THE GALLOPING GAZETTE
MES Weekly School Newsletter
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.
February 22, 2019
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!
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
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
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
Midway Elementary PTO Box Tops Contest Week February 25th – March 1st
FREE MONEY AND SUPPLIES for Midway!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
* 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 www.btfe.com.
*DOWNLOAD – Download the Bonus Box Tops App. There are so many great offers to increase earnings!
*SIGN UP — Sign up for an account at www.btfe.com 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- www.hanes4education.com
*TYSON PROJECT A+ - MES earns 24¢ for every Tyson label
You can print the Spring Contest Form below to send with your box tops!
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
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.
Midway Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week
Mrs. Howell's Crew planting seeds of kindness during Random Acts of Kindness week!
Midway Artist of the Month
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.
IMPORTANT Tri-DAC INFORMATION
tri-DAC PARTICIPANTS READ CAREFULLY!
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.
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: email@example.com or Grant Erd:firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Midway Elementary School
Mark Your Calendars!
STEM Night Donation 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)
TIME TO ORDER YOUR MIDWAY YEARBOOK!
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!
MARCO'S PIZZA SCHOOL CHALLENGE!
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 http://www.lexington1.net/contact-us.