Winter Carnival is Near – Can you Volunteer?

carnival_ticketsHorn School will host its annual Winter Carnival and Silent Auction on Saturday, Feb 6th! The Horn classrooms transform into carnival games, the Art Room into a relaxing cafe, and the evening ends in a fun-filed auction/raffle where everyone has the chance to win parties with a special teacher. We need volunteers for helping with games, working in the Hornet cafe, baking cakes, and baking for Hornet Cafe.

You can also sign up to request a buddy for your child (a Horn 5th-6th grade student that will chaperon your child) so they can experience the winter carnival without you, while you help us out.

>> Learn ALL about the Winter Carnival HERE! <<

Silent Auction Callers: 

We are immediately looking for individuals who can help make phone calls for silent auction donations.  If interested, please email John Carpenter via

Horn families are invited to donate items or services, theme baskets or make monetary contributions toward auction items. All donations should be delivered to Horn Office by Friday, January 22, to allow processing and inclusion in marketing.

Work a shift at the Carnival helping with games, Setup/TearDown, Auction Tables or Hornet Cafe:

There are lots of spots (we need every family to take a shift somewhere)!!

Sign up Here for a Shift:

Bake Treats for us to sell at Hornet Cafe:

The Hornet Cafe is a favorite place to relax and refuel at the Winter Carnival (Feb. 6th, 3-5:30pm).  We would LOVE to have your fabulous cookies, bars and other delicious home baked goods to sell!  (Too busy to bake?  We also need donations of fresh fruit, carrots, and bottled water to complement our sweet baked goods.)  Sign up below–your donations will make the Hornet Cafe THE place to be during Winter Carnival!

Sign up to Bake a Hornet Cafe Treat:

Cake Walk and Cake Decorating Contest:

We need LOTS of cakes to run this fun event!  Each Horn family should try to bring one.  Too busy to bake, or not into cake decorating?  No problem–store-bought cakes, cupcakes, and simple homemade cakes or cupcakes are just as welcome!

Feeling creative? Game tickets will be awarded to the most creative entries! This years theme for the cake walk decorating contest is “Tell Me A Story”. So have your children start brainstorming! Both adults and kids are encouraged to participate in the decorating contest. The cake walk is a popular game and we need many many cakes!  Purchased baked goods are also very welcomed.

Sign up here to donate a cake:

For more information about the cake walk click here.

Thanks You! See you there February 6th, 3-5:30pm.

Coming Soon: Winter Carnival and Science Fair 2016


Please be sure to save the date for two fun events coming soon to Horn in 2016!

Horn Winter Carnival: 

Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This is Horn Elementary’s biggest fundraiser and social event of the year! Kids play games and earn tickets for prizes while their parents bid on Silent Auction items and enjoy treats from the Hornet Cafe. Kids love it!  Also look out for information about 2016 Teacher Parties you win by $1 raffle tickets or by placing the highest bid.  Watch for more information to come home in your Friday Folders and on our website.  We will need lots of volunteers for this event, consider giving your time.  We will be posting volunteer signup links to our website soon as well as via Horn Buzz and email announcements. 

Horn Science Fair

Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Horn Science Fair is an extracurricular enrichment opportunity for our Horn students.  It is a non-juried fair for which students study and investigate a science topic of interest and present their learning to the Horn community.  Students have a month to prepare, and then share their projects on the morning Saturday, April 30th.  This year we will also be visited by the University of Iowa Mobile Museum!  Look for more information to be provided in Friday folders, on our Horn PTO Website and in the Horn Buzz. 

Thursday, January 14th Dine Out for Horn

TimmyFlynnRedPepperDeliGrill_LogoIt’s Dine Out Night for Horn Elementary Thursday, January 14th at Timmy Flynn’s Red Pepper Deli and Grill!

Located at 517 S. Riverside Drive in Iowa City Timmy Flynn’s Red Pepper Deli & Grill is helping Horn Elementary raise money for their Playground!!!

On Thursday, January 14th, between the hours of 4:00-7:00, anything you order to eat, Horn Elementary will receive 10% back.  All you need to do is reference “Horn” when placing your order.  It’s that simple!

Why make dinner when you can have someone cook for you and have it go towards a good cause?!

Don’t forget to reference “Horn” when ordering!   Thank you!!!

