The Howler October 16th, 2020

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Have a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

Parent-teacher conferences are one of the most important ways you can learn about your child. In these conferences, you can see how well your child is doing. You can meet the teacher face to face to let her understand your child better. You can also ask for suggestions that will make it easier for you and the school to work together throughout the year.

Here are five tips that can help you have a more successful parent-teacher conference:

  • Plan for it. Before you come to your conference, write out some questions you'd like to ask. Here are some suggestions:

    • Does my child get along with others?

    • How is my child's behavior in class?

    • Does my child read at the level you would expect for this grade?

    • Is my child able to do the math that you would expect for a student at this grade?

    • What are my child's strengths and weaknesses? (You'll want to share your ideas about this as well.)

    • Does my child need special help? Where is this help available?

  • Keep an open mind. Your goal is to work for cooperation between you and your child's teacher. Even if the teacher says something you disagree with, try to listen to what she has to say. Later, you can add your own thoughts.

  • Ask to see your child's work. There's no better way to see how your child is progressing than to look at his school work. You can judge for yourself whether your child is making progress.

  • Ask for suggestions. If your child is doing well, ask what you can do to keep things on a positive track. If there are problems, ask what you can do to help. If a teacher identifies problems, ask for ways you can work together to solve the problem. If she can't give you any ideas immediately, ask for a follow-up conference.

  • Clarify and summarize as you go. Teachers sometimes use educational buzz words. If you don't know what an "IEP" is, ask. If you are confused or uncertain, you won't be able to help your child.

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Please check in with your child’s teacher whenever you have questions. You can reach out to me too. Call me in my office at 208-854-6064 or send me an email at

Take care!

Dr. Z.


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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


SMART Goals updated annually

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Shadow Hills Families,

This is a message for students who ride bus #218 to Shadow Hills. The bus company has made another adjustment to the morning route that took effect on Tuesday, October 20th. Infinite Campus has been updated with the new route times. You will need to sign into your parent portal to view the changes.

Please call the office with questions (208)854-6060.

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.


N a v i g a t i n g O n l i n e L e a r n i n g

The Boise School District has put together several tips that will help you during this virtual learning environment with your at-home technology. Please read the attached flyer and share with your students and those who are helping your students at home. We appreciate your patience and perseverance! Keep up the good work!


As we remain partially virtual and phase into in-person return to school, attendance procedures still apply as if all students were in-person at Shadow Hills.

If your child is going to be absent or late logging in or coming to school, please call our office at 208-854-6060. You may call during non-working hours and leave a message on our voicemail. If your student has an appointment during school hours, please scan (or take a picture of) and email a written school excuse from the doctor, dentist, etc. to Thank you!


See the attached flyer for information on the PTO Papa John’s fundraiser. Our school code is valid for the entire school year and valid at all locations in the Treasure Valley, so friends and family can help support our school, too! Papa John’s is donating 20% to the PTO!

Thanks for your support!

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20-21 Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell is a project of the Assistance League of Boise. They assist families by providing new clothing and shoes to elementary school students without cost to families.

If you are interested in Operation School Bell, please complete the request form attached here:

Please note:

*Clothing will be picked up at the Assistance League and brought to Shadow Hills where families will pick it up.

*Students will not travel anywhere.

*Spaces are limited. We will do our best to fulfill families' needs.

*Spaces are only for Shadow Hills students/BOS students.

* Correct measurements are critical, no returns or exchanges due to Covid-19.


Boise School District To Provide

Free Meal Services

  • The USDA just recently approved funding so that all students are allowed one free breakfast and lunch daily through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Free meals are available no matter the family meal application status.
  • Now that meals are free through the end of the school year, parents are losing incentive to fill out free/reduced meal applications. Unfortunately this will have a negative impact on many areas of our District (outlined below). Please encourage them to fill out a free/reduced price meal application if they think they qualify. The best way to apply is to use our online application, however paper applications are available at each school.
    • Schools with higher free/reduced populations receive increased funding to provide support services (Title)
    • Children who qualify can receive discounts on college applications and academic test fees (SAT, ACT, AP fees)
    • Districts with higher free/reduced populations receive access to funding for internet access, wireless and network services
    • Children who qualify receive free or reduced price meals on delicious and nutritious meals (meal application status carries over into the beginning of next year).
  • Take Home Meals: for schools offering these meals, this is a great time to get families signed up! If your school is not currently offering Take Home Meals and you would like to learn more, feel free to reach out to me directly.

One last thing - if Boise Online School families (or non-District enrolled children) ask about free meals, please direct them to the nearest Curbside Feeding Site (Fairmont, Hillside, North, Riverglen, South, West, Timberline). Meal can be picked up from 3:30-4:00pm, M-F.

If your child requires special meal accommodations, please contact the Boise School District Food & Nutrition Service Office at 208-854-4067 to make arrangements.

Please visit our Curbside Meals webpage for more details.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Medication DROP-OFF DAY- October 24

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 24th! A community drop-off event is scheduled for that day from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Safely dispose of your unused, unwanted, or expired medications. See the attached flyer for specific details.


Family Advocates is offering Family Strengthening Support Groups in Boise and Garden City. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration.

Boys Basketball!

The YMCA is offering Boys Y-Ball (ages 6-14) and AAU Basketball (grades 5-7) this Fall! Please see the attached flyer for information if you are interested.

GIRLS ON THE RUN - Grades 3-5

Girls on the Run is back! Virtual & Site- Based Teams

Why It Matters

Social isolation and stressors related to COVID-19 have undoubtedly affected girls. Girls on the Run will provide a safe and interactive space for girls to connect, learn valuable skills such as how to cope when things get complicated and practice positivity, and, most importantly, have fun!

GOTR and Heart & Sole Begin on September 14th. See the attached flyer for information.

Girl Scout Information

Attached please find a flyer from the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. They are hosting a series of virtual animal dance parties and robot building parties. See the flyer for information.

Cub Scout Information

Pack 33 provides a family-friendly program for kids entering K-5th grade. Attached please find a flyer for Cub Scout Pack 33.