Midland Messenger

December 7-11, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

This week I would like to highlight the work being done at Midland by Anita Blaisdell, our Social Emotional Learning teacher. You may have seen her article in each newsletter (below), but did you know that your child's Canvas class for Skills for Success is filled with resources? Mrs. Blaisdell works tirelessly to provide videos, lessons, and ideas for students to learn and grow in knowledge of themselves. She teaches about self-regulation, communication, gratitude, and this month she is teaching about giving. I encourage you, as parents, to engage with this module together with your child. The lessons are about how to give moments of time. Gifts do not need to be about more stuff. The most precious gifts we have are our relationships and time with loved ones. I encourage you to read her article below and this week, check out Mrs. Blaisdell's class with your student. Then, perhaps over the break, check out her previous modules, too. You'll be glad you did!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

December 8-11 ~ Attendance 12 @ 12 ZOOM Dance Party!

December 9 ~ Asynchronous learning day

December 11 ~ Crazy Hair Day!

December 11 ~ Report Cards mailed home

December 16 ~ Asynchronous learning day

December 17 ~ Holiday Sing Along

December 18 ~ Virtual HOPE Assembly @ Class Conferences

December 21-January 1 ~ No School for Winter Break

Crazy Hair Spirit Day!

Friday, December 11th is Crazy Hair Day! Have fun making your hair look crazy and share your new look with your class during your conference!

IMPORTANT: Annual Student Information Update Needed For Every Student

A primary guardian needs to log on to Family Access in Skyward and complete the Annual Student Information update for your student. There are several forms that need to be completed every year, so even if you don't have any changes you must log on and complete the updates. It only takes a few minutes of your time. Please see examples below of what to look for in Skyward.

Make sure to click SUBMIT to complete the updates when you are done!

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Social Emotional Learning Corner by Mrs. Blaisdell

This week’s focus is — Giving~~I have created a Module within my Skills for Success/Social Emotional Learning Course that focuses on GIVING. I am encouraging students to give the “Gift of Moments” in this season of giving. I have included many ideas for their “Gifts of Moments” and I encourage the entire family to look at the ideas and inbox me others that you may have; I would love your input. I have also reminded students that Giving is one of the wonderful reciprocal actions that benefits the GIVER, just as much as the RECIEVER. 😊

As a family— You can make plans for Moments of Giving in this season together. Enjoy! Each of your children is a true gift to me.

Lead with a Giving Heart This Week 😊

This week, some of our Mustangs enjoyed Pizza with the Principal!

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K-2 Counselor News

Hi Primary Families,

Starting Monday, November 30th, Ms. Morgan Stephens, our primary counselor, will deliver her lessons via video recorded lessons. While meeting in person with students has been meaningful for those who come, we have determined that many of our students and families need more personalized support from our school counselor. Students will still be able to access Ms. Stephens' lessons through Canvas at their scheduled counselor time, and now she will be available for more home visits, small group lessons, and individualized counselor support for families. If you have questions or if your student needs more intensive counseling support, please reach out to Ms. Stephens at 253-298-4532.

Midland Fundraiser:

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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.

Technology Help

Please continue to reach out to us if you are having trouble with your computer!

The help number for the IT department is 253-298-4647 or you can fill out one of the two forms linked below.

We are enrolling Head Start and ECEAP students:

Please click the links below to watch a video about pre-school!

English: https://youtu.be/XsVCh3yfCng

Spanish: https://youtu.be/nI8Xk7o8Glc

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PTA Corner

Your PTA membership matters! Please consider joining and click the box below to fill out Midland's PTA membership form for the 2020-21 school year.

  • $12 for a Single Membership
  • $20 for 2 Memberships
  • $10 for Student Membership
  • $12 to Sponsor a Teacher
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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.