September 1, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 5

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

It has been a magical day as musician, songwriter, and longtime Blossom Hill friend, Mr. Steve Seskin, visited our school to help us kick-off the new year with kindness and joy.  Steve shared stories and sang about friendship, empathy, being curious, and pushing through challenges.  

He also wrote a special song for our learning community titled, Be the Source of Someone’s Joy, that highlights feelings and the power of sharing our light with others.  We are excited to embody the message and spirit of the song and to share it with you.

Ever vigilant in implementing safety protocols, we were able to provide four separate outside assemblies where students social distanced and wore masks.  Making this celebration and special learning opportunity feasible was our Home & School Club.  I speak for students and staff, alike, when I express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your thoughtful donations and support to make such a positive community building event possible. 

In education together,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100
From The Home & School Club President's Desk 
“It takes a hive to thrive.” Those simple words inspire and motivate our collective efforts at Blossom Hill. At Back-to-School Night last month, I spoke about three ways you can help our hive thrive. You can volunteer. You can donate. You can vote. 
First, our hive thrives when you volunteer. Thank you to everyone who has responded to the call to volunteer. You are room parents, pottery helpers, library helpers, committee chairs, event helpers and more. Because of you, we are able to restore many beloved activities and events on campus this year. If you were not able to submit your volunteer survey, send me an email at president@blossomhill.org and I will help you find an opportunity that is a good fit for your interests and schedule. 
Second, our hive thrives when you donate to One Community. Please donate to One Community at www.onecommunitylg.org. Put a reminder on your calendar to donate this weekend. Your contribution pays for student and teacher supplies, classroom technology, instruments, staff salaries, music and art programs, and other initiatives related to the district’s strategic plan. Staff impacted by the One Community campaign include music and art teachers, librarians, and physical education teachers. Donations should be made by September 30. Our goal is 100% participation.
Third, our hive thrives when you vote. I encourage you to become an informed citizen and prepare to vote on Measure B, a renewal of our local measure that funds 23 core academic teachers in our district. This measure is the largest source of locally controlled funding for our school district. It impacts our class sizes and the depth and breadth of our staff. Measure B is included on the November 2 ballot, not the current ballot available for the gubernatorial recall. Please look for more information at www.lgusd.org/renewalmeasure.
Again, thank you for all you do. Our hive thrives because of you.

Melissa Crow
Blossom Hill Home & School Club President

IMPORTANT
DATES

September



  • 9/6 - No School - Labor Day






  • 9/20 - 9/24 - Safe Routes to School - Walk and Bike to School Week

  • 9/22 - H&SC Member Meeting, 8:30am (online)


  • 9/24 - 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo (more info to come)

  • 9/28 - 4th Grade Bike Rodeo (more info to come)

  • 9/30 - Virtual Math Game Night, Grades TK-2 5:45-6:45pm and Grades 3-5 7-8pm (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

BH Spirit Day

This Friday's theme is "Mix and Match." Let's see those crazy mismatched outfits and socks Honeybees! Students are always welcome to wear BH Spirit Wear.
Did you know that One Community LG, through the LGEF, funds our new district K-5 art teacher, Peggy Anderson?  Mrs. Anderson, a former classroom teacher at Blossom Hill Elementary, is an amazing artist who is thrilled to share her creativity and love of art at all our elementary schools.  One Community LG also funds the Art Docents program at all the elementary schools.  LGEF funds the Art Docent program itself while the Blossom Hill Home & School Club funds the art supplies they use with each of our children.  To find out more about what your contributions to One Community LG will benefit, please visit onecommunitylg.org.
Noon Duty Supervisors Needed
Are you looking for part time employment? Or do you know someone who is? Blossom Hill School is looking for individuals to work as Noon Duty Supervisors up to 4 days a week. This person will assist school staff in ensuring the safety and well-being of students during lunch time and mid day recess. People who are only available 2-3 days a week should also apply. More information can be found at Noon Duty Supervisors.
Calling All Blossom Hill Moms!
Mom's Night Out at Athleta Los Gatos 
105 North Santa Cruz Avenue 
Monday, September 13th from 7 - 8 pm.

Come treat yourself to a mom's night out of shopping and connect with other moms from Blossom Hill Elementary. Athleta will keep the store open late just for us! Join us for a private shop party with light refreshments and special giveaways. You are all invited to shop the last day of Atheta's friends and family sale. There is no fundraising, minimum purchase requirement, or cover charge for this event. Just a fun night out with other moms from Blossom Hill! For more information and to register, please visit Mom's Night Out. 
Math Problem of the Month Challenge is Back!
The 2021-2022 Problem of the Month has begun! Teachers will provide paper copies of the problem for students to solve. Students are encouraged to put on their thinking caps, do some amazing problem solving, and show all their work before they turn it in. Ready, set, go! It’s time to find out what the Busy Bee problem solvers are going to do this year. 

Fran Mastroianni
Math Support Specialist x2178
Blossom Hill ElementarySchool
Lexington Elementary School
Time to Order Your 2021-2022 Yearbooks!
Big welcome back from the Blossom Hill Yearbook Committee! The Yearbook Committee relies on parents' help to supply photos of the students every year. Please upload the first day of school photos onto Treering. Our goal is to have every Blossom Hill student represented in the yearbook. 
To Purchase, Upload Photos & Customize Your Yearbook*:
*Must be a parent or student 13 years or older.



Yearbook Regular Price: $16.00

Note: The 2 Custom Pages are FREE.  
The pages are personalized by you and are printed ONLY in your book.
Spirit Wear Sale Continues!
Check out this website:
All items still available for a hard to beat price! 
Masks $3
T-Shirts and Ladies Tanks $5
Lounge Pants $5
Sweatshirts $10
         
*limited sizes available. 
 Email spiritwear@blossomhill.org if you have questions.
No Cost Giving Opportunities
There are many ways to donate to the Blossom Hill Home & School Club throughout the year without writing a check. Just register online with the companies listed below and designate the Blossom Hill Home & School Club as your charitable organization or program beneficiary.
Farm Fresh to You, a family farm growing organically since 1976, provides fresh, organic produce conveniently delivered right to your home or office while earning 10% for the Blossom Hill Home & School Club. Just use the promo code "BLOSSOMHILL" when you sign up. Existing customers can also apply the code.
Download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit our school's Box Tops earnings online. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents to Blossom Hill.
Enroll in the Nob Hill "Something Extra" program, select Blossom Hill H&SC online as your "Extra Credit" program beneficiary. Nob Hill will donate a percentage of your total purchase to the school.
Visit smile.amazon.com, designate Blossom Hill H&SC as your charitable organization, and shop away!
When you shop at Office Depot, provide our school ID code (70010508) at checkout. Office Depot will donate a percentage of your total purchase to Blossom Hill.
When you shop at any Sports Basement location or online, become a Basementeer select Blossom Hill Elementary to be your charity . Sports Basement will give you a 10% discount AND donate 10% of your total purchase to the school. 
When you shop online at Mabel's Labels, a 20% commission will be given to Blossom Hill Home & School Club. Simply select Blossom Hill Home & School Club under "Support a Fundraiser." Ordering from Mabel's Labels is a great way to keep track of all of your child's belongings.
LGUSD Volunteer Requirements
To volunteer at Blossom Hill School in the 2021-22 school year, LGUSD will require you to print out, complete, scan and upload the Volunteer Information Form and upload a Covid-19 Vaccination proof and a physician completed TB risk assessment form. You can do so via the link below. If you cannot open the Volunteer Information Form, you may complete a paper copy found in the office. Please bring your vaccination card and TB risk assessment form with you.
Halloween Costume Reminder
Halloween is two months away, but costumes are already starting to go on sale in stores. We are planning to resume our traditional Halloween Parade to the Terraces, a wonderful community building event. Please remember when purchasing costumes that inflatable costumes are not allowed at school. Thank you for your understanding.
Clubhouse and After School Enrichment
Registration available for on-site before and after care K-5 grade. Visit this link for more details.
 
After School Enrichment registration now open. First session begins August 30th. Visit this link to view and register for available classes at your campus.
The New Blossom Hill Directory is Here!
Our online directory is ready to connect you with classmates, teachers, and friends. AtoZ Connect continues to host our directory, but has moved platforms and is powered by Membership Toolkit. Everyone must register for a new account this school year. If you have any questions, contact Jean Choi, Directory Administrator, at directory@blossomhill.org.
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.
Your Help Needed for Important Funding Initiative for Free/Reduced Lunch Meal Program
Los Gatos Union School District receives funding based on students that qualify for Free/Reduced meal program applications. Since the 2021-2022 school year meal program is serving meals at no cost to Los Gatos Union School District families, it is important that all families, regardless of income, complete the attached Alternative Household Income application form before September 25, 2021.

Based on Free/Reduced eligibility, this funding supports:
● Title II funds – Professional Development for all staff.
● Title III funds – Immigration and English Learner students.
● Title IV funds – Middle School support for English Learners.
● Supplemental Funds – Intervention, Teacher Aides, Counseling Services,
Psychologist Services, Community Liaisons, Software Licenses for students,
Teacher Instructional Support, and Instructional materials.
Online Alternative Household Income applications can be found at:
Thank you for your participation in this important funding initiative!
Los Gatos Union School District
Don't Forget - Fridays are BH Spirit Days!
We invite all students (and staff) to show their Blossom Hill spirit by wearing the favorite BH Spirit Wear each Friday. Don't have any Spirit Wear? Please visit our online store, Rokkitwear, for a great selection. Limited t-shirts and sweatshirts, as well as BH masks, will be on sale at (We accept credit cards, Apple Pay, and cash.)
LGUSD Social Media Posting Policy
We have many events on campus throughout the year. While you are always welcome to take photos and video of any school performance, event or competition, student safety is our top priority in the Los Gatos Union School District. We respectfully request that you take into consideration the audience and performers when taking video or pictures. If you post an image or video to social media that may contain images of individuals other than your immediate family, please seek consent from the student’s family or guardian prior to posting. 
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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