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Notes from Mrs. Zent

  • Virtual Learning Day

    Posted by Carol Zent on 1/20/2023

    Virtual Learning Day

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  • Fantastic First Week

    Posted by Carol Zent on 9/2/2022

    I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful summer. I also hope everyone is relaxed, recharged, and ready to start a new school year. It was great meeting so many new families and seeing familiar faces on Back to School night. We are delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

    Thank you to all of our excellent staff who helped prepare for the new school year. Their commitment to ensuring that Horace Elementary remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students on our first day of school. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

    Warmest Regards,

     

    Carol Zent

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  • Welcome Back to School

    Posted by Carol Zent on 7/27/2022

    Welcome Back! 
    I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

    All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard-working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And our much-appreciated PTO is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

    Back to School Night

    Don’t forget to join us for our open house on August 23. You can come anytime between 4:00-6:00 pm. Your child can bring their supplies, meet the teacher and tour the school.

    PTO provides fun and food that night between 4:00-7:00! 

    Student Placement
    Much time, effort, and thought has gone into the student placement process for the school year.

    Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families and student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.  Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

    Thank you so much for being positive with your child in helping him or her understand that placing all students with a preferred best friend or teacher is impossible.

    Our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group, and teacher.

    Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that Horace Elementary remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

    Warmest Regards,       

    Carol Zent

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  • Golden Tickets

    Posted by Carol Zent on 9/24/2020 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 9/22/2020

    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

  • FAMILY FUN NIGHT🤡

    FAMILY FUN NIGHT is just around the corner! Join us February 10, 6:30-8:30pm!

     

    +Inflatables

    +Games

    +Prizes

    +DJ

    +Food (for purchase)

     

    Sign up to help volunteer or help with supplies to the event!

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044CA8AB2AA0FA7-family

     

    We are looking for donations of new or gently used books to be used as prizes in our book walk. Donations can be dropped off at the school office.

     

    THANK YOU!

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  • electronic devices

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  • music programs

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  • PARENT RESOURCES

    Here are websites that might be of interest to you.

     

    School Newsletter https://www.smore.com/gtua7

    Parent Portal Parent Portal / PowerSchool Login (k12.nd.us) 

    School Handbook:

    Student Handbooks / Elementary School Student Handbooks (k12.nd.us)

    School Supply List

    Supply List / Section Overview (k12.nd.us)

    School calendar:

    West Fargo Public Schools / Calendar (k12.nd.us)

    Lunch Menu:

    Nutrislice Menus | West Fargo Public Schools

    My School Bucks:

    MySchoolBucks

    Bus information:

    Transportation / Department Overview (k12.nd.us) 

    Return to Learn Information

    Return to Learn / 2021-22 School Year (k12.nd.us)

    Horace PTO

    PTO / Section Overview (k12.nd.us)

    Please feel free to visit our website to retrieve additional school information:

    Horace Elementary School / Homepage (k12.nd.us)

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  • contact info

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  • ipad rules

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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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  • 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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  • PTO IMAGE

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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.

    -PTO

    sign up PTO

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  • Bullying

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  • update

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