Friday, August 27
A reminder, if you want to look back at previous e-News you just click the title above, BACK TOGETHER...BETTER THAN EVER! It is a hyperlink to our archived e-News on our school webpage.
Next weekend is a four day weekend for our students. Students and staff will be off on Monday, September 6. Students will also be off Tuesday, September 7 while staff will be back on campus for Professional Development. We hope all our Mathews families enjoy their 4 day weekend.
Happy Labor Day weekend! (NEXT weekend!)
GIFTED AND TALENTED WINDOW IS OPEN.
Click here to go to PISD to learn more about the Gifted and Talented Program. The window to refer a child is currently open. Referral forms are located here as well as Q&As to help answer your questions. The window closes at 5:00 p.m. Sept. 10.
PTA FIRST GENERAL MEETING...PLAN NOW TO ATTEND REMOTE VIA ZOOM!
PTA GENERAL MEETING NOTIFICATION:
The first general meeting of the Mathews Elementary PTA for school year 2021-2022 will be held September 8, 2021 at 8:15 am. We are continuing to hold all PTA meetings virtually via Zoom in accordance with PISD and Texas PTA guidelines. Registration MUST be completed three days prior to the meeting (September 5th). Please use this link to register your attendance: LINK REGISTRATION FORM. The Zoom link will be sent out via the email address provided during your registration on September 7, 2021.
You MUST be a member of the Mathews Elementary PTA to participate (vote) on PTA business although guests are welcome to register to attend. The deadline to join the Mathews Elementary PTA in order to participate in this meeting is September 5, 2021. If you have not joined and wish to do so, you can do so here: https://mathewspta.membershiptoolkit.com/home.
The link to the registration form is: https://forms.gle/4ncak8e1d4JaZjuv5
Please join our PTA. It is an amazing organization that you want to be a part of. We appreciate your support!
OUR FIRST PTA SPIRIT NIGHT IS A BIG SUCCESS!
Thank you to our PTA and Handel's!
We hope everyone enjoyed ice cream on Monday night either in person or pick-up during our first Spirit Night of the year.
Spirit Nights are great opportunity to visit and enjoy a moment with our Mathews community and the businesses that support us.
Funds that are raised help us provide learning opportunities, events and field trips for our Mathews Mavs!
You may recall we had a contest for the class with the greatest percent of students participating. It was close! And we did determine it by percentile of participation. Congratulations to Mrs. Willett's 5th grade homeroom!
LET'S ALL CELEBRATE KINDNESS!
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM NURSE CHRISTINA
Our nurse, Christina Allen has created a wealth of resources and information regarding Covid in this newsletter. Please review.
Reporting If Your Child Has Covid-19
Parents, This form should be used to report when a student has tested positive for COVID-19. Once the report is received, your school nurse will contact you with additional information. Please click the red button to access the form. Thank you.
Documenting Excused Absences:
Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted.
Students with a quarantine order issued by a physician or local health authority will receive excused absences for that period of time. Voluntary quarantines may be excused with a written notice from a physician.
Students with a household member with test-confirmed COVID will receive excused absences upon providing documentation of the positive test case.
More information can be found on the PISD district website by clicking the red button above titled: 'PISD Back to School Plan'.
IT IS ABOUT SAFETY
Arrivals and Dismissals
Walkers come in through Marchman Way. We now have two crosswalks for children to cross safely. The crosswalk at Marchman Way and Caravan Drive has a crossing guard. The new crosswalk is located a little further north at Marchman Way and Wheatland. It does not have a crossing guard and requires parents to cross with their children.
The smaller drive on Marchman Way is reserved for buses, daycare and to support special needs.
I'd like to take a moment to discuss morning arrival for our Walkers.
We are fortunate to have two crosswalks. The second was created this summer due to concerned parents and people in our neighborhood driving to work in regards to students crossing Marchman Way between parked cars. The one at Caravan Drive and Marchman has a crossing guard. The one at Marchman and Wheatland does not and does require parents to cross with their children. We are excited to see that the city is also adding a flashing light to draw attention to cars driving through that there is a crosswalk. The Wheatland crossing has been a huge success and we have our Mathews parents to thank for having it.
Our children watch and learn from us. It isn't about following 'the rule' it is about learning to respect traffic and not take unnecessary risks. Lessons we teach our children now that you hope they remember when they are older and you are not with them.
Dogs at Arrival and Dismissal
First, let me begin by saying I am one of the biggest dog lover you will ever meet. We have three of our own, a Golden Retriever, Augie; a Catahoula, Mac; and our Chihuahua, Tank. They are not just pets, they are members of our family. And honestly, if we were anywhere other than arrival and dismissal my first impulse would be to ask you if I could pet your dog.
However, dogs are not allowed on school property at arrival or dismissal.
We are a community with 400 + students at Mathews. We have a very large number of students who enter at the Marchman doors.
So many things could happen. We simply don't want to take a chance with our families or your pets.
So although I have seen some of the most precious dogs that belong to our Mathews families; there really can be no exceptions when we say no dogs on school property at arrival and dismissal.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
FREE AND EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT MATHEWS AND OUR PTA
OPT IN FOR TEXT MESSAGES FROM PISD
PISD will be enabling text messaging for schools through SchoolMessenger. The official launch will be August 23rd. You will have the opportunity to opt in to receive text messages from Mathews. Click the button for more information.
