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Margaret Bramlett
 Ayat Abu Halimah
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Kristi Crass 
 Jennifer Stacey
Beata Abbott

 Julie Phillips
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Kathie Elfersy

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Discovery School PTA                     November 6, 2017     

 1: Parent Teacher Conferences (no school)
 6: 1st & 2nd Grade Veterans Day Program @5:30 
 6: Reflection turn in date
 7: Box Top turn in date
 7: Discovery @ MNS
 7: Box Top turn in day
 9: School Tour (for prospective families) @ 9:00 am
 9: Discovery home game vs Northfield
13: Reflection turn in date
13-15: Holiday Lunches (see schedule below)
14: Discovery @ Overall Creek
16: Discovery home game vs Pittard
19-21: State Beta Club Convention
22-24 Thanksgiving Break
27: Reflection turn in date
28: Author Visit (Nathan Hale)
 5: MTSU Basketball Game Field Trip
 7: PTA General Membership Meeting and 3rd Grade performance,          Choir, and 6th Grade Band @5:30
 7: Reflections Final Turn in Date
21: Half Day (dismissal at 11:15)
22-Jan 5: Winter Break
Presidents Corner
- A big welcome to Anthony Brownlow the newest member of our PTA Board! 
If you would like to be more involved in the Discovery School PTA please get in touch at 
Holiday Lunches
We invite you to join your child for our annual holiday luncheons! Visitors are invited to the classroom 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time. This event is not possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Please see the signup for ways you can help.

Tues, Nov 14th
  Time Location
Bunyi 11:00-11:35 Cafeteria
Mullen 11:12-11:47 Cafeteria
Vance 11:24-11:59 Cafeteria
Jackson 11:36-12:11 Cafeteria
Mall 11:48-12:23 Cafeteria
Carnes 12:10-12:45 Cafeteria
Wed, Nov 15th
  Time Location
Ouellette 11:00-11:35 Cafeteria
Newsome 11:12-11:47 Cafeteria
Tyson 11:24-11:59 Cafeteria
Matthews 11:36-12:11 Cafeteria
Payne 11:48-12:23 Cafeteria
Heckert 12:10-12:45 Cafeteria
Thurs, Nov 16th
  Time Location
Kahle 11:00-11:35 Cafeteria
Winters 11:12-11:47 Cafeteria
Lloyd 11:24-11:59 Cafeteria
McCarthy 11:36-12:11 Cafeteria
Kaiser 11:48-12:23 Cafeteria
Young 12:10-12:45 Cafeteria
Turner 12:22-12:57 Cafeteria

Beta Club
The Beta Club is selling donuts  as a fundraiser to cover materials and expenses associated with the state convention, which will be the week of Thanksgiving at the Opryland Hotel.  Over 60 students will be competing in events ranging from Quiz Bowl to Songfest to Photography, and fundraising is their only source of income, so PLEASE be sure to buy some Krispy Kreme donuts and support the Beta Club!  Additionally, they will be hosting a fundraiser after Thanksgiving through the Green Dragon restaurant.  Details are soon to follow!

Congratulations Dr Mall!

Congratulations to Dr. Mall for presenting at the Tennessee Association for the Gifted state conference!  She presented on the complexity of social and emotional issues in giftedness, as well as the challenges with being twice exceptional (gifted with at least one disability) from a parenting and teaching standpoint.  She will be attending the National Gifted Conference as a Parent Advisory Board member and will work with other states on developing gifted education policy at both the state and national levels.
Dr Mall will also participate in educational sessions with some of the leading professors in the United States to deepen her knowledge about gifted education. What a wonderful experience to bring back to Discovery!

Box Tops collection will be the first Tuesday of every month. Click here for a collection sheet!

Mrs. Kahle's class won the Box Tops collection for October. 
Since the beginning of this school year, we have collected $220 in Box Tops!

PTA Reflections

PTA REFLECTIONS ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED! In order to give as many children as possible the chance to participate, we've decided to extended the entry deadline for the PTA Reflections Art Competition to December 7th. Students can submit entries at the main entrance upon arrival on November 6th, 13th and 27th, as well as the final entry deadline date of December 7th.
Please visit the Discovery PTA Reflections website at for additional information and details or contact the PTA Programs Coordinator, Michael Guess, at (615) 995-8229 or

Library News!
Special Author Visit Announcement
I am pleased to announce that thanks to our amazing PTA and their dedication to student enrichment we will be hosting author and illustrator Nathan Hale at our school on Tuesday, November 28th! Our older students will know Mr. Hale best for his popular graphic novel series Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, a series that our students love so much we can't keep it on the shelves! Mr. Hale will be spending the entire day at our school, giving four presentations in the library so that all of our students can enjoy hearing his unique and hilarious talks. Be on the lookout for some information to come home soon concerning the opportunity to pre-order copies of his books, including his brand new title Raid of No Return: A World War II Tale. You can find out more about his life and his books at his publisher's website:

Nathan Hale is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. He also illustrated the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge, which was an Al's Book Club for Kids...

Music News!

Holiday Music Spectacular
December 7th  5:30
3rd Grade Presenting Elfis and the Sleigh Riders
Discovery Choir presenting The Nutcracker
6th Grade Band

Thanks to All for a Wonderful Inaugural Fest-o-Fall!!
The PTA would like to express many thanks to all the teachers, parents, and students who volunteered time and talent to create some truly exciting and entertaining activity and game booths for our inaugural Fest-o-Fall event!  We had a fabulous turn-out, with each family's attendance very much appreciated.  From all accounts, we have heard our families had lots of fun....which was exactly our objective!
Special thanks go out to some key volunteers who helped organize and execute the event:  our very own fantastic Ms. Maria, so accurately deemed the "Mary Poppins" of our Discovery School; Kathie Elfersy; Michael Guess; Margaret Bramlett; Jeff Bratsch; Shane Johnson; and Brittany Hackney, along with her great group of ESP staff!  We are also grateful for our vendors who took part in the fun.
Special commendation is also due to all of our brave teachers who endured never-ending dunks in our tank to raise money for a student scholarship fund!  The total amount raised was over $750!  Thank you very much to all who participated.  Congratulations to Mrs. Vance who earned the title of Dunk Tank Champion and gets to keep our very unique trophy...until the next challenge!


Thanks to our wonderful Volunteers

THANK YOU to the many volunteers who made our first annual Fall-o-Fest a HUGE success! 


Congratulations to our Robotics Team
BEST Robotics
Discovery BEST Robotics competition. Third place BEST award!! This team will go on to compete at Auburn University in December! Way to go Discovery!

Order forms headed home this week! Forms and money must be returned by Wednesday 11/15
Volunteer Are you interested in being more involved in your child's school?
Contact us for an opportunity that fits your schedule.
Santa's Workshop
SANTA'S WORKSHOP - Student Council will be collecting items for Santa's Workshop this month. Please send in new or gently used items a child might give as a gift to the adult(s) in their life. This initiative allows our Student Council members to dress as elves and take a morning to help preschoolers in our city choose a gift to give to their caregiver. Thank you for supporting this opportunity for our Student Council. Below is a list of the type of items we are collecting

s carves
costume jewelry
mini tool sets
baseball caps
lotions or perfumes
notepads and pens
home d├ęcor (small items)
unopened lip balm
water bottles or mugs

WATCHDOGS - We have plenty of days open in Nov and Dec that are up for grabs. If you are ready for your turn to volunteer but haven't signed up yet, please contact Mrs. Baltimore for details about how to make it happen. Her email is

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