Mahaffey Happenings

October 2019

Upcoming Dates:

October 1-Nurtured Heart Parent Event Session 1 at Blackshear Elementary 6p-7:30p

October 2- Culture 4 Caring Meeting 7:30am in Mahaffey Library

October 8-Nurtured Heart Parent Event Session 2 at Blackshear Elementary 6p-7:30p

October 9- Picture Day

October 9- Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night

October 11-No School

October 14-No School (Columbus Day)

October 15th-25th Skating Unit for Grades 3-5 during PE classes

October 15-Nurtured Heart Parent Event Session 3 at Blackshear Elementary 6p-7:30p

October 18-Report Cards available in Skyward

October 19-Autism Speaks Walk

October 22-Nurtured Heart Parent Event Session 4 at Blackshear Elementary 6p-7:30p

October 21-25 Red Ribbon Week

October 25- Scottie Social Costume Carnival 4:30-7:30

October 30-Trunk or Treat Scotties on the MOVE La Tranquila Ranch (details below)

October 31- Please remember we DO NOT wear our costumes to school or pass out candy to friends. Thank you!

Message from Mrs. Mason

Another month of school has come and gone! September was filled with many great events: Let it Ripple Day, Playground Ribbon Ceremony, FAMILY Night, Rancho Grande Spirit Night, Book Fair and an infinite number of amazing things within our academic settings!

This month brings many other amazing opportunities to enhance our learning and grow together as a community. I am personally excited about our Scottie Social and getting to be in the dunk tank again-we sure have some athletic kiddos with aim! And of course, our first Scotties on the MOVE this year partnered with La Tranquila Ranch for our Trunk or Treat!

I always feel that October is the month that kicks off the "holiday season" for many of us, so I want to encourage you all to spend time being with your families and loved ones. Make new memories and traditions, or keep up the ones you've held dear to your hearts. Take some time to plan what the next weeks and months will look like and outline what you all get to celebrate and look forward to! If you need some ideas on new things to bring you together, check out this list of unique things to celebrate this October at this link :

October Special Days to Celebrate!

We hope your October is filled with family, fun and happiness!

As always, please feel free to connect with us with any of your questions, comments or concerns.

Glad to be PLAID,

Holly Mason, Principal

Scotties on the MOVE-Trunk or Treat!

Some Ways to Support Mahaffey:

General Financial Donations Directly to Mahaffey!

-Mahaffey Elementary is always accepting help in the form of money donations. General donations can be sent to Tawny Benoit ( Secretary for Mahaffey. If you would like to make an online donation, she can assist you in the process. Cash or check is also accepted. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and can provide you with information to complete on your taxes for claim.

*If you are a business owner, we would LOVE to partner with you!!

Contact Tawny Benoit for ways you can support

Please also connect with our PTO President Tiffany Bumbaugh at

Join PTO!

-By joining PTO you are not required to physically and formally volunteer, although we would love to have you help in one or more of the MANY ways you can volunteer. You are putting forth fiscal help as well and partnering with our primary community organization that helps bring resources into our school that we might not be able to have otherwise.

Become a WatchDOG Dad Volunteer!

-We love having positive, male role models working with our students and setting great examples in your dedication to education. WatchDOGS can sign up to spend either all day Thursday or Friday here on our campus experiencing many fun activities and helping us make a difference. Contact

Attend Our Events:

-Any time we host an event, try your best to attend. This shows your student that school is an important and welcoming place. Studies have shown, increased attendance at extracurricular and other after school events increase student success and positively influence the home-school connection.


The library is in need of empty toilet paper tubes! Please sen with your student to drop off in the library. Thank you.

Transportation/Attendance Reminders:

Dismissal Notices:

If your child will be going home a different way, please let the FRONT OFFICE and your child's TEACHER know right away. Telling the teacher is wonderful, but sometimes they can't check voicemail or email until it is after school-so your best option is always the main front office.

We ask that you have the call made by 2:30pm. If messages are not cleared or given in time, please know the teachers are trained to send kids home their regular way unless told otherwise by administration. We CANNOT take a child's word for it when it comes to leaving school safely.

Walker/Car Rider reminder:

While we know the line can sometimes be long, please be sure you are not sending your child home a walker but parking in front of the school to bypass our lines. It has been reported that many cars are doing so and obstructing traffic and safety for our students. We ask that you please follow our dismissal procedures, and be courteous of our neighborhood traffic.

Parent University

Parent University – Parent University encourages the active participation of families in schools by offering multiple opportunities to engage in sessions related to Academics, Health & Wellness, and Personal Growth & Development. Mahaffey Elementary will sponsor several events this year through our “Scotties on the M.O.V.E. Program” as part of Parent University along with events offered through the district. In order to earn the distinction as a Parent University Graduate, attendance is required at 5 or more events throughout the year. Please use the link below to sign up if you would like to be part of this great family engagement program. We look forward to working with you to support your student’s success here at Mahaffey!

Parent University Sign Up Link

Parent University Calendar of Events Link

Nurtured Heart Parent University 4 Week Course Links – English, Spanish

Clinic Information

Emergency Contact Information is REQUIRED for the nurses office. It is imperative that we be able to contact guardians in the event of your child being sick or in an emergency.

If your child has a temp of 100.0 or higher please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing (Tylenol, Motrin) medication.

Please be sure that your Kinder and 1st grade students are sent with an extra pair of clothes in case those unforeseen accidents happen.

Mahaffey Core Values

At Mahaffey Elementary we are Glad to be PLAID!

We believe that our sole purpose is to ensure that all kids leave us with a continued promise in fulfilling their purpose in life. We feel that to accomplish this, students must be given foundational pillars that guide us all in to well-rounded individuals who are capable of anything. When we say we are PLAID, we mean we are/have:

Positive Purpose

Learners Leading

Aspiring Academics

Innovative Ideas

Dedicated Discipline

Custodial Notification

Please assist us in the handling of custody related issues. It is the responsibility of the parents to provide the principal a certified copy of the court order affecting any other person’s right to their children. Should you have any questions please call Holly Mason at 832-375-8220.