The Howler February 14th, 2020

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

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Principal Point

Five Ways To Get Kids Excited About Reading

Parents have the power to turn kids on to reading. These things make reading a pleasure, not a chore:

  • Set aside a family reading time—30 minutes or an hour every day that everyone shares.
  • Help your child find books about characters whose age, feelings, interests and experiences are similar to her own.
  • Introduce your child to stories about out-of-the-ordinary experiences—like mysteries, science fiction and ghost stories.
  • Take turns reading aloud. Even older kids like to show parents their reading skills, and hear parents read from books they might not be able to read on their own.
  • Make reading fun. A playful, affectionate attitude toward reading time works a lot better in the long run than forcing kids to read "because it's good for you."

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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



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!

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.

Winter Weather Information


TO: Principals, Administrators, Supervisors, Staff & Parents/Guardians

FROM: Coby Dennis, Superintendent of Schools

DATE: November 20, 2019 & January 10, 2020

Education is important and every missed day of school represents lost learning opportunities. However, the Boise School District’s primary concern is for the safety of all students, including students riding busses and walking or biking to school. If students cannot safely travel to school or if schools are not able to operate safely because of city­wide dangerous weather conditions, school may be cancelled.

We will not cancel school on days with normal wintery conditions. Light snowfall, cold mornings or areas of ice are not sufficiently dangerous to force the closure of schools. With proper precautions including appropriate clothing, road deicing, and careful driving, students can travel to and from school safely.

The Boise School District covers over 450 square miles of Ada County. We recognize that conditions vary throughout the District, even from street to street, in some cases. Conditions may be extremely dangerous in one area, while perfectly safe everywhere else. If parents believe it is too dangerous for their children to travel to school they have the option to keep their children home. If school is cancelled, it will be cancelled for the entire District.

The most frequent dangerous weather conditions facing Boise schools are:

SNOW: Snow levels within the City of Boise are typically light or moderate. However, there is always the potential for a heavy snowfall to make traveling by vehicle or on foot dangerous. Historically, most snowfall only results in slow traffic and minor accidents throughout the City. Normal snowfalls would not result in school closures.

COLD: Frigid temperatures are more serious than snow when making school closure decisions. On bitterly cold days our concern is for students walking to school. Extremely cold weather also impairs our ability to get busses running, which causes delays in pickup routes, delays which are much more dangerous to riders because of the low temperatures.

ICE: Ice is our most dangerous winter weather condition. Freezing rain and/or refreezing of melted snow make our roads, streets and sidewalks extremely treacherous for pedestrians, and vehicles. Icy conditions may force us to close, even if it appears that no other dangerous conditions exist.

How is the decision made to close or not to close school? Representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, the highway district, city and county law enforcement agencies, and school administrators, including the Superintendent, check the roads and monitor information throughout the night and early morning hours. We confer by telephone early in the morning to reach a decision.

If school will be closed, we will communicate in a number of ways to spread the word. In addition to notifying local radio and television news stations, we will send text & email messages to parents/guardians, send an emergency alert via the District’s mobile app, post closure information at, on each school’s website, and on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram accounts. Parents/guardians can sign-up to receive emergency text messages by texting “Y” or “YES” to the number 67587. Non-parents (e.g., other family members, staff, news media, etc.) can also receive emergency text alerts via the Boise School District's mobile app (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store). View a brief video further explaining our Inclement Weather Procedures on our Emergency webpage.


President's Day is Monday, February 17th! There will be no school on that day. Please enjoy the three day weekend!
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Mark your calendars for Random Acts of Kindness Week: FEBRUARY 17-21!!


Please mark your calendar for KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION at Shadow Hills on THURSDAY, MARCH 5th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.!! Complete the online enrollment prior to March 5th, but plan to attend Registration with your future kindergartner so he/she can participate in the screening activities.

If you have a child who will be attending Kindergarten at Shadow Hills next year, please register them online as soon as possible through your existing parent portal (username and password). If you are unsure of your username or have forgotten your password, please call the office for assistance (208-854-6060). Thank you!

What's New in the Library?

Shadow Hills Library

Is Now On


Follow us and keep up to date

on all the happenings in our library!


Clip and send Box Tops with your students to school! 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!
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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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Thanks to Trevor K. (Mrs. Wamhoff's class) for doing a great job as our monthly Fire Marshal! Here is Trevor helping Dr. Z conduct our February fire drill. Great job, Trevor!


Congratulations to the following students who have reached these walking/running milestones so far:

25 Miles:

Liam G. (Bogdanoff)

Jude P. (Wamhoff)

50 Miles:

Taylor F. (Plies)

♫ 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.

March 13th: All-School Talent Show - see the information below for details!

