The Howler January 22nd, 2021

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Parents Share Suggestions

How can you raise a child who does well in school? Stay involved and emphasize the importance of education. That is the advice of parents whose teens qualified for "Who's Who Among American High School Students."

Four out of five parents surveyed said that getting a good education was the most important factor for their child's future success and happiness. They also said they wanted their children to have the ability to think for themselves, to respect parents and teachers, to be kind and considerate, to be hard working, to be ambitious, and to be imaginative and creative.

They offered this advice for parents:

  • Let your child know how much you love her.
  • Take time to talk with your child. Respect her opinions.
  • Give your child an ethical and religious foundation.
  • Get involved with the things she is interested in.
  • Teach her the importance of a good education.
  • Offer her support and encouragement.
  • Teach her to be the best she can be.
  • Let her know she can rely on you.
  • Discipline her with consistency and fairness.
  • Let her make her own decisions and be responsible for those choices.

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Boise School District

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Copyright 2017 The Parent Institute, a Division of NIS Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Please check in with your child’s teacher whenever you have questions. You can reach out to me too. Call me in my office at 208-854-6064 or send me an email at

Take care!

Dr. Z.


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Shadow Hills Elementary School

We are a 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

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


N a v i g a t i n g O n l i n e L e a r n i n g

The Boise School District has put together several tips that will help you during this virtual learning environment with your at-home technology. Please read the attached flyer and share with your students and those who are helping your students at home. We appreciate your patience and perseverance! Keep up the good work!

We have also included a Chromebook Care Video to care for your student's Chromebook at home. Please watch with your student to keep up on maintenance tips.

On YouTube:

On Google Drive:


As we remain virtual, attendance procedures still apply as if all students were in-person at Shadow Hills.

If your child is going to be absent or late logging in 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 scan (or take a picture of) and email a written school excuse from the doctor, dentist, etc. to Thank you!

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December 21, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of Transportation Students,

Hello from the Boise School District Transportation Department. We look forward to welcoming students back to classrooms and the school bus in January. We would like to highlight a few important changes in preparation for our return to school bus services on January 19th:

Bus Schedule Changes - Many school bus schedules have been changed to accommodate a bus driver shortage and reduced ridership. New bus schedules are available within the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. It is very important for you to check for new bus schedules prior to our return on 1/19/21.

Afternoon Route Times - The afternoon route drop-off times listed on the bus schedules are approximate. The bus will drop off students in attendance on the bus for that day’s schedule. Most buses will drop off earlier than the approximate time listed because we only have T/Th or W/F students on the bus.

Bus Route Numbers - All bus route numbers have changed to match the last three digits of the number decals on the bus. Additionally, the route placard next to the bus entrance door will always display what route a bus is running, which is especially important if the route is being served by a substitute bus.

If you are new to the Boise School District or have never created an Infinite Campus Parent Portal, you will receive an activation link from “”. Please contact your student’s school if you have forgotten your password.

We want to reassure you that we continue to be committed to following our Transportation Pandemic Operation Plan to keep our students safe. This includes the wearing of masks in compliance with current mask orders in place, hand sanitizing, and bus cleaning. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with our pandemic operation plan so you and your student know what to expect.

We want to thank you for doing your part in helping us provide safe travel for your children.


Boise School Transportation Department, 208-854-4167,


Do you miss volunteering in your child’s class? Are you looking for a socially-distanced way to help out? Check out the Shadow Hills Elementary Wish List. The needs of our school, teachers, and students are changing quickly this year. The Shadow Hills Elementary Wish List contains an up to date list of the items the teachers need most – like hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Please consider donating these essential items to the school.

See the attached flyer for information on the PTO Papa John’s fundraiser. Our school code is valid for the entire school year and valid at all locations in the Treasure Valley, so friends and family can help support our school, too! Papa John’s is donating 20% to the PTO!

Thanks for your support!

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20-21 Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell is a project of the Assistance League of Boise. They assist families by providing new clothing and shoes to elementary school students without cost to families.

If you are interested in Operation School Bell, please complete the request form attached here:

Please note:

*Clothing will be picked up at the Assistance League and brought to Shadow Hills where families will pick it up.

*Students will not travel anywhere.

*Spaces are limited. We will do our best to fulfill families' needs.

*Spaces are only for Shadow Hills students/BOS students.

* Correct measurements are critical, no returns or exchanges due to Covid-19.


Hello BSD families,

We have expanded our curbside meal program to provide services at 17 locations while students are 100% virtual learning. Free meals are available for pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Multiple meals are provided each service day. On Mondays and Wednesdays we will serve two days of meals per child (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches). On Fridays we will serve three days of meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches).

Go to Curbside Meals for further details.

Thank you!

Boise School District

Food & Nutrition Services
Phone: 208.854.4090
Fax: 208.854.4021

  • Capital High School - back of main building between school and sports fields
  • Garfield Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Grace Jordan Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Hawthorne Elementary - kitchen service door located at new building in back of school (drive through)
  • Hillcrest Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Horizon Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Jefferson Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Koelsch Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Morley Nelson Elementary - side of building (bus loop)
  • Pierce Park Elementary - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Riverglen Jr High School - front of the building (parent pick up route)
  • South Jr High School - front of the building (parent pick up route)
  • Taft Elementary School - front of the building (parent pickup route)
  • Timberline High School - student parking lot by school entrance nearest tennis courts
  • West Jr High School - front of the building (parent pick up route)
  • Whitney Elementary - side of building (bus loop)
  • Whittier Elementary - side of building (bus loop)

If your child requires special meal accommodations, please contact the Boise School District Food & Nutrition Service office at 208-854-4090 to make arrangements.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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For information on COVID testing resources please check out the link below or see the attached flyer:

COVID testing resources.

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Once again you can check out books from the Shadow Hills Library via Curbside Pickup!! Please view Mrs. Cecil's slideshow for instructions on how the process works.

Library: Curbside Pickup Directions -

This service is available for Shadow Hills BOS students also. Please see this link for instructions if your student is enrolled in the BOS:

BOS: Curbside Pickup -

The Garden City Library is offering programs this month! Check out the flyers below for information!


Family Advocates is offering Family Strengthening Support Groups in Boise and Garden City. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration.
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Girl Scouts of Silver Sage

It's time to have fun with Girl Scouts! JOIN FOR FREE! See the attached flyer for information on this great deal!

North Boise Little League

Spring Baseball & Softball Early Bird Registration is going on now! See the flyer below for more details!

FREE Dental Care!

Please see the flyer below! Don't miss out on this opportunity!

Giggling is Good!

The BSD and JUMP are collaborating for a January Kindness Campaign. “Giggling is Good” campaign in January to include an element of giving to the kids in the BSD. *Please see links below about the collaboration. We are excited to have our kids share jokes to bring joy in our community as well as get greatly needed items that our kids need.

*JUMP Connection

*Giggling is Good Model Release

Love and Logic - Virtual Class

See the flyer below!

Treasure Valley Math and Science Center (TVMSC)

Interested in STEM? Please check out the TVMSC Flyer below!