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Discovery Elementary

5241 N 36th Street

Arlington VA 22207

703.228.2685

http://discovery.apsva.us

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Explorers learn, collaborate, and innovate with the world in mind.

February 22, 2021

Dear Families,

We are prepared for students and excited to see hybrid students soon. Thank you for making an instructional choice. We will send a School Talk with your instructional days this Friday. Please be flexible the first weeks of Hybrid Instruction. We anticipate instruction and related services starting on time, but we might run into hiccups along the way.

Many Town Hall questions centered on Health and Safety. The APS website provides further explanation here.

You can help prepare your child by having them wear a mask for an extended time. Also, help them understand that they need to stay six feet from others. At recess they need to stay ten feet from others.

Reminder: Thursday is an Early Release. Students will be released at 1:15 PM so teachers can begin Parent Teacher Conferences. Please use the time to engage with your child’s teacher on his/her progress. Erin and Judy are available to answer all Return To School questions.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Kindergarten/New Students Meet and Greet

Kindergarten/New Students Meet and Greet (SignUp Genius Link here)

On Monday March 1st Dr. Seeber and Dr. Russo will meet any K/New student who will be coming to Discovery starting at 2PM. Please meet us at Door 1 at your allotted time. Students must wear a mask. We will take their temperature and ask three health questions then walk them to their classroom. Adults will wait outside. It’s a great practice run for the first day. Please refrain from playground use.

Help Us Get the Word out to Potential Kinder Families

It is time to register for next year. Early registration helps us keep our fabulous teachers. Families can contact Sandra Amores at 703-228-2685.

Lunch

We will eat lunch outside as much as possible. All students are asked to pack a towel to sit on. Discovery is now a nut free school. Please do not pack any nut items for lunch. Our kitchen will offer a free breakfast and lunch to any student. This will continue for the whole year.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures for March, 2021

Please visit our homepage to read about arrival and dismissal procedures. Here is the link. 

Will ask that each family display a Discovery issued placard on the car windshield with your student’s last name at dismissal to assist staff with escorting students to the correct vehicle. Discovery will send home a placard to each family on the first day of ‘Return to School’. Please help by making a home-made placard to use on the first dismissal.

Playground Requests

We ask that students refrain from playground use before (8-9AM) and after (2:20-3:30PM) school. Per ASP guidance, Discovery strives to keep our students safe by refraining from various outdoor activities on the playground (e.g., playdates, games).

Library

In March we will still have the Pop UP Library with books on carts on the veranda 2:30 to 4 on Wednesdays ONLY.

Eco Action

Call all Eco Action members! Our next meeting will be Monday, March 1st at 1:30pm on TEAMS. We will continue to discuss Earth Day celebration ideas and our next sustainability pathway! As always, we encourage you to participate in the activities on the Eco Action Choice Board, document your green choices, and share on social media (using @DiscoveryAPS and #APSGreen), on our school Padlet, and/or at the next Eco Action meeting.

Social-Emotional Resources

Kindness Month

Encourage your child to participate in the final week of kindness missions!

Yearbook 2020-2021

PARENTS: IMPORTANT...PLEASE READ ALL THE INFO BELOW

        (If you have already submitted your child’s photo, you do not need to submit again!)

Please submit your student’s portrait photo to portraits@discoverypta.org. Photos are due by Friday, March 12th. Deadline extensions will not be possible due to printer’s deadline.

Questions: reach out to jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us or heatherklanderman@apsva.us

Send your photos to this link or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org.

Be creative and have fun!! Be sure to include your student’s name and grade when you upload!

Thank you for all the fantastic support with submitting photos of your Explorers!! They are awesome and will help make the yearbook amazing! Keep it up!!  

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:

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 

Diversity and Inclusion Movie Night: Ruby Bridges

Explorers are invited to enjoy a movie night hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and funded by the PTA. Students will watch the film Ruby Bridges on Friday, February 26th. A ‘Movie Night Kit’ will be available for pick up on Wednesday (2:30-4:00PM) and Thursday (11-11:50AM), on the veranda. The kit includes popcorn and movie discussions questions to engage with your Explorer(s). The film will be available all day on Friday!

How to watch the film

Website: https://tinyurl.com/5y5e89qo

Passcode: BC557D3917B7497581C2D2B1E7626A66

Availability window: All day Friday 2/26/21 until midnight (24-Hours).

We will document our experiences with #DESmovienight. Sign up HERE to ensure movie kit availability for your family.

Clothing Drive

Help our neighbors at Barcroft ES provide a few fresh outfits for their kids as they go back to school. The PTA is collecting clothes in good condition, sizes 4T-16. Please see the PTA website for more info.

Bookmark Exchange!

The Community Partnerships team is sponsoring a 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:

You can design your own with supplies you have at home. Drop off decorated bookmarks on Library days on February 24th, 2:30-4 pm.

Bookmarks created by Barcroft students will be passed out in March!

100th Day of School Display!

On Thursday, Discovery will mark the 100th Day of School! We will celebrate this milestone by publicly recognizing the hard work of our Explorers — stop by Discovery’s campus on Thursday or Friday, and snap a pic of our celebration display (located on 36th St N) before it’s gone!

Upcoming Events

February 8, 2021

Dear Discovery Families,

This week we celebrate Black History month and our first Challenging Racism session is Thursday evening. We also have our Town Hall on Tuesday at 6:30PM, followed by the PTA meeting at 7PM. At the Town Hall we will explain the concurrent model of learning for students in grades 3-5 and answer questions.

Kindergarten families will receive an email from their classroom teachers on Wednesday, Feb 10th asking for a final decision on hybrid or virtual learning for their children. We request a response before Friday, February 12th at 4PM. First through fifth-grade families will receive an email from their classroom teachers on Tuesday, February 16th asking for a final decision on hybrid or virtual learning. We request a response by Friday, February 19th at 4PM. Please understand that if you switch from virtual to hybrid, transportation is not guaranteed. If you are in grades 3-5 and are changing from virtual to hybrid, we will choose the days your child attends based on availability. We can not honor requests for specific days.

Lastly, we know that the return to school is a major change for some parents and families. Some of our Kindergarten children have never set foot in our building. We will host a school-wide Town Hall, Tuesday, February 16th from 6:30-7:30PM to answer questions. We’ve received many emails and phone calls from families either concerned with the pending opening or concerned we are not opening fast enough. We work very hard each week with Dr. Duran and APS staff to ensure the opening is a safe one and in which there are equal opportunities for virtual and hybrid learning. We are still one community coming together to do what is best for our students. We will work through this next transition together.

There are many events and opportunities to celebrate Explorers this month. We are proud of the many ways we can come together during a time of physical distancing. With the hybrid option on our horizon, it’s important for families sending children to school to practice mask wearing and social distancing.

In summary:

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Kindness Month!

Kindness Month is in full-swing and we hope your families are enjoying it! Today begins our Week 2 kindness missions, and our Kindness Spirit Week starts tomorrow. Please encourage your children to participate, and to turn on their cameras throughout the week to show off their spirited outfits! Week 3 kindness missions will be shared by classroom teachers during morning/closing meetings and on Canvas on Tuesday, February 16, since Monday is a holiday. You can share your children’s kind deeds on Twitter throughout the month by mentioning @DiscoveryAPS and/or @APSDiscCounsel and using the hashtag #DSCKindnessMission

Checkout our Wonder and Inspiration Art Gallery

View from the Discovery Veranda! On display now - the tile art created by our talented Explorers. We hope to evolve to include more student artwork and poetry. Details coming soon.

 

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. There will be a ‘movie night kit’ you can pick up on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00PM on the 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. Stay tuned for details on how to access the film. We will document our experiences with #DESmovienight. Signup HERE to ensure movie kit availability for your family.

Challenging Racism

The Discovery PTA is offering up an opportunity for parents and faculty to participate in a three part Zoom seminar on the topic of Challenging Racism. All sessions start at 6 pm, are 2 hours long, and will take place on the second Thursday of each month, starting in February (2/11), March (3/11), and April (4/8/). Sign up is required, and only 12 slots will be available on a first come, first served basis. Click HERE for the flyer.

Grade 5 Band Performances

Congratulations to Grade 5 Instrumental Music students and to Mr. Glasner for their fantastic rendition of “Satin Latin!” See pictures and hear audio clips on this slide deck!

Pop on Over to the Pop-Up Library

Yearbook 2020-2021

Thank you parents for all the fantastic support with submitting photos of your Explorers!! They are awesome and will help make the yearbook amazing! Keep it up!!  

NEW PHOTO 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.

Be creative and have fun!! Be sure to include your student’s name and grade when you upload!

 

You can 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:

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 

Upcoming Events

February 1, 2021

Dear Discovery Families,

In February, we celebrate Black History month. Tomorrow, Discovery’s School Psychologist, Dr. Ricia Weiner, will help host How to Talk to Your Child About Race and Discrimination. We have six spots for our Challenging Racism Seminar and hope you will consider participating. We also celebrate Kindness Month with a fun Kindness Spirit Week. Share the Love is another event to help spread kindness. Sprinkle in some Town Halls, PTA Meeting, and Bingo and we’ve got a short but busy month! We hope you join us at some or all of these community strengthening events.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Kindness Month!

It’s time for Discovery’s annual Kindness Month! All throughout the month of February, Discovery Explorers will be encouraged to work together to complete kind deeds! The kindness missions for the week will be introduced at the start of each week on asynchronous Mondays and during Tuesday morning/closing meetings. Teachers will also be tracking how many kind deeds their students complete each week on a school-wide dashboard, so we can keep track of our progress as a school. Share your child’s kind deeds on Twitter by mentioning @DiscoveryAPS and/or @APSDiscCounsel and using the hashtag #DSCKindnessMission

The Kindness Month kick-off occurs tomorrow, Tuesday 2/2 - Students will watch this video as a class (viewable using your child’s APS log-in) and receive the below information. Stay tuned next week for the Week 2 Kindness Missions & Spirit Week!

 

Poetry Workshops by Joseph Green

Joseph Green is coming back to Discovery in March to work with grades 4 and 5 students. He is considering a theme around acceptance and facing current challenges. He is looking forward to working with our young people and wants students to walk away with a love of words and language! He will work with grade 5 students on March 9th and  11th and Grade 4 students on March 23rd and 25th. Students will participate in two live sessions after school from 2:30-3:45 via MST. During these live sessions, students will receive instruction, work in breakout rooms, and share their work with their peers.

Library - want books? Try the new Pop Up library option

Event Tomorrow!

Our own Dr. Ricia Weiner, along with other APS school psychologists, will be presenting tomorrow evening in collaboration with the Parent Resource Center on the following topic: Talking with Kids about Race and Discrimination. If interested, check out the flyer for more information and register HERE.

Share the Love

Come by the Library on the Veranda Wednesday, Feb. 3rd 2:30-4PM and find out how to contribute!

Challenging Racism

The Discovery PTA is offering up an opportunity for parents and faculty to participate in a three part Zoom seminar on the topic of Challenging Racism. All sessions start at 6 pm, are 2 hours long, and will take place on the second Thursday of each month, starting in February (2/11), March (3/11), and April (4/8/). Sign up is required, and only 12 slots will be available on a first come, first served basis. Click HERE for the flyer.

Yearbook 2020-2021

Thank you parents for all the fantastic support with submitting photos of your Explorers!! They are awesome and will help make the yearbook amazing! Keep it up!!  

NEW PHOTO TOPICS...MUSIC PHOTO! Kazoo? Piano? Guitar? Uses a hairbrush for a mic?...the list is endless! Send in photos of your Explorer playing an instrument or singing! You can use the link here for the music photo or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org.

We are also looking for ART PHOTOS! Do you have a photo of your Explorer creating, drawing, painting, using sidewalk chalk?  Send them in for the ART page!! Use the link for Art here or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org.

Be creative and have fun!! Be sure to include your student’s name and grade when you upload!

 

You can 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:

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 

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!

Upcoming Events

January 22, 2021

Dear Discovery Families,

As January winds down, we look forward to Kindness Month. This week we hope you will join the PTA for Bingo. It is tomorrow at 5PM and there are a few slots still available. We also have limited spots for our joint Challenging Racism Seminar with Barcroft Elementary. Ms. Upshur spoke about this wonderful opportunity at the last PTA meeting. There is a flyer below. It’s a powerful seminar we hope will become a transition at Discover. It promotes unity on and off the Discovery campus. Important: February 5th is an Early Release Day for students. All students will end school at lunchtime (11AM). Teachers in grades 3-5 will attend professional development on the APS concurrent model of instruction and Pre-K through second teachers will engage in structured literacy professional development. IF your child is receiving Level 1 services at Discovery the day will end at the typical Early Release time of 1:26.

We are gearing up for another season of Town Halls. We are eager to share information on the APS concurrent model of instruction before the PTA on Feb 9th. We will schedule additional Town Halls to share specifics about students returning to school. These Town Halls will be geared at health protocols and practices and how we can partner to ensure a safe return.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Challenging Racism Seminar (Starts Feb. 11th)

Please consider this opportunity sponsored by our PTA. Click HERE for the flyer.

Library - want books? Try the new Pop Up library option

2nd Flag Retirement Ceremony

On January 9, 2021, Mr. Jim Gregory and local Scouts performed the retirement ceremony for the second American flag to fly over Discovery Elementary School. Because of the pandemic, the ceremony was private, masked, and remote this year. We thank the Scouts and Mr. Gregory for helping us to honor our flag, as we have each time we've retired the Stars and Stripes.

Link to ceremony video: https://vimeo.com/500110176/bef65583ad

Celebrate Students

Two Explorers chat with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Kid’s Post. Others were recognized by Virginia Hospital Center for writing thank you letters to healthcare workers.

Yearbook 2020-2021

NEW PHOTO TOPIC...MUSIC PHOTO! We are looking for photo submissions of your Explorer playing an instrument or singing! Be creative! You can use the link here or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org. Be sure to include your student’s name and grade when you upload!

 

You can 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:

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 

Upcoming Events

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January 11

Dear Discovery Families,

We have 3 evening events to look forward to this week! We have our PTA meeting on Tuesday; our Ready, Set Go! Town Hall on Wednesday; and our PTA Reflections Celebration on Thursday. All three of these events begin at 7PM. Please join us!

 

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Town Hall: Ready, Set, Go!- January 13th 7:00 PM

Please join us this Wednesday evening for our Ready, Set, Go! Town Hall. Each grade level team will share tips aimed to engage and support at-home learning, including movement for greater attention, organization of student work space, and accessing Canvas and other applications. The Town Hall will feature videos for each grade level and teachers will answer questions at the end of the video presentation. We will send a Google Meet link a few minutes before 7PM. We will record and share the Town Hall with families.

Lexia Goals

As we start the new year, Discovery wants to reiterate the importance of meeting weekly usage goals in Lexia. Lexia is a great supplement to our literacy curriculum, supporting students with phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis of words, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

 

Based on auto-placement and rate of unit completion, weekly goals will vary. Students are encouraged to meet their weekly minute goal and also meet their unit completion goal. On average one unit should take approximately five minutes to complete. For example, a student with a 40-minute weekly goal should complete 8 units. A student completes a unit when he/she reaches 90% mastery of the skill. By meeting weekly goals, students should be able to meet end of year grade level expectations.

 

Teachers encourage students and families to create an appropriate schedule to meet their Lexia goals. A sample schedule for a 40-minute goal might be 10 minutes a day for four days. Students may find success completing their 10 minutes before Morning Meeting or after Closing Circle. Some students have expressed success by allocating more time for Lexia on asynchronous Mondays.

Barcroft Weekend Bags Program

Discovery's participation in Barcroft's Weekend Bag program resumes this week! Please consider donating a weekend bag of groceries for Barcroft families. The link to sign up is here.

Library - More Book Pick Up Options

Eco Action

Thank you to those Eco Action Members who attend today’s meeting! Here’s a link to the presentation in case you missed it. As always, we encourage you and your student(s) to participate in the Energy activities on the Eco Action Choice Board, document your green choices, and share on social media using @DiscoveryAPS and #APSGreen and/or at the next Eco Action meeting. Next month’s meeting will be Monday, February 8th, at 1:30pm via Microsoft Teams. Be sure to post any questions you have for our Light Energy Expert on this Padlet!

Yearbook 2020-2021

PHOTO TOPIC...FAVORITE MASK! We are looking for photo submissions of your Explorer wearing their favorite mask! Be creative- show off your style, strike a pose. You can use the link here or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org. Be sure to include your student’s name and grade when you upload!  

