Midland Messenger

January 11-15, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

It's exciting that we are making plans to bring students into the building! We miss our students! We know it can also produce some fear or anxiety. In our recent survey of Kindergarten, First and Second grade families, almost one-third are not yet ready for their students to come in, but would like them to remain remote either until everyone is vaccinated or the pandemic is more under control. We are working hard to make plans that include all Mustangs to continue their school year, with the least amount of impact and change in classrooms and teachers. This week we will be working on plans and then communication will go out about buses, schedules, and school expectations for those who are coming back.

As we begin planning to bring students back into the building, it is good for families to begin planning with their students. We want to maintain a healthy environment for students and staff. Here are a few things that you can talk with you child about now:

  • All families must complete a daily health attestation. This will be an email or text (your choice) to verify that your student does not have a fever and has no symptoms of illness.
  • Students will wear masks on the bus.
  • All students and staff will wear masks all day at school.
  • All classrooms will have students seated 6 feet apart.
  • Students will eat breakfast and lunch in the classrooms, to minimize the number of students who are together with masks off.
  • We will have recess. The playground will be zoned to keep class cohorts small and together. Students will wear masks outside to be closer than 6 feet apart.

Starting January 28th, Midland will begin our normal bell schedule, which is 8:55-2:25. This will be for ALL students, both in person and those who are remote. The new cohort times will be 8:55-11:25 for Cohort A and 12:55-3:25 for cohort B. Remote days go later due to the longer lunch break in the middle of the day.

Families with students in grades 3-5 will have a survey soon. Please watch your email and phone messages for more complete information in the coming weeks.

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

January 13 ~ Asynchronous learning day

January 15 ~ MLK Assembly during cohort conferences

January 18 ~No School for Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 20 ~ Asynchronous learning day

January 25 ~ No School

January 27 ~ Asynchronous learning day

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly

Midland’s program honoring: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, January 15th during your student's cohort.

Social Emotional Learning Corner by Mrs. Blaisdell

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Weather and Emergency Updates

Weather-related closures will look slightly different while students are in remote learning during the 2020-2021 school year.

Remote learning will not be cancelled due to inclement weather when schools are closed. Depending on the severity of the circumstances, breakfasts and lunches may be available in limited locations.

Remote learning will be cancelled only if the entire district is closed. Breakfast and lunch services will not be available.

Click here for more information from our district's website.

January is School Board Recognition Month

We want to thank Alex Davis, Rebecca Gallogly, Dr. Gil Mendoza, Mary Sherman, and Board President Cole Roberts for the many hours they volunteer on behalf of every child in our school district. Their duties include setting the vision and mission of education in the district; establishing policy; adopting an annual budget; approving all expenditures; employment of personnel; curriculum, textbooks and courses; and deciding on school sites, building plans, and construction.

Midland's Lifetouch Fundraiser

Don't forget that Midland has an ongoing fundraiser with Lifetouch and Shutterfly. Our school gets 8% of all purchases when you shop through the storefront link below. Thank you for your support!

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.

PTA Corner

Your PTA membership matters! Please consider joining and click the box below to fill out Midland's PTA membership form for the 2020-21 school year.

  • $12 for a Single Membership
  • $20 for 2 Memberships
  • $10 for Student Membership
  • $12 to Sponsor a Teacher
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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.