Thursday, November 15, 2018

ELEMENTARY NEWS



~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

UPCOMING ITEMS:

Nov 19 - School board meeting 7PM at high school - Hearing on 7-12 whole grade sharing with Olin

Nov 20 - 1:00 dismissal

Nov 21-23 - NO SCHOOL

Nov 28 - 1:00 dismissal

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

2018 Book Angel Program

The Friends of the Wyoming Public Library group is working in conjunction with Citizens State Bank of Wyoming and Oxford Junction as well as Ohnward Bank and Trust of Baldwin to bring a holiday surprise to all of our elementary families. They want to make all of our students' futures brighter by placing books in their hands. A student who reads or is read to, is a student who succeeds.

They are working hard to collect 160 books so that every elementary family can take one home for the holidays.

If you would like to help you can donate books at the Wyoming Public Library, Citizens State Bank in Oxford Junction or Wyoming and at Ohnward Bank and Trust in Baldwin. You can also purchase online through our Book Angel Amazon Wish List at Amazon Book Angel Wish List

2018 Book Angel Program Flier

Thanks for showing you care Midland Community!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

VETERAN'S DAY ASSEMBLY

On November 9th our whole student body and staff as well as many community members took time to recognize our Veteran's with a Veteran's Day Assembly.

Thanks to all who served to keep us free!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

FUN AT THE YMCA

3rd-5th grade students recently had a fun day at the Maquoketa YMCA!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

SOCIAL SKILLS

Social skills are important! This is a great list of social skills parents can work on with their children. Students have to practice these every day at school.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

PARENTING STRATEGIES CLASS AVAILABLE

Are you interested in learning some parenting strategies to use with your 5-12 year-old(s)?

Active Parenting Class led by Mrs. Hein, School Counselor 3 - 2 hour sessions held at Midland Elementary

Date and Time to be determined -videos, discussions, practice activities, parent book included

If interested, please call or email Mrs. Hein: 563-488-2292 ext 3250 or shein@midland.k12.ia.us

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

SERVICE DAY

Officer Feldman, Mr Becker, and Mrs Lehrman took the 5th grade students out in the community for DARE Community Service. They spent the day raking and cleaning yards in area towns. A special thank you to PATS for purchasing pizza for lunch for the students. #midlandrocks

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

2018-19 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

2018-19 Elementary School Supply List

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL RULEY

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you about issues that are coming to school from students being on Snap Chat and other social media apps outside of school hours. The school is not going to monitor the student's usage of social media at home, but I am seeing an increase in social media issues between students that are starting to cross into the area of bullying and harassment. These situations are coming to school and causing issues on the bus, at recess, and in the classroom. Students are creating group chats and talking about other students in their class, having disagreements, using profane language, and not being responsible digital citizens online. I am not only writing this letter as the principal, but as a parent of a 5th grade child. Social media can be SCARY and FRUSTRATING as a parent. When I was growing up, we had bag phones that would only get reception on a large hill outside Monmouth. Now we have small high tech computers available at our fingertips.

I encourage you to have a conversation with your child about the responsibilities of using social media apps to connect with friends. Many of the students that come to my office will not read their typed conversations out loud and say they would never say what they typed to another person because it is too hard to say the words out loud. The phone gives them power to communicate with several people at one time and not have to face the person they are talking about so it is easy to say what they want to say and not have to see who they are hurting. These conversations can sometimes be read and accessible between large groups of students so the problem between two people may start involving several students at once and the conversation is available all day and night.

Social media is a BIG responsibility that requires the user to be able to think before they type. Many times when I ask the students if their parents know what they are saying online they respond, No. Do you know what your child is doing online? Do you know who your child is talking to online and what they are saying? Some of our students have mentioned talking to older people online they don't even know. Some are playing role play games, making Musical.ly videos, and creating secret group chats with friends. It scares me kids have access to the world online and with each other 24/7 through social media. It scares me we live in a day and age where we wouldn't let elementary age kids wander around the mall alone for fear of strangers, but with these apps and internet access, strangers can access your kid's information while they are in their own home. Some of these apps can access your child's actual location while using the app and shows a map to your front door step.

Our kids are growing and changing every day and I challenge you as parents to ask questions about your child's online usage and what they are doing on social media and other apps they are using. We can all help guide them to be responsible digital citizens and to keep them safe. If we as parents don't know what our kids are doing online and if we as parents don't know how to use the apps they are using, should we be allowing them full access to the world unattended 24/7? I know as a parent myself we worry about invading the privacy of our children. The bottom line is that if my child was talking to adults through apps online, their privacy goes out the door and safety becomes my highest concern. If my child was involved in online conversations at 9 pm at night and is only 9 years old, I would be asking why my kid needs to be accessible to friends at 9 pm. What is so important is can't wait until morning? There are growing studies about young people actually being addicted to their phones because of the endorphins released in their brains while using them from instant gratification. It is crazy what research is saying about our digitally wired kids and the effects of technology on the brain.

