MATHEWS e-News

February 25, 2021

A reminder, if you want to look back at previous emails you just click the title above, 20-21 A Mavnificent Year! It is a hyperlink to our archived e-News on our school webpage.

Updates...

Tonight we have a Mathews Spirit Night at Angelo & Vito's Pizzeria Plano! What a yummy way to enjoy a hot meal and spirit our school! They provide Delivery and Take-Out! Be sure to mention Mathews for the school to get a percentage of the profits! (Our next Spirit Night will be March 25 with Chick-fil-a!)

YUMMY SPIRIT NIGHTS!

Delivery, Take-Out &/or Drive Through

Thank you to our PTA for planning two yummy Spirit Nights!


February: TONIGHT!
Join us for our February Spirit Night!
Angelo & Vito’s Pizzeria Plano
7000 Independence Pkwy #144
(972)208-4205
Thursday, February 25th 11am-9pm
Mention Mathews and the school will get a percentage of the profits.
Delivery & Takeout

March:
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

OPEN HOUSE...PANDEMIC STYLE

Thursday, March 4

Mathews Families,


While Open House is traditionally a night when we get to join your children as they share all the wonderful things they are doing in our classrooms, this year will look a bit different.


March 4th is our open house event, and we are using a different format for our students to share with you all they have been working on here at school/or at home.


In addition, one of the things we enjoy most about Open House is having the opportunity to see and visit with you, our families.


For this reason, our team will hold a brief question and answer session via zoom.


Kinder and First will be from 6:00 PM to 6:20 PM,

Second and Third will be from 6:20 PM to 6:40 PM,

Fourth and Fifth will be from 6:40 PM to 7:00 PM.


These meetings are for us to answer any questions you may have regarding the last nine weeks of school. Joining this session is completely optional, and is truly a time for us to support, clarify, or answer any questions you may have.


Your classroom teacher will share more information with you about what your child will be sharing with you that evening, as well as the zoom link if you would like to join in and ask any questions.


We look forward to seeing you then.

PTA GENERAL MEETING VIA ZOOM

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 3/15:

The second general meeting of the Mathews Elementary PTA for school year 2020-2021 will be held Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm.


Topics to discuss include budget amendments, PTA events remaining for this school year (Book Fair, Spirit Nights, etc.), Principal's Report, and the 2021-2022 Mathews PTA Board.


The March 15, 2021 meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. In order to attend this meeting, you must register by March 11, 2021.


Due to the difficulties of COVID-19, Texas PTA has approved a one-time extension of the term of office by one year in the same position with membership approval. A majority of our Executive Board is willing to return in their same position next year and has recommended that the extension of term be put before the general membership. Therefore, this item will be discussed and voted on at the meeting on March 15, 2021.


Please use this link to register your attendance:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeYQib3iZf_sG94abg14reLkm_GAMb88vUXeMH9uY2FtGfvw/viewform?usp=sf_link.

SCIENCE FAIR 2021!

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

Mark Your Calendar...

Thursday, February 25th 11am-9pm TONIGHT!
Join us for our February Spirit Night!

Angelo & Vito’s Pizzeria Plano
7000 Independence Pkwy #144
(972)208-4205

Mention Mathews and the school will get a percentage of the profits.
Delivery & Takeout


March 4: Open House- Virtual


March 6-March 14 Spring BREAK!


Sunday, March 14 Daylight Savings Time begins.


March 15:

First Day of 4th Nine Weeks

General PTA Meeting via ZOOM at 7:00 p.m.


March 17:

History Fair Projects are due. (Grades 4 and 5 only.)



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!

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.

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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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

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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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