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Lower School

2nd Grade/CE1 - 5th Grade/CM2


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 unless otherwise noted. Awty Plus care will be available for children ages 3 to 10 during events marked with and asterisk (*).

Orientation and Meet-the-Teacher

Friday, August 23 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Presentation for all New Parents* (ELC Gym)
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Language 2 Testing for New Students (ELC Building C)
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
2nd Grade/CE1 Orientation and Meet-the-Teacher
for New and Returning Families* 

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Meet-the-Teacher Open House
3rd Grade/CE2 - 5th Grade/CM2
10:30 - 11:15 New Families
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Returning Families & Siblings of students in 2/CE1

First Day of Classes

You may park on campus and walk your child to class on the first day. Carpool begins on the second day of classes. Students should be dropped-off at least 10 minutes before the start of school. If you have a younger child in the ELC, we recommend you drop that child off first and then make your way to the Lower School.
Monday, August 26 | 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 23 from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. at the ELC campus during the New Parent Orientation.

Books and Supplies

All the required books and supplies for Lower School students are included in the Book Fee and will be in the 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 (a brand of rolling school case).

Dictionary for CM1 and CM2: The Petit Larousse Illustré dictionary is required for students in CM1 and CM2 and is not included in the Book Fee. Students may use a recent edition but if you would like to order the latest edition, please log onto My Backpack>My Forms/Documents >My Forms and submit the order form as soon as possible.

Important: This dictionary cannot be returned or exchanged.

If you have any questions, please contact the School Store.

Summer Reading and Handwriting Practice

There is no better preparation for the start of school than reading. This is especially important during the early years to avoid what is referred to as "summer slide". Research shows that reading as few as six books over the summer can prevent students from regressing in their reading levels. The Houston Area Independent School Library Network (HAISLN), of which Awty is a member, prepares a list of recommended reading by age groups.

We encourage you to use this list (or to choose any other books of interest) and participate in the Lower School summer reading initiative. Each summer we pledge $0.25 (2nd/CE1-3rd/CE2) or $0.50 (4th/CM1-5th/CM2) for each book that our students read and register in our online portal. The proceeds go to support a local non-profit organization serving our community. To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge and to establish your child's summer reading account, please click here. We hope you will not only give the gift or reading to your child over the summer, but that you will help us do good in our local community.

Please note: The School Store does not carry the books on the summer reading lists.

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.


Arrivals and Dismissal

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.

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.

Parents are required to complete the Afternoon Transportation Form when they get their child's teacher's name in August. This form must be submitted prior to the start of school. This document indicates whether your child will be picked up in the LS carpool, go to Awty Plus, or ride a bus.

School Uniforms

Students in Lower School wear the school uniform every day unless otherwise instructed. Dennis Uniform is our provider and offers three convenient ways to shop:

  1. Shop online at: https://www.dennisuniform.com. Enter "Awty" and receive FREE shipping on orders over $50.
  2. Shop at their new store: Suite A, 7613 Katy Freeway, 77024.
  3. Call Customer Service at 800-854-6951 to place a phone order.

Please review the Uniform Policy for details by grade level and division.

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.

Awty Plus (After Care)

Please visit the Awty Plus section of the website for detailed information about our after-school program, which will run both at the ELC and on the main campus.

Homework Assistance 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 will be available in June.

Registration for Fall 2019 will open on August 13 for ELC and August 15 for Lower School. You will be able to choose a combination of after care including Homework Assistance and Awty Plus activities to suit your child's interests and your after-care needs.

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 (available in August).


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

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