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PTA Board of Managers

 Ayat Abu Halimah
Genevieve Borendame
Vice President*
Laurel Parkerson
Julie Phillips 

Anthony Brownlow

Past President
Margaret Bramlett

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Discovery School PTA                                May 1, 2018   

 1:  Election Day (NO SCHOOL)
 2--22: Career Activities (see article below)
 4:  Talent Show Auditions
      Discovery School Trivia Night
 5:  Campus Beautification Day
10: Boro Book Battle, 6:00 p.m. at Hobgood
11: Choir Performance, 5:30 p.m.
      T-Shirt Design Deadline (grades 4-6)
      Library Books Due
 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week
 18:  Talent Show
 23:   Field Day
       Cross Country Tryouts
 24:  Kindergarten Graduation
 25:  LAST 1/2 DAY OF SCHOOL  (11:15 dismissal)

Enjoy Summer!

 31:  Back to School Open House, time TBA

 1:  First Half Day
 6:  First Full Day
     Kindergarten Meet the Teacher

My name is Ayat Abu Halimah, and I am honored and excited to serve as your PTA President for the 2018-2019 school year. This is our family's fifth year at Discovery School, and it is my second year on the PTA board. I have three kids at Discovery School: a kindergartener, a fourth grader, and a fifth grader. I also have a sophomore at Central Magnet. 

I have a lot of fresh ideas and things to do for the coming school year, and I need you all to make this possible by your membership and volunteering. Enjoy your summer, Explorers, and I'll see you after the break. If you have questions, please contact me at or through the Discovery School PTA Facebook page
What has PTA has done this year?
Discovery PTA has invested heavily in our most important resource, our teachers. PTA-funded Teacher Enrichment allowed visits to Discovery from a specialist in the field of gifted education and a half-day seminar from a specialist in the field of diversity and inclusion in public education. PTA has paid registration fees for many of the seminars and conferences our teachers have attended. Each classroom and special area teacher received money in their room accounts for their individual classroom needs. PTA has also worked to encourage our amazing teachers and staff through events like the welcome back breakfast, teacher half-day lunches and a special snack on conference day.
PTA Student Enrichment funds have provided a visit from author Nathan Hale, and we are anticipating a visit from the Nashville Ballet on May 9 th . PTA supports the BEST Robotics program and sixth grade graduation.
This year PTA has strived to build comradery among Discovery Families with the Boo-Hoo/Yahoo breakfast for Kindergarten parents, Discovery Fest-O-Fall, and the upcoming Discovery Trivia Night.
This year the PTA has funded the ongoing beautification of our building through the school mural project and new flag poles, and we are currently collecting bids for a major landscaping improvement.
Discovery, this is YOUR PTA! Thank you for selling Smart Cards, attending the spirit nights, buying spirit wear, making donations to the general fund, collecting Box Tops, using your Publix key tag, registering your Kroger card to support Discovery, and for the countless hours of time so many parents have spent serving our school. None of this would be possible without you!
It has been a pleasure serving as your PTA President.
All the Best,
Margaret Bramlett, 2017-2018 
PTA OFFICERS 2018-2019
These officers were approved at the April general membership meeting:

President-Elect: Genevieve Borendame
Vice President: Laurel Parkerson
Secretary: Julie Phillips
Treasurer: Anthony Brownlow

Parents, we are considering changing from a PTA to a PTO next year. Please take this important survey to find out why and have your voice heard. 



at the first annual 
Discovery School Trivia Night
May 4, 2018  5:00-7:00 p.m. 


Did you forget to order a yearbook?  A few are available in the office for $25 (c ash or check payable to Discovery School). 

 Auditions May 4th 
during Special Area
  • Open to 1st -6th grades
  • Students are limited to one audition piece
  • Auditions will occur during special area time in front of the entire grade level.
  •  If there is a group with multiple grade levels please choose one of the group
    member's special area time. These groups will audition first so students will
    not miss much class time.
  •  Have any music or props ready to go. Music can be on a CD or electronic device.
  • Due to the number of students auditioning we will not have time to watch the entire act.
  • All acts that are accepted into the final  show must
    be 5 minutes or less.


