May 21

Help! Looking for Certified Accountant

volunteer-green-logo1Dear Horn Parents,

The PTO is at our financial year end.  With that in mind, and the fact we have changed to non-profit status,  we are looking for a Certified Accountant to review our financial books for the year.  Should you know of anyone, (perhaps even yourself) please contact us.

Thank YOU!

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May 17

Target Thanks A Billion Program

So Simple. Say “Thanks” to a teacher and Target will give $25 to Horn.

View the program and Say Thanks:


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May 15

PTO Funds 3rd Grade Field Trip to Old Threshers Reunion

OldThreshers_2015_3rdGrade (17)Despite the rain, Horn third graders were full of smiles on our trip to Old Threshers School Tour last Friday, May 8th.

We took a step back in time to find out about Iowa’s rich farming history, visit a one room schoolhouse, ride a steam powered carousel, and so much more. We asked 3rd graders if we should take future third graders on the school tour, and they all replied with a resounding YES! 

A great big thank you to Horn PTO for their part along with the amazing volunteers of Old Threshers in making it a wonderful day!

The PTO Funded covered expenses at a cost of ~ $800.  We have posted lots of photos below from the trip.

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May 14

Horn Kernels Night This SATURDAY – Lets Fill the Seats!

kernels_logoNot too Late To get tickets for Horn Elementary night at the Cedar Rapids Kernels!

This fun and exciting event for students, staff, families and friends will take place on this Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

Gates open at 4:00 PM.

There are still a few team activities available to participate in, please sign up using the linked signup genius form. Most of the activities occur at approximately the same time.  Participants need to arrive at the stadium by 4:15 PM. You must be attending the game and have purchased a ticket to participate.

How to Purchase Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Kernels ticket office at (319) 896-7560, or online using the URL: 

(Please select the special Horn area of Section 111 when ordering tickets online.) 

Let’s fill the seats!

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May 14

Teach Appreciation Week Wrap Up

teacherAppreciation_Fri_2015 (1)Staff Appreciation Week ended with a beautiful breakfast provided by Horn parents.  Staff members commented multiple times what a wonderful week it was and how appreciated and encouraged it made them feel.  We received a special note from Mrs. Hagen stating “Thank you for making me feel so appreciated! Your thoughtfulness is overwhelming.”  

We couldn’t have done it without the help of all of our parents.  Thank you to Kathryn Morrily, Treena Wait, Casey Oulman, Ann Black-Ziegelbein, Maria Cahalan, Merrie-Ann Casko, Rhonda DeCook, Kathy Meyer, Robyn Markle, Lori Kimura, Amanda Jensen, Laura Broffitt and Asih Asikin-Garmager for helping with Friday’s breakfast.


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May 12

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast – Join Us!

volunteers-thank-youTHANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!  

Horn loves its volunteers and we would like to invite EVERYONE who has volunteered  any of their time this year to join us for a Volunteer appreciation breakfast on Monday, May 18th at 8:00 am in the Horn Media Center.  Have you helped bake, cook, read, set-up/tear-down, fundraise, coordinate, plan, chaperone, run a winter carnival game, or anything else this year?  NO volunteer act is too small – we appreciate it ALL!  Join us Monday, May 18th, at 8 am in the Horn Media Center. 

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May 08

PTO Funds 5th Grade Field Trip to the Herbert Hover Museum

herbertHover_2015 (4)Recently, the 5th grade classes at Horn visited the Herbert Hover Presidential Library and Museum, where they learned all about the life and career of former president from Iowa.  The PTO Funded covered expenses at a cost of ~ $500.  We have posted a few photos below from the trip.

Thank you parents for your financial support! Field trip experiences such as these are not possible with out you.


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May 08

PTO Funds 2nd Grade Field Trip to Kent Park

kentPark_2015 (4)Wetlands & Wildlife! The PTO funded the April 2nd grade field trip to Kent Park. All busing expenses where paid by the PTO at an expense of approximately $500.00.  From Mrs. Smock: “We had a great day and the weather was as good as it gets in Iowa!”.  We have posted a few photos below.

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May 07

Teacher Appreciation – Thursday Update

teacherappreciation_2015_thurs (2)Today our Horn staff was presented with an International lunch!

Our Horn families provided food from around the world, with forty different dishes representing twenty countries! We had donations like lasagna, vegetable pakoras, bruschetta, gumbo, biryani, potstickers, buckwheat kasha, milk pudding, Irish soda bread, apple pie—and so much more! This annual staff favorite is made possible by the uniquely diverse population we are so lucky to have at Horn! Dan Peterson, Horn’s art instructor had this to say: “This is my favorite lunch of the year!” While Ted Proctor, 3rd grade instructor wondered if he could have a plate to go, Kate Hagen, music teacher asked: “Can’t I just stay in here and eat for the rest of the day?” As our volunteers returned to clean up the lunch, our wonderful office secretary Brooke Overholt was enjoying her second plate and noted, “Seriously. Delicious stuff in here folks!”

The PTO would like to thank all of the families that donated the amazing food and helped with setup and cleanup; Ying Liu, Debbie Yarrow, Barb Gienapp, Saima Sarwar, Merrie-Anne Casko, Rachel Zimmerman-Smith, Israt Jahan, Sabrina Li, Maria Spyker, Chin-Yi Chen, Yukari Kawasaki, Kathy Meyer, Ludmila Scott, Ankita Chadda, Gabriela Cherascu, Tarek Khowassah, Liuska Pesce, Devi Thuluva, Dawm Worrell O’Leary, Rocio Romero, Kamal Rahmouni, Katarzyna Wolniak-Bujakowska, Treena Waite and Casey Oulman, Bhuvaneshwari Kempura, Olga Petrova, Lindsey Willey, Robyn Markle, Maria Cahalan and Salina McCarty.

Chris Stillwell, paraeducator summed up the day and our Horn community when she said, “We have the BEST families at Horn!”

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May 06

Teacher Appreciation – Wednesday Update

teacherAppreciation_2015_wedToday the homeroom teachers were greeted by many smiles and treasures from their students.  

The staff lounge was filled with goodies and the teachers got to spend their recess time inside doing whatever they pleased…probably grading homework and writing lesson plans :)  Recess duty was full of activity so no pictures to show for it.

Thanks to Treena Waite and Casey Oulman for treating the teachers to dishes full of candy.  Thank you also to the following people for spending part of their day out on the playground watching students during recess; Treena Waite, Casey Oulman, Salina McCarty, Kathy Meyer, Brieann Murdock, Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Jen Kruse, Holly Bodin, Debbie Yarrow, Sabrina Li, Lihua Yang, Ludmila Scott, Autumn Craig, Vrushali Abhyankar, Asih Asikin-Garmager, Jaymie Elkins and Sara Lopez

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