THE GALLOPING GAZETTE

MES Weekly School Newsletter

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Jan Fickling, Principal; Christy M. Graham, Assistant Principal;

LaQuana Aldridge, Assistant Principal

Phone (803) 821-0300 Fax (803) 821-0303

180 Midway Road
Lexington, SC 29072

Midway Elementary School Website

Midway Twitter

Office Hours: Mon-Fri. 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISION

The vision of Midway Elementary School is for students to become self-directed, life-long learners who are responsible thinkers, collaborative workers, and productive citizens for the 21st century.


MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MISSION

The mission of Midway Elementary School is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment, in collaboration with our community, which fosters the total development of every child.

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September 21, 2018

Hello, Mustangs!


Woohoo!! What an exciting week as Midway Elementary was recognized as one of America's Healthiest Schools! We received the Bronze Level and joined 461 schools across the United States in this recognition. Many thanks to PE Teacher Laura Gates and our Health and Wellness Committee for leading this challenge! Thank you to our classroom teachers for adding movement to the instructional day and to our student leaders for creating our school Tabata workouts! TRUE teamwork!! Go, Mustangs!


What a wonderful night we had at Salsarita's! You need to know that the whole crew at Salsarita's asked me to tell you thank you for your wonderful support!! We truly "took them by storm" for a good three hours!! What fun we had! The food was great!! Thank you all for sharing your dinner time with us!


While this has been an exciting week, next week is going to "rock n' roll" with action! Yes! We have three BIG events this week!

  1. We have our wonderful week for the Book Fair with three mornings for Grits for Grands and one evening for Family Night at the Book Fair. Love this opportunity to get new books!
  2. It is Bring Your Parent to PE Week! Parents, you get to put on those tennis shoes and get sweaty with your child! Truly a fun time!
  3. This is our Fall Box Tops for Education Week. It is a win-win. You have already purchased the product so just clip the BoxTop Coupon and send to school. PTO will package and collect the free money!!!

Again, thank you for support! Our Midway family is awesome because of YOU!! We make a shining team of Mustangs!!


Yours truly,


Jan Fickling

Principal of Midway Elementary School


P.S. The installation process for the new playground equipment is suppose to start on Thursday!! Totally pumped about this!!!!!

Spirit Day and PTO Chick-fil-A biscuit sales next Friday, Sept. 28th!

Show your Mustang Pride and wear your spirit wear or teal and black. PTO will have Chick-fil-A biscuits for sale at morning drop off for $3. Enjoy!

Friendly Reminder: School District One Volunteer Requirement

If you plan to volunteer at Midway with classrooms, chaperone field trips, help teachers with making copies, after school activities with students etc. you must complete a new Lexington County School District One Volunteer Profile and Consent Form including your Social Security Number for a background check and attach a copy of your Diver's License or State Identification Card.

*** A new form must be completed each year.***

You may pick this form up in our Main Office.

Please make the following corrections in your Student Handbook and Calendar for October:



October 24, 2018 -- 11:40 a.m. Early Dismissal (not on October 17)

October 26, 2018 -- Report Cards Issued (not on October 25)


We apologize that these corrections did not make it to printer of calendars on time.

Celebrating Dot Day!

Making dots, wearing dots, Mustangs celebrate Dot Day!

This is a day based on the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds and it helps promotes creativity, bravery, and self expression. We will explore ways to make our mark, set new goals, and try new things.

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Book buddies in Lloyd and Wood's classes work to make dots transform into something bigger.

PE:

Midway's 2nd Annual Take Your Parent to PE Week ~Sept. 24th-28th

Active Schools, a national movement to help schools provide at least 60 minutes a day of physical education (PE) and before, during and after school for physical activity for students, is sponsoring the Second Annual Take Your Parent To PE Week from September 24-28th. Please use the sign up link below to say you will join your student!

America's Healthiest Schools- MES Bronze Level

Our Health Team worked very hard last year and Midway was awarded one of America's Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. There are 1239 schools in South Carolina and we are 1 of 25 that received this honor. Only 461 schools in the United States received this award.

Thank you for your support and continuing to make Midway Elementary one of America’s Healthiest Schools!

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Learning Commons

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MES PTO Fall Box Tops Contest Week Sept. 24-28


Just a reminder that the Fall Box Tops Contest Week is coming up Monday, Sept 24th – Friday, Sept 28th! Start clipping and more information will come home soon! You can also sign up at www.btfe.com and enter sweepstakes for bonus box tops as well as download the Bonus Box Tops app to earn more for your school! There are some great offers on the app right now!


The PTO collects Box Tops for Education, Tyson Project A+ Labels, and Hanes4Education (Hanes/Champion) invoices to earn money for our school improvements and special events. Your family can make a difference just by clipping the Box Tops from the products you use every day.

Guidance:


We Are So Excited

to

Have Male Mentors


We have a group of men that are willing to come once a week and read, help with projects, throw the football, shoot hoops, have lunch, play board games, etc. with our male students. Several of these programs exist throughout the district and other neighboring districts and are very successful.


If you are interested complete the information below and return to school. For more information you can contact Mrs. Gray, one of our school counselors. We are excited and can’t wait to watch these amazing relationships form.




Chan Gray

School Counselor

Midway Elementary

cgray@lexington1.net

803-821-0309

Mentor form

click to view and print

Thank You Mustangs for your donations to Relay for Life!

Mustangs enjoyed wearing their crazy hats for a $1 donation to support Relay for Life. $305.60 was collected! A special Thank You to Lily Neel, Justice Skeen, and Riley Patrick for their donations earned by having a Lemonade Stand!
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Another Great PTO Restaurant Night at Salsarita's!

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From Your Midway PTO


Dear Midway Families,


We want to thank you for all you do to support MES. We know we ask a lot of you – both time and money. But we cannot continue to make improvements to the school like the upcoming shade structures or the student garden or provide teachers with grants or provide funds for professional support, field trips, school supplies, staff appreciation events, and much more without your support.


This year alone we have budgeted:

· $14,200 for Field Trips

· $12,500 in Professional Support (teacher development, training, etc.)

· $15,000 in Teacher Grants (supplies and classroom materials, etc.)

· $6,100 in Teacher/Staff Appreciation

· AND MUCH MORE (our operating budget is $105K)!!


As our family has expanded to include more students and teachers, the PTO’s budget has continued to increase. We are also trying to quickly raise funds for another large capital project; a new digital sign for the front of the school.


We heard you Midway! Last year, we received many positive and thankful notes for a direct monetary donation fundraiser. By having a direct donation fundraiser, 100% of the proceeds STAY at Midway, NO WORK is required from you, and your donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!


In addition, the PTO is attempting to scale back on fundraisers by eliminating the Silent Auction this year. However, to remain transparent, this will be the primary FALL fundraiser. Boosterthon will continue to be our primary SPRING fundraiser this year. With fewer large-scale fundraisers, we know we are helping parents, but we also risk being unable to meet our current financial commitments plus raise money for the new digital sign, so we encourage you to consider this when giving. Based on historical profits from past fall fundraisers plus the silent auction, our goal is to raise $25,000 which is a little over 20% of our total 2018-2019 operating budget.


We hope this fundraising method makes life easier this fall which is such a busy time for everyone. As always, thank you for your generosity and help in supporting Midway and the PTO.


Best Regards,

The Midway Elementary PTO


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Fall PTO Contribution Forms

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Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information or age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities.


The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer Michael L. Stacey handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX, inquiries/complaints regarding Title II with respect to employees and/or public access to buildings and grounds, and inquiries/complaints involving the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Inquiries/complaints regarding IDEA for students K–12 go to the Director of Special Services Wendy Balough, Ed.D. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for students K–12 go to 504 Coordinator Ann O’Cain. Inquiries/complaints regarding Title II implementation go to the Coordinator of NCLB Title II Part A Hilary Morgan.


If you have questions regarding these issues, contact these people by mail at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 or by telephone at 803-821-1000.

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