MATHEWS e-News

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

PREPARING FOR A 'MAV'NIFICENT YEAR!

SPECIAL EDITION

Please know first and foremost, that Plano ISD will always communicate first to our parents regarding district information.


Our promise to you is to always get information to you as soon as we can. This year, our weekly school e-News will go out on Thursday afternoons.


However, as we work together to prepare for the start of the school year we will send out 'Special Editions' for those times when there is information you need to know sooner than later.


There are three topics provided below we need to share with you at this time.


FACE to FACE Instruction or Continue with REMOTE Learning:

We have also included information on how to request whether you would like your child to learn through Remote Instruction for the first nine weeks or return to Face to Face instruction.


We will all start the year (August 12-September 4) with online learning.


However, at this time our plan is that beginning on Tuesday, September 8th students will return to Face to Face learning unless parents have selected to continue with Remote Learning for the remainder of the first nine weeks of school. The last day to request Remote Learning for the first nine weeks is Thursday, August 6. (Information on how to request Remote Learning is provided on the first red button below.)



CURBSIDE DRIVE-BY PICK-UP Information:

Below, you will find Information regarding picking up school supplies and learning materials for the 2020-21 school year. You will also pick up a Chromebook if you do not currently have one. This would also be a great time to return any textbooks or library books you may have found over the summer. (Former 5th grade students who kept their Chromebooks over the summer will return them at this time as well.)



ELECTRONIC CHROMEBOOK TECHNOLOGY FORM:

All parents will need to sign the Technology form below once you have a Chromebook in your possession. Just click the link below to complete the form. (We will continue to include it in our newsletter for the next couple of weeks for those waiting to pick up Chromebooks.)


  • If you kept your Chromebook over the summer, you can complete the form now.
  • If you are a 2020 graduating 5th grader, you will be returning your Mathews Chromebook and will receive a new one from your middle school.)


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In addition towards the bottom of our e-News we have included the information we provided from last Thursday's e-News just in case you missed it.


It is going to be a 'Mavnificent' year!

IMPORTANT: LEARNING ENVIRONMENT SELECTION

Learning Environment Selection

Students will automatically be enrolled in Face to Face on campus instruction unless parents request Remote Learning for the first nine weeks. The deadline to request Remote Learning is Thursday, August 6.

REGISTRATION

Pre K REGISTRATION

Pre-Kindergarten School Information

Please click the button for information regarding Pre-Kindergarten.

ONLINE REGISTRATION KINDERGARTEN - FIFTH GRADE

Online registration for elementary students (Kindergarten-5th grade) new to the district for the 2020-21 school year is now open. Parents can use the secure document portal to upload required documentation. Get more information and the enrollment packet online. Email askpisd@pisd.edu with questions about registration.

Enrollment and Registration

District information on how to enroll your child for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

CURBSIDE DRIVE-BY PICK UP

AUGUST 10 AND 11 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Time to pick up your child(ren)'s learning material for the 2020-21 school year so you will have everything you need at home when school starts Wednesday, August 12!



  • We will have Learning Materials for each student.
  • If you do not have a Mathews Chromebook at home you will also be able to pick up a Chromebook for each Mathews student in your home.
  • If you ordered school supplies through the PTA we will have those ready for you to pick up as well.



Dates:

MONDAY, AUGUST 10

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11


Time:

11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.


HOW THIS WILL WORK:


You will need to have a sign in your passenger front window with each child's first and last name and grade they will be entering for the 2020-21 school year. Please use large print.


Also beside the grade level of each child write a 'C' if you need a Chromebook.


Example: Tricia Powell 5C


Or if you already have a Chromebook:


Example: Tricia Powell 5


This will help us expedite the pick-up process.


If you kept your Chromebook over the summer, you are good to go. We still have the computer assigned to your child.


If you are a former 5th grade Mathews 2020 graduate and still have your Chromebook need you to come by during this time to return your Mathews Chromebook. We currently have 30 5th graders with Chromebooks still checked out.


Once you have a Chromebook for each Mathews student in your home, please complete the Survey/Agreement by pressing the button below. If you already have Chromebooks from Mathews in your home from last spring, you can complete the information at this time. (Just click the red button below.)

TECHNOLOGY SURVEY AND AGREEMENT

So we can serve our community best. Please complete one survey for each student in your home that attends Mathews. There is also a place to share what your current wi-fi status is at your home in order to support Remote Learning. Thank you!

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES NOW

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ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES EXTENDED TO AUGUST 9

Order School Supplies through Our AMAZING PTA...

Pre-order school supply packs customized for your student's grade level and Mathews PTA will deliver the school supply packs to your student's classroom by Meet the Teacher. Pre-ordered school supplies are tax-free. Pre-order school supply packs online through August 9 (11:59 PM CST).


Below the PTA links you will find the class lists for supplies. In case you wish to purchase on your own or perhaps miss the August 9 (11:59 PM CST) deadline to order through the PTA.

PTA SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Information from our PTA website on how to order school supplies.

MATHEWS PTA

Your 'Go-To" for school supplies, spirit wear and information!

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

ACCESS to LEARNING

SUMMER TIME READING LIST

From Mrs. Noble, Our Librarian

SUMMER READING LIST IS HERE!

SUMMER MEALS

Electronic Benefits Transfer in case of Pandemic (P-EBT) is a unique benefit for eligible families who lost free or reduced lunch benefits due to school closure. application open in June. hhs.texas.gov/es/pebt


La Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios en caso de Pandemia (P-EBT) es un beneficio único para las familias elegibles que perdieron los beneficios de almuerzo gratis o reducido debido al cierre de la escuela. solicitud abierta en junio. hhs.texas.gov/es/pebt

Summer Grab and Go Meals

In partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Plano ISD Food and Nutritional Services Department will be providing free grab-and-go summer meals to the public beginning, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the following campus sites:


  • Armstrong Middle School
  • Bowman Middle School – New Site
  • Christie Elementary School
  • Daffron Elementary School
  • Mitchell Elementary School
  • Sigler Elementary School


Updated curbside grab-and-go meal serving times for these locations will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.



Children 18 years of age and younger will receive a lunch for that day and a breakfast for the following day. Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, birth certificate or the verification letters families are currently providing during meal pick up.

CYBER SECURITY

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 Justin.Taylor@pisd.edu


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 tsos@pisd.edu.

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