Horizon Weekly News

August 23, 2018

It was so wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces at Meet the Teacher on Wednesday! We are now ready for the year... so we look forward to seeing your children on Friday for our first day! It is going to be an amazing year!

Upcoming Events:

August 24: First Day of Classes

August 28: 5th Grade Band Kick Off at Timber Ridge, 5:00-7:00

August 29: Early dismissal at 2:35

August 31: Summer Reading Splash pages due

September 3: No school, Labor Day

September 5: Early dismissal at 2:35

Parent Pick-up at Horizon

We encourage all parents who pick up their children by car from Horizon to use our Car Pick-Up lane. While this will take a bit of time for the first week, we promise the line will move faster in the coming days. Here are a few reminders:

  • Car Drop-Off/Pick-up is only at the north entrance. The west entrance is for buses only.

  • Do not park your car while in the drop-off/pick-up lane. You must remain in your car. Use our parking lot if you must walk your child in.

  • While in the drop-off/pick-up lane, pull up as far as you can. The first car should be at the first black post.

  • While in the drop-off/pick-up lane, do not stop your car across the crosswalk.

  • While in the drop-off/pick-up lane, your child should be ready to leave/enter your car. This stop should take less than one minute.

  • Your child should exit the driver side of your vehicle.

We appreciate your efforts to follow our procedures. We want our Car Drop-Off/Pick-Up area to be safe for our students and their families!


**Please note that this year we have a change in practice with classroom snacks and birthday treats.**

Classroom snacks. Due to many students with food allergies/intolerances, our school has had to be extremely careful with any food items entering the school building. It is a safety issue and something that we take very seriously. In addition, our district wellness policy states that we will “engage in nutrition promotion that helps students develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors.”

We do offer breakfast and lunch at school, so snacks are optional based on your child’s need. If you do choose to send snacks with your child, please choose from this list to remain within healthy guidelines.

-fresh fruit and vegetables prepared in advance (no nuts)


-beef sticks

-saltine crackers

-Goldfish crackers


-100% fruit juice boxes or water

Birthday treats: While birthdays are very important days for children, we will continue to recognize this special day in a child’s year. New this school year, we will offer each child a Horizon Birthday Button to wear for the day, in addition to recognition in his/her own classroom and/or community.

However, please refrain from sending treats or ‘treasures’ to share with your child’s class. While we are promoting healthy habits, we are also want to promote equity for all of our students on their special day. (If a child does come to school with treats to celebrate a birthday, we will have the parent pick them up in the office. This could result in disappointment for the child and inconvenience on the parent’s part.)

I realize that both notices above are changes in practice. I am certainly able to answer any questions you may have, or listen to any concerns you wish to share.

Thank you for your part in keeping our students safe and healthy!

Volunteering at Horizon

We welcome adult volunteers at Horizon! Starting this year, all Johnston schools require that volunteers complete a background check. You must complete the online background check if you:

-are going to be assigned a group of students on a field trip.

-are going to work with students out of range of a teacher. (i.e. working with students in the community area, helping with school picture day)

Basically, if you will be with students other than your own child not directly supervised by a teacher, you should complete the online form. Click here to submit your background check.

All visitors (including those with a completed background check) will be required to scan a driver's license in our Raptor System upon entering the building. This allows us to easily recognize our visitors and track those in our building.