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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

April 1, 2018

It is hard to believe that we only have one quarter left in the school year. Please look in your child's backpack for their 3rd quarter report card coming home this Friday. We are proud of the academic progress of all our students.

ISAT testing commences for 3rd through 6th grade students and IRI testing for the younger kids begins this month. Please help us by making sure your students get plenty of rest the night before assessments. Teachers will ensure that you are aware of testing dates.

April ends with a very big event at Horizon! Horizon will be hosting a cultural fair where students and families come together to celebrate our many cultures. We hope to have a great turnout for this event on April 27th. Watch for more information to come.

As spring time approaches, please pay attention to the weather. We tend to see drastic changes in Boise this time of year, and students need to be prepared. Dressing appropriately makes recess time so much more enjoyable for students. We might see sun, rain, wind, and even snow this time of year within the course of a week. Help your child be prepared!

Please note the following upcoming events:

04/02 - 04/05 Mobile Rec (First 40 students who register.)

04/16 PTO Meeting

04/23 - 04/26 Mobile Rec (First 40 students who register.)

04/27 Cultural Night

As always please feel free to stop by, call or email me with any questions or concerns.

Mr. Novotny


Boise City Ada County Housing Authority is opening their waiting list for Section 8 Housing Vouchers!

If eligible, you may apply ONLINE ONLY at www.bcacha.org. Applications will be accepted starting April 16 through May 11, 2018. All applications submitted will then be placed in a drawing. 2,500 names will be drawn to receive a place on the waiting list. If you have questions or would like assistance with applying, please feel free to contact our social worker, Sherry Tipping. Ms. Tipping is at Horizon on Mondays and Thursdays or you can reach her by email at sherry.tipping@boiseschools.org or by phone at 208-854-4290. Click to view the informational flyers: Housing Choice Voucher and Frequently Asked Questions.


Join us in celebrating our MULTICULTURAL community! A family friendly FREE event to be held on:



“Taste the Nations”

Bring a family sized dish to share that is special to you or your culture. Our staff will be serving you a sampling from the variety of dishes. Water will be provided.

ART: Student created artwork representing different cultures and countries will be on display.

Entertainment: Horizon Choir, Tinikling Sticks by students, and professional dance groups representing different countries will be performing in the gym.

Book Give-Away: Every student will receive a Book!

Raffle Drawing for gift certificates to some local ethnic restaurants and piñatas full of fun surprises.

We look forward to making new friends and celebrating together!!

Track Team

30 student athletes have joined our track team this year! Coaches Williams and Mesplay are looking forward to working with them and plan on taking Horizon track to the next level, greatness!! Gooooo Explorers!!

Practice: Monday - Thursday 3:15-4:15 (No practice on Fridays or during Spring Break)

Track Meet Schedule:

April 3 - Tri-Meet @ Cole Christian

April 5 - Tri-Meet @ Shadow Hills

April 9 - Tri-Meet @ Horizon

April 18 - Regionals @ Capitol High School @ 4:30

April 23 - Districts @ East Jr High @ 5:00

April 30 - City Meet @ East Jr High @ 5:00

Just For Kids Summer Program

Lice Lessons

Dear Parent or Guardian:

As you may know, head lice cases are common among school-aged children. An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children ages 3 to 11.1 I am writing to you to help you learn how to identify lice and provide information on what you can do if lice hit your home.

What are head lice?

Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. They feed on blood. The eggs, also called nits, are tiny, tear-drop shaped eggs that attach to the hair shaft. Nits often appear yellowish or white and can look like dandruff but cannot be removed or brushed off. The nymph, or baby louse, is smaller and grow to adult size in one to two weeks. The adult louse is the size of a sesame seed appears tan to grayish-white. An itchy and inflamed scalp is a common symptom of lice. Although not common, persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.1

Who is affected by head lice?

Head lice are not related to cleanliness.2,3 In fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits.3 Infestations can occur at home, school or in the community. Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact—for example, during play at home or school, slumber parties, sports activities or camp. Less often, lice are spread via objects that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice, such as hats, scarves, hair ribbons, combs, brushes, stuffed animals or bedding.1,2

What to do if an infestation occurs?

If you think your child has head lice, it’s important to talk to a healthcare provider to discuss the best treatment approach for your family. Resistance to some over-the-counter head lice treatments has been reported, but the prevalence of resistance is not known.4,5 There are new prescription treatment options available that are safe and do not require nit combing.

As your school nurse, I want to provide you with the information you need to safeguard your children’s health and pave the way for a healthy school year. I hope you find this information useful.


Jennifer Gonzales, RN

School Nurse


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Parasites: Lice: Head Lice: Frequently Asked Questions. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html. Accessed April 15, 2015.

  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Head lice: epidemiology and risk factors. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/epi.html. Accessed April 15, 2015.

