The Howler September 13th, 2019

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Read Aloud to Improve Reading Skills

Reading aloud with your child—and having her read aloud to you—is one way to help her become a better reader.

Here are some ideas to use during your read-aloud time. They will take only a few minutes, but they should improve your child’s reading:

  • Choose a short passage to read aloud. It should probably be about 200 words long. It should be at your child’s reading level—words she can read without making many mistakes. Be sure to choose a book your child enjoys.

  • Read the passage aloud to your child. Use lots of expression in your voice as you read. Make it fun!

  • Have your child read the text back to you. If she struggles with a word, calmly remind her what it is.

  • Let her continue reading. It may take three or four times before your child can read the text easily.

At other times, practice reading a short story aloud together. You read it first and then have your child read it. Or read a sentence or two aloud to your child, then have her read them back to you.

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Shadow Hills Elementary School

We are 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

PTO Online Auction is Open!

The Shadow Hills PTO online auction is OPEN! This is one of our biggest fundraisers and helps us fund requests from our wonderful teaching staff. Bid on many fun items, gift certificates, and baskets as well as purchase limited tickets to parties hosted by teachers. Bid early and bid often at PTO Online Auction

Have something you want to donate to the auction? Contact The auction runs through September 27, so we would love to include your company or business!


August 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian:

In the event of a school emergency, please understand that each school in the Boise School District has an Emergency Response Plan that has been carefully developed and addresses a multitude of emergency situations. All of these plans have been developed through a coordinated effort with Ada County Emergency Management. If there is an emergency at your child’s school, your cooperation is necessary to help us respond effectively to such situations.

In the event of an emergency, please help us by doing the following:

  • Please do not call and do not go to the school.

    • In an emergency, onsite staff are focused solely on getting everyone to a safe location. Showing up to the site can create unnecessary traffic, preventing emergency vehicles from responding quickly. You could also put yourself or others in danger.

    • If you get a call or text from your student, help him or her remain calm. Remind your student that school staff know what to do in an emergency situation, and will work to keep everyone safe.

    • Please know we will communicate with parents/guardians about reunifying you with your child and that this reunification site may not be at the school.

  • Check the Boise School District homepage at, the District Facebook page or our Twitter feed.

    • We will provide credible, accurate and useful information to the public as soon as possible. Please be aware that information received from sources other than the school administrator or Boise School District may be inaccurate.

    • Expect to see our posts updated as necessary. We will also provide updates to local news media, but emergency situations can change rapidly. Typically, multiple agencies are involved, so communication is coordinated through the “lead agency,” which may cause a delay in notification.

  • Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging:

    • We will use our emergency text notification system to contact parents and guardians. Please make sure your emergency contact information is always up to date at your child's school.

    • Parent/guardians whose contact information is on file with your child’s school may sign-up for emergency text messaging.

  1. Simply text SUBSCRIBE to the number 67587. You'll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message in English:

    1. “You're now registered with School Messenger notification service. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg&data rates may apply.”

  2. Repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you wish to include.

  3. In addition to performing the opt-in process above, please ensure that the District has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you haven't already provided that information to your school please contact them as soon as possible.

  • Non-parents may receive emergency text messages by downloading the Boise School District’s Mobile app. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that can be used during any emergency situation:

  • Shelter-in-place: Used to secure the building from a potential threat outside the building, such as when an unauthorized person is loitering on school grounds or when there is criminal activity in the neighborhood. Exterior doors are locked, but normal activities continue inside the building. Used during severe weather or other environmental threats (e.g., air contamination due to a local fire) to keep people safe while remaining indoors.

  • Lockdown: Used when there is a perceived danger inside the building. Doors are locked, windows are closed and locked, blinds are closed. People are directed to move away from windows and doors. Hallways are cleared of students and school staff.

  • Evacuation: When students and staff are moved out of the building to a pre-designated safe location.

  • Reverse Evacuation: Used when there is a perceived danger outside the building. Students are brought in from outside. Lockdown procedures may be followed once inside.

  • Reunification Site: An alternative site other than the school where school administrators will check-out students to the child’s parent/guardian. Students will only be released to authorized parents/guardians with proper identification (e.g. driver’s license, state identification, etc.)

All Boise School District staff members, parents, students and community members are encouraged to report anything they see, hear or are made aware of that may impact a school or school program. If you see or hear something, say something: call 911 or Boise Police Department at 208-343-COPS.

Please discuss these matters with your immediate family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concern during emergencies. Thank you in advance for following these steps to ensure our students, staff members and public remain safe and secure.


Gale Zickefoose


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, you may pick up a FERPA form at your school, or call the Clerk of the Board at 208-854-4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.


Picture Day at Shadow Hills is today, Friday, September 13th!
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Friday, September 13th

Picture Day is 09/13/2019

Pre-pay online ordering!

