Originally delivered on 8/21/2019 1:38 pm

SUBJECT: Ready to get back to school? We are! - Discovery PTA August Newsletter


August 21, 2019


8/21 — Rising K Play Date
8/23 — Teachers & Staff Return, PTA provides a Welcome Back Breakfast
8/25 — Rising K Play Date
8/27 — School Supply Classroom Delivery
8/27 — Rising 1st Grader Play Date
8/28 — Summer Reading Nights
8/29 — Discovery Open House
9/11 — Back to School Night
9/17 — Ice Cream Social and 1st PTA Meeting/Parent Social

Check the PTA Calendar for more information.

This is our final summer newsletter, as we all get ready to head back to school on September 3rd. It includes some quick updates, events coming up and things the PTA thinks you all should know.

Also, please take a few minutes to renew or become a new member of the Discovery PTA! The Discovery community needs you!

Start the Year Right: Volunteer!
Two important things about volunteering: 1) it's fun and 2) it makes a big difference in your child(ren)'s experience at Discovery!
Before school even starts, there are two opportunities to pitch in!
Next Tuesday, August 27th, we will be delivering the school supply kits to each classroom that many of us pre-ordered over the summer. If you have time between 10:00am and 1:00pm, we'd love the help (kids can volunteer with you too)! Sign up for a shift here.
On Thursday, August 29th during the Discovery Open House, sign up for a 20 minute shift to man the sales tables for grade-level t-shirts and Discovery merchandise. Your help will ensure the rest of our PTA board and committee members are able to participate in the open house with their children.
Take your volunteering game up a notch and join the Discovery PTA board. We NEED someone to step up and take on the Corresponding Secretary: Community Event Lead role. This position is one-part cheerleader/one-part extra hand. The person in this position oversees and assists volunteers leading all of our PTA Community Events including Bingo Night, DJ Dance Party, 5th Grade Promotion, World Heritage Night, Ice Cream Socials, etc. Please contact Adam Simkin (President@DiscoveryPTA.org) to learn more.
Another volunteer opportunity: Take on the role of Newsletter Editor! Training provided. Contact Amber at newsletter@discoverypta.org for the details.

Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities!

Back-to-School Events

Discovery Open House Thursday, August 29th, 8:30am-9:30am Visit Discovery before school starts! Meet your students' new teacher(s) and find your classroom(s).

First Day of School Tuesday, September 3rd, 9:00am Meet us on the Veranda (patio outside the cafeteria) after drop off for a parents' welcome back breakfast! Younger siblings not in school are welcome to join.

Back-to-School NightWednesday, September 11th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm Visit your child(ren)'s classrooms, meet the teachers and other parents and sign up to help out with an event this year!

Ice Cream Social & PTA MeetingTuesday, September 17th, 6:00pm-8:00pm Have some ice cream, get social and stick around for our first PTA meeting of the year (child care is provided). If you are able to leave your children at home, join us for a parents' social after the meeting at Taqueria el Poblano.

Discovery PTA Enrichment Programs

As you're making plans for after school activities and half days/holidays, keep in mind the PTA-sponsored enrichment activities in partnership with Baroody Camps. A variety of fun and educational classes are offered right at Discovery from 4-5pm almost every day throughout the school year.
Class options will be posted this week. Registration for the fall opens September 8th.
Baroody also offers camps to extend your child's day during all of Discovery's half days, as well as full day camps on teacher work days and some holidays. Visit their website for more information.

Summer Play Dates
We still have a few more opportunities for our Rising Kindergarten and Rising First Grade families to get together in the last few days of summer. Note the dates above and see the PTA calendar for all the details including locations and times.

 Summer Reading Nights
All are welcome for the last Summer Reading Night on Wednesday, August 28th. The annual tradition of Discovery teachers and administrators reading stories will run from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM at the Westover Library.

Cub Scout BBQ

Cub Scout Pack 641 (Discovery and Jamestown) is hosting their annual Welcome to Scouting BBQ on Saturday September 7 from 2:00 – 6:00 at 4284 38th St. N.

If you’re curious about scouting, this is a great event to meet other families and learn about the types of activities we do every year. If you have any questions, please contact the BBQ POC: John Fanguy johnfanguy@yahoo.com.

Interested in being a Girl Scout Daisy at Discovery?

As a Daisy (grades K–1), girls gain new friends as part of a troop; earn petals and badges as she embraces the Girl Scout Promise and Law; explore nature and the outdoors; and more. Troops are forming soon! Contact: Shauna Piedrahita, Discovery Troop Organizer, shaunadarby@gmail.com.

To submit community news for publication in the Discovery PTA newsletter, please email a short blurb to Amber Taylor at newsletter@discoverypta.org


We are currently offering sponsorship opportunities on the PTA website.  Becoming a sponsor allows you to advertise your business at an event, on our website, or in our newsletter while supporting our PTA. If you know anyone that is looking to do a little more marketing of their business or may be interested in becoming a sponsor, please let us know at fundraising@discoverypta.org

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Grocery Cards-one of our biggest fundraisers! 

Harris Teeter
Link your Harris Teeter VIC card to Discovery! Go to the Harris Teeter website and click
"Community" then "Together in Education". Search for Discovery (#2977).  Harris Teeter cards may be linked now for the 2017-2018 school year! You can also link your cards in the store at the Customer Service desk 

Please register your Giant cards to benefit Discovery. Go to Giant's website, click on Savings & Rewards, then "A+ School Rewards." Discovery is school #40035.

Amazon Smile

Support Discovery Elementary School PTA by shopping at AmazonSmile! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazomSmile purchase to Discovery PTA.


Box Tops

Don't forget to send in your Box Tops via backpack mail or drop them in the office. For a list of goods and products that support Box Tops, click here.  



Discovery Elementary PTA
5241 N. 36th St.
Arlington, VA 22207