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Discovery Elementary

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Arlington VA 22207

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February 6, 2023

Dear Discovery Families,

APS celebrates all crossing guards from February 6-10th. Discovery and Williamsburg will shower Maria Martinez and Mirna Canas with gift cards to express our appreciation from Starbucks and Target. Thank you Discovery PTA for making this happen! Please send all notes of appreciation to Dr. Seeber by COB on Tuesday, and she will deliver the notes and gift cards to Maria and Mirna on Wednesday morning!

Please know that it has been a challenging school year for ACPD to keep its crossing guard staffing levels consistent, as ACPD is experiencing vacancies and does not have a substitute bench.

We look forward to tomorrow’s PTA meeting at 7PM.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

We Need Your Help

Each year schools create Management Plans based on the needs of the school that align with school board priorities. One of our goals is to increase family engagement opportunities. Our success will be measured by the 2024 Your Voice Matters survey data. Please take a moment to give us feedback. The below survey is only three questions and we will use the data to inform our next steps.

Goal:

By 2024, at least 90% of APS families will respond favorably on student and family engagement on the Your Voice Matters survey results.

Strategies:

Expand Parent opportunities: Coffee Talks by grade level and topic

World Heritage Celebration revamp

Room parents as new family ambassadors

Increase family engagement opportunities with staff at Discovery Ex: Vetern’s Day Performance and Meet and Greet, Choir concerts, Earth O Rama

Parent Engagement Survey

Kindness Month Begins Today! (2/6)

For those of you who are new to the Discovery community, every year throughout the month of February, Discovery explorers & staff join forces to prioritize and focus on kindness!

True kindness is shared with others even when there is no one else to witness or compliment the kind act, and we want to encourage this altruism in our students. Hence, this month’s theme… Kindness Undercover! Students are secret kindness agents on a mission… To shower another classroom at Discovery with kind acts throughout the month, all without getting caught!

This morning, there was a special announcement on the news show to kickstart Kindness Month! 🕵️ Special Agents Nawojchik & Bisbee then made a delivery of some classified documents: Each class’s kindness target (the classroom that will be receiving their kind actions all month - which must remain TOP SECRET) & their kindness challenge for the week.

Next week, the fun continues with an additional kindness challenge & Kindness Spirit Week:

Glen Mourning Celebrates Black History Month With Discovery (Courtesy of Diversity and Inclusion Committee)

Author, educator and youth empowerment speaker Glen Mourning is an award winning educator and creator of the nationally recognized children’s series “Crunchy Life”. He is also the founder of the educational nonprofit Generation Forward Inc. Some of his endeavors include facilitating parent literacy workshops to support with closing the achievement gap in America and running youth groups in cities around the US. To date he has visited over 70 elementary, middle and high schools in America and has sold over 10,000 copies of his books. Crunchy Life ties in real life scenarios and includes creative renditions and spin offs of some of your favorite fairy tales. For more information visit his website at www.glenmourningcares.com

Diversity and Inclusion

Hello Discovery Explorers,

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee would like to acknowledge that February is Black History Month!

Black History Month

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee would like to acknowledge that Black History Month is celebrated the entire month of February every year in the U.S.  It is also referred to as African-American History Month.  This event originally began as “Negro History Week,” in 1926 and was created by Carter G. Woodson, a noted Black Harvard-trained historian, scholar, educator and publisher; and other prominent Black people to recognize their role in U.S. history.

This annual celebration originally took place during the second week of February because it coincided with the birthdates of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1976, the bicentennial of the United States, then President Gerald R. Ford expanded the week into a full month so as to seize the opportunity to honor the contributions and legacy of Black people across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers to leaders in industry, politics, science, culture and more; and to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black people in every area of endeavor throughout our history.  

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.  The Black History Month theme for this year 2023, is “Resistance.”  The goal of this theme is to explore historical company research by featuring historic Black barbers who resisted the status quo by supporting black education and civil rights movements.  Also to celebrate how African Americans worked collectively to serve and strengthen their communities, often “Making A Way Out of No Way.”

Although Black History Month originated in the U.S. it has now received official recognition from other countries and governments around the world, including Canada and more recently Ireland and the United Kingdom.  The Canadian theme for 2023 is “Ours to Tell,” which reminds us that we each have a story that is worthy of being shared, of being heard, and of being honored.  

The colors representing Black History Month are red, yellow, green and black.  Red symbolizes the blood of innocent Black lives that have been shed throughout history.  Yellow represents optimism, justice and equality for everyone.  Green symbolizes Africa’s rich greenery and other natural resources.  Black represents resilience.

Celebrating Black History Month provides an opportunity to highlight the best of Black History and Culture.  The Diversity & Inclusion Committee will be hosting a variety of activities throughout the month.  There will be displays throughout the Discovery building along with morning announcements to highlight Black people and there will be information on books as well on display in the library.  We will also host an optional virtual school movie night with discussion questions for families to use at their discretion.  More information to follow….

Rosa Parks Day

Rosa Parks Day is in honor of the civil rights leader.  As of 2023, all of the states in the U.S. do not acknowledge this holiday - so far there are only five that do.  It is celebrated in California and Missouri on her birthday, February 4th.  In Michigan on the first Monday after her birthday, and in Ohio and Oregon on the day she was arrested for the bus boycott on December 1st.  

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated around the world in February each year,  this year marks the 20th SID celebration and will take place on February 7th.  The 2023 slogan is “Together for a better internet.”  The goal is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones and to get people talking about what they want their internet to look like, and hope it will help people understand and embrace their role in creating a better internet for all.  From cyber bullying to social networking to digital identity, SID aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International Day of Women and Girls in Science is February 11th.  It’s a day to reflect on the significant gender gap that has persisted over the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world.  Women are underrepresented in these fields.  Gender equality is a core issue for the United Nations, and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution to the economic development of the world.  The goal is to increase access and participation of women and girls in education, training and science and technology, and for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.  “Bringing everyone forward for sustainable and equitable development.”  Innovate. Demonstrate. Elevate. Advance. Sustain.  (I.D.E.A.S.)

Enjoy your week!

Tia Alfred, Diversity and Inclusion Chair (Mom of Mathias, 5th grader) 2/6/2023

Social & Emotional Learning Resources

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2023 (Feb. 6-10), sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the essential contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve school success. School counselors help students with academic achievement strategies, managing emotions, applying interpersonal skills, and planning for postsecondary options. Learn more about the role of this essential profession: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/role

Here at Discovery, our school counselors are: Claire Nawojchik who is at Discovery 5 days a week and works primarily with kindergarten, third, fourth, and fifth graders & Kelynne Bisbee who is at Discovery 2 days a week and works primarily with first and second graders. Both Ms. Nawojchik and Ms. Bisbee provide Tier 1 support to all students via monthly classroom lessons on social-emotional topics, and Tier 2 support via individual counseling, small group counseling, Student Support Team meetings, and consultation with teachers and parents. Over the past year, Ms. Nawojchik and Ms. Bisbee have provided Tier 2 counselor support to 319 of Discovery’s 482 K-5 students, or approximately 66% of the Discovery population. Counselors are here to help!

Easily order books by visiting author Susan Hood by 2/28

Purchase Discovery Apparel by Feb 12th!

In need of a new tie-dye for Nana, athletic shorts for Girls on the Run, a golf polo for hubby, or an umbrella for your patrol? We gotta covered. Check out this year’s Spirit Wear, aka Discovery Apparel, there are lots of ways to show your Explorer pride!

Our merchandise ordering system will follow the Scholastic book order model: you will have a window of time to place an order; when the window closes, items will be shipped and then distributed to your student at school. The order window is open until Sunday, February 12th.

Upcoming Dates:

February 7- PTA Meeting 7-8PM Dining Commons

February 8 - Early Release - professional learning for staff

February 12 - Share the Love Event (1-3PM, Dining Commons)

February 13-17 - Kindness Spirit Week!

February 17 - Spirit Day - Grade Level T-shirts

February 17 - Glen Mourning Author Visit Sponsored by Diversity and Inclusion

February 20 - Presidents’ Day Holiday

Share the Love Correction

Shannon Dippold’s email is shannonmichele23@gmail.com

January 30, 2023

Dear Discovery Families,

Our string students did a wonderful concert at Nottingham. Thank you Mr. Glasner. We look forward to the band concert at Discovery. It’s never too late to try an instrument. Have your child speak to Mr. Glasner if interested. Parents, our teachers used today to write progress report comments and assign Meeting or Approaching Mastery to reporting standards. Please know that progress reports will be available in ParentVue on February 17th. The progress report is a snapshot in time, and due to the delay, may not contain current data. We look forward to spring conferences coming up in March.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Share the Love

Join us on February 12th (from 1-3pm in Dining Commons) for Discovery’s Share the Love event where kids and parents gather to give back to our community. It’s a lot of fun to assemble needed supplies for area non-profits including AFAC, Clothesline, DC Diaper Band and more. We will also collect used sports equipment and gently used books. Check the PTA website to see our non-profit partners’ wishlists before the event and to make donations. Email Shannon Dippold shannonmichele@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out with the event.

Social & Emotional Learning Resources

Upcoming Dates:

February 1- Fifth Grade Band Performance (7PM, Discovery)

February 7- PTA Meeting 7-8PM Dining Commons

February 8 - Early Release - professional learning for staff

February 12 - Share the Love Event (1-3PM, Dining Commons)

February 17 - Spirit Day - Grade Level T-shirts

February 17 - Glen Mourning Author Visit Sponsored by Diversity and Inclusion

February 20 - Presidents’ Day Holiday

January 23, 2023

Dear Discovery Families,

There were many celebrations last week. Congratulations to our Reflections winners who we celebrated at Washington Liberty High School on Tuesday. The big screen brought their artistic works to life. We also had the opportunity to attend the Pyramid Choir Concert at Yorktown High School. We hope all our artists continue to follow their passions and stay involved with the arts. The week ended with a full house at PTA Bingo on Friday evening. The second quarter is coming to an end. We remind you that teachers are working on Progress Reports on Monday and there is no school for students.

On Wednesday, you are invited for morning coffee at 9AM to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Discovery.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Easily order books online for author Susan Hood event

Please note - in the notes section at checkout, please include:

Not sure which book to order?

You will find information on each book on the website. You can also swing by the library to see the books or view a video below - the quality of the videos does vary.

“The Tooth Mouse”  “Look! I Can Read!”  “Double Take!”                               

“Spike the Mixed-up Monster”  “The Last Straw”  “We Are One”  “The Fix-it Man”  “Rooting For You”    “Leaps and Bounce”

 “Ada’s Violin”  “Brothers in Arms”   “Titan and the Wild Boars”  “Shaking Things Up”       

 “Lifeboat 12”    “Alias Anna”   “Harboring Hope”

Discovery Merchandise: Order before February, 12th

Check out our new Discovery merchandise! From running shorts and tie-dye shirts to fleece sweatshirts and umbrellas, there are lots of ways to show your Explorer pride!

The new merchandise ordering system follows the Scholastic book order model. You have a window of time to place an order. When the window closes, items are shipped and then distributed to your student at school. There will be multiple opportunities to order throughout the school year. The first order window is open until Sunday, February 12th.

Ongoing Creativity Challenges at Discovery

Diversity and Inclusion

Hello Discovery Explorers,

Happy New Year from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee!  We hope that everyone enjoyed their Winter Break, New Year’s Day and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day holiday as well as the following observances.  Also, it’s currently Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is the grandest ancient traditional festival, also known as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival.  This festival represents the beginning of Spring and the arrival of the New Year.  Each year has a corresponding animal from the Chinese zodiac, based on ancient mythology.  This is the “Year of the Rabbit” and it kicked off on January 22, 2023.  The holiday is filled with rich culture and tradition that centers around the hope for good fortune and prosperity.  The date differs each year based on the cycle of the moon, but is always between January and February.  The celebration lasts up to 16 days, and will reach its peak with the Lantern Festival on February 5, 2023.  

