• Family Notes


Please check out our Calendar below. Please scroll to the Spark's life section for additional details on these events.

Important dates this week:

  • April 24th  : Science STAAR test (5th )

Click on the image above to download the PDF of the calendar in English and Spanish. Physical copies will be sent home in your student's Homework folder. Extra copies are available at the front office. 

First page of the PDF file: SEECalendar23-242_2


Hello SPARKS Families, 

As we wrap up the month of April, let’s mention how our 3rd-5th graders had such a wonderful time during their Self-care Day on April 16. This was a time for our kiddos to relax and mentally prepare themselves for STAAR. We are so proud of the hard work that our students have accomplished!  

There are so many exciting things to look forward to towards the end of this month. We start the week off with Earth Day, which is an annual day on April 22nd to demonstrate support for our environment. Let us continue to care for our planet, by keeping it clean and safe. 

On Wednesday April 24, our students will be well occupied with STAAR. Families, please make sure children get a good night sleep and are ready to conquer the day! Please make sure to provide students with motivational conversations to encourage them. Let us continue to witness growth and achievement in our children. 

Southeast Elementary is the beginning of a bright future, we love our students and will continue to empower them to be wonderful human beings for our future world. Let us continue the marathon, we are almost at the finish line! 


Mrs. Ruiz-Diaz  

Student Support Counselor  

Southeast Elementary 




Uniforms & Dress Code Policies 

  • Mondays: YES Prep Polo and school dress code approved bottoms
  • Tuesday – Thursday: YES Prep Spirit shirt or Polo and dress code approved bottoms.
  • Friday – YES Prep Spirit, polo, or college shirt with dress code approved bottoms

Definition of a Polo Shirt: A YES Prep Blue Polo with the logo on the shirt

Definition of a Spirit Shirt: Any YES Prep branded shirt. Can be from the secondary campus or home made, but must have the YES Prep logo on the shirt and meet dress code requirements.

If a student is not in Dress Code:

1. Family will be contacted by the homeroom teacher and the student will be given a spirt shirt for the day. We will ask for the spirit shirt back from the student at the end of the day.

2. If the issue becomes persistent (3 or more times) we will ask for the parent to come in with a shirt for the student.



Student Handbook

 Please click on the image below to download a copy of our student handbook.

First page of the PDF file: SY23-24YESPrepStudentHandbook-PK-12BoardApproved6923

You may also access our student handbook here


Individual Campus Supplement

First page of the PDF file: SEEICSSY23-24_1

The Individual Campus Supplement is an additional resource to assist families and students in understanding how a specific campus carries out policies contained in the YES Prep Student Handbook. Families and students can refer to the handbook to better understand the policies YES Prep enacts.

Please click on the image below to download a copy of our individual campus supplement.

You may also access our ICS here





Student Assistance Forms

We know that you may have some needs that arise as a parent, or guardian. You can receive direct help by submitting a “Student Assistance Form” or, a SAF. To communicate any support needs you may have, please click on the SAF link on the district website or use the QR code below. The campus Student Support Counselor will follow up with you to determine the best way to get your need met. SAFs can be submitted for:

  • Urgent family concerns
  • Family or student supplies or resources needed for school (i.e., calculator, books, food)
  • Student social and emotional concerns
  • Student home or family concerns
  • Student relationship concerns
  • Concerns about harassment, race, or equity.




The biggest driver to ensuring your students are well acclimated and ready for the rest of the year is ensuring they are on campus and on time. We are committing to reaching out to families before our official attendance is captured daily to check on you and your SPARK and ensuring you make it to campus. We will list our whole campus Average Daily Attendance for families and be shouting out our attendance leaders in the coming weeks.

  • Monday:91.38%
  • Tuesday: 95.90%
  • Wednesday: 97.78%
  • Thursday:94.44%
  • Friday: 93.61%

Please make sure you and your SPARKS are making it to campus every day by 7:20 so that they can be setup for success throughout the day. Thanks families!


Traffic Procedures

Thank you for your patience as we have implemented the new traffic pattern this school year. Please continue to demonstrate our SPARKS values of Safety and Kindness when engaging with any staff member, family member or student during our arrival and dismissal procedures.

Parking Lot Reminders

  • Our parking lot will be accessible during arrival through the Shaver entrance and through the secondary parking lot.
  • ·Our Crenshaw entrance will open after 7:30AM for all late arrivals and will remain open until 2 PM when we will close it to begin our dismissal procedures. Then it will re-open at 3:30 PM for all traffic once the secondary campus begins their dismissal.
  • Walkers may use any space in our parking lot that is open, including the designated visitor parking. Please refrain from parking in handicap spots as violators may be ticketed at the owners expense. Also please do not double park your car in the middle lane of our parking lot as this is where buses travel to the bus unloading and it causes delays.
  • ·All traffic will exit our parking lot using the eastern most exit.

