TWelcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We can't wait to 'Explore Excellence' with our students, families and community! Below are a few informational items to ease your transition back into the school year.
Office Hours: Our office is open 7:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Our experienced staff is here to answer your questions, take suggestions, and offer assistance. The office phone number is 623-974-4827.
Communication: During the school year, we communicate through email, text, phone call, flyers, Facebook, newsletters and our website. Text "YES" to 67587 to receive all school notifications via text message. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep informed of all of the great things happening at Discover U.
Meet the Teacher: Come tour the school, see your classroom and meet your teacher on Thursday, August 1st from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. We will also have a small book fair to purchase new books for the year and 'Cards for a Cause' to help raise money for a new playground.
Curriculum Night: Curriculum Night will be on Tuesday, August 27th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Teachers will introduce the class curriculum which supports student achievement. They will also talk about Parent Teacher Academic Teams which will be occurring throughout the school year.
School Hours: Our school hours are 8:30am to 3:15pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am to 12:30pm on Friday for our 1st - 6th grade and 8:30am to 2:45pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am to 12:00pm on Friday for Pre-K and Kindergarten.
First Day of School: Students are scheduled to return on Monday, August 5th. Parents are welcome to walk their children to their classrooms for the first day of school. Following that, we ask that parents drop students off at the south gate and wish them well for the day.
Drop Off & Pick Up: All parents need to enter the school site by using the north entrance gate (right before the stop sign on 113th Ave) and proceed to drive around the back of the campus. Please proceed around the playground area and continue to the identified drop-off area on the south side of the administrative building. Students will be allowed on campus at 8:05am when the gates are opened. Please do not drop your child off prior to that. School personnel will be stationed at the drop-off area to greet your child. Parents will need to proceed to exit the school parking lot using the south exit gate.
To minimize traffic and reduce wait times, we will be releasing Pre-K and Kindergarten students 30 minutes early. Pre-K and Kindergarten students release at 2:45pm Monday - Thursday and 12:00pm on Friday. The 1st-6th grade students release at 3:15pm Monday-Thursday and 12:30pm on Friday. Parents may either park in the parking lot and walk to the designated zone to meet their children or wait in their vehicle in the pick-up line.
If you are a parent of a 1st-6th grade, please do not enter the student pick-up area until 3:00pm to allow our Kindergarten parents to pick up their child on time. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the drop off/pick up zone. This is also not a good time to speak to your child’s teacher. If you have a concern, please park and go to the front office where the teacher can meet with you once dismissal is completed. All students should be picked up within 15 minutes of school dismissal. If you are running late, please contact the front office to advise. Students not picked up within 15 minutes of release time will be sent up to the front office where they will need to be signed out.
If you are signing your child in or out you must park and come inside the front office. Please do not park in front of the office doors because this area has been designated a fire lane.
Students will not be released from class during the last 30 minutes of school. If you have an appointment and need to sign your child out early, please plan to sign them out 30 minutes prior to school ending. Exceptions will be made for emergency situations.
Volunteers: We welcome and encourage our families to volunteer. Please click on Volunteer under the ‘Resource’ tab. Please review the handbook and complete the registration form. You may begin volunteering once the registration form is completed and you have provided the front office with a copy of your IVP Level 1 fingerprint clearance card. Get your fingerprint clearance card today by going to https://fieldprintarizona.com/.
Explorer Zone (Before/After School Program: Explorer Zone is available before school starting at 6:30am and after school until 6:00pm. Please click on Before/After School Program under the ‘Resource’ tab for more information. Explorer Zone will be held in the gym. Please enter through the brown doors behind the lime green wall on the south side of campus and proceed down the hall to the gym. You will need to sign your child in and out daily and be prepared to show your ID.
Breakfast/Lunch:Free breakfast will be provided by the school and lunches are $3.00 unless you are approved for free or reduced meals. Breakfast will be served from 8:05am to 8:25am. Please make note we will not be serving lunch on Friday’s. Please send a snack with your child on Friday’s and a lunch if they will be attending Explorer Zone. A new application is required each year to determine if you qualify for free/reduced meals. Please click on the ‘Resource’ tab and then on School Breakfast/Lunch Program. There you will be able to click on the link to complete the application online print or complete a paper application. You can also view your child’s meal transactions and make payments towards your child’s account. Payments can also be made in the front office.
Attendance: For the safety of our children, you must notify the office at 623-974-4827 by 8:30am if your child will be arriving late or will be absent.
Dress Code: Discover U students are required to wear the royal blue polo shirt with the school logo embroidered. Each shirt is $10.00 and can be purchased in the front office. Bottoms need to be khaki or navy blue color. Students may wear jeans or jean shorts/skirt on Friday’s with their polo shirt or school spirit shirt.
Parent/Student Handbook: A copy of the Discover U handbook is located under the ‘Resource’ tab. Please review for updates and changes for the new school year.
Discover U elementary school
Lorisa Pombo, School Leader 13226 N. 113th Ave Youngtown, AZ 85363 Office Phone: (623) 974-4827 Office Text Line: (602) 329-5741