Mahanay News- February 8, 2021

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No School Wednesday-Friday

Don't forget that there will be no school this Wednesday, February 10th -Friday, February 12th. We were scheduled to have the whole week off, however, we are making up Monday and Tuesday because of some bad weather days from earlier in the school year. Students may return for in-person learning Monday, February 15th.

Important: Curbside Meals Information for Student Holiday February 10, 11, and 12

Curbside meals will be distributed the evening of Tuesday, February 9. No meals will be distributed curbside on February 10,11, or 12. We will resume distribution of curbside meals on Monday, February 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all Elementary Schools (except Chambers, Collins, Cummings, Horn, and Landis), Elsik High School, and Taylor High School.

Please visit for more information.

Attention: 1st and 2nd Grade Virtual Learners

It is time for our next textbook. Students who are learning virtually in 1st or 2nd grade may come to the front office to pick up your "My Book" which is the next textbook needed for reading.

You may come to the school between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.

Health and Safety Reminders!


As we go further into cold and flu season and as covid numbers are still high in our area, please remember to keep students at home if they are experiencing any of the symptoms below:

● Fever or chills

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Muscle or body aches

● Headache

● New loss of taste or smell

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea

● Fatigue

Alief ISD offers FREE Covid testing for all students and staff. Please see the information below for details.

The Crump rapid testing site is open at the times shown below:

  • Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The South Ticket Booth is located off High Star between S Dairy Ashford Rd. and Cook Rd.

Please notify your child's teacher if they are showing symptoms.

Dates to Remember

Artwork of the Week!

Our art teacher, Ms. Schiffman, will be highlighting outstanding artwork each week! We are excited to encourage our budding artists!

Below is art created by Mia-Bella in 1st grade and Lauren in 2nd grade!

Keep up the great work, artists!

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Join Ms. Ogoe for our Family Center Activities

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Counselor's Corner

Our character traits for this month are Kindness and Friendship. Ms. Murnane will continue to meet with students weekly to talk with students about character traits.

If you feel your student needs to speak to a counselor, please email our counselor, Ms. Virginia Murnane, at

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Health Matters!

Ms. Appleton, our Action Based Learning teacher, will be sharing information each week about wellness and healthy eating. Please view the information below.
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Mahanay Dress Code

  • Masks are required
  • Any solid color collared shirts
  • Pants or knee length shorts (khaki, navy, or blue jeans)
  • 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

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

***Please allow your student to practice wearing a mask at home, so they can get used to it. They will have it on for a long time during the day at school.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for 2021

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Curbside Library for Virtual Students

If your student is working virtually and you would like to check out books, please click the link below to choose books for your student. Students learning from the school will receive their books at school.

Curbside library pickup days are Tuesday and Thursday. Ms. Nance, our librarian, will contact you to arrange a pickup time after you have filled out your child's preferences on the form below.

After books are returned, they are sanitized and held for a few days before being checked out to another student.

Our new Mahanay Spirit shirts are here!!!

Our Mahanay spirit shirts have arrived! Our 2020-2021 spirit shirts are $12 each. The shirt design is "We are better together" on a light gray shirt.

For our in-person learners, you can send money at any time. Your student can give it to their teacher or bring it to the front office before school.

For our virtual learners, please email our school secretary, Ms. Juana Lima, with your size preference. This includes the discounted shirts below. She will set up a time for you to come to the school to pay for the shirt and pick it up! Her email address is

There is no deadline to purchase shirts. They will be available until supplies last!

Reminders for In- Person Learning:

It has been so great to have students back in the building! We have missed them! We are off to a good start for in-person learning.

Below are some reminders:

  • Devices issued by Mahanay need to be kept at school.
  • Don't forget to send the chargers if you haven't already.
  • Students must wear a mask daily.
  • Dismissal is at 3:20.
  • Car riders all have a designated number. Please help your student to remember their number. This will make dismissal go faster.
  • Please update any phone numbers that have changed in case we need to contact you.

Overall, the students have done an amazing job following the new rules and procedures. Thank you, parents, for your continued support in helping to keep our students and staff healthy. Please call us with any questions or concerns.

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms Below:

If you have received a letter or email from the school district indicating that you currently receive free/reduced meals for the 2020-2021 school year, you do not need to apply.

For a speedy review and approval process, parents/guardians can apply for free/reduced meals through SchoolCafe at any time.

If you qualify, you may save hundreds of dollars throughout the school year.

Paper applications can be obtained through curbside meals pick-up. For more information, please visit

Tardies and Early Release

Our procedures for tardies and early release have changed slightly this year, since we are not allowed to have non-staff members in the buildings without appointments.


Students are tardy if they arrive after 7:55 am. If your child arrives after 7:55 am, they will receive a tardy pass from the front office when they walk in. Parents are no longer permitted to walk them in if they are late. You may walk them to the door, and we will help them get to class from there.

Early Release:

If you need to pick your child up from school early, please call the front office to let them know. 281-983-8355. If you call and let us know when you are close, we can get your child ready for you when you arrive.

We do still need to check your ID before we release any children. When you arrive, please come to the front door with your mask on and your ID ready to show a staff member. After we have verified your ID, we will release your student to you.

Looking for after school care for your child?

As you know, Alief is phasing in an in-person option for students to attend school. That means our after school program, Alief CIA, will be available for after school care. Please view the flyer below and go to their website to register.
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