Monthly Parent Newsletter

May Monthly Newsletter!

Spring is in the Air!
We have had a tremendous year at Bailey Elementary! Spring always brings
excitement for summer and anticipations for Next Year. Parents Online Open enrollment for Next Year begins on May 15th .

Activity Day - May 17th
We are looking forward to Activity Day Mrs. Smith never fails to make it a wonderful
event for our Students, Parent Volunteers and Staff. If you want to Volunteer for the event, please speak to your child’s teacher. We are still in need of Water bottles and Peanut Free Snacks, which may be dropped off at the Office.

Bailey Business Council (BBC)
Our wonderful parents from the Bailey Business Council organized the: Teacher Appreciation Week May 6 th – May 10 th
Potluck breakfast
Food donations
Gifts for teachers
Bailey parents have played a crucial role in expressing gratitude to our teachers!
1. Brought a Thank You Note
2. Bought a Lunch Voucher for a Teacher
3. Donated for the Staff Brunch
4. Donated for the Teacher Raffle
On May 10 th they will park a food truck by the School Office. And sponsor lunch for
the Teachers.
Thank You!

Council Nominations and Election
Election proceedings took place on May 6, 2024. Bridget Myers was voted in as the Vice President of the Bailey Business Council.

Mental Health
As the academic year draws to a close, many students may find themselves grappling with feelings of overwhelm and stress. Why breaks affect kids’ and teens’ mental health?

Change in routine. Losing the predictable structure of school and other regularly scheduled activities gives kids more free time. They may not have practice spending unstructured time and, depending on their age and ability, they may need direction or assistance. 
Change in social interaction. Being on break from school can limit kids’ time with friends, especially for kids who aren’t in touch with friends. Spending less time with peers and more time with family can be an adjustment. For kids who have social difficulties at school, breaks can be a welcome respite. For kids who have
difficult relationship dynamics at home, breaks can create extra stress. 
Change in healthy habits. Getting sleep and adequate nutrition can be difficult without the structure of school. Holidays also often come with indulgence. 
Marker of performance. Breaks are often an academically significant time. Anxiety, about grades or other performance measures can be a source of stress. 
Marker of loss. Breaks that include holidays, particularly at the end of a year, tend to be reflective. Losses from the year or previous years can bring up grief. 
Seasonal pressure. There can be increased expectations to gather with loved ones and
participate in seasonal opportunities. 
Illness. It is not uncommon for young people to experience cold, flu or other viruses.
How mental health symptoms show up? For kids and teens, particularly those who can’t verbalize their emotions and inner experience, mental health often presents itself through behavior. It is helpful to pay attention to new behaviors or changes you notice on break versus when school is in session. Some behaviors to look for:
Acting out,
Fighting,
Seeking attention,
Disrupted sleep 
Changes in appetite 
Overwhelmed,
Shut down or big emotional reactions.


What helps?
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, try what works for your family.
Make a simple, sustainable routine. Give kids and teens a set wake up time (+/- 1 hour) and bedtime. They can be different from school wake up and bedtimes, but consistency helps.  
Set clear expectations. Post guidelines and rules at the start of the break to prevent miscommunication. For example, for every hour of screen time, do 10-15 minutes of physical activity. 
Lower the bar. Lessen pressure on yourself and your family to have the perfect break. Do things that fit your family, don’t force things that don’t fit. Give grace when things don’t work out the way you expected.  
Practice open communication. Model healthy communication by talking openly, in an age-appropriate way, about how you are doing. Check in with everyone one-on-one to see how they’re feeling and what they need. 
Involve kids in planning. The best way to ensure that kids enjoy celebrations and activities is to ask them what they want to do
Integrate physical activity. As a family, play games, go on walks and run errands on foot if possible.  
Leave room for down time. Have a list on hand of activities kids can easily do. Be okay with boredom.

Contact Us:

William A. Bailey Elementary School
1565 Bailey Avenue
Edwards, CA 93523
Office Phone: (760) 306-4991

Email: [email protected]