There is no textbook to parenting and I am in the trenches with you all trying to figure out how to raise kids to be the best they can be. Parenting digital learners is tough. Finding the balance with social media access will continue to be an area we will all have to keep learning about and educating our children to be safe and smart online.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Ruley, Elementary Principal

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

READING AT HOME

It's no secret that electronic games and devises are part of our lives. Here are some ways, with and without technology, to encourage reading at home.

1. Unplug - Turn off the television, computers, iPads, phones, gaming systems, etc. for 15 minutes while EVERYONE in the house reads.

2. Variety - Read fiction, non-fiction, picture books, magazine articles, newspaper articles, cookbooks, comics, baseball/football cards, etc.

3. Mix It Up - Read aloud or independently, read to your pets, Facetime or Skype with a family member and read to them.

4. Share - Do a shared reading and read together. Talk about the story, characters, setting, illustrations or pattern in the words. Reread, what did you notice the second time you read the story or article? Make a personal connection to what you are reading, "That picture reminds me of the time..."

5. Flexibility - Kids should have some choice in what they want to read; easy books, just right books, and sometimes books that are too hard for them to read. Someone should be available to help them get through the too hard to read books, or make those the read aloud books - which are great for vocabulary development and fluency.

6. Comedy Night - Read joke books aloud to everyone.

7. Visit the library together - We have excellent public libraries in our district!

8. Plug Back In - Read online news articles, read the school webpage, read from your favorite sports team's page.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

PATS MEETING

Midland as a group Parents And Teachers for Students - PATS for short - all parents are welcome to join. For more information on the next meeting contact the elementary office.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

CYBER CIVICS - VERY IMPORTANT LESSONS TO TEACH STUDENTS FOR SAFE TECHNOLOGY USE

By Angela Ruley, Elementary Principal

Technology shapes our lives everyday. I remember back in the late 90's when the internet became part of my life. It was a huge deal! I remember waiting for that magical sound of the dial up to complete so I could ICQ my friends or check my email. That was a time when checking your e-mail was the Facebook Messenger of the day! We also had to be strategic in planning your internet time around incoming calls because your landline phone would be busy for incoming calls if you were dialed in to the internet. Who would have ever imagined that in 2017 the internet would be accessible at your fingertips on a smartphone. You can text, call, snap, Facebook, e-mail, or Instagram your friends anytime you want. But how much time do we spend prepping our kids to this much access to the real world at the tip of their fingers or the responsibilities that go along with it?

In 2017, roughly 80 percent of children ages 13-17 own a smartphone. The average age parents decide to purchase a cell phone for their child is 10. Unlimited data, unlimited apps, unlimited contacts and unlimited free choice. As a parent and an administrator, I think it is important to really dive into the topic of "Cyber Civics" with any parent of a child with a cell phone. When we give kids a license to drive a car, they earn that license by getting a permit to drive, taking driver's education, and spending time behind the wheel with a more experienced driver. Why? Because giving kids such a big responsibility without guidance would be dangerous.

Cell phones provide 24/7 access to "instant feedback" from peers. How many people opened my snap, how many likes did I receive on Instagram, did anyone like my status on Facebook? It provides an empty blank screen to voice how you are feeling at the touch of a button that can be sent without voice to any audience of your choosing. You can't second guess anything you put online because it will always exist in cyberspace; even if you change your mind. Or a text picture that you sent to someone else that can be screenshot and sent to all of their friends. This year alone in our district, we have worked with students about sexting, online harassment, bullying, hacking into other student's accounts, suicide threats and more. I'm not saying that cellphones should be banned, but I am urging parents to talk with and teach your children about cell phone safety and "Cyber Civics."

Cyber Civic Basics: Digital Citizenship and Digital Footprint

Digital citizenship can be defined as responsible behavior with regard to technology use, within this is also your child's digital footprint. A digital footprint is the information about a particular person that exists on the Internet as a result of their online activity. Some basic areas to start with are as follows:

1. Do you know about the apps that are on our child's phone and who they are "friends" with? Several of the apps out there allow you to follow or be friends with people whom you might not know and the app allows that other person access to whatever your child posts within that app. Think it doesn't happen? This topic has been addressed in the elementary building on several occasions with the app musical.ly.

2. Friendship conflicts happen, but social media should not be the platform you choose to openly air your issues. I have talked with students about how some conversations should be in person and not via text messages. Emojiis do not give you insight into the "tone" of a text and sometimes these conversations become worse in times of conflict. Talk to your children about when to put the phone down and teach them to have face to face interaction with peers.

3. Digital footprints can follow you all the way into adulthood. When prospective employers search candidates, many times a google search can reveal a lot about someone. Are you aware of your child's digital footprint? Before they send that picture, remind them that anything can be screenshot and shared by someone else. You don't own anything you post online or share via text.

