MATHEWS e-News

Thursday, August 13, 2020

20-21 A 'MAV'NIFICENT YEAR!

Thank you for all your support in our Curbside, Drive By, Pickup on Monday and Tuesday.


We appreciate your grace and encouragement with our first day on Wednesday. Please know we are working with district to help us get through 'Techno Glitches'. Day 2 was more promising with our goal that each day will be even better.


It is wonderful to hear the sound of children learning and laughing together during their synchronous instruction time! It truly warms your heart.


Our teachers are working so hard to provide the best possible start of the year for your children. They are your front line of communication. Be sure that your child signs in through webdesk. Grade Level Week at a Glance and updates will guide and support you and your children throughout Remote Learning.



TOPICS IN THIS NEWSLETTER:


1) Information regarding meals, where you can pick up meals and the button for the Federal Meals Application form is provided below.


2) The PACE referral window is open. Information regarding PACE is provided below.


3) Our calendar which includes our Virtual Grade Level Curriculum Night meetings.

Please note...Kindergarten's Virtual Zoom meeting with parents is tonight. Both our kindergarten team and Mr. Steele with the information to log into the meeting this evening at 6:45 p.m.


CALENDAR CHANGE: Please note that Monday, August 24 will be a professional development day for our staff. Students will not have instruction.


4) Information from PISD regarding attendance and grading information for our first four weeks of learning.


5) Technology Support: Who to contact when you need help and our Technology Form is linked below if you have not already completed this online. (Thank you!)



We encourage you to continue to review Plano ISD email updates with timely information as well as utilizing the communication resources with your teachers.


Our goal is to simplify the line of communication to support you and your children to have a successful start to what will be a 'Mavnificent' year.


We are here for you and your children.

COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY

Please update in Parent Portal any changes regarding new email addresses or phone numbers.

Teachers have created distribution lists to email parents in their classroom.so if you should have a change in your email address, please send them an email with your new email account.

The only item you can't update through Parent Portal is a change of address. If you have moved please contact Mrs. Tipsword.

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INFORMATION REGARDING MEALS

The Food and Nutritional Services Department has established curbside meal pickup locations to provide PISD School@Home students with meals for offsite consumption on instructional learning days.


Beginning August 12 through September 4, meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Students purchasing meals will receive a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the following day.


Meals will no longer be free of charge for all students as provided during the spring remote learning and the summer feeding program. Free and reduced priced meals are available for qualifying students.

CURBSIDE MEALS TO GO

Click here for information about locations for Curbside Meals to Go.

FEDERAL MEAL APPLICATION INFORMATION

Free and reduced meal applications are now available by clicking the red button above.


If you have never filled out a meal application, just click on “Create a New Account.”


Student eligibility status from the 2019-2020 school year will roll over only for the first 30 operating days of school or until a new application has been processed. It is important that households complete an application for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as possible.


IMPORTANT: Allow 10 business days for application processing.

ONLINE: FEDERAL MEAL APPLICATION

Click here to complete your application for Free and Reduced Lunch for the 20-21 school year.

NEW DISTRICT FOOD POLICIES

Per PISD: Once we return to Face to Face Learning:


  • If students plan to eat food from home for lunch, they need to bring a packed lunch with them when they arrive to school in the morning. Students will keep their lunches in their own backpack until lunch time. Hot lunch drop offs are no longer permitted.
  • Birthday treats for classrooms of students are no longer permitted. Teachers will continue to acknowledge student birthdays in the classroom as in past years, but food will no longer be shared with students.

PACE...PACE...PACE

PACE

The PACE Referral Window is now open. Information regarding PACE is available by clicking the button below. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Selec, our PACE teacher at Ginny.Selec@pisd.edu
INFORMATION REGARDING PACE OPEN REFERRAL

The referral window for PACE is open between August 12 through September 11. Please click this button for information from our PACE teacher, Ginny Selec.

UPCOMING DATES

Mark Your Calendar...

GRADE LEVEL CURRICULUM MEETINGS (Virtual)


  • Thursday, August 13th - Pre-Kinder Kinder at 6:45

  • Monday, August 17th - First at 6:00 PM and Second at 6:45

  • Tuesday, August 18th - Third at 6 PM and Fourth at 6:45 PM

  • Thursday August 20th - Fifth at 6:00 PM



Wednesday, August 19: 12pm to 10pm

Spirit Day at Handel's Homemade Ice Cream

(Mention Mathews and the school will get 30% of sales proceeds!)

Drive-Thru and Lobby open at 4200 Legacy Drive.

You can preorder pints and quarts up to a day before the event and pick up on the 19th.

Great way to stock your freezer with delicious ice cream! (972) 208-4051


CHANGE:

MONDAY, AUGUST 24: This is a Professional Training day for staff. This is a student holiday. Students will not have instruction on this day.

ATTENDANCE AND GRADES

Webdesk

Students will need to login to Webdesk each day to be counted for daily attendance. If you use your Plano ISD issued Chromebook, the device should automatically log students into Webdesk after they login to the computer. Webdesk will be where students have access to the apps students will use for instruction.

Attendance Guidelines

Students who log in to the Plano ISD WebDesk each day and engage in teacher-assigned learning apps (including, but not limited to Google Classroom) are considered “present” and will not be marked absent. Students who have not logged in by 3:00 p.m. each school day will be marked absent. This absence can be resolved if the student engages in daily learning assigned by their teachers via the Plano ISD WebDesk by 11:59 p.m. that same day.


The teacher defines if a student was “engaged in learning” or not. Students need to show “engagement in learning” prior to the end of each day to receive attendance credit for that day. A student cannot simply login and logout each day and expect to be counted as “present.” The student must be engaged in teacher-assigned learning prior to midnight to be counted as “present” for that school day.


More information can be found at the First 4 Weeks Guidelines on our PISD.edu website.

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TECHNOLOGY

CHROMEBOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

TECHNOLOGY SURVEY AND AGREEMENT

So we can serve our community best. Please complete one survey for each student in your home that attends Mathews. There is also a place to share what your current wi-fi status is at your home in order to support Remote Learning. Thank you!

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.

CYBER SECURITY

STOP...THINK...CONNECT

A resource to learn how to protect your home and family with Cyber-Security. From the Department of Homeland Security.

ON GUARD ON LINE

From the Federal Trade Commission. tips for staying safe and secure online.

LIBRARY

Coming Soon...

Information regarding our library program with Mrs. Noble will be coming soon. But for now, if you have library books at your home we have set out a white collection basket by the main door on Marchman Way. Thank you for dropping off the books you may have had from last spring.
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