Calendar Change- No Council Meeting in December

The Council Meeting scheduled for December 21st has been canceled.  We look forward to seeing you at our next Council Meeting on November 16th (agenda is forthcoming) and at our first 2018 Council Meeting on January 18th.

Thanks, everyone!




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 Final Week to Purchase Nutcracker Tickets – 20% of proceeds come back to Horizons!

This year Horizons K-8 has 6 students performing in the Boulder Ballet production of The Nutcracker:

Clara Gerlitz, Clara Hassan, Giada Haskins, Evelyn Miller, Violet Schlomberg & Juliette Verson

Through November 7, 20% of Horizons ticket sales come back to the school!  If you would like tickets, simply complete the attached form and drop it off (along with a check) in the Nutcracker ticket bin in the office.  I will collect the forms and submit them weekly to Boulder Ballet and they will issue tickets directly. Tickets will be issued in the order they are received and will be distributed the week prior to Thanksgiving break.  Please feel free to share this discount with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.  Thanks for supporting our school, our performers and the arts!

Submitted by Trish Gerlitz

To access a ticket form, please click HERE.

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Report your carpools and biking/walking for Trip Tracker Dollars

If you’re carpooling, walking or biking TO OR FROM school, thank you!! Your child is eligible for the Trip Tracker program! You can report those trips for October by clicking on this LINK no later than Monday, November 13 at midnight. If you didn’t track trips for October, it’s okay! Just give us your ‘best guess’.

How do you report these trips? We will just need to know your student’s (or students’)  BVSD ID# to compute rewards.  If you don’t have it, you may use “111111” or request it by email to If you do use ‘111111’ please use the student’s full first name and not a nickname or short form. That will make it easier for us to look up their ID#.

A calendar for logging November’s Trip Tracker trips is attached and also available on the website at Trip Tracker Calendar

October’s reward dollars will be distributed at schools during the week of November 27.

If your child isn’t yet registered for Trip Trackers: register here. Any carpool (think after school play dates!), bike trip or even partial walk-in to school counts! Log your trips each month on the above site and your child will get “trip tracker dollars” from participating businesses as an incentive and reward for reducing traffic to school!
THANK YOU for helping us to reduce automobile congestion and pollution around our schools for the sake of your children and our communities. Please contact me ( if you have any questions about this process.

Submitted by Marti Matsch, Green Team Volunteer


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Horizons' Groundskeepers!

Thank you to our wonderful, hard-working groundskeepers from Rachel’s class.

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8th Grade Leadership

Submitted by Clara Hassan and Hayden Miller, 8th graders

On Monday, October 30th, we went to the first MSSAC meeting. What is MSSAC? It  stands for Middle School Student Advisory Council. Basically, two representatives from most BVSD middle schools came to represent their school. We got to know each other a little bit first, and then we dove right into discussing problems facing middle schools. We narrowed it down to a few topics and we split into groups for each issue. We’ll continue working on these problems throughout the session. After having met as a group multiple times, at the end of the session, we will present an issue that is facing middle schoolers in our district as well as a solution to a board consisting of all of the Principals of middle schools in BVSD, as well as the the district superintendent.

We really enjoyed the experience of getting to talk with other kids from other schools in the district about issues in our community. Our favorite part of this trip was meeting all of these other kids and being able to converse with them about issues facing our schools and the district as well as just getting to meet them. We feel lucky that Horizons does not have many of these issues, and we hope to help other middle schools solve them. It was really interesting how unique our school was, even compared to Meadowlark, a new school that is based around many of the same values that Horizons holds. In conclusion, we are really looking forward to the next meeting.

Submitted by Clara Hassan and Hayden Miller

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Colorado Gives

Did you know you can sign up now to participate in Colorado Gives? Colorado Gives is an annual statewide movement celebrating and increasing philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The $1 Million Incentive Fund created by the partners is one of the largest giving-day incentive funds in the country. Although Colorado Gives is a 24-hour long window for donations, you can schedule your donation right now! Thanks for supporting Horizons K8 through Colorado Gives.

When: 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. (i.e., 00:00 MST) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
How: Donate online, right here at

  • You can schedule your Colorado Gives Day donations in advance from November 1 – December 4. Learn how.
  • Or, you can wait and donate on December 5. Learn how.

Why: To strengthen the state’s nonprofits through online giving.



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Coffee Connections, this Friday 11/3

Join us after drop-off this Friday morning, in the cafeteria,  for coffee or tea and a chance to catch up with other parents.

Lauren will join us from 8:40-9:15 to discuss ongoing arts, movement and music programs.  If you are curious, have questions or comments, please come!  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Submitted by Callie Gartner and the Horizons Community Group


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PEN Talk: The Poison of Perfectionism, Monday 11/6 6-7:30pm

Understand the dynamics that fuel perfectionism,
why it’s unhealthy, and how to help you or
someone you love reduce the negative impacts.

Please join us for this dynamic conversation.

Mon, Nov 6, 6-730 PM in the Horizons Hub

Childcare is not provided for PEN talks.

Submitted by Callie Gartner and the Horizons Community Group

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Horizons, 9News and Reading to End Racism

Horizons has been participating in the Reading to End Racism program for a number of years.  Community members come to Horizons and read about a variety of subjects pertaining to racism, equality, diversity and compassion.  Students are encouraged to think and share how these meaningful topics relate to them personally.

Please enjoy this 9NewsClip recorded at Horizons.  It is so great to see our students consider these issues.


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Development Committee Meeting

You are invited to join the Horizons Development Committee on Tues, Nov 7th at 2:30 PM in the Conference Room.  The Development Committee will meet to discuss the upcoming Moolah campaign, Colorado Gives Day, the Spring Auction and our financial goals for the year.

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