Originally delivered on 3/5/2020 5:01 pm

SUBJECT: World Heritage Night, PTA Mtg & more - Discovery PTA Newsletter 3/5


March 5, 2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Discovery at the Auction. We hope you had fun! Don't miss out on our next opportunity to come together as a community at World Heritage Night on March 12. And join us on Tuesday, March 17 at the next PTA meeting where we will be voting on important budget issues. Hope to see you there!

In This Issue:

  • Calendar of Upcoming Dates
  • Discovery Auction Summary
  • Reminder: World Heritage Night
  • Yearbook Photos and 5th Grade Panoramic
  • Principal Chat on Literacy, March 13
  • Next PTA Meeting is March 17
  • The Lion King Jr.: Ticket Sales
  • 2019-2020 Friendship 5K - March 28
  • Order Your Discovery Yearbook


3/6 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
3/11 - Early Release
3/12 - Yearbook Photos
3/12 - World Heritage Night from 6:30 - 8 pm
3/13 - Principal Chat, 9:00 am
3/17 - PTA Meeting
3/25 - Author Lulu Delacre Visit
3/26 - 3/28 - The Lion King Musical
3/28 - Nottingham/Discovery Friendship 5k
4/19 - Parent/Teacher Committee Meeting 4-5 pm

Check the PTA Calendar for more information.

Discovery Auction: Thank You for Coming!

The 2020 Bootlegger’s Ball was an enormous success!  We hosted over 340 attendees for a night of fun and fundraising.  Many, many thanks to all of the people who made the event so special: the Auction committee and all of their work in transforming the Knights of Columbus into an amazing Speakeasy, marketing the event, and bringing in new and exciting donations; the families who generously contributed parties, sporting tickets, professional services, and items; the teachers/staff who conceptualized amazing experiences to share with students; the room parents who put together incredible class-wide donations; and all of the families who either participated from the event or bid from home.

All bids are being double checked for accuracy, and final receipts will be sent out soon.  If you won an item, you will be contacted on how to retrieve it.  Teachers and party hosts will receive the names of the winners and contact you directly about the event.

Thank you again to everyone who helped make this an exceptional evening!

It's Not Too Late: 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.

Yearbook Photos and 5th Grade Panoramic

Teams/Clubs Yearbook Photos will be taken from 9 -11:30 am on Thursday, March 12th.

The 5th grade panoramic photo will be taken at 12:15 pm on Thursday, March 12th. Students should wear their 5th grade graduation shirts (that will be distributed prior). Order forms for this photo should be sent home with students. You can also order online at vosphoto.com/discovery.  Paper orders should be sent in on picture day. Online orders can be placed until March 17th.

 Principal Chat on March 13

Please join Dr. Russo for a Principal Chat to discuss phonics, spelling, and literacy instruction at Discovery. This chat is scheduled for Friday, March 13th from 9-10 am in Blue Sky Studio.

Next PTA Meeting is Tuesday, March 17th

The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, March 17 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. 

The Lion King Jr.: Ticket Sales

Tickets for the 5th Grade Spring Musical, Disney’s The Lion King Jr., are now on sale. Tickets will be sold before school from 8:30-9:00 am and after school from 3:30-4:00 pm. We will also sell tickets during afternoon extended day on 3/4, 3/10, and 3/18. Each family is limited to purchasing 10 tickets per performance. Tickets are $3 (cash or check). Buy your tickets early because we are likely to sell out!

2019-2020 Friendship 5K - March 28, 2020 

This year the Discovery/Nottingham Friendship 5K will take place on Saturday, March 28th at 8:00 am at Nottingham Elementary School. As in the past, this race promises to be a fun and healthy way to spend the morning in our community.  For more information and to register, please visit the PTA website

Special thanks to all our generous sponsors:

Title Sponsor:  Doggywalker.com

Fur-get Me Not
Brock Realty
Falls Church Kids

The Wayfinders - Compass
Commonwealth Restorations

Affordable Lawn Sprinklers and Lighting
Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do
Arts & Minds Academy
Moser Architects
Dr. Michelle Keaney Flanagan, DMD





2020 APSGo! Travel Survey

Every three years, APS conducts a travel survey to understand how our students, families and staff get to and from school. This is a survey year and APS is conducting a survey which is available through April 3. The survey is available at : https://tinyurl.com/APSGoParents.  

APS uses information from these surveys to develop plans and programs that increase safety, reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality around schools so please consider filling one out for your family. 

Arlington Special Education PTA's March 12 Workshop on Friendship Building Strategies

On Thursday, March 12th, Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) and the Parent Education Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) are jointly hosting a workshop discussing Friendship Building Strategies.  Participants will explore the diversity and nature of their own friendships and build a vision of possibilities for children to develop positive relationships and friendships with each other. Attendees will identify specific strategies that parents, general educators, and special educators can use to facilitate friendships for students.

The workshop is open to all.  If you are interested in attending please rsvp at https://friendshipbuildingarlington.eventbrite.com.

Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat Production

Tickets are now available for St. Peter's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on March 20-22.  The cast is made up of ~65 kids, ages 8-18 years, from around Arlington, Falls Church, and McLean, including several current Discovery students as well as Discovery alum.  Tickets are free but must be reserved ahead of time (and go very quickly).  Tickets can be reserved atGoGoJoseph2020Tickets@gmail.com.  If you can't make one of the ticketed performances, you are welcome to come for the final dress rehearsal on Thursday, March 19 at 6 pm.  The ticketed performances are:

  • Friday, March 20 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 21 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 22 at 3 pm

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