Electronic Friday Folder - September 14, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
9/16       Back to School Picnic, 4:00-6:00pm (Rescheduled)
9/18      Speaker Event: Monique O'Grady (Arlington School Board), 7:00pm (Library)
9/20      Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts Info Night, 6:30-7:30pm (Multipurpose Room)
9/21      Kindergarten Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (Library)
9/25      (Updated) 1st Grade Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (Library)
10/2      October PTA Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm (Library)
For the complete 2018-2019 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.

PTA News: This Week at ASFS

Great to see so many families at Back to School Night this week! Thanks to all the teachers and staff for hosting such an informative evening for ASFS parents.

Coming up this week: On Sunday, 9/16, hope you can join us for the Back to School Picnic - always a fun event for the whole family. And we still need helpers - sign up if you can lend a hand for an hour. On Tuesday, 9/18, come meet our Arlington School Board Liaison, Monique O'Grady, at 7pm in the library. Finally, mark your calendar for our upcoming grade level parent coffees, a chance to gather in the library at 9am for Q&A with Ms. Begley, Ms. Jones, and a teacher representative.

Also, remember to complete your Back to School Checklist as we kick off the school year - thank you for all of your support!

RESCHEDULED ASFS Annual Back to School Picnic


WHEN: Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:00-6:00pm

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.

    Note: You may also opt-in by returning the paper Release of Student Information Form you receive in your first day packet, or by registering directly on the PTA website.

    Opt-In to the PTA Directory Instructions

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


    ***Reminder: APS Volunteer Requirements

    Important Note: All ASFS volunteers, including field trip chaperones, MUST return a completed APS Volunteer Application and signed Confidentiality Agreement, and receive APS approval, in order to volunteer at ASFS and/or serve as a chaperone. Once approved, this clearance is valid for three years. Please visit Paige Prenger in the ASFS Front Office to turn in your forms or to confirm your status.

    Download the APS Volunteer Application Form and APS Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement, or see below for more details. You may also visit the APS Volunteers and Partnerships page.

    APS Volunteer Requirements

    ASFS No-Frills Fundraiser

    Thanks to our generous ASFS families, our No-Frills Fundraiser has already raised over $9,000! Thank you so much for your donations! What a great community we have, showing such amazing support for our school.

    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

    Sign Up Now! After-School Enrichment Class Registration

    Online registration will be open through Tuesday, September 18th! A lottery system will be used if there is more demand for a class than there is space available.

    To register for classes, go to: ASFS After School Enrichment Class Registration

    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. 

     ASFS After-School Enrichment Program Flyer (Class Schedule)

    Contact Baroody Camps with any questions.

    APS Updates

    Last week, APS sent out more information related to the ASFS-Key building swap. We have included some important links and updates on the APS Updates page of our website. On September 18th, we will host Monique O'Grady, our School Board Liaison, in the ASFS library from 7:00-8:30pm for a Q&A (see details). In an effort to address all key topics within the time we have, please send your questions by Sunday, September 16th: Submit Question for Monique O'Grady. Contact Kate Merrill with any questions.


    ASFS Food Bus

    ASFS students have saved 1 TON of food and put it in the hands of those in need! Food Bus is a program that operates daily in our lunchroom. Rather than throw away uneaten, unopened, leftover food, the students store it in the Food Bus fridge. At the end of the week, a volunteer collects the food and delivers it to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). For more details, click here: ASFS Food Bus 2018

    How You Can Help: Sign up below to make a weekly delivery! Whether one week or many weeks as fit into your schedule, you pick up the food from the ASFS Food Bus refrigerator, sort it into bins, and deliver the food to AFAC on a Friday afternoon. Help support a great program that reduces food waste and feeds the hungry in Arlington! Email Jackie Java with any questions.

    Food Bus Volunteer Sign-up

    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 by Friday, 9/28

    Still time to order! Order your ASFS Soccer Jersey now - we need all order forms and payment by Friday, 9/28. 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 - One More Week to Go!

    Submit your child's design by next Friday, 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!

    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.