Discovery Weekly Newsletter

Week of November 4, 2019

Dean's Den

Quarter one has come to an end and I could not be prouder of the students and staff at Discovery Elementary. They all have set and maintained expectation for themselves. As a school, we celebrated filling our trailblazer bucket with two positive behavior incentive rewards. In addition to individual classrooms highlighting areas of achievement.

As we move into Quarter two, I am encouraging everyone to remember our 3 R’s, respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. Placing these characteristics at the forefront will ensure all trailblazers and staff experience successful days. Additionally, I charge everyone to spread kindness around like confetti especially during the upcoming months. While many have high spirits and are excited to see the weather change and celebrate different occasions, some view this time as a remembrance of life’s changes and shortages. Please take every opportunity given to show kindness and share happiness. Feel free to volunteer or donate items to the following locations, my husband and I donate our time at these places:

  • Dulles South Food Pantry 703-507-2795
  • Women Giving Back 703-554-9386
  • Loudoun Salvation Army 703-771-8905

At Discovery, we are sharing the love and joy by gathering non-perishable groceries. Classrooms are adopting anonymous families and in the upcoming weeks we will collect items to donate for families to open gifts for the Holiday. Please contribute in anyway possible, no gift is too small. I truly believe that philanthropy is a learned skill set and at Discovery we cease every opportunity to teach our trailblazers.

As we embark on phase two of our journey, think of ways to help display or contribute to the 3 R’s, kindness, and happiness. Until the next Dean's Den remember to be kinder than necessary because everyone is going through something and to have a great day on purpose!

Ashley Tyson, M.Ed


This Week's Happenings

PTO Update

Last night included a well deserved extra hour of sleep, after a busy Halloween week! We hope your goblins stayed dry and you found a way to get rid of all that candy!

Looking ahead, to the coming week, we hope you have made plans to join our spirit day tomorrow, Monday 11/4, at The Village of Leesburg. Atomic Trampoline, Rocket Fizz and Burger Fi are all on the docket!

Get out and VOTE on Tuesday, November 5th!

The music department is busy planning the annual Veteran’s Day assembly. Please consider signing up to bring in an item for the veterans breakfast and their families, to enjoy:

Everyone is invited to join the assembly at 9:30 am!

The Holiday Shoppe is right around the corner...Saturday, December 7; 9:00 am-12:00 pm...stay tuned for more details!

Erin Sullivan & Kristin Stephens

PTO Presidents

Stay Connected:

Instagram @discoveryPTO

FB @discovery.pto.trailblazers

Twitter @discoverypto1

Specialist Spotlight Corner

The 'Art to Remember' fundraiser deadline is this Wednesday, November 6 . Don't miss out on the chance to have your child's beautiful masterpiece reproduced on a wide variety of products. These products make fantastic gifts for friends and family. For convenience and ease, orders can be placed on-line or you may send in a check made out to Art to Remember, with your order form, on Wednesday. Your personalized order form was sent home with your child couple of weeks ago.

2nd grade families, do not miss out on making adorable clay turkey bowls this coming Thursday night, November 7, during 2nd Grade Family Clay Night! The fun begins at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria and runs until 7:30 pm. I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!

VETERans day assembly - breakfast donations still needed

We are looking forward to our Veteran’s Day Assembly next week on Monday, 11/11. The Music departments puts on a moving and patriotic show that honors those who have served to protect our freedom.

The PTO hosts the breakfast beforehand and would appreciate help with donating some items. Please consider donating through our Sign Up Genius.

All are invited. Parking will be limited, please consider carpooling if possible.

November Parent's Night Out

Join us for our November Parent's Night Out Friday, November 22 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm! Drop your kids off and enjoy a few hours to yourself, kid-free! There will be games and activities, a movie and pizza! $20 for the first child and $10 for each sibling. Ages 4 and up only. Registration flyer is attached below.

After School Enrichment Program Update

Discovery’s Fall After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) sessions have been a huge hit! We hope all of our participating students have been enjoying the programs offered by the PTO. We are seeking feedback on current offerings, and ideas for other types of programs for future sessions to start in January 2020. Please feel free to ask your children and pass along their thoughts and ideas! Please send any input to: Thank you.

Did you know...?

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at, AmazonSmile donates to Discovery Elementary School PTO? Please make sure to use the AmazonSmiles webpage to log in to your account to get credit for Discovery. You can simply save it to your home screen on your phone or desktop.

Got Holiday Cards on your mind?

Hey Discovery Families~

With the holidays around the corner and as you begin to think about family holiday cards, consider ordering through Minted. They have an amazing selection AND Discovery Elementary is eligible for a discount AND we get a donation at the same time! Win Win. Please use the code: FUNDRAISEDISCOVERYPTO when ordering.

Spirit nights

Be sure to join us at our upcoming Spirit Days/Nights shown below! A great excuse to not have to cook ;lunch or dinner and to come have some fun with your Trailblazer friends. Make sure you mention Discovery while ordering, or better yet take the flyer we will be sending home with your kids. Don't forget to wear your Discovery Elementary gear to show your school spirit!

Thursday Nights are for Bedtime Blast-Off

Discovery's Bedtime Blast-Off is such a huge success! Don’t miss out on the fun each Thursday evening at 7:30 pm where a staff member will be sharing their favorite bedtime story. To view these exciting stories each week, tune to Discovery’s website, and select the Bedtime Blast-off link located under announcements. We hope you will tune in each Thursday at 7:30 pm to enjoy the stories!

Support our School Snack Pantry

Our wonderful Counselors maintain a snack pantry at school for our students who are in need ALL YEAR ROUND! Please consider donating the following items to support this much needed and wonderful program.

  • Goldfish
  • Animal crackers
  • Cheez-It crackers
  • Fruit snacks

Feel free to bring them into the school office at any point this year. We thank you in advance!

Lost and Found

Has your child lost a lunch box? Their jacket or water bottle? The Lost and Found area is located in Room 122. Kindly check in at the front office for assistance to the Lost and Found. All items will be donated at the end of each month to a local charity.

Please label your child’s belongings; it’s the best way to be sure it gets found or returned quickly.

Discovery's Calendar

  • 4 & 5 - No School; Student Holiday
  • 4 - Spirit Day; Atomic Trampoline (w/Rita's, Fractured Prune, & Rocket Fizz); 12:00-2:00 pm
  • 4 - Spirit Day; BurgerFi; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • 6 - 'Art to Remember' orders due
  • 7 - 2nd Grade Clay Night
  • 11 - Veterans Day Assembly
  • 17 -Spirit Night; Mod Pizza
  • 19 - PTO Meeting; The Zone
  • 22 - Parents Night Out
  • 25 - Spirit Night; Red Robin
  • 27 - 29 - No School; Thanksgiving Holiday

Thank you Discovery Elementary PTO Sponsors

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