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    Congratulations to Mrs. Nicole Ritchie on being named Midway's new Reading Teacher of the Year!

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  • February 5, 2016

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 2/5/2016

    How excited we are that the Groundhog did not see its shadow this past Tuesday, so it looks like we will have an early spring!  Spring is my second favorite time of year, next to Summer!  What a busy month we have for one of the shortest months of the year.  Not only do we celebrate Black History Month, but this is also Heart Health Month.  Please be sure to pay close attention to your child’s class newsletter for additional information.

     

    Today was “Go to Work with a Parent or Relative Day” and we were delighted to have many of our former Midway students shadowing some of our wonderful staff members.  We hope that it was a meaningful experience for them.  We look forward to having them back next year!

     

    In observance of Black History Month, students will be sharing some of their Heritage Tea projects each day on our morning news show.  The Heritage Tea is scheduled for Sunday, February 28th at 3pm at the Fine Arts Center.  We hope to have some district winners.

     

    Our annual donut sale orders are due this coming Wednesday, February 10th.  Please make sure to send in your orders.  Our goal is to sell 600 boxes.  We did it two years ago and I am certain we can do it again!  The PTO is researching a digitized marque for our school and the proceeds will help to fund this project.  Donuts will be here on next Friday, February 12th bright and early!  There will also be an afternoon pickup time if needed.

     

    I know that our girls are looking forward to the Daddy/Daughter dance scheduled for next Friday evening.  It is not too late to turn in your forms.  We want to make this a memorable night for our “Bobcats!”  Our Parent Educator, Ms. Bittner has been working diligently on this event.  Please contact her if you are able to volunteer with decorations.

     

    We are also gearing up for our annual Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America day on Friday, February 26th.   If you can share an hour to visit and read with one or two of our classes, we would love to have you join us.  Give us a call and let us know your availability.

     

    Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you.  You are always welcome!

    Together we can do great things!

     

    Dell N. Brabham

     

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  • January 8, 2016

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 1/8/2016

    Happy New Year!!! 

    Growing up in the good ole South and having lived here all my life, we hold fast to many traditions.  My family and I attend church service on New Year’s Eve and have collard greens, pork, and peas and rice on New Year’s Day each year.  We make New Year’s resolutions that often fall by the wayside by February 1st  if not sooner.   I have been to the gym two days this week and hope to keep at it to increase my desire to live a healthier lifestyle.  However, sometimes we can become “too” future- oriented.  We begin to shift our focus on what is missing from our lives or what we are lacking, never taking the time to celebrate all that we do have, our successes and our accomplishments. 

    Much has been accomplished here at Midway during the first semester, which comes to a close on next Thursday   We have been spotlighted in the local news quite a bit; had a successful Fall Carnival; held our holiday chorus concert; selected our Teacher of the Year and Reading Teacher of the Year, and many of you assisted with PTO’s candy fundraiser.  The list goes on! Though we are setting some lofty goals to finish out the school year, we are celebrating what has already taken place here at MDW.

    It is difficult getting up on cold, temperature freezing mornings. This past Wednesday, one of the coldest mornings this school year, my heat went out!  Burrrrrrrrrrrr.  Thank goodness for electrical heaters.    Let’s put forth our best effort in getting our children here and on time each day. Before we know it, the spring will be here, my favorite time of year!

    As we approach the 2nd semester, let us reflect and be grateful for our many blessings.  We have a great group here of staff, students, parents, and a very supportive community.  You never let us down with events and participate in everything that we do.  Thanks for your support and all that you do for us each day!

    Midway welcomes three interns that will be with us for the second semester, Kiyomi Price, Jacob Sims, and Kimberly Hancock.  They are students with Palmetto College/USC.  We also welcome Ms. Helen Sisk, who will be our Resource teacher for the remainder of the year.  Ms. Sisk is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina.

     Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you.  You are always welcome!

     Together we can do great things!

     Dell N. Brabham

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  • December 11, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 12/11/2015

    As we anxiously anticipate the Christmas break, it is amazing how fast these two weeks have flown by. Next week will be five days, but will probably feel like less because of a ½ day for our students on Friday. There will be many opportunities for you to show your support next week, beginning with our joint PTO/SIC meeting on Monday at 5:30pm. Our chorus will be performing here at school on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:00pm for their holiday concert. Please stop by Zaxby’s on Wednesday night for dinner between 5-8pm, as 10% of the proceeds come back to Midway. We will close the week with our holiday assembly on Friday morning at 8:30am. Our chorus will perform some of their concert favorites.

    If you are participating in the Angel Tree project, please be reminded that pickup of gifts are scheduled for next week Wednesday and Thursday, December 16 & 17th from 7:30 – 3:00pm. Parents must come in to pick items up as they will not be sent home with students.

    Parents, please be mindful that our day for students end at 11:00am on next Friday, December 18th. Make arrangements now for your children. Breakfast and lunch will be served. No afternoon programs will be scheduled on that day.

    We will not have a school newsletter to go out next Friday. Please accept my heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday break with your family and friends, filled with lots of laughter and love. Our children enjoyed shopping at our Santa Store this week and appeared to purchase items for themselves as well as for family members. Many of you may have a long list for Santa. However, I hope that love and appreciation for the blessings we share each day are at the top of your list. I am so thankful for the exemplary” students and staff here at Midway Elementary. They make my life exciting and each day here is a new opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.

    Your parental support has been impressive and I thank you for what you do each day. Thanks for not keeping the best ones at home. I have thoroughly enjoyed being here with you and anxiously look forward to the remaining months of the school year.

    Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you.

    Together we can do great things!

    Dell N. Brabham

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  • December 4, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 12/4/2015

    Our children got an opportunity to write letters to Santa and got to deliver them to the mailbox while it was at our front entrance this week. They were very excited I am sure they are on their best behavior in anticipation for what is on their wish list!

    MAP testing began this week and many of our students are showing signs of growth with huge gains. Thank you parents for partnering with us in assuring that our students are here on time each day. MAP testing continues through the week that we leave for the Christmas holiday break.

    Because of your support of our PTO fundraising efforts, we were able to order a beautiful skirt for our portable stage that we have on loan from North Central Middle School and an electronic piano for our chorus.

    Please note our events for the month of December. Plan to join us if you can!

    • 12/8 – Chorus performance at Walmart at 5:30pm
    • 12/14 – PTO/SIC Holiday Drop In @ 5:30pm
    • 12/15 – Pictures with Santa; Chorus Concert @ 6:00pm
    • 12/16 – Author’s Tea @ 1:15pm

    Beginning next week, our 2nd grade team will be sponsoring a Santa Store during the students’ lunch period. Items range in price from $.10 to 3.00. They will be shopping after their lunch time and will be bringing home their wrapped gifts and checking off their holiday shopping list. The store will be open Monday – Friday, between 10:50-12:30pm.

    Parents, please be mindful that the last day before the holiday break is a ½ day, Friday, December 18th. The day ends for students at 11:00am. Breakfast and lunch will be served. However, there will be NO AFTERSCHOOL program on that day. Make arrangements now for your children. Our PAWS After school program will not meet the week of December 14th. Program will resume the week we return from the holiday break.

    Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you.

    Together we can do great things!

    Dell N. Brabham

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  • November 13, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 11/13/2015

    Thank goodness the rain has passed over. Our students and staff were starting to feel a bit restrained. We will continue to enjoy the warm days and beautiful fall foliage we are having. The Almanac is predicting a cold and wet winter!!! Burrrr!!!

    Our Reading Teacher of the Year, Ms. Nicole Ritchie was recognized last evening at the Reading Teacher of the Year Banquet! Ms. Ritchie, we salute you! Thanks to Ms. Johnson, our Reading Coach who currently serves as the President of Kershaw County’s SCIRA for coordinating an outstanding banquet.

    Thanks to those of you who were able to join us for our Veterans’ Day assembly. Our Veterans’ Wall of Honor looks great. After pictures are taken down at the end of this month, we will be sure to return them.

    Next week, we will celebrate American Education Week and will recognize all stakeholders who give of themselves each day so that our students receive the best education available to them. Please take the time to thank your child’s teacher for all that they do for our students each day. We have an incredible staff here at Midway who cares a great deal for our children!

    Our Carolina/Clemson canned Food Drive kicked off this week and continues until November 18th. Keep sending in those canned/dried foods. Our goal is to collect 900 cans/packages. Remember, all food collected will go to our Midway families. We appreciate your support.

    Yes, the holiday season is approaching very quickly! Interims will be coming home with your child on next Wednesday, November 19th. Time is truly going by at the speed of light!

    Hope that you can join us on Tuesday, November 17th for our SIC meeting at 3:00pm and Monday, November 23rdth for our monthly PTO meeting at 6pm.

    Contact our Parent Educator to learn more about our Pro Dads Breakfast Club and enjoy breakfast with your child (ren).

    Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you.

    Together we can do great things!

    Dell N. Brabham

     

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  • November 6, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 11/6/2015

    With all the rain and moisture this week, I am sure like myself you are ready for some sunshine.  Our students have had little opportunity to go out to recess this week.

    What an honor to be able to recognize and salute those men and women who have sacrificed so much for us. We will have our annual Veterans’ Day assembly on Wednesday, November 11th. Please plan to join us for this special celebration. Our 4th and 5th grade chorus will be performing. This will be their first performance for this school year. Mr. Hawes has been working tirelessly to get them ready. We are still accepting photos for our “Wall of Honor.” They will be on display for the rest of this month. If you have not had a chance to send these in, please send these in on Monday.

    Midway Alumni group will be celebrating another school reunion tomorrow. They have also invested in a beautiful trophy case for our lobby and have refurbished trophies on display. Please stop in to see this point of pride when you have a moment.

    Next week begins our annual Carolina/Clemson Food drive, so be on the lookout for signs of Garnet and Orange!! Please send in those canned/dried foods. These donations will be shared with families in our very own community. If you know of families in need, don’t hesitate to let us know. Angel Tree letters will be going out very soon. With the holiday season approaching, I am certain you will join us in a time of giving to those in need.

    Makeup testing continues for our 2nd graders through Wednesday, November 11th. Thanks for having them here and on time. Cool mornings can be a challenge in getting up and out on time each day.

    Our Student Council appreciates your support of our Chick Fil A biscuit sales in our car rider line on Tuesdays. Funds raised go to support programs here at Midway. Biscuits are sold each 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Cost for biscuits are $2.00. The school receives .50 cents for each biscuit sold.

    There are only 12 days left before we leave for the Thanksgiving holiday break, which begins on Wednesday, November 25th. Believe it or not, we are almost half way through the second nine weeks. December will be here before we know it.

    Hope you are making plans to join us tonight for PTO’s movie night from 6:30-8pm. Popcorn, movie and drinks will be available at no charge. This promises to be a night of family fun.

    Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you.

    Together we can do great things!

     

    Dell N. Brabham

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