Mott News

01/20/2020

X-STREAM Night Thursday, Jan. 23 5:30-7:30

Join us for an X-STREAM evening of science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math activities! You won’t want to miss it!

Just a few of the attractions:

· Egg Drop: As a family, make a container that will house an uncooked egg and keep it from breaking when dropped from the top of a TALL ladder.

· Family Fun Stations: Teachers will show you engaging activities that you can do with your child at home, which will support academic success while having fun!

· Science Fair Display: Come see all the amazing Science projects completed by Mott students.

· Planetarium shows!

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Elementary Night at WHS Boy's Basketball - January 24 at 7:00 pm

They will have activities at half time with the Chick-fil-A Cow and the Weiss mascots. Kids are free, students $2 and adults $4.

January is School Board Recognition Month

Thank You Mr. Bradley

Mr. Bradley had a successful career in Pflugerville ISD with 28 years as principal of Pflugerville High School and two years as the Director of Student Affairs for Pflugerville ISD before retiring in June of 2011. During his tenure in Pflugerville, Mr. Bradley served as President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. He now serves as the Vice President of the PfISD School Board.


We celebrate all you've done for our PfISD family.

Information for Parents of Grade 5 Students

To prepare for your child’s transition from elementary to middle school next year, the district will be hosting a parent information night and course fair on Monday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the middle school your child will attend next school year. Principals and counselors will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have. You also can get information on courses offered and extracurricular activities. Here is a link to the new Math Acceleration Page with important information regarding math course selection in middle school: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/7606


You may have already received some information about 5th grade parent nights with a date of Jan. 28. The district has moved this event to Jan. 27 in order to avoid a conflict with the PfISD Elementary Pfine Arts Showcase.

Donation Request

We are taking donations for a BBQ themed basket, like the one pictured, for the Pflugerville Education Foundation Gala. Please send any donation to the school by January 24th. Thank you all for your help.

Lice Prevention and Treatment

Historically, elementary schools tend to see an increase in lice cases after long breaks, and we are seeing that trend occur here at Mott after winter break. Please check your child’s head periodically for signs of lice or their eggs. Please notify the school nurse if you find lice on your student’s head, and treat immediately.


Pro tip: Combing thoroughly is the biggest difference between successful treatment and re-infestation! Skipping the combing or not combing enough with the special metal comb can leave behind eggs, which can hatch and start the process all over again. One louse can lay up to 500 eggs a day! Please contact our nurse if you need more information about how to treat lice for your child.

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.

STAAR Information Night

Have you ever had questions about the STAAR test? Have you asked yourself why does this matter? Wondering what dates it'll be? Want tips on how to prepare your child? Well, come and join us on February 6th at 6:00 pm in the Mott cafeteria to get your questions answered!

Please Take Our Parent Survey - This flyer will be coming home with your child.

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New Parking Lot

Have you heard the great news? We have a brand new parking section! The new lot is off the parent drop off exit on the Cele to Mott Road. Please be aware of the correct traffic flow through the lot.

100th Day of School!

We will celebrate the 100th day of school on January 29. We invite your student to dress up in honor of this milestone.

Dress up ideas:

Wear a shirt with 100 items on it. I recommend Pinterest for ideas

OR
Dress as a 100 year old person!

Math Pentathlon

Family Math Pentathlon Mondays continue! Please join us for a fun hour of game playing every Monday (excluding school holidays) from 5-6:30. We have several regulars who attend and love to teach the Math Pentathlon games to new friends.


If you are interested in attending the Math Pentathlon tournament, it is highly recommended that you complete the registration in January. This link will provide the necessary registration info. Please email Sarah.Boyle@pfisd.net if you have any questions about math pentathlon.

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

Jan. 22 - 5th Grade Tours Cele Middle School

Jan. 23 - X-STREAM night

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

Jan. 27- Math Pentathlon Family Game Night 5:00-6:30

Jan. 28 - Mock STAAR: 5th Reading

Jan. 29 - 100th Day of School

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

National School Counseling Week

Feb. 3- Math Pentathlon Family Game Night 5:00-6:30

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 in library

Feb. 10 - Math Pentathlon Family Game Night 5:00-6:30 in Science Lab

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