The Howler September 30, 2022

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Picture Day is on Thursday, October 6, 2022!!

Hard copy order forms have been sent home with students...check backpacks!

Principal Point

Help Your Child Move Forward After a Setback

Children often have a "Chicken Little" point-of-view. That is, they see the smallest setback on the way to a goal as a sign that the sky is falling and they will never get there.

Failure can send a crushing blow. It can leave children feeling small and humiliated. Or it can cause them to get angry or give up.

To instill resilience when your elementary schooler hits a setback:

  • Allow your child to talk about feelings of anger or disappointment. Don't rush to offer praise and reassurance right away. This denies your child's feelings.
  • Tell a story about a childhood failure of yours that made you feel the way your child is feeling now. Explain that everybody has defeats and survives them.
  • Point out all the things your child has accomplished. There were probably some things that were challenging. Reinforce that every bit of progress and learning is a success.
  • Discuss problem-solving strategies for next time. Perhaps the goal wasn't realistic. Perhaps it should be broken down into parts. Or maybe your child needs a better plan.
  • Help your child find new successes. Pursuing an alternative goal can provide some of the satisfaction missing from the original goal. Or your child could head in an entirely new direction.

Brought to you by:

Boise City Independent School District

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


One year of growth in one year's time...minimum...for each student.

Our Shadow Hills Pledge:

Remember who you are and what you represent. As Shadow Hills Wolves, we will work as a pack to be honest and responsible, to treat everyone with dignity and respect, to do our best, and be great team players!

11th Annual Capital Elementary Cross Country RACE

Run At Capital Event

See the flyer below!!


Now Hiring!

Come Serve With Us

Do you want to make a positive difference in a student's life? Currently, Boise School District has a number of open positions, including Special Education Paraprofessionals, Just for Kids Childcare Providers,Title I Tutors, IT Systems Analyst, School Support Assistants, Sign Language Interpreter, School Custodians, Grounds Technician/ Equipment Operator, HVAC Technician, Warehouse Delivery Driver and more. Review our current job postings and apply online.

In addition, are our outside contractors have job openings for crossing guards, bus drivers and bus monitors. Learn more....

Parents Make the Difference!

See the newsletter below...

From the PTO

Save the Date!

  1. October 10, 2022 - Freddy's Frozen Custard (see flyer below).
  2. November 9, 2022 - Chipotle
  3. December 2, 2022 - Panda Express

PTO Food Truck and Family Fun Night!!

Thank you Parent Teacher Organization for creating such a fun night last Friday!

Online Teacher Auction!!

The Online Teacher Auction closes tonight (September 30) at 8:00 pm. Be sure to get those final bids in. Winners will be able to pay their invoices from the auction site, or send a message through the “Contact Us” button that you prefer to pay by check. Items that have been paid for can be picked up at the school starting Monday, October 3 and teachers will contact you directly for any activities or parties they have scheduled.

Online Teacher Auction

Thank you again for supporting Shadow Hills!

Leftover 2021-2022 Yearbooks...

If you did not buy a yearbook last year, you may purchase one in the school office for $20. Make checks payable to the Shadow Hills PTO. Cash is accepted too. We have a small amount yearbooks leftover...first come, first served.

Boise School District Health and Safety Plan

Please click on this link to view the current Boise School District Health and Safety Plan.

From the School Nurse...

CDH Student Flu Vaccine Clinic

Shadow Hills will host a CDH Student Flu Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 11:00 am. More information is coming soon. Mark your calendars now.

Reminders...from the School Nurse...

1) The school district procedure regarding illness is linked below. Please review it. It should serve as a good guide with your illness decisions during our school year. If in doubt, please choose to keep your student home until you know what is developing. When a student is not feeling well, they are not at their optimum for learning. Thank you for your efforts to decrease the spread of any type of cold, flu or germs as we head into Flu and Cold season.

2) Our student records including health history plus in-school medication authorization need to be updated every year. Please take 5 minutes to do so.

The easiest way to update is online. By the time your student is at the secondary level, online is the primary option. Please start your annual habit with the following steps:

  1. Open the Boise School District Home page, hover over the ‘Parent & Patrons’ hyperlink which opens more choices.

  2. Look for and click on ‘Infinite Campus Parent Portal’. It is under the heading ‘Programs and Services’. You may already have the Infinite Campus parent portal saved.

  3. Next window, click on ‘Parent Portal’

  4. Sign in

  5. Click on ‘More’ in the black column on left of page

  6. Click on ‘Annual Update’

  7. Thank you

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.

From the Social Worker

See the flyer(s) below...

From the Counselor

See the flyer(s) below...

Activities for Kids

See the flyers below...

1) Treasure Valley Youth LaCrosse League (TVYLL) 2022

2) Capital High School Soccer mini-camp for 1st-6th grades

Click this line for Treasure Valley AAU Basketball for 5th & 6th Grade Boys - Registration is open