October 13, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 11

From The Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hil Families:

As we settle into the new school year and being together on campus, we are spending time to prepare and ensure staff and students are aware of safety procedures.
Over the past six weeks, the staff has had multiple professional development sessions with Joe Viramontez, retired Santa Clara County Fire Captain and founder of ICS4Schools to review the Incident Command Structure (ICS) and customize it to meet our school’s needs. In addition, we have been practicing both fire drills and earthquake drills. All drills are evaluated on execution time and adherence to protocol and every drill is logged and followed by a debriefing to ensure a cycle of continuous improvement. Next Wednesday morning, October 20th, all five LGUSD schools will be participating in a safety drill. Principals will be emailed the specifics of the scenario a few minutes before the drill begins. During the drill, we will utilize the Incident Command Structure and be in radio contact with district office personnel who in turn will be coordinating with the town’s Police and Fire Departments. Collaboration on such a comprehensive level highlights the importance of drilling in our learning community in order to be prepared and respond safely in a variety of situations. By practicing predetermined response actions together, we are enhancing our level of emergency preparedness.
The staff and I are communicating with students the importance of practicing what to do in case of an emergency in student-friendly language and highlighting the power it gives them to deal with a situation in a calm and thoughtful manner. I have also shared that we will be participating in a safety drill next Wednesday. You can help by making sure your child is dressed in layers that morning as I anticipate we will be outside in the chilled air for an extended period of time.
If you have questions, please feel free to call or email me.
In safety & education together,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100



  • 10/20 - Spirit Wear Sale, 12pm (in front of office)*

  • 10/22 - Vasona Walk, 8:30am (Vasona Park)*

  • 10/29 - Halloween Parade, 1pm*

  • 10/29 - Box Tops Collection Deadline*
*Scroll down for more details on these events.
**See details above "From the Principal's Desk"


Office Hours: 
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Fall Conferences - November 1st-5th
You've got options!
Fall Conferences and minimum days are on the horizon during the week of November 1-5 in LGUSD. In order to best support students, parents, and support staff, we are looking forward to offering in-person and Zoom conferences. We realize that Zoom conferences allow greater flexibility for working parents to attend a conference and we are happy to support that option. We also realize the value of in-person meetings. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out during the window between 10/18-10/20 to arrange a meeting based on your preference.
Travel Safely to School Raffle Grand Prize Winners
During "Travel to School Safely" Week, 153 students who walked, biked, scootered, or carpooled to school Wednesday morning were entered into our raffle. All students who participated will receive a Blossom Hill pencil. Great job Honeybees! Don't forget to keep walking, biking, scootering, and carpooling to school and enter our weekly Safe Routes 2 School Honeybee drawing, starting later this month.

Grand Prize Winners of $50
Sports Basement Gift Cards:
Reese M. - Kinder (Mrs. Despars)
Quinn P. - 4th grade (Mr. Bolin)
Aditya M. - 1st grade (Mrs. DiSessa)
Benjamin L. - 5th grade (Mrs. Bonner)
Owen E. - 5th grade (Mrs. Valentine)

"Hive Fives" - Pottery & Yearbook
Hive Five to Christy Kersten and Jean Choi for their work in re-launching our Home & School Club Pottery Program this month. Our students love this class and the program is up and running thanks to their hard work. Check out the creative tiki pencil holders the fifth graders are working on! Thank you to our parents for supporting this program through donations to the One Community LG Campaign

Hive Five to our dynamic yearbook staff for their help with our Blossom Hill Picture Day last week. Many thanks and kudos to Ting Engelman, Kathy Kwong, Meagan Stephens and Ellen Feichtmeir for their help with this special day.
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.

Ballots are arriving to residents now. Please be an informed voter and vote on Measure B. It is the only item on the ballot.
Please watch the video below which describes the ways our Los Gatos schools receive funding and how these resources fall short.
Last Call for Clipped Box Tops For Education!
Keep Scanning Your Receipts!
Still have some unexpired Box Tops lying around? Send them to school with your student by October 29th. Students can place them in the Box Tops folder in their classroom. This will be the last call for Box Tops clips as Box Tops has gone digital. Please continue to scan your receipts to get credit for your purchases and help Blossom Hill earn cash. Questions? Please contact our No Cost Giving Chair at nocost@blossomhill.org.
Check out this great
"Mask Reminder - Halloween Edition"!
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. These forms can be accessed at this link. Please do not walk your forms into the office. If you have already completed your volunteer paperwork, you do not need to complete this new form. Thank you!
LGS Recreation After School Enrichment Programs
LGS Recreation is offering various after school enrichment classes for Session 2 ranging from art, science, and sports. Please visit our website and select the school your child attends to see what programs we offer. 

Questions? Please contact:
Al Soriano
Coordinator of Day Camps/Promotions
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. Scanning will start by mid-October. Please email our Safe Routes to School lead, Peter Binkley, at saferoutes@blossomhill.org with any questions. 
Honeybee barcode cards and Safe Routes 2 School are made possible by your contributions to the Blossom Hill Home & School Club through the One Community LG Campaign.
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.
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.
Donate Supplies to Fun Fridays!
Fun Fridays is looking for yard games and craft supplies for weekly activities. Donate gently used, lightweight yard games or unused craft supplies. Unused craft supplies can be left in a box near the front office. Stickers, boards, papers and crayons in Fall colors are especially helpful for upcoming lunchtime craft projects. Please email Amy Gregor at funvisors@blossomhill.org to arrange for pickup of yard games or with any questions.
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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