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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

May 1, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week!

The first week in May is teacher appreciation week. I want to thank all of our staff for the hard work, dedication, and countless hours providing our students meaningful learning opportunities. Our wonderful PTO is sponsoring the following days to recognize our teachers and staff. Please feel free to participate if and when you are able.

Monday~ Apple Day: An apple a day....

Different ideas are: an apple drawing, an apple scented item, or a fresh apple!

Tuesday~ Sweet Day: Sugar high!

Treat your teachers to a sweet indulgence! It could be chocolate, candy, lotions, or potions!

Wednesday~ Thank You Day: Thank You!

Please take a few minutes with your child to write down your appreciation and

say thank you to our wonderful staff!

Thursday~ Snack Day: Snack Time!

Bring a yummy snack for your favorite teachers! Popcorn, trail mix, chips, oh my!

Who doesn't love a good salty snack to try!

Friday~ Flower Day: Flower Power!

Sketch a blooming flower, bring in a fresh flower, or even a gift that smells as sweet as a flower to say thanks for their hard work and dedication!

Mr. Novotny

Literacy Corner

Literacy Corner – Getting Stuck!

Summer vacation is rapidly approaching. The summer slide is a well documented

phenomena and very discouraging for educators everywhere. The summer slide occurs

when children cease to read regularly and daily allow their acquired reading skills to slide

back to levels below where they ended the previous school year. There is, however, a

cure for the summer slide: visit you local library weekly and encourage children to spend

every day of their summer vacation reading. You might want to set a page number goal

for each month of summer vacation and reward your child with a special outing when

they reach their page number goal.

As educators we encourage students to get lots of exercise during the summer. We


 sliding down a slide at a park

 sliding on a Slip and Slide (Do they still make those?)

 sliding over to Roaring Springs and go down a water slide

But don’t slide back in reading. Spend a little bit of every day and read, read, read.

Dr. Mary McGuire

Reading Specialist

PTO Volunteers Needed!

The following PTO board members terms will be up at the end of the 2015-16 school year. We are desperately in need of the following:

Board President

Vice President (Fundraising Chair)


  • Our current meeting times are from 3:30-4:30 but times could be adjusted for the 2016-17 school year.
  • PTO typically facilitates 2 events and teacher appreciation.

This year alone the PTO has raised approximately $ 8,000 to support the students and staff at Horizon. These funds have been used for classroom supplies, Character Breakfast, and to help off set the cost of Wagon's Ho. Please consider being a part of this valuable organization. If you have questions in regards to the expectations or time commitments for the open board positions, please contact Ashlee Reed at horizonelementarypto@gmail.com.

Please join us on the third Thursday, May 19th from 3:30-4:30 in the Horizon library to learn more about PTO.

Just for Kids

JFK is Open for Summer Break!

Where has the time gone? Summer break will be here before you know it! Horizon JFK will be open this summer and has a ton of things planned to help pass the time this summer!

We plan on doing a lot of fun activities that are all based on our weekly themes. We will enjoy Mythical Creatures, The Wild West, LEGOS!, Mad Science, Outer Space, and Camping—just to name a few. Each week has a different theme that incorporates life skills, fun, and learning.

We also plan on going on TWO field trips a week. Including: Swimming @ Ivy Wild Pool each Wednesday and going to Wahooz, Babby Farms, Planet Kid, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, Big Al’s, Nerfed, Settler’s Park, and the Boise Watershed! All field trips are included in your tuition! A morning and afternoon snack are also included in your tuition, and from June 27 through July 29 there will be free breakfast and lunch served in the Horizon cafeteria.

At JFK, we will do science projects, test our cooking skills with many edible creations, plenty of art projects, read, enjoy math, and maximize our time in the sunshine!

You can enroll by visiting the Boise School District website at www.boiseschools.org. Hover over the Parents and Patrons link and then click on the Just For Kids link under the Programs and Services heading. Follow the instructions in the On-line Pre-Registration Application box on the lower left hand side of the page to get your child enrolled for a summer full of fun and excitement!!!

Summer enrollment begins on April 15th!!! Sign up now to reserve your spot!!!!

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