Electronic Friday Folder - August 24, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
8/24       2018-19 Class Placements mailed home (US Mail)
8/25       ASFS Lemondade Stand, 2:00-4:00pm (Clarendon Market Commons)
8/30       Open House, 3:00-4:00pm 
              Kindergarten Playdate, 4:00-6:00pm (Hayes Park, across from ASFS)
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.

PTA News: This Week at ASFS 

Welcome to the first weekly Electronic Friday Folder (eFF) of the 2018-18 school year! Look for the weekly eFF in your inbox every Friday (and make sure you opt-in to the PTA Directory to continue to receive the eFF during the school year). 

The first day of school is less than two weeks away! ASFS teachers, staff, PTA board members and committee leads have been working hard to get ready for another great year ahead. See below for lots of ways to meet new families and get involved - from the ASFS Lemonade Stand on Saturday, 8/25 to distributing school supply kits on Tuesday, 8/28 to the kindergarten playdate on Thursday, 8/30, hope to see many of you at these fun upcoming events.

Also, make sure you have Thursday, August 30th from 3:00-4:00pm on your calendar for the ASFS Open House. It is a great chance for your child to meet his/her teacher(s) and visit their classroom. Drop off your child(ren)'s school supplies, and stop by the PTA Welcome Table to buy your ASFS t-shirts, magnets, and cookbooks, join the PTA, learn about our new Buddy Program, and sign up to volunteer for the 2018-19 school year. Hope to see you there!


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:


Join the ASFS PTA for 2018-19!

Have you joined the ASFS PTA for the 2018-19 school year yet? Join 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!

Join the ASFS PTA 

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


"Chill Out" at the ASFS PTA Lemonade Stand

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.

Market Commons "Chill Out" Event Flyer

  • Chainsaw Ice Carving Demo
  • Carved Ice Selfie Station
  • Free Nicecream Scoops
  • Appearance by Slapshot from NHL Champs Washington Capitals

ASFS PTA Lemonade Stand Volunteer Sign Up

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 Mary SchmergelAllison Horbaly, or Dena Porter.


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

ASFS Kindergarteners: Pizza in the Park

Calling all ASFS Kindergarteners! Come and join us for our final Kindergarten playdate! Bring your kindergartner for PIZZA IN THE PARK! Immediately after the Open House on Thursday, August 30th from 4:00-6:00pm at Hayes Park (across from ASFS). Look forward to seeing all of our new ASFS kindergarteners. Hope you will join us! Please use the link sign up to let us know if your kindergartner will attend: Pizza in the Park Sign-up

ASFS Annual Back to School Picnic


"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 questions - have fun designing!


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. See the ASFS Family Buddy Program Flyer below for complete details:

ASFS Family Buddy Program Flyer

Feeling Green? We Need You!

The PTA’s Sustainability Committee is ready to help ASFS continue on its path to a healthier and more environmentally-friendly community. Our efforts to help ASFS students and families reduce waste and save energy can save us all time and money, and help our planet at the same time.

This year we plan to continue our popular “swaps” that allow students to pick up new-to-them Halloween costumes, coats, and sports equipment at no charge. Our families save money and de-clutter at the same time. We’ll also be looking for ways to reduce our school’s trash and improve air quality in the parking areas.

If you’d like to be a part of this team, please let us know.  Thank you!  
Sustainability Committee Co-Chairs Sylvia Cacciato and Amy Hodges


Box Tops For Education: Easy, No-Cost Fundraising

Ready to help raise money for our school? Box Tops for Education are an easy way, and it costs you nothing extra.  Those little pink certificates on packages of Cheerios, Cascadian Farms, Nature Valley, Scott, Ziploc, Larabars, and more? Cut them out! Each one is worth ten cents for our school: List of All Products with Box Tops

After you cut out the Box Tops, glue or tape them to a “submission sheet,” like the one that’s coming home in backpacks in September, or just collect your Box Tops in a zip-top baggie or envelope. We’ll have classroom contests during the year, so keep an eye out for details. 

***Alert!*** It’s "Bonus Box Tops Certificates" season!  When you’re at Costco, look for these certificates on products like Nature Valley, Annie’s, and Big G cereals. 

Let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you, Amy Hodges

Register for ASA Soccer

If your child is interested in soccer, now is the time to play in the fall season! It is a great way for kids to get outside and make friends. The only required gear is shin-guards! Arlington Soccer Association provides the uniforms and practice balls. 

We are also always looking for parents who might be interested in coaching, or even helping someone else coach. No "serious" soccer experience is necessary. We provide a new coach orientation, free training, AND weekly lesson plans! It is a unique chance to get to know your child and their friends in a new, fun setting. We will keep adding new teams through Labor Day.

 Register for ASA Soccer

APS Updates

Please visit the APS Updates page of our PTA website for the latest timeline of the Elementary Boundary Process. The most pressing date is August 28th, when APS staff will have a work session at the Syphax Center at 7:00pm. Visitors are welcome to observe but may not comment. You can also livestream the meeting - check our webpage for the link!

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. 

PTA Reminders

ASFS PTA Meeting Minutes Missed the last meeting? Read the minutes online...

APS Updates Stay engaged! Review the latest updates from APS...

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