The Reading to End Racism program is hosting a Volunteer Reader Training on Wednesday, February 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the YWCA. RER provides a great opportunity to be involved with youth and help plant the seeds for the elimination of racism. They are always looking for new volunteers to grow their RER program. Please share this information with anyone whom you think might be interested in volunteering. Interested participants can sign up on the YWCA website or contact Elly Johnson, RER Program Director, directly.
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Horizons Looking For DAC Rep

District Accountability Committee

The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is a legally constituted committee of representatives from the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). DAC representation includes at least one person involved in business in the community located within BVSD, and a parent, teacher, or administrator from each school within the district and serves in an advisory capacity to the BVSD Board of Education.

As per Colorado Revised Statutes 22-11-302, DAC meets monthly throughout the year and makes recommendations to the Board regarding district improvement planning and spending priorities, studying topics as jointly determined with the school board, and increasing parent engagement in the district and at schools. The complete responsibilities of DAC members are described in the D AC bylaws .


DAC values ongoing feedback from each school’s School Accountability Commitee (SAC) and provides training and information SACs can share with each school community.

General Meetings

General meetings are scheduled from 6:15-8:30 pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted and are open to the public. Meetings are held in the Aspen and Black Diamond meeting rooms at the BVSD Education Center (6500 E. Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80303).

Please let John know if you are willing to explore this great volunteer opportunity.


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Thank You Horizons Families!

peace_sign_tie_dye_groovy_colors_classic_round_sticker-r7a52b413b9ce42fb9517f299b9ab4232_v9wth_8byvr_324We wanted to give a shout out to all the Horizon families that have contributed to Unicef fundraiser. You have given many kids an opportunity to learn, have fun, stay healthy, and much more.  Your efforts have given us no more and no less than $ 1,454.08 ! We also want to thank the parents for the generous donations to Unicef. You have helped and provided to children in need all around the world. Thank you again for help!

-Peace Jam

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Grant Researcher/Writer Wanted!

Grant Researcher/Writer Wanted!
Do you have skills in this area?  Horizons K-8 is looking for a parent volunteer to help do annual research on grant/funding opportunities for our school and, if possible, help with the actual writing of the grants.  Please contact John if you would like to hear more about this opportunity for helping out your school!
Thank you!
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Trip Tracker & Walk-In Wednesdays

There is still time to report Trip Tracker trips for January 2017, simply click on this SURVEY LINK. The January trip survey will be open until midnight Sunday, December 12. Distribution of TT dollars at schools will take place during the week of February 20.

Sign your child up for Trip Trackers if you haven’t already!

If you haven’t signed up for Trip Trackers, it’s never too late! Your child can still be part of the fun when Trip Tracker “dollars” are handed out at school. Simply go to the BVSD Trip Tracker website to register. You can log any carpool to or from school, as well as any trips via bus, bike, skateboard, foot, etc.


“Walk-in Wednesdays!”

Give your student some great morning exercise that is proven to help academic performance, and helps keep cars and their related pollution out of the driveway. Walking just 1/4 mile also counts as a Trip Tracker active trip! So join the fun! We suggest dropping your child(ren) at the anchor on the north side of Burke Park, where there is no need to cross streets and in is clear view of the school. We also encourage YOU (parents/guardians), to join your student, not only do you get some exercise, but it is a great way to spend some quality family time before going your separate ways for the day. Let’s see how many Horizons community members we can get to walk/bike/bus/skip/board/scoot each week!

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Family Game Night Success!

The Family Game Night for 1-4th grade families was a HUGE success. Thank you so much, Zach, for set up and clean up!!! We had a night of fun and laughter. Thank you all to those who made it out on a cold Friday night. -Brooke and Thain from Horizons Community GroupIMG_2741

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Thank you & Please Return Books

Thank you for making use of the Horizons Diversity & Inclusion pop-up library!  We are so glad these books were well used and made it into many of your homes.  Because they were checked out on personal library cards, we are requesting that you return any books you have at home early next week.  There will be a blue basket in the front office where you can drop off the books.

Please click HERE for many of the books we had available.   The Boulder librarians are also a great resource.

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We have emptied the Lost & Found of lunch boxes and put them on a table next to the Lost & Found.  Many of these have very nice containers that we are sure you don’t want to lose.

Please come and check the table and reclaim your student’s lunch box!


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Compassionate Communication in the Home

Compassionate Communication in the Home

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to provide child care  for this event!     

  Please come to the first of 7 workshops, open to the public, feel free to invite friends! 

