A Family Newsletter: Week of December 11th
Golden Nuggets from the Counselor
Creating Family Memories: Traditions, Rituals and Routines
Every human being has an innate need to belong. Whether to a larger group or a family, we all want to feel a sense of connectedness, of value and worth, that there is a reason for our being. Traditions, rituals and routines fulfill these needs, providing a sense of security and comfort. Children love traditions, rituals and routines!
☺ They enhance a child’s self-esteem and make him feel that he is an invaluable part of the family.
☺ They provide reinforcement to the importance of family unity. Children fare better in households where ritual is established and preserved, even if disruptive problems, such as divorce or alcoholism, are present.
☺ They are a positive way to help families affirm their beliefs and values.
☺ They can help young children and their families deal with stress. They ensure that events that have highlighted the past will continue in the future no matter what is happening in the present.
☺ They provide a sense of continuity and security that can often help children and parents work out fears.
☺ They reduce the feeling of vulnerability and give a child a sense of control over his world.
Create traditions, rituals and routines that are fun and relaxed. Make certain that the rituals ensure family time together. Discover rituals, routines and traditions that convey a feeling of pride, security, connectedness and love.
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Baxter Teacher of the Month!
The Baxter Teacher of the Month for November is Ms. Scout Heizer. This is Ms. Heizer's first year teaching and first year at Baxter Elementary as a first grade teacher. She has fit right into the Baxter Family. Scout's work family describes her as "flexible and having a positive attitude about everything. She has a challenging group but instead of complaining about it she seeks to do what is best for those kiddos. She is creative and is an incredible team member. She works tirelessly with each individual child to make sure they're getting what they need. She also works to contribute to the team in a way that's beyond her years and experience. Scout goes over and beyond each week to meet the needs of her students. She is a first year teacher and she is continuously trying to find new and better ways to reach her students so they can be successful. She had to make a drastic change in grade levels and she jumped in right in to take on the challenge with a great attitude."
Mrs Heizer's favorite thing about Baxter Elementary "is the community that we have here. Every person is willing to help anyone, anyway they can. I thoroughly enjoy coming to work every single day and that is not something that everyone can say!" Mrs. Heizer was inspired by her third grade teacher to become a teacher. She was new to the school and she took her under her wing to help her make new friends and enjoy being at school.
The advice that Ms. Heizer would give to a new teacher is "to just breathe. Don't let the chaos consume you! Everything will work out the way it is supposed to!" What great advice from our first year teacher!!
When Ms. Heizer was asked what wisdom she wants her students to walk away with she said, "To live everyday proud of all the things that you can do and do not be discouraged by all the things you can't!"
We are so Blessed to have Ms. Heizer on our first grade team and a part of our Baxter Family!! Thank you for the impact that you have daily on our students and our staff!!
A Note from Nurse Martin
The holiday season is here. The American Academy of Pediatrics has some toy safety tips for you!
Choose toys for your child’s age, skill level and interest. Toys that are too advanced can injure younger children.
For children under 10, avoid toys that must be plugged into an electrical outlet.
Read any warning labels and instructions, and show your child how to use the toy.
Be cautious about toys that have button batteries or magnets, which can be harmful or fatal if swallowed.
Toys for older siblings should be kept separate from young children, who could choke on small pieces.
To read the full list visit
Baxter's Hub- Nancy Robertson, Library Media Specialist
What's Happening at Baxter?!
Upcoming Events and Activities
Thursday, 12/14: College Day- wear a college t-shirt, PTO Luncheon
Friday, 12/15: Ugly Sweater Day- wear your ugly Christmas sweater to school
Wednesday, 12/20: Jingle Jammies with hot cocoa
Thursday, 12/21:Early release at 1:15
Friday, 12/22: Holiday Party; early release at 1:15
Tuesday, 01/16: Frank Seale Middle School 5th Grade Parent Night 6pm at FSMS
Tuesday, 01/23: Walnut Grove Middle School 5th Grade Parent Night 6pm at WGMS
Holiday Party Schedule
Pre-K: 8:30am in the cafeteria