MATHEWS e-News

March 4, 2021

A reminder, if you want to look back at previous e-News you just click the title above, 20-21 A Mavnificent Year! It is a hyperlink to our archived e-News on our school webpage.

Open House, Spring Break, 4th Nine Weeks & ...

So much to cover! Please review all of our e-News. Also, please be sure to click the link to sign up to attend our virtual PTA General Board meeting on Monday, March 15.


Tonight is our Virtual Open House. Please see below for information regarding times. Your teachers will have already reached out to you as well on how to participate in 'Online Open House'.


We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Spring Break 2021! We look forward to returning to learning on Monday, March 15.


A reminder that Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 14. It will be time to 'spring forward by setting your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night when you go to bed.


Try to help inch up bedtimes a little each night to help your children make up for the lost hour of sleep on Sunday night so they can be back at school on time ready to go on Monday morning.


We look forward to welcoming more student to Face to Face learning on Monday, March 15 as we begin our Fourth nine weeks. Please know all staff will be on hand to welcome your child back to campus and get to their classroom.

ONLINE OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT!

TONIGHT...Thursday, March 4

Mathews Families,


While Open House is traditionally a night when we get to join your children as they share all the wonderful things they are doing in our classrooms, this year will look a bit different.


March 4th is our open house event, and we are using a different format for our students to share with you all they have been working on here at school/or at home.


In addition, one of the things we enjoy most about Open House is having the opportunity to see and visit with you, our families.


For this reason, our team will hold a brief question and answer session via zoom.


Kinder and First will be from 6:00 PM to 6:20 PM,

Second and Third will be from 6:20 PM to 6:40 PM,

Fourth and Fifth will be from 6:40 PM to 7:00 PM.


These meetings are for us to answer any questions you may have regarding the last nine weeks of school. Joining this session is completely optional, and is truly a time for us to support, clarify, or answer any questions you may have.


Your classroom teacher will share more information with you about what your child will be sharing with you that evening, as well as the zoom link if you would like to join in and ask any questions.


We look forward to seeing you then.

PTA LIFETIME RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZED FOR 2020-2021

2021 Mathews PTA Lifetime Membership Recipients

NURSE CHRISTINA

Nurse Christina... Daylight Savings Time Helpful Hints!

Click this link to Nurse Christina's helpful hints.

PTA GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 3/15:

The second general meeting of the Mathews Elementary PTA for school year 2020-2021 will be held March 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm.


Topics to discuss include budget amendments, PTA events remaining for this school year (Book Fair, Spirit Nights, etc.), Principal's Report, and the 2021-2022 Mathews PTA Board.


The March 15, 2021 meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. In order to attend this meeting, you must register by March 11, 2021.


Due to the difficulties of COVID-19, Texas PTA has approved a one-time extension of the term of office by one year in the same position with membership approval. A majority of our Executive Board is willing to return in their same position next year and has recommended that the extension of term be put before the general membership.

Therefore, this item will be discussed and voted on at the meeting on March 15, 2021.


Please use this link to register your attendance:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeYQib3iZf_sG94abg14reLkm_GAMb88vUXeMH9uY2FtGfvw/viewform?usp=sf_link.

PTA SPRING VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR STARTS FRIDAY!

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2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

Plano ISD Kindergarten Enrollment

Click this button for information regarding Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year. Registration begins on Friday, March 19th.

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OUR UPCOMING VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS! First through Fifth:

THANK YOU MATHEWS PTA!

PTA is bringing the Perot Museum of Nature and Science to our 1st - 5th graders in the form of a live digital lesson! Think of it as a virtual field trip! These live digital lessons will allow our face to face and at-home learners the opportunity to interact with Perot Museum educators in a fun, engaging and unique way.


On Thursday, March 25, our 1st through 3rd graders will explore force, motion and energy through an exciting program called "Superhero Science." They will discover the science behind superheroes and their amazing powers.


On Thursday, April 1, our 4th and 5th graders will learn about matter in a unique way through an engaging program called "Fire and Ice." They will see firsthand how matter changes when adding and removing extreme amounts of heat, while also learning about states of matter, the behavior of atoms and molecules, and physical and chemical changes.


We are so excited about this opportunity! More details will be coming from your student's teacher as the dates approach!


We are still planning something special for our Kindergarten students as well...so stay tuned!

OUR UPCOMING VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP Kindergarten!

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Kinder Virtual Learning Lab!

PTA is bringing the Sci-Tech Discovery Center to our Kindergarteners in the form of a Virtual Learning Lab! This live, virtual lab will allow our face to face and at-home learners an exciting and interactive opportunity to explore Science in a meaningful way!

On Thursday, March 25, they will explore height, weight and volume through a fun and engaging lab entitled “Measuring Up!”

We are so excited about this opportunity! More details will be coming from your student’s teacher as the date approaches!

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

PTA Drive Through Spirit Night

Join us for our March Spirit Night!

Chick-fil-a

6240 Coit Rd

Thursday, March 25th 4-9pm

Mention Mathews when you checkout and the school will get 15%

Drive-thru only

PTA

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK!

