MATHEWS e-News

Thursday, November 19, 2020

A reminder, if you want to look back at previous emails you just click the title above, 20-21 A Mavnificent Year! It is a hyperlink to our archived e-News on our school webpage.

Have a Super Turkey Break!

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Artist: Our Very Own Mr. Lozano!

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving Break is just a day away. From our home to yours we wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


We look forward to returning to learning on Monday, November 30th.


COVID SAFETY- At School and at Home:


First a big thank you to our Face to Face students for all they are doing at school to stay safe! Our students are wearing their masks (&/or face shields), practicing social distancing, and washing/sanitizing their hands. It is working! We have not had a case of Covid-19 transmitted at school. Our goal is to continue to keep our students happy, healthy and here at school.



We appreciate everything you are doing at home as well because it takes all of us working together.


Please remember:


Keep your child home if your child or a household member is:


  • Waiting for COVID-19 test results;
  • Has symptoms that could be COVID-19;
  • Tested positive for COVID-19
  • Or was identified as a close contact of a positive case.


Notify the school by phone, email or the Student Reporting form.



OPEN WINDOW FOR SELECTING SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT


As a reminder, the district window for selecting your child's learning environment (Face to Face or School to Home) for the third nine weeks began on Tuesday, November 17. The window will remain open through Monday, November 30.This selection determines your child's school environment for the third nine weeks of school beginning January 5. Please click the button directly below.


A REMINDER THAT IF YOU DO NOT REQUEST A CHANGE YOUR CHILD WILL CONTINUE WITH THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT SELECTION YOU MADE FOR THE SECOND NINE WEEKS. CHANGES MUST BE REQUESTED DURING THE OPEN WINDOW (NOVEMBER 17-30) FOR THE THIRD NINE WEEKS WHICH BEGINS JANUARY 5.

WINDOW IS OPEN NOW FOR SELECTING SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

Please click the button to review the process for selecting the school environment for your child(ren) for the third nine weeks. Your decision is for the entire third nine weeks which begins on January 5, 2021 after Winter Break.

COVID-19 Health Update with Superintendent Sara Bonser

FOOD DRIVE

BRING A CAN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30!

Mathews Student Council is collecting canned foods for Millie’s Food Pantry and the North Texas Food Bank.


Bring non-perishable canned food during the month of November.


Great items to bring are cans and boxed food items like macaroni and cheese or canned vegetables. Our Food Drive will continue through the end of November.


Just make sure not to bring in glass.

Thank you for your support.

HELP US BE COVID-19 SAFE AT SCHOOL

In order to help keep our Mathews students and staff healthy, please complete the Student Reporting Form in the following situations:

· Your child or a household member is awaiting a Covid-19 test result

· Your child has been identified as a close contact to an individual with Covid-19

· Your child has symptoms that could be Covid-19*

· Your child has tested positive for Covid-19

*Symptoms include: fever or chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea OR at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing

From Nurse Christina

COVID UPDATE

Screen Time. Helpful hints for all parents as well as for our School to Home learners!

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

COVID & Helping Children be SAFE!

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler.

From Mrs. Noble, Our Librarian

Library News from Mrs. Noble!

Click the button for lots of information from our librarian, Mrs. Noble including our 20-21 Bluebonnet nominees!

HOW PARENTS NOTIFY THE DISTRICT

This form should be used to report when a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is having symptoms that may be COVID-19, or if they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Once the report is received, your school nurse will contact you with additional information.
How to Report Covid-19 Symptoms

Parents, This link lets you report regarding Covid-19 Symptoms or identified cases of Covid-19.

UPCOMING DATES

Mark Your Calendar...

The Entire Month of November:

Mathews Food Drive



November 23-27:

Thanksgiving Break


December 18:

Early Release Day


December 21 through January 4:

Winter Break


Monday, January 18:

Martin Luther King, Jr. No school.


February 15-19:

Open Window for the School Learning Environment for the Fourth Nine Weeks. The Fourth Nine Weeks begins on March 15.

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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MEALS...MEALS...MEALS

Face to Face Breakfast & Lunch

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School to Home Learners:

Curbside Meal Bundles for PISD School@Home Students


Weekly meal bundles will be provided on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 10:30am and 4:45pm to 6:00pm at Clark HS, Shepton HS, and Williams HS, McMillen HS and Vines HS.


Meal bundles will consist of five breakfasts and five lunches.


*Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate.

Federal Meal Program

DON'T FORGET TO SUBMIT FOR 20-21:

At this time all students receive free breakfast and lunch. This should continue until the end of December unless funds are exhausted before that time. Students who had previously qualified for Free/Reduced meals during the 2019-20 school year are no longer eligible unless you submit a new application. You will find the application below with our breakfast and lunch menus. We encourage you to submit a new application to continue services.

TECHNOLOGY

Chromebook Support:

If you have a broken Chromebook or are having difficulties with your power cord, please email our amazing Mathews' CTA, Justin Taylor at Justin.Taylor@pisd.edu


The Plano ISD help desk is also available to assist you in obtaining a working Chromebook. Contact the help desk Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (469) 752-8767, or email tsos@pisd.edu.

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