Discovery Update

May 1, 2021

A Message From The Principal

Thirty nine years ago when I started teaching my very first class of first grade students in Fontana, California I never dreamed today would come. I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in the first grade and I have put full energy and spirit into this adventure. While I have loved my fabulous career I have decided this is the time for me to join my husband in retirement. It has been an honor and a joy to serve the students and families in the Fife School District for 35 years. My heart will always carry a piece of this special place with me as I start out on new adventures that life will bring. In addition to my retirement, we have two fabulous teachers, Sharon Blaylock and Bonita Seymour retiring also at the end of the school year.

As we move into Spring, please know I am here and will be fully engaged in through June. It is important to us that Discovery is a fun place to learn and grow. This month we have planned several special events for students and families. In addition we are excited that our new big toy is finally being installed. We can't wait until it is in and the inspection is complete so we can play on it. Please see more information below regarding current happenings and events to come.

Have a wonderful month of May!!!

Julie Bartlett

Bonita Seymour Plans To Retire

Discovery Primary School has been my second home for the past eight years. That home was complete with a wonderful family: teachers, administrators, staff, families and first grade students. It has been a wonderful place to reside! I have had so many opportunities to grow professionally and personally. I've had the privilege of guiding learning for so many little ones, and have worked with the best of the best educational leaders. I'm sure that I'll miss these days yet I look forward to more time with my family - and yet-to-be scheduled fun! Thank you, Discovery!

From my grateful heart, I wish each one of you much success, laced with genuine joy and fulfillment.

A Note From Sharon Blaylock As She Plans for Retirement

I began teaching 39 years ago after working at four other school districts I completed my career with 22 years right here at Discovery Primary. The bulk of my career has been working with special education preschool children, I have spent a few years as a kindergarten teacher and a few with older special education students. Like so many teachers what I love most about teaching is seeing that a-ha moment that spark when a child realizes they understand something. My plans for the future? To make the house I just bought into my home, subbing when I can, and spending time in my garden.

Class Placement Input

We welcome input from families for class placement for next school year. Forms are available in the front office and can be requested by emailing Vicky Franklin or feel free to pick up a form in the office. We ask that forms are completed and returned to us by May 20.

We do not accept requests for specific teachers. At this time we have not determined staffing or enrollment for next school year. However we do welcome input regarding things you would like us to consider when making placement decisions.

You will get a letter during the first week or two of August introducing the teacher to you and letting you know of school events.

Important Dates

May 2 - 6 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2 - Late Start Monday

May 3 - Spring Class Picture Day

May 6 - No School Staff Enrichment Day

May 7 - Pow Wow at Surprise Lake Middle School 1:00 - 7:00

May 9 - Late Start Monday

May 10 PTO Meeting 6:30 PM Zoom Link:

May 12 - PTO Family Fun Event: Blacktop Bash 5:30 - 7:30

May 16 - Late Start Monday

May 17 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Saltwater State Park

May 23 - Late Start Monday

May 23 - PTO and Pastries 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

May 26 - School Sprit Day: Dress in your Tropical Gear

May 27- May 30 - No School Memorial Day

Discovery Students Watch New Big Toy Installation During Recess

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Officer Shaw Visits Kindergarten

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Surprise Lake Middle School Marching Band Parades for Discovery

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Upcoming Events

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Read and Lead Information

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