Discovery Weekly Newsletter

Week of March 25, 2019

Assistant Principal's Corner

Happy Spring, Trailblazers!

What an exciting and busy week we have had at Discovery! Our Odyssey of the Mind Team took 2nd place in the Division 1 - Problem 4 (Structure Toss) in the Regional Competition held this past weekend. The proud 4th and 5th grade team members were: Ishaan Kar, Sarayu Vadlamudi, Mahi Garg, Sashi Selamselam, Sathvik Vaka, Srihan Hanumanseiti, and Thakshi Alaigh. Congratulations!

Thursday night was the LCPS Makerspace Showcase at the Academies of Loudoun to showcase student makerspace projects. Discovery teachers and student representatives showcased the exciting curriculum integration with technology. Ms. Bradley’s 1st grade class project used literature with coding with Spheros and was presented by Rose Khalf, Evan Lee, and Joshua Swanson; Ms. Putman’s 5th grade class used scratch coding to explain different mathematical equations and was presented by Abhay Sista, Brady Jackson, Abby Coullahan, and Krithi Santhanam; and Ms. Pickett and Ms. Espinosa’s 4th grade class (presented by Bree Hornbecker, Mishu Gaddam, Akash Kollabathula, Drake Morris, and Sarayu Vadlamudi) traveled back in time learning about the Revolutionary War to create timelines using Ozobots and coding, and they also used the 3-D printer to create artifacts that may have been left behind by Revolutionary War soldiers. It was an exciting night of endless possibilities!

Third Grade rocked their musical on Friday night with their performance of “Off Their Rockers” while dressed up as senior citizens. Ms. Heck and Ms. Zumbach did a fantastic job helping third grade find their rhythm and the audience enjoyed solos and group numbers, taking us on a musical journey through the decades from “The Hop” to “Dancing in the Streets!”

On Saturday night, Discovery’s PTO served up some school spirit at a Staff Volleyball Game with Team Painter playing strong, but Team Brown in the end taking the trophy! Fifth graders also joined the fun with a quick game during half time. There was a drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card, but it has not been claimed yet! If you had ticket #346363, please send an email to so you can claim your prize.

If you are the parent/guardian of a 3rd-5th grader, you should have received the Expedited SOL Retake letters by now. These must be returned by ALL students before March 28, 2019. Please make sure you read the letter carefully because it contains many important details, as well as the SOL schedule for this year!

I hope you have a wonderful last week of the 3rd quarter, and don’t forget there is no school for students on 3/29 and 4/1!


Debbie Ragan

Your Assistant Principal

Mark Your Calendars

Volleyball Game Fun!

Team Brown takes the win in the 2019 Staff Volleyball Game! The stands were packed, the cheers were loud, & the volleyball was exciting! Thank you to everyone in our Trailblazer community for making this night amazing!

PTO Update

Our current PTO Board has reached their term limits and will be looking for replacements for next school year. Being on the Board is a great way to get involved and make a difference in the lives of every Discovery student. If interested, but would like more information, please reach out to Joy Widding at

Calling all 4th and 5th grade Math Lovers...

Discovery Math Club students are starting to prepare for the Loudoun Math tournament which is scheduled on April 27 at Riverbend Middle School. Currently, there are 2 spots open for 4th or 5th graders. If you are interested, please reach out to Mr.Vinjamuri via email or at 703.626.1863. Mr.Vinjamuri is also helping students for SOL Math preparation.

2019-2020 School Supply Kits Now On Sale

Believe it or not, we are already thinking about next school year! Save yourself time and aggravation by buying your school supplies online. Kits will be delivered to the school in August and waiting for you in the classroom. Order before May 1 and be entered to win a FREE supply kit! Visit this link to order and use our online code: DES005.

Yearbooks are on Sale!

The 2018-2019 Yearbooks are now on sale! Order forms were sent home with your child a couple of weeks ago or you may order online by April 12 for $20. When ordering online, use the School Code: 11868319.

Volunteers needed in the Music Classroom

Hey parents! Miss Heck and Miss Zumbach are looking for sharp parent volunteers to help around the classroom. Volunteers would be a huge support during our 3rd Grade Musical in March, along with aiding in the finishing touches needed for class manipulatives to make music more engaging for all students. Let your talents sing in the music room, your help would be instrumental to us!

Sign up here. Thank you in advance!

Broad Run High School Musical, The Newsies

The students of Broad Run High School would like to invite the Discovery family to their upcoming musical, The Newsies, April 4-7. The musical is family friendly and entertaining for people of all ages.

Lost & Found

Has your child lost a lunch box? Their jacket or water bottle? The Lost and Found area is located right outside of the cafeteria. All items will be donated at the end of each month to a local charity.

Please label your child’s belongings; it’s the best way to be sure it gets found or returned quickly.

Discovery's Calendar


  • 29 - Student Holiday; No School


  • 1 - Student Holiday; No School
  • 15-19 - Spring Break

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