Electronic Friday Folder - November 2, 2018


Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
11/2               2nd Grade Potluck, 5:00-7:00pm (Hayes Park)
11/4               4th Grade Fall Gathering, 2:00-4:00pm (Rocky Run Park)
​​11/6               No School (Election Day)
11/6               November PTA Meeting, 7:00pm (ASFS Library)
​​​​​11/8               2nd Grade Concert, 2:30pm (for students) & 7:00pm (Updated Date)
11/12             No School (Veterans Day)
11/12             5th Grade Social Event, 3:00-5:00pm (Rocky Run Park)
11/13             Gifted Services Overview, 8:00-9:00am (ASFS Library)
11/15             SCA Tasty Tales, 6:30-7:30pm
11/16             Picture Make Up Day
11/21-23       Thanksgiving Break (School Closed)
For the complete 2018-2019 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.

PTA News: This Week at ASFS

Thanks for a great Halloween parade and celebration on Wednesday! What a beautiful day to see all the kids in costume and so many parents gathered for the classroom parties.

Coming up this week, we hope you can join us on Tuesday, November 6th at 7:00pm in the Library for our November PTA meeting. In addition to important ASFS news, event updates, and committee information, come meet Ellen Smith, principal of the new middle school at the historic Stratford site, for the latest news on the school and planning for the 2019-20 school year. Here is the complete agenda: ASFS PTA Meeting Agenda November 2018. There is no school for students on 11/6, but childcare will be available in the gym. Hope to see you there!


ASFS Teacher Work Day Camp - Tuesday, November 6th

THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN UP! Do you need child care on Tuesday, November 6th? Looking for a fun option for your child(ren) to spend time with ASFS friends during the upcoming APS Grade Preparation Day? Baroody Camps is offering a one-day camp to be hosted at Arlington Science Focus School on Tuesday, November 6th.

Kids will spend the day engaged in a variety of programs that will foster children’s development and curiosity in a challenging and structured environment. All classes are held on-site in a familiar setting, at a convenient location, and with lots of fun planned! Core camp hours are 9:00am-3:00pm with before and after care available.

Click below to view the flyer for more details:

ASFS Teacher Work Day Camp Flyer

Click the link below to sign up:

Register for Baroody Day Camp (Tuesday, 11/6)

Contact Baroody Camps with any questions. Thank you!

Halloween Candy Collection for Ronald McDonald House

Trick or Treat! Last two days to share some or ALL of your Halloween candies with Ronald McDonald House. Look for the Candy Collection box in the ASFS lobby on Friday, November 2nd and Monday, November 5th.


Collection Drive for Hurricane Michael Relief

Please help support a local Girl Scout Troop with their collection of comfort items for kids and families affected by Hurricane Michael!

  • You can donate gently used or new “comfort items" to be distributed to Florida families in need 
  • Please drop items in the collection box outside the ASFS office by Monday, November 5th
  • Used items include: books and games
  • New items include: stuffed animals, blankets, slippers, socks, pajamas, coloring books/crayons, small flashlights/batteries, backpacks.
  • Letters of support and encouragement also welcome
  • See attached flyer for more info: Hurricane Michael Relief Gift of Comfort Flyer

Questions? Contact Tara Bibb - THANK YOU!

ASFS PTA Directory Update

The eagerly anticipated ASFS PTA Directory is in the final stages of testing before launch. Thank you for your patience as we work through a new system this year. And thanks to the ASFS office staff and PTA Directory team for all of their time and effort to get the directory ready to go for our school community. As you know, the PTA Directory provides the primary way parents are able to communicate with one another, so stay tuned for details when the PTA Directory becomes available.

Thanks to all ASFS parents who have opted into the PTA Directory - we currently have about 85% of families who have chosen to be included. If you would still like to opt in, you may login to ParentVUE or complete a paper Release of Student Information Form in the front office.

Please contact ASFS Directory Leads, Anna Whitehead and Amanda Agetstein, with any questions.


