May 18, 2022

The Beehive

Issue 38


From The Principal's Desk 

Dear Blossom Hill Families:

Our hive was buzzing last Friday as we were able to hold our first SWARM celebration in three years.   Great appreciation goes to teacher leader Ms. Wendy Ottinger, and the SWARM Parent Leaders: Francine Shore, Ling, Law, and Rachel Pandipati for coordinating this beloved BH tradition. With their meticulous planning and preparation we were able to include every K-5 student in a morning full of collaborative games and outdoor activities promoting a caring school climate. In addition, great gratitude goes to the following parent volunteers who made the event possible by teaming with teachers to host game stations:  Jess Arya, Meghan Bakota, Shelly Bamberger, Josh Bernstein, Trista Bernstein, Karrie Bertsch, Jennifer Borrelli, Jean Choi, Tova Davis, Tina Dibble, Qin Dong, Nicole Duke, Anita Engelman, Ting Engelman, Gloria Acerboni, Steve Fainer, Galit Goldenthal, Georgia Howard, Sam Huo, Kristin Hutchinson, Kathy Kwong, Sonya Margolis, Lisa Mitchel, Bonnie Pang, Kristi Pearce-Percy, Kerry Perkins, Melissa Rofer, Jennifer Shapiro, Will Schmidt, Lloyd Thyen, Libby Trevathan, Cindy Tucey, Vaneet Wadhawan, Irene Wong, Janice Yeh, Caroline Zamansky, and Sally Zeman. Their endless encouragement, along with our mascot Bumble’s enthusiasm, put a smile on every child’s face. I also want to thank our families who came out to enjoy the school-wide picnic after the SWARM. It was a beautiful day full of community spirit and goodwill.  


The Blossom Hill staff and I would like to offer our heartfelt thanks for the lovely Staff Appreciation Luncheon provided by the Home & School Club today. Chairing the event were the amazing trio of Brenda Chiu, Elke Billingsley, and Suzanne Errecart.  The celebration was a pleasant respite during this very busy time of year for staff to revel in the good fortune of being a part of this generous community. With their combined talents, these clever ladies have been surprising the staff with special celebrations all year long. As they prepare to put a bow on their Staff Appreciation Committee work, we offer heartfelt gratitude for all the delights they have shown us. It is awe-inspiring how much thought, energy, and effort they have invested to make the staff feel cherished and appreciated. Great gratitude also goes to the many parents who donated their time and resources to make Teacher Appreciation Week such a success!


With great appreciation and a joyful heart,

Lisa Reynolds

Principal, Blossom Hill Elementary

Phone: 408.335.2100


May/June 2022

  • 5/19 - Home & School Club Member Meeting, 11:30am-1pm (Amy Gregor's backyard)*

  • 5/20 - Bike to Anywhere Day*

  • 5/20 - 5th Grade Music Concert, 1:45pm (BH)

  • 5/25 - 5th Grade Celebration, 12:15pm (BH)*

  • 5/26 - School Site Council Meeting, 2:45pm (MPR)

  • 5/30 - Memorial Day - No School

  • 6/2 - Last Day of School - Minimum Day

  • 6/2 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 8:45am (BH Courtyard)
*Scroll down for more details on these events.
**See details above "From the Principal's Desk"


Office Hours: 
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

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BH Events Calendar

BH Parent Companion

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Lunch & Snack Menu

Chromebook & Wi-Fi Loaner Request Form


Yearbook Orders (TreeRing)

Rokkitwear (BH Spirit Wear)

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Click here to RSVP and sign up for our potluck lunch.
Click here to vote on the 2022-2023 board.
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The registration deadline is noon on Monday, May 23rd.

Click here to RSVP and make your payment.
5th Grade Parents - We need your help! Click here to choose your activity to help at during the 5th Grade Celebration.

"Hive" Five for

Men's Poker Night

"Hive" Five to the Hive committee for hosting a successful Men's Poker Night on Friday, May 13. Together, participants raised over $10,200 dollars to complete funding for the new Audio Visual system in the Blossom Hill MPR. First place went to Craig Mermel, second place to Eric Rhine, and third place to Don Perugini. Thank you to hosts and event sponsors the Bakota, Billingsley, Carlisle, Carter, Ferguson, Pearce-Percy, Petke, and Reynolds families. Special thanks to Anthony and Julie Reynolds for use of their backyard for the event. 

