Mott News

4/26

From the Principal

Thinking about our current reality:

From all of our teachers and staff, we want to tell our Owls that we are broken-hearted about the news that we will not be returning to the nest this school year. For our fifth-graders, dual-language students, Pegasus and those being rezoned, we are especially saddened. While it is too soon to decide on dates and details, we are definitely going to plan a formal farewell event!

We are also planning a Mott Family Picnic for all Mott families whenever it is safe for everyone to attend!



Student Interaction

In light of our current reality, I have asked teachers to develop a way to structure online student interaction. This could look very different from classroom to classroom. It could be a way to share pictures, comments, etc. Please watch for information from your child's teacher. I encourage you to participate so that students can interact with their classmates, even if it is through words or pictures.


In reference to the information above, I encourage families that are on Facebook to post pictures on the Mott Elementary Facebook page in response to our daily Spirit Week themes. Staff and other families are very excited to see our students in these posts!


Student Personal Item Retrieval

Teachers will be going to the school beginning the week of May 4 to place students' personal items in bags, and organize them for parent pick-up. We will need to follow social distancing rules, so with over 1,100 students, it will take some time to cycle through all of the classrooms to gather belongings. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this process. There will be advertised times for parents to pick up personal items and drop off books or other school materials beginning the week of May 18.

Medication Pick-Up - May 6 and 7 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This will be done through a curbside pick-up process with no contact. Once these times have passed, medications will be discarded as they are at the end of every school year per policy.

MRS. SHELLENBERGER HOSTING BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!

Teachers, Parents, & Students!

Welcome to Week THREE of Battle of the Books!

Please use the link below to hear both books and vote for your favorite!

Week THREE of Battle of the Books

Happy Reading! ❤ Ms. Shellenberger

ar quizzes for 2nd - 5th

Another enrichment opportunity has been added for our 2nd thru 5th graders! During the closure, students may take Accelerated Reader (AR) Quizzes from home through Clever. Unfortunately, due to equity, we will not be able to offer any class or school-wide incentives for quizzes taken and words read during the closure. We invite you to use this program as extra enrichment. Feel free to celebrate your child’s successes within your family!
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Weekend Meals

Great News! Starting now, families visiting any of 10 PfISD meal delivery sites on Fridays may pick up meals for that day, as well as two extra breakfast and lunch meals per child.

Weekend meals will be served at meal delivery locations from 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Friday beginning April 17. Meals will be provided curbside at the locations above.

Children must be 18 years old or younger. Parents or guardians may pick up meals with or without children present, but identification will be required for children not present at pick-up.

Parents/guardians may only pick up meals for their own children. For more information go to: http://ow.ly/4AmX50zg6fB

2019-2020 Yearbook Update

Due to the ongoing circumstances the company we use to make our yearbook is currently closed. We are not sure when they will reopen and have the yearbooks ready. If you have any questions please reach out to the yearbook committee at mottowlsyearbook@gmail.com.

Electronic Device Access

If your student does not have access to an electronic device or Internet, please use one of the links below to apply for technology assistance.


Electronic Device Response

If you completed the Electronic Device Access survey please be on the lookout for an email from the district. If a device is allocated for your family you will need to reply for further steps.

BRIGHT BYTES SURVEY

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about you and your students’ technology access and use for learning.


The goal of this project is to gather data on technology access, skills, and your school’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement.


Our data collection window is set to run from now to May 27, 2020.

There is one designed for students, and one designed for parents.

Your questionnaire links are listed below:



Your participation and support is important to us and will make the difference between having a complete understanding of our school’s technology use versus a limited one.

PfISD Board Meetings will now be streamed on YouTube.

Members of the public may access this meeting via live stream at https://www.youtube.com/user/PISDvid.


Consistent with Board Policy, citizen comments will be limited to topics on the agenda. ○ Individuals wishing to address the Board of Trustees must leave a voice message of no more than three minutes in length at 512-594-9900 on April 16, 2020 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Meal Service and Paper Based Learning Packets

Please see this link for locations and information regarding free meals for PfISD students: Meal Service


Trouble Picking Up Food or Packets From Food Distribution Locations?

