Midland Messenger

October 25-29, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

This week it was great to meet with some families to find ways to involve our parents and families in our work at Midland. If you missed this week's meeting, you are welcome to email me (pdawson@fpschools.org) or call (253-298-4501) for more information.

I want to thank you all for being diligent about keeping students who are sick at home. We continue to work directly with our district nurse and Tacoma Pierce County Health Department regarding students who have tested positive for COVID. We have not had any close contacts at Midland recently, but we do see that we have a high number of absences. If you have had your child tested, please be sure we get those results recorded, so we know when your child can return.

You may have heard recently that schools are not able to fill all substitute vacancies. This week at Midland, we have had to use several creative solutions to cover your child's class, if the teacher was absent. In some cases, Mr. Nunez, Ms. Stephens, or I have covered classes, while other times we have had to divide students into other classes. We are working hard to be sure that your child still has a day of learning, even if their teacher is out.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

October is Bullying Awareness Month

At Midland, October is a time when we teach about Kindness and Bucket Fillers and address Bullying. It is important that we teach about what bullying is, in addition to how to be a friend. Some characteristics of bullying are that it is targeted, repeated over time, intentional, utilizing a position of power, and is not stopped on request. Sometimes bullying is confused with single incidents of students being mean or rude, or when students are involved with others in arguments or other conflicts. Students are our best reporters, and we encourage them to get help from adults who are close to the situation. If we do not know about a bullying situation, we can’t help. Students and parents can report bullying to any staff person. We have reporting forms and our district policy sets forth specific steps in handling any reports of bullying, harassment, and intimidation. I encourage you to speak with your child about the importance of getting help if they see bullying or feel that they are being bullied. We take this very seriously. As always, you are welcome to contact me if you or your child needs assistance with anything. I can be reached at 253-298-4501 or by email at pdawson@fpschools.org.

Important Dates to Remember:

October 27 ~ HOPE Assembly

October 27 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 29 ~ Freaky Friday Dress Up Day

November 3 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

November 11 ~ No School for Veteran's Day

**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

October 25th

Whole Body Listening—Attentive Listening

Listening is a very important part of learning. It is also important for connections and relationships. Here are some of the things that students are learning about listening in their classrooms.

K-2—Whole Body Listening

  • EYES are watching
  • EARS are listening
  • MOUTH is Quiet
  • BODY is still

3-5—Attentive Listening

  • Focus on the Speakers Words.
  • Don’t interrupt.
  • Ask questions if needed.
  • Repeat what you heard to assure understanding and clear communication.

These actions assure that students are ready for listening and learning, as well as building relationships and connections by listening to and learning from each other and the adults in our learning community.

SPYA is back!!

The Summit-Parkland Youth Association is back! The district will be partnering with SPYA to offer recreational sports to Franklin Pierce students in grades K-6.

Basketball is just around the corner - the season will be November 15th-February 18th. Registration is open! SPYA is also in need of coaches and referees. Please call 253-298-3019 or Click here for more information.

Looking for Clothing Donations

Is your child growing out of their clothes? Our health room is in need of some donated clothes for those times when a student needs to change. Specifically, we could use some small (4-6), medium (8-10) and large (12-14) size stretchy pants, jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts for both boys and girls. Thanks for considering.

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 10 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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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.