MATHEWS e-News

January 21, 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.

Lots of Info to Share...

Parents,

Thank you for your time to stay up to date with our campus e-News!


Lots of info to review.


FRIENDSHIP PARTIES:

Please be sure to check out the information regarding Friendship Parties on February 12. It is a little different this year, but will no doubt prove to be a special day for ALL our students.



PARKING LOT:

SAFETY FIRST! Parents, we are asking for your help.


We want to make sure that all our children, school and neighborhood children are safe from accidents.


We have a large number of students skateboarding, scooters, etc. in the Teachers Parking lot after school.


It is very difficult for teachers to backout and leave the parking lot with children playing in the parking lot. It is an accident waiting to happen and one we want to avoid.


Please visit with your children and share with your neighbors how unsafe it is for children to be playing in a parking lot in the afternoons.


SOCK DRIVE:

Our Sock Drive is going strong! A reminder that our goal is 1200 socks. Let's celebrate 'together' by donating socks to help those in needs. Everyone should feel warm on this chilly winter days! The drive continues through the end of January.


CAMPUS REPORT CARD:

Information regarding our annual Campus Report Card is provided below.


COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS SURVEY (Begins January 25)

Below you will find a link to a district survey that opens on January 25. Since our next e-News goes out on January 28, we have included the link in today's e-News. The window for accepting your replies will be from January 25-February 8. We will share it in future e-News as well. We welcome your feedback.

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Planning for Friday, February 12

Mathews Families,


In our continuing effort to always strive to protect the health and safety of our students, we have decided to adjust how Friendship Parties/Day will look this year.


Friendship Day will be on February 12th for both School at Home and Face to Face students.


Face to Face students MAY bring valentines for their classmates, as long as they arrive between Monday the 8th through Wednesday the 10th. All valentines must be held in quarantine on campus for 48 hours prior to being handed out, so it is important they come to school by Wednesday the 10th.


On Friday the 12th, Face to Face students will be creating the boxes/bags they will use to take home their valentines. (Please do not bring bags for students to take anything home that day). Students will have time to pass out valentines as well as have time for a party on Friday. In order to stay in line with our health and safety protocols, we will not be eating during our parties, nor can we have parent volunteers this year.


School at Home students will be celebrating virtually. Your classroom teacher will share more details about what this event will look like on a class by class basis. So please be on the lookout for more information coming soon from your child’s teacher.


We will do our very best to ensure a safe and fun event for all of our students.


Thank you all so much for your unwavering support and understanding,


Mathews Elementary


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5th Grade Spelling Bee Champ 2021!

Rheana! On to the District Bee!

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Mathews State Report Card

The 2019-2020 School Report Cards for Mathews has now been released, and posted to the Mathews website https://www.pisd.edu/mathews_ar .


The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. The information contained in the School Report Card is described in the “School Report Card Definitions.”


The Federal Report Card is also available at https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/accountability/academic-accountability/performance-reporting/federal-report-cards.


If you have any questions concerning the School Report Cards, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support of Mathews.



Los boletines de informe del gobierno del Estado de Texas del 2019-2020 para la escuela Mathews han sido publicados en el sitio de internet Mathews: https://www.pisd.edu/mathews_ar .


El reporte proporciona información sobre el rendimiento de los estudiantes en la prueba STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) que es el nombre del programa de evaluación académica para los estudiantes en las escuelas públicas de Texas, así como información sobre estudiantes inscritos, tamaño promedio de la clase y gastos financieros.


La información contenida en el reporte de progreso de la escuela es requerida por la ley estatal y se describe en las "definiciones del boletín de informe de la escuela".


Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca del boletín de informe de la escuela, por favor háganoslo saber. Gracias por su apoyo continúo en la escuela Mathews.

College and Career Readiness Opportunity Survey

Open between 1/25 and 2/8

We are gathering information from families in our district to inform future planning in the areas of college readiness and Career and Technical Education programming.


A survey for College and Career Readiness Opportunities will be pushed out on Monday January 25 and will remain open until February 8.


The survey is in both English and Spanish.

The first page explains the contents and the input we are seeking in the survey. Please take a moment to view the front page of the survey for an overview.

Here are the links:

English Version - College and Career Readiness Opportunity Survey - English

Spanish Version - College and Career Readiness Opportunity Survey - Spanish

PTA

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK!

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Order Your Yearbook Here

Here is the link to order your yearbook. There is also a discount code provided below for you to save 20%! (PTA2021)

OUR SOCK DRIVE...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!

SPREAD THE WORD

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH IS SERVED

FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS ALL YEAR

During this difficult times we find ourselves or extended family members with undue stress and financial challenges.


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.

Registration Info for 6th Grade!

Schimelpfenig 2021-22 Registration

Click this link to learn information regarding our 5th grade students enrolling for middle school.

From Mrs. Noble, Our Librarian

Library News from Mrs. Noble!

Click the button for lots of information from our librarian, Mrs. Noble including our 20-21 Bluebonnet nominees!

From Mrs. Toler, Our Counselor

Information from our Amazing Counselor

Helpful hints and information from Mrs. Toler.

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COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES

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:


CDC guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html


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.

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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

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.

UPCOMING DATES

Mark Your Calendar...


Thursday, January 28:

January Spirit Night:

Chick-fil-a

6240 Coit Rd on 1/28

4-9pm

Drive Through Only...Share you are with Mathews!


Monday, February 15 and 16: (4 Day weekend)

No School. (Teacher Professional Development Day on 2/16)


February 15-19:

Open Window for the School Learning Environment for the Fourth Nine Weeks. The Fourth Nine Weeks begins on March 15.


MARCH 17:

History Fair Projects are due. (Grades 4 and 5 only.)

20-21 PISD Academic Calendar

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MEALS...MEALS...MEALS

Face to Face Breakfast & Lunch

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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.

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.

TECHNOLOGY

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 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 tsos@pisd.edu.

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