MATHEWS e-News

March 18, 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.

Our Last Nine Weeks...

It was wonderful welcoming everyone back to learning on Monday following spring break. We hope that everyone had a wonderful break. A special thank you to our PTA for breakfast in a bag on Monday...especially with the start of Daylight Savings Time!


Below is just a partial list of information you will find in this week's e-News!


Our school e-News will continue to provide you with timely information as we bring our 20-21 year to a close as well as information for summer and welcoming in our 2021-2022 school year:


In this weeks e-News:


Grade 3, 4, and 5 School to Home Parents: Please click the link below and complete the survey regarding STAAR by Thursday, April 1, 2021. Thank you.


We are exciting that our Mathews Spring Book Fair begins tomorrow.


Also beginning on Friday, March 19 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration at Mathews begins!


Grade 5 Parents: Important link below about the upcoming Schimelpfenig Meeting via Zoom on Monday, March 22!


We will have Spring Picture Day on Thursday, April 1. More information below.


There is no school on Friday, April 2 or Monday, April 5. We hope everyone enjoys their four day weekend.


Please note that due to the bad weather we had in February, students will have school on Monday, April 26. It is no longer a school holiday for students as it is a designated Bad Weather Makeup Day.


We will continue to follow wearing our masks and practicing social distancing at school so that we may all continue to be happy and healthy.

School to Home STAAR Parent Survey Due Thursday, 4/1

Gr: 3, 4, 5 School to Home Learners: Parent letter

All parents of School to Home Learners in Grades 3, 4, and 5 need to click the button to read a letter from Mr. Steele regarding STAAR. There is a survey link in the letter you need to complete by Thursday, April 1 regarding your child taking STAAR.

Grados 3, 4, 5 Carta en Español. Escuela a Casa.

Todos los padres de alumnos de School to Home en los grados 3, 4 y 5 deben hacer clic en el botón para leer la carta del Sr. Steele. Hay una encuesta en la carta que debe completar antes del jueves 1 de abril con respecto a que su hijo tome STAAR.

Attention Grade 5 Parents!

Schimelpfenig Middle School Meeting

Monday, March 25 is Schimelpfenig Middle School 5th grade Parent Meeting Night via ZOOM. Please click the link for information regarding the meeting.

PTA SPRING VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR STARTS FRIDAY!

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Spring Book Fair Link

Starting on Friday: Click to access our Mathews Spring Book fair. Stock up on great books for spring and summer while supporting Mathews. Thank you to our amazing PTA!

2021-2022 Mathews Registration for PreK and Kindergarten!

There is NO PLACE BETTER...

For Prekindergarten and Kindergarten than Plano ISD! Please take a moment to review this presentation. (You might recognize a familiar face or two in it as well.)


Please share with neighbors and friends that Pre-K and Kinder registration is starting on Friday. We are already planning to be Better Than Ever in everything we do for 21-22!


#PISDROCKenROLL

Early Childhood Schools PISD
Plano ISD Pre-K & Kinder Enrollment

Click this button for information regarding Pre Kindergarten and 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!


Our School to Home students will need to pick up the materials to participate in this learning lab. Supplies will be under the front porch on Marchman Drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 23 and 24. Ms. Mir will also be reaching out to parents as well.

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

MATHEWS SPRING PICTURE DAY: THURSDAY, APRIL 1

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.



Picture Day, April 1

Face-to-Face learners - begin at 8:00 am


School@Home learners - between 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Parents drive up through the carpool line on Caravan Way.


Order forms will be sent home with Face-to-Face learners, however anyone may order online by going to:


www.mylifetouch.com

Picture Day ID: EVTWBSH2Z

If not ordering online, exact cash (no change provided) or check payable to Lifetouch.

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)

UPCOMING DATES

In School April 26!

Calendar Update – Bad Weather Make-Up Day

Plano ISD will use Monday, April 26, as the designated inclement weather day for the weather-related closure on Thursday, February 11. Originally slated as a student holiday and staff development/work day, school will now be in session on April 26. TEA has approved waivers for the additional weather closures during Winter Storm Uri, so no additional make-up days are required.

Mark Your Calendar...

March 19-April 1:

Mathews PTA Spring Book Fair


Monday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m

Schimelpfenig Grade 5 Parent Night for Upcoming 6th grade for 2021-22 via ZOOM.

(Please see information at the top of the e-News.)


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


Monday, April 26:

School Day due to the bad weather in February.

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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NURSE CHRISTINA

Nurse Christina

Click this link to Nurse Christina's helpful hints.

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.

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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