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SUBJECT: PTA Mtg Tuesday | Spirit Week Starts Monday | More - Discovery PTA Newsletter 4/19


April 19, 2020

What a difference a month makes! We hope you are all staying healthy and learning to cope with our current new normal. It's been quite a challenging time for everyone! We are looking forward to holding our first virtual PTA meeting this Tuesday evening. More information on that is below for those who can "attend."

We know everyone is struggling with the stay-at-home orders and so many parents are trying to work and become teachers as well. While we appreciate the work APS has been doing, we share so many of the concerns we have been hearing from parents. We did send a letter to the Superintendent on Friday expressing some of those concerns. We'll share that on Tuesday, but you can also read it here.

In This Issue:

  • PTA Meeting, April 21
  • Spirit Week, April 20-24
  • Discovery Town Halls
  • Discovery Yearbook Update
  • Evening with Dr Bill Stixrud Recording
  • Virtual Field Day, May 8

PTA Meeting: Tuesday, April 21 at 7pm

We will be holding our first virtual PTA meeting for the Discovery community this week: Tuesday, April 21 at 7pm. We will host the meeting using Zoom. We will be sharing some PTA updates, discuss the budget for this year and next and give everyone an overview of the nominating and voting process for the Discovery PTA Board for 2020-21. Please tune in and participate!

We are asking everyone to register for the meeting (as an extra safety precaution since there have been some issues with Zoom). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register in advance for this meeting:

You can find the agenda here.

It's Spirit Week!

Discovery’s Encore teachers put together a fun Spirit Week (April 20-24). They miss our kids as much as the kids miss them!

Here are the guidelines to participate:
1) Take a picture each day participating in the day’s theme.
2) Tweet @DiscoveryAPS using #DiscoveryHomeSpirit and tag an Encore teacher that day. (Here's where to find some of them: @JohnDuffyPE @MsWilliamsArt @MissKrupaDES @MsHarrisDES @DiscoveryLibr
3) Be sure to maintain social distancing throughout!

 Discovery Town Halls

Dr. Russo and Dr. Seeber have been hosting weekly Virtual Town hall meetings. Recordings for each are on the website. The next one will be on Tuesday, April 21st at 11:30AM. They plan to devote this time to sharing instructional resources, as well demonstrating how to access them. They send an email with a link to participate just before the Town Hall begins, so check your email.

 Yearbook Update!

ORDER your 2019-2020 yearbook!!  


Yearbooks are $15.

Order online here:  Yearbooks Available   


Be sure to include your photos of the Virtual Encore Spirit Week, April 20-24! We will close out the link for photos on May 1st. https://photos.app.goo.gl/W2Gpuhwvf1vXdAH47

Contact Jennifer Taylor with any questions jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us

Dr. Stixrud Recording
If you missed it, here is the recording of Dr. Stixrud’s talk from last week: https://vimeo.com/408675112. He is the author of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.

Virtual Field Day: May 8th, 2020

The Discovery PE team is planning to join “National Field Day” coordinated by OPEN Phys Ed., Friday, May 8th. This is a “virtual” Field Day with activities students complete at home. More details to come!

Connect with other Families - Please Share

Have you heard about families trying to "virtually" connect with other Discovery families? Since you are getting this email, you already have an account on the PTA website, but please share with others!

Create an account on the PTA's website (it's free!). Discovery’s PTA is allowing ALL parents to access the online family directory (no PTA membership required). Once you've created your account, you can access the family directory. You can likely find their information in the directory. Start here: https://discoverypta.membershiptoolkit.com/home

Please note: 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 (called Membership Toolkit).



Join the Virtual Camping Fun


Arlington Outdoor Education Association is hosting The Great Outdoor Lab Camp-In on Saturday, May 2! Stay tuned for details.

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