Friday, November 28, 2014

December 1 - 5

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on Today, Tomorrow, and the Future!

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving Holiday. We hope you had an enjoyable time with your family. We are thankful for you!!!!

We are excited to be continuing our partnership with Cumberland County CAP program this week. Our friends from CAP will be working with our students on Bullying! Teachers will each have two sessions this week.

On Tuesday we will be having our monthly HSA meeting at 4:00 PM in Room 8.

On the side page of the blog you will find a link for the Teacher of the Year. Nominations are due by Wednesday, December 3 at 3:30 PM to Dr. Cook.

Weekly Overview:
Monday - B Day - CAP Program, Bullying;
Tuesday - C Day - CAP Program, Bullying; I and RS, 12:30 - 3:30; HSA Meeting, 4:00 PM.
Wednesday - D Day - CAP Program, Bullying;
Thursday - E Day - Staff Meeting, PLC, 8:00 AM; CAP Program, Bullying; Attendance PLC, 1:30 - 3:30; Bacon Speaks! 4:00 PM
Friday - A Day - CAP Program, Bullying; Coats for Kids; Grade Level Meeting with Maggie Colina

Vote for RM Bacon's No-Shave November Winner:

RM Bacon Student Blogger of the Week:
This week, our featured blogger is 4th grader Kylie who wrote a post about our Healthy School Initiative.
Kylie is looking forward to a Salad Bar
We are becoming a healthy school. In the cafeteria they are serving very healthy things. They are serving vegetables, meats, and fruits. They even have healthy snacks like baked chips that are not fried. They serve juice that is carbonated. Kids think they are drinking soda. They even serve fruits like bananas, oranges, and a lot more. That is what they have in our cafeteria.

In the whole entire school they have snacks in class, but they are healthy snacks. For example, at Halloween our class gave up the cupcakes, and ate Jello, pineapples, granola bars, and pretzels.  So we are a really healthy school. I am proud about R.M Bacon’s healthy changes. By being healthy we can be fit and think smarter. I am hoping that in the future we can have a salad bar.

Pictures from around the School:
Scooter Handball wrapped up this week.

Last minute strategy for the Scooter Handball Championship 

Steven showed off his new haircut 

Video of the Week:
Thank a Teacher!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 24 - 28

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow and the future!

It's Thanksgiving Week! Although we have a shortened week, we have a lot in store and a lot to be thankful for!

RM Bacon is thankful for the school community for all their support! We can not do it without you!

Weekly Overview
Monday - D Day - 10:04 AM, Attendance Reward; 1:45 PM Dismissal; Parent Conferences, 6 - 8 PM
Tuesday - E Day - 9:30 AM, Elks Dictionary Program, 3rd Grade; 10:04 AM Attendance Reward; 1:45 PM Dismissal; Parent Conferences, 6 - 8 PM
Wednesday - A Day - 10:00 AM Students vs. Teachers, Scooterball; 11:30 AM Attendance Reward; 1:45 PM Dismissal; NO PM Latch Key
Thursday - Thanksgiving Day - No School
Friday - No School (RM Bacon will have a float in the Christmas Parade)

Parent/Teacher Tip of the Week:

How do you praise your children? Research indicates that adults should praise the effort, not the outcome. Here is a table that can help:

Do not say…
Do say…
You are so smart!
You work hard and it shows! (Be specific about complementing the specific process and/or effort the child demonstrates)
You are a great athlete.  You could be the next (pick super athlete)!
“Your focus on ______ (batting stance, dribbling, etc.) has really made a positive difference.”
“I noticed that you pay good attention when you are on the field. “
(If admiring another athlete, focus on the effort and/or  attitude shown)
You always get good grades; that makes me happy.
When you put forth effort, it really shows in your grades.  You should be proud of yourself.  We are proud of you!
You are a gifted musician! 
You seem to really enjoy playing the piano.  Keep practicing, and you will see amazing results!
You drawing is wonderful; you are my little artist!
I see that you have been practicing your drawing; what a great improvement!  Tell me about it.
So, the next time you are ready to praise your child, stop and think about how to use that opportunity to foster a growth mindset by celebrating your child’s effort and attitude through the experience – rather than just the final accomplishment. (source: Donald Rheem Elementary School

Pictures from around the school 
Ms Reilly enjoying some turkey leftovers 

Turkey Feast 

Turkey Feast 

Turkey Feast 

The 5 Bear Bucks table: Bacon Gear, Homework Passes, or Bear Buddy

The first Bacon Speaks program! 20 students attended
Video of the Week:
Checkout this TED Talk from Sam Berns titled, "My Philosophy for a Happy Life." Sam, who happens to have Progeria, is a brave young man with an import message for us all.... 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 17 - 21

Be sure to donate to the Turkey Feast
Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow, and the future!

This week we will be hosting our Annual Turkey Feast on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. The Turkey Feast is always a great opportunity for students and teachers to get together and share the Thanksgiving love for RM Bacon!

The Bookfair is quickly approaching. If anyone would like to volunteer, they can email Be sure to mention the child's name and your phone number. All volunteers will receive a free #rmbacon T-Shirt! The dates for the bookfair are as follows:

Thursday, November 20 (B Day) 1:15 - 3:45
Monday, November 24 (D Day) 9:15 - 1:45
Tuesday, November 25 (E Day) 9:15 - 1:45
Wednesday, November 26 (A Day) 9:15 - 11:00

Well, it is official... We have our Spirit Gear Bear and Throwback shirts ready to go! Based on the responses from the GOOGLE Form survey, you have spoken! Here are the two designs chosen by YOU!

Bacon Spirit Gear
Front of shirt or hoodie 

Bacon Throwback
Shirt front and hoodie will be available 

back of shirt and hoodie 

Order forms will be available this week :)

Here is a great article to read... It is about THAT child. This is a great article for parents, teachers and the community to read:
About That Kid 

Weekly Overview:
Monday - D Day - BOE Meeting, 7:00 PM
Tuesday - E Day - Mobile Dentist, Library;
Wednesday - A Day - CST Meeting, 9:30 AM; Turkey Feast, Grades K, 1 and 3 at 11:00 AM; Grades 2, 4 and 5 at 12:30
Thursday - B Day - Staff Meeting, PLC, 8:00 AM; Bear Bucks Store, 2:30 PM; Bacon Speaks, 4:00 PM
Friday - C Day - Early Dismissal, 1:45; Parent/Teacher Conference 2:00 - 3:55 PM

Video of the Week 
Here is Dr. Cook's attempt at doing a Touchcast with a little help from Club 21 students. Thanks to their dedication, Touchcast will flourish! If you are watching this on YouTube, it will not be interactive. Checkout the Touchcast app to interact with video and pictures.

Pictures from around the school:
Special area teachers in their PLC

New Music carpet 

Our rules got a lift... Be safe, responsible and respectful 

These #rmbacon shirts are designed for giveaways, Bear Bucks Store, and other incentives 

Teachers learning collaboratively in a PLC (Professional Learning Community) 

Tech Friday resources

Do teachers plan this? Somehow, Ms. Clearwater and Mrs. Devita dressed as twins 

Pirate treasure? 

The principal's office is usually open... unless it is Jim's Lunch 

4th and 5th grade students participating in Band
Thank you for your support of the Bacon Bears!

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 10 - 14

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow, and the future!

We are looking forward to our first full week of school in November! We have a lot of activities taking place this week. It will be another EPIC week at RM Bacon.... Here is why!

Weekly Overview
Monday - D Day - Dr. Cook's Bear Buddy Jonathan (11 AM)
Tuesday - E Day - World Run Day and Healthy U Kickoff, 1:45 PM (Wear Red, White and Blue); HSA Meeting, 6:00 PM
Wednesday - A Day - Jeans for Troops; Grade Level Meetings, All Day; 2nd MP starts
Thursday - B Day - Staff Meeting (New PLCs), 8:00 AM; RAC Visit
Friday - C Day - Sneaker Day for Anti Bullying!

November Newsletter 
Did you miss the newsletter? We sent it home with all the children on Wednesday, November 5. Here is the link. 

Let us know what Bear you would like for this year's Spirit Gear
Pictures from around RM Bacon
Mrs. Gandy's class is using Sofia to flip and follow up! 

Ms. Bieri had a helper on Tuesday

Dr. Cook's daughter found the Bacon Mohawk 

Mrs. Bingham's first graders lead Morning Meeting with the SMART Board 

Kindergarten Bucket fillers! 

Clarinet students are practicing 

Video of the Week

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November 3 - 7

Bacon Bears

Focusing on today, tomorrow and the future!

November is here! We have so many awesome things happening in November, but before I go into that, let's take a look at October. We accomplished so many activities! We did so much you might forget. Check out the October Rewind (using Animoto):

October Rewind

November, in some respects, is a fast month. We have 4 days off (2 for NJEA Convention and 2 for the Thanksgiving Holiday) so I am sure that this month will fly by. I am sure everyone is excited for some of November's cool activities such as World Run Day (11/11), Sneaker Day (11/14), Turkey Feast (11/19), Bear Bucks Store (11/20), not to mention Parent Conferences (11/21, 11/24, and 11/25). Well, we will take it one day at a time and truly enjoy this month!

Reporter of the Week
The 4th and 5th graders were treated to an assembly on Writing Like a Reporter by Chris Torres of the Daily Journal. He talked with the kids about his college days, reporting schedule, and some of his most interesting stories. The students are now going to be writing stories for the RM Bacon Weekly. This week's story is by 5th grader, Gio.

This week in Mrs. Benson's class we have been having lots of fun! This Tuesday we had our annual Halloween Frolic and it was a blast! Everyone was pretty scary! This Friday we had our annual Halloween Parade and it was awesome! On Thursday we had an assembly and we got to meet Chris Torres, a reporter from the Daily Journal. He told us what being a reporter meant to him. We even got a picture with him and we got his autograph! This week we also studied the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Gio's drawing of a pumpkin and Halloween Frolic

Video of the Week (This video is focusing on the Fall Frolic and Halloween Parade) Thanks to Mrs. Devita for editing and Mrs. Davis for filming at the Frolic!!!

Weekly Overview
Monday - A Day - Another Awesome Day at RM Bacon
Tuesday - B Day - Another Awesome Dat at RM Bacon
Wednesday - C Day - Healthy School Meeting, 12:30 PM
Thursday - No School (NJEA Conference)
Friday - No School (NJEA Conference)