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Bailey Elementary | April 29, 2022

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A Note from Mr. Ritter

The Bailey Bash is Tonight!

After a two year hiatus, the Bailey Bash is returns tonight from 5:30pm-8:00pm. There will be games, inflatables and food trucks! The weather is perfect so come out and have some family fun! We hope to see you there!

Playground Update!

The district has landed on a playground vendor and will be taking the next steps to finalize the contract over the coming weeks. A few things to know.

We will be fully removing/replacing all of the existing equipment/structures that are in the mulch area.

The new playground will go into the existing playground footprint. Expansion/relocation is not possible due to some conflicts with city zoning.

The lead time on this project is at least 6-8 months. With that being said, the new playground will not become a reality until the summer of 2023.

School Supply Drive Update

So far, we have collected over school supply 4800 items! This is incredible and we cannot thank you enough for your generous support of our 5th Grade Service Project. The individual collection total are listed below. We are still in need of backpacks, colored pencils, calculators and wide-ruled spiral notebooks.

There will be a donation box located near the registration table during the Bash tonight so feel free to bring a donation along if you would like! A special thanks to members of our 5th Grade Kindness Committee who helped sort, organize and count all of the items collected!

The Bailey Bash is Tonight!

Presale Wristband sales CLOSED - All presale bands have been sent home with your kids in their folders. If you did not get yours, please just come to the front door on the day of the event and we will have a list of all pre-sale purchases.

Wristbands at the door - If you did not purchase a pre-sale wristband, you may purchase one at the door. They are $15 and we will be accepting cash or credit card.

When - TONIGHT! - 5:30pm-8:00pm

We look forward to seeing you at the Bash!

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Inclusion Options at the Bailey Bash!

We are excited to share with you our efforts to continuously improve the inclusiveness of Bailey Elementary events. This spring, on April 29 from 5:30-8 p.m., we celebrate not only the return of the Bailey Bash, but also the introduction of two new options to make these events more accessible to our diverse student population. We love the active fun offered at the Bash and also recognize that sometimes our children need a break from the stimulation!

  • During the Bash, Room 108 will be available for students and will be staffed by Bailey teachers, support staff, and/or paraprofessionals. This break space is targeted toward the unique needs of our special education students, as the tools in this room are closely regulated by Board of Education policy. The space will have in place a check-in and check-out process to ensure your student’s safety and communication with you during the Bash.

  • Available for our entire student population and their families, a “chill space” will also be featured at the Bash this year. This space (Ms. Patel’s room) will be, by design, a quieter environment for students to enjoy a variety of more low key activities such as coloring pages, connect-the-dots, and more. The “chill space” will be staffed by a variety of volunteers, and students will be able to move freely in and out of it, just as with other Bash activities.

We are grateful for your partnership, and we look forward to seeing your child at the Bailey Bash, as well as receiving your feedback!

School Supply Drive Update!

Bailey has collected a total of 4,884 school supplies for School Rocks Party Box, collection ending soon!

Bailey’s 5th graders have been leading the school in collection school supplies for students at

fellow 5th graders at Beatty Park, Forest Park and North Linden Elementary. The 5th grade classes would like to thank everyone who has sent in or ordered school supplies to equip each of the 5th grade students served by School Rocks Party Box with a backpack filled with the supplies they will need for 6th grade as a 5th grade graduation gift.

Goal: 300 NEW pocket folders with prongs any color

Number Collected: 327

Goal: 300 NEW wide-ruled spiral notebooks

Number Collected: 155

Goal: 1200 NEW No. 2 pencils

Number Collected: 2814

Goal: 300 NEW pens with blue or black ink

Number Collected: 964

Goal: 150: NEW or VERY GENTLY USED backpacks for middle schoolers

Number Collected: 49

Goal: 150 NEW or GENTLY USED rulers

Number Collected: 352

Goal: 150 NEW or GENTLY USED basic calculators

Number Collected: 46

Goal: 300 NEW boxes of colored pencils

Number Collected: 180

If you have not yet sent any supplies in and would like to do so, you may drop them off during tonight’s Bailey Bash or send them to or drop them off at Bailey on Monday. Our 5th graders have been sorting, counting and organizing supplies as they have come in this week and plan to start packing the supply kits next Monday and Tuesday.

