Midland Messenger

September 12-16, 2022

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Dear Midland Families,

This week we have been meeting with students about the importance of BUS SAFETY. We have a few bus stops and bus routes which have had behaviors which are not appropriate and representative of Mustang behavior, which is SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL, AND PRODUCTIVE.

If your child rides a school bus, please talk with them about these specific bus rules:

1. Students will be safe at the bus stop with words and actions.

2. Students will remain seated at all times and not move seats during the ride.

3. Students will use a yellow (quiet inside) voice on the bus ride and a red (silent) voice at railroad crossings and at the bus stop.

4. Students will only use clean language (no swearing or name calling) on the bus.

5. Students will not climb over or under seats.

6. Students will follow the bus driver's directions the first time.

7. Students will walk in FRONT of the bus after getting off. (Students should never walk behind the bus!)

If you have a concern about your child's bus, I welcome your communication. Please call or email me at (253)298-4501 or pdawson@fpschools.org . We want to be sure all our students feel safe at the bus stops and the bus rides every day.

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

September 14 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 21 ~ Taproot Theater 12:45-1:45 pm

September 21 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 28 ~ HOPE Assembly

September 28 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

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

You Belong! Every Student! Every Day! Attendance Matters! Below is a video partnership with the Tacoma Rainiers and Franklin Pierce Schools.

Harlem Wizards are BACK!

Be sure to select "Midland Elementary" when purchasing your tickets and $2 from the sale of every ticket will go to Midland. Stay tuned for updates on special Midland staff players to be announced! See details about this fun event on the flyer below!
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Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

September 12th

Last week we learned about Structures for Teaching and Learning, as well as Focusing to be the best learners while we are in our Learning Communities.

Teaching/Learning Structures:

I Do—Teacher is speaking—Students are focused, looking, and listening to LEARN. 😊

WE Do—Teacher and students are working together to LEARN—this can look like “Do what I do.” (using the document camera) etc.

Teacher is right there to support, scaffold, and lead to assure all students succeed.

Y’all Do—Students work together collaboratively in partners or small groups. Student groups create work together, discuss ideas together, they support

one another and learn from each other. 💕(research says this can be the most engaging and successful way to learn)

You Do—Students are ready to work on their own and show what they have learned. 🏆(teachers available if needed)

We also discussed the importance of FOCUS and strategies to assure we get focused and stay focused on the right things for learning. We’ve got this Mustangs! We are a Learning Community. 😊

Anita Blaisdell


“I choose to travel forward with hope and gratitude. 💖”

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Mustang Music Memo

Hello Midland Mustang families! My name is Kellogg and I am your students’ music teacher. Each month I’ll communicate announcements and class content to you via this Music Memo.

For the first two music classes, students will learn classroom expectations and routines, collectively create classroom guidelines for fostering a caring community in our class, as well as practice rhythm and singing on pitch using musical name games. After those two first classes, students will begin to compose a musical idea using the name rhythms and pitches from our beginning-of-the-year name games.

I’m excited to announce that we are planning on performing concerts in May! Concerts will be for all 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders. More details to come once dates and times are solidified.

ATTENTION: Lastly, I’d like the music and movement we study in class to be reflective of our students’ cultures. If there are any songs or dances from your culture that you think would be fun for students to learn, please reach out to me at akellogg@fpschools.org

Thank you for your time,
Anneliese Kellogg
Midland Elem. Music Specialist

Sign Up for the Bus Bulletin

Would you like to know when your student’s bus is going to be late or what is happening?
Once you know your child's route, you should consider signing up for bus route notifications using Bus Bulletin. Bus Bulletin will send you text messages to your cell phone with real-time updates on your child's route. For instance, if your child's route is running late, Bus Bulletin will let you know.

How to sign-up to use Bus Bulletin:

  • Log onto the website http://busbulletin.com/parents/ or click on the QR code and look to the right side of your screen. Click on “Sign In”, click on "Register Here," and answer the simple prompts. You will provide your name, your email address, a password, and select Franklin Pierce Schools. Then enter the code on the screen, accept the rules of use, and finally click on Submit.
  • You will then be asked to select the route, which is written in code:
    • The first two numbers are the ROUTE NUMBER, and the letters are the SCHOOL abbreviation:
      • Preschool: HDS for Head Start and ELC
      • Primary: BD, CA, CH, CO, ELM, HA, JS, MD
      • Secondary: FMS, FPHS, KMS, WHS, GATES
        • Example: 19MD is route 19, Midland Elementary School.

Important Health Reminder:

Please remember that if your student is awaiting COVID test results, do not send them to school until you get a negative result back. If your student has had a positive COVID test result, be sure to keep them home and alert our school nurse or call 253-298-3099.
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Don't forget! Updating your family access information must be done annually!

Interactive Skyward Family Access features are open and ready for primary guardians to review, update, and/or request changes to your child's information.

We ask that a primary guardian log into Family Access and complete the Annual Student Information Update for your student. Please use this link to log into Skyward Family Access:


Please enter your login ID- It will be either your email address or first name.last name (Sally.Jones)

Password will be something you chose in the past or you can set a new password.

From here you will see your student's name on the upper left-hand corner with multiple options available to you. If you have more than one student attending a Franklin Pierce School you will have a drop down that says All Students, when you click on the drop down it will have all your students and you would choose the correct student.

This screen shot is for a family with multiple students. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of All Students to select the correct student. Click on Annual Student Information Update and complete ALL steps.

If you need help gaining access to a computer, try the Pierce County Library, visit your school, or come to the district office.

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NEW Before and Afterschool Care for the 2022-23 School Year!

Serving students at ALL 8 Elementary Schools

Right at School will operate before and afterschool programs at all eight Franklin Pierce elementary schools! Right at School offers a safe environment for students to learn, to play, and to grow!

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Upcoming Events

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

Franklin Pierce Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

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.