Monday Message

Week of November 16th

DCA Test

Dear Parents,


Your child will be taking a district common assessment on the dates below. The test will be monitored live for virtual learning and face to face students. All students will take the test on SchoolCity. SchoolCity is an online program designed for testing. For a successful testing session:

  • Students should get a good nights rest the night before their test
  • Students should eat a healthy balanced breakfast, or come to school by 7:45am to receive breakfast from the cafeteria
  • Students must be logged into their Alief Hub and teachers Zoom room by 8:00 am

  • Allow your child to complete this test independently as it will help teachers target areas of need

  • Please send your child with headphones or remind your child to bring his/her headphones on their testing day.


Please view the chart below to find the days your child will test.

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Family Engagement Week

Family Engagement Week will be November 16-November 20th! Our family center is run by our wonderful family liaison, Cynthia Cortes. Please take a moment to view the flyer below for all of the family center events!

Brighter Bites - Nov. 19th

Brighter Bites has returned and we have had great turnouts! If your child is a car rider, please continue to follow the regular pickup line and you will turn right in the East Parking Lot after picking up your child. If you are picking up your Brighter Bites BUT NOT a child, please come westbound on Sharpcrest and turn left into the East Parking Lot to avoid the student pickup line and alleviate traffic. Both pickups, please merge carefully when turning into the East Parking Lot.


Brighter Bites is a non-profit organization that works with Martin Elementary to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to our families for free. They include nutrition information and recipe ideas to encourage healthy living and making it fun! If you're interested in enrolling in the program at Martin, please sign up at the link below:


http://bit.ly/bbHouston


For more information, please view the attached flyer in both English and Spanish or visit the website https://brighterbites.org/


Next distribution will be Thursday, November 19th, 3:00-4:00PM in the East Parking lot.

Pajama Day!

On Friday, November 20th we will have a school wide pajama day! Students will be able to wear appropriate pajamas to school. Students that are virtually learning are encouraged to wear their pajamas during their Zoom live lessons to participate in this fun day!

NO SCHOOL - Nov. 23rd-Nov. 30th

There will be no school (in person or virtual) and no curbside food pickup from Nov. 23rd-Nov. 27th for Thanksgiving break. Students will also be out Monday, Nov. 30th for teacher planning day. Please take this time to relax with family, friends and give thanks! School will resume Tuesday, December 1st.

Parent Zoom Night with the Librarian

Monday, November 30th, Trina Jones, our Librarian, will host a parent zoom night to discuss our Gifted and Talented program for students. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please view the flyer below for more information.

Character Trait of the Month - November

Every month, we will focus on teaching important character traits to students during short lessons in their classroom. For the month of November, we will focus on Honesty. Students will be receiving information and lessons from their teachers on the importance of honesty. Please help us as we develop this trait with students by talking to them about what it means to be honest and the importance of honesty.

Student Hair

Must be washed regularly and tied back or braided. If the length is long enough to be put in a pony-tail, girls or boys, it should be tied back. Lice continues to a concern for many of our students and families; please make sure that treatment is 100% completed (including the care of soft objects at home) based on detailed recommendations from the school nurse in order to prevent re-occurrence of lice. Lice may return if treatment is not done accurately or completely. Having short hair or hair tied up in a bun, ponytail or braid reduces the opportunity for lice to spread

COVID Safety Updates/Reminders

We have really enjoyed having our little Mustangs back in the building! We continue to practice COVID safety following the CDC, TEA, and local guidelines to ensure we can continue to have our face to face instruction. As we continue to monitor the current COVID numbers in our area, we want to make sure to remind all students, parents, and community members of the following:


  • NO VISITORS are allowed in the building. If you have any questions, please contact the front office using the contact information at the bottom of the newsletter.
  • Students must wear a mask everyday when coming to the school that completely covers their nose and mouth. Masks with vents are NOT ALLOWED as they are not approved by the CDC.
  • Please continue to screen your children every morning before they come to school using the Daily Student Self-Screening Checklist
  • If your child is a walker, please remember to practice social distancing when dropping off and picking up your child.
  • To view the cumulative Alief ISD COVID cases regularly updated, view the Alief ISD COVID Cases page

For more information regarding our Health and Safety Guidelines, please view the Alief ISD Health and Safety Plan

Student Residency Questionnaire

All Alief families are asked to complete a student residency questionnaire. The purpose of this questionnaire is to give the district a better idea of how to support our students and families. This year the form has been made accessible online. Please take a few minutes to complete the important form as soon as possible. Click on the link below to access the form. If you have already completed the questionnaire, you do not need to complete it again. If you have NOT completed the questionnaire, it is VERY important that you complete is as soon as possible. Thank you for your support in this matter.


Student Residency Questionnaire

Nutrition Information

Parents and families are still needing to complete the meal application. If you have previously filled out a free and reduced meal application, or will need to complete one this year, please do so as soon as possible. For a quick response, please complete an online application at www.schoolcafe.com. Paper applications can be picked up at curbside meal distribution or at the Federal Meals Office located at: 12400 High Star, Building T-248, Houston, TX 77072.

Home Access Center

In order to receive important information from school regarding your student, we must have your correct phone number and email on file. To update this information, please call our Registrar during regular work hours at 281-983-8363.


Once this is up-to-date, you can gain access to the Alief Home Access Center. This is the location you will receive emergency information, your child's Progress Reports and Report card, gradebook access, and other important information.


For details on how to login and navigate the Home Access Center, please click below:


Alief Home Access Center Information

Shared Decision Making Committee News

Martin's Shared Decision Making Committee (SDC) is group of teachers, staff, community members, and parents that meet to make decisions about the direction of the school. They have been hard at work this year meeting virtually to make major decisions regarding our virtual and face to face instruction. They have created three important documents that are shared below:


  • Martin's Family Engagement Policy - shares general expectations of how families and the community will work together at Martin
  • Martin's Virtual Learning Compact - outlines the expectations for students, parents, and staff members regarding virtual instruction
  • Martin's Family and Staff Compact - outlines the expectations for students, parents, and staff members regarding communication, collaboration, and instruction


Please view the chart below to see who the SDC members are.

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Important Dates/Reminders

November

18- 2nd Grade Math DCA Test

19- 3rd Grade Math DCA Test

19- Brighter Bites

23-27- Thanksgiving Break (No School)

30- Teacher planning day, Student Holiday (No School)


December

2- 4th Grade Math DCA Test

2- 1st Grade Reading DCA Test

3- 2nd Grade Reading DCA Test

8- 3rd Grade Reading DCA Test

9- 4th Grade Reading DCA Test

16- 2nd,3rd,4th Grade Science DCA Test

16- Kinder & 1st Grade Science CCA Test

21-Jan.1st- Winter Break (No School)


January

4- Teacher Planning Day, Student Holiday (No School)