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Middlesex Lion News
Published on Feb 9, 2018 15:49

Hello Middlesex Families,

Continuing with the idea of a Growth Mindset, Embrace the word “Yet.”

As Dweck herself puts it, “Just the words ‘yet’ or ‘not yet,’ we're finding, give kids greater confidence, give them a path into the future that creates greater persistence.” According to her research, simply leaving possibilities wide open has the power to jolt kids out of a fixed mindset and into a growth mindset.

Just adding “yet” to a despairing sentence like “I can’t,” changes its meaning and opens doors for growth and opportunity. Similar thoughts, like, “I can’t do complex multiplication,” and, “I can’t hit the baseball” take on very different meanings with the addition of that one word. This linguistic trick implies that kids can and will master these skills; it’s just a matter of time and effort. Sesame Street even created a music video about The Power of Yet to promote that message.


It’s time for Jump Rope Heart! Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, 80% of it may be preventable through lifestyle changes? Hoops for Heart will teach your child the importance of heart-healthy habits – a foundation for the rest of his/her life. This service-learning program will also share with your child the inspirational stories of children who have been touched by this disease while they raise funds to help kids like them, and save and improve all lives. 

Here’s how it works: 

Your child has received his/her fundraising envelope. Start by setting up a personal fundraising page—easy directions are on the back of the letter. 

Ask family and friends if they’d like to donate. Not sure what to say? Your child can use the simple script on the collection envelope.

Encourage your child to get ready to jump and have fun at our school event! The event will take place during their next PE class and ending February 21st. Money is due February 21st.

As part of Jump Rope For Heart event, your child will choose a heart-healthy message and share lifesaving tips. There is even a parent corner with tips on keeping your children healthy at home!

Through this special event, your school can earn money for PE equipment and your child earns fun prizes that encourage him/her to keep up the good work for heart health.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN CASH WITH YOUR STUDENT!!! ONLY CHECKS AND ONLINE DONATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED. 


We are working to update our school website so that it fits your needs! We will not be changing the overall format of the website, but rather will be reorganizing and updating the information so that it is more helpful. Please take a few moments to complete the survey and share your thoughts with us. Thank you for your time!

Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC), Leadership Cumberland, and select Cumberland County school districts are collaborating on a study regarding parent, student, and educator attitudes and perceptions regarding technical and vocational education, careers, and the workforce. 
CAEDC has been working with area school districts, higher education institutions and employers to develop new curriculum that will meet current and future employment needs. Professionals enrolled in the Leadership Cumberland program (fellows) are developing surveys for area school district superintendents to distribute. Cumberland Valley, West Shore, Carlisle Area, and Mechanicsburg Area School Districts have all agreed to participate in order to provide a sample representative for the county. Parents, educators, and 5th, 7th and 11th graders in these school districts will be invited to complete the survey at the link below:


Please look for a sign up document to be sent by your child's teacher for conference night. Our conference night at Middlesex will be March 1st from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

2018-19 Middlesex Elementary Kindergarten Registration:

Middlesex Elementary School is looking for kindergarten students for the 2018-19 school year. Students need to turn 5 years old on, or before September 1, 2018. To begin the registration process, go to http://www.cvschools.org/about_us/central_registration/2018-2019_kindergarten_registration. Middlesex Kindergarten Registration will be March 22nd at Middlesex.  If you have any questions, please contact the Middlesex Office or Central Registration at 717-506-3399 or [email protected]

February PTO Meeting

February 12th- 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Middlesex Library

Holiday Socials K-5th

February 14th- 2:00-3:15 p.m.

School In Session Now- Snow Make-up Days

February 16th and 20th

NO School

February 19th

Jump Rope for Heart Money Due to School- NO CASH PLEASE

February 21st

Read Across America

February 26th- March 2nd

School Store

February 28th- March 2nd (schedule will be shared closer to the date)

Trimester # 2 Ends


Report Cards Released

February 28th

Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 1st- 4:00-8:00 p.m. (please be sure to sign up with your child’s teacher if needed)

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