Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 20 - 24

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow and the future!

We are really getting into the fall season! I hope you have taken the time to watch the leaves change! This week really flew by. I was out for two days because I was at the NJPSA Conference in Long Branch, NJ. The conference was awesome! I even helped out my friend Brad Currie on a few presentations about blogging (I made sure to mention RM Bacon), and social media.

This is the Week of Respect at RM Bacon. Mrs. Spanbauer has coordinated this week as a way to bring awareness to RESPECT. Each day we are asking the students and teachers to wear different colors! Check out the Weekly Overview for each day's color!

Let's make it an awesome week!

Weekly Overview (Week of Respect)
Monday (A Day) 3rd grade Field Trip; Wear Black
Tuesday (B Day) Wear Red
Wednesday (C Day) 6:30 pm Parent Meeting; Wear Blue
Thursday (D Day) Wear Green
Friday (E Day) Wear Pink

Pictures from around the school:
Our new sign in the front office! 

The gym floor was redone! 

We are the Bacon Bears! 

Gio in 5th grade wants to start writing for the Bacon Weekly! 

Mrs. Sinone's student friendly objectives 

Ms. Anton showing the students the world! 

Mrs. Peck showing students how to draw using the Elmo projector 

Our staff is growing vegetables for their Genius Hour 

Mr. Frank was recognized for his years of service (posing with Buzz) 

Video of the Week:(If you never fail, you never live)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October 13 - 17

Bacon Bears,

Focused on today, tomorrow, and the future!

Another 4 day week? Yes, we will be celebrating Columbus Day on Monday, October 13. I think this four day weekend for the students was well timed. They have been working hard this year and I hope they got time to spend with friends and family. I know they will be ready to go on Tuesday!

This week is Fire Prevention Week. Students in K-5 will be learning about fire safety in class and some with have the opportunity to experience the smoke house.

Weekly Overview
Monday - Columbus Day - No School
Tuesday - B Day - Fire Prevention; Dr. Cook, SPAC Meeting 1:00 PM
Wednesday - C Day -  Fire Prevention
Thursday -D Day -  Staff Meeting, 8:00 AM
Friday - E Day - Wear your favorite superheros clothes

Pictures from around the school
What are you reading?

The kids love story time with Ms. Davis 

James teaching his classmates about math 

Mr. D. helping out with Chorus! 

Chick-fil-a donated gift cards to the staff! 

Illianya was Dr. Cook's Bear Buddie this week. 

Mrs. Mercado had the students singing and dancing! 

Mrs. Sinone and Mrs. Bingham have been working with the staff on Equity and Diversity

Video of the week... Socktober! 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October 6 - 10

Bacon Bears,

Focused on today, tomorrow and the future!

We had another amazing week here at RM Bacon. So many opportunities to learn and grow! It is extremely important the we are all focused on learning!

This week is our annual WEEK OF RESPECT! Mrs. Spanbauer has lots of activities planned for the school. She sent home a newsletter with all of the activities. Each grade will be engaged in a different activity. Student artwork will be displayed throughout the school, and we will be recognizing the Students of the Month based on Respect!

On Tuesday, our RTI program continues with a new schedule based on the recent Universal Sweeps. Also on Tuesday we will have our first HSA (Home and School Association) meeting at 4:00 PM.

On Wednesday, we will be hosting Mrs. Mackall as she helps our staff enter in their SGO's to the new OnCourse system. Also on Wednesday, we will be hosting the RAC 7 staff. On Thursday, the teachers will be planning out the Halloween Frolic at 8:15 AM.

This week is shortened by a day. On Friday, the students will not have school, but our teachers will be here working on Professional Learning. This year the teachers will be working on developing student friendly learning objectives based on the standards. Should be a great time!

Here are some pictures from around the school. We are doing amazing things at this school :)

#RMBACON wears Pink like a Boss every Friday to raise awareness for Breast Cancer

Dr. Cook taking a selfie with Mrs. O. to show off our new shirts 

Scan that QR code and you will be reading a book! 

Dr. Cook become a character in a story! 

How smooth is this? Mrs. Muhlbaier's class earned a Smoothie Day! 

5th graders taught Dr. Cook about their Field Trip using a video slideshow 

Pure Genius! 

Pure Genius! 

5th Graders exploring the hashtag... #awesome! 

Video of the week in honor of Week of Respect:

Weekly Overview
Monday - C Day - Dr. Cook at EIRC for PLC training
Tuesday - D Day - RTI begins; HSA Meeting, 4:00 PM
Wednesday - E Day - Alicia Mackall for SGO/OnCourse Assistance; RAC visit 8:45 AM - 11:45 AM; GT Field Trip
Thursday - A Day - Halloween Frolic Planning Meeting, 8:15 AM; CST Meeting 9:45 - 11:45 AM, Conf. Room
Friday - No School for students. Teacher professional learning day - Staff still wear your pink shirts!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 29 - October 3

Bacon Bears,

Focused on Today, Tomorrow, and the Future!

Check out our September Rewind using the app Animoto!

We had a great PBIS meeting on Friday. We analyzed our data and designed our Bear Bucks Store. The school also celebrated the 85th Birthday of RM Bacon. Each classroom did an activity to symbolize the number 85. We will continue to celebrate our 85th year throughout the rest of the school year.

This week we have a lot of activities! Our 5th graders will be taking their first field trip! Our teachers will be working on their Professional Learning. Teachers in grades 2 - 5 will be working on how to teach students to write for sources. On Friday, Dr. Cook, Mr. Lokey and Ms. Berry will be meeting with the Millville Police Department. The purpose of the meeting is to review the safety and security of the building! 

Weekly Overview:
Monday - C Day - Flu Shots for Staff, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday - D Day - Professional Development, Writing for Sources (9-11:30 grades 2-3; 12:30-3:00 grades 4-5) Culver Center
Wednesday - E Day - 5th Grade Field Trip, Kids About the Bay, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday - A Day - Staff Meeting, 8:00 AM (All)
Friday - B Day - Safety Meeting with Millville PD, 9:00 AM; CST Meeting 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM, Conf. Room

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 22 - 26

Bacon Bears

Focusing on Today, Tomorrow and the Future!

We had another awesome week at RM Bacon! As teachers and students continue to grow their learning environment, great things are happening. We had a very successful Back to School Night and those who were in attendance learned about their child's teacher, and some highlights of the school. Dr. Cook will put the presentation on Slide Share this week. Please check back.

This week we have a few cool things going on. On Monday we will be hosting an Anti-Bullying Night for Parents. The students will be taking their Universal Sweeps this week. The results of these assessments help us determine who needs additional help in the classroom or maybe with an Interventionist.

RM Bacon School Turns 85 on Friday! We will be singing Happy Birthday to the school. I am sure some teachers will be doing activities to celebrate the school turning 85... Maybe the younger students will be counting to 85, or some of the older kids could do 85 jumping jacks, or maybe we can compile 85 reasons why we love RM Bacon. The possibilities are endless.

Weekly Overview
Monday - C - Day - Universal Sweeps (K,1,2,4); Anti-Bullying Program for Parents, 6:00 PM
Tuesday - D - Day - Universal Sweeps (K,1,2,4);
Wednesday -E - Day -  Universal Sweeps (K,1,2,4)
Thursday - A Day - Universal Sweeps (K,1,2,4) Flu Shots for Teachers, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM; Grade Level Meetings, SGOs;
Friday - B - Day - Universal Sweeps (K,1,2,4); RM Bacon Turns 85!; RAC Visit, 10:15 AM; PBIS Bear Bucks Meeting and Store to Follow, 1:30 PM

Pictures from around the school
Vianka and Mark doing the voice over for the new Millville United Podcast

Passion in Room 5

Second grade passions! 

Second graders are ready to be Geniuses 

4th graders are putting the genius in Genius Hour! 

Putting the puzzle of Genius together 

Mrs. Sinone's passion puzzle 

But first, let me take an Art Selfie! 

One of our new kindergartners.... Cooper! 

Video of the Week - Team Work!

Have a great week!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 15 - 19

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow and the future!
We finished our first full week of school. It seems that many of the students have found their routines, and they are feeling comfortable. The teachers have been assessing the students to determine their baseline in relation to the curriculum. I have been having an awesome time reading to the classes (I have a few more to go this week).

So far we have had two fire drills and we will be having a safety drill soon. We take safety very serious at RM Bacon!

On Tuesday night at 7:00 PM we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night. Here is the basic overview of the night:
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Overview and Welcome, Dr. Cook and Mrs. Spanbauer (Bacon Gym)
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM Classroom Presentations (in homerooms)
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM Questions and Answers with Dr. Cook (Bacon Gym) *not required

If you have children in multiple grades, we encourage you to switch half way through. We recommend starting with the youngest child first.

Weekly Overview
Monday - (C day)
Tuesday - (D day) Back to School Night, 7:00 PM
Wednesday - (E day) Community Outreach Event at Culver, 5:00 PM
Thursday - (A day) Staff Meeting, Genius Hour (More info to follow), Grade Level Meetings (Schedule emailed)
Friday - (B day)

Pictures from around the school:
Pictured from left: Sean Gustafson from the Alliance, Robin Elliott from Mt. Pleasant and Mrs. Muhlbaier

Mrs. Muhlbaier accepted the Silver Medal on behalf of RM Bacon from the Alliance for Healthier Generation! She even met former President, Bill Clinton! 

Ms. Davis working with the students in Library 

Arrival and Dismissal is getting better everyday 

Mrs. Munzenmayer's students read a book to Dr. Cook (Hey that rhymes)  

Ms. Bieri is featuring apps that can be used for fitness 

Dr. Cook visited the Patterson Falls on Sunday

Video of the week:

Happiness is Helping Others

Have a great week!

Friday, September 5, 2014

September 8 - 12

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on Today, Tomorrow and the Future!

What a GREAT first two days! Despite the soaring temperatures, everyone seemed so excited about returning to school.

I want to thank the Parents who came and visited during the first two days! We take our job very seriously, and we want the best for your children.

Arrival and Dismissal:
We changed up everything this year to make it safer and more streamlined. So far the reviews have been positive. In fact, our car rider line on the first day for dismissal took 30 minutes for 78 cars! On the second day we cut that number down to 20 minutes for the same amount of cars! Each day we will get better!

Once again, our doors open at 8:55 AM and our late bell rings at 9:15 AM. In the afternoon, our Car Riders and Bus Riders will dismiss at 3:40 PM and the Walkers are dismissed at 3:45 PM.

Home and School Association:
The HSA Executive Board met earlier last week to plan out the meetings and events for the year.
Executive Board:
President: Beth Markee
Vice President: Susan Leahy
Treasurer: Rhonda Spiels
Secretary: Melissa Dominguez
Fund Raiser: Vacant

Here is a list of the upcoming HSA Meetings and Events:
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Back to School Night, 7:00 PM
Monday, September 22, 2014 Anti Bullying Night for Parents and Students, 6:00 PM
Monday, October 6, 2014 Parent Technology Night, 6:00 PM
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 First HSA Meeting, 4:00 PM

Pictures from around the school
Mrs. DiGorgio's new 2nd grade class! 

K - 2 PBIS Assembly 

Mrs. Benson's Bunch in 5th grade! 

Opening day! 

We are Geniuses here at RM Bacon. You will see:) 

We were very excited to host a few videos on the app USTREAM during the first two days. Take a few moments and watch some interviews with staff, students, and parents.
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Weekly Schedule 
Monday -C day
Tuesday - D day
Wednesday - E day
Thursday - A day - Red, White and Blue Day
Friday - B day