Discovery Weekly Newsletter

Week of August 23

Administrative Update

Mr. Painter’s Video Message


As I sit here and write to you all this afternoon, I am filled with tremendous excitement thinking about the start of the school year. While the world around us is filled with much uncertainty and a host of unknowns of what the future holds, it is comforting that soon our days will begin to be filled with learning, laughter, and joy from our students. We recognize that there are many questions that remain as we approach the Fall. Regardless of the learning environment your family selected, we want everyone to know that it is our goal to ensure that every student feels valued, respected, and cared for while having an equitable learning experience in both distance learning and the hybrid learning environments. We are certain that this year will truly test everyone’s patience, courage, and wisdom, but we are optimistic that this pandemic will not stop our commitment and dedication to our students and their success. We are in this together and together we will be stronger in the end!


While some of your thoughts may have started to shift towards school, we truly hope you all have had and will continue to have a wonderful summer break. This year, more than ever before, it is important you take time out of our busy days to celebrate the many small wins both personally and as a learning community. To see some of our staff’s summer excitement and joy, click here .


Every year our Discovery family has evolved and grown. We celebrate the former Trailblazer staff members who moved on within the county due to promotions or have taken on a new adventure elsewhere! We also welcome our new and returning staff members as we prepare to open our ‘virtual doors’ to almost 800 students. We are so proud of our staff and we appreciate all that they will do to bring joy to your child and family. As we head into Discovery’s eighth year, we look forward to it being the best, and potentially the most challenging year, yet!


A huge welcome to the following new Trailblazers:

  • Marissa Midgley, Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher

  • Sarah Hoeffel, Grade 3 Teacher

  • Christianna Querry, Grade 3 Teacher

  • Dana O’Shaughnessy, Grade 1 Teacher

  • Dr. Michael Matthew, Grade 5 Teacher

  • Jennifer Coulter, Health Clinic Specialist

  • Skye Sultan, Early Childhood Special Education Teaching Assistant

  • Madison Elsbernd, School Counselor

  • Stephanie Straka, Physical Education Teacher


Below are Trailblazers who have moved within our building:

  • Jenn Melnikoff, Kindergarten Teacher

  • Samantha Finkel, Grade 1

  • Samantha Snider, Grade 2

  • Meredith Miller, Grade 3

  • April Bromley, Grade 3

  • Heather Kern, Grade 5

  • Leslie Fox, Library Assistant


Class Placement assignments will be available in ParentVue on Friday, August 28. If you need assistance with accessing your ParentVue account, please contact Diane Allen, Discovery’s Registrar, at Diane.Allen@lcps.org.


We truly hope everyone is planning on attending our Virtual Back to School Night which will be held on Tuesday, September 1 at 5:30 p.m. This event is for parents/guardians only. The purpose of this event will be for our classroom teachers to virtually introduce themselves and to share more about our classroom assessments, curriculum and instruction, classroom management, communication, etc. during the upcoming year. The information that the teacher will cover at Back to School Night will also be included in a PDF which will be sent to you on Friday, August 28 to allow you to spend a few minutes looking over the presentation prior to Back-to-School Night to familiarize yourself with the classroom arrangements and note any questions you may want to ask. Your teacher will do their best to address previously submitted classroom questions during the Back to School Night on September 1st. Your teacher will also share more information about how to submit your questions on Friday, 8/28.


Even though everyone will be starting the school year in a Distance Learning format, we are still excited to host a Virtual Open House for students on Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3. Specific details regarding your child’s experience will be sent directly from your child’s classroom teacher on Friday, August 28. I’m sure you can imagine that Open House will also look a bit different than in years past. It will involve a sign-up for an individual meeting with you, your child, and classroom teacher. These meetings are meant for your child’s classroom teacher to be able to meet your child and to build a relationship with them prior to our first day of learning. This will set the year together off right for everyone. Even though the majority of the time will be spent with the classroom teacher focused on your child, it is imperative and a requirement that a parent/guardian is present during the entire 10-minute Virtual Open House session.


It is our hope and singular focus that this year we will continue to build upon our tremendous success as a school and community. In closing, let’s appreciate where we are and what we are going though. While we may not like our current situation, each day we are closer to being back in the building together!


Your Principal,

Mr. Painter

Save the Date

IMPORTANT INFO - DISTRIBUTION DETAILS

Below you will find information and instructions on how you may obtain an LCPS-issued individual learning device for your K-3 student(s), PTO pre-ordered school supplies, and/or spirit wear, as well as texttbooks. The distribution process has been created with physical distancing guidelines in mind. It is important that you follow all staff instructions while on campus.

Chromebook Distribution

Device distribution will occur in our car rider line (gymnasium doors) and our plan is for you to remain in your vehicle. However, it may be necessary for you to step out of your vehicle for brief periods of time. If this is needed, wearing a face mask will be required.


Step 1: This step should be completed prior to arrival at your school! Please review and acknowledge the LCPS device agreement within ParentVue.


Step 2:

Your school is scheduled to distribute Chromebooks to students on Tuesday, 8/25 and Wednesday, 8/26. You can choose to pick up devices on either date listed above. It is very important that you arrive at Discovery during the hours outlined below, based on the first letter of your last name. Additionally, to expedite distributions at school, we ask that you place a sign in your car window with your student’s name, Student ID (lunch #), and grade. Please continue to adhere to physical distancing guidance during pickup.


To be eligible for a device, you must present a photo ID and know your student ID number(s), which can be found on ParentVue.


Time & First Letter of Student Last Name

9 - 10:00 am

A through E


10 - 11:00 am

F through J


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

K through O


1 - 2:00 pm

P through T


2 - 3:00 pm

U through Z


Step 3:

Once you arrive home safely, please review this guide with your student(s) to learn the responsibilities and basics of caring for the LCPS individual learning device.


Technical Support

The Department of Digital Innovation (DDI) will continue to provide technical support throughout the distance learning. Students can receive technical support through one of the following methods:

  • Email your question to supportcenter@lcps.org (from your child’s LCPS provided email which is reached by logging into LCPSGO)
  • Call the Technology Support Center at (571) 252-2112


The Technology Support Center is staffed to provide technical support from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday - Friday. When or if a hardware failure is determined with your device, the Technology Support Center will refer you to schedule an appointment at an on-site repair center. Several on-site repair centers will be located across the district, but do require an appointment.

Pre-Ordered School Supplies & Spirit Wear

School supply distribution will occur in our bus loop ( main doors ) and our plan is for you to remain in your vehicle. Please continue to adhere to physical distancing guidance during pickup.


Step 1:

We are scheduled to distribute pre-ordered school supplies students on Tuesday, 8/25 and Wednesday, 8/26. You can choose to pick up your supplies & spirit wear on either date listed above. It is very important that you arrive at your school during the hours outlined below, based on the first letter of your last name. Additionally, to expedite distributions at school, we ask that you place a sign in your car window with your student’s name, Student ID (lunch #), and grade.


Time & First Letter of Student Last Name

9 - 10:00 am

A through E


10 - 11:00 am

F through J


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

K through O


1 - 2:00 pm

P through T


2 - 3:00 pm

U through Z


Step 2:

Your supplies will be brought to your car.

Textbook Pick Up - Grades 4-5 (WITHOUT a Younger Sibling or Without School Supply)

Distribution will occur in our car rider line (gymnasium doors ) and our plan is for you to remain in your vehicle. Please continue to adhere to physical distancing guidance during pickup.


Step 1:

We are now also scheduled to distribute grade 4-5 consumable textbooks to students on Tuesday, 8/25 and Wednesday, 8/26. You can choose to pick up your supplies on either date listed above. It is very important that you arrive at your school during the hours outlined below, based on the first letter of your last name. Additionally, to expedite distributions at school, we ask that you place a sign in your car window with your student’s name, Student ID (lunch #), and grade.


Time & First Letter of Student Last Name

9 - 10:00 am

A through E


10 - 11:00 am

F through J


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

K through O


1 - 2:00 pm

P through T


2 - 3:00 pm

U through Z


Step 2:

Your textbooks will be brought to your car.

PTO Update

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at Discovery!


Although this school year will look different for all of our students and families, the PTO would like to continue to foster the wonderful sense of community that we have built at Discovery. We plan to do this by hosting approved events within our community... socially distant style! Imagine drive through Trunk or Treat, with your Discovery teachers; Holiday Shoppe, by appointment; teachers greeting you curbside on restaurant Spirit Night Takeout Tuesdays...and so on!!


As we navigate into this new school year, please consider joining the PTO (you may join through the button below) and help continue to support our teachers and staff, as they guide our Trailblazers down this new path of distance learning.


Good luck to everyone this year!


