MES Weekly School Newsletter

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Jan Fickling, Principal; Christy M. Graham, Assistant Principal;

LaQuana Aldridge, Assistant Principal

Phone (803) 821-0300 Fax (803) 821-0303

180 Midway Road
Lexington, SC 29072

Midway Elementary School Website

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Office Hours: Mon-Fri. 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.


The vision of Midway Elementary School is for students to become self-directed, life-long learners who are responsible thinkers, collaborative workers, and productive citizens for the 21st century.


The mission of Midway Elementary School is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment, in collaboration with our community, which fosters the total development of every child.

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February 1, 2019

Hello, Mustangs!

Today is World Read Aloud Day! Have you read a book aloud with your child today or this week? Will this be a terrific reason to pull out those favorite read aloud books this evening? Reading opens the doors of information and imagination. Get your reading going!

Many thanks to our students for a fabulous Jump4Kids event on Wednesday and for the many contributions. These funds go to Camp Kemo. We are making a difference for not just our Midway kids but many more!!! Thank you all!

Thank you to all who were able to dine at Mellow Mushroom on Thursday!! Great fun, fellowship, and food were wrapped into one wonderful evening! Midway's family rocks!

We have several great events next week. First, Family Night for 1st, 2nd, and 5th Grades is on Tuesday, Feb. 5. This will be a fantastic night filled with fun and learning...a true showcase night! Next, we have extended registration day on Thursday, Feb. 7, for 4K, 5K, and new to 1st Grade students. Then our week wraps up on Friday, Feb. 8, with our 8:00 a.m. Parade of Nations and our International Night, 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is a free night filled with culture and food tastings. Drinks will be sold to accompany your tasting.

Please do plan to join us for the fun as our week is loaded with opportunities to experience the culture of Midway!

Have a great weekend! Read, get outside to play, and enjoy your family time!

Yours truly,

Jan Fickling, Principal of Midway Elementary

MES Welcomes Our New School Nurse, Mrs. Lindsay Ross!

I am excited to be at Midway! What a great school!

I have been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, after graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a BSN. I have worked in a pediatrics practice and in an acute care psychiatric hospital, particularly working with children and adolescents. I also worked for my hospital in the capacity of creating the clinical documentation for our new electronic medical record system. For the last year, I have been subbing in schools throughout our district. I have loved every job I’ve ever had in nursing.

I moved to Lexington from the Chicago area 5 ½ years ago with my husband and our two kids. Our son graduated 2 years ago, and daughter, Reagan, graduates from River Bluff this year! Please reach out to me with any health concerns or information you would like me to have. My direct line is 821-0323 and my email is I look forward to serving the Midway community!

Lindsay Ross, RN BSN

School Nurse

Midway Elementary School


MES Health Room Nurse Assistant, Jessica Gonzalez and School Nurse, Lindsay Ross

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Health Room Needs:

Thank you for the donations of Saltine Crackers! We are still in need of boys new underwear sizes small and medium.

Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Friday February 8: International Heritage Night~ 6-8:00 PM

Friday 15: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Teacher Workday

Monday February 18: Weather make-up day School in session

Friday February 22: MES Spirit Day and PTO Chick-fil-A morning breakfast sale

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Important Registration Information:

2019-2020 Registration Dates continue for 4K, 5K and New to Midway Grade 1

The registration dates for 4K, 5K and Grade 1 are January 28 through February 8, 2019 with daily registration hours from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The extended registration date is Thursday, February 7, 2019. The hours for this day are 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Required for Registration:

Parent Driver License

Proof of Residence- SCE&G or Water Utility recent statement

Child's Long Form Birth Certificate

Child's Immunization Record

Child Social Security Card (not mandatory)


Information Session for Dual Immersion Program

February 4, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Central Services at:

100 Tarrar Springs Road

Lexington, SC 29072

Beginning in 5 year old kindergarten, students receive language and literacy, science and mathematics instruction in a world language. They receive instruction in all other subject areas in English. Elementary schools offering the program in 2019-2020 include:

  • Deerfield Elementary ( German )
  • Gilbert Primary (Spanish)
  • Gilbert Elementary (Spanish)
  • Meadow Glen Elementary (Mandarin Chinese)
  • Midway Elementary (French)
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary (Spanish)
  • Red Bank Elementary (Spanish)

    Each Session includes an explanation of how our Dual Language Program works, and the benefits offered to students.

Immersion Registration begins online Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM!

  • Parents will access the online registration link by clicking on "World Languages" under the "Academics" header on the district's website or by visiting the World Language Micro-site at
  • At each dual language immersion school site, priority is given to students who are zoned for these schools.
  • We reserve 10 spaces at each site for students who reside outside of that school's attendance zone.
  • All dual language immersion students must reside in Lexington One and provide proof of residency upon enrolling for 5K kindergarten.
  • Dual language immersion registration is held one week after 5K kindergarten enrollment closes.
  • ***Please be sure to enroll your child at the school s/he is zoned for prior to registering for dual language immersion. ***

French Immersion Crêpe Day

The French Immersion Committee celebrated La fête de la Chandeleur today. Immersion students had the opportunity to try a traditional French crêpe.

