Bailey Bear News

September 2017

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News from the Principal!


We are so excited for you to be a part of our Bear Fair on Sept. 28th from 5:00 - 7:00. This is a fun time for our students to interact with their teachers and play games, throw balls to dunk a few of our teachers, attend a cake walk and auction, play on 6 inflatables and the list continues! More information about this fun night is below! I hope to see you there!

Collierville Schools will be opening a 6th elementary school in the Fall of 2018. We are growing in Collierville and many of our elementary schools are getting crowded. The new elementary school will be at the site of Schilling Farms Middle. Schilling Farms Middle will move to the old high school building and the high school will, of course, move into its new building in the Fall of 2018. This is an exciting time for Collierville schools but with it brings changes that can be difficult. There will be two rezoning meetings held in the Collierville High School Auditorium for parents to find out what areas will be impacted by the rezoning, and meet the principal of the new elementary school Georgette Cleaves (many of you may already know her as she has been one of the assistant principals at Schilling Farms Middle). The first meeting is Sept. 28th at 6:00 and yes it is the same night as our Bailey Fair but Mr. A. said that would be fine because there is another date that parents can come or you can come to the fair and then go to the meeting! The second meeting is on October 5th at 6:00 at the same location. Collierville Schools will present the rezoning plans, will take parent questions, and after hearing from parents the Collierville School Board will make the decisions surrounding rezoning.

Our Grandparent's Day was Sept. 8th and was a huge success! Thank you to Robyne McBride for heading up this day and all the PTA and parent volunteers who helped make this day happen. It takes a team to do everything that is needed to serve over 400 grandparents and I so appreciate all of our parents who help make this day happen. I received so many compliments about our school, teachers and staff and our PTA! We have a great school and we love hearing that we are doing things right at BSE. Thank you again for all your help because without your participation days like this would not happen!

Please call on me if you need anything! My email is and the school number is 901-853-6380.

Our new PTA website can be found at

To a great school year!

Cindy Tesreau

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Growth Mindset In The Classroom - Part II

Last month we talked a little about what we are doing as a school to support a growth mindset. I discussed how it was so important that we start to dismiss the myths about learning with our students. Too many of our students believe that they are NOT smart! As teachers and parents, we can fall into this type of thinking and make assumptions about a child's ability based on perceived deficits or because of race, low-income status, language acquisition and a variety of other factors. We have to put a stop to this type of thinking because it closes the door for so many students that if given the proper tools and the proper attitude could do anything they put their mind to.

We are reading the book, Growth Mindset In The Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci this year as our book study. One quote from this book sums up what we hope as a faculty we will embrace for every child at BSE. "The focus of a growth mindset is on learning, not looking smart. An educator with a growth mindset believes that with effort and hard work from the learner, all students can demonstrate significant growth and therefore all students deserve opportunities for challenge. Add to this belief an effective teacher armed with instructional tools that differentiate, respond to learner's needs, and nurture critical thinking processes, and you have a recipe for optimum student learning." (Growth Mindset in the Classroom)

Last month I said I would talk about our expectations for children and how to praise or not praise our children as it pertains to academics. Below are two great videos that help explain praise and the best way to use it!
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Parent Coffee Chat Opportunities on "Mindsets For Parents - Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids"

We will hold two coffee chats in the month of October for Part I of this study. We hope if you are interested you can attend one of the two offered in October to receive the information from Part I of our study. In order to best serve our parents, we are offering a coffee chat in the morning on one date and the afternoon on another date so that you can pick the time and date that best works for your schedule. The coffee chats will be held on Tuesday, October 17th from 4:45 - 5:45 in the library and Thursday, October 26th from 9:15 - 10:15 in Room 200 on the Blue hallway. We do not have childcare for either of these dates so please find alternate activities for your young children and if school age please do the same for the Tuesday evening meeting. If you would like to purchase the book Mindsets for Parents - Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids, please do so. I will not cover the whole book in our two studies but it is a great resource for parents in helping your children increase their effort, hard work, and perseverance to tackle difficult tasks/subjects. I look forward to working with you!

Our Part II coffee chats on Mindsets will be on Wednesday, November 15th from 9:15 - 10:15 in Room 200 on the Blue hallway and on November 28th from 4:45 - 5:45 in the library.

In order to have an idea of who will be attending the coffee chats so that I am prepared with enough material, I am asking that you sign up on the excel form that is linked below. You only need to sign up for one coffee chat in October for Part I and one coffee chat in November for Part II.

Sign Up for Coffee Chats

Thank you!

Cindy Tesreau

How can I help my child in the classroom with behaviors that distract his/her learning in the classroom?

Do you feel sometimes that no matter what you are doing at home to help troublesome behaviors in the classroom that it is just not working? Here are a few good articles that you can read that might help give you some ideas of ways to work with your child.