Originally delivered on 10/8/2020 8:00 pm

SUBJECT: PTA News 10/8: Spirit Day, Scavenger Hunt, and more...


October 8, 2020

In This Issue:

  • Grade Level Shirts Available for Purchase
  • No Frills Fundraiser - Deadline Approaching
  • Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Volunteer with the PTA
  • Discovery/Barcroft Partnership
  • Needed: Photogs for Yearbook Portraits
  • Save the Dates: Discovery Restaurant Nights
  • Only 15 More Days to Submit Reflections Artwork

Reminder: Tomorrow is Grade Level Shirt Day! We encourage all students to wear their class t-shirts tomorrow, October 9. Need to purchase a grade level shirt? See below...

Grade Level Shirts Available for Purchase!

Please email grade level and size to discoverytshirts1@gmail.com. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick up instructions will be emailed to you once your order is ready. Shirts are all Gildan brand and available for Pre-K through 5th grade.
The pick-up location will have a bin to donate shirts from previous years. Discovery yard signs will also be available at the pick-up location.
$10 per shirt.

No Frills Fundraiser

The October 31 deadline for our fundraiser is approaching quickly! Please help the PTA provide support and experiences to students, teachers, and families.  Make a donation to our school fund, the “No Frills Fundraiser”, so we can have the flexibility to think outside of the box and still provide a “Discovery community” feel to our staff and families in the midst of this unusual year. Donate here

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

The neighborhood scavenger hunt begins on Monday, October 12! This self-paced, fun activity can be completed all at once or over the course of the week. Check out the PTA website starting Monday to download the list of clues. Happy hunting!

Parent Teacher Conferences

The Sign Up Genius will come out in Discovery News October 12th at 4PM. The student school day will end at 1:15PM on October 22nd. Conferences will begin at 2PM. There is no school for students on October 23rd as parents and teachers will be engaged in conferences. 


Volunteer with the PTA

Please don’t make us beg (at least not more than we already have). We need help! We have a lot of fun planned for our Explorers but we can’t pull it off without volunteers. Specifically, we need help with Movement Week, Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza, and the Community Art Project. To get started, click here or send an email to volunteer@discoverypta.org

Discovery’s partnership with Barcroft Elementary Kicks off next week!

Discovery has partnered with Barcroft Elementary to help provide groceries for Barcroft's Weekend Bag program, which provides 90 families with a weekend bag of groceries. Volunteers are needed to shop for and donate grocery kits (less than $10/kit) and snack bags (less than $4/bag); we'll also be looking for volunteers to deliver the bags next week. This is a new program and details are being finalized, but the grocery list and more details about how to get involved will be posted on the PTA website by Friday evening. Keep a lookout for more details and please consider helping our neighborhood families get the essential food they need for the weekend!

Needed: Photogs for Yearbook Portraits!

The Discovery PTA is looking for a few parents who have a talent for photography to help us take socially distanced, outdoor student portraits for the yearbook. If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering a couple of hours, please contact jesssmith.house@gmail.com. No professional qualifications needed; hobbyists welcome!

Save the Dates: Discovery Restaurant Nights

Help support our local restaurants AND earn money for Discovery (while taking a night off from cooking): 
October 13th - Pie-Tanza
October 28th - Sloppy Mama's
More details to come...

Only 15 more days to submit Reflections artwork!

Calling all Artists to create and reflect on the I Matter Because… program theme. Submit your Reflections artwork by October 23. Students can enter their artwork in various categories and under their grade-level division. Click here for more information and instructions on how to upload your work.


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