The Howler May 24th, 2019

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Have a Healthy Summer

Use the summer to establish some healthy habits that can help your child in school all next year. Here are some tips:

  • Get into the breakfast habit. It's really true—breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If your child doesn't like traditional breakfast food, experiment with some unusual foods he may prefer to eat. There’s nothing wrong with carrots for breakfast.

  • Find out how much sleep your child really needs. Kids who don't get enough sleep can be irritable, and have trouble paying attention. For at least a week, let him sleep as long as he wants. You may learn that your child's school bedtime needs to be earlier.

  • Enjoy outdoor activities. The light summer evenings are ideal for some family exercise time. Take a walk together through your neighborhood. Ride bikes. Or go for an evening swim at a nearby pool or lake. Try a new activity with your child.

  • Use sunscreen. Too much time in the sun can lead to skin cancer. Encourage your child to have fun in the sun, but make sure he uses sunscreen and doesn't stay in the sun too long.

  • Dr. Z's addition to this article: read! Read! READ! Find a program at one of the local public libraries and find some good books to read this summer!

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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

Is your child attending Shadow Hills next year?

If you know for sure that your child is NOT planning on attending Shadow Hills Elementary next school year, 2019-2020, please call the school office at 208-854-6060 as soon as possible.

If your student is planning on returning next year, no action on your part is required. He/she will be automatically enrolled for the next grade level. Thank you!


Class rosters for next year will be posted on the school front doors on Friday, June 7th.

School begins on Monday, August 19th for the 2019-2020 school year! That first day back will be Early Release at 1:45 p.m.

Half-Day Morning Kindergarten dismisses at 11:00 a.m. on August 19th.


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).

See the attached flyer for more information regarding Full Day Kindergarten.


If your student is currently OPEN ENROLLED at Shadow Hills, you should have received an Open Enrollment Continuation Form. Please complete and return the Continuation Form to the school office as soon as possible if you would like your student to attend Shadow Hills next year. The deadline is February 1st. Please call the office with any questions 208-854-6060.

Application Deadlines

Open enrollment applications will be accepted at any time throughout the year. However, those applications submitted by the dates indicated below will receive first consideration for open enrollment in the indicated grade.

Elementary: Feb. 1st of the preceding school year.

Seventh grade: May 15th of the fifth grade year.

Eighth and Ninth grade: Feb. 1st of the preceding school year.

Tenth grade: May 15th of the eighth grade year

Eleventh and Twelfth grade: Feb. 1st of the preceding school year.


What a show!! Thanks to all the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Graders and their teachers for an incredible Spring Program! A BIG thanks also goes to Mrs. Spengler and her team of volunteers, especially Mrs. Ellis for her choreography!

Be sure to see KTVB's Innovative Educator story featuring Mrs. Spengler if you didn't see it on the news! It can be found on the KTVB website.

Walking Club puts Dr. Z. in the Dunk Tank!

Every student that completed 25 miles or more during Walking Club got to try to dunk Dr. Z.! Each 25 miles was worth one throw at the target...and he got wet!!

Great job by these students who hit the target!! Thanks to Dr. Z. for his willingness to get dunked for the cause!

BOB WAND and the 2019-2020 Calendar Contest Winners

Congratulations to several Shadow Hills artists! These Bob Wand Memorial Traveling Art Contest and the Boise School District's Calendar Contest winners deserve big kudos!

Winning Bob Wand pieces will be up at the District Service Center all summer and will start traveling to district elementary schools in September. Winning pieces were submitted by Ande M., Connor H., Isaiah C., Jasmine K. and Sophie M. (Mrs. Cullen's Sixth Grade class)!

Congratulations to Gemma G. (Mrs. Diehl's Third Grade class) for her artwork that was chosen as the month of May design in the 2019-20 Boise School District On-Line Art Calendar Contest!



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 the upcoming activities:

Check out the attached flyer for fun summer reading and the kick off party at the Boise Public Library with Elephant and Piggie!

Free Summer Meals will be served at various locations in the Boise School District! Please see the attached flyer for information.

Summer Music in the Boise Schools! See the attached flyer below if you are interested in Band or Orchestra during the summer.

GO STEM (Girls Only) will be held at Riverglen this year. All incoming 7-9 grade girls. Please see the flyer attached below for information.

Capital H.S. Summer Basketball Camp, June 10-13th. Please find information and registration attached below.

The College of Idaho is offering two Basketball camps in June for elementary students. Please find the information flyer attached below entitled Junior Yotes Basketball Camp Brochure.

Check out the summer schedule for the Mobile Recreation Vans for Boise Parks and Rec! Free supervised drop-in activities all summer! Flyer attached below.

See the flyer below if you are interested in a fun and engaging Financial Literacy camp for students ages 11-14 called Camp CashEd.

If you are in need of school supplies, check out the Salvation Army flyer below for information on how to register.

Summer is right around the corner! Be sure to check out the attached opportunities for fun activities.

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