DS Talent Show May 18th



Student Council  will be planting bulbs and constructing the final phase of the Explorer Garden on May 5th  during the Campus Beautification Day. If you have bulbs you would like to contribute, please send them to Mrs. Baltimore's  attention in a dry brown paper bag.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, May 7th
Sign up to bring something yummy for our wonderful teachers. 

Favorite Things Gift Cards (see the Favorite Things lists in the left column) Bring a card or two throughout the week to shower our teachers with really fun treats! 

   Career Day
"Career Week" activities will be spread throughout the month of May. On May 2nd 5th and 6th grades will be interviewing with City Officials, School Board Members, and Chamber of Commerce volunteers for the "job" of their choice at JA Biztown. On May 15th  2nd-4th grades will engage in career exploration through special area classes including science lab. On May 17th , Kindergarten and 1st grade will go outside to experience Careers on Wheels with a focus on mobile professions. On May 22nd,  5th and 6th grades will travel to Nashville for the JA Biztown experience funded by The Explorer Fund. THANK YOU for making this opportunity possible for our upper grades. 


DS Choir Presents

American Pop Forever

Friday, May 11 th

Come and enjoy some of the most popular songs from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s!!

It will be a hit!

School Lunch Hero Day-- Friday, May 4th
Be sure to thank our cafeteria workers for all their hard work feeding us and keeping us healthy every day!

Free Comic Book Day! -- Saturday, May 5th 
Head to your local comic book store or over to Linebaugh library to pick up some free comic books for the whole family!

Boro Book Battle -- May 10th at Hobgood Elementary, 6pm
Come cheer on our book battle team as they compete in the third annual Boro Book Battle!

ALL BOOKS ARE DUE Friday, May 11th

Buy One Get One FREE Book Fair
Wednesday, May 16th through Friday, May 18th 

ALL items at this fair are buy one get one free! This is a great time to stock up for your summer reading so don't miss it!  We will be open each day from 7:30am-4:30pm. Volunteers are always appreciated! Sign up here: 

READATHON - May 21st
It's a day devoted to reading! How many pages do you think we can read in one day? Look for more details to come.

Cross country tryouts for rising 3rd through 5th graders (current 2nd - 4th) will be after school on May 23rd.  Students must be able to run one mile in under 9 minutes in order to qualify. We will have a boys' team and a girls' team. The teams will meet periodically throughout the summer to train, and the races (meets) will start in September. For more details go to

The Discovery School Science Olympiad team won FIRST PLACE in the Middle Tennessee elementary schools competition. We are so proud of our Explorers! 

Discovery School Parent Running for Murfreesboro City School Board

My name is Amanda Moore, and I have been a Discovery School parent for the past eight years. During that time, I served for many years on the PTA Board as member-at-large, volunteers chair, and vice president. I have decided to take this service to our schools to the next level and am running to serve on the school board for Murfreesboro City Schools. The election to fill three seats on the school board is August 2.

My daughter, Ada Vance, is a 5th grader at Discovery School, and my son, Henry Vance, graduated from 6th grade at Discovery School and is now a 7th grader at Thurman Francis Arts Academy. My husband, Jason Vance, is a librarian at MTSU. I am an attorney, and I've spent my legal career in public service.

I am a strong advocate for public schools and for Discovery School. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at 615.439.7792,, or Thank you!  
If you have any Box Tops left, get them turned in before the end of the year! There is a drop box near the front office. 
Box Tops reminder:
When turning in your Box Tops, make sure that you put your teacher's name on the bag or envelope so your class will get credit toward the monthly prize!
Kroger Shopper's Card
Register your Kroger Card each August to support Discovery School


Don't forget to pick a Publix Key Tag up at Open House or send a request to the PTA

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