Mahanay News- December 14, 2020

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Important Note for In-Person Learners

On Friday, December 18th, Alief ISD will have early release for all students at 2:00pm. Buses will take students home early. If your student is a walker or a car rider, please make sure someone is there to pick them up at 2:00pm instead of the usual dismissal time.

Holiday Pictures Tomorrow

Holiday pictures will be FREE for everyone this year! Your money is being returned if you sent it to school with your child.

Pictures will be taken tomorrow in the morning! Students may bring a change of clothes if they want to get dressed up for their picture. They may also wear those nice clothes the whole day if you wish. Please avoid wearing bright green because we will be taking the pictures in front of a green screen.

Attention Parents of Virtual 1st and 2nd Grade Learners

Attention 1st and 2nd grade parents:

If your student is learning virtually, we have the next textbooks for you to pickup for your students. Please come to the school between 9:00 and 2:00 to pick up the next textbook to be ready for the next unit in virtual learning.

If your student is learning in-person, we will give them to them in their classrooms.

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December Dress Up Days

Above is a calendar that will go home with our in-person learners today. We like to keep it festive at Mahanay in the month of December. This is optional. Students may wear regular dress code attire as well. Both our virtual and in-person learners can join in the fun! In case the calendar is hard to read, below are the dress-up days for this week.

Tuesday, Dec. 15- Wear green like th Grinch!

Wednesday, Dec. 16- Warm up Wednesday

Thursday, Dec. 17- Wear school appropriate/holiday Pajamas!

Friday, Dec. 18- Wear all your festive gear and holiday bling!

Dates to Remember

Artwork of the Week!

Our art teacher, Ms. Schiffman, will be highlighting outstanding artwork each week! We are excited to encourage our budding artists!

Ms. Schiffman created a collage of artwork from December.

Keep up the great work, artists!

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Family Center Happenings!

Click the link below to see what's happening at the family center!

Here is this week's Family Center Newsletter: Click Here

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Counselor's Corner

Our character trait for this month is caring and cooperation. Ms. Murnane will continue to meet with students weekly to talk with students about character traits.

If you feel your student needs to speak to a counselor, please email our counselor, Ms. Virginia Murnane, at

Curbside Library for Virtual Students

If your student is working virtually and you would like to check out books, please click the link below to choose books for your student. Students learning from the school will receive their books at school.

Curbside library pickup days are Tuesday and Thursday. Ms. Nance, our librarian, will contact you to arrange a pickup time after you have filled out your child's preferences on the form below.

After books are returned, they are sanitized and held for a few days before being checked out to another student.

Reminder: Put Student Names on Jackets

As the temperature drops, our students will be wearing their jackets more often. Please remember to write your student's name on the tag or somewhere in the jacket, so it can be returned if found somewhere in the building or accidentally left outside. Teachers will be reminding students to keep track of them as well.

Our new Mahanay Spirit shirts are here!!!

Our Mahanay spirit shirts have arrived! Our 2020-2021 spirit shirts are $12 each. The shirt design is "We are better together" on a light gray shirt.

For our in-person learners, you can send money at any time. Your student can give it to their teacher or bring it to the front office before school.

For our virtual learners, please email our school secretary, Ms. Juana Lima, with your size preference. This includes the discounted shirts below. She will set up a time for you to come to the school to pay for the shirt and pick it up! Her email address is

There is no deadline to purchase shirts. They will be available until supplies last!

Mahanay Dress Code

  • Masks are required
  • Any solid color collared shirts
  • Pants or knee length shorts (khaki, navy, or blue jeans)
  • Dresses and skirts must be knee length (Khaki or navy)
  • Fridays are college shirt day! Wear the college shirt of your choice!
  • Mahanay School Shirts can be worn any day of the week.
  • Jeans may be worn with a Mahanay School Shirt any day of the week

If your child comes to school out of dress code, we will give you a call and ask you to bring the appropriate attire.

***Please allow your student to practice wearing a mask at home, so they can get used to it. They will have it on for a long time during the day at school.

Reminders for In- Person Learning:

It has been so great to have students back in the building! We have missed them! We are off to a good start for in-person learning.

Below are some reminders:

  • Devices issued by Mahanay need to be kept at school.
  • Don't forget to send the chargers if you haven't already.
  • Students must wear a mask daily.
  • Dismissal is at 3:20.
  • Car riders all have a designated number. Please help your student to remember their number. This will make dismissal go faster.
  • Please update any phone numbers that have changed in case we need to contact you.

Overall, the students have done an amazing job following the new rules and procedures. Thank you, parents, for your continued support in helping to keep our students and staff healthy. Please call us with any questions or concerns.

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms Below:

If you have received a letter or email from the school district indicating that you currently receive free/reduced meals for the 2020-2021 school year, you do not need to apply.

For a speedy review and approval process, parents/guardians can apply for free/reduced meals through SchoolCafe at any time.

If you qualify, you may save hundreds of dollars throughout the school year.

Paper applications can be obtained through curbside meals pick-up. For more information, please visit

Tardies and Early Release

Our procedures for tardies and early release have changed slightly this year, since we are not allowed to have non-staff members in the buildings without appointments.


Students are tardy if they arrive after 7:55 am. If your child arrives after 7:55 am, they will receive a tardy pass from the front office when they walk in. Parents are no longer permitted to walk them in if they are late. You may walk them to the door, and we will help them get to class from there.

Early Release:

If you need to pick your child up from school early, please call the front office to let them know. 281-983-8355. If you call and let us know when you are close, we can get your child ready for you when you arrive.

We do still need to check your ID before we release any children. When you arrive, please come to the front door with your mask on and your ID ready to show a staff member. After we have verified your ID, we will release your student to you.

Looking for after school care for your child?

As you know, Alief is phasing in an in-person option for students to attend school. That means our after school program, Alief CIA, will be available for after school care. Please view the flyer below and go to their website to register.
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