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We would like to take this opportunity to say WELCOME to all of our returning and new students.

We have been very busy working hard to prepare for the 2014-2015 school year. We hope that you are
enjoying your summer vacation and will be well rested and ready for the first day of school, September
3rd at 8:10am.
You will find a lot of helpful information contained in this newsletter to begin the new school year. If you
have any questions at all that we can answer in preparation for the first day of school, please contact our
main office at 360-412-4710. Our entire staff is looking forward to seeing all of our returning students,
meeting all of our new students and families and having a great school year!

See you soon,
Nate Grygorcewicz, Principal
We would like to cordially invite you to attend Horizons Elementary open house on Tuesday, September
2 at 4:30-6:00 pm. Parents and students are encouraged to drop off their school supplies in their class-
room and meet their teacher. Open house is intended give families a chance to meet their students
teacher and familiarize themselves with the building facilities. Hope to see you all at open house.
WELCOME BACK
Principals Message
Open House September 2




H O ME O F T H E E A G L E S
THE EAGLE FLYER

8 / 2 5 / 2 0 1 4
F A M I L Y N E W S L E T T E R
S U M M E R E D I T I O N
UPCOMI NG
EVENTS

September 2
Open House
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

September 3
First Day of School
8:10am-2:40pm

September 17
Early Release
Students
dismissed at 1:25 pm

October 1
Early Release
Students
dismissed at 1:25 pm

October 2
Principals Coffee
8:30am-9:30am

October 2
Watch D.O.G.S.
Kick-off Pizza Night
6:00pm-7:00pm

October 10
No School

October 13
School Picture Day
Everyone A Teacher, Everyone A Learner, Everyone A Success!
School Starts September 3rd
The student year begins on Wednesday, September 3rd at 8:10am. We have many students and family
members at school this day and it is extremely important to follow the first day procedures to ensure
for the safety and transition of all our students. On the first day of school, students will gather on the
playground and line up underneath the sign that has their teachers name on it. All available staff
members will be on the playground, with class lists, helping students find their line. On this day ON-
LY, parents are allowed to be on the playground to help their child get to the proper location. Parents
are not, however, allowed to walk with their student to class for safety reasons. Kindergarten students
will meet on the playground in front of the school.
P A G E 2





School starts at 8:10 and is dismissed at 2:40.
School gets out at 1:25 on Early Release Days
T H E E A G L E F L Y E R
First Day Folder
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! The start of each year is filled with excitement and energy
and lots of paperwork.
There will be a First Day Folder coming home that contains information that is critical to a great
start of the year for your student. Please be looking for it and read through all the documents en-
closed. Complete those that request information and then return the signed/completed forms to your
students teacher as soon as possible.
Some of the forms included in this packet are: students responsibilities & rights policies, HES student
handbook agreement, Family Access instructions, annual Health History form (blue card), volunteer
information, computer use agreement, release of information/photo permission, PTSA membership
forms, etc.
NEW HORIZONS STAFF
Please welcome the following staff
members who are joining us this year at Horizons as new staff to the building or to
a new position in the building:

Kelli DeMonte - Assistant Principal
Jenny Hoffman Intermediate Resource Room
Christa Higgs- LAP
Michele Tamanaha- 1
st
grade
Tara Timmerman- 2
nd
grade
Katie Sullivan- 4
th
grade
Heather Hettinger 3rd Grade
Lindy Baxter- 5
th
grade
Jackie Jewett- 6
th
grade
Fred Robischon- 6
th
grade
Stella Feeley- Primary Resource Room
Christina Stanford- Custodian
Shannon Baude LAP Para Educator
Shauna Boster - LAP Para Educator
New Start and End Times This Year
P A G E 3 F A M I L Y N E W S L E T T E R

Assistant Principals Message
Welcome to the start of a new school year! It is my privilege and honor to serve as your assistant principal of Horizons Elemen-
tary. We are looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures, catching up with returning families, and meeting our
newest Eagles.

Student success is the goal of every staff member at Horizons. Our district-wide PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support)
program emphasizes positive choices and reminds students to follow our RISE expectations: Respect, Individual Accountability,
Safety, and Empathy. Horizons PBIS Behavioral Matrix will be sent home with students on the first day of school. Please take
some time to review these positive behavior expectations with your student to help set a strong foundation for success.

Thank you for your partnership as we work together to make this a great school year! Im looking forward to seeing you.
Warmly,
Kelli DeMonte
To & From School

Bus Riders: We want the ride to be safe and pleasant. Bus drivers and teachers will go over safety rules,
and wed like parents to follow these up at home. Students who deliberately violate safety rules will have
their bus privileges suspended.

Students should be extremely careful when crossing streets and at bus stops. Students must use cross-
walks at all times when crossing streets. Students should understand that bus stops become dangerous
when pushing and shoving occur.

Glass items, sharp or pointed objects, balloons and pets are not allowed on school buses for safety rea-
sons.

