BLUEBERRY HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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
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Mental Health is a Family Journey
Posted November 23, 2020
LPS Important Announcement
I am writing to notify the LPS community that after considerable deliberation and consultation with district leaders and town health officials, that from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4, the Longmeadow Public Schools will switch to remote learning for students in grades K-12. This message is being delivered now so as to provide staff and families with time to arrange professional and family schedules. Please note that this decision does not apply to the Integrated Preschool and to the district's special education programs serving our most vulnerable students. These programs, which include LINC, LLD, LLC, PALS, and Life Skills, will continue with in-person instruction. School administrative offices will remain open for in-person service.
A variety of factors were considered in making this difficult decision. Primarily, we are concerned about the impact of holiday gatherings on COVID-19 transmission and positivity rates. The ten days between Thanksgiving and Monday, December 7 will provide the District and town officials time to assess local and regional health metrics. In many ways, this is a preventative measure, one that will allow the community to assess and safely respond to expected increases in exposure and transmission. In our view, a temporary shift to remote learning, puts us in a better position to sustain hybrid, in-person learning through the remainder of the month of December. We want to avoid the possibility that large numbers of students and staff exposed over the holiday break would be in school beginning November 30. Our success in maintaining in-person learning is due to our efforts to limit in-school exposure. The decision to move to remote learning for one week is consistent with this approach and will hopefully position LPS to safely resume hybrid learning on December 7.
While the goal is to resume the hybrid model on this date, district and town officials will continue to monitor regional and community level data. This is a dynamic situation that requires daily attention. As a community, we have been successful in limiting exposure in school. We have had no evidence of in-school transmission and only six positive cases among students. However, our ability to conduct in-person learning on December 7 and every day beyond that relates to our continued, collaborative commitment to limiting exposure and slowing transmission rates. Working with town health officials, we will be regularly attentive to emerging patterns and trends. For information on state, regional and community level COVID data, you are encouraged to visit https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-november-19-2020/download.
As always, I welcome your questions and concerns.
Superintendent of Schools
DATE: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
TIME: TBD (before 11:30 a.m.)
(This assembly/Turkey Trot will be done virtually. Stay tuned for this information!)
2020 Turkey Trot
Students and staff will “turkey trot” (outside at home this year!) just before the Thanksgiving break to show our support for those in need this Thanksgiving. This year’s donations will be safely accepted by the Pioneer Valley U.S.O. who will provide meals to local military families.
Two gift cards will be raffled off to two of our students at the Turkey Trot assembly, thanks to our PTO! To be entered into the raffle, students simply need to bring in at least one item from the list below.
Boxed mashed potatoes
Mac & cheese
Pasta and sauce
Cake or brownie mix
64 oz apple or cranberry juice
Turkeys or hams (drop off before 9 a.m. on 11/25) or donate a gift card (Big Y, Stop n Shop, BJs)
How to Talk to Your Kids About Becoming an Antiracist
Posted July 7, 2020
It is important that we, educators and parents, talk with children about race, racism, and the history of racial oppression in the United States. These are not easy conversations to have but this does not mean we do not have them. We hope these articles help jump start the discussion. By no means is this list exhaustive, but other things you can do to start and continue the discussion about race and racism include: diversify your bookshelf (look for stories featuring and written by people of color), seek out media created by people of color (movies, music, etc), build news literacy (talk with your children about what kinds of stories get the most attention? How are language and images used differently to depict people and incidents depending on the news outlet), and do not forget to reflect on your own beliefs and biases, do your research, and acknowledge what you do not know while reassuring your child you will look into it and learn together with your child.
How to Help Kids Embrace Mask-Wearing
Blueberry Hill School Improvement Plan
Posted December 20, 2019
At Blueberry Hill Elementary School, we believe that every child can and will succeed. Through our District vision of “Eyes on the child, learning”, we strive to create an environment that values the individual needs of each student. By creating a caring, creative, and safe learning environment, we promote confidence in our students to reach their highest academic, social and emotional potential.
To read the 2019-20 BHS School Improvement Plan, click here.
To see a listing of School Council Committee members, click here.