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What's Happening in Boise School District    

Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14:: 41st Annual Boise High Madrigal dinner, 6:00 p.m, students/seniors- $15.00, adults - $20.00. Contact the Boise High ASB Office at 854-4291 for reservations.   
Friday, December 13:  First grade students at White Pine Elementary School, 401 E. Linden St., will participate in the Hour of Code.  Boise State University engineering and software students and a BSU professor will help students write computer code from 8:55 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.  It's all part of an effort to get students, from kindergarten to 6th grade, including students with autism, to learn about how to write computer code.  White Pine is one of a number of Boise schools involved in this project.  News media representatives are invited to cover this event. Call the school at 854-6530 for more information.  
Monday, December 16:  Rose Beal, a local Holocaust Survivor who is 93 years old, will speak to Boise High School seniors and social studies classes at 1:00 p.m. News media representatives are welcome to cover this presentation. Call the school at 854-4270 for more information. 
Friday, December 20:  Early release for Boise School District students.  Click here for early release times.  
Monday, December 23 - Friday, January 3:  Winter holiday break. No school for Boise School District students. School resumes on Monday, January 6.  
Saturday, January 4:  The All City Elementary Honor Choir will sing the Star Spangled Banner at the Idaho Stampede Game, 7 p.m., CenturyLink Arena, Boise.
Sunday, January 5:  Online registration begins for our Winter 2014 Community Education session. Look for the Winter Community Education catalog inserted into the Sunday, January 5, Idaho Statesman, or go online to  to review classes and register. Choose from nearly 300 classes ranging from health and fitness to computers, arts and crafts and finance and much, more!  It's one of our largest winter sessions ever!  We've added new and exciting classes to enhance your life! For more than 40 years, Community Education has served as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning opportunities.   Learn more at 
Monday, January 6:  Montessori enrollment at Liberty Elementary School for 2014-2015 school year starts January 6, 2014 and runs through February 14, 2014.  Please turn in completed enrollment forms to the Liberty office, 1740 E. Bergeson St.  Montessori Parent Night is scheduled for Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00 PM in the Liberty Library, 1740 E. Bergeson.  Call the school at 854-5410 for more information or click here.  
Wednesday, January 15, Thur., January 16, Fri., January 17:   Secondary end of semester testing.  Early release for students in grades 7-12. Click here for early release schedule. 
Friday, January 17:  End of first semester. Early release for grades K-6.   Click here for early release schedule.  
Monday, January 20:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No school for students in Boise School District.
Saturday, January 25:  Are you interested in starting a garden program at your school? Already have a garden, but want to find the resources to help it grow? Teachers, parents and school administrators are invited to attend "Just Add Water," a school garden workshop, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Library! At Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road. Learn more here.   

Mindful Messaging Video Clip

Digital Learning Tip #4This week's digital learning tip, Mindful Messaging, reminds us to think about what we write and how we write before we click send or submit. We can coach our students on how to be clear and respectful whenever they talk to people in any situation, such as face to face, on the phone, or in a text message.


Common Sense Media shares these guidelines with us:


1. Consider audience and purpose for email or text message.

2.  Only write what you would say to a person in a face to face conversation.

3. Be aware that using uppercase letters indicates that you are shouting. We should use them only if we want to make a STRONG POINT.

4. Use emoticons sparingly. Adding a smiley face :) or an exclamation point, can help others understand the tone of the message.


Click here for a family tip sheet that can help guide conversation about Effective Email and Texting Communication. 


Open Gyms at Area Schools:  A number of school gymnasiums are open for weekend supervised use by elementary and junior high school students in partnership with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department. For more information click here.  

Winter Weather Procedures:   When winter weather strikes, the Boise School District has a plan to keep students safe. Our winter weather procedures begin the night before a storm hits and we consult with a variety of organizations in determining how winter weather impacts our school operations. You can do your part by making sure you are prepared for inclement weather. Learn more by clicking  here.


Sign-Up Today for Emergency Text Messaging Service: The Boise School District is pleased to announce the launch of a new service that will allow us to deliver important safety and security information to parents via text messaging. To sign-up simply text SUBSCRIBE to the number 68453. To learn more click here.   


Donate to Help Borah Choir Perform at Carnegie Hall: Borah High School men's choir, Tactus, has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall, in New York City on January 19, 2014, one of only three such choirs in the U.S. to be invited this year and one of the highest honors in music. The group needs to earn approximately $65,000 to be able to participate. To learn more and donate click here


Give the Gift of Life-Long Learning:  Give the gift of life long learning this holiday season with a gift certificate from Boise's Community Education program. Call our office at 854-4047 for more information.  For 40+ years, Community Education has served as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning opportunities. Registration for our Winter session begins January 5th. Learn more at 

Looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Child's Teacher? Donating to a teacher's

classroom through the Boise Public School Education Foundation is an easy and meaningful way to say thank you to teachers for all they give to our students every day and allows them to:

  • Purchase needed technology or books for their library
  • Replace classroom supplies without using their own money
  • Take a field trip for hands on learning 

During this holiday season, contributing to your teacher's classroom is a wonderful way of giving back to our teachers who give so much to our children. Teacher's receive 100% of your donation and can access funds immediately to purchase educational materials for their classroom You can make your donation go even further if you or your spouse work for a matching company


Now Hiring Food & Nutrition Services Staff & Substitute Staff:  Click here to learn more about applying for short hour and substitute positions currently available for the Food & Nutrition Services Department.


Now Hiring Substitute Staff  Members: Click here to learn more about applying to serve as a substitute in the Boise School District. 


News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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