The Howler November 20th, 2020

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Give Your Child Four Priceless Gifts

As you think about giving gifts this holiday season, remember that there are some gifts only you can give. Unlike toys that may break before next month, these gifts will last a lifetime:

1. The gift of time. The old saying is true. Children really do spell love T-I-M-E. Give the gift of time devoted to listening to your child, reading together, helping her and just hanging around with her.

2. The gift of understanding. Children aren’t perfect. Neither are parents. If your child makes a mistake, listen first.

3. The gift of confidence. When you believe in your child, you help her believe in herself. When you tell her that you know she can do it, she’ll never doubt that she can. Years from now when she faces another challenge, your child will hear your words in the back of her mind.

4. The gift of enthusiasm. Whether you’re working on a household project or going out to toss a ball, do it with verve. Your excitement about the task will rub off on your child. When she has to tackle a tough project in school (or later in life), she’ll find the energy to carry it through.

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Please check in with your child’s teacher whenever you have questions. You can reach out to me too. Call me in my office at 208-854-6064 or send me an email at

Take care!

Dr. Z.


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Shadow Hills Elementary School

We are a PK-6th Public Elementary School in Boise, Idaho! We serve the community of NW Boise and parts of Eagle and Garden City. We have excellent community support for our outstanding teachers and staff! Thank you!


Inspiring curiosity and building integrity to cultivate a positive learning community.


We believe the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of Shadow Hills Elementary School is to develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community. We envision a school in which staff:

  • Inspire curiosity

  • Build integrity

  • Cultivate a positive learning community

  • Unite to achieve a common purpose and clear goals

  • Work in collaborative teams

  • Seek and implement best practices that result in student growth and achievement

  • Monitor student progress

  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to the overall success and well-being of all students

(Vision based on P. 135 of the following book - Eaker, DuFour & DuFour. (2002). Getting Started: Reculturing Schools To Become Professional Learning Communities. Bloomington, Indiana: National Educational Service.)


We live the values of: Respect - Dignity - Honesty - Responsibility - Teamwork


SMART Goals updated annually

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A part time school support position is available now. The hired candidate will work in the cafeteria and on the playground supervising students. The schedule is tentatively set for Tuesday - Friday, from 11:30-2:30 (three (3.0) hours per day). A completed Classified Application is required. Go to, Human Resources, then Job Center for the application process. Also, if interested please contact Kris Foss or Dr. Z. in the office at 208-854-6060.

Annual Notification Regarding Public Release of Student Directory Information

The Boise School District complies with federal law (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) as it relates to the release of student directory information to the public. To learn more, log on to and navigate to Parents & Patrons > Parent Information > FERPA Form. Or, please call the Clerk of the Board at 208-854-4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.


N a v i g a t i n g O n l i n e L e a r n i n g

The Boise School District has put together several tips that will help you during this virtual learning environment with your at-home technology. Please read the attached flyer and share with your students and those who are helping your students at home. We appreciate your patience and perseverance! Keep up the good work!

We have also included a Chromebook Care Video to care for your student's Chromebook at home. Please watch with your student to keep up on maintenance tips.

On YouTube:

On Google Drive:


As we remain virtual, attendance procedures still apply as if all students were in-person at Shadow Hills.

If your child is going to be absent or late logging in to school, please call our office at 208-854-6060. You may call during non-working hours and leave a message on our voicemail. If your student has an appointment during school hours, please scan (or take a picture of) and email a written school excuse from the doctor, dentist, etc. to Thank you!


School Spirit Wear is here!!


You now have until Monday, November 23rd at 11:00 p.m. to order Spirit Wear for your student(s)! This is a great gift idea! If you are interested in ordering Shadow Hills Spirit Wear, please check out this link:

Click here to view: School Spirit Wear Online Store.

See the attached flyer for information on the PTO Papa John’s fundraiser. Our school code is valid for the entire school year and valid at all locations in the Treasure Valley, so friends and family can help support our school, too! Papa John’s is donating 20% to the PTO!

Thanks for your support!

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20-21 Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell is a project of the Assistance League of Boise. They assist families by providing new clothing and shoes to elementary school students without cost to families.

