Midland Messenger

March 8-12, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

I want to begin with a shout out to our para-educators this week. Midland has 12 staff members who assist teachers, provide instruction in small groups., support individual students' needs, supervise students in the morning and at recess, and jump in where ever it's needed. Midland is so fortunate to have such hard working staff! A HUGE thank you to: Mrs. Dressel, Ms. Julie, Ms. Felita, Mrs. Knittle, Mrs. Reed, Ms. Navarro, Ms. Anderson, Mrs. Waters, Mr. Weimer, Ms. Collins, Ms. Sherri, and Ms. Carol Santos -Warner.

As we all keep our eyes on the news with illnesses in the area, please remind your students that the best way we can stay healthy is to wear a face covering, wash hands frequently, and to keep socially distanced. Our custodial staff is working hard to keep Midland clean and safe. Our district is working closely with the health department. In the meantime, if your student is sick, or if you have someone in your home who is being tested for COVID, your student should stay home. Thank you for completing the health attestations in the morning before 8:30. We have just a handful of students each day who are still missing their health check. It's really important that it's complete for all students who will be in the building.

Finally, I just want to remind you that if your student is scheduled to be online, it is important that they turn on their computer and arrive to their virtual class on time. Students should attend for the whole session and participate with their class. This is considered their school day, and attendance is taken each day for both in person and online learning.

This week marks the end of the second trimester! Thank you for all you are doing to support your student with their learning.

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

March 8-12 ~ Para-Educator Appreciation Week

March 10 ~ Asynchronous learning, End of Second Trimester

March 14 ~ Daylight Savings Time/ Spring ahead

March 17 ~ Asynchronous learning day

March 19~ Report Cards go home

March 24 ~ Asynchronous learning day

March 31 ~ Asynchronous learning day

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

Daylight Savings Time Begins: Spring Forward 1 hour on Sunday, March 14th

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Drop-off and Pick-up News

We have a higher volume of cars dropping off and picking up students this year. In order to help everyone navigate our car zone safely, please remember these guidelines:

1. Please pull all the way into the striped area and move to the end of the zone or pull up to the car in front of you. Do not leave big gaps.

2. Please stay in your car, unless you are assisting with a car seat or helping your young child onto the sidewalk.

3. Please watch your speed in the parking area.

4. In the pick-up line, please do not have a long conversation with your child's teacher. Of course, we know you want to connect, but if it's something you need to discuss, please email or call so that our line can keep moving.

5. If you need to go into the office, please park in a parking spot. We have 4 15-minute spots in front of the school. Please reserve our disabled parking areas for those with these needs.

Please note: Our COVID safety plan states parents cannot walk their students to the school door, where other students are waiting. Please remain in your car and allow our staff to help your child in the crosswalk. Thank you for your understanding during this time. We are doing all what we can to help ensure safety and we appreciate your help!

Midland wants to STOP Covid at the door!

Midland families,

Just a reminder that you need to complete a health screening questionnaire EVERY morning. This survey will come to your email, but you can also set it up to be sent as a text to your phone, for easy completion. If you have not filled out the form, your child will not be allowed to enter class until we have heard from you to answer questions, and have your child's temperature taken. Please see the button below for specific information regarding the Daily Health Check, as well as what to do if you are having trouble receiving the email.

PLEASE do your part before school, so that your child can go to class when they arrive.

  • 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 6 feet apart in the classroom.

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 14 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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Over the nose it goes! Over the chin, you win!

Important: Please check your bus routes!

As our students are returning to in-person learning, we wanted to make sure you have the most up-to-date bus information. Please be sure you check their bus routes.

We have adjusted the elementary school pick up and drop off times. The times on the bus cards that families received in the summer are now incorrect, however the location is still correct. For the updated times please see the information listed below:

Use the E-LINK SITE to find your child's bus route and pick-up/drop-off times. When you get to the site, type in the following username and password:

Username: guest

Password: guest

Note: It is important that parents also check back a few days prior to school, as route schedules do change as more students are enrolled.

Once you know your child's route, you should consider signing up for bus route notifications using 'Bus Bulletin'. Bus Bulletin will send text messages to your cell phone with real-time updates on your child's route. For example, if your child's route is running late, Bus Bulletin will let you know.

To sign up to use Bus Bulletin, follow these steps:

  • Log into the website http://busbulletin.com/parents/
  • Look to the right side of the screen. Click on 'Sign In'
  • Click on 'Register Here' and answer the simple prompts providing your name, email address, a password, and select Franklin Pierce Schools.
  • Enter the code on the screen, accept the rules of use
  • Click submit
  • Select the route which is written in a code - the first two numbers are the ROUTE NUMBER, and the letters are the SCHOOL ABBREVIATION (MD is Midland)
  1. Preschool: HDS for Head Start and ELC
  2. Primary: BD, CA, CH, CO, ELM, HA, JS, MD
  3. Secondary: FMS, FPHS, KMS, WHS, GATES

Technology Help

Please continue to reach out to us if you are having trouble with your computer!

The help number for the IT department is 253-298-4647 or you can fill out one of the two forms linked below.

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PTA Corner

Your PTA membership matters! Please consider joining and click the box below to fill out Midland's PTA membership form for the 2020-21 school year.

  • $12 for a Single Membership
  • $20 for 2 Memberships
  • $10 for Student Membership
  • $12 to Sponsor a Teacher
Upcoming Events

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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.