Houston’s Premier PK3 – 12th Grade International Day School

Lower School

(2nd - 5th Grade/ CE1 - CM2)

ADMINISTRATION

Tim Long - Head of Lower School
Stephen Scott - Deputy Head of Lower School
Hedy Mankarios - Executive Assistant

Back-to-School Dates

All meetings and events will take place in the Lower School Building on the Main Campus.

Meet the Teacher Open House for Returning Families
(PK4/MS - 5th Grade/CM2)
Thursday, August 17
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Parent Orientation for New Families
Thursday, August 17
5:15-7:30 p.m.

Language 2 Testing for New Students
Friday, August 18
9:30-11:30 a.m.

First Day of School for All Students
Monday, August 21
8:00 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

Second Language Testing

All new students entering 2nd grade/CE1 through 5th grade/CM2 who have studied French, Spanish, or English as a second language (L2) are required to take a placement test to determine the appropriate instructional level.

Children with no prior exposure to the second language DO NOT need to be assessed as they will be placed into the beginner level class.

The L2 placement tests will take place on Friday, August 18 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. following the Meet the Teacher classroom visits.

Summer Reading & Handwriting Practice

SUMMER READING

All students in Lower School have required summer reading that must be completed prior to the first day of school. The School Store does not carry the books on the summer reading lists. They may be purchased through any retail book outlet.

Summer Reading Lists

SUMMER HANDWRITING PRACTICE

Students in Lower School at Awty learn both block print and cursive handwriting. To ease the transition for students who have not been exposed to cursive, parents are encouraged to purchase practice books such as the D’Nealian Handwriting Books available at most retail bookstores and online. The practice books should include both lower and upper case letters.

Books and Supplies

All the required books and supplies for Lower School are included in the Book Fee and will be placed in the students’ classrooms before the first day of school. Students should bring a backpack or satchel to carry their books, supplies, and daily homework. Please note students who will ride the school bus may not use Zucas.

EXCEPTION FOR CM1 & CM2: The Petit Larousse Illustré dictionary is required for students in CM1 and CM2, but is not included in the Book Fee. If you wish to purchase the latest edition, please log on to My Backpack > My Forms/Documents > My Forms > Petit Larousse Dictionary. The order deadline does not apply to new families, but we request you submit the form as soon as possible. For questions, please contact schoolstore@awty.org.

School Uniforms

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Students in Lower School wear the school uniform every day unless otherwise instructed. Parker School Uniforms is our provider, and each year they organize in-store private sales for new families, offering a 10% discount. The sales will take place from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 23
  • Sunday, August 13

The sale location is 2000 W Governors Circle, Suite E, Houston, TX 77092.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORM

Students in 5th grade/CM2 must change into a Physical Education (P.E.) uniform. The school will supply students with one P.E. uniform during their first P.E. class. Additional P.E. uniforms may be purchased from the School Store.

Students in 2nd grade/CE1 through 4th grade/CM1 wear their regular school uniforms for P.E. classes.

Arrivals and Dismissal

ARRIVAL

All Lower School children gather at the playground between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m.Teachers gather students from the playground at 7:50 a.m. and escort them to their classrooms for an 8:00 a.m. start to the school day. On the first day of school only, parents may walk their children to their homerooms. Parent parking is available on North Stadium Drive.


CARPOOL (Drop-Off and Pick-Up)

You will receive a colored sign and a hang tag for carpool purposes prior to the first day of school.

Morning carpool is from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. on the west driveway behind the Lower School building. School personnel will assist your child curbside.

Afternoon carpool begins at 2:55 p.m. on the west driveway behind the Lower School and ends at 3:20 p.m.


BUSES

Students arriving on the buses walk from the parking garage to the playground with their belongings to join their class. At the end of the day, school personnel will account for bus riders and will load children onto the buses.

MyAwty Plus (After Care)

Please visit the Awty Plus section of the website for detailed information about our after-school program.

Stay and Play begins on the first day of school and starts at 2:50 p.m. providing supervised after-care until 6:00 p.m.

Awty Plus activities start the second week of school, offering specialty classes in a range of areas. Please refer to the list of Spring Term Activities and their descriptions for a representative sample. The updated list for the Fall 2017 term will be available in June.

You are able to choose a combination of after care including Stay and Play and Awty Plus activities to suit your child's interests and your after-care needs. Registration will open in early August. Certain activities fill quickly.

Sage Dining

Sage Dining provides our meals daily. Our on-site chef prepares a daily menu of healthy snacks and lunch options. The cost is included with tuition. For more detailed information visit the Sage Dining web page

CONTACTS:

Telephone: 713-580-0579
Fax: 713-341-4404
Email: admissions@awty.org

SORAYA DIAZ TAMAYO
Director of Enrollment Outreach and Management

ERIKA BENAVENTE
Assistant Director of Admissions

DELPHINE TROGNEUX
Assistant Director of Admissions

LINDA DURST
Admissions Data and Office Manager

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