September 8, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 6

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

Please mark your calendar for our first School Site Council (SSC) meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 16th from 2:45-3:45 in the MPR.  The SSC’s primary responsibility is to ensure our school is continually improving by implementing state adopted curriculum and the best research-based instructional practices.  The focus of the Council’s work is to continue to strengthen our academic and social/emotional programs so all children may achieve to their fullest potential.  The SSC is responsible for the understanding, development, and implementation of the Single Plan for Student Achievement.  This plan is a record of the vision, goals, objectives, and strategies developed by our school community and should be understood by all stakeholders.

The SSC is composed of equal representation of two groups – parents/community members and school personnel.  Peer groups select their members and each term of office is staggered in two-year terms to ensure continuity.  Decisions made by the Council are made by majority vote.  If you are interested in serving as a parent member, or just want to learn more about the work the Council does, please contact me or join us at our first meeting. 

The SSC will meet monthly throughout the school year.  All meetings will be held on Thursdays from 2:45 to 3:45. The meeting dates are:  9/16, 10/7, 11/18, 1/20, 3/31, 4/28, and 5/26.

I strongly encourage all interested parents, elected to a position or not, to attend any or all SSC meetings.  I welcome your input and highly value your perspective and participation.

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

IMPORTANT
DATES

September





  • 9/14 - Outdoor Learning Spaces Meeting, 4pm (Fisher MPR)*

  • 9/15 - New Family Playdate in the Park, 12:15pm (Blossom Hill Park)*


  • 9/16 - School Site Council Meeting, 2:45pm (MPR)**

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

  • 9/22 - H&SC Member Meeting, 9am (online)*


  • 9/24 - 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo*

  • 9/28 - 4th Grade Bike Rodeo*


*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

Thank you One Community LG Supporters!
One Community LG, on behalf of the Blossom Hill Home & School Club and LGEF, thanks the families who have donated to our One Community LG Campaign for the 2021-2022 school year. 
 
To date, Blossom Hill families have contributed $37,760 to the Blossom Hill Home & School Club - funding school supplies, the principal’s site fund, technology, STEAM programs and supplies, student enrichment, and community building events. Our families have also contributed $93,524 to LGEF - funding counselors as well as art, music, library and PE teachers at Blossom Hill.  21% of Blossom Hill families have already participated in the One Community LG Campaign. 

If you have not yet contributed, please consider contributing at any level before our campaign ends on September 30th.  All contributions are welcomed and appreciated as our goal is 100% parent participation.  You can pledge now if you wish to defer your contribution to a later date, or choose a monthly payment plan.  Also, many companies will match your contribution.  Double the Match lists companies that generously offer matching programs.  

To contribute, please visit One Community LG.  Thank you again for helping to continue our amazing programs and level of excellence at Blossom Hill.

Blossom Hill Donors to One Community LG
(as of September 7, 2021)
Amirkhas Family
Anonymous (10)
Ardakani Family
Bertsch Family
Billingsley Family
Binkley Family
Blaine Family
Brahmankar/Deshmukh Family
Brown Family
Cassidy Family
Cates Family
Chase Family
Chen Family
Choi Family
Crow Family
Culbert Family
Davis Family
Decoin Family
Duke Family
Escobar Family
Fador Family
Fang Family
Feichtmeir Family
Fletcher Family
Goldsmith Family
Gomez Family
Gregor Family
Hamsioglu Family
Hodjat Family
Hsu Family
Hunag Family
Isaac Family
Khazaal Family
Kosior Family
Lee Family
Lenz Family
Merz Family
Moodalbail Family
Nagel-Mermel Family
Orozco Family
Parinello Family
Poulsen Family
Ross Family
Salzer-Swartz Family
Saunders Family
Schmidt Family
Shah Family
Shapiro Family
Sommerstad Family
Stephens Family
Suryadarmita Family
Tseng Family
Tucey Family
Wagadarikar Family
Wei Family
Wiersema Family
Willerer Family
Winoto Family
Wissolik Family
Wong Family
Wu Family
Xue Family
Yang Family
Yang Family
Yap Family
Yu/Zollinger Family
Zenteno Family
Zhang Family
*Please note:  If you contributed to One Community LG directly through your employer, we have not received that information yet as there is a delay in their processing of up to 60 days.  If your name is not on our list of donors, please complete the Payroll Deduction Form so that we know to expect your contribution and can properly thank you.
Did you know that One Community LG, through the LGEF, funds our elementary counselors Linda Williams and Laura Macfarlane and our K-8 counselor Savannah Henry?  Our dedicated counseling staff proactively works with our students to provide the social/emotional support and education our children need to navigate through these challenging times. Students are supported with literature based social/emotional lessons in their classrooms as well as check ins with our counselors.  LGEF funded counselors support parents as well through Facilitated Conversations, such as “Confident Parents, Confident Kids," currently being offered to all families.  The Blossom Hill Home & School Club also supports our students through Project Cornerstone and community building activities such as Kinder, First Grade, and New Family Welcome Playdates as well as Family Movie Night and more.  To find out more about what your contributions to One Community LG will benefit, please visit onecommunitylg.org.
K-5 Counselor Linda Williams helps students brainstorm how they can help themselves and others.
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.
Crossing Guards Needed
The Town is looking to fill one permanent crossing guard position and also wants to hire a few people to be substitute guards to cover illness and planned vacations of regular crossing guards
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. 
Outdoor Learning Spaces -
Community Feedback Opportunity
Please join us on
Tuesday September 14, 2021 4:00 pm
at the Fisher MPR.  

The construction of the N40 development and the associated developer fees has provided LGUSD with a unique opportunity to implement our outdoor improvement plan. Verde Design group will present the schematic designs for these improvements to our elementary school fields, outdoor classroom spaces and safety measures. Verde has developed these plans based on the priorities established by site staff, community members and district administration. The community feedback at this meeting will help inform the board when they finalize the designs within the approved facilities budget at the October 14th LGUSD Board Meeting.  
Bike Rodeos for 3rd and 4th Grades
Los Gatos -Monte Sereno Safe Routes to School will be hosting Bike Rodeos at each school site at the end of September. Bike Rodeos teach students important safety skills on a bike including rules of the road, signaling, and how to wear a helmet properly. Blossom Hill will be hosting bike rodeos for third graders on Friday, September 24 and fourth graders on Tuesday, September 28. All third and fourth graders should bring their helmets and bikes to school on their designated day. If your student does not have a bike, they are welcome to bring a scooter if they have one. For safety purposes, only student who have helmets will be permitted to ride their bikes or scooters in the activities. Students who do not have bikes or scooters will still be included in the Bike Rodeo. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or email president@blossomhill.org.
On Your Honor Lending Library Open Weekdays
Help your student find their next great read in the Blossom Hill On Your Honor Lending Library! Open daily before, during and after school, the lending library is a free resource where students of all reading levels can borrow and donate books appropriate for elementary school students. The library operates on an "on your honor" system and is located in front of the office. Many thanks to Francine Shore and other Home & School Club volunteers for creating and maintaining the lending library. 
Free Lunch Program Update
Thank you for your interest and participation in the universal meal program. This program is provided free of charge through Federal grants and does not require any signup. Since the beginning of the school year we have begun serving over 1800 meals per day. This is a new program for our staff and we have had some challenges securing supplies and meeting the published menus. We have been improving each week and expect, with your patience and participation, to move toward more scratch cooked, fresh ingredients.  The menu is updated each week.

Please feel free to email Terese McNamee at tmcnamee@lgusd.org if you have any questions or comments. 
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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