Good News from Share-A-Coat

Recently the Horizons community brought in lightly used coats to be distributed to people in need.  Because we donated the third largest amount for a “small-sized school”, we won a small financial prize which we are donating to one of Share-A-Coat charities.

Thank you, everyone!

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Family Game Night for Grades 1/2 and 3/4

Join us for Family Game Night for Grades 1/2 and 3/4

Friday, Feb 3, 6:30-8 PM in the Cafeteria

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Come Join the Horizons Community Group for Friday's Project Meeting!

Friday, January 20th, 8:30am-9:30am, Horizons Cafeteria
We will be coming together as a group to make posters for the upcoming Pancake Breakfast and for the upcoming K-4th grade game night, and we need your help!  All are welcome.  Come see what we’re about!
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Pizza Friday Needs Volunteers

Pizza Friday is an institution at Horizons.  Families in Aftercare rely on it, kids in the band count on it.  And parents who just can’t make another lunch this week depend on it, too.  Plus, it’s a chance to spend just a few more minutes with our friends before we jump into the weekend.  But did you know that Horizon’s Pizza Friday is actually a BIG fundraiser?  This is our 4th year serving pizza on Friday, and it’s always a winner for the school, raising nearly $4,000 annually.  We have a great pizza price from a popular local company (Thank you, Abo’s!), a gluten-free option, compostable plates and eager customers.   All we’re missing is enough volunteers.  Pizza Friday relies on 4 to 5 parent volunteers each week.  Every week it’s a scramble to get enough help.  Without more help, Pizza Friday might not be available every week, or might go away altogether.

Volunteers help out from 12:40-1:00 and don’t have to commit to any particular schedule – just sign up when you can help.  If you haven’t already signed up to help support Pizza Friday, please consider doing it soon.  If you enjoy this school activity or rely on it, consider volunteering a day or two a month.  Join on Signup Genius, here , or contact Callie Gartner at for more information.

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We're Going to the Symphony!


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BVSD & Middle School Iron Chef Competition Invite You!

“Interested in entering the BVSD Iron Chef Competition? Open to Middle School students of 2-4 students, the theme of this year’s competition is ‘Handheld Foods’ These could be wraps, sandwiches, or other creative handheld foods that will appeal to students. Based on recipe submissions, 8 final teams will advance to the live cooking competition on March 22nd at Casey Middle School.
Entries must meet the same nutrition and financial parameters as the BVSD Food Services department, apart from that the sky is the limit! The winning team will receive a monetary prize for their school, and the winning dish will go on the 2017-2018 school lunch menu. If interested in receiving more details on how to enter, please contact Food Service District Manager Stephen Menyhart at .”
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Horizons K-8 Summer Camp Update

After two years of giving summer camps a try here at Horizons K-8, it has been decided to no longer continue the effort.  A huge thank you to all of you who helped to create wonderful offerings.  It is simply not cost-effective for the school to continue, please let John know if you have any questions.
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SCREENAGERS- Friday Jan 13, 2017

SCREENAGERS- Friday Jan 13, 2017

Join us Friday January 13, 2017, from 6:30-7:45 pm for a movie viewing and a follow up discussion with John McCluskey and Teran Sitter from 8:00-9:00 pm.  Screenagers

Cost: $10 Adults/$3 Teens & Tweens

***All proceeds will support Horizons 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C.

Young people spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers and other devices. That doesn’t include the time they use screens for school and homework. ‘Screenagers: How Much Screen Time is Healthy?’ is a documentary that explores how much screen time is too much. Physician and mother of two Dr. Delaney Ruston became interested in this issue when her preteen started begging for a smart phone. Dr. Ruston saw other parents equally confused on how to balance technology with a young developing mind. She decided to delve deep into the science behind screen time to understand how it affects young people’s minds and development. Through personal stories and input from leading researchers, SCREENAGERS sheds light on the impact this screen time is having on kids. The documentary explores how learning, playing and socializing online affects teens’ developing attention span, fragile self-esteem and moral instincts. SCREENAGERS examines the real risks of failing in school, social isolation and digital addiction. Ultimately, the film explores solutions to handle screen time and provides parents with tools to help young people develop self-control and find balance in their digital lives.

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Hello wonderful Horizons community!
The newly energized ALLIES group is having a Rainbow Bake Sale in the cafeteria after school this Friday, January 13th.  Our objectives are to raise awareness around the LGBTQ+ community and issues as well as to raise money for future ALLIES school wide activities and projects.  We will have sugar, gluten and peanut free options.  Thanks for your participation!
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Come Visit the Diversity and Inclusion Pop Up Library!

  • You can check out books on site! Books can be checked out by both families and middle school students. There are also resources on the table for you to take home. The library will be available until January 31st.
  • We are trying to build an internal permanent diversity and inclusion resource library. If you have books at home with diverse themes or characters that you would like to donate, please drop them off at Hope’s office and we will put them in the appropriate baskets.
  • Please visit the following links for additional resources:
(Guide for selecting anti-bias books)
(NYTimes List of Children’s Books that Tackle Race and Ethnicity)
Book Discussion Questions to Prompt Conversations About Diversity and Inclusion (attached)
List of Books with A Variety of Diversity Themes (attached)
Reading to End Racism Coming to Horizons on Thursday, January 12
Ask your student about the discussion in their classroom! This is one way to engage with your child on the topic of diversity and inclusion and give them an opportunity to share what they found meaningful.


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