DU March Newsletter

March 2019 *Explore Excellence*

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Important Dates

March 11-15: Spirit Week

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

March 26th: 4th Grade AIMS Science Part I

March 28th: 4th Grade AIMS Science Part II

March 29: Field Day

April 2nd: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit Writing

April 9th: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit English Language Arts Part I

April 11th: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit English Language Arts Part II

April 16th: April 9th: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit Math Part I

April 18th: April 9th: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit Math Part II

Save Your Spot for Next Year

Confirm your spot for the 2019-2020 school year and update your information.

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Read Across America was a Success!

Spelling Bee

On February 26th students in second grade and up participated in the DU Spelling Bee. Our winners from the competition went on to The Leona Group Spelling Bee on March 5th. These students truly 'Explored Excellence' by being courageous and competing against Leona Group schools from across the valley.


Congratulations Tristan for receiving 1st place in the second through third grade competition! Congratulations Luis for receiving 3rd place in the sixth through eighth grade competition!

Congratulations to Andrew, Yullisa and Alexandria for participating.

Field Day

Field Day will be Friday, March 29th. This is a great day for our Explorers to play, have fun, exercise and practice being kind through good sportsmanship.


Students will be split up into color teams for the big day!


PreK-2nd Grade 8:40am-10:15am


3rd Grade-6th Grade 10:30am-11:45am


If you are interested in volunteering for Field Day please email AJ Catullo catullo@discoverulearning.com or Angela Wegner wegner@discoverulearning.com.

AZMerit in April

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." Christopher Robbins


AZMerit is fast approaching and we know that our students are ready to show what they know! Below is the upcoming testing schedule.


Please be sure that your child is at school by 8:30am each day. All tests will begin at 9:00am.


March 26th: 4th Grade AIMS Science Part I

March 28th: 4th Grade AIMS Science Part II


April 2nd: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit Writing


April 9th: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit English Language Arts Part I

April 11th: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit English Language Arts Part II


April 16th: April 9th: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit Math Part I

April 18th: April 9th: 3rd-6th Grade AZMerit Math Part II



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.


We know that many of our students get nervous before their tests. Therefore, at school we have been practicing to help our students feel confident before taking the assessment. Our students will also be provided with snacks and mints to help them during testing. All of our classes that will be taking AzMERIT have been partnered with buddy classes who will help to encourage them on their testing days. We also ask for your support at home as our students begin testing. Here are a few ways you can help:


  • Make sure your child gets a good nights rest.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Tell them you believe in them. They have worked so hard this year and the test is about showing what they have learned.
  • Get them to school on time and with a positive attitude.
  • Do not schedule any appointments during their testing times.
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Out Sick?

If your son or daughter will be out sick for the day, please give the office a call before 8:30am. This will prevent our automated system from calling you to see where they are at and will allow us to let their teacher know right away.


Office: (623)974-4827

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.


What Can You Do?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Don't let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick.
  • If your child seems anxious to go to school, talk to your child's teacher, social worker, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about school.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor or another parent from school.
  • Schedule medical appointments after 2:30pm.


If you have any questions or concerns about attendance, do not hesitate to call Cristina (623) 974-4827 and discuss it with her. She is extremely knowledgeable and is happy to help discuss attendance and help in anyway.

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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.

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.


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