Originally delivered on 2/6/2020 4:11 pm

SUBJECT: PTA Mtg, Share the Love, & more - Discovery PTA Newsletter 2/6


February 6, 2020

February is a busy and exciting month in the Discovery Community. Join us for our next PTA Meeting, volunteer your time at Share the Love, and finish the month strong by having a blast at the PTA's largest fundraiser of the year, the 2020 Discovery Auction: Bootlegger's Ball (get your tickets now!). See you soon!

In This Issue:

  • Calendar of Upcoming Dates
  • Movie Night: Watch Wonder @ Discovery this Friday!
  • Save the Date & Sign Up To Be Part of World Heritage Night!
  • Early Release and Camp on 2/12
  • Next PTA Meeting is 2/13
  • Buy Your Tickets to the Bootlegger's Ball
  • Parent Teacher Committee Meeting
  • Share the Love
  • Lost and Found
  • Order Your Discovery Yearbook
  • Discovery Community News


2/7 - Diversity and Inclusion Movie Night, 6:30 pm
2/12 - Early Release at 1:26 pm
2/13 - Next PTA Meeting at 7 pm
2/14 - Spirit Day - Crazy Sock Day
2/17 - President's Day - No School
2/20 - Parent Teacher Committee Meetings
2/23 - Share the Love Volunteer Event
2/29 - 2020 Discovery Auction: Bootlegger's Ball 
3/12 - World Heritage Night from 6:30 - 8 pm
3/28 - Nottingham/Discovery Friendship 5k

Check the PTA Calendar for more information.

Movie Night: Watch Wonder @ Discovery this Friday!

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is proud to present Wonder at Movie Night THIS 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.

Save the Date & Sign Up To Be Part of World Heritage Night!

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.

Early Release and Camp on Feb 12

Don't forget Wednesday, February 12th is an early release day. School will let out at 1:26 pm. Baroody will be offering a half day camp that afternoon if you are in need of childcare. Grab your spot! Registration closes at midnight the day of the camp.  

Next PTA Meeting is February 13th

The next PTA meeting will be Thursday, February 13th from 7-9 pm in the Dining Commons! Babysitting will be provided, and those without children should plan to join us at Taqueria Poblano immediately following the meeting for drinks and conversation. We will be raffling off two tickets to the Bootleggers Ball ($130 value) at the end of the meeting - must be present to win!

Buy Your Tickets Today to the Bootlegger's Ball, Benefiting Discovery Elementary’s PTA

Sneak away to the 2020 Discovery Auction - 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*. This event alone brings in the majority of the PTA budget that allows us to do so much to benefit our students each year.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
7:00 PM
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 discoveryauction22207@gmail.com or acherouny@gmail.com.  

Parent Teacher Committee Meetings on Feb 20th
Discovery is deeply interested in building a stronger partnership between staff and parents. New committees on several topics will meet monthly meetings and provide an exciting opportunity for both teachers and parents to create awesome experiences for Explorers. The next round of meetings will take place on Thursday, February 20th from 4-5pm. Childcare will be provided. Find out more.

Share the Love on Sunday, February 23rd

Our Third Annual Share the Love Event will be held on Sunday, February 23rd  from 1-3pm in the Dining Commons. This is a great opportunity to have the kids work on something that directly affects kids (and kittys!) in our area. Come with the family to do some good and spread some joy.  

This year our service projects include: 

  • putting Birthday and Celebration boxes together and making cards for kids in shelters at DoorwaysBridges to Independence,   
  • making toys & blankets for kittens at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.
  • setting up New Baby kits for new moms for the DC Diaper Bank.  BONUS act of kindness: bring a box of diapers or a tube of diaper rash cream with you to donate! 
  • PLUS we'll be sharing the love with our own school by helping pick up litter around Discovery AND cleaning out the Lost & Found

Please help us make this event a success by volunteering an hour of your time to help supervise one of our four project stations. Sign up here!

 Lost and Found

The Discovery Lost and Found collection (currently located outside the library near the yellow slide) will be donated to Clothesline for people in need on February 23rd during our Share the Love event. Stop by and claim your child's lost belongings before that date!

Order your Discovery Yearbook online today!
Step 2: Enter your school code 154147 then click "Go to your school account login"
Step 3: Click on the link below your school name
Step 4: Login if returning or register as a "new user"
Step 5: Buy a yearbook for $15.00
Order online though: April 23, 2020



2020 Your Voice Matters Survey

Reminder: APS needs to hear from Arlington parents by Feb. 28th! Please search your email inbox for an email sent in January from Panorama Education Team, with a subject line of "APS 2020 Your Voice Matters Survey!" Each household has an individual link for the survey to ensure the integrity of the data collected.

APS and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families (APCYF) partner on the survey to compile a snapshot of our students, school climate and engagement, and deepen our understanding of children, youth and family well-being in Arlington. The results are used to inform work across both the school division and the County. The data also helps APS measure progress on the 2018-24 Strategic Plan.

More information about the survey (as well as 2018 results) can be found here: https://apcyf.arlingtonva.us/.../your-voice-matters-survey/- but check your email for YOUR household survey link!

APS and CCPTA Summer Activities Fair

 A reminder that the joint APS and CCPTA Summer Activities Fair is taking place this Friday, February 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Kenmore Middle School. The summer activities fair features over 100 summer program exhibitors, including APS Summer School, Arlington Aquatics, and Arlington County Parks and Recreation.  For more information, please go to https://www.apsva.us/summerfair/

School Board Vote on Elementary Boundary Proposals TONIGHT, February 6

The Arlington School Board will meet tonight, February 6, at 7pm in the Board Room of the Syphax Center (2110 Washington Blvd.) to vote on the Elementary School Boundary Process proposals currently under consideration.  You can also view the meeting online at:  https://www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/watch-school-board-meetings/

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