Friday, December 18, 2009

Bailey Park News

Bailey Park Elementary School Parent Newsletter
December 18, 2009
Nancy Beck, Head Principal and Sarah Seney, Assistant Principal

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This December has just flown by! It's hard to believe that we are a week away from Christmas. The students are busy as usual, however there seems to be that extra "spark" in everyone.

Students at Bailey Park are planning a Polar Express Day on Tuesday, with a guest reader, and a special showing of the movie Polar Express. You will also be able to hear the beautiful holiday music coming from the school Monday afternoon as the whole school participates in caroling with Mrs. Newton.

A special thanks to the parents and PTO for supplying the teachers and classrooms with wonderful presents from the students. Packages are starting to arrive and teachers are looking as excited as the students are!

  • From the Bailey Park family to yours - we wish you a happy holiday!

    Fun to Know

  • The Poweshiek County Board of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans donated TONS of extra clothes, shoes, socks, hats and gloves for the students at Bailey Park.
  • The Poweshiek County Register newspaper has a page devoted to the Grinnell Newburg School District. Bailey Park has an article every other week in the paper.
  • The first grade has a wonderful countdown on their desk. They are coloring a part of Santa's beard everyday until the big day!
  • Mrs. Lloyd walks to school everyday! It does help that she just lives across the street.
  • Dave Kubalsky is our district technology director. He is in charge of setting up, troubleshooting, and solving all our technology needs and problems!

    Bailey Park Wish Tree

    Bailey Park has a wish tree in which we collect items to give to people in need in our community at MICA. We ask that students at Bailey Park bring in items to put under our wish tree. Some items could be:
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Colors
  • Coloring books
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Any non-perishable items

    If you can help out in any way we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance for your support!


  • Please remember hats, boots, gloves, heavy coats, etc. for recess. If you have extra items at home and would like to donate them to Bailey Park, please send them in.
  • Hy-Vee Shop and Share is the 1st through the 10th of every month. Don't forget to take a Shop and Share slip in with you when you shop. If you need slips, we have them in the office.
  • January 6 - 12:00 Dismissal
  • January 11 & 12 - DIBELS assessment for Kindergarten and First Grade


    The next PTO meeting will be on January 7. Please join us!

    Classroom Spotlight - Mrs. Baker's First Grade

    What is the best thing about first grade?

  • Having Mrs. Baker for a teacher.
  • Recess!
  • Months of the year
  • How to be good friends.

    What is the coolest thing about your teacher?

  • Her birthday was this week and it was cool.
  • She fills the treasure box with objects.
  • She teaches us everything she knows.
  • She teaches us how to line up.

    What is great about Bailey Park?

  • Doing math
  • Having lunch
  • The fundraisers

    What are you most proud of?

  • Do flips.
  • We can read.
  • We can count back.
  • We know and follow rules.

    Upcoming Events

  • December 22 - 2:00 Dismissal
  • December 23 to January 3 - No School
  • January 6 - 12:00 Dismissal
  • January 11 & 12 - DIBELS assessment for Kindergarten and First Grade

    Questions, concerns, celebrations? Do you have questions, concerns or celebrations to share? Contact us anytime.

    236-2770 - Bailey Park Office

    Bailey Park Elementary School

    Bailey Park Elementary School
    Nancy Beck, Head Principal
    Sarah Seney, Assistant Principal
    210 Eighth Avenue
    Grinnell, IA 50112
    641.236.2785 FAX