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"Hive" Five for the Book Fair

"Hive" Five to our fantastic Book Fair Committee for their work to bring back the beloved Hicklebees Book Fair to campus. Thank you Francine Shore, Ting Engelman, Nicole Duke, Rebecca Escobar and librarian Amy Grespan. The book selection was inspiring and gave our students so much to read. Additional thanks go to all book fair volunteers, including: Amanda Caruso, Caroline Zamansky, Carrie Endweiss, Cortney Frantz, Ellen Feichtmeir, Fiona Xu, Galit Goldenthal, Jean Choi, Jennifer Shapiro, Jodie Wodrich, Julie Reynolds, Kerry Newlin, Dan Kelly,Meghan Bakota, Michael Gomez, Michelle Avlas, Rachel Pandipati, Sandy Fu, Shelly Bamberger, Susie Sommerstad, Tova Davis, Yiyan Wu, and Kristin Hutchinson. 


"Hive" Five for Mileage Club

"Hive" five to Amanda Caruso for a successful 25th anniversary season of Mileage Club! Amanda diligently oversaw mileage club for 3.5 months, starting on Valentine's Day. Together with our parent volunteers, Amanda and the Mileage Club program helped our students set and achieve goals, develop healthy habits, and have fun in the sun. Our students in grades 1-5 collectively ran 6,052.5 miles, averaging 465.5 miles per week and 66.5 miles per day. Sixty seven students earned the marathon award, logging 26.2 or more miles during the program. Twenty four students earned the ultra marathon award, logging at least 52.5 miles during the program. A special Mileage Club assembly will be held during the last week of school. A huge thanks goes out to parent volunteers who helped scan students, distribute feet and other special charms, and who helped cheer our students on to achieve their goals! Volunteers included: Jennifer Shapiro, Nuria Garcia, Melissa Crow, Ibet Allan, Amy Gregor, Kristin Hutchinson, Britany Evans, Libby Trevathan, Ali Shikano, Brenda Chiu, Elke Billingsley, Jane Fainer, Sonya Margolis, Szilvia DeCoin, Danielle Peake, Kristen Willerer, Tom Willerer, Qin Wang, Preeti Lal, Ayse Okuyucu, Ellen Feichtmeir, Lily Shen, Brenda Chiu, Wenchun Lee, Jian Hu, Suzanne Errecart, Shelly Bamberger, Julie Reynolds, Xuandao Tran, Julia Wong, Shaonan Tian, Xinghua Yu, Jian Hu, Kristin Schueler, Dana Green, Jenny Meeske, Cat Leitch, Jim DelliSanti, Rachel Pandipati, Sheri Clemente, Joe Kwong, Jing Huang, Emily Lee, Sandy Fu, Lloyd Thyen, Katherine Cole, Davina Sambath, and Yangfan Ren. 


