Midland Messenger

October 4-8, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

This is Student-Led Conference week. We have adopted a new benchmarking tool called Fast Bridge to help your child's teacher understand each students' areas of strength and areas for growth in both reading and math. Your child is creating goals for the year based on their Fast Bridge data, along with their scores on their first math and reading assessments. These goals will be shared with you at your child's conference. We trust that your time with your child and his/her teacher will be helpful to understand what will be learned this year.


Please be sure to complete the Parent Survey at the computer stations in the hall on the laptops. We know it takes a few minutes of your time, but the information you provide to us helps us in our planning and programs.


I look forward to seeing you at Midland this week! Remember that there is no school on Monday for teacher training.


It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson


PS: It's not too late to sign up for the parenting session for this Wednesday afternoon. Details are below in the links.

Important Dates to Remember:

October 4 ~ No School for Teacher Training

Oct 5-8 ~ Fall Conferences. Dismissal @ 11:55 am

October 13 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 15 ~ Picture Day

October 20 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 21 ~ The Great Shake Out

October 27 ~ 1:55 Dismissal


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

Student Led Conferences

Fall Conferences are October 5th-8th.

Students will have early dismissal at 11:55 during this week.

Please make sure to schedule a conference time with your child's teacher.

Sack lunches will be served.

Picture Day is coming!

October 15th is Picture Day for our students at Midland. Look for Photo Order Envelopes to come home during the second week of October. Picture envelopes should be returned on picture day with exact change enclosed or a check made payable to QSP. Please see below for a copy of the Picture Order Envelope so you can pre-plan your order. You may also order pictures online at www.qualityschoolportraits.com with the online code: MIDL7
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Social Emotional Learning:

Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

October 4th

We are continuing our studies in Brain Science.

Kindergarten and First grade are learning the basics of our brain’s job and how we can take care of our brains.

Take care of your brains with adequate amounts of sleep—exercise—giving and receiving love/connection—reading or looking at books. 😊

In grades 2nd – 5th we are focusing on three parts of our brain that lead to learning and emotional regulation and we will also learn about neurons and neurological pathways:

The Prefrontal Cortex—

*The Prefrontal Cortex sits right behind your forehead. It is like a conductor in the orchestra that is our brain.

*The information that we learn enters the PFC first and is directed where it needs to go from there.

*Information is cycled through the Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) every 12 seconds! That is why, I can ask your name, say a sentence and then ask “What is your name again?” (happens to me all the time 😊)

*If our FOCUS is not truly engaged—if we don’t “tag the information” with a sense of IMPORTANCE—if we are not EMOTIONALLY CONNECTED to information—if we don’t have ample time for MEANINGFUL APPLICATION and COGNITIVE REHEARSAL (practice) than the information, quite literally falls right out of our brains. (every 12 seconds) 😲

*Your scholars are learning about how the PFC works and strategies for sending information successfully past the PFC and into the Hippocampus.

The Hippocampus—

The Hippocampus is where long-term memories and information we learn are stored. Moving information from the PFC to the Hippocampus takes cognitive rehearsal and meaningful connection. The better your learning and memories are organized, the easier they are to access in your long-term memory.

The Amygdala

Neurons and Neurological Pathways

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Regular School Attendance: What you can do!

• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

• Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Healthy and Safe practices at Midland

Midland families,

Just a reminder of the things that we'd like you to consider before sending your child to school each day:


  • A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above?
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell


These are some safety precautions we will be practicing at Midland:

  • Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus, in the halls, in class, and at recess.
  • Students will wash hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • Students will sit 3 feet apart in the classroom, and 6 feet apart during breakfast & lunch.


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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Upcoming Events

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