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What's Happening in Boise School District   
Friday, December 20:  Early release for Boise School District students.  Click here for early release times.  
Saturday, December 21:  Two running clubs from Grace Jordan Elementary School will brave the winter weather by participating once again in the YMCA's Christmas Run.  Girls with Grace and the boys' club  - Jaguar Joggers - will take part in the annual run.  Participation is up for the third consecutive year.  The girls have 45 members and the boys have 30 members. The girls' club started 4 years ago with 12 members.   This year, more than 80 kids and parents registered to run on Saturday morning. See team photo below from last year's Christmas Run. 
Girls with Grace was started by School Counselor Lindsy Thomas and Teacher Maddie Johnson. Students learn about healthy habits and many other life lessons while getting out and running together. Jaguar Joggers is led by Grace Jordan Principal Tim Lowe and Cameron Haskin. "These groups have done a great job of including staff and parents in participating in the weekly runs, increasing the overall community awareness of physical health, as well as parent involvement," said parent and School Board Trustee Maria Greeley.
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 the 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 to 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!  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.  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.   
Borah Band Students Selected: Congratulations to the following Borah Band students for their audition and selection to perform in the Idaho Music Educators Association All-Sate honor band to be held in April. They competed with students state-wide for the honor. 

Christine Kickle- Flute

Brittney Anderson- Clarinet

Rhiannon Terry- Clarinet

Catherine Hartman- Trumpet

Erin Sandmeyer- Trumpet

Kevan Ash- euphonium

Ian Hooyboer- Percussion


Digital Learning Tip #5:  Keeping Kids Safe Online. The holiday break is here! This can be a great time for families to spend more treasured time together and make lasting memories. Many gifts this year will include mobile devices that will offer access to the Internet. While these tech tools can encourage children to wonder and learn, we have a responsibility to guide them to use these safely and responsibly. The following short video, Keeping the Kids Safe Online, from Common Sense Media, includes the  "Rules of the Road for Digital Kids."
Rules of the Road for Digital Kids:
  • Guard your privacy. What people know about you is up to you.

  • Protect your reputation. Self-reflect before you self-reveal. What's funny or edgy today could cost you tomorrow.

  • Nothing is private online. Anything you say or do can be copied, pasted, and sent to gazillions of people without your permission.

  • Assume everyone is watching. There's a huge, vast audience out there. If someone is your friend's friend, they can see everything.

  • Apply the Golden Rule. If you don't want it done to you, don't do it to someone else.

  • Choose wisely. Not all content is appropriate. You know what we mean.

  • Don't hide. Using anonymity to cloak your actions doesn't turn you into a trustworthy, responsible human being.

  • Think about what you see. Just because it's online doesn't make it true.

  • Be smart, be safe. Not everyone is who they say they are. But you know that.

After viewing the video clip together consider following up with a Family Media Agreement and further discussion.  


Elementary Students Take to the Skies as part of Fantasy Flight:  Christmas came early for 80 underprivileged elementary children from 15 elementary schools in the Boise District when United Airlines took the kids on a Fantasy Flight to the 'North Pole.'  The flight took place on Friday, December 13th in the skies above Boise and came complete with a visit by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and gifts presented by United Airlines and its employees.  The look on the childrens' faces told the whole story. Check out a number of photos taken from that special evening by clicking here and learn more here


North AVID Students Raise Funds:  7th Grade AVID students from North Junior High School collected over $500 for Keep Kids Warm for Kissin ' 92.3.  The advisors are Heidi Bromley and Molly McMillan.  Students asked their friends and family to give up  the money they might spend on a Treat for Heat.


2013 Holiday Card Contest Recipients Announced: Boise School District recently held its Annual Holiday Card Contest, a tradition that began in the 1970's.  The winners have come from elementary students at every grade level. Entries this year included depictions of snowmen, Santa on his sleigh, Christmas trees and reindeers. This year's winner, Colton Poste, is a kindergarten student at Horizon Elementary School. This is the first time in the history of the contest that a kindergarten student has been selected as the winner. Colton's drawing of a reindeer (pictured below) was chosen because of Colton's use of colors and the card's charm. Pictured is Colton being presented with a $25 gift certificate from Quality Art from Cathy Mansell, Festival of Trees Art Coordinator, retired Boise District Art Coordinator and current Art Volunteer in the District.  The winner of the Festival of Trees Holiday Card Contest is Cadee Lindemoo, (pictured below with her $25 gift certificate from Quality Art), 4th grade student, Valley View Elementary School, Mrs. Pound, Teacher.  Cadee's card of a snowman is pictured. A list of the names of the top 100 students selected in this year's Annual Holiday Card Contest is available here.  


Colton Poste's Winning 2013 BSD Holiday Card
Colton Poste with Cathy Mansell
Cadee Lindemood's Winning Festival of Trees Holiday Card
Cadee Lindemood


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. Gyms are open this weekend but closed for the rest of the holiday break - Dec. 23- Jan. 3. For more information click here.  





 "Hoo, Hoo ... Lives in Hulls Gulch," a new hard-bound book featuring poems and artwork by local students, is available for holiday gift-giving. This colorful collaborative "place-based" book features poetry, art , photography and natural history celebrating the plant and animal residents and honoring the people who had the vision to protect the Hulls Gulch Reserve. The book sells for $20 at the Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road . It is also available at Hyde Park Books, 1507 N 13th St., and through Dec. 21 at hee Sesqui -Shop, 1008 Main St.


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



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Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

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