Midland Messenger

September 13-17, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

Now that we are well underway with the school year, many things are going so well! Our teachers are gaining knowledge of your students and our students are being tested on their beginning of the year skills.

Thank you for your patience as we have been working out the details of any new school year. One area that we still want to improve is our afterschool pick up area. We seem to have many more cars this year, so we have been brainstorming ways to make it more efficient and safe. Here is how you can help.

The Midland drop off and pick up area was not designed for parents to get out of their cars. The intentional design was that parents would stay in their car and drive into the pick up zone, get their students, and then drive out. When we have so many people out of cars and walking through traffic, it is a safety concern and it also slows the process. We are asking that you please drive down 22nd Ave. E. and create one line that will continuously flow into our pick up area, and then exit on either 24th Ave. E. or 25th Ave. E. (see blue arrows). We will be adding a staff person as cars enter the pick up zone so we can radio to have your child ready.

If you must get out of your car to pick up your child, we ask that you drive down 23rd Ave. E. and park in the gravel lot across the street from Midland. From there you can wait on the grassy area or the sidewalk. We will cross students to you when the car pick up zone is full, so you may experience a wait as we keep our line moving.

Another option for you is our buses. If you live close, our buses are actually dropping students off while we still have parents in the pick up line. They leave quickly afterschool and get students home in minutes.

Thank you for helping to make our dismissal and pick up safe and quick for everyone. I welcome your communication and ideas. Please call or email me to share your celebrations or concerns at (253)298-4501 or pdawson@fpschools.org

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

September 15 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 22 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 29 ~ HOPE Assembly

September 29 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

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

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Social Emotional Learning:

Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

September 13th

Welcome Midland Families, to a bright and shiny new school year! We are beginning the 2021/2022 school year with hope and gratitude. In the upcoming weeks the entire staff at Midland will be working together to build a solid foundation of skills based on belonging to a learning community that supports, includes, and nurtures our learners, families, and staff.

I am so excited for the opportunity to bring SEL to all students and families this year. My name is Anita Blaisdell and this is my 35th year of teaching and my 32nd year in our awesome Franklin Pierce Schools. I have been a special education teacher, a primary teacher and now, a SEL Specialist for all Midland Mustangs. I have two children who attended FP schools. My daughter graduated from FPHS and UW. My son is also a graduate of FPHS and is heading to UW this Fall. I have been a Franklin Pierce parent, just like you for over 20 years. 😊 I care about our entire community and its scholars and families.

What can you expect this year?—Your child will see me for 45 minutes each week during Social Emotional Learning Specialist time and I will also see each class once a month for a shorter time on early release Wednesdays. We will work toward the WA State SEL Standards that focus on Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management, Self-Efficacy, Social Awareness, Social Management, and Social Engagement. I will post weekly in the Midland Messenger with notes about the skills and topics we are working on in class across the grade levels; and I will try to give information that can help us all to manage this journey forward with hope and joy. I am here for Midland scholars, their families, and our amazing staff. Together, our learning community will continue to grow and learn together.

If you need to contact me, you can email me at ablaisdell@fspchools.org

Our journey begins hopefully. 😊

Cell Phone Reminder:

Just a reminder that all student cell phones must be off and out of sight in their backpack while at school or on the bus. Parents please refrain from calling or texting your student during school hours. Please call the office and we can relay any important information to your child's teacher. Thank you!

Family Access: Please update your information

Interactive Skyward Family Access features are open and ready for primary guardians to review, update, and/or request changes to your child's information.

We ask that a primary guardian log into Family Access and complete the Annual Student Information Update for your student. Please use this link to log into Skyward Family Access:


If you need help gaining access to a computer, try the Pierce County Library, visit your school, or come to the district office.

2021-22 Midland Daily Schedule

8:40 Breakfast

8:50 First bell, students are in class

8:55 Tardy bell, school begins

11:30-12:20 Kindergarten Lunch/Recess

11:30-12:20 1st Grade Lunch/Recess

11:55-12:45 2nd Grade Lunch/Recess

12:20-1:10 3rd Grade Lunch/Recess

12:20-1:10 4th Grade Lunch/Recess

11:55-12:45 5th Grade Lunch/Recess

3:25 Dismissal

*MOST Wednesdays will be a 1:55 dismissal*

(PLEASE check the calendar for specific dates)

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

(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.