Hello May!


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Discovery Elementary Newsletter

Discovery Families,

It's hard to believe that we are heading into the final 23 days of the school year! The month of May is a busy month with many special events added to our school calendar such as field trips, concerts, 5th grade celebration and Kindergarten graduation. Please take a moment to review the list of special events to ensure that all dates have been added to your calendar.

In the weeks ahead, we will be finalizing plans for June Summer School. If you have not enrolled your child, please note that today (April 28) is the last day to register. A reminder that Summer School will be held Monday-Friday, June 5-June 23 from 8:00 am -12:00 noon at Discovery School. Summer school is open to all students in grades kindergarten thru 4th grade. Families can use this link to register your child.

A reminder that if you have not yet completed your PowerSchool registration for the upcoming school year indicating that your child will be returning to Discovery, please do so. We use this information to place students into classes for the next school year and this process will begin in the coming weeks. If your family has moved or is planning to move, please let your child's teacher know and let the Discovery secretaries know. You can email the Discovery secretaries with this information at klofgren040@mygfschools.org or ehansen250@mygfschools.org. We want to ensure we have your most current information to help us when creating next year's class lists. Thank you!

The end of the school year is also a time where announcements are shared that affect the upcoming school year. Most recently it was announced that Mr. Kurtyka will be leaving Discovery School to be the Twining Elementary/Middle School Principal. He will be missed and we are so grateful for the valuable impact that Mr. Kurtyka has made as the Discovery Associate Principal for the past 2 years.

As we head into the final month of the school year, we are looking for some much-needed sunshine so that students can enjoy a final month filled with outdoor recess time! Fresh air and outdoor time will be appreciated after our unique winter that included many indoor recess times.


Mrs. Parkinson - Principal

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Discovery's PBIS program includes monthly assemblies. This month, our Kindergarteners shared about those who Inspire them. How special that several students said their heroes are their siblings!

These assemblies are great ways to gather as a school, sing our school song, celebrate our ELBA readers and highlight a lesson that teaches us how we can all grow.

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Good Luck to the Discovery Vex Team who will compete at Worlds in Texas Next week!

What's for lunch?

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Mark Your Calendars:

No Encore Friday May 26

There will be no Encore at Discovery on Friday, May 26. Please make arrangements to have child(ren) picked up at 3:00 p.m.
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intramurals schedule

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Reminders for arrival, dismissal & checking out your child during the school day:

School Day:

  • Arrival Bell: 8:20 am

  • Tardy Bell: 8:25 am

  • Dismissal Bell: 3:00 pm


Students who use the breakfast program may enter through door #7 beginning at 7:40 a.m. Students not eating breakfast at Discovery will go to their designated location outside to wait for the 8:20 a.m. bell. Staff supervise the drop-off locations from 8:10 to 8:25. Students who arrive after the 8:25 tardy bell should use door #1 and check in with the office staff before going to their classroom.


In line with district policy, schools have parents meet their child(ren) at a designated location outside the school at dismissal time. Older siblings will go to the youngest sibling’s assigned door so parents can pick up all children in the same location.

Checking out your child(ren) during the day:

If you are taking your child out of school early for any reason, please call the school office and let the secretaries know the time you plan to pick up. Please pick up your child(ren) at door #1.

Absences & Tardies:

If your child is absent or late, call the attendance line by 8:30 a.m. to leave a message.

  • Attendance Line: 701-787-4361

  • School Office: 701-787-4359

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Discovery Staff Wish Lists

Looking to give to your child's classroom? Here are our teachers' wish lists. There is absolutely no need to contribute, we're just sharing this because many families have asked. Thanks for ALL you do to support Discovery teachers and staff members. We notice and we appreciate it!

Listening is a powerful parenting tool.

You may not always know what to say but by listening carefully, with interest, and with empathy, you send the message that you care, are emotionally available, understand and accept. Kids sometimes feel that their parents “don’t understand” or “don’t listen” which can lead to a feeling of disconnection from parents. Good listening involves reflecting back or paraphrasing what your child has said so they know that you fully heard. Responses like, “It sounds like you are pretty angry at your coach” or “From what you are saying, it sounds like you feel she isn’t being a very good friend to you. Is that right?”
For more information and resources, visit www.parentslead.org

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2023 - 24 School Supply Lists

Grand Forks Public Schools will once again use TeacherLists to share 2023-2024 school supply lists information with our families! This free tool allows families to find and shop their student's supply list easily with the convenience of one-click shopping or in-store pickup from several national retailers, including Target and Walmart. If you'd rather complete your shopping in person, just visit the TeacherLists website to view/print your student's supply list.

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Main Office: 701-787-4359

Attendance Line: 701-787-4361

Fax: 701-787-5053

Main Office Hours: 7:45am - 3:45pm

Location: 3300 43rd Ave. S

Grand Forks, ND 58201

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