April 27, 2022
The Beehive
Issue 35

2021-2022
From The Principal's Desk 
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill Elementary
Phone: 408.335.2100

IMPORTANT
DATES

April/May


  • 4/27 - Yearbook order deadline*

  • 4/28 - Fisher's 5th Grade Information Night, 6-7:15pm (Fisher Gym)

  • 4/30 - The Hive, 6-10:30pm (The Tollhouse Hotel)*

  • 5/3-5/5 - Hicklebee's Book Fair*

  • 5/5 - Open House, 6:30-7:30pm**

  • 5/6 - Mrs. Adams' Retirement Party, 11:30am-1pm (MPR)*

  • 5/11 - Volunteer Tea, 9:45-10:25am (Staff Lounge/Front Lawn)*

  • 5/13 - The Swarm and Family Picnic, 11:30am-12:25pm*

  • 5/13 - Men's Poker Night, 5pm (the Reynolds' House)*
*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 - 3:30 pm

If you ordered a yard sign, they may be picked up from the front office during office hours.
QUICK LINKS
Read Across America Month Celebration!
At Blossom Hill, Read Across America was a month long celebration. Many students submitted their bingo boards for entry into our Book Bingo Contest. Great job reading Honeybees!

Congrats to the following raffle winners!
T/K: Kinsley J. in Mrs. Lozoya's class
K: Colette R. in Mrs. Despars' class
1st: Malcom S. in Mrs. Disessa's class
2nd: Colton W. in Mrs. Bertucelli's class
3rd: Nikola M. in Mrs. Petty's class
4th: Leighton H. in Mrs. Rhine/Mrs. Bassani's class

Winners will receive gift cards to be used at our Hicklebee's Book Fair next week.

Thank you to all the students and teachers who dressed up as their favorite characters or authors on March 31st. Mrs. Adams dressed up as Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. What a fun way to wrap up our month long celebration of reading!
Earth Week Garden Club Meeting
Thank you to Susan Gilmour, former Blossom Hill Parent and now a Yard Duty staff person, and parent volunteers Sushma Honnavara-Prasad and Amy Gregor for hosting special Earth Day activities during Monday’s Garden Club. 

The students enjoyed planting celery, onions, chamomile, beans, corn, squash and tomatoes! We had a demonstration on how Indigenous Peoples of North America would use “companion planting” by planting a “three sisters garden.” Susan donated tomatoes and showed students how to hold the plant roots when transferring them from a pot to the raised bed. She demonstrates how to use empathy with all living things.

Students took turns watering the plants, and some used their strong muscles to pull out the spent sugar snap pea vines! It was hard work, and in the next few weeks, it will fun to see how things grow. Students noticed a ripe strawberry and sunflowers are popping up from the seeds they planted prior, and compared to how they look with the new painted mural images of those same plants! 

Lastly, some students chose to watch the ladybugs that we released and talked about how they bring balance to the garden. What a fun lunchtime! 

Earth Week activities and Garden Club are made possible by parent contributions to One Community LG.
Fun Friday Earth Day
Thank you to Galit Goldenthal, Amy Gregor, Susan Gilmour, and Amy Grespan for providing materials and managing a special Earth Day Fun Friday! Galit and Amy set up tables for a “seed shop,” and students were able to decorate small envelopes and put seeds in them to take home or give to someone else to spread joy - for their garden! Susan donated the envelopes and the beans that she grew in her own garden, and Amy Grespan provided books for a quiet reading area for kids to enjoy while waiting for a turn with the seeds. 

Kids noticed that some seeds are large (pole beans), and some are pointy (sunflowers), and some are tiny (California poppies). They used their fingers to pinch the seeds and a bee sticker to close up the envelope. A group of fourth grade girls decided to take bee stickers and give to other students all over the playground for their tee shirts to spread some “bee power" and joy! Great job students! 

Did your student bring home a packet of seeds from Fun Friday's Earth Day activity? If so, please email Fun Fridays when your family has any success stories of planting them! We'd love to hear your stories and see photos! 

As always, thank you to the Home and School Club, the tireless yard duty and facilities staff, and Mrs. Reynolds for making it possible for parents volunteers to be active in spreading joy through mini moments of connection — and fun activities - such as gardening and Fun Fridays!  To volunteer for Fun Fridays or Garden Club, please sign up here or email Funvisor

Fun Fridays are made possible by parent contributions to 
Eric Kimmel's Author's Fair
Last Thursday Blossom Hill students were treated to great in-person Author's Fair featuring award winning author Eric Kimmel. For his first in-person visit to a school in two year, Mr. Kimmel was thrilled to interact with our students at three assemblies throughout the day. Mr. Kimmel read his classics, Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock and I Took My Frog to the Library, to kindergarten and first grades. For his second and third grade assembly, he read The Three Cabritos and The Runaway Tortilla. With our fourth and fifth graders, Mr. Kimmel read The Fisherman and the Turtle. He shared with students his process for creating his first graphic novel with the artist. He showed the students original artwork and ideas he has for other graphic novels. All grade levels loved hearing the books read by the author and Mr. Kimmel loved answering all of the students great questions. A small group of students selected through a raffle even got to eat lunch with Mr. Kimmel! The Author's Fair was a huge success! Thank you to Author's Fair Co-Chairs Francine Shore and Nicole Duke and our wonderful librarian Amy Grespan for bringing our Honeybees this wonderful experience.

The Author's Fair is made possible by parent contributions to 
Community Sponsor Spotlight
The Blossom Hill Home & School Club would like to thank our Bee-liever Level Sponsor, West Valley Red Hawks Lacrosse Club. The West Valley Red Hawks Lacrosse Club is an independent, non-profit youth sports organization and a 501c(3) corporation. The Club was established in 2004 to bring the sport of lacrosse to boys and girls in Los Gatos-Saratoga-Campbell-San Jose area. We have established lacrosse programs for boys and girls in grades 1 through 8. We accept new lacrosse players at every level, and offer competitive A-Level teams at 14U, and 12U most seasons. Red Hawks families come from across the South Bay, including Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell and San Jose.  For more information please visit https://www.redhawkslacrosse.org.
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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