We are 'All-In' this Together at Mathews!

Special Edition

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To All Our Mathews Families,

This newsletter will provide you with lots of information on how your children can continue to learn from home. As you scroll down you will also find additional information from the district to keep you in the loop.

PLEASE know, we know many of you are working from home, or someone else is helping care for your family. The learning opportunities below are user friendly.

Please forward this to friends who may not already be signed up for e-News as well as encourage them to sign up for e-News at:

Information below our learning links will give you information regarding accessing meds from school if needed as well as meals for those in needs.

A huge shout-out to our staff for working to share with you through the links below ways our Mathews Mavs can continue to grow and learn until we can all be back learning together!

We, our teachers and staff, our children and parents, and our district are 'All-In'.

A Message from Mr. Steele & Mrs. Powell


At school...

Medication is locked up safe and sound at school. However, if you need medication for your child that is at school please contact the contact below. She is a school nurse and can arrange a time to do a curbside pick up of medications.

Christy Hamilton RN, BSN

Special Assignment Nurse


Accessing Website

Technology Access:

Plano ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students will have access to these resources which are aligned to their classes through the PISD Webdesk and the student digital backpack. Directions to access these resources from home can be found HERE.

Learning at Home Can Be FUN!

Learning from home...can be a bit of a challenge, but it can also be fun. In addition to the information provided below from our staff here is a list of activities to promote learning...

Deck of Cards: Practicing Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication Facts:

2 players-

Divide into black and red, removing the face cards.

One player has the red cards, the other player has the black cards.

Each player flips one card at a time.

Whichever player can answer the sum, difference, or product (depending on if you are practicing addition, subtraction, or multiplication...wins that pair.

Play Monopoly or Board Games: Playing together; following directions, good sportsmanship

Work a Jigsaw Puzzle: Spatial Reasoning

Bake or Cook...Read the directions, measure the ingredients... (Reading and Math)


Begin an email story with a family member: Send Grandma an email with the start of the story..."Once upon a time there was a penguin named Ralph." Then Grandma adds a line or two to the story and sends it back.

A Jar of Ideas: In a jar or a bowl place strips of paper with topics to write about....

My favorite animal is...

A place I would like to visit....

(Students can look up information about the animal or place then write about it or draw a picture about it...create an electronic slide show to share with the family...whatever they might like to do.)

Other Writing Ideas:

Write a letter to ...

Make an ABC book (primary)


Read outloud to your family in the evening: 20-30 minutes. Children (and adults) enjoy this classic family tradition!

Read together: you read a paragraph, your child reads a paragraph, or maybe take turns one sentence or one page at a time. Let your child see you read and allow your finger to trace below the words you are reading. This lets your child connect what the word looks like with what it sounds like. When it is your child's turn to read, they have a better chance at recalling the word.

Site Words to Practice

For our younger students as well as ESL students.

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Creating a Routine at Home

Planning Your Child's Day

However it might work best is particular to each family; however, a routine, or schedule is always helpful for children.

Create a daily schedule between chores and learning and playtime. Add some incentives for staying up a little later if the day goes well (but not too late!)

Balance time with electronics and other activities. Read a good book, draw, bake, pull weeds...(it is that time of year!) and try to stay away or limit social media. Too much of that isn't good for any of us!

For older children, ask them to help create their schedule with you together.

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Learning Links

From Our Specials and Specialist

Mrs. Noble, Our Librarian

Bluebonnet Reading List

Physical Education and Fitness

Lots of great ideas. Some online...many are not!


From the Dallas Symphony's website learn about the instruments of the orchestra, famous composers, explore the "building blocks of music" (theory), learn how to build a variety of instruments from home, listen to performances, and more.

From Our Grade Levels


To Our 4th and 5th Graders:

If you were working on a History Fair project...Good for YOU! Keep working on it! We can't wait to see it. Dates might be changed, but we will celebrate your hard work and are excited to learn from you what you have learned!

Additional Learning Links

Khan Academy

Have you heard of Khan Academy? It is a free site that allows you to grow in your math. This link is where you can sign up for an account.

