MATHEWS e-News

February 11, 2021

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.

SPIRIT NIGHTS!

February:
Join us for our February Spirit Night!
Angelo & Vito’s Pizzeria Plano
7000 Independence Pkwy #144
(972)208-4205
Thursday, February 25th 11am-9pm
Mention Mathews and the school will get a percentage of the profits.
Delivery & Takeout

March:
Join us for our March Spirit Night!

Chick-fil-a

6240 Coit Rd

Thursday, March 25th 4-9pm

Mention Mathews when you checkout and the school will get 15%

Drive-thru only

Lots of Info to Share...

NO SCHOOL: MONDAY, 2/15 and TUESDAY, February 16:

Monday is a school holiday and Tuesday is a Teacher Professional Development Day.

Students and Families: Enjoy your four day weekend and we look forward to returning to learning on Wednesday, February 17.


OPEN WINDOW TO CHANGE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR 4TH NINE WEEKS:

2/15 through 2/19 is the Open Window for parents to make request to change your child's learning environment effective for the fourth nine weeks. Information is provided below on how to request your change.


FRIENDSHIP PARTIES:

Please be sure to check out the information regarding Friendship Parties for tomorrow, Friday, February 12. It is a little different this year, but will no doubt prove to be a special day for ALL our students.


GRADE 5 COLONIAL DAY: Monday, 2/22

School to Home Learners Pick-Up Day is Monday, 2/22.

Fifth grade School to Home learners will need to pick up their materials for Colonial Day. Pick-Up will be on the Marchman Way porch.

Colonial Day will be held on Friday, 2/26.


ART SUPPLY PICK UP FOR SCHOOL TO HOME LEARNERS:

Students will need to pick up clay for future art lessons. Distribution pIck up will also be on Monday, February 22. Pick up will be on the Marchman Way front porch. (Please note: If temperatures are chilly, ring the bell at the front door on Marchman Way. The clay needs to stay warm as not to harden. If we have cold weather the clay will be waiting just inside the front entrance.)


SCIENCE FAIR INFO:

Please see below for information regarding our Science Fair. Thank you Mrs. Dansbee for all you do!

LUNCH SPECIALS TO ENJOY

IT BENEFITS THE ENTIRE DISTRICT IF THE STUDENTS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FREE BREAKFAST AND FREE LUNCH FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!!!


Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Students who join us for LUNCH on February 12th, 2021 and receive a FREE Valentine treat!

Wear Red and Pink for Feb. 12!

Mathews Families,


In our continuing effort to always strive to protect the health and safety of our students, we have decided to adjust how Friendship Parties/Day will look this year.


Friendship Day will be on February 12th for both School at Home and Face to Face students.


Face to Face students MAY bring valentines for their classmates, as long as they arrive between Monday the 8th through Wednesday the 10th. All valentines must be held in quarantine on campus for 48 hours prior to being handed out, so it is important they come to school by Wednesday the 10th.


On Friday the 12th, Face to Face students will be creating the boxes/bags they will use to take home their valentines. (Please do not bring bags for students to take anything home that day). Students will have time to pass out valentines as well as have time for a party on Friday. In order to stay in line with our health and safety protocols, we will not be eating during our parties, nor can we have parent volunteers this year.


School at Home students will be celebrating virtually. Your classroom teacher will share more details about what this event will look like on a class by class basis. So please be on the lookout for more information coming soon from your child’s teacher.


We will do our very best to ensure a safe and fun event for all of our students.


Thank you all so much for your unwavering support and understanding,


Mathews Elementary

New Learning Environment Choice Effective Date

  • All primary guardians will receive a notification prior to the change selection period below.

  • Change may be made in the Parent Portal.

  • Instructions on how to complete the process are located in the Parent Portal.

  • All changes will be effective on the dates listed below.