Please reply to the Mott News email. We will contact you to help find a solution so that your child will be able to get their meals and/or paper based learning.

If you know of someone else who might be having difficulty going to pick up the food or paper based learning, please let us know as well.

Morning Announcements on the Mott Facebook Page

Morning announcements are a big deal at Mott. We love to start our day with the pledges, some fun, reminders, etc. We have found a way to continue that tradition within our current situation. Morning announcements will be video taped and put on the Mott Elementary School Facebook page at 8:00 a.m. every school day. Tune in then, or watch them later. We will continue the announcements each week!

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

Art to Remember

Hi families and friends,

Our school is participating in a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child’s art. There are over 50 products and many are less than $15. These make great gifts and a percentage of every purchase goes right back to our school. Click on the link below and enter the online order code shown on your child’s order form or to search for your child’s artwork. Then, have fun shopping!


https://arttoremember.com/school/dw7cly

Special Areas Menus

The Special Area Menus that are coming from me and the teachers are meant to be choices for your child. You do not have to complete all of them. Pick from any area as often as you would like. These are meant to be fun for your child and easy to accomplish at home. If you do not have all the supplies needed for a project, no worries! Just choose another item.


PreK Specials Menu

Kinder Specials Menu

1st Grade Specials Menu

2nd Grade Specials Menu

3rd Grade Specials Menu

4th Grade Specials Menu

5th Grade Specials Menu

Zaxby's

Since they opened their doors, ZAXBY’S OF PFLUGERVLLE has always given generously to our schools, we’re hoping we can help support them through this crisis. Sarju and Leslie Patel are trying to keep their doors open for both the folks in community and their employees. Help support by using this $2 OFF DRIVE-THRU coupon! Proud of how our community is handling these hard times! We’re all in it together.

Canceled Events

Due to the ongoing circumstances, the following events have been canceled:


  • Awards Assemblies
  • PreK & Kinder Registration - (Watch the Mott news and district website for updates)
  • STAAR Testing
  • Gifted & Talented Showcase
  • Spring Carnival
  • Million Word Luncheon
  • Fry Word Party
  • 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony


All scheduled activities related to Pflugerville ISD schools are canceled during the school closure. This also includes all district and campus events and competitions.

Remember to Wash Your Hands

Proper Hand Washing Skills

Important Links Below:

Free Online Reading Resource to Use at Home

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PebbleGo on Clever

We want you to know students have access to Clever at home! Clever is a portal that PfISD uses for students to access many educational resources. That includes PebbleGO and it's a great reading resource!


Go to PfISD.net>student tab>clever or click on this link.The login is your student’s “s” number and password. Most students have this memorized by this point. If not, reach out to your child's teacher.

Mystery Science

Great news. Mystery Science has opened up all their videos for distance learning. Your student can look at which videos are of interest, and there are some fantastic ones. Happy viewing.


https://mysterydoug.com/

https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

Free Home Access for Students to ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy & Reading IQ During School Closures

Age of learning is providing free resources while our campus is closed. All three programs can be used on tablets, computers, and smartphones. Click on the link below and follow the instructions.

https://www.ageoflearning.com/school_closure_pdf/ParentLetter_AofL_SCHOOL7581.pdf

Character and Fitness Videos at Home

We hope this resource serves not only as a helpful diversion while the kids are home, but also as an opportunity for families to engage in character-building conversations while also staying active at home.


http://www.boosterthoncharacter.com

(Access Code: home)

* There’s no cost to register

* 75 + streaming videos with character topics and fitness exercises (PBIS, SEL, STEAM, etc.)

Brighten Everyone's Day

We are going to celebrate Virtual Spirit Weeks! We would love it if your child would participate! If they do, we encourage you to post pictures on the Mott Elementary Facebook page. It truly will brighten everyone's day to see your darling children enjoying the spirit week. The Mott staff will be the most appreciative!


Mott Elementary School

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

national look-alike day

national kindergarten day

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earth Day

world book day

pigs in a blanket day

Workout with coach J.P.

Workout # 2 with coach JP