Discovery Details

November 13, 2020

Contact Information

Principal: April Whipple

Associate: Jennifer Holm

Associate: Katie Ronning

Calendar Dates:

NOVEMBER:

Friday 11/20- End of 1st Trimester

Wed 11/25 - Fri 11/27- NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

DECEMBER:

Fri 12/11 - Report Cards Mailed

Wed 12/16 -PTO Zoom Meeting 6pm

Mon 12/21-Fri 1/1 NO SCHOOL Winter Break

The WildCat Tales

PRINCIPAL MESSAGE

Discovery Families,

It is hard to believe that we only have one week remaining in the first trimester! We appreciate all the work students are doing to make sure missing assignments are submitted prior to the end of the trimester. If you have not already, please sit down with your child to look at Skyward and make sure everything is submitted so that report card grades are not a surprise. The trimester ends Friday, November 20th and report cards will be mailed home prior to winter break. Thank you for all the work you are doing at home to help your child engage in remote learning!

SURVEY

We want to hear from our parents! We are one trimester into remote learning. This is new for parents, students and staff. We want to hear your feedback on how things are going so we can make adjustments in the coming trimester to best partner with you to meet your child's needs. Please complete the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVOWgOu3rltKc_tc5rSj7JqO6OKlAzk7K6Tn7T_gOgrGvIDA/viewform

PARENT CANVAS ACCOUNT

We strongly encourage parents to create their observer accounts so they can view their students classes in Canvas. The pairing stays with the student throughout their time in VPS so once you do it, you are good until graduation. Parents who link to their child through an observer account can ONLY view their student in their classes. They pair with their student through a code generated by the child. See directions attached to the newsletter.

FVRL CONNECT CARD

Vancouver Pubic Schools and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library are partnering to support students’ ongoing education. We share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success, and it is with these shared goals in mind that we are working together to ensure that VPS students will have access to the electronic resources found at their public library. An opt out form is attached below if you wish not to participate.

BAND/ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENT TUNING

Every Monday while in remote learning, Band and Orchestra Instrument check/tuning will be offered at Discovery Middle School via drive up in the main entry loop. The time is 4:30pm - 5:30pm.

DISCOVERY PTO

Hello Discovery Parents and Guardians.

The PTO would like to invite you all out to our next Zoom meeting on December 16th at 6PM. Please come with your ideas, we want to hear from you! We are working to build our school's PTO and would love for you to join us.

We have some exciting holiday events coming up we want to share with you.

Our See's Candy fundraiser is back this year!! Be looking out for the order forms coming later this month. Don't miss out on those yummy treats, they also make great holiday gifts.

Also, keep an eye out for our Christmas raffle. It will have some great family items for you and your loved ones to enjoy as the holiday approaches.

Guess what? We are having a ugly sweater contest. There will be two categories one for the students and one for the teachers/administrators. The winners will receive a $20 giftcard to Fred Meyers. So students and teachers do your best job of making the ugliest sweaters you can think of. We can't wait to see what you come up with. There will be more details to come concerning the contest.

Our local Sheriff's department each year host an event called Santa's Posse. They give away gifts to more than a thousand families in our area. Some of the Discovery PTO volunteers will be helping to deliver gifts for families in Clark county. If you are interested in helping please contact the PTO for addtional information at wildcats.pto1@gmail.com.

Corenna Khieu

President of Discovery's PTO

HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE

With the holidays coming up, if your family needs assistance, please reach out to our FCRC. You can contact Amalia via Email/Phone call/ Text. All assistance is based on a first-come, first-serve basis as well as availability. Amalia.franco@vansd.org 360-313-3322 (Office) 360-901-2049 (Mobile)

6th GRADE COUNSELOR

Hey 6th Grade Families! Lots of great stuff going on in 6th grade (clubs, screeners, groups, grades, Skyward, and more!). You can also see Mrs. Bledsoe's monthly Family News videos on IG @discoverycounselors, in your student's counselor canvas course, and on youtube @Megan Bledsoe. If you didn't already watch the 6th grade counselor news video, check it out HERE.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHUMulD0Pi8&t=3s

AVANT TESTING

The AVANT testing window is OPEN. This is an optional test available for 8th grade students who are proficient in a language other than English. You can earn up to 4, yes FOUR high school credits! Check out this video to learn more about it. If you're interested in signing up, please complete this Google Form and we'll be in touch!

Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBIkM9eQsvx1bqB3LlClHC6a9wQtg4J6u0FH4MZ9v6uHPw1A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Video:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QPExW2bhaChsm2smSMXvWScqEYdI0zjj/view?usp=sharing

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