Originally delivered on 6/1/2020 2:28 pm

SUBJECT: LOTS of information as we approach the end of the school year! - Discovery PTA Newsletter 6/1


June 1, 2020

As we head into June and the last days of virtual learning for the school year, we have a lot of information to share! We need more of our community members to step up to help with many events and campaigns going on right now. Please read the whole newsletter and look for activities you and your family can support or lead. Thank you!

In This Issue:

  • PTA Meeting, June 9 - 7:30pm
  • Make Events Happen Next Year - You are needed on the PTA Board!
  • Discovery Yearbook Deadline - TODAY
  • Celebrate Our Graduating 5th Graders - June 9
  • Book Drive for Arlington Students
  • Discovery Talent Show!
  • Vegetable Garden - Sign up for summer harvesting!
  • Baroody Camps & Free Classes + Summer Camp Options
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Photos
  • Orientation/Transition Note to Rising 6th Grade Families from WMS

Note: the last day of the 2019-20 school year has officially been moved up a week to June 12th. There will be a time for parents to pick up any items their students left behind on June 11th. Check this Friday's Parent News for details.

PTA Meeting: Tuesday, June 9 at 7:30pm

We will be holding the last virtual PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:30pm. 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.

We will be voting on the proposed budget for 2020-21. You can review the proposed budget on the Treasure's page as of tomorrow. We will open voting online after the meeting and discussion. Votes will be held on the renewing budget items (as one) and then on separate, new line items. Only paid PTA members will have their votes counted, per the PTA Bylaws.

We need some new PTA Board members!If no one runs for our School Programs VP and Community Events Lead roles, the PTA programming next year will be very limited, so please consider running for one of these positions! They will be quite different next year, as we are all expected a different school year (at least through winter). You can bring your technology skills and creativity to helping bring some fun community-building events to our families and staff!  If you are 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.
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!

 Yearbook Update!

TODAY is the deadline. Don't miss your chance to get a 2019-2020 yearbook!! 

Yearbooks are $15.

Order online here:  Yearbooks Available  

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

Celebrate Our Graduating 5th Graders

Help celebrate Discovery's graduating 5th grade class with a community car parade on Tuesday, June 9th starting at 6:30 from Discovery. Each participating Discovery 5th grader will decorate their family car and drive the specified route through the Discovery neighborhoods. Please check the route and come out and cheer for our graduating 5th graders from a socially distanced location. The parade will last approximately 30-45 minutes. The route map can be found HERE.

Book Drive for Arlington Students

Several Arlington Public Schools PTAs - including ours! - have started collecting books for grades PreK to 8 to distribute to families during the COVID shutdown of schools and libraries. Books are currently being distributed at the Key Elementary Grab-n-Go meals site and Dorothy Hamm Middle School and hope to expand to more sites soon.  

Through One More Page Books' website, anyone who is interested in providing new books to Arlington families can do so. You have two easy options: 1) select individual books from the grade level lists below that were created with the help of some of our librarians or 2) select a $10, $30 or $50 bundle for books for elementary (preK-5) or middle (6-8) school students. One More Page will pick awesome books that total that amount to donate. Either way, all books will be made available at the Arlington school sites where book distribution efforts are underway.

One More Page will contribute an additional 5 books for every $100 worth of books purchased for this campaign.

Thanks to all for helping this effort to get more books into the hands of Arlington's students!

Discovery’s Got Talent

Encore teachers encourage all Explorers to submit photos and/or videos of themselves showcasing a special talent. This may include artwork, musical performance, athletic skill, or anything else that you are proud of!

Submissions must be uploaded to Google Classroom (you should see the "assignment" on your students' account) by Friday, June 5th. Reach out to any Encore Teacher for help!

Discovery's Vegetable Garden Needs Farmers

Please help take care of Discovery's vegetable garden over the summer! Sign up for a week during the summer to tend to our crops!
  • water the plants (if it hasn't rained) every other day
  • pick weeds and harvest vegetables one day.

The beds will be clearly marked where items have been planted to ensure the correct watering and weeding.

More info, and sign up form is here waiting for YOU!

* The vegetable garden is located behind the dining commons and close to the small turf field.

Baroody Camps and Free Classes
If you have not already, please check out the on-going offerings from Baroody Camps (our after-school enrichment partners). Here is a link to weekly camps being offered through June, and the link to the schedule of free, drop-in virtual classes (multiple options every day)!
Registration is currently open for Baroody Virtual Summer Camps! Each week has a different theme. Families can sign up for mornings, afternoons or the whole day. Early Bird discounts end on June 14th. Explore and sign up here.
Baroody is also setting up some in-person, small group camps:
"Looking for small group activities for your child this summer? Baroody Camps will run in-person outdoor sport camps and indoor/outdoor general camps for small groups. This is ideal for a group of 4-8 friends who live in the same neighborhood or close to each other. Baroody Camps will send a qualified instructor who will bring sanitized equipment and materials." Complete their sign up form to get started!

Teacher Appreciation Day Photos

Thanks again to everyone who helped make Teacher Appreciation Day special during this unique year! That's all of you who join the PTA and those who contribute dollars and time! And, thanks to the teachers and staff who tweeted some fun photos of their gifts and special deliveries!


Orientation/Transition Note to Rising 6th Grade Families


Managing the transition from elementary to middle school can be a challenge for students and parents. Due to school closures related to COVID-19, the WMS staff has had to condense what we would normally provide while still trying to meet the needs of our families. We are excited to offer a virtual orientation, for our rising 6th grade students! It includes information about the school day, teams, how to get involved after school and messages from Mr. Boykin, Principal, and Ms. Brenckle, School Counselor. We hope you find the presentation informative and helpful for your family in learning more about 6th grade at Williamsburg Middle School.


Additionally, we have updated our Rising 6th Grade Transition with a robust list of FAQs, for our rising 6th grade students and parents. Within the page, we have included answers about a typical school day to how lockers are assigned to students. If you have a question and it is not listed on the page, please complete the “Welcome to Williamsburg!” Google Form, and we will respond with an answer.


- The WMS Counseling Department


APS Community Engagement Opportunities June
Dr. Francisco Durán joins APS as thenew Superintendentof Arlington Public Schools. Dr. Durán will replace Interim Superintendent Cintia Johnson, who has led the school division since September 1, 2019. Ms. Johnson will return to her role as Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services when Dr. Durán steps into his role on June 1st. 

Participate in one of threeVirtual Community Town Halls with the Superintendentlisted below. Email a question in advance to engage@apsva.us.

APS essential services during COVID-19 school closures:

Upcoming APS Community Engagement Opportunities: (Virtual until further notice)

Now-June 5     Share your input on APS Data Review for Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process, via Online Questionnaire. Details under reminders below.

Tu. June 2    School Board Work Session #3 onFY 2021 Capital Improvement Plan

5:30 p.m.     Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

7:00 p.m.     Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

Fri. June 12       Virtual Community Town Hall with Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Durán
4:00 p.m.          Link to virtual town hall will be available here prior to meeting.

Sat. June 13      Virtual Community Town Hall IN SPANISHwith Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Durán
10:00 a.m.        Link to virtual town hall will be available here prior to meeting.

Tu. June 16       School Board Work Session #4 on FY 2021 Capital Improvement Plan
5:30 p.m.          Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

Tu. June 23       Virtual Community Town Hall with Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Durán
7:00 p.m.          Link to virtual town hall will be available here prior to meeting.

Th. June 25       Last School Board Meeting of the school year. School Board action on FY 2021 Capital Improvement Plan
7:00 p.m.          Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


APS invites community members to review the data that will be used in the Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process. This review by Planning Unit—the geographic building blocks APS uses to establish school attendance zones— will help ensure that the final data reflects what you know about your neighborhood and is accurate, complete, and ready for use in adjusting neighborhood elementary school boundaries this fall. Share Input via Online Questionnaire by June 5 .

2020 Census: Do your part and complete your 2020 Census form online, by mail, or by phone at 1-844-330-2020 (en español 1-844-468-2020).

Arlington Community Corps (ACC) is a resident initiative to bring the community together with neighbors helping neighbors through the COVID-19 crisis. Arlington County has encouraged each resident to have an emergency preparedness plan, which includes everyone having a buddy to help if you cannot leave your home due to quarantine, illness, or other reasons. Learn more at arlingtoncommunitycorps@gmail.com.

New Community Input Process on School Board Policy Review
On April 15, the School Board launched a
new public comment process to seek feedback from the community on policy drafts and revisions. After the internal policy process is complete, policy drafts are available for 30 days on the APS Engage site with community input forms to ensure that all interested stakeholders have an opportunity to provide input. For more information, visit www.apsva.us/engage/policies-for-revision-amendment/.

School Board now accepting applications for advisory councils for the 2020-21 school year
The Board is currently seeking individuals to serve as members of School Board advisory councils, including the Advisory Council on Teaching and Learning (formerly Advisory Council on Instruction), the Budget Advisory Council and the Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Programs. More information at APS citizen advisory groups.

Arlington Community Resources:

- Arlington County food, financial and medical assistance resources. For food, call 703-228-1300. 

isit www.apsva.us/Engage for more community engagement opportunities, School Board calendar, Arlington County’s Engage calendar.

Arlington - Aachen Elementary Exchange

United States: Fall 2020 & Germany: Spring 2021

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The organizers for the 2020/2021 Arlington-Aachen 5th grade Exchange Program is now gathering names for those interested in participating. If your family wants to be a part of this 26-year partnership with our German sister city, let us know!

Rising 5th grade families are invited to take part in the exchange, where you can host a family from Aachen, Germany October 8-13, 2020, then visit their home March 23 - April 1, 2021. It is an amazing education in culture and the beginning of life-long friendships. 

We are hosting a Zoom Information Meeting on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00pm. You can learn more about the event and ask questions there.

Zoom Meeting Link- 


Meeting ID: 833 4381 2642

Password: 393964

If you are unable to make the meeting and would like more information, please email aachenexchange@gmail.com. Registration will begin in June; an application link will be emailed to you.

The Arlington-Aachen Elementary Exchange is part of 

the Arlington Sister Cities Association (www.arlingtonsistercities.org).

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