Electronic Friday Folder - October 12, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
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)
10/21    3rd Grade Fall Picnic, 4:00-6:00pm (Hayes Park)
​​​​10/25    Early Release (Dismissal at 1:26pm - Parent/Teacher Conferences)
10/26    No School (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
10/31    Halloween Parade, 2:00pm
11/2      2nd Grade Social Event, 5:00-7:00pm (Hayes Park)
For the complete 2018-2019 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA News: This Week at ASFS

Have you read the ASFS Electric News that came out this week? Take a look at our latest bi-monthly newsletter if you haven't read through already - lots of important information from Ms. Begley and Ms. Jones, the grade-level teachers, and all the subject areas at ASFS.

To say thank you to our teachers and staff for all they do for our students, the PTA provided a popcorn and treat bar during their professional development day on Columbus Day. Just one of the many things our PTA is able to do to support ONE T.E.A.M. thanks to your generous support! 

Hope to see you at the Halloween Costume Swap tonight (Friday, 10/12), and keep an eye out for all the grade level social events coming up - another great way to meet and connect with fellow ASFS families. With School Picture Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences, and the ASFS Halloween Parade and classroom parties all later this month, October is a busy but fun month at ASFS! Also a perfect time to help out where you can - there are many opportunities below, submit your Volunteer Form if you haven't already, or feel free to reach out with any questions about how to get involved. Thank you for your support!  -Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Principal Notes from Ms. Begley

On this beautiful fall Friday, here are some updates and important notes from Ms. Begley: 

  • Today at 12:25 there will be a flyover of 14 WWII airplanes honoring our WWII veterans as part of the Culpepper Air Fest.  Thank you to Steven Leutner for informing us of this opportunity.
  • The turf has arrived and is being stored.  The installation company will begin preparation of the field the last week in October.
  • Many of our students are enjoying wearing “tie” shoes.  Please help your child learn to tie their own shoes independently while we are supporting this in our classrooms.  If they are unable to tie independently, it becomes a safety risk when they are running and playing and fall down.  Thank you for your support.
  • Thank you to all of the second and third grade parents who attended the coffee on Thursday.  We appreciate your collaboration of information and questions.
  • If you have not “signed up” for your Parent Teacher Conferences, please do so by MONDAY!  We look forward to 100% participation all of families!


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

Next Friday, October 19th is PICTURE DAY! All students will be photographed for the yearbook even if you chose not to order pictures. LifeTouch, now part of the Shutterfly family, is offering some great new discounts this year by ordering online (with Picture Day ID HJ278087Q0). To take advantage of these discounts you must order by midnight October 19th.

  • Online orders will receive a free Shutterfly photo album

  • "Family Rewards" program offers discounts for families with multiple school-aged children including free digital downloads. Providing LifeTouch is the photography company used by schools serving your children, the reward program applies across elementary, middle and high schools!! Sign up for the “Family Rewards” program!

Should you prefer, please send paper order form(s) and payment with your child by October 19th. 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.



Calling all Kindergarteners and their families for the KINDERGARTEN FALL PICNIC!! Join us tonight (Friday, 10/12) 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

Halloween Costume Swap - TONIGHT (Friday, 10/12)

All are welcome! Join us in the multipurpose room tonight (Friday, 10/12) from 6:00-7:30pm for the ASFS Halloween Costume Swap!

  • WHAT: Save $, celebrate fall & National Costume Swap Day!
  • WHY: You have old costumes* to pass on & maybe you’ll find one that’s new to you. Plus, more community fun & dinner
  • Details: Drop your costumes & accessories in the box next to the office until the 12th when you join in for the fun!  We’ll have music, dancing & fall-themed activities while kids search for their new-to-them costume. 
  • Dinner? Never fear, the Big Cheese Food Truck is here (again)! If gluten & dairy are more frightening than those costumes, check out the vegan soup offerings: Big Cheese Food Truck Menu

*You do not have to donate a costume to get a new one. Costumes should be clean and in fair condition. All sizes welcome! 

***We can’t do it without you! Email Amy or Sylvia if you can help with an activity station.***

See the ASFS Halloween Costume Swap 2018 Flyer for more details - hope to see you there!

Box Tops Year-Long Contest Underway
Box Tops for Education is an easy, no-cost way to support our school. Please cut out and submit those little pink certificates you find on all sorts of products. Look here for the whole list.

Here are the class standings as of October 1st:

  • First place:  Gallagher
  • Second place:  Pitsakis
  • Third place:  Lewis
  • Fourth place:  Pickett

Help your class catch up and stay ahead. Send in your Box Tops in a zip top baggie, or glued or taped to a submission sheet. Please include your teacher’s name. Please note: Expired Box Tops are not accepted. If you have any Box Tops that expire 11/1/18, please submit them by Friday October 19th. Thank you, Amy Hodges​​​​​

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

Odyssey of the Mind

LAST CALL! Last call for 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 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 15 electronically to dhakura@hotmail.com.  Also, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Dima Hakura at the above email address.

ASFS Odyssey Sign up Sheet 2018-19


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

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


ASFS T-shirts Available for Sale

​​​​​We are excited to announce that the shipment of ASFS shirts has finally arrived. Many of you have reached out asking to purchase one of the new shirts.  Well, Friday night is your chance. We will be selling the new shirts (along with some other ASFS goodies) at the Halloween Costume Swap and Kindergarten Picnic. And one last bit of exciting news, you asked, we listened, adult shirts are here with both female and male versions. So come join us Friday, October 12th, and get your hands on the new spirit wear, swap costumes, meet families and enjoy this great fall weather. Contact Jen Bethel and Shaudy Ridgway with any questions.

Calling ALL Halloween Candy!

Did your kiddos have too much candy fun on Halloween? Consider sharing some or ALL with ASFS which will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. Look for the Candy Collection box in the ASFS lobby on November 1st, 2nd and 5th.   


Save the Date! 3rd Grade Picnic - Sunday, October 21st

Mark your calendar! All 3rd Graders and their families are invited to the 3rd Grade Picnic on Sunday, October 21st from 4:00-6:00pm at Hayes Park (across from ASFS).  Look for more details coming soon! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Tara Bibb.

Save the Date! 2nd Grade Social Event - Friday, November 2nd

Calling all 2nd Graders and their families! Mark your calendar for a 2nd Grade Social Event on Friday, November 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm at Hayes Park (across from ASFS) for a chance to meet and mingle with other second grade families.  Stay tuned for details, and contact the 2nd Grade Social Event Hosts with any 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.


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.