Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 31 - November 4, 2016


It was a week of learning, fun, rewards, and opportunty.  Let's jump in...

Early in the week, I was able to attend a meeting hosted by the distrcit elementary literacy coaches. I, along with other principals and administrators, saw first hand how hard the coaches are working to improve the quality of education throughout the district.  The information they shared was useful, and I'm looking forward to seeing how we build from this session.  I'd say we are off to a great start in targeting ways to improve student learning.

Also this week, parents, students, and staff alike gathered at Bacon for the annual Halloween Frolic.  Between the hayride, dancing, games, arts and crafts, and food in the cafeteria, there was something for everyone.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event possible.  Also, thanks goes out to the Millville Police Department, the MPD explorers, and the Millville Fire Department for being on hand to help with the festivities.   

Workout Wednesday is officially in full swing.  Staff, you are invited to join Mrs. Bingham and the Dare to be Fit club each Wednesday at 8 am to start the day with some exercise!

On Thursday morning, our SIP team assembled to review the progress we've made since the summer meeting.  On the PBIS side, we've accomplished much of what we set out to do.  Some areas of concern were also brought up, and we'll be exploring solutions in the coming months. 

Thursday night saw the return of the Parents as Leaders group.  I'd like to thank the brave souls who ventured out into the chilly and rainy night to come learn about rules and respect.  Thanks to the United Advocacy Group for all you do to empower and equip the members of the Bacon community.

On Friday afternoon, we had our PBIS Pep Rally and Bear Bucks Store.  All the students had a great time.  We celebrated another great month in discipline and attendance (see more below), and the students were able spend their well-earned bucks at the store.  In addition, the students selected to play the games during the rally had a blast, and the whole school cheered them on.  It was a great afternoon.

PBIS Update - Speaking of PBIS, we are happy to report that October has seen another reduction in major and minor referrals.  The exact numbers won't be available until next week (we still have one more day of October), but we had a very good month overall.  Kudos to the staff and students for remaining positive and keeping our school safe, responsible, and respectful.  Also, the attendance rates have been trending good this month.  Again, we'll have exact numbers next week, so stay tuned.

There are lots of pictures to check out from this week.  Please see below!

Keep being great.

Principal, RM Bacon
"Together, we can.  Together, we will." 

Pictures from around the School

A red and winning homeroom for Wellness Week
Some Bear friends volunteering to help clean the cafeteria!
Helping set up for the Halloween Frolic
All smiles!
DJ "Bee" Bingham dropping beats at the Frolic

Hayride at the Frolic

Fun and games at the Frolic
More fun and games at the Frolic

Pumpkin painting at the Frolic

The pumpkin station

Mr. Coyle being surpirsed by a few former Lakeside students!

A chilly morning during arrival

Students learning about fire safety

Students learning about fire safety

Students learning about fire safety

It was chilly, but they had fun

Students learning about fire safety

Students learning about fire safety

Thank you, Millville Fire Department

Some birthday love for Mrs. Bingham

A spooky (but fun) story time

Thank you for a great story time!

Friends having fun in Mrs. Lore's class

GT students working on their windmill

GT students working on their windmill

Excited about their windmill

Mrs. Blithe giving feedback and asking questions
Ms. Berry's lunch friends

Having fun in Ms. O'Neill's class

Birthday Selfies!

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Bingham!

Weekly overview (be sure to check the official school calendar)
Monday (10/31): B day - lesson plans due, Halloween parade at 2 pm, classroom parties 

Tuesday (11/1): C day - A Terrific Tuesday!

Wednesday (11/2): D day - Workout Wednesday, Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), RAC visit

Thursday (11/3): E day - Staff meeting (8 am in the library)

Friday (11/4): A day - Wear Bacon gear

Saturday, October 22, 2016

October 24 - 28, 2016

Bacon Bears,

Hello, everyone!  The picture above captures a simple but true concept that we embrace here at Bacon.  We believe that all kids can learn, and all means all.  Anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort can achieve success.  Our job as educators is to engage, equip, and empower every student for academic, behavioral, and social success.  So - work hard, get smart, and go far.  All can do it, and all means all!

This week was Wellness Week.  I want to thank Ms. Spanbauer for putting together a week of great info and activities.  The students and staff did a nice job with the color-of-the-day, and the classrooms and halls resounded with the positive messages of the week.

On Monday, Dina Klaudi and I completed the SAMS time and task management training.  I have set a personal goal for how much time I want to spend on instructional matters during the year.  So far, it's going very well, and I can already tell my time is more focused and productive.  Our SAMS trainer has been great, and he's been helping us implement the program quickly and effectively.  Thanks to all the Bacon Bears for your patience and understanding as we collectively adjust to this new system.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this takes us.

The I&RS team had it's first meeting of the year.  I was able to stop in a few times during their sessions, and it was apparent that everyone was focused on helping our students.  Nice job, team. 

On Tuesday, Bacon will be having it's annual Halloween Frolic from 6-8.  We hope to see you! 

Have a great week, everyone.  Be great.  Be awesome.
"Together, we can. Together, we will." 

Pictures from around the School

Congrats to Mrs. Taylor on 10 years in education!

Safety Patrol doing their thing on a beautiful but warm fall morning.

Dare to Be Fit is officially underway.

Dare to Be Fit

Lunch time!

A happy Bear

Getting ready for the Frolic

A bit of nature close by outside Mrs. Levari's room (maybe a little too close)

Friends visiting an animal friend

Friends visiting an animal friend

These guys were happy to bring some breast cancer awareness

Friends having lunch outside with Ms. Berry

Another great morning

Learning taking place in Mrs. Cheeseman's room

Wellness Week!

Wellness Week!

Wellness Week!

Birthday Selfies!

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Levari!

Weekly overview (be sure to check the official school calendar)
Monday (10/24): B day - lesson plans due

Tuesday (10/25): C day - PARCC data meeting at Culver, Halloween Frolic (6-8 pm at Bacon)

Wednesday (10/26): D day - Workout Wednesday, Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), Wheaton Village trip, PLC meetings with Amanda for 2nd grade (10:44), Kindergarten (12:50), 5th grade (2:14), and 3rd grade (2:56)

Thursday (10/27): E day - SIP meeting (8 am in the library), 4th grade PLC (10:44), Parents as Leaders meeting at Bacon at 6 pm (topic: roles, rules, and respect)

Friday (10/28): A day - Wear Bacon gear, 1st grade PLC (12:08)