ASFS Electric News - February/March 2019

Updated ASFS Master Calendar 2018-19

For the latest ASFS Master Calendar 2018-19 (as of 2/6/19), please click below:

ASFS Master Calendar 2018-19 (as of 2/6/19) 

Note: Please visit the online ASFS Master Calendar on the ASFS website for the latest dates and updates.

Messages from Ms. Begley & Ms. Jones

Thank You to the PTA

Our entire staff would like to thank the ASFS community for the many gifts of time and talent that our parents continue to show us every day.  

Update on the Turf Fields

We continue to work with “Mother Nature” and the construction company to move forward with our turf field. Since this was the first winter installation, it was not known that in order to keep the warranty for the turf it must be installed when there are 5 consecutive days of day/night temperatures of 50 degrees or higher. So we will continue to see some dirt removal and stone installation, but cannot actual lay the turf until we hit the 5 consecutive days/nights of 50 degrees or higher. Thank you for your patience.

Supporting Conferences/Words for Your Classroom Teacher

As we contact parents and have email exchanges, conferences, phone calls, and face to face meetings, please know that our number one goal is support of each and every student in their academic and social/emotional journey. When we inform you of an incident at school, we have investigated the situation and are asking for your support as we help our students to make appropriate and respectful choices in their words and actions. As the adults in their lives, we must assure them that we work as a team and work with natural consequences for inappropriate choices. The concept of a team means that we work together to solve concerns and issues. Please contact your child’s teacher, Ms. Hawthorne, Ms. Proietti, Ms. Jones, or myself to talk through these situations. Help us to reinforce the concepts of respect for self, respect for others, and respect for property.

Supplies in the Cafeteria

Please send the appropriate utensils and supplies with your child's lunch. The supplies in the cafeteria are for students who have purchased their lunch. Thank you.

APS Summer School

The APS Summer School program is designed to support and augment the instructional program of Arlington Public Schools. Each year, it provides varied courses to approximately 6,500 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The elementary strengthening program is designed specifically for those students who need additional time and exposure to grade level standards. Enrollment is by invitation only and is limited to students who have been identified as eligible to participate by their school principal. Elementary students also have the option to enroll in one or more enrichment programs. At the secondary level, strengthening programs enable students to retake courses they have failed and prepare to retake failed SOL assessments. In addition, enrichment courses are offered at the middle school level. High school students may take classes as new work for credit, including a limited number of blended and virtual classes.

Safety Alert in the Parking Lot

Each day we have MANY parents and staff enter and exit the parking lot. Did you know that you are not supposed to exit the parking lot and drive out of the left hand side? On Friday evening, two cars almost collided because the car leaving the parking lot could not see the car coming down the street because of parked cars. When you leave the parking lot, you need to turn RIGHT, drive through the loop and then turn right or left at the end of the loop.

Please help all of us to ensure safety for our students, staff, and parents by following the directions, speed limit, and NO U-Turns in the street. Thank you.


If you do not live in the ASFS attendance zone and do not have an Administrative Transfer you may not attend ASFS. Falsification of documents for residency is a misdemeanor offense. We will need accurate and updated leases and other requirements for residency. Know that we will follow up with you directly if you do not meet these requirements. If you have an expired lease, please bring us your updated lease. If you know of someone who is in violation, please see Ms. Begley. These students are increasing our class size. We want every student that qualifies for residency but people who do not qualify need to move to their neighborhood school. Residency is where the child lives and sleeps. Help us to have students attend our school who qualify to attend our school ONLY. Thank you for your help.

*Know that with the tight budget year, people who attend APS schools and do not live here are costing your child’s education money and resources. We must make sure that every child that attends ASFS actually lives here.

Looking for Parent Volunteers to Help Keep the Bookroom Organized

Ms. Schroeder and the Literacy Team continue to look for additional volunteers to help work in our bookrooms and keep them organized.  Please contact Ms. Schroeder if you can help out.

Dismissal of Walking/Pick-up Students

If you pick your child up from school each day, you must come to the atrium to pick him/her up. Children may NOT walk to the roadway or park. This is dangerous, and all children must be accompanied by their parent or child care provider.

