Dear Panther Parents,

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I cannot let the opportunity pass me by without saying how much I appreciate our partnership. I am grateful to work with a community of staff, students, and parents who are proud to be Panthers. I truly hope everyone has a restful and fun-filled Thanksgiving spent with family and loved ones.

Our first ever READ-A-THON has officially kicked off. Students were given reading tracking sheets along with donation information today in their ELAR classes. While traveling to see relatives or simply having a little down time, we felt promoting reading while also raising funds for our campus was a top notch idea. This is campus run and operated, so 100% of the donations come directly back to our campus. I encourage each student to send the link (which I will put below) and/or QR code (which can be located on our evansms.com website) to at least five people. Students kindly ask for either flat rate donations or pledges per pages read, track their reading, let their pledge people know how much they owe, then turn in the earnings. That simple! Easiest fundraiser ever! We will accept payment in three forms: cash brought to EMS front office, check written to Evans Middle School and brought to our front office, OR you can utilize the easiest of the three by completing an online purchase using a credit card. Donors will have to setup an account, but the company we are using for processing is a top level security company. No personal information will be shared or outsourced. The link for credit payment is:
We can’t wait to see how many pages our students read. Incentives will also go to students with most pages read, most donations collected, and the class that brings in the most earned pages/money (pizza party). Let’s get to reading!!
*The info and tracking sheets provided to students today in ELAR are attached below.
And thank you in advance for your support!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Panthers,
Darla

469-302-7111

Evans Calendar of Events
Dear Parents/Guardian, House Bill 1076, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, allows the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to consider the most recent, nationally-accepted, peer-reviewed recommendations when considering appropriate age for conducting mandatory spinal screening. In compliance with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children shall undergo screening for abnormal spinal curvature in accordance with the following schedule: · Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 and again at age 12.(regardless of grade level) · Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14(regardless of grade level). Spinal screening on your student will be conducted at this campus between the weeks of November 29 - December 17, 2021. The procedure for screening is simple. Screening will be conducted during a specific time. Your child’s back will be observed while he/she stands and then leans forward from the front, back and side. For this examination, boys and girls will be screened separately. Boys will wear their pants or gym shorts and only remove their shirts. Girls will need to wear a halter-top, sports bra or a two-piece swimsuit with pants, shorts, or skirt.
Every year, the MISD High Schools arrange a holiday food drive to benefit local McKinney families. this year, they are asking Evans families to donate napkins and utensils. There is a collection box in the front office vestibule for you drop off these items. Let's all pitch in and support our community!


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Spirit Night
PTO would like to thank all of those who attended our Chipotle Spirit Night! Evans truly has the most supportive Panther family! 
Our next Spirit Night will be at MOD Pizza on Dec. 7th from 10:30am - 10:00pm

Staff Appreciation: Dec. 6th – Dec. 10th
We all know the holiday season can get hectic and stressful, especially for our teachers and staff. So, this month help us give them the gift of TIME! Teachers will bring presents that need to be wrapped, and we will be wrapping the presents for them in an effort to take a little something off their already full plates! If you can help us out, we would sure appreciate it! Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4EA5A82EA0F9CE9-staff4  


Did you know you can shop the same Black Friday Deals using AmazonSmile so that your purchases can help support Evans PTO?
Just remember to shop at smile.amazon.com, or in the Amazon app with AmazonSmile turned ON within Settings, and they will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases (at no extra cost to you).
You can select Evans PTO as your AmazonSmile charity by visiting: smile.amazon.com/ch/57-1206927
Spirit Wear
Cooler weather has finally hit Texas! What a perfect time for you to purchase a warm spirit wear hoodie or long sleeve shirt for your Panther! 
NEW design blue hoodie $30 or Retired design hoodie $20
Black long sleeve retired design $15
NEW t-shirt design $20 or Retired design t-shirt $10 
You can make a purchase online at www.evanspto.com.


