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August 13, 2021

A Note From Mrs. Mathe

We had a wonderful first week back to school! It is so wonderful to see the growing confidence of all our Powell Panthers over these last 3 days as they are making new friends and learning how to be a part of their new classroom communities.

I know that many of you may have questions regarding our plans for returning to school. At this time, we are following the guidelines established by CISD. We will continue to incorporate hand washing into our daily routines. We will continue to have hand sanitizing stations throughout the school. E-misting will occur nightly in all classrooms. Masks are optional, but encouraged, for all students, staff, and guests, amongst other things. Our goal is to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff while promoting a positive learning and working environment.

Below we wanted to highlight some frequently asked questions, some of which are addressed in our Powell Parent Handbook addendum.


Are we allowed to walk our children to class?

After the first day, children are encouraged to walk independently to class. If they need assistance, we have staff on hand to help them find their way.

Will parents be allowed to eat lunch with their children?

Tentatively, we will begin lunch visitors on September 7th.

Are volunteers allowed on campus?

Currently, we are limiting volunteers on campus.

Are children socially distanced at lunch?

Yes. We continued our lunch room procedures from last year to lessen the number of students in the cafeteria. We seat one grade level at a time and students are spaced apart, 2 students to a bench.

Will I be notified if someone tests positive for COVID at Powell?

During periods of higher community transmission, general campus and classroom notifications for positive cases will be sent via email. More information regarding our plan for a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services can be found on the Roadmap to Remaining Open.

Most all other questions regarding Powell's daily routines, processes and procedures can be found in our Parent Handbook Addendum linked below.

Upcoming Dates

August 24: Parent Information Night (this will be a virtual event this year)

August 24: PTO Meeting 9:30 am

September 3: Individual Picture Day

September 6: No School- Labor Day

September 22: Read for a Better Life Day

Powell Student Handbook

Please view our Powell Student Handbook Addendum. The purpose of this handbook addendum is to inform you of important information regarding day to day life at Powell; however, at times it may be necessary to make a few changes during the school year. In this event, the addendum will be updated, and you will be notified via letter, email, or website. I want to encourage you to visit our school website at http://powell.conroeisd.net as important information and events will be posted there frequently. In fact, you may want to bookmark this address for easy access. The 2021-2022 Conroe Independent School District Student/Parent Handbook is available to you online here.

Prescreening for our Safety

Self-Prescreening: To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, all individuals should conduct self pre-screening for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals waiting for COVID-19 test results due to symptoms or individuals currently experiencing any of the symptoms listed that are new and/or not normal for them, should stay home and consider seeking medical care and/or COVID-19 testing. Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 include:

  • fatigue
  • cough or shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • significant muscle pain or body aches
  • loss of taste or smell in the last 10 days
  • diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0F

School Spirit Wear

Our school spirit store is now open! Below is the link to order your Powell shirts for this school year. The store will be open through August 27, 2021. We will not have shirts on hand to purchase. All shirts will be delivered to your child's classroom mid-September. Click the link below to access the store. Once in the store, you can create an account if you wish, or click the Powell logo to enter the store without a sign-in.

All shirt styles are available in adult and child sizes. The child sizes are listed below adult sizes.

Spirit Wear Store

Roadmap to Remaining Open

The most up to date information regarding the district's plan to remaining open through this pandemic can be found on the Roadmap to Remaining Open.

Parent Acces Center

Parent Access Center (PAC) is the CISD system for parents which provides online access to all your child’s class assignments, assignment grades, test grades, as well as attendance, discipline, progress reports, and report cards. If you currently have a Parent Access Center account, there is no need to renew your account as you have had to do in previous years. Parents can register for a PAC account from the Conroe ISD home page under the Student/Parent link. Student data will not be available until school begins.

IMPORTANT: Free and Reduced Meals Application

Even though breakfast and lunch are being provided for all students again this year, if you believe you may qualify for free or reduced meals it is still important for your family to complete the application. Your application does not carry over from year to year. Qualification may open up other opportunities for your family in addition to meals as noted below.

Click here to access the application.

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A Message from our Specials Team

Dear Powell Families,

On behalf of the Specials Team we would like to welcome you back for the 21-22 school year. We are so lucky to have the honor of teaching all the students here at Powell Elementary, so we would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Be sure to check out our introductory video link below.

  • Physical Education (PE): Pam Owens and Brent Kirbo

  • Music: Ashley Yarbrough

  • Art: Tim Garcia

  • Technology: Grace Rubitschun

  • Library: Elizabeth Collins

As a reminder, all students will attend a Specials class each day. Students will attend PE every other day and rotate through the other Fine Arts classes during an eight-day period. Students will go to Specials with their homeroom teacher. We are excited to help your students learn and grow throughout the year to come.

Should any questions arise please contact the Specials teacher for that course directly. Our main goal as the Specials Team is to build relationships and connect with your students in a variety of fun and innovative ways. We look forward to being your teachers and having an amazing year together.

Sincerely, The Powell Specials Team

21 22 Specials Video Introduction

Girls on the Run

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PTO News

Happy Friday Panthers! Thanks to those of you who have joined PTO. We will be sending out more information next week regarding online PTO membership. If you missed signing up at Meet the Teacher, information will come home in your child's folder next Friday, August 20th. Please be sure to join the Powell Elementary PTO Facebook page to stay up to date on everything your PTO has coming up!


Our Mission

Powell Elementary School is committed to creating an environment that promotes academic excellence, and a love for learning. Our goal is to build relationships that empower students, and develop responsible, patriotic citizens, and confident leaders.