Mahaffey Happenings

February 2019

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Mahaffey Elementary School

Upcoming Events:

2/1-2/15: Sock and Blanket Drive sponsored by Student Council to benefit senior citizens in our community.

2/2: Name that Book Competition (for those that are signed up with Mrs. Kelley)

2/5: 4th Grade Field Trip to Wunderlich Farm

2/11: BOOSTERTHON Fun Run Kick Off!!!

2/12: Scotties on the Move: Valentine making at Willow Creek Apartments. 4:30-6:00pm

2/14: Student Valentine's Celebration (no visitors, volunteers only) during regularly scheduled LAMP/Specials times for each grade level.

2/18: President's Day! No School for Students! Teacher Work Day

2/19: Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night

2/19-2/22: Book Fair! 8am-3pm daily. Early/Late Shopping 2/21 7a-7p

2/21: Multicultural Parade (details to follow) 8:30am

2/21: Mahaffey Forever Learner Summit/Spring Open House! 5:30-7:00pm (PARENT UNIVERSITY CREDIT ELIGIBLE)


8:30 – 9:30_ Kinder & 1st grade

9:45 – 10:15_ A.M. Pre K, EC, Developmental

10:30 – 11:30_ 4th & 5th grade

12:45 – 1:15_ P.M. Pre K, EC

1:30 – 2:30_ 2nd & 3rd grade

3/8: Mahaffey HoeDown and Go Texan Day (Parents/Visitors welcome! RSVP to be sent closer to event with scheduled times)

3/11-3/15: Spring Break!

Message from Mrs. Mason

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" -Aesop

This month, we want our focus to be on kindness. We have spent this past week in school learning about and engaging in various acts of kindness we can do for one another in our Great Kindness Challenge led by our amazing counselor.

Learn more about The Great Kindness Challenge at this link:

Our goal is to keep this going and make intentional kind moments our daily practice. Sharing a smile, helping others, writing a nice note, asking questions to get to know someone better are all great ways to be more kind.

This school year, we have also been participating in community circles every day. A lot of positive and proactive conversations are happening around our school and building connections between our students and staff. We know that when you get to understand someone better, you get along better and the environment around us all gets a lot nicer. Ask your student what they discussed in circles lately and what things they are doing to be more kind to those they are getting to know!

We would like to challenge and encourage our families to go out together and complete some acts of kindness this month. Random acts of kindness are always fun, but we encourage you all to dig deep and intentionally find areas where someone may be needing that touch of kindness!

My admin team and I are always here to support you all. Please don't hesitate to contact us:

-Holly Mason, Principal

-Charla Wilson, Assistant Principal (PK-2 grade)

-Jonathan Harvell, Assistant Principal (3rd-5th grade)

Parent University

We have been so thrilled to see may families continuing their Parent University journeys! We can't wait to see so many walk the stage at graduation later this semester!

Remember that in order to graduate, you must attend at least 5 Parent University qualified events. Our next event will be at Open House on 2/21. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact a member of our admin team.

If you haven't gotten to register to be part of Parent University, please do at the link below. We have received some great feedback on courses our parents want/need and are working on planning those now!

Transportation/Attendance Reminders:

Dismissal Notices:

If your child will be going home a different way, please let the FRONT OFFICE and your child's TEACHER know right away. Telling the teacher is wonderful, but sometimes they can't check voicemail/email/Dojo until it is after school-your best option is always the main front office.

We ask that you have the call made by 2:30pm. If messages are not cleared or given in time, please know the teachers are trained to send kids home their regular way unless told otherwise by administration. We CANNOT take a child's word for it when it comes to leaving school safely.

Walker/Car Rider reminder:

While we know the line can sometimes be long, please be sure you are not sending your child home a walker but parking in front of the school to bypass our lines. It has been reported that many cars are doing so and obstructing traffic and safety for our students. We ask that you please follow our dismissal procedures, and be courteous of our neighborhood traffic.

Ways to Support Mahaffey:

General Financial Donations Directly to Mahaffey!

-Mahaffey Elementary is always accepting help in the form of money donations. General donations can be sent to Carrie Rentfro ( Secretary for Mahaffey. If you would like to make an online donation, she can assist you in the process. Cash or check is also accepted. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and can provide you with information to complete on your taxes for claim.

*If you are a business owner, we would LOVE to partner with you!!

Contact Carrie Rentfro for ways you can support

Please also connect with our PTO Rresident Tiffany Bumbaugh at

Join PTO!

-By joining PTO you are not required to physically and formally volunteer, although we would love to have you help in one or more of the MANY ways you can volunteer. You are putting forth fiscal help as well and partnering with our primary community organization that helps bring resources into our school that we might not be able to have otherwise.

Become a WatchDOG Dad Volunteer!

-We love having positive, male role models working with our students and setting great examples in your dedication to education. WatchDOGS can sign up to spend either all day Wednesday, Thursday or Friday here on our campus experiencing many fun activities and helping us make a difference. Email for more information.

Attend Our Events:

-Any time we host an event, try your best to attend. This shows your student that school is an important and welcoming place. Studies have shown, increased attendance at extracurricular and other after school events increase student success and positively influence the home-school connection.

Clinic Information

KISD Policy for Birthday Snack orders/requests is 2 WEEKS advance notice, no exceptions.

Emergency Contact Information is REQUIRED for the nurses office. It is imperative that we be able to contact guardians in the event of your child being sick or in an emergency.

If your child has a temp of 100.0 or higher please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing (Tylenol, Motrin) medication.

Please be sure that your Kinder and 1st grade students are sent with an extra pair of clothes in case those unforeseen accidents happen.

Mahaffey Core Values

At Mahaffey Elementary we are Glad to be PLAID!

We believe that our sole purpose is to ensure that all kids leave us with a continued promise in fulfilling their purpose in life. We feel that to accomplish this, students must be given foundational pillars that guide us all in to well-rounded individuals who are capable of anything. When we say we are PLAID, we mean we are/have:

Positive Purpose

Learners Leading

Aspiring Academics

Innovative Ideas

Dedicated Discipline

Custodial Notification

Please assist us in the handling of custody related issues. It is the responsibility of the parents to provide the principal a certified copy of the court order affecting any other person’s right to their children. Should you have any questions please call Holly Mason at 832-375-8220.