Discovery Update

December 1, 2021

A Message From The Principal...

December is an exciting, but short month at our school. Teachers and students will be very busy completing many projects in the next three weeks of school. As I write this newsletter and try to decide the most important information to include, I am once again in awe of what a strong learning community this is. Teachers are able to be more effective because of the incredible job you do as parents. I want to personally say thank you to the parents who support their children’s school experience through reading to your children and helping them practice their reading and math skills at home.


Teachers will be communicating end of the year standards for math and reading with you soon, if they have not already done so. In January you can expect to receive a report card explaining your child's progress toward priority end of the year grade level standards. I have linked the OSPI website where standards can be found here. If you have any specific questions, please ask your child's teacher.


I hope as the holiday season arrives, you get to spend wonderful days with your family and friends. One activity that is both beneficial for students during the holiday break and fun for families is to have your child read out loud to someone everyday. There is much evidence that this one activity is most important in building strong readers. It is also an excellent way to take some time to relax when things get busy. Singing songs, repeating rhymes, finding the letters in the alphabet on the road signs as your family is in the car, are also great literacy activities.


Your children are growing in so many ways. My wish is that you get to take time to enjoy this magical time with them.


Julie Bartlett

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Important Dates

December 6 - Late Start Monday 10:05


December 13 - Late Start Monday 10:05


December 14 - PTO Meeting 6:30 zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83109887330?pwd=aXYzeTI4UEpEMlJ2VUdXSjRoN3RjQT09


December 16 - Holiday Parade in the south parking lot 6:30 - 7:30


December 17 - Early Release 12:00


December 20 - December 31 No School for Winter Break


January 3 - School Resumes Late Start Monday 10:05

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Counselor Corner

For the month of December and January, students will be learning about our school’s buddy rules.

  1. Be Kind

  2. Help Others

  3. Include Others

  4. Tell an Adult

We use these rules to help students make great choices when working and playing with friends, classmates, and peers. These rules help students to build positive relationships in and out of school, and further support our AIM rules. Collectively, these behaviors build a strong school community, foster belonging, and establish connection. All wonderful characteristics of Discovery Primary.

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Vaccine Information


Omlife Clinic - December 4, 2021


Students ages 5-11 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine! CDC Recommendation


Omlife is providing a clinic for students and adults to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Surprise Lake Middle School.


Pfizer for Ages 5+

Moderna ages 18+

Johnson and Johnson/Jan ages 18+


Students under 17 must have a parent, guardian, or legal representative present at the clinic.


Pfizer and Moderna booster shots are available for those who completed their vaccinations at least 6 months ago and 18 years and older. CDC Booster Information

Flu shots and TDAP vaccines for 12-18 years are also available. More information is provided on the Omlife link.
  • All individuals must be registered prior to the event.
  • Interested individuals may register at covid19tacoma.com/fife1204/
  • Please share the link with all interested individuals.

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Thank You For Your Generosity!!!

Discovery students collected more than 7,000 food and household items which totaled 3.000 pounds! Thank you families for participating and helping out our community. All donations went to Edgewood Nourish and Mountain View Community Center.
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Lost and Found

Have you noticed your child is missing a jacket or other clothing? Our Lost and Found is filling up. Please let the teacher know if your child needs to go to the lost and found closet to look for something. As the weather gets colder we are checking to make sure students have warm coats on before going out to recess.

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Read Read Read

Reading daily is the most important way to become a stronger reader. We provide incentives for daily reading through our schoolwide Read and Lead program. Progress in Read and Lead is marked on your child's report card. Research supports that reading 10 minutes a day helps language development, promotes brain development, aids in understanding of a world outside our own strengthens family relationships, and helps students become strong readers. Make sure to record your reading on the read and lead log each month. Have fun reading!
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Emergency School Closures or Change of Schedule

Please check the district website for emergency schedules. The website will have the most updated information regarding school schedule changes due to adverse weather conditions and other emergency situations. You can help us by not calling school unless you have an emergency. The phone lines can become bogged down with so many calls. The District changes the website frequently and it is the most efficient way to get important information out. Fife School District website: www.fifeschools.com.


You will receive an automated call early in the morning if school is delayed or cancelled. Make sure the school has your current phone number!


In addition, school closure or delay start information will be on the local TV news and radio stations.