August 5, 2020
The Beehive
Issue 1

Dear Blossom Hill Families,

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! As we embark on this historical journey together, Team LGUSD is committed to providing a quality virtual educational program until education and health experts deem it safe to return to in-person instruction. The safety of our students, staff, and community members remain our number one priority. Last Spring all stakeholders quickly pivoted to Remote Learning literally overnight where attendance and assignments were simply recommended. With guidance from local and state control, the LGUSD Re-Opening Task Force composed of teachers, administrators, and board members have met regularly since May to develop a quality and balanced virtual program for this school year. Here is some important information for the coming week:

Class Placements:
Your child’s teacher assignment will be emailed on August 11th. On behalf of Team LGUSD, we can’t wait to offer in-person instruction and normal attendance when community health guidelines dictate we may do so.  

Yes, attendance is mandatory even in virtual classrooms! Parents should adhere to the regular absence reporting procedures which includes calling the school attendance line (408) 335-2145 on any day a child will not be at school. Leave a message on the answering machine by stating the child’s name, grade, teacher and reason for absence. Include your name and relationship in the message. If a child is absent and the school has not received a call stating a reason for the absence, a staff member will place a call to your home/place of business to determine the reason for the absence. Parents of children who are habitually tardy will be contacted by the Principal to see if the parents are aware of the problem. We look forward to partnering with you as your child’s success depends greatly upon daily attendance and their engagement and completion of synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (pre-recorded/determined) learning and tasks. 

Daily Schedule:
Here is the daily schedule for all elementary schools. Students will need to be logged onto Zoom and ready to begin by 8:30 A.M. daily. 

8:30-9:00 A.M. - Good Morning! (Whole Class)
This first 30 minute instructional block of synchronous (live instruction) will take place Monday through Friday and will include, but is not limited to: morning classroom routines, a read aloud, video content from Principal, pre-recorded student council/assembly content, Project Cornerstone lesson, student of the week, show and tell, review of assignment expectations, etc.
9:00-11:30 A.M. - Core Curriculum Instructional Block (Whole Class and/or Small Groups)
Every child will be provided a minimum of 60 minutes of synchronous (live instruction) every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Grade level teachers will communicate specific schedules with families as we understand and value the importance of routines and predictable schedules for all stakeholders. While the focus will be on mastering prioritized grade level standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, Social Studies and Science standards will also be integrated into this block of instruction. 
11:30-12:00 P.M. - Directed Small Group Time (Teacher Selects Groupings of Students)
This synchronous (live instruction) is a differentiated instructional block which allows for individualized learning, confidence-boosting, opportunities for feedback on assignments, a laser focus on achievement gaps, and acceleration of learning when deemed appropriate. 
12:00-12:30 P.M. - Wrap Up Before Lunch (Whole Class) 
This synchronous (live instruction) instructional block will allow students and teachers to wrap-up morning learning and collectively organize the information they learned in a meaningful context. This might include, but is not limited to: student exit tickets, reflective thinking activities, verbal or written summaries, pair-shares, student assessments, etc. 
12:30-1:30 P.M.- Lunch at Home
1:40 P.M. - Fall Virtual Electives with Specialists
Providing a balanced educational program continues to be a Point of Pride for LGUSD. This is no exception in the virtual classroom! The robust daily afternoon elective offerings will include Art, Library, Music, PE, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). 
*Please note that all students will be provided synchronous (live instruction) on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 A.M. and asynchronous learning activities will be expected to be completed for the remainder of the day. Also, the TK/Kindergarten 2020 Remote Elective schedule is in the final process of review. 
Chromebooks and wifi hotspots are available to those who need assistance. Please complete this form to request a loaner device. Distribution will begin next week. Elementary School Device Loaner Request
Distribution of Materials:
Grade level teams will be working next week to compile consumables and/or instructional supplies for students. We are projecting to have the first distribution on August 13 and 14 at designated times in the car line in the afternoons. Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Closed Campus:
Team LGUSD continues to follow county public health guidelines. As long as students are not participating in on-campus/ in-person instruction, the school campus and front office will be closed to the public. Teachers have the opportunity to teach from inside their classrooms. 

