March 10, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 28

From the Principal's Desk 
Greetings Blossom Hill Families, 

There is lots of buzzzz in the air as we get ready to kick-off our first ever virtual Science Fair. I am extremely proud of our student participants and grateful to our families for their support. This Friday evening at 6:00, our Home and School Club is sponsoring a special all school assembly with nationally acclaimed science wizard David Hagerman. Mr. Hagerman is known for his amazing science experiments and wacky sense of humor. Please plan to join in the fun by accessing the link in the article later in the Beehive.
On another note, we are eagerly looking forward to welcoming additional students back to campus next Monday, March 15th for On-Ramp #1. If you are still considering having your child return in-person, On-Ramp Opportunity #2 will begin on April 19th. Communication will be sent to families in late March to support us in our planning. 
Covid testing is strongly encouraged for all Roomers. Students may participate in the LGUSD sponsored COVID testing. ALL testing in March will take place at​ Fisher Middle School​ in the gym breezeway. Be sure to ​register​ ​before​ arrival if it is your child’s first COVID test. After registering once, you do not need to re-register. Additional testing options are available through the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. Visit their Free COVID Testing Sites page for more information. Student Covid Testing is projected to take place until the adjusted case rate is below 4.0. Please mark your calendars now!
Have a wonderful week!

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


  • Ongoing - New Student Registration*

  • 3/10 - LGUSD Equity Action Team Community Book Study, 5:30-6:30pm (online)*

  • 3/11 - LGUSD Regular Board Meeting, 4-6:30pm

  • 3/12 - Virtual Science Night "Extreme Science", 6pm*

  • 3/12 - Deadline for Submission of Student Portraits

  • 3/24 - H&SC Member Meeting, 9am*

  • 3/24- LGUSD Equity Action Team Community Book Study, 5:30-6:30pm (online)*

  • 3/31 - Willow Street and Main Street Burger Give Back Day*

  • 3/31 - One Community LG Campaign Deadline*
*Scroll down for more details on these events.
**See details above "From the Principal's Desk"


Office Hours: 
7:30 am - 4 pm

Blossom Hill Good News
Need some good news? Each week, check out the Wednesday morning announcements (found in your child's Google Classroom). Enjoy Mrs. Adams' special Blossom Hill song, fifth-graders leading the Pledge and telling the "buzz" at Blossom Hill, important messages from Mrs. Reynolds, and funny jokes from our friends. The Blossom Hill Good News will put a smile on your face.
Problem of the Month
Congratulations to the winners of the 
February Problem of the Month:

Grades TK/K-1 - Nolan B. in Mrs. Kopecky's class
Grades 2-3 - Krishnav K. in Mrs. Milos' class
Grades 4-5 - Tai Ryker E. in Mrs. Roshinski's class
(All winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon!)

Way to be great problem solvers Honeybees! For March's Problem of Month, check your Google Classroom or check with your teacher.
Kudos Korner
A huge round of applause goes out to our All-Star Staff Appreciation Committee Co-Chairs Kristin Hutchinson and Melissa Crow. These amazing and creative moms do not let anything, pandemic included, stop them from showing our staff how much they are loved and appreciated. Teachers were treated to meals from Mendocino Farms, Chipotle, Main Street Burgers, Chic-Fil-A and Panda Express as well as treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Thank you to all of the parents who generously donated to help finance these delicious meals. Kristin also arranged for the fun signs from Sign Gypsies to let everyone who passes our school know how incredible our staff is. Thank you to our "Bee-lieve Brigade" for leading us in such a positive way!
New Student Registration 2021-2022
Spread the Word!
Student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open online for grades TK-5. Please go to and click on the Registration link for full instructions.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
Photos Needed for Blossom Hill Good News
Iris Bulbs
Did you plant your iris bulb that you received from the Home & School Club on Picture Day? Has it started blooming? When it does, send a photo of you and your iris to Mrs. Sheehan at [email protected]. Don't forget to also upload your pictures to your yearbook account at Treering. We are in need of many more pictures for the yearbook.
St. Patrick's Photos
St.Patrick's Day is coming! We would love to see the pictures of your leprechaun traps, drawings of rainbows and shamrocks, and anything else exciting you are doing for the holiday. If you would like your photos or drawings to be part of our Wednesday morning announcements, please send your pictures to Mrs. Sheehan at [email protected]. Don't forget to also upload your pictures to your yearbook account at Treering. Thank you for helping to spread the good news!
New Summer Clothes at Rokkitwear
Our Spirit Wear store now has Momentum by Holloway t-shirts and hoodies. Show off your school pride while remaining comfortable in moisture wicking fabric and being protected against the sun with 30+ UPF. Odor resistant technology is also a plus.
Project Cornerstone
Lesson #4 - The Story of Ruby Bridges
Theme: Open Your Heart—
Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

Social and Emotional Learning 
(Relationship Skills)

For our children, racial tensions and struggles to achieve civil rights may sound like ancient history. But, as you know, our collective struggle to overcome injustice of all kinds is ongoing.  

