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:

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 – 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 – 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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Principals Report & Hiring Announcement

Principal’s Report

April 14, 2016

  • 2016-17 Hiring Announcement!


On behalf of the hiring committee, I am excited to share that we have our four new teachers for the 2016-17 school year.  All approved by our board last night!  A huge thanks goes out to our hiring committee for their time and effort in ensuring we hired outstanding teachers:

Parents: Andrea Foote, Board member, Erica Baruch, Kate Ruder

Teachers/Admin: Jim, Lis, Julie, Nichole, Aubrey, John

We each pre-screened 48 applications and collectively decided on 12 to interview.  Interviews were conducted last week over the course of two days.

After the interviews we forwarded 7 candidates to do sample lessons for us which took place this week.  On Wednesday of this week, we concorded, as a committee, on the four candidates you see here.  I will forward you their bios as soon as they are available.  Suffice it to say that we are very excited about each of these candidates and what they will bring to us as a school and community.  

Shannon Waugh, who has been working with us this past year will continue in this position as a ½ teacher.

Gianna Fable, will also be joining the ½ team.  Gianna has most recently been teaching at the Studio School in Denver.  

Emmy Kurtz, will be joining the ¾ team.  Emmy, is a Horizons K-8 alumni and has had experience both at the Rocky Mountain School for Expeditionary Learning and most recently at Isabella Byrd Community School, founded by long time Horizons teachers in Denver.  

Katelyn Grant, also joining the ¾ team has spent the last two years working at Federal Heights Elementary School in Thornton.

Our new ½ team!   Aubrey, Nichole, Shannon and Gianna

Our new ¾ team!  Julie, Adam, Emmy, Katelyn

We are excited to have these highly qualified teachers join our Horizons K-8 team and community!  

  • Horizons K-8 Spring Gala and Auction


We look forward to seeing everyone this coming Saturday, April 16th at the St. Julien for an evening of fun and community as we come together to support our school.  A huge thanks to Barb and Connie, our Auction Coordinators, and their team who have worked tirelessly to create such an amazing experience for us all.

  • March Council


I’m so pleased to share we had an outstanding turnout for our March Council meeting! Between our new online interface and people who were able to attend in person, we had 68 participants! Thank you! Our focus of the meeting was “Looking Ahead”. This meeting was an opportunity for the community as a whole to come together and be part of the conversation and brainstorming as we take on innovating and moving our program forward as a school. We will be taking this thinking into account as we work to create our plans and funding priorities over the next year or so.  Thanks to all who were able to join us! Please see the link below for a summary of the many thoughtful conversations that were had and join us next Thursday for Council when we will talk about how we are allocating funds for the 2016-17 school year along with other great information!  

Summary of Council Conversation

  • FY 16 Funds


Faculty has been working over the past few weeks to hone in on our priorities for spending our capital improvement monies we received this year from the state. We will be meeting this week as a “Design Team” with a consultant several of us met at an EdCamp hosted in Denver to look at our learning spaces. We hope to emerge from this process with a clear plan for continuing to upgrade both our spaces and our furniture to better support students and their learning in the 21st Century!  

  • Coffee and Conversation


Our focus for the past two talks was Health and Wellness and Curriculum Mapping.  Both topics struck a chord for our parent community and have been well attended.  Please join me on Friday mornings following drop off in the cafeteria, as we have an informal time to ask questions and explore topics of meaning to our parent community. Please see HERE for a resource bin for parents that we created in response to our last meeting on Health and Wellness. In May, we will be exploring Social Networking and Online Safety as we head into the summer months.  

  • Budgeting Process


We have received our preliminary revenue numbers from BVSD for the 16-17 school year. The faculty has been working hard on developing our funding priorities, which will be presented to the Board this week. Please don’t miss the opportunity to join us at Council on April 21st to give your input as to how we will focus our Council funds for 16-17.  Final budget decisions will be voted on in May by Council and in June by the Board.  

  • Become a Horizons Board Member

We have three open spots for the 16-17 school year on our Board.  These spots are two year terms and the only requirement is that you have been a parent here at Horizons for at least two years.  The choice to commit to becoming a board member is a significant one.  Board membership is a truly impactful way to support and be involved in our school. Providing the fiduciary oversight of our school, board members help us to make prudent decisions as a community and keep us aligned with our values.  If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please email John a short letter of interest by April 18th. These letters will be published in Skylines on April 18th prior to our April 21st Council where you can introduce yourself and speak to the community about why you would like to be on the board. The parent vote for board members takes place in our May 19th council meeting. Please see John and/or one of our current parent board members if you would like more information about board membership here at Horizons K-8.