We have had an increasing number of parents/child care providers parking illegally for pick up. Please follow the parking signs. We have asked our Arlington County Resource Officer to come in the morning and afternoon to assist us with traffic.

Several parents have asked if their child can walk to school. These decisions are made for 5th grade students only. Please call Ms. Begley if you would like to discuss this.

Why is Our Absenteeism Growing?

Student absenteeism for non-illness related absenteeism has been growing. While this winter has had an unusually high rate of flu and flu related illnesses, the rise I am talking about has been for people taking vacations and taking days off for things like someone’s birthday. We take the profession of educating your children very seriously, but we cannot instruct our students if they are not in school due to vacations. Please be mindful as you make travel plans to ensure that your child is at school every day they are healthy. The students have all summer off from school to travel and we need them in school to receive, take part, and engage in active and rigorous instruction provide by our highly skilled staff. Thank you for the opportunity educate your amazing child(ren).

How to Use the Parental Portal for Moby Max

The parental portal allows parents to see reports on student progress in MobyMax. Parents can sign in by taking the following steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Select "AS A PARENT" from the top menu.
  3. Enter the school code.
  4. Enter the student's username.
  5. Enter the student's password.


How Do I Create a Parent Account for Reflex Math?

Parents can easily monitor their child’s math fluency progress on Reflex with a Reflex Parent Reporting Account. To set up an account, you will need your child’s Reflex sign in information (their teacher’s Reflex Username, the name of the Reflex Class, and your child’s Reflex Password). Your child should have this information if they’re logging on to Reflex regularly.

  1. Go to
  2. Near the bottom of the screen, click Sign up for a free Reflex Parent Account today!
  3. Enter a valid email address as your Username and click Sign Me Up.
  4. Click the Activation Link in the email you receive* and create a Password when prompted.
  5. Click Register when done.

Once registered, launch Reflex at and log into your new account. Enter your Username (your email address) and Password, and click Submit.

*If you do not receive the activation email, please check your junk or spam folder.


What Is Going On In Our Classrooms?

The Molecules Are In Motion

Mr. Bosley, Ms. Buchman, Ms. Burrow, Ms. Mintzer & Ms. Witherell

The Molecules are working hard to collect supplies for the coin drive and toiletry drive. They are learning all about how we can help others in our community. They are excited to learn about shadows in February. The students answered the question, “What does it take to make a shadow?” In writing, Molecules have been writing like Mo Willems, making their own stories with two characters and speech bubbles. There are many holidays the Molecules will be learning about and celebrating this month. Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day and the 100th day are just a few! George Washington and Abraham Lincoln will become familiar friends as the Molecules learn interesting facts about these famous Presidents. The Molecules are working hard to count to 100 and learn about fractions! Molecules are “March”ing right into spring when they can spend more time outside observing and exploring plant life! This month the students will learn about the plant life cycle and characteristics of living things. The Molecules continue to spring forward in math as they create and solve addition and subtraction story problems. In writing, the Molecules are writing How -To Books, teaching their classmates how to do different things! The Molecules will continue to develop their writing skills!

The Natural Wonders

Ms. Maniace, Ms. Pickett, Ms. Pollard, Ms. Worley & Ms. Zukas

Natural Wonders will continue learning about the Powhatan Native Americans and Jamestown settlement. They will learn about Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan, Christopher Newport, and their contributions to one of the first permanent settlements. During their time in the Investigation Station and science lessons within the classroom, the Natural Wonders will also be learning about natural resources, interactions with water, and water pollution.

During Writer’s Workshop, Natural Wonders will be learning how to write opinion pieces. They will learn how to justify their opinions with relevant reasons, persuade others, and bolster their arguments through writing. In reading, students will be focusing on improving their oral reading fluency by learning more strategies to decode unknown words and adding expression and correct intonation to their reading.

