1. OUR MISSION
Have no fear, the Village School Ambassadors are here to help ease your integration into our beautiful and internationally diverse community.
We welcome you and are available to answer any questions you may have regarding our school and the city in general.
We know how challenging it must be as you plan your move and so we have made available useful information and easy access links.
If you would like to be connected with one of our ambassador families, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Connect with One of Our Ambassadors
Connect with us on Facebook groups at The Village School Ambassadors.
2. WHERE TO LIVE
The Village School is strategically located in the “Energy Corridor” and is easily accessible from any part of the city of Houston and environs.
Within the energy Corridor District and along the Eldridge Parkway, are many communities where you can consider residing.
Some communities where Village families reside include:
a) Lakes of Parkway – Gated Community with School bus option to TVS
b) Enclave on Parkway – Gated community
c) San Brisas – Gated community with Apartment and townhouses
d) Parkway Terraces- Gated community
e) Briar Hills
f) The Parkway at Eldridge- Gated community
g) Memorial Terrace
h) Royal Oaks – Gated community with school bus option to TVS
i) Lakes on Eldridge - Gated community with School bus option to TVS
j) Lakes on Eldridge North - Gated Community with school bus option to TVS
k) Twin Lakes
l) Villages on Lake Pointe
o) Sugar Land
As of 2019 the Village School has multiple bus services to and from Cinco Ranch, Katy, Lakes on Eldridge, Memorial, Royal Oaks Country Club/Westpark Drive, and Sugar Land. The Westpark stop serves students from Bellaire, Uptown Houston (Galleria area), and West University Place.
Please note it is a first come first serve process and for some communities the spaces fill up really quickly. Click the link below to register and the school representative will get in touch with you for availability, payments and schedules.
Bus Service & Transportation
Immunizations are an important part of protecting the health of your child, the families and the Houston community in general.
State law requires students in Texas schools to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. More information about required vaccines for schools is available on the Texas Department of State Health Services website.
Prior your arrival, the school nurse will contact you to inform you if there are any vaccinations your child(ren) require according to the law. You can arrange to have these done when you arrive Houston or you could have them in your current location and send confirmation via email to the school nurse.
Houston has state-of-the-art medical facilities. If you are sick or injured you don't have to worry, as the city is home to the largest medical center in the world – The Texas Medical Center.
Urgent Care is a level below emergency care and is more cost effective.
Situations requiring Urgent Care are non-life-threatening issues such as an acute illness (high fever), allergic reactions, minor wound or abrasion, Flu, Fever, Cough, Asthma, Sprain; while Emergency Care includes Snake bites, Bleeding that won’t stop, Spinal injury – situations that are life threatening.
However always check with your insurance for coverage. Usually there is a number at the back of your insurance card or a website call and see what is covered.
For more information regarding urgent care and emergency care click the link
Urgent Care vs Emergency Care
4. GOVERNMENT LEGALITIES
Social Security - After moving to Houston, you might be required to obtain a Social Security Card/Number depending on your visa type. If you are required to get one, please visit the government website Social Security Card
*Please note you can only apply for the Social Security Card/Number after 3 weeks upon arriving in the US.
Drivers License - New residents must apply for a Texas driver's license within 90 days, and complete vehicle inspection and registration within 30 days.
The Texas Department of Public Safety issues drivers’ licenses and oversees vehicle inspections, while the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles registers vehicles.
EZ-TAG - If you will be living in the city without a vehicle, you can make use of the area's mass transit system, which is limited. In other words, it is highly recommended for new residents to get a car. You should also consider an EZ-Tag for your vehicle – you can’t use the Westpark Tollway without it, and it will speed up any journey on the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8). Please visit the EZ-Tag website
Navigating Houston - Having a satellite navigation (called GPS here) is also a good idea, although most smart phones now have this feature – Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze to name a few.
The metro and tunnel system is available in the downtown area of Houston. Outside of this the metro service is limited. However, there are Park and Ride buses which take you to the downtown area. Check the link for the park and ride stops closest to your community.
Ride Metro Park and Ride
Houston averages over 200 sunny days per year. Temperatures vary greatly from summer to winter, ranging from the high 90s in July and August to the 30s in January. The city experiences 4-5 months with temperatures above 90 degrees, with the humidity causing a heat index even greater than the actual temperature.
