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Digital Backpack

October 13, 2017

  1. Monday, October 16th: is an A DAY.
  3. Friday, October 20th: is a FLEX DAY.
  4. REPORT CARDS: The School Counseling department will no longer print and distribute report cards to students. All report card information, including teacher comments, is viewable in PowerSchool. We will still mail final reports cards at the end of the year.
  5. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 19th from 8-10AM and 1-3PM. Conferences are available in 15 minutes appointments that can be scheduled directly with the teacher through PowerSchool, or by calling the main office at (860) 537-2378. We hope that offering morning and afternoon times will accommodate as many families’ schedules as possible. Conferences are being offered by appointment only.
  6. Quebec trip has been confirmed and is a "go"! A few spaces are still available if anyone else is interested. Please contact Mme B if interested.
  7. The French Club's monthly meeting is on Tuesday, October 17 from 2:30 to 3:15. We will discuss the planning for the upcoming National French Week celebration.   We hope to see everybody

  8. Colchester School Keepsake Ornaments: BA2019 Pre-Project Grad is fundraising by selling hand-crafted wooden ornaments. $10.00 per ornament; one available for each school! Ornaments are on display in each school in the main office. Click here for additional details and order form.

  9. On October 16th and 17th, Bacon Academy is proud to welcome Jeffrey Fletcher for the second time to present his collection of authentic African American collection of artifacts and share their history with our juniors and seniors.  He first joined us two years ago, and we are pleased to have him back to share his impressive collection.  11th and 12th graders in all Social Studies classes will be participating in activities in class leading up to and following this presentation.  As a former BA grad, Jeff is proud to give back to his community.  He conveys his positive message about the triumphs and tribulations of African American history through the artifacts and the fascinating stories with great impact.  If you would like to learn more about his roving exhibit, you can see parts of it on his website at www.africanamericancollections.com.  It is sure to be a conversation starter around the dinner table! 
  10. Homecoming 2017 week is upon us! Please read the attached for all of your Spirit Week and Homecoming news.
  11. Sky’s The Limit: No School? How about a fun trip?! Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to join Youth Services for a day of fun on Thursday, October 19th from 9:00am-4:00pm. We will bounce around at Launch and then have lunch and play games at Dave and Busters. Jumping, buffet lunch, $20 power card, and unlimited video games are included for the $48 registration fee. Register online today! Flier attached here.
  12. The Mask You Live In:October 24, 2017 6:00-8:00pm at Cragin Library: Please join Colchester Youth Services, Safe Futures, and Cragin Library, for a free screening of the award winning documentary, The Mask You Live In. The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. We invite all young men (ages 12 and up), with their Dad or other significant man in their lives, to attend the movie screening and discussion. Pre-registration is preferred but not required, by contacting Youth Services at (860)537-7255 or youthservices@colchesterct.gov. Dinner will be provided by Plum Tomato. Flier attached here.
  13. Fun, Food, & A Film: Join Youth Services for a day of fun on Tuesday, November 7th. Laser tag at Laser Quest, lunch at Five Guys Burgers & Fries, and going to a PG-13 movie at Metro Movies!! There is no better way to spend a day off from school! The trip will leave Town Hall at 9:00am and return at 4:00pm. This trip is for students in grades 6-12 and costs $41. (You'll want to bring a little extra spending money if you want snacks at the movies.) Flier attached here.
  14. Raffle to Benefit Bacon Academy Athletics: Friends of Football is sponsoring a raffle to raise money for Bacon Academy Athletics. 1st prize: 65" Smart XLED TV, 2nd prize: Apple iPad mini 4, 3rd prize: 2 tickets to Patriots v. Jets on 12/31/17. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased at football games, from Lynette Dimock or by emailing baconfof@gmail.com.
  15. Senior Parents Bacon Academy Project Grad is trying to raise funds for all Seniors Grad Night in June.  A majority of our fundraising is happening now at UCONN football games and then at Gampel Basketball games.  We really need your help now. Please follow the link below to sign up to volunteer if you haven't already helped out. Thank you. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080948a5a62ca7fe3-uconn3
  16. Holiday Shopping?  Choose smile.amazon.com -  please take a moment to support Bacon Academy Project Graduation by choosing it as your charity. It doesn't cost you anything and .05% of all your orders go toward BAPG. Thank you.
  17. Diversity Club will meet next Tuesday, in room 1119 from 2:20-3:15. New members are welcome. Planning for next CT Youth Forum trip and fundraising. Questions? See Ms.Murphy.
  18. Recycling Fundraiser: The Bacon Academy library is participating in a recycling fundraiser. It’s easy to help! The Planet Green Recycle fundraising program is really simple and easy, and best of all…it won’t cost you anything. All you have to do is GO GREEN and recycle old ink jet cartridges and e-waste devices, such as cell phones and other small electronics.  Your items can be dropped off in the collection box in the Bacon Academy main office. Click here
    for more information and list of acceptable items. 
  19. Bacon Athletics Calendar Link: Click here to view the CIAC sports calendar for the month



  • Follow @BaconCounseling for timely department information!


