Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 5 - 9, 2016



Bears,
PBIS dance party!

Congratulations to all the students who received PAWS UPs in the month of November.  As a school, we passed out over 100 of them.  Students - great job being awesome.  Staff - nice job in keeping your eyes and ears open for great behavior.

Everyone who received a PAWS UP in November was able to participate in a dance party at our PBIS Pep Rally. Let's keep it up in December!  Can we make it a record-setting month?  That would be...great.  And speaking of great...











This week, we revisited something we started the year with - the idea of choosing to be great.  We stressed it early in September at our whole-school assembly with the students, and we kept it going here and there.  Even now, a student will correct me if I say to them, "Have a good day."  Many times, they'll say, "No, I'm going to have a great day."  Using my own words against me - I love it.  They remember better than I do, and I'm thankful they keep me on my toes.

So this week, we took some time to refocus on that idea, and the staff approached it from what we can do as educators and leaders (and if you work with kids, you are a leader - period) to instill greatness first in ourselves and then our students.   At Thursday's staff meeting, we looked at what separates good educators from great educators (we used Todd Whitaker's What Great Teachers Do Differently as our resource - I highly recomment this book to all who are interested in being great in education).  We all can be good, and there's nothing inherently wrong with that.  Good educators get good results.  But what about great educators?

The Bacon staff discussing what separates good from great
Greatness abounds in each of us.  It's already there, but it's missing a few ingredients to be fully realized.  Michelangelo (not the ninja turtle, although he's pretty great, too) said the statue was already in the block of stone, but it was up to the artist to discover it.  But think about it - even though the beautiful art was already there, it took discipline, practice, patience, persistence, and work to refine the skills needed to chip away at the stone and find it.  Something external to the stone was necessary for the stone to give up its internal beauty.  The gifted artist still needed to practice and work hard.  

The same is true for educators.  Sometimes (ok, all the time), it's a matter of putting in the time and effort to cultivate and then release the greatness we already have.  We all can be great.  Do we want to be?  Are we willing (key word) to do whatever it takes to be great?

Let's think big, let's think great, and then let's do great work.  I think we are already on our way, so let's keep it going.



Pictures from around the School

Coats for Kids - the Santa Visit

Time to eat

Bear Bucks store

Mrs. DeVita is ready

Ms. Berry waiting to open shop

Ms. Spanbauer setting up the PBIS Bear Bucks store

PBIS Pep Rally

PBIS dance party!

If Ms. O'Neill was trying to hide, she needs to do a better job

Learning the parts of writing a letter through song

Our friend Anthony caught Mr. Coyle in the hall and insisted on a selfie

Ms. Hess - our new 4th grade teacher.  Welcome back to Bacon!

Birthday Selfies







Weekly overview (be sure to check the official school calendar)
Monday (12/5): C day - lesson plans due, DEAC meeting (3:30 at Culver)

Tuesday (12/6): D day - A Terrific Tuesday

Wednesday (12/7): E day - Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), Workout Wednesday, Hour of Code (2 - 3:10 in the gym, 3rd - 5th grade only) 

Thursday (12/8): A day - PBIS events planning committee (8 am in the library)

Friday (12/9): B day - Wear Bacon gear

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 28 - December 2, 2016



Bears,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  It's hard to believe that December begins on Thursday!  Wow - pardon the cliche, but this year is really flying by.

Last week, we welcomed our parents for two nights of parent-teacher conferences.  I'd like to thank the parents that showed up, the staff for being accessible and open to our parents, and our custodial staff for working around all of us during those two important nights.  The book store was open, and we even got to introduce Ms. Jordan Hess to her students' parents. I'd also like to thank the parents who took a few minutes to fill out the parent survey.  We appreciate your feedback!

Our half-day on Wednesday went smoothly, and it was a nice sendoff to our staff and students heading into the four day weekend.  Again, I trust that in whatever way you celebrated the holiday, it was a time of relaxation, catching up with family and friends, reflection, and thankfulness.

