Electronic Friday Folder - January 25, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
1/25              Kindergarten/1st Grade Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (ASFS Library)
1/28              No School (Grade Preparation Day)
1/30              2nd/3rd Grade Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (ASFS Library)
1/30              5th Grade Concert (Re-scheduled), 2:30pm (for students) and 7:00pm
​​1/31              SCA Bingo Night, 6:30-8:30pm (ASFS Multipurpose Room)
2/4-2/8         "One TEAM Hands to Hearts" ASFS Community Service Week
2/5                February PTA Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm (ASFS Library)
2/8                4th/5th Grade Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (ASFS Library)
2/9                ASFS Dog Walk
2/13              Early Release (Dismissal at 1:26pm)
2/13              ASFS STEM Night, 6:30-8:00pm
2/14              ASFS Classroom Valentine's Day Parties, 2:30-3:30pm
2/23              2019 ASFS Auction, 7-11pm (Clarendon Ballroom)
For the complete 2018-2019 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.

PTA News: This Week at ASFS

Calling ASFS volunteers! We need your help to make these upcoming events a success. Together, we are ONE T.E.A.M. See below for details, and thanks so much for your support!

  • 2019 ASFS Auction - Volunteer for a shift at the auction, it's a lot of fun!
  • Community Service Week - Help the kids during their grade-level service projects (2/4-2/8)
  • Food Bus - Just an hour or so of your time on a Friday afternoon that works for you
  • STEM Night - Support IS Teacher Ms. Lin during this family-friendly event on 2/13!

Thanks to Ms. Bulford, ASFS Resource Teacher for the Gifted, for hosting an informative Gifted Services Referral and Screening Process Overview this week. If you missed her presentation, take a look here, or you are welcome to learn more by visiting the ASFS Gifted Services page on the ASFS website. Also attached is the ASFS Gifted Service Referral Form. Feel free to contact Ms. Bulford with any questions.

Finally, take a few moments to watch the APS Superintentent's Annual Update to the School Board at last night's Arlington School Board Meeting (1/24/19), which contains some important information about enrollment projections and the APS Spanish immersion program, that may impact the ASFS-Key building swap.


Principal Update: News from Ms. Begley

Friday is Schoolwide Pajama Day! Appropriate pajamas are appreciated.

Where Do I Park?

Many people have been parking in inappropriate places. While we have lost several spots due to the turf installation, people are parking in spots on the street and in the park that are not appropriate for parking. Please do not do this. It makes movement very difficult and is a traffic hazard. We must make arrival and departures of our students safe. The best answer is to use the bus and then they are safe. Please consider this option.

Turf Update

Turf field prep began on January 3, 4, 5. The precipitation has presented a few challenges for the installation, but we are on our way.

On Time Arrival

Students are asked to be in the building by 8:50 am in order for them to get to their classrooms, unpack, and relax before they begin their day. Announcements begin at 8:55 am and class at 9:00 am. Please help your child(ren) to be prepared for class and enter in a calm manner to be accessible for learning.

If your child has class in the trailers, please DO NOT drive through the parking lot to drop them off. This is a safety hazard. Drop your child off at the front door and if he/she is late, a late slip will be given at the office before going to class. If the child is late and goes to class, he/she will be directed back to the office to receive a late slip which will delay them further. The best way to avoid this is to have your child(ren) ride the bus. The second way is to have them at school by 8:45 am and then he/she will be on time for class.

Thank you for helping us serve your child(ren) effectively.

2019 ASFS Auction: Stock the Wine Cellar!

Don't have the time? Donate the wine! 

Donate Wine to the ASFS Wine Cellar — Want a quick and easy way to contribute to the ASFS Auction? Each year, we auction off a variety of wine packages at the auction. Drop off a bottle of wine at Grace Lee’s home (1609 N Johnson St) or Rebecca Lee’s home (2515 N. Franklin Rd) by February 1st. All price points and varieties are welcome! Please email Grace (gracehwanglee@gmail.com) or Rebecca (rfarlee@gmail.com) in advance to coordinate. More details at: asfspta.com/2019auction


ONE T.E.A.M. Hands to Hearts
ASFS Community Service Week
We are thrilled to announce our first ASFS Community Service Week - February 4th-8th, 2019. Leading up to this we have a series of drives to help fulfill needs of the amazing charities below.

