Welcome to Lloyd H. Bugbee School
Bugbee School is a vibrant, high-performing Kindergarten through Grade Five Elementary school located in a quiet residential neighborhood north of West Hartford Center. Opened in 1950 and added on to over the years, we currently serves approximately 460 students. The hallmark of the “Bugbee Experience” is that all members of our community – our incredibly committed teachers, staff, families, and students, see each other as a true “Family” – heavily invested in the success of every single one of our children. We enjoy all the benefits of being part of the West Hartford Public School system: a highly trained, enthusiastic staff; an outstanding dedication to the use of the best curriculum and teaching strategies; an on-going commitment to the arts and across the grade levels; and cutting edge assessments and interventions that promote the most successful learning for students across our population.
Bugbee received the honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013, and has been named a School of Distinction by the Connecticut Department of Education for the past two years. But high scores are only one measure of success, and the feeling of inclusiveness, connectedness, and kind and caring actions that all members of our "family" demonstrate are even better indicators that Bugbee strives - successfully - to prepare our children for the world around them now, and the world to come in the future.
Dear Bugbee Families,
I simply can’t believe it’s time to say goodbye to 2017! The year seems to have flown by and in every moment of reflection I am reminded of what an honor it is to serve the Bugbee community. “Gratitude” has been a buzzword this past month, and we have some exciting plans around teaching gratitude in 2018. For now, I just want to stop and say thank you, over and over again, for the warmth, generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication that everyone contributes in their own way to our incredible school. From waiting an extra moment at pick up so staff members can assist a child in need, to volunteer efforts that go above and beyond any expectation, I am privileged to be among a group of adults who want to do nothing but ensure our children grow up in a supportive, nurturing environment that provides them opportunities to develop independence and self-confidence.
The hive has been buzzing this past month, with rich learning and collaborative community events. Last week, Ms. Nascimento hosted a stellar talent show, where students supported one another to get up and show their talent. Be it hula- hooping, playing an instrument, breakdancing, martial arts, or something else, kids were beaming as they graced the Barnes & Noble stage to share their gifts with our encouraging audience. These types of opportunities build self-esteem and connectedness as we teach our students how to be great contributors to our community at large. Thank you, also, for your generous support of our classroom and school libraries through your purchases that day! In school, Thanksgiving centers were purposeful and fostered relationship building across grade levels, exploring early roots in America, family traditions, and even some “friendship salad” :) Outside of school, the PTO hosted a warm and welcoming K-1 parent social, and continued to support me in hosting special “First Fridays” on the playground, both events spearheaded by Andrea Thomas- thank you! Of course, the list goes on for the ways our staff and parent community contribute time, creativity, and compassion for our students’ learning, and for that, I want you to know I consider you all Bugbee Champions for our kids!
This holiday season, as you express gratitude towards others through gifts, holiday cards, and “random acts of kindness” I want to remind us of what a long way positive energy and kindness can go. As the movie Wonder reminds us, “be kind, everyone is facing a battle you know nothing about”. Whether it be overdue bills, a growing workload, sick family members, or heartache, everyone’s got something. Let us live up to the beautiful words our 4th & 5th grade choir sang at the concert yesterday, “The more light you give, the more love you know”. As you may be aware, three of our staff members are currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Jeffrey Palmer, Gretchen Bagley and Jennifer Garelick have been beacons of light this fall as they’ve reminded us that the best support is genuine positivity through the form of kind words, positive thoughts, and a happy card every now and again. We are blessed to have them and all of our Bugbee staff dedicating their expertise and energy to our students’ success, and I know your expressions of gratitude and love always lift spirits and make the days even brighter for all of us here at the hive.
Wishing you and yours a bright, peaceful winter vacation ahead.
With love and respect,Kelly Brouse, Principal