Originally delivered on 2/11/2021 4:01 pm

SUBJECT: PTA News 2/11: Bookmarks, Bingo & more...


February 11, 2021

In This Issue:

  • Bookmark Exchange!
  • Weekend Bags Program
  • Bingo: Feb 23rd
  • Diversity and Inclusion Movie Night
  • Yeabook Update - Cooking and Gardening Photos!
  • Virtual Community Info Sessions on the PreK-Adult IPP Process


Bookmark Exchange!

The Community Partnerships team is excited to announce our BOOKMARK EXCHANGE with Barcroft Elementary – a fun winter craft and nice way to spread some cheer with our neighbors! Students can create bookmarks for our friends at Barcroft and will have a chance to receive a bookmark made by a Barcroft student.

To create a bookmark:

  • Blank bookmarks waiting to be decorated can be picked up on Library day, Wednesday 2/17, 2:30-4pm and dropped back off on 2/24, 2:30-4pm OR
  • You can design your own with supplies you have at home. Drop off decorated bookmarks on Library days, February 17th and 24th, 2:30-4 pm.

Bookmarks created will be passed out in March after a period of no-touch quarantine. 


Weekend Bags Program For Barcroft Families

Please consider donating to the Weekend Bag program for Barcroft ES families.  Every week, Discovery families have provided at least 60 families with a bag of essential pantry staples. Now more than ever, families can use the support. There is also an online shopping option. Sign up here!


The notes of kindness and jokes have been a HUGE hit, so keep them coming!


B-I-N-G-O: Tues, February 23 at 5:30pm

We have another Bingo Night coming up later this month! Mark your calendar for Tue, Feb. 23 at 5:30pm via Zoom and sign up here.  *Advanced sign-up is required*

Diversity and Inclusion Movie Night

Explorers are invited to enjoy a movie night hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and funded by the PTA. A ‘movie night kit’ will be available for pick up on Wednesday (2/24), from 2:30-4:00PM, on the dinning commons veranda. The kit includes popcorn and key discussions questions to engage with your Explorer(s).

Students will watch the film Ruby Bridges on February 24th, 2021, (on their own devices, in their own homes). Stay tuned for details on how to access the film. We will document our experiences with #DESmovienight. Sign up HERE to ensure movie kit availability for your family.


NEWPHOTO TOPIC…COOKING & GARDENING! Do you remember the hydroponics that were in the dining commons and 4th grade hallway? Remember our hydroponics yearbook pages? 

Well...this year we need your help to fill those pages and we would LOVE to have photos of your Explorer cooking/baking and/or gardening!!  You are welcome to include what they created or planted, with your photo. Send your photos to this link or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org.

Purchase your copy of the Discovery Yearbook NOW! Don’t miss out on ordering your yearbook, created by ALL of YOU!  Thank you for all your help in making this historic yearbook possible. Order your copy here! Yearbooks are $15.

Steps for ordering your yearbook:

  • Use the link provided above to access the Online Pay Website. Click on the Register button.
  • Fill in the required information and click Submit.  **This step is ONLY registering your info...NOT ordering**
  • You will be taken to your Account Page. To view the product, click on the Memory Book by Jostens logo at the top of the screen.
  • Choose the Standard Yearbook. Once you have selected the yearbook, you will need to enter your student’s name and choose the class they are in. You will need to enter this information for each student you are ordering yearbooks for. 
  • Select quantity. Continue to checkout. Follow prompts to check out. 

**NOTE: you will receive an email confirming your purchase from Memory Book by Jostens. This is your receipt** 

Please email questions to jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us or heather.klanderman@apsva.us  

Feb. 11 & 17—Virtual Community Information Sessions on the PreK-Adult IPP Process
Community members can learn more and provide their input in the PreK-Adult Instructional Programs and Pathways (IPP) instructional visioning process during two Virtual Information Sessions that will be held 7-8:30 pm on Feb 11 and Feb 17. The same presentation will be shared during the first half-hour of each session and then will be followed immediately by a virtual Staff Open Office Hour to answer questions from participants; simultaneous interpretation available.
Recordings of these sessions will be posted online. Also, an IPP community questionnaire will be available the week of Feb. 15 to provide another opportunity for families to share their input. For more information and a full community engagement schedule, visit www.apsva.us/engage/ipp/

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