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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

March 1, 2018

Hello Horizon Families!

March is a wonderful time of year at Horizon! We will host kindergarten registration along with the 5th and 6th grade music program. The Horizon Choir will also be touring our community sharing their musical talents.

Over the next few weeks you may hear your students talk more about safety and security at school. There are a few things you should know. First, if you come to school for any reason you will be asked to sign in and obtain a visitor badge. If you do not have a visitors pass, you will be asked to return to the office. This is for safety reasons. We are doubling down on our efforts to know everyone coming and going from our building.

Second, it is our goal to do everything we can to prevent and plan for emergencies. We will be practicing several of our emergency drills. Your students may talk about the new playground evacuation drill. We will be preparing and practicing for the chance that we need to quickly leave the playground.

Lastly, safety of all students and staff is a priority, and we are continually collaborating with district and city officials to prepare for all types of emergencies. Please contact myself or Mrs Severson if you have any questions.

During spring break we challenge all of you to spend time reading as a family. Also, a week off is a great opportunity to play games at home together with your kids. We are continually working on the importance of taking turns at school. Learning to take turns while playing a board game or card game with the family is a great way to practice! As always, we thank you for your support and everything you do for the Horizon community.

Please note the following upcoming event:

03/07 Spring Pictures

03/08 Kindergarten Registration

03/11 Daylight Saving Time

03/16 5th-6th Grade Musical

03/23 Early Release

03/26 - 03/30 Spring Break

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

Mr. Novotny

Elementary National School Breakfast Week Announcements

Monday, March 5th - National School Breakfast Week is here. Did you know the National School Breakfast Program was launched in 1989? Be sure to turn in your coloring contest form for a chance to win a City of Boise Pool pass. We will be offering special breakfast items on Wednesday and Thursday of this week!

Tuesday, March 6th - Did you know studies show students who eat school breakfast are more likely to score higher on tests and have better attendance? Tomorrow we will be offering Mini Waffles for breakfast. Let us know what you think!

Wednesday, March 7th - We hope you enjoyed the Mini waffles. The celebration continues, and tomorrow you’ll get a chance to try an egg and cheese breakfast slider. We’re still accepting coloring contest forms!

Thursday, March 8th - We hope you enjoyed the new breakfast items. Be sure to tell the kitchen staff what you liked. Don’t forget to turn in your coloring sheets to the cafeteria for a chance to win a City of Boise Pool pass!

Friday, March 9th - Thank you to all who participated in National School Breakfast Week! You helped to make it a good one and hope you ‘heart’ breakfast for days to come. The winners of the coloring contest will be announced!

Order Your Yearbook

Yearbook order forms were sent home. Complete the form and return it to your student's teacher with a check for $12.00 made payable to Horizon Elementary. Yearbooks can also be ordered online at YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM. Use Yearbook Code: 12895118. The deadline for ordering yearbooks is March 16th. Thank you for supporting our school.

March 8, 2018 Kindergarten Registration

To better serve our students and families, Boise School District is moving to an online registration system starting with 2018 Kindergarten Open House/Registration.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to use this new online registration system ow before Kindergarten Open House/Registration on Thursday, March 8, 2018. By doing so, you’ll expedite the Kindergarten registration process and be able to spend more time on March 8th meeting your child’s dedicated teachers and staff.

You can complete the online Kindergarten Registration process on any computer. If you don’t have access to a computer, contact your neighborhood school and we’ll gladly provide you access to a computer.

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 3:30-5:30, is Open House and Kindergarten Registration at your neighborhood elementary school. Please bring your child to this exciting event!

You and your child will:

  • Receive free kindergarten readiness resources

  • Receive summer learning activities

  • Learn how to prepare your child for Kindergarten


All children enrolling in kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1st of the school year in which the child enrolls.

Required Forms & Documentation

The following forms and documentation are required to enroll an elementary student in the Boise School District. Parents/ guardians have 30 days in which to provide any missing documentation to the student's school. Any documentation that is presented will be photocopied and originals will be returned immediately.

  • A certified birth certificate

  • A record of the student’s immunizations or an immunization exemption

  • Enrollment Form, Health History, Home Language Survey Form & Verification of Residency

  • Proof of residence

  • If divorced, a copy of the divorce decree and custody agreement or any papers pertaining to current legal proceedings.

  • If you are a custodial guardian, you will need a "Power of Attorney" document, which must be renewed every six months.

Just For Kids Summer Program

Go Further with Food

“Go Further with Food” is the message for this year’s National Nutrition Month celebrated during the month of March. Making healthy food choices throughout the day can help students concentrate better on school work, have more energy for after-school activities, and generally make them feel better! Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Three basic guidelines according the the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics are #1 Emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products, #2 Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts, and #3 Minimize saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium), and added sugars. By just keeping these 3 guidelines in mind, Americans will be well on their way to optimal health. Locally, the Boise School District Food & Nutrition Department is celebrating National Nutrition Month with special events. On March 2nd, we will be serving Green Egg Pops at all elementary sites in honor of Dr. Seuss Day. We will also be offering a new flavor station to allow students the option to season their eggs with a variety of flavors! During National School Breakfast Week (March 5th-9th), all grade levels will be participating in the School Nutrition Association’s Campaign, “I Heart School Breakfast.” We welcome students to try new breakfast items offered during this week; participants will be eligible for some fantastic prizes!

Every Hero Needs a Squad

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society would like to thank Horizon's children for their gracious penny bank collection. The students raised $1,001.50! This will go a long way in helping to cure cancer. Thank you so very much for your donation and kindness.

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

Early Release Schedule

Kindergarten AM 8:40-10:30

Kindergarten PM 11:30-1:15

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

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, March 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, March 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!!

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


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

Horizon Elementary

Steve Novotny- Principal

Rebecca Severson- Asst. Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant