October 20, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 12

2021-2022
From The Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:
 
It’s hard to believe, but we are wrapping up the first trimester this Friday and Parent/Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. They will be held November 1st-5th. Restructured days have been calendared for that week with students in grades 1-5 being dismissed at 12:10. The kindergarten classes will follow the AM kindergarten schedule Monday through Friday and be released at 11:30. All classroom teachers sent home scheduling information this week. If you have not done so already, please be sure to respond and schedule your conference with your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
 
Parent /Teacher Conferences provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to share information that will promote social/emotional development and academic achievement. Both parties bring their own expertise to the meeting. As parents, you are extremely knowledgeable about your child. You understand what motivates them: their strengths, challenges, dreams, and qualms. Teachers bring important information about learning styles, age appropriate skills, developmental milestones, peer relationships, and an understanding of where your child is on their educational journey.
 
In order to maximize the value of the home/school connection for student learning, consider these tips for a successful conference:
 
1. Prior to the meeting, ask your child questions, such as, “What is your favorite subject?” “In which subject would you like to improve?” “In what subject have you learned the most so far this year?” Also, ask your child if he or she has any concerns they want you to discuss with the teacher.
 
2. Look over recent assignments so that you know how your child is progressing.
 
3. At the conference, ask the teacher questions to better understand your child’s progress and needs. “What is my child particularly good at doing?” “Are there things my child is reluctant to try right now?” “Are there things that he or she does that surprise you?”
 
4. Be open to suggestions from the teacher. Check to see if there are things you can do at home to help your child be more prepared for school.
 
5. Share positive comments about your child and their experiences at school.
 
6. Expect to hear about something your child will be challenged to improve.
 
7. Share any concerns so the teacher can understand your child, along with any relevant information that may point to a solution.
 
8. Since conferences are tightly scheduled, please arrive promptly.
 
9. Please do not leave your child unattended anywhere on campus, inside or outside, during the conference. Please feel free to visit our Scholastic Book Fair before or after your conference, but do not leave your child unattended at the Book Fair while you are at your conference. If you need childcare, Club House allows drop-in visits (four hour minimum). You may call them at (408) 335-2131 for more information. Space is limited.
 
As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Upon conclusion of the conference, be sure to discuss with your child what you learned and share how you will continue to help with learning at home. Also, ask for his or her suggestions. 
 
Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully prepare and actively participate in your child’s Parent/Teacher Conference. We are whole-heartedly committed to building a strong home/school partnership to ensure your child’s ongoing growth and success.
 
 
In education together,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100
It's time to get out the vote! 
Don't forget to send in your ballots for Measure B. Voting for Measure B closes November 2 and ballots can be mailed now. Measure B is the largest source of locally controlled funding for Los Gatos schools. The passing of Measure B will prevent the loss of 23 teachers across the district. Just mark your ballot and drop it in the mail. No stamp required.  

Melissa Crow
Home & School Club President

IMPORTANT
DATES

October/November



  • 10/22 - Vasona Walk, 8:30am (Vasona Park)*

  • 10/25-10/29 - Honeybees Red Ribbon Week*



  • 10/29 - Halloween Parade, 1pm*

  • 10/29 - Box Tops Collection Deadline*

  • 11/1-11/5 - Conference Week (minimum days)

  • 11/1-11/5 - One Warm Coat Drive*

  • 11/2 - Measure B Voting Deadline*

  • 11/2-11/4 - Scholastic Book Fair, 8:10am-2pm*
*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 - 3:30 pm

QUICK LINKS
Los Gatos Union School District Parcel Tax
Measure B - Mail Your Ballot Today!
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.

Ballots are arriving to residents now. Please be an informed voter and vote on Measure B. It is the only item on the ballot.
Please watch the video below which describes the ways our Los Gatos schools receive funding and how these resources fall short.
Last Call for Clipped Box Tops For Education!
Keep Scanning Your Receipts!
Still have some unexpired Box Tops lying around? Send them to school with your student by October 29th. Students can place them in the Box Tops folder in their classroom. This will be the last call for Box Tops clips as Box Tops has gone digital. Please continue to scan your receipts to get credit for your purchases and help Blossom Hill earn cash. Questions? Please contact our No Cost Giving Chair at nocost@blossomhill.org.
Check out this great
"Mask Reminder - Halloween Edition"!
Support Our Beehive as a Community Sponsor!
Your company can make an incredible difference at BHE! Join us as a Community Sponsor to fund essential school supplies, teacher supplies, art supplies, technology, instruments, lunchtime programs, assemblies, social and emotional learning, community events, spirit days, enrichment programs and much more. 

Community Sponsors are highlighted throughout the school year. Recognition opportunities include your company logo featured in the Beehive, at The Hive and online through our website and social media - along with many other touch points! 

For more information please visit our website or contact our Community Sponsors Coordinator Trista Bernstein.  

Together we can help our Hive thrive
LGS Recreation After School Enrichment Programs
LGS Recreation is offering various after school enrichment classes for Session 2 ranging from art, science, and sports. Please visit our website and select the school your child attends to see what programs we offer.


Questions? Please contact:
Al Soriano
Coordinator of Day Camps/Promotions
Take a Walk Through the Park
Come walk or stroll through Vasona Park with other Blossom Hill parents on October 22nd at 8:30am. Meet at the Oak Meadow carousel. Strollers and dogs are welcomed! Please contact Melissa Crow for more information.
Donate Supplies to Fun Fridays!
Fun Fridays is looking for yard games and craft supplies for weekly activities. Donate gently used, lightweight yard games or unused craft supplies. Unused craft supplies can be left in a box near the front office. Stickers, boards, papers and crayons in Fall colors are especially helpful for upcoming lunchtime craft projects. Please email Amy Gregor at funvisors@blossomhill.org to arrange for pickup of yard games or with any questions.
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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