November 3, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 14

From The Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:
Thank you for attending our first round of Parent/Teacher Conferences for the 2021-22 school year. The strong Home/School partnership forged throughout our learning community is a key factor in supporting students’ happiness, social/emotional growth, and academic success.
The faculty and I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the delicious breakfast goodies, beverages, and lunches you are providing this week. The amazing trio of Elke Billingsley, Brenda Chiu, and Suzanne Errecart combined their talents to coordinate this thoughtful BH tradition serving up daily delights that set everyone up for success. 
Thank you to the following parents and families who went above and beyond in their generous contributions: Mehrdad Alipour, Grace Amirkhas, Dale Anderson, Michelle Avlas, Meghan Bakota, Vernalin Balduez, Vernalin Baldueza, Saisundar Bandala, Erica Bettcher, Cheri Binkley, Lisa Borland, Jennifer Borrelli, Amy Brown, Susan Carter, Mary Cassidy, Sam Cates, Chikuang Chen, Sean Chen, Hana Chen, Brenda Chiu, Jean Choi, Tara Chriatian, Tatiana Chukova, Katherine Cole, Melissa Crow, Erica Cummings, Tova Davis, Szilvia Decoin, Eva Dounias, Yelena Drabkin, Nicole Duke, Fatma Ehsan, Carrie Endweiss, Anita Engelman, Ting Engelman, Rebecca Escobar, Britany Evans, Cristina Fador, Jane Fainer, Ellen Feichtmeir, Kate Ferguson, Ilse Fletcher, Kari Freed, Savannah French, Sandy Fu, Jessica Gaines, Karthik Gajjalapurna, Karthikeya Gajjala Purna, Lavanya Gandluru, Nuria Garcia, Shelley Gierat, Galit Goldenthal, Dana Green, Amy Gregor, Carolina Guerra-Torres, Lani Ha, Patrick Hancir, Mark Harrison, Ted Helwick, Sushma Honnavara Prasad, Georgia Howard, Albert Hsia, Charlie Huang, Jenny Huang, Sam Huo, Kristin Hutchinson, Daniela Ielceanu, Shanshan Jiang, Widya Junus, Smita Kanungo, Christina Kersten, Christy Kersten, Jung Sik Kim, Suejin Kim, Kathy Kwong, Preeti Lal, Ling Law, Christopher Lee, Cat Leitch, Jia Li, Ying Liang, Eva Limogiannis Dounias, Boyu Lu, Xiomara Malave-Poulsen, Sonya Margolis, Jenny Meeske, Craig Mermel, Mr. Mohammadreza, Tara Moseley, Srivani Nallan, Kerry Newlin, Grace Oh, Ayse Okuyucu, Ayse Okuyucu, Rachel Pandipati, Bonnie Pang, Rachel Parrinello, Yash Pattar, Danielle Peake, Chitra Ramaswamy, Paula Reardon, Sheldon Ren, Rachel Renski, Julie Reynolds, Angela Ritz, Melissa Rofer, Jennifer Saban, Jessica Salazar, Davina Sambath, Will Schmidt, Kristin Schueler-Paige, Kelly Scullino, Moni Sebestyen, Jennifer Shapiro, Aki Shikano, Francine Shore, Jung Sik Kim, Susie Sommerstad, Mayumi Sonoda, Coral Soto, Coral Soto, Michele Stefan, Hamsa Subramanian, Hamsa Subramanian, Astrid Suwarna, Jacquie Thyen, Quan Tran, Tuuyen Tran, Libby Trevathan, Cindy Tucey, Puja Wadhawan, Qing Wang, Carrie Wei, Brooke Whitebread, Raiden Wiersema, Kristen Willerer, Jodie Wodrich, Irene Wong, Julia Wong, Hengyi Yang, Lani Yonehiro, Laleh Youseflavi, Xinghua Yu, Caroline Zamansky, Sally Zeman, and Christi Zenteno.

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! Sincere appreciation goes to Francine Shore, Ting Engelman, and Amy Grespan for coordinating this highly anticipated event and to the dedicated volunteers who so kindly contribute their time and energy to setting-up displays, assisting students in finding books, working the cash register, and packing everything up and returning the library to its original state: Gloria Acerboni, Jess Arya, Michelle Avlas, Jean Choi, Melissa Crow, Tova Davis, Nicole Duke, Rebecca Escobar, Britany Evans, Ellen Feichtmeir, Cortney Frantz, Savannah French, Kataneh Friberg, Sandy Fu, Galit Goldenthal, Amy Gregor, Kristin Hutchinson, Jennifer Shapiro, Aki Shikano, Jacquie Thyen, Cindy Wang, Kristen Willerer, and Caroline Zamansky.