Click here to access our Transportation Services Home page. On the left side of your screen you will find 'Route Finder', 'Late Bus Information', and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MENUS
Breakfast and lunch will be free for ALL students for the 21-22 school year! Students will be able to purchase a-la-carte items. Click to see what is offered for breakfast and lunch. (Specify Pre-K to see the Pre-K breakfast and lunch menu)
GOGUARDIAN FOR PARENTS
Welcome to GoGuardian Parent!
Good news! Plano ISD families now have access to GoGuardian Parent, a mobile app that gives parents/guardians the ability to manage and monitor student activity on school-issued Chromebooks during out-of-school hours. GoGuardian Parent is a companion to the classroom management and internet filtering tools that our district uses during the school day.
What is included in this app:
A Top 5 summary of student browsing (apps, extensions and websites visited)
A 30-day view of websites, videos, apps, and extensions
The ability to block websites on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours
The ability to pause internet access on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours, either on-demand or at a scheduled time
To access the app, please follow the instructions below:
- appiPhone: Visit App Store, search for GoGuardian Parent, and tap the download button.
- Android: Visit Google Play Store, search for GoGuardian Parent, and tap the download button.
After the app is successfully downloaded and installed, open it up and enter the email address registered with the Plano ISD Parent Portal.
Login/Check Email: Check your email on your phone for a link to log in to the app. Tap the "Verify your email", and it will take you straight to the app.
Note: If you don't have access to your email through the device you used to log in, tap on "Login with verification code", and copy and paste the verification code from the email into the app.
If you forget your registered email address, please reach out to our Help Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-752-8767
VOLUNTEERING FOR 2021-22
Plano ISD seeks to create a safe place for students, free from crime, violence, drugs and abuse. As required by the Texas Education Code, Plano ISD conducts criminal history record checks through the Texas Department of Public Safety on all volunteers, including but not limited to general campus volunteers, camp counselors, field trip sponsors, mentors and tutors.
As we plan for the upcoming year, we want you to be a part of it! Please click the volunteer image below to submit your background check for the 2021-22 school year. Sooner is better to beat the rush!
Mark Your Calendar:
Monday, September 6 and September 7:
Labor Day: School Holiday and Student Holiday
Friday, September 17:
Thursday, September 30:
SPIRIT NIGHT at Chick-Fil-A
School Picnic from 5:00-7:00 pm
Monday and Tuesday October 11-12
(Staff has PD on Tuesday)
Thursday, October 21
Spirit Night at Zalaat Pizza
Apex School Fundraiser
Red Ribbon Week
Friday, October 29
Friday, November 5
Make-Up Photo Day
Saturday Night/November 6
Daylight Savings Time ends...(Fall back an hour.)
Veterans Day Assembly
Tuesday, December 7:
Thursday, December 9:
Book Fair Night
Tuesday, Dec. 7 - Sunday, Dec. 12:
Spirit Nights at Paint n' Party!
More information to come...
Thursday, December 16
Friday, December 17
Early Release Day at noon.
December 20- January 4
Winter Break for Students
(Staff Returns on January 3)
College and Career Week
Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Thursday, January 20:
SPIRIT NIGHT at Chick-Fil-A
Friday, February 11
Classroom Friendship Parties
Monday, February 21 and Tuesday, February 22
Student Holiday Monday and Tuesday
(Staff has PD on Tuesday)
Thursday, March 3
Open House 6-7:00 pm.
4th grade Performance
March 7-11 (+ possibly March 14)
Daylight Savings Time Begins (Spring Forward an Hour)
Monday, March 14:
Holiday if we have not had an Inclement Weather Day
Friday, March 18:
Spring Pictures and Class Picture Day
Monday, March 21
Kindergarten Registration for 22-23 begins
March 28-April 1
Spring Book Fair
Spring Evening Picnic and PTA meeting
Monday, April 4
Pre-K Enrollment for 2022-23 begins
Thursday, April 7
Multicultural Night Celebration
Friday, April 15
Monday, April 18
Possible School Holiday (Second Inclement Weather Day)
Thursday, April 21:
SPIRIT NIGHT at Chick-Fil-A
Monday, April 25
(Staff PD day)
Staff Appreciation Week
Tuesday, May 10
STAAR Testing: Gr 3, 4, and 5 Math
Wednesday, May 11
STAAR Testing: Gr. 3, 4, and 5 Reading
Thursday, May 12
STAAR Testing: Gr. 5 Science
Wednesday, May 25:
5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
6:00-7:30 at Schim
Thursday, May 26:
End of Year Parties
Friday, May 27: Early Dismissal at noon.
Last Day of School
2021-22 VOLUNTARY STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
The 2021-22 Voluntary Student Accident Insurance coverage is available for PISD parents to purchase through AXIS Insurance Company using the Enrollment Form included on page 4 of this document.
These forms are also available on the Student Insurance webpage at www.pisd.edu/studentinsurance.
Parents can access the following on the above webpage:
· Coverage and premium options (premiums stated are a one-time annual payment)
· Enrollment Form
· Claim Form and instructions for filing a claim
For additional information, parents may contact Combined Benefits Group at 800-749-6458.
A work in progress as we welcome back our staff and prepare for the upcoming year! Visit often!
Join PTA, order schools supplies, purchase spirit wear (sooo cute!) and sign-up to volunteer! Stay in the know with our PTA!