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.


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.


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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February 22, 2019

Hello, Mustangs!

We are approaching an exciting time of year!! Our students will soon host their Student Led Conferences in March!!! Teachers will send out digital signup information prior to that grade level's conferences. This is an important opportunity for our students to own their learning while showing their confidence in conferring with parents or another adult. Truly a great showing of leadership skills and pride in learning for our students! Please be on the lookout for this information.

I do want to be sure that all parents and guardians understand that Student Led Conferences are about the students. We want you to engage them in conversations about the learning they are showcasing. In no way is this a teacher-parent conference. We sponsored teacher-parent conferences at the beginning of the year and as needed after this time. Please remember that any time you have concerns, celebrations, or questions, you should directly contact your child's teacher to discuss via phone or in a person-to-person conference. Our doors are open as it takes the village to raise a child!

We are so proud of our students so let's celebrate them together during our March Student Led Conferences!

Have a GREAT weekend! Read, read, read, and remember to find time for fitness activities with your child!

Yours truly,

Jan Fickling, Principal of Midway Elementary School

Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Monday February 25 - Friday March 1st: Bedford Book Fair

* Tuesday Grits for Grands (A-H)

* Wednesday Grits for Grands (I-P)

* Thursday Grits for Grands (Q-Z) and Family Night Book Fair open from 4:30-6:30 PM

Monday February 25 - Friday March 1st: Box Tops Contest Week

Friday March 1- Read Across America

Tuesday March 5- Rhythm of the Night 6:30 PM

Wednesday March 6- Collaborative Planning Day~students dismiss at 11:40 AM

Student-Led Conferences

This spring we are happy to announce that Midway students will be participating in Student-Led Conferences. This is a school-wide expectation for all our students to show and explain their growth throughout the year to their parent/guardian and build their leadership skills. Please be on the lookout for an email from your child’s classroom teacher providing additional details including how to sign up for conference appointments online that will be held from


Kindergarten: Monday, March 11th and Tuesday, March 12th

1st Grade: Wednesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 14th

2nd Grade: Monday, March 18th and Tuesday, March 19th

3rd Grade: Thursday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th

4th Grade: Wednesday, March 20th and Thursday, March 21st

5th Grade: Tuesday, March 26th, Thursday, March 28th, and Friday, March 29th


MES Bedford Falls Book Fair this week! Book Fair hours and Grits for Grands days and times are posted below.
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We would love to have your help during the fair! If you would like to sign up for a time to volunteer, please use the button tab below

***A current year 2018-2019 Volunteer Profile and Consent Form is required for a background check. If you do not have one on file, you may see Ms. Pansy in the MES main office to complete and submit to our Lexington School District One Central Service Office.***

Midway Elementary PTO Box Tops Contest Week February 25th – March 1st


Dear Midway Families,

The PTO collects Box Tops for Education and Tyson Project A+ Labels to earn

money for our school. (The Labels for Education Program has ended). Last year, we raised $3400 in cash from Box Tops for Education and Tyson, which helped pay for school improvements and events. Your family can make a difference just by clipping the Box Tops and Labels from the products you use every day.

The Spring Contest is Monday, September 24th – Friday, September 28th! The winning class in each grade will earn a special treat party and will be presented with a Box Tops Trophy to display in their classroom until the next contest. Begin collecting labels at home and send them in the week of the contest! For questions or to volunteer contact Melissa Forrest (!


* CLIP — Box Tops are on hundreds of products like Big G Cereals, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, Land O’Lakes,

Hefty, Ziploc, Hanes, and more! Each Box Top is worth 10¢. BONUS Box Tops are worth anywhere from

20¢-$10 and come in many different forms, so keep your eyes open! For a full product list go to

*DOWNLOAD – Download the Bonus Box Tops App. There are so many great offers to increase earnings!

*SIGN UP — Sign up for an account at where you can enter online promotions and sweepstakes,

participate in surveys and play games to earn eBoxTops. You can print high value coupons too.

*HANES4EDUCATION — Does your business, sports team or civic organization order Hanes or Champion t-shirts? Submit the invoice to MES to earn 1 Box Top per shirt. Your child’s class will get credit as well-

*TYSON PROJECT A+ - MES earns 24¢ for every Tyson label

You can print the Spring Contest Form below to send with your box tops!

