October 6, 2021
The Beehive
Issue 10

2021-2022
From The Principal's Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:
 
Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the numerous events and activities we have had the good fortune to host recently.
 
Great gratitude goes to Wendy Riggs, Safe Routes to School Director for LGUSD, Peter Binkley, the SR2S Parent Lead at Blossom Hill, the Los Gatos Saratoga Police Department, our H&SC Board,  and the following parent volunteers for organizing and supporting the 3rd and 4th grade Bicycle Rodeos: Brandon Wong, Mark Harrison, Vaneet Wadhawan, Widya Junus, Susie Sommerstad, Georgia Howard, Ayshe Okuyocu, Lucia Thompson, Jane Fainer, Corol Soto, Lloyd Thyen, Michelle Avlas, Missy Bottoms, James Dellisanti, Libby Trevathan, Ellen Feichtmeir, Francine Shore, Julie Reynolds, Scott Yoo, Cindy Wang, Kristin Hutchinson, Michele Stefan, Ben Cortez, Widya Junus, Amy Gregor, Gloria Acerboni, Jacquie Thyen, Meghan Bakota, Carrie Endweiss, Leena Koivuniemi, Melissa, Crow, Kristin Hutchinson, and Karrie Bertsch.
 
Students had the opportunity to practice controlled riding, making right turns, and stopping.  Participants also learned about the importance of scanning before moving left, how to safely exit a driveway, and the best technique to push off smoothly from a full stop.  Additional content and skills practice covered how to yield to traffic that has the right of way and using eye contact and hand gestures to confirm who proceeds first.
 
These basic cycling skills are key to being a successful bike rider.  If we all practice and follow the rules of the road while wearing a properly fitted helmet, we can make a big difference in keeping ourselves and others safe.
 
Last Thursday, TK-5 students were treated to a night full of thinking challenges, brain busters, and fun hosted by Mathnasium, parent volunteer Francine Shore, Math Specialist Fran Mastroianni, Fisher volunteers, and our H&SC Board.  Both the primary and upper grade sessions included engaging math games to support number sense, math fact fluency, problem solving skills, spatial sense, measurement, estimation, and pattern seeking.
 
It is exciting to provide our students with these wonderful learning opportunities and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated and supportive parent community helping to make it happen.
 
In education together,
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100

IMPORTANT
DATES

October


  • 10/7 - School Site Council (SSC) Meeting, 2:45-3:45pm (MPR)







  • 10/29 - Halloween Parade (more info to come)
*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

Picture Day is Friday, October 8th
Fall Conferences - November 1st-5th
You've got options!
Fall Conferences and minimum days are on the horizon during the week of November 1-5 in LGUSD. In order to best support students, parents, and support staff, we are looking forward to offering in-person and Zoom conferences. We realize that Zoom conferences allow greater flexibility for working parents to attend a conference and we are happy to support that option. We also realize the value of in-person meetings. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out during the window between 10/18-10/20 to arrange a meeting based on your preference.
Travel Safely to School Raffle Water Bottle Winners
During "Travel to School Safely" Week, 153 students who walked, biked, scootered, or carpooled to school Wednesday morning were entered into our raffle. All students who participated will receive a Blossom Hill pencil. Great job Honeybees! Don't forget to keep walking, biking, scootering, and carpooling to school and enter our weekly Safe Routes 2 School Honeybee drawing, starting later this month.

