The Discovery News

May 2016

From Mrs. Bates

Dear Discovery Ridge Parents,

May is an exciting time of the school year. It marks the culmination of a year of learning and successes and the start of a new adventure following summer break.

What a year it has been! I am proud to be able to serve the wonderful, caring Stars and the entire DRE community. I have the best job in the world because of our relationships and am privileged to be your principal.

Academically, this has been a stellar year. In the fall, we learned that of the 32 public schools in St. Charles County our MAP Math scores were first in the county and our MAP English Language Arts scores 3rd. Rigorous and engaging learning has continued throughout the school year. A special thank you goes to parents for helping us further enhance our STEAM efforts. We appreciate your donations and this year have created a STEAM resource room for staff, implemented additional technology in classrooms and have established Makerspaces in the Library Media Center.

Our caring community is also outstanding in its generosity to those in need. This year over $22,000 was donated by Stars to the American Heart Association. We have also made donations to organizations such as Pedal the Cause and Children's Hospital.

Our PTO and staff have provided outstanding opportunities for our community to have fun together - parties, movie nights, Discovery Days and more have been such great memories. I hope that you are able to come with your family to our end of the year events as we close out 2015-2016!

I wish you a wonderful summer!

Principal Laura Bates

Please welcome Discovery Ridge's new Assistant Principal Kelly Stratman.

Mrs. Stratman taught first, fourth and fifth grade for nine years, including at Heritage Primary. For the last six years, she has been assistant principal at Duello Elementary. Thank you for making Mrs. Stratman feel welcome; she's looking forward to being a Discovery Ridge Star, meeting all of the students and working with all of the families!

Upcoming Dates


2nd-6th- Teacher Appreciation Week

4th- 5th grade parent night at Frontier Middle 6:00-7:00 p.m. (For students going into 6th grade)

5th- PTO meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

7th- PTO Dance 5:00-7:00 p.m.

11th- Nurse Appreciation Day

12th- School Wide Art Show 5:00-7:00 p.m.

13th- Kindergarten Awards @ 2:30

17th-19th- 3rd grade Craft Fair

17th- 5th grade graduation & awards ceremony 2:00 p.m. @ DRE

(Families welcome, younger siblings may attend but must be signed out, 5th grade students dismissed from DRE)

18th- 5th Grade Graduation Party 1:30-3:00 p.m. @ FMS (volunteers only)

19th- Kindergarten Celebration 11:45-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:15 p.m.

(Families welcome, older siblings may attend but must be signed out)

20th- grade level awards as follows

-3rd Grade Awards @ 8:45 a.m.

-4th Grade Awards @ 9:50 a.m.

-2nd Grade Awards @ 10:55 a.m.

-1st Grade Awards @ 1:30 p.m.

20th- 5th Grade lunch/visit at FMS (students only)

23rd- Field Day (info in a link below, volunteers only, no non-DRE children)

23rd- Talent Show dress rehearsal @ 3:45 p.m.

24th- Talent Show 9:15 a.m. for 3rd-5th grades, 1:30 p.m. for K-2nd grades

(Families welcome, siblings must be signed out if not their time slot)

25th- Last School Day & 5th grade clap out 1:15 p.m. @ DRE

(Parents may line hallways at DRE beginning at 1:10 p.m. Dismissal for ALL students immediately following at DRE)

*May 25th is early release @ 1:35.

Congratulations, Mrs. Karll!

Congratulations to Discovery Ridge Administrative Intern Jessica Karll who has accepted a position as Assistant Principal at McKelvey Elementary in the Parkway School District! Mrs. Karll helped to open DRE in 2010 as a third-grade teacher. This school year she serves as the Administrative Intern directly supporting our fifth-grade students and staff at Frontier. Mrs. Karll was instrumental in the school's recognition as a National School of Character and in student achievement on the MAP. She will be deeply missed by students, staff and parents. We wish her the best!

DRE Rock Stars Focus on Random Acts of Kindness!

Throughout the month of May students and staff will be focusing on completing random acts of kindness throughout the school. We would love for you to share the random acts of kindness happening in our school community through twitter @discoveryridge or @dregrade5 and using #drerak. You can also view some of the great RAKS happening at DRE by checking out our padlet.

DRE Stars Have Talent...

Discovery Ridge’s 6th talent show will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at 9:15 (3rd-5th grade) and 1:30 (K-2nd grade). Students who are in the Talent Show will perform at both times. This is a great time to show your school how talented you are! Try-out permission slips came home on Tuesday. Talent show try-outs will be on Thursday, May 5th after school. You MUST have a permission slip in order to try out. Also, please note that try-outs will go in the order that I receive permission slips. Due to the amount of students at DRE, you will only be able to try out for ONE act. If you are using a song for your try-out, please turn in a copy of your song lyrics so we can make sure the song is appropriate for school. Please make sure that if you are trying out, you are also able to come to the dress rehearsal on Monday, May 23rd and the talent show on May 24th. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Zoellner at either 561-2354 ex. 48520 or

Field Trips Galore!

Second Grade

2nd Grade visited Big Joel's Safari. The kids had so much fun feeding and petting all of the animals! They learned a lot about animals too!

