A very warm welcome to St. Stephen’s Episcopal School—Houston! 

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School—Houston (SSESH or St. Stephen’s) is a learning community in which every student is supported to excel. This commitment to excellence is tangible in our Montessori classrooms and in the vibrant array of opportunities that SSESH provides through its enriched curriculum and specialist programs. Our young learners thrive when their needs are met as individuals. We are committed, at every level in the school, to enable our students to develop their gifts, work with resilience and hope through their challenges, and to always be happy, inspired children. 

SSESH offers a truly holistic curriculum for all learners. The Montessori principles and methods which sit at the very heart of the school’s educational philosophy align seamlessly to the advantages a child will enjoy when exposed to an interconnected and balanced curriculum. Subject specialisms in the arts, the sciences, wellness and athletics, engineering, languages, mathematics, and literature are celebrated in our school and with our students. As our students make progress, we deliver authentic project-based learning experiences in which academic excellence, collaboration, and community impact are at the forefront. Our students graduate from SSESH with confidence, capability, and compassion.  

The community of SSESH is inclusive, supportive, and celebratory. We are deeply committed to the relationships that have been built and look to continue this at every level, including through beloved, new, and reimagined school traditions. We go forward as a connected community which is excited about and invested in its future—and in supporting the future of our own community, we seek to reach out and raise up others.  

…not a spirit of fear; but of power and love and discipline – 2 Timothy 1:7 

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 https://us.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