August 18, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 3

2021-2022
From The Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  Everyone is in high spirits and happy to be back at school.  You can literally feel the enthusiasm in the air!  Students are excited about their classes, teachers, friends, and all the delights in-person learning brings.

At Blossom Hill, the staff is focused on nurturing and supporting the development of each child’s social/emotional well-being and academic excellence. Of key importance is the faculty’s commitment to create a caring climate in which every child is cherished and encouraged to develop their emotional intelligence and social problem-solving skills.  In addition, by teaching rigorous, standards-based content in the core academic areas and valuing the arts, inquiry-based science, and physical education, we are able to develop confident life-long learners prepared to thrive in the 21st century.  

All of us at Blossom Hill look forward to providing a safe and positive learning experience for your child.  One of the vital components for a successful year is ongoing communication between parents and the staff.  Anytime you have a question or concern you need to share about your child, please contact your child’s teacher.  In addition, it is a priority to me to have a supportive relationship with all Blossom Hill students.  If you would like to speak with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email, phone, or handwritten note.  I value direct and open communication and am dedicated to continuous improvement to make Blossom Hill the best school it can be.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Back-to-School Night. Please reference the schedule below.

Back-to-School Night Schedule
Thursday, August 19th
                                                                        
6:00-6:30 Principal’s Welcome ~ For ALL parents of students in grades K-5.
              Please join us in the courtyard.
Staff Introductions
Home & School Club Welcome
Los Gatos Education Foundation Welcome 
One Community Campaign LG Welcome
Safe Routes to School Initiative 
6:35-7:05 Classroom Presentations for Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grades
7:10-7:40 Classroom Presentations for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades

In education together,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100

IMPORTANT
DATES

August


  • 8/19 - Early Release Day (Back to School Night)
  • All Kinders: 8:10-11:30am
  • 1st-5th Graders: 8:10am-12:10pm

  • 8/19 - Back to School Night (Adults Only), 6-7:40pm**

  • 8/22 - Second Grade Playdate in the Park, 3:30-6pm (Blossom Hill Park)

  • 8/25 - New Parent Welcome Coffee, 8:15-9am (in front of the school)

  • 8/25 - BH School Landscaping Project Design Review, 3-3:30pm (MPR)*
*Scroll down for more details on these events.
**See details above "From the Principal's Desk"
IMPORTANT SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION
Office: 
408-335-2100

Attendance: 
408-335-2145

Office Hours: 
7:30 am - 4 pm

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders
We need all Blossom Hill parents and students help to make drop off and pick up run smoothly. Please note:
  • The bike rack outside of the office is for adult bikes only. All students must park their bikes at the bike racks inside the gates.
  • Please do not crowd the gates at pick up. Parents need to allow room for students to exit the gates easily.
  • Please do not leave your car when you are in the pick up lane. You need to keep moving forward so that all cars can safely enter the pick up lanes.
  • Please do not block the crosswalk with your car when you are entering the drive thru lanes. This is dangerous for our students who then have to walk around cars and out of the crosswalk.
Time to Order Your 2021-2022 Yearbooks!
Big welcome back from the Blossom Hill Yearbook Committee! The Yearbook Committee relies on parents' help to supply photos of the students every year. Please upload the first day of school photos onto Treering. Our goal is to have every Blossom Hill student represented in the yearbook. 
To Purchase, Upload Photos & Customize Your Yearbook*:
*Must be a parent or student 13 years or older.



Yearbook Regular Price: $16.00

Note: The 2 Custom Pages are FREE.  
The pages are personalized by you and are printed ONLY in your book.
The New Blossom Hill Directory is Here!
Our online directory is ready to connect you with classmates, teachers, and friends. AtoZ Connect continues to host our directory, but has moved platforms and is powered by Membership Toolkit. You should have received an email yesterday with directions on how to register. Everyone must register for a new account. The only exception is if you have an existing Membership Toolkit account (not an AtoZ Connect account from last year.). Please refer to yesterday's email for more information. If you have any questions, contact Jean Choi, Directory Administrator, at directory@blossomhill.org.
"Hive" Five to First Day Decorating & Welcome Team!
A big thank you goes out to the Home & School Club volunteers who helped decorate our school for our first day, including: Amanda Caruso, Kristin Hutchinson, Jean Choi, Brenda Chiu, Kerry Newlin, Nika Esfahani, Jennifer Shapiro and Smita Jain Kanungo. Special thanks to students Tre, Magnolia, Justine, Sarah and Matthew for their help with chalk murals and posting signs.  

We also owe a huge thank you to Kristin Hutchinson, Chris Hutchinson, Jean Choi, Ting Engleman, Meagan Stephens and Kerry Newlin for creating our Kinder Photo Spot and for taking special T/Kindergarten first day photos. Thank you to Nicole Duke for hosting our first day photo spot for grades 1-5. 

