Midland Messenger

February 15-19, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

Wow! What a crazy week we had with the winter weather. Thank you for all the flexibility you and your students have shown! We barely got first and second grades in school before we had to go back to remote. It's great to have these options, though, so we do not have to extend the school year!

This coming week is also different. We recognize Presidents Day on Monday and continue our Mid-Winter Break on Tuesday, so students are not required to log into their classes on those days. Wednesday is a regular asynchronous day, so students are not attending class with their teachers until Thursday! For grades 3, 4, 5, Thursday will be their final day with their teachers in their current cohorts. Friday will be an asynchronous day for teachers to get their room and technology ready for the start of hybrid learning or their new remote class on Monday, February 22nd. We have mailed letters to all intermediate students with their teacher and cohort information. Please be watching your mail for that!

I've said it a lot, but I really appreciate you, as families! You have done so much to help and support your students during this difficult school year. We are excited to move closer to having so many more students in the building. And for those who are remote, we have not forgotten about you. You continue to be an important part of our Midland community, as well!

Take care, stay safe, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

February 17 ~ Asynchronous learning day

February 19~ Asynchronous learning for Grades 3,4,5

February 22 ~ Grades 3,4 and 5 Hybrid classes begin

February 24 ~ Asynchronous learning day

February 26 ~ HOPE Assembly

Midland wants to STOP Covid at the door!

Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade families,

Just a reminder that you need to complete a health screening questionnaire EVERY morning. This survey will come to your email, but you can also set it up to be sent as a text to your phone, for easy completion. If you have not filled out the form, your child will not be allowed to enter class until we have heard from you to answer questions, and have your child's temperature taken. PLEASE do your part before school, so that your child can go to class when they arrive.

  • Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus, in the halls, in class, and at recess. Please start practicing now if your child is not comfortable wearing a mask for a length of time.
  • Students will wash hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • Students will sit 6 feet apart in the classroom.

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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Over the nose it goes! Over the chin, you win!

New School Times for Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade students:

Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade parents: We have new bell times, as we transition into our hybrid model.

Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade In-Person:

8:55-2:25. Students can be dropped off no earlier than 8:45.

Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade Remote:

9:15-11:45 Cohort A

11:45-12:25 lunch and break

12:25-2:55 Cohort B


Important: Bus Route Information

As some of our students are returning to in-person learning, we wanted to make sure you have the most up-to-date bus information. When it is time for your student to return to our building, please be sure you check their bus routes.

We have adjusted the elementary school pick up and drop off times. The times on the bus cards that families received in the summer are now incorrect, however the location is still correct. For the updated times please see the information listed below:

Use the E-LINK SITE to find your child's bus route and pick-up/drop-off times. When you get to the site, type in the following username and password:

Username: guest

Password: guest

Note: It is important that parents also check back a few days prior to school, as route schedules do change as more students are enrolled.

Weather and Emergency Updates

Weather-related closures will look slightly different while students are in remote learning during the 2020-2021 school year.

Remote learning will not be cancelled due to inclement weather when schools are closed. Depending on the severity of the circumstances, breakfasts and lunches may be available in limited locations.

Remote learning will be cancelled only if the entire district is closed. Breakfast and lunch services will not be available.

Click here for more information from our district's website.

Message from the Nurse

Just a reminder that state law prohibits students bringing any medication, including OTC (Over The Counter) meds to school.

  • Students NEVER bring medications; an adult must bring to the health room.
  • ALL medications MUST have a Health Care Provider/Doctor order here to allow the administering by a nurse or trained staff.
  • Any addition questions, please call our Nurse, Patti Thomas at (253)298-4523

Midland's Lifetouch Fundraiser

Don't forget that Midland has an ongoing fundraiser with Lifetouch and Shutterfly. Our school gets 8% of all purchases when you shop through the storefront link below. Thank you for your support!

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.

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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
Upcoming Events

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

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.