February 16, 2022
The Beehive
Issue 26

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

Woo hoo!  It’s official!  We have kicked-off the 25th anniversary of Mileage Club!  This is a major accomplishment and it could not have happened without the enthusiasm and heartfelt commitment of Amanda Caruso, Mileage Club Coordinator, Melissa Crow, H&SC President, who tirelessly pursued a digital platform for the program and partnered with Wendy Riggs, the SR2S Coordinator, to purchase iPads for tracking laps and administering the logistics behind the scene.  In addition, Ellen Feichtmeir, Julie Reynolds, and Cindy Adams set us up for success in preparing a lanyard and QR code card for every 1st-5th grade student and Jennifer Shapiro upped our communication game by producing an awesome Mileage Club video.  Heartfelt appreciation also goes to our parent volunteers who scanned cards and distributed the highly coveted valentine heart and feet tokens.  If you are interested in helping out with Mileage Club, please contact Amanda Caruso at mileageclub@blossomhill.org

Thank you to the BH H&SC Club and One Community LG for supporting Mileage Club and providing us the opportunity to share the joys of being active with friends while developing a healthy routine. Mileage Club dovetails into our district's Strategic Plan Objective #1 concerning Student Wellness.
It’s hard to believe, but the second round of Parent/Teacher Conferences is just around the corner.  They will be held the week of March 7th-March 11h.  Restructured days have been calendared for the week with students in grades 1-5 being dismissed at 12:10.  All kindergarten classes will follow the AM kindergarten schedule Monday through Friday and be dismissed at 11:30.

Parent /Teacher Conferences provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to share information that will promote social/emotional development and academic achievement.  Both parties bring their own unique perspectives and experiences to the meeting.  As parents, you are the experts on your child.  You understand what motivates them: their strengths, challenges, dreams, and qualms.  Teachers bring important information about learning styles, age appropriate skills, developmental milestones, peer relationships, and an understanding of where your child is on their educational journey.

In order to maximize the value of the home/school connection for student learning, consider these tips for a successful conference:

1.  Prior to the meeting, ask your child questions, such as, “What is your favorite subject?”  “In which subject would you like to improve?”  “In what subject have you learned the most so far this year?”  Also, ask your child if he or she has any concerns they want you to discuss with the teacher.

2.  Look over recent assignments and assessments so that you know how your child is progressing.

3.  At the conference, ask the teacher questions to better understand your child’s progress and needs.  “What is my child particularly good at doing?”  “Are there things my child is reluctant to try right now?”  “Are their things that he or she does that surprise you?”

4.  Be open to suggestions from the teacher.  Check to see if there are things you can do at home to help your child be more prepared for school.

5.  Share positive comments about your child and their experiences at school.

6.  Expect to hear about something your child will be challenged to improve.

7.  Share any concerns so the teacher can understand your child, along with any relevant information that may point to a solution.

8.  Since conferences are tightly scheduled, please arrive promptly.

9.  Please do not leave your child unattended anywhere on campus, inside or outside, during the conference.  If you need childcare, Club House allows drop-in visits (four hour minimum). You may call them at (408) 335-2131 to reserve a spot during conference week. Space is limited.

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher.  Upon conclusion of the conference, be sure to debrief together and discuss how you will continue to help with their learning at home.  Also, ask for his or her suggestions.  

Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully prepare and actively participate in your child’s Parent/Teacher Conference.  We are deeply committed to building a strong partnership to ensure your child’s ongoing growth and success as outlined in our district's Strategic Plan Objective #1 on Student Wellness & Objective #4 on Academic Excellence.

In education together,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill Elementary
Phone: 408.335.2100

IMPORTANT
DATES

February/March


  • 2/16 and 2/17 - Science Fair Board Pick Up, after school

  • 2/21-2/25 - February Recess - No School

  • 3/2 - H&SC Board Meeting, 8:15am (C6)

  • 3/3 - Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:15am (location TBD)

  • 3/7-3/11 - Conference Week - Minimum Days**

  • 3/8 - 5th Grade Parent Math Night Meeting, 6-7pm (Zoom)*

  • 3/9 - 5th Grade Science Fair Projects Due


  • 3/16 - K-4th Grade Science Fair Projects Due

  • 3/17 - Community Playfields Input Session during School Site Council Meeting, 2:45pm (Zoom)*

  • 3/18 - Family Science Night, 4pm (MPR)

  • 3/23 - Community Playfields Input Session during H&SC Member Meeting, 8:30am (Zoom)*
*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 - 3:30 pm

If you ordered a yard sign, they may be picked up from the front office during office hours.
QUICK LINKS
A Message from Fisher Middle School
to 5th Grade Families
Are You "The Laminator"?
Blossom Hill is looking for its newest superhero. Far superior to Superman and Wonder Woman…it’s "The Laminator"! The Laminator has the power to transform flimsy papers into sturdy glossy treasures that will last until the end of time. As The Laminator, you’ll work about two hours per week on your own schedule to support projects from teachers and staff. No prior experience needed and training will be provided. If you’re ready to help convert projects from delicate to durable, tenuous to tough and frail to fantastic, contact H&SC President Melissa Crow at president@blossomhill.org
Join the H&SC Board - Co-Treasurer Needed!
Are you highly organized with a background in accounting or finance? We want you to join the Home and School Club Board as a Co-Treasurer! This role takes an average of 2-5 hours per week with increased hours during year-end, special events and spring budgeting cycle. 

Snippets of Co-Treasurer role:
  • Daily - issue checks, make bank deposits, record transactions in QuickBooks, support committee chairs and school staff.
  • Monthly - perform month-end close activities, generate financial statements and present at monthly board meetings.
  • Annually - create and present annual budget, complete federal and state regulatory filings.

If you would like to learn more about this role, please email current Co-Treasurers Widya Junus or Jean Choi at treasurer@blossomhill.org
Fun Fridays Needs Your Help!
Fun Fridays is tentatively scheduled to come back this Friday, February 11th, and is looking for more family involvement! 

During lunch on Fridays, parent volunteers set up, manage, and put away yard games and sometimes a craft activities from 11:15am to 1:00pm. 

Please sign up here to volunteer if you can. You can volunteer for just one Friday or as frequently as you would like. (Please ensure your volunteer requirements are up-to-date by completing the forms here.)
The Hive is Back!
The Hive is Blossom Hill’s spring fundraiser and social event for parents. Please save the date for the evening of Saturday, April 30th at the Toll House Hotel in downtown Los Gatos in their beautiful outdoor courtyard. Tickets will go on sale after the February break.

The Hive committee is looking for donations for the auction such as vacation homes, sports or concert tickets, unique experiences, etc. If you have any access or connections for possible donations please contact us at hive@blossomhill.org.

The Hive is a fun opportunity for parents to get together to socialize and meet new friends, while building and strengthening our amazing school community. We hope to see you there!

The Hive Committee
New LGS Recreation Offerings
LGS Recreation Summer 2022 registration is now live! For more information about our summer programs, please visit www.lgsrecreation.org or call 408.354.8700. For a digital version of our Summer 2022 guide, please click this link.
  
LGS Recreation Clubhouse is offering an International February Break Camp. Come enjoy specialty celebrations and fun international games. In addition, students will have plenty of time for fun outdoors activities. To register, follow this link.
Community Sponsor Spotlight
No Problem Pools has been serving the Bay Area since 1999. Having a pool in your backyard opens up many opportunities for you and your family to create memories that will last a lifetime. Add a personalized touch of elegance, tranquility, and luxury to your space. No Problem Pools offers building, remodeling and maintenance services. For more information please visit http://www.noproblempools.com. Thank you No Problem Pools for being a valued community sponsor of the Blossom Hill Home & School Club.
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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