A Family Newsletter: Week of November 27th
Golden Nuggets from the Counselor
De-Stressing Your Family!
As we move into this super stressful time of year, here are some helpful hints to help de-stress during the holiday season:
DE-STRESsing Your Family!
No doubt, family life can be stressful! While there’s no way to take stress completely out of your household, the following tips can make life more relaxing, enjoyable and emotionally healthy for your whole family:
❃ Take time daily to talk as a family; encourage open expressions of feelings and emotions; really listen to each other. (Turn off the tv!)
❃ Encourage your family to share their daily stressors.
❃ Post a large calendar where all family members can write down their schedules.
❃ Look at extra-curricular activities. If children or parents show signs of too much stress, cut back.
❃ Set a limit on children’s activities and then let them choose the ones they really want to do.
❃ Hold weekly family meetings to: Look at everyone’s schedule for the week Resolve problem areas and conflicts Set expectations for sharing the “load”
❃ Develop a family priority list. What is really important? What can be let go?
❃ Set reasonable expectations for yourself and other family members.
❃ Problem solve….Meals can be nutritious without a lot of work! The world won’t fall apart if a bed isn’t made!
❃ Identify those problems that put stress on everyone, i.e., morning hassles, homework or bedtimes; work out a solution and stick to it!
Remember, children are only young once. Enjoy them while you have the chance!
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
Every year, the Health Office is called on to assist families dealing with head lice. Please remember, they carry no illness, and they cause no disease. I thought that a few words on this subject and a few proactive suggestions could be of assistance.
I highly recommend that you check through your child’s hair as a part of their daily hygiene routine. This is a good home proactive measure. Please encourage your child to avoid sharing any personal items such as combs, brushes, hats, coats, scarves, barrettes, hair ties, etc. When planning a sleepover, please consider sending your child with his or her own sleeping bag and own pillow. Also, please consider the purchase of your child’s own helmet for baseball, wrestling, horseback riding or other outside sports.
If you have youngsters in day care, please check through their hair as well.
Lastly, you may want to instruct your child to always zip their coat or sweater into their backpack, when not being worn. These few ideas can assist with prevention, and also with early detection.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Baxter's Hub- Nancy Robertson, Library Media Specialist
What's Happening at Baxter?!
Upcoming Events and Activities
Monday, 11/20-11/24: Happy Thanksgiving!! Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, 11/30: All City Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 12/1: All City Choir Performance
Tuesday, 12/5: Christmas Store Open
Wednesday 12/6: Baxter Belles 3:15-4pm; PTO Spirit Night 5-9pm; Hibachio; Christmas Store Open
Thursday, 12/7: Christmas Store Open
Friday, 12/8: Grinch Day; Cookies and Pics with Santa Family Night; Christmas Store Open