The Howler March 17, 2022

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Parent Input

Parents are invited to give input into the decision making process for class assignments for the 2023-2024 school year. To give input, parents should send a letter or an email to Dr. Zickefoose. That input should include your child’s learning style and/or the learning environment that suits him/her best. The classroom teachers and other staff that work directly with students collaborate, create class lists, and then submit them to the principal for final approval. A lot of time and attention is dedicated to this process in an effort to ensure that our classrooms are set up for success!

Including the name of a teacher does not guarantee placement in that teacher’s classroom.

The deadline for parent input is Friday, April 7, 2023.

Dr. Gale Zickefoose –

(Class lists will be posted in early August.)

Dr. Z. dressed up like a Leprechaun today...

...because the Shadow Hills students raised over $15,000 through the Read-a-Thon!!

Thank you to Michelle Wilson-Hamrick, Shadow Hills Parent, and the PTO for running a great fundraiser!!

From the PTO

Restaurant Night Coming Soon...

Our next and final Restaurant Night of the school year will be on Wednesday, April 5 at Applebee’s. Mention our school and they will donate 15% of the meal price.


  • Case of Water Bottles
  • Tissues
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Ticonderoga Pencils
  • Hand Sanitizer

Bring supplies to the office and they will be distributed.

Kindergarten Registration!

If you missed our registration/screening event on March 2, 2023, please do not worry - you may still register/enroll your student.

Future Kindergarten students need to be 5 years old on or before September 1, to be enrolled/registered for the 2023-2024 School Year.

Online registration is open now. Go to this link: Kindergarten Registration. Please complete all of the process online, if possible. Please call Kris Foss at 208-854-6060 for assistance.

Inclement Weather Notification

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!

School Bus Stop Arm Violations

An easy way to remember the stop arm law...

< 3 lanes = traffic going both directions is required to stop

> 3 lanes = traffic going the same direction as the bus is required to stop

See the flyers below for more information...

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....

Just For Kids Childcare is hiring!!

See flyer below...

Parents Make the Difference!

See the newsletter below...

From the Librarian...

See the order form below for Shannon Hale well as the Multi Author flyer...

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...

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

A Parent's Guide to Head Lice

See the flyer below...

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...

Keep in Contact

Parents/Guardians - Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging: Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians. Learn more and sign-up.

Non-Parents (District Staff, News Media, etc.) - Mobile App Available: Boise School District has a mobile app to improve communication to you. The app offers emergency alerts and is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Community Activities for Kids!

See the flyers below for baseball, softball, football, martial arts, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, various athletic and academic camps etc.

Summer STEM Camp

See the flyer below...

Poster Contest

North Boise Little League

Opportunities at Riverglen JHS and/or Capital HS

Shadow Hills students go to Riverglen JHS and Capital HS (in 7th & 10th grades). We want our Shadow Hills kids to start making connections at both schools while they are still at Shadow makes for a positive transition later. Please take a look at the opportunities in the flyer(s) below.

Riverglen Cheer Camps!

See the flyers below...