We've got a lot going on this week.  Our PBIS Pep Rally is on Tuesday, and we'll be celebrating the students' 1st marking period accomplishments.  Also, the Bear Bucks store will be open for business, and I'm certain our students will be ready to spend their well-earned bucks.  Finally, we have a little surprise for those students who received a PAWS UP during the month of November!

We have a SIP team meeting on Wednesday morning (please note - it's on a Wednesday this month due to the holiday), and we have a staff meeting on Thursday morning.

Important info on the Yankee Candle Sale (and spread the word!)



That's all for now.  Everyone have a great week at RM Bacon Elementary School...where's it always a great day to be a BACON BEAR!!

Pictures from around the School

Friends in Mrs. Lunemann's class

Nurse Pruett saying, "See you Monday!"

Mrs. Digiorgio's class heading out to recess

What is Ms. Spiels up to?

Having fun in gym

Two friends from Mrs. Gandy's class getting lost in the leaves 
Being focused in Mrs. Gandy's class

Working on a newspaper article

Using tech and working hard

Do not disturb!  These guys are in the zone!

She always has a smile and a hug for Mr. Coyle

Helping Mr. Lokey secure the front of the building

Getting it done in Mrs. Pedrick's room 
Bingham's busy bees



Ms. Miletta receiving her book on marriage tips written by the students
Getting a visit from a former Bear


Birthday Selifes!








Weekly overview (be sure to check the official school calendar)
Monday (11/28): C day - lesson plans due 

Tuesday (11/29): D day - PBIS Respect the 29th Pep Rally and Bear Bucks store (9:30 - 10:30 in the gym)

Wednesday (11/30): E day - Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), SIP meeting (8 am in the library), Workout Wednesday 

Thursday (12/1): A  day - Staff meeting (8 am in the library), SAM coach visit (1:30)

Friday (12/2): B day - Coats for kids

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 21 - 25, 2016



Bears,

"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."  G.B. Sterns

As I write this week's blog entry, I can't help but think how grateful I am for the honor and privilege of being in such a great school and great school district.  How I know this is true is simple - I like coming to school each and every day.  Sure, there are challenges and difficulties inherent in any job, but on the whole, when you like doing what you do and you like the people around you, you can't help but feel grateful.  I'm thankful to spend those hours with wonderful students and a wonderful staff.  This week, I ask...please, tell someone how grateful or thankful you are for them - a family member, a friend, someone you work with...anyone.  Those words are so impactful, and besides, it might just be that someone needs some encouragement.  You never know...

We had a great week at Bacon, but the Big Event was by far the FEAST! Seeing the school come together in one place to break bread and spend time together was awesome.  It made me thankful to be part of this school family, and it left quite an impression on me that I still feel. A big thanks to all who made this happen, and honestly, that's most of the school.  I'd also like to thank members of the Cumberland County Sheriffs Dept. and Millville Police Department for coming out to serve and partake in the festivities.  You are all appreciated.  

The Week Ahead

Our parent-teacher conferences started last Friday, and they'll run until Tuesday. If you aren't sure of your appointment time or date for Monday or Tuesday, please call the school.  

The book fair wraps on Wednesday.  If you haven't been down yet to check it out, please do so.  Parents, your child's classes have scheduled times, so make sure if your child is getting something, they are ready on the correct day.  If you have any questions, please reach out and let us know.  

We have early dismissals Monday through Wednesday at 1:45.  And, of course, there is no school on Thursday or Friday.

And so, some parting words:

"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be thankful, be grateful, be great.
Mike

Image taken from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/266486502925277307/


FEAST pictures!











































Pictures from around the School








Birthday Selfies!






Weekly overview (be sure to check the official school calendar)
Monday (11/21): E day - lesson plans due, early dismissal at 1:45, parent/teacher conferences from 6 - 8 pm

Tuesday (11/22): A day - early dismissal at 1:45, parent/teacher conferences from 6 - 8 pm

Wednesday (11/23): B day - Workout Wednesday, Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), early dismissal at 1:45

Thursday (11/17):  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Friday (11/18):  NO SCHOOL