4. If something doesn't seem right, teach them to tell an adult. If your child receives information in a text or on an app that is violating someone's personal rights or shows someone making a threat against himself or others, please teach them to tell someone who can look into the situation. We live in a world where making a threat to harm one's self or others is real and many times it is discussed on social media before it happens.

We are raising the next generation of digital adults. Lets work together to keep our students safe online by increasing cyber civic discussions about safe cell phone usage. Parents be aware and ask questions about apps on phones and contacts with others through those apps. Safety is key and most important.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

THANKS TO PATS FOR SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS!

Our local parent teacher organization, Parents And Teachers for Students, PATS, has donated many school supplies to be used by all children in our elementary school. This reduces the number of items that parents need to purchase.

Parents who want to become involved in PATS should contact the elementary office for more information on meetings.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

MIDLAND PARENTS AND DISTRICT RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR IOWA SCHOOL ALERT SYSTEM

To sign up for the Iowa Alerts please go to this website: Iowa School Alerts or you can click on the Iowa School Alerts logo on the right side of the school webpage.

Once you create an account you can sign up to receive different information either in the form of an email or text message. You can choose as many levels as you want or need including: District, Middle/High School and Elementary.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Box Tops for Education

Earn 5 Bonus Box Tops for our school!

Sign up to support our school with Box Tops for Education and earn 5 Bonus Box Tops for our school when you subscribe to the Box Tops email newsletter. You'll receive:

- Coupons

- Exclusive free sample offers

- Bonus Box Tops offers

- Updates on your school earnings

- PLUS 5 Bonus Box Tops just for signing up!

Just go to BTFE.com/signup to get started! Make sure to enter our Box Tops ID number so our school gets credit for the Bonus Box Tops. Our school's Box Tops ID number is: 168449

Thanks for supporting our school! Our earnings goal this year is $1,000. Let's make that happen! Keep clipping Box Tops and send them to school!

Be sure to ask your student about the Box Tops contest!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

RSCHOOL:

Midland parents are encouraged to become acquainted with rSchool and use it. Sign up for the automatic notifications to your cell phone or email, then you will know instantly when a game/activity has been added, postponed or cancelled. Here is the website, as well as easy to follow directions for setting up your account and using the program.

RSchool Website

RSchool Made Easy Instructions

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

HELP US, HELP KIDS

Midland Elementary is collecting the following items this year.  They can be dropped off at either Midland school office.  Thanks for helping us to help our kids! Many items can be purchased with these funds - field trips, recess toys, etc.

 LABELS FOR EDUCATION  -  PATS organization collects (now includes Post cereals)

USED PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES - PATS organization collects

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

OLD CELL PHONES- Music department

TYSON A+ FOR EDUCATION
 

Pop Tabs: The money from the tabs goes to help with transportation costs for people going to Camp Courageous that need to be transported to doctor appointments. These can be dropped off at either school location or to Cheryl Westphal.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

 

Elementary PBIS Info.




Contact Us
Main Phone: 563-488-2292
Elementary Extension 7
Middle/High School Extension 8
Secretary Extension 0


MIDLAND TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS LISTING

Elementary
510 3rd Avenue North
Oxford Junction, IA 52323
Fax: 563-826-2681
Grades: PreSchool-5

Middle/High School
106 West Webster St.
PO Box 109
Wyoming, IA 52362
Fax: 563-488-2253
Grades: 6-12

Contact: Webmaster

CURRENT INFO

Midland Fall Food Drive Thru Dec 14

Midland Apparel Orders due 11/16

Midland Basketball Shirts

High School Band/Vocal Fundraiser Century Rich and Seasonal Sensations - due Nov 19, delivery Dec 10-14

Midland Post Prom Gift Card Fundraiser Gift Card Fundraiser Sample Order Form Order deadline is November 15 for Thanksgiving delivery. Those ordered by early December are to be back by winter break.

FFA Wreath Order Form

Thanks for supporting the Eagles!

IMPORTANT INFO

MCSD 2018-19 Master Calendar

2018-19 Elementary School Supply List

2018-19 Middle/High School Supply List

Activity Calendar 2018-2020

2018-19 Lunch Application

2018-19 Lunch Informational Letter

2018-19 TENTATIVE Bus Schedules - if you are not listed and need to be call the school!

School Fees

Midland Guidelines for Volunteers, Chaperones, Drivers - needs filled out by anyone who wants to do one of these things for the school this year.

Midland Building Use Application

PowerSchool Parent Account Setup for E-Registration

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS INFO

2018-19 All Sports Food Stand Sign Up - to sign up contact Michelle in the HS office via email or phone call. These are assigned on a first requested, first filled basis. If not signed up, a time will be assigned to the parents of ALL athletes.

Vision Statement
The vision of the Midland School District is to prepare students to think, lead and serve.

Mission Statement

Helpful Links

Notice - Powerschool upgrades will be installed every 2nd Sunday of every month from 6:45-8:45AM so it will not be accessible during those times.