DU September Newsletter
September 2018 * Explore Excellence*
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
Please Join Our Parent Teacher Organization
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Makowski at email@example.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.
Games and Puzzles
Want to play games at school? In this club, you will explore a variety of puzzles, board games and card games. We will learn to collaborate (work together) to follow instructions, take turns, how to win and lose respectfully and just to have fun with other explorers. At the end of the club we will work together to create a new board game that others can play.
Join Mr. Rick and Mrs. Waples out in our school garden. Explorers will learn about gardening, conservation, recognition of plants, trees and shrubs, basic flower arrangements, and a love and appreciation of nature.The fruits and vegetables that are grown will be donated to a local food bank.
No Bake Cooking
Explore cooking with no bake cooking recipes each week. Together, you will be building a recipe book. At the end of the club we will invite your family in to try your food.
Games and Puzzles
Explorers, do you enjoy making, building, exploring, taking things apart and experimenting? If so, join makerspace! Together we will create! By the end of the class we may be making stop motion lego!
Yoga with Ignite Yoga Studio
Ignite Yoga Studio will be hosting a yoga class to learn yoga, to meditate and how to have a strong body and mind.
Artists at Work
Explore your creativity in a calm and inviting atmosphere. At the end of our club we will create an art gallery showcasing your work!
Yoga with Ignite Yoga Studio
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Explorers will work through STEM challenges using their problem solving skills. A record will be kept of all challenges in this club. At the end you will get to see all of your hard work come together.
Soccer and Basketball
Explorers will learn the basic motor skills to perform soccer/basketball skills as well as basic imrpovement on running, skipping, and walking. Also we will be focusing on teamwork, following directions and good sportsmanship. At the end of the club we will have a game and invite others to come and see us play.
DU Green Team (Recycling)
Do you love recycling? Join a club where explorers will create and implement a recycling system for the whole school! We will use those recyclable to make art or gadgets to exhibit. At the end we will present what we have created to the school!
Soccer and Basketball
Do you want to help make video announcements? In this club explorers will be using their creativity to make video and audio recordings to share with the school. You will also get to publish school news and event reminders. Throughout the club you will create and publish your work through school announcements, flyers and possibly the yearbook.
Fun with Fitness
Do you love exercising? If so, this club is for you. Explorers will rotate through exercise stations to build a healthy body. Explorers will track the progress of their workouts and at the end of the club you will get to reflect on your hard work.
Dance and Music
Explorers will learn how to dance and sing to popular children songs. At the end of the class explorers will put on a performance for the school.
Fun with Fitness
Want to design your own business? If so, join Youth Entrepreneurs and learn the mindset and tools to design your own business and open it at Market Day! **2nd Grade and Up**
Have you always wanted to learn how to act? Act in short skits and make movies. Skits will showcase ways to "Explore Excellence" and will be shared with the school!
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.
- 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.
Angela Makowski, Principal
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