Midland Messenger

November 2-6, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

This month at Midland, we are considering all that we are grateful for. Students will have opportunities to share what they are grateful for, classrooms will have opportunities to write about gratitude, and staff will be sharing what they are thankful for, as well. Did you know that studies show that the more we focus on gratitude, the more we can decrease anxiety? It’s true!

I am grateful for many things this season. First, I am thankful for our students, who bring so much joy to Midland. Their desire to learn, along with their hard work, give me reason to be grateful. I am also very thankful for our Midland staff! Our teachers, paras, and other staff make Midland a great place to work and learn! I'm also thankful for your partnership. I appreciate hearing from you about how we can best meet the needs of your children.

There is no need to wait until Thanksgiving Day to create your gratitude list! Let’s celebrate gratefulness all month long!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

November 4th ~ Asynchronous learning day

November 11th ~ No School for Veteran's Day

November 18th ~ Picture Retake Day

November 18th ~ Asynchronous learning day

November 25th ~ Asynchronous learning day

November 26 & 27th ~ No School for Thanksgiving Holiday

Lifetouch Picture Packets are in!

If you ordered Fall picture packets for your student, please pick them up at the Midland office. We are available between 8 am and 4 pm for pick up.

Lifetouch Fundraiser

Midland Elementary is thrilled to announce a new fundraising opportunity with Lifetouch and Shutterfly, who have joined forces to capture, preserve and share.

With their help, we’ve created a custom online storefront where you can shop the extensive Shutterfly collection of photo books, gifts, premium stationery, keepsakes, home décor and so much more—and for every purchase made, Shutterfly will donate 8% to our organization.

It’s easy to support us:

  1. Visit our Shutterfly Storefront at: Midland.ShutterflyStorefront.com
  2. Click through to start shopping!
  3. Purchase thoughtful gifts and keepsakes for friends, family and especially yourself.
  4. That’s it! For every purchase made, 8% of the proceeds will go toward helping our organization.

It’s that easy. Plus, you can even use applicable Shutterfly discount codes to save on your entire order.

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Social Emotional Learning Corner by Mrs. Blaisdell

This week’s focus is — REVIEW of what we have learned so far: Recognizing our Strengths and Struggles—Online Safety—Striving to Be Respectful and Responsible—Attentive Listening—Positive Self-Talk—Being Assertive. WOW! Your wonderful children are learning SO much. There will be no new lessons or assignments this week. In our conferences, we will also play some games to build Learning Community Connections. 😊

As a family— You can ask your children what has been their favorite topic in Social Emotional Learning, or favorite video, story read, or assignment. 😊

Have a Wonderful Week 😊


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 is available for grades 2 through 5. Students have learned how to place a library book on hold through Destiny during their Ed. Tech. and Library class time. 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.

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Calling all parents of Preschoolers:

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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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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.