Originally delivered on 9/26/2019 3:03 pm

SUBJECT: Bingo, Book Fair, and more - Discovery PTA Newsletter 9/26


September 26, 2019


9/28 - Vegetable Garden Clean Up Day
9/28 - Last Chance to sign up for Enrichment
10/2 - Walk/Bike/Roll to School Day
10/2 - Bingo Night @ 6:30 pm
10/14 - No School
10/16 - Early Release @ 1:26 pm
10/17 - School Picture Day
10/11 to 10/20 - Discovery Book Fair
10/20 - PumpkinFest
10/24 - Early Release @ 1:26 pm
10/25 - Parent Teacher Conferences - School Closed

Check the PTA Calendar for more information.

While we wait for the Fall temperature to finally drop, there are plenty of activities at Discovery and in the community to keep you busy. In between apple picking and weekend sports, come join us for one or all of these great events. 

Don't forget to take a few minutes to join or renew your membership in the Discovery PTA. The Discovery community needs you!

Be sure to scroll down for this month’s PTA Volunteer Spotlight!

Vegetable Garden Clean Up Day

Come and help maintain the vegetable garden at Discovery this Saturday September 28th. We will have a garden work session from 9-11 am in order to maintain the paths, weed the plots and harvest remaining vegetables. Please sign up here!


Discovery Elementary PTA invites you to Family Bingo Night

Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:30-7:30 pm

Doors open at 6:15 in the Dining Commons

Admission is FREE! All ages welcome! Ice Cream! Bingo cards and markers will be provided. PRIZES for Bingo Winners!

*Please be aware that this is not a drop-off event. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Walk/Bike/Scoot to School Day, Wednesday!

Our annual Walk, Bike, Scoot to School Day is next week, on Wednesday, October 2nd. Discovery encourages all families who can to take advantage of what looks like beautiful weather to skip the cars and buses for the day!

Gimme a "V"! Also on Wednesday morning, everyone is invited to the field next to the parking lot for Discovery's annual school-wide photo. This year we'll be adding the "V" to D-I-S-C-O-V-E-R-Y. All students are invited to wear either a red shirt, or their class t-shirt, for the photo. The photo will be taken before school starts. Don't be surprised if you see a fire truck in the parking lot that morning (the county will again be helping us get a great view for the photo!).

Last Chance for Baroody Enrichment Programs

Don’t forget, registration for Baroody enrichment classes closes on Saturday, September 28th!  There are lots of fun options still available including yoga, Lego, and much more. While you’re at it, sign up for half-day and full day camps as well!

The Book Fair is Coming - October 11th to 20th

The Discovery Book fair is in October this year in order to be part of PumpkinFest! If you are interested in volunteering please sign up for a time slot HERE. Some options include:

  • Thur.  Oct. 10 – 10 am to 3 pm - Set Up Book Fair and do inventory – may end earlier depending on number of volunteers.
  • Fri. Oct. 11 – 8:40 to 4:30
  • Tues. Oct. 15 – 8:40am 4:30 pm
  • Wed. Oct. 16 – early release - 8:40 am to 2:30 pm
  • Thur. Oct. 17 – 8:40 am to 6:00 pm
  • Fri. Oct. 18 – 8:40 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sun. Oct. 20 – PumpkinFest – 11:00 am to  2:00 pm PACK UP at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Thank you!

Sunday, October 20th
12 pm to 3 pm, parade at 11:30 am
Join us for Discovery's 5th Annual PumpkinFest, rain or shine!! The festivities kick off the event with a Halloween costume parade and contest, along with music compliments of the Yorktown Marching Band.
PumpkinFest includes carnival games, 5 inflatables, food trucks, pumpkin carving contest, bake sale, cake walk, kid's raffle and much much more! Learn more.
We will need lots of volunteer help - contact Jen Sinclair at sinclairjen@comcast.net to get involved.

Discovery Auction and Parent Social 2020
Save the date for this year's Auction: Saturday, February 29, 2020.  An amazing night of socializing with Discovery parents and staff, food, music and dancing... all while supporting the school. 
Volunteers are still needed to help plan this fantastic event - visit the Sign Up Genius for more information. 

