Monday Message

December 14-18

Third Grading Period Survey for Jan. 5 to Mar.12

It’s hard to believe we are rapidly approaching the end of the second nine weeks grading period which ends on December 18, 2020.


The third nine weeks grading cycle will begin upon our return from Winter Break on Tuesday,

January 5, 2021. Per TEA guidelines, families are allowed to formally change their child’s mode of instruction (virtual or in-person) before the start of a new grading period.


If you wish to keep your child’s learning mode, you need not do anything at this time.


However, If you would like to change your child’s learning mode (from virtual to in-person or from in-person to virtual) for the third grading period (January 5, 2021 to March 12, 2021), you must complete the form linked on the button below (or scan the QR code) no later than Tuesday, December 15 at 11:59 p.m. for each of your children attending Martin.


After you complete the form the first time, you will see the option to submit another response in case you have more than one child attending our school. You will need to complete the form for each child you have attending this school whose learning mode you want to change.


If you have children who attend another AISD school and you wish to change their learning

mode, please complete the form that the other campus sent to you about that child.


Our goal is to maintain consistency for students, while also maintaining our class size and

safety structures. In some cases we may need to change a student’s teacher(s) in order to

better serve everyone's needs in the new grading period.


Please contact us at 281-983-8363 with any questions about this process. For families who

choose to switch their mode of instruction.


Sincerely,


Martin Administration

Dr. Sha, Ms. Boykin, and Mr. Sanchez

Change of Instruction Survey - ENGLISH

Click here to complete survey to CHANGE your child's mode of instruction.

Change of Instruction Survey - SPANISH

Click here to complete survey to CHANGE your child's mode of instruction.

DCA Test

Dear Parents,


Your child will be taking a district common assessment on the dates below. The test will be monitored live for virtual learning and face to face students. All students will take the test on SchoolCity. SchoolCity is an online program designed for testing. For a successful testing session:

  • Students should get a good nights rest the night before their test
  • In Person students should eat a healthy balanced breakfast, or come to school by 7:45am to receive breakfast from the cafeteria
  • Virtual students must be logged into their Alief Hub and teachers Zoom room by 8:00 am

  • Allow your child to complete this test independently as it will help teachers target areas of need

  • Please send your child with headphones or remind your child to bring his/her headphones on their testing day.


Please view the testing schedule below:


Science DCA Test

12/15- 2nd grade

12/16- 3rd Grade

12/17- 4th Grade

Material Distribution

In preparation for the third marking period, we will have a material distribution for VIRTUAL STUDENTS ONLY! If your child is a face to face students, they will NOT receive a bag at this time. Please follow the pick-up schedule below:


Thursday, December 17th 10-12pm

Friday, December 18th 11-1pm


Pick up will be in the back of the campus on Sharpcrest, under the bus canopy. These will be the only distribution dates/times for now. Please contact your child's teacher if you have additional questions.

Pajama Day

On Friday, December 18th we will have a school wide pajama day! Students will be able to wear appropriate pajamas to school. Students that are virtually learning are encouraged to wear their pajamas during their Zoom live lessons to participate in this fun day!

Early Dismissal December 18th

Students will be released early at 2:05pm on Friday, December 18th. Please make arrangements to pick your child up early at 2:05pm.

No School Dec.21st-Jan.4th

There will be no school (in person or virtual) and no curbside food pickup from Dec. 21st-Jan 1st for Winter break. Students will also be out Monday, January 4th for teacher planning day. School will resume Tuesday, January 5th. Please take this time to relax with family and friends. We wish you a happy Holiday season and Happy New Year!

Family Resources

Families, please review the attachment below for a list of financial resources available to provide assistance to families during this difficult time.

Apply for a Backup Device

City Council recently approved an $800,000 program to provide computers to low-income Houstonians. Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force has partnered with Comp-U-Dopt, a non-profit that provides technology access for free to qualifying applicants from now until December 30, 2020. This program is NOT associated with Martin Elementary. For more information or to apply, visit https://www.computeraccessprogram.org/ or call (888) 469-8365.

HEB Meal Giveaway

HEB is donating ready to heat refrigerated Simple Meals that consist of sliced seasoned roasted turkey breast, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, fresh green beans and garlic and herb butter. West Houston Assistance Ministries will receive 1800 meals the morning of December 18, 2020, and will distribute them to each person of a household. The meal giveaway will be Friday, December 18, 2020 from 9am-12pm at 10501 Meadowglen Lane, Houston, Texas 77042. There is no registration needed! Early arrival is suggested.

Food and Stuffed Animal Giveaway

The West Houston Assistance Ministries are hosting a food and stuffed animal giveaway! Only the first 500 cars will be served. Up to five children per car will served per car. Children must be present to receive a stuffed animal. The giveaway will be Monday, December 21st from 9-12pm. West Ministries is located at 10501 Meadowglen Lane, Houston, Texas 77042.

COVID Safety Updates/Reminders

We have really enjoyed having our little Mustangs back in the building! We continue to practice COVID safety following the CDC, TEA, and local guidelines to ensure we can continue to have our face to face instruction. As we continue to monitor the current COVID numbers in our area, we want to make sure to remind all students, parents, and community members of the following:


  • If you or anyone in your home is awaiting test results for COVID, please inform our school nurse, Nurse Shy. If anyone tests positive in your home, please notify the school as soon as possible.
  • NO VISITORS are allowed in the building. If you have any questions, please contact the front office using the contact information at the bottom of the newsletter.
  • Students must wear a mask everyday when coming to the school that completely covers their nose and mouth. Masks with vents are NOT ALLOWED as they are not approved by the CDC.
  • Please continue to screen your children every morning before they come to school using the Daily Student Self-Screening Checklist. If your child shows any symptoms or you suspect COVID, please keep your child home to attend virtually.
  • If your child is a walker, please remember to practice social distancing when dropping off and picking up your child.
  • To view the cumulative Alief ISD COVID cases regularly updated, view the Alief ISD COVID Cases page

For more information regarding our Health and Safety Guidelines, please view the Alief ISD Health and Safety Plan

Character Trait of the Month - January

Every month, we will focus on teaching important character traits to students during short lessons in their classroom. For the month of January, we will focus on Responsibility. Students will be receiving information and lessons from their teachers on the importance of responsibility. Please help us as we develop this trait with students by talking to them about ways to show responsibility at home and school.

Important Dates/Reminders

December

15- 2nd Grade Science DCA Test

16- 3rd Grade Science DCA Test

16- Kinder & 1st Grade Science CCA Test

17- 4th Grade Science DCA Test

21- Jan.1st- Winter Break (No School)


January

4- Teacher Planning Day, Student Holiday (No School)

5- Third Grading Period Begins

7- Report Cards Go Home

12- Family Center Classes Start

18- Martin Luther King Day/No School

28- Progress Reports Go Home