ASFS Electric News - August 2018

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
8/7         August PTA Meeting, 7:00pm (Library)
8/24       2018-19 Class Placements mailed home (US Mail)
8/30       Open House, 3:00-4:00pm
9/4         First Day of School!
              PTA Parent Coffee, 8:45am (ASFS Parking Lot)
              New Families Reception, 6:30pm (Library)                       
              September PTA Meeting, 7:00pm (Library)
9/9        Back to School Picnic, 4:00-6:00pm (All ASFS families welcome)
9/12      Back to School Night, 7:00-8:30pm (Parents only)
9/18      Speaker Event: Monique O'Grady (Arlington School Board), 7:00pm (Library)
For the complete 2018-2019 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


Summer Greetings from the ASFS PTA

Welcome to the summer edition of the ASFS Electric News! We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer, and looking forward to the start of the 2018-19 school year. The ASFS teachers, staff and PTA have been working hard to get ready for another great year. We are excited to announce our new ASFS PTA motto: ONE T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More. We are so fortunate to be a part of such an amazing and diverse ASFS community, and hope we can all work together to give our students the best possible experience at ASFS this year.

For the latest school news and information, bookmark the ASFS PTA website and visit frequently for updates. Also, look for the weekly Electronic Friday Folder (eFF) sent out every Friday during the school year.  

If you have any questions or want to get involved, feel free to reach out to Dena Porter or any of the PTA board members and committee chairs. Look forward to seeing you at the August 7th PTA meeting and upcoming school events this fall!

ASFS News From Ms. Begley and Ms. Jones

Please click below to read the latest ASFS news from Ms. Begley and Ms. Jones...

Important News from Ms. Begley and Ms. Jones

  • Fantastic 2018 ASFS SOL Results!
  • Attendance
  • Continued Collaboration and Communication
  • Summer Office Hours
  • Math Summer Reviews
  • Class Selection and Assignments for 2018-19
  • Thank You to All PTA Members 
  • Residency Specialist and Verification

Exciting News! Niche rated Arlington Science Focus School the #1 Best Public Elementary School in Virginia as part of its 2019 Best Public Elementary Schools in Virginia rankings!


We need your help! The PTA relies on volunteers to make our programs and events a success - sign up below if you can lend a hand with any of these initiatives:

Complete Your ASFS PTA Volunteer Form

The ASFS PTA needs YOU! Please click below to sign up for ASFS volunteer opportunities throughout the 2018-19 school year.  Our goal is that all families volunteer for a minimum of two events/activities. Many of the volunteer positions take very little time, and it’s a great way to show support for the school and meet other ASFS families. Contact PTA Volunteer Coordinator Julie Olcott with any questions.

ASFS PTA Volunteer Form (2018-19)

Important Note: APS requires ASFS volunteers who help out on an ongoing basis and/or chaperone field trips to complete a volunteer application and non-disclosure/confidentiality agreement. Click for details and instructions: APS Requirements for ASFS Volunteers


Join the ASFS PTA for 2018-19!

Have you joined the ASFS PTA for the 2018-19 school year yet?  Join the ASFS PTA online today to support our school and be able to vote in all ASFS elections at PTA meetings. ASFS PTA dues are $10 per individual member or $20 per family. All ASFS parents, guardians, teachers, staff, administrators, and supporters of ASFS are welcome and encouraged to join.​ PTA membership envelopes are also available in the ASFS front office if you prefer to pay cash/check (payable to ASFS PTA). Thank you for supporting the ASFS PTA!

Shop to Earn Money for ASFS

Do you buy groceries? Do you buy things from Amazon? Every time you shop at the grocery store (Harris Teeter, Giant, or Safeway) or on Amazon you could be earning money for ASFS! 

Link your Amazon and grocery rewards accounts today for an easy, free way to help earn money for ASFS.​​​​​​

Shop for ASFS

August PTA Meeting Reminder

Join us on Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00pm in the ASFS library for our August PTA Meeting! Come learn about the latest school news and upcoming events. All new and returning parents are welcome, and free child care will be available in the gym.

ASFS August PTA Meeting Details & Materials


Help with School Supply Kits & First Day Packets

We need your help! Join us on Tuesday, August 28th from 3:00-5:00pm in the ASFS multipurpose room to distribute school supply kits to classrooms and assemble the packets of forms that go home with students on the first day of school. The more hands the better! Spread the word, and feel free to bring older kids to help out. Added Bonus: Besides lending your support as we gear up for the start of the school year, volunteers will have the chance to preview class lists! 

Click to sign up: Volunteer for School Supply Kits & First Day Packets

 Questions? Email Email Mary SchmergelAllison Horbaly, or Dena Porter.

ASFS Annual Back to School Picnic

All ASFS families are invited! Mark your calendar for the ASFS Annual Back to School Picnic - Sunday, September 9th from 4:00-6:00pm in the ASFS parking lot and field. Come join in the fun! There will be music and games! Meet and mingle with other ASFS families. Don't forget your picnic blanket and chairs.

  • Burgers, hot dogs & popcorn will be provided! Please bring a side dish to share.
  • Kona Ice will be sold (proceeds will support ASFS, so be sure to bring cash.)
  • Canned goods and cereal will be collected for AFAC. Look for the collection box.
  • Come visit the PTA table to join the PTA, sign up to volunteer, or buy your ASFS t-shirts and magnets.
  • VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Sign up to help out with set-up/clean-up, welcome table, food table, grill master, and/or games. A great way to meet ASFS families, and it's a lot of fun!
  • ASFS Annual Back to School Picnic Flyer

    ASFS Annual Back to School Picnic Volunteer Sign Up

    Questions? Email Rabia Oubenadi. Hope to see you there!​​​

    ASFS PTA Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

    Come "Chill Out" at our family-friendly fundraiser at the Clarendon Market Commons on Saturday, August 25th from 2:00-4:00pm. Stop by to support ASFS with a cold glass of lemonade, or volunteer below to help out and/or provide supplies for this fun family event. We could use big and little hands to help, so please sign up!

     ASFS PTA Lemonade Stand Volunteer Sign Up

    ASFS Kindergarten Playdates

    Calling all rising ASFS Kindergarteners! Start making new school friends this summer! Rising Kindergarteners and their families are invited to summer playdates at Hayes Park (across the street from ASFS).

    Click for details, including the full schedule: Kindergarten Playdate Flyer & Calendar

    "Design the ASFS Stairs" Art Contest

    Calling all ASFS student artists! Do you like to make things beautiful? Do you have a knack for art, color or design? Then this is the challenge for you!

    The ASFS School Grounds Committee is kicking off the school year with an art contest to beautify our stairs leading up to the blacktop. Interested artists should submit a drawing or design to the PTA Mailbox in the front office (Attn: Lindsey Englerth) by Friday, September 21st.  Please include: Child's Name, Grade, Parent Email Address, and any notes about or inspiration behind your entry. The winning submission will be selected the following week, and the final design painted on the stairs in early October. Contact Lindsey Englerth with any questions - have fun designing!

    Introducing the ASFS Family Buddy Program

    We are excited to announce that we will be starting a new ASFS Buddy Program this year to connect new families with returning families. Getting started at a new school can be overwhelming. The goal of the ASFS Buddy Program is to ease that transition and help new families meet others, have a resource for questions, and just get better acquainted. This program promises to be a lot of fun, and not demanding, of your time. If you are a returning ASFS family interested in serving as a buddy, or if you are a new family and would like to sign up, please email Jennifer Bethel.

    Volunteer Needed: Holiday Helpers Lead

    The PTA is looking for a volunteer to serve as the Holiday Helpers Lead for 2018. The Holidays Helpers program provides gifts to ASFS students in need. If you are interested in leading the coordination for this important initiative, please contact the Nominating Committee directly.

    APS Updates

    APS has released an updated timeline for community engagement as it relates to the Elementary School Boundary Process that will take place this fall. Be sure to visit APS Updates on the ASFS PTA website for more information!

    Save the Date: Join us on Tuesday, September 18th at 7:00pm in the ASFS Library for a visit from Monique O'Grady, Arlington School Board member and our ASFS school board liaison.