Midland Messenger

February 1-5, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

I cannot tell you the JOY that our staff and students felt this week with the return of some of our Kindergarten students!! We are proud that we are able to offer both remote and in-person learning opportunities for our students.

As we continue to move forward with the return of students, first and second grade families will begin seeing an email with COVID-19 health screening questions. When you receive this email, please start practicing. This will be required to be completed by 8:30 every morning that your child attends in person. If you have not received this email by Wednesday, please call our office to be sure we have the most up-to-date email address on record.

Our survey for grades 3-5 will go home in the middle of this week, to ask if you prefer your child to continue learning remotely, or if you prefer to have them come in person. Once we receive your results, we will begin making a plan for the next phase of our plan.

Currently, the schedule is for grades 1-2 to return on February 8th and for grades 3-5 to return on February 18th. Please note that these dates are still subject to change as we are finalizing our plans, and as we stay aware of the news from the health department.

We look forward to seeing your student in the building, or continuing in remote learning, in February!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

February 3 ~ Asynchronous learning day

February 10 ~ Asynchronous learning day

February 15-16 ~ No School for Mid-Winter Break

February 17 ~ Asynchronous learning day

February 24 ~ Asynchronous learning day

February 26 ~ HOPE Assembly

Midland wants to STOP Covid at the door!

Kindergarten 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 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. Please start practicing now if your child is not comfortable wearing a mask for a length of time.
  • 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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Support Professionals Appreciation Week

This week we are recognizing Midland’s support professionals. Please take a moment to express your appreciation to the following important members of our staff: Morgan Stephens and Chris Scotti our counselors, Christy Batzle our psychologist, Billie Pratt and Karen Wee our speech pathologists, Bonnie Betts our occupational therapist and Lori Odagiri our physical therapist.

New School Times for Kindergarteners:

Kindergarten Parents! We have new bell times, as we transition into our hybrid model.

Kindergarten in person:

8:55-2:25. Students can be dropped off no earlier than 8:45.

Kindergarten Remote:

9:15-11:45 Cohort A

11:45-12:25 lunch and break

12:25-2:55 Cohort B


Important: Bus Route Information

As some of our students are returning to in-person learning, we wanted to make sure you have the most up-to-date bus information. When it is time for your student to return to our building, 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.

Weather and Emergency Updates

Weather-related closures will look slightly different while students are in remote learning during the 2020-2021 school year.

Remote learning will not be cancelled due to inclement weather when schools are closed. Depending on the severity of the circumstances, breakfasts and lunches may be available in limited locations.

Remote learning will be cancelled only if the entire district is closed. Breakfast and lunch services will not be available.

Click here for more information from our district's website.

Midland's Lifetouch Fundraiser

Don't forget that Midland has an ongoing fundraiser with Lifetouch and Shutterfly. Our school gets 8% of all purchases when you shop through the storefront link below. Thank you for your support!

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.