Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 11 - 15, 2017


And we're off!

Students and staff alike enjoyed a wonderful first three days of school.  The students were eager and ready to come back, and the staff were on their A-games to ensure a smooth reentry into another fun-filled, learning-rich school year.  New connections were made, old bonds were strengthened, and everybody in the building - everybody - is already moving, talking, and working with purpose.  It was great seeing the familiar faces of Bacon families in the car line or out front, and it was equally nice to get to know the newer faces.  This year, it seems all our Bears - families, students, and staff - are buzzing with excitement at the possibilities before us as we begin the 2017-2018 school year.

Weekly recap
Our opening days saw the students engaged in learning and getting back into the routine.  On the first day of school, we held a brief parent meet-and-greet in our library to give them an opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns they have.

On Friday, we had our welcome back assemblies - one for grades K-2, and the other for grades 3-5.  We talked about what the students can do to have a great year, asked students to give good examples of what following the school rules looks like, and reminded them of our Bear Bucks and Paws Ups incentives.  Bear Bucks are "dollars" they earn for exemplary behavior in following the school rules (be safe, be responsible, be respectful).  The Bucks can then be spent at our school store. Paws Ups are shout outs we give the students if they are caught being awesome.  The students then get their names read on the afternoon announcements, and their names are entered into drawings we have during our PBIS Pep Rallies.  Students who have their names selected get to participate in a fun game or challenge during the assembly.

Beyond that, this week was basically about getting into the flow and jumping head first back into learning.  With the exception of opening day, the weather cooperated, and we had a beautiful, sunny Thursday and Friday for the students to run around outside during recess and burn off some energy while they soaked up some fun.

Back to School Night is on 9/19 at 7 pm.  We hope to see you here.  At this early point in the year, there isn't much to go over in terms of upcoming events, but please check out the important dates at the bottom of the page.

Pictures from around the School

Ms. O'Neill and Mrs. Gant are excited to be back! 
Welcome back assembly

Hanging on every word (right?)
Our newest Bears are ready to have a great year

Learning about Bear Bucks, Paws Ups, and how to be an awesome Bacon Bear 
Mr. Coyle's helpers

Good to go - let's do this

The ever-smiling Mrs. Gandy and Mrs. Markel rocking the Bacon blue.   
Mrs. DeVita explaining a STEAM assignment to her students

Mrs. Bingham's students getting it done on the Chromebooks

Birthday Selfies!

Weekly overview
Monday (9/11): D day - Bacon patriotic day - staff and students wear red, white, and/or blue 

Tuesday (9/12): E day -  Another great day of learning and fun

Wednesday (9/13): A day - Workout Wednesday

Thursday (9/14): B day - An awesome day of learning and fun

Friday (9/15):  C day - School Spirit Day - Wear Bacon gear

On the horizon
September 19 - Back to School Night at 7 pm
September 21 - Staff meeting in the library at 8 am
September 27 - 5th grade Kids About the Bay trip
October 4 - Staff development day (no school for students - staff report for PD)
October 9 - Columbus Day (no school)

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