Electronic Friday Folder - September 7, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
9/9        Back to School Picnic, 4:00-6:00pm (All ASFS families welcome)
9/9        After School Enrichment Class Registration Opens
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)
9/19      Kindergarten Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (Library)
9/20      Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts Info Night, 6:30-7:30pm (Multipurpose Room)
9/25      (Updated) 1st Grade Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (Library)
For the complete 2018-2019 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA News: This Week at ASFS

Hope everyone has enjoyed a great first week back at school! Wonderful to see all the kids parading by class into school on Tuesday morning, and so many new families at our PTA meeting that night. For having the highest parent attendance, Ms. Mintzer's kindergarten class earned an extra recess!

Coming up this week at ASFS, two important events to look forward to:

  • Join us for the Back to School Picnic on Sunday, 9/9 from 4-6pm, always a fun event and great way to kick off the year (details are below). ***Note: Rain date on Sunday, 9/16 from 4-6pm. Check your email and the PTA website for updates.
  • Mark your calendar for Back to School Night on Wednesday, 9/12 from 7-8:30pm (adults only) to learn about the upcoming year from your child's teacher. Stay tuned for the agenda with classroom breakout sessions so you can plan your evening.


ASFS Back to School Checklist

Have you checked off all the boxes yet? A few important reminders as you kick off the school year:

ASFS Annual Back to School Picnic


WHEN: Sunday, September 9, 2018 4:00-6:00pm (Note: Rain date on Sunday, 9/16 from 4-6pm. Check your email and the PTA website for updates.)

WHERE: ASFS Parking Lot & Field

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a side dish to share! Don't forget your picnic blanket and chairs. Cash/checkbook (for PTA dues, no-frills donations, ASFS t-shirts and magnets). Canned goods and cereal to support AFAC.

Come join in the fun and bring the family! There will be music, face painting and games! Meet and mingle with other ASFS families. Burgers, hot dogs and popcorn will be provided. Kona Ice will be available for sale (proceed to support ASFS!)


    ASFS Annual Back to School Picnic Volunteer Sign Up

    Email Rabia Oubenadi with any questions. Hope to see you there!


    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, ALL FAMILIES 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 login to ParentVUE by Friday, September 14th & follow the instructions below to ensure you are included in the October 2018 ASFS PTA Directory launch.

    Opt-In to the PTA Directory Instructions

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


    ASFS No-Frills Fundraiser

    Great news! We kicked off the No-Frills Fundraiser this week and we’ve already raised over $5,000 for ASFS. Thank you so much for your generous donations!

    Top Ten Reasons to Donate to No-Frills:
    #10 - It’s fast; just return this form with a check to the ASFS office.
    #9 - Or even faster: you can donate online
    #8 - It’s easy; no need to sell wrapping paper to your neighbors. 
    #7 - Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.
    #6 - Your employer may match your gift. 
    #5 - It requires almost zero volunteer time. 
    #4 - We are hoping for 100% participation. No donation is too small — or too big! 
    #3 - 100% of your donation goes directly to ASFS, not to an outside vendor.
    #2 - We can spend the rest of the year focusing on our kids instead of fundraising. 
    #1 - It enables all of the great programs and events we have planned this year to support our kids! 

    More Details

    Any questions? Please contact Kristi Tsiopanas


    After-School Enrichment Class Registration - Opens Sunday, 9/9

    Back by popular demand, Baroody Camps will be offering after-school enrichment classes beginning the week of October 1st on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3:45-5:00pm. See the flyer below for details, including the complete class schedule. Online registration will open this Sunday, September 9th, and will close on Tuesday, September 18th. 

    To register for classes, go to: ASFS After School Enrichment Class Registration (Note: site will be updated on 9/7/18 with Fall 2018 information; Registration will open 9/9/18.)

     ASFS After-School Enrichment Program Flyer (Class Schedule)

    Contact Baroody Camps with any questions.

    Volunteer in the ASFS Library

    If you are interested in volunteering in the library this school year, please contact ASFS Assistant Librarian Tom McGuire. He will send you a link to sign up for available time slots (during the school day) that fit into your schedule. Thank you!

    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


    Come Learn About the Scouts!

    Please join us on Thursday, September 20th from 6:30-7:30pm in the ASFS Multipurpose Room to learn about the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts. Representatives from both organizations will be there to answer questions and provide information about how your child can become a Scout! See the flyer below for more details:

    Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Information Night Flyer


    "Design the ASFS Stairs" Art Contest - Submissions due September 21st

    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 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.

    PTA Reminders

    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.