Paque por su orden en línea.

Parents have the ability to order pictures using the link or by visiting and using the school's access key, 4XJ9GHE8, also found on your picture day envelope before and up to four (4) days after picture day.
Los padres pueden ordenar las fotos con la clave de accesso imprimido en el sobre de fotos hasta cuatro (4) dias después del día de la foto.

After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders ship directly home.
DESPUÉS DE QUE EXPIRE EL PERÍODO DE GRACIA DE 4 DÍAS: Un código de acceso personalizado le será enviado a su hogar con sus pedidos. Estas órdenes incluyen una tarifa de $7 de envío.

For order accuracy, please return your completed envelope on picture day for all payment types. Para la exactitud de su pedido, por favor devuelva su sobre el día de fotografía para todos los tipos del pago.

Pre-Order Online

Here are some tips to make picture day great!

Aquí tiene algunos consejos para hacer de día de la foto un gran día.

Schedule Haircuts

7-10 days prior to picture day is best!

Programe los cortes de cabello.
Es el mejor 7 a 10 días antes del día de la foto!

Simple Clothing

Solid shirts or small patterns, along with sleeves, photograph best. A simple collared shirt is a timeless classic.

Ropa sencilla.
Las camisas sólidas o los diseños pequeños junto con las mangas fotografían mejor. Una camisa sencilla con cuelloes una prenda clásica qe simpre queda bien.

Logo and Text

Graphics or wording may not photograph completely and become partially cropped out of your picture.

Logos y texto.
Es posible que los grácos y los textos no sean captados completemente o se vean cortados en la foto

If you have questions please call our

Customer Advocate Department at (800) 826-3535

Copyright © 2019 Dorian Studio, Inc., All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because your school has a picture day right around the corner.

Our mailing address is:

Dorian Studio, Inc.

4212 W Sunset Blvd

Spokane, WA 99224-2015

FUN RUN at Capital High School - September 13th

Capital High School Race At Capital Event

¼ and 1 mile Kids’ Fun Run

Capital High School 5:40 p.m. Friday, September 13th, 2019

The Race: At Capital High School - Between Baseball field & Softball field

Time: K thru 1 Girls – 5::40 pm, 400m race

K thru 1 Boys – 5.50pm, 400m race

2 thru 3 girls – 6:00pm, 400m race

2 thru 3 Boys – 6:10 pm, 400m race

4 thru 6 grade Girls – 6:20pm, 1 mile race

4 thru 6 grade Boys – 6:40pm, 1 mile race

Awards: Medals for top 3 male/female finishers in each age category. Ribbons for 4th -10th places male/female finishers in each age category. Participation ribbons from 11th place on for K-1 and 2-3 races only.

Cost: FREE! All registered participants receive a free t-shirt. However, because of how big the event has become, to help cover the costs and keep this a free event, we will be accepting voluntary donations on the day of the race.

Check-In: If you have pre-registered look for a tent with a pre-registered sign. Kids registering on the day of the race will register at a different tent. Check-in will be from 4:30p.m. – 5:15 p.m. for all races followed by warm up at 5:20pm. Race day registration will be available, but shirts are not guaranteed.

Food and Water: Bagels, fruit, and other snacks, gatorade and water will be served following the races. NO COST

Please turn in your registration form to your PE Teacher

Deadline for registration is TUESDAY, September 10th, for guaranteed shirt.

For additional information or applications, contact John Doherty,

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SCHOOL NAME: ______________________________ Teacher’s Name _________________________

Students Last Name: _______________________________ First Name:______________________

Grade on Race Day: _________________ Gender: M___ F___ PHONE # _________________

WAIVER: I know that running is potentially hazardous. I should not enter and run in this event unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a Race Official relative to my ability to complete the run safely. I assume all risks associated with running this event including but not limited to, falls, collisions with vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, contact with other participants, dog attacks, the effects of weather, and the condition of the roads all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I agree not to wear headsets, bring a pet, use roller blades, ride scooters or bikes and that no exceptions to the rule will be made. Strollers and wagons are allowed only during the walk and only if they are behind all other participants. I attest that I am physically fit and sufficiently trained to participate in the run. Having read this waiver and knowing these risks and in consideration for the acceptance of my entry, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators or anyone else who might claim on my behalf, covenant not to sue and waive, release and forever discharge Boise School Disttict, all race management personnel, and other individuals and groups involved in this event, known and unknown. I also grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recording or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose. Any runner responsible for causing a hazardous condition will be disqualified. The official race director reserves the right, in the event of emergency or local or national disaster, to cancel the race or to change the day and/or time to a later day and, in the event of cancellation or change, there will no refund of entry fee. DISCLAIMER: In the interest of safety, the race directors reserve the right to withdraw from the race any runner who, for whatever reason, appear to be experiencing difficulty in finishing.

