This Friday, March 11th is PAJAMA DAY.  Show your school spirit by wearing your Pj’s to school.  6a00e553e36a6e8834017ee45a4569970d-800wiRemember your slippers, too!

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Getting Ready for The Big Night

7/8 students decorate the Cafeteria…..FullSizeRender (11) FullSizeRender (12) in preparation for the Spring Fling Dance tonight.

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Information Regarding State Testing this Year at Horizons K-8

March 4, 2016

Dear Horizons K-8 Parents and Guardians,

As you may know, Colorado is implementing the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) again this year. Our responsibility as a school is to administer these tests according to state law.  Please carefully read the testing schedule below as to the days and times these tests will be administered here at Horizons K-8.

For your information, responses to CMAS-PARCC frequently asked questions are available at Links to sample questions from the new tests are available for CMAS Science & Social Studies and PARCC Math & English Language Arts.  Additional information may be found at the Colorado Department of Education website,  

This year our 3rd-8th grade students will test in Math and English/Language Arts.  In addition, 5th and 8th graders will test in Science.  We will not have Social Studies tests this year.

You will receive a report describing your child’s achievement on these tests in the Fall.  Reports will include a comparison of your child’s performance with that of other students in our school, our district, Colorado and–for PARCC Mathematics and English Language Arts tests–about a dozen states where students are taking PARCC exams.

BVSD distributed a survey earlier in the year asking for families to indicate if they will be opting out of testing.  We have that information in hand.  From here, please email me directly if you choose to opt your child out of testing.

Regarding procedures for students who opt out:

  • Students will be in school, unless parents choose not to bring their child to school during testing times.  Absences will be excused.  
  • There will be no new instruction provided during the time that assessments are given.
  • Basic, quiet, independent activities will be offered during assessment times for students who aren’t being assessed.  These activities may be aligned with the content area being assessed.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your classroom teacher.  




Horizons K-8 PARCC and CMAS Schedule 2015-16

(Subject to change)

Please note all testing will be completed online.  

April 4th       3rd-8th Grade Unit 1 Math 8:45-10:30 AM

April 5th       3rd-8th Grade Unit 2 Math 8:45-10:30 AM

April 6th       3rd-8th Grade Unit 3 Math 8:45-10:30 AM

April 7th       3rd-5th Grade Unit 4 Math 8:45-10:30 AM

April 7th and 8th        Make-up exams for Math 3rd-8th Grade

April 11         3rd-8th Grade Unit 1 English/Language Arts   8:45-10:45 AM

                       5th AND 8th Grade Unit 1 Science   1:15-2:45 PM

April 12         3rd-8th Grade Unit 2 English/Language Arts 8:45-10:45

                        5th AND 8th Grade Unit 2 Science   1:15-2:45 PM

April 13          3rd-8th Grade Unit 3 English/Language Arts   8:45-10:45 AM

                         5th AND 8th Grade Unit 3 Science   1:15-2:45 PM

April 14 and 15       Make-ups for English/Language Arts and Science


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News from Our Auction Chairs

Basket Case- The auction coordinators are looking for some

empty baskets. If you have a basket or two sitting around,

please drop them off in the office. We will make great use of


**HELP- Do you have some Calico Critters that you are ready to

part with? We are looking for a few critters to display with a

hand made critter house! Contact Connie @ turtletotebags at

yahoo dot com if you can help us out!

A big Thank you to UKonserve! Not only have they donated

some items to the Auction, they have also given us a 20% off

coupon for every family to use! Go order a Konserve lunch

bag today0!         UKonserveParentFlier

(click on link)



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BVSD Guidelines for Keeping Your Student Home

Boulder Valley School District

School Health Program

 Guidelines for Keeping Your Student  Home 

The beginning of any infectious illness is usually the time it is most likely to spread to others.  This is also the time your student is probably feeling unable to participate in class. In order to keep everyone healthy, we ask that you observe the following guidelines and keep your student home if s/he exhibits any of the following:

  • Fever, vomiting, or diarrhea: Your student should remain home for 24 hours after symptoms end.
  • Colds / respiratory viruses: Keep your student home at the beginning of a cold.  This is also the time when one is most infectious and least likely to feel well enough to participate in class. When s/he feels better and no longer has frequent sneezing and cough, it is permissible to return to school.
  • Strep throat: Your student may return to school after taking the antibiotic for 24 hours, and feeling better.
  • Chicken pox: Your student should stay home until there are no new lesions and all existing lesions have scabbed over.
  • Eye: Bacterial and some viral eye infections may need to be treated by a health care provider before the student returns to school.   Often this is related to the age of the student and their ability to not touch the eye and spread the infection.  If antibiotic therapy is prescribed, the student must remain home for at least 24 hours after treatment has begun.
  •  Open sores on skin: All skin lesions must be covered by a bandage or clothing during the school day. This may include impetigo, ring worm, scabies, and other fungal, bacterial or viral skin infections.
  • Generalized skin rash: Any student with an undiagnosed skin rash must consult a health care provider for diagnosis and/or treatment before returning to school with a note from a health care provider.
  • Head lice: Your student may return to school only after treatment with lice treatment.

A student will be sent home from school if s/he has any of the above conditions and/or has a temperature of 100°F or more accompanied by other signs of illness or distress.                       



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During K-6 Conference Days

March 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2016

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

During full-days children need to bring a water bottle, lunch, and two snacks.

Please let us know if you are opting for hourly or full-days.

Space is limited to 40 students per day.

Please prepay with registration by March 16th to reserve a spot.

Due to enrollment restrictions, there will be NO drop-off care provided.



Wednesday March 16th is Nature DAY!!:

Today is all about exploring the world around us. In the morning students will participate in a nature-walk scavenger hunt. Before lunch we will be playing a game of Predator and Prey and Eagle Eye in the big field. After lunch, students will work together to create a nature-themed mural in the cafeteria.  After our group art project is finished, we will head outside for a water balloon toss competition (weather permitting). In

the late afternoon, students will watch Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest (G) in the cafeteria on the big screen!  Popcorn will be served!


Thursday March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day

Today we will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with lots of hands-on activities and art projects.  We will make green silly puddy and leprechan traps!  We will also go on a treasure hunt for golden coins.  In the afternoon, we will play Saint Patrick’s Day themed games.  We will end the day with some free choice art projects.    



Friday March 18th is Pool Party Day! 



Today we will be going on our big field trip @ the East Boulder Community Center Pool from 1:00pm4:30pm for a Pool Party. Prior to departing for our afternoon field trip, students will participate in a variety of team-building games in the gym and outside from 9:00-11:00 am. Students will then have free choice time from 11:00am-12:00pm. After lunch, we will walk as a group to the EBCC Pool. Students should bring a bathing suit, a towel, and $4.50 for entry cost of the pool.  At 4:30 pm we will make our way back to Horizons to wrap up the day.



March 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2016

*You can pick up your child at the pool between 1:15-4:30. After that time pick-up will be at Horizons. Please arrange pick-up with Alex ahead of time.


Name____________________________________________________        Age_______

Name____________________________________________________        Age_______

Name____________________________________________________        Age_______

Name____________________________________________________        Age_______


Emergency contact name/ number__________________________________________


Please check days for registration:

 ___Wednesday, March 4th

 ___Thursday, March 5th              

___Friday, March 6th


Adventure Day Fees

Full Day: $70/day for one child or a discounted rate of $56/day per child for siblings.

Hourly: $9.00/hour for one child or a discounted rate of $7.65/hour per child for siblings. * Checks are preferred. Prepayment required to register for Adventure Days. 

-Attached is a check for $_____________                  -Check #________

-Full Day________________           or    -Hours per day_____________

To register for Adventure Days, fill out the attached registration form.

FYI-Space is limited to 40 students per day. 

Please prepay with registration by March 16th to reserve a spot.

Due to enrollment restrictions there will be NO drop-off care provided. 

Any questions or concerns contact Alex Ostrum and Xandra Coombs

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Spirit Wear: Not Just For Humans

Get Yours Now!IMG_3277

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Grocery Fundraiser Volunteer Needed

The grocery program is still looking for 1 more volunteer to help coordinate the program for next year!

Please email if you are interested.

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Awesome hoodies, rad caps, cool totes and trendy t-shirts

Come buy your Horizons Spirit Wear now.  We have reordered kid sized tee shirts and hoodies and we have tons of adults sizes left.  C’mon – get in the Horizons Spirit and be cool!

Great prices, easy to buy…in the office now.  FullSizeRender (10)

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Early bird registration has been extended .......

Horizons K-8 Summer Camp
Early bird registration has been extended to March 5th, so sign up today! *
* Horizons also offers a sibling discount!
Horizons K-8 School is hosting a wide variety of unique summer camp offerings this June!  At Horizons Summer Camp, we believe in providing a safe and caring environment for students to enjoy themselves, learn new skills and build community together.  Come join for Guitar Wizardry, Circus Skills, Fantasy Crafts, Web Design, French, Acting and Improv, 3D Design and Printing, and so much more!
Check out our website for more details:
or register directly by clicking here: Registration
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