Spring Box Tops Contest Form

click to view and print

Mark your Calendar for Rhythm of the Night Performance~ March 5th at 6:30 PM

Rhythm of the Night

4th & 5th Grade Black Light routine

March 5th at 6:30 PM

MES Cafetera

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COLLECTING OLD SHOES: 5th Grade Spring Service Project

Our 5th-grade spring service project is to collect old shoes. So clean out your closets and start looking under your beds for gently used shoes and turn them in to your child’s teacher or one of our collection boxes in the halls. Every pair you recycle means extra funds for CampMates, less landfill waste and the potential to connect us to a SoleMate! We are collecting shoes through the end of the school year.

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Midway Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week

This week, our Mustangs celebrated RAK or Random Acts of Kindness Week. Several classes and teachers participated in the Grow a Flower/ Give a Flower event while others had fun doing kind acts and checked off their lists for the Kindness Challenge. All this while everyone spread positive notes of "Kindness Confetti" around. Our Mustang family really knows how to show they care! Thank you to our wonderful School Counselors for organizing this special week!
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Mrs. Howell's Crew planting seeds of kindness during Random Acts of Kindness week!

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Stone Soup!

MES 3rd, 4th and 5th graders enjoyed Columbia Children's Theatre's production of "Stone Soup" This musical version of the classic folktale shares the story of feared strangers who inspire a whole community through the use of one little stone. When weary foreigners arrive in the village square, fear and suspicion reign. But as the outsiders start to make soup out of a stone, each of the locals is prompted to contribute to the ever-growing, communal meal. This ageless story serves up a poignant reminder that community is built one ingredient at a time.
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State Honor Choir students Morgan Nesmith and Taylor Glover pose with their medals and certificates congratulating them on a wonderful performance. On February 9th, they performed for the South Carolina Music Educators Conference under the direction of Rollo Dillworth. We are so proud of these singing Mustangs!
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Midway Artist of the Month

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February Artist of the Month

Mrs. Behrends and Mr. Erd continue to choose a different student each month, Grades K – 5, to be the Artist of the Month.

Student art is on display in the front case for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to check out the art! Congratulations to the following Artists of the Month for February:

Grade K: Joseph Merck

Grade One: Emilie Morgan

Grade Two: Veer Srinivasulu

Grade Three: Luke Smith

Grade Four: Bruce Bruton

Grade Five: Reece Stacherski

Congratulations to these wonderful artists!

Art is on display in the front showcase.



Dear Parents of Fifth Graders:

If your child is interested in the Tri-DAC Summer Institute and has been nominated, please visit the sites below. Josh Keiper, the

Tri-DAC Visual Art Director, made two short audition videos which give valuable information for Portfolio and Audition expectations.

Please review!



Mrs. Behrends and Mr. Erd will open their art rooms after school on the following Wednesdays: February 13, 20, 27.

If your child would like to bring in their artwork and use this work time, we will be available. We are not allowed to help with assignments but can offer supplies and a work space. If your child is going to attend any or all of the work sessions, please contact Cindy Behrends via email: or Grant and let us know which days you will attend. The room will be open from 2:15, right after school, until 3:30.

Parents, please park out front, sign in and walk to the art room to pick up your child. Do not be late! If you have any questions, please contact Behrends or Erd.


Cindy Behrends
Art Teacher
Midway Elementary School
(803) 821-0252

Mark Your Calendars!

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STEM Night Donation Sign Up

Good evening!! We are so excited about our upcoming family STEM night August 8 from 6-8pm. We have a lot of super fun activities planned for our students and their families. We are asking for some supply donations for all of our STEM stations. We can’t do this without help!
Sign Up for STEM donations

click to view and sign up

2019-2020 Registration Dates continue for 4K, 5K and New to Midway Grade 1

Spread the word to neighbors and friends that have rising Kindergarten and new to MES first grade students that it's time to register. We use these pre-registration numbers to determine the number of classroom teachers needed.

Required for Registration:

Parent Driver License

Proof of Residence- SCE&G or Water Utility recent statement

Child's Long Form Birth Certificate

Child's Immunization Record

Child Social Security Card (not mandatory)


Current Price now $30 individual and $34 with personalization for MES Yearbook!

Monday the yearbook price will go up to $30 a person, $34 with personalization. Go online to order yours now!

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Midway Cafeteria

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Midway Elementary PTO Facebook

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Midway Elementary SIC Facebook

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Midway Elementary FIC Facebook

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See below to learn how to earn prizes, pizza and money by competing in the School Challenge! Order pizza from Marco's Pizza online now through May 15th and earn "Pizza Points" for Midway Elementary!
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Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law. The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at