MATHEWS e-News

Our Learning for this Week!

We are 'All-In' this Together!

This SMORE...

To All Our Mathews Families,


Today we officially pilot our Remote Learning program as a district.

Contact information is provided below in addition to Links to Learning for each grade level as well as from Specials and from our school counselor, Mrs. Toler.


We are committed to helping all our children continue to learn and grow as we work together through Remote Learning. All our teachers, General Education, Special Education, Teaching Assistants and staff are committed to meeting the needs of ALL of our students. Our ESL teacher, Math Rocks, Special Education, Speech, Take Flight, and PACE teacher are reaching out to our community to support all aspects of learning during this time.


We thank you for your feedback and patience as we work through this time together.

With grace and trust we are 'All-In' this together.


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. Our teachers are available to respond to your emails Monday through Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and again from 1:00-3:00 p.m.


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Take care of you and yours and in so doing, we take care of each other.

Chromebook Log-In Glitches and Fixes!

If your child tries to log on the chromebook you picked up and finds another student is still logged in:


Have your child click on the bottom right and sign-out.

Then they can log in with his/her information and password.


If your child is 'locked-out' and the computer is asking for another student's password:


Simply power the computer off.

Hold the power button down for ten seconds then turn it back on.

This should clear the past user and allow your child to sign in.


We are 'All-In' this together!


Thank you for your patience and support.


The Mathews community...students, parents, teachers and staff...a GREAT place to be...even if we are 'remote'.

AMAZON AUDIBLE : FREE WHILE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

You can instantly stream stories, across six different languages, for free that will help your child fall in love with reading. You might enjoy it too! All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Discovery Education

Wonderful learning opportunities to 'discover'.

LEARNING LINKS

From Our Counselor, Mrs. Toler

Click the button(s) below for your children to access the opportunity to spend some quality 'virtual' time with Mrs. Toler!

From Our Grade Levels

From Our Specials and Specialist

From Mrs. Kraman, Music

Click the button to find the link to Mrs. Kraman's lessons for each grade level.

From Our Coaches: Physical Education and Fitness

Lessons for PE activities. There are two tabs at the bottom; one for this week and a second tab for next week activities.

TEACHER AVAILABILITY

Teachers will be available to check their emails between 9-11 and again from 1-3 Monday through Friday.. We appreciate your patience and grace as we work with you and reply to your questions.

HOW TO REACH YOUR TEACHER

HOW TO FIND YOUR TEACHER'S EMAIL ADDRESS

Click this blue button to find your teacher's email address. Please note: Mrs. Chesser's substitute is Mrs. Bradberry at fonda.bradberry@pisd.edu Mrs. Specht's substitute is Mrs. Kuykendall at martha.kuykendall@pisd.edu

PICKING UP CHROMEBOOKS FOR STUDENTS

How This Will Work...

We wanted to let you know that we have a plan in place in order to distribute Chromebooks to all students who would like one.


On Monday, March 23 we will have a window of time open for all families to drive through in order to pick up one per student if needed.


We are going to ask that families drive through the south carpool lane (By the gym) between the hours of 1 PM and 7 PM.


We are requesting that families please remain in your vehicle the entire time. A staff member will greet you and then check out a specific Chromebook to each student.


Please be prepared to share your student(s) ID number.

Again, this is from 1 PM to 7 Pm this Monday (March 23rd)


If you are unable to drive through on Monday, we will be distributing Chromebooks on Tuesday, March 24 from 9:30-2:30 in the front (west) carpool lane.


On those days we also ask that you remain in your vehicle.


Our hope is to get the majority of our Chromebooks distributed to students on Monday.

Family Time: Fall In Love With Reading!

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PISD Also Recommends...

Additional Learning Resources

Please click this button to go to our district website with additional learning resources for you and your family while we learn from home.

UPDATES:

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 www.pisd.edu/Page/22423.

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.

Additional Learning Links

Site Words to Practice

For our younger students as well as ESL students.

MEDICATION

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


E-Mail:

christy.hamilton@pisd.edu

MEALS

North Texas Food Bank is at Bowman this Friday 1:30-3:30

The North Texas Food Bank will be at Bowman this Friday from 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. to support families with boxed foods.

Minnie's Food Pantry is at Armstrong this Friday

Minnie's Food Pantry has teamed up with Plano ISD to provide backs of shelf safe foods. Distribution will be this Friday at Armstrong.

North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank is encouraging families to fully utilize their Partner Agency network. Their online map at https://ntfb.org/our-programs/get-food-assistance/find-a-food-pantry is updated daily to reflect current available resources. Families can locate food pantries closest to them by entering their zip code.

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 SEVEN locations across the district beginning Monday, March 23.


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:



BEGINNING, MONDAY, MARCH 23:


Updated Meal Access for Families:

-New Location Added (Barron Elementary)

-New Hours: Monday - Friday, 11-00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Starting Monday, March 23, hours for the district’s Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch program will change to 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


During this pick-up time, families will be able to get lunch, along with breakfast for the following day. This cuts down on the number of times our families will need to leave home to pick up meals each day.


Also beginning Monday, March 23, Barron Elementary will be added as a new location for meals.


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


·Barron Elementary School

3300 P Avenue, Plano, TX 75074

Meal Services begin at this location on Monday, March 23


- 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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