  3. Meinking T, Taplin D, Vicaria M. Infestations. In: Schachner LA, Hansen RC, eds. Pediatric Dermatology, 4th ed. Mosby Elsevier; 2011:1525-1583.

  4. Burkhart CG. Relationship of treatmentresistant head lice to the safety and efficacy of pediculicides.Mayo Clin Proc. 2004;79(5):661– 666.

  5. Meinking TL, Serrano L, Hard B, et al. Comparative in vitro pediculicidal efficacy of treatments in a resistant head lice population on the US. Arch Dermatol. 2002;138 (2):220–224.

Early Release Schedule

Kindergarten AM 8:40-10:30

Kindergarten PM 11:30-1:15

1st - 6th 8:40-1:15

Domino's Pizza Night, April 13th

Mark your menu calendars! The 2nd Friday of every month is Horizon Pizza Night with Domino's. Our next Domino's Pizza Night is Friday, April 13th.

  • Order pizza anytime during their business hours (by phone or in person at the store) at either the Fairview location or the Overland/Maple Grove location for carry out or delivery.
  • Mention that you are supporting Horizon Elementary and give them the flyer that will be provided to your student (if you have one).
  • Domino's will DONATE 20% of your purchase back to our school.

This is a great way to support our school and help students and teachers!!

News From the PTO

There are also a couple of "easy" ways you can help support the PTO.

  • PLEASE continue to collect Box Tops throughout the year. There are so many products that have the Box Top on them. Just cut it out, keep them in an envelope or bag, and then send them to school with your child's name on the bag. We will be having some raffles and contests to help keep those Box Tops flowing in.
  • Another easy way to support the PTO is by linking your Fred Meyer card to the Horizon PTO. It is a very simple step that you can do from your computer. And you do not lose your gas points or other rewards.
  • The 2nd Friday of every month is Horizon Pizza Night with Domino's. Domino's will DONATE 20% of your purchase back to our school. You can enjoy a pizza while donating money to help the PTO continue to be able to fund all of our activities.

Thank you to all of you who have been involved with the PTO. We appreciate the support we feel from the Horizon community.

Horizon PTO

Ashlee Reed, President

Valerie Wixom, Treasurer

Lisa Nelson, Secretary

Ashlee Reed, Carnival Chair

Meredith Gregory, Raffle Chair


Pick up and Drop off/Handicap Parking Spots

We would appreciate if you would please review the following:

-Do not park in the handicap spaces unless you have a visible handicap placard and you are needing to enter the building. We would prefer that if you are disabled and are only picking up a child, that you use the drop off and pick up lanes. We have several disabled students at Horizon who need to have their guardians park in these spaces and physically come into the building to pick them up. Thank you for being considerate of those students with special needs.

-Do not exit your vehicle to pick up your child. Please ask school personnel to locate your child to ensure a quick departure.

-Only park and exit your vehicle if you need to enter the building for reasons such as meetings, after school functions, or picking up a student with disability.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Horizon Calendar

Check out the Horizon calendar for important dates and information. Days off, early release days and school events can be found on the calendar.

2018-19 Open Enrollment Paperwork

If your child is currently an open enrolled student at Horizon, continuation paperwork is due by February 1, 2018. The paperwork can also be found here or can be picked up at the main office.

If you plan on applying for open enrollment at West Junior High, the application is due by May 15th of the 5th-grade year. We have the necessary applications in the office or you can click here to view the application.

Class Placement

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Classroom placement at Horizon Elementary is a team effort involving the classroom teachers, parents, specialists, and principals. In an effort to provide the best education possible, Horizon staff will consider the class size, ratio of boys to girls, student abilities, special needs, and personalities of students and teachers. After consideration of all of the factors listed above, the principal will be responsible for making the final assignment. To help us determine optimum class placement for your child, you have the opportunity to provide us specific input regarding placement for 2018-19.

If you would like input in your child’s placement for next year please email me at steve.novotny@boiseschools.org or turn in a letter to the main office no later than April 27, 2018. The letter should contain the learning style of your child, requested teacher's name, and the reason for the selection. The team, including your child’s current teacher, other current grade level teacher(s), school counselor, specialists, and administrator will take these recommendations into consideration as they work to create the class lists for next year. It is the goal of everyone at Horizon to have balanced classes of students who will be able to reach their highest academic potential.

Please keep in mind, there are no guarantees, but we will make every effort to honor requests.


Steve Novotny

Principal Horizon Elementary


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Boise Independent School District is committed to creating and maintaining school

environments in which the emotional and physical safety of students, staff, parents and

others is a priority. Schools cannot ignore any threat of violence. When threat making

behaviors occur schools initiate a process called Threat Assessment. Here is a link to the Student Threat Assessment Parent/Guardian Notification

Thank you!

Dr. Betty Olson

Administrator of Student Programs

Special Education & Alternative Education


Horizon Elementary

Steve Novotny- Principal

Rebecca Severson- Asst. Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant