BLUEBERRY HILL ELEMENTARY
275 BLUEBERRY HILL ROAD | LONGMEADOW | MASSACHUSETTS | 01106 P 413-565-4280 | F 413-565-4283
“Our mission is to ensure that all students excel in learning, succeed in life, and enrich our community.”
"All students, regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational or vocational programs offered by the district."
8:30 AM - 2:45 PM
TO REPORT AN ABSENCE
PLEASE CALL 413-565-4280
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
PTO Popsicle party to be on Thursday, August 23 at 1:00!
Important Upcoming Dates
!!!New arrival time!!!
School day begins: 8:25
Instructional time begins! 8:35
August 30th - First Day of School for Grades 1-12: Kinder Visit 10:00 AM
August 31st - First Day of School for Kindergarten
LPS News and Notes August 2018
I hope this edition of Longmeadow News and Notes finds our staff and families enjoying a wonderful summer as we prepare for the return of most staff on Monday, August 27 and the return of students in grades 1-12 on Thursday, August 30.
The summer months for our administrative team and other year-round staff focus on preparing school buildings and staff and student schedules for the coming year. The collaborative planning of our administrative team and the summer professional development involving district educators typically centers on developing or improving upon the learning conditions where children can thrive and grow.
To this end, I recently had an opportunity to participate in a seminar sponsored by Challenge Success, an organization that helps schools and families work together to develop "healthy, engaged children and strong schools." In addition to the valuable resources and strategies that I have shared with our administrative team, I collected this simple list of "tips to help your child thrive" . It is a succinct, but powerful list of ways we can work together to promote the academic, social and emotional growth of children.
On a related note, please set aside the following dates for speakers and programs sponsored by the Special Programs Committee and/or the CLOSE community coalition:
- On Sunday, September 23, the CLOSE Community is sponsoring a workshop for parents on motivational interviewing, a technique that parents can use to talk to productively to their children in open-ended, reflective ways. Please stay tuned for information on the specific time and location.
- On November 13th, Rick Wormelli, a nationally known education consultant, will address Longmeadow staff on a scheduled professional development day. In the evening, at 7 p.m., Mr. Wormelli will talk to parents about how to authentically nurture their child's learning and academic engagement.
- On January 22, at 7 p.m. in the LHS auditorium, the Special Programs Committee will host a Health and Wellness panel where mental health experts from Longmeadow Public Schools, local nutritionists and local pediatricians will engage parents in a lively conversation on the link between wellness and academic success.
- On March 5, at 7 p.m. in the LHS auditorium, Longmeadow welcomes Dr. Devorah Heitner, the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (And Survive) in Their Digital World and Raising Digital Natives.
Finally, on a more practical note, we would like our elementary parents to know that our elementary instructional day will begin at 8:35 in the coming year, with children being able to enter the school at 8:25. Our elementary principals will follow up with school-specific information, as necessary.
My very best wishes for a safe, restful conclusion to the summer.
New incoming K students and all new students to BHS can pick up their books at Blueberry Hill School during the week of June 25. The rest of the summer stop in to Blueberry Hill, the books are located in the front foyer.
Massachusetts DESE Report Card
Posted January 16, 2018
We are pleased to enclose an overview of our school’s “report card”. Report cards answer important questions about a school's overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.
"Our Kind Community"
These titles align with our theme this month "Our Kind Community".
I’m a member of a Raising a Child with a Growth Mindset page on Facebook and this week’s focus is instilling kindness and this webpage was shared with books for kind on how to be kind, activities for home and school. Many of the books are already in heavy rotation but thought some might be of interest.
Shared by a BHS Parent
"Safe Routes" Community
posted Sept. 12, 2017
The Longmeadow Police Department would like to remind parents who have children that walk or ride their bicycles to our elementary and middle schools that Longmeadow is a “Safe Routes” Community. There are twenty three crossing guards strategically positioned at high traffic intersections and crosswalks to ensure your children arrive to school safely and return home safely. We encourage parents to remind their children to cross where there is a crossing guard, to heed the instructions of the crossing guard, and for those who ride their bicycles, wear a helmet. (Required by law 16 and under must wear a helmet)
Last school year, Blueberry Hill School was awarded the “Gold Level Award” for their part in the Massachusetts Safe Routes School Program (SRTS). The Longmeadow Police Department has been working with SRTS and the Principals from each Longmeadow elementary and middle schools to make all the elementary and middle schools a “Gold Level Award” winner.
On October 4th, 2017, the Longmeadow will be participating in International Walk to School Day (iWalk). Members of the Longmeadow Police Department will be walking with elementary school children from Center School, Blueberry Hill School, and Wolf Swamp Road School. This nationwide event allows the Longmeadow Police Department to build a relationship with the children with the focus on demonstrating the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety.