Thursday, September 17, 2020

A reminder, if you want to look back at previous emails you just click the title above,

20-21 A Mavnificent Year! It is a hyperlink to our archived e-News on our school webpage.

Information regarding breakfast and lunch meals for both our School to Home learners and our Face to Face learners is provided below. Now through December, or until funds are exhausted all meals will be free for all students.


Our fall virtual book fair begins today and runs through Wednesday, September 30. Please support our school with shopping online for great books! Please see below for more information. A big shout out to our PTA, Mrs. Heldt and Mrs. Ghaleb for all the work that goes into this important event for our school. Perhaps you can encourage your child to continue on their journey by purchasing a book to share for a special celebration in the future. Take a look below and let's let reading take us somewhere amazing!

PICTURE DAY is October 13 for individual school pictures and for our yearbook. ALL students will have an opportunity to have their picture taken. We will have safety precautions in place for both our Face to Face learners and for our School to Home learners. More information coming.

Information on how to check out your child when they need to leave school early is provided below. Thank you for your help.

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Please join us for our Fall 2020 Virtual Book Fair!

Thursday, September 17th - Wednesday, September 30th

Please visit our webpage:

All orders ship directly

to students’ homes and book only purchases over $25

ship free!

Mathews will receive 25% of the profits in the form of Scholastic Dollars, which will be used to buy books and other materials for the school.

Questions? Please contact Katharine Heldt and Malak Ghaleb at


We welcome parent and members of our school community to be a part of Mathews.

One way you can actively be a part of our school community is to serve as a member of our School Based Improvement Committee.

The SBIC committee includes parents, Mathews staff, district staff, members of our community, and local business representatives.

The committee meets three times a year so that we may share our planning process and the decisions we make to promote the most positive learning opportunity for our students.

We rotate our members with a three year service. However, if you are a parent of an older student who may complete his studies in less time, we would still welcome your interest and participation.

Please email Tricia Powell, Assistant Principal by Wednesday, September 23 if you are interested.

Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 30 at 3:15 via Zoom.

yummy spirit night!

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Please join us for our September Spirit Night!


Lita’s La Mexicana

7224 Independence Pkwy

Wednesday, September 23rd from 4pm to 9pm

Mention Mathews Elementary and the school will get 15% of food and beverage orders!

Takeout and delivery options available.



Signing Your Child Out of School

Parents picking up students during the day will complete the Parent Form dropping off or picking up a student using the QR code posted at the front door. Parents will not be entering the building. Ring the bell after you have complete the QR Survey to notify the office staff that you are on campus and have completed the form.

Office staff will sign the student out, documenting both the time the student left the building, as well as the time the parent requested for early dismissal.

Your child will be brought to you. You will need to provide ID to pick up your child when your child is brought to the front entrance by staff as it may not be Mrs. Tipsword who walks your child to the front door. Thank you.

No Pets on School Property

Pets are not permitted on school property in Plano ISD.

Yes they are absolutely adorable and definitely 'Man's Best Friend'; however, not on campus, particularly during arrival and dismissal.

Whether it be allergies, or a student afraid of dogs, or perhaps a child who is a little too aggressive when wanting to run up and pet a dog, or two dogs who separate are amazing...but not so much when in close proximity....

Thank you for leaving your pets at home when you are dropping off and picking up your children.

And yes... this does include all other types of pets.


This form should be used to report when a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is having symptoms that may be COVID-19, or if they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Once the report is received, your school nurse will contact you with additional information.
How to Report Covid-19 Symptoms

Parents, This link lets you report regarding Covid-19 Symptoms or identified cases of Covid-19.


School Day STarts at 7:40

Our School Day begins at 7:40 a.m. This is 5 minutes earlier than last year. Please remember that for your child to be in their seat, unpacked and ready for the learning day to begin that they need to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m.

Our building opens at the Caravan Way carpool line at 7:00 a.m.

Students may leave the cafeteria and gym with staggered releases for social distancing beginning at 7:15. Students who arrive after 7:15 go directly to their classrooms.


Breakfast is served from 7:00-7:30 a.m. So if your child wants to enjoy breakfast at school, please have them arrive early enough so they can eat their breakfast and still be able to get to their classroom and ready for their day at 7:40. Ideally, we find students who arrive between 7:00-7:20 have time to eat their breakfast then leave the cafeteria by 7:30 to get to their classroom.

Doors close for instruction to begin at 7:40 a.m.

Students that arrive after 7:40 are tardy. If you are running late or your child has a morning appointment before school then you need to drop off your child at the main door on Marchman Way so your child can enter the building.

Below is what your child should bring to school each day. (Lunch is included unless your child is purchasing lunch from the cafeteria.)


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School to Home Learners:

Curbside Meal Bundles for PISD School@Home Students

Due to a waiver issued from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), effective September 15, 2020, all Plano ISD School@Home students will receive free breakfast and lunch meal bundles through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available.

