The Howler March 13th, 2020

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Make Reading a Social Activity

Many children get so wrapped up in organized activities that they have little time for reading. But reading for pleasure is important. Children who read only what is required for school can fall behind in their reading skills.

A good way to keep reading on your child’s schedule is to make it a fun, social event. Think of creative ways to blend friends and books. Try having a:

  • Book swap. Have your child invite friends over to exchange and talk about their favorite books.
  • Book club. Organize it around a favorite series. For example, have a meeting with a Diary of a Wimpy Kid theme.
  • Write-a-story party. Arrange the children in a circle. Give each child a sheet of paper. Begin by having each child write a sentence on his sheet of paper. Then have him pass his paper to the next child to write the second sentence. Group members continue passing their stories around until all members have written a sentence for each story. Then have them read their stories aloud.
  • Joke night. Invite children to bring books with jokes or riddles. Let them take turns reading aloud to the group.
  • Play-reading party. Give a copy of a short, easy-to-read play script to all attendees. Encourage them to be dramatic and
  • ham it up.

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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.


Congratulations to Will H. (Mrs. Amoureux's class) who won the Invent Idaho State Competition last week in Lewiston, Idaho!

Invent Idaho was a competition for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) students in 1st-12th grades. Will competed in the 3rd/4th grade category. In the district level he placed 1st, he went onto Regionals and placed 2nd, and on Friday he competed at State and placed 1st!

His invention was called The Green Shark. It was an invention where a shark would skim the top of the ocean and inhale the trash in the ocean. Through a series of mechanics it would transfer the trash into bricks and bag the trash. It would take the trash to the shore and start the cycle over again.

Congratulations, Will!


Shadow Hills Elementary is holding its first Read-a-thon to improve our playground!

Students log reading minutes between Monday, March 9th, through Spring Break, ending on Monday, March 30th. Prizes will be awarded to individual students and classes based on minutes read as well as donations collected.

To get ready for Read-a-thon, please use your child’s Read-a-thon handout to set up a personal Read-a-thon webpage. From there, you’ll find several helpful tools for requesting donations from relatives, and friends. Starting Monday, March 9 your child will log their reading minutes.

Click here for more information regarding the Shadow Hills Elementary Read-a-thon, or email your questions to Sandy Hambalek at

Please see the attached newsletter for more information!

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Track season has begun at Shadow Hills for Fifth and Sixth Grade girls and boys!

Here is the Track & Field Schedule for Spring 2020:

March 9-12 - Practice (3:45-5:00) on the big field on the east side of the school

March 16-19 - Practice (3:45-5:00) on the big field on the east side of the school

March 23-27 - NO PRACTICE (Spring Break)

March 30 - Practice (3:45-5:00) on the big field on the east side of the school

March 31 - Tri-meet at Hidden Springs (the meet will start between 4:00-4:15)

April 1 - Practice (3:45-5:00) on the big field on the east side of the school

April 2 - Tri-meet at Shadow Hills (the meet will start between 4:00-4:15)

April 6 - Tri-meet at Shadow Hills (the meet will start between 4:00-4:15)

April 7-9 - Practice (3:45-5:00) on the big field on the east side of the school

April 13 - Region IV Meet at Capital HS (the meet will start between 4:00-4:15)

April 20- District Meet at East JH (the meet will start around 5:00) *Only the athletes who qualify at the Regional meet will participate

April 27- City Meet at East JH (the meet will start around 5:00) *Only the athletes who qualify at the District meet will participate

No practices on Fridays.

A big thanks goes to our three wonderful coaches:

Jill Amoureux, Kathi Waters, and Alec Bindner

We look forward to a great season of fun and participation!


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


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on all the happenings in our library!


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.


Shadow Hills is holding a food drive for the Boise Rescue Mission during the month of March! Bins are present and labeled in the front office area. Please see the attached flyer for information on needs and items to donate.

♫ 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 19th: Capital Quad Choir Festival

May 7th: Spring Band/Orchestra Concert

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

7th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance - CANCELLED

What: 7th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance

The 7th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance – Hosted by Capital High DECA has been cancelled. The Daddy Daughter Dance was scheduled for March 14th in the Capital Main Gym. If you have already purchased tickets, please contact Kathleen Atkins in the business office at 208-854-4498. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact Kara Alder (Capital High) at 208-854-4490.

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Shadow Hills Elementary PTO Fundraiser

March 16-31, 2020! Papa John's is open daily from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Papa John's will donate 20% of your total order back to Shadow Hills Elementary PTO! Use Online Code: SHADOWHILLS Order Online at

Valid at All Treasure Valley Stores!

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:

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.

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

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 an immunization clinic provided by Central District Health in April. Please see the attached flyer for information.

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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