A Message From Counseling: Turn Anxiety Into Your Superpower

New Vista High School and the “I Have A Dream” Foundation in Boulder are co-sponsoring an event for parents to help you practice strategies to deal with stress and anxiety in your daily life. These strategies will change how you can deal with stress as a parent and how to support your kids with anxiety. See below for more information.

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These are extraordinary times that are challenging on many levels. Juggling so many unknowns and tasks at once can lead to exhaustion and overwhelm as a parent. It can also trigger old trauma and old patterns that can undermine people’s well-being even more.

In this Free ONLINE “Turn Anxiety into your Superpower” live presentation you will learn the latest science behind stress and anxiety. We will discuss and practice strategies that you can use in your daily life to manage stress and anxiety in productive ways. These strategies will change how you can deal with stress as a parent and how to support your kids with anxiety. We will teach techniques that will support you in your self-care and personal life to stay balanced and resilient.

We will have Spanish interpretation available. Thank you to New Vista High School and the “I Have A Dream” Foundation in Boulder for co-sponsoring this event!!!!
 
Monday, September 20, 20216-7.30pm

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Equity, Diversity, & Belonging Meeting

Horizons Equity, Diversity, and Belonging Committee Meeting 9/14 5:30 pm on Zoom

We are looking forward to a meaningful and productive 21-22! We will be following up on some of the great work from last year and pushing forward with further efforts to ensure equity, diversity, and belonging for all. Everyone in the community is welcome and, as always, we truly appreciate new ideas and perspectives. Please join us!

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Celebrating Success!

Join us in congratulating our beloved custodian, Daniel Acosta, as he has gained his U.S. Citizenship this week! We are so proud and so grateful to have him as a part of our Horizons community. His work may often be behind the scenes, but it keeps this Horizons’ engine running every day. So if you see Daniel, make sure to congratulate him on this incredible accomplishment!

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Equity, Diversity, & Belonging Meeting

Horizons Equity, Diversity, and Belonging Committee Meeting 9/14 5:30 pm on Zoom

We are looking forward to a meaningful and productive 21-22! We will be following up on some of the great work from last year and pushing forward with further efforts to ensure equity, diversity, and belonging for all. Everyone in the community is welcome and, as always, we truly appreciate new ideas and perspectives. Please join us!

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Helpatschool.org

Parents often call the office requesting the emails of other parents.  We are not allowed to disseminate any personal contact info but you can go to helpatschool.org and if that parent has opted into the online directory, you can find emails there.

This is also where you can volunteer to assist with various school committees and functions.  We are in need so please take a look here: https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/21/events

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New masks coming soon -- request your child’s set today!

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We have raised enough funds to supply high-quality masks for the whole school — for at least two more months! Congratulations, HK8 parents, this is very exciting! Thank you for your generosity. With these funds, we will order free masks to distribute in mid-September. 

But we are not mass-distributing masks again. 

Instead, we need you to request mask types that fit your kids and that they prefer! Please do as quickly as you can, as there are currently shipping delays. Use this form to request each of your children another free set of four (4) masks:

Free Mask Request Form (Sept.)

This is the process that your Request Form will set in motion:

  • We will order 4 masks for your child! 
  • Orders for large-sized masks will be processed first, to serve middle schoolers who do not have any yet. 
  • Your child can continue to wear the August set of masks until their order comes in.
  • Your child will bring their free mask set home in their backpack, around mid-September.
  • Throw away masks you received in August, once you have confirmed the new ones fit.
  • Follow the same reuse instructions as before for the new masks. 

Other things to know about this free mask program for HK8: 

    • The mask fundraiser continues! Link to Revtrak – HK8 mask donations
    • We need volunteers to bundle and label mask sets! Contact sarah.wise@colorado.edu or text 303 919 1794 if you want to help. 
    • We will let the community know when the masks start being distributed in a Skylines post. 
    • Brands distributed this month may differ from August, but they are the same kind of high-quality masks as before. Learn more about why KF94 and KN95 masks are so effective
    • It may take a couple of weeks for orders to arrive and get distributed – some items are sold out, and there are some shipping delays.
    • Bring all unwanted KF94 / KN95 masks to the office, to be redistributed.
    • The office has some extra masks of various sizes you can request if needed, contact maggie.anderson@bvsd.org.
    • In October, requests will be taken to replace worn-out masks — dependent on fundraising progress. 

Request 4 new free masks for each of your kiddos today! 

Free Mask Request Form (Sept.)

We received our shipment of larger-sized masks and students in grades 5-8 – will have a chance to pick them up soon, in their homerooms. We are also putting in a big order of smaller-sized masks very soon. Thank you for your donations! Here’s key information about the mask program:

  • These masks protect the wearer – when well-fitting, they filter 97+% of particles out of the air.
  • If you want to request a set of masks – it’s never too late — use this Mask Request Form
  • Here are Mask Reuse Instructions – let them rest 3 days between use, and only rinse with water.
  • If you have unused KF94 masks (even if opened), please return them to the office, we will redistribute.
  • Once your child picks up new masks, you can discard their old KF94s from August.
  • If you want to donate, use this Mask Donations link to get to the Revtrak site.

Printable flyer for HK8 mask sets (English _ Spanish)

HK8 High Quality Mask & Fundraiser Info

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Coffee Connections

Join Horizons Community Group for our first Coffee Connections on Friday, September 10th from 8:30-9:30. There is no discussion topic, we just want to connect with other Horizons parents and any staff that can make time to join us as well. We will be soliciting ideas for activities that HCG may sponsor during the 21-22 school year, so bring your ideas!
Friday, September 10th
8:30-9:30am
On the west lawn
BYOC (bring your own chair or blanket to sit on)
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Parent Covid Support Group

Covid wearing on you?  Feeling the need to vent, or process all the information, nuance, and/or changes it has brought into our lives? Join up on the west lawn Friday mornings after drop-off, for support and community around COVID stress.

Fridays
8:30-9:30 am

Starting Friday, September 17th
West Lawn (near the bike racks)
Hosted by parents for parents.  Please feel free to meet on the west lawn Friday mornings after drop off, for an open conversation about how you and your family are coping with the stress of covid. Parents will be joined by Kate Leslie,Kateleslielcsw@gmail.com, a fellow parent and social worker, and Kimberly Welch, our new school counselor, who will be there as her schedule allows.  Please contact Kate with any questions.
Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.

Looking forward to sharing stories and supporting each other.

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Virtual Board Meeting Agenda- 9/9/2021

Board Agenda
9/9/ 2021

6 PM
Welcome & Invitation for Public Comment
Approval of Consent Agenda Including Minutes 8/12/21

625 PM
Head of School Updates

  • Staffing Update
  • COVID Discussion Update

Finance Review Committee

Strategic Planning Update & Discussion

Process Observer

8 PM
End Meeting

Board Meetings are open meetings. 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86746728173?pwd=K2wwUTEyWC9Hay9jNVVoZHdBMExnZz09

 

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Food Waste

Wonderful Families,
We just wanted to relay a noticing from our Beloved Food Service Folks:
There has been a great deal of food waste happening.  Entire meals being dumped in the compost, including completely uneaten hamburgers and whole salads. Perhaps this is because the lunches are free this year, but we need your support.
Would you please chat with your students and remind them to only take what they know they will eat, and if they have brought a lunch from home, they should eat that rather than take a second lunch?
Thank you so much for helping us waste less food!
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