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Discovery Application Timeline for 2018-2019 School Year
The Discovery Application Process for the 2018 -2019 school year is now open. 

The application process may be initiated by a teacher or other professional, parent, or student. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is November 17, 2017. For applications submitted after that date, students identified for the program are placed on a space availability basis.

The Discovery Program is a self-contained, center based, magnet program for highly gifted learners located regionally at four elementary school sites in Douglas County. The program is intended for those students who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school gifted programming.

Due to the intensive nature of the Discovery Program, a body of evidence is needed to determine the best match between student and programming.  Information considered includes documented cognitive ability, standardized achievement data, classroom performance data, student, parent, and teacher input. Three major criteria for placement are 

1) Exceptional intellectual/cognitive
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ability
2) Documented above grade level performance in multiple content areas, and 
3) no below grade level performance in any content area. 

Multiple criteria will be considered in the placement process to provide evidence of the best match between student academic need and the rigorous environment of the program.

Please visit the DSCSD Gifted Education Webpage linked HERE for more information and application materials.  
February 2018 Newsletter

Popcorn Friday is this Friday, Feb. 9th!

 
Our next Popcorn Friday is this Friday, February 9, 2018. Last month, our Popcorn Friday volunteers popped and delivered over 570 bags of popcornthroughout Northridge. We need 6 volunteers between 10:30 - 12 noon to bag and deliver popcorn to 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades.

Sign up for February Popcorn Friday here.
 
Don't forget! Every day you volunteer, you'll be entered into our end-of-the year drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card.

Grocery Card Fundraising Update


Great job using your Safeway and King Soopers reloadable grocery cards! So far this school year about 35 families have earned over $4200 for Northridge. Just think how much we could earn with more families participating! 

Remember: Reload your King Soopers or Safeway grocery cards this week
Lost your card? Order your King Soopers card and Safeway card today. 

DBC Updates


New Technology Curriculum - Ms. Kast has the new Project Lead the Way Curriculum and is using it in her Technology classes. DBC funded the teacher training and purchase of this curriculum for all 2nd-6th grade classes. Make sure to ask your kids about what they're doing with it.

New Chromebooks- DBC also purchased new Chromebooks to replace the aging Chromebooks in Discovery Classrooms. Thanks to Mr. Jeff for helping us prepare and replace these for our students. Every Discovery student has their own Chromebook. DBC funds support the replacement of aging or broken Chromebooks every year.

Spring Flower Fundraiser - The Flower Fundraiser is back this March, just in time for spring planting and Mother's Day gifts. This is a completely online fundraiser and all orders are shipped directly to the customers. 50% of all sales will go directly to DBC. Stay tuned to learn when online ordering is available.

Event Coordinators Needed - DBC needs volunteers to help organize and run two events this spring: the Girls in STEM Roundtable and the Entrepreneur Roundtable. Most of this work can be performed at home. Please email info@nredbc.org to learn more about how you can help create a vibrant learning community for our gifted kids.

Great American Spellcheck  Our 3rd biggest fundraiser of the year kicks off this week. Check the Thursday folders for the spelling lists. Please help your child study his/her spelling words and ask for donations. All funds raised by Discovery students will directly support the Discovery program. Last year, Discovery families raised over $3,000 to support our students and teachers.

2018-2019 DBC Board Members Wanted - The DBC Board President and Secretary positions are open for the 2018-2019 school year. All the remaining board members are planning to return. Every April, the DBC community votes for next year's DBC Board. Board members help guide how DBC raises funds, supports our program, and contributes to the Northridge community. To learn more about being a board member, please attend our upcoming meeting.

You can also learn more about the DBC Board By-laws and Board Member responsibilities here.

2018 DBC Meeting Time Change - Please note that the DBC Board Meetings for the rest of the school year will be moved to Wednesdays at 4:30-5:30 p.m.instead of 6:30-8:00 p.m. The next DBC Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Please email info@nredbc.org by Monday, February 19, 2018 at 12 noon if you would like to add an agenda item.
 

ABOUT DISCOVERY BOOSTER CLUB (DBC)

The NRE Discovery Booster Club (DBC) is a Chapter of the Foundation for Douglas County Schools (formerly Douglas County Education Foundation). As a chapter, DBC is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

Visit the Foundation's website here.
DBC BOARD (2017-2018)
Filipina Pate, President
Leann Spencer, Vice President
Sara Seba, Secretary
Diane Christensen, Treasurer
Karen Grewell, Community Liaison
Kristin Zosel, Volunteer Coordinator

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December 2017 Newsletter

Support Discovery Booster Club on Colorado Gives Day!


Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours.

When you donate to Discovery Booster Club, you’re helping us introduce Project Lead the Way, a new STEM based curriculum for our ThinkTank classes at Northridge. The new curriculum focuses on computer engineering, biomedical engineering and engineering topics. Our program is the only school implementing Project Lead the Way at the elementary school level in the entire school district.

Please help us reach our goal of $1,000. Thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund from Community First Foundation and FirstBank, your donation goes further on Colorado Gives Day. You can even schedule your donation in advance. To donate to us on Colorado Gives Day, go to https://www.coloradogives.org/nrediscovery and click on the Donate Now button.. 

About Colorado Gives Day 
Colorado Gives Day, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round website featuring more than 2,000 nonprofits. ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up- to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online.

Other Ways to Donate 
  • Donate Online - Miss us on December 5th? Don't worry, our Colorado Gives website accepts online donations for the entire year. Plus, you can even schedule an automatic monthly donation. Visit www.coloradogives.org/nrediscovery.

  • Donate via Check - Donating via check is a good option because the full check amount goes directly to DBC. Please make your check payable to "NRE DBC" and send it in an envelope labeled "DBC Donation" at the school's Front Office.

  • Company Match - Many local employers will match your donation. Please contact your company representatives to complete any necessary paperwork. If you need additional information about our nonprofit status or our organization, please email us.

Shop Green this Holiday Season

Looking for a fun and educational gift for the holidays? Check out our Seed and Bulb Fundraising Website, featuring an online catalog of flower, vegetables, and bulbs you can order and send as gifts. These eco-friendly and beautiful gifts are perfect for neighbors, family members, kids, and teachers.

Order online and your order will be automatically shipped to the gift recipient in April-May 2018, just in time for Spring planting and Mother's Day. Plus, 50% of all purchases will be donated to DBC. Hurry, this fundraiser ends Friday, December 22, 2017.

Learn more about how this fundraiser works on the DBC website.

Or order online today:

http://seeds.nredbc.org

 Girls in STEM: Female Role Models Wanted!



DBC is organizing a Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Speaker Roundtable this upcoming January 2018. We are looking for women who are currently pursuing or involved in a STEM-related career to act as role models for this 90-minute afterschool, school-wide event.

Former Northridge students are highly encouraged to participate.

Click here to learn more and apply to be a Role Model.
 

Popcorn Committee Update

Our next Popcorn Friday is Friday, December 8th, 2017. Last month, our Popcorn Friday volunteers popped and delivered over 570 bags of popcornthroughout Northridge. There’s still room to join in the fun and support your students sign up for December Popcorn Friday here.
Don't forget! Every day you volunteer, you'll be entered into our end-of-the year drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card.

ABOUT DISCOVERY BOOSTER CLUB (DBC)

The NRE Discovery Booster Club (DBC) is a Chapter of the Foundation for Douglas County Schools (formerly Douglas County Education Foundation). As a chapter, DBC is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

Visit the Foundation's website here.
DBC BOARD (2017-2018)
Filipina Pate, President
Leann Spencer, Vice President
Sara Seba, Secretary
Diane Christensen, Treasurer
Karen Grewell, Community Liaison
Kristin Zosel, Volunteer Coordinator

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Popcorn Committee Update

 


Our next Popcorn Friday is Friday, November 17, 2017. Last month, our Popcorn Friday volunteers popped and delivered over 540 bags of popcornthroughout Northridge. There’s still room to join in the fun and support your students - sign up for November Popcorn Friday here.
If you haven’t signed up yet, please sign up today. If every Discovery family commits to two shifts for the entire school year, we will have more than enough volunteers to run this very profitable fundraiser.
 

NRE Grocery Card Rebate Program Update


Thanks to all who reloaded their King Soopers Grocery Card this September. The graph below compares the number of cards that were reloaded each month from last year to this year.
 
King Soopers Grocery Card Monthly Reloads Comparison
NRE earns a 5% rebate on the total card reloads each month. In October, we earned $440 of free money. Check out our new infographic to learn how Grocery Cards support NRE.

Reloading your King Soopers Grocery Card helps support the NRE Discovery Program, including books, curriculum, field trips, Chromebooks, and fun afterschool student programs, such as the Girls in STEM Roundtable planned for this January.

Thanks to everyone for your support. Keep reloading each week!
Don't have a card? Click here to download a card request form.

ABOUT DISCOVERY BOOSTER CLUB (DBC)

The NRE Discovery Booster Club (DBC) is a Chapter of the Foundation for Douglas County Schools (formerly Douglas County Education Foundation). As a chapter, DBC is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

Visit the Foundation's website here.
DBC BOARD (2017-2018)
Filipina Pate, President
Leann Spencer, Vice President
Sara Seba, Secretary
Diane Christensen, Treasurer
Karen Grewell, Community Liaison
Kristin Zosel, Volunteer Coordinator

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CogAT Testing is Around the Corner!

Please review the CogAT Information tab for the most up to date news about CogAT, including who will be tested and the tentative testing schedule.  If you have a child in 1st, 2nd, 4th, or 5th grade and you wish to have him or her tested, you must complete the Consent to Test AND Gifted ID Referral forms that can be found on the CogAT Information tab.  These forms are due no later than Friday, August 18th to Tawnya Houghton, Intervention Specialist and School Assessment Coordinator.

2017 2018 Advanced Learning Plans

All students who are identified as gifted in the state of Colorado must have a written personalized learning plan, called an Advanced Learning Plan.  At Northridge, Amanda Schmidt, Assistant Principal and GT Facilitator, will seek in put from teachers, students and parents to draft the goals for your child's Advanced Learning Plan between August 29th and September 19th.  Once these plans are drafted, they will be shared with parents no later than September 30th.  

If your child is identified as gifted and is a part of one of our non Discovery classrooms, you should expect to  receive a copy of a parent letter, a parent survey and a student survey in the August 24th Thursday folder.  If you do not receive this packet, please email me (amanda.schmidt@dcsdk12.org) so that I can send it to you.  These surveys will be used as we draft goals for your child.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.