September 29, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 9

From The Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:

I am thrilled to announce that Ms. Wendy Ottinger has been selected as Los Gatos Union School District’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. A Santa Clara County tradition for over 50 years, the Teacher Recognition Celebration is the oldest and largest celebration of teachers in California and the most prestigious local award given to classroom teachers.
Ms. Ottinger is a Master Teacher and her strengths and breadth of knowledge run wide and deep. Her passion for teaching is a guiding force in her ongoing quest to refine her practice to support each student’s social, emotional, and academic growth. Wendy is an expert at consistently planning and engaging students in a variety of learning experiences that meet their special needs and accommodates the different ways they learn. She is also extremely effective at using the classroom setting to provide opportunities for both independent and collaborative work.
In addition, Ms. Ottinger is deeply committed to her own learning and professional development and has served as a Teacher Leader; developing and guiding work customized to LGUSD where she collaborates with other educators to deconstruct prioritized common core state standards, plan instructional units and assessments, and analyze student work.
In all capacities, Ms. Ottinger’s students, colleagues, and parents hold her in high esteem, valuing her kind heart, thoughtful manner, and professional expertise to prepare students to thrive in a diverse and ever changing world. It is all these skills and talents, along with her caring nature, which makes Ms. Wendy Ottinger LGUSD’s Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations, Ms. Ottinger!

With joy,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100



  • 10/4 - No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers

  • 10/6 - H&SC Board Meeting, 8:15am (Room C6)

  • 10/8 - Picture Day*

*Scroll down for more details on these events.
**See details above "From the Principal's Desk"


Office Hours: 
7:30 am - 4 pm

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 $87,095 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 $222,094 to LGEF - funding counselors as well as art, music, library and PE teachers at Blossom Hill.  51% 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 this Friday, October 1st.   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 28, 2021)
Alipour Family
Amirkhas Family
Anonymous (18)
Ardakani Family
Atout Family
Bakota Family
Baldueza Family
Barkhatov Family
Bertsch Family
Bettcher Family
Billingsley Family
Binkley Family
Blaine Family
Bluestone Family
Brahmankar/Deshmukh Family
Brown Family
Carlisle Family
Carter Family
Caruso Family
Cassidy Family
Cates Family
Chan Family
Chase Family
Chen Family
Chen Family
Chen/Li Family
Chintalapoodi Family
Choi Family
Crow Family
Culbert Family
Cummings Family
Davis Family
Decoin Family
Dibble Family
Drabkin Family
Duke Family
Dunmire Family
Endweiss Family
Engelman Family
Eric and DeeDee Dunstan
Errecart Family
Escobar Family
Fador Famiy
Fang Family
Farwell Family
Feichtmeir Family
Felice A. Miller
Fletcher Family
Frantz Family
Freed Family
Friberg Family
Friberg Family
Gang Li
Garcia Family
Goel Family
Goldenthal Family
Goldsmith Family
Gomez Family
Gomez Family
Gregor Family

Hamsioglu Family
Hancir Family
Helwick Family
Hodjat Family
Howard Famiy
Hsu Family
Hu Family
Huang Family
Huo Family
Hutchinson Family
Ielceanu Family
Irene and Grant Wong
Isaac Family
Jacob Kok
Jayasinha Family
Jog Family
Kanungo Family
Kelly Family
Khazaal Family
Khorshid/Wong Family
Kim & Cortez Family
Kim & Kwon Family
Kim Family
Kiselev Family
Koo Family
Kosior Family
Kumar Family
Kursawe Family
Kwong Family
Lal Family
Lee Family
Lee Family
Lenz Family
Lessley Family
Liang Family
Liu Family
Liu Family
Liu/Chiu Family
Luo Family
Luren Family
Madduri Family
Malhotra Family
Margolis Family
Mayworm Family
Merz Family
Milivojevic Family
Mohan Family
Moodalbail Family
Mroczek Family
Muino Family
Murthy Family
Nagel-Mermel Family
Nevill Family
Newman/Wang Family
Nikam Family
Nyland Family
Oh Family
Okuyucu Family
Orozco Family
Pandipati Family

Pang/Torres Family
Park Family
Parrinello Family
Peng Family
Ping Family
Poulsen Family
Quesada Family
Radityo Family
Rhine Family
Ross Family
Saban Family
Sagoo/Dhillon Family
Salzer-Swartz Family
Saunders Family
Schmidt Family
Scott & Libby Trevathan
Seeman Family
Shah Family
Shapiro Family
Shaqir Family
Smita & Haresh Kripalani
Sommerstad Family
Stefan Family
Stephens Family
Su Family
Subramanian Family
Suryadarmita Family
Tejada Family
The Paiges
Thompson Family
Thomson Family
Thyen Family
Tiller Family
Tran & Nguyen 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
Yamini Ghadge
Yang Family
Yang Family
Yap Family
Yoo/Valentine Family
Yu/Zollinger Family
Zafar Family
Zeman 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 music teachers, Ana George, Alyson Ancheta, Aryn Krijnen, and Corey Miller?  Our music program introduces general music principals and theory as well as fosters a love of music in all our students.  The Blossom Hill Home & School provides the funds to Music Boosters to purchase the musical instruments used in grades K-4 and the music curriculum software, Quaver, used by all students. 
  • Kindergarten students concentrate on music and movement. 
  • First and second graders focus on sounds, counting, and singing. 
  • Third grade students have the opportunity to learn the recorder. 
  • Fourth graders become familiar with the ukulele. 
  • Fifth graders are offered a choice of flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, voice or percussion.  This prepares our students for the many Middle School music options that are open to our students.  Music Boosters maintains the rental instruments available to fifth graders.   
Ask your child to tell you about what they songs they practiced this week in their music class. To find out more about what your contributions to One Community LG will benefit, please visit
Kindergarteners practice keeping a steady beat with Mrs. George.
Mrs. Krijnen works with the fifth grade orchestra students.
Time to Order Your 2021-2022 Yearbooks!
The Yearbook Committee relies on parents' help to supply photos of the students every year. Please upload your 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.
Picture Day is Friday, October 8th
"Hive" Five for Travel Safely to School Week &
the 3rd and 4th Grade Bike Rodeos
Many thanks to our Safe Routes to School campus lead Peter Binkley and all of our parent volunteers who made "Travel Safely to School" week a success! Your combined efforts help our students travel to and from school safely. Special thank yous to Libby Trevathan, Amanda Caruso, Nidhi Vashisht, Kristin Hutchinson, Jean Choi and Widya Junus for tracking our students for our walk/bike/carpool to school raffle. Additional thanks to our parents who staffed our third and fourth grade bike safety rodeos, including: Vaneet Wadhawan, Brandon Wong, Mark Harrison, Widya Junus, Lucia Thompson, Georgia Howard, Jane Fainer, Ayshe Okuyuku, Susie Sommerstad, Coral Soto, Lloyd Thyen, Michelle Avlas, Missy Bottoms, James Dellisanti, Libby Trevathan, Ellen Feichtmeir, Francine Shore, Julie Reynolds, Scott Yoo, Cindy Wang, Kristin Hutchinson, Michele Stefan, Ben Cortez, Amy Gregor, Gloria Acerboni, Jacquie Thyen, Meghan Bakota, Carrie Endweiss, Leena Koivuniemi, and Karrie Bertsch. Thank you for helping our hive thrive!
The Bike Rodeos and Safe Routes 2 School are made possible by your contributions to the Blossom Hill Home & School Club through the One Community LG Campaign.
Honeybee Barcode Scanning is Coming!
Don't forget to sign your student up for a Honeybee Barcode so they can enter into a weekly drawing for walking, biking or carpooling to school. You can sign your student up for their Honeybee backpack tag by signing the Blossom Hill Driver's Contract by Friday, October 1. Scanning will start by mid-October. Please email our Safe Routes to School lead, Peter Binkley, at with any questions. 
Don't forget to turn in your volunteer forms!
Calling all parent volunteers! Please be sure to turn in your COVID vaccination and TB risk assessment forms before volunteering on campus. All forms must be uploaded to this google form. Please do not walk your forms into the office. Thank you!
Take a Walk Through the Park
Come walk or stroll through Vasona Park with other Blossom Hill parents on October 22nd at 8:30am. Meet at the Oak Meadow carousel. Strollers and dogs are welcomed! Please contact Melissa Crow for more information.
Borrow a Chromebook or a Wi-Fi Hotspot
Do you have a student who needs access to a Chromebook or W-Fi at home? LGUSD has a limited number of Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots available to loan for students who would otherwise lack connected devices and/or broadband connections sufficient to fully engage in learning at home. We want to ensure access is available, especially if a student needs to quarantine at home. If you would like to request a Chromebook or Wi-Fi hotspot, please complete the loaner request form.
Fun Fridays are Back!
Fun Fridays are back! Sponsored by the Home & School Club, and supported by your One Community LG donations, Fun Fridays provides games, crafts, art and other activities for students during the lunch recess. We are currently looking for parents to staff Fun Fridays on select weeks between now and the Thanksgiving holiday. Please sign up for a specific week here. Please contact Amy Gregor at with any questions. 
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
Save the Date - Sign Up Parties are Back!
Bend & Brunch
Tuesday, October 12th
9:30 - 11:30am

Join us for an outdoor mat pilates/HIIT class with Yoga Source instructor, and Blossom Hill mom, Annie Zeid. Class will be followed by a light brunch. Details on sign ups to come.
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
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.)
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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