THE GALLOPING GAZETTE

MES Weekly School Newsletter

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Jan Fickling, Principal; Christy M. Graham, Assistant Principal;

LaQuana Aldridge, Assistant Principal

Phone (803) 821-0300 Fax (803) 821-0303

180 Midway Road
Lexington, SC 29072

Midway Elementary School Website

Midway Twitter

Office Hours: M-Fri. 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISION

The vision of Midway Elementary School is for students to become self-directed, life-long learners who are responsible thinkers, collaborative workers, and productive citizens for the 21st century.


MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MISSION

The mission of Midway Elementary School is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment, in collaboration with our community, which fosters the total development of every child.

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January 19, 2018

Dear Mustangs,


What an exciting week! Most of us did get to see snow even though we did not get to experience an accumulation. We southerners (at lease some of us) do get excited by the hope of seeing these white fluffy flakes!!! I do thank you for your understanding and support of the district's decisions in handling the weather as these decisions come with much thought and input from many resources. It is all about the safety of our children!


Speaking of safety, I have had quite a few parents contact me about the safety of children during arrival when parents let children get out of the car on the driver's side. We have shared this concern several times but I do want to remind parents to park in the front parking lot if for some reason your child can only get out on the driver's side and walk your child across the crosswalk. Drivers of cars passing the car dropping off could easily misjudge distance or the child might drop something and dart after it causing a horrific accident. Whether small or large, an accident of this nature would truly be devastating to all.


Another concern shared by several parents is in the doubling and tripling of lanes during dismissal. While our traffic directors take note of a "marker car" for moving the next row so that it is close to the order of the driver's arrival, we are told that some drivers are jumping lines and undermining our good intentions. Please be kind to all and respect the lines of traffic. We teach kindness and respect to our children so please appropriately model. Thank you for your help with this! Thank you to our parents who have experienced this but remained calm and patient in our pick up lines!


Please note that Wednesday, January 24, is Collaborative Planning Day. School will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m. Both breakfast and lunch will be served. If your child is going home in a different way or need Midway after school care until 2:25, please send a note to your child's teacher. Also, please remember that for your child to attend AlphaBest, you must register with them.


I hope to see many of you at our French Bingo Night tonight! It is from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and is free family fun! Please remember you do not have to be in French Immersion to attend as the Bingo cards have pictures for those of us who do not speak the French language.


Have a wonderful weekend, read a great book and get outside for some fun with you child or children!! The weekend weather is suppose to be much better than this week's!


Yours truly,


Jan Fickling, Principal of Midway Elementary


P.S. Please mark your calendars for our Annual Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 24 (Collaborative Planning Day) from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Give the gift of life!! Many of our students have needed blood so let's be sure our blood bank is full!


Friday 1-19 Report Cards 2nd-5th grade

French Bingo Night 6:00-7:30 pm.

Wednesday 1-24 Collaborative Planning Day~students dismiss at 11:40 am.

Jump Rope for Heart

MES Red Cross Blood Drive from 1-5 pm.

Friday 1-26 Spirit Day and Chick Fil-A morning sales

Join us for Bingo Night Tonight!

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PTO Restaurant Night at Zaxby's next Tuesday!

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Urgent Blood Donations needed please sign up for Midway's Annual Red Cross Blood Drive

We need you!!!

Severe Winter Weather Impacts Donations

Blood donations are urgently needed so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Please schedule your appointment now.

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Jump Rope for Heart-

Our annual Jump Rope for Heart event will be held on Wednesday, January 24th, collaborative planning day. All funds raised will go to the American Heart Association. The event will take place in the cafeteria and if you are willing to volunteer please email Anna Owens- aowens@lexington1.net

****All volunteers must have a Volunteer Profile and Consent Form for the current school year (2017-18) that has been approved by district office on file with our school.

Registration dates for 4K (LES), 5K, and new to Midway 1st grade students for 2018-2019 school year

January 29th-February 9th from 7:30 am-3:30 pm and late day will be February 1st from 7:00 am-6:00 pm. To enroll your student you will need to have the student's long form birth certificate, immunization record, and current proof of residency. We accept SCE&G or Water bill.