  • We received wonderful comments from the reps about student engagement at the fair! Students who attended the College Consortium are asked to give feedback, so we may improve the fair for next year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T85TJRH. Thank you!


  • All Sophomores and Juniors who took the PSAT in school on 10/11 are encouraged to link PSAT scores into their Khan Academy accounts. ALL students created College Board and Khan Academy accounts last year- be sure to not create a second account! And, never use Colchester gmails to create accounts, they are not set up to receive outside emails. https://www.khanacademy.org/


  • Letters of Recommendation: Select ALL SCHOOLS in Naviance when requesting a teacher letter of recommendation! If you have selected each school individually, delete those requests and re-enter ONE request for ALL SCHOOLS.
  • Any senior with November 1st deadlines should see his/her counselor as soon as possible. For a breakdown of student, parent, and counselor responsibilities in the senior planning process, click here: http://www.colchesterct.org/uploaded/Bacon/Guidance/SENIOR_STUDENTPARENTCOUNSELOR_RESPONSIBILITIES.pdf
  • Dozens of college/career/military representatives are visiting Bacon Academy - check out the list in Naviance under "College Visits."



The School Counseling Department looks forward to seeing you!

For the list of the School Counseling Department Assignments click here.


            Sharon Gagne, sgagn509@colchesterct.org

            Andrea Merry, amerry@colchesterct.org

            Ronald Sefchik, 9th Grade Transition Counselor rsefchik@colchesterct.org

            Melanie Wehrenberg, mwehrenberg@colchesterct.org

            Donna DesSureault, Guidance Office Professional, ddessureault@colchesterct.org

           Amy Trinnaman, Guidance Office Professional, atrinnaman@colchesterct.org


District News:

  1. Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in the Bacon Academy Media Center at 7:00pm.

Community News:

  1. Collaborative Problem Solving Parenting Workshop: Are you parenting a behaviorally challenging kid? At your wits end? Maybe you’ve tried it all and you’re still struggling? Join us for a 4-part workshop that will introduce Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), a strengths-based approach that brings new ideas and new hope for helping kids with behavioral challenges. Wednesdays, October 18,25 and November 1,8,15* Please call (860)537-7255 or email youthservices@colchesterct.gov to register.
  2. The Department of Children and Families needs foster families for children of all ages. Click here for flier with details. For more information, call 1-888-KID-HERO or visit our website: www.ctfosteradopt.com
  3. Recycling Fundraiser at Bacon Academy: Click here for details.
  4. Boy Scout Troop 13 of Colchester Fundraiser- Thursday, 11/9/17 : Click here for flier with details.  
  5. Trick or Trunk: Friday, October 20th 6-7:30pm. Click here for details.
  6. Scarecrow Contest! Classrooms and students are welcome to enter a scene as a classroom or even as a school. Get creative and show off your talents by creating a scene on the town green for its Annual Scarecrow Contest! Click here for flier with details.
  7. Mark your calendar because the Friends of the Cragin Memorial Library Book & Bake Sale: Just around the corner! October 13-15th click here for flier.
  8. Raffle to Benefit Bacon Academy Athletics: Friends of Football is sponsoring a raffle to raise money for Bacon Academy Athletics. 1st prize: 65" Smart XLED TV, 2nd prize: Apple iPad mini 4, 3rd prize: 2 tickets to Patriots v. Jets on 12/31/17. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased at football games, from Lynette Dimock or by emailing baconfof@gmail.com
  9. UCFS Healthcare Behavioral Health Office Information: Take the Stress out of going back to school! Click here for details. 
  10. Camp Harkness Playgroup: Saturday October 21st, Saturday November 11th, & Saturday December 16th. There is no fee. Registration is required. Contact April Dipollina at adipollina@lmhosp.org or 860-271-4371.
  11. Costume Party on the Green Friday, October 13th: Click here for flier with details.
  12. Donate new or gently used coats, hats and mittens! The 3rd annual “Drive Away the Cold” Warm Clothing Drive is kicking off the week of October 23and will be running for two weeks benefiting our local children and adults in need. Collection bins will be in the front office of each school as well as at Noel’s Market and Stop & Shop. Click here for more information about what is needed!
  13. Venture Crew 710: Click here for flier with details.
  14. Food Bank Fundraiser: Drop off items for the food bank at the town hall in Contois meeting room one on October 20th from 4pm-6pm while shopping.  Click here for details.
  15. Daisy Girl Scouts: Looking for Kindergarten girls to join their troop. For more information contact Kristen  Incandella  Email:  kkh229229@aol.com

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        COLCHESTER, CT 06415
        PH: 860.537.2378
        FAX: 860.537.5410

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