Mott News

01/06/2020

Happy New Year

Welcome back Mott Owls! We hope you all had a great time during break and created lasting memories. Most importantly we hope you are all well rested and ready to tackle this new year!

Important: New Allergy Policy

We have received very valuable feedback from parents regarding the recent allergy policy change. As always, our chief goal is to protect our students and to keep them safe and learning while they're at Mott. After collecting feedback from parents, staff members, and administration, the allergy committee has met and revised our policy to address some specific concerns.


For the safety of all our students, the following changes will go into effect after winter break:


* Effective February 3, 2020 Parents may only bring non-food goodie bags for birthdays. We will no longer be able to accept food items for whole-class birthday treats. As always, you are welcome to send special birthday treats for your own student to enjoy for lunch or snack, and parents are welcome to join their student for lunch on their birthday as well.


* For classroom food activities such as party days or food-related learning activities, parents of children with food allergies will need to complete an allergy permission form stating which foods their student is allowed to eat or handle. If this form is not returned prior to the event, the student will not be able to participate in the activity.


We appreciate the care and time that the teachers and allergy committee members have given to this very important matter, and for the feedback and support we have received from our parents. We are dedicated to keeping our kids safe here at Mott and believe that this will help achieve that for all our students.

Awards Assemblies

Our awards assembly is right around the corner. Not all students will get an award every assembly. Awards for All A and A/B Honor Roll, as well as Perfect Attendance will be given. Your child's teacher will let you know if your child will be receiving an additional award for this assembly. Please remember to allow yourself enough time to find parking and to have your ID verified (do not forgot your ID). There is not enough parking in the front of the building to accommodate parking for awards assemblies. Therefore, we will have badge access at the back of the building so that you may park on the road between Mott and Cele Middle School.


January 15th - Awards Assemblies:

Second Grade- 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

First Grade - 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Fourth Grade - 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.


January 17th - Awards Assemblies:

Kinder - 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

Third Grade - 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Fifth Grade - 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

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Tips for Picking Up Your Child Early for an Appointment

We truly appreciate your efforts in scheduling appointments after school hours. However, we understand that is not always possible. So, if you need to pick your child up early for an appointment, and your child will not return that day, it could take 10 to 15 minutes for your child to get to the office. Here is the reason why:


  1. Often, our teachers do not know ahead of time that your child will be leaving early. They have to gather homework, folders, etc. to put in the backpack. Your child has to pack these items, their water bottle, the book they are reading, etc. before they start walking to the office.
  2. Our school is 19,000 square feet. It takes a long time to walk from some parts of the building up to the office. Especially if your child is young and has short legs!
  3. If your child is in special areas, lunch, computer lab, recess, etc., they will have to go back to the classroom to get their backpack. There is no guarantee that the teacher will be in the room at that time due to meetings, copying, etc. Our classroom doors are always locked, for safety reasons. So, the office will have to put a call out on the radio to find someone with a key that can walk to the classroom to open the door, so that your child can get their backpack. This will take several minutes. You can avoid this added delay by knowing your child's schedule, and arrive before or after lunch, specials and recess. Schedule by Teacher
  4. Sometimes, teachers take their class for a whole group bathroom break. These breaks are not scheduled, and are based on class need due to that day's schedule. In this case, when the office calls the room and the teacher does not answer, we just have to wait a few minutes until the class returns to the room.

In other words, please allow plenty of time to pick up your child in order to make it to your appointment on time.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 13 - PTO Meeting 6:30pm

Jan. 14 - Report cards go home

Zaxby's Night 5:30pm - close

Jan. 15 - Awards Assemblies: 2nd Grade, 1st Grade, 4th Grade

Jan. 17 - Awards Assemblies: Kinder, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade

Jan. 20 - MLK Holiday for students and staff: NO SCHOOL

Jan. 22 - 5th Grade Tours Cele Middle School

Jan. 23 - X-STREAM night 5:30 pm

Jan. 27 - Mock STAAR: 4th Writing, 5th Math

Jan. 28 - Mock STAAR: 5th Reading

Jan. 29 - 100th Day of School

Feb. 3 - Mock STAAR: 3rd & 4th Math

National School Counseling Week

Feb. 4 - Mock STAAR: 3rd & 4th Reading

Feb. 5 - Mock STAAR: 5th Science

Feb. 6 - STAAR Parent Information Night 6:00 pm

Feb. 10 - PTO Meeting 6:30pm

Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students)

Visit our Mott Elementary Webpage for more information and to sign-up as a Mott Watch D.O.G.

http://www.pfisd.net/domain/1947

Communication Options

Please allow 24 hours during the work week for a response to a non-emergency question or request. If you call or send an email on a Friday, you should expect a response during business hours the following week.


When you need assistance, please make note of the roles and responsibilities of these staff members. By contacting them directly, you will receive a faster reply.


Adrian Tristan - Busses, 504, Dual Language, English as a Second Language, and discipline. Adrian.Tristan@pfisd.net

Sarah Boyle - Busses, Special Education, and discipline. Sarah.boyle@pfisd.net

Michael Hill - Can make phone and meeting appointments with Mrs. Rebecek, scheduling events on school calendar, campus website. Michael.Hill@pfisd.net

Elizabeth Zamora - Spanish speaking contact, translation needs, day to day operation questions such as lunch times, birthdays on the big screen, etc. Elizabeth.Zamora@pfisd.net

Kristeen Thornton - Day to day operation questions such as lunch times, messages for teachers, etc. Kristeen.Thornton@pfisd.net

Steven Ray - Registration, enrollment and attendance. Steven.Ray@pfisd.net


Remind Text Messages - Mrs. Rebecek will send out reminders for things like early release, special events, and dress up days. To sign up, text @84984f to the number 81010.


Mott Elementary School

https://www.facebook.com/MottElementary/


Mott Elementary PTO

https://www.facebook.com/mottelementarypto/


Mott Elementary Families - (FYI: This page is run by Mott parents, not Mott staff.)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/113956712574930/


Mott Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mottelementarywatchdogs/

School Starts at 7:20am

Every morning at 7:20am our first bell rings to signify the start of the school day. At that time our teachers and students are already engaged and focused on learning. At 7:35am when the tardy bell rings if your child is not through the third set of double doors they will be marked tardy and missing out on valuable learning time. At times when we have special circumstances like picture day, pumpkin contest day, or drastic changes in the weather, tardies may be waved. Please note that this happens only for special circumstances. Every other day the 7:35am tardy bell is enforced, please plan your mornings accordingly. Pro tip: 7:05- 7:15am sees little to no traffic, making it that sweet spot for the start of a great day!

Did You Know?

  • You can set Cafeteria snack purchase restrictions - Email: vmes.cafe@pfisd.net or call 512-594-4720.

  • Office Depot lets you earn 5% Cash Back for Mott - Make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide your school ID at checkout (70238914) and we will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies!

  • Box Tops for Education - For a list of participating products, click here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn

  • Online volunteer application: You must fill out a new application each year if you would like to volunteer at school or attend field trips. http://www.pfisd.net/domain/81