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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Quilt for Elizabeth

Horizons Community Group Project Meeting

We are making a Caring Quilt for Elizabeth–and we need your help!

(You don’t need to sew!)

Please join the Horizons Community Group next Friday, October 16th @ 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria to assemble, pin & if you are able, sew. We are thrilled that two quilters have volunteered to quilt our assembled pieces at no charge, but we need assistance to create the front and back pieces.

If you cannot attend this meeting, but have the ability to cut fabric, please contact Julie Dye, 720-839-9518, julie.dye303@gmail.com. We will provide you with all the supplies and you just need to cut out pieces for assembly. Thank you, Horizons family!

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Fall Dance Craft Soiree

3c3f953140ac66b29c8e0595d285dac0Help Make Crafts  for the All School  Dance

Tuesday, Oct. 13th 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

Parents and their children are invited to help make a family friendly craft and/or posters to hang around the school to advertise for this fun family event.  (Please attend with your child).

Remember that the Fall Dance is no longer on Fri, Nov 6.  It has been changed to Fri, October 23!


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Para-educator Substitutes Needed At Horizons

We are in need of substitutes for our wonderful Paraeducators.  If you’re interested, please contact John.  Thank you!!!
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Horizons Students in Nutcracker- Get Tickets Now

Nut Graphic DrawingDid you know that there are four students from Horizons K-8 in the 2015 Boulder Ballet Nutcracker?  Stella and Giada Haskins, Clara Hassan and Evelyn Miller.

The Nutcracker is being performed in Boulder at Macky Auditorium, the weekend after Thanksgiving, November 27-29.  If you buy your tickets through your school’s Boulder Ballet representative, Kris Miller, Boulder Ballet/Boulder Phil will donate 20% of the ticket price to Horizons and you’ll be paying the same price as if you buy your tickets directly from the ticket office. Look for Nutcracker posters around the school or reach out to Kris Miller for your tickets now!   Email:  krismiller123@gmail.com

With the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra:
Friday November 27 at 2PM
Saturday November 28 at 2PM
Saturday November 28 at 7PM
Sunday November 29 at 2PM

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Got Photos?

After Outdoor Education and a visit from the wonderful Dr. Jane Goodall, we know that many of you have amazing photos to share.  Denise is contributing to a Horizons photo library on Flickr. Please send them to denise.dellarocco@bvsd.org

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Diversity & Inclusion Meeting - 10/13 @ 3:45 PM

You are invited to join the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at our next meeting on Tuesday, October 13 from 3:45pm-5:15pm.  We will meet in The Hub.

The Horizons Diversity and Inclusion Committee promotes diversity and inclusion throughout our school. We recognize, support and explore the benefits diversity brings to the learning environment. We emphasize supporting our educators and community to ensure that all students and families feel valued and that they belong.



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