December 2, 2020
The Beehive
Issue 17

From the Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:

Happy December! My thoughts are with you and your family during this special season. While this time looks and feels different than what we are accustomed to, I hope you have many opportunities to fill your bucket by sharing treasured moments with loved ones.

There has been lots of buzz about the Reopening Plan. If you did not have the chance to attend one of the recent H&SC Meetings/Principal Chats where the plan was discussed, please use the link below to access the plan and if you have additional questions, contact me.
Thank you to our families that have completed the Parent Commitment form. They are due by Monday, December 7th at 9:00 am. This data is important in helping us prepare classrooms and plan for other logistics related to reopening campus. If you have not completed the form yet, please do at your earliest convenience by clicking this link:
Please note, the next LGUSD Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th at 6:00 PM.

In closing, thank you for your efforts in keeping each other and our community safe and healthy. Working together and being there for one another is how we will continue to stay strong and support our beloved children.

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


  • 11/30 - 12/11 - Hicklebee's Book Fair (online)*

  • 12/2 - "It Takes A Village" Equity Action Team Community Meeting, 5:30-6:30pm (online)*

  • 12/2 - 12/13 - Blossom Hill December Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge *

  • 12/7 - Parent Commitment Intention Form due by 9am**

  • 12/7 - LGUSD Wellbeing - A Morning with Eric McDonald, 9am (online)*

  • 12/7 - When Should Parents Worry? Webinar, 5-6:15pm (online)*

  • 12/7 - Be Seen and Heard 2.0, 6:30pm (online)*

  • 12/8 - Story Time with Mrs. Reynolds, 7:00-7:30 PM (K-2) and 7:45-8:15 PM (3-5) (online)*

  • 12/15- LGUSD Board Meeting, 6-8pm (online) - Please note the date change.

  • 12/15 - Parenting Continuum Workshop , 6:30-8pm (online)*

  • 12/18 - 1/3 - Winter 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 dad jokes from our custodial staff. The Blossom Hill Good News will put a smile on your face.
Problem of the Month
Congratulations to the winners of the
November Problem of the Month:

Grades TK/K-1 - Sarah X. in Mrs. Arredondo's class
Grades 2-3 - Ernest N. in Mrs. Petty's class
Grades 4-5 - Arya S. in Mrs. Seroff's class
(All winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon!)

We had a total of 103 students participate in November. Way to be great problem solvers Honeybees! For December's Problem of Month, check your Google Classroom or check with your teacher.
Kindness Art Project
As a spark to kindle kindness and empathy, we are sending home a “Kindness Art Project” kit to each student at your next student supply pick up days. The kit is a brown paper bag with a length of string, ribbons and stickers. The premise is simple:
  • Fix the string up somewhere near your child's work space.
  • Each time your child does something kind for someone, tie a small piece of the ribbon to the string.
  • When someone else does something nice for your child, tie on a different colored piece!
Your child can decorate it as much as he/she likes and share with his/her teacher and classmates!
Mental Health 101: When Should Parents Worry?
Shashank Joshi, MD, Stanford School of Medicine
Monday, December 7, 2020
5:00pm – 6:15pm PT, Live Event (Webinar)
How can parents support the mental health of children and teens, especially during a pandemic? With rates of anxiety and depression on the rise, many parents wonder: Should I be worried?
Join us for an important conversation with Shashank Joshi, MD, Stanford psychiatrist and an expert in mental health and suicide prevention, on how parents and schools can promote youth mental wellness. Learn how to identify and support students impacted by mental health concerns, and how to recognize the signs of suicidality.
Parents (K-12), educators, clinicians, and community members welcome! Free admission. This  special presentation is sponsored by Peninsula Health Care District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at [email protected]
On Your Honor Lending Library is Here!
Thank you to all the families who have donated books to our "On Your Honor Lending Library." The books have been organized and are ready to be borrowed. The Lending Library cart will be in front of the office on school days from 9am-3pm. Please stop by to borrow some good reads. When you are done, please return the books to the returns box and borrow some more. There is no checking in or checking out. It is simply "on your honor." Please also remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing while on campus. Happy reading!
Hicklebee's Virtual Book Fair!
Join us in our annual Hicklebee's Book Fair. This year the Book Fair will be virtual and run from November 30th to December 11th. In addition to having a wonderful selection of books, there will be fun events happening throughout the Book Fair, including a Scavenger Hunt, Find the Mascot, Storytime with Mrs. Grespan, and a special pajama story time with Mrs. Reynolds. (Please note the date has changed to December 8th for this event).
One Warm Coat Drive
Thank you to all of the families who donated coats to our One Warm Coat Drive. This year we collected 123 coats in all sizes. These men's, women's, and children's coats were delivered to Opening Doors 2020 who will distribute the coats to low-income families, seniors, veterans, and the homeless. Thank you for supporting our community and helping those in need.
"Bee" Safe with Blossom Hill Masks!
All students will be receiving a Blossom Hill mask at their next 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.

Additional masks will be available for purchase.
More details to come.
Picture Day - Take 2!
Mark your calendars! Picture Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 27th. The make up day will be Wednesday, February 24th. Details, including a new time schedule, will be posted in the Beehive in January.
Blossom Hill December Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Join in the Blossom Hill Elementary December Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge! Take a picture of you and your family members in front of the town landmarks listed below between December 2 - 13, 2020.

Have your parents email your pictures to [email protected] by 9 pm on December 13. Make sure you include only your first name and teacher for identifying information. Families only need to include one submission - just include the first name and teacher of each child who wants to be entered in the prize drawing. Photos may be shared in the Beehive, Wednesday morning announcement and/or yearbook. 

Completed entries will be included in a prize drawing. Entries that have completed the bonus section will be included in a drawing for a special grand prize. Winners will be announced in the morning announcements and Beehive on December 16. Please note, to encourage Covid-19 recommendations, we will only accept entries with pictures of children in the same household. Masks and distancing should be used during this activity.

Take a picture of you and your family…
  • Wearing Blossom Hill Spirit Wear at home
  • Next to the “Hicklebees Bookfair” or “Bee Kinder” sign in front of Blossom Hill 
  • Next to your favorite spot at Blossom Hill Park
  • In front of the Billy Jones Wildcat RailRoad Station
  • In front of your favorite Los Gatos sweet shop
  • In front of the Los Gatos library with a book
  • In front of the Los Gatos 9/11 Memorial
  • Next to the Los Gatos High School cat

BONUS - Take a picture of you and your family…
  • Outside the original Forbes Mill building
  • In front of a light display at Vasona park (either day or night)
  • In your email submission, tell us one new fact you have learned about our town during your hunt.
Preparing our Children for Tomorrow’s Headlines
A workshop for parents and guardians of Elementary to Middle School children

Free - Thanks to your One Community LG donations

NEW Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2020
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: On-line (See zoom link below)
A global pandemic, wildfires, political elections, and school re-opening are just a few hot topics in the headlines today. Hearing and engaging in the conversations around these things can have us all feeling a little anxious. Are you prepared to effectively talk with your family about these current news events?

Parenting Continuum is hosting a 90-minute workshop with Common Sense Education and Project Cornerstone on tips and techniques to prepare our children for tomorrow's headlines. You will leave this highly interactive session with:

  • Strategies for better communication with your family using the research-based Developmental Assets framework to help children and teens gain skills needed to make good choices, take responsibility and become independent and fulfilled adults
  • For more information on the Developmental Assets framework, go to:

  • Tips and techniques for navigating potentially sensitive topics with elementary and middle school children in a complex media environment

  • Greater confidence as a parent or guardian to acquire healthy mind habits and digital citizenship- how to use technology in a safe, responsible and effective way

Come to this session to ready yourself as a parent/guardian, improve your family relationships & dynamics, and help create a calm and supportive home environment where children can become their best.

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]  
*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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