Clearly, intolerance and injustice continue today. We hope that by encouraging discussion of past intolerance and injustice, we can help guide our students toward actions that will build a more caring, just, inclusive, tolerant and safe school community for all.  
The goals for this lesson are to:  
  • Promote discussion about the importance of accepting differences.
  • Develop empathy by thinking about what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes.
  • Understand how people can use personal power to be an upstander.

The following questions go along with the Cornerstone video:

Pause 1:
  1. How do you think Ruby Bridges felt when she found out she was going to be the only African American child to go to her new school? (scared, excited, happy, afraid, proud, worried, etc.)
  2. How do you think her parents felt? (it says that they felt proud, but they probably felt other emotions)

Pause 2:
  1. Look closely at the illustration on these two pages. What do you see? How are these people feeling? (people are angry, signs with Whites Only, crowded, all of them are white people)
  2. How do you think their actions are making Ruby Bridges feel? How would you feel if you were in her shoes? (scared, afraid, confused, sad, alone; personal answers will vary)

Pause 3:
  1. Imagine how you might feel if you went to school and no one else was there because they didn’t like the way you looked. How do you think you might feel? Do you think you would want to continue going to school? (student answers will vary)
  2. Mrs. Henry was the only teacher willing to teach Ruby Bridges, even though other people thought she shouldn’t. Why do you think Mrs. Henry made the decision to help Ruby Bridges learn? (she was an upstander, she wanted to do the right thing, she believed everyone was equal, she wanted to follow the law)

Pause 4:
  1. Why are the marshals frightened when Ruby stops in front of the crowd? (they are afraid the crowd might hurt Ruby, people might get out of control, the crowd is angry and they are outnumbered)
  2. What do you think Ruby is saying to the crowd? How do you think she is feeling while she is standing in front of all of the angry people? (students answers will vary; scared, lonely, afraid, brave, confused, strong, proud)

Discussion for All Grades:
  1. How was Ruby an upstander? Who else was an upstander? (she went to school every day, she persevered even though people were angry; her parents, Mrs. Henry, the marshals)
  2. Who were the caring adults in Ruby’s life? (her parents, Mrs. Henry, the marshals, her family, the judge)
  3. What words would you use to describe Ruby? (brave, strong, caring, upstander, hero, changemaker)
  4. How did Ruby’s courage help others? (it allowed others to stand up, eventually students of all colors could go to the same school, her experience helped other people learn to accept differences)
  5. How does walking in someone else’s shoes help you to understand and accept people who may be different from you? (helps people to accept differences, gives you an understanding of how other people feel, empathy)

Additional discussion for 4th -5th:
  • What effect does Ruby’s experience have on your life today? (we get to go to the same school, people are learning not to judge others by their differences, we have all different types of people in our government, schools, doctors, sports teams, etc.)
LGS Recreation Summer Opportunities
Check out the Summer Fun Academy programs (starting on page 4). The Summer Fun Academy is a small cohort, 3-week course of academic programs presented in a fun format along with a mix of athletic classes. It will be offered twice during the summer in mid-June and again in early July as a means to keep youth academically engaged while still providing the fun they’ve come to expect from LGS Recreation. Check out all of LGS Recreation's Summer Recreation Guide. There are many opportunities available for all ages across many different areas of interest.
Community Book Study
LGUSD is inviting the community to join in the conversation about equity, inclusion and race led by our Equity Action Team and Epoch Education. We are reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Pick up a copy of the book and get reading. We look forward to learning together.

All meetings will be from 5:30-6:30pm.
December 16, 2021 – Preface and Introduction
January 6, 2021 – Chapter 1: The Rebirth of Caste
January 20, 2021 - Chapter 2: The Lockdown
February 3, 2021 – Chapter 3: The Color of Justice
February 24, 2021 – Chapter 4: The Cruel Hand
March 10, 2021 –
Chapter 5: The New Jim Crow
March 24, 2021 – Chapter 6: The Fire This Time
Blossom Hill Masks for Sale

Need more masks for returning to in person instruction? 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 | [email protected]
Phone: 408-335-2100 | Fax: 408-356-0887 | Attendance Line: 408-335-2145
Blossom Hill Home & School Club
Jennifer Shapiro, President | [email protected]  
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