October 6-9, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
Now that school has been going for a month, we are looking at the routine elements of the school year, but in a new way. A regular element of the school year is celebration of student success! In years past we have held MOJO Assemblies, but this year we are changing our celebrations to HOPE Assemblies. Students will be recognized monthly for being Hard-working, Outstanding, Perseverant, and Empathetic. We recognize that students can be successful academically AND with traits that show them to be "all-around" students, including friendship and determination. Students will also continue to be recognized with Midland Pride Tickets, Marvelous Mustang Club, and positive phone calls home.
Another regular school element is attendance. Beginning today, we are required to monitor a student's attendance and then contact families when students are absent. We did not do our daily attendance calls in September, as we know there were many adjustment issues around getting started. Now, as in the past, students will be excused for illness, appointments, and other documented reasons, such as court or family emergencies. Students will be marked absent if they do not attend their teacher's virtual class session or engage in the provided work. Absences will need to be excused with a parent note or call with an excusable reason. The most important piece is that we really want your students to be engaging with their teacher and work each day, especially since the instruction time has been shortened.
I hope you had a great "long" weekend. Enjoy the beauty of the season this week!
It's great to be a MUSTANG!
Have you picked up your school supplies?
These are important supplies that your student needs to be successful while learning at home. Thank you!
Social Emotional Learning Corner by Mrs. Blaisdell
This week’s focus is Listening—
In all grades we are beginning to use our schoolwide Second Step SEL program. This week’s focus teaches us the skills needed for Attentive Listening. For grades K-2—EYES watching-EARS Listening-VOICE Quiet-BODY still. For grades 3-5 1. Focus your eyes on the speaker. 2. Focus on what is being said to understand. 3. Ask questions for clarification. 4.Repeat or paraphrase to assure you understand. Strengthening your skills in Attentive Listening builds stronger relationships and is essential to growing as a learner.
As a family— You can discuss times when listening with attention is particularly important. Notice when someone in your family is doing a great job at listening attentively and express appreciation. Attentive Listening is a skill, and skills can be improved and built upon. Allow your child to practice attentive listening, be attentively listened to, and be proud of your family’s efforts to connect with one another through Attentive Listening.
Have a Great Week of Listening and Learning from each other. 😊
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:
- Eligible families must reside within the Rainier Connect service area to qualify, please see highlighted map for boundaries or visit https://rainierconnect.smarthub.coop/Shop.html#SelectAddressAndCity:
- Staff can assist families by submitting the Rainier Connect- Student Connect Program Application (link below)
- 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.
Still having laptop issues?
If you are still not able to use the school device, or if the audio/video is not working, please let us know! We want to make sure you have the "fix" so your child can access learning each day.
The help number for the IT department is 253-298-4647 or you can fill out one of the two forms linked below.
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.