Monday Message

February 1st -14th

Virtual MC^2 Parent Meeting Night # 2

Thank you so much to the families and students that were able to join us for the Second Virtual MC^2 last Thursday. We were happy to see such a great turn out and we hope everyone left with some good information as we continue to work together to grow our Mustangs! If you missed the live sessions, you can view the recordings by clicking on the link below.

TELPAS Testing

Dear Mustang Families:


TELPAS assessment season starts this upcoming February. This test measures the English proficiency of students who are identified as English language learners. Please watch the video below to get more information about the assessment process and student participation.

TELPAS SPAN
TELPAS ENG

Character Trait of the Month - February is Resilience

Every month, we will focus on teaching important character traits to students during short lessons in their classroom. For the month of February, we will focus on Resilience. Students will be receiving information and lessons from their teachers on how to be resilient. Please help us as we develop this trait with students by talking to your children on how to hang in there and persist even when things can be difficult.


To show the spirit, students are encouraged to wear YELLOW on Thursday, February 4th.

Feb. 3rd - Counselor's Day

National School Counseling Week is the first week of February this year. Help us celebrate our amazing and loving school counselor, Mrs. Sepulveda! On February 3rd, we will be honoring her showing our appreciation for the hard work and dedication she has put in to each one of us.


To help us celebrate, we are asking students to draw a picture showing how Mrs. Sepulveda has impacted or helped them during their time at Martin and posting a picture of it on Twitter with the hashtag #SepulvedaCares and make sure to tag Martin by adding @Martin_Mustangs to your tweet.

Feb. 10th-12th - No School

Don't forget, there will be NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, February 10th through Friday, February 12th. Students will return, in person or virtually, on Monday, February 15th.

Counselor's Corner

Click on the image to visit Mrs. Sepulveda's Counselor Corner with links to helpful articles and activities.

Librarian's Nook

Check out the Martin Interactive Library Space Newsletter for Happenings in the Library!


New dates for the curbside library will be posted for the Spring semester. Check them out!


Zoom Book Clubs are beginning this semester. If you are interested in your child being in a book club, please let me know. See the Survey in the library Newsletter.


Click on the link below for more information about "happenings in our library!"

Message from Nurse Shy

Parents, our priority is to keep your children safe and healthy as we approach face to face learning. Please continue to encourage your child to wash hands frequently, wear their mask (when appropriate), drink lots of fluids, choose healthy habits, and outdoor exercise!


COVID-19 Cases

Cases are rising in our community, and we need your help to reduce the spread. Continue to abide by the safety measures and communicate with the school about positive cases in your household.

  • NOTIFY the school nurse/principal immediately if your child or a family member tested positive for COVID-19
  • EMAIL results to kshy@ga.aliefisd.net
  • If you suspect your child or a family member has COVID-like symptoms https://www.texaschildrens.org/notices/about_coronavirus contact your doctor immediately to get tested and remain at home and away from others for a period of 14 days, or until you receive clearance from the doctor.


Free COVID Rapid Testing Sites

  • Hasting Crump Stadium “Highstar” Ticket Booth
  • Mon-Fri: 8am – 11am & 1pm-4 pm (Remote & In-person)
  • Martin Elementary: 9 am – 2 pm (In-person only) if students visit the nurse's office with symptoms.


Flu Season

Flu season is still here! Monitor your children closely for flu-like symptoms https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html

Some Ways to prevent the flu are:

  • Get your flu shot
  • Wash your Hands frequently
  • Practice ways to prevent flu
  • Follow up with your family doctor when your child displays symptoms

Virtual Residency Program with Houston Ensemble Theater

Attention Parents of 2nd/3rd/4th Graders:


There are still spaces available for the Virtual Residency Program with the Houston Ensemble Theater. This program is fully virtual from 4pm - 6pm for students in grades 2nd through 4th. This program is grant based and are required to have at least twenty students in order for it to continue. The program is separate from CIA, therefore students do not have to be in CIA in order to attend the program. It is 100% free for students and they will be focusing on play writing, music, drama and dance.


Program Details:

  • Duration is for 8 – weeks
  • 2 hours per day after school
  • Selected days are Mon, Tues., and Thursday
  • Courses of study: music, dance, play writing, and drama
  • Platform is virtual – students will login from their homes
  • 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders



To sign up or get more information, click on the link below.

Brighter Bites

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! Brighter Bites distribution will be Thursdays this year on the following dates: 2/25, 3/11, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, and 5/27 from 2:30-4:30pm at Martin Elementary. 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/

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

Home Access Center

In order to receive important information regarding your student, we must have your correct phone number and email on file. To update this information, please call our Registrar during the hours of 9am-2pm 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