January 6, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 20

From the Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families, 

Welcome back to school! The new year is off to a great start and I’m looking forward to our partnership moving forward to support all students. As you know, the LGUSD Board of Trustees has a meeting scheduled on Thursday, January 7, at 4:00 P.M. During this meeting, the Board will be reviewing the current Reopening Plan and will determine if the plan is a “Go” or “No Go” after taking into consideration local data from the California Health Department, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and recommendations from the State of California. 
As Team LGUSD prepares to implement a Roomer & Zoomer model, professional development for teachers remains a top priority. For this reason, the virtual classroom schedule will be modified on the following dates. Please mark your calendars:

Modified Virtual Zoom Instruction In Preparation for Reopening School:
  • Thursday, January 14-8:30-10:30 A.M.
  • Friday, January 15- 8:30-10:30 A.M.
  • Monday, January 18- No School (Martin Luther King Day)
  • Tuesday, January 19- 8:30-10:30 A.M.
  • Wednesday, January 20- 8:30-10:30 A.M.
  • Thursday, January 21- 8:30-10:30 A.M.
  • Friday, January 22- 8:30-10:30 A.M.

On Monday, January 11th, every teacher will inform families who have requested for their child to be a “Roomer” of their cohort schedule which will be either Cohort A (Monday/Tuesday) or Cohort B (Thursday/Friday). With this model, every class will remain intact.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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


  • 1/6 - Community Book Study - The New Jim Crow, 5:30-6:30pm (online)*

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

  • 1/13 - New Parents Virtual Q&A Meeting, 9:15-10am (online)*

  • 1/14-1/22 - Modified Virtual Schedule for All Students (8:30-10:30am)**

  • 1/14 - LGUSD Board Meeting, 6:30pm (online)

  • 1/18 - MLK Jr. Day - No School

  • 1/20 - Community Book Study - The New Jim Crow, 5:30-6:30pm (online)*

  • 1/27 - Picture Day*

  • 1/27 - Chipotle Fundraiser, 4-8pm (Blossom Hill location)*

  • 1/28 - School Site Council (SSC), 2:45-3:45pm (online)

  • 1/28 - Science Fair Parent Night, 7:30pm (online)*
*Scroll down for more details on these events.
**See details above "From the Principal's Desk"


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.
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.

All meetings will be from 5:30-6:30pm.
December 16, 2021 – Preface and Introduction
January 6, 2021 –
Chapter 1: The Rebirth of Caste
January 20, 2021 - Chapter 2: The Lockdown
February 3, 2021 – Chapter 3: The Color of Justice
February 24, 2021 – Chapter 4: The Cruel Hand
March 10, 2021 – Chapter 5: The New Jim Crow
March 24, 2021 – Chapter 6: The Fire This Time
Problem of the Month
Congratulations to the winners of the 
December Problem of the Month:

Grades TK/K-1 - David W. in Mrs. Hsia's class
Grades 2-3 - Ayesha W. in Mrs. DiSessa's class
Grades 4-5 - Alexa C. in Mrs. Ottinger's class
(All winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon!)

Way to be great problem solvers Honeybees! For January's Problem of Month, check your Google Classroom or check with your teacher.
Terraces Holiday Outreach
Thank you to all of the students who made such wonderful cards, drawings, and books for our friends at the Terraces. We were able to deliver more than 75 of these handmade gifts for the holidays. The residents at the Terraces deeply appreciated our acts of kindness during this difficult, and often lonely, holiday season. Thank you Blossom Hill Honeybees for being such great bucket fillers!
"Bee" Safe with Blossom Hill Masks!

All students received a Blossom Hill mask at their last 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.
The Science Fair is Coming!
If you missed your library time this week, please go to the Science Fair website to learn more about the Virtual Science Fair. The Parent Info Night will be held Thursday, January 28 at 7:30pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out in an email the day before the meeting.
Tech Support for Families
Chromebook Maintenance & Troubleshooting
Here are some things you can do to assure that your Chromebook will provide the best performance possible:
  • Sit close to your home router for best WiFi connectivity.
  • Lagging and freezing usually indicate a problem with your internet connection. Move to an area with a more stable connection to see if this helps. 
  • Check the speed of your Internet connection
Exterior of the Chromebook
  • Make sure nothing is covering the microphone or camera such as a piece of tape or paper.
  • The Microphone is a small hole located on the top of your screen, next to your camera.
  • Removing any stickers on or around your camera may help as well.

During the School Week
  • Restart your chromebook daily.
  • This means turn the Chromebook off and back on at least once every 24 hours. This can help ensure your cache is cleared on a regular basis and can ensure configuration updates are kept up to date.
  • Regularly close unneeded tabs, applications, and extensions.  
  • These actions can take more bandwidth or power demand and it is very common for these to cause issues during video conferencing. It is best to only keep tabs open that are needed, especially while in a video conference. Most software players are constantly working to improve the efficiency of their programs and therefore previously needed extensions may not be needed any longer. These no longer needed extensions running in the background can slow down your system and impact overall device performance.
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. 
Project Cornerstone
Lesson #3 - Sebastian's Roller Skates
Theme: Keep Going—Another Try Might Change Everything 

Social and Emotional Learning Message

This book shows how perseverance and hard work can bring about great leaps of confidence and skill. Shy Sebastian gains confidence while practicing a new activity: roller skating! His newly developed confidence empowers him to speak up and participate more fully in other areas of his life. 
The goals for this lesson are:
  • Students will reflect upon and identify the support students receive from their peers, family, and community.
  • Students will understand that as they persevere through something difficult, they gain confidence. 
  • Students will provide support to their peers, family, and community. 

The following questions go along with the Cornerstone video:

Pause 1: 
1. What do you notice about Sebastian’s thoughts? (Dark colors, lots of thoughts, they are hidden, they don’t stand out, they are jumbled and messy.)

2. Does Sebastian have the confidence to share his thoughts? How do you know? (He is not making eye contact, he is looking at the floor, he says “fine.”)

3. Why do think he is not sharing his thoughts? (Scared, shy, etc.) 
4. Tell students to pay attention to Sebastian’s thoughts in the illustrations as we read the rest of the story.  

Pause 2:  
1. How did Sebastian feel after he tried to skate? (He’s not good, skating isn’t for him.)
2. What is a way Sebastian could have used his personal power to change how he was feeling? (Positive self-talk, “I can’t skate…yet,” he could’ve kept trying.)

Pause 3: 
1. Why was Sebastian sad? (He is not as good as other skaters, he got a little discouraged.)
2. How did Sebastian respond the next day? What did he do? (He returned to the park, he kept trying, he skated slowly, he put one foot in front of the other.)
Pause 4: 
1. What do you notice about Sebastian’s thoughts now? (Bright colors, lots of thoughts, they stand out.)

2. Does Sebastian have the confidence to share his thoughts? How do you know? (He is looking at the neighbor speaking to him.) 
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]  
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