Electronic Friday Folder - August 31, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
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

ASFS Families, hope you are looking forward to the first day of school on Tuesday, September 4th! Look for your teacher's sign to gather by classroom and give your child(ren) a big send off outside on the blacktop as they parade into the building at 9:00am when school begins, and then join us for a cup of coffee at the PTA table.

At 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 4th we invite all new families to the Library for a ASFS New Families Reception, followed by the September PTA Meeting at 7:00pm. Hope to see you there!

​​​With so much information at the beginning of the year, feel free to reach out with questions - email the PTA Board Members, join the Buddy Program, or check out the ASFS PTA Website.

Also, make sure to check out the APS Updates below for the latest news from the Arlington School Board released as part of their recent August 28th Work Session.


Opt-In to the ASFS PTA Directory

New this year! Due to an updated VA law, in order to continue to receive PTA communications, including the Electronic Friday Folder (eFF) and Electric News, and to be included in the ASFS PTA Directory, you must opt-in to the PTA Directory! This is the primary way the PTA and ASFS parents may communicate with one another. (Note: You may set your preferences within the PTA Directory if you prefer not to display personal information.)

Action Required: (Please complete by Friday, September 14th to ensure you are included in the October 2018 ASFS PTA Directory launch.) 

  1. Go to ParentVUE and login with your User Name and Password.
  2. Select Child, click Student Info and then Edit Info.
  3. Scroll down to Release of Student Information 1: PTA Directory Information (For ALL Students).
  4. Select the "Yes, please provide my student/family information" option from the drop down box.
  5. Click the 'Save Changes' button at the bottom of the page.
  6. REPEAT steps 2-5 for each of your ASFS students.

Note: You may also opt-in by returning the paper Release of Student Information Form you receive in your first day packet. Please log into ParentVUE to confirm your PTA Directory Information preferences are saved.

Questions? Email ASFS PTA Directory Leads Amanda Agetstein and Anna Whitehead.


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 

ASFS Annual Back to School Picnic



Our ASFS lemonade stand was a huge success this past weekend at the Market Commons Clarendon “Chill Out” event! We raised $112 for the PTA, but most importantly it was wonderful to see everyone working together as a community. From making decorations, homemade lemonade, marketing, working the cash register to serving customers, the kids (and adults) had a great time!! Thank you to all that supported and helped our family-friendly fundraiser!

ASFS Family Buddy Program

We are excited to announce our new ASFS Buddy Program 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 new ASFS family and would like to sign up, please click below:

Sign up for the ASFS Family Buddy Program

If you are a returning ASFS family interested in serving as a buddy or have any questions about the program, please email Jennifer Bethel.​ For additional details about the program, take a look at the flyer below:

ASFS Family Buddy Program Flyer


ASFS Girls on the Run

​​​​If you have a girl in 3rd-5th grade, consider signing her up for Girls on the Run! Practice is held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:30am, starting September 25th! To learn more or register, please visit Girls on the Run Northern Virginia. Contact Tara Bibb with any questions about the ASFS Girls on the Run program.

Order Your ASFS Soccer Jersey


​​​​Introducing the new ASFS Soccer Jersey, available for pre-order now! Available in Youth Size S/M/L - $25 per jersey ($35 if you would like to personalize with your child's name). Please return your completed order form and payment to the ASFS Front Office. Contact Jen Bethel with any questions.

ASFS Soccer Jersey Order Form

"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!

Arlington Girls Softball Association Fall Registration


APS Updates

APS held a work session on Tuesday, 8/28 to discuss the Elementary School boundary process. You can watch the meeting here, and view the full presentation here. At present, ASFS is no longer being considered in the Fall 2018 boundary process. Instead, ASFS and Key will swap buildings in either 2020 or 2021. This move may also include some boundary changes, but we do not have any other details at this time.  A timeline related to the swap will be published in January 2019. Please visit the APS Updates page on the PTA website for the latest updates as they relate to ASFS. Contact PTA VP External Affairs Kate Merrill with any questions.

PTA Reminders

Join the ASFS PTA $10 per member ($20 per family)

Volunteer at ASFS Complete your form online to get involved!

Shop for ASFS Book Amazon Smile and link your grocery store reward cards.

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

APS Updates Stay engaged! Continue to check for the latest updates from APS.

Electric News Current edition of the ASFS Electric News

All eFF submissions must be received by Eveline Broderick by noon on Wednesday. All content will be subject to approval by ASFS administration and the PTA.