Week of: 02/26/2018
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6th Grade Discovery Team News

Full STEAM Ahead!

Are you interested in STEAM?  Check out these upcoming opportunities!
Engineering Fest
Celebrate National Engineers Week with the annual Engineering Fest.  Drop in any time between 10am – 3pm to explore Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers through FREE activities for ages 5-12. Click to find out more about the upcoming event at the Chicago Architecture Foundation on Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, 2018. 
Expanding Your Horizons
Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics conferences nurture girls’ interest in science and math to encourage them to consider careers in STEM.  At the conference, girls can pick from a series of hands-on workshops to attend including topics such as food science, biomedical engineering, and particle physics.  The workshops will be led by female professionals from a wide variety of STEM careers.  Click to find out more about the upcoming event in Chicago on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  Registration coming soon!
Are you a Tech Savvy Girl?
Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and inform mentoring adults about STEM education and careers and how they can support the girls’ interest and success in STEM.  Click to find out more about the upcoming event at Triton College on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  Registration is now open!
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Stock Your Pencil Case for the New Year!
With winter break approaching, it's time to make a list of the school supplies you need to replenish for the New Year.  During X-Block this week, you'll be checking that your pencil case has all of the necessary supplies:
  • 3 sharpened pencils
  • 1 colored pen (red or green)
  • 2 pens (blue or black)
  • 1 glue stick or roll of tape
  • scissors
  • 1 highlighter
  • post-it notes
  • eraser
  • headphones/earbuds
If your headphones don't fit in your pencil case, they should be labeled with your name and kept in your locker for days they are needed in class.  If you are missing any supplies, please find a time over winter break to pick up more for the New Year!  We'll be checking pencil cases the first week back and handing out SuperStars to students with a fully stocked supply case. 
Welcome to Discovery!
The Discovery Team Teachers are excited for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.  We look forward to meeting you on Wednesday, August 23rd!  Please wait until Thursday to bring your school supplies.  
End of Year Reminders
On Wednesday, your student should be bringing home a permission slip for the end of year picnic at Rugen Park on Thursday, June 8th.  Please sign and return to any Discovery Teacher by Friday, June 2nd!  You can also download and print a copy of the permission slip, if needed.  

Yearbooks will be distributed next week.  In order to receive their yearbook, students must return all district property or pay for lost/damaged items.  LRTC materials are due now!  See the Discovery Team Homework page for textbook collection dates.  On Friday, all district technology will be collected through your student's science block:
  • iPad
  • chargers (brick and cable)
  • case (remove all stickers!) 
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Discovery Team T-Shirts
If you are interested in ordering a Discovery Team T-shirt for your child, the order form and $7 is due by Thursday, 05/25!  In order to have the t-shirts printed and delivered on time, no late responses can be accepted.  

This year's t-shirt will be colbalt blue and feature our school and team name on the front and the year on the back.  Students will receive their shirts during the last few days of school and often choose to wear them to our Field Day.

A pdf copy of the order form is attached, so if your child was absent when they were handed out, feel free to print a copy.  
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Check your student's backpack!
In order to participate in end of year activities, students must be in good standing both academically and behaviorally. All Discovery students reviewed school expectations during the week of April 4th through X-Block activities.
Additionally, a letter reminding students and their families of team expectations was handed out in Block 5 on Friday, April 21st.  Please review these expectations with your student, both sign and return the letter by Friday, April 28th.  A pdf copy is attached, so if your student was absent or the dog ate his/her letter, feel free to print a copy.  (True story - it happened to Mrs. Danno!) 

Wildcats, keep working hard and making good choices! We look forward to celebrating sixth grade with you.
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Spring Reminders
We hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing spring break!  A few reminders for when we return in April:
  • If you have not already, sign and return the Trimester 2 report card envelope and MSI field trip permission slip.
  • Students must have headphones or earbuds with them at school each day.
  • Make sure to bring your iPad fully charged and with 2GB of free space on Tuesday, April 4th.
Check your student's backpack!
Your student should be bringing home his/her Trimester 2 report card and a permission slip for the field trip to the Museum of Science & Industry on Thursday, April 6th.  Please review this documents with your student and sign and return to school next week!