  • Volunteer Appreciation  

Please join us after drop off on April 22nd as we celebrate and give thanks for all that you do to help Horizons K-8 be the special school that it is! We will have treats in the cafeteria and look forward to the opportunity to express our gratitude in person.

  • New Student Survey for 5th-8th Graders


I have been working on a committee with the Boulder Valley School District to help support their work in learning new ways to support social and emotional learning over the past few months.  One of the results of this work is to replace what was known as the School Climate Survey with the Student Tenacity Survey.  We have decided to have our 5th-8th grade students participate in this survey in early May.  See here to learn more: Student Tenacity Survey and please let us know if you have any questions about this work.

  • Ultimate Peace Group to Visit Horizons K-8


Wednesday, April 13th our school will have the distinct pleasure to host the Ultimate Peace Group as they travel across the country making peace via ultimate frisbee!

Ultimate Peace:

Ultimate Peace’s Friendship Tour offers the rare opportunity for audiences to meet and interact with exceptional and diverse teenagers from the Middle East. Ultimate Peace is a non-profit, non-political organization using this values-based sport to build bridges between Arab Israeli, Israeli Jewish, and Palestinian youth. These compelling young leaders talk about their participation in one of the fastest-growing team sports in the world and the groundbreaking program Ultimate Peace offers in their tumultuous region.

  • School Safety


Your student may have come home last week and shared with you that we went to church!  As a reminder, we are required by the State of Colorado to conduct a monthly fire drill and a monthly “other” drill.  These other drills consist of lockdown, lockout, shelter in place, and evacuations. Last week we conducted our all school evacuation drill. Our evacuation site is conveniently located across the street at the Mountain View Church. Our students did a fabulous job taking this task very seriously and we are grateful as, with all of these drills, by practicing regularly we will be well prepared in the event of an emergency.  Please let me or any of your teachers know if you have any questions about our monthly drills.  

  • Horizons K-8 is a School that Learns!


We ‘re having more and more opportunities to learn from and share with other schools both locally, across the state and country.  Over the past few months we have hosted various groups from schools that are wanting to know more about how to create a personalized learning environment that works with the whole child. We have been grateful for the opportunity to share what we know and also learn from others during these exchanges.  

  • Spring is Here!  Time to Build our Community Garden!


We are beginning to place orders for the garden materials. The gravel has been moved out of the area, we have a surveyor coming to layout the garden beds, and now all we need is YOU!!  Please see the sign up sheets in the front hallway or on our website (program tab > gardens) and plan to join us as we co-create our new learning space, a garden!


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Self Coordinated Zombie Tag- a 5/6 Specialty

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Walk/Bike to School Week is NEXT week!

Get out your sneakers, grease up your bike chain because next week is walk or bike to school week, April 18th – 22! Walk or Bike to School DAY is Friday, April 22 (Earth Day)! Be sure to register for Walk or Bike to School Day prizes at the BVSD bike to school website. Do it for the prizes, do it for your Trip Tracker dollars, or do it because it’s a great way to celebrate Earth Day and have some fun!

See you on the bike path Friday, April 22.


And after you enter the school.,  come on into the cafeteria for Volunteer Appreciation Day!

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Introducing The Parent Resource Bin

Introducing The Parent Resource Bin

We have created a resource page on our website which features a live google document to house a variety of Health and Wellness links to books , videos, and articles. Please feel free to use the Resource Bin to learn about materials of use to parents, but also to add engaging and useful information for the community.

Parent Resource Bin



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Horizons Summer Camp!

Only TWO MORE WEEKS of registration for camp!  This is a strict deadline, so register today!
Come join for Fantasy Crafts for Fans, Up Down Circus, Spilled Ink Creative Writing, Jumping for Joy Jump Roping, The Colors of Summer French, 3D Design and Printing, Catapults, We Can Make a Difference Volunteering, Storytelling and Creative Movement, Zero to Coding Web Design, and Stitch Camp Sewing and Embroidery!
For more details, check out our website
or register online by clicking here: Registration
Remember, registration closes on April 30th.
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