Mahanay News- September 13, 2021

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No School Tomorrow

Due to the inclement weather from Tropical Storm Nicholas, all classes and after school activities will be canceled tomorrow September 14, 2021. Updates will be posted on the district website and social media.

Dot Day is this Wednesday, Sept. 15th!

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. And each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.



In specials this week, students will read The Dot and learn the accompanying song. They will learn the importance of making their mark!


On Wednesday, September 15th, the students are encouraged to make or wear a shirt with dots to show their ability to make their mark starting with a dot!


Below are some pictures from previous years for inspritation.

The Dot Song Motions Guide - Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds
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Classes with the Most Parent Participation at the Virtual Family Center Opening this Thursday will receive the rewards shown below!

Star Students

Each week your child's teacher will pick a Star Student of the Week. These students demonstrate respect to classmates and staff. These students try their best in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Congratulations, Star Students of the Week!
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It's Book Fair Time!!

Check out our Book Fair homepage! Students will get to preview the Book Fair in the library on Friday during school hours. The last day to purchase books will be the morning of Friday, Sept. 24th.


Every purchase from the Book Fair earns rewards for our school, so thanks for supporting us. You may send your child with cash or set up an eWallet for them to shop. This fair will be open to students only due to Covid restrictions. Parents can begin shopping online on September 12th if they would like. Directions for eWallet are available on the book fair homepage.

Mahanay Book Fair Homepage

Click here to see what books are available! You can provide money or just shop for books all online!

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Dates to Remember

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th- October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month! Our Alief and Mahanay community is very diverse, and we love celebrating that diversity! Join us in celebrating the contributions and heritage of our Hispanic neighbors and community members!


The idea for Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated throughout the latter half of September and the first half of October, began as a way to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans — specifically, those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Communities mark the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals and educational activities.

Watch the video below to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month!

Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month | Hispanic Heritage Month For Kids| Facts for Kids

Attention Parents of Bus Riders:

Dear Parents,

Alief ISD has contracted with Secured Mobility LLC to use a program designed to increase safety and security for students riding on the bus.

By using SMART ID cards and iPads mounted inside each bus, students will scan onto and off of the bus each morning and afternoon.


SMART tag technology provides real-time information on students loading and unloading data to the school, the Alief ISD Transportation Department and to you, the parent.


Benefits

  • It ensures that students load on the right but and unload at the correct bus stop.

Requirements:

  • All students must keep their SMART ID cards attached to their backpacks.
  • Students must wear the cards home each day and back to school the next day.
  • Cards are $5 to replace.


Kindergarten Riders:

  • Families of Kindergarten students will continue to use the established system for authorized guardian releases at bus stops.


If you have any questions, please contact the Alief ISD Transportation Department at 281-983-8400.


Visit the Alief Transportation Website for more information.


NOTE: There is no GPS function in the card itself. The GPS is located in the bus-mounted iPad.

Parent/Teacher Communication

The best way to communicate with your child's teacher is through class dojo. Please make sure to connect so you don't miss out on important information! We look forward to partnering with you to help your child have a successful school year!

Mahanay Dress Code

Please make sure your child comes to school in dress code daily.


  • Any solid color collared shirts
  • Pants or knee-length shorts (khaki, navy, or blue jeans)
  • Leggings may not be worn unless they are worn under a skirt or dress.
  • Dresses and skirts must be knee-length (Khaki or navy)
  • Fridays are college shirt day! Wear the college shirt of your choice!
  • Mahanay School Shirts can be worn any day of the week.
  • Jeans may be worn with a Mahanay School Shirt any day of the week
  • Shoes: Close-toed shoes- No Crocs
  • Our students run and play a lot at recess and PE, and we want them to be safe.

If your child comes to school out of the dress code, we will give you a call and ask you to bring the appropriate attire.


If you do not have clothes that are in dress code, please let us know.


Masks are optional for students this year, so the Mahanay staff will not ask students to put on a mask. However, if you choose to send your child to school with a mask, please remind your student how to wear them properly above their noses and mouths.

Birthday Reminders

If it is your child's birthday, we want to celebrate him or her! Please feel free to send cupcakes or individually packaged items with your child. Please send enough for the whole class. They will be shared and eaten the last 20 minutes of the day.

Not receiving district callouts or texts?

During time of emergencies, the district sends out calls, emails, and texts to district staff or parents. If you are not receiving these notifications and you would like to, please proceed through the steps below.


If you have may have opted out (blocked notifications) from receiving notifications from Blackboard.

  • Users can opt back into: Phone calls: Call the Blackboard Phone Hotline at "855-502-STOP (855-502-7867)" from the phone line that has been opted out.
  • Text (SMS) messages: Reply START to "60680" from the phone line that has been opted out for non-emergency messages. Reply START to "54968" for emergency messages.