Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 25 - 29

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow and the future!

T'was the week before school starts and all throughout the building..... there..... is....... lots of activity! Teachers and staff have been coming into the building and setting up, and preparing for the new year! Everyone is super excited!!!!

We are very close to finishing the Arrival/Dismissal project!By the time you are reading this our room preparation will be complete!

We are welcoming the Kindergartners and their parents on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM for Orientation.

Building Updates:

Redesigned Art Room! 

Prepped and ready for new lines 

Part of the new car exit route 

Our new parking lot 

New gate installed on 3rd street for Arrival and Dismissal entrance 

3rd Grade is ready to launch into space
New mailboxes! In a new location (10a) 

Weekly Schedule
Monday - 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Office Hours)
Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Office Hours) Kindergarten Orientation 11:00 AM
Wednesday- 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Office Hours)
Thursday - 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Office Hours)
Friday - 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Office Hours)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

August 18 - 25

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow and the future!

The summer trek team met last week with other teams from the district. During the two days we worked collaboratively, we had to opportunity to take inventory of our school. We explored what we are doing well, and what we need to improve upon. As a school leader, it was refreshing to see teachers being honest, and supportive of the process.

This week we have a few important activities taking place. On Tuesday, all of Bacon staff are invited to a planning session for the 2014-15 school year. We will be meeting at 10:00 AM. On Wednesday and Thursday, our parking lot will be resealed with new lines in preparation for the new Arrival/Dismissal procedures.

Check out the trailer for Opening Day for staff:

Pictures from around the school:
Our new theme! 

Kindegarten students will enjoy new carpets 

The cafeteria floor is looking fresh! 

Weekly Schedule
Monday - Office Hours 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM-  Dr. Cook attending TeachMeet at Stockton 
Tuesday - Office Hours 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Planning session 10:00 AM 
Wednesday - Office Hours 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Parking lot closed
Thursday - Office Hours 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Parking lot closed 
Friday - School closed

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August 11 - 15

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow, and the future!

We made a lot of progress this week at the school! The custodians are just about complete with the Office Level Floor. In the beginning part of the week, the following rooms will not be accessible (5, 6, 7, 8) due to the floor waxing. The Front Office, as well as rooms 1,2,3,4 will be open.

The custodians will be working on the Bottom Level floor this week. They will be preparing the Library, Cafeteria, and Teachers Lunch Room. We should be getting the new tile for the Art Room and parts of room 22 this week. Very Exciting!!!!!!

The Arrival/Dismissal redesign has made a great deal of progress. We have new fencing, new gates, and our new driveway is ready! All parents will be receiving these new procedures in our summer mailing. We will also be posting this information on the blog with videos and pictures.

Weekly Schedule
Monday - Office Hours 7:30 - 4:30
Tuesday - Office Hours 7:30 - 4:30
Wednesday - Office Hours 7:30 - 4:30 Summer Trek 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Lakeside)
Thursday- Office Hours 7:30 - 4:30 Summer Trek 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Lakeside)
Friday - Closed

Vacation Pictures from the RM Bacon Family 
Mrs. Muhlbaier and her family at the Hoover Dam

The Horseshoe Bend 

The Muhlbaier Family at the Las Vegas sign 
Pictures from around the school 
The back of the school where the drop off/pick up will be for our new Arrival/Dismissal 

Room 8 has new carpeting! 
Dr. Cook met up with some other connected educators in Philadelphia for Edcamp Leadership

300 educators from around the country participated in Edcamp Leadership 

Dr. Cook presented on a panel with other authors of the Connected Educator Series by Corwin Press 
Dr. Cook with fellow NJ Assistant Principal, Brad Currie and Delaware Principal Jenny Nauman 

Dr. Cook hanging with Brad Gustafson, Minnesota Principal and Rob Pennington, Tech Coach from CT

Dr. Cook met Douglas Timm, principal from Delaware 
Dr. Cook took Minnesota Principal, Brad Gustafson, to Geno's for a Philly Cheesteak  

Dr. Cook met up with Dr. Sanfelippo (who visited RM Bacon this year)  in Philadelphia 

Friday, August 1, 2014

August 4 - 8

New Letterhead for 2014! 
 Bacon Bears,


Focusing on today, tomorrow and the future!

