Horizon Weekly News

October 21, 2018

Upcoming Events:

October 24: Early dismissal at 2:35

October 24: Original Works fundraiser for the art department begins

October 26: Sock Hop from 6:30-8:00pm (dance, wear Halloween costumes, if you wish) Volunteers needed: https://signup.com/group/446935832014


November 1: Original Works orders due. Volunteers needed: https://signup.com/group/446935832014

November 2: NO SCHOOL

November 5-8: Book Fair: Monday 8:00am-1:00pm (Preview Only) and 1:00-8:00pm (Selling starts), Tuesday 9:00am-7:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-3:15pm, Thursday 9:00am-8:00pm. Volunteers needed: https://signup.com/group/446935832014

November 5-15: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Sign up will be sent next week)



November 13: PTO Meeting, Horizon LMC at 7:00pm

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up

November 5-13 we will host our first round of Parent/Teacher Conferences. This time will give you an opportunity to speak with your child's teacher about his/her academic, social and emotional progress this school year.

This year, we are offering more flexible conference options. November 8th is designated for all teachers to be in the building, and there are other options throughout the week. Especially if you have more than one child at Horizon, please look at the dates between teachers to ensure the conference times work for you. (If you have more than one child, you may want to schedule your conferences with a 15 minute break in between for transition time.)

We look forward to meeting with you! CLICK HERE to sign up for a conference.

Mental Health Resources

Being human is hard sometimes... whether you are a kid or a grown-up, living life has its challenges. If you, a family member or your child is in need of mental health support, here are some sites you can reference to get help:



We also have people who can help at school, as well. Our student support facilitator, Shannon Carlson, our school counselor, Wendi Canada, or principal, Lindsey Cornwell, can share information about local resources, including our Student Assistance Program.

PTO Update

Please see volunteer opportunities in the school calendar above!

Book Drive will be coming in November. Please start gathering any gently used books you no longer want. We will donate these books to a school in need. Watch for more details coming soon**

Walkathon was a huge success! Thank you! We raised almost $20,000 this year. This money is used throughout the year for student events (dunk tank, ice cream social, bingo, sock hop, etc), field trips, field day, teacher appreciation, books, classroom materials & supplies, Horizon Reads program, Reflex Math program and so much more. Thanks to your generosity, we will be able to fund more requests made by teachers and staff.


Christie Steinbock

PTO President, Horizon Elementary School

5905 NW 100th St. Johnston, IA 50131

Home: 515-326-4656 Cell: 515-512-3236


Our Website: http://www.hzepto.org/

Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horizon-Elementary-School-PTO/170229416358932?fref=ts

Twitter: @HorizonPTO


**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.)

We realize that both notices above are changes in practice. Mrs. Cornwell is 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.