Discovery School PTA                                                                 October 10, 2016

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Happy Birthday!
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3 ~ Amy London



17 ~ Karen Tyson



18 ~ Karen Cook



22 ~ Michele Farley




  What's for Lunch?


  Free breakfast and lunch for all students

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Discovery School




PTA Board of Managers

Kathie Elfersy
Margaret Bramlett
Vice President*
Jennifer Smith
Steph Olsen
Beata Abbott

 Jennifer Stacey

Committee Chairs

Adventure Activities
 Leslie Kekelis
Newsletter Editor
Amy Swicord

Amy Roeder
Jennifer Allen
Susan Gaither
Holly Holton

Amanda Moore
Darla Sampson

Kristi Crass



   3-7: Fall Break 
10-14: Box Top turn in
    11: Basketball Discovery vs Reeves Rogers
(home game)
    13: Basketball Discovery vs Scales (away game)
    13: Foundation & Fashions
    17: Final Day for Box top turn ins 
    18: Basketball Discovery vs Black Fox (home game)
    20: Basketball Discovery vs Bradley (away game)
    21: Donuts with Dad
24-28: Book Fair
    24: Chili Cook Off
    25: Basketball Discovery vs Cason
(away game)
    27: Parent Teacher Conferences (no school)

President's Corner 
We value the views of our parents. Would you be willing to take a 3 question survey to help the PTA? 

We appreciate your insights. 
Did you know?
Did you know that our Principal, Mrs. Maddux conducts quarterly "Chat with the Principals"? These are open forum, casual opportunities to listen to the plans for the school and inquire about things that matter to you. This year Mrs. Maddux is also offering an open invitation to parents to tour classrooms after each Chat with the Principal. Though the expectation is that you not disrupt the learning of your own child by going into their classroom, it gives you a chance to experience other classroom environments. Want to know what the other grade level teachers are doing? Have you heard about the exciting lessons in another classroom? Are you curious what next year will be like? You are invited to spend a few moments quietly observing classroom learning after each "Chat".  This is an fantastic opportunity to see our amazing staff doing what they do best.
Grandparents Lunches
    Grandparents Day
I would like to send out a Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who were able to attend our Grandparent's lunch. The children really seemed to enjoy this special time spent with their families during their lunch. I also would like to thank all of our parent volunteers that helped to make the lunches run as smoothly as possible.: Barletta Underwood, Melissa Olson, Jen Straka, Lisa Wells, Amy Swicord, Kendal Fox, Leslie Kekelis, Angela Morrell, Lindsey Fournier, Kathie Elfersy, Erika Harper, Margaret Bramlett, Gina Jones and Sally Brainard. Thank you for making this event successful.
I would also like to send out a big Thank You to MudStain Sally for donating our black tableclothes that adorned the tables at the Grandparent's lunches. We are very excited to continue to use them at future events!
Jennifer Allen
Hospitality Chair

Leslie Kekelis - Adventures Committee Chair

 Amy Roeder - Fundraising Chair

Congratulations to the Winners of this years Reflections!! 
Musical Composition
Lucy Morrell
Henry Handy
Ada Vance
Henry Vance

Visual Arts
Cope Leyhew
Henry Bramlett
Allie Abbott
Ada Vance
Laurel Rich
Jemma Bramlett
Sydney Hurt

Dance Choreography
Peyton Roeder

Film Production
Henry Vance

Chloe Roeder
Hani Abu Halimah
Tayler Church
Addie Burt
Ilayna Bratton
Andrew Smith

Alefya Arif
Baorui Hu
Phoebe Pitts
Diego Rios
Madeline Holton
Alisa Rowell

Parent Volunteers
Liz Otter
Ann Bratton
Becky Campbell
Rachel Harden
Leslie Leyhew

Reading in the Schools
Bookaneer Book Fair - Where books are the treasure!

Avast me hearties, a treasure trove of books be ahead!  Join us for some swashbuckling fun during our Fall Book Fair October 24th-28th.  The book fair will be open daily 8:15am-5:00pm. This includes Thursday October 27th when we will be open all day during Parent Teacher Conferences. We are also excited to be partnering with PTA and staying open late on Monday October 24th during our annual Chili Cook-Off!

We need parent volunteers to make our book fair the best it can be! We have opportunities to help with setup, take down, running registers, assisting shoppers, and donating items. For more information about volunteering click here:
Can't wait to see you at the book fair!

    Boxtops for Education

Box Tops Collection Week starts Monday, October 10th. Please send in your Box Tops to your child's teacher before Monday, October 17th. The two classes (K-2 and 3-6) that collect the most will receive a class trophy, recess equipment, and the opportunity to spray silly string on the principal at Monday Meeting!!!

