Originally delivered on 9/9/2021 4:00 pm

SUBJECT: PTA News 9/9: Ice Cream, Coffee, & more...

Thursday, September 9, 2021
In This Issue:
  • Kindergarten Parents PTA Meet and Greet: 9/15 at 9 am
  • Ice Cream Social: 9/17 at 6:30 pm
  • Sign up for the PTA
  • Grade Level T-shirts Available
  • Online Ordering for Discovery Merchandise
  • Reflections “I Will Change the World By…”
  • Volunteer with the PTA!
  • Community News
Events & Programs
PTA Meet and Greet with Kindergarten Parents: Wednesday, 9/15 at 9:00 am

Kindergarten parents are invited for coffee and conversation with the PTA board. Join us on the Discovery veranda to learn more about the PTA, our plans for the year, and ask any questions you may have.

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Ice Cream Social: Friday, 9/17 at 6:30 pm

We will be holding an ice cream social for all Explorers and their families on Friday, September 17 from 6:30-8 pm. Join us on the Discovery veranda for ice cream treats while you catch up with old friends and meet new ones! 

Several Covid mitigation measures will be in place to help keep everyone safe while we socialize. Masks are required when not eating and drinking. We will have two ice cream trucks stationed at opposite ends of the space to reduce crowding. We will also have chalk dots on the ground for spacing while you wait, and we are encouraging full use of the campus (both playgrounds, veranda, etc.) so everyone can spread out. We will also set out hand sanitizer. 

Please note: the building will be closed, so there will be no bathroom access. 

Sign up for the PTA!

Join or renew your membership to the PTA by September 12 and you will be entered to win a $20 gift card to Child’s Play Toys and Books! The PTA provides financial and volunteer support for a wide range of school programs and community-building activities. Your membership helps support our programming and provides you access to the online directory of other parents. Sign up here

If you've already signed up this year, you've been automatically entered in the drawing.

Grade Level T-shirts Available

Still need a grade-level t-shirt? Orders must be placed by tomorrow, September 10 if you want to have them in time for Spirit Day on September 24, so don’t delay! You can order online; pick up instructions will be emailed to you when your order is confirmed. 

Shirts are $10 and are available for Pre-K through 5th grade.

New Online Ordering for Discovery Merchandise!

We have LOTS of new Discovery merchandise this year! From running shorts and tie-dye shirts to fleece sweatshirts and picnic blankets, there are lots of ways to show your Explorer pride!

We have moved to a new merchandise ordering system. It will follow the Scholastic book order model: you will have a window of time to place an order; when the window closes, items will be shipped and then distributed to your student at school. There will be multiple opportunities to order throughout the school year. 

The first order window is open until October 4.

Reflections “I Will Change the World By…”

National PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts. Students in Pre-K through Grade 12 can create and submit original works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.This year's student-selected theme is I Will Change the World By.... 

To learn more about this program, click here.

Volunteer with us!

The PTA needs your help! We have several volunteer jobs open, with more to come as the year progresses. Volunteering with the PTA is fun, easy, and a great way to get to know other parents. And we can't host fun events and programs without your help. Check out our website for more information on open positions and email president@discoverypta.org with questions. 

Community News
Girl Scout Troops are Now Forming at Discovery Elementary!

For more information, come to the Troop Formation Meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the Discovery Elementary Cafeteria. 

Quetsions? Contact Kristen Grigorescu, Discovery Troop Organizer (gsarlingtonva@gmail.com) or Sarah Mayotte, Membership Specialist (smayotte@GSCNC.org). 

Cub Scouts at Discovery Elementary
Fundraising Reminders

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 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.

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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.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
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We are currently offering sponsorship opportunities on the PTA website and newsletters. Becoming a sponsor allows you to advertise your business while supporting our PTA. If you know anyone who is looking to market their business or may be interested in becoming a sponsor, please let us know at fundraising@discoverypta.org.

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