MATHEWS e-News

Thursday, December 17, 2020

UPDATE: LUNCH MENU CHANGES

Parents,


We want you to know of menu changes for this Thursday and next Monday.


On Thursday, January 7 we will be serving Macaroni and Cheese.

On Monday, January 11 we will be serving Nachos.

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

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Hard to believe the first semester is now at a close!


A reminder that tomorrow, Friday, December 18 we have early dismissal and school ends at 12:00 noon.


Please be sure to read about our Sock Drive! Let's make a difference for the better for so many.


We are so fortunate to have such an amazing community of students, parents, and staff. It takes all of us together to make the difference in the lives of our children, and in their future. Thank you for your continued support.


To our PTA we can not thank you enough for your support and kindness. Your support of our students and our staff are second to none. We are blessed!


Information for our 5th grade families as we begin to plan for middle school is provided below. Please click the link from Schimelpfenig.


College and Career Week is coming up January 11. Be sure to check out the information from our amazing counselor, Mrs. Toler.


IMPORTANT: Please read our district Covid Protocols beginning January 5. Working together we can keep our students, happy, healthy, and here (Face to Face or School to Home) learning! Wearing the proper mask can determine whether your child will need to quarantine or return to school in determining 'Close Proximity'.


We look back to everyone returning to learning on Tuesday, January 5, 2021!

2021 is going to be a very good year...a '"Mav'nificent Year!


Warmest Wishes to you all.

IF YOU RETURNING FACE TO FACE IN JANUARY FOR THE FIRST TIME

NEW Face to Face Learners

If your child is returning January 5 for Face to Face learning for the first time, please submit this form so we will know how your child will come to school and be going home. Please complete by January 4. Thank you.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! SCHOOL TO HOME LEARNING PICK UP DAY

Friday, January 8

Friday, January 8 parents of students who are School to Home learners will need to come by the school to pick up learning materials your child will need during the third nine weeks. Your child's teacher will notify you as well. We will also have art supplies from Mr. Lozano for you to plan to pick up as well. More information regarding pick up will come out in upcoming e-News.

COVID PROTOCOLS WHEN WE RETURN

Beginning January 5:

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.

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December 17, 2020
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.

Registration Info for 6th Grade!

Schimelpfenig 2021-22 Registration

Click this link to learn information regarding our 5th grade students enrolling for middle school.

College and Career Days!

January 11 through January 15

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OUR SOCK DRIVE...HELPING OTHERS!

DECEMBER THROUGH JANUARY

Mathews Student Council is collecting new warm socks for all ages/all sizes to send to children living in extreme poverty in Romania, Moldova, and Guatemala.


Donations will also support local women’s shelters, homeless shelters, and orphanages in the DFW area.

GOAL: 1200 pairs of socks!

To celebrate meeting our goal we will have a CRAZY SOCK DAY!

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To Our PTA Hospitality

On behalf of the Mathews staff we want to wish our PTA Hospitality a heartfilled appreciation to you for the '12 Days of Joy'.


You brightened each day as only you can do. This year, perhaps more than ever...you touched our hearts and warmed our souls with your kindness and support.

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.

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

COVID & Helping Children be SAFE!

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler.

UPCOMING DATES

Mark Your Calendar...

Friday, December 18:

Early Release Day


December 21 through January 4:

Winter Break


Friday, January 8:

School to Home Learners Materials PIck-Up Day


Monday, January 18:

Martin Luther King, Jr. No school.


Thursday, January 28:

January Spirit Night:

Chick-fil-a

6240 Coit Rd on 1/28

4-9pm

Dine in and Take Out...Share you are with Mathews!



February 15-19:

Open Window for the School Learning Environment for the Fourth Nine Weeks. The Fourth Nine Weeks begins on March 15.

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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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!

MEALS...MEALS...MEALS

Face to Face Breakfast & Lunch

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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