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Notes from Mrs. Zent

  • Registration is open!

    Posted by Carol Zent on 7/20/2021

    Fall Registration is Now Open!

    Every student, whether new or returning, must complete fall registration to attend school for the 2021 – 2022 school year. The fall registration process is done completely online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal and allows parents/guardians to update emergency contact information, medical records, and permission forms. It also confirms each student's enrollment for the upcoming year, allowing them to be placed in the applicable class(es).

    Please complete fall registration for each incoming elementary school student in your family by Wednesday, August 4.

    If you need technical assistance, please review our instructional video or contact your elementary school to make an appointment to complete the process in-person. Appointments are available on Monday, August 2 from 11:00AM – 7:00PM or Tuesday, August 3 from 8:00AM – 4:00PM. Please email if you would like to set up an appointment.

    New to West Fargo Public Schools?

    If your child is new to West Fargo Public Schools in any fashion, please visit our registration webpage for additional guidance on the preregistration process for kindergarten students, new residents, or returning (after one or more years away) students.


    The offices of our district’s elementary schools continue to be closed until Monday, August 2. If you need to contact your child’s school, please leave a voicemail or email and staff will respond upon their return.

    Upcoming Communication

    Families will receive an email on Thursday, July 29 with reminders about the first day of school, back-to-school night, registration, school supplies, immunizations, and student fees.


    Best wishes for an enjoyable remainder to your summer,

    West Fargo Public Schools

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  • Ready for Summer!

    Posted by Carol Zent on 6/1/2020

    Dear Horace Elementary Community,

     I am extremely appreciative of our students, parents, teachers, and staff, for their positivity, flexibility, and resilience during these historical times.

    Thank you for another wonderful and productive school year.  I cannot thank parents enough for your endless hours of volunteering, chaperoning, reading, organizing, donating, and doing whatever was necessary to support students—both at home and at school.  Special thanks to our PTO who, as usual, went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ already rich school experience.

    That experience could not occur without the endless energy, skills, and devotion of the Horace Elementary staff.  Thanks, and well done to an incredible group of professionals.

    A final word to our students:  Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year.  I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a Horace Hornet.  I am grateful for your joy, insights, and amazing talents.  Best wishes to our fifth graders, whom I will miss greatly—please come back and visit.  Everyone, please have a safe and happy summer break.


    Mrs. Zent


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  • iPad Care

    Carefully transport your iPad to school every day. Do not put your water bottle inside your backpack unless you know for certain it is leak proof. Avoid placing weight on the iPad. Never throw or slide an iPad. Never expose an iPad to long-term temperature extremes or direct sunlight. An automobile is not a good place to store an iPad. 

    iPad Case

    Your iPad comes with a school-issued case. The purpose of the case is to protect the iPad, especially while the iPad is being transported. When not in use, closing the iPad case will save battery life and protect the screen. The iPad must remain in a protective case at all times. No stickers or any other items should be attached to the iPad itself unless placed there by school staff.

     iPad Battery

    The iPad should be charged using the provided wall charger. Fully charged iPad batteries will typically last 12 – 15 hours of use. Waiting to charge the iPad until the charge is low (less than 20% life or red indicator light) will extend the battery life. It is your responsibility to charge the iPad and ensure it is ready for use in school each day. Failure to do so may result in your inability to participate in classroom learning activities.

     iPad Screen

    The iPad is an electronic device; handle it with care. Never throw a book bag that contains an iPad. Never place an iPad in a book bag that contains food, liquids, heavy, or sharp objects. While the iPad is scratch-resistant, it is not scratch proof. Avoid using any sharp object(s) on the iPad. The iPad screen is glass and vulnerable to cracking. Never place heavy objects on top of the iPad and never drop your iPad. Careful placement in your backpack is important.

     IPads do not respond well to liquids. Avoid applying liquids to the iPad. The iPad can be cleaned with a soft, slightly water-dampened, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in the openings. Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the iPad. The use of unapproved cleaners may remove the protective film covering the face of the iPad.

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  • For information on how we will make decisions regarding symptoms and in-person school attendance, see the following documents.

    COVID-19 School Exclusion Guidance Decision Tree

    COVID-19 Symptom Comparison

    COVID-19 Flowsheet


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  • Smartwatches can be a distraction in the classroom. From social media to texting, allowing digital devices could hinder a student’s performance in the classroom. Therefore we ask all students and parents not to text or call using the smartwatch during school hours. If a student uses the watch to text or call, we will ask them to keep the watch in their locker. If it happens again, we will keep it in the office. Thank you for your understanding.

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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 the 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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  • We are a local Parent Teacher Organization that is organized by interested parents and teachers. All parents are automatic members and are welcome at monthly PTO meetings where we plan a variety of special events, appreciation gifts, and other activities that benefit the staff and students.

    We want to find out more about you and see if you'd be interested in getting involved. Thank you in advance for filling out this survey.


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