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Principal Brewster says “Welcome back, Mathews!”

August 2017

Dear Wonderful Mathews Community,

Welcome back to school! The staff and I are so excited to begin the next century of teaching and learning at Mathews. Here, all students and families are welcomed and supported. It is our continued goal to ensure that our beautifully diverse community is celebrated and that school is a safe and nurturing place for all. The staff and I have been busy preparing for the year, and we are so looking forward to having our students stream through the hallways and fill the classrooms with their smiles and enthusiasm.

This year, the theme for our work is centered around Mathews Superheroes. The staff and I are strengthening our skills so we can better help our students discover and grow their own super powers. We are committed to providing a rich and relevant education for our students and will continue to build on our project based learning and opportunities to Make, experiment, and travel outside our walls on field trips and build community through assemblies. Our community will read, explore and discover together all year. We’ll weave in the six core skills that have always been a part of what we do and are now embraced by all of Austin ISD: Collaboration, Communication, Connection, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Cultural Proficiency. We’ll also continue to incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in all we do in order to help our students regulate emotions, solve problems, be culturally proficient, and build strong relationships. Our focus with SEL this year is the culturally proficiency lens. As a staff, we are diving into the work of Zaretta Hammond, studying her book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, which pulls in neuroscience research to help us reach all of our students. We’re fortunate to be able to use materials created for us by Dr. Hammond for this study. I’m truly excited about this work and the application of it in our classrooms.

As with every year, there are new and talented people joining the Mathews team. Please help me in welcoming everyone to our community. Sandra Velazquez is our new librarian. Erica Lish, Chau Tran, and Amy Skoczen have come on board to teach first grade when Sharon Briceno and Suzie Plyler moved to second grade. Kelly Bach joined our third grade team when Claudia Neal moved to preK. Ashika Ganguly is our new fifth grade science and math teacher, taking over for Diana McGuire who is now on the third grade team. Jud Thomas is now teaching math and science in sixth grade, Austin Leach will be our new sixth grade orchestra teacher, and Glen Weideman, who took over last spring, is now officially our sixth grade band teacher.

We are all eagerly looking forward to school on Monday morning. Here’s to an amazing year with a super community!

All the best,
Grace Martino-Brewster

Welcome Back to School – 2017-2018 (PDF)

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Mathews is Turning 100!!

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*Parking will be difficult, please plan to walk, bike, carpool or rideshare to this can’t-miss event!

All are welcome to celebrate our Downtown, One of a Kind, Award Winning, Nationally Recognized, International PUBLIC Elementary School.

Please tell your friends & alumni to join us for CAKE! And also a whimsical and fun “History of Mathews” presentation by current Mathews Elementary students. No “stuffy” speeches allowed!

WHEN: Friday, September 23  @ 9am

WHERE: Mathews Elementary School Blacktop

Mathews former teachers and staff will have a reunion on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Threadgill’s South. Contacts for this event are Susan Bell and Amy Kincaid  susan.bell@austinisd.org  akinkade@utexas.edu

Plans for a big celebration on September 23rd are well underway!

Here’s a sneak peek:

Time

Activity

8 – 9 AM

Coffee

9 – 10 AM

Program and Pageant of student performers including a historic plaque presentation

10 AM

Cupcakes for all students, then students return to classrooms

10 – 11 AM

Reception in library for grown-ups with a big birthday cake

11 – 12 PM

Alumni visit classrooms, students interview them

11- 12 PM

School tours

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  •  The program and pageant lasts 45-50 minutes, including the speaking, singing, and dancing. It will be performed on the shaded area behind Mathews. 
  •  Current students and alumni, and current and former staff of Mathews will receive a small keepsake.
  • There will be a photo booth and video booth for recording memories that may be included in a book about the history of Mathews. The book will be ready by Dec. 2016. Alumni are encouraged to contact Mary Baughman before the celebration if they have photos or other items of interest for the book. Photos will be copied and returned to the owner.  mcboffman@sbcglobal.net
  • Mathews students, parents and teachers are preparing a time capsule. The neighborhood community is invited to participate. The time capsule will be sealed at a date to be determined, after the Sept. 23rd 100th birthday celebration. 

For more information about this event, please contact Ted Barnhill: tcbarnhill@gmail.com or Mary Baughman mcboffman@sbcglobal.net

 

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Final Week for the Annual Fund!! Donate Now.

Dear Parents,

This is the last week to donate to the Mathews Annual Fund! The Mathews Annual Fund pays for Mrs. Sander’s salary and we would not have a Computer Lab or Teacher without these donations, so please do what you can and DONATE NOW!

We are aiming for 100% participation and please give $1. $5, $500 or whatever you can afford, we would really appreciate the support.

And – if we do get 100% Participation we can all look forward to Mrs. Brewster looking a little something like this:

NOTE: Please include in the notes: your family’s name, and your child (or children’s) name(s) and classroom(s)

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Last Maker Movement for 2016, Apr 19-21: Volunteers Needed

Photo by Jessica Klima https://www.jessicaklimaphotography.com
Photo by Jessica Klima
https://www.jessicaklimaphotography.com

Please join us – volunteer during the final Maker Movement of this school year: Tuesday April 19 to Thursday April 21 (1st grade – May 10, 11, 12).  All sessions will be lead by our technology teacher, Cindy Sanders, and held in the Discovery/Computer Lab.  We are hoping to have 4 parents in each class to support Mrs. Sanders by assisting small groups of children with hands-on-projects.

These sessions will build on the previous Maker Movement projects and will focus on circuits, Makey Makey and possibly some computer programming.  This is a great way to have fun and support your child’s learning experience on campus.  Please find your child’s class in Signup Genius and sign up to come explore science and technology with our inquisitive kids.

Sign up here to volunteer!