Electronic Friday Folder - October 5, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
10/8      No School (Columbus Day)
​​​10/10    Walk/Bike to School Day
10/10    Early Release (Dismissal at 1:26pm)
10/11    2nd & 3rd Grade Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (Library)
10/12    Kindergarten Fall Picnic, 5:00-7:00pm (Hayes Park)
10/12    Halloween Costume Swap, 6:00-7:30pm
10/17    4th & 5th Grade Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (Library) 
10/19    School Picture Day
10/19    1st Grade Fall Picnic, 5:00-7:00pm (Hayes Park)
10/25    Early Release (Dismissal at 1:26pm - Parent/Teacher Conferences)
10/26    No School (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
For the complete 2018-2019 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.

PTA News: This Week at ASFS

Hard to believe we are already one month into the start of the school year! We are up to over 200 PTA Members for 2018-19 (20% of ASFS families), we have received over 100 PTA Volunteer Forms, and our generous community has contributed over $15K to the No-Frills Fundraiser (14% of ASFS families). Our goal is 100% participation, so if you haven't already - join the PTA, submit your volunteer form, and donate to No-Frills today!

October is a lot of fun at ASFS! Many family and school events to look forward to - from the Costume Swap, parent coffee events, grade level picnics, and of course the ASFS Halloween Parade, make sure to mark your calendar with the Key Upcoming Dates above, and hope to see you there!


Walk/Bike to School Day - Wednesday, 10/10

JOIN THE FUN! Walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 as part of this great event to join children and adults around the nation to celebrate the benefits of bicycling and walking. There will be prizes and snacks in front of the school for all Walkers and Bikers! Learn more at walkbiketoschool.org.

Walk/Bike to School Day Flyer

Volunteers Needed! ASFS Food Bus

Spare an hour on a Friday afternoon to help support a great program that reduces food waste and feeds the hungry in Arlington! The ASFS Food Bus needs parent volunteers to pick up food from the ASFS Food Bus refrigerator, sort it into bins, and deliver it to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Sign up for one week or many weeks as fit into your schedule - any and all help is appreciated! Email Jackie Java with any questions. For more details, click here: ASFS Food Bus 2018

Food Bus Volunteer Sign-up


Calling all Kindergarteners and their families for the KINDERGARTEN FALL PICNIC!! Join us on Friday, October 12th 5:00-7:00pm at Hayes Park (across from ASFS). 

Pack a picnic dinner or buy food at the Big Cheese Food Truck, that will be located in the ASFS parking lot!   Come mingle and get to know other kindergarten families. During the picnic, you could get your child’s Halloween costume at the Costume Swap at ASFS too.

Don’t forget to bring your picnic blanket and chairs! Hope to see you at Hayes Park! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at oubenadi@verizon.net -Rabia Oubenadi & Julie Olcott


ASFS Costume Swap & Supper! Friday, 10/12, 6-7:30pm

Join us to celebrate autumn, community & National Costume Swap Day! ASFS Green Team’s annual event will take place in the Multipurpose Room. Have a costume that no longer works for your kid(s)? It could be perfect for someone else! Look for the box next to the office (under staff photos) where we’ll collect costumes, or even costume pieces until the 12th when you join in for the fun!  We’ll have music, dancing and fall-themed activities while kids search for their new-to-them costume. Think of the money saved, plus the resources that go into making all those new costumes! Bonus: ASFS t-shirts will also be on sale at the swap!

Worried about dinner? Never fear, the Big Cheese food truck is here (again)! If gluten & dairy are more frightening than those scary costumes, check out the vegan soup offerings - yum! Big Cheese Food Truck's Menu

*You do not have to have donate a costume to get a new one. Everyone is welcome - the more the merrier! Costumes need to be clean and in good condition. All sizes welcome! We know you'd love to help with games. Email Amy/Sylvia with questions and availability. See you Friday, October 12th from 6:00-7:30pm.

First Grade Fall Picnic - Friday, 10/19

Calling all First Graders and their families! Mark your calendar for the ASFS First Grade Fall Picnic on Friday, October 19th from 5-7pm at Hayes Park (across the street from ASFS). Come join fellow first grade families for fun, food, and to celebrate the start of a new school year! See the flyer for details and what to bring:

ASFS First Grade Fall Picnic 2018 Flyer

Email Sarah Leonard or Heather McIntire with questions - hope to see you there!


Sign Up! Parent-Teacher Conference Meals

The PTA will be hosting dinner and light breakfast, for the hard working teachers during parent teacher conferences on October 25th & October 26th! 

It will be a long day for our teachers, so we need to provide them with some much needed nourishment. We need your help to provide this much appreciated treat! If you are able to contribute, please sign up.

