Electronic Friday Folder - February 1, 2019


Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
2/4-2/8         One T.E.A.M. 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, 10:00am (ASFS)
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
2/18              Presidents Day (No school)
2/21              4th Grade Concert, 2:30pm (for students) and 7:00pm
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

Thanks to everyone's flexibility this week with the chilly winter weather! Coming up next week, mark your calendar for a special guest presentation at our February PTA Meeting on Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00pm in the Library. Kathleen Donovan from the Arlington Parent Resource Center and Abby James, ASFS lead special education teacher, will provide an Overview of the PRC and Special Education Process, and highlight all that our SPED team does to support ASFS students and how you can learn more about the services and resources APS offers.

Next week is National School Counseling Week (February 4th-8th). We are so grateful to have Ms. Hawthorne and Ms. Proietti as our ASFS school counselors. Feel free to send in a card or token of appreciation to say thank you for all they do for our students and ASFS families.

In APS News: If you watched last week's School Board meeting, APS shared that plans for the ASFS-Key School building swap have been paused. Check out the APS ASFS-Key School Building Swap page for more details, and feel free to reach out with any questions. Also, to stay engaged on the latest APS updates, take a look at the January 30th APS Ambassadors Update.

Stay warm & as always, thanks for all your support! --Dena Porter, PTA President


ASFS Parent Power

You have the power to make our school auction a success this year! Deadline extended until February 6th because WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please consider:  

  • Making a Family Donation - want to donate sports tickets? homemade ice cream treats? vacation home? (form)
  • Hosting a Sign-On Party - co-host a fun activity or party with other ASFS parents; need a venue? need an idea? need other hosts? we can help! (learn more)
  • Stocking the Wine Cellar - don't have the time? donate the wine! (details) 
  • Volunteering for the Auction Night - spare an hour on auction night? (sign-up) . 

For more details:
 2019 ASFS Auction Flyer

or visit our PTA website: 

Caps Tickets? 

ASFS families love the Caps! You can share the thrill of the game with another ASFS family AND support our school by donating sports tickets to our school auction. Other ideas? How about donating a stay at your vacation home, tickets to events, or even hosting something at your home? Please contact Rebecca Lee by February 6th with questions or donations. 

Family Donation Form



ONE T.E.A.M. Hands to Hearts ASFS Community Service Week is HERE!

Our last day for donation collection is Monday, February 4th!  Thank you for helping your child(ren) learn about helping others in need as well as considering donating to these wonderful charities.

K & 1st Grades - A-SPAN  

A-SPAN offers food, shelter and support services to 50 homeless people daily with the goal to end homelessness.

How You Can Help:  SIGN UP for hands-on help, to provide supplies or donate items listed below.  

  • Cereal boxes - collection box in classroom
  • Travel size toiletries
  • Coins
2nd & 3rd Grades - Operation Turbo  
Operation Turbo ships "Boxes of Home" to deployed military stationed around the world.
How You Can Help:  DONATE items from the list below or supplies for notes of gratitude, postcards and postcard stamps coordinated by your Room Parent.
  • men's deodorant 
  • toothpaste
  • peanut butter (16 oz only) it 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  
Lost Dog and Lost Cat helps homeless pets find their way into loving homes through rescue and adoption.
How You Can Help: SIGN UP or hands-on help or donate items listed below.  
  • Clean used blankets and towels - collection box in classroom
5th Grade - Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation
Providing long-term care to seniors and short-term rehabilitation care.
How You Can Help:  We are looking for a few more volunteers on Friday, 2/8 at 10:00am (right after the 4th/5th grade parent coffee): SIGN UP 
Spaces for the optional after-school Friday, February 8th field trip to Cherrydale Rehab are full. Any additional forms received will be added to the wait list. 
Please direct any questions about Community Service Week to Karrie Beaudry.


APS Desegregation Tribute - Monday, February 4th

All ASFS families and incoming Dorothy Hamm Middle School students are welcome to this family-friendly event, APS Desegregation: 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. 


ASFS Dog Walk - Saturday, February 9th 10:00am

On Saturday, February 9th at 10:00am the SCA is hosting the ASFS Dog Walk! This is the first community service project of the year for the Student Council Association, and you don’t want to miss out on the fun! Meet at ASFS for a walk around the block followed by activities, such as a best trick contest, a peanut butter race, a chance for a family portrait, and other activities for the dogs.  

We will also be collecting supplies the week of February 4th through the morning of February 9th, leading up to the event that will be donated to local shelters and animal organizations. Items can be brought to your child’s classroom anytime during the collection week. Items needed are listed below:

FOR DOGS: Collars - all sizes, Leashes, Crates - all sizes (plastic or wire), Biscuits and Treats, Chew Toys - Nylabones, rawhides, rope toys, etc. Dog Beds, Stainless steel bowls, Baby Gates - for our Fosters , Towels and Blankets , Bandanas - pink and blue for adoption events

FOR CATS: Collars - all sizes, Carriers, Cat Food -any kind, Cat Treats, Toys, Small Litter Boxes, Litter Scoops, Litter , Towels and Blankets, Cat Beds, Bowls - food/water

GENERAL SUPPLIES: Paper Towels, Large Trash Bags, Disposable Plastic Gloves, Disinfectant Cleaner

OFFICE SUPPLIES: Copier Paper, Pens, Stamps, Clipboards

Bring your dog! Bring your friends! Bring your friend’s dog! Don’t have a dog? Come walk anyway!

Please contact Ms. Taylor with any questions. Thank you for your support, and hope to see you at ASFS on February 9th!


Box Tops News…Check Expiration Dates!

Fast Fact: Box Tops DO EXPIRE. Look at the fine print and you’ll see a date. The next big expiration date for certain Box Tops is March 1, 2019, so make sure you bring those into school NOW so I can mail them in on time.

Curious about the contest standings?
  • First place: Caven (5th grade)
  • Second place:  Pitsakis (4th grade)
  • Third place: moving up! Maxey (3rd grade)
  • Fourth place: Kirschenmann (4th grade)
Box Tops are on everyday products like Ziploc, Cheerios, Larabars, Nature Valley, and Cascadian Farm.  Cut out the little pink certificates, and collect them in a zip top baggie or 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.
Help raise money for our school at no extra cost to you! Thank you, Amy Hodges 


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.  ​​


CCPTA Safety Committee

The Arlington County Council of PTAs is looking for parents to serve on the newly formed Safety Committee. This committee will work with APS to assess safety standards across all schools and work to make improvements where needed. Contact Dena Porter if you are interested or have any questions.


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

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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.