Sunday, August 18, 2013

Week 3 August 19th-23rd



August 19, 2013

Dear Parents,

We hope everyone had a great weekend!

We would like to say a BIG “thank-you!”to all the parents who attended the DPTO event last Friday at Ibiza Restaurant. We would like to remind all parents to please pay the Lps.200 DPTO membership fee and the $120/ Lps.2500 classroom fee as soon as possible if you have not done so already.

We will continue going over the daily routines and classroom expectations.

Starting this week, every Wednesday your child will be taking home Spanish homework in his/her folder.

The school has acquired an annual subscription to IXL. I will be sending home your child´s username and password  this week. I will let you know which skills your child should practice. IXl is a great way for your child to review and practice what is being taught in the classroom at home.

This week your child will be inquire into the following:

Phonics: Your child will be distinguishing between short and long vowel sounds. He/she will also understand that some letters have more than one sound (e.g. “c” candy, circle).This will be accomplished through various activities and chants.

Reading : This week your child will begin reading  Kiss for Little Bear. We will be introducing new vocabulary and discussing its characters, setting and making predictions.

Writing: Your child will be inquiring into how writing is an expression of what we say. Your child will be writing about he/she thinks will happen next in the story. Your child will also be writing a short message. He /she will also learn the importance of spacing and letter formation.

Math: This week your child how different numbers can be divided into two parts, how drawing pictures can help one solve a mathematical problem.

Social Studies: This week your child will continue inquiring into Citizenship. Your child will be learning about what qualities make up a good citizen. He/she will also learn about one of the five themes of citizenship which is Honesty.

The IXL skills for this week are : A.2, A.10, P.1 and P.2

Reading- read for 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log

Math- Color by number worksheet

Language- Chrysanthemum story details worksheet               


Reading- read for 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log

Math- Making 10


Reading- read for 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log

Math- Making 11and 12

Spanish- Worksheet


Reading- read for 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log

Math- Problem-Solving worksheet

Language- writing sentences

GENERAL ASSEMBLY – Discovery School parents are invited to attend the General Assembly that will take place this Saturday, August 24 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the School Cafeteria. Important matters such as a suggested revision to our school calendar, budget information, an update on the status of the Concrete Plant, Board committees and school-wide implications of MAP data will be addressed. YOUR ATTENDANCE IS CRUCIAL—we need a quorum of 1/3 of our parents (55 parents) for the meeting to be considered a legal meeting of our school Association. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.  **Believe and Achieve Sports will be at the school to work with the children while the parents are attending the meeting. **Coffee and juice will be provided.

CHOIR AUDITIONS – The Choir auditions will take place on Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22 during Snack Recess (9:45-10:10) in the music room.   Students from grades 1-12 who did not audition last year are invited to audition. The students may sing a song of their preference acapella. Students and parents are asked to commit to the whole year’s participation in Choir. Our Choir has been invited and has accepted the invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City next summer, and practices will be geared to prepare the students for that prestigious event. A schedule of practices will be provided this week. If you have questions, you can contact either Ms. Pamela ( or Ms. Norma ( for more information.

MATH REINFORCEMENT:  IXL ACCOUNTS (for grades Kinder through 5 only) – Last year our teachers piloted the IXL Math enrichment with our students. Because it was so successful and well received by parents and students, the school has acquired a

subscription to IXL for all students in Grades KG-5. This is an individualized on-line program that reinforces math skills across the curriculum and is aligned to our Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment that we administer to all students in Grades KG-10 three times during the school year. Teachers will post information in their weekly blogs indicating what areas and how much time students should work on IXL during the week. Parents are encouraged to support their children by checking the weekly blogs and having their child complete the practices assigned by each teacher. If you are unclear about any aspect of the IXL, please contact your child’s teacher or the Area Administrator (Nora for KG – Grade 1 and Cristiana for Grades 2-5

SCHOOL CAFETERIA – for information on the school cafeteria menu and services please visit 

AFTER-SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAM – Our first session of After-School Activities with Believe and Achieve Sports started today. The sessions will run from 3:15 - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Saturday for students from Kindergarten up. During the sessions, students will rotate through different sports, including soccer, basketball, frisbies, golf, American football, and others. Focus is on helping students learn skills, practice teamwork, and have fun, regardless of their current knowledge or skills!

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->TRANSPORTATION:  The school will follow the practice we have followed over the past several years and provide transportation for the students at the end of the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions in the main part of Tegucigalpa. We will not provide transportation to the outlying areas, such as El Hatillo, Santa Lucia, and the airport. As in the past, there will not be a nanny on the bus; however, the driver will make sure all students are buckled up. We will not provide transportation to any area on Saturday.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->TRANSPORTATION FEE:  Parents are asked to pay Lmp.100 per month for the bus services if their children are planning to use it on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Lmp.60 per month if they are planning to use it for only one of those days. That can be given to Carolina (Receptionist) or anyone in the Finance Office.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->SIGN-UP FOR SPORTS PROGRAM:  Sign-up for the sports program is with Mr. Eric Hamm directly. His phone number is 9599-2959. As this is a new program, we may need to make adjustments as we go along, and we will keep you informed of any changes. One thing that we will be considering is the traffic at 5:00 p.m. and how long it takes us to get the students home after the activities.

The school welcomes any suggestions parents may have. If you have not had a chance to sign up yet, please contact Ms. Paola Mena, Administrative Assistant, at, 2231-7790 or 9950-66924 to let us know of your interest.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->At the current time we are not planning to offer other activities during the first quarter, with the exception of Choir. After we have assessed the Sports program, we will make a decision if we will offer other activities starting in the second quarter. Choir teachers will provide parents with a schedule of practices this week, but we will attempt to schedule the Choir practices so they don’t interfere with the Sports.


FROM THE COUNSELOR’S OFFICE – Ms. Marilis, our Guidance and Career Counselor, will begin working on group discussions/presentations with the sixth graders this week. The topic they will focus on will be "Reinforcing Organizational and Study Skills ".


ENROLLMENT DRIVE:   The Board of Directors elected to repeat the Enrollment Drive for the 2013-2014 school year, and the term will expire soon.


1.      PERIOD OF THE ENROLLMENT DRIVE:  This opportunity is available until August 31, 2013, and is not retroactive. 



A.    Discovery Parent must personally introduce a potential new student and parents to Ms. Giles at the beginning of the admission process (this must be someone who has not already requested information on admission)

B.     The school will follow the usual admission process in determining whether the student will be admitted

C.     The cash benefit will apply only if the new student is actually admitted for the 2013-2014 school year.



During the enrollment drive period, for each new student that a family introduces to Ms. Giles and who is thereafter admitted after meeting all of our admission requirements, the sponsoring parent or teacher will receive a cash bonus in the amount of 5% of the tuition (not capital fee) that the new student actually pays during the 2013-2014 school year.


4.      ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:  All new students are required to meet the admission requirements that are already established. If a student applies and is not admitted, no bonus will be paid.


5.      ORGANIZATIONS:  This offer applies to individuals who pay their own tuition and does not apply to organizations.


6.      UNFORESEEN COMPLICATIONS:  The Board reserves the right to discontinue the Enrollment Drive at any time if there are any unforeseen complications for the school.


**NOTE:   If a class is or becomes full, Discovery School reserves the right to put a new applicant on a waiting list. In that case, the bonus would not be paid unless the child is admitted during the 2013-2014 school year.


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Paola Mena, Administrative Assistant, at 2221-7790 or

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