Monday, April 16, 2018


Once we come back from the Semana Santa / Easter Break, we begin the last stretch of the school year. There is still much to do, and we will all be very busy. The warm weather that is characteristic of this time of the year can be distracting, but year-end learning is critical. With three smart tips, parents can help children wrap the grade with an academic edge.

1. Reassess the requirements - meet with the teacher to see what work remains to be done. Clear up confusion over missing grades and incomplete past-due work, even if there’s a penalty. Later learning builds on early lessons, and all course concepts may be covered on final exams.

2. Make a plan - check your child’s notebooks and folders to stay on top of things. Reorganize. Put notes in order. Get a bigger notebook if needed. Stock up on pencils, erasers, paper, printer ink or any other school supplies that are needed.  Organize homework time. Experts recommend students focus on a task for no more than 45 minutes before taking a break – younger learners need even shorter sessions. Downtime allows the brain to consolidate learning and re-energize.
3. Ease anxiety - Maintain a healthy sleep schedule and sustain energy with nutritious food. Start children off with a protein-packed breakfast and plan healthy snacks every two or three hours throughout the day. Brain work burns fuel. Remind your child of his/her strengths. Boost their self-confidence. Star students use their academic talents to overcome (or compensate for) weaknesses.

Now is the time to take and deep breath and remember: help your children finish this school year strong!

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Discovery School

At Discovery School we love to read and we want to motivate our students to continue to discover the wonderful world found in books, where just about anything can happen! Through our second  READ-A-THON our Early Childhood and Elementary (Grades K-5) students will be encouraged to read more often in the classroom and at home.

In organizing this READ-A-THON our objective is to help our students re-discover the joy of reading.  A READ-A-THON  is an event that encourages students and their families to read more, try new books, and have fun doing it. Extensive research proves that children who read for pleasure will gain advantages that last their whole lives. Research also demonstrates with overwhelming evidence that literacy has a significant relationship with a person’s happiness and success. Furthermore, the academic benefits of a strong leisure reading habit are not confined to improved reading ability. Leisure reading makes students more articulate, develops higher order reasoning, and promotes critical thinking – all of these skills for lifelong learning skills!

Our READ-A-THON will take place from February 26 to March 22, 2018. Each student has been given a Reading Log sheet and a special bookmark for this event. The goal is for every student to read as many books as he or she can, and keeps a record of his or her reading. Once the sheet had been filled out, each student will need to turn it in to their homeroom teacher, and will be given a new one. The student in each class who, at the end of the month, reads more grade level (or above grade level books) will be honored in an assembly, and will be treated to a special lunch  (Sponsored by the DPTO) outside the school when we come back from Easter Break. 

We ask our parents to support his initiative at home by providing their child with appropriate books for reading. Parents can borrow books from their child’s class library, check out books from our school library, download (free or purchased) books for their e-readers, borrow from a friend…the possibilities are endless! Let’s face it, parents will LOVE seeing their child lost in the world of a “cant-put-it-down” book! Who doesn't want to bring reading back into family time?!