Midland Messenger

May 3-7, 2021

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Dear Midland Families,

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Especially this year, I hope you will join me in thanking all Midland teachers for the great work they do each day!

Kindergarten: Ms. Barry, Mr. DeBruler, Ms. Ray, Ms. Sims, Mrs. Brown

First Grade: Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Granados, Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Blaisdell, Mrs. Christian

Second Grade: Ms. Cornell, Mrs. Kristovich, Ms. Nyla, Mrs. Quill, Mrs. Kamel

Third Grade: Mrs. Albers, Ms. Soares, Mrs. Wheeler

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Aponte, Ms. Foust, Mrs. Huddle, Ms. Woods

Fifth Grade: Mrs. Brokenshire, Mrs. Hallahan, Ms. Maxwell, Ms. Piercy

Support Centers: Mrs. Houk and Ms. Manley

Specialists: Ms. Claudio, Ms. Gustafson, Mrs. Stevens (ELL), Ms. Wilmot

Please consider reaching out to your child's teacher this year with an email, call, card, small gift, or even a coffee. Any small act of kindness will be an encouragement to your child's teacher!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

Boundary Review Information Night

Dear FPS Families:

Franklin Pierce Schools is in the process of reevaluating school boundary lines in order to even out enrollment levels and plan for future residential development in the area. This Spring, a Boundary Review Committee consisting of FPS families, community members and staff are looking at information about school enrollments, local population studies and new/anticipated building permits to make a recommendation to the Superintendent and School Board about new school boundary lines.

The committee will be refining the best options over the next 8 weeks and welcomes you to attend a VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE this Thursday, May 6 at 6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm to share more about the process, learn more about your ideas and concerns, and gather ideas about how to improve the options going forward.

We hope that you will consider joining us! To learn more and to sign up, visit www.fpschools.org/openhouse.

If you have questions, please email info@fpschools.org or call (253)298-3000.

Important Dates to Remember:

May 3-7 ~Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5 ~ Asynchronous learning day

May 10-14 ~ Nurse Appreciation Week

May 12 ~ Asynchronous learning day

May 13 ~ Community Walk-A-Thon (see flyer below)

May 14 ~ Sports Dress Up Day

May 17-21 ~ Principal & Vice Principal Appreciation Week

May 19 ~ Asynchronous learning day

May 24-27 ~ Spring Teacher Conferences (Early Dismissal @ 11:25)

May 26 ~ Asynchronous learning day

May 27 ~ HOPE Assembly

May 28 & May 31 ~ No School for Memorial Day Weekend

**For additional future scheduled activities, please check out our Midland calendar at https://midland.fpschools.org/**

Attention Parents of Students with District Releases

Now is the time to get your releases! If you live outside of the Franklin Pierce district please click here to submit your Choice Transfer form as soon as possible, but no later than May 31st, in order to be considered for enrollment for next year. Please note that if you live in the Bethel School District, you must contact them directly to get your release. Once you receive the release, you will need to send it to our office (Bethel does not automatically send it to us).

If your child attended Midland on a within district transfer, please click here and complete the

Within District Transfer Request form by May 31st in order to be considered for enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year.

Daycare forms are also due May 31st and can be located here.

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Spring Teacher Conferences are coming soon!

Our students are prepared and excited to share their progress made during this school year. We hope that every proud parent will join their student(s) at their conference:

Monday ~ Thursday, May 24th - May 27th

Please be sure to schedule a conference with the teacher by clicking on the conference button below. Be sure to first choose your student's homeroom teacher and the date and time for your preferred conference time. On the calendar, you will add your information, including if you want a zoom or in person conference as well as if a translator is needed.

Registration for the 2021-22 School Year:

Registration for new students enrolling in the 2021-22 school year is now open. We will be registering only new kindergarten through 5th grade students who live within our attendance boundaries, or have daycare in our area. Current students are automatically enrolled for next year, with the exception of overload students who will return to their home schools for 2021-22. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be five years of age by August 31, 2021. All registrations will be done on-line at www.fpschools.org . Click on the red "Enrollment" circle, then click "Enroll for 2021-22", and complete the registration paperwork. Enrollees must attach a copy of your child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence during the registration process.

Midland wants to STOP Covid at the door!

Midland families,

Just a reminder that you need to complete a health screening questionnaire EVERY morning by 8:30 am. This survey will come to your email, but you can also set it up to be sent as a text to your phone, for easy completion. If you have not filled out the form, your child will not be allowed to enter class until we have heard from you to answer questions, and have your child's temperature taken. Please see the button below for specific information regarding the Daily Health Check, as well as what to do if you are having trouble receiving the email.

PLEASE do your part before school, so that your child can go to class when they arrive.

  • Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus, in the halls, in class, and at recess.
  • Students will wash hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • Students will sit 6 feet apart in the classroom.

If your child has been exposed to COVID, or if they are showing symptoms of illness, you may not send them to school until they have been quarantined and symptom free for 14 days. Teachers will provide work for students during this time. We are counting on everyone to keep Midland safe for all students and staff. Thank you!

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Midland PTA Needs YOU!

Parents, Have you ever thought that it you would like to be more involved at Midland? Our PTA board has served for several years, and we are so grateful for their leadership. Many of our leaders' students are Fifth Graders, and they are moving on. The truth is, we need some new leadership for the coming year or our PTA will have to be dissolved.

The PTA is a group of parents and family members who meet for an hour once a month. They create ideas for activities and provide support to our classrooms. PTA can be a very FUN opportunity! While the past few years we have focused on fundraisers, it woud be great to have more familiy activities and celebrations. We want to focus on more family involvement and non-traditional events which celebrate cultures and supports for families.

If you are interested, please email Mrs. Dawson (pdawson@fpschools.org) or call the school office. Training is provided and there is lots of support for our PTA.

Thank you in advance for considering how you can participate and keep our PTA!

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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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.