Originally delivered on 1/9/2020 4:00 pm

SUBJECT: Dance Party, Early Release, & more - Discovery PTA Newsletter 1/9


January 9, 2020

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a relaxing winter break and survived the transition back to school this week. We have several exciting events coming up, including our DJ Dance Party TOMORROW, so read on for all the details.

In This Issue:

  • Calendar of Upcoming Dates
  • DJ Dance Party is TOMORROW, January 10th
  • Baroody Camp for Early Release
  • Thank you for your generosity!
  • MLK Day of Service Opportunities
  • Seeking Community Service Co-Chairs
  • PumpkinFest 2020 Announcement!


1/10 - DJ Dance Party, 6:30 pm
1/15 - Early Release at 1:26 pm
1/17 - Spirit Day - Hat Day
1/20 - MLK Day - No School and MLK Day of Service
1/23 - Instrumental Concert at 7 pm
1/31 - No School
2/7 - Diversity and Inclusion Movie Night, 6:30 pm
2/13 - Next PTA Meeting at 7 pm
2/29 - Discovery Speakeasy Auction

Check the PTA Calendar for more information.

DJ Dance Party is TOMORROW, Jan 10

Kick off 2020 with the 5th annual Discovery Family DJ Dance Party, TOMORROW Friday, January 10th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the gym. This is an exciting event with a professional, fun, kid friendly DJ where kids (and some pretty awesome parents) show off their dance moves. Admission is free for Discovery students and their families!

All students should bring a (labeled) water bottle and a white or neon t-shirt (to decorate).Only sneakers allowed (to keep that gym floor looking good!) and no food inside the gym. Every child must be supervised by an adult. 

We need some adult volunteers to help with a couple of tasks to make the event a success! Please take a look and sign up for a slot to help as a chaperone or to help with t-shirt decorating. Sign up here.

Baroody Camp Available for Early Release on Jan 15

Did you know next Wednesday, January 15th, is an Early Release day? Baroody will be offering a camp that afternoon if you are in need of childcare.
Sign up online! Registration closes at midnight the day of the camp. 

Thank You for your Generosity

Our winter coat drive was a huge success, yielding the following for Clothesline:

  • 58 new, or slightly used winter coats
  • 9 hats
  • 4 pairs of gloves/mittens
  • 3 pairs of snow pants
  • 1 pair of glittery, purple ear muffs
  • ...and two big donation bags of various non-wintery articles of clothing that made their way into bins as well.

Our gift card drive was a big success too! Thank you all for your generosity. The Discovery community is the best!


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Service Opportunities

There's no school on Monday, January 20th in recognition of MLK day! If you're looking for something to do with the family, consider the many volunteer opportunities available through Arlington County, including a fun scavenger hunt for Doorways and Bridges to Independence, cleanup of Four Mile Run Stream, and making Valentine's cards for Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR). See more information and sign up here

Additionally, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington has a Paws to Read program where children can read and provide companionship to cats and small rescue animals. Children can bring their own books or choose from a small selection at AWLA. Time slots are available from 12-5pm on MLK Day and throughout the rest of the week. Please note that AWLA requires a 1:1 parent:child ratio for the reading program. Sign up here.

Seeking Community Service Co-Chairs
Seeking co-chairs to coordinate our annual Community Service Share the Love day, which helps us take the love surrounding Valentine's Day and share it with our community partners like Homestretch (an organization in Falls Church supporting families in need of housing), AWLA (Animal Welfare League of Arlington), and more. Coordinators will work with these organizations to identify time-limited projects that could be completed by volunteers offsite. Duties of the coordinators include contacting and making arrangements with area nonprofits, setting up activities, staffing the day of service, and delivering any finished projects to the nonprofits following the service day. Previous Share the Love events have taken place at Discovery on a weekend near Valentine's Day.  This day of service is a great time for families in our Discovery community to come together to give back. If you are interested in coordinating this year's Share the Love, please contact Elaine Broughan at volunteer@discoverypta.org

Planning for PumpkinFest 2020!

We have the date for next year's PumpkinFest! Mark your calendars: October 25, 2020!  What we don't have is a chair (or co-chairs). This is a HUGE problem. If we don't have a chair lined up soon, we are at risk of having to cancel the biggest fall event the PTA hosts for our students and community. No one wants that to happen! If you are interested, please contact Adam Simkin ASAP at president@discoverypta.com



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 and Support Discovery! 

Support Discovery Elementary School PTA while you shop! 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