May 4, 2022
The Beehive
Issue 36

From The Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:
Happy May!
I would like to offer a big THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to our most generous parent community for supporting our annual adult fundraiser, The Hive, last Saturday night.  The event was a spectacular success with our school’s tagline, “It’s for the children!” once again setting the tone for the evening. 
The planning for this highly anticipated community-building celebration began more than two years ago and culminated in a night of fun for all with a focus on our students.  While our dedicated volunteers made it look easy, organizing the event was no small feat.  I would like to give an extra special thank you to the super star event coordinators: Ellen Feichtmeir, Cat Leitch, and Amanda Caruso.   Their extraordinary efforts made the occasion memorable for all in attendance.  Sincere appreciation also goes to the multi-talented volunteers who generously contributed their time and expertise to make The Hive a prosperous evening:  Julie Reynolds, Tara Moseley, Trista Bernstein, Rachel Pandipati, Jasleen Dhillon, Jennifer Shapiro, and Ling LawAlso key to the evening’s fundraising success was Josh Bernstein who shared his auctioneer prowess and delightful sense of humor to raise money and spread joy all at the same time. Thank you to Morgan Friberg for his amazing guitar playing during the cocktail hour and to the Blossom Hill dads band "Hard Pop," starring Dave Dodd, Mark Heffernan, Ben Carter, and Greg Campbell, for getting everyone out on the dance floor.
The funds donated during the Fund-a-Need paddle raise will help to outfit our multi-purpose room with a state of the art AV system which will include a mounted laser projector with a high power lens and digital wireless microphones and speakers.  The system will be used extensively for assemblies such as the author and artist’s visits that recently took place, along with providing a space where grade level cohorts can participate in virtual assemblies to places like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the California Academy of Sciences and countless other sites around the globe that have been opened up to us with technology.  It will also be used by our Honeybee Choir and upper grade chorus.  Thank you for making this possible!!
I would also like to offer immense gratitude to our Home & School Club Board who have worked tirelessly this year to build community during this novel time. This amazing group of leaders includes: Melissa Crow, Jennifer Shapiro, Ellen Feichtmeir, Jean Choi, Widya Junus, Nika Esfahani and Kristin Hutchinson.  Their dedication and enthusiasm, along with your generous support, allows our hive to thrive.
In education together,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill Elementary
Phone: 408.335.2100



  • 5/3-5/5 - Hicklebee's Book Fair*

  • 5/5 - Minimum Day*

  • 5/5 - Open House, 6:30-7:30pm*

  • 5/6 - Mrs. Adams' Retirement Party, 11:30am-1pm (MPR)*

  • 5/11 - Volunteer Tea, 9:45-10:25am (Staff Lounge/Front Lawn)*

  • 5/11 - Kinder Spring Sing, 6pm (BH)

  • 5/13 - The Swarm and Family Picnic, 11:30am-12:25pm*

  • 5/13 - Men's Poker Night, 6pm (the Reynolds' House)*

  • 5/19 - Home & School Club Member Meeting, 11:30am-1pm (Melissa Crow's backyard)*

  • 5/20 - 5th Grade Music Concert, 1:45pm (BH front lawn)

  • 5/25 - 5th Grade Celebration, 12:15pm (BH) (more info to come)

  • 5/26 - School Site Council Meeting, 2:45pm (MPR)

  • 5/30 - Memorial Day - No School
*Scroll down for more details on these events.
**See details above "From the Principal's Desk"


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.
Problem of the Month
Congratulations to the winners of the 
April Problem of the Month:

Grades TK/K-1 - Maddox M. in Mrs. Kopecky's class
Grades 2-3 - Anirudh M. in Mrs. Hsia's class
Grades 4-5 - Fudai C. in Mrs. Ottinger's class
(All winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon!)

Way to be great problem solvers Honeybees! For the May Problem of Month, check your Google Classroom or check with your teacher.

Blossom Hill's Problem of the Month is made possible by parent contributions to One Community LG.
"Hive" Five for Earth Week!
Many thanks to Green Team Lead Szilvia DeCoin for an educational and fun earth week. Szilvia helped coordinate Earth Day themed games at recess, implemented daily themes, organized lunchtime trash pickups, and facilitated “green eating” educational opportunities at lunch. Many thanks also go to Szilvia for organizing our clothing drive and for facilitating charitable donations from the Lost & Found. 
"Hive" Five for The Hive
Thank you to everyone who came out for a night of celebration and community at The Hive on Saturday, April 30.  Because of you, our Home & School Club was able to raise more than $36,000 from the Fund-a-Need and the Giving Tree and $48,775 from the live and silent auctions as well as the sign up parties!  Special thanks go to Home & School Club Vice President Ellen Feichtmeir and Hive Committee Members Amanda Caruso, Julie Reynolds, Catherine Leitch, Rachel Pandipati, Trista Bernstein, Jasleen Dhillon, and Tara Moseley for organizing such a special event.  Many thanks to Michelle Avlas and Ling Law for helping with Check In and Check Out, Jennifer Shapiro for graphic designs and marketing materials, Morgan Friberg for Cocktail Hour Music, and our memorable auctioneer Josh Bernstein.  Thanks go to the dads of "Hard Pop" (Dave Dodd, Mark Heffernan, Ben Carter, and Greg Campbell) for helping us dance the night away.   In addition, we have tremendous appreciation and gratitude for Principal Lisa Reynolds and the teachers and staff of Blossom Hill Elementary who attended the event.
All dads are welcome, not just Blossom Hill dads!
Please pass this invitation on to your dad friends.
Community Sponsor Spotlight
The Blossom Hill Home & School Club would like to thank our Bee-liever Level Sponsor, theCoderSchool. theCoderSchool is offering In-person & Remote zoom coding lessons. Students can still receive quality instruction from their Code Coaches each week with a very low ratio of 2-students-to-1-instructor at the school or from the safety of your own home. With small student to coach ratio (2:1), customized project-based coding lessons engage students, theCoderSchool works with each coder in their area of interest and work at their own pace. Learn Scratch, Python, C++, Unity, Java, HTML, Javascript, CSS, Minecraft, Roblox, Raspberry Pi, AI, App dev, and other technologies. At theCoderSchool, they want to do more than just teach coding. They want aspiring coders to use their new found passion as a stepping stone to thinking outside the box, as a way to channel their ideas in a creative way, and most importantly, to have fun. Interested? Fill out the form at their website and they will be in touch shortly to tell you more! For more information please visit
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 |  
*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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