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October 2, 2020

A Note From Mrs. Mathe

I am happy to say, it officially feels like fall! Time for evening walks and dinner on the patio!

Thank you for responding to our instructional platform surveys. We are busy making adjustments on campus to ensure that we will be able maintain the safety measures we have put in place with the additional in person students. One change that is happening, that will affect our remote learners, is that teachers will now be instructing our in person learners at the same time as our remote learners. Due to this adjustment, Zoom times may have to change. The teachers will communicate the new times to their families on their weekly email. Along with this change, teachers will no longer have the time in their daily schedule for office hours. All Powell teachers will be available to meet with our remote learners as needed. Please contact the teacher to set up a meeting time if needed. (If a teacher observes a need for a conference with a student, they may contact you to schedule a meeting time as well).

Dr. Null will provide a live update on Wednesday, October 7, at 6 PM on the Conroe ISD YouTube Channel. He will give a review of the first nine weeks and a look ahead at the second nine weeks. Anyone unable to view the update live will be able to access it on the Conroe ISD Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

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Upcoming Dates

October 7th: No curbside library pickup

October 8th: Last Day of the 1st Nine Weeks

October 9-12th: No School

October 11th- October 24th: Walk the Pathways Event

October 16th: Individual Picture Day

October 19th-October 22nd: Powell Spirit Days at Willie's (all day)

October 23rd: Report Cards sent home

October 26-30th: Red Ribbon Week

Walk to School Event

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Our school is participating in The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department’s 2020 Walk the Pathways Competition! The school with the most participating students will win a trophy and special first place prize. Walk the Pathways is a friendly, socially-distanced competition between elementary schools to encourage outdoor activity and promote pedestrian safety through experience and games.

Please support our efforts by pledging online to walk the pathways near your home or our school at least once between Sunday, October 11 through Saturday, October 24.

How to participate:

1. Choose a park or pathway near your home or school to visit between October 11-October 24.

2. Show school spirit! Sport your school colors on your walk, chalk the sidewalk with fun art or inspiring phrases or leave painted rocks.

3. Submit an online pledge declaring you walked the pathways. One entry per student.

4. Post a picture of you walking the path on the Powell Facebook page or on Twitter with the #powellwalks.


Visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/walkthepathwayscontest for:

· An interactive park and pathway map to plan your route

· Tips and videos about pedestrian safety to review before starting your walk

· Guides for games to “level up” such as chalking the sidewalk, leaving painted rocks and identifying wildlife, trees or plants

o A limited number of chalk kits (3 pieces) are available for students that do not have chalk at home. Call the school to confirm availability.

Thank you for supporting our school. If you have questions, please contact Powell at 936-709-1700 directly or contact The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department at 281-210-3800 or enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

Student COVID Screening

**NEW** Please log into your child's PAC account to sign the COVID acknowledgement.**

Please review the information and be sure to keep your child at home if he/she is exhibiting any of the following symptoms.

  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Chills or shaking with chills
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Significant muscle pain or body aches
  • Have a new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or for individuals with a chronic allergic/asthmatic, cough, a change in your cough from baseline
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • New onset or severe headache
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Or if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results due to symptoms that began less than 10 days ago

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Nominations for Gifted and Talented Testing

Nominations are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January for both remote and in-person platforms, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or teachers.

All 2nd grade students will take the CogAT assessment in December. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child. The CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment.

If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Referrals will be accepted through December 18. The referral form is attached and will need to be completed and emailed to Sarah Radford at sradford@conroeisd.net. Your child may also return a printed copy to their teacher that can be turned into the front office.

School Meals

Meal Distribution:

Beginning Thursday, October 1, Conroe ISD will offer FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL In-Person and Remote/Online students as well as children ages 18 and younger in the community. Students in Remote/Online Instruction and children 18 and younger who are not attending school on campus will pick up free meals curbside on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM - 12 PM at the junior high located in their feeder zone.

• Irons Junior High
• Knox Junior High
• McCullough Junior High
• Moorhead Junior High
• Peet Junior High
• Stockton Junior High
• York Junior High

Parents must show an approved form of ID for any child not present in the vehicle. To learn more, visit: https://www.conroeisd.net/chi…/campus-curbside-meal-pick-up/.

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!

If you have already taken the time to write a TAE for your child's teacher, THANK YOU! Our teachers are working tirelessly, learning a whole new way of teaching, and your kind words go a long way!

Library Book Check Out


Great news! All students, staff and families have access to digital texts! Through the Powell library, we have unlimited access to Capstone eBooks. Please click the corresponding picture below to access this GREAT resource!


Curbside checkout is cancelled for this week.

Notes from Nurse Wiles

When to Keep your Child Home From School

The district has created a handy flow chart to help understand if/when a child should stay home, who to notify, and what happens if a student is showing signs of illness. We hope you find this helpful as well.
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PTO News

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Powell PTO Membership Drive

Happy Friday Panthers!

Your Powell PTO is excited to tell you about our Membership Drive for the 2020-2021 school year!

Our only fundraiser in the fall is our Membership Drive. This year we will use your membership dues ($25 per family) to help with technology needs around the building to aid our teachers in their online and in person teaching of our students.

Please visit the Powell PTO website below to not only help your child's school, but get a cool Powell mask while supplies last!

Powell Membership Form

2019-2020 Yearbooks still available

We have a few extra 2019-2020 yearbooks available for purchase - please send an email to yearbook@powellpto.org if you would like to purchase one from last school year.

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.