Honeycomb Water Bottle Winners:

Sara C. - 3rd grade (Mrs. Neumann)
Tessa G. - 4th grade (Mrs. Roshinski)
Shriya M. - 3rd grade (Mrs. Petty)
Naho S. - 5th grade (Mrs. Valentine)
Warren G. - 1st grade (Mrs. DiSesssa)
Carson R. - 5th grade (Mr. Joanides)
Arthur B. - Kinder (Mrs. Despars)
Kayden T. - 5th grade (Mrs. O'Donnell)
Ben S. - 5th grade (Mrs. O'Donnell)
Meera S. - 2nd grade (Mrs. Bertucelli)
Justine L. - 5th grade (Mr. Joanides)
Lucy F. - 1st grade (Mrs. Payne)
Persis S. - 5th grade (Mr. Joanides)
Orion R. - 3rd grade (Mrs. Petty)
Lente B. - 1st grade (Mrs. Witter)
Eshan L. - 3rd grade (Mrs. Bersano)
Sarah P. - 2nd grade (Mrs. Milos)
Eva K. - 2nd grade (Mrs. Hsia)
Olivia M. - 4th grade (Mrs. Ottinger)
Anna K. - Kinder (Mrs. Arredondo)
Stay tuned! Next week we will announce our five grand prize winners of $50 gift certificates to Sports Basement.
Problem of the Month Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 
September Problem of the Month:

TK/Kinder-1st Grade - 'Pencils and Pens' 
Frederick Y. (Mrs. Witter)

2nd-3rd Grade - 'What's My Number?'   
Kaitlyn P. (Mrs. Neumann)

4th -5th Grade - 'Make This True!'      
Bertrand Y. (Mr. Bolin)

(All winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon!)

Way to be great problem solvers Honeybees! For October's Problem of Month, check your Google Classroom or check with your teacher.
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.

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.
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 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 October 5, 2021)
Alipour Family
Amirkhani Family
Amirkhas Family
Anderson Family
Anonymous (21)
Anumula/Battula Family
Ardakani Family
Atout Family
Avlas Family
Bakota Family
Baldueza Family
Bandala Family
Barkhatov Family
Bernstein Family
Bertsch Family
Bettcher Family
Billingsley Family
Binkley Family
Blaine Family
Bluestone Family
Borrelli Family
Bottoms Family
Brahmankar/Deshmukh Family
Brown Family
Carlisle Family
Carter Family
Caruso Family
Cassidy Family
Cates Family
Chan Family
Chang Family
Chase Family
Chen Family
Chen Family
Chen Family
Chen/Li Family
Chintalapoodi Family
Choi Family
Crow Family
Culbert Family
Cummings Family
Dahlke Family
Davis Family
Decoin Family
Dibble Family
Djordjev Family
Drabkin Family
Duke Family
Dunmire Family
Endweiss Family
Engelman Family
Eric and DeeDee Dunstan
Errecart Family
Escobar Family
Fador Famiy
Fang Family
Farwell Family
Feichtmeir Family
Felice A. Miller
Fletcher Family
Frantz Family
Freed Family
Friberg Family
Gang Li
Garcia Family
Goel Family
Goldenthal Family
Goldsmith Family
Gomez Family
Gomez Family
Gregor Family
Hamsioglu Family
Hancir Family
Hasegawa Family
Helwick Family
Hodjat Family
Howard Famiy
Hsu Family
Hu Family
Huang Family
Huo Family
Hutchinson Family
Ielceanu Family
Irene and Grant Wong
Isaac Family
Jacob Kok
Jayasinha Family
Jeevunjee Family
Jog Family
Kanungo Family
Kelly Family
Khazaal Family
Khorshid/Wong Family
Kim & Cortez Family
Kim & Kwon Family
Kim Family
Kiselev Family
Koo Family
Kosior Family
Kumar Family
Kursawe Family
Kwong Family
Lal Family
Law Family
Lee Family
Lee Family
Leitch Family
Lenz Family
Lessley Family
Liang Family
Lin Family
Liu Family
Liu Family
Liu/Chiu Family
Luo Family
Luren Family
Madduri Family
Malhotra Family
Margolis Family
Martynova/Golub Family
Mayworm Family
Merz Family
Milivojevic Family
Mohan Family
Moodalbail Family
Moseley Family
Mroczek Family
Muino Family
Murthy Family
Nagel-Mermel Family
Nathan Family
Nevill Family
Newman/Wang Family
Nikam Family
Nyland Family
Oh Family
Okuyucu Family
Orozco Family
Pandipati Family
Pang/Torres Family

Park Family
Parrinello Family
Peng Family
Ping Family
Poulsen Family
Quesada Family
Radityo Family
Rawal Family
Rhine Family
Rofer Family
Ross Family
Saban Family
Sagoo/Dhillon Family
Salzer-Swartz Family
Saunders Family
Schmidt Family
Scott & Libby Trevathan
Seeman Family
Shah Family
Shamain & Gudal Family
Shapiro Family
Shaqir Family
Simondi Family
Smita & Haresh Kripalani
Sommerstad Family
Stefan Family
Stephens Family
Stickle Family
Su Family
Subramanian Family
Suryadarmita Family
Tai Family
Tal Family
Tan Family
Tejada Family
The Paiges
Thompson Family
Thomson Family
Thyen Family
Tiller Family
Tran & Nguyen Family
Tregoning Family
Tseng Family
Tucey Family
Tuuyen Tran
Vieceli Family
Wagadarikar Family
Wang Family
Wei Family
Whitebread Family
Wiersema Family
Willerer Family
Winoto Family
Winslow Family
Wissolik Family
Wodrich Family
Wong Family
Wu Family
Xu Family
Xue Family
Yamini Ghadge
Yang Family
Yang Family
Yap Family
Yoo/Valentine Family
Yu/Zollinger Family
Zafar Family
Zeman Family
Zenteno Family
Zhang Family
Zhu 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.
Don't forget to turn in your volunteer forms!
Calling all parent volunteers! Please be sure to turn in your Covid vaccination and TB risk assessment forms before volunteering on campus. All forms must be uploaded to this google form. Please do not walk your forms into the office. Thank you!
"Hive" Five for Virtual Math Night
Hive five" and many thanks to Francine Shore, LGUSD Math Specialist Fran Mastroianni and the team at Mathnasium Campbell/Los Gatos for a fantastic math night last week! The students enjoyed playing with numbers and having fun together. Many thanks to our adult "Zoom Room" chaperones, including: Kristin Hutchinson, Smita Gupta, Ufuk Okuyucu, "Mahesh" Raju Subramanian, Abhijit Ghadge, Melissa Crow, Vaneet Wadhawan, and Meng Luo. We couldn't have done it without you! 
Honeybee Barcode Scanning is Coming!
Don't forget to sign your student up for a Honeybee Barcode so they can enter into a weekly drawing for walking, biking or carpooling to school. You can sign your student up for their Honeybee backpack tag by signing the Blossom Hill Driver's Contract. Scanning will start by mid-October. Please email our Safe Routes to School lead, Peter Binkley, at saferoutes@blossomhill.org with any questions. 
Honeybee barcode cards and Safe Routes 2 School are made possible by your contributions to the Blossom Hill Home & School Club through the One Community LG Campaign.
Borrow a Chromebook or a Wi-Fi Hotspot
Do you have a student who needs access to a Chromebook or W-Fi at home? LGUSD has a limited number of Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots available to loan for students who would otherwise lack connected devices and/or broadband connections sufficient to fully engage in learning at home. We want to ensure access is available, especially if a student needs to quarantine at home. If you would like to request a Chromebook or Wi-Fi hotspot, please complete the loaner request form.
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.
Halloween Costume Reminder
Halloween will be here before we know it. We are planning to resume our traditional Halloween Parade in a modified format. (Stay tuned for more information in the next couple of Beehives.) Please remember when purchasing costumes that inflatable costumes are not allowed at school. Thank you for your understanding.
Community Sponsor Spotlight
The Home & School would like to thank this week's Spotlight Community Sponsor, Hall & Burnett Orthodontics. We are greatly appreciative of Hall & Burnett's continued support of our community and for being a lead sponsor of the One Community LG Campaign. If you would like to become a Community Sponsor, please contact Melissa Crow at fab@blossomhill.org.
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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