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Discovery School PTA                    September 1, 2017     
 4: Labor Day (No School)
 5: Boys Basketball Tryouts
 5: Box Top turn-in day 
 6-8: Grandparents Luncheons 
 7: Girls Basketball Tryouts
12: BETA Club informational meeting @5:00 pm in the cafeteria
14: Science Fair registration deadline
14: Spirit Night @ Chipotle (5:00-9:00)
16: Back to school dash 5k/10k @7:00 am Overall Creek
19: 3rd Annual Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night @ 6:00pm
20: Fall Clusters begin
22: Reading in the Schools Day
27: See You at the Pole (click here for more info)
28: Science Fair/General PTA Membership Meeting 5:30
2-6: Fall Break
10: Box Top turn-in day
16: Spirit Night @ Chick fil A (5:00 -7:00) Old Fort Pkwy
17: Town Hall meeting 6:30@Hobgood Elementary  (more information)
26: Half day for students (11:15 dismissal)
26: Discovery Fest-o-Fall 5:30 - 7:00
28: BEST Robotics Game Day @Lipscomb University 
Grandparents Lunches
                                 Grandparents Day
We need your help to make these days special for all. 

Teacher Date Time   Grade
Mrs. Bunyi Wednesday, September 6th 11:00 11:35 1
Mrs.Mullen Wednesday, September 6th 11:12 11:47 K
Mrs Vance Wednesday, September 6th 11:24 11:59 3
Mrs. Jackson Wednesday, September 6th 11:36 12:11 2
Dr. Mall Wednesday, September 6th 11:48 12:23 4
Mrs. Carnes Wednesday, September 6th 12:10 12:45 5
Mrs. Ouellette Thursday, September 7th 11:00 11:35 1
Mrs. Newsome Thursday, September 7th 11:12 11:47 K
Mrs. Tyson Thursday, September 7th 11:24 11:59 3
Mr. Matthews Thursday, September 7th 11:36 12:11 2
Mrs. Payne Thursday, September 7th 11:48 12:23 4
Mrs. Heckert Thursday, September 7th 12:10 12:45 5
Mrs. Kahle Friday, September 8th 11:00 11:35 1
Mrs. Winters Friday, September 8th 11:12 11:47 K
Mrs. Lloyd Friday, September 8th 11:24 11:59 3
Mrs. McCarthy Friday, September 8th 11:36 12:11 2
Mrs. Kaiser Friday, September 8th 11:48 12:23 4
Mrs. Young Friday, September 8th 12:10 12:45 5
Mrs. Turner Friday, September 8th 12:22 12:57 6

The Beta Club will have an informational meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, September 12, at 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  
Also, thank you so much for supporting the Beta Club with the Snow-Cone fundraiser!  We were so glad to have it on Eclipse Day to beat the heat and raise money for Beta!
 Spirit Night!
Thursday, September 14th
Chipotle, 5pm-9pm
*must show cashier the flyer or show flyer on your phone

Box Tops collection will be the first Tuesday of every month. Click here for a collection sheet!
Our smart card campaign has come to an end. Thank you Discovery for your tremendous support! IMPORTANT: All unsold Smart Cards must be returned to your teacher ASAP.
Thank you to all of our Discovery students, parents, and staff for a successful Smart Card fundraiser!  To date, there have been 912 cards and 26 entertainment books sold.  Mrs. Jackson's class sold the most overall, and Daphne Ragsdale in Mrs. Payne' class had the most sales.  Again, thank you for your support!
W elcome Natalie Hopkins
I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Explorers here at Discovery School.  I previously taught 5th and 6th grades at Northfield and Cason Lane Academy while pursuing my Masters Degree in Integrating Technology into the classroom and my Specialist in Education Degree in Administration and Supervision.  After having been Assistant Principal at Scales Elementary and John Pittard, I am excited to bring my experiences here.  
I have a 7th grade son, Evan, who I enjoy spending my time with outside of school.  We love to fish and going to  the lake with my family in the summer.  I also have grown up riding Quarter Horses, which I still enjoy doing in my spare time.  
I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and your children!   
Welcome Katie Holmes
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Katie Holmes, and I will be your School Psychologist for the 2017-2018 school year! I've lived in Murfreesboro the majority of my life and  attended Middle Tennessee State University where I earned my Bachelor's, Master's, and Education Specialist degrees. In addition to my experience as a School Psychologist, I have worked as an examiner at the Center for Dyslexia at MTSU. 

This is my fourth year with Murfreesboro City Schools, and I am excited to join the Discovery team.  During my internship with MCS, I instantly became a celebrity, Katie Holmes, when I married my high school sweetheart, Charles Holmes, over fall break.  We have two dogs, a yellow Labrador and a German Shepherd.  We enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.  He likes to cook, and I enjoy baking so it works out well.  Finally, it is important that you know the best way to reach me. I will be at Discovery School on Tuesdays (and as needed) and at Overall Creek Elementary on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The best way to contact me is to email me at .  Please consider me part of the school family and let me know how I may be of service. 

