Midland Messenger

October 12-16, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

Can you believe we area almost half way through the first trimester? It feels like we are getting into a better rhythm and it's great to see so much learning in our virtual classrooms.

I want to clear up some confusion about WHEN students are supposed to be in class, and WHAT they are responsible for in the asynchronous (not with teacher) time. Students each have a cohort time with their teacher. Cohort A is 8:30-11:00 and Cohort B is 12:30-3:00. These cohorts meet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. During this time, your child should be using Canvas Conferencing to be with their class the whole time. We have some kids attending for short amounts of time, but they should be with the teacher the whole 2.5 hours. When they are not with their teacher, students should attend specialist (music, library, Skills for Success, or counselor). Some students also have other groups, such as Resource Room, ELL, or LAP. All students should do their assigned homework during this time. Please remember that Wednesdays are a school day to do work, but there is not an assigned time with their teacher. Attendance is taken by work completed.

As always, if you have questions about your child's learning, please call or email their teacher.

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

October 14th ~ Asynchronous learning day

October 15th ~ Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill @ 10:15 am

October 21th ~ Asynchronous learning day

October 28th ~ Asynchronous learning day

Library Book Check Out

Library book checkout is now available for grades 2 through 5 beginning this week. Students will be learning 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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Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

The 2020 Great Washington ShakeOut will be taking place on Thursday, October 15th at 10:15 am. Please click here for some great information about the event, and how to participate with your family at home. This is a great learning experience for everyone to be prepared for a possible earthquake in the future.

Have you picked up your school supplies?

We still have quite a few bags of school supplies for students to pick up. If you haven't had a chance to pick yours up yet, please stop by the office during the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

These are important supplies that your student needs to be successful while learning at home. Thank you!

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Social Emotional Learning Corner by Mrs. Blaisdell

This week’s focus is Positive Self-Talk

In all grades, we will be discussing the importance of talking to ourselves in a way that leads to a positive self-esteem, having positive relationships and being productive both in and out of school. Fighting that little voice inside our heads that tells us that we can’t do something, or that we shouldn’t even try; can lead us to seeing ourselves as CAPABLE, STRONG, and POSITIVE when facing challenges. We will learn about being our own Inner-Coach. (rather than an Inner-Critic) We will practice simple and positive phrases and talk about situations when we might need to be our own Inner-Coach.

As a family— You can discuss situations outside of school that each of you may need a Positive Inner-Coach. Practice positive self-talk before it is needed in order to increase the chances that negative thoughts don’t creep in when you are facing a challenge.

Have a Great Week full of Positives 😊

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.

Still having laptop issues?

Our IT department has been amazing at meeting the needs of our families, but some of our devices need to have the proper updates to make them work most efficiently.

If you are still not able to use the school device, or if the audio/video is not working, please let us know! We want to make sure you have the "fix" so your child can access learning each day.

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

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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.