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WEEKLY EBLAST

2.23.2018
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THINKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR...
The 2017-2018 school year still has 2 remaining quarters full of fun and learning to experience, but Horizon Honors is already planning for the next school year. I am often asked what parents should expect and the timeline for the transition from one school year to the next.
  
When students move from one multi-age group to the next, parents often have many questions or are curious about the differences in the program at the next level. Because of this we have scheduled transition meetings on Thursday, March 8th. These meetings are designed for parents. We will have transition meetings and activities for students in all grade levels throughout the 3rd & 4th quarter. All transition meetings for parents are on March 8th, and will be held in the MPR. 
  • 8:15 - 9:00: Parents of 2nd grade children going into 3rd grade
  • 2:15 - 3:00: Parents of Kindergarten children going into 1st grade
  • 3:15 - 4:00: Parents of 4th grade children going into 5th grade 
Horizon Honors’ classroom scheduling and placements begin during the 4th quarter for Kindergarten through 6th grade students. We make every effort to keep students within a multi-age group (in ½ or ¾) in the same classroom from year to year, however, some students do move to other classes. As you know, student placement is based primarily on academic peer groups and having students with a group that will properly challenge them. The placement process begins with teacher academic and social recommendations. This is why it is important to have these discussions with your child’s teachers during your 4th quarter ILP conference. This discussion will include math and reading level recommendations. Specific classrooms and teachers are not selected at this time. Preliminary lists are created and teachers review lists and continue to refine the new classroom groupings. This process continues throughout the quarter and into the summer months.
 
During the summer, classroom placements are finalized and you will receive information regarding your child’s schedule, classroom assignment(s) and an invitation for your family to “Meet the Teacher” day. 
 
Please do not hesitate to call or stop by if you have any questions about this process.
-Laura Wanstreet


SPREADING KINDNESS FOR FRIENDSHIP DAY AT PECOS SENIOR CENTER
Our Intermediate Student Council members asked Kindergarten,1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 to make little hands and little hearts, amazing hats and thoughtful cards for the seniors of our community.  Student Council then walked to Pecos Park Senior Center and decorated for the senior's holiday celebration.  When we were all done the Senior Center was very thankful for what Horizon Honors did for them. Check out some great pictures and video!
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NEW BUDDY BENCH FOR KINDERGARTEN
Kindergarten recently received their own Buddy Bench for their Kindergarten playground.  The Student Council Members surprised them during a morning meeting and performed a skit to help them understand what the Buddy Bench was and how to use it. The Kinder friends are working on developing questions to put on the bench to help them learn more about one another and make new friends!
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K-6 AZMERIT & AIMS SCHEDULE
The AZMerit and AIMS Science test are scheduled to be administered over 3 weeks in April to our 3rd through 6th Graders. We are SO EXCITED for our students to have the opportunity to show off what they know and how hard they have been working in school! We KNOW they are going to ROCK THEIR TESTS!
AZMerit tests are computer based and NEW this year: The AIMS Science test will also be taken on the computer.  Please do not schedule extended vacations or appointments during these weeks. Our goal is 100% participation. For more information about the assessments, click here.
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By working together, we can make your child's testing experience positive and successful. Here are some suggestions to help your child prepare at home:  
  • Successful test-takers tend to be students with good attendance, homework, and study habits; therefore, your child’s daily attention to homework and attitude toward school have the biggest impact on their overall school performance – which will naturally include the tests!
  • Students who struggle the most on testing days are the ones who didn't have enough sleep or a good breakfast the day of the test. Rest up and eat healthy foods!
  • Drink plenty of water - hydrate your body and brain!
  • Remind your child that they are AMAZING and have all they need to ROCK their test! 
  • The Arizona Department of Education is a wonderful resource. Check on: http://azmeritportal.org/ for parent guides and sample tests


IMG-4955USE THE HORIZON HONORS TO REPORT A CONCERN 24/7
Have you downloaded the Horizon Honors app?

One important area in the app is called "Quick Tip." This is allows students and other community members to anonymously report a concern or problem to their school principal. Users can upload files, including photos/screenshots. Quick Tip is another important tool in keeping our community safe.

