Midland Messenger

August 29-September 1, 2022

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Back to School News!

It was wonderful to see so many of you this past Thursday at our Meet and Greet and Ice Cream Social. We had a large turn out of students and families!

This is the week school starts on Tuesday, August 30th . The school day begins at 8:55 and ends at 3:25. Here is important information you should know:

  • Bus routes are posted on the district website and information is below, with the location of bus stops and times. Please be sure to be at the stop 5 minutes before the bus is expected. Parents, we ask that you stay with your children at the bus stop for the first few days.
  • Students can be dropped off at Midland starting at 8:40. Students need to be in their classrooms by 8:55 to be on time. We expect the drop off zone to be very busy the first few days, so thank you for your patience in advance.
  • Students who are dropped off after 8:55 must be accompanied by an adult into the office to be signed in. Students may not be dropped off and sent into the office.
  • If your child is going home differently than how they arrived, please send a note to their teacher. We want to be sure we know how all students are getting home.
  • All Midland students have the opportunity to have a breakfast and lunch, at no cost to them. You may send a home lunch, if you prefer.
  • This will be a hot week. Please consider applying sunscreen to your child before school. We will have our regular recess schedule this week.
  • Our staff has been working hard to welcome your child. Please be sure to communicate with your child’s teacher if there is something specific they should know about your child.
  • Kindergarten families, remember your child only comes one day this week for the morning, and you have a parent conference that afternoon with your child's teacher.

Thanks, and see you on Tuesday!

~Dr. Dawson

Important Attendance Information

September is Attendance Awareness Month! The past few years have brought challenges with attendance due to quarantines and illnesses. This year, we are looking forward to getting back on track with regular, daily attendance.

You have always known that good attendance contributes to successful students, but this year we have some very important procedures, which we will follow:

1) Good attendance is to miss 9 or fewer days in the whole school year (average one per month).

2) We will contact you for a conference if your child has 3 unexcused absences in a month.

3) Chronic absenteeism is more than 15 days in a school year.

I want to encourage all our Mustangs to be at school ON TIME, EVERY DAY, ALL DAY! It’s important to be here each day to learn. See you in class!

We welcome your communication. Please call or email our attendance team if you need support with your child's regular attendance:

Counselor: Ms. Morgan Stephens (mstephens@fpschools.org) 253-298-4510

Assistant Principal: Kristina Frederick (kfrederick@fpschools.org) 253-298-4502

Attendance Clerk (office): Kristina Roberts (krroberts@fpschools.org) 253-298-4506

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Important Dates to Remember:

August 30 ~ First day of school for 1st - 5th Grade

September 2 & 5 ~ NO SCHOOL for Labor Day

September 6 ~ First full day of school for Kindergarten

September 14 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 21 ~ Taproot Theater 12:45-1:45 pm

September 21 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 28 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

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

2022-23 Midland Daily Schedule

8:40 Breakfast

8:50 Warning bell, students are in class

8:55 Tardy bell, school begins

11:20-12:15 Kindergarten Lunch/Recess

11:20-12:15 1st Grade Lunch/Recess

11:50-12:45 2nd Grade Lunch/Recess

12:20-1:15 3rd Grade Lunch/Recess

12:20-1:15 4th Grade Lunch/Recess

11:50-12:45 5th Grade Lunch/Recess

3:25 Dismissal

*MOST Wednesdays will be a 1:55 dismissal*

(PLEASE check the calendar for specific dates)

School Safety

Your child's safety is very important to the staff at Midland! If you'd like to walk your child to class in the morning, please be prepared to check in at the office with your driver's license to get a Hall Pass sticker. Then, please be sure to let us know when you are leaving the building. Thank you for helping us keep Midland safe and secure for all students!

Morning Drop Off Information

If you are a parent who is driving their child to school, here are some important items to consider:

  • Please use the parent drop off zone in front of the school.
  • Please follow the directions of the Safety Patrol on duty.
  • Students can be dropped off between 8:40-8:50am.
  • Students can pick up breakfast and go directly to class.
  • Students need to be in class by 8:55, when the tardy bell rings.
  • Students who arrive at or after 8:55 will have to have a parent come into the office to sign them in. *Please note that due to safety concerns, our tardy drop off policy has changed. Parents may not drop off late students to enter the building unsupervised. Parents must park, come into the office, and sign the student in with the time and reason for the tardy.
  • After 5 tardies, a parent meeting with an administrator will be required. Students may need to start taking the bus if they continue to be late for school.

Thank you in advance for understanding that our school day begins at 8:55 and students should be present at that time.

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Sign Up for the Bus Bulletin

Would you like to know when your student’s bus is going to be late or what is happening?
Once you know your child's route, you should consider signing up for bus route notifications using Bus Bulletin. Bus Bulletin will send you text messages to your cell phone with real-time updates on your child's route. For instance, if your child's route is running late, Bus Bulletin will let you know.

