A Family Newsletter: Week of April 2
No School Tomorrow!!
Community Committee Members
We are creating a "Baxter Communities" team with staff, students and community members to help us create ways to better "tell our amazing story!" This team will meet monthly and will help to plan fun events to help get our parents and community involved with our great school! Examples of things would be finding business owners/professionals to come meet our students and share with them their experiences, community events to bring experiences to our students, etc.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please let me know! I think it will be a lot of fun and provide a lot for our kids!!
2018-2019 MISD School Calendar is Released!
Golden Nuggets from the Counselor
Nobody Likes Me! Nobody Likes Me!
Whether it’s one friend or twenty, friendships are essential for healthy development. While you cannot choose your child’s friends, you can help your child by:
☺ Providing lots of opportunities to socialize with other children.
☺ Being alert to any differences or inappropriate social skills that might cause difficulties.
☺ Teaching/coaching how to get along with other children.
☺ Involving your child in activities where he or she can feel accepted.
☺ Encouraging volunteerism.
☺ Asking teachers and other adults for assistance.
☺ Finding a social skills group with school or community counselors.
☺ Making your home open to other children; be a “taxi driver.”
☺ Being a good role model of social skills.
☺ Getting professional help if problems persist.
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A Note from Nurse Martin
Spring is just around the corner!
The weather is warming up
A lot of you may be traveling
Soccer, baseball and other sports are beginning.
Here are a few helpful reminders to help keep our children safe.
Car Seat Safety
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles recommends children ages 4 and up and 40 pounds ride in a booster until the adult safety strap fits properly.
It is recommended that all children ages 12 and under ride properly restrained in the backseat.
The American Academy of Pediatrics conducted research on trauma rooms across the United States and found that children age 13 and younger who rode in the front seat suffered more Traumatic and fatal injuries, compared to the same age group who were properly restrained in the backseat.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
“No matter what your age or level of experience, whenever you ride a bike, in-line skate, ski, or engage in other activities during which your head is vulnerable to injury, a helmet should be worn.
Wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of serious head and brain injury by 85%. Helmets should be worn during every ride, no matter how short. Many accidents happen near home.”
It is important to maintain constant supervision while children are swimming and to avoid distractions at all time.
Always have young or inexperienced swimmers wear life jackets around water.
Please visit the following website for additional water safety tips
Baxter's Hub- Nancy Robertson, Library Media Specialist
What's Happening at Baxter?!
Upcoming Events and Activities
Thursday, March 29: Report Cards coming home
Friday ,March 30: No School
Friday, April 6: Box Top Winner Parties
Monday, April 9: No School for students
Tuesday, April 10: 4th Grade Writing STAAR and 5th Grade Math STAAR
Wednesday, April 11: 5th Grade Reading STAAR
Thursday, April 12: Spirit Night at Dairy Queen 4-8pm
Wednesday, April 18: 5th Grade Track Meet
April 23-27: Kindergarten Roundup
May 25th: Field Day
MISD Board of Trustees Stands United
MISD Board of Trustees Call for Action to Austin: Support our Public Schools
During the Feb. 19, 2018 Board of Trustees regularly scheduled business meeting, the Board unanimously passed its 2018-19 legislative priorities addressing areas of concern and seeking legislative action. Additionally, the Board adopted a resolution asking Austin legislators to stand up for public schools, public school teachers and public school students, as well as ask the MISD community and communities across Texas to hold legislators accountable in addressing funding, accountability, teacher insurance and retirement.
“Our Board of Trustees recently met to discuss the needs of MISD and Texas public schools. We decided to take a stand to clearly communicate to Austin legislators our expectations,” Todd Hemphill, Board President, said. "We also want our community to know we stand united to ensure our public schools are fully funded and that we value local control.”
The legislative priorities include:
Texas Public School Funding
Advocate to restructure school finance to provide equity and adequacy in funding to ensure the education of the whole child. Develop a sustainable system providing the necessary resources where all Texas students can maximize their potential.
Vouchers, Tax Credits Or Exemptions
Oppose any plan for vouchers, tax credits, taxpayer savings grants, tuition reimbursements or any other program that diverts public funds to private entities for education with minimal state oversight.
High-Stakes Testing and A-F School Ratings
Advocate for an accountability system that eliminates the use of a once-a-year high-stakes test and refrains from labeling campuses and districts with an A-F grade.
Advocate for the continuation of the defined benefit pension program for TRS members. Advocate for increased state funding to assist with increased health care costs associated with TRS-ActiveCare and TRS-Care.
To learn how each of these priorities impact MISD and to read the Board’s resolution, click here.