We are 'All-In' this Together at Mathews!
SPECIAL EDITION: GETTING READY FOR MONDAY!
Looking forward to Monday!
Please know we are all fully committed to ALL our children growing and learning during this time through Remote Learning. All our teachers, General Education, Special Education and assistants are working and planning to help each and every child continue to grow during this time.
Please click the button to review our district's plan as we continue to provide remote learning from home.
PICKING UP CHROMEBOOKS FOR STUDENTS
How This Will Work...
We wanted to let you know that we have a plan in place in order to distribute Chromebooks to all students who would like one.
On Monday, March 23 we will have a window of time open for all families to drive through in order to pick up one per student if needed.
We are going to ask that families drive through the south carpool lane (By the gym) between the hours of 1 PM and 7 PM.
We are requesting that families please remain in your vehicle the entire time. A staff member will greet you and then check out a specific Chromebook to each student.
Please be prepared to share your student(s) ID number.
Again, this is from 1 PM to 7 Pm this Monday (March 23rd)
If you are unable to drive through on Monday, we will be distributing Chromebooks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the 24th-26th, from 9:30-2:30 in the front (west) carpool lane.
On those days we also ask that you remain in your vehicle.
Our hope is to get the majority of our Chromebooks distributed to students on Monday.
HOW TO REACH YOUR TEACHER
Click this link to find your teacher's email address. Please note: Mrs. Chesser's substitute is Mrs. Bradberry at firstname.lastname@example.org Mrs. Specht's substitute is Mrs. Kuykendall at email@example.com
Questions for your child's teacher?
Ongoing Updates from the District:
As we receive information on available support and services, we will post those details on our website at www.pisd.edu/Page/22423.
PISD Remote Learning Kicks Off Monday, March 23
Remote learning district wide will begin on Monday, March 23rd.
Information on Chromebook checkout will be coming soon.
In the event that school closing extends beyond April 3, we will update our online learning plan to support a longer term continuity of learning. We will continue to provide you with ongoing updates. Thank you for your understanding and kind notes in thinking of us.
How to Support Digital Learning from Home
How will I support my student’s learning and instruction from home during the closure?
- Plano ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students will have access to these resources which are aligned to their classes through the PISD Webdesk and the student digital backpack. Directions to access these resources from home can be found HERE.
- Set aside time each day during the school closure for practice, extension and enrichment utilizing provided resources.
- Choose something to read with your student, or provide time for self-selected reading every day.
- More information will be shared in the future to support student learning in the event that the school closure lasts beyond April 3.
TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR OUR FAMILIES
In an effort to better understand and support the needs of our community, we are asking a few questions related to Plano ISD students' collective ability to access technology outside of school. We fully recognize the irony of using an online survey to gather this information. Please be assured that survey responses will be coupled with additional data collected using "offline" methods to inform our decisions and plans of action. Access and share this survey at: www.pisd.edu/techaccess.
CREATING A ROUTINE FOR LEARNING AT HOME
Planning Your Child's Day:
Create a daily schedule between chores and learning and playtime. Add some incentives for staying up a little later if the day goes well (but not too late!)
Balance time with electronics and other activities. Read a good book, draw, bake, pull weeds...(it is that time of year!) and try to stay away or limit social media. Too much of that isn't good for any of us!
For older children, ask them to help create their schedule with you together.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOLS
If You Need to Pick Up Medications:
Christy Hamilton RN, BSN
Special Assignment Nurse
UPDATE: Mobile Food Pantry Friday!
North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank is encouraging families to fully utilize their Partner Agency network. Their online map at https://ntfb.org/our-programs/get-food-assistance/find-a-food-pantry is updated daily to reflect current available resources. Families can locate food pantries closest to them by entering their zip code.
Meal Assistance: Breakfast and Lunch:
We want to make sure that all students have access to meals during the district’s closure. To get the week started, Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at SEVEN locations across the district beginning Monday, March 23.
Adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications and regularly check the Plano ISD website for new information.
Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times:
FRIDAY, March 20 Only:
· Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
· Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
BEGINNING, MONDAY, MARCH 23:
Updated Meal Access for Families
New Location Added (Barron Elementary)
New Hours Next Week:
Monday - Friday, 11-00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Starting Monday, March 23, hours for the district’s grab-and-go breakfast and lunch program will change to 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. During this pick-up time, families will be able to get lunch, along with breakfast for the following day. This cuts down on the number of times our families will need to leave home to pick up meals each day. Also beginning Monday, Barron Elementary will be added as a new location for meals.
This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.
- Armstrong Middle School *
(pickup at this location is the bus lane at the rear of the building)
3805 Timberline Drive, Plano, TX 75074
Meal service begins at this location on Thursday, March 19
·Barron Elementary School
3300 P Avenue, Plano, TX 75074
Meal Services begin at this location on Monday, March 23
- Daffron Elementary School
3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
· IB World School at Huffman Elementary
5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
· Meadows Elementary School
2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
- Rose Haggar Elementary School17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252
· Sigler Elementary School
1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
· Thomas Elementary School
1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023
Family and Community Resources:
This week we launched a Family Resource page on the district’s website. This page provides a searchable list that families, community members and school staff can utilize to help find community resources in order to meet a family’s needs. The list is searchable by agency name, zip code and category. Categories include such areas as basic needs (food assistance, housing assistance), health care (medical, dental, vision), and mental health (substance abuse, counseling, etc.).
The family resource page can be found at https://www.pisd.edu/familyresources
How You Can Help:
Plano ISD is thankful for partners like Minnie's Food Pantry who are stepping up for students and families.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE...COMPLETE THE CENSUS
The U.S. Census helps our schools and neighborhoods. The goal for the Census is to get a complete count of everyone—once and in the right place. Information and answers to your questions about the Census, including how to participate, please click.
Click the blue button for the CDC website for more information.