You can 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:

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 

Williamsburg Academic Planning Night

Message from Williamsburg:

Dear Williamsburg Families,

Please join us Wednesday, January 13th at 7PM for our Virtual Academic Planning Information Night. This evening is to provide information to families about the academic offerings at Williamsburg Middle School, along with additional academic information to help future planning. Counselors will also highlight additional items that make each grade level unique. This is also a great opportunity for our rising 6th grade families to find out more about WMS!

Link for the rising-6th grade event on Microsoft Teams

Upcoming Events

January 4, 2021

Dear Discovery Families,

Welcome to the first issue of Discovery News 2021. We are rejuvenated and ready to make the next six months of school as meaningful and engaging as possible. We hope you can join us for a Town Hall Wednesday, January 13th. We will share successful ideas for the coming months. If you can not make it, we will record the meeting. January is a great time to discuss goals and reset family expectations for school. We are monitoring the completion of Monday work and hoping to increase participation of choice activities. The more creative opportunities are meant to increase engagement.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Library Update

Choir Rehearsal

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful break! After a much restful vacation with very little screen time, I have decided we will start choir rehearsals with your children starting next week. Enjoy your time tomorrow to slowly acclimate back to normal routines without the pressure and take the day off from choir!  We will have our first rehearsal on Monday, January 11th, at 11:45AM-12:30!

Thank you.

Mr. Z & Mrs. Hutto

Yearbook 2020-2021

NEW PHOTO TOPIC...FAVORITE MASK! We are looking for photo submissions of your Explorer wearing their favorite mask! Be creative- show off your style, strike a pose. You can use the link here or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org. Be sure to include your student’s name and grade when you upload!  

You can 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:

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 

Town Hall Ready, Set, Go!- January 13th at 7PM/Google Meet

Please join us to learn more about how to start the New Year off in a successful manner for your child. Our 5th grade students created videos to share with you and your child on topics aimed to help students be successful learners. Student topics will include movement for greater attention, organization of student work space, and accessing Canvas and other apps that support learning. In addition, teachers will share 3 or 4 tips with you to further assist your child in successful learning. Teachers will participate in this Town Hall to answer questions at the end of the video presentation. We will use Google Meet and will send the link a few minutes before we start. We recognize that this is the same evening as the WMS Information Session. We will record and share with all Discovery families.

Eco Action

Just a friendly reminder, our next Eco Action Meeting is Monday, January 11th, at 1:30 PM via Microsoft Teams. As always, we encourage you and your student(s) to participate in the activities on the Eco Action choice board. Document your green choices and share on social media using @DiscoveryAPS and #APSGreen and/or share at the next Eco Action meeting.

Middle School Information

The virtual Williamsburg Information Session is scheduled for January 13th at 7PM on Microsoft Teams. The link to the event is provided HERE. For information about applying to an option school (H-B Woodlawn; Spanish Immersion or Montessori at Gunston), please complete an application (available HERE) before January 15th by 4PM. For information about transferring to another neighborhood middle school, click HERE.

Upcoming Events

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Dear Discovery Families,

We loved seeing everyone in their Togetherness Day t-shirt! We will continue to emphasize ways Explorers can experience togetherness with their classmates and teachers in the New Year. Keep an eye out for a special mailing in January. We wish everyone a great last week of school before Winter Break. We hope the break is restful and rejuvenating. We will continue Town Halls and Principal Chats in the New Year. Our first Town Hall Ready, Set, Go! is all about setting students up for success in the last six months of school. Each grade level will highlight learning priorities and how we can partner to ensure the second half of the school year is a success. We look forward to chatting with parents on January 13th. We will record the Town Hall and share the recording if you are unable to join. We are also planning a Town Hall around reading what our focus on structured literacy means for our learners. There is a lot to look forward to in the New Year!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

PTA Reflections

Congrats to Mason Mirabile, Eliana Villwock, Jack Guthrie, Viviana Gallardo-Velez, Ashley Cuthbertson, and Reagan Whitesell. Their brave PTA Reflections contributions were recognized at the county level. See the full list here. We look forward to celebrating all Discovery artists in January.

Book Pick Up This Week  - Winter Break Reading!

Winter Break Reading

You can find info and “how to” videos on book pick up and MackinVIA on the library webpage

Yearbook 2020-2021

PHOTO TOPIC...SPORTS! We are looking for photo submissions of your Explorer involved in whatever sports or exercise they enjoy! Please share a picture and let us know your favorite sport/exercise. You can use the link here or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org. Be sure to include your student’s name and grade when you upload!  So far we have collected photos of your Explorer’s First Day of School and their Summer of Covid.  You can still submit these photos to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org

You can 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:

**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 

Upcoming Events

For December 7, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

We are preparing to celebrate Togetherness Day on Friday. Teachers will talk with their students this week about Explorers being together even though Explorers are learning at home. Bingo Night this past Thursday evening is an example of togetherness. Great job Bingo callers!! The Kindergarten Read Aloud this evening is another example of togetherness. We ask that you support our efforts to build students’ feelings of connectedness and community as we learn and grow together in the next two weeks leading up to winter break.

Kinder Families: Dr. Russo and Dr. Seeber will send a Google Meet link shortly before 6:30 tonight. We hope your kindergartener’s enjoy listening to some great stories.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Hour of Code Celebration

Calling all Discovery Computer Scientists! Our Hour of Code celebration is taking place TODAY Monday, December 7th, 2020! Spend an hour learning about what coding is, put your skills to the test, and begin creating your own animation using Scratch Jr and/or Scratch. Click the links below for more information. Happy coding!

Computer Scientists Grades K-2

Computer Scientists Grades 3-5

Eco-Action

Thank you to those Eco Action Members who attended today’s meeting! We heard from our compost expert Kristen Conrad, asked her questions about composting at home, shared ways you’ve been contributing to our zero waste community, and began exploring our next Sustainability Pathway. More information about Eco-Action can be found here or linked in the Monday Choice Boards.

Happy Recycling!

 

Yearbook 2020-2021

**Please read ALL info below**

You can 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:

**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 

DIBELS

This week teachers in grades 3-5 will send a student DIBELS report and parent letter via email. Because teachers need to email each individual family, please know that reports may not be delivered on the same day. All families will receive a report by Friday, December 11th. This is a new assessment for both students and teachers. Teachers will learn how to interpret the DIBELS data and plan next instructional steps.

Only 2 more days to shop! Support the PTA! Click here

At the Discovery Online Book and Game Fair -The fun all ends on Thursday Dec. 10

Middle School Information

In case you missed middle school information night, which was held on 10/27, you can watch a video of the event or view the presentation HERE. Dates for specific middle school information nights are also listed on the website. The virtual H-B Woodlawn information session will be held THIS WEDNESDAY 12/9 at 6:30 pm. For information about applying to an option school (H-B Woodlawn; Spanish immersion or Montessori at Gunston), please complete an application (available HERE) before 1/15 by 4 pm. The virtual Williamsburg information session will be held on 1/13 at 7 pm. For information about transferring to another neighborhood middle school, click HERE.

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

We hope you had a restful break and your children are ready for the next three weeks of learning. We made a few changes to the Community Tile Project Drop-off and T-shirt Pick-up. Because the weather today didn't cooperate for T-shirt pick-up, we postponed Togetherness Day. We will now celebrate it on Friday, December 11th. We also scheduled tile drop-off for later this week. Please consider the many ways your children can engage and extend their thinking with the opportunities that we outlined in this week’s Discovery News.  

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Community Tile Project Drop-off /T-shirt Pick-up

We ask students to turn in the tiles at the same time they get their new Discovery T-shirt. The schedule for that is as follows:

Eco-Action

Calling all Eco-Action Members! Our next meeting will be Monday, December 7th, at 1:30 PM via Microsoft Teams. We will share how they’ve been contributing to our zero waste community, hear from our compost guest speaker, and ask questions about how they might compost at home. More information about Eco-Action can be found here or linked in the Monday Choice Boards.

Happy Recycling!

Choir

There is still time for your 4th and 5th grade child to sign up for the Discovery Virtual Choir.  Our weekly rehearsals will start on December 7th and meet every Monday during asynchronous school days from 11:45am-12:30pm. We will use the following team link to log-in (Those who have signed up please request to join): Discovery Elementary Choir

Any 4th or 5th grade students interested in joining choir this year can sign up using the following choir sign-up sheet or from their canvas music pages here: 4th Grade  5th Grade 

We look forward to an awesome virtual choir experience and want to see as many of you join as possible!

Mrs. Hutto and Mr. Z.

Discovery Music

Only 10 more days - Visit our Virtual Book & Game Fair!

The fun all ends on Thursday Dec. 10 - Free shipping on orders over $30

Click here to browse a wide selection of wonderful books and educational games.

You can also find this information and the online store link on the library webpage

Hour of Code Celebration

Calling all Discovery Computer Scientists! Our Hour of Code celebration is taking place Monday, December 7th, 2020! Spend an hour learning about what coding is, put your skills to the test, and begin creating our own animation using Scratch Jr and/or Scratch. Click the links below for more information. Happy coding!

Computer Scientists Grades K-2

Computer Scientists Grades 3-5

Martin Luther King Contest

Enter the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Literary and Visual Arts Contest. The contest is an opportunity for students to describe in writing or through visual art how they are contributing to their community and how they can make a difference through acts of kindness in the spirit of Dr. King’s vision. Entries are due by Dec.16- drop off at the Discovery main office with the entry form found at the link. Learn more

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

Tomorrow is the last day of school before Thanksgiving Break. We are incredibly thankful for your support, flexibility, and patience as we continue to plan and deliver distance learning to your children. We are also thankful for the daily support you provide your children as they navigate distance learning. We hope our efforts to increase communication in a variety of formats have helped keep you abreast of changes to learning plans. We wish you a safe holiday filled with all your favorite comforts.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Deli Italiano: PTA Fundraiser

Order from Deli Italiano tonight from 4-9PM and proceeds will go to Discovery PTA.

Visit our Virtual Book & Game Fair!

It will run from Monday Nov. 16 through Thursday Dec. 10

Click here to browse a wide selection of wonderful books and educational games.

Holiday Gift Card Drive

Help our PTA help others. We will deliver gift cards to families. Please deliver to the veranda during Library Grab and Go (2:30-4:40PM-Wednesdays) or main office (8:30-3:30PM, Monday-Friday).

Kindergarten Story Time: Read Aloud

Please have your Kindergarteners join Erin and Judy for a Virtual Read Aloud on December 7th at 6:30PM. We will share a Google Meet link a few minutes before the Kindergarten event.

Explorer Playground

Discovery has partnered with Extended Day staff for round two of Explorers Playground. Starting the week of November 30th, the Explorers (virtual) Playground will open and will run through December 18th. This session we will have five clubs open to various grade levels, meeting once a week. Session two clubs are as follows:

Discovery Surprise Gift from the PTA

Recognizing this is a unique year, the PTA has focused on building community. To celebrate our community, every Explorer will receive a special T-shirt! Shirts can be picked up on Monday, November 30th between 12-1:30PM on the car loop. They can also be picked up at both Library Grab and Go on December 2nd and December 3rd. Please encourage your Explorer to participate in the Draw The World You Want to See activity. Tiles can be returned at the same time you pick up a T-shirt! We are hoping for 100% participation!

Yearbook 2020-2021

Submit your photos! PHOTO TOPIC...SUMMER of COVID!! We are looking for photo submissions about your summer during COVID. Please share a picture and let us know one favorite thing you did over your summer break. You can use the link here or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org. Please include your student’s name and grade when you upload! Thank you for all your help!

Any questions, email jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us or heather.klanderman@apsva.us 

PTA Partnership

Thanks to the Discovery-Barcroft partnership- food and coats were delivered!

Parent Resources

Upcoming Events

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Dear Discovery Families,

This is our last full week of school before Thanksgiving Break. This Friday Progress Reports will be available in ParentVue for students in first through fifth grade. Kindergarten parents will receive a Progress Report at the close of quarter two. Please note that teachers experienced some challenges with data collection given the new learning platforms and adjustments to distance learning. We are in a good spot to follow the VA Standards of Learning and APS pacing guides. We will teach and reteach all required standards, especially those that were reported on for quarter one with ‘Insufficient Evidence’.

Please know that teachers have hosted several material pick-ups on the car loop to replenish writing paper and other instructional items. If you need to arrange a pick-up, please contact the main office to schedule.

In an effort to keep our Level 1 students and staff safe, please refrain from using our playgrounds an hour before school and an hour after school. Also, all playgrounds are closed during the school day. We are working on signage that says playgrounds are closed from 8AM-3:20PM. More communication will be coming from APS.

We are excited for Choir, the News Team, Eco-Action, and Explorer Playground. Let’s help students stay connected to each other and school.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Choir for Students in Grade 4 & 5

Greetings Parents!

We are thrilled to announce we will be starting Discovery Virtual Choir the week of December 7-11th. Students in grades 4th or 5th grade who are interested in joining choir this year, please sign up using this sign-up sheet!. We look forward to an awesome virtual choir experience and want to see as many of you join as possible! Stay tuned for more information!

Mr. Z and Mrs. Hutto

Discovery Music

Library - Need to do some holiday shopping?

Our Virtual Book & Game Fair has started!

It will run from Monday Nov. 16 through Thursday Dec. 10

Click here to browse a wide selection of wonderful books and educational games.

Want print books or ebooks for your reader at home? 

Art and Music Supply Kit Pick Up

Thank you to those of you who picked up your Art and Music Supply Kits this past Thursday, Nov. 12th, we so appreciate your support! If you were unable to make it last week, please contact the main office to schedule a time to pick up OR grab one when you get your books during Library Pick Up, Wednesday or Thursday on the veranda. Students will be expected to have these resources for Art and Music after November 24th, in order to participate in ongoing lessons. In the event you are unable to retrieve items from Discovery, here is a list of what is in the kits so you may choose to purchase the items on your own.

Art Supply list for Kindergarten-5th grade

Modeling Clay- Crayola 4 color pack (link)

Construction Paper- 10 color assorted package, 50 sheet (link)

Watercolor Paper- 9x12”, 15 sheet (link)

Watercolor Set- 8 colors set with brush (link)

Music

Grades K-2:

     6” Hand Drum with mallet (link)

     Egg Shaker (link)

Grades 3-5:

     Egg Shaker (link)

     Recorder- 8 hole plastic Baroque soprano recorder (these are what we use at Discovery usually, district sent different ones in music kits, linked here)

Barcroft ES Weekend Bags Program

Volunteers are needed to donate weekend grocery and snack bags for Barcroft families THIS WEEK. The notes of kindness from Discovery families are a huge hit so keep them coming!

NEW: Can’t get to the store or do not have time to drop off? We’ve got you covered! You now have the option to order and ship directly online.

Sign up to help here…

Yearbook 2020-2021

NEW PHOTO TOPIC this week!  SUMMER of COVID!! We are looking for photo submissions about your summer during COVID.  Please share a picture and let us know one favorite thing you did over your summer break. You can use the link here or send it to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org.   Be sure to let us know your student’s name and grade when you upload!  Thank you for all your help!

Any questions, email jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us or heather.klanderman@apsva.us 

The votes are in...we have a new yearbook cover for 2020-2021!!  

Parent Resources

Upcoming Events

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Dear Discovery Families,

Hopefully you got outside this weekend! This is a shorter version of Parent News, but a few important reminders.

Important: If you opted into Hybrid by not making a selection in Parent Vue, you still need to update transportation information.

Please make sure your transportation information is correct so the APS transportation office can begin routing buses. Also, there have been many material distributions over the last few months. We still have many materials at school and teachers are finding some students don’t have materials. If you did not pick up ELA, math materials or other materials, please contact the front office. Our team is happy to get you what you need.

Thank you to all of those who participated in writing notes of gratitude to our military families. We are excited to celebrate all veterans this Wednesday. (There is no school for students.)

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Discovery offers Appreciation to Our Military Families!

Discovery Military Families: Please plan to come through the car loop Wednesday, Nov 11th between 10 AM-12 NOON to pick up a token of gratitude for you and your family!

Please contact 617.877.2243 to arrange for delivery or alternative pick up time.  

Discovery Community Art Tile Project

We are sponsoring a community art project that will be on display in the Veranda area in December/January. Students are being encouraged to participate in decorating a tile in response to the question: How can I, a Visionary, imagine the world I want to live in?. The PTA is handling distribution of needed materials and collecting the completed tiles. The Community Art Tile Project pick up will be 11/16 9:30-11:00 front car loop and return date 11/30 drop off between 1-2:00PM. Please encourage your child to participate in the project.

NASA Essay Contest

Please encourage your student to participate in the NASA Essay Contest. This was posted on all grade level asynchronous Monday boards as an extension opportunity.

