The Discovery News

January 2016

From Mrs. Bates

Dear Discovery Ridge Family,


Happy 2016! I would like to kick-off this special time of new beginnings with a welcome to our ten new DRE families that are joining us! We are excited that you are joining our caring school community.


For me, this is also a time for me of reflection and gratitude. First, I would like to thank each Star for their commitment to being respectful, responsible, and caring every day. Their attendance, grades, and Rock Star behavior are to be celebrated!


Likewise, I would like to thank the staff with whom I have the honor to work with each day. Those who work with your children are dedicated to building caring relationships with them and implementing strategies that lead to their success.


I would also like to thank our parents and school community. Your support and involvement are amazing, and you are dedicated to excellence in educating your children. We had hundreds of guests at events such as Discovery Days, parent-teacher conferences, Veterans Day, our parties, Breakfast with Santa, and the holiday performance. Your generosity during the canned food drive and holiday assistance are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support at home and involvement at school.


I wish you a very happy New Year!


Mrs. Bates

Upcoming Dates

January Dates


  • January 5th- PTO Skate Night
  • January 6th- Geography Bee 9:15 a.m.
  • January 7th- PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the DRE Library
  • January 8th- Report Cards sent home
  • January 14th- Spelling Bee 1:30 p.m.
  • January 18th & 19th- NO SCHOOL
  • January 29th- PTO Movie Night



February Dates


  • February 4th- PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the DRE Library
  • February 11th- Valentine's Day Party
  • February 12th & 15th- NO SCHOOL
  • February 19th- PTO Game Night, MAP Family Fun Night, Book and Science Fair
  • February 24th- Spring Picture Day

Holiday Performance

On December 8th our 3rd grade students and 4th and 5th grade student choir put on an amazing holiday performance. Students worked hard to prepare under the direction of Mrs. Ragusky and Mrs. McCarty for this event. It was great to see the special talents of our stars shine!


To share these talents with the school the students did another performance on December 18th for the entire school body to see. This was also a time where K-3 students could listen to and see what being in choir would be like. Mrs. Ragusky is our choir sponsor. Students can participate in choir when they are in 4th and 5th grade.

Expectations Review

Discovery Ridge is dedicated to providing a learning environment where all students can achieve academically. In order to do this we have a culture of high expectations. DRE has an atmosphere where teachers and students treat one another with respect and behavior that is respectful of people, property, and self is the norm.


After returning from winter break, students will complete and review our "space mission". During this space mission classes will travel on a scavenger hunt around DRE (and FMS for 5th grade) to visit all of the key places throughout the school. At each key place students and teachers will review the expectation for being respectful, responsible, and caring. This simple review increases instructional time and creates a consistent language of expectations for our stars.

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Buddy Sing-A-Long

On Monday, December 21st cross age buddy classes gathered in the DRE gym and sang together during a school wide sing-a-long. This was a time where our whole school family could be together to celebrate the joy of these buddy class friendships this holiday season. The sing-a-long was followed by classes completing a wreath made of hands which were filled with ways they have or could help others during this time of year.

Weather is Changing...Dress Appropriately For Outdoor Recess

Just a friendly reminder that we go outside daily for a 20 minute recess unless the temperature is below 18 degrees including windchill. Please make sure your child is coming to school with gloves, hat, and coat if it is needed.

A Special Thank You...

Thank you to our PTO, Breakfast with Santa helpers, and all of our winter party volunteers for supporting our students and school community. Your help is greatly appreciated.


Our Valentine's Day Party is February 11th.

  • 5th grade 10:20-11:20
  • 2nd-4th grade 1:15-2:15
  • K-1st grade 2:20-3:20

Contact us today with your questions, celebrations, or to volunteer!

Laura Bates, Principal

Laurie Zaleuke, Assistant Principal

Jessica Karll, Admin Intern