Hurricane Update, 9/9

Dear STE Community,

Over the last few days we’ve had the pleasure of seeing more and more portable buildings arrive on campus. It will take time to get them arranged in their locations and set up for use as our Lower and Middle School classrooms, but their arrival is a clear indicator of the progress we’ve made in the nearly two weeks since the flooding.

In the meantime, we continue our preparations for the temporary move of the Upper School to the Houston Christian Assembly (HCA) campus. By now all Upper School parents should have received an email about bus transportation to HCA. If you haven’t already, please complete our Google Form to help our transportation department with their planning.

For parents of students in K-Bridge through 12th grade, we have added new questions to our Hurricane Harvey FAQ. Take a look to find out more information on the location of After School Care and the plans for Middle School lockers.

Our Lower and Middle School parents and students are invited to visit the Upper School building on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. This informal time will give the students who are shifting to the Upper School building (all Lower and Middle School classes except for 4th and 5th grade) an opportunity to find their classrooms.

We will be hosting a presentation on strategies for helping our students process the destruction they have witnessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. This event will be Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the STE theatre. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Julie Kaplow, director of the Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and an associate professor with Baylor College of Medicine. All STE parents and faculty are invited to attend. Childcare will be provided for all Lower and Middle School students who are on campus from the Upper School building visit.

We hope we will see you tomorrow at our church service at 10:30 a.m. outside the main church doors. You can come as you are, and a nursery will be available for children two years and younger. Be sure to mark your calendar for September 17, when our programs for children through grade 6 start: Sunday School, held at 9:15 a.m., and Children’s Church/Catechesis, held at 10:30 a.m.

A big thank you is in order to the 84 volunteers who came out today to continue our cleanup work on campus. Due to the effort of these and all our volunteers who have come over the last few days, demo and decontamination have been completed in the following areas on campus:
• the church,
• our administrative offices,
• the H building,
• the Ingram Room, and
• room G1.

We will keep you updated on whether we will need volunteers on campus Monday and Tuesday.

We would also like to express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support for STE from around the world. The story of how the flood affected our campus has spread further than we could have imagined. Your generosity has enabled us to get a jumpstart on recovering from this disaster. Know that we are working hard on acknowledging those who have helped. We ask that you all continue to share to further spread the word about our recovery efforts.

May God bless you all.

Michael F. Cusack, Jr.

(The Rev’d) David O. Browder