In math, Natural Wonders will continue strengthening their number sense by practicing grouping objects into groups of tens and ones. They will also begin learning about money and how to count a collection of like coins. As always, the Natural Wonders continue to practice their addition and subtraction fact fluency. A great way to reinforce fact fluency at home is to give the students some time to practice with Reflex Math.

Natural Wonders will go on a field trip to the American History Museum on Friday, March 1st.

Conversation Starters

  • Who was Chief Powhatan?
  • Let’s skip count by 2s starting at 94… (94, 96, 98……..)
  • What was the main idea of the book you are reading? What were some details?

The Second Grade Investigators

Ms. Cherubim, Ms. Kallassy, Ms. Kiel, Ms. Leonard & Ms. Todd

The Investigators are in the middle of some fun topics in second grade! In language arts, we closed out our unit on informational writing and now we will move into opinion writing. Investigators will learn to write opinions with at least reasons that are supported with examples. In reading, we will also make a transition from a nonfiction focus to a fiction focus. Investigators will practice making meaningful predictions, connections, and identify the most important event in a story. In the month of January, the project-based homework was focused on a book report and in February the project-based homework will focus in Black History month. These projects are in conjunction with daily reading and math practice. In math, our Investigators are delving into a unit on fractions. The Investigators will be expected to name fractions of a model and fractions of a set. They will have spiral review of skip counting, place value, and adding and subtracting two-digit numbers. In science, Investigators will delve into a unit on matter and magnets. They will learn vocabulary like attract, repel, north pole, and south pole. In social studies, the Investigators will learn how the contributions of several famous Americans changed the lives of Americans. Here are just a few of them: Rosa Parks, Caesar Chavez, and Abraham Lincoln. We are up to a lot in second grade. Hope you can keep up!

The Catalysts

Ms. Freeman, Ms. Holston, Ms. Hooser, Ms. Kniseley & Ms. Maxey

In the months of February and March, the Catalysts will analyze text to uncover the author’s inferred meaning. In writing, they will study the characteristics of fairy tales. They will work on test-taking skills to improve their performance on standardized tests.  

In math, the Catalysts will complete their unit on multiplication and division theory. They will work on learning multiplication facts and the relationship between multiplication and division. After our study of multiplication and division the Catalysts will start exploring adding/subtracting fractions with same denominator. In social studies, the students will continue to study the governments, architecture, art, traditions, and food ancient civilizations. In science, the Catalysts will explore the food chains and their effects on an ecosystem.

Activities for the Catalysts:

Operation Turbo:
Catalysts are participated in ASFS Community Service Week February 4th-8th. Operation Turbo: Shipping “Boxes of Home” to deployed US Military stationed around the world. The Catalysts are collected items for the troops: deodorant, toothpaste, and granola bars to name a few.

Stem Night:
Families, if you could help with a shift (6:15-7:15 or 7:15-8:15) at STEM Night (Wednesday, February 13th), we would greatly appreciate it! Email Stephanie Lin if you are interested. STEM Night is an annual evening event where families come to explore engineering challenges, a computer programming room (“Coding Zone"), a simulated mission with the space shuttle simulator, demonstrations from the First Lego League teams, and more.

Valentine’s Day Fun:
The Catalysts will celebrate Valentine’s Day with their homeroom on February 14th from 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.   

Spring Conferences:
We will communicate with dates and times through email.

The Electrons

Ms. Dykstra, Ms. Kirschenmann, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Pitsakis & Ms. Wade

The Fourth Grade Electrons continue their march through the history of Virginia. In February, we will learn about the Founding Fathers and how they crafted the U.S. Constitution. We will then explore the Civil War in considerable depth. This unit offers a multitude of opportunities to meld literature and history. As you go to the library with your children, encourage them to look into the many books including historical fiction and non-fiction that shed light on this critical time in our country’s evolution. Our work in the classroom will be enriched by a “Civil War” visitor from Fort C.F. Smith in Arlington, who will no doubt have your children marching and doing military turns on the blacktop!  