North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank is encouraging families to fully utilize their Partner Agency network. Their online map at is updated daily to reflect current available resources. Families can locate food pantries closest to them by entering their zip code.

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Meal Assistance

We want to make sure that all students have access to meals during the district’s closure. To get the week started, Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at five locations across the district beginning Monday, March 16.

Adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications and regularly check the Plano ISD website for new information.

Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times:

· Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

· Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.

- Armstrong Middle School *

(pickup at this location is the bus lane at the rear of the building)
3805 Timberline Drive, Plano, TX 75074
Meal service begins at this location on Thursday, March 19

· Daffron Elementary School
3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093

· IB World School at Huffman Elementary
5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093

· Meadows Elementary School
2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074

- Rose Haggar Elementary School

17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252

· Sigler Elementary School
1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

· Thomas Elementary School
1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

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Technology Survey to Support Families

Technology Assistance:

Technology Access

In an effort to better understand and support the needs of our community, we are asking a few questions related to Plano ISD students' collective ability to access technology outside of school. We fully recognize the irony of using an online survey to gather this information. Please be assured that survey responses will be coupled with additional data collected using "offline" methods to inform our decisions and plans of action. Access and share this survey at:

Asunto: Recursos durante el cierre: Acceso a tecnología y comidas

Estimadas Familias,

El ISD de Plano está dedicado a cuidar de nuestros alumnos dentro y fuera del aula. Estamos trabajando con diligencia para ofrecer soluciones que minimizarán el impacto que este cierre escolar extendido podría tener en nuestras familias. Agradecemos a los grupos comunitarios y voluntarios que nos han comunicado varias ofertas de ayuda. A medida recibimos información sobre apoyos y servicios disponibles, los anunciaremos en nuestro sitio web en

Acceso a tecnología

En un esfuerzo por mejor entender y apoyar las necesidades de nuestra comunidad, tenemos algunas preguntas relacionadas con la capacidad colectiva de los alumnos del ISD de Plano de acceder a tecnología fuera de la escuela. Reconocemos plenamente la ironía de usar una encuesta en línea para recopilar esta información. Tengan por seguro que las respuestas a la encuesta serán combinadas con datos adicionales recopilados con métodos "no en línea", para informar nuestras decisiones y planes de acción. Puede acceder y compartir esta encuesta en:

Ayuda con comidas

Queremos asegurar que todos los alumnos tengan acceso a comidas durante el cierre del distrito. Para empezar la semana, empezando el lunes, 16 de marzo, el ISD de Plano proporcionará desayunos y almuerzos gratis para llevar en cinco sitios en el distrito. Se podrían hacer ajustes a este calendario, según sea necesario, así que les pedimos estar pendientes de comunicaciones actualizadas y consultar regularmente el sitio web del ISD de Plano para cualquier información nueva.

Se podrán recoger las comidas para llevar, sin bajarse de su vehículo, a las siguientes horas:

· Desayuno: 7:30 a. m. – 8:30 a. m.

· Almuerzo: 11:00 a. m. – 12:30 p. m.

Este programa sirve a los alumnos que asisten a cualquier escuela del ISD de Plano, de prekínder hasta el grado 12. Las familias pueden recoger las comidas sin bajarse del auto, en los carriles para vehículos compartidos (carpool) de los campus indicados a continuación: No habrá ningún acceso a los edificios.

Escuela Primaria Daffron
3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093

Escuela del Mundo del IB de Huffman Elementary
5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093

Escuela Primaria Rose Haggar
17820 Campbell Rd., Dallas, TX 75252

Escuela Primaria Meadows
2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074

Escuela Primaria Sigler
1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

Escuela Primaria Thomas
1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023


Ongoing Updates from the District:

Plano ISD is dedicated to caring for our students in and outside of the classroom. We are working diligently to offer solutions that will minimize the effect that this extended school closure may have on our families. Thank you to the community groups and volunteers who have reached out with various offers of help.

As we receive information on available support and services, we will post those details on our website at

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