Midland Messenger

November 1-5, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

This month at Midland, we are considering all that we are grateful for. Students will have opportunities to share what they are grateful for, classrooms will have opportunities to write about gratitude, and staff will be sharing what they are thankful for, as well. Did you know that studies show that the more we focus on gratitude, the more we can decrease anxiety? It’s true!


I am grateful for many things this season. First, I am thankful for our students, who bring so much joy to Midland. Their desire to learn, along with their hard work, give me reason to be grateful. I am also very thankful for our Midland staff! Our teachers, paras, and other staff make Midland a great place to work and learn! I'm also thankful for your partnership. I appreciate hearing from you about how we can best meet the needs of your children.


There is no need to wait until Thanksgiving Day to create your gratitude list! Let’s celebrate gratefulness all month long!


It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

November 3 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

November 11 ~ No School for Veteran's Day

November 17 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

November 24 ~ 11:55 Dismissal

November 25-26 ~ No School for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29 ~ Make up Picture Day



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

REMINDER: Daylight Savings Time Ends

Remember to turn your clocks back one hour Sunday morning (November 7th) for the end of Daylight Savings Time.
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Social Emotional Learning:

Social Emotional Learning Corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

November 1st

Native American Heritage Month

Midland acknowledges that we are on the land of the Puyallup Tribe, part of the greater Coast Salish Native American Tribe.

Art can connect us to our heritage and can help others to understand our culture and heritage. The Coast Salish Tribe’s traditional animal art includes “shapes within shapes”. When examined closely; one can see shapes within the animals that are similar to the sun, the waves, the moon, eagle’s claws, and whales’ fins. These shapes show the Tribe’s deep connection to Earth and its creatures. Take a moment to examine the following pieces of Coast Salish art and see if you can identify the shapes within each animal shape.

(See pictures below)

Learning about culture and heritage through art AND participating in artistic and creative activities is scientifically proven to lower or alleviate anxiety, depression and stress. Art and creative activities lend to our Social Emotional wellness. 😊

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Freaky Friday Fun at Midland

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Text Message Emergency Notification

If you have a cell phone number in our Skyward system, you can opt-in to receive text message emergency notifications by texting “yes” to 67587. Messaging will be reserved for emergency situations only including safety and security information, school closures, and unique schedule changes.
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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.

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 10 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

(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.