All collection drives are Tuesday, January 22nd - Friday, February 1st. Kindly consider donating based upon your child's grade/charity needs. Feel free to cross donate if you have items from list below.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade - A-SPAN  

A-SPAN offers food, shelter and support services to 50 homeless people daily with the goal to end homelessness in Arlington. On Monday, February 4th Kindergarten & 1st grades will make over 100 bagged lunches with artwork and/or notes for the receiver.

    How You Can Help: Sign up to provide hands-on help with the lunch project from 9:05-9:50am or to donate supplies for the bagged lunches.
    Collection Drive:
    • Cereal boxes - Grocery cart collection box in Lobby
    • Travel size toiletries - Bath tub collection box in Lobby
    • Coins - container in each classroom*

    2nd Grade & 3rd Grade - Operation Turbo  

    Operation Turbo ships "Boxes of Home" to deployed military stationed around the world. On Tuesday, February 5th 2nd & 3rd graders will collate the goodies and create notes for the receivers. Also included will be return notecards addressed to the school so the students may hear back from the military women and men.

    Collection Drive (Collection box in Atrium - all full size items please):

    • Men's Deodorant 
    • Toothpaste
    • Peanut Butter (16 oz only); needs to fit into the boxes
    • Tuna Packets (no cans)
    • Kind Bars
    • Clif Bars
    • Granola Bars
    • Starbucks Instant Packets 
    • Hand Sanitizer (2 oz only)
    • Men's Soap (NO Irish Spring)

    4th Grade - Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation  

    Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation helps homeless pets find their way into loving homes through rescue and adoption. On Thursday, February 7th our 4th graders will create cozy no-sew fleece blankets for the animals.

    Collection Drive: Clean used Blankets and Towels - collection box in Atrium (by gym)

    How You Can help: 4th Grade Lost Dog Volunteer Sign Up

    5th Grade - Cherrydale Health & Rehabilitation Center

    Cherrydale Health & Rehabilitation Center provides long-term care to seniors and short-term rehabilitation care. On Friday, February 8th, students will work in groups to make no-sew fleece blankets. After-school, interested 5th graders may sign up for an optional after-school outing to make Valentine's Day cards with the residents (forms due by Friday, 2/1). Look for details in the flyer/field trip form sent home with students and via email.

    How You Can Help: Provide hands-on help with the no-sew blanket project from 10:00-10:45am, chaperone the after-school field trip, or provide Valentine's Day card supplies: 5th Grade Cherrydale Rehab Volunteer Sign-Up

    Please direct any questions about Community Service Week and the donation drives to Karrie Beaudry.

    ASFS Supports Families Impacted by Furlough

    We would like to remind all ASFS families who may be impacted by the furlough that our ASFS teachers, principals, school counselors, and social workers are available for support. Please feel comfortable to reach out anytime to Ms. Hawthorne, Ms. Proietti, Ms. Begley, Ms. Jones, or Ms. Washington.  If you have any questions, concerns or requests for help, please don't hesitate to ask. Our ASFS community is here to support one another.

    In addition, APS encourages families and students to talk with a school counselor to discuss any concerns or needs they may have, and has communicated reminders about support that is available for meals and extended day: APS School Talk (1/10/19): A Message to APS Families about the Government Shutdown .

    Finally, just a reminder that AFAC is available to provide free weekly groceries to all Arlington residents in need, including those affected by the federal shutdown. AFAC has no income limits and is available to families and individuals who need short or long-term food assistance. Please visit afac.org/govshutdown for more information. Our ASFS Social Worker, Cherelle Washington, can assist with any referrals.

    ASFS Food Bus: Volunteers Needed

    ASFS students have saved over 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.

    How You Can Help: SIGN UP to make a weekly delivery! Whether one week or as 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.


    Art News from Ms. Garfield

    There is currently a selection of student artwork from ASFS being displayed at the Syphax building where Human Resources is located. This display will be up until February 14th, 2019 for anyone to see. The address for this building is 2110 Washington Blvd Sequoia Plaza 2, Arlington, VA 22204. Student artwork is right at the top of the stairs, on the second floor. Students whose artwork was selected have been invited to attend a reception held on Wednesday, January 30th. Contact Ms. Garfield with any questions.  ​​

    Last Call! ASFS Teacher Work Day Camp - Monday, January 28th

    If you are looking for child care on Monday, January 28th during the upcoming Grade Preparation Day, Baroody Camps is offering a one-day camp at ASFS. Core camp hours are 9:00am-3:00pm with before and after care available.  Click below to view the flyer for more details:

    ASFS Day Camp Flyer - Monday, January 28th

    Visit the Baroody Enrichment Website to register today! Contact Baroody Camps with any questions.

