Explorer Events

Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

February 1, 2018

Parents and Guardians,

February is an exciting month at Horizon. Our next Character breakfast and assembly will take place on February 9th. After celebrating Valentines Day we begin ACCESS testing for our ELL students. This is also the time of year where we see tremendous growth toward learning goals. Students and teachers are really on a roll. It is exciting to walk through classrooms and observe the level of engagement. If you are interested in observing all the amazing things happening at Horizon, contact your child's teacher. Volunteers are always welcome! Please mark your calendars for the "Cultures on the Horizon" festival approaching on April 27th. This will be a fun family event. Thanks for all you do to support your students. Go Explorers!

Please note the following upcoming event:

02/19 President's Day - No School

As always please feel free to stop by, call or email me with any questions or concerns.

Mr. Novotny

Fairmont Junior High School’s 7th Grade Orientation Night

What: Orientation for 7th grade

When: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 6:30-7:30 PM

Who: Current 6th graders AND their parents

Flu and What You Can Do

Important Information From Your Boise School District

Winter 2018

This Winter 2018, the Boise School District has had several confirmed cases of influenza. Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly. While flu illness can vary from mild to severe, individuals may need medical care because of the flu. The following information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is provided as a public service to assist Boise District parents, students and staff members during this flu season.

How does flu spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly by droplets made when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. A person also can get the flu by touching something that has flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

What are flu symptoms?

Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, feeling tired and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults). Some people with the flu will not have a fever.

What to do if you get the flu?

  • Make sure to get plenty of rest and drink enough fluids.

  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone (this applies to students, parents and District staff members).

  • The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.

  • Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about you or your child’s illness.

How long can flu be spread to others?

People with flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to up to 5 to 7 days after. Severely ill people or young children may be able to spread the flu longer, especially if they still have symptoms.

How to protect against the flu:

  • Get a flu vaccine* (vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older). According to regional and national medical professionals, it’s currently not too late to get a flu shot.

  • It’s especially important that young children and children with long-term health conditions get vaccinated.

  • Caregivers of children with health conditions or of children younger than 6 months old should get vaccinated. (Babies younger than 6 months are too young to be vaccinated themselves.)

  • Another way to protect babies is to vaccinate pregnant women. Research shows that flu vaccination gives some protection to the baby both while the woman is pregnant and for up to 6 months after the baby is born.

*Flu vaccine is updated annually to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to cause illness during the upcoming flu season. Flu vaccines are made using strict safety and production measures. Over the years, millions of flu vaccines have been given in the United States with a very good safety record.

Other ways to protect you and your child against the flu?

  • Stay away from people who are sick.

  • If you or a family member is sick with flu-like illness, try to keep him or her in a separate room from others in the household, if possible.

  • The CDC recommends that individuals stay home for at least 24 hours after his or her fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever reducing medicine.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after it has been used.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs, including bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters and toys for children. Clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu or call 800-CDC-INFO

Scoliosis Screening

Dear Parents,

The school nurse will conduct scoliosis screening for fifth-grade girls Jan.-Feb. 2018.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that occurs in the cervical, thoracic and/or lumbar spine. Scoliosis occurs during rapid growth spurts during the pre-adolescent and adolescent periods. There is also a genetic predisposition for scoliosis, so it is important to tell your child to let me know if other family members have ever had this condition. When scoliosis is detected early major deformities can be prevented. Permanent curvature of the spine compromises the functions of organs in the chest and abdomen, especially later in life. Surgery rarely needs to be performed when scoliosis is treated early.

For the screening, I need to visualize the entire back and knees. Girls will be screened separately in the nurse’s office. Please have your child wear a light t-shirt, or sports bra, under her clothing, to better visualize the back.

There will be a second screening at a later date for any positive findings. You will be notified of any positive findings after the second screening. You then have the option to see a private physician or attend the scoliosis clinic offered through the district on

March 16th, 2018. If you do not hear from me, assume your child had a negative screening result. All children will be screened again in the seventh grade.

If you prefer not to have your child screened, please contact me at (208) 854-5170.


Jennifer Gonzales

School Nurse

Horizon Elementary

Miles of Smiles - Free Dental Clinic

Children's Free Dental Clinic "Miles of Smiles" Program Preventative Fluoride Clinic

Fluoride Varnish helps prevent tooth decay in young children. Fluoride can make a tooth more resistant to the formation of tooth decay. With the stroke of a brush coated with fluoride varnish dental professionals paint a lasting smile for children in an easy, safe, and cost-effective way.

Click here for form.

Dress-up for Dr. Seuss Week!

Monday: Cat in the Hat: Wear a wild or silly hat!

Tuesday: Green Eggs and Ham: Wear green!

Wednesday: Fox in Socks: Wear crazy or mismatched socks!

