Midland Messenger

November 16-25, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

It’s that time of year that we share our gratefulness! Here are a few things I am thankful for this year…

T is for the Teachers who make a difference in our kids’ lives!

H is for the helping hands of our Paras, office, kitchen and custodial staff!

A is for the academics we teach, so our kids can learn new things!

N is for the neighborhood of MIDLAND, a wonderful community!

K is for our KIDS! They are the reason we do our work!

S is for sisters, brothers, moms, dads and relatives who make up our Midland family!

Our Midland staff would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

With a grateful heart,

~Mrs. Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

November 18th ~ Picture Retake Day (see below for details)

November 18th ~ Fall Family Engagement (see below for details)

November 18th ~ Asynchronous learning day

November 25th ~ Asynchronous learning day

November 26 & 27th ~ No School for Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving Break: No School Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th

IMPORTANT: Annual Student Information Update Needed For Every Student

A primary guardian needs to log on to Family Access in Skyward and complete the Annual Student Information update for your student. There are several forms that need to be completed every year, so even if you don't have any changes you must log on and complete the updates. It only takes a few minutes of your time. Please see examples below of what to look for in Skyward.

Make sure to click SUBMIT to complete the updates when you are done!

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Social Emotional Learning Corner by Mrs. Blaisdell

This week’s focus is — Self-Compassion

This week we have learned about Self-Compassion.

1. Taking care of and showing love to YOURSELF. 💖

2. Being your own BEST FRIEND. 💕

3. Giving yourself a break, when you make a mistake. 😘

4. Focus on your own Health, Well-being, and Self-Care.

As a family— You can talk with each other about plans to practice self-compassion and care. Generate ideas about how you can show yourself love and care when you are having a rough day.

Take Care of Yourselves This Week 😊

I am thankful for each and every Midland student and family.

Mrs. Blaisdell

Fall Family Gratitude Night

Join us for our first virtual Gratitude Family Night on November 18th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Our Midland teachers will read a book about gratitude and provide time for discussion.

They will guide you on a fun project that could be shared and become part of our digital Gratitude Mural.

We can’t wait to see you!!!

Please see below for your child's grade level and click on the link to join our zoom on Wednesday, November 18th!

Kindergarten Link Click Here

Hosted by Mrs. Barry and Mr. De Bruler

First Grade Link Click Here

Hosted by Mrs. Christian and Mrs. Granados

And extra help Mrs. Stephens

Second Grade Link Click Here

Hosted by Mrs. Nyla and Mrs. Quill

Third Grade Link Click Here

Hosted by Mrs. Kamel and Mrs. Soares

Fourth Grade Link Click Here

Hosted by Mrs. Blaisdell and Mrs. Wheeler

Fifth Grade Link Click Here

Hosted by- Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Jen

And extra help Mrs. Stevens

Picture Retake Day is Wednesday, 11/18

Mark your calendars for our Lifetouch picture retake day on Wednesday, November 18th! If you missed the first picture day (or if you want to retake the picture) please make arrangements to bring your child to Midland on the 18th between 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

If you are getting retakes, be sure to return the original package when you come.

We want to have all of our Mustang's pictures in our yearbook, so we hope you will come to have your child's picture taken (if you haven't done so already), even if you don't plan to order pictures.

Ordering information:

We have two ways for you to order pictures. You may order online at mylifetouch.com and use the Picture Day ID EVTFSBDZF OR you may come to the school before picture day to pick up a paper order envelope to bring back to the school on picture day with the correct amount of cash or a check enclosed.

Masks must be worn and all COVID safety precautions and social distancing requirements will be followed.

**Please note: Restrooms will not be open to the public during this time**

Midland Fundraiser:

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The Immigrant Relief Fund WA is providing direct cash payments to individuals who have not qualified for federal stimulus due to status and have been financially impacted by COVID. Please click the link below for further information.


Library Book Check Out

Library book checkout continues to be available for grades 2 through 5. Students can place a library book on hold through Destiny. Books will be available to pick up the next day after the hold has been placed. Books may be picked up only between 2:30 and 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of each week at the main entrance to the school. We will hold books for students for one week. Keep reading MUSTANGS!

WIFI Opportunity

We have the pleasure of sharing this incredible free WIFI opportunity for families (who qualify) through Rainier Connects - Student Connect Program.

Here’s what you and families need to know:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=zqbbXvHufE-tndcueBeeqm- UsufiOOFCl_BTk-MUKltUNDJFNlRUT01NMUpaM1lCQ1lYVVpKN1hZQS4u

  • Families can self-refer utilizing the English/Spanish Rainier Connect- Student Connect Program Application, at www.fpschools.org/resources


  • Once form is submitted, A parent or guardian over 18 years old will need to contact Rainier Connect directly, at 253-683-4405 and mention the Students Connect program.
  • An adult must be present during the scheduled installation.
  • Rainier Connect must have access to enter the home to complete the installation and confirm the service is working at the time of the scheduled installation.

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.