The Beehive
Issue 29 | 2019-2020
March 25, 2020
March 25, 2020

Dear Los Gatos Union School District Families,

Thank you for your support and patience during these two weeks as we’ve rolled out our Remote Learning efforts to support learning during this national emergency. Our administrative team and teachers continue to develop the best ways to connect with students amid the ever-changing events around COVID-19.  

This morning the Santa Clara County Office of Education, in support of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s shelter-in-place order, extended the county-wide school closures until May 1, 2020, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This was a collective decision of the Bay Area’s seven county health departments in collaboration with all county superintendents. All public school districts in Santa Clara County will follow this order. This means all LGUSD campuses and the district office will remain closed to the public.  

Our remote learning efforts will continue as the LGUSD staff develop additional plans for supporting the continuity of education for all students in our community. The food service plan, providing breakfast/lunch for any child 18-years and younger, will continue through the school closures.  

Our teachers and support staff are working to connect with and encourage students to learn every day. They are caring and passionate professionals who work diligently to provide one of the best educations in California. Your care and support of the staff are much appreciated and needed during these difficult times. I am confident that when we work together, we can meet this challenge and accomplish anything.  

Yours in education,
Paul Johnson
Superintendent

Important Dates

March

3/20 - Residency Verification Affidavits Due - The annual Residency Verification and Enrollment are postponed until further notice.

4/13 - School Resumes 

5/4 - School Resumes


The H&SC Calendar is Online!

Did you know that our Home & School Club Calendar is online? Click here to see our Google Calendar, which you can subscribe to.

Important School Contact Information
Office: 408-335-2100
Attendance: 408-335-2145
Office Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm (currently closed)
Stay tuned for important changes!
We are working on a new plan for the Hive.
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Kudos Korner
The Blossom Hill Home & School Club gives thanks for all of our wonderful teachers and staff. In these ever changing and challenging times, our teachers continue to work tirelessly to give our children the best education possible. The amount of planning and learning of new delivery methods for a virtual education is just incredible. Thank you also to Principal Lisa Reynolds and Superintendent Paul Johnson for their leadership during this difficult time. As a community, we are united and will come out stronger on the other side.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

It is time again to recruit volunteers for the 2020-2021 school year. Each position could be filled by one person or by two or three volunteers working as a team. If you are interested in volunteering in any other areas, please contact Jennifer Shapiro at president@blossomhill.org and we will find the perfect role for you.


Home & School Club Committee Chair Positions

Parent Directory Chair FILLED!

The Hive Co-Chairs – These committee chairs are responsible for planning and executing our spring auction. This fun event is a great team job. Co-chairs oversee the event night planning and run the online auction, as well as coordinating the procurement of auction items. Contact:  hive@blossomhill.org

Laminating Committee Chair FILLED!

No Cost Giving Chair ( Box Tops, eScrip, Nob Hill Liaison) – This chair is responsible for our two Box Top collections and for encouraging participation in No Cost Giving programs. Contact: nocost@blossomhill.org

Facebook Manager/Web Content Chair – This chair maintains the Blossom Hill Home & School Club website as well as posting important events and information on our Facebook page. This job is done at home on your own schedule. Contact: facebook@blossomhill.org

Beehive Editor Chair – This chair collects articles from our community and publishes our Wednesday weekly newsletter, the Beehive, using Constant Contact. This job is done at home on your own schedule. Contact: beehive@blossomhill.org

Safe Routes to School Co-Chair – This committee co-chair is needed to help supervise Honeybee Bar Code scanning on Mondays from 7:45am to 8:10am, assist with Walk, Bike and Roll to School weeks and 3 rd Grade Bike Rodeo, and other special event weeks. Contact: saferoutes@blossomhill.org

CASA Liaison Chair – This committee chair is responsible for organizing Red Ribbon Week at Blossom Hill with the support of CASA. This includes decorating the school with ribbons and hanging banners, as well as distributing wristbands and flyers to teachers. Contact:  casa@blossomhill.org

Parenting Continuum Chair – This committee chair is needed to represent Blossom Hill in organizing opportunities for educational enrichment for parents, including movie nights and speakers to address the challenges facing parents today. Contact: parenteducation@blossomhill.org

Yearbook Co-Chair -  This committee co-chair is responsible for overall content and development of the yearbook. The tasks include: organize the annual Yearbook Cover Contest, communicate with teachers and parents about the content and photos to be collected, work with printing vendor and meet the deadlines. Most of work can be done at home on your own schedule. Contact:  yearbook@blossomhill.org

UPDATE!
Change of Date for the Mamas & Margaritas Sign-Up Party

Due to the Los Gatos Union School District and Santa Clara Public Health Department guidance regarding public events, the Mamas & Margaritas sign-up party will be postponed from Saturday, March 28  to  Saturday, May 16 . Start time and venue is still the same. We know that this could be a potential inconvenience for some people so we apologize. We hope that the majority of mamas can still attend. It will be a perfect time to unwind with a margarita and your favorite mamas at the end of the school year. 
Tickets are still available so grab a mama friend and enjoy a great night of good food, drink and cheer!

When: Saturday, May 16 at 6 pm
Where: Carrie Wei's Home
Donation: $100 per person
Sign Up Here  
 
March’s Cornerstone Corner:
Long Shot 
March’s book is Long Shot by Chris Paul. The focus of this book is to inspire students to find their spark, explore their world, and learn about their passions. We discussed how to set goals and how talk to “Goal Champions” about the steps they can take to achieve their dreams. The goals for this lesson are to: 

  1. Help students explore and discover their spark (interests, dreams, passions, etc.).
  2. Identify their Goal Champions (parents, coaches, siblings, friends, etc.).
  3. Set short and long term goals, steps to get there, and make changes as needed to achieve their dreams.
  4. Reflect upon and identify the support students receive from their peers, family, and community.
  5. Empower students to provide support to their peers, family, and community. 


At home, parents can reinforce March’s Cornerstone theme by helping their children identify, observe, and understand the steps to success that are needed to achieve their goals. We can use our own GPS to find our way:

  • Goal - What is the goal?
  • Path - How are we going to achieve or meet our goal? 
  • Switch – What do we do when there are challenges and our plan needs to change? How do we change our method so that we can achieve success?


Additional books that are relevant to this month’s theme:

What Do You Do With a Chance? by Kobi Yamada; Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall; I Can’t Do That Yet by Esther Cordova; Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty; How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers; A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams.
The H&SC Thanks This Week's
Sponsor Spotlight

It’s not too late to bee-come a Community Sponsor! For more information on this program, click here or email Debbie Bluestone at fab@blossomhill.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
Jennifer Shapiro, President |  president@blossomhill.org    
Contact and make submissions to The Beehive editor, Christi Zenteno, at beehive@blossomhill.org .
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