DU September Newsletter

September 2018 * Explore Excellence*

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Important Dates


  • 8/27-9/10 NWEA Testing

  • 8/31 First Day of Friday Explorer Clubs

  • 9/3 No School-Labor Day

  • 9/6 Fall Picture Day

  • 9/10 Motivational Monday: Kindness w/ Arizona Humane Society

  • 9/17 Dental Presentation for 2nd & 6th Grade

  • 9/17 First PTO Meeting 5pm-6pm

  • 10/8-10/12 Spirit Week

  • 10/10 Reading Under the Stars 4pm-6pm

  • 10/10-10/12 Parent Teacher Conference & Scholastic Book Fair

  • 10/15-10/19 Fall Break-NO SCHOOL

Explore Excellence

Everyday at Discover U we EXPLORE EXCELLENCE by being respectful, proactive, kind and courageous. In every classroom and all around our campus you will hear teachers and students talk about how to be an explorer and complimenting these key traits. In August, we had team members from MCSO come out to our campus and speak about courage. For September, we will highlight being kind. We will be welcoming the Arizona Humane Society on campus for our Motivational Monday on kindness.
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Please Join Our Parent Teacher Organization

Our PTO works extremely hard to raise money that directly benefits our students and families. Last year we raised funds to complete our outdoor learning space next to the school garden and to supply books for our school. This year our PTO will set a new goal for fundraising and will take an active role in our school as we nurture, inspire and empower our students.


Our PTO President, Shawntel House is excited to build a strong team of parents and start planning our goal for this year and we will get there together. Please join us on Monday, September 17th from 5pm-6pm in the school Learning Lounge. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions please feel free to email Shawntel at dupto@discoverulearning.com or Ms. Makowski at makowski@discoverulearning.com

Friday Explorer Clubs INSPIRE!

Last Friday we began our Friday Explorer Clubs. As students left their clubs they were bouncing with joy and excitement. We have 14 clubs on campus that our explorers will attend every Friday for one hour. Our goal is to integrate student’s interests into school and to inspire our students to explore new interests. Below you will find pictures of our clubs with a brief description.

Explorer Club Donations

Our teachers are very excited to inspire our students and create learning experiences that will make a lifelong impact on our students. Since each one of these inspiring clubs require unique supplies we are asking for donations to support our clubs. Below are two possible options for donating.

  • Make a small cash donation of $20 or less to the front office. This money will be divided up and will be distributed directly to our teachers to purchase supplies.

  • Make a tax credit donation to our school clubs. The Arizona State Tax Credit program allows you to make a donation to an eligible organization and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit against Arizona state taxes owed. These donations count as charitable contributions and may be deducted on your federal return if you itemize your deductions. To do so, go to http://bit.ly/DUtaxcredit.


If you would like to make a cash donation, please bring the money to the front office. We will be collecting the money and distributing it amongst our teachers so that they can buy supplies for their club. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at (623)974-4827.


Thank you for partnering with us to create a school that nurtures, inspires and empowers all of our students through hands on learning.

What is NWEA Testing?

Your child learns better-and faster- when teachers and students have a clear picture of what they know and what they are ready to learn next. The NWEA assessment is an "adaptive" assessment which reacts to each child's answers and gets more challenging when they are getting answers correct and becomes easier when they are getting answers incorrect.


At Discover U kindergarten through sixth grade have started taking this assessment for reading and math. You will be receiving a print out showing how your child did on this assessment. During parent teacher conferences in October your child's teacher will be able to show you the results and discuss in detail how they are using this information to personalize instruction for your child.


Our students will take this assessment three times a school year to focus on personalizing instruction and measuring student growth.


Please click here if you'd like to read the Parent Toolkit to learn more.

Parent Pickup

Our number one priority during parent pickup is safety and efficiency. We want to make sure that all of our explorers make it safely to you. Therefore, we have a few reminders to all of our parents and guardians.


  • We recommend waiting in line to drive to the pick up area after school. This is a quick process and we pride ourselves on taking under 15 minutes for all students to make it to their car. As you drive through the pick up area please be sure to pull all the way forward.
  • Please do not park in the surrounding businesses parking lots. Please do not park in the fire lane in front of the office or stop and wait behind parked cars. You will need to park your vehicle in either the front or back parking lot and walk up to pick up your child from their teacher or simply wait in line to drive up to the pick up area.
  • During dismissal our teachers number one priority is child safety. Therefore, it is not time to discuss serious matters. Please ask if you can speak after dismissal or follow up to schedule a meeting.
  • If your child is in aftercare, you will need to park and walk in to sign them out. If you are picking up your child at 3:15pm and do not want them to go to Explorer Zone, you are welcome to call the front office prior to dismissal and we can relay the message to your child's teacher to have them outside at dismissal.
  • If you need extra time buckling in your children, we ask that you pull all the way to the front of the line before your children get in. This will allow you the time needed to ensure your child is buckled without feeling rushed.

Explorer Zone: DU's Before/After Care

Discover U is proud to offer Explorer Zone for our on-site before and after care starting at 6:30am and ending at 6:00pm. Through this program, children in PreK-2nd grade and 3rd-6th grade are encouraged to learn and interact in a safe, caring environment. Under the supervision of trained adults, the children will engage in a variety of activities specifically designed to improve their social, emotional and academic success. Here are a few of the scheduled activities children will participate in:

  • Reading and math enrichment
  • Group games and sports
  • STEM activities
  • Arts & crafts
  • Technology time
  • and more!

To register or find out more information, please contact Discover U at (623)974-4827 or go to our website at https://www.discoverulearning.com/beforeafter-school-program.html.

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Angela Makowski, Principal

Angela Makowski is honored to lead Discover U. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Arizona State University. Her work has been devoted to creating a positive, safe, caring environment where students are nurtured, inspired, and empowered as learners.


See what's going on at Discover U by following our hashtag #DUexplorers