The Howler July 17th, 2020

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Summer Update/July 2020

You students’ safety and security, including healthy practices is at the forefront of my mind. We want to be as prepared as possible so that we can start the school year off on a positive note knowing that it will be a very different experience for everyone. I, along with all of the teachers and staff, are excited about seeing your kids again in about a month! We have missed seeing them so much!

At Shadow Hills we will emphasize these basic practices:

  • wear masks, as expected (we will find opportunities for “mask breaks,” throughout the day when students are at a safe distance from one another)

  • wash hands

  • cover coughs/sneezes

  • maintain safe distances

If you have not yet, have your student practice wearing a mask so they can get used to the feeling. If you can provide a mask (or similar face covering such as a neck gaiter, during the school day, that will be great. We will have masks on hand for students too.

Class lists will be posted in August. Watch for an email from me with instructions for viewing class lists.

The first day of school will be exciting and different! Some new and different structures and organizational practices will be in place. A few days before the first day of school, I will share instructions about how families should approach the school on the first day of school. The instructions will include expectations for both the before and after school routines. Watch for an email from me.

We will not hold an in-person Sneak Peek Event prior to the first day of school. A virtual Sneak Peek is a likely substitute for the traditional in-person event. Watch for more details later in August.

The in-person Parent Orientation Night will not take place as it has traditionally. Instead, teachers will share their classroom information in an electronic format with families. More information from classroom teachers will be shared near the beginning of the school year.

If you checked out a Chromebook for your child in the spring plan on returning the Chromebook on the first day of school. If that plan should change, you will be notified.

We have specific and detailed plans for addressing the following school structures and routines:

  • Before School - organized arrival of bus riders, car/daycare van riders, bike riders and walkers

  • During School - students will stay with their classroom group (special services will continue, which includes movement to other locations in the building)

  • After School - organized dismissal of bus riders, car/daycare van riders, bike riders and walkers

  • Buses - because safe distancing will be impractical, masks will be expected

  • Parking Lot/Sloan Street - there will be an organized process that may include directions for drivers/passengers to stay in cars while students are directed to cars (much more information about this process will be provided in advance of the first day of school)

  • Cafeteria - one grade level at a time in the cafeteria, students spaced apart safely, very organized process throughout the cafeteria

  • Recess - stay with classroom group, play games that allow for students to maintain safe distances (and take a mask-break), rotate through three main areas (blacktop, grass/field, and playground equipment) on a daily/regular basis

  • Specials - students will go to Music, PE and the Library with safe distancing protocols in place

  • Visitors/Volunteers - more information at a later date, but, at minimum, visitors/volunteers will be required to follow the same safety procedures that all Shadow Hills staff and students are expected to follow

For your review - School Reopening Plans

Boise School District Plan

Shadow Hills Elementary School Plan

Please review the Boise School District FAQ. It contains questions and answers about both the traditional school and the online school.

What if someone gets sick? See the following:

Boise School District Staff Procedures and Protocols For Addressing COVID-19

Boise School District Student Procedures and Protocols For Addressing COVID-19

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can reach me via email at or by phone at 208-854-6064.

Take care and we will see you soon!

Dr. Z.


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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


SMART Goals updated annually


If you know that your family will be moving over the summer and your child will not be attending Shadow Hills for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact Mrs. Foss at the school and let her know. You can send her an email at or you can call 208-854-6060 and leave a voicemail.

If you moved out of the Shadow Hills attendance area and you would like for your child to be considered for continuation at Shadow Hills, an Open Enrollment form needs to be completed. That form is on the District website. Kris Foss can assist with that process as well.


If you checked out a Chromebook for your student during the online learning phases, please keep it over the summer and stay tuned in August for a plan to return it.


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!


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Is your student up-to-date on immunizations? Central District Health and the Boise School District are teaming up to host a walk-in Immunization Clinic at Whittier Elementary in August.

Please see the attached flyer for information.

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Hey Kids! Remember this?? BOOK FAIR!

Idaho Book Fairs has offered a GREAT deal for you to order books! Please see the attached flyer for information!


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


If you're looking for an activity this summer, check out these flyers from the Vertical View Climbing Gym!