Global Family Day/World Peace Day

Global Family Day is on the first day of the year.  It’s a time to renew or make the commitment toward living in peace and speaking out against violence.  This day starts the year off with a positive message of unity to the world.

World Braille Day

World Braille Day is observed on January 4, and is celebrated to honor the birth of Braille’s inventor, Louis Braille.  This is a day when organizations around the world spread awareness for braille and other forms of communication.  Braille’s gift to the world has positively affected people who are blind or visually impaired; and this day acknowledges that those with visual impairments deserve the same standard of human rights.  Braille is not a language, but it is an alphabet that can be used to write almost any language.  There’s a version for math and science called the Nemeth Code.  Pay attention to ATMs, elevators, calculators, and signs.  Also, now there are toys in Braille.

World Religion Day

World Religion Day was on January 15, 2023.  It is celebrated on the third Sunday in January and came to be in 1950.  It is celebrated to promote understanding and peace and to encourage people to learn about other faiths and their roles in society.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, and the holiday in his honor is celebrated on the third Monday in January.  It remembers and honors his life and legacy.  Dr. King stood for Peace/Non-violence, Love and Equality!  Recognition of his birthdate is also a celebration of Human Rights.

National Day of Racial Healing

The National Day of Racial Healing is intentionally the day after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in order to provide a day of reflection regarding the pursuit for racial equity.  The aim of this day is to create a brighter future, support and build communities, and to take the steps to create transformative change.

National Birth Defects Awareness Month

National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month is recognized in January!  It is intended to raise awareness about birth defects and highlight efforts to improve the health of people living with conditions across their lifespan.  Join the nationwide effort to raise awareness and the impact on individuals, parents and families on Social Media #BirthDefects and #AcrosstheLifeSpan

Mental Wellness Month

January is National Mental Wellness Month.  Although millions of people are diagnosed with mental illness, only a small percentage receive proper treatment.  When untreated, mental illness symptoms can worsen and interfere with all aspects of life.  This is why bringing awareness about mental illness and the treatments available is important!  This is a time to bring awareness to mental health disorders, break the stigma, and encourage people to seek help.  

We try to recognize a variety of diverse observances as often as we can.  Please know that we have a lot of ground to cover during the remainder of this school year.  Again, also remember that we can all do our part to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and accessibility in the Discovery community!!  

Enjoy your week!

Tia Alfred, Diversity and Inclusion Chair (Mom of Mathias, 5th grader) 1/23/2023

Library Services Program Evaluation

 

The Department of Planning and Evaluation in the APS is conducting a Library Services Program Evaluation and looking for feedback from famiies/parents/guardians. Participation is voluntary and all responses are aggregated and kept confidential. Individual responses will not be reported or shared.  If you have students at more than one school, please complete one survey for each school. You can access the short survey with the information below.

 

Elementary Family Survey Link: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/LibElemParents

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Secondary Family Survey Link: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/LibSecParents

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Interested in Volunteering at Discovery?

On Wednesday, January 25th, we are hosting a volunteer information session to share the volunteer process and the type of volunteer opportunities at Discovery. Please join us for coffee and doughnuts from 9-10AM in the main hallway.

Please contact Anna Senn, Discovery’s Volunteer & Partner Liaison, if you have any questions.

Anna.Senn@apsva.us

(703) 228-2786

Upcoming Dates:

January 25 - Volunteering Info Session (9AM, Main Hallway)

January 26 - Fifth Grade Band Performance (7PM, Nottingham)

January 27 - End of Second Quarter

January 30 - No school for students - grade prep day

February 1- Fifth Grade Band Performance (7PM, Discovery)

February 7- PTA Meeting 7-8PM Dining Commons

February 8 - Early Release - professional learning for staff

February 12 - Share the Love Event (1-3PM, Dining Commons)

February 17 - Spirit Day - Grade Level T-shirts

February 17 - Glen Mourning Author Visit Sponsored by Diversity and Inclusion

February 20 - Presidents’ Day Holiday

January 9, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

Welcome to 2023 - the year of creativity here at Discovery! Encourage your Explorer to participate in the Maker Challenge or the 30 Day Challenge. We had a great start to the new year last week. Exciting news includes 4th and  5th graders celebrating Ovechkin’s 802 record breaking goals this Friday. We also welcomed new teachers to Discovery. It only gets better!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Please Welcome!

We welcomed Hunter Ward Special Education Teacher to our team.

We also welcomed Kevin Talavera to our Special Education Assistant team.

CARES Monthly Focus: Self-Control

Happy January! We will be using this month to focus on self-control. Responsive Classroom defines self-control as students’ ability to recognize and regulate their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to be successful in the moment and remain on a successful trajectory. Self-control also involves delayed gratification - The ability to resist immediate temptations, and avoid acting on impulse, in order to achieve more important goals, such as learning or being kind. The Marshmallow Test shows a classic example of self-control in action.

The following books focus on self-control:

2023 is the Year of Creativity here at Discovery!

How can you be more creative in 2023? Two options

  1. Maker Challenge

  1. Make your Own 30 - Day Creativity Challenge

CogAT AND NNAT test results

All first grade students took the NNAT, a universal screening test, in November.  All second grade students and any student in grades 3-5 who hadn’t taken the CogAT, another universal screening test, took the test in mid November. The results from these testa are one data point that is used during the screening process for gifted services.  

The test results have been loaded into Parent Vue for you to view. Here is the link to a recorded session from the Fall with information about Gifted Services in APS.  

Please email Discovery’s RTG, Tammy Stoker (tamatha.stoker@apsva.us) if you have any further questions.  

Social & Emotional Learning Resources

In this novel, parent-based treatment, YOU participate in the group sessions, not your child. SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions), is an evidence-based program that teaches parents how to supportively and appropriately respond to their child’s anxiety through changes in their own behaviors.

Instead of helping your child avoid anxiety-provoking stimuli, you’ll learn new ways to engage that encourage confronting, rather than avoiding their fears. You can expect to gain confidence in parenting your anxious child and develop the tools to effectively address your child’s anxiety. As you develop new skills, your child will become better able to cope with anxiety.

WMS Academic Planning Information Night

Williamsburg Middle School is hosting an Academic Planning Information Night on Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 pm in their auditorium. 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 a great opportunity for rising 6th grade families to find out more about WMS! You can look through some Frequently Asked Questions before the session at this link. You can also follow the Williamsburg Middle School Counseling Department on Twitter @WilliamsburgCSD

Middle School Transition Timeline - Re-post!

More information:

Upcoming Dates:

January 10 - Eco Action (Dining Commons, 8:45-9:30 AM)

January 12 - WMS Academic Planning Information Night (WMS Auditorium, 6:30 PM)

January 13 - Spirit Day- Favorite Color Day

January 13- 4th and 5th grade field trip to Kettler Iceplex

January 16 - Make Your Own 30 Day Creativity Challenge starts - ends Feb. 14

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr Day- No School

January 18 - PTA Restaurant Night- Arlington Kabob

January 20 - Military Family Coffee (9-9:30AM, Blue Sky Studio)

January 20 - PTA Bingo Night (6-7:30, Dining Commons)

January 26- Fifth Grade Band Performance (7PM, Nottingham)

January 27 - End of Second Quarter

January 30 - No school for students - grade prep day

February 1- Fifth Grade Band Performance (7PM, Discovery)

February 7- PTA Meeting 7-8PM Dining Commons

February 8 - Early Release - professional learning for staff

February 12- Share the Love Event 12-2PM

February 20 - Presidents’ Day Holiday

Dear Discovery Families,

It’s hard to believe this is our last Discovery News of 2022. While the highlights are too numerous to list, please know we enjoyed gathering as a community at our PumpkinFest, Choir Performance, Trivia Night, and World Heritage Food Tasting Celebration. On Friday, we celebrated brave artists at the PTA Reflections Celebration. We wish everyone a wonderful winter break and look forward to seeing your children in 2023!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

‘Show Your Voice’ PTA Reflection Celebration

Fifth Grade Teacher Change

We will communicate directly with the families of Heather Creelman, but wanted to make the entire community aware that she will leave Discovery after the winter break. We have secured Alex Upshaw as her replacement. She is familiar with our students and will shadow Ms. Creelman to ensure a seamless transition. We will invite the families in Ms. Creelman’s class to a virtual Town Hall tomorrow to meet Ms. Upshaw.

2023 is the Year of Creativity here at Discovery

Diversity and Inclusion

Hello Discovery Explorers,

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee just wanted to acknowledge that we have some very important holidays to celebrate over the upcoming Winter Break:

Christmas and Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day:

CHRISTMAS (December 25, 2022)

HANUKKAH (December 18 - 26, 2022)

KWANZAA (December 26, 2022 - January 1, 2023)

NEW YEAR’S DAY (January 1, 2023)

APS WINTER BREAK (December 19, 2022 - January 1, 2023)

No matter what you celebrate, we wish you a safe Winter Break! If any other holidays, observances, or celebrations that are important to our Discovery community we missed, please just let us know because it is definitely NOT intentional. Again, please remember that we can all do our part to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and accessibility in the Discovery community!!  

Please enjoy your time off and stay warm. See you next year…

Tia Alfred, Diversity and Inclusion Chair (Mom of Mathias, 5th grader) 12/12/2022

Upcoming Dates

December 13- Eco Action(Dining Commons, 8:45AM-9:30AM)

December 16- Spirit Day- PJ Day

January 10- Eco Action (Dining Commons, 8:45-9:30AM)

January 13- Spirit Day- Favorite Color Day

January 20- Military Family Coffee (9-9:30AM, Blue Sky Studio)

January 20- PTA Bingo Night (6-7:30, Dining Commons)

Dear Discovery Families,

There is still time to write letters for Kim Cherry Discovery’s selection as Teacher of the Year and Jasmin Te Tan as Support Employee of the Year. Both educators opened Discovery in 2015, and serve our students with disabilities. Their expertise and talent are most deserving of recognition! You may submit letters to Dr. Healy at Erin.Healy@apsva.us.

Thank you for your generous donation to our PTA Coat Drive. The PTA has over 80 coats. The PTA Gift Card Drive ends on Friday. Please consider making a donation to assist Discovery Explorers this holiday season. Our main office staff is collecting gift cards.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Picture Make Ups December 9

Retake and Makeup Picture Day is December 9th! 

This photo day is for students who were absent, are new to the school, or who are not happy with their original package. Pictures that were ordered before Picture Day were sent home last week. Students are required to return their original package to the photographer on retake day. 

Anyone who has not ordered can still do so using the link below :

 

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000954860

 

Regional Crisis Services

Last week, the Parent Resource Center (PRC) hosted an education opportunity with representatives from various crisis services providers. Please see below for links to the slide deck, recorded session, and handouts for REACH and CR2 (in English and Spanish).

Presenters include: Jamii Prem Das (Bureau Director, Children’s Behavioral Health); Arnecia Moody (Client Services Entry Bureau Director, Behavioral Health); Suzanne Schuler (Emergency Services); India Diggins (Emergency Services); Andrea Trace (Diversion First); Kara Chevlin (CR2); Liv O’Neal (REACH); Laura Clark (PRS; Regional Crisis Call Center)

Materials:

PTA Hot Chocolate And Cookie Station: Contributions Needed

 

To show appreciation for Discovery teachers and staff during the holiday season, the PTA is hosting a hot chocolate and cookie station on Tuesday, December 13th. We need your help to supply delicious treats: SignUp Genius 

Bake a family favorite, try a new recipe, or pick up a festive item from the store! We are hoping to have enough to allow staff to fill a small bag to take with them. Please ensure all items are NUT FREE. We would appreciate gluten free options as well.