In science, the Energetic Electrons are beginning to explore space. We encourage you and your child to venture outside at night to observe the moon. Encourage them to keep a journal of what they observe each night; talk about how the moon changes each night. Visits to the Air & Space Museum will further their understanding of what we are learning in class. In March, we will study force and motion. In math, the Energetic Electrons are returning to fractions once again. As we go deeper into fractions, we will be adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and solving practical problems with fractions. We will then begin our first exploration into decimals. Finally, at the end of March, we will delve into geometry.  

In reading, we are studying historical fiction in February and March, allowing us to make deep connections between our understanding of fiction and our learning in Virginia studies and American history. Share your favorite historical fiction novel with your child to show them how wonderful this genre can be! Finally, in writing, we will focus on opinion essays. This unit draws heavily from our work on informational writing, but allows students the opportunity to learn the art of persuasive language and the use of convincing evidence. Watch out! Your Electron  may be trying to persuade you in new and more effective ways too! 

The Fifth Grade Technos

Ms. Anderson, Ms. Caven, Ms. Gallagher, Ms. Hansrote & Ms. Mavity

We are at the midway point of your Techno’s fifth grade academic year! Despite all the snow days and delays, we have been quite busy in 5th grade. In science, the Technos are studying geology, and there are many fascinating facets of this topic that have given us an opportunity to learn more about the dynamic world in which we live! We had an amazing opportunity to model tectonic plate movement in Investigation Station using the most delicious of foods: cookies and icing!

In math, the Technos are finishing our introduction to 5th grade algebraic thinking, and across the board, we are proving ourselves quite adept at the problem-solving aspect of this work. After we conclude this unit, we will move onto division and multiplication with decimals. In order to successfully complete this unit, we need to make sure that we are fact fluent (in both multiplication and division) and that we have retained a firm understanding of decimal number sense, addition, and subtraction. If this is an area in which your child continues to struggle, please help them review at home, and we will do the same here at school.

In language arts, we continue to develop our ability to write argument-based essays supported by a wide variety of evidence gathered from our own experiences and research. Analyzing and organizing that evidence to create a compelling argument are two areas that we continue to improve upon as a grade, and we will expand upon these skills when we apply them to literary arguments. To complement our research focus in writing, the Technos will read a variety of fiction that inspires research. For instance, as we read historical fiction novels, we will research the time period featured in the book to gain a better understanding of the relationship between fiction and nonfiction.

In social studies, the Technos are exploring a wide variety of ancient civilizations, and most of us are very excited to revisit Egypt, Greece, and Rome! We will see what the Technos remember from third grade! As we address these great topics across our 5th grade curriculum, we recognize that we might have additional snow days or late arrivals through February and March. Please check Google Classroom for any updates that we might post if/when this occurs! And, remember that we still expect you to read and record your reading each night!

Tips from the ASFS ELA Team

Ms. Abraham, Ms. Downs, Ms. Kaiser & Ms. Schroeder

Free Online Books: Benchmark Universe is a new resource which supplies online books to all APS students. To have your child access the books from home:

  1. Go to the ASFS website
  2. Click on Students, Student Links, Benchmark (student)
  3. Type User Name: Student ID (same as their lunch number) and Password: Student ID (same as their lunch number)
  4. Click on My Library to access books

You can sort the books by level, topic of interest, genre, language, and more!

From The New York Times: Is listening to a book the same thing as reading it? Each is best suited to different purposes, and neither is superior.  

Practice, Practice, Practice!  We all know that if we want to get better at something, we need to practice. These cold winter days are a great excuse to cozy up with a good book. Read this article to find out more about the benefits of just fifteen minutes of reading a day. 


Math Workshop!

Ms. Stephenson, Math Coach

The excitement around “math workshop” has spread amongst ASFS students and teachers, so hopefully you’ve heard about some of the fun activities your child has done during that time! Math workshop is our model for instruction, and it consists of these components:  a number sense routine, a mini-lesson, guided math groups, math learning stations and reflection.

Number sense routines are engaging whole-class activities that begin math class, promoting a community of mathematics discussion and reasoning. One of our favorite number sense routines is “Which One Doesn’t Belong?”, where all responses are correct if students are able to justify their thinking. Check out some options at

The teacher delivers instruction in two formats:  brief, whole-group mini-lessons and guided math groups. Guided math is small-group instruction during which the teacher introduces skills, re-teaches challenging skills, and extends students’ thinking as they are ready.  Every student receives instruction to meet his/her needs, based on formal or informal assessments.

During math workshop, students also work on independent or paired learning stations. Their “math menus” may include rich problem solving tasks, math games or activities. Mathematicians choose which stations they want to work on each day, the space in the room they’d like to work (on the floor, at a desk, standing, etc.), and for how long they work on the activity. Two of our students’ favorite elements of math workshop are choice and independence!

To learn more about the fun we have each day, ask your child:
       “Which math stations did you choose today?”
       “Which are your favorite number sense routines?  Why?”
       “What were some of the ‘big ideas’ or takeaways from math workshop today?”

Save the Date! ASFS’ annual Math Day is on Wednesday, April 3rd from 9-11am. Please save the date, and plan to join us for the Math Magician assembly and hands-on math fun in your child’s classroom!


Greetings from the ASFS PE Team

Ms. Hall, Mr. Ludwick, Mr. Walker & Mr. Spadaro  

When we haven’t been home shoveling snow, we have participated in activities that focused on fitness, climbing, juggling, and hockey. Fitness included games or activities designed to help develop and improve students five components of health-related fitness. In our climbing unit, the goal was to learn how to be safe while climbing, understand the roles of the climber and spotter, develop and improve hand and foot-eye coordination, cooperation, and spatial awareness on the rock wall and the rope climb. Finally, we are almost done with our hockey and juggling units. In these units, we learned the safety aspects, gripping, dribbling, passing, and shooting using a hockey stick and focused on hand-eye coordination while trying to juggle one, two, or three objects. We are looking forward to our next units, volleyball and noodles!

In health we learned about nutrition, body systems, and mental health. Each grade focuses on different topics; ask your child what they learned in these areas! We have covered everything from healthy snacks to the definition of calories and how nutrients fuel are body. The body systems we have learned about include the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, immune, and integumentary. In mental health, we learned about taking care of our minds as well as our bodies and the importance of being mindful. Coming up, we will focus on social health and drug awareness.


🎵Music Notes with Ms. Taylor and Ms. Shine🎵

Thank you to all ASFS families and friends who attended our spectacular 5th Grade Winter Concert in January! The students, staff, and gracious volunteers did an outstanding job! We look forward to the 5th grade’s second
AND THEIR FINAL ASFS CONCERT EVER on May 2nd at W-L! More exciting details will be announced soon.

We are also eagerly preparing our next ASFS performances featuring:

  • 4th Grade students in the Band, Orchestra, and Choir on February 21st at 2:30pm and 7pm at ASFS.
  • 1st grade students celebrating Music in Our Schools Month on March 20th at 2:30 and 7pm at ASFS.

Students are always able to practice our concert music at home! The music will be downloaded on our ASFS website Music page (password: bolts), where students are asked to practice their specific grade level songs at home to help memorize and know what each song will sound like on their concert day! All songs can be found on the ASFS website under the Music Page.

In the future, be sure to look for information in the Electric News, Friday E-folder, and flyers in backpacks for more about future concerts or e-mail Ms. Taylor or Ms. Shine if you have any questions. If you are able to volunteer for both afternoon/evening concerts, please email us as soon as you are able.


Starting in late February, students in 3rd grade will be starting their new unit on recorders! Recorders are an essential unit in music class that helps us to further our learning on note reading, develop fine motor skills necessary to play an instrument, and also learn responsibility for how to take care of an instrument. All 3rd grade parents will receive a letter from their child and an email from the music team next week. If you do not receive any of this information or have any questions, please contact the music team using the emails above. We look forward to sharing our progress with you on our 3rd Grade Concert on April 9th.


Ms. Garfield and Ms. Suarez

During the months of February and March, Kindergarten students in Ms. Garfield’s art class will be creating clay bowls and paper quilt patterns. They will be exploring patterns and texture. First grade students will be creating and painting clay pet pinch-pots. They will also be creating a multi-media collage. Second graders have started a unit on printmaking and will be telling stories using Native American symbols. Third graders are currently painting clay cupcake designs with realistic and 3-dimensional toppings. Fourth graders are finishing their clay snow-people and will be creating 3-dimensional paper dragon masks to celebrate Chinese New Year. Fifth grade students are currently creating standing paper sculptures of cityscapes from around the world, and will be moving onto clay units next. Mrs. Suarez’s classes will be continuing classroom curriculum based clay units. Students will create works of art that represent personal responses to art-making problems. They will create art from real and imaginary sources of inspiration. Students will compare works of art, elements of architecture, and artifacts of other cultures with those of their culture.

Finally, if you are able to visit the Syphax Education center before February 14th, there is currently a display of selected student artworks from students at Arlington Science Focus School on the second floor of the building. Congratulations to all the students who participated in the elementary art exhibit!

Investigation Station Brief

Ms. Stephanie Lin

Kindergarten students have been learning about shadows. They learned that shadows form when there is 1) light and 2) something to block the light. Many of them said that they have not seen or noticed shadows at night, so I encourage you all to go on a walk at night to observe the different shadows you see. You can talk about the shape, size, and color of shadows and discuss how nighttime shadows look different from daytime ones. If you have time on the weekend, tracing shadows with chalk across the day is a great activity, as well as making hand shadows and exploring colored shadows. See links below for more info:

Tracing Shadows

Making Hand Shadows

Exploring Colored Shadows

Me and My Shadow

Making Shadow Puppets

Explore Shadow with Your Child

1st Grade
1st grade students have been learning about natural resources. We did a scavenger hunt around Investigation Station to figure out which natural resource each man-made object was made from. You can do the same at home as well—have your child find things around the home and figure out if it was made from plants, animals, minerals, fossil fuels, or a combination of the above! For an added bonus, you could even tally and graph the number of objects you found of each natural resource. We also discussed how different things could pollute the air and water and some solutions to help keep air and water clean. Have your child suggest ideas that your family could take on and commit to them! There’s also a great sorting game on BrainPOP Jr. See links below for more info:

Sortify Natural Resources
Natural Resources Activities

2nd Grade
2nd grade students have been learning about magnets. They worked in pairs to build magnetometers, which are devices that detect magnetic fields. They may or may not have brought it home, depending on what they decided with their partner, but if your child wanted to build another one (or improve the one he/she has), here are the instructions for that challenge.

We also watched a video about NASA’s MAVEN satellite (it has magnetometers on it). You could explore with your child what information it has gathered about Mars’s magnetic field. For more activities you can do with magnets, go here.

3rd Grade
3rd grade students have been learning about simple machines (inclined plane, screw, wheel and axle, pulley, lever, and wedge). Go on a scavenger hunt at home and see how many different examples of simple machines (and compound machines) you can find!

Simple Machines At Home
Simple Machines Activities

Online game about simple machines.

Have you child find all the different examples of simple machines with the Pettson’s Inventions app?

4th Grade
4th grade students have been learning about the sun-earth-moon system. The best way I’ve found for students to really retain the moon phases is to have them start a moon phase journal and look up at the night sky with family members each night! Here is a link to a moon phase journal. Make sure they shade in the correct side (left/right) of the moon, and I would also have them label which moon phase it is. If you want to take it even further, you can talk about what positions the Sun, Earth, and Moon need to be in in order to see that moon phase.

Take a trip to the Air & Space Museum in DC! They have a new exhibit called Destination Moon, which will commemorate the achievements of the early space program. Another exhibit of note (related to 4th grade standards) is Exploring the Planets, and they also have the solar system model scaled for distance outside the museum.
See links below for more info.
Moon Activities

Good interactive simulations:
Lunar Phase Simulator
Earth, Sun and Moon

Khan Academy video on scale of earth and sun
Solar System Body Scale
Jupiter’s Rings

Solar Walk app we used in class

5th Grade
5th grade students have been learning about the ocean. They learned about NASA’s Aquarius satellite that mapped the oceans’ salinity levels. We discussed the different factors that increase or decrease the salinity of oceans, and saw how salinity affects density. We then learned about how ocean currents move, including changes in salinity and temperature, wind, deflection off of continents, and the Coriolis effect. For an activity at home, you can make a density column with salt water. Here is a video showing the movement of the ocean currents. If your child is interested, he/she could research which ocean animals follow which currents as they migrate.