All contributions need to be dropped in the Staff Lounge by 3pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday please. Non perishables may be dropped the day before. Pershables should be left in the refrigerator. All contributions should be labeled “FOR TEACHERS DINNER” or “FOR TEACHERS BREAKFAST” If you have any questions feel free to reach out! Thank you! Rabia Ismail Oubenadi, ASFS Staff Appreciation Chair


Donate to ASFS No-Frills Fundraiser

Thanks to your generosity, the No-Frills Fundraiser has now raised over $15,000! These funds, along with our other fundraising programs this fall, have brought us to 20% of our total 2018-19 fundraising goal. If you haven't already, donate today to support our school! Please contact Kristi Tsiopanas with any questions. 

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! 

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Volunteer Day - A HUGE shout-out to Hanover Research!!

Hanover Research came out en mass to lend a hand in beautifying ASFS grounds on Tuesday, October 2nd, during their Week of Community Service. We are so fortunate to have a local organization that supports community service! These 20 folks, along with parent volunteers, worked through the heat of the day to repaint all the blacktop games, handrails, benches, string sun catchers and lots of yard work. The students really enjoyed seeing the work-in-progress and as some were passing by offered color choices for the blacktop games! Please take a moment to look how their hardwood paid off!

A special thanks to Ms. Lin who reorganized her schedule to guide a landscaping group throughout the afternoon as well as Rob Shelton, an ASFS parent, who worked tirelessly on cleaning up the plant beds.

Volunteer Day Photos


Odyssey of the Mind

Calling all those interested in joining the creative problem-solving competition that teaches students from kindergarten through college to use the Arts, STEM, Critical Thinking and Teamwork as tools to think beyond the box. 

If you are interested in being a Contestant, a Coach, a Judge and/or a Volunteer, this is the time to sign-up!  Please submit the attached Registration Form by October 15th electronically to Dima Hakura.  Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dima Hakura.

ASFS Odyssey of the Mind Registration Form 2018-19 (Word Doc Version)



The Reflections Contest is a national arts contest sponsored by the PTA. The theme for this year’s contest is "Heroes Around Me." All ASFS students are encouraged to enter; please see details in the attached flyer and student packet. Entries are due (along with the completed student packet) to the submission box in the ASFS Library by Tuesday, October 30th. Contact Michelle Brydges or Lynn Westwater with questions

Reflections 2018-2019 Flyer

Reflections Student Packet (2018-19)

Art in the Classroom: Volunteers Needed

Art in the Classroom is a PTA program designed to increase the exposure of visual arts. Parent volunteers lead an hour-long workshop providing a quick background about the artist and also leading a fun, hands-on art project with the students. It’s a fun way to engage with students the classroom. No experience or previous knowledge of art is necessary!

Each classroom needs classroom volunteers to teach workshops each month as well as a classroom coordinator to coordinate the schedule. The PTA provides project guides and art supplies. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child's classroom teacher to schedule your workshop. If you have any questions, please contact the ASFS Art in the Classroom Coordinator, Kristi Tsiopanas.

For More Information

Ready-Set-Smile! Picture Day is Friday, October 19th

Mark your calendars for ASFS School Picture Day coming up on Friday, 10/19! Watch for your flyer and order forms in backpacks on Friday, 10/5. All students will be photographed for the yearbook.

If you choose to order a school picture package, you may order online through midnight on 10/19, or send in the paper order form and payment with your child by 10/19. If your child is absent, don't worry, make-up pictures will be held on Friday, November 16th (individual photos only). Contact Karrie Beaudry with questions.


New Middle School Naming Committee Update

The new middle school at the historic Stratford site is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. ASFS has two parent representatives serving on the Naming Committee for the New Middle School. If you have any suggestions for a new name, or your thoughts on keeping the name Stratford, please send them to Toni Wexler by October 20th prior to the next meeting. For details and more information, please see the New MS Naming Committee Update.

Spotlight on the ASFS Color Guard

Congratulations to the ASFS Color Guard! They will be performing at three upcoming Arlington High School football games - all are welcome to come support them! Please contact Mr. Harvey with any questions.

  • Friday, October 5th 7:00pm (Yorktown HS)
  • Friday, October 19th 7:00pm (Washington & Lee HS)
  • Friday, October 26th (Wakefield HS)

The Big Build at the National Building Museum - Saturday, 10/13

Join us for a day filled with hands-on family fun on Saturday, 10/13 from 10 am–4 pm, FREE, all ages. Discover what it's like to be a builder and meet plumbers, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields. A special feature this year is author Joshua David Stein who will lead story time with activities around his new book Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture. 

Participate in over 30 activities including: 

  • Cement mixing
  • Virtual reality, augmented reality, and other technologies
  • Decorative arts for the home
  • Woodworking
  • Truck petting zoo
  • Storm water management
  • Spackling
  • Much more!

All Museum exhibitions are open and free to the public during the Big Build. Click here to read more about the event. 

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.