Prior to August 13th, many of our teachers may be working alone in their classrooms and preparing lessons to open school. Many will provide synchronous instruction from their classrooms Monday-Friday Please do not knock on their doors or drop-in for in-person meetings. All student and parent meetings will be handled by telephone conference or via the Zoom platform.

Office Communication:
Our office staff is now available for communication by telephone to answer questions. Our office staff will support attendance-monitoring, records, absence reporting and follow-up, but they will not be open to the public. We respectfully ask you to not “drop-in” to visit the office. Our office staff will be happy to assist you and communicate by telephone or email. 

Our commitment to excellence is unwavering. With your trust and support, all students will continue to thrive in virtual classrooms.
Yours in education, 
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100

Dear Blossom Hill Families,

As we begin this new school year, it is clear that it will be like no other. It may be tempting to focus on what is different from last year and lament what is missing. However, I encourage everyone to unite and embrace the new year by focusing on all of the positives that this remarkable Blossom Hill Community continues to enjoy.  I am excited about the start of the school year and am pleased to represent you as your Home & School Club President for a second year.  The District Office, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Sheehan, our wonderful teachers and support staff, the maintenance staff, and your dedicated Home & School Club Board have been working hard to make preparations for this highly unusual start to the school year.  We are here to support the Blossom Hill Community and to help make this the best school year possible.  To keep in the know on all the latest information, please visit our website at, our Facebook page at or contact me at [email protected].  Together, we can be resilient and not just "get through" this but thrive and flourish.
Jennifer Shapiro
Blossom Hill Home & School Club President 2020/2021

  • 8/11 - TK/Kinder Meet & Greet (online)*

  • 8/11 - Class assignments emailed to parents

  • 8/13 - First Day of School

  • 8/13 and 8/14 - Student materials pick up (more details to come)

  • 8/13 - LGUSD Regular Board Meeting, 6:30-8:30pm (online)

  • 8/19 - H&SC Board Meeting, 8-9:30am (online)

  • 8/21 - New Family Virtual Q&A Session, 9:15am (online)*

*Scroll down for more details on these events.


Office Hours: 
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

We can't wait to meet you!
Dear TK/Kinder Parents,

Please be on the lookout for you and your child's email invitation to the TK/Kinder Meet & Greets. There are four options for you to join a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, August 11th at the following times:
We hope you are able to join us for one of these Meet & Greet times.

Hosted by BH Home & School Club
TK/Kinder Class Meet & Greets
Upper Grade Chorus
Calling all future 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! We have a great Chorus show planned for the next school year. In a non-COVID world, registration would open on Friday, August 18 at 12 pm and the shows would be on Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6. However, these uncertain times are leading to uncertain plans for the upper grade Chorus. We still want to sing with you so please stay tuned to the Beehive for up to date information.

Thanks for your patience and understanding,

Lacy Milos and the parent producers 
Book of the Month
A wonderful book to read with your child is Who Moved My Cheese for Kids by Spencer Johnson. It focuses on how people deal with and feel differently about change, distinguishing between what is in our control and what is not, and how to be resilient in hard times. It is a great conversation starter on living and thriving in a pandemic. For extension activities and discussion questions for Who Moved My Cheese, go to Project Cornerstone - Who Moved My Cheese.
Blossom Hill H&SC New Logo
Thank you to Ling Law for designing our amazing new Home & School Club logo. We are so appreciative that Ling shares her talents with us. Our new logo is featured at our recently redesigned Home & School Club website. For all of the news and information you need to know, go to the Blossom Hill Home & School Club website at
We've Got Spirit, How About You?!
Blossom Hill Spirit Wear has gone online! Rokkitwear is hosting our online store with all new designs and clothing options from t-shirts to polo shirts to sweatshirts and sweatpants. All items will be shipped directly to you with 15% of the gross sales benefitting the Blossom Hill Home & School Club. Show your school spirit by shopping anytime at Gift certificates are also available.
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 | [email protected]
Phone: 408-335-2100 | Fax: 408-356-0887 | Attendance Line: 408-335-2145
Blossom Hill Home & School Club
Jennifer Shapiro, President | [email protected]  
*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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