It has filled my bucket to witness the students’ delight in finding treasured reading material and it is evident that fostering a love of reading is the greatest benefit of the fair! All the hard work is worth it when we remember that "Books Bring Us Together."
Thank you for your support in making reading a priority at Blossom Hill School.
With great gratitude,
Lisa Reynolds & the Blossom Hill Team
Phone: 408.335.2100
Minimum Days Week
Conference Week
November 1-5, 2021

All students will be on 
early release schedule.

ALL Kinders - 8:10am -11:30am
Grades 1-5 -  8:10am - 12:10pm



  • 11/1-11/5 - Conference Week (minimum days)

  • 11/1-11/5 - One Warm Coat Drive*

  • 11/2-11/4 - Scholastic Book Fair, 8:10am-2pm*

  • 11/8 - Yearbook Cover Contest Deadline*

  • 11/8 - Outdoor Learning Spaces Meeting, 4:30pm (District Office)*

  • 11/9 - Lexington IB Information Night, 6:30-7:30pm (Lexington MPR)*

  • 11/14 - "Los Gatos United Against Hate" Walk, 2pm (Fisher Middle School to Civic Center)*

  • 11/18 - Make Up Picture Day

  • 11/22-11/26 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
*Scroll down for more details on these events.
**See details above "From the Principal's Desk"


Office Hours: 
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Outdoor Learning Spaces - 
Community Feedback Opportunity
As a follow up to the September 14 community discussion on our Outdoor Learning Spaces, please join us on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 4:30pm at the District Office where all CDPH guidelines for indoor meeting protocols will be followed. The discussion will focus on the proposed capital improvement plans including landscaping upgrades at Blossom Hill, Daves Avenue and Van Meter schools. The proposed schematic designs for the outdoor learning spaces, adaptive playground at Van Meter and artificial grass playing fields will also be discussed. This meeting is in preparation for the Board of Trustees meeting on November 18. 
Mrs. Despars' Candy Collection is Back!
This year Mrs. Despars will again be collecting an extra or unwanted Halloween candy. You can have your child drop it off to her room (K4) or it can be dropped off in the front office. As in years past, the candy will be taken to local shelters/food pantries. Please email if you have any questions or suggestions. This is a great opportunity to be the source of someone’s joy.
Problem of the Month Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 
October Problem of the Month:

TK/Kinder-1st Grade - Silvana G. (Mrs. Lozoya)

2nd-3rd Grade - Nicola M. (Mrs. Petty)

4th -5th Grade - Orion L. (Mr. Joanides)

(All winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon!)

Way to be great problem solvers Honeybees! For November's Problem of Month, check your Google Classroom or check with your teacher.
"Hive" Five for Red Ribbon Week
Hive Five to Kristin Hutchinson for a fun and engaging Red Ribbon Week. Not only did our students enjoy our dress up days, our whole learning community was treated to free exercise classes, discounts, healthy living challenges and tips on how to keep our whole family healthy. Hive Five to parents and staff who supported the Red Ribbon Week, including: Jennifer Shapiro, Amy Gregor, Kerry Yamahata Newlin, Trista Bernstein, Nicole Duke, Michelle Avlas, Daniela Brito, Ellen Feichtmeir, Jane Panatopolous, Mrs. Grespan, Ms. Miki, Mrs. Arredondo, Mrs. Kopecky, Mrs. Despars, and Mrs. Lozoya. Special thanks to Juice Co. LG, Farm Fresh To You, Athleta, CycleBar Los Gatos, and The Dailey Method Campbell/Los Gatos for donating and sponsoring events. 
Support Our Beehive as a Community Sponsor!
Your company can make an incredible difference at BHE! Join us as a Community Sponsor to fund essential school supplies, teacher supplies, art supplies, technology, instruments, lunchtime programs, assemblies, social and emotional learning, community events, spirit days, enrichment programs and much more. 

Community Sponsors are highlighted throughout the school year. Recognition opportunities include your company logo featured in the Beehive, at The Hive and online through our website and social media - along with many other touch points! 

For more information please visit our website or contact our Community Sponsors Coordinator Trista Bernstein.  

Together we can help our Hive thrive
"Los Gatos Stands United Against Hate" Walk
Eighteen organizations in Los Gatos, with more adding daily, are partnering with the town to host Los Gatos Stands UNITED Against Hate Walk on Sunday, November 14 at 2pm. The walk begins at Fisher Middle School and ends at the Civic Center lawn. All are invited to create posters, and to discuss with classmates, neighbors and coworkers why they are participating and how their participation is part of creating an inclusive, respectful community in Los Gatos. When we work together against discrimination and hateful words, we can restore civil discourse and embrace the strength of our diversity. Posters and additional information can be found online at and also at the Chamber of Commerce at 10 Station Way, Los Gatos. Spread the word, and plan to participate--rain or shine!
Safe Routes 2 School Opportunity
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 |  
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