Mahanay News- March 7, 2022

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3rd and 4th Graders Testing this Week

This Tuesday and Wednesday, our 3rd and 4th graders will be taking their next interim assessment. These tests assess our students in reading and math. Teachers will use this data to help plan their instruction for the rest of the year. It is important that our students do their best, are prepared, and are well-rested before taking their assessments.


Please make sure your students get a good night's sleep and get to school on time. They can eat breakfast at school as always. We look forward to seeing what our students have learned this year!


Parents and families, thank you for your continued support of Mahanay and your student's education!

Cowboy hats are on sale at Mahanay for $5!

As you know, this Friday is the Mahanay Hoedown! Students are encouraged to dress in their Texan and cowboy/cowgirl attire.


Students may bring $5 to the front office to purchase a hat any day this week.


Supplies are limited, so it will be first come first served.

The Mahanay Hoedown is this Friday, March 11th!

The Mahanay Elementary P.E. Department will be hosting the students for the Mahanay Hoedown!!


When: Friday, March 11th!

Where: Mahanay gym and field

What: Games, face painting, a petting zoo, dancing, and free popcorn and snow cones


Unfortunately, due to covid guidelines, we are not permitted to allow parents to attend this time.


Please allow your child to dress in western-style clothes on this very special day! No weapons or spurs are permitted on campus. If this is not possible, please have them wear their school uniform.


If you would like your child to have an opportunity to take a picture with our western background, please send $5 along flyer that went home last week. Try not to wear green because we do take the picture in front of a green screen.

Health Fair will be on Wednesday, March 30th!

Join us in the gym from 5:00pm to 7:30pm on March 30th for the Mahanay Health Fair! We will share resources and have different vendors share information and provide discounts and deals for their businesses in the area! Be on the lookout for more information to come!

Save the Date: March 31st is our Evening Children's Museum Event

On Thursday, March 31st, Mahanay families will have the opportunity to attend the Houston Children's Museum in the evening after school! This is a free opportunity provided by the Houston Children's Museum. We will meet at Mahanay, and there will be some buses to take families to the museum.


This is coordinated by Ms. Ogoe and the family center. A flyer was sent home. Space is limited and it is first-come, first served. Don't delay! Send your permission slip back today!

Dates to Remember

Star Students

Each week your child's teacher will pick a Star Student of the Week. These students demonstrate the month's character trait to classmates and staff. These students try their best in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Congratulations, Star Students of the Week!
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Below are some fun, free opportunities for Spring Break!

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Join Ms. Ogoe in the Family Center!

Join Ms. Ogoe in the family center for various events throughout the week! She has English classes, Citizenship preparation, GED prep, various speakers, classes on self-care, and much more! Please contact Ms. Ogoe at 281-983-8355 ext. 22491. We look forward to seeing you!
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If your students are sick, please keep them home!

As you know, COVID is still spreading in our community and nationwide. If your students are showing symptoms (cough, fatigue or tiredness, congestion and runny nose), please keep them home. This is cold and flu season as well, and we don't want our students getting sick if we can avoid it. Students and staff are encouraged to wear masks but not required.

If you do keep your student home, you may call our attendance clerk, Ms. Julie Davalos at 281-983-8355.


If your student does test positive for Covid, please use the link to report the case. Those absences will be excused.

Student Covid Reporting Link

Reminder: Put Student Names on Jackets

As the temperature drops, our students will be wearing their jackets more often. Please remember to write your student's name on the tag or somewhere in the jacket, so it can be returned if found somewhere in the building or accidentally left outside. Teachers will be reminding students to keep track of them as well.

Reminder: Parents of Car Rider Students

Car Tags are required to be displayed on your dashboard in order to pick up students. This is a safety precaution to make sure your students are going home with the correct adult. If you do not have a car rider tag on your dashboard, you will be asked to park your car and come inside to show the proper ID.

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 bus 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 the Alief Transportation Website for more information.


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

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 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.