Flow of Traffic

Bus and Car Tags

All vehicles will be given a bright colored dismissal tag that must be visible through the front glass of the car. Staff directing traffic will use these visual tags to direct you accurately, failure to have a visible tag could result in traffic delays and unnecessary stopping. Please keep in mind, since we are sharing the Southeast Secondary’s parking lot, our dismissal process will end close to when theirs begins so staff will be able to quickly resolve traffic issues if they know what vehicles are designated for Southeast Elementary.


Leadership Team

  • Principal- Matthew McMahan: 713.967.7972
  • Director of Campus Operations -Wendy Rangel: 713.967.9030
  • Assistant Principal- Krestel Tomei: 713.967.8837
  • Assistant Principal-Edmund Lewis :713.842.5553
  • Dean of Instruction- Jess Walcik :713.967.9464
  • Dean of Instruction - Christian Diaz Muniz : 713.924.0698
  • Special Education Manager- Katia Rosado: 713.924.5624
  • Student Support Counselor- Amelia Ruiz Diaz : 713.924.5523
  • Executive Assistant- Suyapa Gomez: 713.967.8851
  • Compliance Specialist - Elsih Escoto : 713.967.9469




Save the Date:

  • Mother's Day Lunch

On Friday May 3, 2024 all our sparks will be able to have lunch with their mom , or mother figure. Additional information and logistics will be shared in the coming weeks!


  • Teacher and Teaching Assistant's Appreciation Week

Teacher and Teaching Assistant's Appreciation Week is May 6- May 10, in response to your feedback we have created this (optional ) gift schedule to show some love to our teachers and TAs:

  • Monday 5/6: a handwritten card or note
  • Tuesday 5/7: colorful supplies , such as notebooks, pens , markers, etc.
  • Wednesday 5/8: a sweet or salty treat
  • Thursday 5/9:  a hot or cold drink
  • Friday  5/10: SURPRISE- a gift of your choice

You may send the gifts with your students the week of may 6- may 10. 


  • Fifth Grade End of Year Ceremony


Core Values 

Campus values drive what communities believe, how they behave, and how they interact with one another. At YES Prep Elementary campuses, all staff and students live by the SPARKS values.


UPDATED Volunteering Procedures at SEE

Dear Sparks families,

We appreciate the dedication of our volunteers to our school. Understanding that everyone contributes to varying capacities, we have recently modified some of our procedures.


What’s new?

  • If you have already registered as a volunteer for this school year (daily, weekly, occasional), you will now be added to the ClassDojo: SEE Family Association/Volunteers group.
  • Volunteers will now need to register weekly using the provided registration links shared through the ClassDojo group: SEE Family Association/Volunteers class and Family Notes.
  • Special Events will have specific registration links shared in family notes and general ClassDojo posts.


 What remains the same?

  • Volunteer Expectations & Policies
  • Please note that all volunteers are required to complete a background check prior to serving. For additional questions regarding this policy please review the link shared above .
  • Connect with Ms. Gomez, the principal's executive assistant, for further questions at Suyapa.gomez@yesprep.org.


Volunteer Registration : Week of March 18- March 22

Registration for this week's events were shared above as they are special events.



Student Handbooks and Supplements Available

Isamar Lopez-Veracruz, Director of Family Engagement


Please visit our website https://www.yesprep.org/families/student-handbook for the most up to date Student Handbook and campus supplements.


Join the Family Association!

Isamar Lopez-Veracruz, Director of Family Engagement 

Interested in learning more about your campus Family Association?! Learn more about family associations and complete the Family Association Member Form to join your campus Family Association.

Family Association Member Form 2023-2024

YES Prep: Family Associations


Share your #25YearsofYES photos!

Samantha Ramirez, Communications Specialist

As we continue to celebrate #25YearsOfYES, we would love for our alumni to share their throwback photos! To share your photos, please email them to YES Prep’s Multimedia Content Manager Aaron Ledesma at aaron.ledesma@yesprep.org.


Types of photos we're looking for:

  • Senior Signing Day
  • Graduation
  • Photos with your classmates
  • Photos with teachers and admins
  • Athletics
  • Community Events
  • Basically any photo that is YES Prep related!


BONUS POINTS: If you or your family has old footage or home videos from your time at YES Prep ... that would be incredible!


Watch a short clip on the last #25YearsofYES!




Dear SEE Families,

Exciting news! We're on the lookout for fantastic additions to our Sparks community for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year, and we want your help.

Know a family that would thrive at SEE? Refer them, and not only will you be contributing to the growth of our vibrant community, but you'll also score some exclusive swag as a token of our appreciation!

Refer a family now: https://yesprep.org/referafamily

Let's make our YES Prep family even more extraordinary together!











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