EVANS WEEKLY
Issue: #39
May 29, 2020

Dear Panther Parents,
 
This is our final newsletter for the 2019-2020 school year.  We really do appreciate the teamwork that went into this year, especially this last quarter.  The majority of our students were working diligently each day and our teachers did an amazing job instructing virtually with such a limited amount of prep time.  Final grade will be posted in HAC June 1st.  Please email if you have any concerns about grades after you have viewed the final report card for 2019-2020 school year. 
 
Reverse parade:  This was a huge success and we appreciate all of those who participated.  It was amazing to see all of those precious faces.  I expected the fun, but I didn't expect the emotions that bubbled up...sorry for those who saw me in tears.  It really was an awesome day!! 
 
Laptop return: Many of our families were able to check-out laptops for this final quarter.  Please hold onto those for now.  MISD will have return procedures in place in August.  Students will basically turn-in laptops and receive their new 1:1 laptops which they will have throughout middle school and into high school.  More details to come later in the summer.

If you are moving over the summer, please contact our registrar, Paula Lough and let her know so she can assist you with withdrawal paperwork that you will need to register at your new school.  plough@mckinneyisd.net.  
 
Pick-up/Drop-off:  Thanks to those who completed the Google Form regarding items still needing to be picked up or dropped off.  I will send out an email in the next week or so with some dates that I will be available for the leftover items to be picked up or returned. 
Please click  HERE  to access the Google Form.
 
Let's have some fun!!  The link HERE will take you to a staff autograph project that you can print and attach into your child's yearbook or memory book as desired.  We had fun writing these notes to our students.
 
As always, please continue to check our website at www.evansms.com for the most up-to-date information.  We are also available to return calls and emails throughout the summer, so please don't hesitate to reach out. 
 
Below is information from our yearbook:

Good news! Evans MS Yearbook signing IS NOT cancelled!
Evans Parents and Students:
Yearbook Signing: SOCIALLY DISTANCED EDITION
 
We are excited to announce that the Evans MS yearbook signing tradition is alive and it's fully digital to suit our socially distanced students. 
 
Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student in our school the chance to create  virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not.
 
Share the link below with your student or if they are under 13, please register their account for them so they can get started with the yearbook signing.
 
 
If you are connected on the Evans Yearbook Instagram Account it will also have instructions. IG: @evansmsyearbook
 
Happy Summer and Stay Safe and Healthy,
Darla


Check out our Facebook Page  
Click here to visit our school website
PLEASE UPDATE CONTACT INFO AND NOTIFY US IF YOUR STUDENT WILL BE ATTENDING ANOTHER SCHOOL NEXT YEAR
Parents,
Here are 3 quick reminders:
  1. If you are moving over the summer, please notify the school by emailing Paula Lough at plough@mckinneyisd.net.
  2. Make sure that your current email address is on file. A registration update will be emailed in August for you to complete --otherwise you will have to complete a packet by hand at the beginning of the school year.
  3. Remember that you will need to provide a new current proof of residence when school starts.  (MUST be a gas, electric or water bill; we cannot accept cable bills or insurance bills)
If you have any questions and to send notification of withdrawal, please email Paula Lough at plough@mckinneyisd.net 

Enjoy your summer!!

WILL YOUR STUDENT BE TAKING DRIVER'S EDUCATION THIS SUMMER?
I f your student is turning 15 during the summer break and plans to apply for a Driver's Learning Permit before school starts, make sure you contact Paula Lough to get a Verification of Enrollment form. This form is needed to apply for the learner's permit. Please contact Mrs. Lough at plough@mckinneyisd.net.
 
SCHOOL SUPPLY ORDERS FOR 2020-2021







 
School Supply Packs can now be ordered online through July 7th at:
 
Evans school ID is: EVA010
 
All packs are $43.00.
Please note - The recommended binder this year will be 2 inch instead of 3 inch. The cost is $8.00.
 
All orders will be delivered during Evans Back to School Night in August. If you have any questions, please contact Kristine Alexander at kristinealexander2155@gmail.com

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McKINNEY ISD NEWS BRIEF

A new edition of McKinney ISD's News Brief is now available online.
In today's edition: MISD Board Approves Expansion of Student Technology Plan, Includes a MacBook for Every Student in Grades 3-12; Graduation Streaming; Grab & Go Meal Program Extended Through Summer

PTO; BOXTOPS, AMAZON PRIME & KROGER 

We Need Your Help!!!

Here are four ways you can help your PTO.   As you can see, we have made it much easier for you with step-by-step instructions.   It doesn't take long to follow these steps.  We greatly appreciate your help! 


There's a new way to collect box tops which means no more cutting them out.  Checkout the video!


Box Tops New App: Scan for your School
Box Tops New App: Scan for your School

The newly updated way to collect Box Tops is so much easier.  So now you have no excuse not to collect box tops.  For more information, click  HERE .

It's easier than ever for you to make a difference at Evans! We have two new ways for you to support our school while you shop, without any extra cost to you.
 
Do you shop at Kroger? Evans Middle School PTO is now enrolled with Kroger's Community Rewards program. If you already have a Kroger Rewards Card, log in to your account at www.kroger.com and then click Enroll. You can search for Evans Middle School PTO or enter our code, AF012. New users will need to create an account, which requires some basic information, a valid email address, and a Rewards Card. You must have a registered Kroger Rewards Card account to link it to our school. If you don't have a card, they a
re available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. Then each time you shop at Kroger, swipe your card or use the phone number related to your card. Then PTO will take the proceeds to help our students and staff!
 
