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!

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