Horizon Weekly News

September 21, 2018

Upcoming Events:

September 26: Early dismissal at 2:35

September 28: Walk-a-thon pledge collection ends (Send pledge sheets to school with your child)

October 1: Box Top collecting begins


October 5: No school

October 9: PTO Meeting, 7pm in Library

October 10: Early dismissal at 2:35

October 11: Walk-a-thon! Volunteers needed! https://signup.com/group/446935832014

October 12: Box Top Collection Ends (winner wins a pizza party!)

October 17: Early dismissal at 2:35

October 17: Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night, 4-10pm. Horizon receives 10% of your orders!

October 24: Early dismissal at 2:35


Message from PTO

Just one week left to collect pledges for the walkathon! Make sure you return all pledge sheets and money by Friday, September 28. This money is used throughout the year to fund field trips, books, classroom materials and equipment and so much more! You can find a link to donate online: https://www.horizonwalkathon.com/

Teacherlists.com - All of our teachers (including Math, Art, Librarian, Guidance and the school Nurse) have a list of items they want/need to supply their rooms. Go to teacherlists.com, enter “50131” for the zip in the Parents section and select Horizon Elementary School. It’s easy to view their wish list and then pledge items to purchase for them. And it’s really easy to log into the website from your smartphone as you’re standing in the middle of a store to pledge items as you pick them up!

Homecoming Week in Johnston

It is Homecoming Week! To celebrate, we have some dress-up days scheduled:

Monday: PJ Day

Tuesday: Hat Day

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday (wear mismatched clothes)

Thursday: Backward Day

Friday: Spirit Day (wear purple, gold, or Dragon wear)

Parent Walk-Up to Door 16

While we encourage all families who pick up their children at the end of the day to use our Parent Drive-Up lane, it is understood some families wish to walk up to meet their children. Parents should park their car and walk across the bus lane to meet their children. No child will be allowed to cross the bus lane without a parent.


**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.