Originally delivered on 4/28/2020 8:27 am

SUBJECT: Teacher Appreciation Week | Outdoor Lab CampIN - Discovery PTA Newsletter 4/28


April 28, 2020

We are looking forward to recognizing Discovery's staff during Teacher Appreciation Week next week. We need your help to remind the teachers and staff how much they are loved. See below for how to get involved!

Thanks again to all those who voted on the reallocation of the "shades" budget item. The final vote was 91% in favor of reallocating the funds, 9% against. Stay tuned to future votes for how the money will be reallocated.

In This Issue:

  • Teacher Appreciation Week - cards & video needed
  • Outdoor Lab CampIN, May 2
  • Virtual Field Day, May 8
  • PTA Reflections Theme for 2020-21
  • Last chance to submit photos for the Yearbook

Teacher Appreciation Week - We Need YOU!

In addition to gift cards, the PTA is assembling “care packages” and a fun video for Discovery’s teachers and staff for Teacher Appreciation Week next week. We need your help spreading the word to make it all possible!


We’d love to include as many cards/notes/drawings from students and parents as possible. We have set up four drop-off locations this week around the neighborhood. Please spread the word among all your classroom parents. We are sure the teachers and staff will love everything else in their care packages, but these special notes will likely be their favorite items! Students are welcome to provide notes/cards/drawings for classroom teachers, Encore teachers, administrative staff, etc. Whoever they would like to acknowledge!

Please drop off your family’s contribution to this effort at any of the following homes by Friday, May 1st at 6pm:

  • 5007 26th St N.
  • 4630 23rd St N
  • 3605 N Jefferson St.
  • 3301 N George Mason Dr.

Each house will have a box out front beginning today, Tuesday, April 28. Please make sure your cards are clearly labeled with the teacher/staff name to make sure we get them to the right people!

Video submissions

The PTA is also going to create a video to “We’re All In This Together” from High School Musical. We’re asking Discovery children and families to record video while they dance along and lip sync to part/all of the song.  Here is a link to the version done by Disney stars during the Disney “sing along” special on ABC.

When you record your video, it will help if you can have the song playing in the background so it’s easier to edit. You can just play the YouTube video on one device while you record your video so the audio comes through. 

Here is a link to upload your video to Google Drive. (Alternatively, you can email your video to secretary@discoverypta.org ). Please upload videos no later than Thursday April 30th at 8pm.  We need to have time to sort through them and edit before next week. 

Everyone is welcome (this means moms, dads, siblings, grandparents and even pets!) - let’s show our teachers and staff how much we love them! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Melissa Daddio directly at daddiomelissa@gmail.com.

Outdoor Lab CampIN: May 2, 2020

Arlington Outdoor Education Association is hosting The Great Outdoor Lab Camp-In on Saturday, May 2! Set up a pillow fort inside your home, or set up a tent in your yard. We know the Outdoor Lab Camp-Out is a highlight for our 5th Grade Students. Since we can’t host them at the Lab this year, we wanted to share the fun — virtually — with everyone! More information: https://outdoorlab.org/education/distance-learning/

Virtual Field Day: May 8, 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 info: https://openphysed.org/nationalfieldday

PTA Reflections Theme Announced for 2020-21

The theme for the 2020-2021 PTA Reflections program is I Matter Because.... Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. More information is available on the National PTA website (we'll add information to our website soon).

Yearbook Update!

ORDER your 2019-2020 yearbook!!  


Yearbooks are $15.

Order online here:  Yearbooks Available   


Have any "homeschooling" photos to add? This is your last chance! 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

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