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents will unbuckle and remove young child(ren) from the vehicle and practice social distancing. Masks are highly recommended for adults in carpool.

Buffer Weeks. A negative PCR test following travel by public transportation is no longer required, however, the school continues to reserve the right to implement Buffer Weeks or Days, periods in which only distance learning is offered in response to elevated risks of COVID-19 transmission in the school community and/or Harris County. Buffer Weeks or Days may be imposed following extended school holidays such as Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Ample notice will be provided to families.

Close Contact. Please see the revised policies and procedures for close contact set forth in the COVID-19 Scenarios here. Note that either of the following scenarios counts as close contact: (1) the student has been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 and/or (2) a member of the household of the student has been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, and the member of the household is not fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC.

Contact Tracing. In the event that a student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 and contact tracing is required, school will be canceled until (at least) the first round of contact tracing is complete, which process is estimated to take 24 hours.

Faithfully,

Penny Barker

Head of School

Carpool will operate in the right-hand lane of the Sul Ross parking lot at 1800 Sul Ross. At Morning Carpool, Teachers/Assistants will take your child’s temperature. Children with a temperature of 100.4° F or more will not be permitted to enter campus. After your child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents will unbuckle and remove young child(ren) from the vehicle and practice social distancing. Masks are highly recommended for adults in carpool.

Please send your child to school with the following items (labeled with your child’s full name):

  • 3 sets of clothing (no onesies and season appropriate);*
  • Underwear and/or diapers;
  • 2 pairs of socks;
  • 2 reusable water bottles (12-16 ounces);
  • A nutritious snack for the morning;
  • A nutritious lunch (if applicable);
  • A nutritious snack for after lunch (if applicable);
  • 1 current 4×6 picture of your child (for their hook)
  • 1 current 5×7 picture of your child (for their cubby)
  • 1 nontoxic houseplant for the classroom or 1 age-appropriate board book for children’s library

* If your child is in the beginning stages of toilet learning, we recommend sending additional clothes and a pair of waterproof shoes (i.e., Native, Crocs) to keep at school.

Courtney Schaffner

Orientation 1 Lead Teacher, Extended Care Coordinator

Carpool will operate in the right-hand lane of the Sul Ross parking lot at 1800 Sul Ross. At Morning Carpool, Teachers/Assistants will take your child’s temperature. Children with a temperature of 100.4° F or more will not be permitted to enter campus. After your child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents will unbuckle and remove young child(ren) from the vehicle and practice social distancing. Masks are highly recommended for adults in carpool.

Please send your child to school with the following items (labeled with your child’s full name):

  • 2 sets of clothing (no onesies and season appropriate);*
  • Underwear and/or diapers for the week (10-12);
  • 2 pairs of socks;
  • Water bottle(s) from home filled with water;
  • A nutritious snack for the morning (Sistema small split container);
  • A nutritious lunch (if applicable);
  • A nutritious snack for aftercare if applicable. (Sistema small split container);
  • A small indoor plant;
  • A small tote bag will be provided by me.

* If your child is in the beginning stages of toilet learning, we recommend sending additional clothes and a pair of waterproof shoes (i.e., Native, Crocs) to keep at school.

In order to support your child’s independence at lunch time, I always recommend that parents purchase their child’s lunch box at fluf.ca (you can find them on Amazon too) and to get individual, easy-to-open containers, which are ideal for young children.

 

Lourdes Castaneda

Orientation 2 Lead Teacher

Carpool will operate in the right-hand lane of the Sul Ross parking lot at 1800 Sul Ross. At Morning Carpool, Teachers/Assistants will take your child’s temperature. Children with a temperature of 100.4° F or more will not be permitted to enter campus. After your child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents will unbuckle and remove young child(ren) from the vehicle and practice social distancing. Masks are highly recommended for adults in carpool.

Please send your child to school with the following items (labeled with your child’s full name):

  • 3 sets of clothing (no onesies and season appropriate);*
  • Underwear and/or diapers;
  • 2 pairs of socks;
  • Water bottle(s) from home filled with water;
  • A nutritious snack for the morning;
  • A nutritious lunch (if applicable);
  • A nutritious snack for after lunch (if applicable);
  • A small tote bag / backpack to keep at school.

* If your child is in the beginning stages of toilet learning, we recommend sending additional clothes and a pair of waterproof shoes (i.e., Native, Crocs) to keep at school.

Krystal Cano

Orientation 3 Lead Teacher

Please approach carpool from Woodhead, turning onto Sul Ross, heading west. Allow your child to disembark at the marked locations in front of 1822 and 1826, only. At Morning Carpool, Teachers/Assistants will take your child’s temperature. Children with a temperature of 100.4° F or more will not be permitted to enter campus. After your child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents will unbuckle and remove young child(ren) from the vehicle and practice social distancing. Masks are highly recommended for adults in carpool.

Please send your child to school with the following items (labeled with your child’s full name):

  • 2 full sets of clothing (including socks, underwear, tops and bottoms);
  • 2 cloth masks;
  • Water bottle(s) from home filled with water;
  • A nutritious snack for the morning;
  • A nutritious lunch that includes protein, fruit, vegetable, milk or water (no candy, cookies, or juice) (if applicable);
  • A nutritious snack for after lunch (if applicable); and
  • A large backpack to fit a folder.

Elvira Briones

Primary 1 Lead Teacher

Please approach carpool from Woodhead, turning onto Sul Ross, heading west. Allow your child to disembark at the marked locations in front of 1822 and 1826, only. At Morning Carpool, Teachers/Assistants will take your child’s temperature. Children with a temperature of 100.4° F or more will not be permitted to enter campus. After your child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents will unbuckle and remove young child(ren) from the vehicle and practice social distancing. Masks are highly recommended for adults in carpool.

Please send your child to school with the following items (labeled with your child’s full name):

  • 2 full sets of clothing (including socks, underwear, tops and bottoms);
  • 2 cloth masks;
  • Water bottle(s) from home filled with water;
  • A nutritious snack for the morning;
  • A nutritious lunch that includes protein, fruit, vegetable, milk or water (no candy, cookies, or juice) (if applicable);
  • A nutritious snack for after lunch (if applicable); and
  • A large backpack to fit a folder.

Haley Jefferies

Primary 2 Lead Teacher

Please approach carpool from Woodhead, turning onto Sul Ross, heading west. Allow your child to disembark at the marked locations in front of 1822 and 1826, only. At Morning Carpool, Teachers/Assistants will take your child’s temperature. Children with a temperature of 100.4° F or more will not be permitted to enter campus. After your child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents will unbuckle and remove young child(ren) from the vehicle and practice social distancing. Masks are highly recommended for adults in carpool.

Please send your child to school with the following items (labeled with your child’s full name):

  • 2 full sets of clothing (including socks, underwear, tops and bottoms);
  • 2 cloth masks;
  • Water bottle(s) from home filled with water;
  • A nutritious snack for the morning;
  • A nutritious lunch that includes protein, fruit, vegetable, milk or water (no candy, cookies, or juice) (if applicable);
  • A nutritious snack for after lunch (if applicable); and
  • A large backpack to fit a folder.

Elsa Greer

Primary 3 Lead Teacher

Please approach carpool from Driscoll, turning onto Sul Ross, heading east. Please stop in front of the Nevers Building and wait; a teacher or teacher assistant will meet your child. At Morning Carpool, Teachers/Assistants will take your child’s temperature. Children with a temperature of 100.4° F or more will not be permitted to enter campus. After your child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents will unbuckle and remove young child(ren) from the vehicle and practice social distancing. Masks are highly recommended for adults in carpool.

Please send your child to school with the following items (labeled with your child’s full name):

  • 2 full sets of clothing (including socks, underwear, tops and bottoms);
  • 2 cloth masks;
  • Water bottle(s) from home filled with water;
  • A nutritious snack for the morning;
  • A nutritious lunch that includes protein, fruit, vegetable, milk or water (no candy, cookies, or juice) (if applicable);
  • A nutritious snack for after lunch (if applicable); and
  • A large backpack to fit a folder.

Rachel Jorgensen

Primary 4 Lead Teacher

In Lower Elementary, you need not worry about getting school supplies. St. Stephen’s Episcopal provides your child with all classroom materials. The only things your child does need to bring from home are a lunch kit (with a cloth placemat and cloth napkin), a reusable water bottle filled with water, two cloth masks, and a backpack.

School starts at 8:00am; please make every effort to arrive daily no later than 8:15 am. Class begins with important instructions and greetings that every child should experience. Our arrival and dismissal carpool takes place on Sul Ross in front of the “Montessori Houses.”

Liz Newchurch

Lower Elementary 1 Lead Teacher

In Lower Elementary, you need not worry about getting school supplies. St. Stephen’s Episcopal provides your child with all classroom materials. The only things your child does need to bring from home are a lunch kit (with a cloth placemat and cloth napkin), a reusable water bottle filled with water, two cloth masks, and a backpack.

School starts at 8:00am; please make every effort to arrive daily no later than 8:15 am. Class begins with important instructions and greetings that every child should experience. Our arrival and dismissal car line will be in operation through the Woodhead entrance to our main parking lot. The inside lane next to the building is reserved for our infants and toddlers to drop off in the morning; Elementary parents are asked to use the outside lane to drop off their children.

Myke Reitman

Lower Elementary 2 Lead Teacher

Upper Elementary Carpool: Please queue in the Sul Ross parking lot (1800 Sul Ross) in the left lane. Please drop off your student ONLY AT THE CROSSWALK. Do not allow your student to walk between the cars.

Please remind your child to bring the following items to school:

  • 2 cloth masks;
  • Water bottle(s) from home filled with water;
  • A nutritious snack for the morning;
  • A nutritious lunch;
  • A nutritious snack for after lunch (if staying for After Care);
  • A backpack.

Celia Hughes

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

Middle Years Carpool: Please approach the small parking lot at 1801 Sul Ross from Woodhead. Please turn into the parking lot to drop your student off.

Families must purchase for their student a TI-83 PLUS graphing calculator.  The school will provide the remaining school supplies, student textbooks, and consumable texts such as workbooks, etc.  Students will be issued what they will need for each class and are expected to maintain these items throughout the school year.  Any technology issued to the students by IT is to be kept on-campus, unless permission is given to take it home for distance learning.

Please note that Middle Years students are subject to temperature checks at morning carpool. Please bring the following items to school with you each day.

  • 2 cloth masks;
  • Water bottles from home filled with water;
  • A nutritious snack for the morning;
  • A nutritious lunch;
  • A nutritious snack for after lunch;
  • A backpack.

Matthew Beard

Middle Years Humanities Teacher

Flora Larrabee

Middle Years Math and Sciences Teacher

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events – ORIENTATION

Please see emails from your child’s teacher and the Head of School for more information and Zoom links.

Need a Zoom link? Email your child’s teacher or jerickson@ssesh.org 

Thursday, August 5 - Bulldog Roundup

5:30 – 6:30 pm 

Class Meeting via Zoom

6:15 – 7:00 pm 

Penny Barker (Head of School) and Nahla Nasser (Principal) – Zoom Reception (drop-in) 

Friday, August 6 - Meet and Greet

Look for an email including a Sign-up Genius to coordinate a time that works for you. 

Monday, August 9 - COVID-19 Q&A w/ Penny Barker

As you prepare for your child’s return to school, please take a moment to reflect on how we as a community can continue to keep our young students safe and how we can ensure, to the greatest extent possible given COVID-19 variants and metrics in Harris County, the continuity of education that our children deserve and need. We look to the recently-released guidance of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and stand firm in our commitment to love our children. Penny Barker, Head of School, will be hosting a COVID-19 Q&A session for Orientation on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 10:00 am. 

Monday, August 16 - New Student Orientation

9:00-10:30 a.m.  

Our goal is that your child’s transition into his or her new class feels safe and secure. In order to succeed in this, we offer a gradual schedule in addition to working individually with parents regarding the recommended schedule for each child. This allows us to respond to each child’s needs and to respect and follow each child’s lead, as much as possible. Please be flexible during your child’s transition phase-in, as modifications may be recommended. Please note that drop-off is via carpool, which operates in the right-hand lane in the Sul Ross lot (1800 Sul Ross). New student orientation sessions do not include parents in the classrooms. 

Monday, August 16 - Tears & Tissues

9:15 a.m.  

We are delighted to host Tears & Tissues on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 9:15 am in the Havens Center. Tears & Tissues is an opportunity for new Orientation parents to meet other parents and to share the joys of transitions and the beginning of school. Our Orientation program provides toddlers the opportunity to make a gentle transition from the home to a small, nurturing classroom environment. Let’s share this moment together.  

Tuesday, August 17 - First Day of School

The regular school schedule (link) and Extended Care begin on August 17 for all children, unless you are contacted by the teacher with a different recommendation. 

Thursday, August 19 - Opening Festivities

Students, faculty, and staff celebrate the beginning of the school year with popsicles on the playground! 

Upcoming Events – PRIMARY

Please see emails from your child’s teacher and the Head of School for more information and Zoom links.

Need a Zoom link? Email your child’s teacher or jerickson@ssesh.org 

Thursday, August 5 - Bulldog Roundup

5:30 – 6:30 pm 

Class Meeting via Zoom

6:15 – 7:00 pm 

Penny Barker (Head of School) and Nahla Nasser (Principal) – Zoom Reception (drop-in) 

Friday, August 6 - Meet and Greet

Look for an email including a Sign-up Genius to coordinate a time that works for you. 

Monday, August 9 - COVID-19 Q&A w/ Penny Barker

As you prepare for your child’s return to school, please take a moment to reflect on how we as a community can continue to keep our young students safe and how we can ensure, to the greatest extent possible given COVID-19 variants and metrics in Harris County, the continuity of education that our children deserve and need. We look to the recently-released guidance of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and stand firm in our commitment to love our children. Penny Barker, Head of School, will be hosting a COVID-19 Q&A session for Primary on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 11:00 am. 

Monday, August 16 - New Students' Transition

8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  

New students and move-up students attend school on August 9 to begin orienting to the classroom and the routine of coming to school. Carpool will be in operation. 

Tuesday, August 17 - First Day of School

The regular school schedule (link) and Extended Care begin on August 17. 

Thursday, August 19 – Opening Festivities

Let’s celebrate the beginning of the school year with popsicles on the playground! 

Upcoming Events – LOWER EL

Please see emails from your child’s teacher and the Head of School for more information and Zoom links.

Need a Zoom link? Email your child’s teacher or jerickson@ssesh.org 

Thursday, August 5 - Bulldog Roundup

5:30 – 6:30 pm 

Class Meeting via Zoom

6:15 – 7:00 pm 

Penny Barker (Head of School) and Nahla Nasser (Principal) – Zoom Reception (drop-in) 

Friday, August 6 - Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

In Lower Elementary, students are invited to attend all of their Parent-Teacher Conferences as they become more independent and take more ownership of their own learning. To help guide our conversation, please complete the Student Goal Sheet and Parent Goal Sheet.

Monday, August 9 - COVID-19 Q&A w/ Penny Barker

As you prepare for your child’s return to school, please take a moment to reflect on how we as a community can continue to keep our young students safe and how we can ensure, to the greatest extent possible given COVID-19 variants and metrics in Harris County, the continuity of education that our children deserve and need. We look to the recently-released guidance of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and stand firm in our commitment to love our children. Penny Barker, Head of School, will be hosting a COVID-19 Q&A session for Lower El on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm. 

Monday, August 16 - New Student Orientation

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  

This will be a time for us to work with rising 1st graders and any other students who are new to our environment. This orientation is essential to help our new students get acclimated by going over expectations, classroom set-up, and even receiving some new lessons. Please have your child bring a snack and a water bottle. We are so excited to have this day just for new students!  

Tuesday, August 17 - First Day of School

The regular school schedule (link) and Extended Care begin on August 17. 

Thursday, August 19 – Opening Festivities

Let’s celebrate the beginning of the school year with popsicles on the playground! 

Upcoming Events – UPPER EL

Please see emails from your child’s teacher and the Head of School for more information and Zoom links.

Need a Zoom link? Email your child’s teacher or jerickson@ssesh.org

Thursday, August 5 - Bulldog Roundup

5:30 – 6:30 pm 

Class Meeting via Zoom

6:15 – 7:00 pm 

Penny Barker (Head of School) and Nahla Nasser (Principal) – Zoom Reception (drop-in) 

Friday, August 6 - Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

Before-School Conferences will be held on Friday, August 6. The schedule for your individual family’s appointment will be sent to you via Sign-Up Genius. Please be on time for your conference as we have much to discuss. To provide a format for these conferences, we have posted on the school’s website two goal forms for you to complete and bring with you. One is for the student and one is for the parent(s). Please complete each form as independently as possible and with a great deal of consideration. As typical for our level, this conference is designed to include parent(s), student, and teacher. 

Please also, bring your summer reading book report to the conference and any summer homework. 

Monday, August 9 - COVID-19 Q&A w/ Penny Barker

As you prepare for your child’s return to school, please take a moment to reflect on how we as a community can continue to keep our young students safe and how we can ensure, to the greatest extent possible given COVID-19 variants and metrics in Harris County, the continuity of education that our children deserve and need. We look to the recently-released guidance of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and stand firm in our commitment to love our children. Penny Barker, Head of School, will be hosting a COVID-19 Q&A session for Upper El on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm. 

Tuesday, August 17 - First Day of School

The regular school schedule (link) and Extended Care begin on August 17. 

Thursday, August 19 – Opening Festivities

Let’s celebrate the beginning of the school year with popsicles on the playground! 

Upcoming Events – MIDDLE YEARS

Please see emails from your child’s teacher and the Head of School for more information and Zoom links.

Need a Zoom link? Email your child’s teacher or jerickson@ssesh.org

Thursday, August 5 - Bulldog Roundup

5:30 – 6:30 pm 

Class Meeting via Zoom

6:15 – 7:00 pm 

Penny Barker (Head of School) and Nahla Nasser (Principal) – Zoom Reception (drop-in) 

Friday, August 6 - Meet the Teachers!

We hope to be able to meet with all of you individually on Friday the 6th before class begins in earnest the following week.  Be on the lookout for a sign-up genius in late July to select your conference spot!  Also, make sure to bring the filled-out Parent/Student Goal sheets on our resources page to usher important discussion of the year to come! 

Also, your summer math work will be due at this time, and your summer reading is expected to be complete, as well. 

Monday, August 9 - COVID-19 Q&A w/ Penny Barker

As you prepare for your child’s return to school, please take a moment to reflect on how we as a community can continue to keep our young students safe and how we can ensure, to the greatest extent possible given COVID-19 variants and metrics in Harris County, the continuity of education that our children deserve and need. We look to the recently-released guidance of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and stand firm in our commitment to love our children. Penny Barker, Head of School, will be hosting a COVID-19 Q&A session for Middle Years on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm. 

Tuesday, August 17 - First Day of School

The regular school schedule (link) and Extended Care begin on August 17. 

Thursday, August 19 – Opening Festivities

Students, faculty, and staff celebrate the beginning of the school year with popsicles on the playground! 

Contact Us

Office of Campus Life
admission@ssesh.org
Phone: 713-821-9100
Fax: 713-821-9156