When Visiting Discovery
ALWAYS CHECK IN AT THE FRONT OFFICE:
We love having you visit our school, however, in our ongoing efforts to maintain security for our students and staff at Discovery, we are asking all visitors to check in at the office upon arrival and obtain a visitor's sticker. Please do not go to the classrooms, playground, or anywhere on the Discovery campus without a visitor's sticker. There is a sign-in book provided for you at the front office. You must sign this every time you are at school. In case of an emergency we need to know who is in the building. (This is also very helpful when someone is trying to contact you and we are trying to find you)
There needs to be as few interruptions in your child's classroom as possible to help create a positive learning environment. Lunches, homework, notes, etc. that need to be delivered to your child need to be left at the front office. We will make sure they receive them.
Calls From/To Discovery
If you see a Peninsula School District or Discovery phone number on your caller ID, we encourage you to check your messages before calling our office. The call could be an automated message, a call from any staff member in the building or from your student. If you call our office with the expectation that we will know who called you, we will do our best to assist you but we likely won't know where the call originated or what it was about. Make sure your child knows to leave you a message if they ever call you so you aren't left wondering who called you and why.
Attendance at School
DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
2016-2017 School Year
At Discovery we believe that students who come to school on time and attend regularly will build a solid foundation for academic and social success.
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE- In the State of Washington, school attendance is compulsory for children 8 years and older. The Washington State truancy law, otherwise known as The Becca Bill, requires schools to notify parents and make a plan when there are unexcused absences recorded. The Peninsula School District believes that regular school attendance is necessary for mastery of educational programs provided to students of the District. It is our desire to work with families to ensure compulsory attendance for our students.
START TIME: 9:00AM daily, 10:00AM on Late Start Wednesdays
DISMISSAL TIME: 3:30PM daily, 12:15PM on early dismissal days
LEAVING EARLY: Send a note with your child in the morning or notify the office by phone no later than 2:00.
LATE ARRIVAL: Students must be accompanied in to the school and signed in at the office.
* Excused Tardies: Illness, dental, or medical appointments are
considered valid reasons to be tardy.
* Unexcused Tardies: Oversleeping, missing the bus, and socializing are examples of unexcused
* When your child is absent, it is important for parents to either contact our attendance line at 530-1206,
or to send a written excuse prior to the absence listing the reason for the absence and the date(s) of the
* If the Discovery Office has not heard from a parent by 9:30 a.m. on the date of the absence, parents will receive a phone call.
* Unverified absences convert to unexcused absences unless the office is notified within three days.
Unexcused Absences Action by Discovery Elementary School
1st unexcused absence Phone call, letter mailed home
2nd unexcused absence in one month Second letter mailed home, conference
5th unexcused absence in one month, or Becca Truancy petition filed
10th in one school year
Excused Absences Action by Discovery Elementary School
5 excused absences Letter sent home and placed in student’s file
10 excused absences 2nd letter sent home and placed in student’s file, conference
We have painted the curbs red where parking is not allowed. As you enter the parking lot, the first two rows of parking spaces are designated for families and visitors only. Staff will park in the three farther rows of spaces.
Some important things to remember for safety reasons when driving through our parking lot:
- When possible, please have your child ride the school bus.
- Always drive slowly and cautiously, watching out for pedestrians.
- Follow the clearly marked arrows. There is only one direction to follow when coming in to the parking lot.
- Please do not park in the red and yellow No Parking Zones.
- The parent pick up process has also changed. It is not necessary to come into the building to pick your student(s) up at the end of the school day. You will drive through the parking lot to the front of our school to the yellow loading zone. The students will be kept safely back from the curb pick up in front of the steps. When staff makes contact with the driver your student will be sent to the car. Once your student has quickly buckled in, please move forward so that we can maintain a smooth flow of traffic.
- Please do not try to go around the car in front of you. Wait your turn in line.
- Follow the designated parking lot exit.
Our hope is that these changes will allow us to have a smooth flow of traffic and a safe parking lot for all. We will have several staff members helping direct traffic for the first few weeks of school.
School Zone Safety
At Discovery Elementary we are concerned for the safety of our students, staff and families when arriving and leaving school grounds. We would like your assistance in making our schools safer for all students. In particular, since several students walk to school, please watch for them in our crosswalks, along the road and in our parking lot.
We would also appreciate your help in following posted speed limits when approaching and leaving school grounds, and remembering to come to a complete stop at marked stop signs. Please do not talk on cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.
We appreciate your help in making Discovery Elementary a safer place for our students. We will continue to look into safety measures to keep our students and families safe.
What If I Have A Concern?
If you have a concern regarding your child(ren), the following steps might be helpful:
Classroom Concerns:Please contact your child's teacher by calling the Discovery office (530-1200) or by visiting the classroom before or after school. When calling, ask to speak directly to the classroom teacher. When visiting, please check in at the office and our office personnel will call the classroom to let them know of your arrival.
Health Concerns:Please contact the school nurse, Micki Hulscher by calling the school office.
Emotional/Social Health Concerns:The school counselor, Missy Lichau, is available to help families find appropriate resources for children. Our counselor is also available for children needing extra support at school. Ms. Lichau can be reached through the Discovery Office (530-1200)
School Related Concerns:Please feel free to contact the principal, Mr. Brooks in the office at 530-1200. He can help work through school issues/situations that happen inside or outside the classroom.
Remember, situations and/or concerns cannot be addressed if you do not make someone aware of them!
The goal of these guides is to assist parents in supporting the learning of their children.
It provides information regarding what students are expected to learn at each grade level. These resources provide ideas for what parents can do at home to support the learning goals.
How To Get Involved
Volunteering Opportunities at School
Discovery staff love to have parents/guardians and community members involved in our school. Please feel free to ask about opportunities for your involvement at Discovery.
Our Volunteer Parent Organization is an active group of parents and teachers providing support for our students. For information on how to join, please call 530-1200 or visit our website.
Other Wasys to be Involved
Discovery provides several opportunities for parents to learn about the school and how to best support their children.
Ask your child's teacher if he/she wants to have help! There are ways to help inside and outside the classroom. Just ask!
An open house is always scheduled for the end of September for families and the community to visit the school.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher conferences are held each October and March. This is a perfect way to connect with your child's teacher and to find out how to best support your child at home.
Visit our Website
Our school website has a wealth of information that can keep parents informed about our school, district and curriculum. Teachers have classroom websites that can help parents be informed about the classroom activities and current learning.
We really appreciate our volunteers. Before you are allowed to be in, the classroom you need to fill out a Washington State Patrol Packet and be fingerprinted. This is a quick procedure and can be done in the Front Office. There is no cost and it is valid for two years.