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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

October 1, 2019

Parents and Guardians,

I would like to thank our PTO, staff, parents and students who attended our carnival. It was a huge success! We hope that you and your family were able to enjoy this fun event.

We are quickly nearing the end of our first quarter of school and that means it is time for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please plan on attending Conferences on Wednesday, October 23rd or Thursday, October 24th. Information on your specific time and date will be coming home soon. Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn about your child's progress.

Also, a reminder that we will not have school for students on October 24th or the 25th. We look forward to seeing your child back at school on Monday!

Please note the following upcoming events:

10/1 Walking Challenge (all month long)

10/2 Walk or Bike to School Day

10/18 No School, End of First Quarter

10/16 Picture Retakes

10/23 No Kindergarten Classes and Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/24 No School and Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/25 No School

10/31 Harvest Parties at School

As always, please feel free to stop by, call or email me with any questions or concerns.

Mr. Novotny


Horizon Calendar

Check out the Horizon calendar for important dates and information. Days off, early release days and school events can be found on the calendar.

Horizon Pick-Up Procedures

Please use the Horizon pick-up line when dropping off or picking up your students. We ask that you DO NOT use the Emerald Street Kennels parking lot. It is a place of business and is not a designated school pick up and drop off location. Additionally, we have had several students and parents cross Mitchell without using the designated crosswalk. Please remind your students to use this adult-supervised crossing area so we can prevent accidents.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

News from the Nurse’s Office

It is getting to be that time of year for colds, flu, fevers and upset stomachs. First of all, I’d like to remind you of the Boise School District Policy-If your child has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, bad cough or rash, please keep them home for 24 hours after these symptoms have resolved. One more tidbit regarding fevers, please keep your child home until fever free without the use of medicine for 24 hours. Call the school nurse if you’re unsure. Another reminder--please do not send your student to school with medication. Medication needs to be brought into the health office by a parent. Also, for more helpful info go to www.boiseschools.org and click on Parents/Patrons and click Health Services then Parent Information.

Thanks again,

Nurse Jenny

Walk and Bike to School Day

On Wednesday, October 2nd join children and adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking and bicycling. Walk to School Day is an annual event that promotes walking and bicycling for several reasons:

  • Physical activity
  • Teaching safe pedestrian and bicycling skills to children
  • Awareness of how walkable & bikeable a community is and where improvements can be made
  • Concern for the environment
  • Reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools
  • Sharing time with community leaders, parents and children

The Horizon Walking Challenge

It is that time of the year for your child's class to participate in the Horizon Walking Challenge that takes place here at Horizon Elementary. It runs from October 1st through October 31st. During lunch recess, the classes walk laps around the recess field. Each day the laps are recorded and then a class total is taken at the end of October. The class, first through third grade, that has walked the most miles will win a pizza party. The class fourth, through sixth grade, that walks the most miles will also win a pizza party. This is a great way to team up with your class to promote fitness and a happy lifestyle!

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Bike Registration

Each year Boise Police take nearly 400 reports on stolen bikes. Since many don’t ever file a police report, the number is much larger. To help combat the problem Boise Police has partnered with Bike Index, the most widely used and successful bike registration service in the world. By registering your bike, you are able to safely store the critical data needed for a police report. Plus if your bike is ever lost or stolen, law enforcement and the community has a better way to get it back to you. To register your bike for free, use the link below.


Upon submission you will receive an email asking you to confirm your bike in the Bike Index system. Click the confirm button in the email and create an account to add additional information, pictures, or bikes.


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Boise School District Emergency Response Plan

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.

Please visit this link for more information on what to do in the event of an emergency:


Notification to Title I Parents of Teacher Qualifications

The Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires school districts that receive federal Title I funding to notify parents of their right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct their child.

As a recipient of these funds, the Boise School District will provide you with this information in a timely manner if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child's classroom teachers:

  • Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject area in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under the emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances.
  • The teacher's college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  • Whether paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.

The Boise School District is committed to providing quality instruction for all students and does so by employing the most qualified individuals to teach and support each student in the classroom. If you would like to receive any of the information listed above for your child's teacher, please contact Steve Novotny, Principal Horizon Elementary at 208-854-5170.

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 www.boiseschools.org 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.

Horizon Elementary

Steve Novotny- Principal

Dan Knight- Assistant Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant