Electronic Friday Folder - February 8, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
2/9                ASFS Dog Walk, 10:00am (ASFS)
2/13              Early Release (Dismissal at 1:26pm)
2/13              2nd/3rd Grade Parent Coffee (Re-scheduled), 8:30-9:30am
2/13              ASFS STEM Night, 6:30-8:00pm
2/13              Sign-On Party Tickets On Sale, 8:30pm 
2/14              ASFS Classroom Valentine's Day Parties, 2:30-3:30pm
2/15              Online Auction Opens, 12:00pm 
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

A huge thank you to Abby James, lead ASFS Special Education teacher for an informative and engaging presentation at our February 5th PTA meeting! If you missed it, here are links to the materials: Special Education at ASFS an Arlington Parent Resource Center Overview. And congrats to Ms. Holston's 3rd grade class for earning an extra recess for the highest parent attendance, for the second month in a row. 

Next week, hope to see you at ASFS STEM Night on Wednesday, February 13th from 6:30-8:00pm - one of our most highly anticipated family events of the year. Thanks to Ms. Lin for all her hard work and coordination and to all parent volunteers. We still need more help if you can sign up to volunteer - pick a shift that works for you to make the night a success. It's a lot of fun and a great chance to provide hands-on support for the kids!

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Babysitting & Parking Available for Auction

To make it easier for everyone to join us, we now have babysitting & parking available for the 2019 ASFS Auction! 

BABYSITTING: Girl Scout Troop #5613 will be hosting a "Kid's Night Out" babysitting event at ASFS on 2/23 from 6:30-10:30 (extend to 11:30) for parents who are attending the auction. Your kids will love playing games in the gym and watching movies with their friends. 

To have your kids join the fun, please complete the babysitting form and return to the ASFS office. Pre-registration ends on February 18th - sign up now to guarantee a spot! Spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis after February 18th. If you have questions, please contact Danielle Erkmann (co-leader of Troop #5613). 

Babysitting Flyer & Form

PARKING: Validated parking will be available nearby. Clarendon Ballroom is also right across the street from the Clarendon Metro and a short Uber ride from home. 

ATTIRE: If you want to get festive, Party City and Amazon have some 1920s costumes available! Otherwise, come dressed in whatever you are comfortable in for a fun evening out. 

Buy Auction Tickets

ASFS Dog Walk is TOMORROW at 10:00am

This 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 are collecting the following items to donate to local shelters and animal organizations at the race:

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 tomorrow!

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Community Service Week ONE T.E.A.M. Hands to Hearts

We are off to an amazing start! K-3rd grades have made some wonderful designs and crafts with their hands to fill the hearts of local homeless people and deployed U.S. military troops. The Three Little Pigs skit was performed by A-SPAN to help kindergarten and 1st graders understand how someone could lose their home. A-SPAN was thrilled to received 111 bagged lunches, 30 boxes of cereal, $640 (almost ALL in coins) and 697 bars of soap and shampoo!!! All of this will go a long way to help our local homeless community. 

2nd and 3rd grades had two special guest speakers: Dyan Smith, Founder of Operation Turbo, and Lieutenant Colonel Jon Merrill, aka Andrew Merrill's dad. Dyan spoke about how Operation Turbo came to be and Jon shared how special it was to receive care packages and notes from kids while deployed in 2014. The kids wrote letters and created "hugs" to mail to the troops along with donating over 200 lbs. of goodies - toothpaste, granola bars etc- for their "Boxes of Home" care packages. Operation Turbo will pack the boxes and supplement goodies beyond what was collected.

We will wrap up the week with 4th and 5th grade projects, Lost Dog and Cherrydale Health and Rehab, respectively. Watch for posts from these events in next week's eFF.

Overall, we are helping several charities and the students seem to really enjoy having these hands-on projects. We hope the students realize community service can be helping a larger group or it can be helping your neighbor who is hungry or even the new kid at school who has no one to play with. Supporting your community - weather a friend or a foe- takes many shapes and really develops the character of each one of us and thus the community.

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!

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Sign-On Parties - On Sale After STEM Night! 

Sign-On Party Tickets on Sale @ 2/13 at 8:30pm (right after STEM night)

Thank you to the generous ASFS parents who are offering up their homes (and fitness studios) to our community! They invite you to join them for some very fun parties and activities:

  • Barre and Bubbles, Spin and Sip
  • Wits and Wagers, Poker Night
  • Halloween Party, Tequilas and Tacos Fiesta, Decades Dance Party, Beer, Bourbon & BBQ
  • Couple's Beer Tasting at Total Wine
  • Mom's Night Out at Total Wine, Shopping Night at Current Boutique

Mr. Harvey is also generously sponsoring two "Afternoon of Sports with Mr. Harvey" events, and Baroody will be offering a Parent's Night Out, hosted at ASFS. Details coming early next week: 501auctions.com/asfs/

Manicure with Your Teacher? Painting Party? Picnic in the Park? 

Give your child the gift of a special experience with one of their teachers with an ASFS Teacher Experience. 

 List of ASFS Teacher Experiences

Bidding on ASFS Teacher Experiences begins on Friday, 2/15 at Noon; The Online Auction ends on Saturday, 2/23 at 10:00pm.

Details coming early next week: 501auctions.com/asfs/

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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.

Green Tips & Celebrating LOVE - From The Green Team

We LOVE our kids...but maybe not those pesky germs they bring home! What can we do during cold season to keep germs at bay? Here are our top 3 suggestions:

1. Wash, wash, wash, your hands so they stay clean! (Tune of "row your boat") 

You can sing any song you'd like, but make sure it's at least 20 seconds long. A mention of fingertips and in between fingers is a plus! Remember, antibacterial soap also kills good bacteria, so keep to a minimum.

2. Send sugar packing!

When cute heart-shaped cookies and candies flood our senses this time of year, it's hard to say no! However, sugar curbs immune system cells that help fight bacteria. Instead, support your immunity by eating fruits & vegetables with Vitamin C, such as berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, kale & many others. Our science-savvy kids can relate when you explain it this way. Remind them how you LOVE them and want to care for their bodies :-) 

3. Hydrate

We may feel thirst less frequently in winter, but how about that dry skin? Don't wait to feel thirsty, stay hydrated with plenty of water and warm, caffeine & sugar free fluids to keep things (including germs) moving. Our go-to favorite is warm water with some fresh squeezed lemon and a pinch of anti-microbial honey to feed that sweet craving. What's yours?

For more information, please see 5 Ways To Prevent the Flu When You’ve Got (Germy) Kids

*Keep these important tips in mind as you prepare for your Valentine's celebrations in the classroom. 

As always, we'd love to hear your ideas! Email Amy or Sylvia. Love, The Green Team

REGISTER NOW for Arlington Girls Softball

Spring is Just Around the Corner- Don't Miss Out - REGISTER NOW! Teams are Forming Now and Guaranteed Team Placement ends next week Feb 15th. Registration Closes March 2nd 

Go to agsafastpitch.com. Click on the banner "AGSA/SAGE PROGRAM  Registration Now Open." Log-in and Register, and Prepare for a Great Fun Filled Season of Girls Softball!

 

National Building Museum’s Discover Engineering Family Day

National Building Museum’s Discover Engineering Family Day

Saturday, February 16, 10 am–4:30 pm 

Free, drop in. All ages. 

Try out exciting, hands-on engineering experiences and talking with professional engineers of all kinds. You can: DESIGN a motorized bot to walk across a table, CONSTRUCT a building that can withstand high winds, LAUNCH a ping-pong ball into the air, MIX slime, CODE secret messages, MEET an astronaut, and MORE! Click here 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.