PISD Transition News


November 19, 2020

A Note from Mrs. Crowder

Ways to Support Your School@Home Student

Over the last several weeks I have received questions from our School@Home families about how to best support our students that are learning from home. A great place to start is by setting up a consistent schedule and routine for your student to follow on school days. Things like waking up at the same time every day, eating lunch at a consistent time, and designating work times all help to keep the student's day consistent and predictable. Students also need breaks and physical activity built into their day. Next, consider setting up a designated workspace that provides a quiet place for students to participate in their class meetings and to complete their assignments. At the Solomon Center, we are focused on addressing functional skills that will lead to greater independence at home and at work. Have some time each day or week set aside for your young adult to take on some of the household chores and responsibilities. School staff would be happy to provide you with any supports you may need! Finally, when supporting students in their classwork keep in mind that the teacher is using that work to gauge the student's progress on the skills addressed. Providing a student with just the right amount of support while still allowing them to show the teacher what they know is crucial in gathering accurate information.

School staff is always available to provide you with whatever type of support you may need while your young adult is learning from home. Please reach out to your student's advisory teacher if you find yourself needing additional supports of any kind.

Third 9 Weeks Change of Environment Window is Open

Families, the window to choose your student's instructional environment is open until November 30th. Please click the link below for instructions Should you make the decision to change your student's environment please reach out to their advisory teacher to let them know.

A Note from Nurse Janet

Thank you families for continuing to work with your young adults on their mask-wearing and hand hygiene. Should your young adult or someone in your household becomes ill, please complete the student reporting form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUoryQkdKGtboJNfK6zU1zw_6SmYXHxxSlPRBGdisPlbR9Ew/viewform . We will be monitoring the form over the Thanksgiving Break. Information regarding current COVID cases in Plano ISD can be located on the district dashboard https://www.pisd.edu/coviddashboard. Please remain diligent in your efforts to stop the spread!

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A few of our classes are going to work on making chew toys for the animals at the Plano Animal Shelter for the holidays. Please consider donating some of the following items. When sending in items please label them to the attention of Mrs. Scifres.

  1. Old towels with no stains
  2. Toilet paper rolls
  3. Paper towel rolls
  4. Old sheets with no stains
  5. Extra Fabric (cotton, fleece etc.)
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We excited to have two students currently in productions with North Texas Performing Arts! These guys are working very hard and would love to have a virtual audience. All performances are virtual. Follow the links below for more information!

Charlie Brown 12/5, 12/11, 12/13: https://northtexasperformingarts.org/event/charliebrown-starcatchers/

Mona: 11/20 and 11/21: https://ntpa.thundertix.com/events/177785?fbclid=IwAR3JTQWVoXHJ6yqBEIOMiFHH0b4d8iNKZy8f82wH3HtJCIN_aBMCQHPAFzY

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Free and Reduced Lunch Information

Free and reduced meal applications are now available at www.schoolcafe.com/pisd. Student eligibility status from the 2019-2020 school year will roll over only for the first 30 operating days of school or until a new application has been processed. It is important that households complete an application for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as possible. We encourage households to fill out an application online, however, if a household requests a paper application, we have them available for campuses to print out here. Student eligibility status from last school year expired on September 24, 2020, for households that did not reapply for meal benefits for the current school year. Even though we are currently able to provide free meals to all students, we are strongly encouraging households to complete applications now so when USDA funds run out, which can occur at any time, students, if eligible, can continue to receive meals at a free or reduced price. If the parent/guardian completes the application home, they will need to drop off or mail the completed application to Meal Application Processor; 6600 Alma Drive Suite B, Plano, TX 75023. Households should allow 10 business days for application processing.
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We are looking for amazing Plano community members and businesses to partner with!

If you are interested in learning how you can support our young adults please contact Shelley Crowder at shelley.crowder@pisd.edu!