Discovery Weekly Newsletter

Week of December 10, 2018

Principal's Corner

It is with great excitement that I write the week’s ‘Principal’s Corner’ as I have the wonderful pleasure to announce Discovery’s new Dean, Mr. Steve Brown. Mr. Brown comes to Discovery through an extremely accomplished educational career. Mr. Brown spent all of his career until now working in the sunshine state of Florida. While in Florida, Steve has served as an Assistant Principal since 2013 in both Middle and Elementary School. Most recently, Mr. Brown was working at Oak Park Elementary School. During his career, he has also served as an Athletic Director, Special Education Department Chair, and Special Education teacher.

We are extremely confident that Mr. Brown’s background, experiences, and education philosophies will be an incredible addition to our building. But what also sets Mr. Brown apart is his incredible passion and compassion for children. Almost instantly upon meeting him, you will clearly see his excitement for student success.

When you combine these attributes our school community is extremely fortunate to have Mr. Brown joining Trailblazer Territory. Steve will be starting at Discovery on Monday, 12/10 and I welcome you to stop by the front office to introduce yourself and meet him.

Your Principal,

Christopher Painter

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PTO Update

Hello Trailblazers-

️We have heard so many good things from everyone who participated in Discovery’s 6th Annual Holiday Shoppe! We are so grateful to so many volunteers, community sponsors, and most of all, our students!

Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this Discovery tradition? We are recruiting and would be here to transition easily. Please contact us directly at

Thank you -

December Parents Night Out

The Kindergarten team is hosting Parent's Night Out on Friday, December 14th from 6-9pm! Drop your kids off and do some holiday shopping, kid-free! We will be making holiday crafts, watching holiday movies and playing fun games! Students will get to have pizza for dinner and hang out with the Kindergarten teachers. $20 for the first child and $10 for each sibling. Ages 4 and up only. Registration flyer is attached below.

One to the World Project - hosted by Mrs. Swanson's 3rd Graders

Do you like to help dogs, cats, and people?

Mrs. Swanson’s third grade class project, One to the World, has been researching problems and seeking ways to help and would love to get the Trailblazer community involved.

Please help them collect donations for the following four charities:

  1. Grey Muzzle Organization helps old dogs that are getting abandoned by their families. Because people are more likely to buy puppies, Grey Muzzle helps old dogs in shelters. They don’t have their own shelter, so please donate cash, checks, Amazon gift cards, or pet store gift cards.
  2. Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) is a non-kill shelter. Some shelters, when a dog or cat is in their shelter for more than a few days, euthanize the cat or dog, but FOHA doesn’t do that. Please donate leashes, cat and dog toys, and dog and cat food /treats.
  3. Some people have houses that are unsafe or no house. Habitat for Humanity helps by repairing or donating homes. Please donate tools and building supplies.
  4. Mobile Hope Loudoun helps homeless kids and takes care of them. Please donate warm winter clothes of any size (for kids or teenagers).

Please bring your donations any time from now until December 20. You may put your donations in the boxes located in the front of the office at Discovery. (Grey Muzzle’s cash/gift card box is inside the office.)

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Discovery Staff & Teachers Favorite Things

Not sure what to treat our Discovery staff and your teachers to this holiday season? Not to worry! Click here to access the inside scoop on their most favorite things!

Shop for the Holidays and Discovery Earns!

Don't forget to link your grocery cards - especially with the Holidays here! We know we have more shoppers out there (including neighbors, family members and friends)!

As of December 1, we have:

  • 90 links / Harris Teeter - $236.88
  • 210 links / Giant - $730.18

Take a look at your Harris Teeter receipt and find Discovery Elementary - Ashburn to be sure your card is linked.

To link your card, please see below...

Calling all Father Figures!

We need you to volunteer for our WATCH DOGS program!

WATCH DOGS are Fathers, Grandfathers, Step-fathers, Uncles and other father figures that volunteer at Discovery for a day. During the day, WATCH DOGS may read and work on math with students, play at recess, attend specials, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.

Our students love seeing our WATCH DOGS around school and on our Hall of Fame bulletin board. For more information or to sign up via our online calendar, visit our website.

Questions? Contact

Keep on Clipping - Box Tops

Please continue to collect and turn in your box tops. Remember, each box top is worth 10 cents, so if every person in our school brought in just a few box tops, then we could easily raise a lot of money. Parents, all of the money raised from box tops goes to Discovery to pay for things that benefit our students.

Together we can make a difference!

Let’s make this our most successful year ever!

Why join the PTO? It provides funds that will directly impact your child’s education and gives you a vote at PTO meetings. Membership is $15 per family and $5 per staff member. Our goal for the 2018-2019 school year is to have 500 families join!

PTO Membership fees will be applied to our Classroom Assistance Budget.

You may join through our school store or send in the attached form below.

Broad Run High School - Project Graduation Fundraiser

Broad Run High School is hosting a fundraiser with two different ways to help raise money for this year's high school Project Graduation - an organized, adult-supervised and alcohol-free post-graduation party.

Please see the two flyers below and if you are able to participate, they would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance!

Lost & Found

Has your child lost a lunch box? Their jacket or water bottle? The Lost and Found area is located right outside of the cafeteria. 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


  • 14 - Parents Night Out
  • 20 - Last day - One to World Project Donations
  • 21- 1/1 - Winter Break

Thank you Discovery Elementary PTO Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors