The Discovery News

March 2016

From Mrs. Bates

Dear Discovery Ridge Families,


The first week of March is National STEM week! I wanted to share with you efforts that are being made this month to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. First, a huge thank you to all of our young scientists who participated in the annual science fair! The projects were of such high quality! On March 2nd, the school community is invited watch the STEM Olympics at Liberty High School from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in which many of our Stars will be competing.


At DRE, we are creating a STEAM (includes art) lab that will house materials for hands-on, project-based learning in the classroom. These areas are called Makerspaces and encourage Stars to design, experiment, build and invent. Examples include cardboard construction, computer coding, robotics, electronics, and machine building. You can help by participating in the TJ’s pizza fundraiser or contributing items such as Legos, old electronics that can be disassembled, new electronics, and craft supplies.


We greatly appreciate your support of our students as they prepare for their future!


Mrs. Bates

Upcoming Dates

March Dates


  • March 1st- Hats on Day
  • March 3rd- PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the DRE library
  • March 11th- EARLY RELEASE K-12 (K-4 @ 1:35 p.m. 5th grade @ 1:50 p.m.)
  • March 11th- PTO Movie Night
  • March 15th- Spring Concert for 1st grade (Lunders, Kuhn, Reilly, and Kliethermes)
  • March 16th- Spring Concert for 1st grade (Hale, Hubbard, Kilroy, and Bryant)
  • March 17th- Parent Teacher Conferences (held if teacher or parent request)
  • March 18th- NO SCHOOL
  • March 21st-25th- Spring Break


April Dates



  • April 1st- MAP Pep Rally
  • April 7th- PTO meeting 6:30 p.m. in the DRE library
  • April 21st- Talent Show Try Outs 3:45 p.m.
  • April 29th- 4th quarter progress reports come home

Family Fun Night

Discovery Ridge held its 6th annual Family Fun Night on Friday, February 19th. This event included a pizza dinner, M.A.P test prep activities for students, Book Fair shopping, Science Fair projects were on display, and PTO game night. The event was well attended by teachers, staff, families, and community members. It is always nice to bring our school community together around the common goal of student learning and achievement.

DRE Rock Stars Support Jump Rope For Heart!

During the entire month of February students raised money for the American Heart Association. This year our goal was $15,000 and we have reached our goal! Although the final numbers are not in yet, we would like to congratulate our Stars on the amazing job they did with this campaign! Late donations will be accepted throughout March. We are already the number one school in the Wentzville School District. Our top fundraisers so far are Ben Landrum with $310 and Kayden Brown with $275. WAY TO GO STARS!

DRE Celebrates!

Tuesday, February 23rd was a big day at DRE! Students wrapped up a month long celebration of Black History in many ways. Intermediate students listened to a story about the Underground Railroad while primary students participated in Rhymes, Rhythms, and Raps. Check out the awesome storyteller- http://www.bobbynorfolk.com. Students also learned about random acts of kindness with their buddy classes.

Valentines for Veterans

During our Valentine's Day celebrations our students participated in a service learning project. Students took time to create Valentine's Day cards for our Veterans at the Missouri Veteran's Home. Students enjoyed thanking our Veterans for their service and wishing them a happy Valentine's Day.

Little Scientists

The Science Fair is an opportunity for students to apply the scientific method to conduct independent research. The results of each student's project is displayed in our school-wide science fair. The projects are then reviewed to determine their scientific merit. We had three students advance to compete in the regional science fair this year. They are: Jensen Bates, Mireya David, Tessa Wilson.

Order your MAP sweatband today!

We had such a great response from students, staff, and parents that we are ordering another round of "Go for the Gold" sweatbands. Orders are due March 11th and the items will arrive in late March. Please see the link below for the order form.

Readers Are Leaders!

"Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read."
~ Marilyn Jager Adams, child development expert


Check out these great reading websites and Apps:

Apps:

*First Word Sampler

*ABC Phonics

*Toontastic

*Sock Puppets

*Magnetic ABC

*Word Wizard


Websites:

*http://gamequarium.org/

*http://www.abcya.com/

*http://audiostories.lightupyourbrain.com/

*http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/wordfamilyquizletdecks

*http://www.readingbear.org/

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Contact us today with your questions, celebrations, or to volunteer!

Laura Bates, Principal

Laurie Zaleuke, Assistant Principal

Jessica Karll, Admin Intern