If you would find it easiest to make a monetary contribution to help purchase remaining items for the school supply kits you can do so here:

About School Rocks Party Box

School Rocks Party Box founder Tia Gannon started the organization in 2016 with the idea to provide holiday parties to a single classroom in a disadvantaged school. Today, School Rocks Party Box has grown to serving four elementary schools with over 1,200 children in the Columbus area. After discovering the lack of funding for school-wide programs, the inability of families to provide basic necessities due to financial circumstances, and that these schools did not have PTOs and had limited parent participation, she set forth a goal for these children to have school experiences similar to those of her own children, who are attending schools in Dublin (Her boys are Bailey alumni).

From that day forward, the mission became providing students with the necessary items and programs to support their educational and social emotional needs, making school a more positive and rewarding experience. Today, School Rocks Party Box, 501c3, provides all 1,200 students served with things they otherwise would not have – their own school supply kit, basic personal hygiene items, access to books at home, classroom activities and holiday parties, as well as funding and supporting the school’s programs that support positive behavior, attendance and being a good school citizen. This support also includes providing the teachers and administration with the supplies they need for their students and classroom as well as celebrating them throughout the year and during Teacher Appreciation Week.

You can learn more about School Rocks Party Box at

If you have any questions about the 5th Grade Service Project, please contact Maria Cramer-Kirkpatrick via text at 419-206-1289.

Field Day Volunteers Needed!

Supergames day is coming up on Friday, May 6th! We are looking for parent volunteers who are ready to have some fun and to help run the stations. If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link to sign up!

Bailey Shop for a Cause - April

Mother’s Day is coming up and Stella & Dot Brands has the perfect gift for that special mom.

Hi! I'm Beth Layman, a Bailey mom and proud sponsor of the April Shop for a Cause event. We currently have two Bailey students (Austin in second and Alex in first). We also have two future Bulldogs, our son Joey next year and Brynn in three years. 50% of sales will be donated back to the PTO at the end of the month. I am excited for this opportunity to contribute to our school’s PTO.

Stella & Dot Brands (including Ever and Keep) is a San Francisco based family of brands focusing on everyday style, accessories, and luxurious skin care.

Help us support our school by placing your orders at

Free shipping is also available for all orders!

The Bailey Book Club!

When you join Bailey Book Club, you get to select and donate a new book to the Library to celebrate your birthday! To acknowledge your donation your child's name is placed on a bookplate in the front of the book for all to see! Their picture will also be taken for the Bailey Book Club Wall of Fame!

It is easy to join! Simply complete the yellow form that comes home around the month of your child's birthday and send in a check for $10.00 made payable to 'Bailey Elementary PTO' with 'Bailey Book Club' marked in the memo section. Send the form back in with your child to give to Mrs. Dziedzicki in the media center! Your child will then be able to select a new book specially purchased for Bailey Book Club members! It's fun, it's easy and it's a great way to add to our wonderful library!

Support the PTO through Amazon, Kroger, and Box Tops!

You can help raise money for the PTO each time you shop at Kroger, order from Amazon, or buy Box Tops products—it’s easy and only takes a few minutes to set up:

Amazon Smile: Select “Bailey Elementary School PTO”; instructions on how to add/change a charity in your browser at this link: Amazon link

Instructions on how to add/change a charity in your Amazon app here: Amazon app link

Kroger Community Rewards: Select “Bailey Elem. School PTO”; instructions at this link: Kroger link

Box Tops Rewards has gone digital! No clipping required. Download the Box Tops app and use it to scan your receipts for qualifying purchases. Choose "Mary Emma Bailey Elementary" starting at this link: Box Tops link

District News

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Dublin Scioto Earns Outstanding Honor

Dublin Scioto High School has been named a Purple Star School. Purple Star schools show a significant commitment to serving students and families tied to our Armed Forces. You can read more about the fantastic award here.

Be Well set for April 30

Be Well will feature free informational sessions for parents and community members focused on student and family mental health and well-being. Our registration window is now open! Click here to register for sessions you would like to attend on April 30.

Youth Activities - New activities added

Check out our youth activities web page regularly to stay up to date on the most recent activities available for students outside of school.

Word Study Community Review

Elementary word study is an essential part of the Language Arts curriculum and is provided via explicit daily instruction focused on building students’ ability to flexibly apply, connect, and transfer word knowledge and utilize spelling patterns within reading and writing. A new word study program will be selected and implemented in the Fall of the 22-23 school year in primary grades. Word study program options will be available for community review on Monday, May 2 from 4-6 p.m. at Emerald Campus.

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