Yorktown Parent Pyramid: Standards-Based Instruction Event

Arlington Public Schools are hosting a series of Parent Pyramid events this year. The next one for the Yorktown Pyramid is scheduled for October 1st at Nottingham Elementary at 7PM.

Areas Addressed: Increase achievement and progress towards eliminating the opportunity gaps

Agenda: What is Standards-Based Instruction, and how can it support personal learning goals and a deeper focus on targeted student learning?

Panel includes teachers and administrators from Discovery, Williamsburg and Yorktown.

More information: https://discoverypta.membershiptoolkit.com/calendar/event/8898428

If you can not attend the Pyramid event, but want to learn more about standards-based instruction, Arlington Public Schools is sponsoring information sessions for parents regarding the standards (which are new to most elementary schools this year). The next APS meeting will be on Tuesday October 15th from 7-8 pm at the APS Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd), Room 354/356.

Boys Gotta Run

Can you see your son benefiting from physical activity before his school day? Over the course of 8 weeks he will embark on a quest to complete a 5k. In addition to running, he will foster friendships through activities based around Pillars of Character: integrity, good sportsmanship, grit and self-control, to name a few.

Wednesdays (7:45-8:45 am) in October and November with a 5k on November 13th. Open to grades 3rd -5th, Min: 6, Max: 20. No refunds after the first week of the program.

Registrations & Payments at www.cordarofit.com/join-now. Questions? Contact Sheila@cordarofit.com or 202-549-7084

SEPTA Ice Cream Social and Activities Fair

The Arlington Special Education Parent Teacher Association is having its annual Ice Cream Social & Extracurricular Activities Fair on Saturday, September 28th from 2-4 pm at Walter Reed Community Center 2909 16th Street South. Learn more.  

APS School Safety Forum

APS is sponsoring a School Safety Forum on Tuesday, October 15 from 7-9 pm at Thomas Jefferson Middle School Theater (125 South Old Glebe Road).  The forum will include presentations by APS staff and partners on what APS is doing to keep our schools safe.  There will also be a 30 minute audience Q&A.

Volunteer Spotlight: Cortney Weber

How many kids do you have at Discovery and what grade(s)? 
My daughter, Caden, is in second grade. I also have a son, Jackson, who is a Discovery alum and is now at Williamsburg.

What is your (and your child’s) favorite part about Discovery? 
My favorite part about Discovery is the collaborative learning environment the building and teachers provide for the kids.

How did you get started volunteering with the PTA? 
I started volunteering for the Discovery PTA 6 years ago, before the building was even open. I started volunteering because helping to build a community and traditions for a new school was really exciting.

What would you say to parents thinking about volunteering at Discovery?
I would say VOLUNTEER! Our school thrives when parents, teachers and administrators work together. I know that parents are VERY busy, but there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to help out. If you are unable to volunteer during the school day, sign up to help out at an event in the evening or weekend. If you only have one hour to volunteer, sign up. Any and all help is needed and appreciated.

To submit community news for publication in the Discovery PTA newsletter, please email a short blurb to 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

Seasonal Roots CSA Delivered to Your Home!

Kids love veggies – if they’re SEASONAL ROOTS veggies! Sign up here for freshly harvested local produce that’s packed with flavor and nutrients, plus pastured eggs, grass-fed dairy and meat, and wholesome artisan fare, all local and home-delivered. Save $15 on the annual membership AND get $20 for Discovery PTA when you use the code: EATLOCALDES. 

Grocery Cards-one of our biggest fundraisers! 

Harris Teeter
Link your Harris Teeter VIC Card to Discovery.  Visit harristeeter.com/together-in-education to sign up.  Please note that you need to link your account annually, and credit is given for purchases of Harris Teeter branded merchandise from August through May of each school year.

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

Link your Amazon account to Amazon Smile, and Discovery will receive 0.5% cash back on all eligible purchases.  Visit smile.amazon.com, sign into your Amazon account, and link to Discovery Elementary School PTA.  Please note that in order for Discovery to receive credit for your purchases, you must access your account and make the purchase via smile.amazon.com in a browser... not the Amazon App.  As of August 2019, Discovery has generated nearly $2500 through this program!


Box Tops

Physical Box Tops can be turned into the main office.  Box Tops also has a new App that allows you to photograph your receipt and immediately receive credit for Box Top labeled merchandise.



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