We had an amazing week here at RM Bacon. There was so much progress made this week on the building, and I am starting to see everything come together for the fall. I can't say it enough about our custodial staff!!!!They are doing a phenomenal job preparing the school!

This week I will  be attending two "un-conferences." Basically, an "un-conference" is an organic professional development opportunity where educators convene to improve. There are no titles, and generally (until the day of the un-conference) no presenters, or schedule. This type of learning is similar to our "Tech Fridays."

On Monday, I will be attending EdCamp Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, and on Thursday, I will be attending Padcamp at Galloway Township Middle School, in Galloway, NJ. I am so excited to learn with members of my PLN (Professional Learning Network). As always, the best part about learning at conferences or "un-conferences" is the ability to improve RM Bacon. Also, as if it couldn't get better, both conferences are FREE and do not cost the district any money!

Weekly Schedule
Monday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Dr. Cook out of the office)
Tuesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday -
Office Closed 
Friday - Closed

RM Bacon Family Vacation Pictures
Mrs. Sinone and her family traveled to West Virginia! 

Mrs. Sinone came across this on one of her hikes 

Beautiful West Virginia waterfall 

The Sinone girls :) 

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor went White Water Rafting in the Poconos! 
Pictures from the school
Ms. Anton's new Smart Board! 
Mrs. Lore's new Smart Board

New fencing and new gates for our Arrival/Dismissal redesign 

New fence in front of school where cars and buses will be entering

On Friday, August 1, 2014 our Playground tree was removed 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July 28 - August 1

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on Today, Tomorrow, and the Future!

The summer is progressing nicely. I am sure everyone is thinking "Where is the summer going? Its almost August!" That is why you have to make every day count!

The custodian crew is in the midst of cleaning and preparing the office level floor. There have been some major changes to the front office, but we will wait to show the pictures until the project is completed. Stay tuned for more details!

Weekly Schedule
Monday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday - Closed

Here are a few pictures from around the building and summer fun! Be sure to email me to share your summer vacation with the RM Bacon Family
Unfortunately, our playground tree was determined to be diseased, and will need to be removed this summer

Dr. Cook is reading The Miracle Morning, and will have the author (Hal Elrod) on his podcast August 31! 

Dr. Cook has been playing tennis this summer! 

Summer office work :) 

Dr. Cook visited Drexel University to meet with our consultants about PBIS and RTI 

Dr. Cook has spent a lot of time at the pool. Here is Cat after a swim 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 21 - 25

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow and the future! Yes, we have our new theme. The teachers selected this theme above the 8 other selections. I think this was selected because it is truly what we aspire to do everyday at RM Bacon. I am excited to see how this theme will guide us this year!

Weekly Schedule
Monday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday - Closed

We have a lot of awesome projects going on at the school this summer. As we update the learning environment, I can see the progress of the classroom set up, hallways, and front office. Our custodians have the 3rd floor classrooms set up and ready for teachers to visit. Their next area of focus is on the Office Level Floor. 

Check out our newest sidebar "Summer Learning" designed by Mrs. Mackall. Students and parents can use the link to find summer learning activities for each grade. Make sure you are ready for the new year! It is coming soon!

I asked the teachers to submit pictures from their summer adventures. Here is the first batch of photos I received... Be sure to keep them coming!
Ms. Riley at the Grounds Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ 

Ms. Peck and Ms. Riley taking a break from their visit to the Grounds Sculptures 

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor was ecstatic that their son, Lance, won the 2014 NJ District 3 Little League! 

Mr. and Mrs. Devita visited Los Angeles, CA to see the sights (and support Mike Trout!) 
Ms. Peck met author Elizabeth Gilbert! 

Ms. Peck's family went "inside" the infamous Van Gogh Family Painting 

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 14 - 18

Bacon Bears,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer vacation!

We have been making a lot of progress this summer! The custodians have been hard at work preparing the classrooms. At this point, all of the hardwood floors on the 3rd floor have been refinished. Currently, they are putting all the materials back into the classrooms. We should be able to give the "all clear" on the 3rd floor soon.

Weekly Schedule
Monday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday - Closed

Here are some of the updates from around the building:

The "ice cream" window will be covered up! 

Our previous sign was removed! 

The parking lot side door will look different this year 

This is the door fresh after being power washed! 

Room 9 is ready for desks and computers 

Room 16 is ready to go! 

Our new Music room is ready to go! 

Room 4 is ready to go!