Third Grade

3rd grade had the opportunity to spend a day at the Science Center for our field trip. We enjoyed a day of fun, hands on learning. We also participated in a demonstration class called Boiling Hot Boiling Cold where we observed dry ice experiments and even got the chance to touch the "cloud" our scientist created. Thank you to all of the parents volunteers, we had a wonderful time!

Fourth Grade

This year 4th grade took a field trip to the Daniel Boone home in Defiance. Students spent the day learning about pioneer life including spending time in the home, attending a one room school house, learning to barter and trade, and use tools from this period in time.

Coming To A School Near You...

Join us at DRE for the first annual school wide art show on Thursday, May 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.! Each student will have a piece of framed artwork available for purchase at the show. All of the proceeds will benefit the DRE fine arts department. We will also have other activities such as face painting, artist demonstrations, and food trucks! Come support our budding artists and celebrate the arts!

MAP Rally and Buddy Support

On April 1st students and staff kicked off our 2016 MAP testing window with an Olympic themed rally! Students sang a "Go for the Gold" song, teachers participated in fun events and sang MAP Testing at DRE for students, and then students in grade 3-5 paraded the school proudly showing off their classroom flags. This was a great event to celebrate students' learning and growth this year and get them excited to finish the year strong.

Welcome Aboard to Our New PTO Board

Our 2016-2017 officers will be:

President - Tricia Kaelin

1st VP - Brandy Larson

2nd VP - Joaquin Sumoya

Treasurer - Anthony Blecher

Secretary - Becky Stroud

Tricia Kaelin, President

Tricia Kaelin is our new President of the DRE PTO. She is very excited to partner with all the educators in the building to enhance our students' learning and family involvement. Tricia is a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist and works with K-4 students. She is married to her husband John and has two little boys. Jackson is a kindergartner in Mrs. Lueking's class and Cooper is a future Rockstar. She was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to Manchester, Missouri in 1989. Tricia is a huge advocate of public education and is proud to call DRE their home-school. She cannot wait for another great year.

Brandy Larson, Vice President

Brandy and her husband, John, own multiple Allstate Insurance Agencies. They have 3 children attending DRE for the 2016/2017 school year. Katelynn (10) will be in 5th grade. Jaxson and Kaden (5) will be Kindergartners. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She is very excited about the opportunity to work with the fellow parents and Staff at DRE.

Joaquin Sumaya, Vice President

Dr. Joaquin Sumaya was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas. He received his first undergrad degree from Washburn University in Topeka, where he met his beautiful wife, Magda. Together they have a seven year old son, Emilio, who is currently finishing up the first grade at DRE, and a beagle named Rambo. Joaquin is a practicing chiropractor out of a clinic in St. Peters, MO with hopes to bring a clinic closer to home in the upcoming years. He is looking forward to serving the PTO and assisting everyone in any way he can.

Anthony Blecher, Treasurer - Anthony and his wife, Christie, have two children. Their son, Ian, is 6 and will be in first grade at DRE. Their daughter, Gwen, just turned. Anthony is a high school math teacher and tutor. He enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with his family.

Becky Stroud, Secretary

Becky and her husband, Doug, have two children at DRE. Tyler is currently in 3rd grade and MaryKate is in 1st grade. The 2016-17 school year will be Becky's second year serving as secretary for the PTO. She is a stay-at-home mom and works part time as an Investment Advisor. In addition to volunteering at DRE, Becky enjoys going to Cardinal ballgames.

Counselor Corner

How you can help when a child faces disappointment

It would be wonderful if we could all go through life with no disappointments and have everything turn out just the way we desire. But as adults we've learned life doesn't work that way; we don't always get what we want. And while, as adults, most of us have learned to accept that, for our children it can be a difficult lesson. Childhood disappointments can come in various form. It may be being passed over for a playground game, or ending up on the losing side in some competition. It could be a best friend moving away or the loss of a pet. An important part of helping a child cope with disappointment is to listen to the child's story without minimizing or discounting the event. As an adult you may see that your child's best friend now being mad at him or her is just a trivial and probably temporary matter. But for your child the disappointment is not something minor. It can seem like a major tragedy that will significantly change his or her life. The key is to talk "with" your child about what has happened rather than talking "to" him or her about the experience. Don't try to interrogate your child, but instead give him or her the opportunity to explain what has happened. Show you understand the disappointment or loss being felt. Do that with statements of understanding, but not explanations of your own life's difficulties. Your goal is not to try and top the disappointment with stories of your own frustrations. It's also important not to try and make the disappointment disappear with a pleasant experience or reward. Doing so can provide temporary relief by taking your child's mind off the hurt, but can also establish patterns that may be difficult for the child to overcome as he or she grows older. If a child is displaying a significant change in behavior over a disappointment, make time to allow the child to talk about what has happened and how he or she is feeling. It’s important not to ignore or minimize the impact of disappointing events in a child’s life. When you do so you simply confirm what many children think all too often about the adults in their lives: “They just don’t understand.”

*Excerpted from the American Counseling Association's Weekly Columns

2016 WSD Communications Survey

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Francis Howell HOSA Organization Bone Marrow Drive

Wednesday, May 4th, 3-7pm

7001 Missouri 94

Saint Charles, MO

Just 15 minutes and a check swab is all it takes to place you on the national registry to potentially match a person in need of a bone marrow transplant.

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

Laura Bates, Principal

Laurie Zaleuke, Assistant Principal

Jessica Karll, Admin Intern