Midland Messenger

November 28 - December 2, 2022

Big picture

Dear Midland Families,

It's hard to believe we have completed the first trimester! This week, Wednesday, November 30th is the final day of the trimester. Our students and our teachers have been working so hard on the grade level standards in reading, math, and science. Our specialists have also been working hard in music, library, PE, and social/emotional learning! Report cards will be sent home on Friday, December 9th.

As we begin the new trimester, we ask that you please reach out to your child's teacher for assistance if your child is not able to attend regularly. We will help to problem solve and create plans for your child, so that they can get their important learning. We recognize the work that all of our families are doing to help support your children, and we continue to thank you for your partnership!

Happy December!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

November 29 ~ Picture Retake Day

November 30 ~ 11:55 Dismissal, 1st Trimester Ends

December 7 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

December 9 ~ Report cards go home

December 14 ~ HOPE Assembly

December 14 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

December 16 ~ PTO Family Game Night 7-8:30 pm

December 19-January 2 ~ No School for Winter Break

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

Custodian & Maintenance Appreciation Week

Please join us this week as we recognize our custodians for all the hard work they do at Midland, and for their great attitudes in all they are required to do. Our custodians work hard everyday to keep our buildings clean and safe! We appreciate them so much!

Please thank:

Mike Trammell, Chief custodian

Cecil Bailey, Assistant custodian

Multicultural Night Fun!

Thank you to Karma Restaurant in Puyallup for their generous donation of Indian food for our recent multicultural night! We greatly appreciate their community partnership!

Colder Weather Ahead

The weather is getting colder and our students will go outside for recess. Please be sure your student is dressing appropriately for the colder temperatures and rainy days.
Big picture

Social Emotional Learning Corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

November 28th

Reporting and “Upstanding”

After studying Bullying in all grades and Bullying and Harassment in 4th and 5th grade, last week we discussed how to DO BETTER, now that we know better. Doing Better involves Reporting to adults and “Upstanding”—Standing up to Bullying (when it is safe and reasonable) and supporting the victim.


  1. Understand the definitions of Bullying and Harassment so that you can recognize it.
  2. Go to an adult to report.
  3. Tell what you saw, what you heard—BE SPECIFIC.


  1. Telling a bully or harasser to STOP. If you can—LABEL what is wrong. (when it is safe and reasonable)
  2. Support the victim
    1. Get them to a safe place
    2. Help them to report to adult
    3. Include them in your activities

Together we can make a difference. By being well-informed, understanding the need to report and trust in adults to help, and supporting each other by being kind and inclusive; adults and children at Midland can create a safe, warm, kind, supportive, and caring learning community at Midland. Your children are so wise and so wonderful; it is a privilege to teach them weekly and I am grateful! 💖

Big picture


We anticipate the need for volunteers this year as well. If you are interested in volunteering as a chaperone for field trips or in any other capacity that may come up, please complete the volunteer application as soon as possible. It may take up to two weeks to process an application and we don't want you to be left out of a volunteer opportunity because you are not approved yet! Click here to begin your volunteer application. If you were cleared as a volunteer last year. Please complete an application as well. Volunteer applications must be completed every year.

Big picture

Weather and Emergency Updates

In the event of emergencies, a team of Franklin Pierce Schools staff work to balance safety and our commitment to support student learning. The choice to delay or cancel the start of a school day includes assessing road conditions and consulting with other local services. Franklin Pierce Schools will attempt to offer updates about delays and closures by 5am.

Staff and families can expect to receive information about school closures and delays in the following ways:

  • Recorded Telephone Message contact the main office at your child's school to ensure your contact information is up to date

  • SMS Message for families/staff who have opted-in, click here for Text Message if you would like to opt-in

  • Email from info@fpschools.org

  • Website www.fpschools.org

  • Flash Alert Notification sign up to receive email notifications and download the Flash Alert App, click here.

  • Local Media including KIRO 97.3 FM, KOMO 1000 AM, KIRO TV Channel 7, KOMO TV Channel 4, and KING TV Channel 5

  • Social Media Facebook and Twitter

Big picture

Before and Afterschool Care for the 2022-23 School Year!

Serving students at ALL 8 Elementary Schools

Right at School will operate before and afterschool programs at all eight Franklin Pierce elementary schools! Right at School offers a safe environment for students to learn, to play, and to grow!

Big picture
Upcoming Events

(Early Release, School Events, Academic Calendar, etc.)

Big picture

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.