Hybrid Discovery - Updates

Hello,


We are preparing to welcome back some of our students for in-person classes in our building starting on March 15. You can view the slides from the Parents Circle here.
SurveyPlease complete this survey today to let us know whether or not you would like your child(ren) to come back to school. There is still the option to keep your children working from home.

 


Participation LetterYou should have received your child’s second letter of participation for this term. While these are not official attendance records, we hope to help you monitor your child’s engagement in their classes.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

 

We TriumphOn Thursday March 4 at 6:00pm, we will have a Discovery Family Art Event. Please join to see performing and visual art contributions from our students.


 

 
 
We will hand out breakfast/lunch boxes tomorrow as we do each day  from 11:30 to 1:00 pm.

Hello,


We are holding a  Parents Circle tomorrow 6:00 pm to discuss the reopening of the school building to in-person learning for some of our students starting on March 15. If you are considering sending your child to school part or full-time, please attend this meeting.

 
 

Are you considering sending your child back 

for in-person learning?

Please attend our Parents Circle tomorrow

Monday March 1 at 6:00 pm

https://zoom.us/my/mr.cretinon



SurveyAfter the meeting, we will ask you to complete a quick survey to let us know what options you would like to request.

 


Participation letterYou should have received your child’s second letter of participation for this term. While these are not official attendance records, we hope to help you monitor your child’s engagement in their classes.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

 

TriumphOn Thursday March 4 at 6:00pm, we will have a Discovery Family Art Event. Please join to see performing and visual art contributions from our students.


 

We will hand out breakfast/lunch boxes tomorrow as we do each day  from 11:30 to 1:00 pm.

 

 

 



 

 

Good afternoon,


Our first week after the February week has started strong. This morning, some of our students presented their work at the STEM challenge organized by Schools That Can. The challenge was to design the green, sustainable school of their dream. They did a fantastic job and won the Best Design Award!

STEM Challenge at Schools that Can

School Design Roof Top

There are other STEM events going on this month, which you can see here.

 

We will hold a Parents Circle on Monday March 1 at 6:00 pm to discuss the reopening of the school building to in-person learning for some of our students starting on March 15. If you are considering sending your child to school part or full-time, please attend this meeting.

We will ask you to complete a quick survey to let us know what options you would like to request.


Tomorrow you will receive your child’s second letter of participation for this term. While these are not official attendance records, we hope to help you monitor your child’s engagement in their classes.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

 

On Thursday March 4 at 6:00pm, we will have a Discovery Family Art Event. Please join to see performing and visual art contributions from our students.

Triumph Family Art Night Poster


We will hand out breakfast/lunch boxes tomorrow as we do each day  from 11:30 to 1:00 pm.

Breakfast: breakfast bar, cheese stick, and peaches

Lunch: meatball sub with cheese, green beans, and mixed fruit
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

We are looking forward to seeing all our students tomorrow morning at 9:00 am sharp, for homeroom.


Please make sure that they have completed their essay for ELA. The children will work on revisions this week, and they won’t benefit if they didn’t write their first draft.

ELA essay due tomorrow morning


Missing vocabulary lessons also need to be completed by tomorrow morning, after which they will be closed.


Let us know if you didn’t receive your child’s progress note. They were emailed on February 12 office@discoverycs.org

 

We will hold a Parents Circle on Monday March 1 at 6:00 pm to discuss the possible restart of in-person learning for some of our students.


We will hand out breakfast/lunch boxes tomorrow from 11:30 to 1:00 pm.

Breakfast: cereal and fresh apples

Lunch: hot dogs, vegetarian beans, greens,  and mixed berries
 
 
 

 

 

Good evening,

While we miss your children, we hope they are enjoying a Zoomless week.

You should have received your child’s progress note by email. Please let us know if you didn’t received it by emailing Mrs. Grier office@discoverycs.org) or Mr. Cretinon (dcretinon@discoverycs.org).

 

Please have your child do the following this week:

 

  • Complete the ELA essay (longform Writing - Essay #1)

 

  • If your child has missing vocabulary lessons, they need to complete the missing lessons this week.

 

  • If your child is behind on Khan Academy, they can go back and click on past to see overdue assignments.

 

  • Check their to-do list missing tab and complete assignments that they didn’t complete.

 

  • Check their to-do list done tab for assignments with a low grade that they need to revise

We will hold a Parents Circle on Monday March 1 at 6:00 pm to discuss the possible restart of in-person learning for some of our students.


We are not serving breakfast/lunch this week.



We are starting our February break tonight. Classes will resume on Monday February 22 at 9:00 am.

 

There won’t be any classZooms, office hours, nor tutoring sessions this coming week.

 

Please have your child do the following this week:

 

  • Complete the ELA essay (longform Writing - Essay #1)
 
  • If your child has missing vocabulary lessons, they need to complete the missing lessons this week.
 
  • If your child is behind on Khan Academy, they can go back and click on past to see overdue assignments.
 
  • Check their to-do list missing tab and complete assignments that they didn’t complete.
 
  • Check their to-do list done tab for assignments with a low grade that they need to revise




We will not serve breakfast/lunch next week.



Good evening,

Tomorrow Friday is a regular school day; we will start at 9:00 am as usual. Our February break starts only on Monday 2/15.


Google ClassroomToday the teachers met with a number of children and families to find ways to better support our students. We highly encourage all parents and guardians to download the Google Classroom app on their phone in order to help our students complete their work.

GoGuardian ParentSome parents also use the GoGuardian parents app to monitor their children’s web browsing.

If you need help setting these apps on your phones, please reach out to us.


Tomorrow's breakfast and lunch menus will be:

Breakfast: Cereal, Apricot Cups

Lunch: Turkey Ham and Cheese Wraps, Carrots and Peaches
 
 
 
 
 

 


Good evening,


Tomorrow is an asynchronous day. Children do NOT have to log on any ClassZooms, but should go to their Google Classrooms to complete their work:


  • In ELA, the children have an essay to draft, which they should start.
    Essay Writing in the ELA Google Classroom
  • If your child didn’t complete all their Vocabulary lessons, the ELA team just reopened them for your child to finish.
    Vocabulary
  • Finally, the students can make sure to complete or revise assignments by looking at their To-do list.
    To-Do list on Google Classroom

Tutoring sessions will take place tomorrow.


Friday is a regular school day; we will start at 9:00 am as usual. Our February break starts only on Monday 2/15.


Tomorrow's breakfast and lunch menus will be:

Breakfast: Honey Oat Bar, Yogurt, Orange Juice

Lunch: Hot Dogs, Green Beans, Fries, Pears
 
 
 
 
Snowy street

Good evening on this very wintery day!


While the Covid activity level is still too high to open our building to students, the numbers are getting better and we are hoping that we will soon be able to welcome a few children in the school.


This Thursday February 11 will be an asynchronous day as teachers will be reaching out to Zoommeet with some parents and guardians. Children will be asked to complete assignments on their own.


Friday will be our last day before the February break (from Monday 2/15 to Friday 2/19) and we will email progress notes on that Friday 2/12.


We will email our next participation letters on March 1.


Please encourage your child(ren) to come to Office Hours if they need any help with an assignment or if they want to talk with a teacher. Office hours start at 1:00 pm on Monday & Friday, and start at 12:30 pm on the other days.


Tomorrow's breakfast and lunch menus will be:

Breakfast: apple slices, breakfast bar, and cheese stick.

Lunch: lasagna noodles with ground beef and mozzarella cheese; peaches.

 

 

 

 



 
 

 

 

Discovery is open tomorrow Monday January 31 and all online classes will take place as usual since we are all working remotely.

 

We will not be able to hand out lunch boxes.

 

The weekly COVID activity report issued yesterday shows that we are still at high risk and need to stay remote for the time being.  As soon as the conditions improve, we will let you know and we will survey each of our students’ families to figure out who would like to send their children to the school building.

 


Participation LetterYesterday we emailed
participation letters to ALL parents and guardians to let you know how engaged your children are in their classes. Please review with your children. Let us know if you didn’t receive your child’s participation letter by emailing us at office@discoverycs.org.


We know how challenging it is to monitor your children’s participation in their classes,  and how challenging it is for some children to stay engaged with online learning. Please make sure your child takes advantage of our office hours if they need help or want to talk with their teachers. If your child is working with a tutor, make sure they log in for their tutoring sessions. Finally, let us know how we can better help.
 
Bell Schedule Students' Bookmarks

This is our bell schedule, so you know when classes happen. All students can access their schedules in the School Link folder in their bookmark bars.
 
We are now accepting applications for 4th grade in September 2021. Make sure you register new students on time, and tell families who might be interested.Accepting 4th graders for September 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Tomorrow is Thursday.

Math Masters meet at 11:30.

Ms. Kelly open lunch hour starts at 12:00pm.

Graphic Novel opens at 11:30.

Dance is at 12:30 pm.

AND... homeroom starts at 9:00 am sharp!

All the links are in your Thursday schedule.

