Classroom Expectations

Be kind. Be safe. Be responsible.

Important!

Elementary Summer School and Robotics Registration Now Open-starting March 4th.
Registration for Elementary Summer School (current K-5 students) and Elementary Summer Robotics (current 4th and 5th grade students) is now open for students in the Issaquah School District. For more information on both programs, please visit the Elementary Summer School website. Registration will close on Friday, April 19.

Homework

A child's work is play. Please make sure that your child is getting time to play both indoors and outdoors before and/or after school.

Please also take some time to talk with your child about what they did each day in school. For example; what was hard about today, what was easy, what was fun, etc.

In addition to play and conversations about their school day, it is important that your child spends 20 minutes per night interacting with books. That can be you reading to them, them reading to you, and/or you both reading together. While reading with your child, take time to ask them questions about the story and the characters. Talking with children about what they are reading supports their reading comprehension and vocabulary development. For example; Who was the main character of the story? What happened in the beginning of the story? The middle of the story? The end of the story? What was your favorite part of the story? Etc.

Thank you! Your support in your child's education is instrumental and foundational in their enjoyment and success in school.

A Message from our Counselor - February 2019

Miss Denise’s Counselor Corner

ENJOY this great article about raising CARING  kids.

https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/resources-for-families/7-tips-raising-caring-kids

January can be a tough month with the dark afternoons and weather that keeps us indoors!  Sometimes it helps to start a new tradition or learn a new skill  together to fill the dark days. Here are some other ideas…….

TIPS:

  • Change things up by having an indoor picnic instead of eating at the dinner table.
  • Play cards or a board game together.
  • Play charades
  • Listen to an audio book story together in the evening or in the car.
  • Make playdough,  do art, cook together!
  • Give kids a job or chore around the house.

Don’t Forget:

  • Stay firm with screen time limits.
  • It is most healthy for kids to do imagination play, physical exercise, reading, art and building.   
  • Have a routine bed time. Read together and keep screens out of the bedroom.
  • Most Kindergarteners and 1st graders need at least 10 hours of sleep and do best with a consistent bedtime.   They need  a lot of sleep for their big days at school.

What have we been doing at school:

  • In Kindergarten and 1st grade we have been talking a lot about being ‘Bucket Fillers’ and helping OTHERS to have a good day!  All the kids have been very excited about learning about Superflex and how we can be flexible.
  • We are learning about EMPATHY and caring about how the other person feels.
  • We are talking about SELF CONTROL and having an ‘indivisible stop sign’ in our head to help us stop ourselves before we do or say something that might not be a good choice.
  • We are sharing how we can have different moods in our day and might be in the RED zone (anger). We can ask for help, take deep breaths, count to 10 or take a break.

As always, reach out with any questions or concerns!

Warmly,

Denise Darnell  (AKA “Miss Denise”)

www.missdenisediscovery.weebly.com

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY 837-4097

DARNELLD@ISSAQUAH.WEDNET.EDU

“If you can’t think of anything nice to say, you’re not thinking hard enough” ~ Kid President

Additional Resources

I want to introduce you to a few important people in our building. These individuals support me in and out of the classroom as I work to meet student and family needs. Please feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns related to their areas of specialty. As always, please feel free to call or email me anytime with any questions, comments or concerns.

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Lisa Baer
Reading Specialist
Discovery Elementary School 
Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesdays 11:45am - 1:30pm
425-837-4100
baerl@issaquah.wednet.edu

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Wenli Mithal

Family Partnership Liaison

Teaching and Learning Services

Phone: (425)-837-7106

Email: mithalw@issaquah.wednet.edu

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Carolyn Kaiser

Instructional Coach

Issaquah Valley Elementary & Discovery Elementary 

Issaquah School District

Check My Connect Site!

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Meg Kaufman MEd NBCT

English Language Support

Discovery Elementary

425 837 4082

KaufmanM@issaquah.wednet.edu

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Denise Darnell  (AKA “Miss Denise”)

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY 837-4097

DARNELLD@ISSAQUAH.WEDNET.EDU

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Teal R. Morse

Positive Behavior Social and Emotional Support (PBSES) Coach

Discovery Elementary

e: morset@issaquah.wednet.edu

o: 425-837-4029

w: https://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/elementary/discovery/staff/morset/

Weekly Sharing/Star of the Week Schedule

Star of the Week schedule

Week of…

Student

Week of 10/1

Fiona

Week of 10/15

Nihal

Week of 10/22

Aavyan

Week of 10/29

Sanvi

Week of 11/5

Yash

Week of 11/26

Myra

Week of 1/7

Owen

Week of 1/14

Logan

Week of 2/4

Irha

Week of 2/11

Shuhe

Week of 2/25

Alex

Week of 3/4

Isha

Week of 3/11

Elena

Week of 3/18

Corinne

Week of 3/25

Nandu

Week of 4/1

Jayla

 

Weekly sharing day schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Corinne

Elena

Isha

Alex

Shuhe

Irha

Logan

Owen

Myra

Yash

Sanvi

Aavyan

Nihal

Nandu

Fiona

Jayla