Horizon Weekly News

August 16, 2018

Welcome back to school, Horizon families! For those of you who are new to Horizon, our weekly news usually isn't long, however the next couple of weeks might have A LOT of information. However there is a lot to know... some new, some just reminders. We look forward to seeing you all VERY SOON! Have a great last week of summer!

-Lindsey Cornwell, Principal

School Supply Lists

Click here to see our 2018-2019 school supply lists online.

For a printable, easy to read list, please open the link below. A thoughtful parent with children in several grade levels created this to make shopping easier! :)

Upcoming Events:

August 22: New family orientation from 2:30-3:00

August 22: Meet the Teacher from 3:00-4:30

August 22: PTO Ice Cream Social from 3:00-5:00

August 24: First Day of Classes

August 29: Early dismissal at 2:35

September 3: No school, Labor Day

September 5: Early dismissal at 2:35


**Please note that this year we have a change in practice with classroom snacks and birthday treats.**

Classroom snacks. Due to many students with food allergies/intolerances, our school has had to be extremely careful with any food items entering the school building. It is a safety issue and something that we take very seriously. In addition, our district wellness policy states that we will “engage in nutrition promotion that helps students develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors.”

We do offer breakfast and lunch at school, so snacks are optional based on your child’s need. If you do choose to send snacks with your child, please choose from this list to remain within healthy guidelines.

-fresh fruit and vegetables prepared in advance (no nuts)


-beef sticks

-saltine crackers

-Goldfish crackers


-100% fruit juice boxes or water

Birthday treats: While birthdays are very important days for children, we will continue to recognize this special day in a child’s year. New this school year, we will offer each child a Horizon Birthday Button to wear for the day, in addition to recognition in his/her own classroom and/or community.

However, please refrain from sending treats or ‘treasures’ to share with your child’s class. While we are promoting healthy habits, we are also want to promote equity for all of our students on their special day. (If a child does come to school with treats to celebrate a birthday, we will have the parent pick them up in the office. This could result in disappointment for the child and inconvenience on the parent’s part.)

I realize that both notices above are changes in practice. I am certainly able to answer any questions you may have, or listen to any concerns you wish to share.

Thank you for your part in keeping our students safe and healthy!

Volunteering at Horizon

We welcome adult volunteers at Horizon! Starting this year, all Johnston schools require that volunteers complete a background check. You must complete the online background check if you:

-are going to be assigned a group of students on a field trip.

-are going to work with students out of range of a teacher. (i.e. working with students in the community area, helping with school picture day)

Basically, if you will be with students other than your own child not directly supervised by a teacher, you should complete the online form. Click here to submit your background check.

All visitors (including those with a completed background check) will be required to scan a driver's license in our Raptor System upon entering the building. This allows us to easily recognize our visitors and track those in our building.

Infinite Campus and iPad Updates

The Johnston Community School District uses Infinite Campus as our Student Information System. Infinite Campus is a web-based system that can be accessed by parents and students.

Once logged into the Infinite Campus Portal, you will be able to see:

● School Notices/Announcements

● Student Schedule

● Attendance

● Account Information

● Fees

● Contact Information

● Transportation

Detailed information regarding Portal Accounts and a Portal User Guide can be located on the District Infinite Campus webpage: http://www.johnstoncsd.org/infinite-campus/

For information on our use of iPads at the elementary level, please read the attachment below: