Midland Messenger

November 7-10, 2022

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Dear Midland Families,

This month at Midland, we are considering all that we are grateful for. Students will have opportunities to share what they are grateful for, classrooms will have opportunities to write about gratitude, and staff will be sharing what they are thankful for, as well. Did you know that studies show that the more we focus on gratitude, the more we can decrease anxiety? It’s true!

I am grateful for many things this season. First, I am thankful for our students, who bring so much joy to Midland. Their desire to learn, along with their hard work, give me reason to be grateful. I am also very thankful for our Midland staff! Our teachers, paras, and other staff make Midland a great place to work and learn! I'm also thankful for your partnership. I appreciate hearing from you about how we can best meet the needs of your children.

There is no need to wait until Thanksgiving Day to create your gratitude list! Let’s celebrate gratefulness all month long!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

November 9 ~ Veteran's Day Assembly

November 11 ~ No School for Veteran's Day

November 16 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

November 17 ~ Multicultural Night @ 5-6:30 pm

November 23 ~ 11:55 Dismissal

Nov. 24 & 25 ~ No School for Thanksgiving Break

November 29 ~ Picture Retake Day

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

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

Mexican Folk Band, Bola Suriana visits Midland for a wonderful concert: Pictures below

Multicultural Family Night

Save the Date!

Come join us for Midland’s Multicultural Night. Help us celebrate diversity and different cultures as we explore and learn together.

When: Thursday, November 17

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

We will have performances, crafts, and samples of food from around the globe.

Please let us know if you would like to provide a food item for or perform during the cultural night. Food items should be a sample from your culture and enough to give 15 to 20 people a taste.

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Social Emotional Learning Corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

November 7th

In our final week of Active Listening for Learning and Connection lessons, grades 2nd-5th gave classroom presentations with our partners, regarding our Favorites or our Ideal Birthday or Celebration. Presenting in front of the class can be a stressful task, but most Mustangs realized they could do hard things and supported each other as partners and classmates. We also played a listening game show and guessed sounds for points. In grades K and 1st, we also played listening games and made a final whole-body listening book.

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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.

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We know that regular attendance is important to school success! Therefore, our School Improvement Plan has an attendance focus; we want more of our students to be here regularly. Missing 9 or fewer days in a school year is the district goal for students. As we approach the end of the 1st Trimester on November 30th, students who have missed 3 or fewer days are on track to meet this important goal. If your student has missed 6 or more days, they are at risk for being chronically absent. If there is something we can do to help, please let us know! We are here to help. Thank you for sharing your kids with us every day!

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 herefor 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

Midland's Attendance Auto-Dialer

If your student is absent and we haven’t heard from you, you will receive an automated safety call to let you know that your student is not in class. When you receive this call, please call the office at 253-298-4500 to let us know the reason for the absence. Alternatively, you could send a signed note with your student when they return to school. Please remember that all absences remain unexcused until we hear from you. Thank you for your help in this important matter!

Text Message Emergency Notification

If you have a cell phone number in our Skyward system, you can opt-in to receive text message emergency notifications by texting “yes” to 67587. Messaging will be reserved for emergency situations only including safety and security information, school closures, and unique schedule changes.
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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!

Upcoming Events

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

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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.