Originally delivered on 9/3/2020 9:15 pm

SUBJECT: PTA News: Yard Signs, Vol Opps and more...


September 3, 2020

In This Issue:

  • Welcome from the Pres
  • Discovery Yard Signs
  • Volunteer with the PTA
  • Don't Let Your Friends Miss Out
  • Family Volunteer Opp: The Discovery Vegetable Garden
  • Reflections Art Contest

On behalf of the Discovery PTA,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

As a PTA, we sponsor programs and activities, hold fundraisers, and organize volunteers to assist the Discovery faculty and staff throughout the school year. While a few of this year’s events will have a slightly familiar ring, we also wanted this year to be about embracing change, expanding horizons, and most importantly, fostering new ways in which our community can connect...we are very excited about what lies ahead!

That being said, I encourage you to become involved in our PTA this year. The more active members we have, the more we can accomplish for our children. We are here for you, and we are dedicated to making this a positive and memorable year for the entire Discovery community, so let’s kick off this school year with kindness, and acceptance of one another in our hearts.
Adam Simkin, PTA President

Calling All Explorers: Get Your Discovery Yard Sign!

Exciting news--The PTA is distributing Discovery yard signs to show off your love of Discovery and boost excitement for the school year. Signs can be picked up from the Discovery Loop on Friday, Sept 4 from 12-1:30 pm and Monday, Sept 7 from 10-11:30 am. 

 Volunteer with the Discovery PTA!

Looking to get involved with Discovery, meet other parents, and have a lot of fun? Join us! There are lots of ways to get involved and we need your help! With distance learning, we're getting creative and trying out new ideas so it's a great time to join in. We have opportunities big and small, and most can be done from the comfort of your home. Fill out this BRIEF Survey to tell us a little bit about you, and we will match you with an opportunity to help. 

Friends Don't Let Friends Miss Out on School News

Communication is going to be a key part of getting through this unusual school year. We plan to send out lots of helpful dates and information every two weeks in the PTA Newsletter. If you know anyone at Discovery who isn't already on our list, please remind them to update their Membership Toolkit account and opt in so we can keep them in the loop. You do not have to join the PTA to get these emails, just update your account and opt in. Don't forget to add your child's teacher in Toolkit so their classmates can find them. 

Other good ways to stay in the know include the Discovery PTA Twitter (@DiscoveryESPTA) and Facebook (@DiscoveryElemPTA) feeds. 

Discovery's Vegetable Garden STILL Needs Farmers

Looking for a COVID-safe, family-friendly volunteer opportunity to do with your kids? Sign up to take care of Discovery's vegetable garden for one week!  Get all the details and claim your week here


In the time of COVID-19, participation in the arts is more important now than ever before. National PTA's Reflections program provides students with opportunities for recognition and access to the arts to boost confidence and success in the arts and in life.
Each year, over 300,000 students (Pre-K through 12th) create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. 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.
Top winners from the local level have the opportunity to advance to the council, state and national level. The student-selected theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because....

Learn more about this year's Reflections.  

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


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.  NOW AVAILABLE ON THE AMAZON APP!

To access on App:
Click on Menu (3 horizontal lines), scroll down to Settings, choose AmazonSmile, and search for Discovery Elementary School PTA.

Box Tops

Box Tops has gone completely mobile!

The app allows you to photograph your receipt and immediately receive credit for Box Top labelled merchandise. If you have tangible Box Tops please contact 
fundraising@discoverypta.org to arrange a pick up.



Discovery Elementary PTA
5241 N. 36th St.
Arlington, VA 22207