Chili Cook Off
Chili Cook Off

Now that we are back from break, the Chili Cook-Off is right around the corner!  The date will be Monday, October 24th from 5:30 - 7:30pm. This year's theme is Pirates to coincide with the Book Fair also going on that week. We will be sending home forms for you to pre-purchase your food tickets the Monday before the event. Please be sure to get those in to your teachers by Friday Oct. 21st to ensure we purchase enough food! Room moms will be getting in touch with the classrooms to decide who will cook the chili & decorate the table for each room. As in previous years, there will be one entry into the cook-off from each classroom. Then, our esteemed judges will choose which classes win! Thanks in advance for making this one of Discovery Schools favorite events! We can't wait to see the creativity flow & taste all of delicious chili! 

Next Volunteer Opportunity: Chili Cook-Off
Our annual Chili Cook-Off is coming up on Monday, October 24, during Book Fair Week. We need lots of volunteers to help out for part of the evening (not the whole thing!) to make sure it runs smoothly so everyone can enjoy a great night. Please click here for the sign up page to find a time and job that work for you. Thanks in advance!
Thank you!
The Discovery School community outdid itself in September by responding to our various calls for volunteers. Your time helps make Discovery School a great place for our kids. Big thanks to the volunteers below.
Reading in the Schools Day: Jennifer Allen, Ivey Bahloul, Elizabeth Constable, Angela Cornelius, Kathie Elfersy, Kendal Fox, Amy Jordan, Laleisha Knapple, Tricia Pohlman, Melissa Sohrabi, Jennifer Stacey, Amy Swicord, Arletta Underwo od, Yuphavady Vongsavath, Sarah Wade, Hilary Yodis (and everyone who came in to read to the students!)
Reflections Art Show: Leslie Leyhew, Liz Otter, Ann Bratton, Becky Campbell, Rachel Harden, Jennifer Smith
City Saver Ice Cream Party: Margaret Bramlett, Megan Cook, Jennifer Smith, Allison Tuseth, Sheryl Weber
Science Fair: Scott Handy, Monica Lindquist, Tracie Parker, Stephanie Roach, Ginger Rowell
Want to get first dibs on volunteer opportunities? Email to get on the list.

Science Fair
Discovery School Science Fair 2016
Thank you to all students and parents that participated in our science fair! We had 70 families involved this year. Each and every project was outstanding, showing knowledge of the scientific method and engineering design process in creative and interesting ways. We look forward to next year's submissions!
Congratulations to the following students that placed in their categories.
Sidney Gentry
Coraline Pollock
Penelope Jones
Forrest Wang
Townes Christensen
Ethan Brainard
Chloe Roeder
Ivy Sampson
Laura Robertson
Hali Shelby
Andrew Smith
Alisa Rowell
Addie Burt
Ayslin Fletcher
Ambria Greene
Allison Lewis
Rebecca Fernandez
Hayden McCormack
Zoey Boston
Joafangum Vongsavath
Amanda Fernandez
Diego Rios
Tabytha Hartland
Jana Bahloul
Do you need Spirit Wear? Have you seen the new designs?
Orders must be turned in by Friday, October 21st. We accept cash or checks made  payable to 'Disco very School PTA'. Order forms are coming home with your student. Should you need another form, please print the attached link and turn it in with your payment.
Click here to download order form  
Our WatchDOGS Donuts with Dad event is Friday, October 21st from 7:45-8:30. Please go to this link to RSVP for this event so we can ensure NOT to run out of donuts this time. :)
Looking forward to seeing you there, and THANK YOU Dads, for being so involved at Discovery School!

Our Character Word for October is COURAGE. The definition we will use is: Being brave enough to do what you should, even when you are afraid.

October is BULLYING PREVENTION month. In class meetings we will be defining what bullying is and how it adversely affects people. We will be reviewing our school's rules against bullying, and encouraging our students to have the COURAGE to be Defenders of those who may feel excluded or "different".
Murfreesboro City Schools' Definition of Bullying (from Olweus): A person is bullied when he/she is exposed repeatedly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he/she has difficulty defending himself/herself.
MCS' Rules Against Bullying (from Olweus):
1.) We will not bully others
2.) We will try to help students who are being bullied
3.) We will try to include students who are left out
4.) If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home
SAFETY SOCIAL! We switched Career Week and Safety Social; so this year our Safety Social is October 14th. Students will meet and greet with members of the safety community in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County during their Special Area time on Friday October 14th
October is also SOCKtober!!! - Our BIONIC Team is collecting socks for kids in need. They will announce this project in our first October Monday Meeting. Our goal is 800 pairs of socks.
SOCK WEEK! The BIONIC Team has come up with these fun days to help create awareness:
Monday the 17th - Crazy Socks
Tuesday the 18th - Tall Socks
Wednesday the 19th - Mismatched Socks
Thursday the 20th - Sports Socks
Friday the 21st - NO Socks (BIONIC Team wanted students to experience what it's like to not have socks)



The parents/owners of the items can contact me through email. Of course everything that's in lost and found has no names. Thanks!

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