MATHEWS e-News

Thursday, December 10, 2020

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.

Hard to believe the first semester has almost come to a close.


A reminder that next Friday, December 18 we have early dismissal and school ends at 12:00 noon.


Please be sure to read about our Sock Drive! Let's make a difference for the better for so many.


You can also support Mathews with our upcoming PTA Spirit nights. Take a break from cooking!


We need your help to keep our students safe when leaving school. Please read the Dismissal Pick Up Concern directly below. We appreciate your understanding and support.

DISMISSAL PICK-UP CONCERN

SAFETY FIRST, LAST, ALWAYS

Parents,


We need your help.

Parking lots can be dangerous. It is so easy to not see a child as you are pulling out of a parking spot, whether it is in the staff parking lot or the parking lot closest to the city park adjoining our school. Trying to save a few seconds or convenience can end in a lifetime of anguish.


As we share a parking lot with the city park, we can not block access. We have to rely on

1) Our parents not using the parking lot

2) Training our students to not go into the parking lot without an adult.



A safe alternative is to park on Marcedonia which runs parallel with Caravan Drive. There is a sidewalk from the school to the street. Children can get in their cars without crossing the street or walking through a parking lot.


Our carpool line moves swiftly. With only 60% of our students participating in Face to Face learning, we do not have delays in our carpool pick up. However, when parents use the parking lot they then have to cut through the families in the carpool line to exit the property.


We request you use the carpool line as it is intended to be used.


Students will not be permitted to walk out to a parking lot to meet their parents in a parked car.

UPCOMING YUMMY SPIRIT NIGHTS

Mark Your Calendar!

Thank you to our PTA for scheduling our next two Spirit fundraisers. Take a break from cooking and pick up some yummy meals (Dine In or Take Out!)


Wednesday, December 16:

MATHEWS SPIRIT DAY AT GRUB BURGER BAR

8255 Preston Rd. #300

All day Wednesday,: Mathews gets 20%

Dine-In and Take Out

OUR SOCK DRIVE...HELPING OTHERS!

DECEMBER THROUGH JANUARY

Mathews Student Council is collecting new warm socks for all ages/all sizes to send to children living in extreme poverty in Romania, Moldova, and Guatemala.


Donations will also support local women’s shelters, homeless shelters, and orphanages in the DFW area.

GOAL: 1200 pairs of socks!

To celebrate meeting our goal we will have a CRAZY SOCK DAY!

ARRIVE in TIME

We START learning at 7:40

What does 'Arrive in Time' actually mean?


It means our children arrive to school in time to be in the chairs, unpacked and ready for a great day of learning when the bell rings at 7:40.


If your child arrives on campus at 7:40 they will start their day behind.

We know arriving for work with a few minutes to spare makes all the difference in how our day begins.


With 60% of our students attending school Face to Face we are fortunate that getting to school and through our carpool line has never been easier!


However, we have several students arriving late. We need your help.

In the state of Texas tardies are considered a partial unexcused absence.

Often times students are late within 5-10 minutes of the start time.


Please remember that we begin instruction/learning at 7:40. We encourage you drop off your child or if your child is a walker that they leave home in time to arrive no later than 7:30.


Your child needs time to unpack their belongings and get ready for the morning. Walking in after 7:40 can be awkward for our children as they hurry to catch up. Not the ideal way to start their morning.


Thank you for setting your alarm clock a little earlier in order for your child to arrive to school no later than 7:30 . This allows them the time they need to be ready and at their best when the instruction begins at 7:40 a.m.


With colder weather we encourage students to have their jackets, hats, gloves, masks and backpacks at the door ready to go each morning. This often times helps avoid leaving home late in search of a missing glove.


And if you are running a little behind keep in mind the school opens at 7:00 a.m. and we have free breakfast served until 7:25 in the cafeteria with social distancing in place for our children.

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

From Nurse Christina

COVID UPDATE

Screen Time. Helpful hints for all parents as well as for our School to Home learners!

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.

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

COVID & Helping Children be SAFE!

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler.

UPCOMING DATES

Mark Your Calendar...

Wednesday, December 16:

MATHEWS SPIRIT DAY AT GRUB BURGER BAR

8255 Preston Rd. #300

All day Wednesday,: Mathews gets 20% (dine-in and take out).


Friday, December 18:

Early Release Day


December 21 through January 4:

Winter Break


Monday, January 18:

Martin Luther King, Jr. No school.


Thursday, January 28:

January Spirit Night:

Chick-fil-a

6240 Coit Rd on 1/28

4-9pm

Dine in and Take Out...Share you are with Mathews!



February 15-19:

Open Window for the School Learning Environment for the Fourth Nine Weeks. The Fourth Nine Weeks begins on March 15.

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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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!

MEALS...MEALS...MEALS

Face to Face Breakfast & Lunch

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 until the end of December unless funds are exhausted before that time. Students who had previously qualified for Free/Reduced meals during the 2019-20 school year are no longer eligible unless you submit a new application. You will find the application below with our breakfast and lunch menus. 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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