Weekly meal bundles will be provided on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 10:30am and 4:45pm to 6:00pm at Clark HS, Shepton HS, and Williams HS. Starting, September 22, meal bundles will also be available at McMillen HS and Vines HS. Meal bundles will consist of five breakfasts and five lunches.

*Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate.



  • If students plan to bring their lunch from home, they need to bring a packed lunch with them when they arrive to school in the morning. Students will keep their lunches in their own backpack until lunch time.

  • Students will be able to continue to purchase breakfast or lunch from school. Lunches will be enjoyed in the homeroom classroom.

  • Birthday treats for classrooms of students are no longer permitted. Teachers will continue to acknowledge student birthdays in the classroom as in past years, but food will no longer be shared with students.

  • Students should bring a water bottle each day that we can refill during the day if needed. Water bottles should go home each afternoon to be cleaned and refilled for the next day.

  • Students are welcome to bring healthy snacks from home. Snack time will be provided in the classroom each day.

Please note that when selecting snacks to send to school we have the following allergies at our campus:

K – Peanut, Tree Nuts, Sesame

1 – Peanut, Tree Nuts, Fish/Shellfish

2 – None known

3 – Peanut, Tree Nuts

4 – Peanut, Tree Nuts

5 – Peanut, Tree Nuts, Sesame

New Lunch Account System

Online Lunch Accounts

Plano ISD is using a new online payment system, Rycor. In an effort to reduce time, money and paper waste, parents can pay their children’s school and lunch fees through a secure online website, If your child purchases an item a-la-carte you will be charged.


TAGS and Lanyards!

Each child will have a color coded dismissal tag to make sure that each child will be where they need to be to get home to you safely.

Once students are at the right place for dismissal, we will ask your child to place the tag that is on the lanyard in their backpack so they can bring it back the next day.

These tags also serve as their lunch card and library card so it is important they return to school each day so it is important they come back to school each day.

A second lanyard is provided to each student to clip their mask to. This helps the masks stay with the child and not get misplaced or lost during lunch or recess when students are socially distancing and playing outside.


The Plano FFA will be accepting new Jr. FFA members for the 2020-2021 school year. Students must be in grades 3rd-8th and attend a Plano Senior High School feeder school.

In the Plano Jr. FFA Program, students can:

  1. Learn and practice leadership skills

  2. Raise and care for an animal

  3. Show their animals at Stock Shows

  4. Learn responsibility, dedication, and accountability

  5. Participate in community service.

  6. Learn about American Agriculture

  7. Participate in mentorship opportunities

If you wish to join please fill out this google form

We will have our first meeting of the year on September 24th at 6pm via Zoom. If you would like to attend please reach out to one of the teachers below.

Ms. Taylor Navarette (Clark HS):

Mrs. Tiffany Wilson (Vines HS):

Nurse Christina

From Nurse Christina

Parents, Please click the button to review all the helpful information from Nurse Christina so we can keep our Mathews Mavs happy and healthy!

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

From the Counselor's Corner

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler as we prepare to begin Face to Face Learning.

LIBRARY News from Mrs. Noble!

Library News from Mrs. Noble!

Click the button for lots of information from our librarian, Mrs. Noble including our 20-21 Bluebonnet nominees!


Mark Your Calendar...

September 17-30

Mathews Fall Book Fair

September 23: Spirit Night 4:00-9:00 p.m.

Lita’s La Mexicana
7224 Independence Pkwy

Remember to mention Mathews Elementary and the school will get 15% of food and beverage orders! Takeout and delivery options available.


September 28-October 2:

Next open window to request change of learning environment. Change would begin on October 13.

October 12:

School Holiday

October 13:

Picture Day! (For both Face to Face learners and our School to Home learners.)

More information to follow...

November 3:

Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

November 11:

Veterans Day: Information coming soon.

November 23-27:

Thanksgiving Break

December 18:

Early Release Day

December 21 through January 4:

Winter Break

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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Window to Request Changes for the Second Nine Weeks

During our Virtual Curriculum Grade Level meetings several parents asked for clarification regarding when and how they can make decisions regarding their children participating in learning via "School at Home" or "Face to Face" learning.

The initial selection period for choosing PISD School@Home ended on July 16. An extended window was open between July 24-August 6 if a selection was not made by the original deadline.Parents were able to make changes during this window as well.

The next window for parents to make a change will be between September 28-October 2 and would start October 13.

The button below takes you to the district website with information on how and when you can make or update your decisions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either Mrs. Powell or Mr. Steele.

If there are any revisions, PISD will reach out to our families, and we promise to do the same.

Plano ISD Information on the 2020-21 School Year

Additional information from our district.


Chromebook Support:

If you have a broken Chromebook or are having difficulties with your power cord, please email our amazing Mathews' CTA, Justin Taylor at

The Plano ISD help desk is also 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

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