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November 13:  Cynthia Mann Elementary School will honor our country's veterans with an an annual musical performance by the school's choir complete with songs and readings directed by Elementary Music Specialist Kim Thompson.  The concert will be held at 10:15 a.m. and again at 2:15 p.m.  Cynthia Mann is located at 5401 W. Castle Dr., Boise.  

November 14:  14th Annual Boise School District Employee Holiday Bazaar - November 14th, West Junior High School, 8371 W. Salt Creek Ct., 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for the Idaho FoodBank and/or Toys for Tots.  

November 20:   As we head into the holiday season, members of Boise Fire Fighter's Local 149 will distribute 215 new American-made coats to 8 local elementary schools in the Boise School District. BFF Local 149 has been collaborating with Operation Warm to raise over $7290.00 in generous donations from union members and local businesses. Coats will be distributed on November 20th and the following local elementary schools will receive between 20 and 50 coats: Morley Nelson, Taft, Whitney, Hillcrest, Koelsch, Horizon, Valley View, and Lowell. The number of coats distributed will be based on the need at each school.  Media is invited to attend a distribution event at Morley Nelson Elementary School on November 20th at 11 am. Morley Nelson is located at 7701 W Northview St, Boise, ID 83704. For more information about this event or schedule an interview, please contact Matthew Lutz, Boise Fire Fighters Local 149 liaison and member at 208 309 1507 or email [email protected].  Click here to learn more. 

November 21:   A popular holiday tradition returns to downtown Boise. Boise Holiday Parade, 9:45 a.m., starts at 10th and Jefferson in downtown Boise.  For almost 70 years, the Boise Holiday Parade has kicked off the festive season with Santa Claus, dozens of floats, marching bands and fun for the whole family. The theme of this year's parade is "Christmas Through a Child's Eyes,." The co-Grand Marshals of the parade will be children representing groups like the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association, the Boise School District, Boy Scouts of America, and many more. Click here for more information, including parade route.  

November 23- 27:  Thanksgiving holiday break. No school for Boise School District students.

Music Calendars Posted:  As the holiday season approaches, Boise District's award winning music department is busy preparing to offer the finest in musical performances to parents/guardians and our community.  Find a listing of upcoming performances on the Music Department's website here.    

High School Senior Named State Winner:  Capital High School Senior Hannah Spero (pictured) has been named a Wendy's High School Heisman State Winner
Each State Winner will be receiving a silver medal, a Wendy's High School Heisman State Winner patch and a $50 Wendy's gift card in early 2016. In addition, State Winners will move on for the chance to become a National Finalist. The 10 National Finalists will be announced here the week of November 23. Further, State Winners who do not move on to become a National Finalist will receive a $1,000 donation to their school in their name.

Since 1994, Wendy's High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy´┐Ż. The leadership award-honorees are well-rounded young men and woman who excel in learning, performing and leading in the classroom, on the field and in the community. By honoring student accomplishments, Wendy's High School Heisman inspires all future high school students to pursue their higher education goals. In addition to being a high achieving student, Hannah plays softball for Capital High. Click here to learn more.  

High School Choir Invited to Carnegie Hall:  In April of 2015 the Boise High High Expectations Choir (pictured) competed in the World Strides Heritage Music Festival in Seattle, WA. At this festival, they received a Gold award with a score of 95 out of 100. They also received a special commendation from the festival adjudicators and were invited to participate in the Festival of Gold concert series held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. "It is a tremendous honor for us to have received this invitation and we are excited to make everyone aware that in April 2016 we will be traveling to New York City and joining 12 other high schools from across the country for this performance," said David Burton, BHS Choral Director. If you would like to support these incredibly talented students, please consider making a donation to the Boise High School Choirs or supporting any of our upcoming fundraising events. Contact BHS Choral Director, David Burton, Phone: 854-4353 or email: [email protected] for information on how you can help.

Boise High Choir's Madrigal Dinner: Tickets are on sale now for the 43rd Annual Madrigal Dinner. Come and be transported back in time to a Medieval Castle and join in the feasting and merriment. The dates of the dinner are December 4th and 5th. Seating begins at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies fellowship hall.  Click here to purchase tickets or contact  David Burton, BHS Choral Director at 854-4353 or email: [email protected]. Tickets are $25 Adults, $20 Students/Seniors.

Neighborhood gyms open for weekend youth activities starting in December: Youth from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in supervised open gym play at eight neighborhood schools this winter. Open gym is a free service provided by the Boise School District and the Boise Parks & Recreation Department. Gyms are open on the weekends from Dec. 5-March 13 (Valley View Elementary and West Jr. High will open on Dec. 12). All gyms will be closed on holidays. Ages, schools and hours are:


Hawthorne Elementary School, 2401 S. Targee St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Koelsch Elementary School, 2015 N. Curtis Rd. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Valley View Elementary School, 3555 Milwaukee St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday


South Junior High, 3101 Cassia St. 1-4 p.m. Sunday
West Junior High, 8371 W Salt Creek Ct. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday
Les Bois Junior High, 4150 E. Grand Forest Drive. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday
Hillside Junior High, 3536 Hill Rd. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday
East Junior High, 5600 Warm Springs Ave. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Learn More About District's New Website:  Boise School District has launched a new website. An FAQ webpage, complete with video tutorials, has been created to help you learn more about the features of this exciting new communication tool. Click here to learn more.  

Tweet and Shout About BSD Success!:  Be sure to share your Boise School District pride on Twitter by using the hashtag #BSDpride. Capture all the great things happening in your Boise school by sharing tweets, photos and videos to help celebrate your school's success!

Community Education Recruiting Volunteer Instructors:  Community Education would love to have YOU teach with us!  Recruiting for the Winter 2016 session will begin the week of October 26 and run through November 20.  This eight-week session runs January 25 - March 17, 2016.  Community Education classes are held at three local schools - Timberline High, West Jr. High, and Hillside Jr. High - or can be conducted at the instructor's place of business, if necessary.  Classes operate from 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Please note that your class does not have to run the full eight weeks; you can schedule the number of class meetings you need in order to cover the material you wish to present. To apply to become a volunteer instructor and submit a class proposal, visit and click on Teach With Us!  Boise Schools Community Education has been a valuable part of the Treasure Valley for more than 40 years, bringing lifelong learning opportunities to the community.  For further information, call 854-4047 or e-mail [email protected].

Parents -  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.

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