Thursday, October 15, 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.

We enjoyed welcoming back more Face to Face learners this week. We now have 60% of our students participating in Face to Face learning and 40% participating in School to Home learning. A reminder that beginning this school year the start time is at 7:40 a.m.


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.


Our annual Red Ribbon Week to encourage students to make healthy choices in their lives and 'Just Say No' to drugs will be the last week in October. See below for information about each day that week.


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!

Federal Meal Program

Coming Soon!

Spirit Night-October 22!

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Red Ribbon Week Coming Soon!

October 26-30

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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 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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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.



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!


Mark Your Calendar...

October 22:

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

October 26-20:

RED RIBBON WEEK (Please click on Mrs. Toler's link for more information.)

November 1:

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


Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

November 11:

Veterans Day: Information coming soon.

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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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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