DISCOVERY Elementary School

Learners. Teachers. Trailblazers.

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Hello Discovery Families,

It's November and we already have so much to be thankful for at Discovery! Thank you to all of our families for your support, PTO involvement, P/T Conference meals, volunteer opportunities, input, and collaborative relationships as we strive to continue providing a safe and positive learning environment for all of our students, staff, and families.

We have already had our first signs of winter and we know there is more to come...lots more! Since our weather is often "interesting", please take the time to make sure your children have all the necessary winter gear. We ask that you encourage your children to take home their winter bags any time anything is wet to ensure it is dry for the next day. Students are more than welcome to keep their bags at school if the winter gear is dry. At Discovery, we'll take every opportunity we receive to get our students outside to enjoy the fresh air during our winter months. On another note, more winter bags are coming! We are unsure of the date yet, but once we get them, we'll be sure to get them in the hands of kids.

At Discovery, we strive to give students opportunities to lead, teach and be involved in a variety of ways. You will notice this with our Safety Patrollers and Student Council. Our older students “buddy” with our younger students, all grade level teams present at our assemblies, and we continually seek opportunities to highlight the accomplishments of students on our big screen TVs and at our assemblies. We are proud of how our students are empowered and have a voice at Discovery Elementary School. "Everyone is a learner, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a Trailblazer!"

In this digital world, we strive to connect with our families via social media. Please follow us on Twitter @_aliparkinson and @Mr_Hoheisel. It is here you will find weekly highlights of events that are happening in our school under the hashtag “#TRAILBLAZEON”. Your child’s classroom teacher will also share with you the many ways you connect with them digitally through Twitter and SeeSaw.

Mrs. Ali Parkinson - Principal

Mr. Loren Hoheisel - Associate Principal

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Safety First!

Throughout the month of November, teachers and students will engaged in class meetings and discussions about school safety. The conversations will focus on procedures, tips, and ways to report concerning situations. Our district, staff, and school are always focused on providing students with a safe environment to maximize learning opportunities. Recently, our School Resource Officer, Cpl. Jessica Thorlacius, met with our Discovery staff to discuss safety protocols. Ongoing conversations continue to occur at a school level and district level to ensure we're familiar with the most recent procedures relevant to school safety. Check out the slides below that will be shared with students via class meetings with teachers guiding the conversations. THANK YOU to Cpl. Thorlacius and our district and school safety teams for their continued support and efforts in keeping all students safe!

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Please review Discovery's traffic and safety tips!

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Mark your calendars & secure your pick-up plans!

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Notes from the Office

Report Cards:

Report cards will be emailed to you. The first trimester report cards will be emailed on Friday, December 6th. If your email has changed, please make sure the office has an updated email address for you.

Fit 'N Fun:

If your child attends Fit 'N Fun on the early release days and you need to pick up your student before 3pm, please make sure that you and your student find a para (adult) to let them know that you are taking your student early from Fit 'N Fun.

Telephone Calls:

Calls do not ring into the classroom during school hours to minimize interruptions. Messages for students can be left on the teacher’s voicemail.

Birthday Snacks:

Due to the increase in students who have severe food allergies and the higher levels of severity, we no longer celebrate student birthdays with a “birthday snack” in our schools. Parents are welcome to find other non-food items to send to school if they wish. Please discuss with your child’s classroom teacher for ideas or preferences.

Changing of Seasons:

As we continue through this fall season, please be mindful of our changing North Dakota weather. Classes continue to go outside daily and so we encourage students to dress in layers so they are able to enjoy outdoor recess. Thank you.

Family Services:

If you have needs for your child, please visit with AJ Lester, School Social Worker ( She is here to help make school a successful place for your child. For more information, check in at the office or talk to Mrs. Lester directly.

Absences and Tardies:

If your child is absent or late call the attendance line by 8:30 am to leave a message. Communication between home and school ensures students safety and also teachers when preparing make-up work. If you are taking your child out of school early for any reason, please stop by the office to sign them out.

  • Attendance Line: 701-787-4361
  • School Office: 701-787-4359

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO):

Our PTO meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center. The PTO organizes and sponsors many events and activities throughout the school year. Please participate in Discovery’s Parent Teacher Organization. (Due to the Veteran's Day, the November PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12th.)

Current open board position for President Elect. If this is something you are interested in, please contact Nicky at Hope to see you Nov 12th!


Intramurals are offered to 4th and 5th-grade girls and boys throughout the year. Before your child may participate, you are required to read the concussion information. The schedule is updated on our website calendar, and included in the newsletter.

Each session costs $12.50 and checks can be made out to GFPS.

Intramurals are from 3:00- 4:00 on the scheduled days. If your child is participating in intramurals, please pick them up by 4:00 at Discovery Elementary School on those scheduled days. If you have any questions, please call the office at 787-4359.

Box Tops for Education

Dear Families,

The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we can earn cash for our school. Participating brands have begun to change their packaging from the traditional Box Top clip to the new Box Tops label. Take a look at the flyer explaining how to use the new Box Tops mobile app.

The scanning of Box Tops using the mobile app has started! To learn more visit

Box Tops money helps pay for field trips, technology and teacher requests. Thanks for helping Discovery get what it needs!

Discovery PTO

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Social Work Corner

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  • We require all students who ride a regular route bus to have a Transportation Request Form on file. This form can be completed online at
    • Any change must be made three (3) business days prior to the change taking effect. Changes can be made by submitting a new Transportation Request Form.

  • Dietrich uses Google Maps for bus routes. LINK:
    • When you open a map, click on the Magnifying Glass in the upper left-hand corner, enter your home address, and you will see the nearest pick-up/drop-off location.
    • Discovery Bus is Route 208

  • Dietrich has a transportation policy that we will require riders to abide by. This is also located on the "Student Transportation" page under "Transportation Policy." LINK:

  • We require all elementary students who ride a regular route bus to have a Backpack ID tag. If you have a student new to riding the bus, or you don't have the ID tag, please have your student visit the main office at their school.

  • Bus Tickets are $10.00 for a strip of 10. You can purchase them at the school office or on MySchoolBucks. If you are writing a check, make it payable to GFPS. If paying in cash, please bring the exact amount due.

Lunchroom Information

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Notes from the lunchroom:

  • The kitchen will no longer make the pizza bagels without pepperoni.
  • The meat on the deli sandwich is all turkey meat. The "ham" is turkey that has been flavored to imitate ham.

  • You can check your child's lunch account balance and meal purchases or pay for your child's lunch by going to It's super easy and convenient!
  • Parents are welcome to join their child for breakfast and/or lunch. If you plan to join your child, please notify the office by 9:00 am so we can add you to our participation count. If you're here eating with your child, feel free to come earlier or stay later to help volunteer in the lunchroom. We welcome all the help available.
  • Breakfast will be served from 7:40 – 8:20 am daily.
  • Money can be deposited into accounts any morning before 9:30 a.m. If paying by check please make checks payable to the Grand Forks Public Schools. On the outside of the envelope please write the students’ name and account number. You can also deposit into your child’s account online through You will need your child’s ID code to create an account.
  • In accordance with the Grand Forks Public School Wellness Policy #6175 we strive to be superior in our nutrition standards. This means that no fast food or other restaurant food is allowed in the lunchroom for either student or parent.
Discovery's MASTER Calendar

Check the calendar often for upcoming events.

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  • Friday, November 8th - Spirit Day sponsored by PTO
  • Thursday, November 14th - Taco John's Fundraiser
  • Friday, December 20th - Wacky Holiday Spirit Day sponsored by PTO
  • Friday, January 31st - Jersey Spirit Day sponsored by PTO
  • Friday, February 7th - Spirit Day sponsored by Student Council
  • Friday, February 21st - Family Dance
  • Friday, March 27th - Spirit Day sponsored by PTO
  • Friday, April 17th - Spirit Day sponsored by PTO
  • Thursday, April 30th - Book Bingo
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Statistics consistently show that schools are among the safest places to be due to the strong commitment of educators, families, and our community to our students and schools. We strive to be proactive rather than reactive.

Despite these proactive measures, there may be times when your student struggles socially, academically, or otherwise at school. There may be a time you/your student sees, hears, or is made aware of something that causes concern. In these circumstances, we would like you to remember the phrase, “See Something, Say Something.”

  • Please directly contact your student’s teacher, counselor, or administrator when a school-related concern arises that requires intervention or assistance. The phone number to our school office is 701-787-4359.

  • If there is a safety concern after school hours, on the weekend, or when school is not in session (ex: holiday break, summer break), contact the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) at 701-787-8000. To text an anonymous tip to the GFPD, text GFPD to 847-411.

  • If it is an immediate concern, call 911.

  • Please do not use social media (ex: Facebook, Instagram, etc.) as a forum to share these concerns. Individual privacy settings may inhibit emergency responders and school administrators from seeing these messages, making them unable to assist.

We care about each of our students and work hard each day to support their needs. Thank you for your efforts in keeping our students, employees, and community safe.

Important Documents:

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