Thursday, October 8, 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.

Enjoy your three day weekend! Remember no school on Monday, October 12!

On October 13 we welcome more of our Mathews Mavs back to campus for Face to Face learning. As such, we need to take a moment to remind all our families of the protocols we have in place to keep our students happy and healthy on campus. Information is provided below...just a click away. Thank you for reviewing and following the required expectations.

Parents will be notified on Friday afternoon your child's teacher.

To Our NEW FACE to FACE Students Returning on October 13:

In addition to the district training information below we have embedded our original e-News from September. Click the button to take you to a SMORE that will help answer all your questions about returning to school. It is similar to the one we provided to our families whose students returned in September.

PICTURE DAY: October 13

PICTURE DAY is October 13 for individual school pictures and for our yearbook. ALL students will have an opportunity to have their picture taken. We will have safety precautions in place for both our Face to Face learners and for our School to Home learners.

SUPPLY PICK-UP: October 13:

Grade level, Art and Music supplies will be available for pickup for our School at Home families on Tuesday, October 13. Tables will be set up on the porch outside of Caravan Way for School to Home families to pick up materials for your child's learning.


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.


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!


This is the e-News we sent out in September when we welcomed back students for the first time for Face to Face Learning. We are including it in this e-News again to support a smooth and safe transition for all our Face to Face learners.



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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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.

Picture DAy

Tuesday, October 13 is Picture Day.

For our School to Home Students we will have an open window from 10:00-1:30. Using the Caravan Way carpool loop we will take individual pictures in a sanitized area of our school we do not use during the day. In addition to your child's annual picture, this is the picture used in the school yearbook.

We will have someone at the door checking off students names. Students will sit in carpool until they can come into the cafeteria to take picture.

Students who do not pre purchase will receive a proof to order from. We will send the PDF to parents so they can pre purchase online.

If parents decide not to bring their child for school pictures, they will be permitted to take and submit a school picture to be included in the yearbook. More information on that to follow.

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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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Nurse Christina

From Nurse Christina

More information from our wonderful nurse! Flu Season has begun too!

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

From the Counselor's Corner

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler.

Red Ribbon Week Coming Soon!

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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 12:

School Holiday

October 13:

Picture Day! (For both Face to Face learners and our School to Home learners.)

School to Home learners will have a drive by picture opportunity with social distancing from 10:00 am until 1:30 p.m. Drive through on Caravan Way

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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