THE GALLOPING GAZETTE
MES Weekly School Newsletter
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.
January 19, 2018
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!
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!
Join us for Bingo Night Tonight!
PTO Restaurant Night at Zaxby's next Tuesday!
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.
Jump Rope for Heart-
****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
Registration Dates for 2018-2019 4K program at LES
Spring Run Hard Registration opens 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.
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 email@example.com.
***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.
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
Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Katrinda Scott, wins dual immersion grant! Congratulations!
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.
DonorsChoose.org enhance learning!
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.
Let's get reading!
"Everyone is a reader, some just haven't found their favorite book yet."
Melissa Mixon --- Literacy Coach
(803)821-0290 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @Mrs_M_Mixon
Order your MES Yearbook online through Tuesday January 31, 2017
MES Morning Walk Schedule
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