Mahanay News- September 7, 2021

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Dot Day is next 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

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 www.aliefisd.net/smart for more information.


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

Dates to Remember

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 School Shirts are on Sale!

This year's school shirt is $12.00 per shirt. There is an order form that will go home with your student this week. Please fill it out and place the money in the envelope that is attached.


We also have shirts from previous school years on sale at a discounted rate! You may purchase 2 shirts for $10.00 or 1 shirt for $6.00. These sizes are limited because they are left from previous years.

Previous Year Shirts- 1 for $6.00 or 2 for $10.00

Mahanay Student Masks for Sale for $5 Each!

Masks are optional in Alief ISD, however, if you are interested in purchasing a mask, we have some for sale for $5.00 each.


We have run out of blue masks. The grey masks are still available.


Each mask is $5.00. Students may bring money to their teachers or the front office.

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.