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Thursday, August 17, 2017

ADS Newsletter - 17 August 2017
Have you completed your child's permission slip to view the solar eclipse on the first day of school?  Scroll down to read more about it in this newsletter and DO IT TODAY.  So far only 67 students have permission to watch the eclipse!
We are still enrolling for the 2017-18 year in 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades! Encourage your friends and neighbors to if they are interested in enrolling a 1st, 2nd, or 5th grader this school year.
STAAR score sheets for the 2016-17 school year are available for pick up at Meet the Teacher on Aug 18th in the front office.
Interested in substitute teaching at ADS during the coming year? Get the process started now!  ADS needs you!  E-mail Vice Principal Amity Taylor for more
School Supplies

If you did not order school supplies for the 2017-18 school year through our online vendor before the June 30th deadline, please visit our school website for the supply list and have fun shopping at the store of your choice!

You are welcome to bring the supplies to Meet the Teacher on August 18th, or to class on the first day of school (August 21st!). Thank you for your support - we truly could not do it without you!
From Taylor Young, Operations Manager

First Work Day of the 2017-2018 school year!

Hello Owl Families! We are furiously getting the campus ready to start our first full year in our new 'nest'. As always, we love to have as many things as possible involve the community, so here is your first opportunity to roll up your sleeves and come participate in a Parent Work Day.

This Sunday, August 20th, from 9 AM on, we will host our first work day. KIPP, our helpful neighbors, have graciously offered up some wooden ramps to us. This is a great savings of time and money, but they are too large to move alone. They are currently sitting near our old campus, so the move is not far. I might be able to provide a truck and trailer (although if you have this available for use, even if for an hour, please email me at Otherwise, we need hands, arms, backs, and legs to get it around. 

There are also opportunities to help work on the playground and around campus. If you are available to help, please let Taylor know so that I can best organize our efforts.

Thank you, and welcome back!
The ADS PTO wants to help YOU get through the first day of school!  Please stop by the portico outside the library for our annual Boo Hoo Breakfast!  This is especially helpful to those of you dropping off your students for the very first time.  We will hand you a tissue and a taco while we reminisce about our first day at ADS.  We hope you'll join us for some good food and great company!  Looking forward to Monday!!

Dates to Remember

Aug 18 - Meet the Teacher 
Aug 21 - First Day of School
Sep 4 - Labor Day Holiday
Sep 7 - Back to School Night


Please contact administrators via e-mail to schedule meetings as needed.

Amity Taylor, Assistant Principal
Becky Mien, Student Services Director
Kelly McRee, Social Emotional Program Director
Leigh Moss, Head of School
Lydie Jessin, Business Manager
Taylor Young, Operations Manage

From Leigh Moss, Head of School

Meet the Teacher / Orientation for Kindergarten - 5th grade

Friday, August 18, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Drop in any time to meet your teachers, drop off your school supplies, and/or attend a New Family Orientation in the Library to learn more about pick up and drop off, Revolution Foods Lunch program, After Care and Arts & Movement classes, meet the PTO, and learn more about how to stay connected to your new school community!  

Repeat orientations will take place 4:30 - 5:00 and 5:30 - 6:30 in the Library; new and returning families are welcome to attend either session.  A similar orientation geared for returning families will take place on Back to School Night (That's Thursday, September 7th).

Meet the Teacher / Orientation for Middle School

Friday, August 18, 5 - 7 pm 

Register Your Student for their Elective TODAY if you haven't done so already! Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey to indicate which elective (Guitar, Theater, or Art) your child will take this year.  

Stop by the Building 1 Lobby when you arrive to pick up our child's schedule.  Then report with your child to his / her first period class.

Join us for light refreshments in the Middle School Building at the Meet the Teacher Middle School Orientation on Friday, August 18th from 5 - 7 p.m.  During this time you can expect to:
  • receive your student's schedule;
  • follow an abbreviated schedule to meet your student's teachers;
  • learn how to get access anytime to your student's grades, class, and homework assignments;
  • review expectations and opportunities that are different from our elementary school; and
  • give and receive information on how best to communicate with one another throughout the year.
See you there!
While you are in the Library during Meet the Teacher or on the first day of school, visit our background wall and capture memories!  We'd love to see your photos on social media.  #austindiscoveryschool 
1st Day of School Eclipse Celebration
Solar Eclipse Celebration Permission Form

On our first day of school, August 21st, we will get to enjoy a solar eclipse.  While Austin is not in the path of totality, there will be a couple of minutes between 10 am and 2 pm during which the moon will pass between us and the sun.  ADS students will all learn about and plan a classroom activity or project to teach and celebrate this momentous event.  

During the eclipse:
  • your child can come to school with eclipse glasses and gather with others students and staff in the center of the campus to view the eclipse safely,
  • your child can watch the eclipse with a group of students and staff in the cafeteria or library (depending on their age) live-streamed from NASA or,
  • your child can watch NASA's live-stream of the eclipse with a smaller group of students and staff in their classroom.
Please let us know which activity you would like your child to attend.  Anyone without a permission slip will join the groups in the library or cafeteria.  

It will be helpful to talk with your student about these events on the first day.  For additional information on the eclipse,
 see the NASA website. Also, Austin public library branches are giving away free eclipse glasses.  See this link for a list of participating libraries.
Hello from the Lunchroom!

The 2017-18 school year is here! For those that don't know about our lunch program, please feel free to read up on how things work at>PARENTS>Lunch Program
We do a preorder system with our food vendor, Revolution Foods, in order to cut down on food waste. As such, this means that orders are due the Monday prior to the week you would like your student to receive it. For example, orders for the first week of school, August 21 - 25, are due this coming Monday, August 14.

To say a little about the meals we get from Revolution:
Every meal comes with an entrée selection, a vegetable (corn, broccoli, glazed carrots), and a fresh fruit (banana, apple, orange). There will be a regular selection that will usually come with poultry or beef (no pork), a vegetarian selection, and a dairy-free selection. Gluten free is available with a doctor's note. They have cheeseburgers, pasta dishes, and bbq chicken w/ cheesy rice as the regular option, to name a few. Examples of vegetarian meals are cheese enchiladas, sunbutter and jelly sandwiches, cheese pizza, and cheese ravioli. Dairy-free entrees include chicken bites, crispy baked chicken sandwich, all-beef hot dogs, and chicken salad sandwiches.