*ELEMENTARY ORIENTATION DATE CORRECTION*
**Please note that the Elementary Orientation date should be Tuesday, August 3rd, not August 5th.**
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**Tenga en cuenta que la fecha de orientación de primaria debe ser el martes 3 de agosto, no el 5 de agosto.**
WHAT'S NEW AT ASTEC
ASTEC has received federal monies for pandemic recovery. Following is a list of some items we have purchased:

  • 2 new air conditioned school buses
  • New desks and chairs for students (arriving September)
  • New teacher desks and chairs
  • New wall-mounted smart technology to replace SmartBoards with built in noise-canceling speakers and subwoofers that do not need projectors (arriving September)
  • New glass marker boards to replace previous classroom marker boards and chalkboards
  • New classroom atomic clocks
  • Additional textbooks
  • Math manipulatives
  • Higher speed internet
  • Professional voice routing in phone system
  • New carpet and tile in the middle and high school 
  • New sound system for auditorium
  • New stage for elementary
  • New Chromebooks and cases
  • New Chromebook charging carts
  • New ready systems
  • New middle school science labs
  • New full-spectrum lighting system (completion in September) for middle and high school campus
  • “Fablab”- STEM Maker Space laboratory

Under Consideration:

  • Soccer field and track
  • Expansion of middle school outdoor area
  • Gymnasium

ASTEC is excited to bring these and other improvements to our scholars.
THINGS-TO-DO BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS
The first day of school, August 19th, will be here before we know it. Here are a list of things for parents to do before the beginning of school so that their scholar is prepared and ready to learn on the very first day.

  • Have Badge Made - Each scholar must have a new ID Badge made EACH YEAR
  • Pick up new Driveline Number Card - This card must be displayed on the driver’s visor
  • Fill out Free/Reduced Lunch Form - This must be filled out in order for a computer to be issued on the first day of school
  • Fill out E-Rate Form - This must be filled out in order for a computer to be issued on the first day of school
  • Pay Activity Fee Charge - This pays for field trips, transportation, class parties, prom, high school graduation, senior breakfast, etc. The money accumulated in their graduating year’s account and is used when activities occur at each grade level.
  • Bring Supply Gift Card - This is a $25 Staples gift card. Please bring the receipt attached to a gift card with your scholar’s name on the card and receipt. Gift cards pay for bandaids, art supplies, composition books, hand sanitizer, kleenex, poster board, markers.  
  • Purchase Supplies - Do this before the first day of school on tax-free weekend, August 6-8 to save some money. The elementary supply list is listed below.
  • Mark Calendars for Orientation - August 3 at ASTEC Elementary School
  • Check Uniform Policy - Make sure your scholar has what they need for their uniform on the first day. See uniform article in this newsletter.
  • Update Your Phone and Email Address - check to make sure we have the most current contact information in our files so that you don’t miss important announcements and events.
  • Obtain Metro Library Card - A library card is free and easily accessible online at metrolibrary.org or in person at either 2914 SW 59th Street or the Belle Isle location at 3621 NW Expressway.
ELEMENTARY SUPPLY LIST
Pk-2nd School Supplies
  • Pencil Box
  • Pencils
  • Plastic two pocket folder - Orange
3rd-5th School Supplies
  • Pencil Box or Bag (with zipper)
  • Pencils
  • Plastic two pocket folder - Orange
Students are not required to carry backpacks or Trapper Keepers but if they do - they need to be solid black.
SCHOOL CALENDAR
GET IMPORTANT TEXT MESSAGES FROM ASTEC
ASTEC utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more via text messages, straight to your cellular phone.

In order to participate in this free service you must opt in by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” phone number 67587. 

You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, so you can
rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.
METRO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED
All ASTEC scholars will be required to have a Metropolitan Public Library card as part of their enrollment. Scholars will grow academically if they become readers. Being exposed to a large library collection allows wonderful choices to engage young people. 

A library card is free and easily accessible online at metrolibrary.org or in person at either 2914 SW 59th Street or the Belle Isle location at 3621 NW Expressway. Scholars will need to provide a copy of the electronic library card or physical card to complete their enrollment.
TAX-FREE WEEKEND AUGUST 6-8
Oklahoma’s annual sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, August 6 and end at midnight on Sunday, August 8. Certain clothing and shoe purchases are exempt from sales tax for this time period only. Qualified items are exempt from state, city, county and local municipality sales taxes.

Retailers are required to participate and may not collect state and local sales or use tax on most footwear and clothing that are sold for less than $100 during the holiday.

For more information and answers to common questions on the sales tax holiday, as well as a listing of sales tax-exempt items, please refer to the Oklahoma Tax Commission information sheet.

