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 7, 2018

Hello, Mustangs!


I need to be sure that you are aware that it is illegal to cross the double yellow lines to pass our traffic. Last year a SC Highway Patrolman wrote tickets for $232 for this offense. You are also risking running head-on into one of our buses that leaves early or other oncoming traffic. For the safety of all, please remain patient as you wait for traffic to move. Traffic is flowing much better now! Thank you all! Safety first!


Yeehaw!!! Yes, our awesome Mustang Fest is getting closer and closer! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 19, 5:00-8:00 p.m. This is a truly terrific family event!!!


We have our Salsarita's Night on Wednesday, September 19! A percentage of the sales is returned to PTO to support our students and school needs. This is a win-win as you have dinner, enjoy the fellowship, and support the school! Truly a fun night!!!


So excited that we are getting closer and closer to the installation of new playground equipment and the shade structures! These are planned for installation in October. Thank you to our PTO and wonderful parents/guardians for your dedicated fundraising. Your efforts made the shade structures possible! Thank you to the district for purchasing new playground equipment! We did delay the installation of the shade structure once we learned of the new equipment coming as we wanted to avoid any possible damage while installation took place. There will be new equipment and shade structures on both the kindergarten and large playgrounds!!! Woohoo!!!


Have a wonderful weekend! Do read with your child or children as well as exercise! Develop these habits so that we grow the love of reading and physical fitness!!


Jan Fickling, Principal of Midway Elementary

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.

Dot Day is coming! We will celebrate Dot Day on Friday, September 14th

Wear your dots- big dots, little dots. lots of dots!

This is 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.

PTO Free Family Movie Night Friday September 14th MES Soccer Field

Seating opens at 6:35 PM and Movie starts at 7:30 PM
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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!

Learning Commons

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We're using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming Book Fair volunteer opportunities. We would love to have your help during this fun celebration of reading!


Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:


1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/NmoHFcD

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's easy - you will not need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.


Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.


Please stop by the school office to complete the district's volunteer form if you have not already. Thank you!

Literary Coach, Mrs. Mixon reading to Mrs. Livingston's Kindergarten Class

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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.

Lexington District One needs bus drivers



Lexington County School District One has openings for bus drivers across the district.

If you are interested in applying, please visit the Transportation Office located at 315 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and apply in person.

Drivers must be able to pass a physical, have three years experience, and a clean criminal and driving record. Training will be provided.

If you have any questions, please call 803-821-1340.

MCEC donated Crepe Myrtle seedlings to all third grade students as a part of their "Tree-mendous" program to encourage students to plant trees to support our environment.

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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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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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