January 7, 2021
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.
Welcome to the Second Semester!
We are back for a 'mav'nificent second semester!
Tomorrow, Friday, January 8 will be our School to Home Learners Pick-Up day for supplies and learning materials your child will need at home. Tables will be set up on the front porch of the school off of Marchman Way. Your child's teacher will notify you if you have items to pick-up. There will be art supplies from Mr. Lozano students will need.
Information for our 5th grade families as we begin to plan for middle school is provided below. Please click the link from Schimelpfenig.
Please be sure to read about our Sock Drive! Let's make a difference for the better for so many.
College and Career Week is coming up January 11. Be sure to check out the information from our amazing counselor, Mrs. Toler.
We have the opportunity to nominate for PTA Lifetime Achievement. Please take a moment and recognize someone who makes a difference in our children's lives. More information below.
Information on ordering yearbooks is also included below.
IMPORTANT: Please read our district Covid Protocols beginning January 5. Working together we can keep our students, happy, healthy, and here (Face to Face or School to Home) learning! Wearing the proper mask can determine whether your child will need to quarantine or return to school in determining 'Close Proximity'.
So good to be back!
2021 is going to be a very good year...a '"Mav'nificent Year!
Happy New Year to you and yours!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! SCHOOL TO HOME LEARNING PICK UP DAY
Friday, January 8
Registration Info for 6th Grade!
Click this link to learn information regarding our 5th grade students enrolling for middle school.
Lunch Menu Changes
SPREAD THE WORD
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH IS SERVED
FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS ALL YEAR
Did you know that all school breakfasts and lunches are FREE to ALL of our students for the remainder of the school year?
Consider cutting back a little on the grocery bill and take a look at our breakfast and lunch menus!
Breakfast is served 7:00-7:30 with lots of social distancing and sanitizing.
Lunch is enjoyed in the classroom with your child's classmates.
The link for the school menus for both breakfast and lunch are always at the end of the e-News.
BUY YOUR YEARBOOK!
PTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT NOMINATIONS
Nominations are due by 1/15. Thank you for your consideration! Please click the tab to submit your nominations. We are so fortunate to have the support of our community & the gift of such a supportive & engaged PTA for our Mathews community.
COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES
As of January 5:
As always we will continue to practice social distancing in class, halls, and on our bus. We will continue to practice handwashing and wearing our masks. Desk partitions are in place between desks as well. Thorough cleaning and disinfecting also contributes to our Face to Face school environment to be a safe place to be. To date we have not had a student transmit the Covid-19 virus at school to another student.
In regards to quarantining during the second semester we will be looking at the following protocols in determining which students need to be quarantined; rather than the entire class:
Changes Regarding Quarantine
The close contact definition will change to allow those who are ‘properly masking’ to avoid being sent out on quarantine… proper masking is defined as wearing a multi-layer face covering (layers that can be pulled apart – so not gaiters that are one layer, one-layer masks, etc.) that fits around the nose / chin. For more information on the safest masks for your child to wear:
The quarantine period for close contacts will be revised – meaning that a student/staff member who is identified as a close contact will only have to stay out for 10 days instead of 14. The gold standard is still 14 days, but in an effort to get kids back in class and staff back to work, CDC is allowing the 10-day return. At the 10 day mark the person must be symptom free before they can return and continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14; if they develop symptoms, they will remain on quarantine.
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
College and Career Days!
January 11 through January 15
OUR SOCK DRIVE...HELPING OTHERS!
DECEMBER THROUGH JANUARY
Mathews Student Council is collecting new warm socks for all ages/all sizes to send to children living in extreme poverty in Romania, Moldova, and Guatemala.
Donations will also support local women’s shelters, homeless shelters, and orphanages in the DFW area.
GOAL: 1200 pairs of socks!
To celebrate meeting our goal we will have a CRAZY SOCK DAY!
COVID-19 Information & Resources
HELP US BE COVID-19 SAFE AT SCHOOL
In order to help keep our Mathews students and staff healthy, please complete the Student Reporting Form in the following situations:
· Your child or a household member is awaiting a Covid-19 test result
· Your child has been identified as a close contact to an individual with Covid-19
· Your child has symptoms that could be Covid-19*
· Your child has tested positive for Covid-19
*Symptoms include: fever or chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea OR at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
HOW PARENTS NOTIFY THE DISTRICT
Parents, This link lets you report regarding Covid-19 Symptoms or identified cases of Covid-19.
From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor
From Mrs. Noble, Our Librarian
Click the button for lots of information from our librarian, Mrs. Noble including our 20-21 Bluebonnet nominees!
Mark Your Calendar...
Tuesday, January 5:
First Day of the Second Semester/Third Nine Weeks
Friday, January 8:
School to Home Learners Materials PIck-Up Day
Monday, January 18:
Martin Luther King, Jr. No school.
Thursday, January 28:
January Spirit Night:
6240 Coit Rd on 1/28
Dine in and Take Out...Share you are with Mathews!
Open Window for the School Learning Environment for the Fourth Nine Weeks. The Fourth Nine Weeks begins on March 15.
20-21 PISD Academic Calendar
Face to Face Breakfast & Lunch
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.
Federal Meal Program
DON'T FORGET TO SUBMIT FOR 20-21:
At this time all students receive free breakfast and lunch.
This should continue through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
Applications are provided by clicking the button below. In case the availability of free meals were to change, your child could continue to qualify for services.
We encourage you to submit a new application to continue services.
If you have a broken Chromebook or are having difficulties with your power cord, please email our amazing Mathews' CTA, Justin Taylor at Justin.Taylor@pisd.edu
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 email@example.com.