Jan Fickling, Principal; Christy Mays, Assistant Principal; Mike Hornacek, Assistant Principal Phone (803) 821-0300 Fax (803) 821-0303 180 Midway Road Lexington, SC 29072
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February 5, 2016

Dear Mustangs,

I want to thank our parents and guests who were able to join us for the parent workshop on "Growth Mindset" which is based on the book, MINDSET, THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS by Carol S. Dweck. This is truly a book that benefits all--parents, business people, educators, spiritual leaders--literally everyone. I know we all learned a great deal! Thank you to our Counselors, Brandy Ludlum and Rick Masters, for bringing this opportunity! Thank you to Erin Fitzgerald for presenting!

It is hard to believe that Mustang Fest is quickly approaching! It is on March 11! If you would like to volunteer and help with this most extraordinary family evening, please contact the office or one of our PTO members. You can't have too much help with this wonderful event. Please, volunteer today!!

Also, please adjust your school calendars. Field Day will be on Friday, March 25. This is the Friday before Spring Break and is one of the make up days for students. As we shared earlier...we do have school on March 25. Field Day is one of my FAVORITE days of the school year! If you are available to volunteer on this day, please do let our PE teachers know as they prepare for this day.

Do enjoy the weekend...and read, read, read...as great book with your child!

Yours truly,

Jan Fickling

Principal of Midway Elementary

February Calendar

click to view MES February Calendar

Mark your Calendars for Spring testing dates

SC READY: (Grades 3-5)

ELA Session 1 - Writing - Tuesday, April 26

ELA Session 2 - Reading - Wednesday, April 27

Mathematics - - Thursday, April 28

Make-up Testing - Through May 6

SCPASS: (Grades 4-5)

Science - Wednesday, May 11

Social Studies - Thursday, May 12

Make-up Testing - Through May 19

February Artist of the Month

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French Immersion Crêpes Day

The 2nd of February is Pancake Day in France, called la Chandeleur. It marks the end of the Christmas period coming exactly 40 days after Christmas. Chandeleur is celebrated throughout France as la fête des crêpes.

After long, cold and dark winter days the French (and other Europeans) have marked the beginning of February with light-hearted celebrations, accompanied by delicious treats. There are many superstitions surrounding Chandeleur, nearly all to do with the weather. These date back to when France was primarily an agricultural land and the weather played a vital part in everybody's prosperity and welfare. It's also at the time of the year that the winter seed-time started. The surplus flour was then used without too much risk of shortage and crêpes were made as a symbol of prosperity for the coming year.

Midway French Immersion students enjoyed delicious Crêpes with fruit jelly, chocolate and whip cream! Thank you FIC!

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Game Truck Day for Innisbrook top sellers!

Mustangs were treated to a special game truck session for selling at least 25 items in our PTO Innisbrook fundraiser. Congratulations! Thank you Rolling Video Games!
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Thank you Mustangs for a great Jump Rope for Heart Day!

Please help save lives by supporting the American Heart Association. Through the Jump Rope for Heart service learning project, our students are learning about the importance of heart health, as well as what it means to help others. Please join our team by registering on line at www.heart.org/jump to donate.

Thank you so much for your support! Great Job Mustangs! Donation totals and lots of pictures to come next week!

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Guidance News:

Sponsor needed for our next All Pro Dad breakfast

Guidance is looking for sponsors for our All Pro Dads breakfast on February 16th @ 7am. Sponsors will be recognized at the program and will be featured in the school's weekly newsletter. Contact the office at 821-0300 if you are interested.

Thank you for all the PattyPack donations!

The 5th Grade Character Club members were hard at work today packing PattyPacks. We are pleased to say that they packed 97 PattyPacks. These packs will be heading to a hospital Saturday and will be enough to supply the hospital for three months!

Thank you all for promoting the PattyPack drive and a special thanks to related arts teachers for letting us borrow the students today.

MES collected travel-sized toiletries for PattyPacks, a non-profit organization designed to assist families dealing with children who require emergency and often extensive hospital stays. Please visit www.pattypacks.org for more information.

Parent Workshop on Mindset: February 4th at 7pm

Thank you all for attending the Counselor's Parent Workshop with guest speaker, Erin Fitzgerald, Coordinator for Academically & Artistically Gifted & Talented, Lexington School District 1.

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Music News: Calling All 4th and 5th Graders Who Love To Sing!

Spring Chorus will begin before-school rehearsals on Friday, February 19th. Information letters and permission forms will be handed out to interested students during music class starting February 5th, and E-copies will be available in homeroom newsletters.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Spring Chorus Membership Drive Has Begun!

Our membership drive begins today. For your convenience, Mrs. Rogers has included a pdf of the information letter and the permission form in this newsletter. We can't wait until our first rehearsal on Friday, February 19th!

Physical education's participation in Spring Arts Festival~5th grade

Spring Arts Festival

Blacklight Creative Movement Routine

5th Grade Students

Spring Creative Movement Routine sign up will start next week. Fifth grade students who want to perform in the Spring Arts Festival need to sign up in the gym. Students will be given a permission slip and information about the requirements. The performance can be 1 to 3 students performing their routine.

Laura Gates

Physical Education Teacher


2015-16 Yearbook Information

~Updated Yearbook Information~

Next week will be the last week yearbooks can be purchased at their current price. On February 8, the price goes up to $30, and $32.25 for personalized books.

Personalization can be made throughout the entire ordering window! Online sales will close on March 31. After that, students will have to wait until yearbooks arrive to purchase and these will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have a limited number and we will sell out.

This year parents have the opportunity to submit pictures that may be included in the yearbook.

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Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability 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 handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for elementary students go to the Coordinator of ESOL/RtI and for secondary students to the Director of Counseling and Advisement. The Mathematics Coordinator handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title II. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number (803) 821-1000.

Box Tops and Labels Contest Feb.16th-19th!

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