Sep 30

5 McGraw-Hill Math iPad/iPhone Apps are FREE Today

Hi Parents!

Horn uses the McGraw-Hill Everyday Math curriculum in school.  Today 5 of their math apps for iPhone/iPad are FREE today (each marked down from $1.99).


We are not certain how long they will remain free for in the iTunes store. 

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Sep 29

Chess Club Volunteers Needed

kids chessChess Club is beginning on Tuesday October 7th and we are looking for one or two volunteers on a regular basis to assist with the club.  The club will be held on Tuesday mornings from 7:45 to 8:25 am each week school is held in the Horn Art room. It is helpful if the same volunteers can come weekly, however please still reach out if you can come every other week, monthly or some other schedule.  No chess experience is required.  Volunteers make this club possible, please help if you can!  Contact Emily Hughes through our on-line Contact Us Form if you are able to volunteer. Thank you.

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Sep 26

Horn’s Third Annual International Night – Save the Date!

international_nightHorn’s Third Annual International Night is coming soon!  It will take place Wednesday, October 22 from 6:00-7:30pm at Horn School.  All families are invited to the event to present or participate.  As presenters your family would sign up through Sign Up Genius, and choose to share information, food, traditions or artifacts about a country that is important to you.  If your family does not wish to present you are still invited to participate!  Come to learn about the unique and diverse population that we are so lucky to have at Horn.  You will get to see some very neat things, sample delicious food and have the chance to win one of 8 apple pies!  We hope to see you there!

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Sep 25

Extra Extra! October Piper Available Now

NewsletterOur Horn October monthly newsletter, the Horn Piper, is now available!  We release a monthly summary of events (old and new) in our Pipers each month.

View now: October_Piper_2014.pdf


Did you know you can always find the latest piper from the right hand widgets on our PTO website?  Look for the box titled “Current Horn Piper Newsletter”.

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Sep 24

Our Top 12 Reasons We Loved Week of the Wild!

mini-SchoolOfWild_2014 (7)Each year the Horn Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) financially sponsors the 6th grade student School of the Wild experience.  Please see photos below of our Horn students enjoying their week and a sampling from students sharing why they LOVE Week of the Wild.

School of the Wild (SOW) is a week long program for students through the University of Iowa where they are immersed in nature for hands on environmental learning at the Macbride Nature Center.  This year the Horn PTO contributed $2075 toward the 6th grade field trip which along with a grant from the ICCSD Foundation and Iowa City Community Credit Union covered the week experience for 63 Horn students.  It was a fantastic enrichment opportunity! Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 23

Help Make a Difference!

Kids_Snow_Winter_Clothing_DriveThe Horn PTO is collecting winter outerwear for kids in need.  Please consider donating new or gently used:

Coats, Boots, Snow Pants, Gloves, Mittens, Hats

A donation box will be in the Horn Elementary office October 10th through November 21st.

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Sep 19

Goal! PTO purchases Soccer Nets for the Lower Playground

20140915 328This school year, the lower playground has a new addition – soccer goal nets! The nets were purchased by the Horn PTO at an expense of $1500 dollars. The soccer nets are used daily by kids during recess time and have been a well used and fun addition to the Horn school yard.  We have photos of the nets and kids in action below.

Thank you parents for your support to make purchases like this happen!  These nets are just one of many ways the PTO funds the school for items not covered by the district.  Our fall envelope drive is underway now. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 17

Horn Chess Club to Begin on October 7th

kids chessHorn Chess Club will start back up on October 7th!  This year, the club will meet on Tuesday mornings from 7:45 – 8:30 am in the Horn art room. There are no fees to participate and registration is not necessary – simply show up and play chess with other Horn students.  No prior chess experience is required – students at all skill levels are welcome to join.

We would like to especially thank our Horn band teacher, Mr. Lee Rabe, for sponsoring this fantastic club – THANK YOU!

If you are a parent that can help volunteer on Tuesday mornings for the club, please contact our PTO volunteer coordinator, Emily Hughes, through our online contact us form.  No chess experience is necessary and you can volunteer once, twice or whenever it can fit into your schedule. Thanks!

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Sep 16

Public Input Meeting on Willow Creek Park & Kiwanis Park – September 18th

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The City of Iowa City just announced it will be hosting a public input meeting at 6 pm on Thursday September 18th at the Willow Creek Park Shelter to discuss improvements to both Willow Creek and Kiwanis parks and gain community feedback.  Please visit the following IC news post about the meeting and the topics covered:    There is also contact information to provide feedback and comments to parks and recreation if you are unable to attend the meeting.  This is a great opportunity to provide your input to our local community parks that surround Horn school! Join if you can.

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Sep 12

Notice of Changes to Horn PTO Bylaws

On Tuesday, September 2nd, the PTO Executive Board voted to amend the Bylaws of the PTO.  Changes were made to the Bylaws to bring them up to date with current practices and use of technology, as well as to prepare for the PTO to apply for 501c3 (nonprofit) status with the IRS.  Parents can read the amended Bylaws here: ByLaws_8.26.14.pdf.  In addition, a paper copy of the amended Bylaws will be available in the Horn office.

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