Welcome Dan Hoyt
After completing 24 years in the United States Air Force, my family and I moved to Murfreesboro in July 2013,  where I started taking classes at MTSU immediately, finally graduating in December of 2016.   During my final semester, I had the privilege of working with Lori Turnbow as a student teacher.   After such a great experience at Discovery, I feel very fortunate to be working as the Physical Education interim teacher this school year.  
I couldn't have made it this far without my wife Audre, who is my rock and best friend.  We have been married for 13 years and she tells me I am very happy.  We have two wonderful boys Kyle (19) and Cameron (17), who always make life interesting.  Our newest member of the family is our spoiled rescue dog Bea, who truth be told I think rescued us. My goal this year goal is to get children moving in a safe and fun environment. "Physical Education should be fun. If I can teach children to love movement now they will hopefully carry that with them the rest of their lives."

It's a Magical Time to READ!

Travel to Hogwarts with us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series on Reading in the Schools Day, Friday, September 22nd! Each September we partner with Read to Succeed and invite family and community members into our school to read to our students.

If you would like to volunteer to read that day please contact your child's teacher directly and they will get you plugged in. We look forward to seeing you and sharing the love of reading with our students! If you have any questions please contact our librarian and Reading in the Schools Day Coordinator, Elizabeth Shepherd, at


DS Music Performance Calendar 2017-2018
*All performances start at 5:30 in the gym*
November 6th - 1st & 2nd Grade Veterans Day Program
December 7th - 3rd Grade Holiday Performance
February 8th - Kindergarten Performance
April 19th - 4th Grade Recorder Concert

It's Science Fair Time!
Discovery School
Science Fair
September 28, 2017
Project viewing will be prior to PTA meeting
Registration forms will be due September 14th, 2017
We enjoyed the Boohoo Yahoo breakfast with our kindergarten parents! Thanks to all who helped make this possible. 

THANK YOU to the amazing volunteers who helped with our Smart Cards and Box Top fundraisers, as well as our annual BooHoo/Yahoo Breakfast. We couldn't have done it without you!
Margaret Bramlett
Beata Abbott
Karrie Rooley
Ivey Bahloul
Maria Guess
Meg McKee
Anna Stewart
Kathie Elfersy
Meghan Cook
Ayat Abu
Amy Roeder
Rachel Harden
Jennifer Smith
Laurel Parkerson
Angela Morrell
Jennifer Rigney  
If you have lost a Chevrolet key fob, please contact the school office.

BEST Robotics
The 2017 BEST Robotics Game Day will be October 28th at Lipscomb University in Allen Arena. BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) is a robotics program for middle and high school students. The program has been around for 24 years and was started by two engineers at Texas instruments in an effort to get students excited about STEM subjects and careers. This will be Discovery School's 10th year to participate in the BEST Robotics, and we are "gearing" up for another championship year. Discovery's BEST team would love to have a record number of younger students come to Game Day and help cheer on our team this year. It is a great opportunity to expose students to all components of engineering and marketing.


Attention Dads, Grandpa's, Uncles, and any other adult father-figure in a Discovery School student's life, please join us on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00 PM in the Gymnasium for our 3rd Annual Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night event!
This is a chance to spend an evening (and dinner) with your Discovery School student(s) and learn more about the Watch D.O.G.S. program at Discovery School. We'll have fun activities for you to complete with your student as well as an informative presentation on the impact and success of the Watch D.O.G.S. program in our school - as well as the opportunity for you to sign-up to be a Watch D.O.G.!
Go to  for more information on the Watch D.O.G.S. program. 



Discovery School's Spring Production will start preparations earlier this year so that we can present our show before Spring Break, before testing, before the end-of-school rush; so Mrs. Baltimore and Mrs. Kleppinger are asking for Production Team Volunteers! These are adults who can help spearhead the main areas of putting on a show. Here are the positions we need filled:
  • Technical Director (mics and sound)
  • Costume Manager
  • Props Manager (works closely with Set Designer/Stage Manager)
  • Set Designer/Stage Manager
  • Producer (tshirt/DVD orders, designing posters, programs, advertising)
  • House Manager (pre-show activities, ushering, cast party)
  • Photographer/Filmographer (headshots, behind-the-scenes photos, recording the show/burning DVD's)
These positions will have multiple parent and student volunteers helping them, but this Production Team will be the go-to people who are in-the-know. If that sounds like something you would like to be part of, please contact Mrs. Baltimore at by September 15th, 2017 for more details.




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