Discover U, Discover Learning!

February 2018 Nurture*Inspire*Empower

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." -Harriet Tubman

Our Mission is to provide a school that works for all students: academically-socially-emotionally.

Our vision is to be the most student-centered school working to nurture, inspire, and empower our learners so that they become strong, successful individuals with 21st century skills. We define 21st century skills as being a critical thinker/problem solver, empowered, collaborative, curious, innovative, and resilient.

As Explorers We Are...

Respectful, Kind, Proactive, Courageous

Critical Thinkers, Collaborative, Curious, Creative, Empowered, Resilient

Parent Teacher Conferences: February 7-9

We are so thankful to get to spend our days with your child. Parent Teacher Conferences are extremely important to us because it allows us to spend time strengthening our partnership for your child's academic, social and emotional success! Below are some common questions we receive prior to conferences.

What will we discuss?

  • Academic Progress
  • Student Work Samples
  • Explorer Behaviors
  • Testing Data
  • Ways to Support at Home

How should I prepare?

  • Talk to your child before your conference and ask them what they feel their strengths are and what areas they still need support.
  • Think about what information you would like to share with the teacher about your child.
  • If you have specific questions write them down and bring them with you.
  • Bring something to take notes.

How long will it last?

  • It will last approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Please arrive early and knock on the door to let the teacher know you have arrived.

Scholastic Book Fair

Reading for pleasure, inside and outside of school, has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

· Set the example. Let children see you read.

· Have a collection of books in the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills. Talk about books and what your child is reading.

· Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right to our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair Hours

2/7 Wednesday 3:00pm-4:30pm

2/8 Thursday 12:15pm-5:30pm

2/9 Friday 12:15pm-4:30pm

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help you find the right books for your child. For more information, visit:

If you are unable to attend in person, we invite you to visit our Online Book Fair at Our Online Book Fair is available from January 31st to February 13th

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Happy Reading!

No homework? Now what?

Your child spends a full day at school growing his/her brain and we respect that. We believe that with all of the hard work and time your child is putting in at school that homework is not a must do. Here are a few things that we encourage your child to do at home.

  • Read for 30 minutes a night with family or individually.
  • Be active! Play a sport, join a club and/or play!
  • Explore your interests and start your own project at home.
  • Spend time as a family.

If you would like to spend time working with your child on academics at home please reach out to your child's teacher. They can always provide ways for you to support your child's growth at home.

Explorer Behavior: What does respect look like?

Try these tips for respect at home.

Respectful replies. Think about something that you and your child disagree on (say, whether his video game time should be limited). Model having a respectful discussion about it. You might say that his/her brain and body are growing and that they need to run and play to stay healthy. Then, suggest a respectful response, such as, "I want to be healthy, but I love video games." Have him/her brainstorm other situations where people have a different opinions but still speak to each other with respect.

Everyday Acts. When you mow the lawn or clean up after your dog, you can teach your child about respect for self and neighbors. Explain that keeping your neighborhood clean and neat makes it nice for everyone. Ask him/her to think of other respectful things neighbors should do. If you share an apartment laundry room, they might say that you respect neighbors' time by taking your clothes when they're done so others get to use the washers and dryers.

Source: "Home & School Connection", (2017) CCH Incorporated

Save a Spot in Kindergarten Next Year!

In order to save your child's spot in Discover U's wonderful kindergarten classrooms join us for Kinder Round Up! You will get an opportunity to speak with our kindergarten teachers, explore the classrooms, tour the school, register, and much more! Our next event will be February 21st!
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American Furniture Warehouse Supports DU

Great News! Have furniture needs? Purchases at American Furniture ANYTIME will support Discover U Elementary School. Just mention our School ID: DSCVRU (or our school name) at check-out. All details are included in the flyer:

Explorers Dress for Success

The Discover U uniform shirt or sweater and khaki colored bottoms completes our dress code Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, students are allowed to wear denim bottoms with their uniform shirt. This is optional, of course. If the student is not wearing denim bottoms with their uniform shirt, then the expectation is that the student is in the school uniform.

Shirts and sweaters are for sale in the front office. Please call if you have any questions 623-974-4827.

Watch Your Child & Our School Discover Learning!

Angela Makowski, School Leader

Angela Makowski is honored to lead Discover U. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Arizona State University. Her work has been devoted to creating a positive, safe, caring environment where students are nurtured, inspired, and empowered as learners.

See what's going on at Discover U by following our hashtag #DUexplorers

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 3pm to Friday, Feb. 9th, 4pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Wednesday regular school hours.

Thursday 2/8 and Friday 2/9 will be early release.

PTO Meeting in the Learning Lounge

Monday, Feb. 12th, 5:30-6:30pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Our upcoming PTO meeting is Monday, February 12th at 5:30pm in the Learning Lounge. Please join us and feel free to bring your child(ren) with you.
-Discuss Dine Out nights
-Finish planning for Penny Wars
-Determine whether or not to hold a Spring Fling this year
-Future planning

President's Day-No School

Monday, Feb. 19th, 7:45am-3pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Kindergarten Round Up

Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 5-6:30pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

  • Meet current Kindergarten Teachers
  • Meet the School Leader and other staff
  • Get answers to your questions
  • Meet other parents and students
  • See the school and campus
  • Explore school rules, classroom expectations
  • Explore how your child will learn
  • Save your spot by pre-enrolling

Spring Pictures

Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 8:15am-3pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Spring Break- No School

Monday, March 19th, 8am to Friday, March 23rd, 3pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Even though school is out the office will be open. Feel free to stop by or give us a call if you need anything.