Mission Monday: Imagine Leading a one week Moon Expedition!

Enter the NASA writing contest! Learn all about Moon Expedition.

IMAGINE LEADING A ONE-WEEK EXPEDITION ON THE MOON AND WRITE AN ESSAY THAT TELLS NASA ALL ABOUT IT

ENTRIES DUE: December 17, 2020 | 11:59 PM PST

K-4 Write 100 words about the expedition.

5th - Write 200 words about the expedition

Turn in writing to canvas for feedback before entering the contest.

Lexia Usage

Thank you for your patience and support as we get Lexia (new Literacy App) up and running.  Now that students have finished their Auto Placement, we want to emphasize meeting weekly usage goals.  Students will have a weekly minute goal and a weekly unit goal.  Typically, a student should be able to complete one unit in 5 minutes.  These goals are different for each student.  You can find your child’s weekly goals on the student dashboard.

Please refer to the Student Dashboard example screenshot below.  You will notice important information like  A) Weekly Usage Goal in Minutes B) Total Minutes Completed for the week and D) Total units completed for the week. Students (and parents) see this Dashboard when they first login to Lexia.

Child Protection Counseling Lessons

Discovery’s school counselors, Claire Nawojchik and Hayley Hannon, will begin child protection lessons using the Second Step social-emotional learning curriculum this coming Thursday and Friday. All classrooms will receive the lesson before winter break. The child protection lesson discusses unsafe and unwanted touches, and provides students with safety rules to avoid sexual abuse. You can read more in this letter from the APS supervisor of counseling services, Pam McClellan.

While this can be an uncomfortable topic, especially while delivered in a virtual environment, the sobering reminder that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before age 18 makes the discomfort more than worth it if it helps keep our students safe. The Darkness to Light website provides additional information about the prevalence of child sexual abuse and how it can be prevented. Jennifer Gross (Alvaro) from the Arlington County Child Advocacy Center also provides training for both parents and APS staff and can be contacted at 703-228-1561 or jgross@arlingtonva.us.

Library

Barcroft ES Weekend Bags Program

Volunteers are needed to donate weekend grocery and snack bags for Barcroft families THIS WEEK. The notes of kindness from Discovery families are a huge hit so keep them coming!

 

NEW: Can’t get to the store or do not have time to drop off? We’ve got you covered! You now have the option to order and ship directly online.

 

Sign up to help here…

Upcoming Events

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Dear Discovery Families,

As we close the first quarter of this school year, we want to take a minute to reflect on where we started and where we are going. Our teachers have worked hard to create a new and improved virtual learning classroom. We remain focused on our three principles for this year: community, connectedness, and sustainability. It is so important to participate with other families this year in a virtual manner. Please be sure to join the PTA, engage in events, and participate with your teacher to guide student learning. Although this year looks different than in years past, your student is learning. Quarter 1 Progress Reports will look a bit different. You may not see as many standards as you have seen in past years, especially for Encore classes (Art, Music. PE), and you will not receive a gifted report.

Please remember that teachers moved slowly in quarter 1 to ensure that your child built relationships with their classmates and became familiar with the technology platforms. Teachers were purposeful in their learning activities and community building activities. We are mindful that students also need to have community, feel connected, and have sustainable learning. Students responded positively to our virtual learning environment, and learned where to find assignments and how to turn them into their teachers. We found that students were working hard to complete assignments, but they were not going beyond what was expected. In Encore classes, students also spent time building a community which took away from time to complete all the given standards in quarter 1. Remember that the teacher’s comment is the most important part of your student’s Progress Report. We want to thank you for participating in Parent-Teacher conferences so teachers could get to know your student on a much deeper level.

A huge thank you to the PTA for the inspiring messages left on our Solar Plaza as teachers came in to work last week! We aren’t sure who the creative artists are, but it was beautiful!

We also want to thank you for patience as we navigate next steps. We have held Friday Principal Chats to help share information, and we will continue to do so. Dr. Duran shared last week that currently, the health and safety metrics are not where they need to be to proceed with Level 2, Phase 1 Return on Nov. 12 for PreK and Kindergarten. APS will continue to monitor the data at and, in consultation with Public Health, will make a final determination about next steps for Level 2 sometime this week. We will continue our conversations when information is released. We are all in this together for our students and value your partnership.

Let’s focus on celebrating and improving on the learning that is taking place. There are many fun PTA activities coming this month. Please consider joining. The No Frills Fundraiser has been extended. Please consider giving. Our ability to learn, collaborate and innovate with the world in mind will not be hindered.


Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Ps. The building will be closed Tuesday. November 3rd.

Mask Policy

This is the most recent Mask Policy. 

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

These letters (English & Spanish) are from the Department of Teaching and Learning (DTL) about DIBELS, a literacy assessment tool for students in grades 3-5.

PTA & Veteran’s Day: 3 Announcements

Veteran's Day Service Project: Thank A Hero! Write a letter or make a card to thank our Discovery military families for their service! Letters may be dropped off at Library Grab & Go on the veranda on THIS Wednesday, Nov. 4th.

Discovery Military Families: Please plan to come through the car loop on Wednesday, Nov. 11th between 10AM-12noon to pick up a token of gratitude for you and your family! Please contact, dimitry.beauchamp@gmail.com if this date/time does not work for you.

Community Arts Activity Kick Off: Join fellow Explorers for a school-wide project to be displayed on the Discovery campus!

Yearbook 2020-2021

Discovery Explorers, let’s ‘get out the vote’!  That’s right...time for your voice to be heard on your favorite 2020-2021 yearbook cover! The voting link IS LIVE on the Discovery webpage here from today, Monday, 11/2 at 8:00AM - Friday, 11/6 at 2:00pm. Be sure to vote via your student iPad. You must be logged in to a Discovery student account to vote; non-Discovery votes will not be counted.

AND...time for your photos!!  Please use the Google form link here to upload a picture of your Explorer from their first day of school, or you can email them to yearbookphotos@discoverypta.org.  Be sure to let us know your student’s name and grade when you upload!  Thank you for all your help!

Any questions, email jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us or heather.klanderman@apsva.us 

Library - News - Book Pick Up - Book Fair - Poetry?

Art and Music Kits Pick-Up

On Thursday, Nov. 12th, Discovery staff will distribute APS Art and Music Kits from 2:30-4:30PM in the car loop to all K- Grade 5 students

Discovery staff will practice physical distancing and wear face coverings. All family members will remain in their vehicles. Prior to arrival in the car loop, write your student's first name, last name, and grade level on a piece of paper. When you arrive in the car loop, hand this paper to the Discovery staff member to facilitate an accurate and speedy distribution. If families would like to arrange pick-up for another day/time, please contact the main office (8:30AM-3:30PM) after Thursday, Nov.12th.

 

Eco Action

Eco Action Members,

Thank you again for attending our meeting this afternoon. We reviewed Microsoft Teams expectations, answered “What is Eco Action?”, and shared ways we’re already recycling at home! If you missed the meeting, do not worry! Here you will find a link to this month’s Choice Board that includes ways in which you can earn Community Service hours through reducing your consumption and waste at home..  

In efforts to become a zero waste community, we will host Kristen Ann Conrad, an agent for the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, at our next meeting to discuss composting. Please post any questions you have for Ms.Conrad on our Eco Action Padlet before our next meeting Monday, December 7th, at 1:30PM. Happy recycling!

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

Please be reminded that tomorrow and Wednesday will be asynchronous days as teachers will be in the building preparing for the Return To School. Many items have been updated on the APS web. We will be sharing Discovery specific details next week.  It is important to note that Hybrid school hours will be 9AM to 2:20PM. Please update your transportation needs in ParentVue if you have not done so already. Transportation is working on bus routes.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Unity Day Rescheduled for this Friday 10/30!

Save the date! Due to our “virtual snow day” last week and the added asynchronous learning days this week, we are encouraging all students and staff to show off their orange THIS FRIDAY! As a reminder, Unity Day is a nationally-recognized day of solidarity created by the National Bullying Prevention Center (an organization dedicated to leading social change in an effort to prevent childhood bullying).

You can read more about Unity Day and how to celebrate HERE. Consider discussing the Kids Against Bullying Pledge with your child - You can read the pledge HERE & students can also submit an online version of the pledge and view interactive results from around the world.

Looking for more information about bullying and how to help your child? Check out the webpage, What Parents Should Know About Bullying. You can also navigate the kid-friendly version of the website (Kids Against Bullying) with your child. See also this list of recommended children’s books (ages PreK - high school).  

Partnership with Barcroft Elementary

Discovery has partnered with Barcroft Elementary to help provide pantry staples for Barcroft's Weekend Bag Program, which provides 90 families with a weekend bag of groceries.

 

Volunteers are needed to shop for and donate grocery kits (less than $6/kit) and snack bags (less than $2/bag). We encourage getting your children involved by asking them to create a note of kindness (in English or Spanish) to include in the food bag. Sign up to help here.

Library Buzz

Yearbook 2020-2021

Discovery Explorers, let’s ‘get out the vote’!  That’s right...time for your voice to be heard on your favorite 2020-2021 yearbook cover!

Here’s a sneak peek of the cover choices…

The voting link will be live on the Discovery webpage from Monday, 11/2 at 8:00AM - Friday, 11/6 at 2:00pm. Be sure to vote via your student iPad.

AND...Discovery families...the yearbook needs YOU!  To give everyone an idea on how we are going to put together the 2020-2021 yearbook, and what we need from our Discovery community to help create a yearbook to remember, please read the welcome letter to get a better idea of what this will look like. Be sure to keep an eye out in your Parent News each week for the link to different google forms on the various topics. Feel free to reach out with any questions to jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us or heather.klanderman@apsva.us  Thank you for all your help!

Meet Maria

Please welcome Maria Reyes Cordova to Discovery. She worked her first day on Friday, October 23. She joins Rene, Zulma, Martha, and Daisy on our custodial team.

Eco Action

Discovery Eco Action Members, we so look forward to the sustainability work we will do this school year! Our first meeting will be Monday, November 2nd, at 1:30pm via the “Eco Action 2020-2021” TEAM. Students who have completed this application are automatically added to the Eco Action TEAMS channel. More information on how to access TEAMS can be found here.

In addition, please complete the “At Home Consumption and Waste Audit Form” prior to Mondays’ meeting. Instead of collecting consumption and waste data from our school, you'll be asked to do it from your own home! The data will then help us brainstorm ways in which the Eco Action Team can help you, and those you live with, get closer to being a zero waste community.

Still have questions? Email Mrs. Annamreddy (katherine.williams@apsva.us) and/or Ms. Fisher (virginia.fisher@apsva.us).

PTA Pumpkin Carving

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

We hope we can join us for tomorrow’s PTA meeting. We know the survey for choosing a model of instruction closes Wednesday. At this time, we don’t have more information to share. We understand some families are more interested in keeping their teacher than the model of instruction. We hope to be able to share more information as we get into the planning. For now, we ask you to make your choice in ParentVue. If you do not, you will be opted into Hybrid Learning. We also want to highlight that all teachers will be engaged in professional development on October 27 and 28 to prepare for the Return To School. Teachers have prepared asynchronous lessons for these two days. They are also getting excited to speak with you at fall conferences later this week. Thank you for all your support and patience.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Unity Day this Wednesday 10/21!

Every year at Discovery we participate in Unity Day - A nationally-recognized day of solidarity created by the National Bullying Prevention Center (an organization dedicated to leading social change in an effort to prevent childhood bullying). Now more than ever, it is crucial to join together in creating a world that is kinder, more accepting, and more inclusive. The intention of Unity Day is to wear/share orange on 10/21 to send a unified message of hope and support to those who experience bullying.

Read more about Unity Day and how to celebrate HERE. Consider discussing the Kids Against Bullying Pledge with your child - You can read the pledge HERE & students can also submit an online version of the pledge and view interactive results from around the world.

Looking for more information about bullying and how to help your child? Check out the webpage, What Parents Should Know About Bullying. You can also navigate the kid-friendly version of the website (Kids Against Bullying) with your child. See also this list of recommended children’s books (ages PreK - high school).

Eco-Action Update

Calling all Discovery Eco Action Members! Before our first meeting, November 2nd, please complete the “At Home Consumption and Waste Audit Form.” Instead of collecting consumption and waste data from our school, you'll be asked to do it from your own home! The data will then help us brainstorm ways in which the Eco Action Team can help you, and those you live with, get closer to being a zero waste community.

Still not signed up for Eco Action? Application information can be found here.

 

Partnership with Barcroft Elementary

Discovery has partnered with Barcroft Elementary to help provide pantry staples for Barcroft's Weekend Bag Program, which provides 90 families with a weekend bag of groceries.

 

Volunteers are needed to shop for and donate grocery kits (less than $6/kit) and snack bags (less than $2/bag). We encourage getting your children involved by asking them to create a note of kindness (in English or Spanish) to include in the food bag. Sign up to help here.

Library Buzz

The Discovery Elementary’s New Weekly Monday Morning News Show

The New Bookworm VIRTUAL Book and Game Fair is coming soon!

Fun Library Statistics

Want new print books or ebooks for your reader at home? 

Lexia Information

What is Lexia Reading Core5?

Lexia Reading Core5 is a technology-based reading program that provides explicit and in-depth instruction on six areas of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) for students in Pre-K through Grade 5. Core5 is a new literacy resource in APS, and it is available at all elementary schools.

Core5 provides an adaptive and individualized learning experience that allows students at every tier of instruction to grow with their reading skills development. Built upon Lexia’s research-proven methodology, Core5 is a comprehensive, technology-based reading skills program.

What are the Auto Placement activities?

The Auto Placements activities are administered to students only once. Those activities began automatically the first time the student logged into Core5. The Auto Placement activities use content from Lexia Reading Core5, in the areas of word recognition (phonological awareness/phonics/ structural analysis) and comprehension (vocabulary/comprehension activities). Students began the Auto Placement activities based on their assigned grade level.

The Auto Placement activities are designed to put each student in an appropriate program level as defined by Lexia. The information provided by the Auto Placement suggests the instructional areas in which students may need more practice, with time assigned to work on one or more of the six areas of reading.

Please note: The Lexia measures will not always neatly align with grade levels, and students’ reading levels. The Lexia levels are used by the program to align activities tailored to students’ individual needs. The level on which a student is placed does not indicate their overall reading level, nor is it used to describe a student’s reading level in APS. It is used to define the student’s level, in the program.

What does Lexia Core5 look like, when students are completing activities?

Lexia Reading Core5 consists of 18 levels for students in Pre-K through Grade 5. Each level has a visual theme in which the program content is presented. Each level has 5 activities (except Level 1, which has 4 activities) for a total of 89 activities. A student’s weekly usage in Core5 will be assigned based upon their progress. That means that usage time is individualized for the student, and may change throughout the year.

What information does Lexia provide?

In Lexia, teachers and administrators receive real-time reports on individual student progress towards mastery of standards, as well as student-specific action plans to provide interventions. Students may be assigned additional activities from teachers, to support their reading progress. These activities include:

Supporting Students at Home:

It's important to let students work in Core5 without help from parents, siblings, or other caregivers. Core5 is designed to give support and instruction that helps students when they need it. If a student needs at-home support:

APS parents may find additional information about Core5 by visiting Lexia’s At-Home Resources Hub to directly access instructional resources and more. Please direct questions regarding Lexia to your student’s teacher.

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

All of our staff participated in Professional Learning today around themes of equity and what we can all do to make Arlington a better place for both students and staff. We will share highlights of this work as we move forward. The keynote speaker was Dr. Paul Gorski from the Equity Literacy Institute. We also engaged in many breakout sessions with his staff. Great learning all around!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conference sign-ups went live at noon (12:00 PM) on Monday, October 12. Click here to view the sign-up links.

Parent Resources & Events

Library News

Print Library Pick up

Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 on the Veranda & Thursdays during lunch on the veranda

4th and 5th graders with masks may pick up books

MackinVIA - ebooks, eAudiobooks and APS databases (now including Tumble Books)

Upcoming Events

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Dear Discovery Families,

As we start to think about our next transition, we want to give you the opportunity to ask questions. Let’s assemble for a Town Hall on Friday, October 9th at 12 noon. We know not everyone can attend, so we will record and distribute the event. We have received many requests for more information, but it’s a busy week. There is not an ideal evening because we have Wednesday’s Bingo Night and Thursday’s School Board Meeting. We have an important leadership meeting Wednesday morning (where we hope to get more clarity) so Tuesday night is not ideal either. Therefore, we are offering 12 noon on Friday. We feel it’s important for you to have all the information before heading into the weekend. We will send an APS School Talk the Google Meet link to the Town Hall right before the start time.

We will continue with our Friday Principal Chats for specific grade levels during October and November. As we have said, hosting these chats from 12-12:30 PM works well for us, but are open to times that are more ideal for you. We included the dates for October and November Principal Chats in the Up-coming Events section.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Parent Teacher Conferences

The Sign Up Genius will come out in Discovery News October 12th at 4PM. The student school day will end at 1:15PM on October 22nd. Conferences will begin at 2PM. There is no school for students on October 23rd as parents and teachers will be engaged in conferences.

Explorers Playground: Virtual Student Clubs

Discovery has partnered with Extended Day staff to create clubs for your Explorers (PreK-5) to have fun and learn. The Explorers Playground will open on October 12th and run through November 2nd. Please register here. We will start with five clubs open to various grade levels. We will limit one club per student and cap the number of participants to 17 students per club. We will meet once a week on Microsoft Teams. If there is a large interest, we may open up a second session of a club. Please reach out to Karla Harris (karla.harris@apsva.us) with questions. The five introductory clubs are as follows:

Exploring Photography is all about creativity! Your little photographers will think outside the box and make their imagination run wild. Students will learn basic steps on how to take great pictures using just their iPads. Each week there will be a fun activity that they will work on to highlight their creativity! (all grades)

Discovery Bookworms will explore the excitement of reading through weekly activities. Younger Explorers will read a new book together each week and then complete an activity that engages them to further explore the theme of the book. Older Explorers will dive into Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo with weekly discussions and engaging activities. (all grades)

Ancient Explorers will explore Egyptian history and the pharaohs, pyramids, language, and the Nile River. Each week students will study a topic, engage in discussion and creative expression based on the weekly theme. (all grades)

Upcycled Artistry students will take recycled materials and create beautiful works of art with items found around their homes. (all grades)

Girls Who Code is a national organization meant for girls to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models, and use Computer Science to change the world. ​When you join a Club, you will be able to learn from fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, and learn about inspiring role models. You then work in teams to design and build a Girls Who Code Project that solves real world problems you care about through code! (3rd-5th grade).

PALS Assessments

PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) assessments begin this week for K-2 students. The testing window is Oct. 5-30. Please look for APS School Talk or an email with information about this assessment. Discovery teachers will be completing the assessment individually or in small groups through Teams. Encourage your student to do their best, but let them do the work. It is important for teachers to learn what your student can do on his/her own. Our Reading Specialists, Ms. Dodd and Ms. Stein, will help teachers administer these assessments.

Transportation Message from APS

Please emphasize to families and staff that it is important to update the preferred transportation methods during the selection process because the transportation team needs this information to plan bus routes for students. A lot of families did not update this information when they made their selections over the summer, so we want to make sure this information is captured when the window reopens for Level 2 students. APS expanded the walking zones.

Library News

Parent Resources & Events

Upcoming Events

September 28

Dear Families,

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night at our first PTA meeting at 7PM. In addition, we will see you on Wednesday at our APS Toolkit pickup (2:30-4:30PM) in the car loop. Here is the link. We held our first Principal Chat last Friday with Kinder parents. It was great to welcome new and returning parents. We will continue to hold Principal Chats for each grade level. We are impressed with the creativity of some choice options on Mission Mondays. It is not necessary for you to share pictures with us, but we did enjoy them. Moving forward, there will be explicit instructions on how certain items are turned in to classroom teachers. This week classroom teachers will be talking with students about fire safety, as required by the state. It’s a great opportunity to talk about home fire safety with your child.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Monday Attendance

Please remind your child to click the button featured below on their Mission Monday Choice Board. This is how we take attendance on Monday.

Backpack Partnership with Barcroft Elementary

Do you have any backpacks sitting around your house and looking for a new home? Discovery is partnering with Barcroft Elementary to provide backpacks for Barcroft's Weekend Bags program, which helps ensure kids have enough to eat at home between meal pickups at school. New or used backpacks in good condition can be dropped off at 4610 22nd Street N., Arlington, VA 22207. (Please note: some families have expressed interest in ordering a new backpack to donate. Backpacks can also be shipped directly to the same address). ALL BACKPACKS MUST BE DROPPED OFF OR DELIVERED BY END OF DAY ON WEDNESDAY, 9/30.    

Discovery - Grab & Go Library Print Book Checkout

Where - The veranda outside of the Dining Commons

When - Every Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30

You can find additional information, links and “how to” videos on the school’s library page.

New this week - responsible 4th graders - are now allowed to pick up books!

Join our Eco-Action Team & Become a Green Leader

Calling all Sustainable Explores, the Eco Action Team is now accepting applications. Please complete the registration information (found here) by Monday 10/5/20. Students will participate in “at home green activities” found on Monday Choice Boards, and meet virtually once a month to continue our work in the broader community (tentative meeting date will be the first Monday of the month at 1:30pm, starting in November.) For more information email Mrs. Annamreddy (katherine.annamreddy@apsva.us) and/or Ms. Fisher (virginia.fisher@apsva.us). If you had issues last week we resolved the issues and the link should work now.

 

APS Toolkit Distribution for K-5: ELA, Math & Science 

On Wednesday, September 30th, Discovery staff will distribute APS Toolkits from 2:30-4:30PM. We will distribute toolkits on the car loop by handing each driver a kit that corresponds to the students’ grade level.

If you would like to arrange pick-up for another time, please contact the main office (9AM-1PM) after Wednesday, September 30th. These APS Toolkits for ELA, Math, and Science are different from the Discovery bags that Discovery distributed on September 23rd.

Upcoming Events

September 21

Dear Discovery Families,

We hope you enjoyed a beautiful fall weekend! We appreciate your participation in Back To School Night. We have a few updates to share. First, we will hold Grade Level Chat’s to give parents an opportunity to ask questions. We will start with Kindergarten this Friday at 12 noon. We will send a Microsoft Teams link to the meeting a few minutes prior to 12 noon. Parents can raise their hand or use the Chat function to ask questions. We will record the meeting if you can not join us.

We hope your children enjoyed Mission Monday’s Choice Menu today. Moving forward, teachers will differentiate choices by grade level. The choices will grow in complexity.

We will not continue our monthly Teacher/Parent committees in the same way that we did last year. However, we still value these partnerships and we will continue the work. It makes more sense for committees to create meeting schedules that support the work that needs to happen. For example, the Health and Wellness committee will meet as we get closer to planning a Family Fitness Night or as we get closer to a hybrid opening and need to discuss allergy concerns. We do have exciting news for those interested in our Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Discovery and other APS schools will create a Teacher/Parent Equity Team and follow the No Place for Hate framework designed to make our schools more inclusive. More information will be forthcoming. Renita Upshur and Heather Clark are points of contacts for Discovery.

Lastly, this Friday is our first School Spirit Day. Scrabble Day is a fun and easy way to build words with friends and family members. Students just wear a letter! In the past, students have painted letters on shirts, taped letters, or pinned paper to their shirt with their favorite letter. The whole family can participate! What word will your family create?

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Kindergarten Parent Chat

Dr. Seeber and Dr. Russo will host a virtual chat for Kindergarten parents on Friday, September 25th from 12-12:45PM. We look forward to getting to know you better.

Eco-Action

Calling all Sustainable Explorers! The Eco Action Team is now accepting applications. Please complete the registration information (found here) by Monday, 10/5/20. Students will participate in “at-home green activities” found on Monday Choice Boards, and meet virtually once a month to continue our work in the broader community (tentative meeting date will be the first Monday of the month at 1:30PM, starting in November.) For more information email Ms. Annamreddy (katherine.annamreddy@apsva.us) and/or Ms. Fisher (virginia.fisher@apsva.us).

 

K-2 Literacy/Math Bag distribution

On Wednesday, September 23rd, we will offer K-2 Literacy and Math bag distribution from 2:30-4:30PM, the same hours as Library book pick-up. We will distribute on the car loop by handing each driver a bag that corresponds to the child's/children’s grade level. If families would like to pick-up at another time, please contact the main office (9AM-1PM) after Wednesday, September 23rd. Discovery staff created these K-2 Literacy and Math bags. These Discovery bags are in addition to the APS kits that we will distribute to families soon.

Discovery - Grab & Go Library Book Checkout

Where-The veranda outside of the Dining Commons

When-Every Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30  (this may expand based upon demand)

How-All library book requests must be made by Monday night. There are two options to get books. The books will be ready for pick-up on Wednesday.

Book Limit-Three (we hope to increase this in the future)

You can find links, additional information and how to videos on the school’s library page.

Recording Lessons with Students

Per Department of Teaching and Learning (DTL) guidance, teachers will record one-on-one sessions with individual students. If parents are present, teachers will not record individual sessions.

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

We saw some great Mind Maps today. Thank you to those who shared. This was our first asynchronous Monday. Next week there will be similar choices. The following week, teachers will be creating more grade specific Must Do’s. The Monday Choice Board will slowly grow but still include inspiring creative options.

Tomorrow, at 6PM you will receive an APS School Talk inviting you to Back To School Night. You will use the Sign Up Genius to choose which teacher you would like to attend for Session 1 and which teacher you would like to choose for Session 2.

Times:

Session 1- 6:30-7PM

Session 2- 7:05-7:35PM

Teachers will email a link to the sessions on Wednesday. At the beginning of each session you will watch the team video, then you will have a live Q and A with your classroom teacher via Teams. If you only have one Explorer at Discovery you are invited to watch the Encore Team video during the second session. All team videos will be available for viewing if you can not attend Back To School Night.

We expect a large turn out for Back To School Night. Our experience is that with large numbers, Microsoft Teams gets too glitchy to understand. That is our rationale for creating our Welcome Message and Team videos ahead of time and asking you to watch them from your device. By uploading them to Vimeo, the content will stream flawlessly. We will send the Welcome Message with the Sign Up Genius tomorrow. We will send the Team video’s at the start of Back To School Night.

Back to School Night is an introduction to your child’s teacher and grade level content. Parent Teacher Conferences are around the corner. Please share individual information at that time. Parent Teacher Conferences are October 22 and October 23.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

We Celebrate Dot Day - Tuesday, September 15th

 

Attendance

Please notify the main office regarding the reason for the absence by calling the attendance line 703-228-2789 or sending an email to discovery.attendance@apsva.us.  

APS Attendance Policy

Discovery- Grab & Go- Library Book Checkout

Location - Veranda outside of the Dining Commons

Date and Times - Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30  (this may expand based upon demand)

Starting Date - Wednesday September 16

All book requests must be made by Monday night - they will be ready for pick up on Wednesday.

(All of this information is also posted on the Library webpage for frequent use)

How do I get books? pick 1 option

How do I pick up the books?

How do I return books?

See Photos

(1st photo) People will line up with masks on the ramp. There will be a rope/stanchion from the hand rails to the poles.

(2nd Photo) The line will continue along the right side of the poles and the glass wall of the dining commons. 

(3rd photo) In this area there will be a picnic table(s) for each grade level. Books will be stacked on tables with child’s name on a post-it note.

(4th photo) People will exit to the right of the pole and walk down the steps

(5th Photo) If parents bring anyone extra with them they can wait in this area keeping a social distance.

Virtual PTA Reflections: October 23 Submission Date

This year, Explorers can create original works of art in response to the student-selected theme 'I Matter Because...' in the following arts categories:

Student submissions must be saved to the Reflections GoogleDrive by Friday, October 23 to be considered. More information can be found on the Discovery PTA Reflections website. Please reach out to Amy Weinberg, 2020-21 Discovery PTA Reflections Chair, with questions.

Upcoming Events

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June12, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

A heartfelt goodbye to all our fifth graders. Seeing everyone Tuesday night was bittersweet. We are proud of your Explorers and cannot wait to hear of their middle school successes.

The staff prepared a special message for ALL Explorers. We’ve proven that our learning community can adapt and grow. We look forward to seeing smiles in person, but in the interim, …We Wish You More.

Thank you to our PTA and the community for all your support. The clearly defined roles of “teacher” and “parent” certainly shifted as we all adapted to virtual learning. Through the sharing of stories, we learned the multitude of ways learning took place at home. There was no one “right” way. We supported one another and did what was best for kids. We are stronger for this experience. We’ve all learned new skills and will be ready to pick up in the fall under any circumstance.

We wish everyone a wonderful summer. Keep reading!


Warmly,

Erin and Judy

(Parent News will return in August)

The Discovery Talent Show is here!

Arlington Historical Society Scavenger Hunt

The Arlington Historical Society is launching a series of activities to enhance Arlingtonians’ knowledge of our community. They have created a Scavenger Hunt for families and you can be eligible to win a prize if it is submitted by Wednesday, July 15.

Silver Linings

Teacher’s quotes shared at our last PTA meeting.

Thank you! For the returned books and other items

Equity, Race, and Diversity Resources

As you may have seen on the news or heard people talking about, there have been protests happening in our community and across the country. African American people are expressing their sadness and anger because they’ve been treated unfairly and have felt unsafe and inequal for a long time. The protests began after a black man named George Floyd died because of the actions of a white police officer. That should not have happened. Black people want their lives to be respected and valued as much as white people’s lives. Most people are protesting peacefully, but there are some people who act on their anger and damage buildings and property during the protests. When that happens, communities are coming together to clean up any mess and continue peacefully protesting and being seen/heard. Even if these protests are not affecting you or me directly, it is important for us to stand up for others who are being mistreated to help make the world a better place for everyone to live. The way to be an ally, or “strong bystander,” is by following the same steps you learned in your counseling lesson: You can use your empathy to listen, you can use your voice to share kind words of care, concern, and validation, and you can offer to help however you can. How can you be an ally? What are your hopes and dreams for the world? How can we as a family spread kindness and compassion?

Yearbook

Yearbooks will arrive later this summer and be available for parent pick-up..date TBD.   Distribution will look a lot like the ‘student items parent pick-up’...but hopefully without the rain :)

If you missed the online ordering deadline, you will have a chance to purchase a yearbook when they arrive later this summer. The cost will be $20, cash only, while supplies last! If you are unable to pick up your yearbook on the date provided, we will set up a make up day in the fall. More information to follow once the books have arrived...stay tuned! Enjoy your summer!

What is your summer reading plan?

You can find inspiration and information about summer reading on the Library webpage.

Summer VIrtual Learning Opportunities

In addition to the Online Opportunities on the Enrichment Opportunities section of our Gifted Services website, please check out these virtual summer offerings found on the APS Gifted Site:  https://www.apsva.us/gifted-services/summer-programs/

Enjoy your summer break! Keep learning. Keep thinking and creating!

Kindergarten Registration

Please contact sandra.amores@apsva.us for more information. We will have a sign-up genius that goes live in July for Kindergarten Meet and Greets.

The Whole Child - Social-Emotional Resources

Upcoming Events

June 5

Dear Discovery Families,

We  ask you to read, or re-read, Superintendent Duran’s and School Board chair’s message regarding recent events.

 

The events that have been occurring in our country, including the murder of George Floyd and the loss of so many African American lives due to violence and systemic racism, are traumatic. As educators we must consider the repercussions for our families, staff, and especially students.  We must unite and be agents of change in working to build a better world. We cannot and will not be silent. It’s our duty to provide support now, but also commit to actively engage to ensure equity for all. Discovery staff is committed to make the world a better place for all children. We will continue our courageous conversations this fall and look deeply at equity in our school and our community. We have many resources to share with you. Please reach out if you are looking for more.

Video: Helping Your Child Cope with Media Coverage of Community Racial Trauma: Tips for Parents (3:30 mins)

List of 31 Books to help teach anti-racism

How to talk to kids about race and racism

Child Mind Institute: Racism and Violence

How to Talk to Your Children about Protests and Racism & Navigating News Media Exposure

Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal | National Museum of African American History and Culture

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Student Items: Pick Up and Drop Off

On Thursday, June 11, student items will be available for pick up in the car loop from 9AM-3PM. When first in line, tell staff the last name. Staff will place a bag in your backseat. We will be wearing gloves and masks.

If applicable, have the following items in labeled bags

Any item you are returning must be clearly marked in a bag. Place the bag(s) in your rear left seat. A staff member will retrieve the bag(s). Depart the car loop. Please do not wait in the loop to sort through materials; do so when you return home. Parents choosing to walk, please walk up to the designated table and remain in line six feet apart. You are strongly encouraged not to bring anyone else with you to minimize the number of people on campus.

If you are not able to come to Discovery between 9 AM and 3 PM on Thursday, June 11th please contact Dr. Russo (Grades PK-2) or Dr. Seeber (Grades 3-5) directly to make arrangements for pick up.

If you have any questions, please first contact your student’s teacher directly.

Last Week of School

June 12th is the last day of instruction. Please know that the K-2 Continuous Learning Plans that were pushed out via ParentVue are available to you all summer. In addition, we have posted them on our Home Study page. If you wish to access learning opportunities for your child over the summer, these are great resources. In addition, teacher Google Classrooms and Canvas Course information will continue to be live. Please note teachers will not be monitoring these sites after June 12th.

Discovery Summer Reading

 Summer Reading Ideas to Love - Read and Grow!

  • You can find out more by clicking HERE

 Fall in LOVE with a new book series or author this summer!

  • If you are looking for book suggestions, you can click HERE
  • Mr. Re or Ms. Wine will be sharing a video overview with classes in Google Classroom
  • As always you can email - Mr. Re and Ms. Wine - for more suggestions.

Thank you to the 5th Grade News Team Crews

                                                Ms.Olmsted, Ms. Annamreddy, & Mr. Re

Thank you 2019-20 Safety Patrols

Next Friday, June 12 would have marked the last official day for our 5th grade patrols. At the conclusion of their morning shift, they would have symbolically passed their yellow belts to their 4th grade trainees, a tradition we began a few years ago. This official transition would have marked the end of their service and the beginning of the service for the rising 5th graders, as a Discovery safety patrol. During the following week, (what would have been the last week of school), those former patrols and I would have spent some time together for a mini party and they would have received an official certificate of appreciation for their year’s worth of work and I would have given them one last “thank you” before they moved on to middle school. Since I can’t do that in-person this year, I’d like to take the time now to congratulate this year’s patrols. Thank you for all that you’ve done, I’m very proud to see how much each of you have developed and matured over throughout the course of the year. You will be missed!

-Mr. Duffy

 

2019-20 Discovery Safety Patrols

Clara Amundson

Jackman Finnerty

Madeline Mangi

Nora Read

Samuel Antley

Grace Gagnier

Khai Marbley

Taylor Reardon

Jonas Balinang

Ainsley Gary

Erin McNally

TJ Reardon

Charlie Beck

Alexandra Gomez

Marley Neff

Kelsey Rucker

Lauren Beller

Rebecca Griffin

Claire O'Sullivan

Briscoe Ryder

McKenna Cameron

Claire Higgins

Gigi Obitts

Will Sanne

Nick Chase

Edith Labriola

Barbara Papantoniou

Blake Thorsen

Eliza Conway

Natalie Leung

Isabel Pereira

Maya Umerov-Todoroki

Cy Coons

Sophia Lin

Marcos Perez Angel

Andrea Warren

Mia DeFalco

Raika Louis

Julie Piedrahita

Ryan Zee

Suhani Desai

Alexander MacGregor

Ava Pierce

M.K. Zidlicky

The Lion King, Jr. Musical Tickets

Thank you so much for all of your support with purchasing tickets for the musical this year! We will offer 2 options for your contribution to the music program. You can choose to donate or receive a reimbursement. If you would like to donate your payment to the music program, you do not need to do anything. If you would like a reimbursement, please contact Tonya Senetre when school reopens in the fall. We look forward to your continued support for the music program in the future.

Eco Action

Hello Eco Action Families,

 

We have missed seeing you all the past few months! We are working on some exciting programming for next year. An exciting new development is that this spring we signed up to be an AFAC Plot Against Hunger garden. We plan on donating harvests from our vegetable garden as well as extra greens from our hydroponic garden.Currently AFAC is not accepting fresh donations, but we want to be ready for when they are back up and running with that program.

We do need your help this summer to help maintain what we have started this school year and what some amazing volunteers have continued during our time out of the building.

We wanted to say a few thank you’s to PTA representatives who have helped this year with our garden: Thank you to Jackie Rotz for acquiring pavers to go in the paths to help with weed growth and helping to plant with classes and over the summer, Lisa Harper Chang for her time and guidance with how we should manage the garden and Adam Simkin’s for weeding the garden!

 

Please use this link to sign up to care for our garden this summer. We have broken it down to 1 week time frames. Care includes weeding, watering and harvesting. Volunteers are working to plant some items in the next few weeks so we will continue to have a functioning garden.

 

Thank you in advance to those that sign up to help in the garden! We look forward to continuing our green work next school year!

 

Ms. Annamreddy and Ms. Wine

Eco Action Leaders

Yearbook

...no worries!  Yearbooks will be delivered later this summer and available for parent pick-up! If you missed the online ordering deadline, you will have a chance to purchase a yearbook when they arrive later this summer. The cost will be $20, cash only, while supplies last! If you are unable to pick up your yearbook on the date provided, we will set up a make up day in the fall. More information to follow once the books have been delivered...stay tuned! Enjoy your summer!

Upcoming Events

May 29, 2020

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoyed Memorial Day! We are excited to announce a new virtual talent show. If your Explorer has a special talent be sure to submit a photo and/or video to your Explorer's Google Classroom. We will be sharing our talent show with you before the end of school on June 12th. Are looking for something different to do this weekend, check out the 100 ways to Virtually Experience DC during the pandemic. Don’t forget to purchase a yearbook!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Middle School Transition

Dear Rising 6th Grade Families:

Managing the transition from elementary to middle school can be a challenge for students and parents.  Due to school closures related to COVID-19, the WMS staff has had to condense what we would normally provide while still trying to meet the needs of our families. We are excited to offer a virtual orientation for our rising 6th grade students!  It will include information about the school day, teams, how to get involved after school, and messages from Mr. Boykin, Principal, and Ms. Brenckle, School Counselor.  We hope you find the presentation informative and helpful for your family in learning more about 6th grade at Williamsburg Middle School.

Additionally, we have updated our Rising 6th Grade Transition with a robust list of FAQs for our rising 6th grade students and parents.  Within the page, we have included answers about a typical school day, how lockers are assigned to students, etc. If you have a question and it is not listed on the page, please complete the “Welcome to Williamsburg!” Google Form, and we will respond with an answer.

Sincerely,

Mr. Stapler

Director of Counseling Services

Williamsburg Middle School

Eustace.Stapler@apsva.us

@WMS_Wolf_DOC

Discovery’s Got Talent - Talent Show - June 5 deadline

Don’t forget to visit Google Classroom - for Encore!

Click here to see this week’s episode of “Exploring with Encore”

Library Buzz-There are many ways to hear and tell stories

Did you know we have over 900 e-Audio books in MackinVIA?

The Whole Child - Social-Emotional Resources

Yearbook - Order deadline June 1st!!!

DISCOVERY YEARBOOK

Contact Jennifer Taylor with questions: jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us

Upcoming Events

May 22, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

Please be sure to scroll down to see attached opportunities and items of interest like the Social and Emotional Resources for your child. The School Board voted and approved a change to the school year calendar. June 12th is the last day of Distance Learning for elementary students. Teachers will continue to work until June 19th in preparation for school reopening in the Fall, 2020. This weekend we remember the men and women who have died while serving in the military. Thank you to all our military families for your service. We hope you enjoy the longer weekend break.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Don’t forget to visit Google Classroom - for Encore!

Also be sure to view our newest weekly Fun Video Update of “Exploring with Encore”!

Library Buzz - Hey what is cooking with your explorer?

Did you know we have close to 300 e-books on food and cooking in MackinVIA?

Elementary Summer Learning Model

Yearbook

Cost: $15   Deadline: June 1st  Order your Discovery yearbook!!!!

Contact Jennifer Taylor at jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us with any questions.

The Whole Child - Social-Emotional Resources

All videos can be found HERE.

Upcoming Events

May 15, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

We hope you have had a GREAT week of learning. As the weather improves, we encourage you to go outside and soak up some Vitamin D. Children learn through play, as well as learning through the classroom. Check out the cool library books that teach about the outdoors. Start a garden in your yard. This is a wonderful experience for your child to learn about plant life cycle, bugs, soil, and the importance of our ecosystem. Growing your own food may even help with vegetable consumption.

Enjoy this weekend!

Erin and Judy

Don’t forget to visit Google Classroom - for Encore!

PE, Art, Music, and Spanish teachers have grade level lessons posted in each classroom. You will also find Library read-alouds and information from our counselors.

Be sure to view our newest weekly Fun Video Update of “Exploring with Encore”!

Be Sure to Check Out the Virtual Field Trips!

Just a reminder that there are lots of fun virtual field trips on the Enrichment Opportunity Page.

This week coming up you can learn about Shakespeare or learn how a copper mine works, visit the Smithsonian Zoo, Colonial Williamsburg, or learn about the stars. All pretty cool stuff and a fun way to learn something new.

Library Buzz - Get Outside and Explore!

Did you know we have over 150 e-books on insects and spiders in MackinVIA?

We also have over 100 e-books on gardens, vegetables, and plants.

Attention Grade 3 Families: Is your child interested in learning to play an instrument?

Mr. Glasner posted demonstration videos of current fourth- and fifth-grade students playing various instruments. All current third-grade students are invited to play an instrument in fourth-grade (SY20-21). Please share "Mr. Glasner Instrumental Music" Google Classroom with your children. They can join Mr. Glasner’s Google Classroom with this Class Code: 7dw5dtc. They go to the Classwork Section to view videos of current fourth- and fifth-grade students demonstrating all the instruments offered to rising fourth-grade students. Mr. Glasner’s Google Classroom is populated by students from Nottingham, Discovery, and the Montessori Public School of Arlington (MPSA). In the near future, Mr. Glasner will add a form to his Google Classroom for students/parents to sign up.

Yearbook                      

“I’m late, I’m late                      

For a very important date…”

Don’t be like the White Rabbit…

Order your Discovery Yearbook TODAY!!

Deadline June 1st!!

Contact Jennifer Taylor with questions:

jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us

The Whole Child - Social-Emotional Resources

Upcoming Events

May 8, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

Make some popcorn, attach your computer to your TV, and watch this PHENOMENAL performance of The Lion King Jr. A huge shout out to our Ms. Krupa and Ms. Neiderlander (formly Ms. Harris) and every Explorer and family member whose contribution made this outstanding show possible. We are blown away! Our deepest regret is that we can not see the musical performed live, but watching it today just goes to show the beauty that is possible when committed teachers, students, and families collaborate. Kudos to all!

A heartfelt thank you also goes to our PTA for their efforts in making this Teacher Appreciation Week one to remember! Personal touches and Explorer notes and video were just the right lift! We are proud to work with these educators and continue to be proud of all Explorers.

We will not host a Town Hall this up-coming Tuesday, but we look forward to the Tuesday evening PTA meeting.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

The Lion King Jr. Cast                                                                

Young Simba: ​Cy Coons

Simba: ​Thomas Adams

Young Nala: ​Taylor Reardon

Nala: ​Edith Labriola                        

Mufasa: ​Caleb Davis

Scar: ​Maya Umerov-Todoroki

Zazu: ​McKenna Cameron

Rafiki: ​William Dennis
Sarabi: ​Isabel Pereira

Sarafina: ​Alexandra Gomez

Shenzi: ​Eliza Conway

Banzai: ​Marcos Perez Angel

Ed: ​Grace Gagnier

Timon: ​Will Sanne

Pumbaa: ​Marley Neff

                                                

Lioness 1: ​Julie Piedrahita

Lioness 2: ​Kelsey Rucker

Lioness 3: ​Barbara Papantoniou

Lioness 4: ​Rebecca Griffin

Lioness 5: ​Finley Reese

Lioness 6: ​Claire O’Sullivan

Lioness 7: ​Nora Read

                                                

Hyena 1:​ James Jones

Hyena 2: ​Ryan Zee

Hyena 3: ​Henry Snyder

Hyena 4: ​Natalie Leung

Hyena 5: ​Mia Defalco        

                                                

Zebra 1: ​Sophia Meinert

Zebra 2: ​Lena O’Geen

Zebra 3: ​Tucker Sullivan

Antelope 4: ​Alex MacGregor

Antelope 5: ​William Martin

Antelope 6: ​Claire Higgins

Giraffe 7: ​Sophie Charlton

Giraffe 8: ​Gigi Obitts                

Giraffe 9: ​Faris Kiamie

                                                

Elephant 1: ​Owen Atkins

Elephant 2: ​Jonas Balinang

Elephant 3: ​Lauren Beller

Elephant 4: ​Mary Zidlicky

Bird 5: ​Raika Louis

                                                

Bird 6: ​Liam Zurcher

Bird 7: ​Jackman Finnerty

Bird 8: ​Brisco Ryder

Bird 9: ​Evie Nguyen

                                        

The Lion King Jr.

Crew Backstage Support

Kinsley Williams

TJ Reardon

                                                

Sound                                        

Zach Bodenstein

                                                

Microphones                                

Darius Teel

Yael Lopez Herrea

Charlie Beck

                                                

Lights                                

Liam Finkel                                

Curtains                                

Ainsley Gary

                                                

Set Design        

Nicholas Chase

Suhani Desai

Alex Perrelli

Madaline Mangi

Clara Amundson

Ava Pierce

Ashton Kim

Evan Reilly

Blake Thorsen

                

A Special Message from Encore

Thank you for participating in Virtual Field Day. Tennis Shoe Tower and Hand Wash Relay made us laugh. Please play this message for your Explorer. It features our Encore teachers and some Explorer Art.

Musical: The Lion King, Jr.

Discovery Elementary School 5th Grade Virtual Production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. is complete! We are so proud of all members of the cast and crew for their hard work on this year’s performance. Although we wish we could have performed live for you, we hope you enjoy the show!

Please note the following restrictions due to copyright:

Please enjoy the performance!

Link: https://vimeo.com/415640850

Password: LionKing2020

 

Yearbook

Thank you for your fabulous distance learning photos!!!

They have been uploaded and ready for the yearbook!  

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK...

Get your yearbook now!          

Better hurry,

Better scurry,

Before the time runs out!

They’re not that hard to find,

They’re all right here, online!

Yearbooks Available

Contact Jennifer Taylor with any questions at jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us

Mental Health Awareness Month

With the unprecedented times that we are in right now, it

is more crucial than ever to recognize the importance of mental health. One in five people experience a mental illness and many more experience challenges in their life that can affect their mental health. Modeling strong coping skills to children is so important for helping them to learn and feel empowered to be able to tackle any challenges they may face. We recognize that many parents are facing more stress than ever to encourage distance learning, while also working themselves. However, many of the things parents are already doing encourage resiliency and support mental health. Never discount the impact of small actions or mindset shifts that encourage moments of mindfulness, gratitude, kindness, and connection, which can increase positive emotions that are so important during this time.

Looking to consciously create more of these moments? Look no further!

Below are resources and activities  that may encourage a conversation in your home about the importance of mental health & resiliency:

Upcoming Events

May 1, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

Today is the first day of May and the sun is out!

We recognize that this is a challenging time for all members of our community. We understand that being away from Discovery’s students and teachers may create sadness, stress, anxiety and loneliness for your children. We have this AMAZING message for them that is sure to bring joy, smiles, laughter, giggles, cheers, and happiness! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Monday Message

Show your child our Flipgrid and invite him or her to respond.

Virtual Town Hall: Tuesday, May 5th

During our Town Hall on Tuesday, Ms. Harmon, Ms. Spierto, and Ms. Jesukiewicz will showcase their Pre-K programs. They will offer insight on how to keep learning fun with our youngest Explorers. As usual, we welcome school-wide questions here. We will begin at 11:30AM.

Bike and Walk to School AND Field Day!

Bike and Walk to School - From a Distance!

Bike and Walk to School was supposed to take place on Wednesday, May 6. We’re still planning to partner with Safe Routes to School and are encouraging students and teachers to take part in virtual biking or walking to school events outlined below. Each day has something fun planned:

Virtual Field Day!

On Friday, May 8, Discovery is joining thousands of schools from across the country and participating in a Virtual Field Day! The event is kicking off on Sunday, May 3, with a “Torch Run”. You can also check out a live “Opening Ceremonies” on May 7 at 7:30PM.

In case you haven’t noticed, we uploaded practice activities to your child’s Google Classroom (in the PE folder) for our families and students to complete. Checkout the complete Family Packet for students (and families!) to be used on May 8. Feel free to Tweet any photos at us!

K-2 Continuous Learning Plan

Please check out the below supports. The videos are fun, engaging, and align with the daily lessons.

“At Home with APS” schedule

Parent Guide to K-2 Packet

Yearbook

ORDER your 2019-2020 yearbook!!  

NEW DEADLINE is JUNE 1, 2020

Yearbooks are $15.

Order online here:  Yearbooks Available   

Contact Jennifer Taylor with any questions jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us

The Whole Child - Social-Emotional Resources

Panel from the William & Mary School of Education

Topic: Mindfulness for Families during the Pandemic

Virtual Calming Room

Miscellaneous Resources

25 Tips and Activities to Make Quarantine Fun for Children

(including making a time capsule)

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

At Tuesday’s Town Hall, we will feature a teacher from each grade level team. They will highlight their team’s learning platform and offer tips for educating children at each age level. Untethered to SOL’s and mandatory curriculum, we encourage students to embrace this time to follow their passions. Several students have shared with us amazing projects and interests. We will also highlight a few websites that have inspired Explorers. Please use this link to ask questions.

Many parents are organizing virtual playdates. It is helpful when your Discovery Directory information is up to date. It’s never too late and it’s always free.  

We understand that there is uncertainty with next year’s learning. All students have been affected by the school closing. In the fall of 2020, Teachers will meet all learners where they are and guide them through new content, as well as teach fourth quarter content. Please know this applies to our fifth graders moving onto sixth grade.

Looking forward to next fall, please know that we are going to take care of placement for your child with their next year’s teacher. We will not be able to take teacher or friend requests for class placement for the upcoming school year. Please trust us to make a proper placement for your child. We are collaborating with staff, including your child’s current teacher, Ms. Nawojchik, Encore teachers, and our coaches.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Spirit Week! We loved all your spirit and pictures!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Monday Message

Show your child our Flipgrid and invite him or her respond. We celebrated Earth Day this past Tuesday, April 22nd. Did you know that Earth Day is a global event that began in 1970?

The Whole Child - Social-Emotional Resources

Michael Swisher & the Arlington Partnership for Family, Children, and Youth

Topic: Organizing Structured Space & Limits & Expectations

How parents can protect kids’ mental health during the pandemic by Katie Hurley

My OOPSpace journal from Big Life Journal: Assembly instructions & Free printables

Podcasts for Kids - Episode 26: How to Find Beauty in Imperfection

7 Ways to Help Your Child with Perfectionism

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World by Katie Hurley

Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem by Eileen Kennedy-Moore

Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba

No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls by Katie Hurley

Happy Color - Paint by Number

Stop, Breathe & Think

At Home with APS

The first APS videos designed to bring teacher-led instruction into the homes of APS students debuted this week in kindergarten and first grade. Moving forward, the Vimeo ad YouTube video will be pushed out in Google Classroom. Next week’s video will be appropriate for second grade.  

The videos are accessible via Comcast AETV channels 70 and 1090 (HD) and Verizon FiOS AETV Channel 41. They will also be shared online via YouTube and Vimeo. Closed captioning is available on YouTube. At Home with APS is scheduled to work alongside other educational programming developed at the state and local level. The K-2 episode is repeated throughout the day for accessibility. The following links will go live tomorrow:

At Home with APS: Early Literacy Edition (Episode #1) · Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/406882119/2e6bd448bc  · YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flH05TGXGUA

Social-Emotional Learning – (Episode #1) · Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/408041606/5a62051498  · YouTube:https://yout.be/MB69_qQE4QQ

SchoolTalks will also alert parents of when the new videos are available.

 

Other resources:

April 23-24 and April 27

Schedule Target Audience Content Channel

9-10 a.m. K-12 Outside the Classroom via WJLA Comcast Channel 808 FiOS 508

10-10:30 K-2 At Home with APS: Early Literacy Edition (Episode #1) Comcast Channel 70/1090 (HD) FiOS 41

1-2 p.m. K-3 VA TV Classroom via WHRO Public Media Comcast: AETV-channels 70/1090 (HD) WETA/PBS Kids - channels 266 and 1147 FiOS: WETA/PBS Kids - Channel 472 AETV Channel 41 Over the Air: WETA-3

2-2:30 K-2 At Home with APS: Early Literacy Edition (Episode #1) Comcast Channel 70/1090 (HD) FiOS 41

5-5:30 K-2 At Home with APS: Early Literacy Edition (Episode #1) Comcast Channel 70/1090 (HD) FiOS 41

7-7:30 K-2 At Home with APS: Early Literacy Edition (Episode #1) Comcast Channel 70/1090 (HD) FiOS 41

Upcoming Events


Dear Discovery Families,

We are energized by the students’ participation in our online learning, and we are grateful for your support as we continue to navigate this uncharted territory. We thank you for participating in our third Virtual Town Hall this past Tuesday. We appreciate your feedback. We will host our next one on Tuesday, April 21st at 11:30AM. We plan to devote this time to sharing instructional resources, as well demonstrating how to access them.

This week we have participated in virtual team meetings via Microsoft Teams with all teachers, and we are pleased with the work they are doing with students and families, given the circumstances.

Please give your children our very best and let them know we miss being with them tremendously. We hope that each member of your family continues to remain safe and healthy.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Monday Message

Show your child our Flipgrid and have him or her respond! We celebrate National Poetry Month.

Stixrud Presentation:

Here’s the recording of Stixrud’s talk from last night: https://vimeo.com/408675112. Again, we thank our PTA and Whole Child Group for making this event possible. If you are interested in reading more, The Self-Driven Child is available on Amazon, including in Kindle and audiobook formats.

PTA Message

Trying to "virtually" connect with other families?: If you have not already, please create an account on the PTA's website (it's free!). Discovery’s PTA is allowing ALL parents to access the online family directory (no PTA membership required). Once you've created your account, you can access the family directory. You can likely find their information in the directory. Start here: https://discoverypta.membershiptoolkit.com/home

Please note: You MUST create/update your account via the PTA website on a computer browser. It can not be done on your phone browser or in the app. Once you have updated your account via a computer, you should have access to everything else via the app (called Membership Toolkit).

Encore Virtual Spirit Week: April 20-24th, 2020

Join Discovery’s teachers and staff by participating in Virtual Spirit Week, April 20-24th. Each day is a separate Encore subject-themed day. Discovery families and students are encouraged to post images or videos on Twitter using #DiscoveryHomeSpirit and tagging @DiscoveryAPS, as well as the designated Encore teachers for each day.

Virtual Field Day: May 8th, 2020

The PE team is planning to join “National Field Day” coordinated by OPEN Phys Ed., Friday, May 8th. This is a “virtual” Field Day with activities students complete at home. More details to come!

The Whole Child - Social-Emotional Resources

Additional Resources (re-posted):

Yearbook

ORDER your 2019-2020 yearbook!!  

NEW DEADLINE is JUNE 1, 2020

Yearbooks are $15.

Order online here:  Yearbooks Available   

PHOTO UPDATE…

Be sure to include your photos of the Virtual Encore Spirit Week, April 20-24! We will close out the link for photos on May 1st. https://photos.app.goo.gl/W2Gpuhwvf1vXdAH47

Contact Jennifer Taylor with any questions jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us

Intent to Return

Help us plan for next year by letting us know if your child(ren) is returning to Discovery next year. Please fill out this form.

Conditional Online Registration for 2019-2020

Students new to Discovery can now register for this year. We will let you know when Kindergarten registration is available.

Easy Access to 10,000+ ebooks, audio books and the APS databases - MackinVIA

How do I access MackinVIA? There are now 2 ways to access.

Due to the situation we are in, MackinVIA recently created a universal login for us.

New Simple Way - if you are looking to read shorter books in one sitting.

  • You probably want to use the new universal login.
  • Go to MackinVIA.com You will see 3 boxes. Ignore the top one and fill in the bottom 2 as seen in the image on the right.
  • Here is a quick video to guide you through it and how to search for books.

If you are looking to read a longer book. 

  • You probably want to use your regular student ID number and password and check out the book as students always have.
  • Here is a video to help.

Upcoming Events

21 April           Virtual Town Hall (11:30AM, Google Meet or MicroSoft Teams)

21 April           Virtual PTA Meeting (7-8PM)

20-24 April      Spirit Week

8 May              Virtual Field Day

Town Hall Summary 4/14/20

Good Morning Everyone!

We hope you found a creative way to staycation last week. We are grateful we had some beautiful weather. Today we have many questions on the Continuous Learning Plan that we want to answer. We also have an exciting event we want to promote. We hope you will all be able to join us for this Thursday at 7PM. We typically start meetings with celebrations, so let’s start by thanking Music Teacher Caitlin Harris and all staff for sharing their dance moves before Spring Break. That was an awesome video even if Elton John didn’t retweet it. We’ve got some other really fun spirit lifting ideas coming soon! So please stay tuned.

Dr. Bill Stixrud, author of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, will virtually meet with Discovery families on Thursday, April 16th at 7PM. This is a new time then we previously scheduled. We will send a School Talk with the link to join the session- Google Meet. Dr. Stixrud’s areas of expertise include anxiety and stress management, self-motivation, and resilience.

We thank our PTA and the WHole Child Committee for making this event possible.

Yesterday was a designated Grade Preparation Day for teachers at Virtual Discovery. Progress Reports will be made available through Parent Vue on April 29th for 1st -5th grade students. Teachers did not write personal comments because school closed five days after conferences. If there was a standard that was not taught due to closure, it was not included on the Progress Report. Please remember, you have access to all quarterly reporting standards on our website under Standard Based Reporting. Kindergarten families typically receive Progress Reports second and fourth quarter. There will be no fourth quarter Progress Report this year. Kindergarten families can have conversations with teachers about student progress up until closure. Again, Progress Reports will be live on Parent Vue on April 29th.

Our hope is that as we move forward with the APS Continuous Learning plan, your child engages in activities to receive feedback from teachers.

As a quick summary, the Continuous Learning Plan focuses on numeracy and literacy with the integration of science and social studies.

K-2 Learning is delivered by parents through paper packets available on Parent Vue and for pick up at food distribution sites. Discovery teachers will continue to hold Morning Meetings through synchronous and asynchronous means and to support the packet learning through SeeSaw and Google Classroom.

3-5 Learning is delivered by teachers through Google Classroom and Canvas. Teachers will continue to hold Morning Meetings to support social emotional connection through synchronous and asynchronous means.

For grades 3-5, learning will continue through Google Classroom and Canvas.

Office Hours: All teachers are required to hold office hours. We will publish the Office Hours on our website. If you wish to speak to a teacher during office hours, please email the teacher and they will give you a call. Please know that this is a county wide requirement and that Discovery teachers will be just as responsible as they have always been. Just keep in mind that there may be background noise or interruption as we all try to work from home.

PARENT QUESTIONS:

The guidance from APS is disappointing to say the least. It is frustrating that other districts in the area are doing guided learning and online instruction and we are not following similar structures. Is there a plan for teachers to do any guided instruction over the course of the next few months via video? We parents are aching for this for many reasons, to include greater interaction with their teachers and classmates as well as to relieve some of the burden from us as full time instructors while also working full time.

In grade 3-5, teachers will be teaching through video and posting for students to view at a time that works best for the student. This might be a video of the teacher talking to the camera, it might be a Google Slide the teacher has created with voice over, it might be the teacher writing on paper with voiceover. Teachers have gotten very creative and been able to construct doc cams with canned vegetables and iPads.

Morning Meeting is the time for students to connect with teachers and classmates. At times this will by sychronous and times asychronous.

How do you apply for Kindergarten without a scanner to scan in documents and the application to submit online?

APS is not accepting new registrations. Here is the link for information

https://www.apsva.us/registering-your-child/ 

(1:45PM) We just got word that APS has figured out remote registration. They will be sending out the information shortly.

Do you have any leeway to add social studies and science into the lessons?

Yes, the Continuous Learning Plan specifically says that science and social studies will be incorporated with choice boards that are on the APS site.

Now, this is a good time to remind people of where resources are located.

Core learning is coming from your classroom teacher.

Our Encore teachers are delivering learning through classroom teachers

Our Home Study page is still up and active. You will find Spanish, art, music, and Gifted opportunities there. Check out the Smithsonian History Explorer Activity.

In addition, you can find Science and Social Studies and Encore lessons on the APS website

When we summarize this meeting, all links to these resources will be live.

Will we be getting lessons from the encore teachers? PE/Music/Art/Spanish? 

The continuous learning plan has choices boards that are on the APS site and our teachers have been and will be checking in with your students in their Google Classrooms.

Before school closed my child was receiving a reading intervention. Will Reading Teachers be able to work with students directly to deliver interventions? 

The hard answer is no. Trust me, it pains our teachers. Our Reading Specialists have been asked to call the families they worked with and offer suggestions for parents at home. We do believe that more information on reading interventions will be forthcoming, but at this time, we do not have clearance to deliver intervention remotely. Our reading specialists care deeply about your child’s reading progress and will do their best to offer suggestions to parents.

For students who are in gifted services. Can additional content be made available? My 3rd grader is very blue about having to repeat assignments she has already mastered. Can the gifted services teacher provide some extensions (ideally through the Gifted Teacher for ease of working parents?)

Gifted material will be supplied through the classroom teacher with support from Ms. Olmsted as it is normally done during the school year. The classroom teacher and Ms. Olmsted are working together to provide students with extended learning opportunities around content that has already been taught. Your teachers will add extension opportunities into their lessons.There are also many activities on the Enrichment Opportunity Page on our Home Learning site.

For language arts and math for grades 4-5, will the teachers post on Canvas the required daily work? For math, what is a Reflection?

Fourth grade assignments will be posted in Google Classroom and fifth grade assignments will be posted through Canvas. These are the platforms the students are most familiar with. The math reflection is a question a student is asked to respond to about math learning. A second grade reflection question after a number line activity might be

If you had 100-47 what is the least amount of “hops” you can make?

For 4th grade, will teachers have lessons/review for VA studies and Science? If yes, how often?

Science and Social Studies lessons are available on the APS website. 

As the news begins to talk about opening up public restrictions, what is the status of Summer School for 2020?

APS is looking at what options there should be for summer school or before the 2021-21 school year begins. While we would not hold school for all students, options for those who may need additional support are being considered.

I realize teachers are not going to grade new material for the final term, but can you post that information as optional in case parents want to try and cover it.

Yes. Many parents have asked about VA Studies and the fourth quarter standards. You can find that on our Standards Based Assesment page.

Are there any plans to end the current school year earlier than June 19 or to start the year earlier in the Fall?

No definite plans that we can speak to right now.

How will parents register their children for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, and when will registration begin?

We will get you this information as soon as it is ready. APS is working on a plan to accept registrations.

Will my 5th grader be hearing from their science and social studies teachers (whom he adores!) again? Also, what about PE? It would be helpful to have “assignments” from Mr Duffy as well through either canvas or google classroom! My children respond better when things come as assignments from their teachers rather than “asks” from me!

Yes, Mr. Bridges and Ms. Montana . Encore teachers are also popping up in teacher’s Morning Meetings and will activities. Fifth grade teachers will adress how to see all students, not just their homeroom.

Good morning! I am very disappointed that APS has invested so much money into technology for our school, yet when the time has come to step up and use the technology in place, we are left with math video games to teach our children.

Teachers will follow the APS CLP. There is more to the plan than video games. There are some really good activities in the K-2 Math Workshop section. Our teachers are planning the math instruction for 3-5 students.

Are encore class assignments “mandatory”?

No.

Will Discovery 2nd grade teachers use technology to its full potential for our 2nd graders? I'm concerned APS lumped K-2 together as not having tech devices.

Second grade teachers will continue Morning Meetings on Google Classroom. Students will submit work and teachers will respond.

Can Discovery determine for itself whether teachers can provide synchronous or asynchronous interactions with the children?

No. Discovery can not make that decision. It has been made it very clear instruction will not be synchronous.

Will Ms. Olmstead be providing work for the students she was working with in quarter 3?

Ms. Olmsted, GT teacher, will work with teachers to provide extensions. Teachers will label extension opportunities with Extension.

Is there a list of topics for 5th graders that align with the SOLs that can be posted for parents? It would help focus additional educational time we are spending with them.

Yes. Standards-based on the Discovery website. Also VDOE lists the state standards.

What kind of preparation can the 5th grade team work to provide the 5th graders to get them ready for differences coming in middle school?

Yes. The middle school counselors did already come and talk to the fifth graders. WMS will also have their transition events.

Why can't our children's teachers interact with them more? One hour of content with minimal interaction with the teacher really is challenging for children and parents alike.

We are following the plan which DTL created based on VDOE. Also, our teachers need to be with their children.

We know that distance learning is not ideal for anyone. It’s difficult and it’s stressful. We want more than anything to be back at our building, and not at the cost of anyone’s health. I’m proud of all the staff who have worked tirelessly to connect with students. We have fun spirit lifting activities coming up and we are going to continue making the best out of this time.

We will do another Town Hall next week, but it will be a new format. We will not take and answer questions. Instead we will be sharing resources. We will walk you through some really great resources you can use to support learning at home. Please tune in if you are available.

We would like to end by reiterating our hope that you can join us Thursday evening to learn from Bill Stixrud at 7PM. Thank you PTA and the Whole Child Committee for supporting and planning this event!

Friday April 3, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

Thank you for all your support of Discovery teachers this past week. We are looking forward to unplugging next week and hope you enjoy fresh air too.

We “Will Be There For You” after Spring Break!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Weekly Message: Virtual Tour of the U.S. National Parks

Ask your Explorer to reply to this Weekly Message over Spring Break.

Dr. Bill Stixrud: Virtual Presentation After Spring Break

Dr. Bill Stixrud, author of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, will virtually meet with Discovery families on Thursday, April 16th at 7PM. This is a new time then we previously scheduled. Please look for a School Talk that will contain a link to join the session. We will use the Google Meet platform.

Dr. Stixrud’s areas of expertise include anxiety and stress management, self-motivation, and resilience. If you would like to read more about Bill Stixrud and The Self-Driven Child, including more information about the book, please access his promotional pamphlet. See also this article from Scientific American. If you are interested in purchasing the book, it is available on Amazon, including in Kindle and audiobook formats.

The Whole Child - Resources & Webinars

Gifted Referrals

We will not be having any further gifted eligibility screening meetings this year. All testing for students in grades 1,2, and 3 was cancelled for this school year.  We cannot find students eligible for Gifted services without a nationally normed universal screener. Any parent referrals already received this year will be pushed to Fall 2020. Once we begin school again, we will be given directions on when testing will take place for grades 1, 2, and 3. We will keep you posted moving forward.

Making the most of MackinVIA - now almost 10,000 ebooks, audio books and the APS databases

The majority of the new multi-user books are nonfiction.  

How do I access MackinVIA? There are now 2 ways to access.

Due to the situation we are in, MackinVIA recently created a universal login for us.

New Simple Way - if you are looking to read shorter books in one sitting.

  • You probably want to use the new universal login.
  • Go to MackinVIA.com You will see 3 boxes. Ignore the top one and fill in the bottom 2 as seen in the image on the right.
  • Here is a quick video to guide you through it and how to search for books.

If you are looking to read a longer book. 

  • You probably want to use your regular student ID number and password and check out the book as students always have.
  • Here is a video to help.

Once I am in MackinVIA, how do I search for a book?

  1. 1st option - click on the red “GROUPS” bar. There you will find ebook groups by grade levels and specific topics. We have also recently grouped some of the new multi-user ebooks.
  2. 2nd option - Use the search feature in the upper right hand corner. The Advanced Search menu will pop up below the main menu bar on the left for additional filtering.
  3. 3rd option - click on the purple categories bar in the upper left.

What else do I need to know about all this?

Yearbook

Due to COVID-19, our deadlines have extended…

ORDER your 2019-2020 yearbook!!  

NEW DEADLINE is JUNE 1st.

Yearbooks are $15…order online here:  Yearbooks Available   

PHOTO SHOUT OUT...THANK YOU!!!  We have received your fabulous distance learning photos…keep ‘em coming!  We will close out the link for photos on May 1st. https://photos.app.goo.gl/W2Gpuhwvf1vXdAH47

Contact Jennifer Taylor with any questions jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us

Upcoming Events

6-10 April Spring Break

14 April- Virtual Town Hall (11:30AM, Google Meet)

16 April- Bill Stixrud Presentation: The Self-Driven Child (7PM, Google Meet)

21 April- Virtual PTA Meeting (7-8PM)

Dear Discovery Families,

Below is a summary of the 3/31/20 Town Hall. The questions asked during the Town Hall are capurtured in the recording.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Good Morning,

We hope everyone is doing well. As more people in our area test positive, we want you to know those dealing more intimately with coronavirus are at the forefront of our hearts and minds. We appreciate this chance to gather together and hopefully create more clarity.

New this week: Teachers are virtually connecting with students. They are also making phone calls to check in with families. We’ve asked teachers to focus on building classroom community. Teachers miss their students and each other just as much as students miss their teachers and classmates.

Within the last few days, APS has stated that Microsoft Teams is the only approved platform for using with students. This contrasts with what we understood and shared with you previously. Parents, please do not reach out to teachers to ask them to use a different platform. We must follow APS directives, and we are actively seeking clarification on what we can and cannot use. We have communicated our concerns to APS, including asking about other platforms. If anything changes, we will let you know. Whatever we land on, Keith will develop instructions for everyone.

Please know that students have the capability of creating and inviting other students to Microsoft Team meetings. We just became aware of this last night. Some parents have expressed concern. Our advice is to monitor your child’s device usage. As the adults, it’s our role to monitor device usage. There are a couple of resources that may help you reinforce expected behaviors using technology at home. One is the “Be Internet Awesome” digital citizenship curriculum, available as a link on all Discovery-issued iPads, or by searching for “Be Internet Awesome” in your web browser. It is presented by Google. Another great resource is our new Expectations page on our website. Keith will now show you how to find that resource. (Ask Keith to present the Expectations page.)

One other note on technology. If you are feeling frustrated, we understand. We are also trying to become an expert on everything from Google Classroom to Flipgrid and Seesaw. It’s not something we’re  used to using every day, so we too experience frustration. But, here’s the thing, there are people here to help. I reach out to teachers, to Judy, to Keith. Please know that we are here for you.

Soon, DTL will publish the recommended number of hours and minutes for students to engage in school work per grade level, as well as what online learning will look like. In preparation, we ‘ve asked all classroom teachers pre-k - fourth to set up a Google Classroom. You as a parent can log into Google Classroom using your child’s credentials. Encore assignments for art, music, PE, and Spanish, are found inside your classroom teacher’s Google Classroom. You will also find information from instrumental music and chorus.

Moving forward we will offer times for parents and students to ask questions. We will also address CARES and our behavioral expectations when engaging with each other virtually.

Lastly, we are planning uplifting celebrations and other ways to support students. With that, let’s jump to some q and a’s. We will publish a summary of this meeting for those unable to connect now.

Q: Will Discovery (3rd grade specifically) have live virtual classroom teaching for the entire class or groups using Zoom or other technology?

A: The Department of Teaching and Learning (DTL) has directed us to use Microsoft Teams, but remember what we said a moment ago: this is a changing situation, we have expressed our concerns and asked our questions, and we are awaiting further information.

Q: Can we get a list of all learning requirements for each grade, so we know where to focus in preparation for September and our next grade?

A: Yes, this information is on our website under Standard-based. Keith will display for you how to access now.

Q: Will there be a plan for the fifth graders to do the WMS tour that was planned for April over the summer?

A: I spoke with Bryan Boykin this morning. His team will work on a plan to thoughtfully transition fifth graders. He will communicate a plan when he has one.

Q: No question - just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work! Launching a virtual school is a mammoth undertaking and to have to throw it together on the fly must be exhausting. We appreciate your hard work!

A: THANKS

Q: Have you heard about summer school plans yet?

A: Summer school is canceled. We have no summer school updates at this time.

Q: Can you narrow down all the emails/technology platforms to ONE that describes exactly what we need to do as we balance homeschooling our kids and work full time? You have too many different places to go, different platforms to log into, different websites to click on. Other school districts are doing video learning with teachers for 2 hours a day and providing email homeworks...sounds a lot more simple than what Discovery is doing.

A: Yes. All classrooms Pre-K- fourth grade are using Google Classroom. Through Google Classroom, students will use other applications, such as Flipgrid and Seesaw. All you or your child need to do is log into Google Classroom using your child's ID. Inside Google Classroom, you will see assignments from classroom and encore teachers.

Q: Can we have a schedule for the school day? Can we please work physical exercise into the schedule?

A: Yes and yes. APS is going to release information and guidance regarding the amount of time it's appropriate for students of different ages to remain on task. 

Q: Do you have any suggestions for spring break online content? Trying to balance work demands with no camp options…

A: Yes, many businesses like TKD, Karate, art, and piano are offering virtual classes. It’s a great idea for parents to share information with one another. Please, please take advantage of the resources under Enrichment Opportunities under Home Study.

Q: If live virtual teaching will not be provided, please explain what the specific barriers are as this is occurring in other schools in the area. Thank you!

A: We’ve had several meetings with Arron Gregory, our Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer, and I can share that access to technology and adult supervision are the most frequently cited concerns.

Reminders

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

Happy Friday! We hope the warm weather allows for outside exploration. We are feeling more confident and productive in our new Collaborative Learning Team meetings. APS has provided more communication technology, and we are striving to build a solid virtual classroom community as quickly as possible. Next week, teachers will use the Learning Plan provided by the Department of Teaching and Learning. We will hold our Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, March 31st at 11:30AM. We will provide overall updates and offer a chance for parents to ask questions. We ask you to submit questions here or to ask questions during the Virtual Town Hall via chat. Please look for an APS School Talk with the Google Hangout link to join the Virtual Town Hall at 11:25.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Monday Message

Ask your Explorer to reply to us on Monday! Here is our first virtual morning message on Flipgrid!

Digital Citizenship Reminder

Keith Reeves is restructuring the "Technology" section of the Discovery Website to address our new school environment. He redid the "Policies & Practices" section to include a page called "Expectations," invoking Responsive Classroom language and techniques. Several CLTs have asked about expectations, related to language, when using various applications and platforms, such as Google Classroom. We invite you to check out https://discovery.apsva.us/techexpectations/, available by navigating to Technology -> Policies & Practices -> Expectations.

We hope this is a useful resource for families to help their children stay in the Green Zone while using online learning tools.

Yearbook

While we are on this crazy, unfamiliar journey together, the yearbook team is plugging away and reserving a spread of pages to document your adventures. We hope you have fun with this...

​           ...here's where you come in...

Please drop us your 'distance learning' photos in the google photos link below for the yearbook.  Whether your children are at a desk, a table, under a tree, or riding a bike, they are learning and we want their pictures. The yearbook team hopes you are staying safe and healthy. Feel free to reach out with questions to Jennifer Taylor at jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us

Please use this link and add your photos:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/W2Gpuhwvf1vXdAH47

The Discovery Virtual Library is Open

Need access to online ebooks, eAudio books and APS databases in MackinVIA?

Where else can I find free online ebooks and eAudio books?

Social-Emotional Learning

Please check out the Student Wellness and Social-Emotional Learning portions of the Home Study webpage! In the Student Wellness section, you will find community resources, information from the APS Department of Student Services, and resources to help answer questions and address children’s worries when discussing the coronavirus and resulting closures/cancellations.

In the Social-Emotional Learning portion of the website, you will find numerous free, online resources to continue your child(ren)’s SEL practice at home, including online comics about bystander power, mindfulness/yoga videos, read alouds, and activities designed to combat anxiety, stress, and worry. There is also information for parents of students with disabilities, and instruction on how to handle a mental health emergency.

In addition, families can access curriculum materials including “home links” from Second Step/counseling lessons using these instructions. Family “activation keys” are available to access curriculum materials for each grade level. Please Note: The Second Step online dashboard provides parents with access to curriculum materials (such as visuals and songs used to accompany lessons, book lists, etc.) rather than stand-alone lessons. These resources are not intended for children to engage in on their own. The “Home Links” (Found when you click on Resources > All English Home Links) provide a summary of main lesson concepts and an accompanying activity for your child to complete.

Upcoming Events

31 March- Virtual Town Hall (11:30AM)

6-10 April Spring Break

March 23, 2020

Dear Explorer Families,

As we begin week two of building closure and working from home, we wanted to check-in with you. We hope you and your family are doing well and staying healthy. We want to encourage you to continue to do your part in not spreading the virus by staying home. We hope that all the social distancing and staying home will get us back to school sooner.

We wanted to touch base with you to make sure you have access to the current optional learning lessons. Currently, APS has asked that we stick to the two weeks of Department of Teaching and Learning lessons that are on our Home Study website. As we are now in the second week of that plan, we will finish this week by using the Department of Teaching and Learning lessons.

This morning Superintendent Cintia Johnson messaged that families should not expect direct instruction via virtual meetings. She reminded us that elementary teachers will not introduce new content when schools are closed. While virtual learning can never replace classroom instruction, teachers are providing instructional activities meant to help students maintain their skills and knowledge and prepare for what’s coming next.

At Discovery, we are working to clearly define age appropriate choices for students to engage as we move into the next phase of school closure.

At this time, we want to remind you that the lessons are optional learning opportunities. Be sure to check out the many fun and interesting learning suggestions, such as the STEM activities. On the Enrichment Opportunity page, there are activities that the whole family can participate in, such as virtual museum tours, and Broadway shows.

Teachers will work to create additional plans for the coming weeks. Please be sure to read Parent News each Friday, as this is the primary way for communication.

Please continue to take advantage of the Department of Teaching and Learning resources and other opportunities from APS:

Listening to your concerns is important to us and so I invite you to join us tomorrow, March 24, for a Virtual Town Hall at 11:30 AM to answer questions regarding learning. Look for an email invite Tuesday morning. Please feel free to submit questions in this Google form ahead of time.  

The Town Hall will be held using Google Meet, a free video conferencing platform we use. We will send the link via APS SchoolTalk upon creating the meeting Tuesday morning. Please stay tuned to the email address(es) you have on file with APS. When you log in, please mute your microphone. In the upper right-hand corner, you will see a small icon that looks like a chat bubble. Click that to open the chat “backchannel,” which we will monitor, so you can ask any and all questions that you have. You do not need to turn on your camera if you do not want to; in fact, leaving your camera toggled off will help others have a smoother experience. If you cannot join us, we will post the recorded Town Hall on the Discovery Website later on Tuesday.

Please stay safe and look for our next Friday Parent News.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

Hello! We miss seeing you and your child(ren). We recognize this has been a very unsettling time for our community and our nation. Thank you for your patience as we navigate and adjust to our new duties and responsibilities. As we end our first full week of building closure, we hope you are also adjusting to your new home reality. Together, as partners, we can support our Explorers.

We would like to provide an update on our work over the past week. Under the Department of Teaching and Learning direction, teachers fulfilled many responsibilities. Teachers:

We hope you are engaging with the resources on our Home Study page. There are many fun engaging opportunities. A personal favorite is Art Camera under the Enrichment Opportunities page. This is an excellent time to consider learner choice. Encourage your child to explore a passion. No assignments are mandatory. We are asking students to read, write, and review already learned material. Anything else would not be equitable. Please do not feel that you need to homeschool your child. This would likely feel frustrating. Remember, teachers spend the first month of school building and practicing routines, and helping students understand their role as a learner. Your child(ren) may resist you as the new primary educator. Feel free to read a story together, build a fort, or go for a bike ride. Finding a balance between encouraging skill practice and acknowledging that schools are closed, is important. All of the learning opportunities are designed for the next two weeks.

Other Discovery personnel have worked diligently to ensure all students have access to technology and basic amenities. I can not thank these folks enough. We’ve received many inquiries from people wanting to know how they can help others. We direct you to supporting the Arlington Food Assistance Center. They are in need of cash donations.

People have also kindly asked about hourly and part-time staff. Arlington is continuing to pay these members during our closure. Thank you for your concern. Lastly, we’ve welcomed a new custodian to our team. Our entire team has been more than flexible as their hours and duties have gone through several different iterations. While our building is closed, it is clean.

Both teachers and parents have asked, “What happens if school does not open April 14th?” We do not have an answer today, but know that our colleagues in APS are working on a plan. Perhaps we move into a distance learning realm? We will provide answers as soon as we can.

Let’s take advantage of the warm weather and do some outdoor learning!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy                        

Resilience

Here is an article that discusses how to help your child build resilience in the face of problems.

Enrichment Opportunities

We have added some family opportunities for watching Opera, Broadway Shows, and visiting virtual museums on our website. These are great opportunities to do things as a family. There are also some STEM challenges for students that you might also find fun to complete as a family. Please check out our learning from home page as we are adding new items as we receive them.

Social-Emotional Learning

*New Update!*

Please check out the newly-updated Student Wellness and Social-Emotional Learning portions of the Home Study webpage! In the Student Wellness section, you will find community resources, information from the APS Department of Student Services, and resources to help answer questions and address children’s worries when discussing the coronavirus and resulting closures/cancellations.

In the Social-Emotional Learning portion of the website, you will find numerous free, online resources to continue your child(ren)’s SEL practice at home, including online comics about bystander power, mindfulness/yoga videos, read alouds, and activities designed to combat anxiety, stress, and worry. There is also information for parents of students with disabilities, and instruction on how to handle a mental health emergency.

In addition, families can access materials including “home links” from Second Step/counseling lessons using these instructions. Family “activation keys” are available to access curriculum materials for each grade level. Opportunities for social-emotional growth are abundant at both home and school, and we hope your family enjoys some of the above learning opportunities together.

Ebooks, eAudio books and Databases

Access using MackinVIA app or MackinVIA.com

Connect with books, Authors and Illustrators Online

Up-coming Events

14 April - Return to School

16 April - Self-Driven Child Presentation by Bill Stixrud (6:30-8PM, Dining Commons)

22 April- Earth Day- Green Shirt Day

23 April - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM)

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

Thank you for your patience as we change, postpone, and cancel activities based on APS guidance. Staff have focused on teaching and learning, as well as the social-emotional well being of our students. In anticipation of this closing, teachers and coaches worked with the Department of Instruction to provide learning opportunities for families. Please reach out to us with any questions.

We are working on editing a virtual World Heritage Celebration video and hope to make it available soon. It saddened us to miss this event and appreciate the displays, dress, and performances. A special thank you to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and parent volunteers.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Social-Emotional Support

Current events may cause an anxious response in our children. Arlington Public Schools’ Office of Student Services has provided guidance and resources for talking with your children about the coronavirus and/or school closures. Please access the Student Wellness portion of Discovery’s Home Study web page for information about addressing social-emotional needs and talking to your children about COVID-19. See also the National Association of School Psychologists Parent Resource and information for parents from the CDC.

ASAP Walk For Homeless

Discovery has successfully raised $1,190! Our students walked on Wednesday. It’s not too late to donate. 

 

Would you still like a signed Lulu Delacre book?

Lulu Delacre - Creativity Challenge  

Yearbooks On Sale Now!

2019-2020 Discovery Yearbooks - On Sale Now!!

To get yours, click the link here...or you can find it on the Discovery homepage or Discovery PTA website. Complete the online order form. Yearbooks are $15. Contact Jennifer Taylor (Jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us) with any questions.

Up-coming Events

19 March - Committee Meetings (4PM, Various rooms)

25 March - Author/Illustrator Visit - Lulu Delacre - more found here (Library)

26 March - Lion King Jr. (7PM, Gym) (Trying to reschedule)

27 March - Lion King Jr. (7PM, Gym)

27 March - Delacre Creativity Challenge Deadline

28 March - Friendship 5K (8AM, Until You Cross The Finishline)

28 March - Lion King Jr. (3PM, Gym)

1 April - Second-grade Folk Dance Night (6:30-7:30PM, Gym)

13 April - Grade Prep Day- No School for Students

16 April - Self-Driven Child Presentation by Bill Stixrud (6:30-8PM, Dining Commons)

22 April- Earth Day- Green Shirt Day

23 April - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM)

March 6, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

Thank you for helping to make our largest fundraiser a huge success. The PTA will be sharing the final outcomes soon, but we can say for sure it was a fun, entertaining evening and proceeds will help make Discovery a better place for all Explorers. This week we have two more activities we would like to highlight. Thursday evening is Discovery’s World Heritage Night. This is an awesome opportunity to share your family's heritage with our community. We welcome food (no nuts please) and displays. It is not too late to sign up. Performers have been hard at practice and we are eager to see their creations. Discovery families represent 32 countries. We want to celebrate customs and traditions through dance, music, food tasting, and traditional dress. We hope Explorers will have fun and experience world travel without leaving the steps of their school. Help us transform the halls of Discovery and celebrate World Heritage Night.

We are also hoping you will join us the next morning for a Principal Chat to discuss phonics, spelling, and literacy instruction at Discovery. This chat is scheduled for Friday, March 13th from 9-10AM in Blue Sky Studio. Sip coffee and ask questions.

Lastly, please know that we take health and handwashing seriously. Just as we have encouraged parents to take precautions by keeping sick children home, we are taking several precautions at school to keep our community healthy. The following was distributed to all teachers from APS:

We need your help to ensure every staff member and student is educated about proper handwashing during the school day, including when and how it should occur, and why it is important. Frequent and thorough handwashing is one of the most effective ways to protect our staff, students and community from the possible spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), flu and other illnesses. We recognize schools already have established routines in place for handwashing throughout the day, and you should continue this practice.  Additionally, under the guidance of the Arlington County Public Health Division, elementary schools are specifically being directed to ensure that students wash their hands regularly, including when they arrive to school and when they leave to go home. Elementary students need more support and guidance to develop the habits of thorough handwashing.

 

Handwashing guidance, as outlined below, should be incorporated into your operating procedures and communicated to staff and students as soon as possible in your morning announcements, an assembly or other means, and reinforced frequently. Please be prepared to share how you communicated this to staff and students at your upcoming principal meetings, or as requested. The attached infographic illustrates the expectations for proper handwashing. Display it in your schools, restrooms and/or classrooms, as you see fit.

 

Handwashing Guidance (Expected for elementary but may be helpful to secondary as a reminder)

 

Everyone should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds per handwashing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available. (See five steps attached.)

 

Handwashing is expected when students arrive to school and when they leave to go home. Staff should reinforce this and model it for students. Per CDC guidance, below are additional times handwashing should occur:

 

Resources

 

Additionally, below is a link to the COVID-19 guidance that was shared with school counselors, social workers and psychologists, as mentioned in Admin Council:

 

Next Steps

COVID-19 planning is ongoing. APS continues to work closely with Arlington County Public Health Division to monitor new developments and adjust procedures accordingly. A leadership meeting is being held today to review the APS communicable disease plan and additional measures that may be necessary based on guidance from health officials. We will follow up with additional guidance and provide an update to the community following the meeting.

 

In the meantime, if you have further questions, please consult with the frequently asked questions (FAQ) webpage, or contact School & Community Relations or the Emergency Manager. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

 

Cintia Johnson, Interim Superintendent

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Self-Driven Child

Save the Date! Dr. Bill Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist and the author of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, will present to families at Discovery at 6:30PM on Thursday, April 16th. Dr. Stixrud will also be presenting to staff earlier in the evening, and the staff presentation will replace committee meetings for that day. His areas of expertise include anxiety and stress management, self-motivation, and resilience. Flyers were distributed during Parent-Teacher Conferences to advertise for the event. Read more about Bill Stixrud and The Self-Driven Child, including more information about the book. See also this article from Scientific American. If you are interested in purchasing the book, it is available on Amazon and in most bookstores, and will also be available for purchase during the event on April 16th - Discovery is planning to partner with the local bookstore One More Page Books. Child care will also be available during the event.

March is Youth Art Month

Strong arts, strong schools! Please join us in celebrating Youth Art Month through a variety of performances and displays throughout APS. More information can be found here. Our very own production of Lion King Jr. is selling tickets now!! (You can buy tickets before and after school in the main lobby).

 on Sale!

Musical tickets are currently on sale every weekday from 8:30-9:00 and 3:40-4:00. A table will be set up inside the main entrance. Tickets cost $3 (cash or check made out to Discovery Elementary School). We are currently limiting the amount of tickets per show to 10 tickets/show per family. If you have any questions or concerns, please email kathleen.krupa@apsva.us.

A-SPAN Walk

On March 11, 2020, students will participate in the A-SPAN Walk to End Homelessness, as we do each year at Discovery Elementary School. The “recommended registration fee” is $20, but any amount is welcome and we are grateful for it! To pledge online, visit www.a-span.org and click the “Donate” button in the top right corner. Be sure to list “Discovery AND Classroom Teacher Name” in the special purpose box near the bottom of the page, to make sure your donation counts toward our tally!

Extended Day

The Extended Day Program has adjusted the registration process to make it easier for families based on input received from the community and best practices in other school divisions. Registration runs April 1-15 for returning families, guaranteeing slots for students currently enrolled. Registration for new families begins April 16. For more details on registration, visit the Extended Day Program webpage.  

Club Photos & Grade 5 Class Photo

On Thursday, March 12th students will smile for the camera. We will take club photos and the Grade 5 class photo on this day. We remind Grade 5 students to wear their promotion T-shirt.

APSGo! Survey Goes Live Next Week

Please complete the 2020 triennial APSGo! Survey. The survey window is March 2-April 3, 2020. Parents will receive an email with the link to take the survey, but you can also access it on the APSGo Survey page. This survey helps APS understand how students, families and staff commute to and from school. APS uses information from these surveys to develop plans and programs that increase safety, reduce traffic congestion, and improve air quality around schools.

Up-coming Events

6 March - Middle School Course Request Forms Due

11 March - Early Release Day

11 March - A-SPAN Walk (12:45-1:15PM)

12 March - Club Photos and Fifth Grade Class Photos

12 March - World Heritage Night (6:30PM-8PM)

13 March - Principal Chat- Phonics & Spelling Instruction at Discovery (9-10AM, Blue Sky Studio)

19 March - Committee Meetings (4PM, Various rooms)

25 March - Author/Illustrator Visit - Lulu Delacre - more found here (Library)

26 March - Lion King Jr. (7PM, Gym)

27 March - Lion King Jr. (7PM, Gym)

27 March - Delacre Creativity Challenge Deadline

28 March - Friendship 5K (8AM, Until You Cross The Finishline)

28 March - Lion King Jr. (3PM, Gym)

1 April - Second-grade Folk Dance Night (6:30-7:30PM, Gym)

13 April - Grade Prep Day- No School for Students

16 April - Self-Driven Child Presentation by Bill Stixrud (6:30-8PM, Dining Commons)

22 April- Earth Day- Green Shirt Day

23 April - 5th Graders Visit Williamsburg Middle School

23 April - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM)

February 28, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

This week we celebrated Kindness Spirit week. Hopefully, it got us in the mood for dressing up in 1920’s garb for the auction. Bidding has already begun! We are sure you have heard that there is no school for students on March 3rd due to Super Tuesday. We look forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday and Friday of this next week.

Kind regards,

Erin and Judy

Principal Chat

Please join us for a Principal Chat to discuss phonics, spelling, and literacy instruction at Discovery. This chat is scheduled for Friday, March 13th from 9-10AM in Blue Sky Studio.

Sponsoring Students for Summer Camps

Discovery would like to sponsor students to attend summer camps. If you’d like to sponsor a student, please send your donation to the main office, attention to Dr. Seeber, by Friday, March 6th.

Now due Wed. March 4: Lulu Delacre book order forms

Lulu Delacre - Creativity Challenge  

The Whole Child - Community Events

Mental Health 101: Navigating Mental Health Services For Your Child or Adolescent

Thursday, March 5th; 7- 9 pm; Cost: Free; Light refreshments will be served

Location: The Ross Center, Tyson’s Corner, Auditorium - 1st Floor

    1595 Spring Hill Rd, Vienna, VA 22182

To register, please go to: //www.rosscenter.com/event/mentalhealth101/ or call: 703-687-6610

Please join The Ross Center and Fusion Academy - Tysons for an interactive discussion to help

understand and navigate the continuum of child and adolescent mental health services. An overview of assessment and treatment options will be presented, including:

• Different types of therapy and how to choose a therapist

• Psychiatry, and a when a psychiatric evaluation or medication should be considered

• Psychological and neuropsychological testing and how to determine which test is necessary

Following the presentation there will be an interactive Q and A. Ross Center psychologists, Stephanie Posner, PsyD, Christina Tripodi-Mitchell, PsyD, and psychiatrist Daniel Pine, MD., will facilitate the discussion.

For more information please contact: Laurie Stern at LStern@rosscenter.com or 703-687-6610

Ann-Marie Stripling at AStripling@fusionacademy.com or 352-562-5088

Up-coming Events

29 Feb - PTA Auction (7PM- Midnight, Knights of Columbus)

5-March - Early Release

5 March -Parent Teacher Conferences (2:00-4PM)

6 March - Parent Teacher Conferences (8:30AM-4PM)

6 March - Middle School Course Request Forms Due

11 March - Early Release Day

11 March - A-SPAN Walk (12:45-1:15PM)

12 March - World Heritage Night (6:30PM-8PM)

13 March - Principal Chat-Phonics & Spelling Instruction at Discovery (9-10AM, Blue Sky)

27 March - Delacre Creativity Challenge Deadline

28 March - Friendship 5K (8AM, Until You Cross The Finishline)

1 April - Second-grade Folk Dance Night (6:30-7:30PM, Gym)

13 April - Grade Prep Day- No School for Students

22 April- Earth Day- Green Shirt Day

23 April - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM)

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 February 21, 2020

Dear Discovery Families,

We continue to receive many students with fevers at 9AM. Please help us stop the spread of illness. If you suspect your child is sick, keep them home. If there is a confirmed fever, please follow APS guidelines.

Thank you to the parents who met with us yesterday. There are many upcoming activities. Join us Sunday for Share the Love at 1PM. Get excited for the Kindness Spirit Week that starts Monday. Look forward to the Discovery Auction and so much more!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

World Heritage Night!

At Discovery Thursday, March 12th at 6:30 - 8pm.

Fun, Food, Fashion and more...

There will be spaces for families to display their familial culture, provide food for all to taste, a performance stage, and an exciting fashion show this year as well.

We will need your help to pull this off once again!

Last Year’s Festivities

Never Too Small

We thrilled to share the news that Mason Mirabile's film about climate change, Never Too Small, won 2nd place in the Film Production, Intermediate Division (grades 3-5) at the Northern Virginia PTA Reflections contest (the district-level contest)!  

A-SPAN Walk to End Homelessness in Arlington 

Discovery’s annual A-SPAN walk to help end homelessness in Arlington is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11th. We encourage students and families to donate through the following link. Be sure to click on the “$20.00 Discovery” button.

In the past, we’ve raised $2389 in 2017, $1665 in 2018, and $1945 in 2019. Our fundraising goal for 2020 is $2500! The Discovery Walk goal of $2500 will provide the funds necessary to purchase everyday household furnishings and supplies for five A-SPAN clients transitioning from the streets to a home. This will help A-SPAN turn an empty 1-bedroom apartment into a cozy place to call home. $3000 will help with the A-SPAN “Make it a Home Fund” that helps clients transition from homelessness to a home, from streets to stability. Think mattresses, pillows, bedframe, lamps, love seat, kitchen tables, cleaning supplies. Think Shower curtains and cleaning supplies. $3000 will also help their next 5 clients move into an apartment and have the everyday things we all need. These funds also allow clients of A-SPAN to purchase items for apartments so individuals have a place to eat, sleep, and rest.

 

Discovery In the News

Washington Kids Post

The Lion King Jr.: Ticket Sales

Tickets for the 5th Grade Spring Musical, Disney’s The Lion King Jr., will go on sale on Monday, March 2nd. Tickets will be sold before school from 8:30-9:00 am and after school from 3:30-4:00 pm. We will also sell tickets during afternoon extended day on 3/4, 3/10, and 3/18. Each family is limited to purchasing 10 tickets per performance. Tickets are $3 (cash or check). Buy your tickets early because we are likely to sell out!

Yearbook Online Order

2019-2020 Discovery Yearbooks - On Sale Now!!

To get yours, click the link here...or you can find it on the Discovery homepage or Discovery PTA website. Complete the online order form. Yearbooks are $15. Contact Jennifer Taylor (Jennifer.taylor2@apsva.us) with any questions.

https://discovery.apsva.us/post/yearbooks-available/

Author & illustrator Lulu Delacre visits Wed March 25  

Book Order forms for Lulu Delacre - Due Tues. March 3

Kindness Month!

We hope you and your children have been enjoying completing the weekend challenges from the Kindness Calendar! Students showcase which challenges they’ve completed (either at home or school) by adding a star sticker to that challenge on the Kindness is Out of this World bulletin boards to celebrate their kind deed :)

Also, save the date for Kindness Spirit Week the last week of February!

Feb 24         It's cool to be kind: Wear a winter hat or scarf.

Feb 25                Try to be a rainbow in someone’s else’s cloud: Wear colorful clothing

Feb 26                Team Kindness: Wear Orange to unite against bullying & stand up for others

Feb 27                Tied together by kindness: Wear tie-dye and/or a necktie

Feb 28                Celebrate each other’s differences: Wear mismatched clothing

Upcoming Events

23- Feb - Share the Love Event (1-3PM)

24 Feb - Eco-Action Meeting (8:50AM, Dining Commons)

24-28 Feb - Kindness Spirit Week!

29 Feb - PTA Auction (7PM- Midnight, Knights of Columbus)

6 March - Middle School Course Request Forms Due

12 March - World Heritage Night (6:30PM-8PM)

28 March - Friendship 5K (8AM, UniYou Cross The Finishline)

1 April - Folk Dance Night (6:30-7:30PM)

20 April - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM