Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16 - 20, 2017


Bears,

As we reflect on the life, leadership, love, courage, and sacrifice of Martin Luther King Jr., let's remember our purpose as a school in doing what we do.  Teaching is more than getting students to work through a division problem, or explaining to students the difference between nouns and verbs, or having students correctly rattle off  important dates in history.  Sure, those things are important and they certainly have their place.  But we all know that education encompasses more than rote knowledge.  As Socrates put it, "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."  Even further - it's about helping young people develop into good people - kind, caring, understanding, accepting, loving people.  Martin Luther King Jr. embodied these ideals, and he led and taught by example.  Let us not take his lessons lightly, and let us not take the roles we play in children's lives as anything less than the noble and just callings they are.  We can raise a generation of smart young people, but if we neglect the matters of character, what have we really accomplished?  MLK died for this principle.  May the spirit of his life and work be with us everyday and guide us into deeper areas of understanding.  May we as educators help our students realize the importance of developing the "content of their character."


Weekly recap and preview
Last week, some of our teachers attended a valuable meeting in which they analyzed data that will help them drive their instruction.  It was a productive and thought-provoking time, and we plan on using it as a springboard to greater things.  At this week's staff meeting, we are going to build on this information in order to help facilitate learning at the highest levels in all classrooms.  Stay tuned.

Linda from the RAC team will be here on Thursday to perform some demo lessons on guided reading and how to adjust instruction to meet the needs of all learners.  We look forward to having her here, and we can't wait to see how far our awesome teaching staff will go with this training.  

Also on Thursday, the Parents As Leaders Coalition will host their monthly meeting at Silver Run School beginning at 6 pm.  The meeting will not be at Bacon like usual.  Normally due to space limitations, the PALC meetings are open to those families who have already been contacted ahead of time.  This month, however, the meeting is open to all parents of 4th and 5th grade students.  This month's important topic: Internet Safety.  We hope to see you at Silver Run!

Everyone have a great week.


Pictures from around the School (and beyond)

Multiple Bear sightings at the Philly Zoo - they, along with their Girl Scout troop, enjoyed an overnight stay

Brightening up the cafeteria
 
Some of our awesome staff working on plans to make Bacon even better

Nurse Pruett knows how to have fun - at the Philly zoo

Birthday Selfies!




We were a little light this week on pictures - we'll make up for it next week!




Weekly overview (be sure to check the official school calendar)
Monday (1/16): Schools closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday (1/17): B day - Lesson plans due

Wednesday (1/18): C day - Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), Workout Wednesday, PBIS Tier 2 meeting (10:44 - 11:24, conference room)

Thursday (1/19): D day - Staff meeting/articulation (8 am in the library), Parents As Leaders Coalition meeting at Silver Run (topic: internet safety -- this meeting is open to all parents who have children in 4th or 5th grade -- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  Please call the Bacon main office for more information).

Friday (1/20): E day - Wear Bacon Gear

Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 9 - 13, 2017



Bears,

2017 started with an exciting bang.  From school-wide learning and student engagement to our first dusting of snow, the winter season here at Bacon wasted no time in getting down to business. This week's highlights include:

  • STEM planning and activities happening in 5th grade
  • Whole-staff PLC planning and articulation
  • A thoughtful conversation of the PBIS process - what's working, what could be better, and what needs further consideration
  • Speaking of PBIS - sharing with the staff a reduction in disciplinary majors and minors for the month of December 
  • A slight revision and refocus of our school goals (math and language arts)
  • Analysis by the principal and instructional coach of benchmark data
  • Our first shot of real winter weather (had to throw this in for our winter weather fans)  

The week ahead

We have a some important meetings coming up this week.  I&RS and Healthy Schools will carry on their important work of making Bacon a continued place of learning and healthy living.  

The PBIS events planning committee (which is open to anyone) will be meeting to plan our January PBIS Pep Rally assembly.  

As always, Dare to be Fit will be meeting on Wednesday morning.  Staff, you are always welcome to come exercise with our students, Mrs. Bingham, and Nurse Pruett.  

Everyone have a great week.  Keep working hard, keep being great, and keep smiling!  2017 is going to be our year!  Do you want it?  Do you believe it?  Will you do what it takes?  We can do it - together, we can.  Together, we will.  


Pictures from around the School

Mrs. DeVita and two friends starting off the day with a smile
Mrs. DiGiorgio had a great birthday - Bacon style
Bacon pride!

I wonder what this scene looks like now? We'll find out soon.
Ms. O'Neill and her twin friends sharing their birthdays together


STEM activity with Mrs. Muhlbaier and Mr. Drewnowski

Birthday Selfies!









Weekly overview (be sure to check the official school calendar)
Monday (1/9): B day - Lesson plans due

Tuesday (1/10): C day - I&RS meeting, Healthy Schools meeting

Wednesday (1/11): D day - Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), Workout Wednesday

Thursday (1/12): E day - PBIS events planning meeting (8 am in the library)

Friday (1/13): A day - Wear Bacon Gear

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Holiday Pictorial Edition









Bears,

Please enjoy this Holiday Review edition of the RM Bacon Weekly.  Here's one last look at 2016!  We here at Bacon School hope everyone had a restful and fun holiday, and we are confident that 2017 will be a great year! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


We hope you had a great holiday break!





Pictures from around the School
Ms. O'Neill's students playing reindeer games

More reindeer games

More reindeer games

More reindeer games
More reindeer games
Parents As Leaders Coalition - the Holiday Event 


Parents As Leaders Coalition - the Holiday Event

Parents as Leaders Coalition - Team Building, Holiday Style

More Team Building

Mr. Feliciano - Tech of the Year!

Congrats, Mr. Feliciano.  Bacon went all out for you!
MSHS students and staff presenting gifts to our K-1 students 
MSHS students and staff presenting gifts to our K-1 students

MSHS students and staff presenting gifts to our K-1 students

MSHS students and staff presenting gifts to our K-1 students

Nurse Pruett was very proud of her shirt 
Getting in the holiday mood


Photo bomb by Mrs. Lunemann

Great shirt! 
Learning still took place leading up to the break

Ms. Berry and Mr. Coyle rocking the Peanuts shirts 
More Bacon staff rocking the Peanuts shirts

Thumbs up from the main office 
PBIS Pep Rally - preparing for the beard challenge


PBIS Pep Rally - preparing for the beard challenge 
MSHS students in Mrs. Lunemann's room


These two are ready! 
Students' Lego Minecraft projects on display


Mrs. Cheeseman's class! 
RTI! (Someone bought Mr. Coyle a selfie stick.  That may have been a mistake...)


The Bacon Concert band, in their PJs, performing some holiday numbers for our Bacon Bears.  What an awesome day.


PJ day 
More Bacon Band


The chorus singing a few holiday numbers 
The Bacon chorus singing for the Bears


Always a great day here at Bacon
Feeling festive

Birthday Selfies!









Weekly overview (be sure to check the official school calendar)
Monday (1/2/17): NO SCHOOL

Tuesday (1/3): C day - A great start to 2017!

Wednesday (1/4): D day - Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), Workout Wednesday

Thursday (1/5): E day - Staff Meeting (8 am in the library)

Friday (1/6): A day - Wear Bacon Gear