Welcoming our new teachers....Emmy

Emmy Kurtz

Born and raised in Boulder, Emmy is a true Colorado girl. She obtained a BA in sociology and music and a MA in elementary education, both from the University of Denver. She is also endorsed in early childhood education. She taught at Isabella Bird Community School for 2 years in ECE and 1st grade and also has experience as an Expeditionary Learning teacher. As a graduate of Horizons K-8, Emmy is fortunate to work side-by-side with her

mentors and childhood teachers. Horizons provides the foundation and support for Emmy to work with children in flourishing as creative problem solvers, inquiring explorers, eager leaders in service, rich knowledge holders, and connected global citizens – both in the classroom and beyond. In her free time, Emmy can be found singing, traveling, cooking, hiking with her family’s Golden Retriever, practicing her Spanish, appreciating music, and IMG_0624finding shapes in the clouds while relaxing in a hammock.

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Welcoming our new teachers....Kate

Kate Grant

Kate is originally from New York, where she earned her BA in Elementary Education from Cortland State and a MA in Literacy from Potsdam State. She has taught in a variety of school settings as a literacy teacher, preschool teacher, and a 1st grade teacher. During her free time, Kate enjoys reading, traveling, and adventuring outdoors (especially if she is running or hiking).




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How would you like to mentor an “new-to Horizons” family?

This is such an important role.  Meeting with a new family and discussing the calendar, the daily schedule, class photos, vision screening, and all the particulars that come up in the course of a year will help them to instantly feel apart of our community.  Mentors do not discuss curriculum or philosophy but are priceless in helping newbies know the ins and outs of navigating a year at Horizons.   There are committees to join, Council to attend and many volunteer opportunities.  All mentors are given a script of what to discuss per calendar month. It’s easy, it does not take much time and it is important.

Please let Hope know if you are willing to be a mentor.

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How are you getting to school on Friday???

Hello wonderful Horizons families,


This Friday is Bike/Walk/Scoot/Skate to School Day.  It’s also EARTH DAY!  Show everybody that you support our wonderful planet Earth by choosing an alternative to driving in all the way on Friday.  Ride your bikes, scooters, skateboards, or walk in.  If you live too far for a ride in all the way, pick a drop off spot and ride/walk in from there.  Make plans with friends to slow it down a littleon Friday and roll in together.  Friday is going to be BEAUTIFUL!  Let’s do this!  I guarantee you’ll feel better afterwards, and so will your kids.



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Volunteer Appreciation...that means YOU!

On the morning of Friday, April 22, following drop off, we invite all of our amazing and wonderful volunteers to join us in the cafeteria so that we can thank and celebrate…you!  Treats and beverages will be served!

we heart volunteers web

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Dear Families,

Please see Parent Board Member bios below.  The following parents have stepped up to show their interest in becoming board members beginning in the 2016-17 school year.   They will have a moment to introduce themselves during our council this coming Thursday and parents will vote during our May council.

Jill Siegel-Stone:

I am Jill Siegel-Stone, a co-parent with my husband Jerome to our only child, Noah who’s a fifth grader in Rachel’s class. I probably echo the gratitude that most families feel for our experience here at horizons. I feel so fortunate that our charter, offers a unique and valuable style of teaching and learning with a progressive and heart centered approach, which impacts our children as they transition through all the traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities held within a safe social-emotional environment.

As a parent, who is elated by my son’s growth as a well-rounded human-being, I’m interested in participating in how our school works more deeply. That is why I would like to volunteer to be a parent board member. I wish to offer my reflective intuitive nature to the nitty gritty of how things work and help our school continue on the path that supports all of our kiddos.

My experience over the last 21 years has been to build a successful private practice as a massage and somatic therapist, originally in Portland, Maine and in the last 8 years here in Boulder. I focus on assisting people through physical as well as emotional transitions utilizing many different massage, energy and talk therapies.

My prior career was as a job coach in NYC, helping people who were returning to the job market from other professions, parenting, and from the criminal justice system.

Frank Bruno:

I have been interested for some time in the idea of serving the students, faculty and Horizons Community as a member of the board. Having served as a city manager, a vice chancellor at CU Boulder, and also as the CEO of Western Disposal, I feel that i have the professional experience to bring to the issues that we will face. Additionally, I have served and have chaired Impact on Education (the BVSD Foundation), Via Mobility Services, Foothills United Way, and was a founding board member of the Innovation Center of the Rockies—I understand policy governance, fundraising, and the challenges that non-for-profit entities face.

Aside from the experiences, I wanted to wait for a few years before I applied for this important role—I wanted to have a deeper understanding of the ways in which Horizons works, and the interactions between parents, students and faculty. I do now believe that I have a far better appreciation for this wonderful school, and the people who are committed to our kids, as well as the talents, opportunities and challenges that our students have and will face.

