Discovery Weekly Newsletter

Week of December 2, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Trailblazers,

Where has the time gone? It seems like just last week we were hosting Open House and watching the children come back from summer break. I hope that over Thanksgiving break you spent your days with friends and family! We are so fortunate to be living in Northern Virginia where there is so much to be thankful such as our great school, wonderful students, and a devoted community! Discovery is truly a special place!

Prior to Thanksgiving Break, we celebrated American Education Week between 11/11 – 11/15. Discovery was alive with parents and family members coming in to enjoy the grade level activities. Thank you to all that participated. It was such an amazing week.

The holiday season is now upon us and if you are looking for a New Year’s resolution I have a great idea. How about setting goals to make 2020 the best year at Discovery for your child.

Here are some simple ideas to help your child be more successful in school.

1. Find out how your child is doing. Ask your child’s teacher how well your child is doing in class. If your child is not keeping up, especially when it comes to reading, ask what you or the school can do to help.

2. Make sure that your child gets homework done. Let your child know that you think education is important and that homework needs to be done each day. You can help your child with homework by setting aside a special place to study, establishing a regular time for homework, and removing distractions such as the television and social phone calls during homework time.

3. Learn what we offer to you and our students. Read the information we send home, and ask to receive information in your native language, if necessary or to have items discussed with a translator. You can also talk to other parents to find out what programs the school offers.

4. Demonstrate a positive attitude about Discovery to your child. What we say and do in our daily lives can help them to develop positive attitudes toward school and to build confidence in themselves as learners. Showing our children that we both value education and use it in our daily lives provides them with powerful models and contributes greatly to their success in school.

5. Be on time to school. Students who are on time for their daily instruction, prepare themselves for the day and they don’t feel like they have to play catchup. Help your child have a great start to the day by having them at school on time.

6. Encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help your child succeed in school and in life. The importance of reading simply can't be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More importantly, it is the key to lifelong learning.

7. Let us know your concerns. Is your child doing well in school? Is he or she having trouble learning, behaving, or studying? Is there a problem with another student, teacher, or administrator?

Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can assist.

Humbly your principal,

Christopher Painter

This Week's Happenings

PTO Update

We hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend with friends and family! Can you believe December is already here? This week we will be gearing up for our Holiday Shoppe Saturday December 7, from 9:00 am -12:00 pm. We will be setting up on Friday night before. If you are able to help on Friday or Saturday we would much appreciate it. You can sign up here through our Sign Up Genius.

Speaking of Holiday Shoppe have you heard we will be offering professional photos with Santa? Pride and Joy Photography will be taking these priceless pics, sponsored by Ashburn Orthodontics. Space is limited so please make sure and register. Come in Pj’s, ugly sweaters or your holiday best. Families, kids, or a group of your besties! You will leave with a digital photo that day. Beat the lines at the mall and come support Discovery! The cost is $20 and you can sign up here.

We have a fun and different Spirit Night planned on December 17, from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Board and Brush. You and some friends can come out and paint a handmade sign for the holidays or everyday. This makes for a fun ladies night out or fun friends holiday get together. It’s right next to Discovery. You may sign up here and check out the options.

Let’s have a great start to our last month in 2019!

Erin Sullivan & Kristin Stephens

PTO Presidents

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Join us this Weekend at the Holiday Shoppe

It's here! Join us this Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for our Holiday Shoppe, Silent Auction, and Raffle. Children may shop for gifts priced from $1 to $5, with the help of a personal assistant. Williams Martial Arts and Curiosity Zone will be taking over our Kids' Club; here kids can make some special crafts, play some games, and participate in some science fun! (Parents will need to be present at the event while children are in the Kids Club.)

We're still in need of some parent volunteers; please sign up for Friday night set up or Saturday event help through the following sign up genius.

NEW this year.. photos with Santa! Registration and payment in advance is required on-line.

See the flyer below for more details on the whole event. It's sure to be a fun morning and one your children will love being a part of! We hope to see you there.

Photos with Santa at the Holiday Shoppe

We are so excited to have Pride and Joy Photography team up with Ashburn Orthodontics to bring you Photos with Santa this year during our Holiday Shoppe event on December 7. You will receive one digital photo of your session. Pride and Joy will also be offering print packages and gift options, which are shown in the picture below.

To reserve your spot on the schedule, please visit our Discovery Elementary PTO website. You must pay for your session when you sign up for your spot by clicking “Add” under Photo Session Payment (See image below). If you’re having trouble, please email Connie Martin. If photos are not paid for when you sign up, your session will be cancelled.

We are also very excited to have a photographer who offers sensory friendly photo sessions! If you would like one of these sensory friendly sessions (we are offering them between 12:00-12:30 pm), please email Connie.

Holiday Gift Baskets for Sale

Looking for a gift to give this holiday season while also giving back to our school? Choose from 12 different professionally curated gift baskets. Shop conveniently online or from the comfort of your home. And even better - the gift basket is delivered directly to their home in 2-4 days!

Gift baskets will be on sale from December 2- December 31! Simply go to Sprout Supplies and enter school code DES005.

Questions? Contact Sprout at or 571-403-0899. A portion of every purchase comes back to our PTO!

Last Call - Toy Donation through Friday

Discovery is hosting a toy donation drive to benefit families in Loudoun County. All donations will be distributed to families through Toys For Tots & local Holiday Assistance programs. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to donate between now and Friday, December 6. The collection box will be located outside of the office. For more details click on the flyer below.

Amazon Smiles donates back to Discovery

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.

Get your Holiday Cards at a Discount

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!

WATCH Dogs Needs You!

Calling all Fathers, Grandfathers, Step-fathers, Uncles and other father figures! The WATCH DOGS calendar is up for the remainder of the year. Please see the WATCH DOGS page on our PTO website for current year program information and sign up. This year the WATCH DOGS are visiting Discovery for a half day program, with more time in the classroom. As such, we are limiting the sign ups to one per family for the year. We also aim to give teachers two weeks to plan for your visit, so sign up early! We appreciate you and thank you for your time!

Got Box Tops?

Have you downloaded the Box Tops app yet? Box Tops has gone digital and it makes the process even easier! Download the new mobile app so that you can keep earning at at Discovery. The app will scan your store receipt, automatically find participating products, and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. No clipping required!

Still want to send in the actual Box Tops? No problem. Physical Box Top clips are beginning to be phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Feel free to send in your clipped Box Tops, along with any unexpired clips you may have at home, and we will continue to get credit.

To download the app and learn more visit the Box Tops website.

Thursday Night 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!

REMINDERS - 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


  • 4-9 - Spirit Week at Five Below
  • 7 - Holiday Shoppe; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 17 - Spirit Night; Board and Brush (Sign Up Here)
  • 12/23 - 1/3 - Winter Break

Thank you Discovery Elementary PTO Sponsors

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