Saturday, January 26, 2013

January 28 - Feb 1

Bacon Bears,

You Matter!

We had our RAC visit last week, and the RAC team is very pleased with the progress of RM Bacon! They continued to be impressed with our classroom instruction, climate, culture, and use of data. Great job everyone.

There are a few important activities going on this week. On Monday, marking period grades are due for teachers. Then, on Wednesday, we will be hosting Alicia Discepola for the entire day. She will be assisting with technology integration and support. 

There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday because of teacher professional development.

This week the Home and School Association will be hosting the SOUPer Bowl on Wednesday, January 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. There will be a 1 dollar admission per person. The SOUPer Bowl will provide families an opportunity to have soup, and then play games in the gym, classrooms, and library.

We are also asking for soup donations. We would appreciate cans of Tomato Soup, Chicken Soup, and boxes of crackers. Please help this worthwhile cause. All donations need to be handed in by Wednesday morning. 

Our infamous Video Update will be posted on Monday morning.... Stay tuned!

In the meantime, want to watch an interesting video about the future of learning? Check this out:

Weekly Overview
Monday - Grades are to be posted by 2:15 PM; BOE Meeting 7 PM
Tuesday - Just another awesome day at RM Bacon
Wednesday - Alicia Discepola at RM Bacon all day for PD; SOUPer Bowl, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday - No School for Students - Teacher Professional Development
Friday - Just another awesome day at RM Bacon

Remember... Impossible is Nothing! 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 22 - 25

Bacon Bears,

You Matter!

This week is shortened due to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I have always admired Dr. King. I was fortunate to visit his home in Atlanta while in college, and this fall I saw the monument dedicated to him in Washington DC. His message still resonates today. Make sure to take some time this week to reflect on his message. Here is a good clip I found that might help.

We have a few things planned for this week at RM Bacon. On Tuesday, we are hosting a "Principal for the Day." Our guest principal will be Damear who is one of our 5th graders. He wrote me a letter about wanting to fulfill his dream of one day becoming a principal.

Mr. LaGamba, Athletic Director, working with RM Bacon students
On Wednesday, our school will be visited again by the Regional Achievement Center (RAC). They will be checking in on us, and making sure we our doing our best to encourage the students to achieve! They won't be disappointed!

Later that evening, I will be hosting a follow-up meeting for parents regarding the Safety and Security of our school. We will be touring the building, and troubleshooting any safety concerns that arise  Please join us at 6:30 PM in the Library.

Friday, January 25 we will be having our last "Bear Bucks Store" of the school year. Everything is on sale and everything must go......because in February we are re-designing our rewards system. Stay tuned for more details, and take a minute to watch this video about the last Bear Bucks Store.

Here is the RM Bacon Weekly Video update. Thanks to Mrs. Devita for filling in as guest producer!

Weekly Overview:
Monday - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
Tuesday - Principal for the Day; BSI cycle 2 begins
Wednesday - RAC visit;; Parent meeting 6:30 PM
Thursday -
Friday - PBIS Meeting 1:00 PM; Bear Bucks Store 2:30 PM (Everything must go)

Impossible is Nothing!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

January 14 - 18

Bacon Bears,

You Matter!

Our mural is coming along nicely. Parents are assisting Mrs. Peck
We finished our first full week of 2013! Despite the flu, coughs, colds, and any other types of symptoms we have been facing, the students and teachers made the best of it. 

Students in K - 4 participated in the Universal Sweeps so we could monitor how much they have learned since September. The preliminary results are very promising!

The Basic Skills Teachers will continue assessing the students this week. They will be completing make-ups, and administering Survey Level Assessments. 

RM Bacon was one of the school's featured in the Daily Journal article Technical Education. Click this link to read the article

Mrs. Sinone's class will be visiting the Governor's Mansion on Wednesday. We expect that her class will make a positive impression on the staff at the Mansion like Mr. D and Mrs. Gandy's classes did!

We will be having our first staff meeting of 2013 on Thursday! 

Here is our first RM Bacon Weekly Video update in a long, long time.... Enjoy!

Weekly Overview:
Monday - Survey Level Assessments; BOE meeting, 7:00 PM
Tuesday - Survey Level Assessments
Wednesday - Survey Level Assessments; Mrs. Sinone's class trip to Governor's Mansion
Thursday - Staff Meeting; Survey Level Assessments
Friday - 

Impossible is Nothing!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

January 7 - 11

Bacon Bears,

You Matter!

Happy New Year to everyone. I apologize for the delay in this post. Since my wife is a teacher, she has been working on lesson planning on our desktop. My daughter, Catherine, who really enjoys being a connected learner had the laptop until a few minutes ago... I had to wrangle it away from her, and I only have a few minutes to finish the post :) So here it goes!

Last week was an opportunity for all of us to get back into the groove of school. We had a long Winter Break, and it was really cold! Despite the conditions, we were able to have another fantastic week (even though it was only 3 days). This first full week of 2013 will be busy, but before I go into the schedule, I wanted to post a few videos that are long overdue. (Also, for those of you who have been hoping for the return of the RM Bacon Weekly Video update, I promise that we will begin posting again in 2013)

Notable Videos

One of the breakout stars from the Talent Show was Juan from Mrs. Lunemann's class. He danced to "Gangdam Style" in a way that had everyone on their feet! He even recruited two teachers to help him as back up dancers (Mrs. Nolan and Ms. Fallows).

In addition to Juan, the "show stoppers" of this year's Talent Show were Mrs. DeVita and Mr. Hudson. Take a look at their performance. You can tell that they put a lot of hard work into their dance!

The PBIS team met in December and decided to take a chance with the Bear Bucks store. They voted to have one more Bear Bucks store..... and then for February through the remainder of the year to try something NEW... Take a look at the "Going Out of Business" store video the staff put together. You won't be disappointed.

There were many classrooms that had an Elf on the Shelf in December. On December 21, 2012, Mrs. DeVita's class had a life size Elf.

Weekly Overview:
Monday - Make-Up Pictures; Home and School Council Meeting, 4:00 PM
Tuesday - I and RS Meeting
Wednesday -RTI Benchmark Assessments; 4th grade trip to Drumthwacket (Drewnowski and Gandy) 
Thursday -RTI Benchmark Assessments 
Friday -RTI Benchmark Assessments 

Remember, Impossible is Nothing!