September 9, 2020
The Beehive
Issue 6

2020-2021
From the Principal’s Desk 

Dear Blossom Hill Families:
 
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.  

To offer hope and increase our knowledge and awareness to help prevent child abuse, I am working with the District Office Team to schedule a Zoom parent meeting with Victor Pacini.  Victor has been working with LGUSD staff and students since 2018 and has vast experience and expertise with the topic of sexual abuse.  He has dedicated his life to helping children and adults increase their knowledge and awareness to prevent child abuse by identifying the signs of it.  As a result of personal experiences, Victor has made a commitment to create empowerment from pain and to help others do the same.  I believe he will be able to offer guidance and tips for how best to talk to your child(ren) when they have questions. 

My intention is to have Victor help us so we can begin to heal and reiterate best safety and wellness practices moving forward.

I will send an email with the date, time, and Zoom information as soon as possible.


Sincerely, 
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100
IMPORTANT
DATES

September


  • 9/10 - LGUSD Board Meeting, 6:30-8:30pm (online)

  • 9/14 - Upper Grade Chorus application available, noon*

  • 9/18 - Upper Grade Chorus application deadline*

  • 9/23 - Home & School Club Member Meeting, 8am (online)
*Scroll down for more details on these events.
IMPORTANT SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION
Office: 
408-335-2100

Attendance: 
408-335-2145

Office Hours: 
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Show your Blossom Hill Pride!
At your next materials pick up, yard signs (courtesy of the Home & School Club) will be available for all families to show their Blossom Hill Pride. They will be distributed to the youngest child in your family. We would love to see the neighborhood decked out with Blossom Hill Pride! Don't forget to take pictures of your children's smiling faces, in their finest Spirit Wear, next to your yard sign and submit them to the yearbook. We would love to show our teachers our Blossom Hill Pride by displaying these pictures in the office at school. If you would like to share your picture, please email your pictures to president@blossomhill.org.
Project Cornerstone: Introduction and History
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Project Cornerstone virtually brings parent-reader volunteers into the classroom each month to read a pre-selected book and guide the students in lessons introducing and reinforcing one of the 41 Developmental Assets. Every teacher at Blossom Hill sets aside classroom time to have students participate in these valuable lessons. All parents have a role to play as well: being familiar with the principles of Project Cornerstone empowers all of us to create a community where children possess the tools to develop into caring and responsible individuals.

With that goal in mind, a brief article will appear in The Beehive each month, which will include a synopsis of the Project Cornerstone book and lesson. We hope these articles provide a mechanism for sparking discussions at home. This first article is an overview of the history of Project Cornerstone and an introduction to the 41 Developmental Assets.

What is Project Cornerstone?
In 1999, a group of community-based organizations (YMCA of Silicon Valley, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club and Estrella Family Services) used the Search Institute’s 41 Developmental Assets and created Project Cornerstone. Project Cornerstone seeks to empower youth, parents, and educators to create a healthy school climate and caring communities by focusing on the development of social-emotional learning.

What are Developmental Assets?
The Developmental Asset framework was created by Search Institute, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis. Since its inception in 1958, Search Institute has researched ways to create a world where young people thrive and feel valued. As part of this mission, Search Institute created a framework of 41 Developmental Assets which it defines as positive supports and strengths needed by youth to succeed. The first 20 assets are “external assets” and focus on relationships to families, schools and communities. The next 21 assets are “internal assets” and focus on social-emotional strengths, values and commitments. Here is the link to the 41 Assets.

Project Cornerstone is currently in over 300 schools in Santa Clara County with 6,000 parent volunteers annually impacting 96,000 youth. We are optimistic that by sharing each month’s Project Cornerstone lessons with you, you’ll have the opportunity to help all children in our community build up their Developmental Asset base and thrive.
ATTENTION ALL 3rd, 4th and 5th GRADERS!
The Blossom Hill Upper Grade Chorus is proud to present 
London Calling: A Tribute to British Rock through the 60s, 70s and 80s

The Chorus application will be available on 
Monday, September 14th at 12pm until Friday, September 18th at midnight.

The application can be accessed through the Blossom Hill Home & School webpage.
First practice will be Thursday, October 1st at 3:15pm.

Thank you H&SC, parents and staff for your patience and support of this program. We look forward to rockin' out with your child. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at bhuppergradechorus@gmail.com.
The Bee-lieve Brigade
The "Bee-lieve Brigade,” supported by the Home & School Club and the Staff Appreciation Committee, hopes to inspire and motivate the teachers and staff of Blossom Hill Elementary with thoughtful surprises at least once a month. We intend to fill their buckets as they continue the ever challenging task of educating and supporting our kiddos in our new remote reality. The connection and feedback between teachers and students has changed - no more high fives in the morning and the sidebar conversations have been replaced with unmuting in order to ask a question. The worlds of our teachers, staff, and students are very different these days and the "Bee-lieve Brigade" intends to bring some much needed encouragement when they need it most. We will share the work we are doing here in the Beehive! If you are interested in helping the Brigade, please contact Kristin Hutchinson at staffappreciation@blossomhill.org.
A Message from Safe Routes to School:
THE ONLINE STUDENT DIRECTORY IS NOW
AVAILABLE FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!
Thank you for your patience while we updated the Blossom Hill Student Directory for the current school year. 

  • If you have your login and password from last year, your access has been automatically renewed at login.atozconnect.com.  

  • If you do not have a login or need a new password, click here to request access.  

When you log in, you’ll be asked to verify your family’s information is up-to-date. You’ll also have the ability to customize your family’s directory listing and choose what information is shared.  If you have any questions, please contact Blossom Hill’s directory administrator, Jean Choi, at directory@blossomhill.org.  

Book of the Month
As part of their Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), all students have been read I am Human: A Book of Empathy. It is a wonderful book that encourages us to make good choices by acting with compassion and having empathy for others and ourselves. It is a very timely book as we are all striving to be our best selves. In addition, empathy is the Student Success Profile trait that LGUSD is focusing on this school year.
No Cost Giving at
Amazon Smile
No Cost Giving is easy! Visit smile.amazon.com, designate Blossom Hill Home & School Club as your charitable organization, and shop away! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Blossom Hill H&SC. We have received $3,875.97 to date. Thank you!
Food Service Update
The FREE breakfast and lunch program has just been extended through December 31, 2020. Drive thru service is offered at R.J. Fisher Middle School on the Roberts Road side of campus.

Hours for pick up Monday - Friday
8am - Breakfast
12pm - Lunch

All meals are free to those 18 and under regardless of income. 
Community Sponsor Spotlight
The Home & School would like to thank this week's Spotlight Community Sponsor, Hall & Burnett Orthodontics. We are greatly appreciative of Hall & Burnett's continued support. If you would like to become a Community Sponsor, please contact Jennifer Shapiro 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  
*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,