I would be deeply honored to be considered to serve.



Monica Fitzgerald

I would be honored to serve our school community as a member on the Horizons K-8 Board. Our school is an inspiring, nurturing environment for children to learn, thrive, and grow as unique individuals. The strong relationships between students, teachers, and staff stands out to me at our school. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and senior research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am involved in community-based research focusing on comprehensive approaches to creating positive, safe school environments and connecting children and families with supports they need in their communities. We aim to promote children’s prosocial development and reduce problem behaviors and violence through creating an attuned and responsive community where youth feel supported to thrive personally, socially, and academically. I am a child and family trauma specialist, and as such train and support clinical professionals across the state, nationally and internationally in learning effective family treatments for childhood traumatic stress. I am also a co-developer of a family program called Let’s Connect that focuses on building parent’s and children’s socioemotional skills and enhancing their relationships through teaching families emotion-focused communication skills. This integrates SEL, mindfulness and self-care strategies to promote resiliency and health. This program is also used with teachers and school staff. I have experience with evaluation and grant writing and have served on other professional boards, most recently the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. I have co-chaired community efforts, such as the Colorado Implementation Collaborative. Thank you for considering me as a potential Board member.
Warmly, Monica Fitzgerald

A huge debt of gratitude goes out to our three outgoing board members:

Kevin Holst

Ron Wawryznek

Orion Poplawski

Their service to our board over the past three years has been exceptional and has made a lasting difference for us all.

Remaining on our board are:

Andrea Foote, Co-Chair, Treasurer

Shannon Hassan, Secretary

Anne Hudson, Development Committee Chair


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Agenda of Horizons K8 April 21 Council Meeting

Horizons K-8 Council

April 21, 2016

6:30-8:30 p.m. or Join us by Zoom from home!!  See below for details:

Topic: Horizons K-8 Council April 2016

Time: Apr 21, 2016 6:30 PM (GMT-6:00) Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/359879435

Or iPhone one-tap:  14086380968,359879435# or 16465588656,359879435#

Or Telephone: Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 359 879 435

Hospitality provided by:  Laura Gonzalez-Hibner and the ½ & ⅞ teams

Child care is provided by:  


Facilitators:  Andrea Foote and John McCluskey

6:30 Introductions/Check in

6:40 Council agreements/procedures/concordance/minutes

6:45 Open Forum/Announcements

6:50 Committee reports as needed

  • Board Update
    • Development Committee Update
    • Hiring Update
  • Community Group:  Brooke Bell
  • Summer Camp update:  Xandra Coombs
  • Diversity Committee: Erica Baruch
  • Green Team:  Marti Matsch, Aaron Johnson
  • District Advisory Committee:  Denise Washburn

7:25 Board candidate introductions (see attached Parent Board member Bios Information)

7:35 8th Grade Trip Presentation

7:50 Council 2016-17 preliminary budget presentation

8:30 Close


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Auction Leftovers- Bid Now - Screaming Deals!

In the office we have a few auction items that did not sell.  Come and bid on them and get a screaming deal!

3 sets of art coasters

A Basket of Christmas loot including elf on the shelf clothing and a number of books

Framed Bryce Widom Print of a fox

Boulder Quest Martial Arts

Boulder Kumon Math/Reading Center

5 Oil changes

Orthodontic Diagnostic with Dr Wong

Easton Training Center Martial Arts

White Dragon Martial Arts

Come make us an offer we can’t refuse!IMG_3618



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Auction ala Photos


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From Our Auction Divas...

BIG THANK YOU from the Auction Team!

We would like to thank everyone who attended the 2016 Hollywood auction. It was so much fun! We hope you went home with some fabulous items. Thank you to all our teachers, alumni, staff and parents. Our kids are so lucky to have every single one of you in their lives.

We are closing out the last of the donations. If you didn’t win anything you bidded on or didn’t attend and would still like to donate, we are still looking for 20 people to commit to any  amount to close out the paddle-raiser (a climbing wall for the kids).

What to do:

First email – barbverson@gmail.com and let me know the amount of your commitment. And,  pay in the office by Wednesday at 9:00 am (unless you can’t do it until later in the week…then please let me know). Hope can help you with your wonderful donation!

There are also a few items left over in the office that can be bidded on.  Please stop by the office and take a look.

Lastly, we are looking to sell the Hollywood letters to another fundraising group or someone who wants them for a party. Email –  barbverson@gmail.com if you would like to buy these for your future event.

Again, YOU ALL ROCK! We will see you in the hallways!

Barb and Connie

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