Why crêpes?

In short, it was a good way to use up the extra wheat ahead of the new harvest. And symbolically, crêpes look like a sun, so it is a reason to rejoice as the days started to get longer.

And, of course, there is the traditional coin ritual: if you can flip a crêpe while holding a coin in your other hand, you and your family will not have to worry about financial problems.

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Thanks for a great Jump 4 Kids day for Camp Kemo!

We had an exciting and heart pounding jump roping activity to celebrate our Jump 4 Kids fundraiser. All of our funds raised are going straight to Richland Pediatric Hospital and Camp Kemo. All students are Midway participated in short, long rope jumping and jump bands. Thank you for all the donations and way to go MUSTANGS on helping raise funds for our community. A special thank you to Hoey family for being our spotlight family for this event. Thank You!

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PE teachers, Anna Owens, Laura Gates and MES 2nd grade student, Kellen Hoey

Congratulations to MES student Kellen Hoey who has "rung the bell" and will officially be cancer free in 2020!
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Great MES PTO Restaurant Day at Mellow Mushroom!

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Mark your Calendars!

Midway’s International Parade of Nations on Friday, February 8th 8:00 AM

The Mustang family invites you to participate in Midway’s International Parade of Nations on Friday, February 8, 2019, following the morning announcements. We want to celebrate the diversity and cultural heritage of our wonderful students and their families. Students may wear traditional clothing from their country and/or bring a country flag to wave as they walk through the hallways. The parade is open to all of our fabulous students, and we encourage you to join in the celebration. We will also be singing “Hello to All the Children of the World” as we greet one another. For those who wish to join in the festivities, please meet in the cafeteria at 7:45 a.m. Parade will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Also, remember that later the same evening, February 8, 2019, the amazing Midway PTO is sponsoring International Heritage Night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Please return the attached form to participate in the parade

Parade of Nations Form

click to view and print

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Learning Commons:

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We would love to have your help during the fair! If you would like to sign up for a time to volunteer, please use the button tab below

***A current year 2018-2019 Volunteer Profile and Consent Form is required for a background check. If you do not have one on file, you may see Ms. Pansy in the MES main office to complete and submit to our Lexington School District One Central Service Office.***

Midway Artist of the Month

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February Artist of the Month

Mrs. Behrends and Mr. Erd continue to choose a different student each month, Grades K – 5, to be the Artist of the Month.

Student art is on display in the front case for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to check out the art! Congratulations to the following Artists of the Month for February:

Grade K: Joseph Merck

Grade One: Emilie Morgan

Grade Two: Veer Srinivasulu

Grade Three: Luke Smith

Grade Four: Bruce Bruton

Grade Five: Reece Stacherski

Congratulations to these wonderful artists!

Art is on display in the front showcase.

MES 5th Grade

5th graders in Mrs. Leitzsey's class completed a PBL project on whether or not students should be issued devices to be used during the school day. Mrs. Fickling, Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Perkins, and Mrs. Mixon posed as the school board to hear their presentations.
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Wilbur Wright (Blake Adams) presents for Retro Red Carpet 5th grade project

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How to Enter

Submitting entries for your students is now easier than ever! Using the copied entry forms, you may submit multiple entries at one time on behalf of your students - either online or through the mail.

Just follow these steps:

Make copies of the entry form in this kit, or download the form at .

On the entry form, have students create their doodles using any material they want, write their 50-word descriptive statement, and have your student's parent or guardian sign their form.

Students can draw the Doodle on another sheet of paper, take a digital photo, or scan the Doodle and tape it to the official entry form.Just be sure that the tape is clear and the Doodle is below the information on the bottom of the entry form.

Digital Entries: We've updated our online entry portal so you can upload multiple entries at once as a .jpg or .png file. Simply go to doodle4google .com to get started.

Mail Entries: Entry forms can also be submitted by mail. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by March 18, 2019 and received seven days from the postmark deadline at one of the below addresses :

Regular Mail: Doodle 4 Google Contest (US)

P.O. Box 391840

Mountain View, CA 94309-9899

Overnight Mail: Doodle 4 Google Contest (US) 1600 Amphitheater Parkway

Mountain View, CA 94043


Last Call for the current price of $28 and $32 for MES Yearbook! Price increase Monday!

Monday the yearbook price will go up to $30 a person, $34 with personalization. Go online to order yours now!

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Midway Cafeteria

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Midway Elementary FIC Facebook

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See below to learn how to earn prizes, pizza and money by competing in the School Challenge! Order pizza from Marco's Pizza online now through May 15th and earn "Pizza Points" for Midway Elementary!
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Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law. The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at