Monday Message

September 14th

ReEntry Enrollment Information

Parents, as we work to make plans to welcome our students back to campus, it is very important that you help us by completing the reentry survey by tomorrow at 12pm. Students will be expected to return to campus with their device, hotspots, earbuds, and consumables to be used while in the classroom. Students will also be expected to wear a clean cloth or new disposable mask every day while at school, except during breakfast and lunch. Extra masks can be sent to school in an airtight ziplock bag to be stored in their desk/cubby. Please put your child’s name on their masks and other personal items such as their lunch box (please wash and disinfect lunch kits daily). Backpacks will NOT be allowed at this time. Please complete the form below.

Mode of Dress

TOPS (no logos or graphics)

Polo Shirts: Long sleeves or short sleeves—solid colored with collar


Martin Spirit Shirts: Martin Spirit Shirt days are Mondays, although Martin shirts may be worn throughout the week.


College Shirts: College Spirit days are Wednesdays.


House Spirit Shirts: Martin House Spirit Shirt days are Fridays and for Field Trip, Field Day, and Special Assemblies.


Sweatshirts: Any solid colored


Cardigans: Any solid colored


Turtle Necks: Any solid colored


BOTTOMS


Slacks, Skorts, Shorts*, Jumpers* or Skirts*: Navy, Khaki, or Black

*Shorts, skirts, skorts, dresses, or jumpers can not be shorter than 2 inches above the knee

*Shorts or solid colored leggings must be worn under skirts, dresses, or jumpers.


Jeans: Blue—Fitted at the waist, Straight leg fit (plain - no designs)


CLOSED-TOE SHOES

Must be rubber soled and encase the entire foot.


Socks must be worn and washed regularly.


Not permitted: sandals, flip flops, heels, wheelies, shoes that squeak, shoes that light up, and cowboy boots*

*(Except for special events as designated by administrators).

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be available this Thursday, September 17th. Progress Reports will not be mailed home. To access your child's progress report, please login to your Home Access Center profile. Every parent will need to create a profile through HAC to access their child's grades. For more information on how to create a HAC profile, please visit the link in the Smore below.

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

Block Classes Grades

We were made aware that several students have been attending their virtual class with their teachers, but have NOT been attending their Block classes (Art, Music, Health/Tech, and PE). All of these classes are still required of all students to be accessed via Schoology each day depending on their homeroom.The Block Teachers give grades to students for every Progress Report and Report Card. If you're child has NOT been attending their Block classes regularly, they are in danger of receiving a "U" for "Unsatisfactory" on the upcoming Progress Report. Remember that students should be completing ALL of their assignments in Schoology to achieve the highest possible grade. Missed work is expected to be completed within three days, but we will make an exception and accept late work up until this Friday, September 18th.


For questions on which Block class students need to attend each day, please speak with your child's teacher. For specific questions for the Block teachers, please contact them via email:


Notes from Nurse Shy

Parents, our priority is to keep your children safe and healthy as we approach face to face learning. Continue to encourage your child to wash hands frequently, wear their mask (when appropriate), drink lots of fluids, choose healthy habits and outdoor exercise! Please start teaching your child how to put on and take off their masks safely. They will be expected to keep their masks on while at school, except for drinking water and eating breakfast or lunch.


Immunization

All students must have their age appropriate immunizations current before returning to school https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child-shell-easyread.html. Contact your family doctor to check if your child immunizations are up to date. Send the updated records to the school nurse at Kiana.shy@aliefisd.net. If you choose to opt out of vaccinating please provide the school nurse with a notarized Affidavit for Exemption.


Flu Season

Yikes, we’re still in a pandemic and flu season is almost 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


Suspect COVID

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 a negative test. Please notify the school nurse at kiana.shy@aliefisd.net if your child tests positive.


More health information coming soon!

Registration

Any students, new and returning that have not yet registered for the 20-21 school year will need to do so prior to returning to campus, or participating in online instruction. Please use the link below for more information regarding online registration.


Alief ISD Student Enrollment 2020-2021


Please ensure that all the information, especially contact information and student information, is accurate as you enter it. In addition, there are added questions regarding your family's technology needs.


For questions specific to Martin Registration, you can contact our Registrar, Mrs. Arreola at 281-983-8363, Monday through Friday from 9am-2pm.

Nutrition Update

Alief now has the flexibilty to feed children in our community at NO charge. Children DO NOT have to be enrolled in an Alief school to participate in our curbside meal pick up! Meal Pick-Up will continue at Martin Elementary with EXTENDED HOURS, Monday-Friday from 4-7pm. If children are present in the vehicle, no extra documentation needed. If children are NOT present for pickup, please see the link below for required documentation to pick up:


Alief ISD Nutrition Department

Free and Reduced Meals

The grace period for free meal pick will end on Thursday, September 17th. If you have previously filled out a free and reduced meal application, or will need to complete one this year, please do so before September 17th. 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. Paper applications can also be picked up at Martin, outside by the front door. Meal distribution will continue at Martin Monday-Friday from 4-7pm on Sharpcrest.

Virtual Public Meeting and MC^2 Parent Meeting Night

Our virtual public meeting and MC^2 parent meeting night will be Wednesday, September 23rd. You will have an opportunity to learn important information regarding our campus and students. You will also have an opportunity to sign-up for a parent conference with your child's teacher. Be on the lookout for more information in our next Smore.

Family Center Updates

Please take a moment and read the newsletter from the Family Center!

https://www.smore.com/3x8hd

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: 9/24,10/22,11/5,11/19 and 12/10 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/

Need Technical Help

If you are in need of support or just need someone to walk you through technical issues, please contact our Family Center. There will be help sessions via Zoom every Tuesday @9:30 or you can contact Mrs. Cortes at 281-944-5975.


See the flier below for more information.

Device or Internet Hotspot Needs

The majority of students have received a device and/or internet hotspot already. If you still need a device or interent OR you now need one when you didn't need it before, please complete the Device Checkout Request Form below:


Device Checkout Request Form


Device distribution will be every Thursday from 9-12:30pm.