Plano ISD and the Plano ISD Council of PTAs are working together to help “Spread the Hope” about the 2020 Virtual Collin County Peanut Butter Drive. Our goal is to come together as a community to aid in the fight against hunger and raise awareness about food insecurity in North Texas. The drive runs through the month of September (September 1-30). This year we are encouraging you to donate virtually on the Plano ISD Fundraising Page. There will not be any drop-off sites.
To attribute your donation to that campus PTA or school group, please write the name of that PTA or group in the Donor Information "Short Notes" field after you give your name and email address. We'd love a shout-out to SMS PTA!
Thank you to everyone who attended our PTA General Assembly Meeting and Virtual Coffee with the Principal on Tuesday morning. Although some of us lost power for a brief time, we persevered and successfully passed our yearly budget and completed all our PTA business. And much thanks to Dr. Brant Perry for his informative presentation to the attendees!
During the meeting, we talked about some events for the fall semester. All the dates are on our PTA calendar at www.smspta.org.
The important upcoming events for next week are:
- Monday, September 7th – No school. Happy Labor Day!
- Tuesday, September 8th – No school for students
- Wednesday, September 9th – First day back for in-person students! For the parents of those students, yesterday the school sent out a Schimelpfenig-specific return-to-school plan.
- The PISD return-to-school planning document currently is available at www.pisd.edu/2021planning
| Use QR code for Schim plan |
- Friday, September 11th – Spirit Wear and Face Mask delivery in-school. If you have an outstanding order, look for an email from PTA next week with more specific details. Face masks remain on-sale, it’s not too late to order for delivery next week!
Good luck to all students and teachers next week, with the change to In-person and @Home instruction together. While it’s exciting for a return to school after all these months, it has been a long time, with many changes and new rules to remember. I know that our Panther family is up to the challenge!
As always, feel free to contact me any time at email@example.com with questions, problems, or if you just want to join our wonderful SMS PTA Board!
Michele Rohleder, SMS PTA President
Plano ISD is excited to announce the launch of our new volunteer management system, VOLY, for the 2020-2021 school year. The new system is now live and can be accessed at pisd.edu/volunteer. While Plano ISD is not able to host volunteers onsite at this time, logging in now will allow you to get a head start on completing your volunteer application, online orientation and criminal history check.
These three requirements must be completed annually to be eligible to volunteer in Plano ISD.
Frigo Cheese Heads along with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang will be awarding one lucky K-8 school with $10,000 (and 10 runner-up schools with $2,000). Simply nominate your school by Oct. 30 for the chance to win! See official rules and details—and encourage others to nominate your school, too!
Virtual classes on various topics related to Social Emotional Learning for Parent, held twice a month, can be found HERE.
For more information or to learn more about Social Emotional Learning in Plano ISD, please contact Sharon Bradley, director of family and social services, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.pisd.edu/SEL.
We're kicking off Healthy Lifestyles with one Healthy Habit at a time.
As part of Healthy Lifestyles, National PTA has partnered with Nestlé® Pure Life® advocating for healthy hydration practices in school for students and at home for families.
For the week of August 24 - 30, PTA members can participate in this challenge and giveaway. Complete any six of these eight following ideas during the week of August 24-30 to be eligible to receive a year’s supply of Nestlé® Pure Life®.
1. Watch this video.
2. Post a picture of your water trackers on social media.
3. Make fruit-infused water for the family to drink.
4. Recycle your plastic water bottles.
5. Complete an activity and show us how you hydrate before, during and after that activity.
6. Incorporate fruits and vegetables with high water content into your meals and snacks.
7. Share why your family chooses to hydrate with water and check out “How to Drink More Water Throughout the Day.”
8. Show us the drinks you are swapping out for water and tell us why.
Details can be found HERE.
Hello Schimelpfenig Panther Parents!
Hopefully, the first several days of virtual synchronous and asynchronous learning have gone well in all of your houses! Kudos to our great Schimelpfenig teachers and staff for doing such a great job with this new way of learning.
A helpful resource for any questions or issues: PISD's Back to School Resource page at https://www.pisd.edu/backtoschool.
If you are a PISD volunteer, the new volunteer management system, VOLY, is up and running. Please submit your volunteer application at plano.voly.org to create a volunteer account.
Mark your calendars for our first PTA General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, September 1st at 9:00 a.m. -- our very first Virtual Coffee with Dr. Perry. Check here next week for more details!
SMS PTA President 2020-2021
Please go to www.smspta.org, enter your updated contact information, and join PTA.
Memberships start at less than $12 and students are only $5 with a parent membership! As a benefit to members only, you will have access to an online directory as well as PTA member discounts. Student members receive special discounts during our spring and fall socials and have the opportunity to be involved in leadership opportunities.
Questions: email Karen Gournay, Membership VP at email@example.com.
Please click here to download it.
Even though we did not get to celebrate our eighth graders the way we had originally planned, we celebrate them through this video.
Congratulations! Best wishes as you start high school!
A team of Plano ISD School Social Workers will be available throughout the summer break to assist any PISD families who need assistance with accessing available resources, including help with food, housing, utilities, and other needs. Families in need of counseling services may also contact this team of social workers for direct assistance or referral to an area provider. Both English and Spanish speakers are available. Contact may be made by phone or email as follows:
Additional Student and Family Support Resources
At-Home Learning Resources
As we reach the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, we want to thank our Plano ISD families for the patience and support you’ve demonstrated during this uncertain time of implementing remote learning. Your feedback is important to us and will help our teachers, staff and administrators better support your needs as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.
I wanted to take just a moment and thank everyone who has volunteered their time and energy towards the SMS PTA this year.
Whether you gave a little of your time or a lot, your contributions matter! Giving your time is one of the most selfless acts, and I wanted to let everyone know how much I appreciate your efforts.
I especially want to thank everyone for their patience these last few weeks as we’ve had to make major adjustments to our procedures during this unprecedented time. I hope we set an example of how a volunteer organization can run during a time of crisis and uncertainty.
We made a great team and I couldn’t have done much without such an amazing group of people!
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”