Registration Dates for 2018-2019 4K program at LES

All students enrolling in the 4 year old program must do so at Lexington Elementary School. 116 Azalea Drive Lexington, SC. Their late day being Feb.1 til 6:00pm. You will need a long form birth certificate, immunization record and current proof of residency. Students will be screened in late May/early June. The 40 students most in need of the program will be enrolled. There is a morning session (7:40-10:20) and an afternoon session (11:45-2:20). Every effort is made to place students in the session requested, but it is not always possible. For more information you can contact Mrs. Scircle at: KScircle@lexington1.net

Spring Run Hard Registration opens February 1st

The Spring Run Hard team sign ups will take place beginning February 1st.


The link is https://runhard.org/ to register


The Run Hard club is an eight week running club for Elementary that equips students to run a 5K. During the season, students train twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) from 2:25-3:45 a focus on endurance training. All participants will participate in the Run Hard 5k at the end of the season.

Learning Commons:

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We're using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming Book Fair volunteer opportunities. We would love to have your help during this fun celebration of reading!


Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/GLBgJDs.

(You can also scan the QR code to access the SignUp.)


2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.


3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will not need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.


Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Emily Black, School Librarian, at eblack@lexington1.net.


***This year, the district is asking that all volunteers complete a 'Volunteer Profile and Consent' form prior to volunteering. If you have not already filled out this form, please stop by the MES front office ASAP to do so.

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Artist of the Month


Our newly selected artists for the

months of December/January are as follows:


· Grade K: Nola Soellner

· Grade 1: Avery Weathers

· Grade 2: McKynlee Gibson

· Grade 3: Yuran Chen

· Grade 4: Xander Hewett

· Grade 5: Larkin Daley


Congratulations to these wonderful artists!

February is Engineering Month

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Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Katrinda Scott, wins dual immersion grant! Congratulations!

Mrs. Scott won a $1000 French Dual Language Fund grant from the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation, intended to provide supplies for fun, interactive learning opportunities.

Mrs. Scott will use her grant funding to purchase a French-themed Breakout EDU kit. Breakout EDU kits challenge students to "break into" boxes and locks by solving puzzles, riddles and other brain teasers.

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DonorsChoose.org enhance learning!

Congratulations to MES teachers, Ms. Stephanie Hunt and Mrs. Cathy Peksenar for receiving grants for new books and materials from DonorsChoose.org!
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New Blog from Mrs. Mixon

How can we motivate our writers? Getting to the why of writing for big and small people. Just as in anything else, when you understand why, your motivation is higher.


http://mixedupinbooks.blogspot.com/


Let's get reading!

"Everyone is a reader, some just haven't found their favorite book yet."


Melissa Mixon --- Literacy Coach

Book Time with me!

MES LSCD1

(803)821-0290 mhmixon@lexington1.net Twitter @Mrs_M_Mixon

Order your MES Yearbook online through Tuesday January 31, 2017

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Midway Elementary PTO Facebook

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Midway Elementary SIC Facebook

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Midway Elementary FIC Facebook

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MES Morning Walk Schedule

The schedule below list the grade level, day and time that our students will walk/run/jog on the track in the morning.


Students will be picked up in the hallways at 7:10.





5th Grade – Monday

4th Grade – Tuesday

3rd Grade –Wednesday

1st & 2nd Grade – Thursday

Kindergarten - Friday

Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information or age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer Michael L. Stacey handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX, inquiries/complaints regarding Title II with respect to employees and/or public access to buildings and grounds, and inquiries/complaints involving the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Inquiries/complaints regarding IDEA for students K–12 go to the Director of Special Services Wendy Balough, Ed.D. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for students K–12 go to the Director of School Counseling and Advisement Zan Tracy Pender. Inquiries/complaints regarding Title II implementation go to the Coordinator of NCLB Title II Part A Dianne Steelman. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number 803-821-1000.