We were so excited to gather with families new and old at our Back to School coffee. Thank you to our Home & School Club team for helping with set up, hosting, clean up and spirit wear sales, including Kristin Hutchinson, Jean Choi, Michelle Avlas, Amy Gregor, Jennifer Shapiro, Elke Billingsley, Nicole Duke, Kerry Newlin, Ellen Feichtmeir, Caroline Zamansky, Jasleen Dhillon, Nika Esfahani, Smita Jain Kanungo, and Widya Junus. 
Welcome Back Parent Volunteers!
The Home & School Club needs your help! We are very excited that volunteers will be allowed back on campus this school year. There are many opportunities available. To find out more about each job, please go to Volunteer Opportunities at our H&SC website. Please complete the form below to let the H&SC and your child's classroom teacher know what areas you are interested in lending a hand. Some positions may be filled by a team of volunteers. You may sign up for as many jobs as you would like. After sign ups close, you will be contacted about your volunteer job(s). Sign ups for classroom volunteers (such as reading stations, paper filing, etc.) will be managed by your child's teacher directly. 
If you do not have a Google account, you may have difficulty opening the Volunteer Sign Ups Form. Click here to find out how you can open the form without a Google account.
LGUSD Volunteer Requirements
To volunteer at Blossom Hill School in the 2021-22 school year, LGUSD will require you to print out, complete, scan and upload the Volunteer Information Form and upload a Covid-19 Vaccination proof and a physician completed TB risk assessment form. You can do so via the link below. If you cannot open the Volunteer Information Form, you may complete a paper copy found in the office. Please bring your vaccination card and TB risk assessment form with you.
BH School Landscaping Project Design Review
Wednesday, August 25th
3-3:30pm
Blossom Hill MPR

All Blossom Hill parents are invited to join us as Verde Designs, Inc. presents the finalized plans for BH's new landscaping. Once these plans are reviewed at this meeting, they will then go to the LGUSD Board of Trustees for review and approval.
Los Gatos Union School District Parcel Tax
Measure B on November 2nd Ballot
Quality schools are at the heart of our town. For over 30 years Los Gatos and Monte Sereno students have relied on locally controlled funding. But the funding level has not increased in 20 years...and the current measure is about to expire. If not renewed, our schools will lose $2.7 million in funding each year requiring deep cuts, including layoffs of teaching staff.

Measure B will renew school funding at $335 per parcel, providing approximately $3.2 million in annual funding for local elementary and middle schools. Measure B would expire in 8 years. To learn more about Measure B and its impact, visit www.lgusd.org/renewalmeasure.
Free Morning Snack and Lunch Program Continues!
Welcome back! We are thrilled to be able to continue serving morning snack and lunch for all K-8 students free of charge for the 21-22 school year. We will be offering grab and go meals and can accommodate special dietary needs by emailing tmcnamee@lgusd.org

We look forward to expanding our simple and fresh menu with chef specials.
Your Help Needed for Important Funding Initiative for Free/Reduced Lunch Meal Program
Los Gatos Union School District receives funding based on students that qualify for Free/Reduced meal program applications. Since the 2021-2022 school year meal program is serving meals at no cost to Los Gatos Union School District families, it is important that all families, regardless of income, complete the attached Alternative Household Income application form before September 25, 2021.

Based on Free/Reduced eligibility, this funding supports:
● Title II funds – Professional Development for all staff.
● Title III funds – Immigration and English Learner students.
● Title IV funds – Middle School support for English Learners.
● Supplemental Funds – Intervention, Teacher Aides, Counseling Services,
Psychologist Services, Community Liaisons, Software Licenses for students,
Teacher Instructional Support, and Instructional materials.
Online Alternative Household Income applications can be found at:
Thank you for your participation in this important funding initiative!
Los Gatos Union School District
Don't Forget - Fridays are BH Spirit Days!
We invite all students (and staff) to show their Blossom Hill spirit by wearing the favorite BH Spirit Wear each Friday. Don't have any Spirit Wear? Please visit our online store, Rokkitwear, for a great selection. Limited t-shirts and sweatshirts, as well as BH masks, will be on sale at the Back to School Night tomorrow morning. (We accept credit cards, Apple Pay, and cash.)
LGUSD Social Media Posting Policy
We have many events on campus throughout the year. While you are always welcome to take photos and video of any school performance, event or competition, student safety is our top priority in the Los Gatos Union School District. We respectfully request that you take into consideration the audience and performers when taking video or pictures. If you post an image or video to social media that may contain images of individuals other than your immediate family, please seek consent from the student’s family or guardian prior to posting. 
Blossom Hill Masks for Sale
Need more masks? We've got you covered. Please be sure to write your child's name and classroom number on the label inside the mask, as all masks do look alike. Let's all "bee" safe and "bee" healthy.
Blossom Hill Vision Statement 
(Abilities and skills we expect our students to acquire and take-out into the world) 
All students will have the necessary skills to become enthusiastic, life-long learners and productive, empathetic, respectful members of society. 
Blossom Hill Mission Statement 
(What we need to do as a school community to ensure this happens) 
The Blossom Hill School community takes pride in providing an enriched standards-based curriculum in a safe, nurturing environment. We strive to appreciate an awareness of students’ developmental needs to help them progress towards independence. 
Blossom Hill Elementary School
16400 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Lisa Reynolds, Principal | lreynolds@lgusd.org
Phone: 408-335-2100 | Fax: 408-356-0887
Attendance Line: 408-335-2145
Blossom Hill Home & School Club
Melissa Crow, President | president@blossomhill.org  
*The Beehive newsletter is approved by Principal Lisa Reynolds and the H&SC Board and is written exclusively to provide the Blossom Hill community with pertinent, weekly school information. Articles, information, calendars, etc. may not be duplicated or re-printed in any manner without the permission of the Home & School Club or the Blossom Hill school administration.

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