Wednesday Folder

Welcome to our digital Wednesday Folder. This page is updated once per week. Please check it every Wednesday afternoon for the latest important information.  If you have an item to include, please email dawn.yang@austinisd.org.

Week 16: December 9-13, 2019

Thursday, December 12: Come join us for Fine Arts Night! Doors open at 5:30 for the art viewing, and the concert starts at 6:00pm.

Friday, December 13: Fall Absentee/Retake Picture Day! Notify your teacher if your child will be taking retakes.

Friday, December 13: Our 6th graders are trying to raise money for their STEAM trip to Boston and will be selling tamales, only $16/dozen! Pre-orders due this Friday. Click HERE for more details. You can also donate via DonorsChoose HERE.

Save the Dates:

  • Friday, December 20 – Monday, January, 6: No school! Spring semester will begin Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Good news, everyone! We may have a new after school care option coming for this school year. Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center has said that they are happy to send a van to pick up our kiddos after school to take to their site if we can get just 8 kids signed up. You MUST either call the Center (512-978-2460) or register in person and let them know that you would like for your child to be picked up at Mathews. Even if you aren’t interested, please help spread the word so that we can get get Parque Zaragoza as one of our after care options! Click HERE for more info and HERE for Español.

Week 15: December 2-6, 2019

Friday, December 6: It’s Book Character Dress-Up Day! Click HERE for more information.

Save the Dates:

  • Thursday, December 12: Come join us for Fine Arts Night at 6:00pm!
  • Friday, December 13: Fall Absentee/Retake Picture Day! Notify your teacher if your child will be taking retakes.
  • Friday, December 20 – Monday, January, 6: No school! Spring semester will begin Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Week 14: November 18-22, 2019

Thursday, November 21: APEX Fun Run! You can find your child’s Fun Run times HERE.

Thursday, November 21: Everyone is invited to our Thanksgiving Lunch! Come by during your child’s lunch time, found HERE.

Friday, November 22: Our lovely mural’s artist, Mr. Brian Joseph, will be joining us for Assembly this Friday at 7:45am!

Friday, November 22: Author Duncan Tonatiuth is visiting Mathews Elementary!

Save the Dates:

  • Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29: No school!
    • Operation Turkey delivers meals on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019. Click HERE to request a meal. You can expect to receive your meal between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Each meal will contain turkey, stuffing, vegetables, pie, and a drink. If you are outside of the range of delivery, you will be contacted as soon as possible, so be sure to provide your email address or phone number.
    • Alternatively, see this calendar for a list of free meals, most of which are open to the public on a walk-in basis. Call 2-1-1, option 1, or visit www.211Texas.org for the most current information regarding Thanksgiving meals and other holiday assistance programs.
  • Wednesday, December 4: Mathews 6th grade students will be making and selling tamales! Click HERE for more information.
  • Friday, December 6: Book Character Dress-Up Day! Click HERE for information.

All families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced lunch, even if you don’t think you’ll qualify. Statuses have changed from last year, so families who qualified last year and have not already applied this year MUST apply. Click HERE for more info, and apply on SchoolCafe.

Week 13: November 11-15, 2019

Thursday, November 14: Choir performs their fall musical, Spaced Out! Come join us at 6:00pm.

Friday, November 15: Flu clinic for students. If you want your child to receive a FREE flu shot, you MUST complete this form, in either English or Español, and turn it in to the Front Office. Click HERE for more info and HERE for a letter from our flu shot provider.

Save the Dates:

  • Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29: No school!
    • Operation Turkey delivers meals on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019. Click HERE to request a meal. You can expect to receive your meal between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Each meal will contain turkey, stuffing, vegetables, pie, and a drink. If you are outside of the range of delivery, you will be contacted as soon as possible, so be sure to provide your email address or phone number.
    • Alternatively, see this calendar for a list of free meals, most of which are open to the public on a walk-in basis. Call 2-1-1, option 1, or visit www.211Texas.org for the most current information regarding Thanksgiving meals and other holiday assistance programs.
  • Friday, December 6: Book Character Dress-Up Day!

All families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced lunch, even if you don’t think you’ll qualify. Statuses have changed from last year, so families who qualified last year and have not already applied this year MUST apply. Click HERE for more info, and apply on SchoolCafe.

Week 12: November 4-8, 2019

Friday, November 8: It’s picture day! Bring your best smile for your fall portrait.

Save the Dates:

  • Monday, November 11:
    • School is IN session.
    • Book Fair starts!
  • Tuesday, November 12: APEX Fun Run kicks off! Click HERE for more information and HERE for any questions you have.
  • Thursday, November 14: Choir performs their fall musical, Spaced Out!
  • Friday, November 15: Flu clinic for students. If you want your child to receive a FREE flu shot, you MUST complete this form, in either English or Español, and turn it in to the Front Office. Click HERE for more info and HERE for a letter from our flu shot provider.
  • Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29: No school!
    • Operation Turkey delivers meals on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019. Click HERE to request a meal. You can expect to receive your meal between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Each meal will contain turkey, stuffing, vegetables, pie, and a drink. If you are outside of the range of delivery, you will be contacted as soon as possible, so be sure to provide your email address or phone number.
    • Alternatively, see this calendar for a list of free meals, most of which are open to the public on a walk-in basis. Call 2-1-1, option 1, or visit www.211Texas.org for the most current information regarding Thanksgiving meals and other holiday assistance programs.

All families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced lunch, even if you don’t think you’ll qualify. Statuses have changed from last year, so families who qualified last year and have not already applied this year MUST apply. Click HERE for more info, and apply on SchoolCafe.

Week 11: October 28 – November 1, 2019

Thursday, October 31: Happy Halloween! Students may wear their costumes to school, but only if their costumes does NOT include weapons, full-face masks, or anything that may interfere with the educational process.

Friday, November 1: Everyone is invited to Vertical Team Night at 6:00 pm at House Park!

Save the Dates:

  • Monday, November 11:
    • Book Fair starts.
  • Tuesday, November 12: APEX Fun Run kicks off.
  • Thursday, November 14: Choir performs their fall musical, Spaced Out!
  • Friday, November 15: Flu clinic for students. If you want your child to receive a flu shot, you must complete this form, in either English or Español, and turn it in to the Office. Click HERE for more info and HERE for a letter from our flu shot provider.
  • Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29: No school!

All families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced lunch, even if you don’t think you’ll qualify. Statuses have changed from last year, so families who qualified last year and have not already applied this year MUST apply. Click HERE for more info, and apply on SchoolCafe.

Week 10: October 21-25, 2019

Saturday, October 26: Octoberama is finally HERE! Join us for one of the biggest, funnest events of the year at 11:00am to 3:00pm! See below for more information.

Save the Dates:

  • Monday, October 28: The 1st quarter Honor Roll Assembly for 3rd-6th grades is next week!
  • Tuesday, October 29: Cub Scout Pack 1916 is accepting new scouts! Swing by for Join Scout Night at 4:00pm to 5:00pm. All new scouts that join will receive a free Rocket! Click HERE for more information!
  • Friday, November 8: Fall portrait picture day is around the corner!

We have some good news! Mathews will have a flu clinic this year on November 15. Click HERE for more info and HERE for a letter from our flu shot provider. BEFORE November 15, you must fill out this consent form in either English or Español.

A Message about Octoberama:

BOO! IT’S A SPIRIT WEEK BOO-NAN-ZA!

The energy is in the air and this week’s action packed lineup of exciting school-wide events is sure to get us all pumped up for the main event this Sat 10/26 from 11a-3p.

Read on for the all details of the week’s To-Do Items:

1- STILL NEED TICKETS? PRE-ORDER HERE: https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/tickets.cfm?auctionID=19145

*The more you buy, the more you get for free!  All early bird ticket bundles also include a $10 gift card to Whole Earth Provisions!

2- OCTOBERAMA SILENT AUCTION IS LIVE!

We have a special collection of items offered online this year including vacation homes, concert tickets, and more!  Click here to start bidding: https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/index.cfm?auctionID=19145 

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!

Stop by the silent auction room during Octoberama to bid in person on teacher experience packages, principal for a day badges, and marquee messages! *All bidding closes at 2:30p Oct 26th

3- THE CAKE CONTEST IS HERE!!!

Enter your custom cake creation for a chance to win 10 FREE OCTOBERAMA TICKETS! Can’t bake, just buy a cake to decorate! 

*Entry forms are available in the main office or can be downloaded here:

Cake Contest Flier 2019.pdf

4- OCTOBERAMA RAFFLE THIS WEEK!

Enter for your chance to win a giant plush Dino, a $100 MSRP LEGO set, or a custom WOOM bicycle! Raffle table open all week at school drop off and pick up on the front lawn by the main doors (weather permitting)

Tickets $1 ea; cash only  *winners will be announced Fri afternoon on the intercom before dismissal

5- ARE YOU READY TO ROCK? OCTOBERAMA PEP RALLY THIS FRIDAY 7:45a-8a 

All Mathews friends and families are invited to the blacktop (don’t forget to get your visitors badge first) for a powerhouse performance by the incredible Ann Richards School Drum Line + dance moves by our very own Mazilla!

This year’s 2019 Octoberama Dia de Los Mathews T-shirts will also be unveiled!  T-shirts will be available for purchase Fri after school in the office and all day Sat at the event. 

6- WANNA BE A PART OF THE MAGIC OF OCTOBERAMA?

Sign up to run a short session of your class game booth (30 min to 1 hr of FUN!) or reach out to our volunteer coordinator for additional opportunities such as ticket sales, prize runners, or set up/break down crew. Brooke Salman – brookesalman@gmail.com

Week 9: October 14-18, 2019

Saturday, October 19: Come help us spruce up the school this Saturday for Building and Grounds Day from 9:00am to 12:00pm! This is a great opportunity to show kids the importance of contributing to their community. Wear your sneakers, and bring gloves if you have them! Contact Andrew McCalla with any questions.

Saturday, October 19: Austin High is hosting their Monster Concert at 6:00pm! Come watch our 6th grade Orchestra perform with the other beginning orchestras in the Austin High Vertical Team!

Save the Dates:

  • October 26: Octoberama, our school’s biggest fundraiser is next week! Click HERE to find out about one of our biggest events of the year!
  • October 28: The 1st quarter Honor Roll Assembly for 3rd-6th grades is just around the corner!
  • October 29: Cub Scout Pack 1916 is accepting new scouts! Swing by for Join Scout Night at 4:00pm to 5:00pm. All new scouts that join will receive a free Rocket! Click HERE for more information!

We have some good news! Mathews will have a flu clinic this year on November 15. Click HERE for more info and HERE for a letter from our flu shot provider. BEFORE November 15, you must fill out this consent form in either English or Español.

Week 8: October 7-11, 2019

Friday, October 11: No school!

Save the Dates:

  • October 14: No school!
  • October 19: Building and Grounds Day is coming up soon! 
  • October 26: Octoberama, our school’s biggest fundraiser is next week! Click HERE to find out about one of our biggest events of the year!

We have some good news! Mathews will have a flu clinic this year on November 15. Click HERE for more info and HERE for a letter from our flu shot provider. BEFORE November 15, you must fill out this consent form in either English or Español.

A Message about Octoberama:

Octoberama is right around the corner and this year is sure to be SPOOKTACULAR!!!  
 
TICKETS!
This year’s carnival will feature new and exciting game booths including a ticket blaster, a Harry Potter Haunted House, and the Cake Disco.  We will have live music, great food, raffles, Octoberama merchandise for sale by our very own Mathews 6th Grade students and more! Mark your calendars for Sat, Oct 26 and be sure to pre-order your tickets NOW! The more you buy the more you get FREE!
 
 
PRIZES!
Thank you to all who have generously donated towards the prize fund.  We have a great collection of wonderful items starting to grow and because of your help our kiddos are sure to enjoy the many fun and tasty prizes that they will win at Octoberama!  If you have not yet donated, there’s still time! You can contribute by donating new party favor size toys or individually wrapped snacks/candies to the large wooden Dino bin labeled “Octoberama Prizes” in the main hall outside the office.  If you’d like to simply donate funds towards the purchase of prizes, there is a cash box located in the office labeled “Octoberama $$$ Donations”.  Any amount is welcome and appreciated!
 
Calling all Cake Bakers and Decorators!!!
It’s almost time for this year’s Cake Decorating Contest!
Last year’s First Ever Cake Contest was a HUGE success and we are excited to see what the Mathews students come up with this year!  The contest will be open to the entire Mathews student body with winning categories in each grade level, plenty of chances to win!
 
Winners will be awarded a hand decorated ribbon made by our very own Mathews kindergarteners as well as 10 FREE OCTOBERAMA TICKETS!!!  What’s more, these fabulous cake creations will be used for the ever popular Cake Disco at Octoberama!  More info to come next week!
 
UPCOMING DATES:
Mathews Spirit Week!!!
Mon 10/21-Fri 10/25 
In anticipation of Octoberama, we will have a week of fun-filled events including: 
—A week long raffle with giant plush animals, a WOOM Bike, + LEGO sets! 
—A School-wide Cake Decorating Contest 
—A Friday morning assembly with a not-to-miss performance by the Ann Richards School drum line (and maybe even a Mazilla sighting!
—T- shirt pre sales: our 2019 Octoberama Dia de Los Mathews shirts are 💯 
—Unveiling of a SUPER DUPER special collection of Octoberama Silent Auction items including teacher experiences, principal for a day badges, vacation packages and more!
 
Week 7: September 30 – October 4, 2019

Friday, October 4: The library is hosting a Summer Reading Celebration for students who participated in the summer reading!

Saturday, October 5: Everyone is invited to join AISD’s Pride Week Kickoff Celebration at the Performing Arts Center, 9:00am to 12:00pm! Click HERE for more details.

Save the Dates:

  • October 11 & 14: No school!
  • October 19: Building and Grounds Day is coming up soon! 
  • October 26: Octoberama, our school’s biggest fundraiser is next month! Click HERE to find out about one of our biggest events of the year!

