MATHEWS e-News

Thursday, October 29, 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.



Dear Mathew Parents,


Thank you in advance for taking a moment to read this message.


We are living through a pandemic. Covid 19 is a health crisis. We continue to promise you we will do everything to keep your children safe while they are at school learning.


First, and foremost, the safety of our students and our staff is the primary focus in guiding all decisions.


Although we have received notification of confirmed positive cases in our Mathews community, it is important to note that we have not had one transmission occur on our campus.


As a campus, our students and our staff are practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing/sanitizing and mask wearing.


In our primary K, 1, and 2 grades if students are not wearing their masks while sitting at their desk, they are wearing their face shields.


Our teacher and our custodial team sanitize their classrooms surfaces, plexiglass screens and partitions each day.


If we have a class that has a direct contact with a confirmed positive case we immediate notify our parents and convert back to 'School to Home' learning the following day.


We can only go so far in regards to what we do at school. We need your help at home as well.


  • Please promote social distancing, mask wearing and limiting gatherings outside of school. Birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. are times to celebrate and cherish....just in a different way this year. Spending time as a family celebrating these events at home are still special and make beautiful memories.

  • Please pick up calls in the evening from Mathews. When we are contact tracing and and notifying parents we will call you. Typically, we do not receive notification until early evening. We really want to visit with you to answer any questions you may have. As a last resort we will leave a voice message followed by an email. Members of our Mathews Administrative team will call parents as quickly as possible as quarantine begins the very next day. In addition a separate email will be sent out to the entire Mathews community as an update.

  • Please send your child to school with their masks each day.

  • Please wash your child's masks on a regular basis. It also helps prevent other illnesses such as Strep.


Together, we are a team for our students/your children. Thank you for your help working with us during this time. More information is provided below.



Reminders:



A couple of reminders coming up soon for this time of year. They are a couple of weeks away, but you may need to be planning now...



  • Remember before you go to sleep on Halloween night, to set your clocks back and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!




  • A reminder that there is no school on Tuesday, November 3: We do have classes on Monday, November 2.



YEARBOOK:

Please see below. It is heartbreaking that we could lose this tradition. Yearbooks capture memories and friendships forever. Please don't let this tradition end!



VETERANS DAY:

Sadly, we will not be able to open our doors for annual Veterans Day celebration; but that does not mean we won't celebrate a different way. Please read information below regarding Veterans Day 2020!

Don't Let Our Yearbook Become Extinct!

Hello Mathews families!

We are desperately in need of a yearbook chair for this year. Unfortunately, without a volunteer stepping up to work this important role, we will not have a yearbook this year.

Now is the time when the chair needs to select a yearbook company, determine needs of the company and their role vs. ours, start thinking about what you want in the yearbook and start taking pictures and collecting pictures from families.

Please let me know if you are interested or if you know someone that would be a great fit for the role. The kids love their yearbook (especially our "graduating" 5th graders) so hopefully someone can find the time to take on this important job!

ART NEWS from Mr. Lozano!

Hi First Grade,

For art, all first graders are to use the First Grade Google Art Classroom @ home (jztypyg) with Mr. Lozano for instruction and Google Meets. Thank you.

Congratulations!

Fire Safety Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Fire Prevention Poster Contest winners.


In Kindergarten:


  • 1st Place and Grand Prize winner is Juhi Bukka.


In the 1st and 2nd grade division:


  • 3rd Place: Porter Thomas
  • 2nd Place: Lauren Van Meter
  • 1st Place and Grand Prize Winner: Ashlyn Eslick and Ryan Roy.

In the 3rd and 4th grade division:


  • 3rd Place: Christopher Stumfall,
  • 2nd Place: Khloe Pettersson,
  • 1st Place and Grand Prize Winner: Avi and Elim Wong.

Entries from Ryan Roy, Elim Wong, and Ashlyn Eslick will move on to the district level competition. A special thank you to all who participated.

VETERANS DAY

Thank You Ms. Eldridge & Mr. Taylor!

First, a big SHOUT OUT to our music teacher, Ms. Eldridge and our CTA, Mr. Taylor for spearheading our Veterans Day celebration this year.


With your help, Ms. Eldridge is bringing an Honor Wall for our Veterans to Mathews so our Face to Face students and staff will always be reminded of our heros who have served our country. This will no doubt become a new Mathews tradition in the years to come!


You can access the format by clicking the button below.

Examples are provided below the button.


In addition, Mr. Taylor will also be creating a virtual tribute to celebrate our family and friends who are veterans. If you would like to submit a picture of your special veteran, you can email it to Mr. Taylor at Justin.Taylor@pisd.edu. Please include your special veteran's name and ties to Mathews. Your picture may include your vet with family members as well if you like. It will be part of the online virtual tribute.

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Fifth Grade T-Shirt Contest!

Entries due Weds., Nov. 18!

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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.

Mathews SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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.

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.

PLANO ISD PROTOCOLS: FACE TO FACE

STAY SAFE, BE SMART

This includes several mini videos you can review with your child to understand how we learn in a safe environment at school.

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Nurse Christina

From Nurse Christina

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

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

From the Counselor's Corner

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler.

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!

UPCOMING DATES

Mark Your Calendar...

November 1:

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


November 3: TUESDAY-ELECTION DAY

Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day


November 11:

Veterans Day


November 23-27:

Thanksgiving Break


November 30, 2020 - December 4, 2020

Next Request Window for Changing Learning Environment

Beginning of 3rd 9-Weeks

January 6, 2021


December 18:

Early Release Day


December 21 through January 4:

Winter Break

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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MEALS...MEALS...MEALS

Face TO Face 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.

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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