Midland Messenger

October 18-22, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

Parents and families, you are important in your child’s success at school. At Midland, we have had a strong history of parent and family involvement. With COVID and with our former PTA officers moving on to middle school, we have not had as much parent participation in the past year. We now have an opportunity to rebuild our parent involvement and engagement with your help! This Wednesday, October 20th, Mr. Nunez and I are holding a parent involvement meeting, from 6:00-7:00 via this Zoom link. All parents are invited, as we look to establish ways for families to be more involved at Midland. On Wednesday, you will learn more about:

  • PTA: We are in need of a few people to lead our PTA, holding monthly meetings (currently via Zoom) to provide activities for our students and families. This group traditionally has helped with fundraisers, Friday popcorn sales, and family nights. Although we cannot yet do all of our previous activities, we can still create new, creative ways for our students and families to be involved.
  • Parent Advisory Council: We are also looking for a representative group of parents who would serve as partners in helping our leadership look at our policies and procedures, in an effort for families to have more voice and agency in our school. Improving Instruction, Social Justice and Equity, along with Parent/Family Partnerships are the focus of our building and district work.
  • Volunteers: We are now able to have classroom volunteers on a regular basis. Volunteers must have a background clearance and be vaccinated to help in the building. Other volunteers may be able to help teachers with projects at home.

I am looking forward to meeting many of you this Wednesday. It really does “take a village” for our school to fully meet the academic and social growth of all our students.

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

October is Bullying Awareness Month

At Midland, October is a time when we teach about Kindness and Bucket Fillers and address Bullying. It is important that we teach about what bullying is, in addition to how to be a friend. Some characteristics of bullying are that it is targeted, repeated over time, intentional, utilizing a position of power, and is not stopped on request. Sometimes bullying is confused with single incidents of students being mean or rude, or when students are involved with others in arguments or other conflicts. Students are our best reporters, and we encourage them to get help from adults who are close to the situation. If we do not know about a bullying situation, we can’t help. Students and parents can report bullying to any staff person. We have reporting forms and our district policy sets forth specific steps in handling any reports of bullying, harassment, and intimidation. I encourage you to speak with your child about the importance of getting help if they see bullying or feel that they are being bullied. We take this very seriously. As always, you are welcome to contact me if you or your child needs assistance with anything. I can be reached at 253-298-4501 or by email at pdawson@fpschools.org.

Important Dates to Remember:

October 20 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 21 ~ The Great Shake Out

October 27 ~ HOPE Assembly

October 27 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 29 ~ Freaky Friday Dress Up Day

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

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Social Emotional Learning:

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Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

October 18th

Be Good To Your Brain

  1. Get plenty of sleep.
  2. Focus on healthy foods.
  3. Limit Screen time.
  4. Get lots of exercise and movement
  5. Connect joyfully with others.
  6. Be able to tell the difference between small problems and a big problems and be able to respond to each appropriately.
  7. Take time to BREATHE and focus your energy and brain power peacefully.
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Transportation Staff Appreciation week

Our bus drivers safely and faithfully transport hundreds of students to and from school each day. Imagine supervising over 50 students while driving a school bus! Please take a moment to let your child’s bus driver know how much you appreciate them for transporting our kids safely!

We also would like to thank the wonderful staff in FP’s Transportation Department who make sure students get to and from school in a safe and timely manner, and deal with any emergency with grace! Thank you!

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

The 2021 Great Washington ShakeOut will be taking place on Thursday, October 21st at 10:21 am. Please click here for some great information about the event. This is a great learning experience for everyone to be prepared for a possible earthquake in the future.

SPYA is back!!

The Summit-Parkland Youth Association is back! The district will be partnering with SPYA to offer recreational sports to Franklin Pierce students in grades K-6.

Basketball is just around the corner - the season will be November 15th-February 18th. Registration is open! SPYA is also in need of coaches and referees. Please call 253-298-3019 or Click here for more information.

Looking for Clothing Donations

Is your child growing out of their clothes? Our health room is in need of some donated clothes for those times when a student needs to change. Specifically, we could use some small (4-6), medium (8-10) and large (12-14) size stretchy pants, jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts for both boys and girls. Thanks for considering.

Fall Weather Is Here!

We are enjoying our beautiful Fall weather which means that mornings can be cooler. It is also important to remember that students go outside for recess rain or shine. Be sure to send your child to school dressed for the weather. Please take a moment to label outer-wear with a permanent marker in case it is misplaced.

Healthy and Safe practices at Midland

Midland families,

Just a reminder of the things that we'd like you to consider before sending your child to school each day:

  • A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above?
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

These are some safety precautions we will be practicing at Midland:

  • 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 3 feet apart in the classroom, and 6 feet apart during breakfast & lunch.

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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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.