Mahanay News- March 1, 2021

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Do you want to change your child's Learning Location for the 4th Nine Weeks??

Dear Mahanay Families,


It’s hard to believe we are rapidly approaching the end of the third nine weeks grading period, which ends on March 12.


The fourth nine weeks grading cycle will begin upon our return from Spring Break on Monday, March 22, 2021. Per TEA guidelines, families are allowed to formally change their child’s mode of instruction (virtual or in-person) before the start of a new grading period.


If you wish to keep your child’s learning mode, you need not do anything at this time.


However, if you would like to change your child’s learning mode (from virtual to in-person or from in-person to virtual) for the fourth grading period (March 22 to June 3), you must complete the form linked here (or scan the QR code below) no later than Friday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m. for each of your children attending Mahanay.


After you complete the form the first time, you will see the option to submit another response in case you have more than one child attending our school. You will need to complete the form for each child you have attending this school whose learning mode you want to change.


Our goal is to maintain consistency for students, while also maintaining our class size and safety structures. In some cases we may need to change a student’s teacher(s) in order to better serve everyone's needs in the new grading period.


Please contact us at 281-983-8355 with any questions about this process. For families who choose to switch their mode of instruction, we will follow up with additional information the week of March 8.


Sincerely,


Carmilla Nandlal

Principal

Change 4th Nine Weeks Learning Location

Please only fill out this form if you are changing your learning location. If your child is staying the same, you do not need to do anything at this time.

Mahanay Student Masks are on Sale!!

Masks are $5 each and this is a fundraiser for our students! Students can bring money to their teacher or the front office and choose their mask(s).


We have 2 student mask options:

· Grey mask with a navy blue star and white lettering (pictured on the left)

· Navy Blue mask with a yellow star and white lettering (pictured on the right)

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It's almost time for Mahanay's Hoedown!!!

The Mahanay Elementary P.E. Department would like to cordially invite you to virtually attend our Annual Hoedown Friday, March 12th at 2:00pm. K-4th graders learning in-person will participate at school. Students learning virtually can participate as well via zoom! This will be similar to how we did the sing-along.


Please allow your child to dress in western-style clothes on this very special day. If this is not possible, please have them wear their school uniform. No weapons or spurs permitted on campus. In-person learners will also get to take a picture with the green screen background for free (so try not to wear bright green)!


We will have prizes for best western wear and best dancers!! Students have been learning the dances in PE for the last several weeks.

Dates to Remember

What is Mahanay CIA up to these days?

CIA stands for Children Interacting After school. In the month of March, they are participating in cooking classes. The food will be provided, and students will get to learn how to prepare it! Check out the flyer below!


If you are interested in join CIA for after-school care, click here to register or use the button below the cooking flyer.

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Artwork of the Week!

Our art teacher, Ms. Schiffman, will be highlighting outstanding artwork each week! We are excited to encourage our budding artists!


Below is art created by Maranda in 1st grade and Lilliana in Kindergarten!


Keep up the great work, artists!

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Join Ms. Ogoe for our Family Center Activities

Alief Families we are here for you. Click below to view resources to help you through this recovery season, and also view our Virtual Family Center Schedules. Our Family Centers are open for you.

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Counselor's Corner

Our character traits for this month are Citizenship and Fairness. Ms. Murnane will continue to meet with students weekly to talk with students about character traits.


If you feel your student needs to speak to a counselor, please email our counselor, Ms. Virginia Murnane, at Virginia.Murnane@aliefisd.net.

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Health Matters!

Ms. Appleton, our Action Based Learning teacher, will be sharing information each week about wellness and healthy eating. Please view the information below.
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Curbside Library for Virtual Students

If your student is working virtually and you would like to check out books, please click the link below to choose books for your student. Students learning from the school will receive their books at school.


Curbside library pickup days are Tuesday and Thursday. Ms. Nance, our librarian, will contact you to arrange a pickup time after you have filled out your child's preferences on the form below.


After books are returned, they are sanitized and held for a few days before being checked out to another student.

Health and Safety Reminders!

Parents/Guardians,

As we go further into cold and flu season and as covid numbers are still high in our area, please remember to keep students at home if they are experiencing any of the symptoms below:

● Fever or chills

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Muscle or body aches

● Headache

● New loss of taste or smell

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea

● Fatigue


Alief ISD offers FREE Covid testing for all students and staff. Please see the information below for details.

The Crump rapid testing site is open at the times shown below:

  • Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The South Ticket Booth is located off High Star between S Dairy Ashford Rd. and Cook Rd.


Please notify your child's teacher if they are showing symptoms.

Mahanay Dress Code

  • Masks are required
  • Any solid color collared shirts
  • Pants or knee length shorts (khaki, navy, or blue jeans)
  • 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


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


***Please allow your student to practice wearing a mask at home, so they can get used to it. They will have it on for a long time during the day at school.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for 2021

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Our new Mahanay Spirit shirts for Sale!

Our Mahanay spirit shirts have arrived! Our 2020-2021 spirit shirts are $12 each. The shirt design is "We are better together" on a light gray shirt.


For our in-person learners, you can send money at any time. Your student can give it to their teacher or bring it to the front office before school.


For our virtual learners, please email our school secretary, Ms. Juana Lima, with your size preference. This includes the discounted shirts below. She will set up a time for you to come to the school to pay for the shirt and pick it up! Her email address is Juana.Lima-Reslan@aliefisd.net


There is no deadline to purchase shirts. They will be available until supplies last!

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms Below:

If you have received a letter or email from the school district indicating that you currently receive free/reduced meals for the 2020-2021 school year, you do not need to apply.



For a speedy review and approval process, parents/guardians can apply for free/reduced meals through SchoolCafe at any time.


If you qualify, you may save hundreds of dollars throughout the school year.


Paper applications can be obtained through curbside meals pick-up. For more information, please visit www.aliefisd.net/curbside.

Tardies and Early Release

Our procedures for tardies and early release have changed slightly this year, since we are not allowed to have non-staff members in the buildings without appointments.


Tardies:

Students are tardy if they arrive after 7:55 am. If your child arrives after 7:55 am, they will receive a tardy pass from the front office when they walk in. Parents are no longer permitted to walk them in if they are late. You may walk them to the door, and we will help them get to class from there.


Early Release:

If you need to pick your child up from school early, please call the front office to let them know. 281-983-8355. If you call and let us know when you are close, we can get your child ready for you when you arrive.


We do still need to check your ID before we release any children. When you arrive, please come to the front door with your mask on and your ID ready to show a staff member. After we have verified your ID, we will release your student to you.