Originally delivered on 5/5/2020 4:01 pm

SUBJECT: We're ALL in this Together (VIDEO) | Teacher Appreciation Week | Next PTA Mtg | More - Discovery PTA Newsletter 5/5


May 5, 2020

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! If you have not already, please take the chance to reach out to some of the people who make Discovery special to you and your family. At Discovery, we celebrate this week by thanking all the staff - they are all part of making our students' education special! Check out something special that we JUST released (we can't let the staff be the only video stars). The staff has more to look forward to this week as well!

In This Issue:

  • PTA Meeting, May 12
  • Join the PTA Board!
  • Discovery Town Halls
  • Discovery Yearbook Update
  • Virtual Field Day, May 8

PTA Meeting: Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm

We will be holding the next virtual PTA meeting for the Discovery community next week: Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm. We will host the meeting using Zoom. Please tune in and participate!

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The agenda will be posted later this week.

We have some open positions on the PTA Board!We are running elections for all board positions (except Treasurer), but the following have no nominees yet! If you know someone (like YOU) who is interested, please reach out to any member of the current board:

  • VP for School Programs: Oversee and assist volunteers leading programs during and after the school day.  (Enrichment, Reflections, Odyssey of the Mind, Hospitality Chair, Teacher Appreciation Week, Yearbook, Room Parents, etc.).
  • Corresponding Secretary - Community Events Lead: Oversee and assist volunteers leading Community Events.  (PumpkinFest, Family Movie Night, Bingo Night, DJ Dance Party, 5th Grade Promotion, World Heritage Night, Ice Cream Socials, etc.).
  • Public Affairs: Provide updates to school community at PTA meetings and in weekly newsletters about APS, County and State actions affecting Discovery, including providing information on how the community can get involved.
We do have a nominee for Recording Secretary, which is also an open position: Oversee membership communications including website, newsletter and social media.
Find more on the responsibilities of each position, along with the current contacts in each position, on the website. Please reach out with any questions!

 Discovery Town Halls

Dr. Russo and Dr. Seeber have been hosting weekly Virtual Town Hall meetings. The recording from today's Town Hall is now available: https://vimeo.com/415191050

 Yearbook Update!

ORDER your 2019-2020 yearbook!!  


Yearbooks are $15.

Order online here:  Yearbooks Available  

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

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!


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