March 19th: Capital Quad Choir Festival

May 7th: Spring Band/Orchestra Concert

May 13th & 14th: Spring Program (4th-6th Grades)

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Calling all 4th through 6th grade students, teachers, and parents!


W h a t is j r .OUL A ?

jr. OULA is one of four fitness programs created by OULA Fitness. Geared toward ages 4-11, jr. OULA focuses on child-appropriate music and movement while honoring the basic choreography and inspiring energy of OULA. The goal of jr. OULA is to cultivate confidence, strength, and a healthy lifestyle in our youth and our community.


Music is the foundation of the jr. OULA experience. We use a combination of appropriate OULA songs, favorite movie soundtracks, Kidz Bop, and more! For example, Let it Go from Frozen is a major hit...It’s a kid dance party!


Instructors keep movements animated and exciting while also being easy and flexible. Kids move in a way that feels good to them. Every move is the right move!


Most kids don't take jr. OULA for fitness - they take it for the fun!! It's a perfect combination of dancing, singing and games.

How does jr OULA work?

Focusing on fun rather than fitness, jr. OULA helps kids develop self-confidence through movement. During a 30-45 minute class, the simple choreography improves balance, coordination and control while dancing, singing and playing games. jr. OULA empowers kids making them feel strong and more confident in moving their bodies.

See the attached flyer for information! Come check it out!

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Give Kids a Smile - FEBRUARY 2020

This February, Idaho Dentists and their staff will give FREE Dental Care to uninsured children in need!

Please see the attached flyer below for information on how to make an appointment. Call today!


Coming soon…

Talent Show 2020

March 13th

With only six weeks until Talent Show auditions, it is time to start preparing your act! Here are some helpful details...

Audition dates: March 10th and 11th – Auditions will be held in the music room after school. Times will be assigned and sent home on March 6th after all sign-up forms are in. Look for your sign-up form on March 1st in the Howler. *Please do not try-out unless you will be here for both shows on Friday, March 13th. The show will finish just after noon.

The Show: The judges must narrow the hours of auditions down to a one hour show balanced with all ages and talents. The show will be presented for the student body on March 13th. Parents of performers will be invited!

Helpful Audition Hints: (acts not following these guidelines will not be considered for the show)

MUSIC ♫ must be...

1. On a CD

2. Set to play on an MP3 player or phone

3. Sent to with your child’s name.

* Downloading your song will prevent any interference issues. Try not to rely on the internet to stream the music.

● Time limit is 3 minutes.

● Costumes are encouraged but must meet school dress codes.

● Act must be presented to judges exactly as it would be in the show.

● Be prepared that you may not make it! It does not mean you are not talented! The judges have a difficult job, please be nice to them. ♥

No lip-syncing or singing along with the vocals in a recording! If you sing, please have an instrumental background, piano accompaniment, or sing without music. You can purchase downloads on Amazon, or ITunes – search for your song name + “Karaoke”.

● Dancers may use recorded music but lyrics and moves must be appropriate for school. This is not always easy! Bring lyric sheet to Mrs. Cullen ahead of time if there are any concerns. The judges will preview them for you.

● Be creative! We love skits, dances, singers, instruments, jokes, story telling, magic, etc. Make your act unique and fun!

DECA's 7th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance

What: 7th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance

Where: Capital High School Main Gym

When: March 14th 2020, from 6:30 PM-9 PM

Ticket Pricing

$20 All-Inclusive Bundle: Daddy and daughter entrance, photo booth, flowers, games and refreshments

$10 Princess Bundle: Princess entrance, photo booth, flowers, games and refreshments

(for dads with multiple daughters)

$5 Single Admittance

Pre-Order: Capital High Business Office (208)854-4498

Chess Club at Shadow Hills!

Chess Club has started a new session after school on Thursdays! If you are interested in participating, please see the attached flyer for registration and information.


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:

SHADOW HILLS ELEMENTARY DRAMA CLUB is back! Drama Club is offered weekly, Feb 19th-April 22nd, 2020 by Treasure Valley Children's Theater. Students in grades 3-6 are invited to enroll! Drama Club meets on Wednesdays, 3:50-4:50pm. See the attached flyer for information and registration.

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.

TREEFORT'S GOT TALENT: KIDFORT auditions on 2/22! See the flyer below for details.

North Boise Little League Spring Baseball & Softball: Registration is going on now! Please see the attached flyer for information and registration.

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Is your student caught up on vaccines?


Get your student caught up on any school-required vaccines. Flu shots also available | No appointment needed!

Boise School District is hosting two immunization clinics provided by Central District Health in February and April. Please see the attached flyers for information.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM



THURSDAY, APRIL 9 • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM


301 N 29TH ST, BOISE

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please bring a copy of your child's immunization records, and insurance/Medicaid card. Central District Health will bill insurance, including Medicaid. No child will be denied vaccines based on ability to pay.

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