(excerpt from Metro Family Magazine)
ORIENTATION SAVE-THE-DATE
August 3 in Elementary School Cafeteria 

PreK- 2nd grade: 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
3rd - 5th grade: 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

The elementary school orientation will be held in the elementary school cafeteria.
TELEMUNDO TEACHER OF THE MONTH!
Congratulations Ms. Maggie Moser, ASTEC Elementary School PreK teacher, for being awarded Teacher of the Month by Telemudo! An ASTEC parent nominated Ms. Moser and she was chosen for this well-deserved award. Way to show that Excellence is a Habit at ASTEC!

To nominate an ASTEC teacher for this program visit this link: http://unidosok.com/choose.../teacher-of-the-month-contest/
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¡Felicitaciones a la Sra. Maggie Moser, maestra de PreK de la Escuela Primaria ASTEC, por haber sido premiada como Maestra del Mes por Telemudo! Un padre de ASTEC nominó a la Sra. Moser y fue elegida para este merecido premio. ¡Manera de demostrar que la excelencia es un hábito en ASTEC!

Para nominar a un maestro de ASTEC para este programa, visite este enlace: http://unidosok.com/choose.../teacher-of-the-month-contest/
UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION WITH ASTEC
ASTEC uses SchoolMessenger for automated phone calls to inform and remind parents of important events, notices and changes to the school schedule. Please be sure to update your phone number and email address with the school so that you can stay updated on important news from ASTEC. 

Other ways to connect with the school are by subscribing to The Comet’s Tale Newsletter (sign up on our webpage), and following us on our social media platforms: Facebook and Instagram.
CHROMEBOOK CHECKOUT & FORMS
This year ASTEC will loan computers to scholars much like textbooks were issued in the past. Each scholar will pick up their issued Chromebook and carrying case in the morning and will turn it in at the end of the day back to the charging station. That way each student is handling one computer, and they are responsible for the condition of that computer throughout the year.

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Este año, ASTEC prestará computadoras a los estudiantes de la misma manera que se emitieron libros de texto en el pasado. Cada estudiante recogerá su Chromebook y su estuche de transporte por la mañana y lo entregará al final del día de regreso a la estación de carga. De esa manera, cada estudiante maneja una computadora y ellos son responsables de la condición de esa computadora durante todo el año.
ACTIVITY CHARGE
To save parents the time and expense of shopping for every school supply, ASTEC asks each scholar to bring a $25 STAPLES gift card. This allows ASTEC to purchase supplies for our scholars in bulk such as paper, crayons, glue, construction paper, rulers and scissors.  

Parents may bring in the $25 STAPLES gift card and gift card receipt to the elementary office before school begins or they may send it on the first day of school with their scholar. Be sure to write the scholar’s name on the receipt and the gift card with a permanent marker.
STAPLES GIFT CARDS
To save parents the time and expense of shopping for every school supply, ASTEC asks each scholar to bring a $25 STAPLES gift card. This allows ASTEC to purchase supplies for our scholars in bulk such as paper, crayons, glue, construction paper, rulers and scissors.  

Parents may bring in the $25 STAPLES gift card and gift card receipt to the elementary office before school begins or they may send it on the first day of school with their scholar. Be sure to write the scholar’s name on the receipt and the gift card with a permanent marker.
UNIFORM DONATIONS
Donate A Uniform
If your child has graduated or outgrown their uniform, please consider donating a gently used uniform to ASTEC’s clothing closet so we can pass it to other students at no cost. Please bring the uniform to the Elementary School Office.
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Dona un uniforme
Si su hijo se graduó o le quedó pequeño el uniforme, considere donar un uniforme usado al armario de ropa de ASTEC para que podamos pasárselo a otros estudiantes sin costo. Por favor traiga el uniforme a la oficina de la escuela primaria.
UNIFORM POLICY
The purpose of the ASTEC Charter Schools’ Uniform Policy is to encourage and support the learning environment of our school and to develop responsible scholars. The ASTEC Board of Directors, administration, and faculty reserves the right to make good faith interpretations of this policy and to address and resolve any issues that may not be specifically listed. The uniform is a dressy-casual, TAILORED look.

