February 3, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 24

From the Principal's Desk 
Dear BH Families, 

Together, we have successfully reopened school for TK-2 students! Next week, we look forward to welcoming back students in grades 3-5 as well. Providing families choice as we continue to navigate this pandemic together remains our priority. After closing our school doors for in-person instruction last March, the following REOPENING information is evidence of our collective commitment to support ALL students. Thank you to students, parents, and teachers for your continued dedication. All grade 3-5 parents will receive correspondence from your child’s teacher by 3:00 P.M. tomorrow, February 4th, which will include important information about school reopening. Please read their message carefully.
Roomers are strongly encouraged to participate in the next COVID testing dates at their school site. Be sure to register before arrival if it is your child’s first COVID test. After registering once, you do not need to re-register. Here are the upcoming COVID testing dates:
Please continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and abide by our County’s travel restrictions. Together, we can continue to keep our community safe while keeping our school OPEN!

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


  • 2/3 - Community Book Study - The New Jim Crow, 5:30-6:30pm (online)*

  • 2/4 - Special LGUSD Board Meeting, 5pm (online)

  • 2/8 - Positive Parenting Course, 7pm (online)*

  • 2/10 - Picture Day (Please note time changes.)*

  • 2/10 - Chipotle Fundraiser, 4-8pm (Blossom Hill location)*

  • 2/10 - Science Fair Registration Closes (Date extended from 2/3)*

  • 2/11 - Deadline for Valentine's hearts for the Terraces*

  • 2/14 - Valentine's Day Cupcake Class, 1-3pm (online)*

  • 2/15-2/19 - February Break - No School
*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.
"Roomer" Daily Health Checker Clarification
  • If your child is a Roomer, you will receive an automated “Student Health Checker” email at 6:30 A.M. on each day your child will be physically present on campus. The form will have the same set of questions each day. You do not need to print the form out.
  • If this form is not completed electronically by 7:30 A.M. for each of your children, you will be sent a reminder email. Complete this form before bringing your child to campus. This is your child’s “ticket” to participate in-person. There will be no exceptions.
  • At 8:05 A.M., a list of all Roomers who completed the form will be printed at the Blossom Hill office. Each staff member checking students in at the gates will have those lists in hand. That is why it must be filled out no later than 8 A.M.
  • If your child arrives at school and this form has not been completed by 8:00 A.M., you will be required to pick up your child and your child will Zoom for the rest of the day. Having to manually ask these questions would result in huge lines and crowding at the gates. In order for this process to work, the form must be submitted electronically by 8am.
  • Thank you for supporting our safe arrival protocol. Please contact the school’s office at 408-335-2100 if you do not receive this form by 7:30 A.M.
Food Services Update
In order to provide to-go lunch options for all students (Roomers and Zoomers), we are changing a few details of our meal program that we wanted to bring to your attention.

  1. Grab-n-Go lunches will be available for all students (Roomers and Zoomers) at each campus exit gate from 11:45am - 12:15pm MTThF (elementary) and 10:45 -11:15am M-F (middle school). The tables are marked by menu item and students can grab a breakfast snack/lunch to eat at home. These meals are complimentary for all students.
  2. Complementary meals are also available for drive through pick up at Fisher. The hours for drive thru have changed slightly and will be open from 11:30am-1:00pm daily M-F.
  3. Any special dietary needs to contact Lupe Pena directly at [email protected]
  4. We will publish the menu and meal schedule weekly on Wednesdays so that you may plan ahead.
Specials Schedule Update
For grades 1-5, starting this week, special subjects begin at 1:15pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, electives start at 1pm with the exception of 5th grade music (see below).
Problem of the Month
Congratulations to the winners of the 
January Problem of the Month:

Grades TK/K-1 - Shreeya B. in Mrs. Arredondo's class
Grades 2-3 - Mikhail K. in Mrs. Jee/Bertucelli's class
Grades 4-5 - Ansel D. in Mrs. O’Donnell and Mrs.Mastroianni's class
(All winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon!)

Way to be great problem solvers Honeybees! For February's Problem of Month, check your Google Classroom or check with your teacher.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
It is a happy time for the Roomers and Zoomers. Despite pandemics, fires, curious news crews, power outages and winter storms, the Blossom Hill staff continues to push forward in their pursuit of academic excellence across the galaxy.  
Led by Lisa Reynolds, Julie Sheehan and Cindy Adams, Blossom Hill teachers and staff continue to help our students “reach for the stars” and achieve academic success across multiple platforms. 
Armed with knowledge, creativity and determination, our teachers and staff prove again and again that they are truly “out of this world.”
Spring 2021 Conference Week is almost here and the Home & School Club “Bee-lieve Brigade” is continuing our long-standing tradition of hosting daily lunches for our “Space-tacular” staff during conference week. Support our inter-galactic superstars by making cash donations for catering and other expenses during conference week lunches.
Please contact Kristin Hutchinson if you have any questions at [email protected]. Thank you for showing our amazing teachers and staff how much we appreciate them! 
Science Fair Registration is Still Open!
Visit the Science Fair website to learn more about the Virtual Science Fair and accompanying events. Key dates include:

  • Registration deadline extended to February 10th.

  • March 1-5 - Project slides and videos due for upload

  • March 11 and 12 - Virtual Science Fair website live for participants

  • March 12 at 6 pm - Virtual Science Night "Extreme Science" show for all Blossom Hill families
Valentines for the Terraces
Help us celebrate Valentine's Day by sending love to our friends at the Terraces. We will be collecting Valentine's hearts to mount onto poster boards which will be displayed in the common areas throughout the Terraces for all the residents to enjoy. Just grab some red, white, or pink paper and some scissors, cut out a heart shape, and write your Valentine's message. Drop it off in the box in front of the office anytime between now and February 11th. Thank you for helping us spread joy in our community.
Photos Needed for Blossom Hill Good News
Valentine's Photos
Does your child have Valentine's wishes he/she would like to share? If you would like your Valentines to be part of our Wednesday morning announcements, take a picture of your student and his/her Valentine's message (it could be a heart for the Terraces) and send them to Mrs. Sheehan at [email protected]. Don't forget to also upload your pictures to your yearbook account at Treering. Thank you for helping to spread the good news!
Pet Photos
We are still collecting your fun pet photos. Please send pictures of your child and his/her pet to Mrs. Sheehan at [email protected]. Don't forget to also upload your pictures to your yearbook account at Treering. We are in need of many more pictures for the yearbook.
Valentine's Day Cupcake Baking Class
The Blossom Hill Home & School Club is excited to offer our families a chance to bake Valentine's Day cupcakes in an online class with Cucina Bambini. Students in all grade levels and all baking skill levels are invited to joined us at 1pm on Valentine's Day for a two hour class in which we will bake chocolate cupcakes with a buttercream frosting and a special Valentine's Day decoration. Registration will be $15 per family. We have space for 30 families for this session. (We will have a waiting list if needed.) We will send out a list of ingredients and a Zoom link the week before the class.
Mark Your Calendar for Picture Day - February 10th
Third time's a charm! Picture Day has been re-rescheduled for Wednesday, February 10th. With our new Wednesday schedule, the time slots have shifted to start at 11am and finish by 4pm. Please see the schedule below for your time and entrance and exit gates. For those families who are not comfortable coming to campus for school pictures, an option will be provided. More information will be sent home.
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
"Bee" Safe with Blossom Hill Masks!

Need more masks for returning to in person instruction? We've got you covered. 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 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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