Thursday: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish: Wear red and/or blue!

Friday: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Wear pajamas!

Read Across America

The Best Way to Learn to Read is to LOVE Reading! Read Across America is a BIG nationwide annual celebration of reading created by our friends at the National Education Association (NEA). Make sure to join thousands of others around the country taking time to have a blast with a book on March 2nd!

Horizon's National Geographic Bee

Horizon would like to congratulate Vella on knowing the winning answer to our bee held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

The Question:

In the late 1800’s, French engineers began work on a canal that would link two oceans through what present-day Central American country?

The Answer:


Boys Basketball

Come support our 5th and 6th-grade boys basketball teams. Cheer them on to Victory!

February 1

Horizon 1 @ Morley Nelson 1 (late start)

February 5

Koelsch @ Horizon 2

February 7

Valley View 1 @ Horizon 1

February 8

Morley Nelson 2 (late start) @ Horizon 1

Horizon 1 @ St Mark's (late start)

Ready for Kindergarten

Prepare your child for school success.

Kindergarten Flyer English

¡Convocamos a todos los padres!

Prepare a su hijo para el éxito escolar.

Folleto de jardín de infantes español

Save the Date~Fifth Annual Daddy~Daughter Princess Ball

Brought To You By Capital High School DECA


February 17th, 7-9 pm


Capital High School’s Main Gym


Princesses Grades K-6

How Much?

$5 per person

News From the PTO

There are also a couple of "easy" ways you can help support the PTO.

  • PLEASE continue to collect Box Tops throughout the year. There are so many products that have the Box Top on them. Just cut it out, keep them in an envelope or bag, and then send them to school with your child's name on the bag. We will be having some raffles and contests to help keep those Box Tops flowing in.
  • Another easy way to support the PTO is by linking your Fred Meyer card to the Horizon PTO. It is a very simple step that you can do from your computer. And you do not lose your gas points or other rewards.
  • The 2nd Friday of every month is Horizon Pizza Night with Domino's. Domino's will DONATE 20% of your purchase back to our school. You can enjoy a pizza while donating money to help the PTO continue to be able to fund all of our activities.

Thank you to all of you who have been involved with the PTO. We appreciate the support we feel from the Horizon community.

Horizon PTO

Ashlee Reed, President

Valerie Wixom, Treasurer

Lisa Nelson, Secretary

Ashlee Reed, Carnival Chair

Meredith Gregory, Raffle Chair


Domino's Pizza Night, February 9th

Mark your menu calendars! The 2nd Friday of every month is Horizon Pizza Night with Domino's. Our next Domino's Pizza Night is Friday, February 9th.

  • Order pizza anytime during their business hours (by phone or in person at the store) at either the Fairview location or the Overland/Maple Grove location for carry out or delivery.
  • Mention that you are supporting Horizon Elementary and give them the flyer that will be provided to your student (if you have one).
  • Domino's will DONATE 20% of your purchase back to our school.

This is a great way to support our school and help students and teachers!!

Early Release Schedule

Kindergarten AM 8:40-10:30

Kindergarten PM 11:30-1:15

1st - 6th 8:40-1:15

Inclement Weather Memo

Pick up and Drop off/Handicap Parking Spots

We would appreciate if you would please review the following:

-Do not park in the handicap spaces unless you have a visible handicap placard and you are needing to enter the building. We would prefer that if you are disabled and are only picking up a child, that you use the drop off and pick up lanes. We have several disabled students at Horizon who need to have their guardians park in these spaces and physically come into the building to pick them up. Thank you for being considerate of those students with special needs.

-Do not exit your vehicle to pick up your child. Please ask school personnel to locate your child to ensure a quick departure.

-Only park and exit your vehicle if you need to enter the building for reasons such as meetings, after school functions, or picking up a student with disability.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Horizon Calendar

Check out the Horizon calendar for important dates and information. Days off, early release days and school events can be found on the calendar.

2018-19 Open Enrollment Paperwork

If your child is currently an open enrolled student at Horizon, continuation paperwork is due by February 1, 2018. The paperwork can also be found here or can be picked up at the main office.

If you plan on applying for open enrollment at West Junior High, the application is due by May 15th of the 5th-grade year. We have the necessary applications in the office or you can click here to view the application.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Boise Independent School District is committed to creating and maintaining school

environments in which the emotional and physical safety of students, staff, parents and

others is a priority. Schools cannot ignore any threat of violence. When threat making

behaviors occur schools initiate a process called Threat Assessment. Here is a link to the Student Threat Assessment Parent/Guardian Notification

Thank you!

Dr. Betty Olson

Administrator of Student Programs

Special Education & Alternative Education


Horizon Elementary

Steve Novotny- Principal

Rebecca Severson- Asst. Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant