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August 10, 2022

The Beehive

Issue 1


From the Home & School Club President 2022-2023

Hello Blossom Hill Families!

As we all prepare for the new school year, I thought I would tell you a little about how things started out for our family a few years back...

Our first day at Blossom Hill was in August 2019, we were new to Los Gatos, from Los Angeles, and my 2nd grader at the time, Leighton, and I were both a bit say the least. We walked through the gates, (the way we could pre-Covid) and headed to Mrs. DiSessa's classroom. L hung her backpack on a hook and I gave her a huge hug, one that I hoped could somehow last her all day. I tried to hide any tears as best I could and began a pep talk, that I'm sure was as much for me, as it was for her, "Be brave, be yourself, it is going to be amazing!"I told her this, or us, more accurately, as I squeezed a little harder than she was probably expecting, but we both needed it.

I walked back through the gate and headed to the Welcome Coffee where I met and talked with parents and listened as Mrs. Reynolds and H&SC Board members talked about how wonderful Blossom Hill was. While I was sure they were right, it was hard for me to concentrate, as I was certain my 7-year old, who knew no one, was sitting in a classroom yards away feeling nervous and unsure. However, one very important thing that did manage to get through was, "get involved" and I knew I could do that.

I was lucky enough to have been very involved at our previous school and it kept me in the loop. I got to know teachers and staff, I learned how things worked on campus, it kept me closer to my kiddo and helped me to connect with her friends and their families. Getting involved had built our village in Los Angeles, and I knew it could do the same in Los Gatos. I signed on that first year as the Co-Chair of the Staff Appreciation Committee and stayed on for two years before becoming the President-Elect and now the President of the Home and School Club. I am truly thankful for the village we have built here everyday. It has sustained us as we continue to learn about our community and has saved me more than once when I am running just a minute late for pick-up, or when it's time to get involved in extracurricular activities, when we have school calendar or homework questions, when we are out of town and need our fish fed, when we need a recommendation for a doctor, or a haircut, or even a birthday cake, or when we are having troubles navigating details at school or around town.

Our younger daughter started kindergarten at Blossom  Hill  last year and our village has continued to grow, making life a bit easier knowing our kids days are surrounded by laughter with friends, teachers and staff who are genuinely invested in their happiness and success, and families who treat our children as their own.

I know from experience that the first day of school comes with mixed emotions for both parents and kiddos. For many it's excitement with kids who are thrilled to be on campus and for others there is trepidation mixed with some sadness for quieter homes, and missing little faces all day. However you may be feeling, I want to assure you that Blossom Hill Elementary is the kind of place where you will find dedication and enthusiasm for children to learn and grow into their full potential, both academically and socially. Here you will also find the support both parents and students need when adjusting to new situations, meeting challenges, or making new connections. Our school community is dedicated, strong, and happy to continue growing.

Whether you have one hour free a month or your schedule is wide open, let us know, and we will help you find the perfect opportunity to put your talents to use in the very best way.

Join us, get involved, we are so glad you're here!

Kristin Hutchinson

H&SC President 2022-23


  • 8/16- Kindergarten Playdate at Blossom Hill Park*
  • 8/17 - Chalk the Walk, 2 pm, Blossom Hill School*
  • 8/17 - Class Assignments emailed
  • 8/18 - First Day of School!
  • 8/18 - Welcome Back Coffee for parents and caregivers, Blossom Hill front lawn, 8:20 am*
  • 8/25 - Back to School Night*
  • 8/27 - "Coachella" Hive Party*
  • 8/31 - New Parent Coffee
  • 9/1 - Library Volunteer Orientation
  • 9/2 - Room Parent Orientation
  • 9/5 - No School (Labor Day)
  • 9/9 - HSC Committee Chair Orientation
  • 9/14- New Family Playdate at Blossom Hill Park
  • 9/19-23 - 5th Grade Science Camp
  • 9/19-23 - Walk/Bike to School Week
  • 9/20, 9/21 - Copier Training for volunteers
  • 9/21 - HSC General Membership Meeting
  • 9/29 - Project Cornerstone Training
  • 9/29 - School Site Council
  • 9/29 - Math Night
  • 10/3 - No School (Professional Development Day)

*Scroll down for more details on these events.






Office Hours: 

7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Office Staff:

Julie Sheehan

Marissa Rodriguez


BH Events Calendar

BH Parent Companion

One Community LG

Lunch & Snack Menu


Power School Portal

LGUSD Volunteer Application

Chromebook & Wi-Fi Loaner Request Form

Yearbook Orders (TreeRing)

Rokkitwear (BH Spirit Wear)

2022/23 Registration is Open!

On site before and after school child care is available for all students through CLUBHOUSE, provided by the Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation Department. For information n fees, schedules and availability, please consult the LGSR Clubhouse website here: LGSR Clubhouse

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Summer Construction Projects

Work is almost completed on the construction projects to enhance the outdoor classroom spaces and complete deferred maintenance projects.  This summer, crews:

  • Completed Solar Installation
  • Improved Outdoor classroom spaces including: grass, turf, concrete, seating, planting, trees removed, trees pruned and replanted, resilient surfaces installed
  • Painting
  • Asphalt repairs and resealing
  • Playground improvements 
  • Electrical improvements

While the major construction is anticipated to be completed by mid August. In addition, sites with special projects will require the work to be finished through the fall. We are very excited to begin these projects and will look forward to sharing photos and progress throughout the summer.

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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 |
Phone: 408-335-2100 | Fax: 408-356-0887
Attendance Line: 408-335-2145

Blossom Hill Home & School Club

Kristin Hutchinson, President |

*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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