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Order Your Yearbook Here

Here is the link to order your yearbook. There is also a discount code provided below for you to save 20%! (PTA2021)

SPRING PICTURE DAY

Capture a Memory:

Spring pictures will be on Thursday, April 1 on campus. These are individual pictures. We will not be taking class group pictures this year. Students who are School to Home learners will be able to come up to take spring pictures as well. Safety protocols will continue to be in place as we did for the fall/yearbook pictures.

UPCOMING DATES

Mark Your Calendar...

March 4: Open House- Virtual


March 15:

General PTA Meeting via ZOOM at 7:00 p.m.


March 16:

Grade 5 School to Home Pick-Up Day for Science Supplies: Owl Pellets!

Marchman Way front porch


March 17:

History Fair Projects are due. (Grades 4 and 5 only.)


March 19-April 1:

Mathews PTA Spring Book Fair


Thursday, March 25th 4-9pm:

Join us for our March Spirit Night!

Chick-fil-a

6240 Coit Rd

Mention Mathews when you checkout and the school will get 15%

Drive-thru only


Monday, March 29:

Science Fair Projects are due. Submit Electronically!


Thursday, April 1:

Spring Picture Day


April 2 and April 5:

School Holiday

From Mrs. Noble, Our Librarian

Library News from Mrs. Noble!

Click the button for lots of information from our librarian, Mrs. Noble including our 20-21 Bluebonnet nominees!

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

Information from our Amazing Counselor

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler.

COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES

As always we will continue to practice social distancing in class, halls, and on our bus. We will continue to practice handwashing and wearing our masks. Desk partitions are in place between desks as well. Thorough cleaning and disinfecting also contributes to our Face to Face school environment to be a safe place to be. To date we have not had a student transmit the Covid-19 virus at school to another student.


In regards to quarantining during the second semester we will be looking at the following protocols in determining which students need to be quarantined; rather than the entire class:


Changes Regarding Quarantine


The close contact definition will change to allow those who are ‘properly masking’ to avoid being sent out on quarantine… proper masking is defined as wearing a multi-layer face covering (layers that can be pulled apart – so not gaiters that are one layer, one-layer masks, etc.) that fits around the nose / chin. For more information on the safest masks for your child to wear:


CDC guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html


The quarantine period for close contacts will be revised – meaning that a student/staff member who is identified as a close contact will only have to stay out for 10 days instead of 14. The gold standard is still 14 days, but in an effort to get kids back in class and staff back to work, CDC is allowing the 10-day return. At the 10 day mark the person must be symptom free before they can return and continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14; if they develop symptoms, they will remain on quarantine.


This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

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COVID-19 Information & Resources

HELP US BE COVID-19 SAFE AT SCHOOL

In order to help keep our Mathews students and staff healthy, please complete the Student Reporting Form in the following situations:

· Your child or a household member is awaiting a Covid-19 test result

· Your child has been identified as a close contact to an individual with Covid-19

· Your child has symptoms that could be Covid-19*

· Your child has tested positive for Covid-19

*Symptoms include: fever or chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea OR at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing

HOW PARENTS NOTIFY THE DISTRICT

This form should be used to report when a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is having symptoms that may be COVID-19, or if they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Once the report is received, your school nurse will contact you with additional information.
How to Report Covid-19 Symptoms

Parents, This link lets you report regarding Covid-19 Symptoms or identified cases of Covid-19.

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH IS SERVED

FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS ALL YEAR

During this difficult times we find ourselves or extended family members with undue stress and financial challenges.


Did you know that all school breakfasts and lunches are FREE to ALL of our students for the remainder of the school year?


Consider cutting back a little on the grocery bill and take a look at our breakfast and lunch menus!


Breakfast is served 7:00-7:30 with lots of social distancing and sanitizing.


Lunch is enjoyed in the classroom with your child's classmates.


The link for the school menus for both breakfast and lunch are always at the end of the e-News.

Face to Face Breakfast & Lunch

Yummy Lunch Thursday, March 18:

Potato Chips

Fresh Baby Carrots

Applesauce Cup

Dirt Cake

White Milk/Chocolate Milk

Ketchup, Mustard, Ranch Dressing

Dirt Cake

Carbs: 44.33 grams

Allergens: Milk, Soy, Wheat

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School to Home Learners:

Curbside Meal Bundles for PISD School@Home Students


Weekly meal bundles will be provided on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 10:30am and 4:45pm to 6:00pm at Clark HS, Shepton HS, and Williams HS, McMillen HS and Vines HS.


Meal bundles will consist of five breakfasts and five lunches.


*Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate.

Federal Meal Program

DON'T FORGET TO SUBMIT FOR 20-21:

At this time all students receive free breakfast and lunch.


This should continue through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.


Applications are provided by clicking the button below. In case the availability of free meals were to change, your child could continue to qualify for services.


We encourage you to submit a new application to continue services.

TECHNOLOGY

Chromebook Support:

If you have a broken Chromebook or are having difficulties with your power cord, please email our amazing Mathews' CTA, Justin Taylor at Justin.Taylor@pisd.edu


The Plano ISD help desk is also available to assist you in obtaining a working Chromebook. Contact the help desk Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (469) 752-8767, or email tsos@pisd.edu.

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