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Principal's Message 01-10-22

Dear Blossomwood Families,  

Wow! Last week was certainly an interesting first week of school for 2022! We are looking forward to this week being a regular, five day week filled with learning! In fact, report cards will be sent home with Blossomwood folders on Wednesday. 

Reminder- Second Semester After School Care (AlphaBest)

If your child needs after school care, HCS will begin offering after-school care on January 18, 2022 with AlphaBEST at Blossomwood Elementary School.

AlphaBEST is enrolling students now! Students must be registered to attend. Please visit their website to enroll.

Please enroll ASAP if you would like for your child to attend this after school program at Blossomwood.

Grandparent Author Donates Books to BES!

Sue Pumphrey, the grandmother of Gigi and Wes Goldman, recently donated a copy of all four books from her animal series to Blossomwood. The series follows the animals in a place called Corlett Caves, and I am sure that our students will enjoy reading them! Below, you will find a recent picture of Gigi taking a moment to pose with the books in our library.

Gigi poses with books written and donated by her grandmother.

Thank you, Mrs. Pumphrey for sharing your work with our students!

Substitute Teachers Needed

As we continue to struggle to secure substitute teachers, please email Mrs. Cottrell if you are aware of anyone that might be interested in substitute teaching. We will be glad to expedite the process by putting him/her in contact with someone at our district office so they can receive a background check and receive clearance to begin asap. The current rate of pay for a substitute is $140 per day.

Want to Become More Involved at Blossomwood?

As we all continue to return to a sense of normalcy, we encourage folks to volunteer and become more involved at Blossomwood. If you would like to volunteer, help out in some capacity, etc., please reach out to our parent coordinator, Mrs. Ashley FitzGerald. Part of her role as parent coordinator includes establishing a parent advisory committee, hosting parent events, leading parent trainings, building relationships with all parents in our school, and acting as a liaison between the parent community and the school.

Instagram - @BlossomwoodParentOutreach
Facebook - BlossomwoodParentOutreach

Overview of the BES House System

As part of our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS), this school year we are implementing a structure called "House Systems" which several of our teachers have learned about from a similar structure from the Ron Clark Academy, and our sixth grade teachers piloted the program the last couple of years with success. Therefore, we wanted to try expanding it to the entire school.

The main function of the house system is to develop a sense of identity or belonging and to celebrate achievements. Schools with a structure or system like this cite the positive impact it has on the educational experience and school culture. Students report how it helps them form friendships and closer bonds with peers, and teachers share that students seem to enjoy seeing a connection with students in other classrooms as well as other grade levels. As a school, we also believe our new House System supports our school mission statement and vision.

During the first week of school or upon enrollment, all of our students and staff have the opportunity to digitally "spin" the wheel to randomly sort each student into one of four groups or houses — Emerald, Garnet, Onyx, or Sapphire. In addition, thanks to the support of our PTA, each child also received a "House" t-shirt.

Our House System is designed to:

  1. Create school-wide community by creating opportunities for students to connect to staff and students in other classes and grades that share their house. Older students become natural leaders by mentoring and supporting younger students. Mentoring also extends to teachers and school staff members who are also assigned to a house.
  2. Create a culture of belonging as students are recognized for accomplishments both academically as well as their choices related to behavior.
  3. Emphasize building character through a reward system that goes beyond earning a piece of candy for doing something good. Each individual achievement adds to the collective house/group, making the reward hopefully more meaningful and social.
  4. Provide opportunities to praise and accentuate positives for both individual students and collective groups of students.

Quick reminder - If your child is missing a jacket, coat, sweatshirt, etc., please encourage them to check the lost & found located outside the cafeteria.

Thanks again for all that you do at home to make Blossomwood a great place for learning!​

Bradley A. Scott, Ed.D.