If you are interested in Operation School Bell, please complete the request form attached here:

Please note:

*Clothing will be picked up at the Assistance League and brought to Shadow Hills where families will pick it up.

*Students will not travel anywhere.

*Spaces are limited. We will do our best to fulfill families' needs.

*Spaces are only for Shadow Hills students/BOS students.

* Correct measurements are critical, no returns or exchanges due to Covid-19.


Boise School District to Expand Curbside Meal Services

Boise, ID -- 11/18/2020 -- Boise School District is expanding the current curbside meal program to accommodate the District’s families and community while children are learning virtually. Free meals are available to all children 1-18 years of age regardless of eligibility status or District enrollment.

Starting Monday November 30th, expanded curbside meals are available for pick up Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Note: curbside meals are not available the week of November 23rd. Meals can be picked up from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the following locations (locations and times may change):

  • Capital High School - back of main building between school and sports fields
  • Garfield Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Grace Jordan Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Hawthorne Elementary - kitchen service door located at new building in back of school (drive through)
  • Hillcrest Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Horizon Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Jefferson Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Koelsch Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Morley Nelson Elementary - side of building (bus loop)
  • Pierce Park Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Riverglen Jr High School - front of the building (parent pick up route)
  • South Jr High School - front of the building (parent pick up route)
  • Taft Elementary School - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Timberline High School - student parking lot by school entrance nearest tennis courts
  • West Jr High School - front of the building (parent pick up route)
  • Whitney Elementary - side of building (bus loop)
  • Whittier Elementary - side of building (bus loop)

Children do not need to be present to pick-up curbside meals. Meals can be picked-up by a parent, guardian, or sibling. Curbside meals are intended to be eaten off-site and are served sack style on a first-come first-served basis. Each child is allowed one breakfast and one lunch per day; for convenience, multiple days’ worth of meals for each child may be picked up. On Mondays and Wednesdays, each child will receive two sacks containing meals for two days (2 breakfasts & 2 lunches). On Fridays, each child will receive three sacks containing meals for three days (3 breakfasts & 3 lunches).

Visit our Curbside Meals page for more details, including specifics on service dates, etc.

If your child requires special meal accommodations, please contact the Boise School District Food & Nutrition Service office at 208-854-4090 to make arrangements.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Dear Parent,

In the Boise School District, a core service of our school health program is the ongoing screening for specific problems that, when identified early, can prevent significant health and academic issues. The earlier these health conditions are detected, the more favorable the outlook for treatment and improvement of the child’s general well-being. The health screenings that are routinely conducted in our program, are scoliosis (5th grade girls), and vision (k, 2nd, 5th, new to district students and students being evaluated for an IEP). Parents or teachers with concerns may also request a screening.

The purpose of the school vision screening program is to identify students with visual impairments. Early detection of vision problems will provide a child more opportunity for educational success. We screen for possible problems with distance vision but not for near vision problems. For this reason, a more thorough exam by an eye doctor every two (2) years is appropriate for most children.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that occurs in the cervical, thoracic and/or lumbar spine. Scoliosis occurs during rapid growth spurts of the pre-adolescent and adolescent periods. The purpose of school screening is to detect scoliosis at an early stage when it can be monitored and early treatment programs will be effective in halting progression of the deformity.

All screenings will be performed with proper social distancing and COVID precautions in place. If any problems are noted on your child’s screening, a referral form will be sent home with your student. If you would like to discuss the screenings or have any other questions about the screening process, please contact me by calling the main office at your school. I will be happy to discuss your concerns with you.


Terri Lindemann, MSN-PH, RN, BSN

School Nurse

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Thanksgiving Break COVID-19 Resources

Dear Boise School District Parent/Guardian & Staff,

Given the level of community spread of COVID-19 in Ada County and with the Thanksgiving Break nearly upon us, we wanted to provide you with some information and COVID-19 resources for you and your family:

  1. Are you experiencing symptoms that could be COVID? The symptoms are very similar to seasonal allergies, cold, and flu. However, symptoms may also present as a headache, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of sense of taste or smell, etc.
  2. How do I know what to do? If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, the Illness Decision Tree for Schools can guide you in knowing what steps to take.
  3. Were you at-risk? Have you been within 6 feet of another person with or without a mask? Were you together for 15 minutes or more? Did you learn they are awaiting test results OR tested positive within 48 hours? Depending on your answers, check the COVID-19 Exposure Decision Tree to see if you may need to quarantine. If you or a family member needs to quarantine, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Quarantine Guidelines will help you understand how many days to quarantine and what it means to consider isolation.
  4. Are you, a friend, or family member considering taking a COVID test or waiting on your result? It is very important to let friends and family know this. It is important to stay home and distance yourself if you are awaiting test results. If you are not the only one in your home, please quarantine in your room and do not share common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.) if at all possible. Wear a mask when you come out of your room. Maintain social distance of 6+ feet in your home.
  5. Where can I get a test? There are a number of options for COVID-19 testing in the Treasure Valley. Prices, eligibility and type of test available do vary, so please review the list carefully before deciding which option is best for you and your family.

When school resumes to virtual learning after the Thanksgiving holiday, please reach out to the nurse at your child’s school, if you need any assistance or have any questions. We are grateful for your support and we hope that you are able to enjoy the upcoming holiday safely and responsibly. We thank you in advance for doing everything possible to help lower the level of spread in our community.


Boise School District Administration


The Idaho Department of Public Health is contracting with Albertsons to make the saliva PCR COVID testing available at no charge to the students and staff affiliated with public schools in the State of Idaho. The voucher code at the bottom of the voucher shows Albertsons pharmacies that the student or employee is affiliated with a public school and does not need to pay for the test.

Important Information:

Individuals on quarantine or with symptoms should not be going to pick up the test materials. Please send someone who is not restricted to pick the test up for you.

Teachers, school staff, and students MUST use the voucher code to receive a free test. (see attached voucher document)

Tests should be prioritized only for teachers, school staff, and students with COVID-19 compatible symptoms or those who’ve been identified as a close contact to a positive case. Both voucher and instructional documents have been attached. All questions should be routed directly to our call center: 208.321.2222

Please find both forms attached here.

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It’s time to celebrate Idaho Family Reading Week!

Idaho Family Reading Week is an optional activity for kids to participate in during Thanksgiving Break (and the week after). Prizes, including a free book and the chance to win a gift certificate to Idaho Book Fairs, will be awarded to all kids who complete at least five squares on the Family Reading Week Board Game. All instructions have also been posted to your child’s Seesaw or Google Classroom account.

Boise Online School students are welcome to participate as well. Instructions can be found using the link below.

Click Here for Instructions and Links to Activities and Read-alouds


JFK will continue to run Care Camps out of the six locations at Amity, Cynthia Mann, Horizon, Liberty, Trail Wind, and Whitney from November 30 - January 15. We will be supporting our students while they complete the fall semester and then we will be open as planned January 4-8, 2020 to provide care during the Winter Break.

JFK is closed:

November 23-27, 2020 during Thanksgiving Break though site teams will be reporting on Monday from 9am - 11am for an in-service.

December 23, 2020 - January 1, 2021


Family Advocates is offering Family Strengthening Support Groups in Boise and Garden City. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration.


Please check out these resources if you are in need of support during the holidays.

  1. Our Path Home - Housing Assistance
  2. Immediate Assistance - Navigation through Health and Welfare
  3. Grab n' Go Sack Meals - Boise School District
  4. Idaho Food Bank Assistance Locator - Idaho Food Bank
  5. Self-Rescue Manual

Boise School District Page

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HELLO to 741741, the Crisis Text Line.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Your Town, Virtually.

COVID-19 can't stop Christmas and it won't prevent the magic of experiencing a visit with Santa Claus.

In fact, this year's virtual platform offers flexibility for families – no waiting lines, and you don't even have to be in the Treasure Valley!

From anywhere in the world, reserve a personalized virtual video message from Santa through the Festival of Trees and support people and programs impacted by COVID-19. Each video will be 3-5 minutes and is sure to delight and inspire.

Sign Up for Santa!

Join the festivities online!

The virtual Festival of Trees will begin on November 19 and feature more than 150 beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and holiday items for you to view, bid on, and take home.

Take a Sneak Peek!

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