January 23, 2020
Brrr... It's cold out there! Stay warm as you read about all the upcoming volunteer opportunities and family events coming up within the Discovery community, and start to get excited for the Bootlegger's Ball in February. And don't forget, it’s Principal Appreciation Week! If you see Dr. Russo and Dr. Seeber in the hall, please let them know how much we appreciate all their hard work.
In This Issue:
- Calendar of Upcoming Dates
- Buy Your Tickets to the Bootlegger's Ball
- Upcoming Baroody Camps
- Share the Love Co-Chairs Needed
- Upcoming Events from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Discovery Community News
1/23 - 5th Grade Instrumental Concert at 7 pm
1/31 - No School
2/7 - Diversity and Inclusion Movie Night, 6:30 pm
2/12 - Spirit Day - Crazy Sock Day
2/12 - Early Release at 1:26 pm
2/13 - Next PTA Meeting at 7 pm
2/17 - President's Day - No School
2/20 - Parent Teacher Committee Meetings
2/29 - Bootlegger's Ball at the Discovery Speakeasy
Check the PTA Calendar for more information.
Buy Your Tickets Today to the Bootlegger's Ball, Benefiting Discovery Elementary’s PTA
Sneak away to the Bootlegger's Ball this February where we will create our very own Discovery Speakeasy for a night of gaming and bidding – all in support of our Discovery community. Enjoy a swanky auction, heavy appetizers and dessert bar, dancing, gaming tables, and a high-end Scotch & Whiskey Lounge*.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
at the Discovery Speakeasy (aka Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road)
Buy your tickets at: https://discoverypta.ejoinme.org/auction2020
Ticket price: $50 per person (take advantage of early bird pricing - prices increase February 12)
*Scotch and Whiskey Lounge drinks not included in ticket price – it’s the good stuff
Interested in making a donation? A "Family Donation" can range from unused gift cards to offering professional services to tangible items to hosting a party. See our list of family donation suggestions here:
Visit https://discoverypta.ejoinme.org/family2020 to submit your donation. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Upcoming Baroody Camps
Baroody will be offering a full day camp on Friday, January 31, and a half day camp after early release on Wednesday, February 12th. Grab your spot if you need safe and fun childcare while school is out. Sign up online! Registration closes at midnight the day of the camp.
Share the Love Co-Chairs: Urgent Need
We have an urgent need for 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.
The co-chairs will work with these organizations to identify time-limited projects that could be completed by volunteers offsite. Duties 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.
If we can't find co-chairs, we will have to cancel this fun and meaningful activity. Please consider getting involved and volunteering for this role! 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.
Upcoming Events from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Discovery's Diversity and Inclusion Committee has three very exciting upcoming events for you and the family to enjoy:
Lunar New Year is January 25th. The American Art Museum (SAAM) has an event for families to celebrate on February 1 at 11:30 am. Join Ms. Upshur at 11 am in the Kogod Courtyard to take a picture for the yearbook before enjoying the festivities. Please sign up so Ms. Upshur will know how many people to expect.
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is proud to present Wonder at Movie Night on Friday, February 7th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Watch Wonder on the big screen in the Discovery gym! Parents, please join your children as we watch the film so you can discuss with them what transpires in the film and how we can all aspire to be wonders! Childcare will not be provided. Please sign up here.
Discovery's Annual World Heritage Night is Thursday, March 12th from 6:30 - 8 pm. There will be spaces for families to display their familial culture, provide food for all to taste, a performance stage, and, new this year, an exciting fashion show! We will need you to help pull this off once again!
Sign up to volunteer here.
Sign up for a performance slot here.
Sign up for a display space here.
Sign up to bring a dish here.
Elementary School Boundary Update and Webinar
Interim Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Cintia Johnson has forwarded her elementary schools planning recommendation to the School Board. This proposal relocates the immersion program at Key Elementary to the current Arlington Traditional School (ATS) site and ATS to the current McKinley Elementary site.
There will be a public hearing at the January 30th School Board meeting, and the Board will vote on the issue at its meeting on February 6th. APS staff will host a webinar this Friday, January 24th at 12:30 pm to discuss the process and address community feedback.
Further information on the webinar is available at https://www.apsva.us/engage/planning-for-2020-elementary-school-boundary-process/community-webinar-on-on-elementary-planning/?utm_source=APS%20Plans%202021%20Webinar&utm_campaign=f5jan17
2020 Your Voice Matters Survey
Families should have received a link to the survey the 2020 Your Voice Matters survey in mid-January. This survey is conducted every two years by APS and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families (APCYF). The survey will be administered Jan. 13 through Feb. 28 to APS families, students in grades 4-12, staff and teachers to gain insight on topics such as school and community climate, well-being, and engagement.
Parent feedback is a really critical part of the process so if you have time, please respond to the survey before February 28. For more information, including how to get a link to the survey if you didn’t receive it, please go to https://www.apsva.us/engage/your-voice-matters-survey-2020/
New APS Superintendent Search
The School Board is conducting a nationwide search for a new superintendent who can build on the division’s positive culture of learning and promote excellence and equity for all students. In December 2019, the School Board selected an executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of superintendents, to assist with the national search.
APS has devised a community survey to solicit feedback on what qualities parents would like to see in a new superintendent. A link to the survey is available at https://www.apsva.us/engage/search-for-new-aps-superintendent/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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
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!
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.