The Howler December 14th, 2018

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Keep Reading During the Holidays

Although winter vacation gives your child a break from school, don't let it be a break from learning, too. Parents are the first and best teachers of children, so take advantage of your time together during the holidays.

Research shows that 40 percent of fourth grade students in the United States fall short in reading skills. But, research also shows that children who read with their families know more words than other students. Here are some things you can do as you read with your child:

  • Ask questions about the story and illustrations.

  • Read from different types of books: poetry, fairy tales and information books.

  • Point to the words as you read (if your child is an early reader) so your child sees that words go from left to right on the page.

  • Find favorite books and read them again and again.

  • Talk about new words. What does enormous mean?

  • Find words that rhyme. Say them aloud.

If your child has trouble with reading, talk to the teacher before the vacation begins to get ideas about the best ways to help your child with reading.

If you spend time reading with your child during the holidays, you will be giving the best gift possible—one that will last a lifetime!

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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

2018-2019 Focus: Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Attitude, Integrity, and Self-esteem


SMART Goals updated annually


If your child is going to be absent or late to school, please call our office at 208-854-6060. You may call during non-working hours and leave a message on our voicemail. If your student has an appointment during school hours, please bring a written school excuse from the doctor, dentist, etc. Thank you!


Walking Club is off to a great start this year! There are more students walking and/or running laps than ever before at lunch recess! See here the students who are racking up the miles and have already reached the 25 mile mark:

25 Miles!

Myles A. and Oliver A. (Johnson)

Neilson D. (Erb)

50 Miles!

Ronan P. (Plies)

75 Miles!

Jackson L. (Amoureux)

Caleb L. and Taif A. (Jeffries)

Keep walking and stay healthy!!


Shadow Hills has so many wonderful activities and opportunities going on this Fall! 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 the upcoming activities:

Parents of 5th & 6th Graders: Informational Math Nights are scheduled for January. Please see the attached flyer for dates and times. Information regarding placement in Math 6, Honors and Compacted Math will be covered as well as explanation about the secondary math course sequence.

Parents of 6th Graders: Plan now to attend the Riverglen Junior High 7th Grade Orientation Night on January 22nd! See the attached flyer for information.

Spring Baseball/Softball: The “early bird” discount for North Boise Little League registration expires on December 31st. Please click on the following link to register now:

Please look at the Holiday Resource List for Families attached below for deadlines if you need assistance during the holidays.

If CHESS is your game, then check out the attached flyer below for upcoming chess tournaments in the area sponsored by the Western Idaho Scholastic Chess League.