Originally delivered on 11/7/2019 4:02 pm

SUBJECT: PTA Mtg, Spirit Wear, and more - Discovery PTA Newsletter 11/7


November 7, 2019

Great news - we have updated the Membership Toolkit App and now you can access the entire Discovery PTA website on your mobile device. Check it out, right after you finish reading your PTA newsletter. We hope to see you in person next Wednesday at the PTA Meeting!

In This Issue:

  • Calendar of Upcoming Dates
  • Update Your PTA Account - Don't Miss Out
  • Next PTA Meeting is Wednesday, Nov 13
  • No Frills Fundraiser
  • Claim Your Lost and Found
  • Discovery Spirit Wear Shop
  • Principal Coffee Rescheduled for Nov 15
  • Discovery Game Night is Nov 21
  • School Picture Make Up Day is Nov 21
  • Discovery Food Bus - Volunteers Needed
  • Community News



11/8 - Lost and Found items will be donated
11/11 - No School, Veterans' Day
11/13 - Next PTA Meeting, 7-8 pm
11/15 - Principal Coffee (Blue Sky Studio, 9:15 am) on Cyber Safety
11/21 - Make Up Picture Day
11/21 - Game Night, 6:45 - 9 pm
11/22 - Progress Report Available in ParentVue for 1st-5th grade
11/26 - Spirit Day: Grade Level T-Shirt Day
11/27-11/29 - Thanksgiving Break

Check the PTA Calendar for more information.

Update Your PTA Account to get all the Access

For the first time, Discovery’s PTA is allowing ALL parents to access the online family directory (no paid PTA membership required). Need to track down a friend for a playdate or birthday party invite? You can likely find their information in the directory. BUT, you must have a current PTA account. To do that, start here: https://discoverypta.membershiptoolkit.com/home 

If you had an account last year, you MUST update your account this year. All of last year’s accounts that have not been updated are inactive.

If you know anyone who is not receiving the PTA emails - and could use all of this valuable information! - please forward this to them so they can update their accounts as well.

Finally, you MUST create/update your account via the PTA website on a computer browser. It can not be done on your phone browser or in the app. Once you have updated your account via a computer, you should have access to everything else via the app (now including our full PTA website).

If you are still running into problems, please email secretary@discoverypta.com

Next PTA Meeting is Wednesday, 11/13
The second PTA meeting of the school year (and the last one of the calendar year) is on Wednesday, November 13, from 7-8 pm in the Dining Commons! If you were at the last one, you know it will be a good time with fun giveaways and music. Additionally, we have several important topics to discuss including the proposed changes to school boundaries. Babysitting will be provided, and those without children should plan to join us for more socialization at Taqueria Poblano immediately following the meeting! If you can't make it, the meeting will be available via live stream on our website, but you don't get free stuff unless you show up in person!

No Frills Fundraiser is Live!

No baking. No cleaning. No selling. Our easiest fundraiser ever created is underway! Our main goal this year is for 100% family participation. We are currently at 15% - can you help us meet our goal? The average family donation was $125 last year, but we appreciate donations of any amount. 

100% of your contribution goes to making Discovery the best it can be for all our students. So if you want to support events like PumpkinFest and Bingo Night and everything else we do together to create an awesome Discovery community, please make your donation today

Last Chance: Claim Lost and Found Items by Nov 8

Is your child missing a water bottle/sweatshirt/glove/etc? Have you checked the Discovery Lost and Found? Lost and Found is located in the hallway across from the entrance to the library. The rack is getting full and unclaimed items will be donated to those in need on November 8th, so please take the time to stop by and take home anything that belongs to your family. Thank you!

 Discovery Spirit Wear Shop is Now Open!

Discovery spirit wear orders will be taken from now until November 17th ONLY.

Over 30 items to explore for kids, women and men starting at just $8. New items and previous Under Armour favorites all ready before the Holidays. Some items are only being sold in limited quantities so order early for the best selection.

Order online and once available (early to mid-December), your items will be delivered directly to your home or classroom just in time for the holidays!!

Explore and order all your spirit wear!

Please send any questions to Erin Richardson.

Principal Coffee on Cyber Safety Rescheduled for Nov 15

Please join us in the Blue Sky Studio at 9:15 am on Friday November 1st. Mr. Reeves, Discovery Technology Coach, will share a wealth of information on cyber safety. What is a chat room? How do you know who is in it? Learn what what your child is able to access and how you can monitor his or her actions. We will share curriculum we use at Discovery to teach cyber safety, review popular online games, and answer all your questions.

 Discovery Game Night is Nov 21 

Oh the places you'll go! Come join us November 21st for a family night filled with fun for all ages.  There will be a variety of board games so you are sure to find one you enjoy! Play the free raffle to win a GREAT gift basket filled with games!

When: Thursday November 21st
Time: 6:45 - 9 pm
Where: Dinning Commons


 School Picture Make Up Day is Nov 21 

School photos taken on Oct 17th should be going home in Friday Folders this week. 

The following people should have their picture taken on Make Up Day, Tuesday, 11/21 from 9 am - noon. 
1. Students who did NOT have their picture taken on Oct 17th. If your child was absent or is new to the school, you should have their picture taken for the yearbook. If you wish to order pictures, you may use your original order form OR pick up an extra order form in the front office. PLEASE bring it, complete with payment, to the photographer on Nov 21st or order online using the instructions on the order form. 

 2. Students who need a retake because their first picture was not satisfactory. These students do NOT need a new order form. Students MUST return the entire old portrait package to the photographer on makeup day in order to receive a new one. If you purchased a class photo, you may keep that. Class photos will not be retaken. 

If you did not turn in your order form on time, or you did not originally purchase a portrait package, you should have received a "proof" of your child's photo in your packet. Your child does NOT need to have their picture taken on Make Up Day unless you are not happy with the first photo. Simply visit http://vosphoto.com/discovery  to order your pictures online, at your convenience. You may need to use your student’s APS ID # (lunch number) as the user id. 

Please email jesssmith.house@gmail.com with any questions. 

Discovery Food Bus

Looking for a short-term, meaningful service experience for your family this holiday season? The Discovery Food Bus needs you! Volunteers are needed Friday afternoons (3:45 – 4:30 PM) to pack up and deliver food to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our volunteers this month! Our students have donated OVER 600 POUNDS of unwanted lunch items to AFAC this fall!

This is a great family service project! The time commitment is minimal - the impact on our community is huge. What better way to celebrate the end of the school week than by helping our neighbors? Sign up here!

AFAC has other ways you can get involved: The annual ‘Scouting for Food’ drive is this Saturday! Scouting for Food is the largest single-day food drive for AFAC. The hope is to collect 60,000 pounds of food this year. Please consider donating a bag of food this weekend. For drop off locations and more information, visit www.afac.org/scouting-for-food.

2020 Elementary School Boundary Online Questionnaire

In Fall 2020, APS will develop new boundaries for elementary schools that will take effect in the 2021-22 school year.  APS has posted a survey for families to provide feedback on the boundary process through November 24 at  https://www.apsva.us/engage/planning-for-2020-elementary-school-boundary-process/.

Please note that although the boundary process will be focused on the two new schools that are opening, this will essentially be a County-wide boundary review and all students who attend neighborhood schools (like Discovery) could potentially be affected.  Please take a moment to review the information on the APS site and complete the survey. 

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


Use AmazonSmile for your Holiday Shopping! 

Support Discovery Elementary School PTA while you get your holiday shopping done! Link your Amazon account to AmazonSmile (instructions below under the AmazonSmile logo).

Now Android users can participate as well: simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  • If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  • View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  • Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

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