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January 2020

Dear Parents,

We hope that 2020 is off to a great start for you and your families! It’s hard to believe we are entering the last week of January already. We have so many students to celebrate this month.

  • Our ELM (Extraordinary Leadership Models) certificates were presented to students recognized for their “Think Win-Win” attitude on Friday, January 17th (Stephen Covey’s Habit 4).
  • We are so proud of our Robotics Team. They competed in their second competition on January 13th at North Forsyth High School. We had four teams place in the qualifying round and one team place in the top 15 finalists. Congratulations, Robotics Team!!
  • The Forsyth County Spelling Bee was held on Saturday, January 11th. Our Midway student representative was Harshithram Ganeshram. We are very proud of him!

In addition, we have several upcoming events we hope you and your families will join in to round out this month.

  • On Friday, January 24th, we will gather in the cafeteria for BINGO Night. It will be a fun night to spend with family and friends. Thank you, PTO, for organizing this family event!
  • As a member of the Denmark Community (schools that feed into Denmark High School), we extend to you an invitation to our Parent Night on Thursday, January 30th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Denmark High School. Please join us to learn more about Succeeding from Elementary Through High School and Beyond. Please RSVP using the following link: https://forms.gle/sovZn7iMQ6JcLgkJ7

As always, thank you for sharing your precious children with us.

Jan Munroe, Daphne Rogers, Jennifer Brown, & Greg Walkup

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Important Dates

January 29th: Itslearning Parent session

January 30th: Denmark Parent Series 6-7:30

February 14: No School (Student & Staff Holiday)

February 17: No School (Presidents' Day)

February 18: No School (Professional Learning Day)

February 25th: Family Connect Night

March 2-5: Spring Book Fair 7:30-4:30

March 12th: Early Release

March 13th: No School (Professional Learning Day)

World Read Aloud Day

Last Year’s World Read Aloud Day was a Great success here at Midway. The date for the 2020 WRAD is February 5th, we will have guest readers here at Midway that day, as well as our second Denmark Read With a High Schooler night at DHS at 6:30 (more information coming soon)

We invite you to join us in celebrating reading aloud with your child. It may simply be the most precious and powerful time you spend connecting with your child each day. Share pictures of this special time reading with your child on Twitter @MidwayES using #MidwayReads #OneMidway and #WorldReadAloudDay. For more information, check out The Rise of Read-Aloud—Kids & Family Reading Report.

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Family Connect Night

Midway Elementary will have their very first Family Connect Night on Tuesday, February 25th. There will be No homework and No Studying assigned this evening! We hope students and their families’ use our Family Connect Nights as a time to reconnect with one another. We encourage you to set aside technology on these evenings and enjoy some fun family time together. Please share pictures of your family playing games, etc by using the hashtag #MidwayReads and #OneMidway

Itslearning Parent Session

Midway is offering itslearning parent sessions. We will discuss the itslearning platform and how students and teachers use it on a daily basis. Please join us on January 29th to learn more about this learning management system. We will have sessions at 7:00am, 11:00am, 3:45pm on January 29th.

Please complete this form letting us know what time you can attend. http://tiny.cc/Itslearning

Please bring your child’s username and password, we CAN NOT provide you this information at the session.

This system, provided by our district, allows students and teachers online access to resources and activities which are meant to supplement the teaching and learning that occurs in the classroom. In the event of a school closure, such as an inclement weather day, itslearning will be used as a digital learning environment to provide continuous learning for Forsyth County students.

Jennifer Lundstrum

Instructional Technology Specialist



News from Midway PTO -

It’s FINALLY here!! Bingo & Raffle Night is TONIGHT, Friday, January 24th from 6-8PM. Bingo and raffle sales will start at 5:30PM.

  • Bingo game pack $10, Raffle tickets - $1/each
  • Donate 3 new OR gently used kid-friendly books to receive ONE free raffle ticket!
  • Concessions!! Come hungry and enjoy pizza, snacks, candy and refreshments while playing!!
  • Pizza - $2/slice, popcorn, soda, water and all candy - $1 each **CASH PREFERRED**
    • Donated books will be used to aid Principal Munroe’s Literacy Drive.


Save the Date!!!

  • February 22nd, 6-8PM - Father Daughter Dance in the Midway Gym
  • March 21st, 6-8PM - Mother/Son Event in the Midway Cafeteria
  • April 25th - Mustang Trot - More information and details to come
    • Be on the lookout for more information to come about these awesome events!

Finally, Midway PTO is in the procurement stage of the Young Author books, a sizable expense to the PTO. Each Midway student will have the opportunity to write their own, unique story book. These books would not be possible without the generous contributions to the PTO by Midway Families, so THANK YOU!

Counselor's Corner

Over the past two months we have been talking to our Midway students about Body Safety using The Lures program. This program emphasizes listening to your instincts (uh-oh) feeling and how it’s important to tell a trusted adult when you do not feel safe or scared. Some great pointers for parents are:

- Keep communication open with your child. It might be hard sometimes but the more you talk to each other, the more they will come to you as they grow up.

- Have an emergency plan. Who can be an emergency contact for him if you’re not around? Who can pick them up? If there’s a fire, where will you meet up?

- Set up a code word. If there is an emergency or someone other than you are picking her up, have a code word your child can ask for to make sure your person is safe.

- When at stores reiterate with your child that if she gets lost to find someone who works there for help. Point out what employees are wearing and what badges to look for.

- Make sure your child has at least one trusted adult they feel comfortable going to for help other than parents.

For more information, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Dr. Collins and Ms. Driscoll

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Tips Regarding Clothing

Dress appropriately. Weather changes can vary so much, even in the same day. Layering is best!

Please take the time to label all coats, hats, scarves and gloves with your child’s first and last name.

Pack your child a spare set of clothing. Lunchtime spills and muddy falls are common. The clinic relies on donations and sometimes inventory is low.

Tips for Staying Healthy

Keep hydrated, get a good night sleep, eat healthy foods, practice good hygiene and keep hands clean.

Don’t forget to keep your mind and body healthy too. Your physical and emotional health can benefit from a walk outdoors not to mention a great opportunity to connect with your student.

Please visit the school nurse website by clicking on Midway’s homepage under student services. There are great resources about sickness and our school policy which follows CDC and CHOA guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to our illness policy.

From the Midway Café

What an exciting start to the new year we’ve had! New Year New You! We’ve begun working on our healthier habits by remembering what Strong 4 Life taught us: Eat more fruits and veggies; Drink more water; Be more active; and Less screen time. Habits that will make us all healthier throughout our lives.

February is the month of love. So, we want to work on heart health. Ways we’ll do that is by supporting our kiddos & Coach Samples in the Kids Heart Challenge, and by adding some healthy foods like our Harvests of the Month, spinach and cauliflower. Both are served regularly on our menu. Every time we add more veggies to our diet it’s an excellent way to care for our bodies, and our heart is most important!

We also want to show our love to others during this month. A simple smile or act of kindness goes a long way in spreading love throughout our world. We in the café LOVE the smiles we get each day as we serve the kids. The love and kindness they share, makes each day so enjoyable.

Have a fabulous February and we hope you can visit us soon! As always, please reach out to me if I can be of any assistance.

Chris Pruitt

Café Manager

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