Prize donations for Octoberama needed! Party favors, candy, or cash donations are all welcome. Great prizes sell more tickets, and more ticket sales mean more funds for Mathews.

Week 6: September 23-27, 2019

Friday, October 11 & Monday, October 14: No school!

Saturday, October 26: Octoberama, our school’s biggest fundraiser is next month! Click HERE to find out about one of our biggest events of the year!

Thursday, October 31: Book Character Dress-Up Day!

Week 5: September 16-20, 2019

Friday, September 20: Friendly reminder that the GT nomination window ends this Friday! Forms can be found at the Office.

Friday, September 20: Round up your family and friends to support O. Henry teachers and students from 3:30pm to 6:30pm! Click HERE to for more information.

Save the Dates:

  • October 11 & 14: No school!
  • October 26: Octoberama, our school’s biggest fundraiser is next month! Click HERE to find out about one of our biggest events of the year!
  • October 31: Book Character Dress-Up Day!

Support Mathews and have fun at ACL Fest! Place a bid for wristbands for Weekend 1, October 4-6 or Weekend 2, October 11-13 and pay less than you would on resale sites.

Did you know that Mathews donates 4 lawn-size trash bags full of unclaimed jackets and other clothing items each year from lost and found? Please remind your child to check our lost and found hooks in the gym hallway. We also suggest clearly labeling the inside of items with your child’s name. Parents are welcome to look for items. Stop by the office for a visitor’s badge and any questions.

Want to join the Scouts? Interested in reptiles? Join Troop 17! Click HERE for a flyer with more info.

Week 4: September 9-13, 2019

Round Up your family and friends to support O. Henry teachers and students on Friday, September 20 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Click HERE to for more information.

Octoberama, our school’s biggest fundraiser is next month! Click HERE to find out about one of our biggest events of the year!

Apex is coming to Mathews this semester! Click HERE for more information.

We are pleased to partner with the Center for Child Protection, a non-profit focused on preventing child abuse. Our staff was trained on how to spot signs of abuse and our students will be given two age-appropriate lessons on speaking up and being safe. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

From the District:

Families,

Austin ISD would like your feedback on the newly written Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons for grades sixth through eighth. Lessons and a feedback survey will be posted on the Parent Cloud from September 18th-25th. Middle school lessons will be revised based on feedback. Elementary lessons have already been revised from feedback provided last May.

Families must have an enrolled student in AISD and must have a Parent Cloud account to be able to review lessons and provide feedback. Please visit the AISD website, How to Create a Parent Cloud Account, for more information. Once in the Parent Cloud, look for the MS HSR Lesson Review Tile. Please contact the Parent Support line at 512-414-9187 if you need assistance creating an account.

Additionally, AISD is offering two meetings for families who need Spanish and Arabic interpretation. These meetings will be held at Navarro High School (formerly Lanier) on September 17 and Austin High School on September 19. Both meetings are from 6-8 p.m. If you are in need of another language, please contact Michele Rusnak , Health and Physical Education Supervisor, by Friday (9/13), at michele.rusnak@austinisd.org.

Week 3: September 2-6, 2019

The Student Code of Conduct for the 2019-2020 school year is now available online.

Octoberama, our school’s biggest fundraiser is next month! Click HERE to find out about one of our biggest events of the year!

If you haven’t already, check out our Enrichment page HERE for information about the after school enrichment programs we offer!

Week 2: August 26-30, 2019

Wednesday, August 28: Back to School Night for our 3rd, 4th, and 6th graders will begin at 5:30pm! Click HERE for more information. Important to Know: There is no supervision for children for Back to School Night. We understand that some parents may need to bring their child(ren) with them and ask that parents please supervise their child(ren) during the event. Children who attend Mathews Fun Club should be picked up by 6:00pm.

Thursday, August 29: PTA meeting at 7:45am in the Cafeteria.

Monday, September 2: No school!

Enrichment: The Enrichment page has mostly been updated. Click HERE to check it out.

Week 1: August 20-23, 2019

Hello, Mathews parents! Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! This week, you should be receiving a paper folder in addition to our online weekly Wednesday Folder here.

Friday, August 23: Our first school-wide assembly of the year! Everyone is invited to join us at 7:45pm.

Tuesday, August 27: Back to School Night for our Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 5th graders at 5:30pm!

Wednesday, August 28: Back to School Night for our 3rd, 4th, and 6th graders this time at 5:30pm!

Enrichment: For those who missed it, you can find info for some of our after school enrichment programs HERE.

Parents, please remember to hug and go in the morning.  The number of parents that have been in the hallway and cafeteria in the morning can make the transition to the classrooms challenging for our youngest students.

District Information Forms: