Mendenhall Elementary School eNews

March 24, 2016

No School - Friday, March 25th

Reminder!! Tomorrow, Friday, March 25th is a Student/Teacher Holiday. We hope you have a restful and safe three day weekend and look forward to seeing our wonderful students back on Monday, March 28th.

STAAR Testing Reminders

Our students in 4th and 5th grade will be taking the STAAR test next week. 4th grade will be taking the Writing test on Tuesday, March 29th. 5th grade will be taking their Math test on Tuesday, March 29th and their Reading test on Wednesday, March 30th. Please make sure your 4th and 5th grade students get plenty of rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and are at school on time each of these days. We want them ready to do their best!

Please also make note! We will have a closed campus on both Tuesday and Wednesday for all grades. We will not be hosting any visitors or parents for lunch on the above dates.

Mendenhall Fun Run

Mendenhall PTA will host our first ever Fun Run on Friday, April 1st beginning at 6:00pm. Students are collecting pledges for the number of laps they run. A pledge form went home in your child's Wednesday folder this week. Please see the flyer below for additional details.
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PTA Needs You!!

Please let us know if you are interested in being on the Mendenhall PTA board next year. This is a fun and interactive way to get involved in your child's school. There is a position for everyone and very little time is needed. If you are interested, complete the form below and return to the front office.
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Kindergarten Prep Program

Harrington Elementary will be hosting a Kindergarten Prep Program for students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016. Please see below for additional information.
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2016 Bond Information Meetings to be Hosted by Superintendent at Six High Schools this Spring

Plano ISD community members are invited to attend any of six information meetings to be hosted this spring about the district’s May 7 bond election proposal. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli will present information and answer questions. Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the district’s high schools on the following dates:

  • March 28 (Monday) - Williams High School (auditorium), 1717 17th Street, Plano, TX 75074
  • April 4 (Monday) - Clark High School (library), 523 Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75023
  • April 6 (Wednesday) - McMillen High School (cafeteria), 750 N. Murphy Road, Murphy, TX 75094
  • April 13 (Wednesday) - Jasper High School (presentation room), 6800 Archgate Drive, Plano, TX 75024
  • April 25 (Monday) - Vines High School (presentation room), 1401 Highedge Drive, Plano, TX 75075
  • April 28 (Thursday) - Shepton High School (library), 5505 Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093

About the May 7 Bond Election
On May 7, Collin County voters residing within the Plano ISD attendance zone will be asked to consider a single proposition to provide $481 million toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate. If approved, all Plano ISD campuses will be impacted by district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. Visit for more information.

Bond Proposal Resources





Revised Dates for 2016-2017 School Calendar

The 2016-2017 district instructional calendar adopted at the February 2 school board meeting has been revised to reflect a new date for spring break, March 6th - 10th. The district wanted to promptly notify you of this change so that you can be sure to update your calendars. The full 2016-17 calendar is published on the district website at:

Parent Portal

The Plano ISD Parent Portal is your key to staying connected and up-to-date on your child's progress. On Parent Portal, you can:

  • View your child's grades and attendance
  • Update your Emergency Form - phone numbers and emergency contacts
  • Get a copy of your child's immunizations

Go to:

Click on: myPISD Parent Portal (on the right side of the screen under Popular Links)

You will need your email address and password you created at the Parent Information Fair.

Plano HS Theatre Camp for Elementary Students

The Plano Senior HS Wildcat Theatre department is offering the third annual summer theatre workshop for elementary students June 6-9, 2016. Students having just completed Grades 2nd through 5th are encouraged to attend. Theatre subjects such as acting, mime, mask making, make-up, improvisation, musical theatre and production will be taught by high school theatre students under the direction of professional theatre personnel Lance Morse and Cassidy McQuiston. Classes will be taught in the Doyle Dean Performing Arts Center on the PSHS campus. This year’s hours have been extended to 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to better serve parents’ schedules. We hope to see lots of young performers!

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Plano Providing Free Wi-Fi

The City of Plano has announced that it will provide free public Wi-Fi at city parks and recreation centers, both indoor and outdoor for everyone at no cost to taxpayers. This is a great way for our students and families to access the internet for educational programs and applications. In outdoor locations the free service is called Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi. At indoor locations, you can gain access to the free service by selecting the TIme Warner Cable hot spot in the Wi-Fi settings on your mobile device.

Be a Mendenhall Volunteer

Volunteer applications must be completed annually for anyone interested in volunteering in their child's classroom, going on field trips, participating in Field Day, or in numerous other capacities throughout the school year. Complete your volunteer application form today! Please click here: Volunteer Application Form