MATHEWS e-News

Friday, August 6

A reminder, if you want to look back at previous e-News you just click the title above, BACK TOGETHER...BETTER THAN EVER! It is a hyperlink to our archived e-News on our school webpage.

We hope everyone is enjoying this last weekend of summer. We also hope you are as excited as we are to be returning to school next Wednesday, August 11!


Thank you for continuing to review our weekly e-News for updates and helpful information.

Please be sure to review our weekly e-News for updates and helpful information.



On Monday, August 9th you will be able to see who your child's teacher will be.

You are welcome to come to school on Tuesday, August 10th between 7:30-9:00 a.m. to meet your teacher and see where your classrooms are located. Masks are encouraged.


Then we begin the with our first day of the 2021-22 school year on Wednesday morning at 7:40 a.m.


GREAT NEWS for all our families:

Breakfast and lunch will be free for ALL students for the 21-22 school year!

Students will be able to purchase a-la-carte items if you would like them to.


Kindergarten parents, thank you for completing the survey below.

Lots of important information to review below! Thank you for your time and your support.

School Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Click the button to see what is offered for breakfast and lunch. (Specify Pre-K to see the Pre-K breakfast and lunch menu)

FOR OUR KINDERGARTEN PARENTS

Dear Kindergarten Parents,


No one knows your child better than you do. As a parent, you are a valuable resource! The more we know and understand about your child, the more effective we can be as their teachers.


We would appreciate your participation in a "parent homework assignment" that would be of great value to our team.


Please click the blue button below and answer these questions on the form.


We want you to know that we are so excited to to meet your child!


Thank you,


Your Kindergarten Team

Kindergarten 2021-2022 Parent Information Form

If you have a child entering kindergarten, please complete this form for our Kindergarten teachers. Thank you for sharing your insight into your child so we can work together to make this an amazing kindergarten experience.

From Mr. Steele, Our Principal

August 6:

Dear Mathews Families,


We have important updates regarding the beginning of the year. Please see these updates below:


The safety of our students is always our first priority. We will continue to follow TEA and district guidelines throughout the year.


Please click the red button directly above to learn more about our district plans.


The information below shows changes to our beginning of the year activities to reflect our district guidelines. These guidelines continue to change, and we will keep our families posted every step of the way.


Important Dates to Remember:


Saturday, August 7th - 9:30 AM --- Pre-Kinder, Kindergarten and First Grade PTA Back to School Playdate *** No Changes from previous email***


Tuesday, August 10th - 7:30 AM - 9 AM --- Meet the Teacher

(In Person Only – Face Masks Highly Recommended) – This is an OPTIONAL event for families.


Meet the Teacher is a come and go event. Please join us and meet your child’s teacher(s) for this school year, pick up any PTA purchased supplies, as well as purchase spirit wear from the PTA.

  • Speaking of PTA…We would love for you to not only join the PTA, but also join the PTA team in any way you can. We are better because of you, our families. Our PTA is led by our parents, and there is a place for each family member who wants to join and work alongside our PTA.


Wednesday, August 11th --- First Day of School

The school day begins for students at 7:40 each day.

Please note: Parents WILL NOT be able to walk students to class on the first day of school. We will have all of our staff members ready to help our students make it to the right classroom safely.


Thursday, August 12th --- 4th and 5th Grade Fall Open House (VIRTUAL ONLY)

4th Grade Open House - 6:00-6:45 PM on Zoom

5th Grade Open House - 6:45-7:30 PM on Zoom

(Zoom links will be shared prior to the event.)


Monday, August 16th --- 2nd and 3rd Grade Fall Open House (VIRTUAL ONLY)

2nd Grade Open House - 6:00-6:45 PM on Zoom

3rd Grade Open House - 6:45-7:30 PM on Zoom

(Zoom links will be shared prior to the event.)


Tuesday, August 17th --- Pre-K, Kinder and First Grade Fall Open House (VIRTUAL ONLY)

Pre-Kindergarten Open House - 6:00-6:45 PM on Zoom

Kindergarten Open House - 6:00-6:45 PM on Zoom

1st Grade Open House - 6:45-7:30 PM on Zoom

(Zoom links will be shared prior to the event.)

It’s going to be a great year,

Mathews Elementary

BUS Transportation

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GOGUARDIAN FOR PARENTS

Welcome to GoGuardian Parent!


Good news! Plano ISD families now have access to GoGuardian Parent, a mobile app that gives parents/guardians the ability to manage and monitor student activity on school-issued Chromebooks during out-of-school hours. GoGuardian Parent is a companion to the classroom management and internet filtering tools that our district uses during the school day.


What is included in this app:


  • A Top 5 summary of student browsing (apps, extensions and websites visited)

  • A 30-day view of websites, videos, apps, and extensions

  • The ability to block websites on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours

  • The ability to pause internet access on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours, either on-demand or at a scheduled time


To access the app, please follow the instructions below:


Download the

  1. appiPhone: Visit App Store, search for GoGuardian Parent, and tap the download button.
  2. Android: Visit Google Play Store, search for GoGuardian Parent, and tap the download button.


After the app is successfully downloaded and installed, open it up and enter the email address registered with the Plano ISD Parent Portal.


  1. Login/Check Email: Check your email on your phone for a link to log in to the app. Tap the "Verify your email", and it will take you straight to the app.


Note: If you don't have access to your email through the device you used to log in, tap on "Login with verification code", and copy and paste the verification code from the email into the app.


If you forget your registered email address, please reach out to our Help Desk: helpdesk@pisd.edu or 469-752-8767


Volunteering for 2021-22

Plano ISD seeks to create a safe place for students, free from crime, violence, drugs and abuse. As required by the Texas Education Code, Plano ISD conducts criminal history record checks through the Texas Department of Public Safety on all volunteers, including but not limited to general campus volunteers, camp counselors, field trip sponsors, mentors and tutors.


As we plan for the upcoming year, we want you to be a part of it! Please click the volunteer image below to submit your background check for the 2021-22 school year. Sooner is better to beat the rush!

UPCOMING DATES

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A School Based Improvement Committee (SBIC) is established at each campus in the state of Texas. The committee serves in an advisory role. In the role, the committee is reviews campus goals, campus educational planning, and performance objectives. The committee also reviews the Campus Improvement Plan and is invited to provide feedback.


Our committee consists of staff members, district-level personnel, parents, community members (residents of the district, but not parents of students), and business representatives. Parent membership includes a PTA representative, one parent appointed by the principal, and four parents determined by a random drawing from among volunteers. Members serve for a two to three year term.


If you would be interested in serving on the committee, please complete the information below.


We will meet three times each year. Meetings begin at 3:15 p.m.

Our tentative dates are:

Monday, Sept. 13,

Monday, Feb. 7 and

Monday, May 16.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tricia Powell, your assistant principal at Patricia.Powell@pisd.edu or by phone at 469-752-2311.

SBIC Committee Form

Click here to volunteer to serve on the SBIC Committee. We have three meetings a year. Please submit by Saturday, August 14th. Our first meeting will be Monday, September 13 at 3:15.

2021-22 Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

The 2021-22 Voluntary Student Accident Insurance coverage is available for PISD parents to purchase through AXIS Insurance Company using the Enrollment Form included on page 4 of this document.


These forms are also available on the Student Insurance webpage at www.pisd.edu/studentinsurance.

Parents can access the following on the above webpage:

· Coverage and premium options (premiums stated are a one-time annual payment)

· Enrollment Form

· Claim Form and instructions for filing a claim


For additional information, parents may contact Combined Benefits Group at 800-749-6458.

UPCOMING DATES

Mark Your Calendar:

Saturday, August 7th - 9:30 AM

Pre-Kinder, Kindergarten and First Grade PTA Back to School Playdate


Tuesday, August 10th - 7:30 AM - 9 AM

Meet the Teacher (Optional)


Wednesday, August 11th

First Day of School

Our learning BEGINS at 7:40. To allow your child the opportunity to get to the classroom and to their seat on time, we recommend your child arrives at school no later than 7:30.


Thursday, August 12th

4th and 5th Grade Fall Open House: Virtual Only via ZOOM.

4th Grade Open House - 6:00-6:45 PM

5th Grade Open House - 6:45-7:30 PM

We will live stream the open house event via Zoom. This meeting will be recorded and shared on the Mathews grade level website. (Zoom links will be shared prior to the event.)


Monday, August 16th

2nd and 3rd Grade Fall Open House: Virtual Only via ZOOM>

2nd Grade Open House - 6:00-6:45 PM

3rd Grade Open House - 6:45-7:30 PM

We will live stream the open house event via Zoom. This meeting will be recorded and shared on the Mathews grade level website. (Zoom links will be shared prior to the event.)


Tuesday, August 17th

Pre-Kinder, Kinder and First Grade Fall Open House: Virtual Only

Pre-Kindergarten Open House - 6:00-6:45 PM

Kindergarten Open House - 6:00-6:45 PM

1st Grade Open House - 6:45-7:30 PM

We will live stream the open house event via Zoom. This meeting will be recorded and shared on the Mathews grade level website. (Zoom links will be shared prior to the event.)


Monday, August 23:

SPIRIT NIGHT at Handel's

5:00-9:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 23:

SPIRIT NIGHT at Chick-Fil-A

4:00-8:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 21

Spirit Night at Zalaat Pizza


Tuesday, Dec. 7 - Sunday, Dec. 12:

Spirit Nights at Paint n' Party!

More information to come...


Thursday, January 20:

SPIRIT NIGHT at Chick-Fil-A

4:00-8:00 p.m.


Thursday, April 21:

SPIRIT NIGHT at Chick-Fil-A

4:00-8:00 p.m.

HELPFUL Links

Mathews Website

A work in progress as we welcome back our staff and prepare for the upcoming year! Visit often!

MATHEWS PTA WEBSITE

Join PTA, order schools supplies, purchase spirit wear (sooo cute!) and sign-up to volunteer! Stay in the know with our PTA!

FYI: COMING SOON- NEW TEXT MESSAGING OPTION

PISD will be enabling text messaging for schools through SchoolMessenger. The official launch will be August 23rd. You will have the opportunity to opt in to receive text messages from Mathews. Click the button for more information.

21-22 PISD Academic Calendar

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