Midland Messenger

November 9-13, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

I want to stop to appreciate our Veterans! This week our school will recognize the work of our veterans with a virtual assembly, which was prepared by Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM). This locally produced video highlights the jobs which can be done in different branches of the military. Teachers will be teaching about our Veterans and the contributions they have made to our country.

Please know that in observance of Veterans' Day, there will not be school on Wednesday, November 11th.

On behalf of our Midland community, I want to extend our deep appreciation for all our military families. Thank you for your sacrificial service!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

November 11th ~ No School for Veteran's Day

November 18th ~ Picture Retake Day (see below for details)

November 18th ~ Fall Family Engagement (see below for details)

November 18th ~ Asynchronous learning day

November 25th ~ Asynchronous learning day

November 26 & 27th ~ No School for Thanksgiving Holiday

IMPORTANT: Annual Student Information Update Needed For Every Student

A primary guardian needs to log on to Family Access in Skyward and complete the Annual Student Information update for your student. There are several forms that need to be completed every year, so even if you don't have any changes you must log on and complete the updates. It only takes a few minutes of your time. Please see examples below of what to look for in Skyward.

Make sure to click SUBMIT to complete the updates when you are done!

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Social Emotional Learning Corner by Mrs. Blaisdell

This week’s focus is — Gratitude—We are going to learn a few simple facts about how an “attitude of gratitude” works in our brain to lift us up, help us to be healthier, and brings us joy. Our lessons this week will include a little brain science that states that when you focus on things that you are grateful for…your brain (and ) are more open to seeing all that we have to be grateful for in our lives. Our conference discussions will be about naming people, places, things, and experiences that we are grateful for. I can’t wait! 😊

As a family— You can simply look for and discuss often, the people, places, things and experiences that you are grateful for in your lives. I am grateful for all Midland students and families.

Strive for an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE this Week 😊

Fall Family Gratitude Night

Join us for a fun Fall Family Gratitude night on November 18th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

We will gather on a Zoom conference, listen to and discuss a story, do a project, and take a photo to create a Midland Gratitude Mural. More information to come from your child's teacher and in next week's newsletter.

Picture Retake Day is Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars for our Lifetouch picture retake day on Wednesday, November 18th! If you missed the first picture day (or if you want to retake the picture) please make arrangements to bring your child to Midland on the 18th between 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

If you are getting retakes, be sure to return the original package when you come.

We want to have all of our Mustang's pictures in our yearbook, so we hope you will come to have your child's picture taken (if you haven't done so already), even if you don't plan to order pictures.

Ordering information:

We have two ways for you to order pictures. You may order online at mylifetouch.com and use the Picture Day ID EVTFSBDZF OR you may come to the school before picture day to pick up a paper order envelope to bring back to the school on picture day with the correct amount of cash or a check enclosed.

Masks must be worn and all COVID safety precautions and social distancing requirements will be followed.

**Please note: Restrooms will not be open to the public during this time**

Help Midland Raise Funds

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Lifetouch Picture Packets are in!

If you ordered Fall picture packets for your student, please pick them up at the Midland office. We are available between 8 am and 3:30 pm for pick up.


The Immigrant Relief Fund WA is providing direct cash payments to individuals who have not qualified for federal stimulus due to status and have been financially impacted by COVID. Please click the link below for further information.


Library Book Check Out

Library book checkout continues to be available for grades 2 through 5. Students have learned how to place a library book on hold through Destiny during their Ed. Tech. and Library class time. Books will be available to pick up the next day after the hold has been placed. Books may be picked up only between 2:30 and 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of each week at the main entrance to the school. We will hold books for students for one week. Keep reading MUSTANGS!

WIFI Opportunity

We have the pleasure of sharing this incredible free WIFI opportunity for families (who qualify) through Rainier Connects - Student Connect Program.

Here’s what you and families need to know:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=zqbbXvHufE-tndcueBeeqm- UsufiOOFCl_BTk-MUKltUNDJFNlRUT01NMUpaM1lCQ1lYVVpKN1hZQS4u

  • Families can self-refer utilizing the English/Spanish Rainier Connect- Student Connect Program Application, at www.fpschools.org/resources


  • Once form is submitted, A parent or guardian over 18 years old will need to contact Rainier Connect directly, at 253-683-4405 and mention the Students Connect program.
  • An adult must be present during the scheduled installation.
  • Rainier Connect must have access to enter the home to complete the installation and confirm the service is working at the time of the scheduled installation.

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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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.