"Hive" Five for The Swarm

"Hive" five to Wendy Ottinger, Francine Shore, Rachel Pandipati, Ling Law, Missy Bottoms, and Kelly Campbell for their hard work in bringing back the beloved Swarm field day and family picnic last Friday. It was exciting to see the fifth graders lead teams composed of students from each grade. The Blossom Hill campus was buzzing with excitement when parents and siblings joined for the Swarm family picnic. Special thanks also go to the following staff and volunteers for helping with game stations, rest stops, food distribution, and logistics: Cindy Adams, Lucia Arredondo, Jess Arya, Meghan Bakota, Shelly Bamberger, Laura Bassani, Josh Bernstein, Trista Bernstein, Barbara Bersano, Karrie Bertsch, Jenelle Bertucelli, Joe Bolin, Jennifer Borrelli, Mike Bush, Jean Choi, Tova Davis, Amy Despars, Tina Dibble, Laura DiSessa, Qin Dong, Nicole Duke, Anita Engelman, Ting Engelman, Gloria Acerboni, Steve Fainer, Galit Goldenthal, Amanda Granlund, Amy Grespan, Julie Higgins, Georgia Howard, Katherine Hsia, Sam Huo, Kristin Hutchinson, Stephan Joanides, Maggie Kopecky, Becki Kreige, Kathy Kwong, Cheri Lozoya, Sonya Margolis, Meredith McClintock, Lacy Milos, Lisa Mitchel, Carolyn Moore, Liz Nast, Veronica Neumann, Loretta O'Donnell, Bonnie Pang, Alli Payne, Kristi Pearce-Percy, Kerry Perkins, Stacey Petty,  Melissa Rofer, Linda Roshinski, Jennifer Shapiro, Will Schmidt, Julie Sheehan, Lloyd Thyen, Libby Trevathan, Cindy Tucey, Laurey Valentine, Vaneet Wadhawan, Rebecca Weatherson, Carol Witter, Irene Wong, Miki Yannoni, Janice Yeh, Caroline Zamansky, Sally Zeman, Mr. Augustin, and Mr. Sal. 

Two More Fun Fridays!

As the year comes to a close, the heat is rising during recess time. Offering quiet spaces in the shade, a fun place to "bee"-long, and open-ended games and play, Fun Fridays would like to invite volunteers to help make the last two Fun Fridays special for the students! As always, we are thankful for Mrs. Reynolds and the Home & School Club for providing support for special, lunchtime programs. Sign up today! 

Thank you,

Amy Gregor

(Mom of 1st and 4th grader and Fun Friday Coordinator) 

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Click here to sign up for the last two Fun Fridays.

The Swarm, Mileage Club, and Fun Fridays are made possible by parent contributions to One Community LG.


Calling all online shopping fans...

We need your packing materials! 

Pottery projects are being fired and will be ready to come home. Your packing materials are needed to ensure these beautiful but breakable pottery items make it home safely. We're in need of bubble wrap, packing paper, newspaper, insulated packages and padded Amazon envelopes. Please drop off supplies in the workroom on the table next to the window. Thank you!

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Click here to find out more and sign up for The Hive Sign Up Parties.
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Safety Improvements to Blossom Hill Road Coming Soon!

As parents, you know that crossing over Highway 17 on the Blossom Hill Road bridge is a bit daunting for our students as they travel to and from school. Fortunately, the Town of Los Gatos is proposing a separate bridge structure exclusively for bicycle and pedestrian use. This project, Highway 17 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing, also includes a protected pathway that stretches from Roberts Road East to Roberts Road West (see attached figure). We are excited about the improved safety conditions this represents for Fisher Middle School students! Learn more about this effort at

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LGS Recreation Summer Fun is Here!

Get ready for a Summer of Fun while learning and playing from one of the best summer programs in the Bay Area! Different from the traditional summer school, LGS Recreation’s fee-based Summer Fun Academy is open to all students 1st-8th grade. The program provides students the opportunity to strengthen their academics and to get outside and play during the summer months through a wide range of challenging, engaging, and fun programs! The program begins June 13th. Learn more today by clicking here


Community Sponsor Spotlight

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The Blossom Hill Home & School Club is greatly appreciates the support of Mathnasium of Campbell-Los Gatos. Mathnasium has been a long time sponsor of our beloved Family Math Night. Mathnasium of Campbell-Los Gatos is a specialized math only Learning Center where students can go year-round to boost their math skills. It is effective, affordable and highly specialized. Our goal is to teach math in a way that makes sense to kids; develop their number sense and mathematical thinking. All Mathnasium students receive one-on-one instruction using a customized learning plan based on the unique needs and goals of each child. They focus on both enrichment as well as filling in any gaps in your child's mathematical foundations while providing him or her with the help, guidance, and encouragement necessary to tackle what's being taught in school. The results are measurable progress, a renewed sense of confidence, and a positive attitude towards math and learning. For more information, please go to

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 |
Phone: 408-335-2100 | Fax: 408-356-0887
Attendance Line: 408-335-2145

Blossom Hill Home & School Club

Melissa Crow, President |

*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.
Submissions can be made to The Beehive editor, Jennifer Shapiro,