 

Tomorrow Thursday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:

Yogurt, breakfast bar, apples

Chicken nuggets, with fries and carrots; pears

We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

 

 

Tomorrow Wednesday we will hold our last Parent Circle at 12:00 pm at https://zoom.us/my/mr.cretinon in case you were not able to come to the meetings we held last week.  We will present what children are working on during the second term, and answer any questions you may have.

Students' Bookmarks

 

Not sure what is on the schedule? There is a bookmark on your child Chromebook in the School Link folder.

 

 

 

Tomorrow Wednesday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:

Cereal, baby carrots, and whole apples
Pizza burger with cheese, hamburger rolls, green beans, and mixed fruit

We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
 
 
 

 

 

If you were not able to attend one of the Parent Circle meetings, there will be a last one on Wednesday January 27 at 12:00pm. It will be at https://zoom.us/my/mr.cretinon.


Tomorrow Tuesday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:

Breakfast bar and fresh apples.

Diced chicken with rice, corn,  and peaches

We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
 
 
 

 

 

Thanks to all parents who were able to attend the Parent Circles. If you were not able to attend there will be another opportunity to join us. You can also view the slides from our meetings here.

The weekly COVID activity report issued yesterday shows that we are still at high risk and need to stay remote for the time being.  As soon as the conditions improve, we will let you know and we will survey each of our students’ families to figure out who would like to send their children to the school building.
 
Have a great weekend.
 
 
 
 
 

Tomorrow Wednesday January 20, we are inviting the children to an Inauguration Watch Party, starting at 11:30 am.  Office hours will not open. The link for the watch party will be emailed to the students. Classes will resume at 1:30pm as usual.

Plan to attend one of the Parent Circle meetings

What is my child going to learn during the second term?

How do I make sure my child participates in their classes?

How do I check if my child has completed their assignments?

How do I know if my child is doing well in their classes?

 

  • Parents of students in group B: Thursday January 21 at 5:00pm
  • Parents of students in group A: Thursday January 21 at 6:00pm

    You do not have to attend twice if you have two children in different groups, and you can come to a different group if you are not free when your group meets.

Wednesday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:

Apple slices, breakfast bar, & cheese stick

Chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, & peaches

We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
 

Please make sure your child is on time for Homeroom tomorrow at 9:00 am.

Please plan to attend the Parent Circle.

What is my child going to learn during the second term?

How do I make sure my child participates in their classes?

How do I check if my child has completed their assignments?

How do I know if my child is doing well in their classes?

 

  • Parents of students in group C: Wednesday January 20 at 5:00pm
  • Parents of students in group B: Thursday January 21 at 5:00pm
  • Parents of students in group A: Thursday January 21 at 6:00pm

    You do not have to attend twice if you have two children in different groups, and you can come to a different group if you are not free when your group meets.

 

Tuesday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:

Yogurt, breakfast bar, & apple
Salisbury steak, brown rice, green beans, & mixed fruit

We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

 

Accepting 4th gradersWe are currently accepting 4th grade students for September 2021. Please refer families of future 4th graders to our application page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discovery is closed tomorrow in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  There won't be lunch boxes tomorrow. Classes resume on Tuesday at 9:00am. 

Please plan to attend the Parent Circle.

  • Parents of students in group D: Tuesday January 19 at 6:00pm

What is my child going to learn during the second term?

How do I make sure my child participates in their classes?

How do I check if my child has completed their assignments?

How do I know if my child is doing well in their classes?

 

  • Parents of students in group C: Wednesday January 20 at 5:00pm
  • Parents of students in group B: Thursday January 21 at 5:00pm
  • Parents of students in group A: Thursday January 21 at 6:00pm

    You do not have to attend twice if you have two children in different groups, and you can come to a different group if you are not free when your group meets.

 

We are currently accepting 4th grade students for September 2021. Please refer families of future 4th graders to our application page.
 
 
 
 
 

 


Thursday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:

Honey oat bar, yogurt, & orange juice
Hot dogs, green beans, fries, and pears

We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

 

We are currently accepting 4th grade students for September 2021. Please refer families of future 4th graders to our application page.

 

 

 

 


Wednesday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:

Cereal, mixed berries, and yogurt.

Chicken soup with vegetables; mixed berries.

We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Please plan to attend the Parent Circle next week.

What is my child going to learn during the second term?

How do I make sure my child participates in their classes?

How do I check if my child has completed their assignments?

How do I know if my child is doing well in their classes?

 

  • Parents of students in group D: Tuesday January 19 at 6:00pm
  • Parents of students in group C: Wednesday January 20 at 5:00pm
  • Parents of students in group B: Thursday January 21 at 5:00pm
  • Parents of students in group A: Thursday January 21 at 6:00pm

    You do not have to attend twice if you have two children in different groups, and you can come to a different group if you are not free when your group meets.
 
We are currently accepting 4th grade students for September 2021. Please refer families of future 4th graders to our application page.
 
 
 


 
 

 



We will have Parent Circles next week to introduce our curriculum for the second term.  We will present the goals we have for our students, and the expectation for the children’s participation in class. We will also have break-out rooms where teachers can refresh your memory about the schedule, how to check on your child’s work, and how to see your child’s grades.


  • Parents of students in group D: Tuesday January 19 at 6:00pm
  • Parents of students in group C: Wednesday January 20 at 5:00pm
  • Parents of students in group B: Thursday January 21 at 5:00pm
  • Parents of students in group A: Thursday January 21 at 6:00pm

Please plan to attend (you don’t have to attend twice if you have two children in different groups, and you can come to a different group if you are not free when your group meets).
 
We will NOT be able to serve lunch tomorrow. We will resume on Wednesday.
 
 

 

 

Good evening,

Tomorrow homeroom starts at 9:00 am as usual. The other Monday classes start at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 2:00pm.  Teachers are available for office hours between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.


Tomorrow Monday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:

Apple slices, breakfast bar, and cheese stick;

Lasagna noodles with ground beef, mozzarella cheese, peaches.

We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.



 
 
 

 

 

We gave our students the opportunity to share, "what they know and what they feel" about the events that unfolded these last days in Washington, D. C.. We wanted to make sure our children could share their reactions freely, and in a safe space.


As educators, we strive to not impose our feelings upon our students, but we certainly feel a responsibility to equip our children with all the tools to think critically about what they hear and what they see.


The weekly COVID activity report keeps us at high risk level. We will continue to work remotely until the risk level decreases.

 

All 8th graders applying to Bard High School should attend their open house tomorrow at 1:00pm. You will learn about their admission process. This is the link.


Have a wonderful weekend. We are grateful for the community we form together.

 

 

 

 



 

 

Tomorrow Friday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:

Breakfast bar, cheese sticks, and 🍑 peaches.

Spaghetti 🍝 and sauce with ground beef, over green beans; pears

We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.



 
 
 

 

 

Talent Search at John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Some of our students have been selected in the past years and attended summer college classes in different cities with full scholarships. This is a fantastic program available to students of all grades.

If you are interested to have your child apply, please register for one of their information sessions here.

 

Bard Early College High School is holding a virtual Open House this Saturday January 9 at 1:00 pm. 8th graders who are applying to Bard should attend the open house to learn more about the entrance tests and interviews.

Here is the link for the open house: https://www.nps.k12.nj.us/BEH/events/virtual-open-house-1-9-21/

 

Tomorrow Thursday menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:
Yogurt, breakfast bar, and apple.
Turkey roasts, brown rice with gravy, garbanzo beans; diced apricots.
We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

 

 

 
 
 
 
Good evening, please make sure your child comes to class on time!
Once the lesson starts it is harder for the teachers to monitor the waiting room.
 
Wednesday
 
Tomorrow menu for Breakfast/Lunch boxes:
Cereal, baby carrots and 🍏 whole apples.
🍔Hamburger with cheese, 🍠 sweet potato fries, 🍐pears
We serve the breakfast/lunch boxes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
 
8th graders applying to High School
 
There will be an open house for Bard High School on Saturday at 1:00 pm.
They will share information about the admission process.
 
All applications for Essex Tech high schools and Newark Enrolls need to be completed very soon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was wonderful to see all our students back in their classZooms!
 
A Long Walk to Water - Writing Assessment
If your child didn't complete the final writing assessment for A Long Walk to Water, please make sure they finish this assignment right away.
 
Breakfast/Lunch boxes are handed out outside every day between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.
Tomorrow's menu: chicken strips with gravy, brown rice and carrots; fresh apples.
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday January 2, 2021
 
2021We hope 2021 will fulfill many of the wishes you have. On our end, we can't wait to be all gathered at Discovery and celebrate our community, our children's strengths, resilience, hard work, and hopes. We are grateful for your trust and your support.
 
The latest Covid Activity Report still puts us in the high risk level. Discovery will restart with online classes only, and we will continue monitoring the risk level which is published every Thursday.
 
Classes restart Monday January 4, at 9:00 am. Please help us make sure all students participate in all their classes.
 
