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Staff Newsletter Newsletter: Week of October 9th

National School of Character

Last year, Baxter was honored as a National School of Character! This is a very prestigious honor that focuses on being proactive in the development of student's core ethics! Read below to see the goal of the National Organization:

Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students. It is the proactive effort by schools, districts, communities and states to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking, and respect for self and others. Character education provides long-term solutions to moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern in our society and our schools. Through character education, students learn how to be their best selves and how to do their best work while making school a place where students and educators feel comfortable and able to work.

Rally Sports has designed a Baxter National School of Character shirt and the store will remain open through October 20th. If you would like to order a shirt, please visit

Golden Nuggets from the Counselor

Red Ribbon week is October 23-31st:

Theme for the week:

Your Future is Key, Be Drug Free

Monday 23rd: Red Ribbon Day- Wear Red

Tuesday 24th : Turn your back on drugs- Wear your clothes backwards

Wednesday 25th: From my head to my toes, I'm drug free- Wear crazy socks and a hat

Thursday 26th: Give Drugs the Boot- wear your boots

Friday 27th: Our school chooses to be drug free- wear your school shirt

Monday 30th: United we stand against Bullying- wear red, white, and blue

Tuesday 31th: Say Boo to Bullying and Drugs- wear appropriate halloween costume

We have a special school wide presentation from the NED Show on Monday October 23rd. The NED show is a character education program that centers around three important messages: Never give up Encourage others and Do your best. The presentation will include storytelling, magic, humor, and yo-yo tricks. Following the presentation we will begin a week long sale of NED yo-yo products. I will provide you with the handouts to give our students.

During Red Ribbon week I would like for our students to design their own Drug-free t-shirt. I will be providing a template for them to draw on. I am leaving this up to you as to when you will allow students to work on this. I will have prizes for the top picks from each grade. If you have time during the day that is great, but if this needs to be a project you send home that is fine too. It is not mandatory for everyone to participate, but this is a great tool to start the conversation about being drug-free.

The NED Show!!

The NED show is coming to Baxter. Mark you calendars- Monday October 23rd at 1:30. This is a whole school assembly. This is also the beginning of Red Ribbon Week.

Baxter's Hub- Nancy Robertson, Library Media Specialist

This week in the library...

We had our first Maker Monday this week. Students got to come down with their class to use the maker space activities such as building with cardboard, legos, marble run, building with cups and so much more! The fourth graders also came to the library to create Blackout Poetry. Students used pages from recycled books and created free verse poetry by blacking out the words that they did not use.

A Quick Note from Nurse Martin

Cold and Flu season is upon us. Be sure your kids are washing their hands and keeping their fingers away from their eyes, nose, and mouth. Be sure to cover coughs and sneezes using their elbows. Reminder that students must be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Here is a link for exclusions from school

What's Happening at Baxter?!

Upcoming Events and Activities

Monday, 10/9: Boy Scouts are coming to speak with boys at 8:30 and 9am

Tuesday, 10/10: Parent Meeting for Boy Scouts

Friday, 10/13: Fire Prevention Day: Presentation by the Midlothian Fire Department

Monday, 10/16:iPlan Day

PTO Meeting at 6:30pm in the Cafe

Friday, 10/20: Spirit Shop open

Monday, 10/23: The Ned Show

Wednesday, 10/25: CBI is serving lunch to the staff

Thursday, 10/26: Picture Retakes

Boo Stew provided by PTO

Friday, 10/27: PTO Halloween Dance 7-9pm

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