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We are 'All-In' this Together at Mathews!

SPECIAL EDITION: FRIDAY UPDATE

As We Move Forward:

To Our Mathews Community,


What a week it has been!


The Chromebook pick-up was a huge success! Thank you! There is information below in case you need any help with your chromebook moving forward.


As the district and as our staff continue to work together to provide the best learning opportunity for your children, please know we truly appreciate the challenge our parents and families are facing. We are here to help.


As teachers reach out to parents by phone, please know that when you receive a call from a teacher or staff member it will have a 'block i.d.' Please answer the calls. Hopefully most conference calls will be arranged via email at a given time; however, some may not. Please a take these calls.


We hope you are all doing well. As we wrap up our first week of Remote Learning we know there are questions. We are here for you. We are just an email away.


A special thank you to Mrs. Kraman, our music teacher for sharing an opportunity to enjoy music with Plano Symphony each Saturday evening from our homes. Please see the information below.


We, our teachers and staff, our children and parents, and our district are 'All-In'.

THIS SATURDAY NIGHT "AT" THE SYMPHONY

Saturday night at 8pm the Plano Symphony Orchestra broadcast a concert featuring Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue & American in Paris. The concert will be streamed Sat night & available afterwards. They will feature a new concert each Saturday night.

UPDATE: Mobile Food Pantry Friday!

North Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry: A mobile food pantry drop will be available for Plano ISD families this Friday, March 27, from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM at Bowman Middle School, 2501 Jupiter Road, Plano, in the parking area located at the back of the building. The pantry is open to anyone in our community in need of food.

North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank is encouraging families to fully utilize their Partner Agency network. Their online map at https://ntfb.org/our-programs/get-food-assistance/find-a-food-pantry is updated daily to reflect current available resources. Families can locate food pantries closest to them by entering their zip code.

MEALS

Meal Assistance: Breakfast and Lunch:

We want to make sure that all students have access to meals during the district’s closure. To get the week started, Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at SEVEN locations across the district beginning Monday, March 23.


Adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications and regularly check the Plano ISD website for new information.

Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times:



GRAB AND GO:


Monday - Friday, 11-00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


The district’s Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch program is from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


During this pick-up time, families will be able to get lunch, along with breakfast for the following day.


This cuts down on the number of times our families will need to leave home to pick up meals each day.



This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.


- Armstrong Middle School *

(pickup at this location is the bus lane at the rear of the building)
3805 Timberline Drive, Plano, TX 75074
Meal service begins at this location on Thursday, March 19


·Barron Elementary School

3300 P Avenue, Plano, TX 75074

Meal Services begin at this location on Monday, March 23


- Daffron Elementary School
3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093


· IB World School at Huffman Elementary
5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093


· Meadows Elementary School
2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074


- Rose Haggar Elementary School

17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252


· Sigler Elementary School
1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075


· Thomas Elementary School
1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

CHROMEBOOK SUPPORT FOR OUR FAMILIES

Chromebook Distribution/Support: If you have a broken Chromebook or if you missed the timeframe for picking up a device at your campus, the Plano ISD help desk is available to assist you in obtaining a working Chromebook. Contact the help desk Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (469) 752-8767, or email tsos@pisd.edu. The help desk will work with your campus to coordinate the repair, pickup or delivery of your device.



ACCESSING WEBSITES

How to Support Digital Learning from Home

How will I support my student’s learning and instruction from home during the closure?


  • Plano ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students will have access to these resources which are aligned to their classes through the PISD Webdesk and the student digital backpack. Directions to access these resources from home can be found HERE.
  • Set aside time each day during the school closure for practice, extension and enrichment utilizing provided resources.
  • Choose something to read with your student, or provide time for self-selected reading every day.
  • More information will be shared in the future to support student learning in the event that the school closure lasts beyond April 3.

DISTRICT UPDATES

PASAR TUITION QUESTIONS

PASAR Tuition Questions: If you have questions regarding tuition for PASAR after school care, please email financeofficepasar@pisd.edu.


Ongoing Updates from the District:

Plano ISD is dedicated to caring for our students in and outside of the classroom. We are working diligently to offer solutions that will minimize the effect that this extended school closure may have on our families. Thank you to the community groups and volunteers who have reached out with various offers of help.


As we receive information on available support and services, we will post those details on our website at www.pisd.edu/Page/22423.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOLS

If You Need to Pick Up Medications:

Medication is locked up safe and sound at school. However, if you need medication for your child that is at school please contact the contact below. She is a school nurse and can arrange a time to do a curbside pick up of medications.


Christy Hamilton RN, BSN

Special Assignment Nurse


E-Mail:

christy.hamilton@pisd.edu

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Census 2020

The U.S. Census helps our schools and neighborhoods. The goal for the Census is to get a complete count of everyone—once and in the right place. Information and answers to your questions about the Census, including how to participate, please click.

Family and Community Resources:

This week we launched a Family Resource page on the district’s website. This page provides a searchable list that families, community members and school staff can utilize to help find community resources in order to meet a family’s needs. The list is searchable by agency name, zip code and category. Categories include such areas as basic needs (food assistance, housing assistance), health care (medical, dental, vision), and mental health (substance abuse, counseling, etc.).


The family resource page can be found at https://www.pisd.edu/familyresources

How You Can Help:

Looking for ways to help Plano ISD students while schools are closed? Please visit
https://www.pisd.edu/howtohelp


Plano ISD is thankful for partners like Minnie's Food Pantry who are stepping up for students and families.

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