Compassionate Communication continues.... Wed 4/19 @ 6 PM

See you on Wednesday, April 19 at 6 PM for the continuation of this dynamic Heart Talk series with Jeff & Traci Bushnell.  Child care IS provided and participants are asked to bring previous materials with them.FullSizeRender (5)

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Horizons Faculty Board Candidates

Peter Hegelbach: I am honored to be considered and be of service to the Horizons community. From the moment I walked through the front doors of this school in 1995, I knew this was a special place and continue to do so.  Over the years, I have taught from fourth to eighth grades and served on numerous committees and boards.  One of my daughters graduated from Horizons last year and the other is an eighth grader. As a board member, I will continue to a careful listener, probing questioner, and a voice that reminds us to stay close to our mission of guiding students to be self-directed learners and community contributors.
Shannon Waugh will begin her 3rd year teaching 1st and 2nd grade at Horizons K-8 in the fall of 2017. She joined Horizons as a long term sub in September 2015 and has continued on as full time teacher since November 2015. She was the 1/2 team representative at Big Picture the first half of this year, and is looking for more ways she can contribute to the Horizons community next year!

Beth Coleman:  As a member of the Horizons community since 1993, I have worn many different hats including those of teacher, parent, paraeducator, substitute, 504 coordinator, A&S coordinator, DAC representative, and more.

One hat I am currently wearing is the that of the Kindergarten Faculty representative of the Council Board. Although I have been interested in serving on the board for quite some time, four years ago I was pleased to be elected by my peers to serve on the Council Board for the first time. I believe it is everyone’s duty and privilege to serve on the Board at some point and was excited for the opportunity to do so.  My experience with the  structure of the Board compels me to continue in this role. I care very deeply about this school and plan to be here for a long time. Being on the Board allows me to contribute to the school in a meaningful way. It is one way for me to give back to a community I care about deeply.

Because of my devotion to helping make Horizons the best that it can be, and in an interest to serve the needs of all of the members of this community, I am eager to continue serving on the Board. Because I have such a diverse view of Horizons, I believe that I can see issues from a variety of perspectives. I can really understand the different views presented and can represent the needs of the faculty while honoring the needs of parents and, above all else, the students. I am able to make decisions based on what is for the greater good of the community. I am excited to have the opportunity to help shape who Horizons will become while honoring the beautiful past of this wonderful place I call home.

Thank you for considering me to serve as a Faculty Board member.

Jim Freund:  Hi – I would like to be considered for Horizons Board for the 2017-18 school year.   My interests in Horizons Board are to do my part in bringing the school forward and helping it grow and flourish while providing a link to the history and foundation of the school.  With the new governance structure, I think it will be very important to help navigate the path Horizons travels during this next year by listening to the community, sifting through great ideas, and being a part of a body sharing many different perspectives.

I have been on the Council Board for many years scattered over the last ten-or-so years including this school year.  I have been a teacher here for the past twenty years and have taught youngers (kindergarten, first, and second grade) as well as olders (fifth through eighth grade) at Horizons, so I have a broad sense of this place.  I have been a member of the Finance Review Committee for many years, so I have a strong sense of where we have been financially and where we are now.  I can provide references upon request, although most of them are between 11 and 14 years old.

I, Emmy Kurtz, am pleased to be joining the Horizons board for the 2017-2018 school year.  As a 3/4 teacher at Horizons, I see this as an opportunity to step into a leadership role and further support our school community as well as learn about the big picture of how our school is run.  As a teacher, I have focused my time and energy empowering students to take pride and ownership of their learning, just as I was taught as a student at Horizons many years ago.  I passionately believe in creating a safe and open environment in which students can connect to one another, share their learning experiences, develop their identities, and blossom into well-rounded, successful individuals.  It is with this lense that I step into this position on the board.


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For the last few weeks, Skylines has posted the following:

Three parent board director seats are opening beginning next school year.

  • Must have been a Horizons parent for two years to be eligible

  • These are two-year terms

  • Board meets monthly August through June.

  • Please send John letter of interest to be posted in Skylines by April 10

  • Plan to introduce yourself in April 20th Council meeting

  • Voting is in May.

The following people have submitted their names and bios:

Hi families. I’m Julie Dye, mom to Ainsley in grade 4 and Brenna in grade 2, wife to David and “au pair lady” about town. I am submitting my name for the Horizons School Board.

For the past 3 years, I’ve worked on the Horizons development committee, helping to simplify fundraising requests and create a consistent voice across Horizons communications. I’ve been an active parent in my daughters’ classrooms, served as a liaison and have organized larger school activities including Elizabeth’s quilts.

Here is a bit about me so you know I will serve the board and school well: For 7 years, I’ve worked with host families and au pairs in the area. I’m known for handling drama well, facilitating discussions with parties of different perspectives and backgrounds and being a voice of reason, calm and information. Prior to au pair life, I worked with local start ups, both internally and as a manager through the City of Boulder’s business incubator. I have assisted a number of Boulder brands in the natural and organic industry to grow and thrive. Our older daughter also attended a different BVSD school prior to Horizons, so I’ve got an outside perspective to offer our community.

As a daughter of educators, I value public education and have received my BA and MBA from public institutions. I believe Horizons has an opportunity to be a pioneering leader in child-directed, teacher-empowered progressive education and I aim to support our non-traditional school and its community in any way I can.

With gratitude & service,


My name is Liza McKenzie and I am a parent of three children who will be students at Horizons in the fall of 2017. Lauren will be going in to 6th grade, Kate into 4th and Cooper will be joining his sisters as a kindergartner. I believe having a child in each kindergarten, elementary and middle school will give me a unique view into the way Horizons helps our children to transition, both academically and emotionally, into young people about to leave the safety of our beloved K-8 and to enter the next chapter of their lives, high school.

For the past twelve years I’ve been lucky to stay home with my children and therefore, I do not have an impressive resumé. I do however, have a Resu-Mom of which I am very proud. I’ve written and published several children’s books, and I’ve worked for several years as a professional blogger for three different companies: Colorado-based company Thirsties Cloth Diapers, Pampers and a Health and Wellness website for which I wrote a blog called Rainbow and Hurricanes. For the first two companies I wrote about childbirth,  parenting young children and “green” living and for the last company, I wrote about my experiences parenting girls with ADHD.  As the mother of children who are “out-of the box” learners, as well as a child with an IEP for dyslexia, I love nothing more than to spread awareness, share our experiences and to network with and support others who are facing the same challenges. I also have experience running a non-profit that helps low-income men, from teens to adults, to find shoes in sizes that are almost impossible to find. Founding a nonprofit provided me with a chance to work diligently at fundraising in creative and successful ways, to get involved with and to get to know people from all walks of life and to appreciate the compassion and potential that exists within the hearts of so many living in abject poverty in this state as well as this country. It also proves my deep commitment to working hard on the behalf of others who have different needs from my own.

For these reasons, I will be a strong voice for not only maintaining the elements of our school that already make it an excellent place for all types of learners to thrive but to re-evaluate with passion  how the school can continue on it’s path as an exceptional school for every child who walks through it’s doors despite changes going on within the school, the district and the nation that will potentially affect public education. Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to many more years as a parent at this amazing school.


I’m writing to express my interest in the parent position on the Horizons’ Board of Directors.  My name is Jaime Schlomberg, and I’m the mother of three children all of whom attend Horizons.  Alec, 10, is currently in 4th grade.  Violet, 8, is currently in 2nd grade.  Ava Grace, 6, is currently in Kindergarten.  I would be a great fit for the position because of my knowledge, experience, and involvement as a parent at Horizons over the past five years and, also, because of my desire to provide engaged, high quality service to Horizons by contributing my voice to keeping the school moving in a positive direction.

During my time as a parent at Horizons, my husband and I have made a great effort to support the school financially and through volunteer service as we view the school as an important, critical, and meaningful part of our lives.  Since my children have been at Horizons, I’ve been a class liaison for several years, volunteered on a weekly basis in the children’s classrooms each year, and I’m currently co-leading the Horizon’s Community Group.  I’ve volunteered my time in many other ways as well including supporting teachers on field trips, volunteering for events, and mentoring new families to the school.

Personally, I grew up in Windsor, Colorado, and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting and Finance.  After graduation, I worked for a mid-size public accounting firm and in the accounting field after that.  I’m a CPA licensed in the State of Colorado since 2002.  Since 2007, I’ve stayed home with my three children, maintained various side accounting jobs, and volunteered in the Boulder community and the children’s schools.  My hobbies include running, hiking, crochet, needlework, camping, skiing, gardening, baking and spending time socially with friends and family.

As a parent, I’m always looking for the best way to support my children and their school.  This position would offer me the opportunity to be involved in a meaningful way with Horizons as I have many years ahead as a parent and have a trove of quality experience and time already invested in the school.  Thank you for considering my interest in serving on the Horizons’ Board of Directors.


Jaime Schlomberg


I am Todd Cassan and I am the father of Wyatt, Sam and Beckett, and we have been part of the Horizons community since 2014.  Professionally, I trained as an electrical engineer and have spent the last 20+ years in the financial services/investment management industry. I believe that my background in finance will add a valuable perspective to the board. I believe deeply in the core values of Horizons: creating self-directed learners, respect for the individual qualities of each child, acceptance of diversity and learning differences, and the pursuit of educational excellence.  It would be honor to serve on the Horizon’s board.

Thank you.


My name is Paul Ramer.
I am officially submitting my name to be considered as a candidate for one of the open board positions.
I have a 5th grader and a 2nd grader. They have thrived at Horizons and I want to be a part of not only their continued learning experience, but also help create a great environment for students in the years to come.
Horizons K-8 is the type of school that I wish I had been able to attend as a kid myself.
I am level headed, calm, rational to a fault sometimes (ask my wife-it drives her nuts sometimes!) and I can usually be a level headed sort of bloke even when things get a bit heated.
I value the environment that Horizons has to offer.  And I would like to be a part of continuing that legacy by being a board member.
Thank you,
Paul Ramer
Monica Fitzgerald Bio:
I would be honored to serve our school community as a member on the Horizons K-8 Board.  Our school is an inspiring, nurturing environment for children to learn, thrive, and grow as unique individuals. The strong relationships between students, teachers, and staff stands out to me at our school. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and senior research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am involved in community based research focusing on comprehensive approaches to creating positive, safe school environments and connecting children and families with supports they need in their communities.  I am a child and family trauma specialist, and as such train and support clinical professionals across the state, nationally and internationally in learning effective family treatments for childhood traumatic stress and programs for preventing family violence. I also co-developed a program called Let’s Connect that focuses on building adult and child socioemotional skills and emotion focused communication to enhance adult-child relationships and promote resiliency and health.  I have experience with evaluation and grant writing and have served on other professional boards and community efforts. Thank you for considering me as a potential Board member.
Warmly, Monica Fitzgerald


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Moolah Drawing

We are so pleased to announce that the winners of the MooLah drawing are:

Japanese Massage:  Julia Haas

Dog Toys:  Ami Deventer


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Ski & Snowboard Donation

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Trip Tracker Annual Auction

Dear Trip Tracker Parents –

Please take the time to check out the BVSD Trip Tracker Annual Auction. The real fun begins now as the closing bell approaches tomorrow night (8pm Wednesday April 12). There are still several, super items with low bids. Remember, 100% of every dollar you spend at the auction supports Trip Tracker and its goals of encouraging students and families for using alternatives to single family car transportation to BVSD schools.

Also, March Trip Tracker survey closes tomorrow morning (4/12) at 6 a.m. If you haven’t already submitted your Green Trips for March, please take a minute to do that now. Remember, if you don’t want the dollars, you can donate them to a local, non-profit. Here’s the March survey LINK.

Your Trip Tracker dollars will expire on June 12. If you’d like to donate some or all of them, you can send them to me with your choice of non-profit to direct them to and I’ll see to it that they get there.

Thank you for participating in and supporting Trip Tracker!

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Moolah Drawing this Friday 4/14

If you have yet to donate to Horizons Moolah Campaign, now is the time to do it.  Remember– we appreciate any amount you can offer and if you do, your name is in the hat for:

Japanese Acupuncture and a hot stone massage- ahhhh! – with Jennika Wildau

Cut & Color with Alyson DeSart…a $200 value



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Volunteer Appreciation Day


Do you volunteer your time, energy and love at Horizons?  We want to acknowledge and thank you!!

Please show up in the cafeteria on Fri April 14th at drop off and let us surprise you with love and treats!

Please come….we want to say thank you volunteers!


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EV Club- Join Now

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Community Group Feedback Opportunity

The Horizons Community Group is always looking for ways to grow and meet the needs of our community. A brief survey has been created as an opportunity to provide feedback. Thank you so much for your time and thoughtful response, we hope to see you at an event.

Horizons Community Group Survey Monkey

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