Mendenhall Elementary School eNews

December 3, 2015

InfoCenter

Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your school or district. The following is a guide to help you get started.

What is InfoCenter?: InfoCenter provides access to all the messages and information sent by your organization. Accessible from any internet-enabled device, InfoCenter visually displays and organizes alerts, notifications, and attachments for easy review and reference. InfoCenter also allows you to customize how you receive communications from PISD (campus and district).

How do I sign up for InfoCenter?: Signing up for InfoCenter is easy. Using the email address that you have on file for your district (emergency card), follow these three steps:

1. Download the InfoCenter by SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. You can also access the InfoCenter web portal at https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/

2. Click the “New User” button, enter your email address, and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure token. Note: If you receive an “already claimed by another user account” error message that means you’ve already created a SchoolMessenger account via another SchoolMessenger product, such as Contact Manager. Simply follow the “Return to login” link and login. Use the “Forgot your password” link if needed.

3. After authenticating via the token sent to your email, return to InfoCenter and sign in using your email and password.

What’s in InfoCenter?:Once you’ve created your account, the records associated with your email address will be linked automatically. You can then:

  • View the records associated with your account.
  • Review the last 30 days worth of messages for all your associated records.
  • View your contact information, and configure how you’d like to receive notifications.

Important Things to Know:

  • Regardless of how you choose to receive notifications, all messages associated with your records will be retained in the InfoCenter inbox for 30 days.
  • You can opt into receiving Device Notifications (Push) under Notification Preferences. When choosing to receive Device Notifications, a badge or alert will appear when you receive new communications from Plano ISD.

Our provider, SchoolMessenger, makes the security and privacy of your data a top priority. As one of over 100 approved signatories to Student Privacy Pledge, you can feel ensured that your student’s information is safe and will never be sold, rented or shared.

PACE Program Referral Information

PACE provides services for academically gifted and/or talented students in grades K-12 who have demonstrated the need for advanced, differentiated instruction. Students may be referred for the gifted program by teachers, parents, principals, counselors, or by the students themselves.


Referral packets need to be completed and returned to the gifted specialist at your child’s school by December 9, 2015 for program consideration . More information, including referral packets, can be found at: http://www.pisd.edu/parents/advanced.academics/gifted.pace/index.shtml. If you have any questions please contact PACE teacher, Kim Madden at kim.madden@pisd.edu or 469-752-2660.

Secondary Transfers for 2016-2017

The information below is for 5th grade students who are interested in applying for a transfer to a middle school outside of their attendance zone. 5th graders who are currently on a transfer must apply for a transfer to the next feeder school if it falls outside their attendance zone. The On Line Numbering System for secondary transfer requests will be available beginning December 14th at 6:30am. Parents must log in beginning December 14th to receive a number to hold a place in line for them on the January 4th transfer day. More information is included in the flyer below.
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Box Tops

Our Mendenhall PTA is collecting box tops. This is a fast and easy way to make money for our school. Please cut out the box tops from the packaging of foods or items that you purchase and send them to school with your child. Our teachers will be happy to collect these for each grade level. The more we collect, the more we earn. Send your box tops in today!!

Parent Portal

The Plano ISD Parent Portal is your key to staying connected and up-to-date on your child's progress. On Parent Portal, you can:


  • View your child's grades and attendance
  • Update your Emergency Form - phone numbers and emergency contacts
  • Get a copy of your child's immunizations


Go to: www.pisd.edu

Click on: myPISD Parent Portal (on the right side of the screen under Popular Links)


You will need your email address and password you created at the Parent Information Fair.

Connect with Mendenhall

Be a Mendenhall Volunteer

Volunteer applications must be completed annually for anyone interested in volunteering in their child's classroom, going on field trips, participating in Field Day, or in numerous other capacities throughout the school year. Complete your volunteer application form today! Please click here: Volunteer Application Form

News From Around The District

Free Sign Language Classes

Free Sign Language classes are being offered to community members at Davis Elementary beginning in January. You must register with Tina Vaguine at Tina.Vaguine@pisd.edu to attend classes. More information is provided in the flyer below.
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Parenting Programs

Plano ISD offers parenting programs for free to all parents of Plano students. These programs cover a variety of topics and are aimed at helping parents raise successful children and providing support for families. Make a commitment to improving parent/child relationships at home. These programs are offered at the Family Education and Guidance Center located next door to Mendenhall and throughout the district!
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