PTO Meeting Agenda: Jan 5th 6:30 pm in Horn Media Center

Please join us for our January Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting

Agenda is posted below.  Children are welcome. 

Date: Jan 5th, 2016 – Happy New Year!

Location: Horn Media Center

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Naomi’s Kitchen Fundraiser For Horn

Naomis_KitchenIs this school year as busy as ever with no time for nutritious, home-cooked meals? Relief is on the way! Details about the Naomi Kitchen’s fundraiser will be sent home in a future Friday Folder.

Order online and with convenient pick-up times at Horn elementary, you can have 12-15 meals waiting in your freezer and every order earns Horn $15-$20.

Mark your calendars:

Order by Monday, January 18th and pick up your meals either on Thursday, January 21st between 2:30-3:30 and again 5:00-6:30 pm.

Questions? Contact: Dena Dillon at or 466-1957.  If possible, please pay by check because Horn will receive $5 less for credit card orders due to processing fees.”

>> To learn more information, FAQ, and a List of All Meal Packages<<

Click Here for PDF Flier

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Calling all Horn Student Writers! One Book Two Book Festival Writing Submissions Due Jan 8th

1Book2Book_LogoThe One Book Two Book Iowa City book festival is once again inviting and encouraging students in 1- 8th grade to submit 1 page of writing for their writing contest by January 8th, 2016. From their website:

This can be anything: story, essay, poem, song lyric, graphic novel page, etc. The piece must be an original work, written this school year, in polished form – ready for publication.”

For more information and details on how to submit a writing for entry, please visit the One Book Two Book website:

Horn Spirit Wear Pop Up Store – Wednesday, December 16th

Horn Spirit wear pop up sale 8-9am 3:30-4:30pm Wednesday, December 16th.

Totes, tumblers, magnets and t-shirts. 

Great for last minute gifts!  Credit Cards Welcome



December PTO Minutes

HORN PTO MINUTES – 12/01/2015

Thank you to all Horn parents and Horn staff who were able to join us.  If you have a question or a comment, please contact us through our online Contact Us form. Our next meeting will be January 5th.

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THANK YOU Local Business Sponsors! Deery Brothers, Coffee Press Co., La Casa, Hy-Vee, Oasis, and

december 066Horn Community, Please help us in giving a HUGE Thank You to our local businesses who helped our school over these past few months.

Thank You Deery Brothers Chrysler Dodge Ram & Jeep, Deery Brothers Ford, Coffee Press Co., La Casa, Oasis, and Hy-Vee. We are incredibly grateful to have such community support in Iowa City! Scroll down to learn more about their donation and see PHOTOS of our new mascot – Hemi and our visiting Author Grace Lin!


Deery Brothers Chrysler, Dodge Ram and Jeep of Iowa City


For the financial donation in support of purchasing Hemi our new Hornet Mascot!

Deery Brothers Ford of Iowa City

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For the donation of Grace Lin books for every 3rd and 4th grade student at Horn School

Coffee Press Co.


For the donation of our December Horn Staff Coffee Bar.

La Casa and Hy-Vee

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For the donation of our  Horn Staff  meal salsa bar and food.

Oasis Falafel


Who provided a great discount on food for our teacher conference meals in November.

THANK YOU LOCAL BUSINESSES! We have photos below … 

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Join Us! Book Fair Week – Shop, Dine and More! Nov 30 – Dec 4

BookFair-FamilyNight-2015Dear Horn Families – We would like to invite you, your friends, and extended families to our Book Fair Extravaganza week this November 30th – December 4th, 2015.  

This is a week long celebration of books and Horn spirit via our in-school Scholastic Book Fair store and our Thursday Family Dine and Shop night.   Our book fair theme this year is “Monster Book Fair”.  We are calling all Families to join us for this annual event – you’ll get Goosebumps!

During our Thursday, December 3rd, Family Night we are hosting a Zio Johno’s spaghetti supper, bake sale and Holiday Marketplace.  Dinner tickets are sold at the door for $5 a plate or $25 a family. Cash OR Credit Cards are accepted.  Stay after diner and grab a home baked goodies from our bake sale while you shop for goods (crafts, coffee, spirit wear and more) from our local Holiday Vendor Marketplace and book fair store.  Please keep an eye out for future flyers that will be coming home in the Friday folders.

Don’t forget for out of town family their is our online book shopping beginning November 25th.

Please mark your calendars for:

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