The Howler October 18th, 2019

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 23 & 24. Your child's teacher shared a link to sign up for a time. I hope that you find this time to be beneficial and informative. The following may help you as you plan for your child's conference:

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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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


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.

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Picture Retake Day is Almost Here

Shadow Hills Elementary

Retake Picture Day: 10/22/2019

Retake day for Shadow Hills Elementary is quickly approaching. If we did not see you on picture day or you would like a new image, Dorian Studio will be taking pictures on 10/22/2019. Do not miss out on ordering pictures of your student.

Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online at using Shadow Hills Elementary's access key, EXQEREFH. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after retake day. After the 4-day grace period, parents can call the customer advocate department at (800) 826-3535 to place an order.

Pre-Order Online

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.

If you have questions please call our
Customer Advocate Department at (800) 826-3535

Volunteer to help with the Parent/Teacher Conference Dinner!

The PTO has planned a delicious Italian dinner for the staff!! The dinner will be provided next Wednesday, October 23 during parent/teacher conferences.

Parents, please volunteer to help with this wonderful meal by signing up through this link:

Thank you so much!





Thursday, Oct. 17th-Thursday, Oct. 24th

Book Fairs are a huge source of fund-raising for our library--

we can earn up to 60% of the total sales.

Your child will visit the Book Fair during school to fill out a Wish List,

so please be sure to ask him/her about it!

Please stop by at any of the following times to look around and consider purchasing a book.


Thursday, Oct. 17th: 3:45pm-4:30pm

Monday, Oct. 21st: 8:45am-4:30pm

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd: 8:45am-4:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd: 8:45am-7:30/8:00pm (open during conferences)

Thursday, Oct. 24th: 8:15am-7:30/8:00pm (open during conferences)

Sponsored by Idaho Book Fairs


Clip and send Box Tops with your students to school! The winning classes with the most collected by November 1st from grades K-3 and 4-6 will win a popsicle party!!

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Congratulations to these many students who received the October Student of the Month Award! They were celebrated at the Purple Cow Lunch last week and recognized at the assembly!

Kindergarten: Jase H., Isla R., Gracie D., Rusty M., Max W. and Kenneth S.

First Grade: Sawyer M., Millie A., Liam G., Hazel J., Emma S., Cooper H. and Quinn M.

Second Grade: Dean B., Kadence D., Oliver A., Delaney O., Samuel D., Aaron H., Alannah F., Charlie B. and Frances M.

Third Grade: Will M., Vada K., Liam W., Robby A., Hudson M., Aubree A. and Ajah W.

Fourth Grade: Lydia B., Logan A. Levi G., Stacie B-D., Nasta H., Riley H. and Raina L.

Fifth Grade: Libby A., Jackson L., Kaden O-M., Bear A., Kaitlyn H., Grayson W. and Joseph M.

Sixth Grade: Gracie G., Allison K., Alexis B., Hannah S., Mason M., Marcus E., Brenton P. and Ben W.

These are pictures from the Purple Cow Lunch in September!

Congratulations to last month's winners!


Congratulations to the following classes that received the GOLDIES Awards at the Character Assemblies last week! These classrooms were chosen because they demonstrated RESPONSIBILITY during their specials!

PE - Mrs. Diehl and Mrs. Arnzen

Music - Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Phillips

Library - Mrs. Bogdanoff and Mrs. Jeffries

Cafeteria - Mrs. McCrea and Mrs. Roberts


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Congratulations to these students who have Perfect Attendance (through October 4, 2019)!!

Kindergarten: Mohaiman A., Mustafa A., Logan B., Maddex B., Nora B., Haidyn B., Mason C., Gracie D., Annabelle H., Hazel H., Jase H., Kate K., Levi K., Sailor L., Avery L., Maximus M., Drew R., Jacob R., Kenzie S., Trevor T., Elleigh W., Keith W., Connor W. and Carter Z.

First Grade: Lincoln A., Beckett A., Ben B., Atreyu B., Shelby C., Sebastian D., Moira G., Liam G., Joel G., Faith H., Cooper K., Zander K., Mason L., Joel N., Vienne R., Colton R., Jace S., Emma S. Ian S. and Reagan T.

Second Grade: Abigail A., Leah A., Charlie B., Dean B., Liam B., Jaxon B., Samuel D., Wyatt D., Sophia F-W., Luke F., Taylor F., Kolton G., Coleman G., Hallee H., Aaron H., Landon H., Logan H., Sean J., Jack K., Aiden P., Ethan R., Rykar S., Evelyn S., Maci T., Adri W. and Mikaela W.

Third Grade: Robert A., Josie D., Ryan E., Hayden F., Maya H., Maggie H., Vada K., Sadie K., Nathan K., Joe M., Javier M., William M., Gabe N., Koya P., Ronan P., Aidan R., Chloe R., Hunter S., Brantly S., Ginny S., Brody S. and Liam W.

