Guide for New Parents
It's always a challenge to enter a new school system. Families are unaware of the traditions and customs of the school, the special events, and programs. You may be hesitant to call the school or ask other parents what the newsletters are talking about. The purpose of this guide is to give you a general idea of what's going on at Horizon Elementary School (HES). It is not exhaustive, but it will give you some basic information about events and rules. Please do not hesitate to ask other parents about events, classes, and activities. You will find the Horizon parent community to be a friendly group willing to share their experiences. They can provide much richer and more personal descriptions of a particular event. Also, please do not hesitate to contact the administration or your children's teachers if you have questions, concerns, and comments. Please do become involved with the PTA in whatever way you can, even if your volunteering time is limited. Everyone's goal is to ensure that the children have a positive experience at Horizon.
The views and opinions expressed in this guide are not necessarily those of the DeSoto Public School System (DSPSS). This guide was created by parents for parents and is intended to be a general guide that may be helpful to new families. While every attempt has been made to provide accurate information, changes can occur. Please understand that all events and activities, dates, times, and descriptions are subject to change. Activities may be added or deleted as curriculum and time constraints dictate.
Each entry will indicate the "jurisdiction" of a particular event, that is, whether you should contact the PTA or the school about an event or program. Please contact the school for the most accurate information about programs run by HES. If you contact the school about a PTA event, they may not be able to provide you with the information you need. The PTA will provide contact numbers (which may change year to year, and are not included in this guide) so that you can contact the appropriate person.
Events by Season
Fall: Welcome Back Celebration, Tiger Trek, Haunted Horizon, Halloween Parade, Student Pictures, Book Fair
Winter: Yearbook orders, Winter Break, Father Daughter Dance, Top Golf Tournament
Spring: Class Pictures, Mother Son Event, Field Day, 5th Grade Graduation, School Supply pre-order packs
Ongoing Events: Skate Parties, Restaurant Nights, Box Tops, Classroom Parties
Arrival Time: The earliest students may arrive at school is 8:25 a.m. Any student arriving after 8:45 a.m. is considered late and must be escorted by a parent or guardian to the front office and the parent must sign the student into the school.
After-School Programs: Programs run by outside organizations. A number of activities are held at the school after school hours, and may include art, sports, theater, science programs, scouting, and others.
Back to School Night: HES event. In August,a night will be designated to visit your child's classroom and meet the teachers. Individual concerns should not be raised here; please schedule a separate appointment.
Book Fair: HES event. The book fair provides students and parents an opportunity to purchase books at reasonable prices. The book fair usually runs for one week. In addition, teachers leave their wish lists for their classrooms, and parents are invited to donate a book to their classroom.
Box Tops for Education: PTA program. This is a passive fundraising program. See Volunteering and Fundraising for more information.
Direct Donations: PTA program. This is a fundraising program. Parents and boosters may donate directly to the HES PTA
Field Day: HES event. In the spring, a Field Day is held where students may participate in a variety of games and events. Parent volunteers are integral to the success of Field Day.
Field Trips: HES program. Every year each grade typically takes at least one field trip. Trips are taken outside of school and correspond to the curricular program. Field trips may be changed or deleted depending upon curriculum, time constraints, cost or other factors.
Fundraising: PTA program. Tiger Trek, Classroom Wish Lists, Restaurant Nights, Spirit Wear orders and pre-ordering school supplies (www.educationalproducts.co
m/shoppacks. Enter the school ID, HOR023) are all ways that the PTA helps to raise money for instructional needs of the school.
Kindergarten Open House: HES event. Kindergarten Open House is usually held before the first day of school. During the orientation, families receive teacher assignments, an introduction to the school, and an opportunity to meet the student's kindergarten teacher. Students are encouraged to bring their school supplies to the orientation.
Haunted Horizon: This fun PTA-sponsored family event is held on the school grounds in the fall.
Nut Free: Many students at HES have life-threatening nut allergies. Please do not bring snacks or refreshments containing peanuts or tree nuts into the classroom. Tree nuts include, but are not limited to, walnut, almond, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio, and Brazil nuts. Read the labels carefully, if they say “may contain,” “processed in a facility that also processes,” or “made on equipment with” any nut ingredient, please do not bring them into the classroom. Children are allowed to have nut products for lunch in the cafeteria. Select this link for a list of peanut free products.
Parent Volunteering: PTA program. There are many ways parents can help out at the school depending upon their schedules and availability. If your time is limited, help can be given at special annual events (some of them are held in the evening), or you can volunteer during the school day on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. Siblings are not allowed at the school during the day, so you will have to make babysitting arrangements for them. If you have a special skill that may be of use to the school, please make yourself known.
Pictures: A program at HES provided by an outside organization. Individual student photographs are typically taken in the fall and spring. Class pictures are only taken in the spring.
Restaurant Nights: PTA event. Throughout the year, the PTA arranges a family night at a local restaurant. This is a fundraising event where the PTA receives a portion of the sales.
Spirit wear: PTA program. You will have an opportunity to order t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, blankets, and similar items with the Horizon Elementary School name and/or mascot.
Student/Parent Handbook: The Student/Parent Handbook contains policies, telephone numbers, and other information pertaining to the Johnson County Public School System.
Spirit Week: HES program. Students can participate in Anti-Bullying week, Red Ribbon Week, Crazy Hair Day, Dr. Seuss week, Wacky Socks, KC Royals, Red for KC Chiefs, Pajama day, or Hawaiian day.
Tiger Dollars: HES program. The Tiger Dollar Program rewards students for hard work and appropriate behavior. Students can be given Tiger Dollars in recognition for following school rules and putting forth their best effort.
Yearbook: HES Program. Every year HES distributes a yearbook to celebrate the year. All students have the option of purchasing a yearbook; yearbooks are sold in the Spring.
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