The app is available for both Apple and Android smartphones by searching for "Horizon Honors" or using the following links:

Apple Store - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/horizon-honors/id1228842419?mt=8
Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relianceco.cma.horizonclc&hl=en


PARENT COURSE SCHEDULING SUPPORT MEETINGS FOR 2018-2019
It’s that exciting time of year again, scheduling for next school year. The student information session will be 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm and the parent session is from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm March 14th in the Community Room.  The evening session is for parents of current 6th graders who will be attending 7th grade next year.  We hope many of you take advantage of this evening session with our entire student support team.  All scheduling materials will be available March 7th via your child’s email and the Horizon Honors Secondary School website in the College and Career Center section.

Student Session
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm 6th Grade – Next year’s 7th Graders

Parent Session – Community Room
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 6th Grade Parents for Next Year’s 7th Graders



MEDIA CENTER NEWS
Do you enjoy books?  Have you ever thought about helping out with our schools Book Fair?  Now is your chance!  We use SignUp.com to schedule all book fair shifts, click on the link and get your shift, before they are all gone!  Duties may include:  running the register, helping students find prices or a great book, setting up, cleaning up or straightening books.   Our Spring Book Fair will run March 12th-15th.  Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, during Elementary Summatives we will remain open until 8 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Duet.
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Clean off your bookshelves!  The Horizon Honors Key Club will be having a Book Drive, February 5th through February 28th.  Please bring books for grades K-8 to the Media Center, Secondary or Elementary offices through the end February.  The donated books will be going to the Arthur M. Hamilton School in Phoenix for Read Across America Day on March 2nd.  Thanks for your support!  Please contact Mindy Duet if you have any questions.


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4TH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY!
Next school year is fast approaching, which means you will be needing to make your Specials choice for 5th Grade soon!  Instrument Petting Zoo will happen on the first ILP Day only, Thursday, March 29th, 8-11:15 a.m. and 1-3:45 p.m.  We encourage ALL 4th Graders to come and try the instruments that are available for Beginning Band in order to see which one is good fit for you and to help us balance our band for next year.  You are not obligated to choose band because you attend Instrument Petting Zoo.  No appointment necessary.  Just stop by for a few minutes at your convenience.  


JOIN TEAM NO PLACE FOR CANCER FOR RELAY FOR LIFE!

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Hello everyone! Relay for Life is rolling around and we need your support. Relay For Life is an event to fundraise and support people battling or that could not fight cancer on March 9th. This is an event for your whole family and a time to honor cancer survivors and family members lost to cancer.

We are inviting you to join us walking to help save lives from cancer, at Horizon Honors Relay For Life event and become part of team No Place For Cancer. Relay participants are determined to help the American Cancer Society fight all stages of all cancers, in all communities.

American Cancer Society Relay For Life events bring communities together, where teams take turns walking or running around a track or path. Symbolizing that no one should face cancer alone, we take turns or walk together to show our passion for seeing the end of cancer in our lifetime.


Show kindness and help fight the cure. If you donate to the  American Cancer Society or walk for the cure your saving lives. If this was your loved one who had cancer you would want people to donate to them so they can survive. So please show kindness and join Relay for Life and our team.

Will you join and walk with us? If you can’t join us and walk, then please donate and help us reach our team goal of $1,000!  Learn more or register using the link below. How you can register is simple. All you have to do is click on the link and select “Join Our Team”, then click under “Login With Your Social Account” click “Google”. Then type in your password and your in.

Thank you,
Elementary Student Council


Click here to view the TEAM page for No Place for Cancer


HORIZON HONORS SECONDARY SCHOOL NEWS
Interested in Horizon Honors Secondary School news? Check out their e-blasts!

FEBRUARY AT A GLANCE
February 23
Lunch Orders Due

February 26
School Improvement Team Meeting

February 27
School Board Meeting

For a full list of Elementary School activities, check out the Events Calendar.


MARCH AT A GLANCE
March 2

March 5-9
Relay for Life Spirit Week

March 8
Parent Orientation: Kindergarten to Grade 1

March 8
Parent Orientation: Grade 4 to Grade 5

March 9
Relay for Life 

March 9

March 12-15
Book Fair

March 12
Grades 3-4 Summative

March 13
Kindergarten Summative

March 14
Parent Scheduling Orientation - 6th Grade to 7th Grade

March 15
Grades 1-2 Summative

March 16
Last Day of Third Quarter

March 16
Drop Everything & Read Day

March 19-30
Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

March 27
School Board Meeting

March 29-30
ILP Conferences

March 29
Instrument Petting Zoo

March 30

For a full list of Elementary School activities, check out the Events Calendar.
Horizon Honors Elementary School
16233 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85048
480-659-3000
www.horizonhonorselementary.org
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