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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

December 1, 2018

Hello Families,

It is hard to believe that we are almost half-way through the school year! It has been amazing to see the growth of our students. We can't wait to see more progress as we move into second semester. With the weather starting to change we want to make sure you are aware of the following:

When winter weather strikes, the district monitors temperatures, wind chills, and road conditions, and will inform parents as early as possible if a decision is made to cancel school (see Inclement Weather - School Closings at towards the bottom).

Safety is priority number one when making the determination to cancel school on any given day due to inclement weather. If snow, ice, or extreme cold make conditions unsafe, we will cancel school.

However, there will be days we have school and it will be very cold. Here are a few reminders for those days...

  • Please make sure that your children come to school dressed for the weather, with winter coats, hats, and gloves.
  • If a child walks to school, we ask that parents try to make arrangements for the child to be given a ride to school or dresses for the conditions.
  • If the child is a bus rider, we again encourage parents to make sure their child is dressed appropriately. We also encourage parents to let the child wait in the car with them until the bus comes.

Student's will have an early release on December 21st and school will be closed from December 24th through January 4th. We hope you are able to enjoy some quality time as a family. We look forward to seeing everyone back on January 7th!

Please note the following upcoming events:

12/7 1st/2nd Grade Music Performance @ 2:15 pm

12/11 5th/6th Grade Band/Orchestra/Guitar

5th Grade @ 10:00 am

6th Grade @ 2:00 pm

12/21 Early release

- Kindergarten AM, 10:30am dismissal

- Kindergarten PM, 11:30am start time

- Kindergarten PM through 6th grade, 1:15pm dismissal

12/24 - 1/4 No School, Holiday Break

As always, please feel free to stop by, call or email me with any questions or concerns.

Mr. Novotny

Horizon Calendar

Check out the Horizon calendar for important dates and information. Days off, early release days and school events can be found on the calendar.

West Junior High School's 7th Grade Orientation Night

What: Orientation for 7th grade

When: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019, 6:30-8:00 PM

Who: Current 6th graders AND their parents

Why: This is an opportunity to become familiar with:

- The elective programs offered at West

- The 7th grade core subject area teachers

- Athletic, social, and club activities

- The principal and assistant principal

- The counseling staff

- The library

- The 7th grade wing of the building

- The uniform policy

We will begin with a short orientation meeting in the gym. You will have an opportunity to meet with elective teachers and learn about the various classes offered at West. Several 7th grade classrooms and the library will be open for a self-guided tour. There will be prize drawings during the large gym presentation.

The 7th grade counselor, Mrs. Stoll, will come to your child’s school in February to complete the course selection process. Our orientation is a great opportunity to find out about the possible electives your child may take. Parents will be able to access the Infinite Campus Portal to make changes and adjust course selections until the end of February. After that time, please contact Mrs. Stoll at Silvana.stoll@boiseschools.org for any potential changes or questions.

West Boise Baseball & Softball

All ages and skill levels welcome!

Come learn to play a great sport and make friends in your community!

Spring registration is now open and will remain open until February 4, 2019 with a full

variety of baseball and softball programs for kids ages 4 to 16! For more information and to register, create online account at westboiselittleleague.org or go to our website and print the registration form, complete and mail, with payment, to:

West Boise Little League

P.O. Box 44772

Boise, ID 83711-0772

The more players we have, the better the experience for all, so get the word

out to your family and friends! The boundary map is located on our website.

If you have any questions, please email info.wbll@gmail.com.

News from the Nurse’s Office

It is that time of year for colds, flu, fevers and upset stomachs. First of all, I’d like to remind you of the Boise School District Policy: If your child has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, bad cough or rash, please keep them home for 24 hours after these symptoms have resolved. One more tidbit regarding fevers; please keep your child home until fever free without the use of medicine. Call the school nurse if you’re unsure. As another reminder, please do not send your student to school with medication. Medication needs to be brought into the health office by a parent.

For more info go to www.boiseschools.org and click on Parents/Patrons, Health Services, Parent Information.

Thanks again,

Nurse Jenny

Box Tops for Education

Sixth grade would like to thank everyone who brought in Box Tops during our first collection period. We raised almost $650 for our Science School, bringing our overall total to $1,000! We think we can raise another $1,000 in the next collection period, but only with YOUR help. Please bring in your Box Tops - we will be collecting them on Friday, December 14th. Keep collecting at home and ask grandparents and aunts and uncles to collect for us as well! Let’s see if we can make our new goal!

In Need of a Computer?

If your family does not have access to a computer in your home and would like one please look at the exciting opportunity below:

There will be a free computer-building workshop on December 12th at 6-8pm at Reuseum, a local non-profit in Garden City. It will include assembly and troubleshooting, and your family will be able to take home the finished product.

For additional information, please contact the school counselor, Lindsay Mesplay. There are limited spots available, so call or email by December 5th so she can register your student for the opportunity.

Boise State Chemistry Club Holiday Demo

The Boise State chemistry club will be holding their annual Holiday Demo on Saturday, Dec 1st, from 10 am - 3 pm. It will include hands-on activities, demonstrations, and a Dr. Picklestein / faculty show planned for the day.

Free parking is available in the Brady Garage and the event will take place in the Simplot Ballroom located in the Student Union Building (SUB) on the Boise State campus. Click for an interactive map of campus: https://maps.boisestate.edu/?id=715#!ct/21174,8947,0.

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Boise School District Emergency Response Procedures

November 2018

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 including active shooter. 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 www.boiseschools.org, 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 68453. You'll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message in English: “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.

    • 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.


Dedra Swanstrom

Head Teacher

Winter Weather Procedures

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 buses and walking or biking to school. If students cannot safely travel to school or if schools are not able to operate safely because of city ­wide dangerous weather conditions, school may be cancelled.

We will not cancel school on days with normal winter 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.

We recognize that conditions vary throughout the District, even from street to street, in some cases. 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 heavy snowfall, extremely cold temperatures and ice.

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 www.boiseschools.org, 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.

Horizon Elementary

Steve Novotny- Principal

Abbey Griffitts- Asst. Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant