December 9, 2020
The Beehive
Issue 18

2020-2021
From the Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well.

Thank you for completing the Reopening Schools Parent Intention form.  We are using this data to plan and prepare schedules, formulate supply orders, and design classroom furniture configurations.  The BH Team are busy bees!!

To best serve our students’ food service needs, I request that you complete the Food Service Survey below.  We would like to provide complimentary grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for interested families of both Roomers and Zoomers. 
With regards to the timeline for implementing the Roomers & Zoomers model, the LGUSD Board of Trustees will meet on January 7th to evaluate the health conditions in Los Gatos and Santa Clara County.   At that time, they will make a “Go” or “No Go” decision to put the plan into action. District administrators will also continue to closely monitor conditions and consult with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, as needed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.

In safety & education together,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100

IMPORTANT
DATES
December/January

  • 11/30 - 12/11 - Hicklebee's Book Fair (online)*

  • 12/2 - 1/6 - Blossom Hill Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge*

  • 12/15- LGUSD Board Meeting, 6-8pm (online) - Please note the date change.

  • 12/15 - Parenting Continuum Workshop, 6:30-8pm (online)*

  • 12/16 - Community Book Study, 5:30-6:30pm (online)*

  • 12/17 - Deadline for kindness messages for the Terraces*

  • 12/18 - 1/3 - Winter Break - No School

  • 1/4 - School Resumes

  • 1/7 - Special LGUSD Board Meeting, 4-6pm (online)
*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

Blossom Hill Good News
Need some good news? Each week, check out the Wednesday morning announcements (found in your child's Google Classroom). Enjoy Mrs. Adams' special Blossom Hill song, fifth graders leading the Pledge and telling the "buzz" at Blossom Hill, important messages from Mrs. Reynolds, and funny jokes from our custodial staff. The Blossom Hill Good News will put a smile on your face.
Hybrid Learning Support Aides/Health Screeners Needed!
We are working towards opening for in-person instruction. In order to support our schools and staff members, we are hiring additional staff to act as in-class aides to facilitate the “Rooming and Zooming” model, and to provide on-campus support. While we know many would be happy to volunteer their support, to ensure adequate training and provide consistency, we will be hiring the assistants. These positions will begin when in-person instruction classes begin. The details and how to apply are listed in the job posting. 
Kindness Art Project and Terraces Holiday Outreach
As a spark to kindle kindness and empathy, we are sending home a “Kindness Art Project” kit to each student at your next student supply pick up days. The kit is a brown paper bag with a length of string, ribbons and stickers. The premise is simple:
  • Fix the string up somewhere near your child's work space.
  • Each time your child does something kind for someone, tie a small piece of the ribbon to the string.
  • When someone else does something nice for your child, tie on a different colored piece!
Your child can decorate it as much as he/she likes and share with his/her teacher and classmates!
As an extension of our Kindness Challenge, we invite you to help us spread kindness and cheer during these difficult times. This holiday season is especially hard for many seniors who may be living alone or unable to see family due to COVID 19. We need your help to make cards, letters, drawings or anything special and personal for our friends at the Terraces. Please place your messages of kindness in the box in front of the office by Thursday, December 17th at 4pm. Don't forget to tie a ribbon on your string for your act of kindness.
Last Chance to Shop the
Hicklebee's Virtual Book Fair
Thank you to everyone who has shopped the Hicklebee's Virtual Book Fair to support the Blossom Hill Library and to all the students who have participated in the fun Book Fair events. Last night's PJ Story Time with Mrs. Reynolds' was so much fun! Mrs. Reynolds read many wonderful books including I Want to Sleep Under the Stars by Mo Willems and Be You by Peter H. Reynolds. Thank you to Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. Grespan for giving us the wonderful gift of sharing these stories and their time. Thank you also to Francine Shore and Ting Engelman for coordinating the Book Fair and all the events.
The Book Fair will be ending this Friday, December 11th.
Hicklebee's Book Fair Scavenger Hunt Winners
Thank you to all the students who participated in our Hicklebee's Scavenger Hunt. We hope you had fun exploring the book fair.

Congratulations to the winners:
Sarah C. - Mrs. DiSessa's class
Matthieu D. - Mrs. Anderson's class
Molly G. - Mrs. Despars' class
Jeremy C. - Mrs. Milos' class
Kyle S. - Mrs. Anderson's class
Eva M. - Mrs. Ottinger's class
Andrew H. - Mrs. Roshinski's class
Arda H. - Mrs. Roshinski's class
Gianna F. - Mrs. Petty's class
Liesl W. - Mrs. Petty's class
Lending Library Temporarily Closed
Due to the new "Stay at Home" orders, our On Your Honor Lending Library will be closed through the holiday break. We look forward to it reopening when we return to school in January. Thank you to Francine Shore and Amy Grespan for setting up this wonderful resource.
Sessions begin December 16th
5:30-6:30pm
Community Book Study
LGUSD is inviting the community to join in the conversation about equity, inclusion and race led by our Equity Action Team and Epoch Education. We are reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Pick up a copy of the book and get reading. We look forward to learning together.
Thank you 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for submitting your entries for the yearbook contest!  We collected nearly 100 beautiful drawings!
We are proud to announce our online Art Gallery to showcase ALL the creative drawings to reflect the spirit of this year’s theme – ‘Let The Kind Bees Zoom to Success!’
Enjoy!

Contact yearbook@blossomhill.org with any questions.

Buy the Yearbook and Upload your school photos, please visit TreeRing.
Save the Date - The Science Fair is Going Virtual!
"Bee" Safe with Blossom Hill Masks!
All students will be receiving a Blossom Hill mask at their next materials pick up courtesy of the Home & School Club. Please be sure to write your child's name and classroom number on the label inside the mask, as all masks do look alike. Let's all "bee" safe and "bee" healthy.

Blossom Hill Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge - Update
The new "Stay at Home" order does allow for exercising outdoors, and we know this is important for our physical and mental health. To foster our community connections and exercise our bodies, please enjoy our Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge while you and your family are out on a walk or bike or scooter ride. Please remember to "bee" safe - wear a mask and keep your minimum six feet of distance. The new submission deadline will be Wednesday, January 6th.

Have your parents email your pictures to events@blossomhill.org by 9 pm on January 6th. Make sure you include only your first name and teacher for identifying information. Families only need to include one submission - just include the first name and teacher of each child who wants to be entered in the prize drawing. Photos may be shared in the Beehive, Wednesday morning announcement and/or yearbook. 

Completed entries will be included in a prize drawing. Entries that have completed the bonus section will be included in a drawing for a special grand prize. Winners will be announced in the morning announcements and Beehive on December 16. Please note, to encourage Covid-19 recommendations, we will only accept entries with pictures of children in the same household. Masks and distancing should be used during this activity.

Take a picture of you and your family…
  • Wearing Blossom Hill Spirit Wear at home
  • Next to the “Hicklebees Bookfair” or “Bee Kinder” sign in front of Blossom Hill 
  • Next to your favorite spot at Blossom Hill Park
  • In front of the Billy Jones Wildcat RailRoad Station
  • In front of your favorite Los Gatos sweet shop
  • In front of the Los Gatos library with a book
  • In front of the Los Gatos 9/11 Memorial
  • Next to the Los Gatos High School cat

BONUS - Take a picture of you and your family…
  • Outside the original Forbes Mill building
  • In front of a light display at Vasona park (either day or night)
  • In your email submission, tell us one new fact you have learned about our town during your hunt.
LGS Recreation Opportunities
Looking for holiday camps, Clubhouse registration, or other enrichment and athletics offerings for your children or for yourself? Check out LGS Recreation's Winter/Spring Recreation Guide. There are many opportunities available for all ages across many different areas of interest.
Preparing our Children for Tomorrow’s Headlines
A workshop for parents and guardians of Elementary to Middle School children

Free - Thanks to your One Community LG donations

NEW Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: On-line (See zoom link below)
A global pandemic, wildfires, political elections, and school re-opening are just a few hot topics in the headlines today. Hearing and engaging in the conversations around these things can have us all feeling a little anxious. Are you prepared to effectively talk with your family about these current news events?

Parenting Continuum is hosting a 90-minute workshop with Common Sense Education and Project Cornerstone on tips and techniques to prepare our children for tomorrow's headlines. You will leave this highly interactive session with:

  • Strategies for better communication with your family using the research-based Developmental Assets framework to help children and teens gain skills needed to make good choices, take responsibility and become independent and fulfilled adults
  • For more information on the Developmental Assets framework, go to: https://www.ymcasv.org/ymca-project-cornerstone/developmental-assets

  • Tips and techniques for navigating potentially sensitive topics with elementary and middle school children in a complex media environment

  • Greater confidence as a parent or guardian to acquire healthy mind habits and digital citizenship- how to use technology in a safe, responsible and effective way

Come to this session to ready yourself as a parent/guardian, improve your family relationships & dynamics, and help create a calm and supportive home environment where children can become their best.

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
Jennifer Shapiro, 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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