Uniform Vendors
  • Fashion Sports & Uniform - 1300 NW 23rd St. & N. Classen, OKC, OK (405) 524-9990
  • Walls - 4011 SW 29th, Del City, OK (405) 672-4438
  • Walmart or Target

(Purchases may be made at Target or Walmart, but must comply with the official uniform guidelines)

“Professional Uniform” (May be worn any day, including Friday)
  • Solid white long sleeve Oxford style shirt (see clothing details)
  • Solid black blazer
  • Khaki pants, or skirt (see clothing details)
  • Solid black dress shoes and black socks
  • Solid black leather belt w/simple buckle
  • Solid black tie (optional)

“Standard Uniform” (Monday­ ‐ Friday) - Elementary
  • Solid black polo shirt with ASTEC patch
  • Khaki pants or skirt (see clothing detail)
  • Solid black or brown belt with a simple buckle
  • Solid black athletic shoes or solid black or brown dress shoes (PK-2nd grade may wear solid white athletic shoes)

Outerwear (Monday - Friday)
  • Jackets may not be worn zipped up while in the building.
  • Sweaters must have an ASTEC patch on the left side.
  • Outerwear may not have a hood, may not be oversized, and no longer than slightly below the waist.
  • Solid black sweater or jacket.

Clothing Details
  • Clothing must fit properly. Oversized clothing of any kind is NOT permitted.
  • Frayed hems or holes in clothes are not allowed.
  • Scholars may not wear tight or low-cut shirts or tight pants.
  • Additional information may be posted at www.ASTEC-K12.com or distributed throughout the school year.

Tops
  • Only solid white undershirts or solid black undershirts may be worn.
  • Black polo shirt.
  • HOODIES are NOT allowed at school. Mock hoodies (sweatshirts that have a partial hood around the neck) are NOT allowed at school.
  • The ASTEC patch must be sewn or “ironed on” and must be straight. (Patch may not be stapled, glued or pinned on the shirt.)
  • Shirts are to be tucked in (without blousing), with the belt visible.
  • Jackets may not be worn zipped up while in the building.

Bottoms
  • SKINNY PANTS ARE NOT ALLOWED
  • Khaki pants, shorts, skirts only
  • May not be tight
  • Pants must be hemmed and strike the top of the shoe in the front and fall no lower than the top of the heel in the back - not touching the ground. Joggers (pants with elastic around the ankles) are NOT allowed.
  • Pants are to be worn at the natural waist and cannot sag. Pants may not be worn tucked into shoes/boots.

Accessories
  • Solid white or black socks must be worn.
  • Girls may wear plain black or beige hose with skirts, dresses (Note: When standing up, the length of the dress/skirt, shall be no more than one hand-width above the knee).
  • As a matter of safety, fingernails may not exceed ⅛” and must have rounded edges.
  • Scholars may wear solid black scarves, no other scarves are allowed.
  • A solid plain brown or black belt, with a plain buckle, is to be worn at all times. For scholars in PK - 2nd grade a velcro belt is highly recommended until the scholar learns how to unbuckle a belt quickly. This type of belt may be found on Amazon and other places.
  • Purses must be compact in size, small enough to fit inside the backpack. NO BIG PURSES.
  • Backpacks on wheels are NOT permitted.
  • Shoes must be ABSENT of any other color or colored symbols.
  • Shoestrings must be the SAME color as the shoes with which they are worn.
  • Only SOLID black, white, or gold/yellow hair ties and clips are allowed (ties and clips featuring more than one of these colors are not appropriate, oversized hair ornaments are not allowed).

Scholar Appearance Details
  • One pair of earrings, no larger than ¼” may be worn.
  • Nose, eyebrow, tongue and other visible piercings are not allowed. 
  • No bracelets, including rubber bracelets (unless ASTEC approved).
  • Prescribed medical bracelets may be worn.
  • One necklace may be worn, but it must not be visible.
  • Only one simple ring per scholar can be worn, such as a class ring or a purity ring.
  • Hair must be well groomed and worn away from the eyes.
  • Distracting, unconventional, non-professional haircuts or hairstyles are prohibited.
  • Shaving designs into the hair is prohibited. A line shaved into a boy’s hair that is perceived as a natural part is allowed.
  • Shaving lines in eyebrows are NOT permitted.
  • Hair must be the scholar’s natural color (i.e. multi-colored hair is not accepted).
  • Nail polish must be a soft tone or a natural color (not dark, bright, garish, or glittery).
  • Stiletto nails are NOT permitted. The length of the nail may not be longer than 1/4".
  • There must be no visible tattoos (temporary or real), ink drawings, etc.
  • No makeup will be allowed in elementary.

Please Note: Scholars unable to procure uniforms (in whole or in part) should contact a school secretary, the Dean of Students, or a trusted faculty member.
IMPORTANT DATES
Free COVID Vaccines
July 22
ASTEC Middle School

Tax-Free Shopping Days
August 6-9

Elementary School Orientation
August 3
ASTEC Elementary School

First Day of School
August 19

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NEED HELP?
Families facing a difficult financial time may contact their school headmaster for a waiver for activity fees or or school supplies.
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Las familias que enfrentan un momento financiero difícil pueden comunicarse con el director de la escuela para obtener una exención de las tarifas de las actividades o los útiles escolares.
CONTACT US
(405) 947-6272