Copy Room Helper
You must be an approved volunteer to work these events. If you have not already done so this year, please go to https://webserv.mckinneyisd.net/workspace/ and fill out the application ASAP.
Shopping for your Thanksgiving Feast? Link your Kroger card to Evans PTO so they can give back to our community and our school. Kroger stores are on a mission to not just be a part of, but to help create a stronger community.
Got Box Tops? Box Tops for Education is still accepting traditionally clipped Box Tops! Every little bit helps. The deadline is Oct. 25th, 2021. 
Hi Panthers,

As we near a week of celebrating family and plenty, we acknowledge that this year has had its unique challenges. If you’re having a hard time embracing the spirit of thanksgiving, try a few tips from this article on how to be grateful during difficult times.

We are so grateful for our amazing Panther family and for the ability to support and work with you each day. 

Our next Live Kind Club meeting will be Thursday, December 2nd, after we return from our Fall Break. We hope you have a wonderful one!

Warmly,

Cathy DeLisle, counselor A-K, cdelisle@mckinneyisd.net  
Patricia Spear, counselor L-Z, pspear@mckinneyisd.net  
Dear Panther Families, We believe it takes the entire community to help our students grow into kind and compassionate young adults. Your student(s) receives a weekly CharacterDare on Mondays during Panther Time that is an actionable challenge focused on strengthening one of their “character muscles” like patience, kindness, commitment etc… The program we use, CharacterStrong, also provides Family CharacterDares that are aimed to provide actionable ways families can strengthen relationships, engage in character development activities together and continue conversations around serving others, and showing empathy and kindness for others. There are four categories of Dares: 
• Conversation Starters 
• Acts of Kindness 
• Recreation and Rest 
• Expressions of Love 

Each week we will send out a Family CharacterDare that we challenge you to do with your students. The staff and administrators in the building will also be engaging in this personal character development as well. We believe in the power of role-modeling this work, and we have no doubt that with this common goal in mind, we are creating a more caring, compassionate, and capable world. You can go to characterstrong.com if you would like to learn more about it or contact Cathy DeLisle (cdelisle@mckinneyisd.net) with any questions.
McKinney ISD
COVID-19 Testing
McKinney ISD has partnered with GeneIQto provide COVID testing for MISD staff, students, and families of MISD staff and students. Gene IQ is an approved vaccinator in the state of Texas and provides vaccination services in accordance of state and CDC guidelines, and GeneIQisalso a molecular diagnostics laboratory that provides PCR COVID-19 testing and collection of these.
Testing will be available Monday thru Thursday beginning October 25th from 10:00 AM to 7:00PM.This is subject to change dependent on the number of people using the service. Testing is by appointment only. Testing will be on the North Side of the stadium parking lot outside of the building.
If you have been exposed to Covid-19 or if you are symptomatic, use the following link to schedule an appointment:
https://www.mycovidappointment.com/location/mckinney-isd-stadium/pre-schedule
FCA – Fellowship of Christian Athletes (although we like to call ourselves “Fellowship of Christian Anybodies since you DON’T have to be an athlete to attend) WILL be meeting this year in Mrs. Williams’ room (D-219) on Tuesday mornings from 8:15 – 8:40. We will have a light snack, play a quick game, and have a quick talk from a guest speaker. My hope is that our students will have the opportunity to make a few new friends and have a little fun each week. Please send Mrs. Williams a quick email if you have any questions or would like to help out!

Camille Williams

Evans Middle School
7th Grade Math Team Lead, FCA Sponsor & UIL Number Sense Academic Coach
469-302-7196
LEARNING COMMONS
NO. MORE. HOMEWORK.

That’s what sixth grader Sam Warren tells his teacher while standing on top of his desk. He's fed up with doing endless tasks from the time he gets home to the time he goes to sleep. Suspended for his protest, Sam decides to fight back. He recruits his elderly neighbor/retired attorney Mr. Kalman to help him file a class action lawsuit on behalf of all students in Los Angeles. Their argument? Homework is unconstitutional.


Check out e-books on the school break.



Kelli Bolin
469-302-7117
Media Resource Specialist
What's for Lunch?
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. McKinney will be participating in the USDA waivers for free meals once again this school year. Healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost.
 
Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such, McKinney ISD will process household applications during School Year 2021-2022 to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year