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August 28, 2020

A Note From Mrs. Mathe

I hope this newsletter finds you all well! We are so lucky to have missed the brunt of Hurricane Laura locally, but I know many of us have families and friends in the East Texas and Louisiana area, so I hope that the impact your friends or family may have felt is minimal. Your child's teacher will be in contact with you soon regarding adjustments made for instruction for next week based on the 3 unexpected days off this week.

One of my favorite inspirational authors, Jon Gordon, often gives me reminders that we have the power to control our thoughts and how we handle difficult situations. This year at Powell, our staff theme is, "Be the change you want to see in the world". We kicked off this year with the story "The Coffee Bean". Jon Gordon says, "In 2020 it feels like we're living in a pot of boiling water. When placed in the pot an Egg is hardened. A Carrot is weakened. Don't be like either. Instead be like a Coffee Bean. It transforms the water into coffee. You have the power inside you to transform your environment. Be the change."

It is easy to become overwhelmed with all the changes, things that may feel out of control and stressful situations that contribute to our "pot of boiling water". But instead, at Powell, we choose to be like the Coffee Bean. We want to transform our Powell school community by choosing to look for the positive in every situation.

Be the Coffee Bean.

Writing a TAE

Do you want to recognize an AWESOME Powell teacher? If so, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to Parent Access.
  2. Click on communication.
  3. Choose Staff/Teacher excellence from the drop down menu.
  4. Select the employee to receive recognition from the drop down menu.
  5. Click create TAE.
  6. Click any of the pre-populated choices that apply.
  7. Type any additional comments in the Additional Comment box.
  8. Click the box labeled Create Teachers Achieving Excellence button.
  9. Done!

Upcoming Dates

Ramp Up to School Plan (for those that have selected In-Person Instruction)

- August 31 (adjusted due to Hurricane Laura) Welcome Kinder and 1st grade students

- August 31- Grades 2-4 last name beginning with A-C (this day ONLY)

- September 1- Grades 2-4 last name beginning with D-J (this day ONLY)

- September 2- Grades 2-4 last name beginning with K-Q (this day ONLY)

- September 3- Grades 2-4 last name beginning with R-Z (this day ONLY)

September 7th: Labor Day- No School

September 8th: In-Person instruction begins

September 16th: Read for a Better Life

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Student COVID Screening

Our parents are valued partners in our Roadmap to Reopening Plan. In addition to wearing cloth face coverings, social distancing, washing hands, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces, an essential element in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 at school is each parent’s commitment to screening their child daily for symptoms. Parents are also asked to keep any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at home and to notify the campus. Below is a copy of the current screening process which outlines the symptoms. Please review the information and be sure to keep your child at home if he/she is exhibiting any of the symptoms described

Please note that all campuses are closed to visitors at this time to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you must visit a campus, we ask that you screen yourself prior to leaving your home. All visitors that come on a campus/facility will be required to use the Access Intercom system or call the front office from their vehicle. Once the reception area identifies the person and their need to be on campus, they will be allowed in the building. All visitors will be required to sign in using the visitor program. Each visitor will be asked the screening questions. If a “yes” response is given to one of the questions, the visitor will be asked to leave the campus immediately.

Parent/teacher conferences, ARDS, 504 meetings etc. will be held virtually or by telephone when possible.

Thank you for helping to keep our school community safe.

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Student Barcodes

Grades 2-4: Transportation for Face to Face Students

If you have already responded to this survey, thank you. You do not need to complete it again.

2nd, 3rd and 4th grade face to face students will begin reporting to campus next week. In a typical school year, teachers would collect your child's afternoon transportation information at meet the teacher. Since we were unable to host this event in person this year, we are sending out the Google Form below to collect this information. Please complete the Google Form as soon as possible indicating how your child will go home the first day of school next week during the ramp up and then every day after that.

Powell Transportation Form

A Note from Nurse Wiles- COVID Notifications

With our current circumstances regarding Covid-19, I wanted to pass on some information you may receive in the future. If someone on the Powell campus tests positive for Covid-19, you will receive a general notification letter from the school. This notification does not mean your child was in close contact with the positive individual, but simply that they were on the school campus at the same time as your child.

If your child was in close contact with the positive individual, you will be notified by the school administration or nursing staff and further instructions will be given regarding a possible quarantine.


Our school spirit wear store is now open! School shirts are available in 2 designs, one for our patriotic Thursday's and the other is for our school spirit day, Fridays. The shirts are offered in a variety of styles and sizes. Be sure to read the descriptions to have a clear understanding of what is being offered. Shirts are offered in long sleeve L/S, short sleeved S/S, sweatshirt, and Sport-Tek (which is like a dri-fit shirt). The spirit store closes 8/28/20. Orders must be submitted by then. If you are a virtual Powell family and would like to order, you may still order at the link below and have it delivered to your child's homeroom teacher. We will contact you regarding a date/time for pick up.


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TWHS Feeder Spirit Wear

Orders for these spirit shirts are due August 29th. Shirts will be delivered to Powell and distributed from here.


Technology Help

Our district continues to release a variety of help videos for the online tools that we are using for instruction.

Canvas Technology Tips

Setting Canvas Parent Notifications

Video showing how to update parent Canvas settings

How to look at Canvas as an Observer/Parent

Conroe ISD also has a Technology Help Desk to assist teachers, students, parents, and guardians with Canvas, Seesaw, Parent Access, or Student Access. If you need help with your child's log in information, please contact Powell. The Help Desk is available weekdays beginning Monday, August 10, from 7:30 AM until 9:00 PM. You may reach the Help Desk by emailing help@conroeisd.net or calling 936-709-7658. (email is preferred)

Canvas users can also click the 'Help' button prior to logging in for assistance.

Changes to Instructional Setting

When selecting an instructional setting this year, we asked that the selection made stay consistent through the end of a grading period. So this means that the first opportunity to switch instructional platforms would be October 9th. There are a variety of reasons the district has made this request of families, but the main one that effects our school is class placement. We have worked hard to create balanced classrooms, keeping the number of in-person students as low as possible in each cohort. When families request a change from online to in-person, this begins to create an overflow of in-person learners, which could result in students having to change teacher cohorts to balance out classes.

Our plan as of right now is to send out a survey to our families about 2 weeks prior to the end of the first nine weeks. This will be your opportunity to let us know if you plan to start sending your child to school, or if you want to switch them to virtual learning. We will use the survey results to re-evaluate our campus placements and make adjustments to reflect the new numbers of students requesting in-person instruction.

If you have an extenuating circumstance that requires a change in instructional setting before the end of the first nine weeks, please contact the school to discuss your situation.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this new way of "doing school". Please know that all decisions made on campus are in the best interest of the students.

PTO News

Powell PTO Membership Drive

Welcome Back Powell Panther Parents! We are excited to have you join us in the PTO this upcoming school year! We have started our Membership Drive this week and are looking forward to all the fun things we plan to do this school year!

Memberships are $25 per family and this year, they come with one school spirit mask! Additional masks can be purchased for $5 - but hurry, there are limited quantities!

Membership Drive Form

Our Mission

Powell Elementary School is committed to creating an environment that promotes academic excellence, and a love for learning. Our goal is to build relationships that empower students, and develop responsible, patriotic citizens, and confident leaders.

CISD Non-Discrimination statement

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.