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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Live at #RMBACON 2014!

This year we created a USTREAM account to allow us to record events for parents and community to view if they are unable to attend. We tried it out during our first day arrival. Here are the interviews we conducted. The really cool thing about Ustream was that we were able to display the real time interviews in the gym as the parents and kids waited for the Welcome Ceremony.

Here are A few of the USTREAM videos:


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




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

In order to help everyone understand the expectations for our new Arrival and Dismissal Procedures, we created a video to show the process.

We are asking for your patience as we implement this change.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

September 1 - 5

Bacon Bears,

Focusing on today, tomorrow and the future!

We are so unbelievably excited to start the 2014-2015 school year. With only a few days left before the first day, teachers will be busy this week making last minute preparations for the arrival of students on Thursday morning!

After celebrating the symbolic conclusion of summer on Labor Day, teachers will be learning together at Lakeside Middle School on Tuesday. Dr. Cook will be hosting a live podcast from 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM. He will be interviewing representatives from around the district on their plans for the new year. If you want to follow this podcast, please look for the link on twitter #mpswc. This show will also be archived on YouTube.

On Tuesday afternoon, the staff at RM Bacon will be testing out our new arrival and dismissal procedures. Parents are welcomed to come out and try it themselves after 2:00 PM. We will be making a video to teach everyone the procedures. This will be a major shift in procedures and we really ask for your patience!!!

The staff will be at RM Bacon all day Wednesday preparing for the new school year. We will be working on a few new projects, and making any last minute preparations for the school year.

On Thursday, we will be having a brief Welcome Back assembly (parents invited) at 9:15 AM in the gym. Then we will be ready for the new year!!!!

Pictures from around the school:
Mr. Lokey and Ms. Spiels at their reunion (They said it was their 10th?) 

Kindegarten Orientation... everyone was Happy! 

Very cool and welcoming to the new Kindergartners 

Kindegarten Orientation 
Kindergarten Orientation 
 Dr. Cook took a much needed vacation with his family

Dr. Cook and his son, Henry at the shore 

Dr. Cook can't escape twitter... even on vacation! 

The Cook family "ussie" 

Weekly Overview:
Monday - No School Labor Day
Tuesday - Staff reports to Lakeside in the morning. 1:30-2:00 PM testing out Arrival and Dismissal
Wednesday - All day staff meetings
Thursday - First day of school! 9:15 AM Welcome Back Assembly
Friday - Grades 3,4,5 PBIS Assembly, 9:30 AM; Grades K, 1, 2 PBIS Assembly, 10:00 AM

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