October 13, 2020
In This Issue
Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 15th 
Thoughtful Thursday
Wear a Positive Message T-shirt

Monday, October 26th 
Conference Day - No School

October 26th - 30th 
Red Ribbon Week

November 3rd - 13th
Adventure Dash Fundraiser & 
Fun Run
Quick Links
Principal's News
by Sharon Havard  
Good morning, Wildcats!  We hope you had an awesome LONG weekend!  It is nice having an extra day to sleep in.  I'm sure most of us needed a little extra rest.
We love our teachers and staff and the appreciations coming in from families have been great to hear!  Thanks to all for boosting our spirits, especially as we work through the challenges of 2020.  The 2nd nine weeks will officially begin on Oct. 19, so all our virtual students who are coming back to in-person learning, will be here on campus that Monday!  We are excited to see you face to face.
SAFETY CONCERN:  As you aware of, we have not started Safety Patrol, dueto health and safety concerns which means that we are limited in the support that we can give during arrival and dismissal.  Safety is so important to us and we don't want anyone to get hurt so we are asking for everyone to PLEASE not pass cars in the carpool lane, especially during the morning.  This is a huge safety hazard for students so your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. During dismissal, we have a crossing guard that will help direct you when it is safe to pass through the lane to exit.  Always remember the speed limit!  No one should be driving fast through the carpool lane.
Let's make this short week a great one!
Ms. Havard

Claim Your Guardian SSO Account!
by Jan Peaden, Registor

In order to view report cards online next month, all guardians must have "claimed" their guardian SSO account by October 16.  If yo u have not "claimed" this account, your HAC login will not work and you will not be able to access report cards.  Please follow the instructions below.
McKinney ISD upgraded its parent account system over the summer break to use the same SSO system that students have been using for over a year. As part of that process you will need to "claim" your account in the new system. Your username will remain the same, but you will need to set a new password as part of this process. In order to continue utilizing Home Access Center, you will need to claim your new SSO account by
October 16
The claim process can be started at https://sso.mckinneyisd.net by clicking on the "Claim My Account" button. 
You will need the following information to claim your new account:
1)     First name EXACTLY as we have it entered on your guardian record in Home Access Center
2)     Last name EXACTLY as we have it entered on your guardian record in Home Access Center
3)     Your Email address (the one you listed on your student's registration)
4)     The student ID # of your student- 6 digit numeric only and no letters (if you have multiple students in MISD any one of them will work--Please be sure to remove the leading s)
If you receive the error The Claim My Account operation failed, please confirm with Jan Peaden, (469) 302-6608 or jpeaden@mckinneyisd.net on the exact listing of your name in our student system.  
After you have successfully entered all 4 pieces of information and been verified you will then complete the following steps:
1)     Set your new password
2)         Select and answer a minimum of 3 challenge questions. These are the questions that will be used if you ever use the new forgot password function.
Support Eddins While Shopping Amazon!
by Trisha Hudson
Amazon Prime Days are THIS WEEK, October 13th and 14th! While you are getting a head start on holiday shopping, give back to Eddins Elementary by utilizing AmazonSmile. Follow the simple steps below to get started.
Shop for your family and earn money for Eddins! Shopping programs raise money and don't cost our families any additional money. Simply link your accounts to Eddins and portions of your purchase will be donated back to our school from the merchants. Whether you're shopping for gifts or shopping for groceries, you're helping to enhance the learning experience for all of our Wildcats! 
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. 
How do I shop at AmazonSmile and select Eddins?
To start shopping at AmazonSmile and earning cash for Eddins, simply visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-2766297 from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and sign in with your standard Amazon account information. This will select Eddins Elementary PTA 
(listed as PTA Texas Congress 6632 Eddins Elementary PTA) as the charitable organization you wish to receive donations from your eligible purchases. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at 
smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to Eddins. You may also want to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return again!
All your account settings will remain the same. 
Thank you for your continued support of Eddins Elementary! The money earned from these shopping programs help pay for I-Stations, Field Day, Assemblies, Grade Level Grants, End Of Year Parties, Playground Transformation Project, etc.
Save the Date! 
by Trisha Hudson

Mark your calendars, Wildcats....Eddins' Annual Adventure Dash Fun Run is coming!  Kick-off will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd and the Fun Run will be held on Friday, November 13th.  More details soon to come.  

HAC Assurance Fees
by Taylor Fortner

We hope you are enjoying your MISD issued laptop for 4th and 5th graders.  As part of this initiative, each student will have a fee associated with their HAC account according to their lunch status ($30 or $15 for free/reduced lunch).  Parents can pay these fees through HAC using a credit/debit card or you may pay in person with check/cash/ or money order.  The annual fee will cover the first incident of damage to the laptop 100% with all other incidents of damage being covered at $125 each.  The incident timeline will reset when a new laptop is issued.  
All of this information is detailed in the 1:The World Handbook (https://tinyurl.com/y4qb92kx) and includes a sample price list of the cost to replace frequently damaged parts should the fee not be paid.  McKinney Vento students will not be included in the fee plan.  These fees must be paid by Dec. 17th.  You may make payments until the full fee is paid.  After this date, any student with an outstanding assurance fee will have their laptop restricted to a whitelist of academic resources only.  These students will not have access to anything other than the 59 listed applications necessary to "do school".  This restriction will be in place until the fee is paid or removed in HAC.  Please be sure when going to make payment in HAC that your pop-up blocker is turned off so you can add your payment information. Here is a link to a document showing you how to make your HAC payments.
Over the past 7 years, the majority of laptops having damage were caused by liquid damage from laptops being near lunch or water bottles in backpacks.
Your child may personalize their MacBook with covers, keyboard covers, or school appropriate stickers.  It is also a good idea to mark their chargers as they might get easily mixed up while using at school.
If you have any questions, you can call or email Mrs. Fortner at tfortner@mckinneyisd.net or 469-302-6679
Thoughtful Thursday: Positivitee
by Jill Reagan
Red Ribbon Week
by Mandy Biros, Counselor

October 26th - 30th

We will be talking about making good, healthy choices during this week. It is a long-standing tradition to have fun and dress up during this week. This is OPTIONAL, but the kids have a lot of fun with it.
MONDAY-      Parent/Teacher Conference Day - no school!

TUESDAY-    Wildcats are Drug Free & Red-Y!
             (Wear RED).  

WEDNESDAY- Wildcats Say, "Give Drugs the Boot!"
             (Wear cowboy/cowgirl gear)                    

Thursday-    Wildcat Fans Team Up Against Drugs!
          (Wear Favorite Team Shirt)

Friday-   Wildcats Say, "Sock it to Drugs"!
   (Wear Silly/Fun Socks)

Counselor's Corner: Character Strong
by Mandy Biros, Counselor           

Homeroom Huddle Topics

Support the PTA TODAY!
by Jenni Webb, Membership VP

Wildcat families.... We need your support more than ever in 2020! One way to support our amazing school is to JOIN THE PTA! We are so hopeful that soon we will be able to get back to providing students and teachers with$ the amazing support and fun programs we have had in the past! REMEMBER Everyone can join: Parents, students, grandparents, friends, and even community members!

What does the PTA do for our school?
The Eddins PTA helps fund and support events and programs such as the following: Grants for teachers, Technology Grants, Educational assemblies, Monday folders, Agendas, Reflections Program, Tutoring, Science Grants, Yearbooks, Back to School Night, Boohoo Yahoo Breakfast, Donuts with Dads, Monster Mash, Shop N Share, Spring Carnival, Muffins with Moms, Field Day, Senior Breakfast, End of Year Bash, Staff Appreciation, and so much more!
*Without your support we could not do all of these things!

Join PTA and buy Spirit Gear at Eddinspta.com

                          Membership $10  Yard Sign $12  Decal $2          

Health and Social Distancing Protocols
by MISD Health Services & Nurse Middleton

COVID 19 Screening
by MISD Health Services & Nurse Middleton

Please be aware that you will be asked these questions prior to entering the building every time.  Thank you for keeping Eddins a safe and healthy building.

Nurse Middleton
Eddins Elementary School Nurse

COVID-19 Symptoms for Screening
Please do not enter the building or begin your work day; if you answer yes to any of the following questions; notify your campus nurse or if the nurse is unavailable your supervisor/front office for further guidance.  
Have you traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days? Please speak with your Campus Nurse/Supervisor/Director of Health Services.
Have you or anyone in your household experienced an onset or increase in:
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Chills 
  • Repeated shaking with chills 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Headache 
  • Sore throat 
  • Loss of taste or smell 
  • Congestion or Runny Nose (new symptom added by CDC in June 2020)
  • Diarrhea 
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees 
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
Together we can keep our schools safe!

Volunteer with the PTA 
by Micah Bolton

You can make an exceptional difference at Eddins!  Volunteers are always needed at both the classroom and school-wide levels and we have several areas that can use your help. There are opportunities for everyone to contribute - we have many working parent volunteers and volunteers with younger children too (due to Covid, younger siblings are not allowed on campus, but we hope this is lifted very soon!) Many of these opportunities require very little time. 

Please see the Volunteer opportunities here or contact Micah Bolton at eddinsvolunteers@gmail.com for more information. Thank you in advance for the time, talent, and donations you volunteer to support all of the students and staff at Eddins this year!

Please make sure that you complete your 2020-2021 MISD Volunteer Background Check so you are able to volunteer and be part of school activities on campus. A new application is required every school year. 
eBooks Available
by Taylor Fortner

WANTED: Substitute Teachers
by MISD 

Join the McKinney ISD team by becoming one of our valued substitutes.  Apply online today:  
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