Mott News

11/2/19

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Thank You!

Thank you to our Watch DOGS and parking lot volunteers who braved the cold and helped to open car doors on Thursday and Friday.


The Literary Character Day participation and parade was amazing! Be sure to check-out some of the pictures at the bottom of the newsletter.

Veterans Day Assembly

Join us in honoring those who served our armed forces on November 8th. In order to make sure that everyone can enjoy this celebration we will be having two assemblies on that day. We will have the front and back doors available for visitor check-in. Please make sure to bring your i.d.

November 8th, 2019

Prek- 2nd, 8:15am - 8:45am

3rd- 5th, 9:15am - 10:00am


If you would like to have a star made in honor of a veteran please fill out the form below and return no later than Wednesday, November 6.

Super Hero Day at Mott - November 11

Our theme this year is "Super Me, Super You, Everyday Heroes". We met the 50 State Challenge during our Boosterthon Event. We earned a school wide "Super Hero Day". We would like to highlight not only the super heroes from the comics, but every day heroes such as teachers, soldiers, police officers, nurses, firefighters, etc. We invite your child to dress as a hero on this day. At the very least, use safety pins to attach a towel cape on the back of your child's shirt!

Individual Photo Retakes - November 12

If your child needs to participate in photo retakes, please notify your child's teacher.


Reasons for your child to participate in photo retakes:

· They were absent on Picture Day. These are the pictures used in the yearbook.

· Their original photo did not look good.

· They were not enrolled at Mott on our original Picture Day.


Please call the office if you have any questions. 512-594-4700

Math Pentathlon Mondays for Families

On Nov. 18 we will start Math Pentathlon Mondays for Families from 5-6:30pm in the Mott library. This is a come and go event (you can come late or leave early to accommodate your needs). Parents and students can come to our library to learn Math Pentathlon Games, hosted by Sarah Boyle. A parent MUST accompany the student.


To learn more about Math Pentathlon, visit the website: https://www.mathpentath.org/about-us-overview/


For students who wish to compete at the Austin Area regional Math Pentathlon Tournament, info can be found here: https://www.mathpentath.org/austin-area/.


Students do not need to compete at tournament to attend Family Math Pentathlon night.

School Starts at 7:20am

Every morning at 7:20am our first bell rings to signify the start of the school day. At that time our teachers and students are already engaged and focused on learning. At 7:35am when the tardy bell rings if your child is not through the third set of double doors they will be marked tardy and missing out on valuable learning time. At times when we have special circumstances like picture day, pumpkin contest day, or drastic changes in the weather, tardies may be waved. Please note that this happens only for special circumstances. Every other day the 7:35am tardy bell is enforced, please plan your mornings accordingly. Pro tip: 7:05- 7:15am sees little to no traffic, making it that sweet spot for the start of a great day!

Upcoming Events

Nov. 3 - Daylight Savings Time - Fall Back - no tardies given on this day!

Nov. 7 - Candy Land Dance 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria/gymnasium

Nov. 8 - Veteran's Day Assemblies

PreK - 2: 8:15-8:45 a.m.

3-5: 9:15-10:00 a.m.

Nov. 11 - Super Hero Day

Nov. 12- Fall picture retakes

Nov. 14- Thanksgiving Lunch

Nov. 15- 3rd grade marketplace project

Nov. 18- Family Math Pentathlon Game Night 5:00-6:30 library

Nov. 25 - Nov. 29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

Box Tops for Education - Free Money for the PTO

Certain products (that you probably already purchase on a regular basis) will give money back to schools. Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. For more information: https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

Tips for Picking Up Your Child Early for an Appointment

We truly appreciate your efforts in scheduling appointments after school hours. However, we understand that is not always possible. So, if you need to pick your child up early for an appointment, and your child will not return that day, it could take 10 to 15 minutes for your child to get to the office. Here is the reason why:


  1. Often, our teachers do not know ahead of time that your child will be leaving early. They have to gather homework, folders, etc. to put in the backpack. Your child has to pack these items, their water bottle, the book they are reading, etc. before they start walking to the office.
  2. Our school is 19,000 square feet. It takes a long time to walk from some parts of the building up to the office. Especially if your child is young and has short legs!
  3. If your child is in special areas, lunch, computer lab, recess, etc., they will have to go back to the classroom to get their backpack. There is no guarantee that the teacher will be in the room at that time due to meetings, copying, etc. Our classroom doors are always locked, for safety reasons. So, the office will have to put a call out on the radio to find someone with a key that can walk to the classroom to open the door, so that your child can get their backpack. This will take several minutes. You can avoid this added delay by knowing your child's schedule, and arrive before or after lunch, specials and recess. Schedule by Teacher
  4. Sometimes, teachers take their class for a whole group bathroom break. These breaks are not scheduled, and are based on class need due to that day's schedule. In this case, when the office calls the room and the teacher does not answer, we just have to wait a few minutes until the class returns to the room.

In other words, please allow plenty of time to pick up your child in order to make it to your appointment on time.

Absence Notes

When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you send a doctor note or parent note to school within 3 days after your child returns. An email from you to the teacher and our registrar is acceptable for a parent note. Please include the child's first and last name, date of absence, and reason in the note. Our registrar is Steve Ray. His email is steven.ray@pfisd.net

Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students)

Visit our Mott Elementary Webpage for more information and to sign-up as a Mott Watch D.O.G.

http://www.pfisd.net/domain/1947

Need Assistance? Important Things to Know!

Please allow 24 hours during the work week for a response to a non-emergency question or request. If you call or send an email on a Friday, you should expect a response during business hours the following week.

When you need assistance, please make note of the roles and responsibilities of these staff members. By contacting them directly, you will receive a faster reply.

Adrian Tristan - Busses, 504, Dual Language, English as a Second Language, and discipline.

Sarah Boyle - Busses, Special Education, and discipline.

Michael Hill - Can make phone and meeting appointments with Mrs. Rebecek, scheduling events on school calendar, campus website. Michael.Hill@pfisd.net

Elizabeth Zamora - Spanish speaking contact, translation needs, day to day operation questions such as lunch times, birthdays on the big screen, etc. Elizabeth.Zamora@pfisd.net

Kristeen Thornton - Day to day operation questions such as lunch times, messages for teachers, etc. Kristeen.Thornton@pfisd.net

Steven Ray - Registration, enrollment and attendance. Steven.Ray@pfisd.net

Communication Options

Remind Text Messages - Mrs. Rebecek will send out reminders for things like early release, special events, and dress up days. To sign up, text @84984f to the number 81010.


Mott Elementary School

https://www.facebook.com/MottElementary/


Mott Elementary PTO

https://www.facebook.com/mottelementarypto/


Mott Elementary Families - (FYI: This page is run by Mott parents, not Mott staff.)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/113956712574930/


Mott Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mottelementarywatchdogs/

Did You Know?

  • You can set Cafeteria snack purchase restrictions - Email: vmes.cafe@pfisd.net or call 512-594-4720.

  • Office Depot lets you earn 5% Cash Back for Mott - Make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide your school ID at checkout (70238914) and we will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies!

  • Box Tops for Education - For a list of participating products, click here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn

  • Online volunteer application: You must fill out a new application each year if you would like to volunteer at school or attend field trips. http://www.pfisd.net/domain/81

Literary Character Parade

Guest Reader in 2nd Grade

Barnhill Animal Preserve