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August 7, 2020

A Note From Mrs. Mathe

Can you believe it is already August?! In some ways it feels like 100 years since we have "been in school", but in other ways it feels like just last week we were walking the halls with kids. In less than a week we begin our 2020-2021 school year. Although it may not be starting the way we thought it may, or the way we usually do, we still get to begin our journey, building classroom communities, school communities, and making new friends... even virtually.


Last night, Dr. Null encouraged all of us to make this first day of school special, even though it is a virtual day. Normally, if you take first day pictures, do that. If you pack a special lunch for your child, do that. Or make a new first day of school tradition with your child(ren). We only get 13 of these first days with our own kids, so there is no reason why THIS first day can't be special too.

Conroe ISD Live with Dr. Null

Upcoming Dates

August 7: You should have received your child's teacher assignment today. If you did not receive an email, please contact Powell at 936-709-1700


August 10: Meet the Teacher

K-2: 4:00-4:30 pm ; 3-4: 4:30-5:00 pm

This year Meet the Teacher will be a virtual event. You will be provided with more information on how to access this event in an email from your child's teacher on August 7th.


August 11: Pre-ordered school supply pick up 8:30 am- 12:30 pm


August 12: FIRST DAY OF VIRTUAL SCHOOL


August 20: Virtual Open House 5:30 pm


September 8th: In-Person instruction begins

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School Supply Information

If your family ordered the pre-packaged school supplies at the end of the year last year, we will be hosting a "drive through" event on Tuesday, August 11th from 8:30 am- 12:30 pm to pick up your supplies. We have had the question asked if students will need the supplies during the virtual learning experience. The short answer to that is yes. Remote/Online instruction will mirror in person instructions, so students may still be expected to work in journals, write in notebooks, etc.


We ask that families that plan to come to school face to face beginning September 8th leave the contents of your box in tact and only remove the supplies the students are using for remote instruction for the first few weeks. We ask that all other supplies be returned to school on September 8th to be used for the remainder of the school year.


EVENT DETAILS

All traffic will enter the front drive of the school (yellow arrows).


FRONT OF SCHOOL

Station 1: Student Login Information

ALL Students will need to pick up a folder that includes their personalized login information for remote learning.


Station 2: Technology

Students who have previously requested to check-out technology will pick up here.


Follow the blue arrows out of the parking lot to Cochran’s Crossing if you did not pre-purchase school supplies. If you pre-purchased school supplies, follow the green arrows around to the back of the school.


BACK OF SCHOOL

Station 3: Pre-purchased School Supplies

This is ONLY for students who have pre-purchased school supply packs through EPI. There will be no extra packs for sale.

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Spirit Wear

Our school spirit wear store is now open! School shirts are available in 2 designs, one for our patriotic Thursday's and the other is for our school spirit day, Fridays. The shirts are offered in a variety of styles and sizes. Be sure to read the descriptions to have a clear understanding of what is being offered. Shirts are offered in long sleeve L/S, short sleeved S/S, sweatshirt, and Sport-Tek (which is like a dri-fit shirt). The spirit store closes 8/28/20. Orders must be submitted by then. If you are a virtual Powell family and would like to order, you may still order at the link below and have it delivered to your child's homeroom teacher. We will contact you regarding a date/time for pick up.


https://spiritworx.com/store/10569/

First Day of School Schedule, Wednesday, August 12th

Click the link or image of the school schedule below to hear more about what this day will look like.

A Note from Nurse Wiles

This year, the Powell clinic will look a bit different than in years past. Because of current circumstances, we can no longer accept any medications that may mask the symptoms of Covid-19 without a current doctors order. This includes any over the counter cough and cold medications (including cough drops), Tylenol (acetaminophen), or Advil (ibuprofen), that are used to treat headaches, body aches, sore throats, or fevers. Both Tylenol and Advil can still be administered without a doctors order to treat other conditions such as painful braces, pain from a broken arm, etc. We also can not administer any nebulizer medications at this time, so please send an inhaler to substitute while at school.


For students who will have allergy or asthma medications at school, please obtain an allergy and asthma action plan from your child's doctor prior to dropping off the medication.


As a reminder, all prescription and over the counter medication must be in the original container and not be expired. Medications must be signed into the clinic by a parent or guardian. Medications should never be sent in a child's back pack to the school.


If you have medication that needs to be dropped off at school, we will begin accepting student medication during the ramp up period of August 12- September 4th, during normal school hours. When you arrive at school, please call the front office 936-709-1700 and let the receptionist know that you are here to drop off medication. One of our clinic staff will come to the car to meet you and complete the paperwork. If you are unable to deliver your child's medication during the ramp up period, the clinic will continue to receive medication throughout the year using this same process.


For the most up-to-date information regarding CISD health guidelines and FAQ, please visit the Roadmap to Reopening webpage: Health Guidance and Considerations section.


We look forward to a great year and can't wait to see everyone again.

Registration

If you have kindergarten age children or a new student who will be attending Powell next year, please register them. Kindergarten is always the most difficult grade to predict enrollment, and accurate numbers are helpful in the planning process for the coming school year.


To enter the Kindergarten program in Conroe ISD, a child must be five years old on or before September 1 of the current school year. Below is a list of documents that can be provided to establish identity and age for registration:

  • birth certificate,
  • passport
  • school ID card
  • military ID
  • hospital birth record
  • adoption record
  • or other legal document that establishes identity


Please register HERE!
Should you have any questions please contact our Mrs. Lutes at mlutes@conroeisd.net.


Please also encourage friends and neighbors with kindergarten age children who do not currently have children at Powell to complete the registration process as soon as they are able so their child will be ready to go on the first day of school!

Meal Distribution

Beginning Thursday, August 13, breakfast and lunch meals will be available curbside at Powell for students to purchase or free to students who qualify.


  • Meals will be available on the bus ramp at Powell on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 AM-12 PM.


  • Multiple meals will be distributed on pick up days. Tuesday: 2 breakfast meals/ 2 lunch meals Thursday: 3 breakfast meals/ 3 lunch meals
  • A student meal card, located in Parent Access, must be presented to scan and identify the student when meals are picked up (can be scanned from your phone).
  • No change will be made for cash transactions- any change will be applied to student's meal account. Pre-payments can be made at www.myschoolbucks.com .
  • Free and Reduced benefits do not carry over from year to year. Parents can go online to complete a Free and Reduced application for the 20-21 school year. www.myschoolapps.com


MEAL PRICES

Breakfast:

Full price student $1.50

Non-student meal and second meal $2.50

Lunch:

Full price student Lunch $3.00

Non-student meal and second meal $3.75

PTO News

PTO Membership, Yearbook Information and More....


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Your Powell PTO is working hard to have everything in place by the time in-person classes begin! The PTO website will be live next week. It will include up to date information such as Family Membership (receive a purple Powell mask with your $25 donation), Staff Favorites (to help in gift-giving times), 2020-2021 yearbook information, meeting dates, and so much more! We are looking forward to working with you all this year!


A date for pick up or purchase of the leftover 2019-2020 yearbooks is TBD.

Our Mission

Powell Elementary School is committed to creating an environment that promotes academic excellence, and a love for learning. Our goal is to build relationships that empower students, and develop responsible, patriotic citizens, and confident leaders.