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What's Happening in Boise School District

October 2:  State Inservice day. No school for Boise School District students.

October 3:  State Inservice day. No school for Boise School District students. 

October 8:  International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves school-age children from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Thousands of schools across America participate every October. Many studies link physically active students to better performance at school. Successful, healthy students benefit our communities now and into the future. Many Boise-area schools are participating along with dignitaries, parents, teachers and advocates. Check with your neighborhood Boise school to find out more or click here to learn more. 

October 11:  Tiny House Tour (a tour of homes in Boise's North End around or under 1,000 square feet). A fund raising event sponsored by the Boise High School Chamber Orchestra. Click here for more information. 

October 14: Get your hearing checked for free at the Speech and Language Clinic at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian. Click here for more information. 

School Lunch Recipe Contest:  The school lunch recipe contest is a fun, new program sponsored by the Boise School District with Let's Move Boise. The goal is to increase awareness about healthy lunches served in our schools and to encourage kids and their parents to cook up recipes together at home. The winner is eligible for prizes and lunch with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter at their school. The winning recipe will be served that day in all Boise elementary schools. On October 16th from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. a kick-off event involving students and a local chef will be held at White Pine Elementary School (401 E. Linden St., Boise). Members of the news media are invited to cover this event.  Click here to read the School Lunch Recipe Contest Flyer,  click here to review the list of common ingredients needed to be included in an entry for the school lunch recipe contest  or click here to go to the Let's Move web site for further information.


Win Money for College: From now until October 6th, you can win money for college through a special promotion sponsored by the IDeal program.  While "going on" is an expectation in many families, those expectations sometimes bump up against the soaring costs of college.  IDeal, Idaho's 529 College Savings Program, can help make saving for college a little easier. IDeal is giving away three $529 prizes to jump-start or grow college savings accounts. Entering the contest is easy. Just create a short video about your child's "big dream" and how college factors into the plan. Also, the winning childrens' schools will win $529! More info: or click on the adjacent image. 


Operation School Supplies: The English Language Learner Intake center would like to thank Operation School Supplies for providing every new English Language Learner student in the Boise District with a backpack filled with school supplies. That's 140 backpacks and more than 2000 supplies, including notebooks, crayons, binders, pens and pencils. What a great way for these students to start off a new year! Pictured in photo: Hanan & Dina Alsayagh (sisters) are from Iraq. 










Catalpa Quartet Raises Funds for Instrument Repair:  North Junior High School students in the school's Catalpa Quartet have raised nearly 5-thousand dollars for use by orchestra teachers to repair instruments.  Lauren Vandervelden, Jusung Lee, Anaise Boucher-Browning, & Ben Seabourn make up the Catalpa Quartet and raised these funds last school year by playing at low-income housing for the disabled & elderly, assisted living and nursing home facilities (see adjacent photo), various community events and North's spring benefit concert.  The students say their hope for this school year is to continue to raise money for the Catalpa Quartet Fund and add some concerts/visits to a couple of the Title I schools to make a personal connection with the orchestra students.  



2014 Boise Youth Barbershop Festival: Tuesday, October 28th & Thursday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m., the Morrison Center presents the 2014 Boise Youth Barbershop Festival. Join more than 600 area high school students, as well as the International champion quartet "The Ringmasters". Admission is free. Click here for more information. 

Review the Week Ahead With Community Ed:  Click here to review all the Fall Community Education classes set to begin next week.  You can register up to the day a class begins. There's a class for everyone! Click here to learn more about the Community Education Program -  serving as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning opportunities for more than forty years! 

Time to Lace Up Those Sneakers!: From Oct. 1-31, Boise elementary school kids are invited to participate in a school walking challenge. The schools with the most miles walked and highest participation rate will each win each $500 for playground or fitness equipment. A toolkit is available with a sign-up form and promotional ideas to inspire you to get trucking!  Click here for more information or go to Or, contact Amy Stahl, Community Relations Manager, Boise Parks & Recreation at [email protected] or 208.608.7611.

Navigating and Contributing in Online Spaces with Safety in MindThere are many free online safety resources available for students and families. These can provide strategies and tips for how to stay safe while navigating and contributing in digital spaces. Click here to learn more in this week's Activate2Learn blog post.  

Help Boise Public Schools Education Foundation Earn Donations by Shopping with Your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!  Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington - including the BPSEF.  Sign-up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation at You can search for us by their name or by their non-profit number 88719.

Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging:  The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians. Click here to learn more and sign-up.  



News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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