Mahanay News- October 18, 2021

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It's Mahanay's College Week!

This week, the students will learn information about different colleges and degrees. Ms. Murnane will speak to the students about jobs and how they relate to college. Students can wear their favorite college gear on Thursday this week because we have the behavior bash on Friday!

Next Week is Red Ribbon Week!

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Mahanay Fall Festival Tickets are on Sale Now!

Don't want to wait in line to buy tickets at the festival? Buy them ahead of time!


During the presale, the tickets are 5 for $1.00. (They will be 4 for $1.00 the night of the event.) The haunted hallway tickets are $3.00 each.


Your child should come home this week with a flyer and an envelope. Please return the envelope with your child's information filled in and the amount of money you wish to spend.


Tickets will be sent home with kids on the day of the festival!

Bring in your Book Character Pumpkins

Beginning this Wednesday, October 20th through next Friday, October 29th, you can turn in your very own Book Character Pumpkin to Mrs. Nance in the library. Pumpkins will be displayed in the library until October 29th when they are returned home with students.


On Friday, October 29th, the Mahanay Staff will vote for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. All winners will receive a free book!


Tips for decorating your pumpkin:


  • Use a small to medium-sized pumpkin to make it easier to transport.
  • Do not puncture or cut your pumpkin. This will help it last for the longest amount of time.
  • Use paint, glue, recycled materials, or props. Anything you have at home is fine.
  • Pick a book character you love!
  • Have fun!!

Donations Needed!

Fall Festival is our biggest student fundraiser of the year! We are asking for different donations from the different grade levels. If you are able to donate, please send the items with your students by Wednesday, November 3rd. Your support is greatly appreciated!


Please be on the lookout for flyers about the donations for each grade level. They are as shown below:



  • PreK- Bags of individually wrapped candy
  • Kindergarten- Bags of individually wrapped chips
  • 1st Grade- 12 or 24 pack of canned soda of your choice
  • 2nd Grade- store-bought baked goods including cakes, brownie bites, mini-cupcakes (6-12 packs)
  • 3rd Grade- 1 pack of hot dog weiners
  • 4th Grade- 24 count package of bottled water (Mason, Agnihotri, and Familia's classes)
  • 4th Grade- Two 2-Liter bottles of soda (Thai's class)

Join Ms.Ogoe in the Family Center!

Join Ms. Ogoe in the family center for various events throughout the week! She has English classes, Citizenship preparation, GED prep, various speakers, classes on self-care, and much more! Please contact Ms. Ogoe at 281-983-8355 ext. 22491. We look forward to seeing you!
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Star Students

Each week your child's teacher will pick a Star Student of the Week. These students demonstrate respect to classmates and staff. These students try their best in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Congratulations, Star Students of the Week!
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Dates to Remember

Reminder: Parents of Car Rider Students

Car Tags are required to be displayed on your dashboard in order to pick up students. This is a safety precaution to make sure your students are going home with the correct adult. If you do not have a car rider tag on your dashboard, you will be asked to park your car and come inside to show the proper ID.

Attention Parents of Bus Riders:

Dear Parents,

Alief ISD has contracted with Secured Mobility LLC to use a program designed to increase safety and security for students riding on the bus.

By using SMART ID cards and iPads mounted inside each bus, students will scan onto and off of the bus each morning and afternoon.


SMART tag technology provides real-time information on students loading and unloading data to the school, the Alief ISD Transportation Department and to you, the parent.


Benefits

  • It ensures that students load on the right but and unload at the correct bus stop.

Requirements:

  • All students must keep their SMART ID cards attached to their backpacks.
  • Students must wear the cards home each day and back to school the next day.
  • Cards are $5 to replace.


Kindergarten Riders:

  • Families of Kindergarten students will continue to use the established system for authorized guardian releases at bus stops.


If you have any questions, please contact the Alief ISD Transportation Department at 281-983-8400.


Visit the Alief Transportation Website for more information.


NOTE: There is no GPS function in the card itself. The GPS is located in the bus-mounted iPad.

Parent/Teacher Communication

The best way to communicate with your child's teacher is through class dojo. Please make sure to connect so you don't miss out on important information! We look forward to partnering with you to help your child have a successful school year!

Mahanay Dress Code

Please make sure your child comes to school in dress code daily.


  • Any solid color collared shirts
  • Pants or knee-length shorts (khaki, navy, or blue jeans)
  • Leggings may not be worn unless they are worn under a skirt or dress.
  • Dresses and skirts must be knee-length (Khaki or navy)
  • Fridays are college shirt day! Wear the college shirt of your choice!
  • Mahanay School Shirts can be worn any day of the week.
  • Jeans may be worn with a Mahanay School Shirt any day of the week
  • Shoes: Close-toed shoes- No Crocs
  • Our students run and play a lot at recess and PE, and we want them to be safe.

If your child comes to school out of the dress code, we will give you a call and ask you to bring the appropriate attire.


If you do not have clothes that are in dress code, please let us know.


Masks are optional for students this year, so the Mahanay staff will not ask students to put on a mask. However, if you choose to send your child to school with a mask, please remind your student how to wear them properly above their noses and mouths.

Birthday Reminders

If it is your child's birthday, we want to celebrate him or her! Please feel free to send cupcakes or individually packaged items with your child. Please send enough for the whole class. They will be shared and eaten the last 20 minutes of the day.

Not receiving district callouts or texts?

During time of emergencies, the district sends out calls, emails, and texts to district staff or parents. If you are not receiving these notifications and you would like to, please proceed through the steps below.


If you have may have opted out (blocked notifications) from receiving notifications from Blackboard.

  • Users can opt back into: Phone calls: Call the Blackboard Phone Hotline at "855-502-STOP (855-502-7867)" from the phone line that has been opted out.
  • Text (SMS) messages: Reply START to "60680" from the phone line that has been opted out for non-emergency messages. Reply START to "54968" for emergency messages.