Saturday, October 20, 2018

October 22 - 26, 2018


It's a great day to be a Bear - every single day!  Learning is taking place, the students are doing great things, and our staff members are continually dedicated to being the best they can be.

And speaking of being the best...

One of our own, Kim Taylor, recently competed in a body-building competition.  This was the culmination of months of intense, focused training on top of years of dedicated fitter and healthier living.  The build-up to last weekend was grueling, and the sacrifice necessary to compete was something most people would find too much.  In short, she placed 1st in her category and placed very well in the overall rankings beyond her division.  That's awesome and something she can honestly say most people have never done, let alone attempted.

Also this week, our district wrapped up a three-day brain-based workshop hosted by the Franklin Institute.  From Bacon, four people were able to attend the sessions which began last spring.  The information covered was all about learning how to focus learning and purposefully tap into the science of learning as it relates to brain development, memory, and processing.  In the not-to-distant future, we hope to convey this info to the rest of the staff in order to help our teachers be more effective educators and our students be more effective learners.  

One of the busiest and most-exciting events of the year is nearly upon us.  Our annual Fall Frolic is on Wednesday from 6-8.  This year's event promises to be another crowd pleaser.  We hope to see you there.

Looking a little beyond - the week of Halloween will be busy as well.  We have our monthly PBIS assembly, and our costume parade will be later in the week. 

The Week Ahead
Monday (10/22):  A day - Wear pink for National Wear Pink Day (in support of breast cancer research), lesson plans due, Frolic planning meeting in the gym after dismissal

Tuesday (10/23): B day - a great day at Bacon

Wednesday (10/24): C day - Wear orange for unity against bullying, Fall Frolic (6-8 pm)

Thursday (10/25):  D day - Fall Frolic rain date (6-8 pm)

Friday (10/26):  E day - Dress like a superhero, shirt orders due

Upcoming Dates
10/29: PBIS assembly (morning)
10/31: Halloween costume parade (time TBD)
11/2: Color Run
11/8 and 11/9: NO SCHOOL for NJEA conference

Bacon Pics

Mrs. Taylor, 2nd grade, showing off the hardware she brought home from her recent body-building competition.  Her journey to a better her has been inspiring to watch.  Congrats on your hard-fought but well-earned accomplishment!  

Mrs. Gant's 4th grade class having fun in math playing a Place Value game 

Karen Mosley, center - Cancer free for 10 years!!

Birthday Selfies!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

October 15 - 19, 2018


I hope everyone had a safe, fun-filled, productive week.  October is in full swing, and we've got plenty of things going on to keep everyone busy.  Take note of the calendar below to keep on top of the dates.

Some info on our Yankee Candle fundraiser: paper orders are due on October 15, and online orders can continue through January.

Fall finally - fell - upon the region, meaning it's the perfect time to be thinking about our annual Fall Frolic.  This year's event will be on Oct 24 with a rain date of Oct 25.  It's one of our biggest events of the year, so don't miss it!

Parents and Staff - don't forget, this Friday (10/19) we have a 1:45 dismissal for staff development.  

This week's blog, like a weekend, is short and sweet.  Everyone have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!

The Week Ahead
Monday (10/15):  A day - lesson plans due 

Tuesday (10/16): B day - a great day at Bacon

Wednesday (10/17): C day - another great at Bacon

Thursday (10/18):  D day - staff meeting (8 am in the library)

Friday (10/19):  E day - 1:45 dismissal for staff development, wear Bacon gear

Upcoming Dates
10/24: Fall Frolic 6-8 pm (rain date on 10/25)
10/26: Dress like a superhero
10/29: PBIS assembly (morning)
10/31: Halloween costume parade (time TBD)
11/2: Color Run
11/8 and 11/9: NO SCHOOL for NJEA conference

Bacon Pics

Having some fun in the office.  Kim Berry, right, cancer free now for nine years!!

PBIS bonus recess

PBIS bonus recess

PBIS bonus recess

PBIS rewards lunch

PBIS rewards lunch 
Office Scott from the MPD stopping by to say hi.  Caseen Smallwood-Sanders, kindergarten, got to try on some police gear.

Finally, some evidence fall is here.

Birthday Selfies!

Friday, October 5, 2018

October 8 - 12, 2018


Where's fall?  The calendar says October, and it's technically autumn, but it's hard to get in the fall frame of mind with temps in the 80's.  Summer lovers are probably enjoying this last (hopefully) shot of warmth, but there are those of us who are ready for the seasonal shift.  Where do you stand on this all-important debate?

Anyway, back to Bacon.  As usual, it was a busy but good week.  We'd like to thank the Millville Fire Department for their annual fire safety visit.  They do a great job with our Bears, and we look forward to when they come each year.  Thank you for all you do, and thank you for keeping us safe!

Also this week, we had a district-wide PD day on Wednesday.  In the morning, all staff members had a workshop on how to incorporate puppets into their lessons to teach empathy and encourage social-emotional development.  The workshop was fun, but the lessons were powerful.   

We've got a pretty busy month ahead of us.  Be sure to check the calendar and upcoming dates to stay on top of things.  And as always, enjoy the pics.

This week's thought:  Too many people focus on the summit of the mountain and not the mountain itself.  To enjoy the summit and the view, you can't skip the climb, and the only way to climb is one step at time. -- paraphrased from Olympic champion Scott Hamilton's Book Finish First     

The Week Ahead
Monday (10/8):  NO SCHOOL in observance of Columbus Day

Tuesday (10/9): B day - lesson plans due

Wednesday (10/10): C day - individual picture day

Thursday (10/11):  D day - progress reports go home, I&RS meeting

Friday (10/12):  E day - wear Bacon gear

Upcoming Dates
10/19: 1:45 dismissal for staff development
10/24: Fall Frolic 6-8 pm (rain date on 10/25)
10/26: Dress like a superhero
10/29: PBIS assembly (morning)
10/31: Halloween costume parade (time TBD)
11/2: Color Run
11/8 and 11/9: NO SCHOOL for NJEA conference

Bacon Pics

Millville Fire Department sharing fire safety tips with our Bears

4th graders getting ready to enter the "smoke-filled" house

Inside the fire-safety trailer

Thank you Millville Fire Department!

Twinning is winning!
Team Bacon making their puppets come to life

The schedule for Wellness Week

Birthday Selfies!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

October 1 - 5, 2018

Bacon Bears,

Impossible as it seems, September is over.  Are we really about a month into the new school year? Already?  Even so, Monday kicks off October, and that means cooler weather and the usual exciting fall events are nearly upon us. 

But let's quickly talk about the last week of September here at Bacon.  In short, it was a banner week.

On Wednesday, we had our kickoff assembly for the Birthday Book Project.  Nor'Easter Nick from SNJ Today was on hand to get the kids pumped for reading, and he shared some words of encouragement and inspiration with our Bears.  Click here (Cara McCollum Birthday Book Project) to see the story on SNJ Today.

The project honors the memory of Cara McCollum, former SNJ Today news anchor who tragically passed away in 2016.  Cara started the project while still in high school, and her goal was for children to receive books on their birthdays.  It is a beautiful legacy, and we at Bacon are honored to be a participating school.  Thank you SNJ Today for allowing us to benefit from this great project, and thanks to Nor'Easter Nick for hanging out with us on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, SNJ Today was on hand again to film a piece on our district's new mobile STEM lab.  The lab has been mentioned in previous blog posts, and this was the final week of the trailer being at Bacon.  Click here (STEM lab) to see the SNJ Today segment.

Our Bears did a great job building and even programming the robotic cars.  It was awesome seeing our students get hands-on with their learning.

Again, thank you SNJ Today for the great footage and for covering the story.

Mark your calendars now!  Our annual Fall Frolic is on Wednesday, October 24th.  Like every year, it will be a FUNtastic evening of events and things to do.  Don't miss out. 

Parents/Guardians - as a reminder, we have no school on Wednesday, October 3rd for staff professional development.  Classes resume on Thursday. Also, we have no school on Monday, October 8th for Columbus Day.

Thought of the week
Happiness isn't a byproduct of everything going well.  It's about being realistic about the present while maximizing our potential for the future.  Happiness doesn't mean we don't need to change anything; rather, it is the realization we can change.  (Shawn Anchor)

Check out Shawn Anchor's book The Happiness Advantage for more info or click here

The Week Ahead
Monday (10/1): C day - lesson plans due, PBIS Assembly (2 pm)

Tuesday (10/2): D day - A terrific Tuesday

Wednesday (10/3): NO SCHOOL - Staff development 

Thursday (10/4): E day - Fire prevention, staff meeting (8 am in the gym)

Friday (10/5): A day - Fire prevention, wear Bacon gear

Upcoming Dates
10/8: SCHOOLS CLOSED in observance of Columbus Day
10/10: Individual picture day
10/19: 1:45 dismissal - staff development 
10/24: Fall Frolic 6-8 pm (rain date on 10/25)
10/26: Dress like a super hero day
10/31: Halloween

Cara McCollum Birthday Book Project Assembly

Nor'Easter Nick from SNJ Today talking about the Cara McCollum Birthday Book Project

At the end of the assembly, Nick called on a few students to help him with a weather forecast

Nick giving Bacon a sendoff forecast 

Thank you, SNJ Today and Nor'Easter Nick!

Bacon Pics

The final days of the mobile STEM lab at Bacon 
Indoor STEM due to rain

A beautiful sunrise shines over Bacon

See You at the Pole

Ms. O'Neill being recognized for 30 years with MPS

Glenn Hunter being recognized for perfect attendance for the 2017-2018 school year 
Ms. O'Neill showing her class how it's done (can you spot her?)

The apple project in Mrs. Lunemann's kindergarten class

Birthday Selfies