'Flash Mob' Serenades Retiring Principal

Hundreds of teachers, parents and students planned a fake fire drill that turned into a group performance honoring their retiring Principal.

Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and, yes, even firemen turned out for a surprise “flash mob” Friday morning at Sierra Madre Elementary School.

Planned by teachers and parents, and rehearsed for weeks ahead of time, what seemed to be an early morning fire drill quickly turned into a massive surprise of song and dance for retiring Principal Gayle Bluemel. 

After the rendition of the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," a visibly emotional Bluemel told the group of performers that she “knew something was up,” but that she had been caught completely unaware by the seemingly impromptu performance. Bluemel thanked the group for their choice of song, shouting in agreement with the refrain, "life goes on."

Bluemel of this year, following more than 20 years at Sierra Madre Elementary and Middle Schools. Her retirement will take effect on June 30, 2011.

For her years of service to the children of Sierra Madre, Bluemel was also recently of the upcoming Fourth of July Parade.

Becca F June 20, 2011 at 04:34 PM
I don't know this woman or any of these people and this made me cry. It was just so sweet.
Fran Garbaccio June 20, 2011 at 05:06 PM
I'm so glad I clicked on to this amazing event for an amazing Principal. Well done!!! Thanks to Gayle for helping make Sierra Madre Schools so outstanding. We will be losing a real inspiration to our community, but will look forward to the continued achievements Gayle has brought to Sierra Madre. And, yes, I also cried along with the performance.
Petrea Burchard June 22, 2011 at 03:30 AM
That's absolutely fantastic! How awesome for Ms. Bluemel. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Patsy Morris June 22, 2011 at 03:55 PM
What a great tribute. She must really be loved :)
Toni Mazaros June 23, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Thank-you so very much Ms. "Bloom-el" for helping so many children "blossom" into beautiful "flowers" who will benefit from your guidance for a lifetime!!!!! We are so grateful for all that you do for children and their families. We wish you good health and much fun on your new adventures in the world of "retirement." You will be missed by so many, but your love will be in our hearts forever! LIFE GOES ON...... Love, The Mazaros Family (Craig, Toni, Dylan and Elizabeth)


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