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Summer Camp 2016 Committee Kickoff Meeting


Do you have a skill or a creative idea you’d like to teach for a summer camp session? The Horizons K-8 Summer Camp 2016 committee will meet on Monday, November 9th at 3:45 in the Conference Room to review highlights of Summer Camp 2015 and begin planning for Summer 2016. Please RSVP to Anne Hudson at boulder.hudsons@gmail.com.

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The SHARE-A-COAT boxes have arrived....

It’s that time.  The Rotary Club has delivered boxes for us to donate coats, jackets, mittens, scarves, snow boots, hats, etc.  Please deposit into the boxes in the front of the school.  Thank you for helping to keep someonepuffer coat faux fur hood justice warm this winter!

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Adventure Days Are Here!

Adventure Days Are Here!

ADVENTURE DAYS OCTOBER 2015 during Fall Conference Days

The full days will run from 8:30am-5:30pm.

Due to limited staffing and state regulations there will be a daily limit of 30 students for Adventure Days. **Adventure days are filled on a first-come, first-served basis** Please pre-register your child with the link provided below. During Full Days children need to bring a water bottle, morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

Wednesday October 28th is SCIENCE DAY!

Today is all about Science! We will build bridges with toothpicks and marshmallows and see how much weight they can hold. Then before lunch we will venture outside for some Capture the Flag. After lunch we will make homemade ice cream for dessert. At 1:00pm we will learn about volcanoes. Students will make their very own paper maché volcanoes and will be able to watch them erupt. We will finish the day with a nature scavenger hunt around the pond next to the school.

Thursday October 29th is ULTIMATE GAMES DAY!

Today we will be playing tons of indoor and outdoor games! In the morning, students will play a giant game of kick ball and a game of soccer. Before lunch students will play a variety of indoor games such as chess, cards, dominos, and various board games. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite games from home.  After lunch, students will compete in the “Ultimate Egg Toss” competition as well as various mini games from the hit T.V show Minute to Win It. In the late afternoon we will make a “Chalk Mural” on the outside basketball court.

 Friday October 30th is HAUNTED HALLOWEEN DAY!

Today we will celebrate all things Halloween. Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to school and bring a change of clothes for comfort. In the morning we will carve pumpkins and make gluten-free no-bake cookies.  We will provide some pumpkins, but extra donations are encouraged.  Before lunch we will be playing some “Zombie Tag” outside. After lunch we will be making trick or treat bags and students will have the option to face paint. In the late afternoon students will be watching a Halloween themed movie (PG). Popcorn will be served! Please note, there will be no pizza on Friday, October 30th.


Here is the application:  ADVENTURE DAYS OCTOBER 2015

Email: alexander.ostrum@bvsd.org

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Horizons Open Enrollment Schedule

Horizons K 8 2015-16 Open Enrollment Event Schedule

Event #1:  December 3rd 6:30-8:30 pm K-8 Open Enrollment Presentation

Event #2:  December 9th 8:45-10:45 am K-8 Open Enrollment Presentation

Event #3:  Wednesday, December 9th 1-3 pm    5th-8th Grade Student Visit Day

Event #4:  January 6th  6:30-8:30 pm 5th-8th Grade Showcase

Event #5:  January 13th 8:45-10:45am K-8 Open Enrollment Presentation

All events are for parents and students going into grades K-8. We cannot accommodate younger siblings. All of these events include a school tour, a power point presentation featuring the history and philosophy of the K-8 program, a curriculum overview and questions and answers with grade level teachers and time with Principal John McCluskey. The Open Enrollment Presentations and the 5-8 Grade Showcase do not require an RSVP. The 5-8 grade visit day is a time when students can come and look at the program. We do request an RSVP for this event. Contact hope.nelson-roohr@bvsd.org or call 720 561 3600.

BVSD policy prohibits Horizons from conducting individual tours of the building and classrooms.  Please be sure to come and see us during one of our many Open Enrollment events.

