Blue Hills Elementary School Parent & Teacher Association

News for the Blue Hills Community

Welcome!

Blue Hills Elementary is located in Saratoga, California. The Blue Hills PTA is a group of parents and teachers dedicated to the enrichment of the students and the community.

Announcements

Blue Hills PTA Needs You

Dear Blue Hills Parent,

I love being a part of the Blue Hills community because it is just that - a community. If you’ve moved here from another school, like my family did, you know that Blue Hills is special. I am so grateful for the parents who spend countless hours - and literal blood, sweat, and tears - to put together enrichment programs for our kids, activities to make school fun, and opportunities to learn in new ways. Our kids have access to so many things that other schools don’t have, thanks to our volunteers, many of whom are also juggling full-time jobs. We have volunteers who get up before dawn on Friday mornings to teach our kids to code. We have volunteers that put incredible effort into photographing and constructing the yearbooks that our kids treasure for years. We have volunteers that labor for months putting together the Fall Festival, Science/Math Night, and other events that bring our community together. I could go on and on.

But sadly, some of the PTA’s programs may be cut for lack of willing volunteers for next year.

We have many committees that need chairs, or else we cannot continue those programs. Some of these include Abilities Awareness, Reflections, Computer Club, Running Club, and Book Fair. If you are able to lead, you will have people willing to help!

Descriptions of the PTA’s programs can be found on bluehillspta.org. And, of course, please get in touch with any questions you might have.

If you can help, we need you to keep these programs going for our kids!

Blue Hills would not be the school that it is without parents like you. Thanks for your attention and consideration!

Warm regards,

Joann Martin

The 2019 Blue Hills PTA Bobcat Readathon is Here!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss

Get your books ready, Bobcats! Readathon is here! This fundraiser supports our many PTA programs. For more information, or additional Readathon forms, please see here.

Let’s get reading!

Thank you, Blue Hills Fall Festival Sponsors!

Thank you to all of you who came out and enjoyed the Fall Festival with us! And a special thank you to our community sponsors. Thank you for supporting our kids!

Bill Gorman, Coldwell Banker

4EverFit Personal Training Studio

Sequoia Applied Technologies

Melody Academy of music

Pediatric Dentistry of Cupertino

Park Saratoga Dental

Don’t Miss the Blue Hills Fall Festival!

Fall Festival and the 3K Fun Run is coming up! This will be Blue Hills’ biggest event of the year! Don’t miss out. Registration forms for the Fun Run can be found here. For more information about the Fall Festival and Fun Run, see here. And remember, all participants in PTA-sponsored activities need to have an executed waiver on file. A copy of the waiver can be found here.

Does your child have a hero?

The PTA Reflections program is seeking entries! Reflections is a national arts program with the purpose of giving students confidence in their abilities to explore ideas and learn through the arts. Students can submit original works in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. For more information, or to learn more about how to enter the contest, please come to the PTA Reflections workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. in the Blue Hills Learning Lab.

Welcome back to school, Bobcats!

Great to see everyone back for an exciting new year!

Calling All Incoming Kinders!

Please join the Blue Hills Kindergarten Class of 2018-2019 for the annual Welcome Picnic. Meet the Kindergarten teachers, Blue Hills Principal and Parent Group representatives while your child plays with his/her new classmates!

WHEN: Monday, August 13, 2018 TIME: 5:30-7:00 PM PLACE: Blue Hills Elementary School Playground RSVP: Please RSVP to Smita Banerjee (bluehillsptavp1@gmail.com ) or Haydee Wong (haydeewong@comcast.net) by August 1st

What to bring for your family:

  1. Drinks
  2. Dinnerware (plates, utensils, napkins)
  3. Potluck Dish

Potluck Dish: Please bring a dish to share that serves 10-12 people. If your last name begins with: A-L: Please bring a Main Dish M-R: Please bring a Salad (Fruit or Vegetable) Dish S-Z: Please bring a Dessert NO NUTS, PLEASE

Summer Play Dates

Prior to the Welcome Picnic, there will be 2 informal play dates scheduled at the Blue Hills playground to help children become familiar with the school.

These informal gatherings are not school-sponsored, and can be attended on a “drop-in” basis with a parent or caregiver. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

Hope to see you there! Please note there are no restroom facilities available.

Monday, July 30 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Monday, August 6 5:00 – 6:00 PM

HAGS!

Wishing all of our Blue Hills family a fantastic summer! See you next year!

Computer Club Exhibition

The Blue Hills Computer Club has been working hard all year. They will be putting on an exhibition of their work on June 5, at 6 p.m., in the GLC. Come see what they’ve done!

Join us for a SUPER good time!

The Blue Hills Ice Cream Social is coming up! Mark your calendars for Friday, May 11. This is an event you do not want to miss! Don’t forget to order your food and ice cream now, as food needs to be pre-ordered. The Ice Cream Social is an entirely volunteer-run event. If you can help, we’d love to have you! Please see here for more information, and for the volunteer sign-up link.

See you there!

Save those memories!

Are you the parent of a graduating fifth-grader? Make their last Blue Hills yearbook special! Let your child know how proud you are by submitting a dedication to the yearbook. See here for more information.

Not graduating yet? You can still send a shout-out to your friends, teachers, or staff in the yearbook! Here’s how.

Science Super Powers!

You’re not going to want to miss out on Blue Hill’s Family Science Night, sponsoroed by the Blue Hills PTA! Join us in the GLC at 6:30 p.m. on March 1. As always, our events are volunteer-run - if you can help, please sign up here. See here for more information. Hope to see you there!

Want to really make a difference in your child’s school?

Put your creativity and organizational skills to good use at your child’s school! Consider a PTA board position! All positions are open: President, Exec VP, VP Comm., VP Membership, Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor, and Historian.

Interested or have questions? Send an email to BlueHillsPTAParliamentarian@gmail.com

Come Learn What Makes Blue Hills So Special! Bring Your Friends!

Monday, January 29, is the Blue Hills Open House! If you have a neighbor or know someone who lives in our neighborhood but DOES NOT attend Blue Hills, or you know families who are thinking of leaving Blue Hills, please invite them to come to our Open House on Jan. 29th at 8:00am in the Learning Lab! Thank you for your support and assistance!

Important Evening Events

Please join us in the Blue Hills GLC for two important events in the upcoming weeks. Wednesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. is the first Blue Hills Parent Education Night, coordinated by our principal, Mrs. Prouse. Acknowledge Alliance will facilitate a conversation centered on how resiliency and social emotional wellness contribute to the overall success and happiness of students, teachers, and families. You will walk away with a deeper understanding o SEI (Social Emotional Intelligence) and tips to foster family connectedness. Childcare will be provided for school-aged children.

Next week, on Thursday, January 18, the new CUSD superintendent, Dr. Baker, will be speaking to the Blue Hills community at 6:30 p.m. Come hear about his vision for Blue Hills. It’s also an opportunity for you to provide him with input. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Happy Holidays, Blue Hills Family!

Wishing you all the very best for the holiday season and in the new year!

Holiday Gift Drive for Senior Citizens

Come join the Blue Hills Community Service team in our mission to make this holiday season memorable for the seniors at our local Our Lady of Fatima Villa! If you would like to participate in spreading some holiday cheer to an often overlooked group in our community, please see here for more details.

Candy!

Thank you, Blue Hills community, for making the first ever Blue Hills PTA/BHEF Trunk or Treat Event a resounding success! We had a fantastic turnout, and it was so great to see all the creativity on display (by both kids and trunk hosts!). Don’t forget, if you have more candy now than you know what to do with, the K-Kids will be collecting individually wrapped candy to support Operation Care and Comfort. Bring that candy to school and donate it to a good cause!

Trunk or Treat!

After school on October 31, please join us for the first ever Blue Hills PTA Trunk or Treat event! We will be closing off the Blue Hills parking lot so that students can visit volunteer “trunks” to receive their Halloween treats! You can find more information about the event here.

Show Us Your Super Hero Powers! Walk, Volunteer, Donate!

The Bobcat Walk is almost upon us! This year’s Walk-A-Thon event will be held on Friday, October 20, during school hours. Please support Blue Hills kids by volunteering and donating! Donation pledge forms were sent home in student Friday folders, and can also be found here. You can find more information about the Bobcat Walk here. The Bobcat Walk is one of the PTA’s biggest fundraisers, and we rely on you to help us fund the enrichment programs that help our kids learn and grow!

Help Keep Our Kids Safe!

Blue Hills is in need of people to help out during the lunch hour. Noon Duty Supervisors help students open and eat their lunches and also help supervise the play time. People can sign up to work once per week or everyday for one hour, 11:25-12:25. There are paid positions as well as volunteer positions. Please contact Audrey Prouse at prouse_audrey@cusdk8.org if you are interested in more information. Thank you!

Book Fair is Here!

So excited to shop the 2017 Blue Hills Book Fair! Classes get to preview the offerings Monday, September 18, and Tuesday, September 19. The serious shopping starts on Wednesday, September 20. Don’t miss this chance to get all your holiday shopping done early!

The Book Fair is entirely volunteer-run, and we could use your help! Sign up here if you’re available.

Questions? Email us.

Read all about it!

The September 8 issue of the PTA newsletter is out now!

September Events

We’re starting off the new school year with a bang! September is chock full of activities and events. Be sure to check out the PTA newsletter to make sure you don’t miss anything!

PTA Association Meeting

Don’t miss the first PTA Association meeting of the year! Come and make your voice heard. Wednesday, September 13, at 6 p.m. in the Guided Learning Center.

Class Lists

Class lists will be available on Friday, August 11 after 4 p.m.

First Day of School

The first day of the 2017-18 school year will be Monday, August 14. Look forward to seeing you all there!

Traffic Duty

We need help with Traffic Safety the first two weeks of the school year. Teachers will be assigned their scheduled weeks once school begins, but until then, your assistance is needed and very much appreciated!

Click HERE to sign up now!

Upcoming Events

  • April 11: Open House
  • April 15-19: Spring Break
  • May 1: PTA Association Meeting and HSA Night
  • April 24: PTA Association Meeting and HSA Night