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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

March 2023

We want to thank those of you that participated in our reading event! It was a huge success and we enjoyed having all of you that could attend! Thank you to our amazing team for hosting and providing treats for the event. We are nearing the end of third quarter and are excited to share with you the progress of your child. You child's report card will be sent home on Friday, March 31st. You may also see your child's academic progress by accessing our student portal. If you need more information on accessing our Infinite Campus portal, please reach out to our front office.

Lost and Found

With the change in weather, we often see a rise in our lost and found. Students wear their jackets in the morning, get hot and take them off, then leave them on the playground. Please label clothing and also encourage your child to check the lost and found if they are missing a jacket, or come into the building to look through it yourself.

Parent Input for Student Class Placement

As we approach the end of the school year, you will have the opportunity to share information about your child that we will consider when working on class placements. Those forms will be shared in the newsletter next month.

Important Upcoming Dates

- March 17, End of Third Quarter, early release, 1:45pm

- March 20-24, Spring Break, no school

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Mr. Novotny

2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration Is Open!

Welcome the class of 2036! Boise School District is currently accepting Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year. We offer free, full-day kindergarten at all Boise School District elementary schools. Learn more about full-day kindergarten...

Kindergarten Eligibility

All children enrolling in kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1st of the school year in which the child enrolls.

Required Forms & Documentation for Kindergarten

A copy of the following forms and documentation are required to enroll an elementary student in the Boise School District.

  • A certified birth certificate

  • A record of the student’s immunizations or an immunization exemption

  • Proof of residence

  • If divorced, a copy of the divorce decree and custody agreement or any papers pertaining to current legal proceedings.

  • If you are a custodial guardian, you will need a "Power of Attorney" document, which must be renewed every six months.

We look forward to meeting you and your student. You are welcome to start the enrollment process online at the following link:


BSD Open Enrollment Process

If you are currently open enrolled at Horizon, continuation paperwork is due to the office by February 1st.

Please click on the following links for the board policy for open enrollment. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 208-854-5170.




Online ordering is open! Please go to the link below and enter Horizon’s Yearbook ID code.


Yearbook ID #12895123

Cost is $16 for basic. There are additions and packages available online.


Any questions, please contact the office.


Horizon Quarterly Character Trait Recipients

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Horizon Elementary Parking Lot Protocol

This is a courteous reminder of our pick up and drop off protocols for the front parking lot at Horizon. It is important that we all work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff members.

We ask that you please remember to drive slowly and carefully through the school parking lot and around the school premises. There are pick up line markers and staff members to help convey the proper route. We also remind you to avoid blocking handicap parking spots and to not park in these spots unless you have a state issued handicap parking permit. We do have students and families that require regular access to these parking spots throughout the school day. In addition, the thoroughfares are not designated parking spaces. Please do not park or sit in these spaces as it causes congestion.

We really appreciate you working with our designated safety patrol to provide a safe environment for everyone at Horizon! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Horizon Calendar

Check out the Horizon calendar for important dates and information.

Horizon Girls On The Run

Please see the below flyers as well as the following information:

  • The program will start on March 7th. The 5K will be on Friday, May 19th.
  • Meeting days and times are T/TH 3:15 - 4:45 pm
  • The meeting location is by the picnic tables near the playground and pick-up is at the front of the school.
  • Please contact Ms Mary Ross at mary.ross@boiseschools.org for any questions.
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News from the Nurse

Please send an extra set of clothes to keep in your student’s backpack/cubby in case they need a clothing change during the school day.

Free Flu and Covid testing for Boise Schools students and faculty

This month we will continue to do vision screenings on students who have not had a recent screening though the district. If you have concerns about your child’s vision or need assistance with the cost of a vision appointment or glasses please contact the nurse’s office.

COVID Protocol and Resources

The Boise School District has updated their illness and covid policies per guidance by Central District Health. The new policy can be found here: https://www.boiseschools.org/parents___patrons/health_services/coronavirus__covid-19__information___resources_

News from the Counselor

Blue permission slips for group counseling were recently sent home, please look in your student's backpack. Once signed, return it to school as soon as possible. This enables your child to participate in group discussions held during their lunch time. If you need a permission slip please let me know.

Jennifer Price, LPC

Horizon Elementary Counselor




Free Counseling

Student flyer - English

Student Counseling - Spanish

More information can be found here:

BPA Counseling

News from the Social Worker

Horizon’s Social Worker Alicia Juarez is here to assist our families and students. She can

assist with any of the following:

· Basic Needs (clothing, food, rent, school supplies, or utilities when you are not able

to meet those needs due to financial struggles)

· Case Management

· Community Resources( assistance connecting and accessing needed resources)

· Groups for your student in school ( social/emotional)

· Problem solving situations that negatively impact your family or student

· Social/emotional support for you and your student to enhance student success

If you need assistance, please email Alicia Juarez at alicia.juarez@boiseschools.org or call her

at 208-854-6919. Her office hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


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Federal law requires that each school district receiving Title I funds notify parents of each student attending any school receiving these funds that information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s) may be requested. As a parent of a student attending a school receiving federal program funds, you have the right to know:

  • Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grades and subject(s) assigned?

  • Is my child’s teacher teaching with a provisional license, meaning the state has waived requirements for my child’s teacher?

  • What is the college major of my child's teacher?

  • What degree or degrees does my child's teacher hold?

  • If there are instructional aides working with my child, what are their qualifications?

  • If my child is or will be taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks this year by a teacher who is not highly qualified, will I be notified in a timely manner?

What is Title I?

Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools.

What does Title I money do for a school?

Title I money is typically used to provide extra staff, materials or professional development for these schools. The program specifically supports reading and math.

How might Title I help my child?

A child attending a Title I school in the Boise School District may receive assistance in reading or math from a Title I paraprofessional. Paraprofessionals work in class with guidance by highly qualified teachers. They might work with small groups of students or one on one with a child. Children also benefit from training teachers receive or curriculum materials that are paid for with Title I funds.

How is a school eligible to receive Title I money?

The federal government measures a school's low income level by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch. If the school meets the target percentage Title I status is granted.

How is a child eligible for Title I services?

All children attending a Title I school operating as a school wide program are eligible to receive services from Title I.



(Federal Law Requirement)

As a parent of a student attending a school receiving federal program funds, you have the right to know:

  • Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grades and subject(s) assigned?Is my child’s teacher teaching with provisional license, meaning the state has waived requirements for my child’s teacher?
  • Yes, all teachers at Horizon are licensed to teach the grades and subjects assigned.
  • What is the college major of my child’s teacher?
  • There are no teachers at Horizon currently teaching with a provisional license.
  • What degree or degrees does my child’s teacher hold?
  • All teachers at Horizon have a college degree. Please check with your child’s teachers if you are interested in the degrees they hold.
  • If there are instructional aids working with my child, what are their qualifications?
  • Horizon has Title One instructional aides this year. All have at least a high school diploma, 48 hours of college credits, an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree, or successful completion of the ETS Paraprofessional Praxis test.
  • If my child is or will be taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks this year by a teacher who is not highly qualified, will I be notified in a timely manner?
  • Yes, The Boise School District requires that every parent be notified in a timely manner if their child(ren) are taught by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

To request the state qualifications for your child’s teacher or instructional aide, please contact steve.novotny@boiseschools.org.


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, please call the Clerk of the Board at 208-854-4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.

Horizon Elementary

Steve Novotny- Principal

Jerad Larson- Assistant Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant