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December Newsletter

December 2017


Dear Parents,



This is an exciting month at Discovery as we experience our second THREE BOOKS ONE SCHOOL extravaganza.  Students selected to read one of three books, Shift, Death Cloud, or Rot and Ruin.  Now that these books are in student’s hands, we are using our morning READ time to manage our reading schedule. Last Wednesday, adult detectives were in our hallways asking students questions about the book they are reading and giving prizes.  This will continue through the month of December.  In addition, we will play team scavenger games and finalize the experience with a BATTLE OF THE BOOKS, held in our cafeteria Friday morning, December 22.  Mrs. Weaver has coordinated the event this year, with the help of the 3BOS committee of teachers and PTO members.  If you are in the building, you can’t miss the large book covers on the outside of our cafeteria wall…we have amazing partners at Discovery!


Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 p.m., SMS Cafeteria, "Student Internet Safety." St. Joseph Co. Police Officer Eric Tamashasky will present on what parents need to know and do to help keep their children safe online. This is open to all parents across the District and is presented by P-H-M's Forum. Please "Save the Date.”


We are celebrating our annual Barnes & Noble book fair from 6PM to 8PM on Friday, December 8th.  Make sure to join us as we have so many fun activities planned; selfie station, cupcake decorating, Jedi training, story time, obstacle course, Star Wars Pictionary, Star Wars Tricia, costume contest, lego building, and a Discovery Orchestra performance inside Barnes & Noble earlier in the day at 12 noon.  We appreciate the partnership of our DMS Cheerleaders, who will run all of the stations.  A portion of all sales that day will benefit our DMS PTO!


The Penn Showcase is Dec. 11 and 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  In addition, Discovery’s musicians will perform for parents and guests Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 here at Discovery.  December 18, 19, and 20, our piano lab students perform at University Park Mall at 12:00 noon. 


January 14-18 we will be hosting twenty-nine administrators, teachers, and students from our China Exchange partners in Anshan, China.  If you are interested in hosting someone, please contact me ASAP. We are excited to welcome our friends to our area and share our schools with them. 


We continue to support students as they grow academically, socially, and emotionally at Discovery.  Success depends upon the partnership we share between school and home.  Continue to communicate with us about concerns and/or questions.  We ask students, too, to communicate with us via email.  As winter continues, we may experience a day when the weather prevents us from learning within the walls of Discovery.  If that happens, students know how to go online (Canvas) and continue their learning.  Teachers will share out Canvas assignments on these weather days and grades will be taken.  Students without internet at home will receive the lessons in a different way. 


Have a great month leading up to our Winter Break!


With students in mind,


Sheryll Harper, principal