September 15 2021
The Beehive
Issue 7

2021-2022
From The Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:

People Power is all the buzzzz at BH!  

Next week, the Safe Routes to School committee and the Home & School Club are co-sponsoring Travel to School Safely Week and encouraging everyone to use People Power to get to and from school.  Students can walk, ride bikes, roll on scooters, or carpool.  

During the week, you will have a chance to read and sign the Parent Driver Contract form which will help make the drive aisles and parking lots safer.  In addition, we will be sharing information about the upcoming rollout of the Honeybee Barcode program.

Hats off to Peter Binkley, parent of BH twins, for leading the Safe Routes to School program this year.  Peter is actively involved in our community encouraging healthy habits and safety for all.  Thank you, Peter!

For more information about the Safe Routes to School program, please check this link:
In education together,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100

IMPORTANT
DATES

September




  • 9/16 - School Site Council Meeting, 2:45pm (MPR)**

  • 9/20 - 9/24 - Safe Routes to School - Walk and Roll to School Week

  • 9/22 - H&SC Member Meeting, 9am (online)*


  • 9/24 - 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo*

  • 9/28 - 4th Grade Bike Rodeo*


*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 - 4 pm

One Community LG Early Contributor Raffle -
Enter by midnight tonight!
Make your contribution or pledge to the One Community LG Campaign supporting our Home & School Clubs, LGEF, and Music Boosters by 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 15th and be entered into a raffle to win a Series 6 Apple Watch (valued at $399).
Thank you One Community LG Supporters!
One Community LG, on behalf of the Blossom Hill Home & School Club and LGEF, thanks the families who have donated to our One Community LG Campaign for the 2021-2022 school year. 
 
To date, Blossom Hill families have contributed $55,720 to the Blossom Hill Home & School Club - funding school supplies, the principal’s site fund, technology, STEAM programs and supplies, student enrichment, and community building events. Our families have also contributed $141,974 to LGEF - funding counselors as well as art, music, library and PE teachers at Blossom Hill.  34% of Blossom Hill families have already participated in the One Community LG Campaign. 

If you have not yet contributed, please consider contributing at any level before our campaign ends on September 30th.  All contributions are welcomed and appreciated as our goal is 100% parent participation.  You can pledge now if you wish to defer your contribution to a later date, or choose a monthly payment plan.  Also, many companies will match your contribution.  Double the Match lists companies that generously offer matching programs.  

To contribute, please visit One Community LG.  Thank you again for helping to continue our amazing programs and level of excellence at Blossom Hill.

Blossom Hill Donors to One Community LG
(as of September 14, 2021)
Alipour Family
Amirkhas Family
Anonymous (12)
Ardakani Family
Bertsch Family
Billingsley Family
Binkley Family
Blaine Family
Bluestone Family
Brahmankar/Deshmukh Family
Brown Family
Cassidy Family
Cates Family
Chase Family
Chen Family
Chen Family
Chintalapoodi Family
Choi Family
Crow Family
Culbert Family
Cummings Family
Davis Family
Decoin Family
Drabkin Family
Duke Family
Dunmire Family
Engelman Family
Escobar Family
Fador Famiy
Fang Family
Farwell Family
Feichtmeir Family
Felice A. Miller
Fletcher Family
Gang Li
Goel Family
Goldsmith Family
Gomez Family
Gregor Family
Hamsioglu Family
Hancir Family
Hodjat Family
Hsu Family
Huang Family
Hutchinson Family
Isaac Family
Kanungo Family
Khazaal Family
Kim & Cortez Family
Kim & Kwon Family
Kim Family
Kiselev Family
Kosior Family
Kursawe Family
Lal Family
Lee Family
Lee Family
Lenz Family
Liu Family
Liu Family
Liu/Chiu Family
Madduri Family
Malhotra Family
Merz Family
Mohan Family
Moodalbail Family
Mroczek Family
Muino Family
Nagel-Mermel Family
Nevill Family
Newman/Wang Family
Orozco Family
Pang/Torres Family
Parinello Family
Park Family
Ping Family
Poulsen Family
Ross Family
Sagoo/Dhillon Family
Salzer-Swartz Family
Saunders Family
Schmidt Family
Seeman Family
Shah Family
Shapiro Family
Sommerstad Family
Stephens Family
Suryadarmita Family
Tejada Family
Thompson Family
Thyen Family
Tiller Family
Tregoning Family
Tseng Family
Tucey Family
Tuuyen Tran
Wagadarikar Family
Wang Family
Wei Family
Wiersema Family
Willerer Family
Winoto Family
Wissolik Family
Wong Family
Wu Family
Xu Family
Xue Family
Yang Family
Yang Family
Yap Family
Yoo/Valentine Family
Yu/Zollinger Family
Zafar Family
Zenteno Family
Zhang Family
Zhu Family
*Please note:  If you contributed to One Community LG directly through your employer, we have not received that information yet as there is a delay in their processing of up to 60 days.  If your name is not on our list of donors, please complete the Payroll Deduction Form so that we know to expect your contribution and can properly thank you.
Did you know that One Community LG, through the LGEF, funds our elementary PE teachers?  Our PE teachers interact with every student on every campus. In collaboration with the classroom teachers, PE teachers, Mr. Mee, Miss Miki, and Coach K, focus on teaching our students strategies for physical and personal growth by encouraging a positive attitude towards skill development. They also work on teamwork and controlled competitiveness as well as organizing exciting games to help our students develop their skills while having lots of fun. Ask your child to tell you about the fun activity they played this week in PE. To find out more about what your contributions to One Community LG will benefit, please visit onecommunitylg.org.
Miss Miki getting first graders ready to play
Walk and Roll to School Week is Coming!
Find traffic frustrating? Why not try walking, biking or scootering to school? If you drive to school, try carpooling or drive part way and finish your commute with a brisk walk. The walk is invigorating and great for your health and well being. All students who walk, bike or carpool to school on Wednesday, September 22 will be entered into a drawing to win bike helmets, water bottles, Jamba Juice cards and more!

The Blossom Hill Home & School Club and Safe Routes to School is excited to host our annual Walk, Bike and Carpool to school week September 20 - 24. During this week, you and your student will receive tips on how to travel to and from school in safe and courteous ways. We encourage all parents and drivers to sign our Drivers Contract and to sign their children up for our weekly Honeybee Barcode program by September 24. Check out your Safe Route to School here. We'll see you walking and rolling to school next week!

This program is made possible by your contributions
Bike Rodeos for 3rd and 4th Grades
Los Gatos -Monte Sereno Safe Routes to School will be hosting Bike Rodeos at each school site at the end of September. Bike Rodeos teach students important safety skills on a bike including rules of the road, signaling, and how to wear a helmet properly. Blossom Hill will be hosting bike rodeos for third graders on Friday, September 24 and fourth graders on Tuesday, September 28. All third and fourth graders should bring their helmets and bikes to school on their designated day. For safety purposes, only student who have helmets will be permitted to ride their bikes in the activities. Students who do not have bikes will still be included in the Bike Rodeo. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or email president@blossomhill.org.
LG Working Moms LinkedIn Group
Calling all Blossom Hill moms! Connect with other professional women through the LG Working Moms LinkedIn Group. Contact Nika Esfahani, BH Home & School Club Secretary at secretary@blossomhill.org with any questions. 
Noon Duty Supervisors Needed
Are you looking for part time employment? Or do you know someone who is? Blossom Hill School is looking for individuals to work as Noon Duty Supervisors up to 4 days a week. This person will assist school staff in ensuring the safety and well-being of students during lunch time and mid day recess. People who are only available 2-3 days a week should also apply. More information can be found at Noon Duty Supervisors.
Crossing Guards Needed
The Town is looking to fill one permanent crossing guard position and also wants to hire a few people to be substitute guards to cover illness and planned vacations of regular crossing guards
On Your Honor Lending Library Open Weekdays
Help your student find their next great read in the Blossom Hill On Your Honor Lending Library! Open daily before, during and after school, the lending library is a free resource where students of all reading levels can borrow and donate books appropriate for elementary school students. The library operates on an "on your honor" system and is located in front of the office. Many thanks to Francine Shore and other Home & School Club volunteers for creating and maintaining the lending library. 
Free Lunch Program Update
Thank you for your interest and participation in the universal meal program. This program is provided free of charge through Federal grants and does not require any signup. Since the beginning of the school year we have begun serving over 1800 meals per day. This is a new program for our staff and we have had some challenges securing supplies and meeting the published menus. We have been improving each week and expect, with your patience and participation, to move toward more scratch cooked, fresh ingredients.  The menu is updated each week.

Please feel free to email Terese McNamee at tmcnamee@lgusd.org if you have any questions or comments. 
Time to Order Your 2021-2022 Yearbooks!
Big welcome back from the Blossom Hill Yearbook Committee! The Yearbook Committee relies on parents' help to supply photos of the students every year. Please upload the first day of school photos onto Treering. Our goal is to have every Blossom Hill student represented in the yearbook. 
To Purchase, Upload Photos & Customize Your Yearbook*:
*Must be a parent or student 13 years or older.



Yearbook Regular Price: $16.00

Note: The 2 Custom Pages are FREE.  
The pages are personalized by you and are printed ONLY in your book.
Los Gatos Union School District Parcel Tax
Measure B on November 2nd Ballot
Quality schools are at the heart of our town. For over 30 years Los Gatos and Monte Sereno students have relied on locally controlled funding. But the funding level has not increased in 20 years...and the current measure is about to expire. If not renewed, our schools will lose $2.7 million in funding each year requiring deep cuts, including layoffs of teaching staff.

Measure B will renew school funding at $335 per parcel, providing approximately $3.2 million in annual funding for local elementary and middle schools. Measure B would expire in 8 years. To learn more about Measure B and its impact, visit www.lgusd.org/renewalmeasure.
Your Help Needed for Important Funding Initiative for Free/Reduced Lunch Meal Program
Los Gatos Union School District receives funding based on students that qualify for Free/Reduced meal program applications. Since the 2021-2022 school year meal program is serving meals at no cost to Los Gatos Union School District families, it is important that all families, regardless of income, complete the attached Alternative Household Income application form before September 25, 2021.

Based on Free/Reduced eligibility, this funding supports:
● Title II funds – Professional Development for all staff.
● Title III funds – Immigration and English Learner students.
● Title IV funds – Middle School support for English Learners.
● Supplemental Funds – Intervention, Teacher Aides, Counseling Services,
Psychologist Services, Community Liaisons, Software Licenses for students,
Teacher Instructional Support, and Instructional materials.
Online Alternative Household Income applications can be found at:
Thank you for your participation in this important funding initiative!
Los Gatos Union School District
Don't Forget - Fridays are BH Spirit Days!
We invite all students (and staff) to show their Blossom Hill spirit by wearing the favorite BH Spirit Wear each Friday. Don't have any Spirit Wear? Please visit our online store, Rokkitwear, for a great selection. Limited t-shirts and sweatshirts, as well as BH masks, will be on sale at (We accept credit cards, Apple Pay, and cash.)
Community Sponsor Spotlight
The Home & School would like to thank this week's Spotlight Community Sponsor, Los Gatos Roofing. We are greatly appreciative of Los Gatos Roofing's support of our community. If you would like to become a Community Sponsor, please contact Melissa Crow 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
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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