Middle School Transition Timeline

More information:

Diversity and Inclusion

 Hello Discovery Explorers,

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee just wanted to acknowledge a few recent and/or current observances.  Although a few have already passed, we don’t want to leave out Rosa Parks Day on December 1st (and two days in February in some states), Special Education Day on December 2nd, and International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd.

ROSA PARKS DAY -

This holiday was created by the Michigan State Legislature and first celebrated in 1998 to honor the civil rights leader.  It is currently only celebrated in a few states in the US, and is actually celebrated on multiple days in each of these states:  December 1st (which is the day the civil rights activist was actually arrested for her role in the bus boycott) in Ohio, Oregon and now most recently added, Texas.  February 4th (her birthday) in Missouri and California; and the first Monday after her birthday in Michigan.  This holiday is currently under consideration to be added as a federal holiday.

SPECIAL EDUCATION DAY -

This day is celebrated on December 2nd to commemorate the signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) into law in 1975.  This day was first celebrated in 2005 which was the 30th Anniversary of IDEA.  Before IDEA, many individuals with disabilities received little to no education.  Back then schools were not required to make accommodations for children with disabilities.  The states that did offer special schools weren’t necessarily equal.  Additionally, some parents couldn’t afford these special schools.  IDEA actually granted access to children with special needs to free and quality public education.  Also the integration of students helps to remove the stigma of disabilities.  

INTERNATIONAL DAY of PERSONS with DISABILITIES -   (originally called “International Day of Disabled Persons” until 2007)

This is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992.  The aim is to promote an understanding of disability issues and to mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.  Additionally, it seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life.  The day focuses on a different issue each year and was on December 3rd.

And, today December 5, 2022, is International Volunteer Day!

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY -  

This is an international observance promoted by the United Nations on December 5th to recognize and promote the work of volunteers around the world.  This year’s theme is “solidarity through volunteering” and is to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism.  Rising inequalities throughout the world presents the need to work together to find common solutions.  Volunteering is where compassion meets solidarity; and shares the root values of supporting each other from a position of humility, trust, respect and equality.

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY -  

This day is celebrated around the world annually on the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948 - on December 10th.  The UDHR proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.  It is the most translated document in the world, and is available in more than 500 languages.  The UDHR serves as the foundation for an expanding system of human rights protection that currently also focuses on vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and migrants.  The values and rights in the UDHR provide a guide for our collective actions that do not leave anyone behind.  The campaign seeks to gain the understanding and action towards greater knowledge of the universality of the UDHR.  This year’s theme is “Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All.”

If any other holidays, observances, or celebrations were missed for the beginning of December, please just let us know because it is definitely NOT intentional.  Stay safe and warm….

Tia Alfred, Diversity and Inclusion Chair (Mom of Mathias, 5th grader) 12/05/2022

Social & Emotional Learning Resources

Nominate Our Crossing Guards

We’d love to show appreciation for our crossing guards Maria Martinez and Mirna Canas. You can nominate them for the Outstanding Crossing Guard Award  here. Rain or shine they put student safety first.

Upcoming Dates

November

December 7- Early Release (1:30PM)

December 9- Make Up Pictures

December 9- Reflections Ceremony and Celebration (Dining Commons, 8:30AM-9:30)

December 9- PTA Gift Card Collections Ends

December 13- Eco Action(Dining Commons, 8:45AM-9:30)

December 13- PTA provides treats for teachers (hot chocolate and bake goods)

December 16- Spirit Day- PJ Day

January 10- Eco Action

January 13- Spirit Day- Favorite Color Day

January 20- Military Family Coffee (9-9:30AM, Blue Sky)

January 20- PTA Bingo Night (6-7:30, Dining Commons)

Dear Discovery Families,

It was a great day back. Students were reminded of routines and expectations and happily shared stories with peers.

Please join us in celebrating Discovery staff’s selection of Kim Cherry as Teacher of the Year and Jasmin Te Tan as Support Employee of the Year. They were chosen by their colleagues to represent Discovery and are moving on to the county-wide competition. If you’d like to write a letter of support for either candidate, please send them to Dr. Healy by this Friday. They were chosen for their dedication and expertise, and we would love to see them honored at the county level.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Kim Cherry                         Jasmin Te Tan

Special Education Teacher      Special Education Assistant

APS is Seeking Feedback on Virtual Learning Options

APS is conducting a survey to gather input on virtual learning to help inform next steps in the planning process to explore potential future virtual options. The community is encouraged to complete the online survey by Friday, December 2, 2022.

Since the Virtual Learning Program was paused last school year, a working group comprised of APS employees and a taskforce comprised of community members was formed to research and review possible virtual learning options for APS to consider. The working group and task force have met several times beginning in spring through this fall, and are recommending a revised timeline allowing additional opportunities to evaluate virtual learning possibilities for APS students.

The feedback from the survey will be incorporated into a report with recommendations on next steps that will be presented to the School Board for consideration during the School Board Work Session on December 13, 2022.

For additional information and to complete the survey, please visit the Virtual Learning Program Taskforce webpage.

Upcoming Dates

November

November 30- Coat Drive Ends (extended to Dec 2)

December 2- Lost and Found Purge

December 7- Early Release (1:30PM)

December 9- Make Up Pictures

December 9- Reflections Ceremony and Celebration (Dining Commons, 8:30AM-9:30)

December 9- PTA Gift Card Collections Ends

December 13- Eco Action(Dining Commons, 8:45AM-9:30)

December 16- Spirit Day- PJ Day

January 10- Eco Action

January 13- Spirit Day- Favorite Color Day

January 20- PTA Bingo Night (6-7:30, Dining Commons)

Dear Discovery Families,

We are thankful for…each and every Explorer, family, and staff member. Let’s spend this break expressing gratitude. We look forward to seeing everyone on November 28th. Safe travels to those leaving town.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

World Heritage Week and Food Fest Celebration

Thank you to all the families who participated and enjoyed our culminating food tasting. A lovely time to try new dishes and connect with each other. We are already planning to grow the event next year.

Girls on the Run 5K and Jennifer-Bush Lawson 5K

The cold didn’t stop Explorers and staff from coming out for two great events. Congrats to all participants and their fans who cheered.

Welcome Dean Jordan to Music

Dean Jordan is replacing music teacher Amanda Eider while she is on leave.

I am from all over--because my dad was in the Coast Guard.

I was born in New Haven, Connecticut and graduated high school in San Diego, California.

An interesting fact about me is that I have a small orange tabby named Mango.

My favorite children’s book is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

My favorite place to visit is anywhere with a beach.

I feel included when others share their stories with me.

I enjoy teaching students about the C.A.R.E.S. trait of empathy.

My hope for this school year is that every student will look forward to music class.

My dream for this school year is for students to seek out ways to make and appreciate music when they are outside of school!

Gifted Differentiation Reports

The first quarter differentiation report detailing the differentiation that was provided for identified students will be sent by email by close of business on Tuesday.  Please keep an eye out for it.  

Looking for ideas on how to support your child at home?  The APS gifted webpage has many resources for parents.  You can access these resources here.  https://www.apsva.us/gifted-services/parent-resources/

Eco Action Meeting Wrap Up

We had our first Eco Action meeting last Wednesday. Students brainstormed ways we can make Discovery more sustainable. Be on the lookout for new initiatives that are student driven coming up in the next few months!Our next meeting will be on December 13th.

If your student is interested in joining Eco Action they can still sign up through the student commitment form on the eco action site( note that you have to use a computer to fill out the form; it does not work on phones.) Questions reach out to Ms. Annamreddy or Ms. Stoker

It’s Never Too Late To Express Thanks

Happy School Health Aide Appreciation Day to our Wonderful School Health Aides!

November 17th is School Health Aide Appreciation Day - it’s that time again to give a huge shout-out to our fabulous School Health Aide, Ms. Ursula!

 

This has been a challenging year to work in either a school or healthcare setting—the school health clinics are at the intersection of both, and our School Health Aides show up every day to give phenomenal care to our community. Over the past year, their patience and support have made a world of difference for children navigating a new normal, as well as the teachers and staff who look to them for expertise and support. We know that over the past year, COVID-19 added many additional layers to their role, and they proved themselves more than capable to the task, adding contact tracing, attendance, and parent contact to their daily routines, while still managing to do everything else required of them.

We know that “everything else” includes ice packs and Band-aids, but also SO much more. They have performed CPR, administered life-saving emergency medications, called 911, done lice-checks,  checked vaccination records, gone above and beyond to calm anxious parents, celebrated school spirit days, educated teachers and mentored nursing students, helped students get much-needed glasses, and have done it all with style and kindness. Because of them, our clinics are seen as a safe place for students and staff. They advocate for their students and, as part of the clinic team, they play a vital role in guiding students towards healthy lifestyles.  We appreciate them today and every day. 

Coat Drive for Clothesline

Please donate coats at Door 1 or Door 6. The drive ends on November 30th. Also check out Lost and Found because these items will be donated on Friday, December 2.

Congratulations PTA Reflections

National PTA's Reflections is a 50+ year-old program that provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme, with opportunities to advance from the local to the state to the national level for awards, recognition and prizes. The student selected theme for the 2022-2023 Reflections program is Show Your Voice! Congratulations to all of the Discovery students who submitted their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. We are so proud of you and encourage you to continue to create!

Social & Emotional Learning Resources

ADDitude Articles:

Upcoming Dates

November

November 22- Spirit Day Scrabble Letter Day

November 22- Green Day

November 30- Coat Drive Ends

December 9- Make Up Pictures

December 9- Reflections Ceremony and Celebration (Dining Commons, 8:30AM-9:30)

December 9- PTA Gift Card Collections Ends

December 13- Eco Action(Dining Commons, 8:45AM-9:30)

December 18- Spirit Day- PJ Day

Coat Drive for Clothesline

Please donate coats at Door 1 or Door 6. The drive ends on November 30th. Also check out Lost and Found because these items will be donated on Friday, December 2.

Dear Discovery Families,

Thank you to the many parents who came in and shared a story or item with your child’s classroom. It’s not too late to reach out to your child’s teacher if you want to share. We are in NEED of more dishes for our Friday World Heritage Food Celebration. If you can drop off a dish but not attend, please do so. If your crock pot or tray needs returning, just label it, and we will make sure it makes its way back to you. We really look forward to an international experience for our Explorers. Sign up, so our Explorers can experience a taste of foods from around the world. We hope to see you there.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Discovery PTA Coat Drive For Clothesline

Please continue to bring in your coats for donation. Instead of donating to Barcroft (they have secured enough) we are donating coats to Clothesline. Boxes are located at Door 1 and Door 6.

Social & Emotional Learning Resources

Eco Action Meeting Wrap Up

We had our first Eco Action meeting last Wednesday. Students brainstormed ways we can make Discovery more sustainable. Be on the lookout for new initiatives that are student driven coming up in the next few months!Our next meeting will be on December 13th.

If your student is interested in joining Eco Action they can still sign up through the student commitment form on the eco action site( note that you have to use a computer to fill out the form; it does not work on phones.) Questions reach out to Ms. Annamreddy or Ms. Stoker

It’s Never Too Late To Express Thanks

Happy School Health Aide Appreciation Day to our Wonderful School Health Aides!

November 17th is School Health Aide Appreciation Day - it’s that time again to give a huge shout-out to our fabulous School Health Aide, Ms. Ursula!

 

This has been a challenging year to work in either a school or healthcare setting—the school health clinics are at the intersection of both, and our School Health Aides show up every day to give phenomenal care to our community. Over the past year, their patience and support have made a world of difference for children navigating a new normal, as well as the teachers and staff who look to them for expertise and support. We know that over the past year, COVID-19 added many additional layers to their role, and they proved themselves more than capable to the task, adding contact tracing, attendance, and parent contact to their daily routines, while still managing to do everything else required of them.

We know that “everything else” includes ice packs and Band-aids, but also SO much more. They have performed CPR, administered life-saving emergency medications, called 911, done lice-checks,  checked vaccination records, gone above and beyond to calm a

nxious parents, celebrated school spirit days, educated teachers and mentored nursing students, helped students get much-needed glasses, and have done it all with style and kindness. Because of them, our clinics are seen as a safe place for students and staff. They advocate for their students and, as part of the clinic team, they play a vital role in guiding students towards healthy lifestyles.  We appreciate them today and every day. 

Coat Drive for Clothesline

Please donate coats at Door 1 or Door 6. The drive ends on November 30th. Also check out Lost and Found because these items will be donated on Friday, December 2.

Upcoming Dates

November

November 15- Eco Action Meeting

November 16- Eco Action (Dining Commons, 8:45AM-9:30)

November 16 - PTA Restaurant Night Taqueria el Poblano

November 17- PTA Gift Card Drive

November 18- World Heritage Food Fest Celebrations (6-7:30PM, Dining Commons)

November 22- Spirit Day Scrabble Letter Day

November 22- Green Day

November 30- Coat Drive Ends

December 9- Make Up Pictures

December 9- Reflections Ceremony and Celebration (Dining Commons, 8:30AM-9:15)

December 9- PTA Gift Card Collections Ends

December 13- Eco Action(Dining Commons, 8:45AM-9:30)

December 18- Spirit Day- PJ Day

Dear Discovery Families,

Thank you to the many parents who came in and shared a story or item with your child’s classroom. It’s not too late to reach out to your child’s teacher if you want to share. We are in NEED of more dishes for our Friday World Heritage Food Celebration. If you can drop off a dish but not attend, please do so. If your crock pot or tray needs returning, just label it, and we will make sure it makes its way back to you. We really look forward to an international experience for our Explorers. Sign up, so our Explorers can experience a taste of foods from around the world. We hope to see you there.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Discovery PTA Coat Drive For Clothesline

Please continue to bring in your coats for donation. Instead of donating to Barcroft (they have secured enough) we are donating coats to Clothesline. Boxes are located at Door 1 and Door 6.

Social & Emotional Learning Resources

Upcoming Dates

November

November 15- Eco Action Meeting

November 16- Eco Action (Dining Commons, 8:45AM-9:30)

November 16 - PTA Restaurant Night Taqueria el Poblano

November 17- PTA Gift Card Drive

November 18- World Heritage Food Fest Celebrations (6-7:30PM, Dining Commons)

November 22- Spirit Day Scrabble Letter Day

November 22- Green Day

November 30- Coat Drive Ends

December 9- Make Up Pictures

December 9- Reflections Ceremony and Celebration (Dining Commons, 8:30AM-9:15)

December 9- PTA Gift Card Collections Ends

December 13- Eco Action(Dining Commons, 8:30AM-9:15)

December 18- Spirit Day- PJ Day

Dear Discovery Families,

World Heritage Week is next week. We are still looking for volunteers to share cultural experiences, artifacts, and/or read alouds. Some classrooms have not yet secured five parent or family volunteers. If you are willing to share with another classroom, outside of your child’s classroom, please email Erin at Erin.Healy@apsva.us. We are also in need of more food items for our World Heritage Food Fest Celebration. Please sign up here. If you’d like book suggestions for a read aloud, please reach out to John Re, our Librarian. He’s an expert!

The PTA Winter Coat drive is open. We will donate all coats to APS students at our sister school Barcroft Elementary. Please consider donating.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Goodbye Quarter 1

Quarter 1 Progress reports will be available in ParentVue on Friday, November 18th. Goal setting and encouraging a growth mindset are important skills. This may be a great time of year to revisit goals. Progress Reports will not have individual teacher comments since we just had Parent-Teacher conferences. You will receive written comments for Quarter 2 in January.

Veterans Day Performance & Military Family Social November 9

Join Discovery students and staff on Wednesday, November 9 at 1:45 pm on the field for a special Veterans Day performance by The Commandant’s Own, The US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. All Discovery families are invited to the performance. The performance will begin at 1:45 and should last approximately 20 minutes with some time for students and families to ask the performers questions after. Following the performance and meet and greet, retired or active duty military families are invited to the patio outside of the gym for a military family social hosted by the PTA (beginning around 2:30).

World Heritage Week November 14-18th

Please join us November 18th in the Dining Commons for a food tasting of items from around the world. If you’d like to contribute a dish please sign up here. For planning purposes we ask that you sign up this Friday. World Heritage Week is only one week away!

School Pictures

Student Images are now available online!

 

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late! Please visit: //vosphoto.com/uc

Pleas use your student ID when prompted for the online code. For questions regarding school

pictures please email: underclass@vosphoto.com.

 

Field Trip Support

To help off-set the cost of field trips, we are asking families to donate $10 per child. This donation is optional. Please send the money to your child’s classroom teacher. Teachers will accept cash or checks. If you send a check, please make it out to Discovery Elementary.

Diversity and Inclusion

Hello Discovery Explorers,

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee just wanted to remind everyone that we will have two very important days off from school this week.  Tomorrow, November 8, 2022, is Election Day - every vote counts!  And, Friday, November 11, 2022, is Veterans Day - a day to honor our veterans!!

NATIONAL ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH -

November is designated as Alzheimer’s awareness month by a proclamation from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  It is to honor and support those diagnosed with the disease along with their caregivers and loved-ones.

WORLD KINDNESS DAY -

World Kindness Day is celebrated on November 13, 2022.  It is an international holiday that was formed in 1998, to promote kindness throughout the world.  It is part of the World Kindness Movement and observed in many countries including the USA.  It provides an opportunity to reflect on one of the most important and unifying human principles - Kindness!!!  The purpose is to “highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.”

VETERANS DAY-

Veterans Day is always observed on November 11th.  The holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in service to our country and was originally called Armistice Day.  The date was the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.  In 1954, it was changed to Veterans Day to account for all veterans.

We honor and celebrate our veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.  

WORLD HERITAGE FOOD FEST CELEBRATION-

Please do not forget to sign up to come out and join us at the world heritage food fest celebration on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.  The link is below to sign up to bring a dish. We can’t wait to see what great dishes you come up with - please see below for the World Heritage Food Fest celebration SignUp Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4EABA92D6-discoverys

Discovery’s World Heritage Food Celebration

Discovery will have a weeklong recognition of World Heritage from November 14 - 18, 2022! We are requesting that parents and guardians come in to help share a culture of significance to them in the classrooms.  The individual classrooms will have a volunteer sign up for that portion.  Then we will end the week with a World Heritage Food Fest celebration on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Please review the available slots and click on the button to sign up below for your contribution to our first ever World Heritage Food Fest celebration being held on Friday, November 18, 2022.  We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating a host of cultures within our Discovery community! **MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE A LIST OF INGREDIENTS FOR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES REGARDING FOOD ALLERGIES**  

www.signupgenius.com

Upcoming Dates

November

November 9- Veterans Day Performance (1:45PM, Discovery Field)

November 10- PTA Trivia Night (6-7:30PM)

November 15- Eco Action Meeting

November 16 - PTA Restaurant Night Taqueria el Poblano

November 17- PTA Gift Card Drive

November 18- World Heritage Food Fest Celebrations (6-7:30PM, Dining Commons)

November 22- Spirit Day Scrabble Letter Day

November 30- Coat Drive Ends

December 8- Make Up Pictures

DEcember 9- PTA Gift Card Collections Ends

Dear Discovery Families,

PumpkinFest was an exciting and fun day! We loved the amazing weather, as well as the beautiful and scary costumes. Thank you PTA for bringing PumpkinFest back!

Happy Halloween! We hope everyone enjoys a safe and fun time tonight. We’ve got a full week of learning ahead of us, so remember healthy snacks for tomorrow. You may donate extra candy in our lobby. If you do donate, please remember we are a nut free school. Halloween has not fallen on a school day for quite some time. We apologize for the poor communication about no costumes at school. Teachers did not ask students who dressed up to change.

Tomorrow we have our first Choir Concert followed by the PTA meeting. Please note, we will provide free childcare for our PTA meeting.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Author Susan Hood will be visiting on Tues. March 7th

She has something for everyone - please visit her website for more information.

Join the PTA

Did you have a good time at Pumpkinfest this weekend?

If you had fun at Pumpkinfest this weekend and would like to attend more events like it in the future, please join the PTA or renew your membership online at https://discoverypta.membershiptoolkit.com/!

The PTA is responsible for organizing events like Pumpkinfest to bring the Discovery community together and we can't do it without your support.

AND if you sign up or renew your membership before this Thursday, November 3rd, you'll be added to the mailing list for the PTA's email newsletter where we will be sharing lots of useful information and the photos from Pumpkinfest yesterday!

World Heritage Celebration Update

While some classrooms had many volunteers and not enough slots, some classrooms are still looking for parent volunteers to come in and share a cultural item or read aloud. If you have an item or read aloud, but your schedule doesn't allow you to join us the week of November 14th, you CAN participate. Consider making a short video and sending it to Erin.Healy@apsva.us. iMovie, Vimeo, YouTube, and Loom offer easy editing options. Our goal is to curate a library of short videos that teachers can use in instruction. Don’t be shy! Get the whole family involved. Help us celebrate the diversity within our community.

Please join us November 18th in the Dining Commons for a food tasting of items from around the world. If you’d like to contribute a dish please sign up here. Classroom teachers will be sending a SignUp Genius this Friday with time slots for parents to come share about a favorite culture or to share a reading from a favorite culture during this week. Our goal is five volunteers per classroom. Help us make this a wonderful week for all Explorers.

Diversity and Inclusion Celebrates October

Hello Discovery Explorers,

We hope you all enjoyed PumpkinFest yesterday!  The Diversity and Inclusion Committee just wanted to remind everyone to stay safe tonight - Halloween!!!

HALLOWEEN SAFETY OBSERVATION MONTH-

Halloween Safety Observation Month is an annual designation observed in October. Here are some tips to remember this Halloween, in case your family has plans to go out tonight:

-If you’re sending kids out trick-or-treating, make sure they have something bright and reflective on their costumes.  That way, people driving will be able to see them after dark.

-Make sure your child can see!  Masks and large hats or wigs can block vision.  If you can use makeup instead of a mask, it’s not a bad idea.

-All costumes should be fire-resistant.

-Accompany your little ones during their neighborhood trick-or-treating if they are under 13 years of age.

-Tell your kids to stay in large groups, and in as much light as possible if they’re out alone after dark.

-If possible, allow them to carry a cell phone for quick, easy communication.

-Agree on a time that your children should be back at home.

-If you are out driving, remember that kids tend to dart across streets, and generally aren’t paying as much attention to their surroundings as we hope.  Slow down, and keep your eyes peeled.

-Make sure any Halloween makeup is non-toxic and taken off before bed.

-Mainly, remember to stay alert, have a few rules for little ones, and have a fun, safe Halloween night!

NATIONAL DEPRESSION EDUCATION & AWARENESS MONTH -

National Depression Education and Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in October.  Depression is very difficult for the individual suffering with it, as well as for their friends and family.  Please spread the word about the negative effects of depression.  Too often, it’s misunderstood as simply “feeling sad,” though it’s a complex condition that can affect people no matter the age, gender, race, or life situation.  This is why it’s important to get the conversation going, even if it’s uncomfortable at first.  It will save lives!!  

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS MONTH -

October also focuses on Emotional Wellness Month.  Stress levels can be assessed and some necessary changes can be made.  We all know that stress comes into all of our lives in varying ways and amounts, and can take a toll on emotional health.  Noting the causes of our stress helps identify the biggest offenders so we can stop them.  Here are a few suggested tips:

-Calculate screen time and consider reducing the amount of time spent in front of the screen

-Reduce online and screen time by unplugging one day a week to maybe read a book, scheduling a massage, and/or going for a walk

-Rate your emotional wellness before and after the time you unplugged

-Review your financial plan  

-Assess resources available to you

-Keep up with routine health checks

-Add healthy eating habits

-Increase physical activity to reduce overall anxiety

-Remember the relationships in your life!!!!!  

Friends and family play a huge role in our emotional health!  They improve our social and spiritual wellbeing by keeping us connected, and can help to decrease any feelings of isolation that may occur.  A well-balanced, healthy, social community provides satisfying spiritual, emotional, recreational and educational benefits.  Thus, providing a strong, reliable support system in a time of crisis.  By identifying stressors and improving emotional health, we are all more likely to successfully navigate the highs and lows in life.

RED RIBBON WEEK -

Red Ribbon Week is held each year from October 23 to October 31.  It's the largest drug-abuse prevention campaign in the United States!  It was started in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, when people around the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.  In 1988, the first National Red Ribbon Celebration took place.

This campaign targets K-12 students. Schools participate in a variety of ways, like hosting special speakers, throwing contests, decorating school campuses, and more.  This year’s theme is “Celebrate Life.  Live Drug Free.”  The theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!

Join in on the mission to help keep kids drug-free!!!

GLOBAL DIVERSITY AWARENESS MONTH-

October covers Global Diversity Awareness Month to remind people of the positive impact a diverse community can have on society.  More and more, the world has become a place where cultures and customs have come together.  We can ask questions and be open to learning and being enlightened about other cultures.

DISCOVERY’S WORLD HERITAGE CELEBRATION(S) -

Please do your part by planning to participate in our upcoming weeklong recognition of World Heritage from November 14 - 18, 2022, in individual classrooms.  This celebration will culminate with our World Heritage Food Fest Celebration being held at Discovery on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.  

The SignUp Genius for the weekday portion will be provided by classroom teachers, please see below for the World Heritage Food Fest celebration SignUp Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4EABA92D6-discoverys

Discovery’s World Heritage Food Celebration

Discovery will have a weeklong recognition of World Heritage from November 14 - 18, 2022! We are requesting that parents and guardians come in to help share a culture of significance to them in the classrooms.  The individual classrooms will have a volunteer sign up for that portion.  Then we will end the week with a World Heritage Food Fest celebration on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Please review the available slots and click on the button to sign up below for your contribution to our first ever World Heritage Food Fest celebration being held on Friday, November 18, 2022.  We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating a host of cultures within our Discovery community! **MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE A LIST OF INGREDIENTS FOR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES REGARDING FOOD ALLERGIES**  

www.signupgenius.com

Hope to see you there…

Tia Alfred, Diversity and Inclusion Co-chair (Mom of Mathias, 5th grader) 10/31/2022

Upcoming Dates

November

November 1- Choir Concert (6-6:30, Gym)

November 1- PTA Meeting (6:45, Dining Commons)

November 4- PTA Coat Drive Begins

November 9- Veterans Day Performance (1:45, Field)

November 10- PTA Trivia Night (6-7:30PM)

November 14- PTA Gift Card Drive

November 15- Eco Action Meeting

November 16 - PTA Restaurant Night Taqueria el Poblano

November 18- World Heritage Food Tasting Celebration (6-7:30PM)

November 22- Spirit Day Scrabble Letter Day

November 30- Coat Drive Ends

Parent Resources and Organizations Supporting Gifted Learners, Parents and Teachers

Please visit the Gifted webpage on the APS website to access resources for families available to support gifted students at home.  You will find a wealth of parent resources on identification of gifted students, advocating for your child, creativity, and social emotional development of gifted children on this page. There are also links to many associations and programs that support gifted students.  There are also links to recorded webinars and podcasts with wonderful information on how to support gifted learners.  

Also on this page, you will find a link to Critical and Creative Thinking – Choice Boards. Families can use these to provide enrichment opportunities at home. There is a great explanation of the critical and creative thinking strategies that we are learning at school as well. Please feel free to reach out to Tammy Stoker, tamatha.stoker@apsva.us with questions.

Thank you for participating in Unity Day!

Discovery Choir Concert November 1

Please join our wonderful 4th and 5th grade choir members for our first choir concert in over 2 years next Tuesday, November 1 from 6:00-6:30 pm in the Gym. Tickets are not required. We have almost 70 students who have been practicing songs for our first concert and are so excited to share what they have been working on with you all! The concert theme is “Poppin’ Back” and will feature modern and oldies pop songs we all know and love.

World Heritage Celebration November 14-18

Please join us November 18th in the Dining Commons for a food tasting of items from around the world. If you’d like to contribute a dish please sign up here. Classroom teachers will be sending a SignUp Genius this Friday with time slots for parents to come share about a favorite culture or to share a reading from a favorite culture during this week. Our goal is five volunteers per classroom. Help us make this a wonderful week for all Explorers.

SEL Survey

Arlington Public Schools (APS) will conduct a social-emotional (SEL) survey for our students in grades 3-12. The purpose of this survey is to identify district, school, and students’ strengths and areas for growth in social-emotional competencies to create curriculum that builds and reinforces prosocial skills. Students will participate in this online survey two times during the 2022-23 school year to assist APS in monitoring progress in this area:

The SEL survey is provided through Panorama, and will assess students’ ability to apply social-emotional skills and understandings, in alignment with the Virginia SEL Guidance Standards. Skills in these areas are essential to success in college, career, and life. Please note:

Families may opt their children out of taking the SEL Survey.

Child Protection Lessons

Over the next month, the counseling lesson for all grade levels will focus on the Child Protection Unit, which teaches important personal safety rules and skills to keep children safe from dangerous or abusive situations. Please read the following letter about the Child Protection lesson and what information will be covered: Child Protection Parent Letter. If you would like a copy of the letter in Spanish, Arabic, Mongolian, or Amharic, please reach out to Claire Nawojchik or Kelynne Bisbee. See also the following book list which supports the topic: 9 children’s books about body boundaries.

Upcoming Dates

October

October 25-PTA Candy Monster is open for donations

October 25-Middle School Information Night (6:30PM, Virtual)

October 26- SEL Survey Day for Grades 3-5

October 30- PTA PumpkinFest (11-1PM, Outside)

November

November 1- Choir Concert (6-6:30, Gym)

November 1- PTA Meeting (6:45, Dining Commons)

November 4- PTA Coat Drive Begins

November 9- Veterans Day Performance (1:45, Field)

November 10- PTA Trivia Night (6-7:30PM)

November 14- PTA Gift Card Drive

November 15- Eco Action Meeting

November 16 - PTA Restaurant Night Taqueria el Poblano

November 18- World Heritage Food Tasting Celebration (6-7:30PM)

November 22- Spirit Day Scrabble Letter Day

November 30- Coat Drive Ends

Dear Discovery Families,

Teachers are looking forward to meeting with you at conferences. Because the quarter ends shortly after conferences, teachers will not be writing detailed comments on the Progress Report. It is expected that all relevant information is shared at the conferences. October is flying by and there are so many events coming up, see the list below and mark your calendars!

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The Discovery PTA sends out an email newsletter to PTA members every other Thursday afternoon, filled with helpful  information about PTA, school, and community events. You can add yourself to the email list by joining the PTA at https://discoverypta.membershiptoolkit.com/Open_Forms. Membership must be renewed each year, so sign up today!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Founded by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006, National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign intended to unite individuals and organizations around the world against bullying, promote dialogue addressing bullying prevention, and inspire kind acts, acceptance, and inclusion. This month’s counseling lessons with Ms. Nawojchik and Ms. Bisbee focus on bullying prevention skills for all grade levels, using the Second Step bullying prevention curriculum from Committee for Children.

How can your family participate in Bullying Prevention Month?

Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit

School counselors across Arlington Public Schools utilize the Second Step social-emotional learning curriculum, which teaches children in grades K-5 important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school.

Throughout October, Ms. Nawojchik and Ms. Bisbee have been teaching classroom counseling lessons from the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit. Lessons introduce different concepts in each grade level, and teach specific skills to help stop bullying. Students learn how to: Recognize when bullying is happening (including the definition of bullying), Report bullying to a caring adult, Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others by using assertive words and actions, and be UPstanders - Bystanders who stand up and are part of the solution to bullying. Upper grade students also learn about the different types of bullying, including ways to respond to cyberbullying.

The Second Step program provides helpful online resources for families, including “Home Links,” which describe the information being covered in classroom lessons and provide activities for parents to do with their children to support the topics being covered. The online portal also provides book lists on each topic and other resources.

To access Second Step parent materials for the Bullying Prevention Unit, please go online to SecondStep.org where you can create a free account and access all materials using the activation keys below:

Middle School Information Night

Attention 5th grade families! Virtual Middle School Information Night is set for Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. The link to watch the event will be posted on this webpage 30 minutes before the event starts. If you are unable to watch the event live, a recording will be available to view afterwards. Families of students entering middle school in the fall of 2023 will learn about the APS middle school transition, core classes, electives, and extracurriculars, option schools/programs, application deadlines and procedures, and more. Between November and January, each middle school will also host an in-person information session for families to meet staff, learn about the school, and ask questions.

Diversity and Inclusion

Hello Discovery Explorers,

Two observances were inadvertently left out of the last newsletter…

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY -

We wanted to mention a very significant observance that took place on Monday, October 10, 2022 - World Mental Health Day!  The event is the result of a global advocacy and awareness program started by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992.  It raises awareness and mobilizes efforts to support mental health.  The theme for this year is “Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority.”  

Green is the color used as the international symbol for awareness in mental health.  It is a symbol for mental illnesses, bipolar disorder and depression.  Green symbolizes the continual awareness of mental health in order to help fight the stigma that is often associated with it.  Hope everyone wore their green in honor of this day!!!  

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY (COLUMBUS DAY) -

We also wanted to mention a very significant federal holiday that was on Monday, October 10, 2022 - Indgenous Peoples Day!  The holiday actually is Columbus Day and for the second time in history, Joe Biden, the President of the United States of America has released a proclamation for Indigenous Peoples’ Day saying “we honor the sovereignty, resilience and immense contributions that Native Americans made to the world.”

Though President Biden’s proclamation for the observance calls for it to be celebrated the same day as Columbus Day, his proclamation does not make it a federal holiday yet.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH -

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It has been recognized in the US for nearly four decades now.  It is a time devoted annually to educate people about breast cancer, and the importance of early detection and access to timely, high-quality care.  Pink is the color used regarding awareness Breast Cancer.  Friday, October 21, 2022, is Pink Ribbon Day - don’t forget to wear your pink!

DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH -

The knotted Dyslexia Silver Ribbon is used to raise awareness and as a symbol to educate, advocate, and show support.  Silver ribbons represent children with disabilities, but this knotted ribbon is specifically intended for dyslexia.

DIWALI -

Diwali, “The Festival of Lights,” which is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists (notably Newar Buddhists) peaks on the third day with the main celebration on Monday, October 24, 2022, this school year.  Additionally, this school year APS will actually have the day off from school in observation of this great celebration.

Reminder:  Last school year the Diversity and Inclusion Committee purchased and distributed books to all classroom libraries in recognition of Diwali.  We hope you enjoy them as we continue to promote diversity in our DES community!!

If any other holidays, observances, or celebrations that are important to our Discovery community were missed, please just let us know because it is definitely NOT intentional.  Again, please remember that we can all do our part to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and accessibility in the Discovery community!!  

Last but not least, Discovery Explorers will be participating in a weeklong recognition of World Heritage from November 14 - 18, 2022.  We are requesting that parents and guardians come in to help share a culture of significance to them in the classrooms all week, somewhat like a mystery reader where you can sign up for a specific time and come in to share.  The individual classrooms will have a volunteer sign up for that portion.  Then we will end the week with a World Heritage Food Fest celebration on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Please sign up on the SignUp Genius for your contribution to this event.  We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating a host of cultures within our Discovery community!

World Heritage Food Fest celebration SignUp Genius link:

Tia Alfred, Diversity and Inclusion Co-chair (Mom of Mathias, 5th grader) 10/17/2022

Veterans Day Performance (Wednesday, November 9th at 1:45 PM)

Veterans and those currently serving in the military, along with all Discovery families, are invited to join students on the field on Wednesday, November 9th at 1:45 PM for a special Veterans Day performance by the United States Marines Drum and Bugle Corps, The Commandant’s Own.

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

Friendly reminder that tomorrow is Picture Day. Make-up day is December 8th. Our teachers spent today engaged in Professional Learning, mostly around our new new ELA resources, although some teachers were able to partake in Responsive Classroom training. We hope your family can celebrate Bike, Walk, and Roll to school with us this Wednesday. Students should report to the blue tent near the car loop to receive their participation token. Bus riding as well as biking, walking, or scooting to school is a great way to keep our environment healthy. Lastly, this Thursday, Parent Teacher Conference sign ups will go live. There will be a link on our website where you can sign up. You must indicate if you prefer an in-person or Teams online meeting on the sign up. Fourth grade and fifth grade parents will sign up with their child’s homeroom teacher.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

C.A.R.E.S. Monthly Focus: Assertion

In October, as part of Discovery’s focus on C.A.R.E.S., we are highlighting assertion. Assertiveness involves taking initiative, standing up for ideas without hurting or negating others, and seeking help when appropriate. Assertive people possess high self-esteem, persistence, and positive, goal-directed thinking - click here to read more about assertive qualities and how to reinforce them.

Social-Emotional Learning Survey for Students in Grades 3-12

As posted in the APS Friday Five, we will be conducting a social-emotional survey for our students, grades 3-5. “The purpose of this survey is to identify district, school, and students’ strengths and areas for growth in social-emotional competencies in order to create a curriculum that builds and reinforces prosocial skills. Students will be participating in this online survey two times during the 2022-23 school year to assist APS in monitoring progress in this area. The fall administration will take place between Oct. 25-28. The spring administration will occur between April 24-28, 2023.

If you wish for your child to participate, no action is needed. If you do NOT wish for your child to participate in the SEL survey, please click on the following opt-out form which allows you to submit electronically by Fri, Oct. 21: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/pHiQnD

Veterans Day Performance

Wednesday, November 9th at 1:45 PM

Veterans and those currently serving in the military, along with all with Discovery families, are invited to join students on the field on Wednesday, November 9th at 1:45 PM for a special Veterans Day performance by the United States Marines Drum and Bugle Chore, Phe Commandant’s Own.  More information to follow.   

Visitors at Discovery

We enjoyed have students and parents from Aachen German spend time learning about Discovery. In addition, we had twenty-five stakeholders from Mundo Verde visit Discovery and learn about our sustainability practices. We plan to send a team of teachers to their school in the near future.

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

Gloomy weather didn’t stop Explorers of all ages from attending Friday’s PTA Ice Cream Social. Hopefully, your student is also considering sending in a Reflections submission. There is still time to enter.

Parent Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. Teachers will send a SignUp Genius link on October 13th for Parent Teachers Conferences. For your convenience, you will have the option to meet in person or via Teams. You will be asked to indicate your preferences at the time of signing up. Conferences will be October 20th from 2-4PM and October 21st 8:30-4PM.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Outdoor Lab Open House  

The Outdoor Lab is hosting an open house. Click here to register.

Sunday, October 16th from 10AM-4PM LEar more about the Outdoor Lab.

Picture Day

School Picture Day is coming Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day. Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000954856 

Upcoming Events

Dear Discovery Families,

We look forward to meeting with third grade families on Wednesday. Please join us if you can. Please note the change in date for Picture Day. It will now be October 11th. The PTA Ice Cream Social is great way to end this fall week. Hope to see you there!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Ice Cream Social

Join the PTA on the Veranda on September 30th (this Friday). Come learn about the county wide PTA Reflections contest and ways to volunteer. We hope to see you there!

Diversity and Inclusion

Hello Discovery Explorers,

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee would be remiss in NOT acknowledging the following:

ROSH HASHANAH-

We wanted to mention a very significant federal holiday that was on Monday, September 26, 2022 - Rosh Hashanah!  The holiday actually is the Jewish New Year (“first of the year” or “head of the year”).  It is celebrated with symbolic foods, prayers, synagogue services, and the blowing of the shofar (the ram’s horn).  It is said to symbolize the start of the 10 Days of Awe, which is a period of introspection and repentance, which ends on the Day of Atonement called Yom Kippur.  In the Jewish religion, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah are considered the two “High Holy Days.”

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH-

We just wanted to make sure to acknowledge National Hispanic Heritage Month (celebrated September 15 through October 15).  It was started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, and it was expanded to a month in 1988, and enacted into law on August 17, 1988.  This is a time meant for recognition, education and of course celebration (of the culture, history and contributions and achievements of Hispanic and Latinx Americans).  This year’s theme is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.

DEAF AWARENESS MONTH-

September is recognized as Deaf Awareness Month.  Expand your knowledge about the deaf community and culture by supporting deaf artists and authors.

SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS-

September is also Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and the three-digit dialing code that will route callers to this lifeline is 988 (Suicide and Crisis Lifeline).  The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources and best practices for professionals.

Please remember that we can all do our part to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and accessibility in the Discovery community!!  The efforts of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will vary throughout the school year.  We look forward to building a great community this school year.

Tia Alfred, Diversity and Inclusion Co-chair (Mom of Mathias, 5th grader) 9/27/2022

Eco Action

Discovery’s Eco-Action Team is a group of students, parents, teachers, and administrators committed to stewardship of the environment. The Eco-Action Team is modeled upon the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Program.

If your student would like to join the Eco Action and become a green leader then please have them complete a student commitment form on the Discovery Website( left tab under student commitment form, the form only works on a computer not on phones.) We will meet one Tuesday a month from 8:45-9:30 in the dining commons. The deadline to sign up is October 3rd. More information about the first meeting will be sent to families who sign up.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 12, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

It was great to see everyone last week at Back To School Night. We are eager to have parent volunteers back at Discovery and look forward to establishing new partnerships this year. Fourth and fifth graders enjoyed author Nathan Hale today. He shared entertaining stories and wowed us with his art. Thank you to Mr. Re for organizing his trip here. Just a reminder that we will have Coffee Talk with first grade families this Wednesday at 9AM.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to support our students and take part in suicide prevention. Here are resources for educators and parents to better understand the warning signs of suicide:

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Department of Human Services is hosting a free, live, virtual event: A Conversation on Hope, Healing, and Recovery with Kevin Hines on Wed, 9/28 from 6-7:30 pm. Kevin Hines is a storyteller and best-selling author. In 2000, he attempted to take his life by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge, and is one of only 36 to survive that fall. He now travels the world sharing his story while teaching people of all ages about wellness and how to survive pain through resilience. Register HERE for the live, virtual event. There will also be two in-person, facilitated viewings/discussions of Kevin’s recorded presentation - More info / Registration HERE. Questions? Contact DHSPrevention@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-1528.

School Clinic Staff

Physical Education Reminders

This is a friendly reminder students are expected to wear appropriate footwear (i.e. sneakers, tennis shoes, etc) on their PE days (see daily schedule of classes and grade level below). Additionally, students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to class instead of using water fountains. Water bottle refill stations are located throughout the building, including in the gym.

Daily Schedule of PE Classes:

Monday

  • Harmon (PreK/Mont)
  • Spierto (PreK/Mont)
  • Jesukiewicz (PreK/Mont)
  • Garvey (K)
  • Lynch (1)
  • McDonald (1)
  • Le Menestrel (2)
  • Del Conte (2)
  • Willson (3)
  • Doyal (3)
  • Walsh (4)
  • Timke (4)

Tuesday

  • Altamirano (Multigrade)
  • Taylor (Multigrade)
  • Hughes (K)
  • Gray (K)
  • Wright (1)
  • Clark (2)
  • Healy (2)
  • Burns (3)
  • Halvorson (4)
  • Mphofe (4)
  • Weisberg (5)
  • Jenkins (5)

Wednesday

  • Altamirano (Multigrade)
  • Taylor (Multigrade)
  • Harmon (PreK/Mont)
  • Spierto (PreK/Mont)
  • Jesukiewicz (PreK/Mont)
  • Garvey (K)
  • Clark (2)
  • Healy (2)
  • Willson (3)
  • Doyal (3)
  • Burns (3)
  • Halvorson (4)
  • Mphofe (4)
  • Creelman (5)
  • Klanderman (5)

Thursday

  • Harmon (PreK/Mont)
  • Spierto (PreK/Mont)
  • Jesukiewicz (PreK/Mont)
  • Lynch (1)
  • McDonald (1)
  • Walsh (4)
  • Timke (4)
  • Weisberg (5)
  • Jenkins (5)

Friday

  • Hughes (K)
  • Gray (K)
  • Wright (1)
  • Le Menestrel (2)
  • Del Conte (2)
  • Creelman (5)
  • Klanderman (5)

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 12, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

It was great to see everyone last week at Back To School Night. We are eager to have parent volunteers back at Discovery and look forward to establishing new partnerships this year. Fourth and fifth graders enjoyed author Nathan Hale today. He shared entertaining stories and wowed us with his art. Thank you to Mr. Re for organizing his trip here. Just a reminder that we will have Coffee Talk with first grade families this Wednesday at 9AM.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to support our students and take part in suicide prevention. Here are resources for educators and parents to better understand the warning signs of suicide:

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Department of Human Services is hosting a free, live, virtual event: A Conversation on Hope, Healing, and Recovery with Kevin Hines on Wed, 9/28 from 6-7:30 pm. Kevin Hines is a storyteller and best-selling author. In 2000, he attempted to take his life by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge, and is one of only 36 to survive that fall. He now travels the world sharing his story while teaching people of all ages about wellness and how to survive pain through resilience. Register HERE for the live, virtual event. There will also be two in-person, facilitated viewings/discussions of Kevin’s recorded presentation - More info / Registration HERE. Questions? Contact DHSPrevention@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-1528.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday September 6, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

We look forward to seeing K and PreK families tomorrow morning at 9AM. Coffee Talk is an informal grade level gathering with the admin team. We also look forward to our first PTA meeting and Back to School Night this Thursday. We are working with Transportation to get our afternoon buses home faster. As of today, the driver for bus 621 will finish his route and come back to Discovery to pick up bus 625 riders. We can expect 625 to be late the duration of the week. Transportation is onboarding new drivers, so we hope this delay will be short lived.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Celebrate International Dot Day - Thurs. Sept 15

Something this year - The Dot Day Creativity Challenge - sponsored by Mr. Re and Ms. Stoker

Students are encourage to try one option or do all three:

  1. Create Art Using Dots - students are welcome to use any type or art supply and paper.
  2. Create Art Using Recycled Materials - It should incorporate dots in some way. It can be an animal, a boat, a monster… the possibilities are endless.
  3. Dot Clothing - Put together a stylish or wacky outfit with dot clothing you already own OR you can get creative and put dots on your clothes, after parents are consulted. Dot hats and hairstyles are also welcome.

When does my child’s class check out library books

Social Emotional Learning Resources

Grade Level Shirts

Show your Discovery Spirit by purchasing grade-level shirts! Shirts are $10 and are available for Pre-K through 5th grade. A link to purchase T-Shirts is available on the PTA website: https://discoverypta.membershiptoolkit.com/spiritwear. Pick-up instructions will be emailed to you when your order is ready. Orders for grade-level shirts must be placed by FRIDAY, 9/9 if you want them in time for Spirit Day on 10/7! We will accept orders after 9/9 but we cannot guarantee that the shirts will arrive by Spirit Day.

Upcoming Events

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

Happy First Day! It was wonderful to meet new students and hear about summer adventures. We look forward to meeting new families and growing connections with our established families. We will kick off our Coffee Talk series by inviting Kinder families to join us from 9AM-9:45 AM on September 7th. This is an informal opportunity to discuss all things kinder with the admin team. All families are invited to Back To School Night on September 9th. The evening will start at 5:30PM with our first PTA meeting in the Dining Commons. After the PTA meeting, the first BTSN session will begin at 6:30PM and the second session at 7PM. We hope you can join us for the Coffee Talk, as well as the PTA meeting and BTSN.

We sent exhausted Explorers home to you and we hope they came with smiles!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Emergency Drill in September

Discovery administration will conduct several emergency drills in September. We will have one fire drill each week for a total of four fire drills in September. In addition, we will have one lockdown drill in the first week of school and another lockdown drill in the second week of school for a total of two lockdown drills in September. Dr. Healy or Dr. Seeber will announce the fire and lockdown drills to students and staff over the public address (PA) system prior to sounding the alarm.

Food Bus

During the school year, Discovery students donate over 2,800 pounds of food to AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Program) through the Discovery School Bus program. This program provides students the opportunity to donate food from their lunches that they do not eat. Students place unopened, perishable and non-perishable food items in designated FOOD BUS bins at the end of their lunch. Discovery staff will show students where these bins are located in the Dining Commons. At the end of each week, a parent volunteer will pick up the food donations from Discovery and deliver the donations to AFAC. Parents can SIGN UP to drive the Food Bus (i.e. your car filled with AFAC donations). This is a GREAT family service project. Please talk to your student about Discovery’s School Bus program.

Meet the Mental Health Team

Welcome back, Explorers & families! Discovery’s mental health team has some new faces this year: Kelynne Bisbee, an experienced APS counselor who also works at Nottingham ES and Jamestown ES has transitioned into the part-time school counselor role and will be working predominantly with first and second grade students on her two days in the building (Mondays & Fridays). Delia Dowd, new to Discovery but not new to APS, is also joining the team as the school social worker. I (Claire Nawojchik) continue to work predominantly with Kindergarten, third, fourth, and fifth graders as the full-time school counselor, and Anna Tush continues to serve as our school psychologist. We look forward to a wonderful school year!

Upcoming Events

Monday, Monday 22, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

We are looking forward to seeing you at Open House on Thursday morning. The slide will be open for students and adults. Please supervise your children. Explorers should count to ten (slowly) before following another student down the slide.

We have two safety reminders regarding traffic. Please remember that there is No Left Turn from Harrison Street onto 36th Street from 7:30-9:30 AM and from 3-4:30PM, Monday-Friday.  Also, there is No Thru Traffic in the car loop from 3:30-4:30PM due to dismissal.

On the first day of school, please say goodbye to your Explorer at Door 1 or Door 6. Students will walk to their classrooms at 8:45AM. Additionally, please join us outside on the Veranda for coffee at 9AM.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Upcoming Events

August

25- Open House (8:30-9:30AM)

29- First Day of School (9AM)

29- Parent Coffee Talk (Veranda, 9-9:45AM)

September

2-5 Labor Day Holiday (No School)

8- Back to School Night and PTA Meeting

7- Coffee Talk for PreK and Kinder Families with Erin & Judy (Blue Sky Studio, 9-9:45AM)

12 - Author Nathan Hale - meets with 4th and 5th graders - more info below

15- Dot Day

14- Coffee Talk for First Grade Families with Erin & Judy (Blue Sky Studio, 9-9:45AM)

21- Coffee Talk for Second Grade Families with Erin & Judy (Blue Sky Studio, 9-9:45AM)

26- Rosh Hashanah (No School)

28- Coffee Talk for Third Grade Families with Erin & Judy (Blue Sky Studio, 9-9:45AM)

30- PTA Ice Cream Social (Veranda, 6-7:30PM)

October

7- Coffee Talk for Fourth Grade Families with Erin & Judy (Blue Sky Studio, 9-9:45AM)

7 - Spirit Day/Grade Level T-shirts

11- PTA Meeting (Dining Commons, 7-8PM)

12- Coffee Talk for Fifth Grade Families with Erin & Judy (Blue Sky Studio, 9-9:45AM)

Friday, August 19, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

We thank our PTA for the welcome back breakfast. We had an engaging first day with all staff connecting, building a sense of belonging, and celebrating our community. We spent much of the day planning ways to connect with students, create a sense of belonging, and building classroom community. We are getting ready to kick-off a great year with your Explorers! Please scroll down to see your Explorers’ teacher(s). We look forward to seeing you at our Open House on Thursday, August 25th.

Lastly, I’m excited to share that I (Erin) got married last November and will introduce myself to your Explorer as Dr. Healy. For now, my email remains unchanged.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Open House Times by Last Name:

M-Z 8:30-9:00 AM

A-L 9:00-9:30 AM

Teacher Teams:

Life Skills Team

Pre-K & Montessori Team

K Team

First Grade Team

Second Grade Team

Third Grade Team

Fourth Grade Team 1

Fourth Grade Team 2

Fifth Grade Team  1

Fifth Grade Team 2

Author & illustrator Nathan Hale visits 4th & 5th Sept 12

Who is Nathan Hale?

Where can I get his books?

How can students possibly win one of six copies of his newest book?

Let’s Make History: Create Your Own Comics (available Oct. 11th)

Tuesday June 14, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

We have so much to celebrate! Last week, third graders visited the Outdoor Lab and the whole school participated in Field Day. Thank you to the families and teachers, especially our PE team for making last Friday a memory that will last a lifetime. This is also the time of year that we say goodbye to our cherished staff who are moving on because of promotions and family events. Please join us in congratulating and thanking

Vonetta Brown

Angelique Coulouris

Wendy Duncan

Johnsie Friess

Mindi Greenberg

Kathleen McKinley

Julianne Scopellite

Jedd Stein

Today we will also celebrate our fifth graders at our promotion ceremony and car parade. Tomorrow is an Early Release day. We are here this summer to prepare for the upcoming school year. We wish everyone a beautiful summer.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Summer Hours

Discovery Main Office Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM to 2:00PM

If you are in need of assistance outside of these hours, please visit the Discovery website for email contact information or call 703-228-2685.

Open House

 August 25, 2022- 8:30AM for families with last names from M to Z.

 August 25, 2022- 9:00AM for families with last names from A to L.

Kindergarten Tours

Please sign up for a tour if you are a new Kindergarten family here.

Dates & Times:

Fun Public Librarians Promoted Summer Reading

Discovery ES Summer Reading Program - Finding Joy

This document was sent home last week. Post it on your fridge door and return it to your child’s new classroom teacher in the fall. We will also post it on our library webpage.

Order your Nathan Hale books by clicking here

Nathan Hale will visit Discovery ES and Williamsburg MS Monday, Sept. 12th

Summer of Nathan Hale for rising 4th, 5th & 6th graders

What are the details about ordering books?

Who is Nathan Hale?

Where can I get his books?

How can I possibly win a free copy of his newest book?

Win one of 6 copies of his newest book

Let’s Make History: Create Your Own Comics (available Oct. 11th)

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 6, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

Our newest student showed up bright and early today. Check out the picture below. Weather is looking good for Field Day. Please note that second grade and fourth grade will be eating in the Dining Commons on that day. Today Progressive Hip Hopper Christylez Bacon performed for all grade levels. He entertained us with his beat boxing and free style.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Field Day is THIS Friday!

The PE team is excited for Friday’s big event and is appreciative of all the volunteers who signed up to help! Please ask your child to wear their grade level shirts for the day. There will NOT be any water events, so no need for students to bring backup clothes. Students should bring a labeled water bottle and comfortable sneakers (no crocs, open-toed shoes please!) and are encouraged to wear a hat, sunglasses, and apply sunscreen. The early forecast shows a high temperature in the low 80s with partly cloudy skies - perfect for a day of fun!

Field Day Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to be a part of this year’s Field Day! We had a number of requests from parents who did not get a chance to sign-up (all slots were full by last Tuesday evening!) and we have expanded the number of sign-ups for both the morning and afternoon times. As a reminder, Station Volunteers will be needed for grades PreK-2 (8:45-11:30AM) and/or grades 3-5 (12:15-2:30PM). Use this SUG to sign-up. More information will be sent out prior to Field Day to all volunteers.

Discovery ES Summer Reading Program - Finding Joy

This document will be sent home before the end of the school year. Post it on your fridge door and return it to your child’s new teacher in the fall.

Summer of Nathan Hale for rising 4th, 5th & 6th graders

Nathan Hale will be visiting Discovery ES and Williamsburg MS Monday Sept. 12th

Who is Nathan Hale?

Which books should I read first? His first book One Dead Spy sets the tone for the series. Lafayette, Big Bad Ironclad and The Underground Abductor support 4th grade VA history.

Where can I get his books?

How can I possibly win a free copy of his newest book?

Win one of 6 copies of his newest book

Let’s Make History: Create Your Own Comics (available Oct. 11th)

Discovery Yearbooks

Discovery Yearbooks are in! Pre-orders will go home with students this week. If you did not place an order, yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Yearbooks are $20 each, cash only. In-person sales will occur on the Solar Plaza near the main entrance.

Schedule:

Thursday 6/9 after school, beginning at dismissal until 4:30PM

Friday 6/10 before school from 8:15-9AM

Garden Volunteer Signup

We are in desperate need of more garden volunteers! Simply select a weekend to tend to both pollinator and fruit and veggie gardens by cleaning up trash, watering plants, pruning dead leaves/pulling weeds, and picking any ripe food for yourself or AFAC. Click here to register!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

Please join us tomorrow at 6PM for PTA Bingo on the Veranda. At 7PM we will hold our last PTA meeting of the year. We will start with a brief discussion on safety and security and the move into voting in new board members. We also hope to see you at the Ice Cream Social on Friday. The PTA has secured two ice cream trucks from 6-8PM. Come socialize on the playgrounds and enjoy sweet treats!

Lastly, if you are not returning to Discovery next year, please let Sandra.Amores@apsva.us know. We are very close  to requesting an additional classroom at some grades. We want to make sure our numbers are correct so we find the best teachers.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Field Day Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to be a part of this year’s Field Day! We had a number of requests from parents who did not get a chance to sign-up (all slots were full by last Tuesday evening!) and we have expanded the number of sign-ups for both the morning and afternoon times. As a reminder, Station Volunteers will be needed for grades PreK-2 (8:45-11:30AM) and/or grades 3-5 (12:15-2:30PM). Use this SUG to sign-up. More information will be sent out prior to Field Day to all volunteers.

Garden Volunteer Signup

We are in desperate need of more garden volunteers! Simply select a weekend to tend to both pollinator and fruit and veggie gardens by cleaning up trash, watering plants, pruning dead leaves/pulling weeds, and picking any ripe food for yourself or AFAC. Click here to register!

Covid Update

Today we’ve had  11 positive cases reported amongst students and two staff positives.

Pre-K- 1 case

Kinder- 1 case

3rd grade- 7 cases

4th grade- 1 case

5th grade- 1 case

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 23, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

Please join us at 7:30PM on the Veranda for our PTA Meeting. Thank you to those who contributed to the Disco Parent Social and Auction. We hope you enjoyed the evening. We are looking forward to the return of Field Day and hope you might consider volunteering.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Covid Update

Last week we had 22 positive cases reported.

Kinder- 1 case

1st grade- 3 cases

2nd grade- 3 cases

3rd grade- 6 cases

4th grade- 5 cases

5th grade- 4 case

Field Day Volunteers Needed

We are a little over 2 weeks away from this year’s Field Day. We announced the theme, Ninja Warrior, to students last Friday. In order to run a successful event, the PE team needs parent volunteers. Please consider signing-up here and be a part of this year’s big day - the first since 2019! There are 3 different opportunities to assist: (1) Setup Volunteer (7:30-9:45AM); (2) Station Volunteer (Grades PreK-2 - 8:45-11:30AM); and/or (3) Station Volunteer (Grades 3-5 - 12:15-2:30PM).

Congratulations 2022-23 Safety Patrols

A big congratulations to the 45 fourth graders selected to serve as next year’s safety patrols! Their training with current, fifth grade patrols starts Tuesday afternoon. School-based patrols should meet Mr. Duffy in the gym every morning at 8:30AM, beginning this Wednesday and will continue through the rest of the school year. Afternoon duties will be completed by 3:55PM each day. Bus patrols should plan to meet with their bus trainer at their normal morning and afternoon bus pick-up times. Finally, parents/guardians of fourth grade trainees are asked to scan the QR Code found on the back of their acceptance letter, using their student’s iPad. Questions? Please contact DES Patrol Sponsor, John Duffy (john.duffy@apsva.us).

Diversity and Inclusion

In honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Discovery's Diversity & Inclusion Committee is offering a FREE virtual movie night as we watch Moana. We invite any members of our community to participate!

This form is for families interested in receiving a pack of popcorn + discussion questions + login code to watch Moana anytime on Saturday, May 28th. The package will be delivered for each family to students’ classrooms on Friday, May 27th.

We hope you enjoy this time with your Explorer as you have brave, thoughtful conversations as you discover and learn about some cultural components of Pacific Islander communities. While the discussion questions are not required, we hope they serve as helpful prompts.

A few notes:

-The streaming link will not be available prior to or after Saturday, May28th.

-This movie is rated PG (peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements)

Questions? Contact angelique.coulouris@apsva.us 

Garden Volunteer Signup

We are in desperate need of more garden volunteers! Simply select a weekend to tend to both pollinator and fruit and veggie gardens by cleaning up trash, watering plants, pruning dead leaves/pulling weeds, and picking any ripe food for yourself or AFAC. Click here to register!

Upcoming Events

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

The countdown is on…only six more days until we break out the bell bottoms. Please join us at our number one fundraiser this Saturday. Dr. Keith Reeves will MC and it’s an indoor and outdoor event, so there is something for everyone.

On Friday, we celebrated History Comes Alive in fourth grade. We’ve included a few pictures, but will be sending a fun video in the near future. Thank you to the many volunteers it took to make this an engaging and enjoyable day.

We’ve got movie and volunteer opportunities, please scroll below.

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Disco Auction- Discovery’s #1 Fundraiser

Discovery Parent Social and Auction: Saturday, May 21 at 7 PM at Knights of Columbus

Join fellow parents and Discovery teachers and staff at The Disco this Saturday! It's not too late to buy tickets!

The PTA will email the full live and silent auction catalog on Wednesday, May 18 for parents to peruse and plan. The silent auction will be conducted via mobile bidding and will open up on Thursday evening. You do not have to be present at the event to bid on silent auction items! The live auction will be conducted in person. Be on the lookout for the catalog later this week.

There is a wide variety live and silent auction items, including:

  • Weekend getaway in St. Michael’s, MD
  • Signed Caps jersey
  • Wine tasting excursion with limo
  • Local pool membership
  • Tickets to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships
  • Fun teacher-donated experiences (Does your child want to play kickball against their teachers? Serve as Field Day co-captain? Grab an ice cream with friends and their teacher? Run a fire drill?)
  • Plus, lots of local classes, camps, experiences, and more!

Diversity and Inclusion

In honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Discovery's Diversity & Inclusion Committee is offering a FREE virtual movie night as we watch Moana. We invite any members of our community to participate!

This form is for families interested in receiving a pack of popcorn + discussion questions + login code to watch Moana anytime on Saturday, 5/28/22. One package will be delivered for each family by 5/27/22 to their classroom.

We hope you enjoy this time with your explorer as you have brave, thoughtful conversations as you discover and learn about some cultural components of Pacific Islander communities. (The discussion questions are not required, but can serve as helpful prompts.)

A few notes:

-The streaming link will not be available prior to or after 5/28.

-This movie is rated PG (peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements)

Questions? Contact angelique.coulouris@apsva.us 

Garden Volunteer Signup

We are in desperate need of more garden volunteers! Simply select a weekend to tend to both pollinator and fruit and veggie gardens by cleaning up trash, watering plants, pruning dead leaves/ pulling weeds, and picking any ripe food for yourself or AFAC. Click here to register!

SEPTA Awards

Last week we celebrated Kim Cherry as she was honored at the Special Education PTA Awards. Congratulations Kim.

Volunteer Celebration

We know not all of our wonderful volunteers could make last week’s breakfast, but we celebrate you just the same! Thank you for making time to make Discovery a better place for our students.

Hydroponics

Our montessori/pre-k friends helped us plant some lettuce seeds in March that will be harvested and delivered to the cafeteria later this week!

We also had our first few cucumbers from the January planting cycle that were ready to harvest last week! 2nd and 4th grade students helped harvest them and delivered them to Ms. Valentin in the cafeteria! Reports came back that our hydroponic cucumbers were so much better than the ones from the regular food service! We are excited to harvest more in the coming weeks to have for students and staff to eat at lunch.

History Comes Alive

Public librarians - June 8 to discuss summer reading

Visiting Author Nathan Hale for 4th and 5th - Sept 12th

Social-Emotional Resources & Events

Covid Updates

Today we had five confirmed COVID positives. They include

One staff member

Three second grade positives

One fourth grade positive

One fifth grade positive

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 9, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

Our staff truly appreciates your kindness. Thank you for all the treats as we celebrated Staff Appreciation. Last week, we also celebrated Magali Valentin for Lunch Hero Help. Also, this week we want to introduce you to our new school nurse, Michele Wong. We share Michele with Williamsburg. She can be reached at mwong@arlingtonva.us.

Last week we tallied 280 participants for Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day. Now that the weather is warming up, we hope students will continue to use sustainable transportation.

Today, also marked the first day of our head custodians return to work. We are so happy to see Rene Escobar’s smiling face at Discovery!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

Clinic

School Nurse Day is celebrated Tuesday, May 11. Please welcome Melissa Wong to Discovery. We share her with Williamsburg.

Melissa Wong, RN, BSN

Public Health Nurse

Arlington County, School Health Bureau

Department of Human Services

mwong@arlingtonva.us

COVID Update

Today  we had two fifth grade positives reported and one staff member.

Outdoor Lab (ODL)

Grade 5 Field Trip

Our grade 5 students visited the Outdoor Lab on Tuesday, May 3rd (Ms. Coulouris’ class) and Wednesday, May 4th (Ms. Greenberg & Ms. Mpofe’s classes). Our Explorers enjoyed their day of boating, and fishing. They roasted hotdogs, made smores, and enjoyed chips and sliced apples.

Open House

The Outdoor Lab Open House is this Saturday, May 14th from 10AM-1PM or 1-4PM. Please register your family in advance. The ODL welcomes all Arlington families to the open house. Grab your “pod” and explore our 226 acres of mountain trails, meadows, streams and pond.  While at the Lab, your family can:

Donations

Please consider making a donation to the ODL. It is owned by Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA), a nonprofit, tax exempt organization. AOEA depends on donations from the community to maintain and operate the ODL, while APS funds the staff who work at the Lab.

Some needed items include a kayak, a canoe, a snake tank, plants for the seasonal gardens, and a welcome sign.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. The intention of this month is to normalize and de-stigmatize discussions about mental health, including with our youngest learners, provide support, and advocate for resources that prioritize mental health needs and treatment.

Conversations about mental health are important at the elementary school level. 1 in 5 children and adolescents have a diagnosable mental health or learning disorder, and 50% of mental health conditions have an age of onset before the age of 14.

If you are looking to support conversations about mental health, are looking for mental health support, or would like to learn more about this topic,  consider the following resources:

Social-Emotional Resources & Events

Change to Student Late Arrivals and Early Dismissals 

We are now changing over to a new system for checking your students in late and picking up early. You will need your driver's license and your student ID number. We will buzz you to come inside and a staff member will assist you.

2022-23 News Team  (rising 5th graders only)

The application for rising 5th graders interested in being on the news team is due Friday, May 13th. Students can pick up an application from their homeroom teacher or in the library. We will have newsteam observation/training later in June. If you have any questions - john.re@apsva.us

2022-23 Safety Patrols (rising 5th graders only)

The initial application for rising 5th graders interested in becoming a safety patrol for the 2022-23 school year is due this Friday, May 6 at 3:00PM. All 4th graders have been instructed on how to access and complete the application* from the “Patrol” section of the Discovery website. (*Please note, this is a Google Form application and is only accessible to students using their APS login credentials.) A full outline of the application process, including dates, can be found on the Patrol webpage. Questions? Please contact the staff patrol sponsor and PE teacher - John Duffy - john.duffy@apsva.us.

Vaccination Status for Students

Families are encouraged to complete student COVID vaccine verification by uploading their documentation and completing the online questionnaire.

Access the portal here: https://apsva.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9KMZQzvMK61iJ4G. Please ensure you enter an “S” before your student’s ID number to ensure that their record is updated appropriately. Families who need support can contact the COVID Response Team at covid@apsva.us.

Please note that while you may have submitted your student’s vaccine card to the clinic, APS uses Qualtrics to verify vaccine status.

Upcoming Events

Monday April 25, 2022

Dear Discovery Families,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Earth O Rama. It was a lovely evening of performances, shopping, and socializing. A huge thank you to all the parent volunteers and staff and helped make the evening a success. We are looking forward to the The Disco PTA Auction on May 21st. The weather looks great tonight. We hope to see you at 7PM on the Veranda for our April PTA Meeting. Lastly, the Book Fair is still open, please stop by!

Warmly,

Erin and Judy

COVID Update

Today we have five new positive COVID cases. We have one positive in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade. Please see the attached informational letter. Test-To-Stay is available for close contacts.

 

Book Fair is open until noon on Wed. April 27