 Compassionate Communication in the Home

 Achieve the Quality of Connection You Would Like with Your Children and Others

Discover the Beauty and Potential in a Language of Feelings and Needs

with Jeff and Traci Bushnell

Learn the communication and problem solving process (aka, Heart Talk and Giraffe Talk) that is part of the Horizons K-8 culture. Become familiar with, or continue to deeply study, a way of communicating that integrates thought, language, and presence, helping you to first connect with your true compassionate nature and then to connect at a heart level with your family and friends. Examine “triggers,” emotional balancing, developing empathy for yourself and for others in a safe, supportive learning environment.

Learn how to listen with empathy and how to deliver the four important parts in a language of compassion through which everyone’s needs can be met to the greatest extent possible from a place of natural giving, rather than from a place of fear, shame, guilt, obligation, or hope for a reward.

During the course of the spring, and depending on participant interest, workshops can include such topics as: preventive medicine (general and context-specific proactive measures we can take to reduce the likelihood of conflicts occurring in the first place); barriers to empathy  (what we do and say that makes it harder to connect with others); sibling rivalry (why it starts and how to resolve conflicts in ways that strengthen bonds); positions of consciousness (how our own limiting beliefs affect our triggers and what we can do about them); the protective use of force and natural consequences (reaching outcomes that make sense to everyone and enhance self-esteem too); restorative justice instead of punishment (how to “make it right” in ways that everyone feels good about); inspire giving from the heart (encouraging generosity and gratitude within the family); from “classical” compassionate communication to “street” (how to use compassionate communication in a way that sounds more natural and more “like you”); and more.

*based in Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC)*

and extended by Jeff and Traci Bushnell in partnership with

Center for Compassionate Connections (C3) or


Upcoming Workshop Schedule for Spring 2017

First Thursday and Third Wednesday of the Month, 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Horizons Hub

Cost – $20/workshop or $120 for all 7)

February 15th

March 2nd and 15th

April 6th and 19th

May 4th and 17th

About Jeff and Traci Bushnell: the couple first met Marshall Rosenberg and began studying Nonviolent Communication with him in 2003. Immediately inspired by his teachings, they participated in 8 of his trainings over the next 5 years and delved deeply into each of his books, CDs and DVDs. During those years they spent more than 150 hours working with Marshall, including a 10-day intensive in Budapest, Hungary.

Since 1984, in their roles as parents, teachers, parent consultants, workshop presenters and school leaders, they have worked with children, families, educators, and the larger community, facilitating classes and workshops in Compassionate Communication, a hybrid of Marshall’s work and their own approach. As adults and children shared feedback, Traci and Jeff came to understand that in order to most successfully bring the four communication steps articulated by Dr. Rosenberg into home, work and school communities, some additional steps would prove helpful. This led them to research and add what they have termed the “Heart Prep” phase, which includes the 4-steps of internal work done prior to effectively receiving another’s truth, as well as honestly expressing our own. By doing so, we increase the likelihood of achieving the quality of connection we would like with others. In addition to writing a teachers’ curricular resource, a parent/guardians’ resource of home activities, and a children’s picture book on the topic, they have now presented Compassionate Communication workshops and consultations to hundreds of adults and children across 4 continents.

 Our personal statement: At the heart of what we try to accomplish while working with people of all ages and in all communities is building compassionate connection. Our theory of change model for creating compassionate communities includes 5 important contributors: 1) Inclusion, Safety and Trust (creating an environment in which each person is given unconditional messages of their value—that they are perfect, whole, and capable just as they are); 2) Authenticity, Uniqueness, and Integrity (encouraging each person’s unique voice and gifts to emerge in ways that enrich the whole and what can be accomplished within it); 3) Understanding, Connection and Unity (building mutual understanding and appreciation of our interrelatedness and connection, and our collective responsibility to individual and shared success); 4) Purpose, Service and Global Citizenship (empowering the members of the community to recognize and give full voice to their natural impulse to enrich life, to recognize the connection they have with one another, and to make a purposeful difference in the world, both individually and collectively); 5) Happiness, Gratitude, and Celebration (acknowledging and celebrating the joy that accompanies truly a) experiencing the magnificence of our humanness; b) understanding what we can accomplish together; and c) living a life in which service is a central part). To us, compassion is the source from which love springs. It is the beautiful and compelling life force within each of us that stirs us to service.  It emerges in the face of injustice and suffering, and inspires us to respond with love.  It grows naturally from our recognition that we are connected to everyone and everything on the planet.

Open this LINK for all the information you need…

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The CU Buffs will recognize the Horizons Girls' Basketball Team and Choir

IMG_3241 (1)IMG_3200                                               “Please join the Horizons K-8 Community on February 5th at noon for the CU Girls’ Basketball Game.  The CU Buffs will recognize the Horizons Girls’ Basketball Team and Choir (above) as both groups sing the National Anthem before the game.  Please see the flyer below for purchasing discounted tickets to the event.  Go Holsteins!  And Go Buffs!”IMG_4439

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