Welcome to the May 2016 issue of ACCENT. Inside this issue we spotlight a few community service and extended learning opportunities, as well as fun things to do with the entire family over the summer break! We also feature news around campus and success stories among the faculty and student body.








As the school year winds down, our attention turns to summer plans. While many of you might be spending the holiday abroad, some of you may be looking for something for your kids to do this summer here in Houston! Whether your child is looking for a volunteer opportunity, wanting to take a learning enrichment course, or just wanting to have something fun to do this summer, we've compiled a list of summer happenings here at Awty and around town. 

Volunteer at a Summer Camp

The following list of summer camps for children with special needs and conditions gives our students an opportunity to earn CAS credits if he/she chooses to volunteer his/her time during the summer vacation. The duration of each camp lasts 5-8 days. Basic requirements are needed such as age, application, letters of references, etc. Click on each link below to learn more about the camp and how your child can become a volunteer. Interested students should contact Community Service Coordinator Mrs. Marcelle Gharibeh

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Krause Children’s Center – In June and July, female students who are 14 years old or older have the opportunity to participate in a community service project at the Krause Children’s Center located at 25752 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy. Krause Children’s Center is a residential treatment center for abused and neglected girls between the ages of 12 and 17. Volunteers will assist with crafts, sports, games, and more. Mothers are welcome to join their volunteer daughters as mentors. Interested students should contact Miss Rina Chandarana John, Volunteer Coordinator, at Krause Children’s Center by phone: 281-392-7505 or by email: rina.john@upbring.org.

Chinese Community Center – Students who are 14 years old or older have the opportunity to participate in a community service project at the Chinese Community Center over the summer. Volunteers will assist with summer camp activities and logistics and coordinate with and support the camp's staff. Requirements include a background check, a one-time training session (date to be determined), minimum time commitment of three or four weeks (Monday through Friday), minimum age of 14 years old, a completed volunteer application, and a liability waiver form. Three sessions are available and you can sign up for more than one session: June 6-July 1, June 27-July 22, or July 25-August 12. Interested students should contact Community Service Coordinator and Event Chaperone Mrs. Marcelle Gharibeh.

Ridgecrest Elementary School – This summer, Awty students also have the opportunity to volunteer as a mentor at Ridgecrest Elementary School, Awty’s adopted school in the Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD). This volunteer opportunity will run from June 6 to June 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each week day. The student volunteer must complete a background check application available on the SBISD website. Be sure to check "classroom volunteer" under the Volunteer Category. Interested students should contact Community Service Coordinator Mrs. Marcelle Gharibeh.

Summer Learning Programs

Spanish Language Summer Program – If you are interested in sending your child who is in Upper School to a Spanish Language Summer Program this summer, please contact Jorge Marquez, Spanish Coordinator. He can provide you with pamphlets from several institutions that Awty students have attended in the past. You can also ask your child to request a pamphlet from Mr. Marquez so he or she can bring it home to you.

Awty Algebra Summer Enrichment Program – We are excited to open enrollment for the Awty Algebra Summer Enrichment Program, which will be held exclusively for Awty students in Middle School and Upper School on July 11-29, 2016. Please click here for more information and to register your child.

Summer Fun Around Houston

Whether you are looking for free or cheap activities to keep the kids busy, a way to beat the summer heat, or a quick weekend getaway, there's always something to do in and around the Houston area. You can easily grab a Houston CityPASS and explore some of the top attractions in Houston like Space Center Houston, the Houston Zoo, or the Children's Museum of Houston.  Feel like getting out of the city? Popular destinations like Galveston, the Kemah BoardwalkSan Antonio, the Texas Hill Country, and the state's capital are all just a few hours away. For more summer activities, visit the websites listed below:

Whatever you choose to do with your family this summer, we hope you have a great one!  We'll see you back here in August! 


Upcoming Events:

May 20
Senior Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at Hilton Post Oak

May 21
Senior Graduation at 10:00 a.m. in the PAAC

May 30
Memorial Day Holiday

June 1
5th Grade / CM2 Graduation & Musical Performance at 8:30 a.m. in the Globe

June 2
Kindergarten / GS Graduation & Musical Performance at 8:45 a.m. in the Globe

June 3
Last Day of School

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Tom Beuscher
Nelson Bonzi
Lamis Boz
Arlene Carré
Philippe Carré
Paul Chaguine
Christine Chourré
Lisa Darling
Rob Dee
Ronda Devins
Richard Durst
Judy El Masri
Marcelle Gharibeh
Angela Glidewell
Houda Grand
Deborah Helman
Cintra Horn
Majeda Hourani
Tristan Houy
John Hoye
Lucia Iniguez de Onzono
Becky Johnson
Lauren Linn
Jack Lyons
Kevin McTernan
Colette McWilliams
Leo Mose
Gabriella Murdoch
Rita Murdoch
Carol Nash
Paul Novoa-Gueneau
Camille Olinger
Chantel Olufsen
Jiayao Pang
Jason Peguero
Céline Poirier
Tom Quitzau
Rustin Rassoli
Arnaud Renard
Alesandro Reyes
Stephen Scott
Lisa Sload
Robert Sload
Sina Thompson
Sujata Venkatraman
Denise von Dohlen
Sean von Felden
Lori Wagner
Lisa Wolff

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