Horizons parents- please remember that if you have a sibling that you would like to have attend Horizons next year, you must fill out an application with BVSD Open Enrollment and check the sibling box.

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Lost & Found- Displayed

We have moved all the unlabeled items, from our school Lost & Found, to the front hallway, for easy perusal.  They were no longer fitting in the Lost & Found closet.  Please take a look and see if you recognize anything.

What remains will be donated on Fri, 10/23.  Thanks to Jill Siegel-Stone for being our Lost & Found Angel.

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Horizons All School Fall Dance

It’s just around the corner. This year the All School Fall Dance is Friday, October 23 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Wear your favorite family-friendly costume. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door.

To make this a successful event, we need volunteers — adults and students. See the available volunteer opportunities.

Dance 2015 v2

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Upcoming Horizons Council Agenda

Horizons Council – Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:30 PM

Hospitality provided by:  ⅞ Team and Catriona Dowling and Susan Lavelle. Thank you! Child care is provided in the gymnasium.

We need a minute taker for Council!  See John if you are interested.


  • 6:30 Introductions/Check in
  • 6:40 Council agreements/procedures/concordance/minutes
  • 6:45 Open Forum/Announcements
  • 6:50 Discussion/Presentation Items
    • K-8 Outdoor Education, 5 mins per team
    • Green Team
      • Walk in Wednesdays
      • Conversation about Entrance
    • New website update
  • 7:45 Committee reports as needed
    • Board Update
    • Development Committee Update
    • Community Group:  Brooke Bell
    • Summer Camp Committee update:  Anne Hudson
    • Diversity Committee: Erica Baruch
    • District Parent Committee: Vacant, see post in Skylines on website!
    • District Advisory Committee:  Denise Washburn
    • Green Team:  Marti Matsch
  • 8:30 Close

About Council

Horizons Council consists of any and all members of the Horizons community who attend council meetings. All members of the Horizons community have the right and the privilege to be part of the decision ­making process at Council meetings. Council meetings are held once a month, with the exception of June, July, August, and December. These meetings are co-­chaired by the Principal and the Parent Co-­Chair. Council agendas are published prior to the meeting so that all will have advance knowledge of the topics that will be discussed. All decisions made at Council meetings are made by “concordance” or total agreement to support the outcome. If concordance is not reached by those present at the meeting, the Horizons’ Board will be responsible for making a decision using the same concordance method. Parents are asked to attend Council at least once per year; many parents attend regularly.

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District Parent Committee (DPC) Representative Needed

There are so many interesting ways to be involved here at Horizons K-8.  Here is one of them.

Horizons is looking for a District Parent Council Representative. Please let John know if this might be a service position you would be willing to take on. This representative also give a report out at our monthly Council meetings the third Thursday of the month.

The District Parent Committee (DPC) serves as a conduit for two-way communication between the Superintendent and parents. The Superintendent has an opportunity to garner input from parents prior to establishing policy while parents get an opportunity to present ideas and share comments about their school. In addition, DPC often hosts presentations from the district or from the outside sources. Typical topics include bond issue, child safety, school security, no child left behind and upcoming legislation. Also, a representative from the school board may ask for input on upcoming issues. Although not the main purpose, parents often connect with other parents to share ideas on improving schools, funds raising, and general parenting issues.

DPC meetings are held one Wednesday night of every school month at 6:30 p.m. in the PDC of the BVSD Education Center located at 6500 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO 80303

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Fire Up Your Feet!

We are experimenting with a new initiative called “Fire Up Your Feet!” This is a wellness program to help elementary school families be more active. Simply go to the website, register, and track your family’s activity during the month of October, and Horizons can win money to use for our playground or other active programs! Remember, parents and staff count too! Check it out at: Fire Up Your Feet!!!  And..BONUS…every time you walk, bike, scoot or hop to school, it can count toward Trip Trackers as well! Log your trips here too!

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