Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Update

Hello on this warm. sunny August afternoon.  I hope everyone is well.  We are still in the peak of the summer season, but it won't be long before hot days give way to school days and swimsuits get replaced with school clothes.  You still have a few weeks left, so enjoy it.

Summer Happenings
In July, Nancy Gandy (4th grade), Kara Lunemann (1st grade), Amanda Devita (3rd grade), Meganne Peck (art), Beth Rohaly (music), and myself went to the Educational Leaders As Scholars conference hosted by the New Jersey Principal's and Supervisor's Association and Foundation for Educational Administration.  For three days, we learned how to create and sustain an "arts infused" approach to teaching.  We had of plenty of hands-on activities to help get the creative juices flowing in order to experience how we can incorporate aspects of art, music, theater, dance -- you name it - into our instruction.  The purpose?  To create a more engaging experience for our students so they can learn key concepts from all subjects in fun, relevant, out-of-the-box ways.  If done properly, it's a win-win -- the kids love it, and the teachers have more tools at their disposal to help connect students to their learning.

Acquiring the knowledge needed for this program's success 
Mrs. Rohaly and Ms. Peck with Bacon's year-end project.  Nice work, ladies.

Mrs. Gandy is very excited about her drawing 
The Bacon team planning

Mrs. Lunemann already hard at work planning for the upcoming year

Also in July, Beth Rohaly and her husband, Derek, welcomed their first child into the world.  Theo Miles was born at 6:41 am on July 2.  He was 7 lbs, 5 oz, and 20.5 inches.  Congrats to the Rohaly's - we wish you and your new son nothing but the best.

Building News
Our fantastic custodial staff has been working hard all summer to get Bacon ready for another school year.  Everything is looking good and coming along nicely.  They are in the home stretch, and most areas will be ready to go by Tuesday, 8/15. We are asking that staff not come in until that time in order to make sure the work is completed on time and without interruption.

If you've been to Bacon over the summer or you've driven by, you probably noticed our new front steps.  They look great, and as Glenn Hunter commented recently, "We have steps worthy of our great building."  I couldn't agree more.  Thanks to the crew from Brian L Gifford and Co..  They did a fantastic job, and I'm looking forward to seeing students, parents, and other guests use them

Under construction

The finished product
Looks great (still drying off from the recent rain)

Staff Changes

This year, we welcome Stacey Gant and Rose Dalmasi to Bacon.  Stacey will be teaching 4th grade, and Rose will be teaching Spanish.  Amanda DeVita will be returning to the classroom to teach 3rd grade.  Rhonda Spiels will be teaching 1st grade, and Kathleen Pedrick will be teaching RTI.    

Upcoming Dates and Events
August 15th - Building open to all staff

August 23rd - Voluntary PBIS meeting at 10 am.  We will be talking about the upcoming year, some changes we'll be making, planning for the assemblies, and brainstorming ways to improve what's already in place

August 29th - Kindergarten Orientation at 10 am.

September 5th - Teachers's first day

September 6th - Student's first day

September 19th - Back to School Night

See you all soon! Have a great remainder of August.  

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 12 - 16, 2017


This is it!  The last week before summer break is here.  One final Monday-Friday before we all peel off to our respective summer destinations - some to venture out of state, some to hit the beach over and over and over, some to maybe stay home and contemplate life in the quiet summer heat.  I'm sure our little Bears are just as eager to create another season of memories before they dutifully return in September.

Of course, this is our 5th graders final week with us, and we hope they have a memorable and exciting week before heading off into the summer.  We wish them well as they embark on a new adventure - middle school.  Remember, you'll always be Bacon Bears at heart.  Please come back and tell us how you're doing. We love keeping up with our Bears.

This past week, many of our grades enjoyed their class trips - from Ocean City to Cape May to right here in town, the students and staff members had a great time as they celebrated another year come and nearly gone.  Check out the pictures below to see what they were up to.

Also, congrats and a shout out to our band for a successful trip to Lakeside last week. Everyone did a great job performing, and Mrs. Rohaly is proud of the work you've accomplished this year.  5th grade band students -- good luck at Lakeside next year.  It will truly be the "big stage" for you - a bigger band, a bigger stage, a bigger auditorium, a bigger school, bigger'll do great, and you'll have fun.

This week, we have a few events lined up.  Second grade is taking their trip to the Phenom Factory in Millville.  If you haven't stopped out there yet, make it a point to do so.  They've got a cool thing going there.

The 5th grade step-up ceremony will be at Bacon on 6/14 beginning at 4 p.m.

The last day of school will be on 6/16.  Student dismissal is at 1:45, so please make arrangements to have your children picked up on time.  There is morning latch key, but there is NO AFTERNOON LATCH KEY!

And so, here is the ever-shortening list of upcoming events:

6/13 -- 2nd grade trip to the Phenom Factory 

6/14 -- 5th grade step-up ceremony at 4 p.m.

6/16 - Last day of school (and graduation at the senior high school).  EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:45

**Teachers, our final staff meeting of the year will be on Thursday morning.  

Next week's blog will wrap up the year and provide info regarding some upcoming changes for next year.  It will be bittersweet as we say goodbye to some staff members and welcome others to our family.  

Pictures from around the School (and beyond)

Mrs. Gandy modeling some sunglasses at the PBIS store

#Millvillerocks #Baconrocks 
Kindergarten having fun in OC

His face says it all 
Kindergarten at the park in OC

The inseparable Mr. Lokey and Jay - buddies for life

The water was COLD! 

Bacon at the beach 

Sweatshirts in June - it doesn't seem right.  The cool weather didn't stop them from having fun!

Enjoying the day despite the lack of sun and lack of warmth 
Smiles all around

4th grade at Sunset Beach 
The weather was more seasonable for our 4th graders

Mrs. Taylor telling Mrs. Levari, "It's about time the sun came out." 
Shipwreck off the coast

Us watching the teachers watching the kids 
A beautiful day

Bacon at the beach, part two 

They look ready! 
Making great memories

Bacon rocks!

Birthday Selfies!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June 5 - June 9, 2017

Bacon Bears,

Two full weeks left.  Can you believe it?  I can't speak for everyone, but this is the time of year where I become reflective on what's transpired since the beginning of school.  It's a time for thinking about what we've done, what we should do differently, how we can improve, what changes need to be made, and ultimately, how do we provide the best possible experience for our learners?  As a first year principal, this has been a year of growth, progress, mistakes, adjustments, and everything in between.  Great memories have been made, and connections and relationships have been built with our families and community.  Still, there is work to be done.

Sure, there have been a few things that haven't gone according to plan, but to paraphrase John Maxwell, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose learn.  We all should value the rough patches that we inevitably go through, because with each one, there is something of value to be gained - something that makes us better, stronger, smarter, and more prepared to face the challenges of life.  It's not that we look forward to those experiences, but we also don't waste them.  We take what we need, and we move on.  This is something we cover often with our Bears - how to learn from mistakes, how to deal with challenges, how to work with people who don't always agree with us, and how to grow and develop into the best possible you (we are all works in progress as far as that goes).

But enough philosophy for now. Let's quickly recap a few highlights from last week.  Our 1st grade classes enjoyed their time at the Atlantic City Aquarium.  The students were well-behaved, and they had a lot of fun.  Also, our 5th grade classes attended Multicultural Week in downtown Millville where they got their hands dirty on a few art projects.  Our safety patrol just returned from their trip to our nation's capital.  Thanks to all the staff members who helped make these events special and memorable for our Bacon Bears. Finally, our 4th grade classes successfully completed the NJASK Science test.  Thanks to Ms. Spanbauer and Mrs. DeVita for overseeing the testing process and for all the hard work you both do day-in and day-out.  

As they say, "But wait - there's more!" We still have a full plate in front of us.  Here are the upcoming events:

6/6 -- Lakeside Orientation (5th grade)
6/7 -- Ocean City (K)
6/8 -- Band trip to Lakeside
6/9 -- Cape May (4th grade)
6/9 -- Phenom Factory (5th grade) 
6/14 -- 5th grade step-up ceremony at 4 p.m.
6/16 - Last day of school (and graduation at the senior high school)

Pictures from around the School
Not a Bear, but a special guest nonetheless this week
Bacon rocks!

5th graders getting an art lesson
Multicultural Week

Multicultural appreciation
Fun times at the Atlantic City Aquarium

Enjoying the sunshine and water
Not a bad day at all

Birthday Selfies!

Monday, May 29, 2017

May 30 - June 2, 2017


We at Bacon hope everyone had a safe weekend and took some time to remember those who made the highest sacrifice while in the service of our country.  May we not take for granted the men and women who selflessly gave the most they could possibly give.  To those, we humbly and gratefully say, "Thank you."

In a word, last week's Spring Community Night was a success.  I'd like to thank everyone who participated to help make the evening great.  Many local businesses were represented, and many of our staff put in an extra long day to give back to our community.  Despite the weather, we had a great turnout, and many families came in to check out what we had going on.  Thank you all!

Olympic Day and Bacon's Fun Day were both on Friday.  While the 4th and 5th graders were at Memorial participating in some cross-town competition, the K-3 grades were enjoying fun and games back at school.  For everyone, it was a busy but great day.  The Blue Angels practicing overhead added to the festive nature of the day and weekend.  We hope many of you got the opportunity to attend the air show on Saturday and Sunday!  

Check out our upcoming important dates:

5/31 -- Multicultural Week - Bacon's day (5th grade) 
5/31 -- Lego Land trip (3rd grade)
6/1 - 6/2 -- Safety Patrol trip
6/1 -- Atlantic City Aquarium (1st grade)
6/6 -- Lakeside Orientation (5th grade)
6/7 -- Ocean City (K)
6/8 -- Band trip to Lakeside
6/9 -- Cape May (4th grade)
6/9 -- Phenom Factory (5th grade) 
6/12 -- Safety Patrol trip
6/14 -- 5th grade step-up ceremony at 4 p.m.
6/16 - Last day of school (and graduation at the senior high school)

That's all for now.  Everyone have a great week.

Olympic Day/Fun Day Pictures

Community Night

Birthday Selfies