Process for Changing Instructional Environment Selection


Opportunities to revise instructional environment selection


OPEN DATES TO SELECT:

February 15, 2021 – February 19, 2021


FIRST DAY IT BEGINS:

March 15, 2021(Start of the Fourth Nine Weeks)

5th Grade Colonial Days for School to Home Learners

Monday, Feb. 22 5th grade School to Home Pick-Up Day


Hello All,



We would like to plan a 'pick up' for our 5th grade remote students for Monday, 2/22. They will be picking up supplies for colonial day activities scheduled for 2/26/2021.


Each of the bags will be individually wrapped and will have been 'quarantined'



for a few days before they are scheduled for pick up.



Everything is clearly marked and will be set out on tables.


The tables will be under the covered porch at the front of the school off of Marchman Way entrance.


Pick-Up time is from 7:45 a.m. until 2:40 p.m.

SCIENCE FAIR 2021!

Where there is a will...there is a way!

Science Fair is on! Mrs. Dansbee will be sharing information with all students via announcements on Friday, January 29.


Parents will notify Mrs. Dansbee if their child is interested in participating in the Science Fair.

In turn, Mrs. Dansbee will create a Google Classroom for students to join to share information and rules as well as answer questions.


Students submit their projects electronically on Monday, March 29.


Click HERE for additional Information

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PTA

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK!

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Order Your Yearbook Here

Here is the link to order your yearbook. There is also a discount code provided below for you to save 20%! (PTA2021)

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!

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

Information from our Amazing Counselor

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler.

COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES

As always we will continue to practice social distancing in class, halls, and on our bus. We will continue to practice handwashing and wearing our masks. Desk partitions are in place between desks as well. Thorough cleaning and disinfecting also contributes to our Face to Face school environment to be a safe place to be. To date we have not had a student transmit the Covid-19 virus at school to another student.


In regards to quarantining during the second semester we will be looking at the following protocols in determining which students need to be quarantined; rather than the entire class:


Changes Regarding Quarantine


The close contact definition will change to allow those who are ‘properly masking’ to avoid being sent out on quarantine… proper masking is defined as wearing a multi-layer face covering (layers that can be pulled apart – so not gaiters that are one layer, one-layer masks, etc.) that fits around the nose / chin. For more information on the safest masks for your child to wear:


CDC guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html


The quarantine period for close contacts will be revised – meaning that a student/staff member who is identified as a close contact will only have to stay out for 10 days instead of 14. The gold standard is still 14 days, but in an effort to get kids back in class and staff back to work, CDC is allowing the 10-day return. At the 10 day mark the person must be symptom free before they can return and continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14; if they develop symptoms, they will remain on quarantine.


This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

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COVID-19 Information & Resources

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

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...

Monday, February 15:

No School: Holiday


Tuesday, February 16:

Student holiday/Teacher Workday


February 15-19:

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


February 22:

School to Home Art Supply Pick-Up Marchman Way Porch

School to Home Grade 5: Colonial Day Pick-Up Marchman Way Porch


February Spirit Night:

Thursday, February 25th 11am-9pm
Join us for our February Spirit Night!
Angelo & Vito’s Pizzeria Plano
7000 Independence Pkwy #144
(972)208-4205
Mention Mathews and the school will get a percentage of the profits.
Delivery & Takeout


March 17:

History Fair Projects are due. (Grades 4 and 5 only.)


March Spirit Night :

Thursday, March 25th 4-9pm
Join us for our March Spirit Night!

Chick-fil-a

6240 Coit Rd

Mention Mathews when you checkout and the school will get 15%

Drive-thru only


Monday, March 29:

Science Fair Projects are due. Submit Electronically!

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH IS SERVED

FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS ALL YEAR

During this difficult times we find ourselves or extended family members with undue stress and financial challenges.


Did you know that all school breakfasts and lunches are FREE to ALL of our students for the remainder of the school year?


Consider cutting back a little on the grocery bill and take a look at our breakfast and lunch menus!


Breakfast is served 7:00-7:30 with lots of social distancing and sanitizing.


Lunch is enjoyed in the classroom with your child's classmates.


The link for the school menus for both breakfast and lunch are always at the end of the e-News.

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 through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.


Applications are provided by clicking the button below. In case the availability of free meals were to change, your child could continue to qualify for services.


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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