From the Desk of Mr. Horky
Dear Bacon Families,
What an exciting time of year this is at the school! This is when we see many students take giant leaps in their learning. Students who have struggled with being “tuned into” learning are starting to take off. Students who struggled with reading fluently are sounding like pros. Students who have fought with their addition and subtraction facts are finding that things are starting to click. This is a true testament to all the work done at school and at home since the start of the school year.
So, let’s keep the positive growth going with the coordinated efforts between home and school. Remember, you can/should read with your child each night. Students need to read with you for (1) a fluent model of what reading sounds like, (2) seeing that you value the practice needed to grow as a reader, (3) continued practice of strategies and skills learned at school, and (4) quality time for you and your child.
Thanks for sharing your child with us!Mr. Horky
Primary News - Second Grade
The 2nd Graders completed a successful Balance and Motion science unit. This unit was packed full of hands on experiments allowing students the opportunity to discover how objects balance and move with applied force. Not the Jedi kind! We are now moving away from science to explore the different types of communities, characteristics of a citizen, and mapping skills. Then, beginning the first week of February we will be diving into Fort Collins history with a yet to be determined date in March for a walking field trip in Old Town. If you are available to join us for the field trip, please let your child’s teacher know!.....
Intermediate News – Fifth Grade
Mr. Nelson and Mrs. Holliday's reading classes are reading the historical fiction novel, A Family Apart. The focus is on the accurate inclusion of historical events and individuals in narrative literature. We will be focusing on writing text supported responses using increasingly complex sentence structures. Research into the setting timeline and included historical events will allow the kids to beef up their non-fiction reading and American history as well. Our second book project will be due on February 1.
Findlay and Menke’s classrooms are beginning new book studies. This work consists of small reading groups delving into great literature to enhance vocabulary, informational or literary practices. Both classes are also continuing our work with Language Art’s menus. The menu focuses on vocabulary practice, identifying non-fiction text features, spelling work, and summarizing texts.
Specials News — PE
All the 4th and 5th grade students have recently completed their final fitness tests of the year which include: the Pacer (running test, which tests cardiovascular endurance), push-ups(tests muscular strength) and shoulder stretch(tests flexibility). It’s been fun to see these students working hard to meet their fitness goals. After the fitness testing, we’re planning to start tennis. We’ll be playing modified tennis games such as Kings/Queens of the court, Rallyball, and One Ball Live. We’ll be working on skills such as the forehand, backhand and modified serves. Our younger students have been playing games that involve striking and eye hand coordination as well as many other fun active tagging games.
Schools on the Move Challenge Read more.....
News from the Counselor
Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd graders will be participating in the Safety Smarts program provided by the Child Advocacy Center. The program begins January 9th and runs for 5 weeks ending the week of February 5th. Information and an opt out form was sent home last month. If you do not want your child to participate please fill out the form and return when school resumes on January 8th .
3rd and 4th grade will focus on problem solving
5th grade will be watching the How to unmake a bully volume 7, Cyberbullying; Agents of Change. Take a look by clicking on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owdXansqYGs
Mark your calendar, The Great Kindness Challenge returns during the week of January 22nd -26th! Look for community heroes greeting students that morning along with fun activities throughout the week! More information to come.
Coats, boots and hats!
Please let me know if your child needs a winter gear.
Michele Bishop, M.Ed., NCC
Kindergarten Information Night @ Bacon Elementary - Thursday, January 11th 6-7pm.
2018-19 Kindergarten registration for neighborhood students - Thursday, January 25, 2018.
You will need the following items:
Child's Birth Certificate
Emergency Contact Information
Proof of Residency
Enjoy the video about our school feeder system by clicking the image below
School Accountability Committee (SAC)
· Our School Accountability Committee is again looking for new members. As required by the state of Colorado, we meet once a quarter to review school performance plans and goals, budgets, and safety. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The school office will be open from 8:00 – 4:00
Together, let’s make it a great year at Bacon Elementary!