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Summer break is always a great time for me to relax and enjoy time with my family. This time off rejuvenates us all.  I hope you had time to enjoy your children and I thank you for sending them back to us!
My name is Laura Wanstreet and I am the Horizon Honors Elementary Principal. I have been with Horizon Honors for over 19 years. I taught for several years in district, private and other charter schools before coming to Horizon Honors in 1998. Some of you may recall, I taught K-1 (Kindergarten and 1st grade multi-age combination) and 4-5 (4th and 5th grade multi-age combination). I was a Team Leader, Mentor Teacher and Master Teacher prior to becoming the Elementary Principal in 2007. I look forward to meeting our new families and welcoming back returning families. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. You can usually find me each morning in the foyer in front of the Elementary Office, but I can be reached by phone (659-3005) or via e-mail ( You can also stop by. My office is located in the Elementary Office.

As we begin a new school year I have some valuable bits of information to share. For example, it is important to read (or re-read) our Horizon Honors Family Handbook and the Horizon Honors Elementary Student Handbook. Copies of both Handbooks can be found on our website (under "Resource Library") and  in your child’s planner in Grades 3-6. Whether this is your first year with a child attending Horizon Honors or you have been around since the beginning, it is important to read these documents and review them with your child(ren) at least once each year. I know I am reminded of so much each time I read them.  Some other important things to remember:

Coffee Connection
Coffee Connection: New and returning parents: Come and meet other Horizon Honors parents at our Coffee Connection. The first one of the school year is scheduled for Friday, August 4th  at 8:15 a.m. in the Media Center. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents from your child’s class/grade and more! Coffee and goodies will be provided.

“A Day in the Life”: On Wednesday, August 16th at 5 p.m. experience “A Day in the Life” of your Horizon Honors Elementary Student. Come to your child’s classroom to walk through your child’s day at school, learn about each subject area and gain insight into his/her school experience. This is a very informative evening and vital to understanding your child’s expectations in their new grade level.  

ILP Conferences: Remember to sign-up for your Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) Conference. ILP Conferences are scheduled for August 17th and 18th. Check your Monday Email next week for information about what the ILP Conference is, where to sign-up for your conference  and how you can prepare. Remember, students are not in school on ILP days.

Powerschool: Powerschool gives you online access to your child’s information including attendance information, student fees, grades and assignments. Each person using Powerschool is assigned a unique login name and password. If you have having problems, click here for some resources. If you do not have your login information, please contact Remember to log in regularly and communicate with your child’s teacher if you have any questions. 

Again, welcome. I look forward to seeing you and working with you and your children. I hope you are as energized as our staff is to begin a new school year & reminded of the reasons you continue to make Horizon Honors Elementary your school of choice. Together we will make this the best school year ever!

Thank you for your continued support,

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We would love to see your first day of school photos! Please share them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (hashtag #horizonhonors)! You can also e-mail them to

Back into the Swing of School
Getting back into the swing of things can be difficult after being on summer vacation-it is hard for all of us.  In looking at the year ahead as parents we need to emphasize the positive things about going back to school, such as hanging out with old friends, meeting new classmates, buying school supplies, getting involved in sports and other new activities, and showing off the new clothes, accessories, backpacks and lunchboxes. 
To help your child be successful as we move into a new year these are some ideas that can be helpful. Helping your child each day with these can help set them up for the best learning possible.  
  • get enough sleep (establish a reasonable bedtime so that they'll be well-rested and ready to learn in the morning)
  • eat a healthy breakfast, pack a healthy snack and lunch (they're more alert and do better in school if they eat well every day)
  • write down the need-to-know information that will help them to remember details-use a wall calendar or personal planner (3rd-6th graders will have their own) to record when assignments are due, tests will be given, extracurricular practices and rehearsals will be held
  • have them organize and set out what they need the night before (homework and books should be put in their backpacks by the door and clothes should be laid out in their bedrooms)
Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the school year go much smoother.  Now that school is started, start developing your own routines, this will help everyone be off to a good start!

As we prepare for the first day of school, we want to provide the ideal calm, welcoming environment for your Kindergarten child. We will begin class on the first day of school at 9 a.m. for Kindergarten. This will give you time to find a parking spot, walk to your child's classroom, and spend some time in the classroom with your child before heading to KinderTalk at 9:15 a.m. Doors to the Kindergarten classrooms will open at 8:30 a.m., class will begin at 9 a.m. If your child attends Club Horizon in the mornings, he/she will remain in Club Horizon until 8:30 a.m. and will be walked to the appropriate classroom at that time.

kinder talk
Come to the Horizon Honors Multi-purpose Room at 9:15 a.m. and learn the ropes from veteran parents as they give you advice on how to survive the kindergarten year and beyond.

Please utilize the following parking areas:
  • Mountain Park Community Church Lot, with entrances off of Frye Road and 48th Street.
  • St. Benedict's Church Lot just north of campus with entrance off of 48th Street.
  • Main school parking lot in parking spaces ONLY, taking note of reserved parking spaces.
  • Do NOT park in any painted curb areas on campus. This includes the areas near our school offices and alongside the building/gate areas. Remember that if our red curbed or yellowed curbed areas are not open, emergency vehicles do not have the ability to help community members in need. City of Phoenix may ticket violators.
  • Use the traffic flow maps for pickup and dropoff.
  • Stay clear of construction zones, construction fencing, and construction equipment.
  • Give yourself extra time to park and bring your patience. 

Fidgets of any type will only be allow to be used at school under teacher direction and permission. Unless you are directed by a teacher to have a fidget at school, please leave yours at home. 

Our Classroom Volunteer Program will begin Monday, August 14th. The classrooms will have community building time during the first two weeks of school. We look forward to having you in the classroom starting Monday, August 14th. If you would like to volunteer elsewhere during this time, please e-mail Kasi Knutson.

Students are not expected to have an instrument until the second week of school.  To facilitate renting an instrument, there will be an Instrument Rental Night on Thursday, August 3rd from 5 - 8 p.m. Instrument rental costs can vary from $20 to $60 a month depending upon the instrument type and its quality. This is a service provided for your convenience and not a requirement. You are welcome to rent from a different vendor should you so choose. All instruments, however, must be a director approved brand

club horizon
Looking for after school options for your student? Then look to Club Horizon Club Horizon is a before and after school program for children that are enrolled at Horizon Honors Elementary School. Club Horizon provides structured time in age-appropriate groups on our secure campus. Club Horizon also offers care options during school breaks. For additional information or questions about Club Horizon, contact the office at (480) 659-3182.

Before School Program
6:15 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Daily Fee as low as $7 per day (scheduled)

After School Program
2:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Daily Fee as low as $13 per day (scheduled)


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July 31
First Day of School

July 31

August 2
Parent Coordinator Meeting

August 3
Instrument Rental Night

August 4
Coffee Connection

August 9
Grades 5-6 Fall Athletics Paperwork Due

August 14
Grades 5-6 Fall Athletics Tryouts Begin

August 15-16
School Picture Days

August 16
A Day in the Life

August 17-18
Individual Learning Plan Conferences

August 17-18
Band & Choir Uniform Fittings

August 22
School Board Meeting

August 25
School Improvement Team Applications Due

August 28-September 1
Wellness Week

August 31
Community Forum

For a full list of Elementary School activities, check out the Events Calendar.
Horizon Honors Elementary School
16233 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85048
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