Fourth Grade: Marshall A., Tel A., Logan A., Lydia B., Kaitlyn B., Keaton B., Jolie B., Maddux C., Brooke C., Marley C., Nusret D., Suad D., Dommie F., Lucas F., Samantha F., Alliya F., John G., Charlotte G., Alena G., Gemma G., Monroe G., Levi G., Riley H., Quinn H., Will H., Kirsten H., Allison H., Samuel H., Nasta H., Emma J., Libbie L., Raina L., Gio M., Pablo M., Ellie M., Tully M., Vienna P., Tayla R., Davis T., Charli V. and Peighton W.

Fifth Grade: Claire A., Trevor A., June B., Alyssa B., Landon B., Noah D., Alicia F., Lydia F., Kaitlyn H., Olivia H., Braxton J., Sadie K., Isabeau L., Daiken L., Bryce M., Zawadi M., Arianna O., Leyla O., Kate R., Taya U. and Tristan W.

Sixth Grade: Victoria B., Kasyn C-W., Marcus E., Delaney F., Alizeh F., Cale G., Gracie G., Lily H., Preston H., Mackenzie K., Jadyn K., Ethan K., Ryder L., Hudson N., Maggie N-M., Sophia R., Nathan R., Sysilee S., Gunnar S., Carsen S., Hannah S., Hannah S. Teighlor W. and Tyler W.

Congratulations for perfect attendance!! Keep up the great work!


Walking Club is off to a GREAT start this year!! The miles are adding up each day. Congratulations to all the students and staff who have participated so far!

Hats off the the winners of the Golden Shoe Award! These classes are leading the way with the most miles accumulated in their grade level:

Kindergarten - Mrs. Robbins - 77 miles

1st Grade - Mrs. Bogdanoff- 81 miles

2nd - Mrs. Plies - 94 miles

3rd - Mrs. Erb - 108 miles

4th - Mrs. Amoureux - 175 miles

5th - Mrs. Phillips - 81 miles

6th - Mrs. Cullen - 43 miles

Mrs. Brumley - 18


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!

Be sure to check Lost & Found while you're here for Parent/Teacher Conferences! It will be on display in the hallway near the Book Fair.



Each day many parents are faced with a decision: should they keep their sick child at home or send them off to school? Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one. Please consider these guidelines:

  • Colds: Please keep your child at home if he/she has a fever over 100 degrees or is experiencing discomfort that would interfere with his/her ability to perform in school. (i.e. uncontrollable coughing, severe lack of energy). If your child experiences green nasal discharge that continues throughout the day, or a cough lasting longer than ten days, or is accompanied by fever or chills and is productive of discolored sputum, consult with your physician.
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink-eye): Following a diagnosis of bacterial conjunctivitis, the child may return to school after the first dose of prescribed medication. Students with viral infection may return when eyes are clear.
  • Diarrhea/Vomiting: A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Fever: A child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100 degrees. The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).
  • Impetigo: A child with impetigo may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun. A doctor's note of proof of prescription is recommended.
  • Rashes: Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child's return to school.
  • Strep Throat: A child with strep throat may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun.

A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover.

♫ 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.

Shadow Hills Elementary Night with the Steelheads!

Friday, December 13th 2019

7PM @ CenturyLink Arena

Tickets are $15 ($25 value)

All friends, family and staff of Shadow Hills Elementary School are welcome to attend as your Idaho Steelheads take on the Allen Americans! $15 buys your ticket and dinner (Double RR Ranch hot dog, bag of Lay’s potato chips and small Pepsi product)!

In addition, $5 from every ticket sold goes back to the school!!

To Place an Order… Fill out the order form below and return it to school with cash, credit card number, or check made payable to Idaho Steelheads. See the attached flyer for information on ordering tickets online.

Turn order form in no later than Tuesday, December 4th. All orders placed after that will be subject to availability, & all seating is located in the upper bowl of the arena.


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:

October 18 - No School (Pre K-6)

October 21-24 - BOOK FAIR!

October 21-24 - National School Bus Safety Week

October 22 - Picture Retake Day

October 23- Parent/Teacher Conferences; No Pre K and Kindergarten Classes

October 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences; No School (Pre K-6)

October 25 - No School (Pre K-12)

October 26 - Take Back RX Day & Community Shred Day (see flyer below)

October 28 - BSU Halloween Science Demo (see flyer below)

National School Bus Safety Week is October 21-25! We would like to encourage each of you to reach out to your bus drivers and monitors with some words of appreciation during National School Bus Safety Week. Thank you for your support of our fabulous bus driving crew!

St. Luke’s Hospital is excited to offer Girlology Live! Something New About You puberty education class for girls and a parent (or other caring adult). Join us Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1:00 PM, at St. Luke’s Hospital Anderson Center. This program will be led by Dr. Amy Cooper and is ideal for girls 8-11. Let us make challenging conversations a lot easier and prepare her for a healthy future! See the attached Girlology Flyer below for registration information.

Chess Tournaments are here! Check out the attached flyer for information about local monthly chess tournaments!

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