Erin Sullivan & Kristin Stephens

PTO Presidents

discoverydonationsandevents@gmail.com


Stay Connected:

Instagram @discoveryPTO

FB @discovery.pto.trailblazers

Twitter @discoverypto1

Join US!

We'd love to have you! Please fill out the membership form below in the link to join the Discovery PTO.


PTO membership conveys voting rights, but it does not obligate you to volunteer or attend PTO events. All dues go to supporting classroom improvements.


Thank you in advance for supporting Discovery Elementary School!

Ways to Support Discovery Elementary this Year

Join our Parent Committees

Dear Parents,


Your Discovery PTO has been working hard to figure out ways to help facilitate conversations and idea sharing between parents in specific grade levels as distance learning continues into the Fall. In lieu of "classroom parents," the PTO will create grade level specific parent committees this year that will help to:


  1. Facilitate conversations for parents through grade level specific Facebook groups;
  2. Help to create online events for that specific grade group (I.e. parent guest speakers, online meet and greets, etc.);
  3. Any other ideas that will help that specific grade and your child.


This is your time to help. Please take a moment to consider volunteering to be on the committee for your child’s grade for the upcoming year. During these unprecedented times, we need all of our parent volunteers to come together to help our children. These elementary years are crucial and we need your help, so please consider signing up.


Our goal is to get this up and running prior to the start of school on September 8, so kindly fill out the following 5 questions at the following button below if you are interested in volunteering.


We truly appreciate your help and look forward to a successful 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions, please contact Mital Gandhi, the Vice President of our PTO at MitalGandhi@gmail.com.


Thank you,

Discovery PTO

Message to Parents

On August 12, 2019, VDOE Superintendent, Dr. Lane, provided a memo stating that physicals are required for students entering public elementary school for the first time.

  • A relief measure has been provided that allows a first-time public kindergarten or elementary school pupil to be admitted if such student can furnish, prior to admission, a comprehensive physical examination that was performed within the 12 months prior to the originally scheduled school reopening date (August 27, 2020).
  • Free physicals are available for uninsured elementary age students at HealthWorks for Northern Virginia.
    • Please contact Resource Nurse, Sherri Flynn sherri.flynn@lcps.org if you have a family that would like to make an appointment for their student at HealthWorks for a school physical.
  • Free physicals are also available at Inova Cares Clinic

46440 Benedict Dr., Suite 208

Sterling, VA 20164

703-698-2550

Call for an appointment


Immunizations:

  • Immunizations are required by Virginia Code 22.1-271.1

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/11/2019/04/Min_Requirements_042019.pdf

  • There is no waiver for or conditional enrollment for Tdap. All students entering the 7th grade must show proof of having received a Tdap immunization after the age of 7 years.
  • Any child whose immunizations are incomplete may be admitted conditionally, if the parent or guardian provides documentation at the time of enrollment, that the child has received at least one dose of the required immunizations and has a written schedule for completing the remaining doses within 90 days. If the student requires more than two doses of hepatitis B vaccine, the conditional enrollment period shall be 180 calendar days.
  • No certificate of immunization shall be required for a student’s school admission if (i) the student or his parent submits an affidavit to the admitting official stating that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the student's religious tenets or practices; or (ii) the school has written certification from a licensed physician, licensed nurse practitioner, or a local health department that one or more of the required immunizations may be detrimental to the student's health, indicating the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstance that contraindicates immunization.
  • Families may obtain required immunizations from:
    • Their child’s medical provider
    • Various urgent care providers and walk -in clinics
    • Some pharmacies


Tuberculosis Screening:

  • Loudoun County Health Department

45201 Research Place

Suite 120

Ashburn, VA


  • By appointment only

Families should call 703-777-0236 to make an appointment

English Learner Instruction Program Webinar Series

Dear Discovery Families,


The Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) English Learner Instruction Program will offer a new series of webinars geared to support families as they prepare for the upcoming school year, specifically supporting learning at home.


The links below are for the respective Zoom sessions. Please click on the language of your choice. No registration is required; families join live.


English: August 26; 5:30 p.m. (English)

Spanish: August 27; 5:30 p.m. (En Español)

Urdu: August 31, 5:30 p.m. (اردو )

Arabic: September 1, 5:30 p.m. (عربى)

French: September 2, 5:30 p.m. (En Français)

Vietnamese: September 3, 5:30 p.m. (Tiếng Việt)


Please contact jessica.costa@doe.virginia.gov with questions.

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