Students in Kindergarten, 1
st
and 2
nd
Grade will wear a bus tag with their name and address on it to help
them get home easily for the first two weeks of school.


Bicycle Riders: Bicycles may be ridden to school and they are subject to the same rules and regulations
as licensed vehicles. Upon entering the school grounds, students must dismount and walk the bike to the
bike rack. Bikes are off limits during the school day. All bikes should be locked to the bike rack. Any ac-
cessory items which can easily be removed should be left at home. The school is not responsible
if bicycles are lost, stolen or damaged.


Roller Blades, Scooters, and Skateboards: Upon entering school grounds, students must dismount and
carry or walk these items to the classroom. These items are off limits during the school day. The school
is not responsible if they are lost, stolen or damaged.


Walkers: Walkers should depart school grounds immediately upon dismissal, as this is the time when
crossing guards are on duty. Students should wait for the crossing guards to assist them in crossing the
street safely.

P A G E 4
What is Family Access?
How can you get it?
School Supply List
Do You Have Family Access Yet?
Family Access is a web-based
tool designed to enhance
parent/guardian, student and
school communication. Par-
ents and Students can use it to
check their academic progress
and attendance throughout the
year. Your use of the Family
Access website is voluntary
but encouraged!
Family Access is available for
all schools and is only for par-
ents/guardians that have legal
rights to view the students
progress and grades. Pass-
words are not issued to grand-
parents, aunts, uncles, cousins,
friends or neighbors unless
they are the legal guardian of
the student.
If you have not signed up to be
able to access your students
grades and information online
you can visit our website at
www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/
horizons and fill out the online
application. If you do not have
internet access, come to the
schools office to get help get-
ting set-up.
The application asks for infor-
mation that will need to be
consistent with school rec-
ords. Once your application
has been received it will be
reviewed. Once it has been
determined that the person
applying does indeed have a
legal right to access student
grades, a password will be
issued by email. Expected time
allowed for issuance of pass-
words is 5-10 working days,
unless there is a problem with
verifying the information.
We look forward to partner-
ing with parents in the educa-
tion process of their children.
The school supply list can be found on our website:
http://www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/horizons

T H E E A G L E F L Y E R
PRINCIPALS COFFEE

The first Principals Coffee of the year will be on October 2 at 8:30
a.m.
We will meet at Horizons for coffee and discussion. We will talk
about the Horizons academic and behavioral expectations and any
other topics that interest you. We look forward to seeing you at
the Principals Coffee! Principals Coffee will be held on the first
Thursday of each month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Watch D.O.G.S Pizza Night October 2
P A G E 5 F A M I L Y N E W S L E T T E R
What is Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of
Great Students)?
This is a program that engage men,
inspire children, reduce bullying and
enhance the educational environ-
ment at school.
Watch D.O.G.S. is the father in-
volvement initiative of the National
Center for Fathering that organizes
fathers and father figures in order to
provide positive male role models
for the students and to enhance
school security.

Today, more than 4049 active programs in
46 states participate in the Watch D.O.G.S.
Program and Horizons one of them.
Who are Watch D.O.G.S? Fathers, grandfa-
thers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father
figures who volunteer to serve at least one
day a year in a variety of school activities as
assigned by the school principal or other
administrator.
Please be watching for Pizza Night invita-
tions coming home later in September.
The Pizza Night Kick-off will be October
2nd at 6:00-7:00 pm in the gym.




VOLUNTEER
APPLICATION PROCESS

Volunteers play a critical role in making Horizons a great place for students and
families. If you would like to volunteer in your childs classroom this year, or if you an-
ticipate volunteering later in the year in the classroom, at Field Day, on a field trip, or
at any other school event, please complete the volunteer application well in
advance. This will ensure that your application has been processed and approved be-
fore the event for which you are volunteering. A new volunteer application must be
completed every two school years.

Only district-approved volunteers may volunteer for school events.

Volunteer applications are available online on the district website. Please contact the
office at 412-4710 if you have any questions.
EARLY RELEASE
WEDNESDAYS
On Early Release Wednesdays,
(students including
Kindergarteners) attend
school 8:10 AM to 1:25 PM.
Our Kindergarten students who
are in 1/2 day classes attend
Early Release days on an alter-
nating basis. Please remember
to send a lunch with your 1/2
day Kindergarten student on
early release days, or he/she
can purchase a school lunch for
$2.75.

The upcoming early release days are:

September 17 AM Kindergarten attends
October 1 PM Kindergarten attends
October 15 AM Kindergarten attends
November 5 PM Kindergarten attends
November 19 AM Kindergarten attends
December 3 PM Kindergarten attends
December 17 AM Kindergarten attends
January 14 PM Kindergarten attends
February 4 AM Kindergarten attends
March 4 PM Kindergarten attends
March 25 AM Kindergarten attends
April 15 PM Kindergarten attends
April 29 AM Kindergarten attends
May 20 PM Kindergarten attends
June 3 AM Kindergarten attends
P A G E 6
Have a great
School Year and
eat Healthy!!
School Pictures
October 13th
Lunches
PTSA Membership
School Picture Day
Student photos will be taken on October 13th during the day.
Students will be bringing home the picture order packet the
2nd week of October. There will be more information coming
regarding pictures.

The impact your membership
has on opportunities for our
students in and out of the
classroom is huge. PTSA sup-
ports curricular programs,
student activities, before and
after school programs, play-
ground equipment and much
much more.

We are asking every family to
support the work of our
PTSA on behalf of our stu-
dents by simply joining during
the membership drive this
year. The will be information
coming the first day of school
about all the PTSA does to
help support student learning.
for a family membership.

There will be an early bird
special the first two weeks of
school for membership fees.

More information to come
soon.
Our PTSA
Needs You!
T H E E A G L E F L Y E R
District Calendar
The North Thurston Public
School calendar is now on the
district website:
www.nthurston.k12.wa.us under
the District tab.

Click on 2014-2015 School Year
Calendar. You can view it in
English, Spanish, Vietnamese or
Korean. Our music calendar is
also available there.
Lunch
Elementary Lunch $2.75 Adult Lunch $3.75
Middle School Lunch $3.00 Reduced Lunch Grades K-3rd* $ 0.00
High School Lunch $3.00 Reduced Lunch Grades 4-12th $ .40
Milk $ .50
Breakfast
Elementary Breakfast $1.60 Adult Breakfast $2.50
Middle School Breakfast $1.75 Reduced Breakfast $0.00
High School Breakfast $1.75 Milk $ .50
* Lunches served to children who qualify for reduced-price meals in kindergarten
through 3rd grade will be made available at no cost. All other students (preschool and
4th - 12th grades) will be charged the rate shown above.
P A G E 7 F A M I L Y N E W S L E T T E R
through 3rd grade will be made available at no cost. All other students (preschool and
4601 67th Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98513
Phone: 360-412-4710
Fax: 360-412-4719
Website: www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/horizons

Horizons Elementary
Home of the Eagles
Were on the Web!
Please visit
Nate Grygorcewicz, Principal
Kelli DeMonte, Asst. Principal
School hours: 8:10AM-2:40PM
Early Release Wed: 8:10AM-1:25PM
Office hours: 7:40AM - 3:10PM
Student transportation is a privilege.
Violation of school bus rules can cre-
ate an immediate danger to the health
and safety of others. Student conduct
on the buses and at the bus stops
must reflect good judgment and meet
the expectations we have for all stu-
Your students bus information can
be found online. To find where your
students bus stop is and the times for
pick-up and drop-off go to the North
Thurston Public Schools website at
www.nthurston.k12.wa.us and click
on Family Resources in the site
shortcuts tool bar at the top. Click
on Bus Routes. Follow the direc-
tions for bussing information.

All school policies are in effect at bus
stops and on school buses at all times
and student misconduct will be sub-
ject to progressive discipline up to
and including suspension from the bus
for the remainder of the year.

dents at school. You are expected
to follow these rules at all times. Any
infraction of the rules may result in
discontinuation of bus riding privileg-
es. To view bus conduct expecta-
tions, visit www.nthurston.k12.wa.us,
click on Programs & Depart-
ments and then on Transporta-
tion.




Buses
Routes and Schedules can be
found on our District Website.
Find us on the Web at:
http://www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/horizons


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4601 67th Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98513
Phone: 360-412-4710
Fax: 360-412-4719
Website: www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/horizons

Horizons Elementary
Home of the Eagles
Were on the Web!
Please visit
Nate Grygorcewicz, Principal
Kelli DeMonte, Asst. Principal
School hours: 8:10AM-2:40PM
Early Release Wed: 8:10AM-1:25PM
Office hours: 7:40AM - 3:10PM
and safety of others. Student conduct
on the buses and at the bus stops
must reflect good judgment and meet
the expectations we have for all stu-
dents at school. You are expected
to follow these rules at all times. Any
infraction of the rules may result in
discontinuation of bus riding privileg-
Your students bus information can
be found online. To find where your
students bus stop is and the times for
pick-up and drop-off go to the North
Thurston Public Schools website at
www.nthurston.k12.wa.us and click
on Family Resources in the site
shortcuts tool bar at the top. Click
on Bus Routes. Follow the direc-
tions for bussing information.

All school policies are in effect at bus
stops and on school buses at all times
and student misconduct will be sub-
ject to progressive discipline up to
and including suspension from the bus
for the remainder of the year.

Student transportation is a privilege.
Violation of school bus rules can cre-
ate an immediate danger to the health
es. To view bus conduct expecta-
tions, visit www.nthurston.k12.wa.us,
click on Programs & Depart-
ments and then on Transporta-
tion.




Buses
Routes and Schedules can be
found on our District Website.