The Howler November 22nd, 2019

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Holidays Can Be Special Family Learning Times

Holidays mean more than big meals and football games on TV. They also offer you and your child a great chance to learn and spend time together. Here are some ideas:

  • Plan some activities everyone can share. Holidays often bring families together. Do things together that include everyone, young and old.
  • Make a gratitude list. The Pilgrims in the U.S. observed the first Thanksgiving because they were thankful for their survival in a new land. Make a list of things for which your family is thankful. Post the list.
  • Read the poem, “Over the River and Through the Woods” with your children. It tells the story of a Thanksgiving long ago. Will you be seeing your family this holiday season? If not, help your children write a letter describing their holiday to family members far away.
  • Help your children learn more about your family’s history. Help children draw up a list of questions to ask grandparents, aunts, or uncles. They might ask about the family’s arrival in this country. Or, they might ask about unusual or challenging experiences. Your kids might want to record these stories and possibly even write the stories down later.
  • Set aside some extra time for reading aloud. Consider delaying bedtime over the holiday for a longer reading time.

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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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Thanksgiving Break

We wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! There is no school from November 25-29th. School will resume on Monday, December 2nd!

What's New in the Library?

Shadow Hills Library

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on all the happenings in our library!

TOWERVALE Holiday Sales Event!

Author, Patrick Carman visited Shadow Hills earlier this year! If you would like to order an autographed copy of Towervale in time for gift giving, see the attached flyer for more information.


Clip and send Box Tops with your students to school! No more clipping is needed. Just download the Box Tops app. Shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit our school's Box Tops earnings online!


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!



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.

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November Fire Marshal

Thanks to Case C. (Mrs. McCrea's class) for helping Dr. Z. conduct our November fire drill. Case was our Fire Marshal for the month. Thank you, Case!


Congratulations to these students who have walked/run this milestone so far:

25 Miles:

Taylor B. and Joel G. (Bogdanoff)

Moira G. (Wamhoff)

Mikaela W. (Plies)

Rose H. (Erb)

Kiara P. and Neilson D. (Amoureux)

50 Miles:

Nasta H. (Amoureux)

Logan A. (Jeffries)

Keep up the great work!

♫ 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.

December 12th: Band, Orchestra and Choir Concert; 2:30 p.m.

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)

Shadow Hills 2019 1st - 3rd Grade Music Program

Rockin' through the Holidays!

Dec. 18th (2:30 p.m)

Dec. 19th (10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.)

Smede Productions will provide professional DVDs of the show. Please send in a suggested donation of $15 with the with the order form attached below. Checks made payable to Shadow Hills. It's going to be a fantastic show!!

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 3rd. 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:

November 25-29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School (Pre K-12)

December 2 and 3 - Capital High School Golden Girls Kids Clinic

December 3rd - KINDNESS ROCKS EVENT at Capital High School 10:00 a.m.

December 13 - Shadow Hills Night at the Idaho Steelheads 7:00 p.m.

December 20 - End of First Semester; Early Release (Pre K-6) 1:45 p.m.

December 23-January 3 - Winter Holiday Break - No School (Pre K-12)

January 6th - Early Bird Deadline for North Boise Little League

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

Dance with the Capital High School Golden Girls! Check out the attached flyer below for the Kids Clinic held in December!

Be sure to check out the HOLIDAY RESOURCE LIST for FAMILIES 2019 if you are in need of assistance this holiday season. It is attached below.

The Garden City Library has begun a new program called "Tween Zone" on Monday afternoons for youth ages 9-12! See the flyer below for additional information.

Attention all Sixth Graders: 7th Grade OPEN HOUSE NIGHT at Riverglen Jr. High! Learn all about registration and junior high procedures. January 21, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. See the attached flyer at the bottom of the page for more information.

North Boise Little League Spring Baseball & Softball Early Bird Registration is going on now! Please see the attached flyer for information and registration. Early Bird Deadline is January 6th!

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