Thursday, October 1, 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.



Immediately below is information from our district regarding parent request to change the learning environment for your children. The window opened September 28 and closes on October 2. If you elect for your child to start FACE to FACE learning on campus, you must click the form below 'Survey: How My Child Goes Home From School'.


Thank you to those who supported our school and our PTA by participating in the Book Fair online and by attending our first PTA General Meeting via Zoom.


PICTURE DAY is October 13 for individual school pictures and for our yearbook. ALL students will have an opportunity to have their picture taken. We will have safety precautions in place for both our Face to Face learners and for our School to Home learners.


Please be sure to check out Nurse Christina's S'more by clicking her button below. Lots of timely information on how to keep our Mavs happy and healthy. Information to consider regarding social gatherings, Trick or Treating, and the TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT! Check it out!


SURVEY: How My Child Goes Home from School

If your child is CHANGING to FACE to FACE learning starting Tuesday, October 13, please click this button & let us know how your child will be go home in the afternoons.

Window to Request Changes for the Second Nine Weeks

September 28-October 2

Our district's next window for parents to make a change will be between September 28-October 2 and would start October 13.

The button below takes you to the district website with information on how and when you can make or update your decisions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either Mrs. Powell or Mr. Steele.

If there are any revisions, PISD will reach out to our families, and we promise to do the same.

If you do request to change your child to FACE to FACE learning, effective Tuesday, October 13, please click the button below titled, "Survey: How My Child Goes Home From School". This information is very important in helping us with dismissal time. Thank you.

Plano ISD Information on the 2020-21 School Year

Additional information from our district.

Picture DAy

Tuesday, October 13 is Picture Day.

For our School to Home Students we will have an open window from 10:00-1:30. Using the Caravan Way carpool loop we will take individual pictures in a sanitized area of our school we do not use during the day. In addition to your child's annual picture, this is the picture used in the school yearbook.

We will have someone at the door checking off students names. Students will sit in carpool until they can come into the cafeteria to take picture.

Students who do not pre purchase will receive a proof to order from. We will send the PDF to parents so they can pre purchase online.

If parents decide not to bring their child for school pictures, they will be permitted to take and submit a school picture to be included in the yearbook. More information on that to follow.

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Signing Your Child Out of School

Parents picking up students during the day will complete the Parent Form dropping off or picking up a student using the QR code posted at the front door. Parents will not be entering the building. Ring the bell after you have complete the QR Survey to notify the office staff that you are on campus and have completed the form.

Office staff will sign the student out, documenting both the time the student left the building, as well as the time the parent requested for early dismissal.

Your child will be brought to you. You will need to provide ID to pick up your child when your child is brought to the front entrance by staff as it may not be Mrs. Tipsword who walks your child to the front door. Thank you.


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.

Nurse Christina

From Nurse Christina

Social Gatherings? Trick or Treating? Teal Pumpkin Project? Lots of helpful information for parents to review.

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

From the Counselor's Corner

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler as we prepare to begin Face to Face Learning.

LIBRARY News from Mrs. Noble!

Library News from Mrs. Noble!

Click the button for lots of information from our librarian, Mrs. Noble including our 20-21 Bluebonnet nominees!


Mark Your Calendar...

September 17-30

Mathews Fall Book Fair

September 28-October 2:

Next open window to request change of learning environment. Change would begin on October 13.

September 29:

PTA General Meeting via Zoom. 7:00. Information above how to sign up. Please sign up by 9/27.

October 12:

School Holiday

October 13:

Picture Day! (For both Face to Face learners and our School to Home learners.)

School to Home learners will have a drive by picture opportunity with social distancing from 10:00 am until 1:30 p.m. Drive through on Caravan Way

October 22:

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

November 1:

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m.

November 3:

Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

November 11:

Veterans Day: Information coming soon.

November 23-27:

Thanksgiving Break

December 18:

Early Release Day

December 21 through January 4:

Winter Break

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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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.


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

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

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