Signature of Parent_________________________________Date:_______________


By TUESDAY, September 10th


Please check out the included link for information about doubling our school's Fall earnings with Box Tops!


In an effort to keep our Lost and Found collection to a minimum, PLEASE write your student's name on clothing labels, lunch boxes, etc!! Thank you!!


Dear Parents/Guardian:

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is helping to protect students against the seasonal flu. With an aim to keep children in school and sick days to a minimum, CDHD will be offering a convenient in-school flu vaccination program for students this fall. The best way to protect your child against the flu is through vaccination. CDHD is offering the injectable flu vaccine.

What is my cost? There is no cost for the flu vaccine; however, there is an administration fee. CDHD will bill your insurance/Medicaid for the administration fee. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not fully cover the cost, CDHD will cover the remaining cost. There will be no out-of-pocket cost. A copy of CDHD’s financial and privacy practices can be found on our website at: or can be obtained from your child’s school.

Vaccination Clinic Details: September 17, 2019

If you would like your child to receive a flu vaccine at school, please complete the enclosed consent form.

1. Complete, sign and date the Immunization Client Information/Consent Form

2. Return the completed consent form to your child’s teacher by September 13, 2019

3. ALL of the questions MUST be answered on the form; CDHD will be unable to vaccinate students with incomplete paperwork.

***Do NOT return the Consent Form if you do not wish your child to be vaccinated at school. ***

The following information is included in this letter:

1. Client Information/Consent Form-located on the back of this letter

2. Influenza Vaccine Information Statements

If you submit a consent form to the school and your child receives a flu vaccine elsewhere before the scheduled school vaccination clinic, you must pick up your child’s consent form at the school before the scheduled clinic date to be sure that your child is not re-vaccinated.

If you have any questions regarding this in-school flu vaccination program or eligibility, please direct calls to Central District Health Department at 327-7400. We are pleased to offer this convenient service. However, this vaccination clinic should not take the place of your child’s usual visit with your primary care provider or pediatrician.

The day of the vaccine clinic, your child will receive a stamp on their hand to indicate they received the flu vaccine. The stamp will look like this:


Alisha Munoz

Registered Nurse Senior

Remember to:

€ Answer all the question on the Client Information/Consent Form

€ Sign and date the Consent Form

€ Return the consent form to your child’s school by September 13, 2019

PAPA JOHN'S PTO Fundraiser - Dinner Tonight!

Mark Your Calendar!

Don’t miss this week long Fundraiser!

Monday - Friday, September 9-13, 2019

Open Daily 10:30 am – 11:00 pm

Thank you for your support! 20% of your total order will be donated to Shadow Hills Elementary


Order Online at

See the attached flyer for more information

Shadow Hills Fall Festival & Food Truck FUN-raiser!!!

September 27th: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Shadow Hills

Games & Prizes! Food Trucks! Pony Rides!

You won't want to miss the fun!

Click here to volunteer:

Prepare yourself for fun! Play tons of fun games to win prizes,

climb the rock wall, speed through the obstacle course, and go

for a pony ride! Try one of the fantastic food trucks!

Stop at the photo booth to take home a keepsake!

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets- picnic style eating! See the attached flyer.

♫ Music Dates at Shadow Hills 2019-2020

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Music Program dates! Look for additional information to follow from your student's teacher and/or the Music Department as these events draw nearer.

November 15th: Kindergarten Fall Program

December 12th: Band, Orchestra and Choir Concert

December 18th & 19th: Holiday Program (1st-3rd Grades)

March 13th: All-School Talent Show

March 19th (Capital Quad Choir Festival

May 7th: Spring Band/Orchestra Concert

May 13th& 14th: Spring Program (4th-6th Grades)

Chess Club at Shadow Hills!

Chess Club is returning to Shadow Hills after school on Thursdays! If you are interested in participating, please see the attached flyer for registration and information.


Boise School District is excited to offer you nearly 300 Community Education courses this FALL. Online registration is open now! For more than 45 years, our Community Education program has served as Boise's first choice for affordable lifelong learning opportunities for all! Our popular FALL session runs Monday, September 9th through Thursday, October 17th, 2019. Review our FALL 2019 Community Education course catalog. Learn more at


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


There are so many wonderful activities and opportunities going on! Please see the links and flyers located elsewhere in the newsletter for information on upcoming activities you won't want to miss!!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming activities:

Sixth Annual Ada County Kids’ Duathlon - This is a free event put on by the county every year in conjunction with National Planning Month. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, September 21st at the Foothills Heritage Park at Avimor. The event includes local educational vendors such as the sheriff/paramedics, free lunch provided by Costco, crafts, and more. See the attached flier for more information.