Notes from Mrs. Zent

  • March is our Reading Month!

    Posted by Carol Zent on 2/27/2019


    National Read Across America Day is an annual event, an initiative on reading that was created by the National Education Association.

    Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. However, if it falls on a weekend, it is observed in the school systems on the school day closest to March 2. This day is a motivational and awareness day, calling all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading.

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  • Happy National School Counseling Week

    Posted by Carol Zent on 2/1/2019

    counseling week


    This week is National School Counseling Week, so I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the enormous role Lyndsey plays in student success. Not just this week, but every week, I deeply appreciate the work she does to support students’ academic and social/emotional development and guide them toward successful futures.

    I cannot overstate the impact of school counselors on the success of our students. Thank you so very much for your work, every single day, on behalf of our Horace staff and students – and happy National School Counseling Week!

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  • Happy Holidays

    Posted by Carol Zent on 12/8/2018

    heres the news

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  • End of first trimester!

    Posted by Carol Zent on 11/30/2018

    Dear Horace Families,

    Serving as the principal of a school where the culture is most often centered around putting others before ourselves is an inspiring place to be. I am very proud and honored to be your principal and to work alongside our dedicated staff and our amazing students. As always, please feel free to contact me or stop by with any questions, concerns or comments you would like to share.


    Carol Zent


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  • Golden Tickets

    Posted by Carol Zent on 10/5/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Golden Tickets! 🌟🎫

    Horace Elementary has started something very special. Every staff member gets five golden tickets a month to give to a class that has exhibited excellent behavior. After a class earns five golden tickets they get a surprise prize!


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  • We are Bucket Fillers!

    Posted by Carol Zent on 9/4/2018

    Students are encouraged to be Bucket Fillers. The idea of Bucket Fillers is based on the book "Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids)" by Carol McCloud. The premise of the book is this...
    We all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad.
    A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time.
    On the other hand, a bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. A bucket dipper empties their bucket when they say and do mean things.
    Please know that we discuss "bucket-filling" on a regular basis. When your child comes home from school, ask him/her, “How did you fill someone’s bucket today?” and enjoy the response you get!

    Fillers vs. Dippers

    We have three general expectations:
    1. Be respectful.
    2. Be responsible.
    3. Be safe.

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School News

  • Contact Information   

    Principal - Carol Zent

    Counselor - Lyndsey Simonson

    Administrative Assistant - Kristie Sauvageau

    Phone Number: (701) 356-2080 

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  • march days

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  • March Calendar

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  • Kindness Week

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    SCHOOL HOURS - 7:50-2:30

    • When dropping off or picking up your child, please pull forward as much as possible in the lane nearest to curb so we can get as many cars as possible in the lane at one time.

    • Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the loop.  If you need to meet your child at the door, please use a parking space.

    • Kindly reserve the handicap designated parking spaces for those displaying the appropriate permit in their vehicles.

    • Remember that we do provide supervision at 7:30 am as well as after school in the drive-thru loop area.  Parents do not need to enter the building to walk students to class in the morning or when meeting them at the end of the day.

    • Remember to SLOW DOWN when school is in session. 

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    Meetings are the first Monday of each month (unless it’s a no school day). 6:30-7:30 PM in the library. All parents are welcome! We have entertainment for the kids, so bring them along!

    PTO OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019

    Chair – Tara Messer (2nd-grade parent) 
    Co-Chair –Kelly Halverson (1st and 4th-grade parent)
    Treasurer – Laura Wickham (1st-grade parent)
    Secretary – Kim LaHaise (5th-grade parent)
    Public Relations – Jennifer Norton (kindergarten parent) 

    Please feel free to contact any PTO Officer with suggestions, questions, or with offers of assistance! 


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  • Box Tops

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  • update

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School-Based Sealant Program

  • Seal! ND School-Based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program

    In 2012, The North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program (OHP) implemented the Seal! ND School-based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program. Public health dental hygienists visit schools two times a year (fall and spring) and provide direct preventive services, under standing orders of a dentist which include: oral health education, a screening, dental sealant and fluoride varnish application. A parent/guardian signed consent form is required to participate in the Seal! ND fluoride varnish and dental sealant program.

    Services are provided to schools that are recognized as being in need by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Students attending pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (depending upon the school) with parent/guardian consent are eligible to receive the free oral health services. A goody bag consisting of a result sheet (what the child had done), toothbrush, toothpaste and floss will be provided to each child that is seen. In the West Fargo area, Maple Family Dental will be providing the services. Watch for more information to come!

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District News & Updates

  • Online Registration

    Online registration is coming to West Fargo Public Schools! Look for further details and communications to be sent to families later this spring as we prepare for implementing the process for next year.

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  • High School & Middle School Names

    At the March 11 regularly-scheduled meeting, the School Board voted 6 - 1 in favor of naming the district's third middle school Heritage Middle School. The new middle school will open for the 2020-2021 school year and will serve students from Legacy Elementary School, Horace Elementary School, and Deer Creek Elementary School. Heritage Middle School will be located at 6350 76th Ave S, Horace, ND 58047. The School Board also voted 4 - 3 in favor of naming the district's third high school West Fargo Horace High School. The new high school will open for the 2021-2022 school year and will serve students from Heritage Middle School. The official address for Horace High School is to be determined, but it will be within the city limits of Horace, on the same campus as Heritage Middle School.

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  • Momo Challenge

    The Momo challenge is the latest online ‘challenge' that has understandably caused many parents concern. Although there have been lots of media stories in the last week, there is no verified evidence that this ‘challenge’ has caused harm to children, and more recent investigations have found it to be fake news. Despite this, it is clear that it is causing distress among parents and children.

    The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. It was claimed that the Momo challenge was ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character allegedly asked would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide. 

    Although the Momo challenge is now being reported as a hoax, the reports, warnings, and disturbing images could still cause distress to children. It’s important that parents talk to their children about it. The best way to start is to ask a general question about whether they have seen anything online that upset or worried them. Explain that there are often things that happen online that can be misleading or frightening and that some things are designed to get a lot of attention. Parents need to follow their child’s lead — introducing a worrying subject to a child who isn’t familiar with it might lead them to investigate. On the other hand, avoiding mentioning it won’t provide a chance for a good discussion. Take your child’s lead and whatever you decide about overtly talking about these kinds of topics, make sure that they know that contacting strangers and doing anything at all that they are asked to do online or off that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable is not OK.

    There are many great online resources available; here are three of our favorites: Common Sense Media, NetSmartz, and ParentZone.  

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  • Kindergarten Preregistration

    West Fargo Public Schools will hold kindergarten preregistration from 4:00PM - 7:00PM on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26.

    With the exception of Deer Creek Elementary School, all families go to their neighborhood school to preregister. Deer Creek Elementary School families should preregister at Legacy Elementary School.

    Each registered child must provide a copy of a current immunization record and proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID). Preregistration is still possible without these documents.

    Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2019 to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020.

    If you do not know which school your child will attend, enter your address online at Preregistration is an opportunity for parents to complete the necessary paperwork; students need not attend. Students and families will be invited back to meet staff and tour the schools at August's Back to School Night.

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  • New Middle School & High School Transition Plan

    At the February 11 School Board meeting, the Board approved the grade level transition plan recommended by the Strategic Transition task force:

    • 6th-9th grade students to attend the new middle school in 2020-2021
    • 9th-10th grade students at the new high school in 2021-2022, 9th-11th grade students in 2022-2023, and 9th-12th grade students in 2023-2024
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