30 Days of Kindness Challenge

ASFS is challenging you to complete 30 kind acts in 30 days! The 2018 Kindness Challenge kicks off on Thursday, November 8th and concludes on Saturday, December 8th as ASFS hosts Gifts That Give Hope: NoVA's Alternative Gift Fair. Gifts That Give Hope is a free, family-friendly event that puts a charitable spin on holiday giving and promotes local area nonprofits.

Take the challenge and complete one kind gesture every day! Print off the calendar for suggestions, or make up your own. Ready, Set, Spread Kindness!

Gives That Give Hope Kindness Challenge 2018 

Box Tops for Education Contest Leader Board

Here are the current standings as November begins:

  • First place: Caven (5th Grade)
  • Second place: Kirschenmann (4th Grade)
  • Third place: Gallagher (5th Grade)
  • Fourth place: Pitsakis (4th Grade)

Keep your class in the race! Be sure to look for Box Tops for Education on everyday products like Ziploc, Cheerios, Larabars, Nature Valley, and Cascadian Farm. Cut out the little pink certificate, and collect them in a zip top baggie, envelope, or glue or tape them to a submission sheet. Submission sheets are available by the white plastic drop-off bin by the multi-purpose room. Make sure to include your teacher’s name before dropping them in the white bin. Thank you, Amy Hodges

Second Grade Potluck - TODAY (November 2nd)

Questions? Please feel free to contact the Second Grade Social Committee.

Fourth Grade Fall Gathering - Sunday, November 4th

To all ASFS Fourth Graders, ASFS invites you and your family to the ASFS Fourth Grade Fall Gathering on Sunday, November 4th from 2:00-4:00pm at Rocky Run Park (1109 N. Barton Street).

Join fellow ASFS fourth grade families at Rocky Run Park and be sure to bring soccer balls, basketballs, frisbees, etc. for an afternoon of fun.

Please bring a nut free snack to share with others:

  • Last Name between A-H: Fruit
  • Last Name between I-P: Crackers/cookies
  • Last Name between Q-Z: Drinks (mini water bottles, juice boxes, pouches, etc.) 

Contact Patricia Wilson with any questions. Hope to see you there!

4th Grade Fall Gathering Flyer


Fifth Grade Social Event - Monday, November 12th

Save the date! ASFS 5th graders and their families are invited to a Fifth Grade Social Event on Monday, November 12th from 3:00-5:00pm at Rocky Run Park (1109 N. Barton Street). With no school on Veteran's Day, hope you can join us for snacks and time to get together with fellow ASFS 5th grade families. Stay tuned for more details, and email Chau Do and Natasha Chikhali if you have any questions.


Save the Date: Outside the Box Day – November 28th, 9-11am

Please join us for Outside the Box Day on Wednesday, November 28th from 9:00-11:00am! We hope you will enjoy watching the students engage in one of the many children's engineering projects that will be taking place at ASFS. The students will be presented with a challenge, the criteria they will need to meet, and the materials they’ll get to work with. Then they’ll brainstorm possible solutions, choose the best one, and execute it. Be especially on the lookout for the children’s incredible problem-solving skills when they run into a problem, and encourage them to find solutions to their obstacles by thinking outside the box! You will be amazed by the children’s creativity!

Parents, please meet in the library at 9:00am. before being dismissed to the classrooms. At this event, we ask that you not bring siblings as we want you to be able to fully participate with your child and his/her classmates in the classroom. Thank you!

Recyclables Needed for Outside the Box Day – Please Start Saving!

In order for the children to complete their engineering projects on Outside the Box Day, each grade level will need specific recyclables. Please check the attached document to see what your child’s grade level needs, and if you can save other materials on the list for other grade levels, we would greatly appreciate that as well! Please send the recyclables in to your child’s classroom or Investigation Station as soon as you can. It is important for us to know how much we have/how much we still need early on. Thank you for helping to contribute to the success of Outside the Box Day!

Recyclables Needed for Outside the Box Day 18-19

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.