Midland Messenger

October 10-14, 2022

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Dear Midland Families,

Thank you to the MANY families who participated in our Student Led Conference Week! We had great participation, and it was fun to see so many of our students proudly sharing with their families.

This is another busy week with both our health screening on Thursday and picture day on Friday. Picture envelopes are coming home today, so please have your student return their picture envelope THIS Friday (October 14th) if you want to purchase pictures. They always make great holiday gifts!

Also this week is the Midland Town Hall, an opportunity for families to hear about Midland's safety and behavior plans, along with an opportunity to hear from students and for you to ask questions of our administrative team. Details for the Town Hall are below.

Thank you for all that you do to support your students! You are great partners with us.

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

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October is Bullying Awareness Month

At Midland, October is a time when we teach about Kindness and Bucket Fillers and address Bullying. It is important that we teach about what bullying is, in addition to how to be a friend. Some characteristics of bullying are that it is targeted, repeated over time, intentional, utilizing a position of power, and is not stopped on request. Sometimes bullying is confused with single incidents of students being mean or rude, or when students are involved with others in arguments or other conflicts. Students are our best reporters, and we encourage them to get help from adults who are close to the situation. If we do not know about a bullying situation, we can’t help. Students and parents can report bullying to any staff person. We have reporting forms and our district policy sets forth specific steps in handling any reports of bullying, harassment, and intimidation. I encourage you to speak with your child about the importance of getting help if they see bullying or feel that they are being bullied. We take this very seriously. As always, you are welcome to contact me if you or your child needs assistance with anything. I can be reached at 253-298-4501 or by email at pdawson@fpschools.org.

Important Dates to Remember:

October 12 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 13 ~ Health Screening

October 13 ~ Town Hall Meeting 6-7 pm

October 14 ~ Picture Day

October 19 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 20 ~ Great Shake Out Drill

October 26 ~ HOPE Assembly

October 26 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

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

Picture Day is Friday!

Friday, October 14th is Picture Day for our students at Midland. Look for Photo Order Envelopes to come home on Monday, 10/10/22. Picture envelopes should be returned on picture day with exact change enclosed or a check made payable to QSP. You may also order pictures online at www.qualityschoolportraits.com with the online code: MIDL22
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SchoolStore Fundraiser

Hello Parents,

Today, your child is bringing home a Parent Information Envelope letting you know about a safe and easy way for our school to raise funds for essential tools our students and teachers need to succeed.

The SchoolStore fundraiser is 100% online so there is NO face-to-face selling, handling money, or delivering products. Your participation will take less than 12 minutes, and there are exciting prizes to make it fun for the students.

Here is all you need to do to participate:

1. Go to https://www.schoolstore.net/sid.t?0000371254 to sign up.

2. Send form emails inviting family, friends, and co-workers to support your child.

3. Return the Envelope with the Student Prize Code to school for your child to get their fun participation prize.

Be sure to ask your child for the Parent Envelope tonight. Your participation will make a difference for our school and teachers!

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Social Emotional Learning Corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

October 10th

Last week we discussed the importance of sleep. Our bodies and brains need sleep. During sleep, the brain sorts through and stores information, replaces chemicals, and even solves problems while you snooze. Many of us do not get the needed amount of sleep. Children ages 5-12 need 9-12 hours of sleep each night. Not every child needs the same amount of sleep, but all children need a good night’s sleep. Sleep helps your memory, it enables growth and strength to increase physical and emotional well-being. Getting enough sleep helps to keep you alert to learn and stay focused. Not getting enough sleep can lower your immune system and lead to getting sick more often. A lack of proper sleep can also make it more difficult to manage our emotions.

Ways to help get a good night’s sleep:

  1. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This helps your body establish a sleep routine.
  2. Turn off the TV, phone, computer, tablets and other devices 1 hour before sleep time. The blue light and stimulation that is provided by these devices tricks your brain into thinking it is not time to sleep.
  3. Do calming things before bed—read a book, listen to music, deep breathing etc.
  4. Make sure you have had a drink of water, gone to the bathroom and have everything you need to sleep before going to bed. (avoid caffeinated drinks before bed)
  5. Get some good exercise earlier in the day. Heavy exercise right before you want to sleep will make it difficult for your body and brain to settle in to sleep.

Sleep tight Mustangs. 😴

Anita Blaisdell


“I choose to travel forward with hope and gratitude. 💖”

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Music Memo

Hello Midland Mustang families!

This month in music:

Kindergarten is focusing on steady beat, rhythms (tas, titis, and ta rests), the pitches So and Mi, and most importantly: talking voice vs. whisper voice vs. shouting voice vs. singing voice. It is important for students to know the difference between speaking and singing. While that may seem obvious to us as adults, it is very common for younger students to think they’re singing, but they’re actually just speaking with inflections. We are also learning a song that is in both English and Spanish called “Cantamos En Nuestra Escuela” (We’re Singing In Our School). This song will be performed with 1st and 2nd graders at November’s Multicultural Night. The power standards being covered with these songs and activities are:

Rhythm, Melody, Form, and Timbre & Expression.

1st and 2nd grade is focusing on steady beat, rhythms (tas, titis, tika tikas, and ta rests), and the pitches So, Mi, and La. Soon, 2nd grade will be adding Do and Re (keep an eye out for these in future memos). We are also learning a song that is in both English and Spanish called “Cantamos En Nuestra Escuela” (We’re Singing In Our School). This song will be performed with Kinders, 1st, and 2nd graders at November’s Multicultural Night. The power standards being covered with these songs and activities are:

Rhythm, Melody, and Form.

3rd grade is focusing on a xylophone/metallophone/glockenspiel/tambourine piece called “Circle Dance”, as well as a Mexican folk dance called “Los Machetes”. Los Machetes will be performed with 4th and 5th graders at November’s Multicultural Night. The power standards being covered with these songs and activities are:

Rhythm, Melody, Harmony & Texture, and Form.

4th and 5th grade will begin an ukulele unit this month. Students will learn the names of the strings, how to pluck, how to strum, how to read western musical notation, how to read tabulature, and how to play & sing simultaneously. Students are also learning a Mexican Folk Dance called “Los Machetes”. Los Machetes will be performed along with the 3rd graders at November’s Multicultural Night. The power standards being covered with these songs and activities are:

Rhythm, Melody, Harmony & Texture, and Form.

As always, I would like the music we learn in class to reflect the different cultures of our students. If your family knows a song or dance from your culture, please reach out to me at akellogg@fpschools.org and I would love to integrate it into our curriculum.

Thank you,


Anneliese Kellogg


K-5 Music

Midland Elementary

This week is Kitchen Staff Appreciation week

Thank you to Mrs. Shelly Reed and Mrs. Valerie Hines for all they do for us at Midland! They feed approximately 475 students breakfast and lunch every day . We appreciate all the work they do for us to quickly and efficiently serve so many Midland Mustangs.

Midland's Health Screening is coming soon!

Just a reminder that Midland’s Health Screening will be on Thursday, October 13th. Please try to have your child in attendance on that day, so that our district nurses can screen all children. They will be checking vision and hearing. Thank you!
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Before and Afterschool Care for the 2022-23 School Year!

Serving students at ALL 8 Elementary Schools

Right at School will operate before and afterschool programs at all eight Franklin Pierce elementary schools! Right at School offers a safe environment for students to learn, to play, and to grow!

Upcoming Events

(Early Release, School Events, Academic Calendar, etc.)

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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.