When you shop through Amazon Smile, Evans Middle School PTO will receive 0.5% of most purchases to fund programs, events, and grants at our school. To get started, designate Evans PTO as your charitable organization by going to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-1206927. Then every time you shop, start at smile.amazon.com and our school will benefit (at no cost to you!).
Please share these ways to support Evans Middle School with friends. Thanks for your support!

Miranda Barhydt
PTO President
2019-2020
COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Well, we made it. Next week is the last couple of days of the 2019-2020 school year. Thanks for hanging in with us. We hope that you find rest and rejuvenation this summer. Who knows what is in store for next year. This week I attended a webinar on Hope, optimism and gratitude. It is so interesting, and yet not surprising, what those three things do for our emotional and physical health. We are hard-wired with 5 basic emotions (sadness, joy, disgust, anger, fear - think Inside Out movie), but humility, forgiveness, empathy, optimism, kindness, patience, gratitude, compassion are all skills learned. That means we can always get better. And, when we practice these skills, stress levels go down. Jenny Severson is the author of Thrive and was the moderator of the webinar ( https://jennyseverson.com/ ). It was fascinating stuff, check it out if you are interested. But, the basics is our brains are not multitaskers of emotions. It can certainly jump at a rapid pace from emotions, but it can't have two simultaneously. So, if we are practicing positive skills and emotions like hope and optimism, it's really hard to let depression, stress and anxiety dominate our life. What can you do? Jenny gave two very basic recommendations that came about while she was battling cancer. 
  1. Every day her family shares a win, a low, a high. What did you do today that was a win, what was a low - and try to reframe, and then what was your high today.
  2. Everyone in the family has a feel good list. It's easy, just list out 5-10 things you do that make you feel good and when you don't feel good - go to your list. Number of items on the list should go up as we get older. Young elementary will have 3-4 and then on up. Keep them healthy and positive (read a book, draw a picture, go for a walk, take a bath, shoot hoops, talk to a friend, etc.)
 
Happy summer everyone. Stay healthy and safe. We can't wait to see your kids (and you)!
Cathy and Errin

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NOTES FROM THE NURSE

Please remember that incoming 7th graders next school year will need to begin the year with their immunizations up to date.  If you receive and email, it means we need updated records for your student.   Please update your immunizations as needed when the community closures and Governmental recommendations allow routine doctor visits.

We hope everyone has a wonderful summer break, and we are looking forward to seeing you in August!

Stay Safe and Healthy!
McKinney ISD Health Services Team
Nancy Yarbrough BSN RN
MISD GRAB & GO MEALS;
NEW INFORMATION
Grab & Go Meal Program Extended Through Summer
 
The USDA has given McKinney ISD approval to continue the Grab & Go meal program through the summer months.
 
Please Note: MISD will not be serving meals on the following days - Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day); Friday, July 3 (observing the July 4th holiday- However, MISD will be serving Friday's meals during Thursday's pick up.)
 
Grab & Go Pick-up Locations
Vega Elementary - 2511 Cattleman Dr., McKinney, TX 75071
Webb Elementary - 810 E. Louisiana St., McKinney, TX 75069
Finch Elementary - 1205 S. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069
Slaughter Elementary - 2706 Wolford St., McKinney, TX 75071
Valley Creek Elementary - 2800 Valley Creek Trail McKinney, TX 75072
 
Grab & Go Pick-up Days
Monday - Friday
 
Grab & Go Daily Pick-up Time
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
Grab & Go meals are free to any child 18 years old or younger.

   

MHS PTO; VOLUNTEER POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2020-2021

Hello #lionnation! We hope you are all staying healthy and enjoying your time at home with your family.  
 
Its that time of year again...time to fill the board for the next school year!  Open chair positions include:
 
SPIRIT WEAR CHAIR - This person oversees the design, ordering and selling of all PTO sponsored spirit wear.
 
ROAR STORE CHAIR - This person oversees the purchasing and restocking of approved food products for the school store.
 
FOOTBALL CONCESSIONS CHAIR - This person oversees and coordinates the home game football concessions (bonus, get in free to these games!)
 
TEACHER GRANTS CHAIR - This person oversees and coordinates the application and selection process of the PTO teacher grant committee.
 
If interested, please email Gina Koch at dgtkoch@tx.rr.com

 
HIGH SCHOOL COLORGUARD
If you have an 8th grader who is interested in joining the Color Guard team on any of the three high school campus' next year, please click on this link for information.
CLICK ON THE ARTICLE TITLE TO OPEN
PLEASE UPDATE INFO AND NOTIFY EVANS IF YOUR STUDENT WILL BE MOVING OVER THE SUMMER
DRIVER'S EDUCATION; VOE REQUIRED
ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR NEXT YEAR
McKINNEY ISD NEWS BRIEF
PTO; PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
NEW ONLINE EBOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS AVAILABLE
INCOMING 7th GRADE STUDENTS NEED SHOTS UPDATED
MISD GRAB AND GO MEAL UPDATE
PARENTS OF INCOMING 9th GRADE MHS STUDENTS
HIGH SCHOOL COLOR GUARD INFO FOR 2020-2021