MATHEWS e-News

April 15, 2021

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

Our school e-News will continue to provide you with timely information as we bring our 20-21 year to a close as well as information for summer and welcoming in our 2021-2022 school year:


Some highlights in this week's e-News:


To our current 5th Gr. Parents with students planning on attending Schim. Please see below for your option to purchase Schim 'Swag' for PE. The deadline to order is Friday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. This is optional.


Please be sure to click the button to check out Nurse Christina's e-News. Helpful information!



Please note that due to the bad weather we had in February, students will have school on Monday, April 26. It is no longer a school holiday for students as it is a designated Bad Weather Makeup Day.


We will continue to follow wearing our masks and practicing social distancing at school so that we may all continue to be happy and healthy.

Gr 5 Parents: Schim PE Swag Store

Schim PE Coaches:

The PE Department is opening back up the GANDY INK store for our (optional) PE uniform purchases for the 2021-2022 school year.

The attached PE Swag is completely OPTIONAL, but the color choices for PE uniform are not when it comes to a normal school year!


For this reason, we try our best to offer you a convenient and stylish option for your PE uniform attire!


If all goes as planned, starting in August, PE students would need to be dressed out in a school appropriate white top and one of the following options for bottoms: black shorts/leggings/sweatpants.


This would be the daily PE uniform attire that they would change into during the class period. We also added a hoodie option if you are looking for a cool, or should we say "WARM", way to sport your PANTHER PRIDE!

The PE Department Gandy Ink store closes on Friday, April 23rd at 10AM.


Your PE swag will be delivered before the end of the school year.


Please select MATHEWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL as your campus delivery option and make sure to write the student’s name in the section that says, "Give to _______ at Schimelpfenig MS".


Your items will then be delivered to Mathews by a Schimelpfenig PE teacher.

THANKS and GO PANTHERS!

-Your PE Coaches

Schim PE Attire: Order by Friday, April 23, 10:00 a.m.

Current 5th grade Mathews Parents: If you would like to order PE attire for your upcoming 6th grade for the 21-22 school year; please click this button. Order deadline is Friday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. This is an optional purchase opportunity.

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2021-2022 Mathews Registration for PreK and Kindergarten!

There is NO PLACE BETTER...

For Prekindergarten and Kindergarten than Plano ISD! Please take a moment to review this presentation. (You might recognize a familiar face or two in it as well.)


Please share with neighbors and friends that Pre-K and Kinder registration is starting on Friday. We are already planning to be Better Than Ever in everything we do for 21-22!


#PISDROCKenROLL

Early Childhood Schools PISD
Plano ISD Pre-K & Kinder Enrollment

Click this button for information regarding Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year. Enrollment is now open.

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)

Chipotle Spirit Night Weds, 4/21

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UPCOMING DATES

In School April 26!

Calendar Update – Bad Weather Make-Up Day

Plano ISD will use Monday, April 26, as the designated inclement weather day for the weather-related closure on Thursday, February 11. Originally slated as a student holiday and staff development/work day, school will now be in session on April 26. TEA has approved waivers for the additional weather closures during Winter Storm Uri, so no additional make-up days are required.

Mark Your Calendar...


Wednesday, April 21

Spirit Night at Chipotle You can Order online and pick up. Print or show the ad (above on your phone-just take a picture of it, and 33% of sales will go to Mathews!)



Monday, April 26:

School Day due to the bad weather in February.



Tuesday, May 11:

STAAR Grades 3, 4, 5 Math


Wednesday, May 12:

STAAR Grades 3, 4, 5 Reading


Thursday, May 13:

STAAR Grade 5 Science


Friday, May 21:

5th grade Soccer Tournament-Outside

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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NURSE CHRISTINA

Nurse Christina

Click this link to Nurse Christina's helpful hints.

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.

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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