Midland Messenger

October 19-23, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

We are about half-way through the first trimester. At this time of each school year, we check to see what our students know and have learned to this point. It is especially important this year since we know our students have unfinished learning from last year. The data we receive will assist our teachers in designing instruction that meets your student's needs. During a regular school year, this would happen in the school day. Since we are in school remotely, we are conducting these assessments online during their synchronous time. We had originally planned for in-person testing for grades K/1, but now all testing will be online.

As we have been looking at our attendance and engagement, we see that many families are having a hard to having their students engaged in learning every day. I encourage you to contact your child's teacher if you need help! Our teachers are adjusting instruction each day and want to reach the learning needs of all students.

Thank you for all that you are doing during this time. We recognize it's a challenge, and we appreciate all of your efforts!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

October 21th ~ Asynchronous learning day

October 28th ~ Asynchronous learning day

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Social Emotional Learning Corner by Mrs. Blaisdell

This week’s focus is — Being Assertive.

Being assertive means finding a respectful way to ask for what you want or need. We will be discussing passive and aggressive behaviors; that tend to NOT get us what we want or need at school. We will be learning about assertive behaviors that will help us to solve problems, build relationships and assure we get what we want and need.

  • Face the person with head and shoulders up.
  • Use a calm, respectful and firm tone of voice.
  • Use “I messages” to express how you feel and what you want or need.

As a family— You can discuss situations at home where an assertive interaction would be better to build relationships and get everyone what they want and need. Practice using “I messages” to state how you feel, and respectfully state what is needed. Practice leads to progress. 😊

Have a Great Week full of Empowering Interactions 😊

Library Book Check Out

Library book checkout is now available for grades 2 through 5 beginning this week. Students will be learning 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.

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Kitchen Staff Appreciation week was October 12th-16th

Thank you to Mrs. Shelly Reed and Mrs. Valerie Hines for all they do for us at Midland! We appreciate all the work they do to efficiently prepare and hand out breakfast and lunch sacks to our Midland Mustangs! They worked hard throughout the summer as well as during this time of Virtual Learning.

Thank you!

Have you picked up your school supplies?

We still have quite a few bags of school supplies for students to pick up. If you haven't had a chance to pick yours up yet, please stop by the office during the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

These are important supplies that your student needs to be successful while learning at home. Thank you!

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Calling all parents of Preschoolers:

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Transportation Appreciation Week

This week we celebrate our transportation staff for all their hard work and efforts! Even though students are not currently in our buildings, they are working hard to establish routes and plan for when we return to school. They also help to distribute breakfast and lunch sacks in several areas throughout our district to ensure families have access to meals for their children.

Thank you!!

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.

Still having laptop issues?

Our IT department has been amazing at meeting the needs of our families, but some of our devices need to have the proper updates to make them work most efficiently.

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.

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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.