Participating is more than just logging in the classZoom.
 
Participating means:
 
- logging in the classZoom with our cameras on and responding when a teachers talk to us;
 
- opening the Do Now and the assignment in Google Classroom and working on the assignment during class;
 
- responding when a teacher chats or calls on GoGuardian.
 
We will hold Parent Circles starting on January 15, to present what the children will work on during our second term and to refresh your Parent Google Classroom skills if needed.
 
All first term report cards were emailed and mailed out before the break. Please let us know if you didn't receive your child's report card.
 
8th graders: all applications to Newark Enrolls and Essex Tech High Schools need to be completed as soon as possible. Deadlines are approaching!
 
 
 
 
 
 
As we start our break tomorrow after a wonderful assembly, we want you to know how much we miss having our students in school!
 
We have to think about safety first.  Discovery will restart remote on January 4 to avoid spreading the virus after the break during which the risk of transmission will increase. We continue watching the numbers and are planning to reopen our building as soon as the test positivity rate in Newark comes back to a safer level.
 
Report cards are ready and we are emailing them and mailing them to you. You can also access them on the parent portal.
You will not see letter grades this term. Read more here.
 
In January, we will hold a series of Parent Circles to preview our second term and the goals we are setting for our students.
We will also go over Google Classroom and GoGuardian to help you support your children's progress if you want a refresher.
 
We hope many of you will have the opportunity to take a break and safely spend time with those you love.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Good morning,
 
Homeroom starts at 9:00 am this morning, as usual. Our break starts on Wednesday December 23 and we will return on Monday January 4th.
 
On Monday, during the 2:00pm class , students will be invited to play games in different Zoom rooms. On Tuesday, we will hold an assembly at 11:20 am, and teachers will also host games in their Zoom rooms from 1:30 to 2:30pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Good morning,
 
Discovery is open (remotely) today, and homeroom starts at 9:00 am, as usual. The last day of school before the break is Tuesday December 22.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Good afternoon,
 
The Weekly COVID activity report issued yesterday indicates a higher risk, still Orange, but showing increased number of cases and increased test positivity. Discovery will continue with online classes until our winter break starts on Wednesday December 23.
 
Our first term is ending. Students are completing assessment in all their classes and the report cards will be sent on Friday December 18.
 
We try to keep all parents aware if your child has not participated in an online class. That's why you might receive a text like this one:
 
Text missed virtual classes
What does it mean?
 
During the first 15 minutes of class, one of the teacher makes sure all the children are logged in and checks with all the students, asking them to respond either on Zoom, GoGuardian, or through their assignment on Google Classroom. If the children do not respond, we record them as, "not responding," so that we can inform parents.
 
We try our best to interact with all our students, but we need your help making sure our children participate actively in all their classes.
 
THANK YOU!
 
 
 
Tuesday December 8, 2020
 
 
 
Salva Dut at a water pumpOn Wednesday and Thursday all students will take a short ELA assessment to evaluate their progress in writing short responses in which they Restate the question, Answer, Cite evidence, and Explain (R. A. C. E. model). They will work on an interview of Salva, the main character of the book we read this term, A Long Walk to Water. There is a video of this interview here.
 
On Friday our students will take a vocabulary test on lesson 4, which they can prepare by going to their Exploros account and quizzing themselves.
 
We continue to serve lunch boxes between 12:00 and 1:30 everyday.
 
Encourage your child to take advantage of Office Hours. Today between 12:30 and 1:30 at any of their ClassZooms.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We will continue remotely for ALL students this coming week, as the Weekly COVID activity report issued today shows higher positivity rate than last week.
 
Please make sure your child(ren) comes on time for their classes, and respond to their teachers, either on Zoom, or through GoGuardian, or on their work.
 
You can also encourage our students to come get help during office hour (tomorrow at 1:00pm @ ClassZooms 02, 03, or 04).
 
On Wednesday, students from group B participated in a virtual lab with Science2Students.  The children have studied how pollution can threaten our water supply with Ms. Grau and Ms. Pickrell. During this session the children observed an experiment performed by a guest scientist who demonstrated how water filtration plants can purify water and remove pollutants.
We know how challenging it is for you, parents, to support the participation of your children in online classes. We interact with your children in three ways:
 
1. Through the classZoomsClassZooms
 
2. Through their screensGoGuardian
 
3. Through their workGoogle Classroom
 
If our children do not respond to us on these platforms... it is the same as though they are not in our classrooms.
 
We need the children to respond to us and we we are grateful for all your help making sure our students do participate actively in their online classes.