DU January Newsletter

January 2019 * Explore Excellence*

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QUICK RECAP

Important Dates

January 23rd & 24th: School Choice Week

January 25th: EXPLORE Kindergarten (Enroll for next year) 2pm-4pm

January 29th: DU Dine Out at Panera

January 31st: Science Fair

February 1st- NEW Explorer Clubs Start for 2019

February 6- February 8th: Parent Teacher Conferences

February 7th-8th: Early Release

February 18th: Parent Involvement Meeting (PTO) 5pm

February 21st: EXPLORE Kindergarten (Enroll for next year) 4pm-5:30pm

March 11-15: Spirit Week

March 18-22: Spring Break, No School (Office Open)

March 26: Field Day

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AZMerit Prep

AZMerit will be happening in April. The AzMERIT assessment measures Arizona’s students’ performance annually for students in third grade and above. AzMERIT is like an annual checkup – an important opportunity to find out how students are doing. Just as doctors check height and weight, teachers and parents use the test to check how students are performing in reading, writing and math. It also provides information about whether or not your child is prepared for the next grade and eventually for college and career.


Around campus we are doing many things to help ensure that our students thrive on their assessment. Every day our students receive small group instruction in reading and math. In addition to these groups, we will be having a daily "swarm" for small group reading. What is a "swarm"? A "swarm" is when we push multiple interventionists into a classroom and split the whole class into small groups. This way, every student is getting the personalized instruction that they need. During our "swarm" each group will be practicing with the "RELAXED" test taking strategies to get our mindset ready for AZMerit.


How can you help at home? Take the practice AZMerit test at home with your son/daughter. This will allow you to work together and talk through the practice test. This will help build confidence in your child.

Sample Test: https://azmeritportal.org/sample-tests.stml
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Parent Involvement (Parent Teacher Organization)

At Discover U we know the importance of having our families on campus and involved in our school. We are hoping to find a few parents who are available to volunteer for the following activities. To volunteer in your son or daughters classroom or regularly on campus you do need a fingerprint clearance card. However, for many of these activities below you do not because it is a one time event. If you are interested in getting a fingerprint clearance card please follow this link: https://fieldprintarizona.com/.


We truly appreciate all of your support as we work together 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.


Please follow the link below to sign up to volunteer.


Our next PTO meeting to discuss school events and volunteer opportunities will be February 18th at 5pm. Hear what is happening around our school!

EXPLORE EXCELLENCE Tickets

At Discover U we "Explore Excellence" everyday by being respectful, kind, proactive and courageous. To increase our positive recognition of these Explorer behaviors we have introduced "Explore Excellence" tickets. Teachers give out 8 tickets a day to students they see exploring excellence by demonstrating one of our key behaviors.


What happens with the tickets?

When your child receives a ticket they place it in their class box. On Fridays, Mrs. Wegner draws one ticket from every class to come up to the office and receive a certificate and pick from our list of rewards. All of the left over tickets go into a giant box in the office. At our Motivational Monday assembly once a month Mrs. Wegner draws 10 names for a special ice cream party!! Finally, once a quarter at our Explore Excellence assembly Mrs. Wegner will draw 5 names for a large prize!!


Our goal is to continue to teach, recognize and celebrate our Explorer behaviors so that everyone at Discover U can "Explore Excellence"!

School Choice Week

To recognize School Choice Week, Ms. Sepulveda, our social worker will be going into all of our classrooms to talk about the power of choice. She will be asking our students about why Discover U is the right school for them. All students will be getting a small gift to celebrate the choice they have made.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeSAqzb-kIc&feature=youtu.be

Improving Attendance

After analyzing our attendance data from last year we have realized the importance of enhancing our attendance procedures. We have realized that communication of attendance and number of absences is crucial as we work together to provide every child with the best possible education. Therefore, there are a few updates that we want all of our families to be aware of:


  • Cristina Orozco in the front office will be working full time as our attendance clerk.
  • She will be sending letters home informing families when their child has been absent over 5 days of school.
  • When a child reaches 10 or more absences, she will be scheduling meetings with families to meet with her and Ms. Wegner to create a plan.
  • If a child reaches 18 or more absences, she will be scheduling a meeting with families and contacting our Truancy Officer.


If you have any questions or concerns about attendance, do not hesitate to call Cristina and discuss it with her. She is extremely knowledgeable and is happy to help discuss attendance and help in anyway.

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Tax Credit Donations


  • Make a tax credit donation to our school. The Arizona State Tax Credit program allows you to make a donation to an eligible organization and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit against Arizona state taxes owed. These donations count as charitable contributions and may be deducted on your federal return if you itemize your deductions. To do so, go to http://bit.ly/DUtaxcredit.


Thank you for partnering with us to create a school that nurtures, inspires and empowers all of our students through hands on learning.

Mission

To provide a school that works for all students: socially*emotionally*academically

Vision

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

As Explorers We Are

Respectful, Kind, Proactive, Courageous

21st Century Skills: Critical Thinkers, Collaborative/, Curious, Creative, Empowered, Resilient

Angela Wegner, Principal

Angela Wegner 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 #ExploreExcellence