    Family Bingo Night - Thursday, January 31st


    2019 ASFS Auction: The Countdown Continues... 

    One Week Left for EARLY BIRD Tickets ​​​​​​

    We would love to have our whole community join the celebration at the school auction so we have a few ticket options available: 

    • “Pay As You Want” Ticket - you set your own price for your auction tickets (as low as $1) - if you are affected by the government shutdown or if the cost is a concern for any reason.
    • Early Bird Special - if you buy your tickets by 1/31 you will receive a free raffle ticket ($20 value) 
    • Sponsor a Teacher - cover the ticket cost for one of our amazing teachers

    2019 ASFS Auction Tickets


    If you are affected by the government shutdown, we are here for you. Please come and enjoy the auction and do not worry about cost. Please use the "Pay As You Go" ticket and select the $1 option. If you need any additional assistance, please reach out to Kristi Tsiopanas, and we are here to help.

    For more auction details, check out our 2019 ASFS Auction Flyer, or visit our ASFS PTA Auction Website.

    2018-2019 Yearbook - Orders Due April 12th

    Some new and exciting news about Yearbooks! This year we are trying a new system for ordering Yearbooks. There are two ways to order and five different Yearbook packages to choose from.

    Ordering Options

    1. Complete the paper order form (looks similar the Picture Day order form) that your child will bring home.
    2. Place your order online:

    Website: ybpay.lifetouch.com

    Yearbook IB Code: 13273619

    Order Deadline: April 12, 2019

    NOTE: Autograph Inserts are being provided with each yearbook ordered.

    Please contact Ms. Caven with any questions or concerns. Thank you for supporting our school!


    APS Desegregation Tribute - Monday, February 4th

    All ASFS families and incoming Dorothy Hamm Middle School students are welcome to this family-friendly event, APS Desegration: A 60th Anniversary Tribute Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future - Monday, February 4th at 6:30pm in the HB Woodlawn Auditorium (4100 Vacation Lane).

    Join APS School Board Chair, Reid Goldstein, and other School Board members, along with community members, former students, and special guests to remember those who desegregated Stratford Jr. High and Arlington Public Schools in February of 1959. Arrive at 6pm to explore artifacts and art; the formal presentation will begin at 6:30pm. 

    See the APS Desegregation Tribute flyer for more details. Contact Ellen Smith with any questions. 


    Dorothy Hamm Middle School News

    Academic Planning Nights for Dorothy Hamm Middle School will be held on the following dates at H-B Woodlawn:

    • Rising 6th Grade: Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00pm
    • Rising 7th & 8th Grade: Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00pm
    Save the date for the next organizational PTA meeting on Tuesday, February 19th at 7:00pm in the Cafeteria at HB Woodlawn. All interested parents are invited to attend. If you would like to serve on one of the planning committees (bylaws, nominations, membership, hospitality, or publicity), contact DHMS Principal Ellen Smith.


    Family STEM Night, Wednesday, February 13th (6:30-8:00pm)

    Please join us for our annual Family STEM Night on Wednesday, February 13th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.! Some of the highlights of the event include: engineering challenges, a computer programming room (“Coding Zone"), a simulated mission with the space shuttle simulator, demonstrations from our two First Lego League teams, and more!

    Parents, your help is greatly needed to help make our Family STEM Night a success! We are looking for as many volunteers as possible. If you can help with either set-up, greeting, manning the different STEM challenges/stations, and/or clean-up, please click here to sign-up or or you can e-mail Ms. Lin. We split up the night into two shifts (6:15-7:15 p.m. and 7:15-8:15 p.m.) so that you have some time to enjoy the STEM night with your child. Thanks so much!


    Girls on the Run: Spring 2019 Session

    Register for the Spring 2019 Session of Girls on the Run, which starts March 4th and goes through May 19th. All ASFS girls in grades 3-5 are welcome to sign up. Practices are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:30am at ASFS. This 10-week curriculum teaches girls to be strong, healthy, and confident, and discusses topics like positive thinking, standing up to peer pressure, positive body image, and healthy relationships.

    Register online via the Girls on the Run homepage between January 28th and February 25th.

    See the Girls on the Run Flyer for more information.

    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.