Midland Messenger

November 15-24, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

It’s that time of year that we share our gratefulness! Here are a few things I am thankful for this year…


T is for the Teachers who make a difference in our kids’ lives!

H is for the helping hands of our Paras, office, kitchen and custodial staff!

A is for the academics we teach, so our kids can learn new things!

N is for the neighborhood of MIDLAND, a wonderful community!

K is for our KIDS! They are the reason we do our work!

S is for sisters, brothers, moms, dads and relatives who make up our Midland family!


Our Midland staff would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!



It's great to be a MUSTANG!

With a grateful heart,

~Dr. Paula Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

November 15 ~ Retake Picture Day in AM

November 17 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

November 24 ~ 11:55 Dismissal

November 25-26 ~ No School for Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1 ~ 1st Trimester Ends

December 1 ~ 11:55 Dismissal

December 8 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

December 15 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

December 20-31 ~ No School for Winter Break



**For additional future scheduled activities, please check out our Midland calendar at https://midland.fpschools.org/**

Thanksgiving Break: No School Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th

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Social Emotional Learning:

Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

November 15th

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

A growth mindset means that you believe your intelligence and talents can be developed over time. A fixed mindset means that you believe intelligence is fixed—so if you're not good at something, you might believe you'll never be good at it.

Students have learned a LOT in this first trimester about Brain Science/Neuro Education and how our brain works for learning and emotional regulation. The messages we send ourselves about our capabilities to grow in learning and emotional wellness is imperative every day

There is scientific evidence that “mindset” can override “skill set” and keep us from growing and succeeding. What this means is that the messages we receive (from others, and most importantly ourselves) can SLOW or STOP our growth, learning and development of skills. Basically, if we BELIEVE we can’t, then we probably won’t. If we send ourselves positive Growth Mindset messages, we are more likely to grow, learn and succeed. These types of messages include:

“I will train my brain and build neuro pathways.”

“Mistakes help me to learn.”

“I’ll use a different strategy.”

“I can always improve.”

“This make take some extra time and Cognitive Rehearsal/Practice”

“I can do it!”

“I’ve got this!”

Substitutes needed in our kitchens

Our Nutrition Services Department is looking for substitutes for our kitchen staff. If you are interested, please visit our district website to apply.

Healthy and Safe practices at Midland

Midland families,

Just a reminder of the things that we'd like you to consider before sending your child to school each day:


  • A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above?
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell


These are some safety precautions we will be practicing at Midland:

  • Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus, in the halls, in class, and at recess.
  • Students will wash hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • Students will sit 3 feet apart in the classroom, and 6 feet apart during breakfast & lunch.


If your child has been exposed to COVID, or if they are showing symptoms of illness, you may not send them to school until they have been quarantined and symptom free for 10 days. Teachers will provide work for students during this time. We are counting on everyone to keep Midland safe for all students and staff. Thank you!

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Upcoming Events

(Early Release, School Events, Academic Calendar, etc.)

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Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sander, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000.