MPE Panther eNews

December 5, 2022

Memorial Parkway Elementary Contact Information

Dr. Norma Martinez, Principal

Steve Kowalski, Assistant Principal for Grades 1, 3 & 5

Elizabeth Hull, Assistant Principal for Pk/K and Grades 2 & 4

Maria Araujo, Instructional Coordinator

Julie Johnson, Lead Counselor

Veronica Martinez, Counselor

Melissa Palestina, Librarian

Important Campus Information

Principal's Secretary: Tess Hall

Registrar: Cynthia Villa

Attendance Clerk: Maru Chacin

PTA President: Theresa Scherer

Important Dates:

  • December 6- Pastries with Parents @9am in cafe
  • December 10- PTA Breakfast with Santa @MPE 9:30-11:30am
  • December 12-16 PTA Holiday Shop
  • December 12- PTA Meeting @6pm in cafe
  • December 13-15 Winter Parties
  • December 16 - Early Dismissal at 12:00pm
  • Dec. 18 - Jan. 2 Winter Break, School Closed
  • January 3- Professional Development Day, School Closed for Students

A Note from the Principal

MPE Families,

We have two short weeks left before our long winter break! We are excited to see Santa this weekend at our PTA Breakfast with Santa on Saturday.

We would like to invite our students to join us in dressing up next week (see calendar below)

Our parents (2 per child) are also welcome to our Winter Parties next week. The schedule is as follows:

  • 12/13: 3rd grade at 9:30; PK/K at 1:30
  • 12/14: 4th grade at 9:30; 1st grade at 1:30
  • 12/15: 5th grade at 9:30; 2nd grade at 1:30

This is an open event - no membership is required. A craft for each student will be provided. As always, any adult entering our building will require photo identification (cannot be a picture). School-aged siblings WILL NOT be allowed to enter. Please no strollers.

Stay safe,

Dr. Norma Martinez

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Student Council

Student Council will meet on Tuesday, December 06 instead of Wednesday, December 07. Student Council meets in Room 306 from 3:15pm – 4:00pm.

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Congratulations to our "of the month" winners for November!

Kinder Student of the Month: Elias Barrera

First Grade Student of the Month: Eneas Chiandussi

Second Grade Student of the Month: William Wyatt-Russell

Third Grade Student of the Month: Kaleb Crotts

Fourth Grade Student of the Month: Anabella Portillo Rincon

Fifth Grade Student of the Month: Leo

Volunteer of the Month: Dalia Araujo Bracho

Paraprofessional of the Month: Rebecca Shine, Res/ICS

Teacher of the Month: Faith Kangieser, ESL

Katy ISD Course Selection Elective Fair - January 12

You are cordially invited to come see the innovative, fun and exciting electives KISD has to offer for the 2023-24 school year!

We would like to welcome all our parents, guardians, and students to learn more about electives your student may take in grades 6 through 12.

Teachers, Counselors and Administrators will be on hand to highlight their programs of study, post- secondary opportunities, departments, extra-curricular programs, and organizations.

January 12 from 6-8pm at Morton Ranch High School

Next Level Cinema Production

Next Level Cinema Production is excited to announce our Featured Entries for our first project. Their work is being displayed at MPE in the Hollywood posters around the building.

Congratulations to....

Brooks Ma from Mrs. Turcios 2nd Grade Class & Lucia De Los Santos-Corredor from Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. Patricio's 3rd Grade Bilingual Class.

They did an outstanding job on their Next Level Cinema Production Culture Project. We look forward to more submissions for our next project due January 27th. The next project theme is Character. Students can select any of the Character Strong traits that inspire them to write and create a project. It is easy to sign up for Next Level Cinema Production. All students need to do is scan the QR code and login. The project and instructions are on the NLCP Canvas page.

Thank you,


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New President - Theresa Scherer

After careful consideration, the MPE Executive Board unanimously agreed to appoint Theresa Scherer as the new MPE PTA president. Ms. Scherer has been a PTA member for over 25 years, having served as an executive board member last year and as a former PTA president. Ms. Scherer lives in the community, has a grandson that attends MPE, and currently works as the library aide! We are so excited to have Ms. Scherer join the board!

Breakfast with Santa

Please be advised that our Breakfast with Santa event is almost sold out! Due to the time required to take a picture with Santa and food purchased, we will need to limit our attendance. Advance ticket holders will be guaranteed entrance!

¡Tenga en cuenta que nuestro evento Desayuno con Santa está casi lleno! Debido al tiempo requerido para tomar una foto con Santa y la comida comprada, tendremos que limitar nuestra asistencia. ¡Los boletos comprados con anticipacion tendrán la entrada garantizada!

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PTA Holiday Shop

The PTA Holiday Shop will open on Saturday, December 10 during Breakfast with Santa. The Holiday Shop will remain open next week (12/12-12/15) during lunch. Students are invited to bring their change (items start at $0.25)
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Katy Advanced Program (KAP) - December 8

The Katy Advanced Program (KAP) provides students with an opportunity to engage in above-grade level coursework in the areas of math, science, language arts, and social studies. KAP courses are available beginning in 6th grade and are open to all students. Every student is encouraged to take at least one advanced level course in an area of interest.

The district will host a KAP Awareness Night via Zoom on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 6:30PM. This is an opportunity for parents of students in grades 5-6 to learn about KAP prior to course selections. Parents of students who are considering KAP courses for the first time should plan to attend.

Join Zoom Meeting (English)

Join Zoom Meeting (Spanish)

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Cinco Ranch High School National Honor Society is elated to host “KIDS’ NIGHT OUT” on December 9th from 5:30PM - 9:30PM in the Cinco Ranch 9th Grade Center.
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Gulf Coast Blood Drive - December 12

MPE is hosting a Gulf Coast Regional Blood Drive. OUR GOAL: Our goal is to have at least 21 successful donors - right now we only have 9 :( We encourage donors to schedule an appointment, so we know how much staff/resources are needed for the drive. Donors can scan the QR code on the flyer or visit this direct link to schedule their own appointment online:


  • All successful donors will receive a FREE BLOOD CENTER PROMOTIONAL ITEM OF THEIR CHOICE!

  • Donors will also receive a FREE TICKET TO DIG WORLD at Katy Mills Mall!

  • Donors can also write notes of well-wishes (or send videos) to our patients! Bears will be hand-delivered to patients that are spending their holidays in hospitals ❤

  • Plus, we're collecting new toy donations for B.E.A.R. These toys will be donated to children in CPS Care this holiday season ❤
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Watch D.O.G.S.

Calling all fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father-figures to serve at least one day on campus each year under the leadership of Steve Kowalski, Assistant Principal! You can read more about this nationwide program here.

If your would like more information about volunteering at MPE- sign up here!

Deliveries *UPDATE*

Deliveries for items left/forgotten at home are only made at 10am. We ask that every effort be made to send your child's items, including lunch, with them every day. Items including homework, lunches, backpacks, and snacks may be dropped off on the RED cart in the front foyer. Please be sure to label the item with your child's name, grade, and teacher. Balloons, flowers, and other items that cause distractions in the classroom will not be delivered to students.

Taylor High School- The Online World

Taylor High School is hosting a parent presentation on December 8th. Rania Mankarious, the CEO of Crime Stoppers will be talking with parents about the online world. We had an opportunity to hear her speak and she is amazing! We really feel that our parents will benefit from the wealth of knowledge she has.
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Dismissal - Walkers

REMINDER - Students that are listed as walkers should be walking outside of the school zone. Students getting picked up in a car, should be picked up in the car rider line.

RECORDATORIO: Los estudiantes que figuran como caminantes deben caminar fuera de la zona escolar. Los estudiantes que sean recogidos en un automóvil deben ser recogidos en la línea de pasajeros del automóvil.

A Note from our Clinic

With flu season hitting early this year, the clinic staff wanted to provide the families of MPE with some important information regarding staying healthy during this flu season.

To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from

school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether to send your child to school,

please consider the following guidelines:

Keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these


  • Fever‐greater than 100°F and your child should stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever. This should be determined without the use of fever‐reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness, or muscle aches
  • Frequent cough
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Using a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

It is recommended everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. Consult your family doctor for recommendations on which flu vaccine to get.

For more information on where to find a flu vaccine near you, use the link below:

For additional information please contact your healthcare provider or our campus nurse:

Rachel Lester, BSN, RN

School Nurse, Memorial Parkway Elementary School

Katy Independent School District


Katy ISD Cold Weather Response Plan

Please be sure to dress your students in layers that can easily be put on for outdoor activities and removed for indoor activities.

1. When the temperature falls below 45° or the wind chill is below 40°:

  • Teachers will ensure students are dressed for cold weather before taking them outside.

2. When the temperature falls below 32° or the wind chill is below 30°:

  • Teachers will ensure students are dressed for cold weather before taking them outside.
  • Outdoor activities for elementary students will be limited to 25 minutes or less

3. When the temperature or wind chill is below 20°:

  • Outdoor activities will be discontinued until the temperature warms.


Throughout the year, our PTA funds projects and activities for our students to enrich their learning on campus. We are asking families to join us supporting our PTA by becoming a member here: The cost is a one-time fee of $10.

PTA Members will receive discounts to events throughout the year. PTA members will also receive invitations to EXCLUSIVE PTA events, such as: Thankful Parties.

Friday Readers - English AND Spanish

Every Friday morning 8:10 AM to 8:25 AM, each PK, K, 1, 2, & 3 homeroom will host one parent to read to the class. Readers should arrive at 8:00 AM to sign in with the front office. Remember to bring your photo ID.

Cada viernes a las 8:10AM hasta las 8:25AM, cada salon invita a un padre para leer en la clase.

Por favor llegue a las 8:00AM para registrarse en la oficina. Recuerde traer su identificacion oficial.

To sign up to read, please click here! Para registrarse para leer, por favor haga clic aquí!


Volunteers Needed

We need YOUR help! If you have a few minutes to spare some time this week, we would love your help. Here are a few of our needs:

  • making and counting copies
  • organize and label our supply closet

No experience needed - come by the office and let the receptionist know you would like to volunteer! In order to volunteer, parents will need to pre-register here. en espanol aqui


The Katy ISD Transportation Department will continue to equip all buses with GPS systems. With these GPS systems, parents, campuses and Transportation personnel will be able to track buses in real-time through a downloadable application from Edulog.

Parents and patrons having children riding buses in Katy ISD are encouraged to download the Edulog application. This link contains information about Edulog. We look forward to working with our parents and campuses as we continue to find new ways to improve safety, efficiency, and responsiveness within the Transportation Department.

Our school’s GPS district code to use in the application is : 62295175

Arrival and Dismissal

Doors open at 7:30am each morning for arrival. Students arriving after 7:50am will be considered tardy.

We begin dismissal at 3:00pm.

Lunch Visitors

Lunch Visitor Expectations:

  • One lunch visitor per student
  • Lunch visitor must be a parent/guardian
  • All visitors must check in at the front office and show a photo ID

We love when parents come to visit their students during lunch, however, due to space constraints, we offer these visits on a first-come, first-serve basis. When parent tables are full, parents are asked to greet their students, hand off the lunch, and exit the cafeteria.