Midland Messenger

October 11-15, 2021

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. If you did not yet have a chance to complete the family survey, we ask that you do so today by clicking here! The survey closes on Monday, October 11th.


This is another busy week with both our health screening on Thursday and picture day on Friday. Picture envelopes went home last Friday, so please have your student return their picture envelope THIS Friday (October 15th) if you want to purchase pictures. They always make great holiday gifts! We recognize that some of our students have been exposed to COVID and are home in quarantine. We will have a picture make up day for those students.


If your child does need to miss school due to a positive COVID exposure, please be sure to let our office assistant, Mrs. Roberts, know right away, so that we can keep track of your child's attendance and work that needs to be sent home. Our teachers want to keep students engaged in the learning as much as possible, even when they have to be home.


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

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 13 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 15 ~ Picture Day

October 20 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 21 ~ The Great Shake Out

October 27 ~ 1:55 Dismissal


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

Picture Day is this Friday!

October 15th is Picture Day for our students at Midland. Check your child's backpack for the order envelope that went home last Friday. Picture envelopes should be returned on picture day with exact change enclosed or a check made payable to QSP. Please see below for a copy of the Picture Order Envelope so you can pre-plan your order. You may also order pictures online at www.qualityschoolportraits.com with the online code: MIDL7
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Social Emotional Learning:

Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

October 11th

We are continuing our studies in Brain Science.

Kindergarten and First grade are learning the basics of our brain’s job and how we can take care of our brains.

Take care of your brains with adequate amounts of sleep—exercise—giving and receiving love/connection—reading or looking at books. 😊

We are also working on using our brains to focus—listen—follow directions in the classroom.

In grades 2nd – 5th we are focusing on three parts of our brain that lead to learning and emotional regulation and we will also learn about neurons and neurological pathways:

The Prefrontal Cortex—

The Hippocampus—

The Amygdala

Neurons and Neurological Pathways—Neurons are a type of cell in our bodies. They are the only cells that “communicate” with each other. Connected neurons create neurological pathways. Our brains are constantly building and strengthening neurological pathways. New information goes on the “connection journey” from short-term memory (Pre-Frontal Cortex) to our long-term memory (Hippocampus) where it becomes memory and is accessible for use in our work and continued learning.

  • The more we practice a skill, run through a routine, or learn about a topic—the wider and smoother the neurological pathway becomes and the faster the skills are built upon and retrieved from long-term memory.
    • This process of practice/cognitive rehearsal and strengthening our neurological pathways is called Myelination
    • If we don’t practice/rehearse skills to Myelinate the neurological pathway, the pathway shrivels and becomes less usable. (that is why we forget skills that are unpracticed) .
    • The good new is that neuro pathways are easier to Myelinate when we have “background knowledge” about the skill or topic and when we have learned about it before and just need new practice to bring it back to our memory.

You can be VERY impressed with your scholars and what they are learning about Neuroscience and how their brains work for learning and emotional regulation. 😊

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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 over 500 students breakfast and lunch every day . We appreciate all the work they do for us to quickly and efficiently serve so many Midland Mustangs.


Thank you!

Midland's Health Screening is postponed

Families, our health screening which was planned for Thursday, October 14th will be postponed.


Unfortunately, our newly hired nurse will not be able to join our staff. We are in the process of looking again for an LPN who can work in our health room 6.5 hours daily. Please spread the word that we are looking for a new school nurse. Thank you.

Healthy and Safe practices at Midland

Midland families,

Just a reminder of the things that we'd like you to consider before sending your child to school each day:


  • A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above?
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell


These are some safety precautions we will be practicing at Midland:

  • Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus, in the halls, in class, and at recess.
  • Students will wash hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • Students will sit 3 feet apart in the classroom, and 6 feet apart during breakfast & lunch.


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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Upcoming Events

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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.