Midland Messenger

April 19-23, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

This has been a busy week at Midland with a fun ending! Second and Fourth grades had almost 100% participation for Color Wars, so I will have BLUE hair on Monday, while Mr. Nunez has ORANGE hair on Monday! It's great to have fun at school.

Even as we had a great week, my heart is heavy for our students and families of color during this time of more police shootings and other events such as the trial for George Floyd's death. Our Midland staff stands with our families who are impacted by such tragedies. As the leader of our very diverse school, I want you to know that you are visible and we care deeply for you. Our staff is learning more about equity, systemic racism, and how our practices can be inclusive of all students and families. I am always open to conversations and would love your ideas about how we can make Midland even more equitable for your child.

In closing, I want to let you know that you will notice that my name looks a bit different. This past week I officially completed my Doctorate degree at the University of Washington, Tacoma. The "Dr." in front of my name is not because I have studied medicine, but because I have earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership. I am grateful to continue my own learning and enhance my leadership at Midland.

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

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!

Important Dates to Remember:

April 21 ~ Asynchronous learning day

April 28 ~ Asynchronous learning day

April 30 ~ HOPE Assembly

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

Clerical Appreciation Week

We appreciate the many hard-working Secretarial and Clerical staff throughout our Franklin Pierce School District. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our students, families, and staff!

Reminder about treats sent to school

Please remember that any treats or snacks sent to school must be individual store-bought items in order to share them with the class. This is especially important during this time of COVID.

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.

Highly Capable Student Program

It is time to refer 3rd and 4th grade students for the 2021-2022 Project Excel Highly Capable Student Program. If you are interested in more information or would like your student tested for this program, please follow the link below.

Project Excel Program

Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program

Franklin Pierce will be offering a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program at Harvard Elementary for the 2021-22 school year. Please click on the flyers and application below for further information.

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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Over the nose it goes! Over the chin, you win!

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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
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.