Midway Mustang Memo

November 2019

Dear Families,

We hope you took the opportunity to talk with your child and teacher in October during our student-led conferences about the progress your learner is making toward academic and personal goals. A strong partnership between home and school makes the best foundation for learning. Together we are making a difference in the lives of our children.

Our Veterans’ Day program on Monday, November 11, was a special time for us to honor men and women of all military branches who have made many sacrifices to protect our lives and ensure our freedom. Thank you to our special guests for sharing this day with us and for your service to our country.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches we express our gratitude to our Midway families for partnering with us to support our children as they continue to grow strong in mind, body, and spirit.

We are grateful for each one of you,

Jan Munroe

Daphne Rogers

Jennifer Brown

Greg Walkup

Important Dates

November 25-29: No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 1st: Technology Fair Registration Opens

December 20-January 6th: No School - Winter Break

January 7th: Students return to school

January 30th: Denmark Community Parent Series Night #2 6-7:30

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Midway PTO

Greetings from the Midway PTO!

The next PTO meeting is scheduled at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 12th. It will be just before the Choral Concert. Please plan on attending!

Your PTO is off to a great start this year due to your generous support with spirit wear purchases, PTO memberships, participation at International Fun Festival and Read-A-Thon!!

With your help, here are specific areas where the PTO was able to fund and make an impact with your donations:

  • Purchase of a water cooler/filter/heater for the teachers’ lounge
  • Host an Ice Cream Social and Teacher breakfast for Back-To-School
  • Provide snacks for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Designed and purchased Spirit Wear for Orientation
  • Purchase Pizza for ASLT
  • Fund the first ever International Fun Festival
  • Purchase bookmarks for Read-A-Thon
  • Fund the Impressions Art Contest

PTO has also approved and funded the following Teacher Grants:

Peace Place/Comfort Corner for Ms. Driscoll & Dr. Collin’s rooms and Fill-In-The-Blank phonics and digraphs for every first grade teacher and each first grade student.

Last but not least, we will be purchasing the playground equipment below as soon as the final approvals are received! A school-wide vote was taken, and Midway Students chose these two panels pictured below.

Our sincerest THANK YOU to everyone who helps and supports PTO!!

Technology Fair

Save the Date
2020 Technology Fair
January 25, 2020

This year's regional Technology Competition will be held at Whitlow Elementary School on January 25, 2020. (Inclement weather makeup date: February 1, 2020) The vision of the Georgia Technology Competition, through a statewide technology competition, is to challenge and empower students to become leaders in the digital age. The Forsyth County regional Tech Competition participation is open to all students in grades 3-12 who are schooled within Forsyth County, Dawson County and Lumpkin County.

Details here: http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/techfair

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Counselor's Corner

Red Ribbon Week was a great success. Students had fun dressing up to support being drug free. We raised $269. In December we will begin teaching Think First & Stay Safe lessons to our classes. You will sometimes hear students call it Body Safety. We emphasize telling a trusted adult if someone tries to hurt your heart or your body. We also spend time identifying trusted adults to get help from. A letter was sent home discussing the program further with all Third through Fifth grade students late October. Kindergarten through Second grade students will receive this letter this week.

Dr. Collins and Ms. Driscoll

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Q and A with Nurse Kelly

Can my child carry cough drops?

The clinic will gladly keep and administer FDA approved medication in the clinic. Parents must bring in all medications and sign a form. This includes over the counter medication like cough drops, saline spray and even sunscreen.

Why should my potty trained student keep extra clothes?

Spare clothes aren’t just for incontinence. Wet slides, muddy falls or cafeteria mishaps may require a student to need a change of clothes. There is a limited supply of clothing in the clinic that relies on donations and parents returning what was borrowed.

Is my child too sick for school?

If your child has a temperature of 100, ear pain, vomiting or diarrhea they should stay home for 24 hours before returning to school. Even colds that accompany a persistent cough or sore throat can be distracting and tiring to a point where a day of rest is beneficial. To help spread illness it is best to be cautious. Please remember to report any contagious illness. This is managed confidentially and I am always available for questions.

Any tips for keeping kids healthy at school?

Remember to dress students warmly with their names written on their jackets. Encourage children to drink lots of water, wash hands frequently and make healthy food choices.

From the Midway Café

Hope everyone is staying warm with all this cold weather! Here in the mustang café, we are now in our winter menu cycle which includes yummy grilled cheese and soups, great for warming up on these cooler days. We serve chicken noodle, rich vegetable and creamy tomato soups, along with all our other favorite entrees. Keep a check on our meal viewer app to know which days we’re serving particular items.

We’ve been busy this month celebrating Veteran’s Day, World Kindness Day and still to come we’ll have our annual Mickey Mouse Birthday party on Monday the 18th. So much fun!

Continuing to highlight our harvests of the month with sweet potatoes & beets and looking forward to December’s HOM which will be broccoli and citrus. Grapefruit and oranges will be a treat on this menu cycle, giving us a boost in our vitamin C as we will all need it during cold and flu season. Broccoli is rich in vitamins and folate, served steamed and fresh throughout the year.

Just a couple of reminders: breakfast is $1.50 (includes entrée, milk, 2 sides) & lunch is $2.60 (includes entrée, milk, 3 sides) each day. Many children purchase extras, whether it’s a juicebox/chips/ice cream or an extra entrée, which needs to be considered, if allowed, when funding accounts. If you have any questions regarding funding, meals, blocking accounts so that extras may not be purchase, or anything else please call or email me. I’ll be glad to help any way I can.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break with family and friends. Come visit when you can and as always, I’m here if I can be of any assistance to you or your children. 😊

General Reminders

We already have a large collection of items in the lost and found. Please write your child's name inside their jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc!

Please remember that the school day begins at 8:20. Children should be in their classrooms when the bell rings. If your child is a car rider in the morning, please make arrangements to leave your house in a timely manner that will allow your child to be in their classroom when the bell rings.