Snowfall is rare, but rain is common. Houston receives about 50 inches of rainfall a year, which can sometimes cause flash flooding. Be sure to pack a varied wardrobe to accommodate the fluctuating climate and listen to the weather channels for updates and weather advisories.
The U. S. Gulf Coast is a prime target for hurricanes and Houston happens to be one of the cities in this area. The Hurricane season is from June 1 until November 30. Statistics show that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparedness is a common thread among all hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and necessary actions to take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane.
Useful Websites to follow:
National Weather Service
National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Tracking Charts
Please listen to the local weather and news channels for Hurricane Alerts, Warnings, Advisories and act accordingly as advised.
Stock up your home/pantry with water, canned foods, toiletries, torch and batteries, candles and matches to name a few.
A comprehensive Hurricane Preparedness document can be found at Hurricane Preparation
As America’s 4th largest city, Houston is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world class dining, arts, museums, hotels, shopping and nightlife.
Take a stroll through the historic Heights, spend the day exploring the Museum District or head down to Space Centre Houston. Later on, grab a bite in one of dozens of award-winning restaurants, or hang out with the cool kids on Washington Avenue.
Some useful links for things to do in and around the city -
Houston Restaurant Weeks
Weekend Road Trip Ideas
365 Things in Houston
Events in Houston
Not brave enough to explore the city on your own, take advantage of one of the many tours available and have a guide help you navigate and enjoy Houston’s hidden treasures.
7. VILLAGE SCHOOL PARENT ASSOCIATION (VSPA)
As a parent of a Village School student, you are automatically a member of VSPA.
VSPA endeavors to facilitate and coordinate parental involvement at The Village School(TVS).
- Focus efforts on programs which benefit TVS and provide opportunities for active involvement, social interaction, and community building among parents.
- Support the educational and social objectives of TVS.
- Facilitate communication between TVS Parents and TVS Administration.
- Provide an organized forum for fundraising projects for the school. The goal of spending will be to benefit a broad spectrum of TVS community.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved in VSPA and volunteer for the events organized by VSPA, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within the Village School community, there are also parent-led clubs which are a fun way to meet and connect with other Village families.
• MOMs - Moms (and Dads sometimes) meet an evening once a month over drinks.
• The Foodies – Enjoy cuisine from different countries once a month.
• The Book Club – Read a chosen book and meet for discussion at a member’s home.
• The Movie Club – Meet at a cinema in the city and watch a movie together.
• Parent Soccer Club - Meet once a week to play soccer
• Vikings with Allergies - Parents’ group that advocate for their children with allergies
• Walking Club - Walk, jog, run with other active parents every Tuesday morning
• Photography Club
• Parent Steel Drum Band - Learn to play the steel drums and marimbas too.
• Friends of Fine Arts
If you have an idea for a club or group, please share and VSPA can work to start it up and get it going.
VSPA also runs a Used Uniform Store located in the elementary school. It opens once a week on Wednesday from noon to 2:00pm. If you need access to the store at another time, you can email email@example.com to make an appointment.
Local or expat, you will not lack for places to shop for local and foreign spices and foods.
Your everyday grocery shopping can be done at either your community Kroger, Walmart, H. E. B. Whole Foods or Randalls while Phoenicia Specialty Foods, H-Mart, 99 Ranch, Fiesta are option to cater to your exotic food and spice needs.
There are also Farmers’ Markets in and around the city.
Costco and Sam’s Club are great shopping options for bulk purchases especially for hurricane stock up.
9. MR - FIX - IT
To find certified best pick home service companies and contractors in your area, add the term Best Pick to your online search for example “Best Pick Plumbers” or visit the Best Pick Reports webpage and key in your zip-code to search.
Another national comprehensive list of certified services and contractors can be found at Angie's List
Also feel free to ask for recommendations from other village parents. We are all happy to help.
English is the top language spoken in Houston with Spanish a close second.
However, fret not if English or Spanish is not your mother language, there are many language schools available in the city. English Language classes are offered by Literacy Advance of Houston. You can go to www.literacyadvacne.org or call (713)266-8777 for more information; and Spanish Language lessons are conveniently offered within the Village School community.