Season's Greetings Discovery!


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Discovery Elementary Newsletter

Discovery Families,

There are so many things to be thankful for at Discovery School! Thank you to everyone who helped us have an extremely successful food drive. As a school, we were able to donate over 1,800 food items to the UND Mortar Board. This was such an outstanding event for our student council to organize and made such a positive impact on our community. Our next big giving opportunity will be for the Annual Community Pajama Drive. This year’s pajama drive will take place from Monday, December 5th through Friday, December 16th with a goal of collecting 250 pajamas! Please remember that any donations must be new with the tags still attached.

Our first trimester reporting period ended Wednesday, November 23 with report cards being sent home on Friday, December 9th. Discovery is a school that embraces a growth mindset and through our standard based reporting, celebrates students successes, growth, and highlights ways to teach to their individual needs. Through a variety of daily activities, work, assessments, and proficiency scales, our teachers are able to provide a snapshot of your child’s learning as well as identify areas for growth. Please take a moment to talk with your child about the ways they have grown as a learner throughout this school year.

At Discovery, we are committed to providing a safe, supportive, and collaborative learning environment and aim to have effective teaching in every classroom. Please click the "Discovery HRS Level 1& 2 Family Survey Button" below to give us feedback on things we are doing well as well as to identify areas that we could improve on! We are so fortunate to have so many amazing families at our school and parent input is a very valuable resource when looking at continual school improvement.

Thank you for all of your support and have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.


Mrs. Parkinson - Principal

Mr. Kurtyka - Associate Principal

Mark Your Calendars!

Holiday Greetings!

Each year we display our staff's holiday greeting cards in our main entrance and we welcome Discovery families to share, as well. If you have a holiday greeting card, please send it with your child to the school office and Ms. Katie or Ms. Beth will add it to our display. This has been a wonderful way to see everyone's family pictures and recognize the many different ways that our families celebrate the holidays.

Discovery Library Book Donation

If you are interested in donating a book(s) to the Discovery library, please see Mrs. Shannon's book wish list to contribute. Thank you!

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Discovery's PBIS Initiatives

This year our Postive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) team has worked hard to celebrate all of the positive behaviors that take place throughout our school every single day. Part of that celebration includes the earning of “Poms”. I’m sure many of your children have already shared this incentive! These poms are collected in a class jar and brought to the office for us to celebrate, collected in a larger container, and put towards a whole school reward! This has been so motivating for the students so far. We have also turned our grade level students, teachers, and support staff into teams. These teams are Motivate, Inspire, Create, Dream, Believe, and Achieve.

Each month these teams get together to create connections outside of their classroom. Our first project was creating team artwork utilizing their team's specific color to decorate our main hallway! This month our teams will be working together to write letters to send throughout nursing homes in our community. This will be a great way for students to gather and surely will brighten many days of others.

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Please take a look at the procedures here. LINK:

During the 2022-2023 school year, we have two storm days built into our schedule. If additional storm days are needed we will transition to remote learning for the day(s). In the case of a remote learning day of school, please use this survey to let us know if you might need internet access provided to you by answering this survey. We will then use this information to plan effectively, should remote learning be necessary due to inclement weather.

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5th Grade Letter Regarding Transfer Requests

Please see the below letter regarding middle school transfer requests. If you are considering a transfer request for next year, the completed form is due to the requested

middle school office by January 30, 2023. Forms are available at any middle school office.

You will be notified by mail in March / April whether your request is approved or denied.

intramurals schedule

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Arival, dismissal & checking out your child(red) during the school day

School Day:

  • Arrival Bell: 8:20 am

  • Tardy Bell: 8:25 am

  • Dismissal Bell: 3:00 pm


Students that are utilizing the breakfast program can enter in door #7 beginning at 7:40am. Students not eating breakfast at Discovery will go to their designated location outside to wait for the 8:20 am bell. Staff will provide supervision at the drop-off locations from 8:10 to 8:25. We ask anyone arriving after the tardy bell at 8:25 to use door #1 and check-in with the office staff before going to their classroom. Contingency plans will be shared with your children in the event of inclement weather. Please see the arrival/dismissal graphic for specific grade level drop off and pick up locations.


The safety of our students and staff is a top priority for us at Discovery Elementary Schools. As per district policy, schools will have parents meet their child(ren) at a designated location outside the school at dismissal time. Teachers will bring students to an assigned location outside the school. Students will meet their pick-up person at a prearranged meeting place near the assigned dismissal door. Older siblings will go to the youngest sibling’s assigned door so parents can pick up all children in the same location. Contingency plans will be shared with your children in the event of inclement weather. Please see the arrival/dismissal graphic for specific grade level drop off and pick up locations.

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. Please walk up to the door and push the doorbell to communicate with the school secretaries. Once the secretary has confirmed who you are and who you are picking up, they will send the child(ren) out to you.

Absences & 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.

  • Attendance Line: 701-787-4361

  • School Office: 701-787-4359

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Parents Lead

Influential Factors

One of the most influential factors during a child’s adolescence is maintaining a strong, open relationship with a parent/guardian. When we each create supportive and nurturing environments, children make better decisions. Though it may not always seem like it, children hear concerns, which is why it’s important that parents/guardians discuss the risks of using alcohol and other drugs. How do you start the conversation? Visit

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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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