Another activity you could have your child do is to make a stop motion video about food chains in the ocean—all you’ll need is Play Doh (or modeling clay), construction paper, and a stop motion app. Here is an example of a food chain stop motion and Sylvia Earle’s (famous oceanographer) TED Talk.


Gifted Services

Ms. Bulford

Screening, Referral, and Identification Process for Gifted Services
APS does universal screening in 2nd and 4th grade to create an automatic screening pool. These students will be screened for gifted services unless parents opt out of this process. 

A student is referred to the gifted services eligibility process based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • a need for services beyond that provided by the general education program of studies instructional program
  • available test information
  • portfolios that show growth over time; student product/work samples
  • academic performance beyond grade level standards
  • identified behavior characteristics of gifted students

Referrals may be submitted before April 1st each year. A referral form may be submitted by classroom teacher(s) or other staff members, parent/guardian, community member, or student. Students who are automatically in the screening pool do not need to submit a referral form. Referral forms can be found on the Arlington Science Focus website under Gifted Services.

Screening typically takes place in Winter/Spring. During the referral process, a holistic case study approach is used to examine data from multiple areas of strength to determine eligibility in the following areas:  language arts, mathematics, science and/or social studies. Students are also considered for Visual and Performing Arts.

Student referrals are considered by a school-based committee composed of a classroom teacher, RTG, administrator, special education teachers (as appropriate), ESOL/HILT (as appropriate), and other members who may know the child and could provide input such as the counselor, math coach, and/or literacy coach.

All relevant data is reviewed and the decision to identify a need for services or not is made by the committee. In identifying students for Gifted Services, multiple criteria are used such as Nationally-Normed Aptitude and/or Achievement assessments, teacher observations, school-based performance data, parent observations on their child outside of school, student work samples. Once a decision has been made parents are notified of the committee’s decision by letter.

Please email Ms. Bulford or contact her at 703.228.7670 any time you have questions regarding the Gifted Services program at Arlington Science Focus School.

Technology News

Mr. Harvey

Click below for some great technology articles about applications from Mr. Harvey as well as activities related to the moon, sun, stars and constellations, astronauts and space travel, space sensory play, and more. You can click each of the links included for more information and hands-on activities.

Technology News from Mr. Harvey



Thank you to all families, staff, and friends who attended or volunteered for our fun Bingo Night and ASFS Dog Walk!


Annual ASFS Auction News

Coming up Saturday, February 23rd at Clarendon Ballroom, the countdown begins! We hope that all parents and teachers will join us for a night out to celebrate our school in roaring 20s style! Visit the ASFS Auction online for all the details you need, including purchasing tickets (or pay as you want), details about the online and live auction, FAQs and more.

  • Wednesday, 2/13 8:30pm - Sign-on Parties Open
  • Friday, 2/15 12:00pm - Online Auction Bidding Opens
  • Saturday, 2/23 7:00pm - Annual Auction at Clarendon Ballroom

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

Thanks to all the teachers, students, and parent volunteers for making our first every Week of Community Service, February 4th-8th, such a success.

  • Kindergarten and 1st Grade supported A-SPAN by making 111 bagged lunches and collecting boxes of cereal, toiletries and $640 (almost ALL in coins!)
  • 2nd grade and 3rd grade wrote letters and created “hugs” to mail to the troops along with donating over 200 lbs. of goodies (toothpaste, granola bars, etc.) for "Boxes of Home" care packages to support Operation Turbo.
  • 4th grade helped Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation by creating fleece blankets to donate to foster animals.
  • 5th grade supported Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center by making 30 fleece blankets and writing thoughtful notes for the residents.