How to sign-up to use Bus Bulletin:

  • Log onto the website http://busbulletin.com/parents/ or click on the QR code and look to the right side of your screen. Click on “Sign In”, click on "Register Here," and answer the simple prompts. You will provide your name, your email address, a password, and select Franklin Pierce Schools. Then enter the code on the screen, accept the rules of use, and finally click on Submit.
  • You will then be asked to select the route, which is written in code:
    • The first two numbers are the ROUTE NUMBER, and the letters are the SCHOOL abbreviation:
      • Preschool: HDS for Head Start and ELC
      • Primary: BD, CA, CH, CO, ELM, HA, JS, MD
      • Secondary: FMS, FPHS, KMS, WHS, GATES
        • Example: 19MD is route 19, Midland Elementary School.

Family Access: Find your teacher and update your information

Interactive Skyward Family Access features are open and ready for primary guardians to review, update, and/or request changes to your child's information.

In Family Access, you can also see who your child's teacher will be for the 2022-23 school year.

We ask that a primary guardian log into Family Access and complete the Annual Student Information Update for your student. Please use this link to log into Skyward Family Access:


Please enter your login ID- It will be either your email address or first name.last name (Sally.Jones)

Password will be something you chose in the past or you can set a new password.

From here you will see your student's name on the upper left-hand corner with multiple options available to you. If you have more than one student attending a Franklin Pierce School you will have a drop down that says All Students, when you click on the drop down it will have all your students and you would choose the correct student.

This screen shot is for a family with multiple students. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of All Students to select the correct student. Click on Annual Student Information Update and complete ALL steps.

If you need help gaining access to a computer, try the Pierce County Library, visit your school, or come to the district office.

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Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

August 30th

Welcome Midland Families, to a bright and shiny new school year! We are beginning the 2022/2023 school year with hope and gratitude. In the upcoming weeks the entire staff at Midland will be working together to build a solid foundation of skills based on belonging to a learning community that supports, includes, and nurtures our learners, families, and staff.

I am so excited for the opportunity to bring SEL to all students and families again this year. My name is Anita Blaisdell and this is my 36th year of teaching and my 33rd year in our awesome Franklin Pierce Schools. I have been a special education teacher, a primary teacher and now, a SEL Specialist for all Midland Mustangs. I have two children who attended FP schools. My daughter graduated from FPHS and UW. My son is also a graduate of FPHS and is studying Electrical/Computer Engineering at UW. I have been a Franklin Pierce parent, just like you for over 20 years. 😊 I care about our entire community and its scholars and families.

What can you expect this year?—Your child will see me for 45 minutes each week during Social Emotional Learning Specialist time and I will also see each class once a month for a shorter time on early release Wednesdays. We will work toward the WA State SEL Standards that focus on Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management, Self-Efficacy, Social Awareness, Social Management, and Social Engagement. I will post weekly in the Midland Messenger with notes about the skills and topics we are working on in class across the grade levels; and I will try to give information that can help us all to manage this journey forward with hope and joy. I am here for Midland scholars, their families and our amazing staff. Together, our learning community will continue to grow and learn together.

If you need to contact me, you can email me at ablaisdell@fspchools.org

Our journey begins hopefully. 😊

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Regular School Attendance: What you can do!

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine as well as finishing homework and packing backpacks the night before.
  • Keep track of your child's attendance.
  • Have a back-up plan in place with family members, neighbors, or other parents for getting your child to school in case something comes up.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning. We are here to help!
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
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NEW Before and Afterschool Care for the 2022-23 School Year!

Serving students at ALL 8 Elementary Schools

Right at School will operate before and afterschool programs at all eight Franklin Pierce elementary schools! Right at School offers a safe environment for students to learn, to play, and to grow!

2022-2023 Online Registration for NEW students

At this time, we are taking registration for those children who live within our attendance boundaries, or have daycare in our area. Enrollees must provide a copy of their child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence by uploading them to our district's website along with their registration information. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be five years of age by August 31, 2022.

Please visit fpschools.org - click on the red "Enrollment" circle - follow the instructions for the 2022-23 school year.

Current students who live within the Midland Elementary boundaries are automatically enrolled at Midland for the 2022-23 school year.

  • Students who were overloaded to Midland for the 2021-22 school year will return to their home schools for 2022-23.
  • Students living within our district but outside of Midland boundaries who want to attend Midland must complete a within-district transfer form online. Click here to access the Transfers and Homeschool form
  • Out-of-district students who wish to attend Midland must complete a new out-of-district transfer (Choice Transfer) from their home district to be considered for enrollment.

For any questions, please contact our school office at 253-298-4500.

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.