The Howler December 3, 2021

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Read-a-Thon Finale - Assembly

See pics and videos below...enjoy! Thank you PTO, Teachers and Staff!
Finale - beginning of assembly
Finale - pie in face
Finale - hair color prep
Finale - hair coloring
Finale - end of assembly

From the library...

Book Fair...

Principal Point

Encourage Your Child to Make Gifts of Time and Effort

This time of year is perfect for reinforcing the idea that effort and attention not only lead to success in school, they also improve relationships with others. If your family will have a gift-giving occasion in the coming weeks, teach your child that giving a thoughtful handmade gift can mean more than one from a store. All you need are some simple supplies, like paper, crayons and paint, packaging from around the house and some imagination!

First, talk to your child about giving gifts. What does it mean to give something to someone?

Then, brainstorm things your child might make to give to a family member or friend. Does your child have a special talent to share? Some general ideas include making a calendar with 12 months of drawings, writing or singing a song, or doing a chore for someone—like washing the dishes for a week. Perhaps your child could lend a special toy to a sibling or friend for a week.

If the gift is a chore or other activity, have your child make a card with a note on it describing the gift. Encourage using imagination to create an interesting package. For example, your child could make an envelope out of newspaper comics or a folded and decorated paper plate.

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Boise City Independent School District


We are in need of substitutes at all levels. If you are interested in Part Time or Full Time substitute work as a teacher or in a support position please feel free to call me or Kris Foss in the office at 208-854-6060. Go to this site if you would like to proceed with the process: Job Center

Incentive Bonus Memo!

Please check in with your child’s teacher whenever you have questions. You can reach out to me too. Call me in my office at 208-854-6064 or send me an email at

Take care!

Dr. Z.


Pandemic Plan:

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Parent & Student Handbook

Slide Show of Staff Pictures

Common Sense Media

Shadow Hills Elementary Wish List

This Shadow Hills Elementary Wish List contains a changing, up-to-date list of the items our teachers need most. Please consider signing up for any of these needed items and dropping them at the school's front desk. If you'd prefer to donate funds towards the purchase of items, donations can be made via Venmo: @ShadowHills-PTOBoise. Please label Venmo donations as "Wish List" and the name of the item you would like to donate towards. Thank you so much for considering! - The Shadow Hills PTO

Holiday Resource List for Families 2021

Please review the list below as you make plans for the Holidays:

Interest in helping families in need...

  • Donate money here to the Boise Schools SAFE Fund to help us assist families with rent or other necessities. You can designate your donation directly to "Shadow Hills."
  • You can donate items or money directly to organizations such as Toys for Tots or Boise Bike Project.
  • You can purchase snack foods, shelf stable foods, cleaning supplies, etc -- for us to keep on hand at school to send home with students and families (granola bars, goldfish crackers, applesauce, cereal, raisins, etc)
  • You can donate gift cards in increments of $25-$100 to stores like Walmart, Fred Meyer, and Winco for families to purchase food, clothing, cleaning supplies, gas, or medication).
  • Ask your student's teachers what they have on their wish list for their classroom needs.

From the Nurse...

Parents of K-2nd Students...

Please consider packing an extra set of clothes in your child's backpack in case they have an accident at school. Put the clothing in a large zip-lock back or plastic grocery bag. If they need to change clothes at school, their outfit can go home in the bag that you send with clean clothes.

Teachers are reviewing restroom procedures with their students. Please reinforce at home the need for students to ask their teacher, when in the building, or a supervisor, when outside, to use the restroom.

All Parents...

Please consider donating new or clean used clothing, especially underwear to the Health Office. Pants/sweats (size 10 and smaller) with elastic waistbands are especially helpful. Shoes, boots, jackets, warm hats and gloves are also in great need.


Elementary School Parents - make the difference!...See the December Newsletter below...

Shadow Hills Elementary School

We are a 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


SMARTER Goals updated annually

Now Hiring - Durham Transportation - Bus Drivers and Monitors

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, please call the Clerk of the Board at 208-854-4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.

Free Meals 2021-2022!!

A message from the Boise School District Food Service:

  • All enrolled children get one free breakfast and one free lunch per school day for the entire school year.
  • We are not accepting meal applications this year.
  • Meal prices for SY2122; MySchoolBucks fee per transaction has increased to $2.75
  • We have simplified our services in an attempt to increase line speed. Service highlights include:
    • Students will come up to the service line so they can see the food and self select a tray/entrée. This should significantly improve line speed from last year.
    • Cards/pin pad use is not necessary unless a student would like to purchase an a la carte item (milk, second entrée, etc.).
    • Students will self serve pre portioned condiments, silverware and napkins on the service line after the point of sale.
    • Look for the new daily menu signage near the start of the serving line.

Thank you for your support!

Boise School District

Food & Nutrition Services

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Family Advocates is offering Family Strengthening Support Groups in Boise and Garden City. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration.



Capital High School - Girls Soccer - Holiday Soccer Camp

See the flyer below...

Connection Is The Cure

Mental Health & Suicide Awareness Event on January 5, 2022. See the flyers below...