Electronic Friday Folder -- August 30th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
9/3              First Day of School! (Parent Coffee, 8:45am on ASFS Blacktop)
9/3              New Families Reception, 6:30-7:00pm (Library; free childcare)
9/3              September ASFS PTA Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm (Library; free childcare)
​​​​9/8              ASFS Back to School Picnic, 4:00-6:00pm (Families welcome)
9/11            ASFS Back to School Night, 7:00-8:30pm (Adults only)
9/23            ASFS Kindergarten Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (ASFS Library)
9/25            ASFS 1st/2nd Grade Coffee, 9:00-10:00am (ASFS Library)
9/27            ASFS Color Guard W&L Performance, 6:45-7:00pm (W-L HS)
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

Thank you to all ASFS families and teachers for a great Open House yesterday! Loved seeing the smiles on the kids' faces as they greeted their new teachers and explored their classrooms. Thanks to our amazing ASFS teachers for all of their hard work to get ready for the new school year!

Tuesday, September 3rd is the first day of school! Students will gather on the blacktop with their class (look for your teacher's sign), and Ms. Begley will announce each class as they parade into school to start their day. Parents will stay outside to give our kids a big send-off - hope you can join us for a cup of coffee under the PTA tent!

Tuesday, September 3rd: New Families Reception (6:30pm) and September PTA Meeting (7:00pm) - Join us in the Library to kick-off the 2019-20 school year, meet fellow ASFS parents, and learn about the latest news and upcoming events. We encourage all parents and teachers to attend (free childcare is available in the gym for ASFS students) - hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 8th: Annual ASFS Back to School Picnic (4:00-6:00pm) - Our first big social event of the year! All ASFS families are welcome to enjoy hamburgers & hot dogs, games & activities, and a chance to celebrate the start of the year together! Bring a side or dessert to share, and canned food to donate to AFAC. Buy your ASFS t-shirts and magnets, visit PTA committee tables, and Kona Ice will be available for sale (proceeds to support ASFS). See below for more details, and please sign up to help: ASFS Back to School Picnic Volunteer Sign-up

​​​​​Enjoy a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and see you on Tuesday to kick off the new school year! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President​​​


Opt-in to the ASFS PTA Directory by Friday, September 7th

Opt-in by Friday, September 7th to be included in the initial launch of the 2019-20 ASFS PTA Directory!

When you complete the new APS Annual Online Verification Process through APS ParentVUEselect ‘Yes, Please provide my student/family information’ under PTA Directory Information for each of your APS students to be included in the ASFS PTA Directory (see below): 

The ASFS PTA Directory is the primary way parents may communicate with each other, including classroom email lists. We encourage all parents to opt-in in order to connect with fellow ASFS families.

If you need to activate your ParentVUE account, follow the Instructions for Activating Your ParentVUE Account. (If you need your individual activation code, please contact Loren Fuentes in the ASFS Front Office at 703.228.7670.)

​​​​​​Contact ASFS PTA Directory Lead Patricia Wilson with any questions. 


PTA Reminders: Stay Engaged & Show Your Support

Thanks to our ASFS community, we are looking forward to a great year working together as ONE T.E.A.M. Show your support for the ASFS PTA this year:

Join the ASFS PTA for 2019-20 for $10 per individual member or $20 per family. You can join online, or pick up a PTA membership envelope in the front office to pay by cash/check (payable to the ASFS PTA). 

Submit your 2019-20 ASFS PTA Volunteer Form to sign up to help out with events and committees throughout the school year. We would love to see all of our ASFS families get involved - there are so many different ways to help, whether during the day or outside of school hours.

Attend ASFS PTA Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month (with free childcare in the gym for ASFS students). Preview the agenda and materials for our first meeting of the school year coming up on Tuesday, September 3rd - hope you can make it!

Sign up for ASFS Rewards Programs to link your Amazon and grocery rewards accounts for an easy, free way to earn money for our school. ASFS also earns a percentage of sales every time you dine at Silver Diner.

ASFS Back to School Picnic - Sunday, September 8th

Mark your calendar and bring your whole family for a fun afternoon on Sunday, September 8th from 4:00-6:00pm at ASFS. For more details, see the ASFS Back to School Picnic Flyer

We need volunteers to make the picnic a success! Click to sign up: ASFS Back to School Picnic Volunteer Sign-up

Email Rabia Oubenadi with questions and for more information on how you can help. Hope to see you there!

After-School Enrichment Fall Registration - Opens Sunday, 9/8

Online registration opens Sunday, September 8th! Baroody Camps and the ASFS PTA are excited to offer a variety of after-school enrichment classes for the upcoming Fall 2019 session.

Visit Baroody Camps Enrichment Registration - Fall 2019 for more details (available September 1st) and to register for classes beginning September 8th. (Registration will close on Sunday, September 15th.)

Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 3:45-5:00pm. The fall session runs from October 7th through December 13th. All classes are held onsite at ASFS (with the exception of tennis at the YMCA and Outdoor Street Hockey at Hayes Park).

Click below for additional information, including the Fall 2019 Schedule:

ASFS After-School Enrichment Flyer - Fall 2019

Visit the Baroody Camps FAQs page, or contact Baroody Camps with any questions.


Thank You, ASFS 4th/5th Grade Tech Crew!

Thanks to the ASFS 4th/5th grade Tech Crew, check out the brand-new ASFS sign on the school fence! The students worked together as part of a back to school kick-off event to show our ASFS school spirit!

ASFS Food Bus Program & Volunteer Sign-up

ASFS and Food Bus – PLEASE JOIN US! ASFS and Food Bus are again partnering to reduce food waste and feed the hungry in our community!

Did you know that the United States throws out enough food to fill the Rose Bowl… every single day? At the same time, 1 in 6 U.S. families with children live in a household in which their access to adequate food is limited by insufficient money or other resources.

To reduce the amount of waste added to our landfills, and also assist in feeding the many hungry children and families in Arlington served by AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center), each school day we ask the students to collect unopened/unused food that they would otherwise throw in the trash after lunch.  ASFS then donates this food to AFAC to feed those in need. Last year, our students saved 680 pounds of food from the lunchroom garbage and donated it to AFAC!

How It Works At the end of lunch, students leave their unopened, whole foods served by the cafeteria (milk, fruit, bagged carrots, yogurts, etc.) on the Food Bus table.  At the end of lunch, the food is stored in the Food Bus refrigerator.

How You Can Help At the end of each school week, a parent volunteer will collect the food from the Food Bus refrigerator, sort it into bins and deliver the food to AFAC. An AFAC volunteer will weigh the food for us, and we record the number of pounds on our Food Bus chart. The students can track how much food our school donates over the course of the year! 

The pick up and drop off process typically takes less than an hour in total, and we could really use your help! If you can help, please sign up using this link: ASFS Food Bus Program Volunteer Sign-up

For more information, please email Jackie JavaThank you in advance for your support!

ASFS Box Tops for Education 2019-20

Box Tops Is Going Digital!  WHAT?

First of all, do you know what Box Tops for Education is?  It's a program that helps you earn money for our school.  When you buy participating products (like Cheerios, Cascadian Farms, and Ziploc bags) at the grocery store, your purchase can help our school if you follow these simple steps:

1. Please download the Box Tops app, and select Arlington Science Focus as your school.  You only have to do that part one time.  Do it now!

2.  Each time you shop and buy products with the Box Tops symbol on them, you can use the app to scan your grocery store receipt.  That's all you have to do (the app will count the Box Tops for you).  You have to do that within 14 days of your purchase.

So no more clipping is required!  Of course, if you do still have the old fashioned little pink Box Tops certificates, you should send them in to school when school starts.  There's going to be some overlap between the new digital option and the old cut-out option.

Hint: If you buy a product that still has a pink certificate on it, you can earn twice!  Scan your receipt with the app AND cut out the certificate and send it in to school.

New for ASFS this year: Instead of a class contest, we're going to have a school challenge!  If we as a school earn enough, we'll use the money to buy something special all the kids can enjoy.  Stay tuned for more information.

Please send any questions to Amy Hodges, Box Tops Chair​​​


Register for Girls on the Run Fall 2019

Calling all ASFS 3rd through 5th grade girls interested in running! Join Girls on the Run NOVA for the fall 2019 session. Meet on the newly repaved ASFS track on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 am for this youth development program that teaches girls to be strong, healthy and confident.

The fall session begins on September 23rd and goes through November 26th. Register now through September 17th at Girls on the Run NOVA. For more details: see the Girls on the Run Fall 2019 Information Flyer

Contact Head Coaches Emily McKean & Shannon Noble with any questions.

ASFS New Family Buddy Program

This fantastic program allows our new families to connect with existing ASFS families to help them acclimate to the school, have a resource for questions and meet new people. The ASFS Buddy Program is a fun way to get involved with the school. 

We are looking for returning ASFS families to volunteer as "buddies." Being an ASFS Buddy is easy and does not require a lot of time. I ask that you do at least one gathering with your new family, and be a resource to help answer their questions. You can setup a playdate, coffee, glass of wine or meet at an ASFS event. This is a wonderful and very rewarding experience. We need families to make this a success. If interested, please email Jennifer Bethel. Thank you!

Are you new to ASFS? Join our Buddy Program! If you are new to ASFS, please join our buddy program to meet new families and have a resource to help you acclimate to school. Once your child(ren) has a teacher assignment, fill out the form and we will match you with a buddy. It is easy and fun! Email Jennifer Bethel with any questions.

For more details, see the ASFS Buddy Program Flyer, and click here to sign up: ASFS Buddy Program Sign-up

National PTA Reflections Contest 2019

The theme of this year's National PTA Reflections Contest is Look Within, and we encourage all student artists to enjoy creating art as part of this annual contest through the National PTA. Click for more information on the National PTA Reflections Contest, and look for details this fall about submitting your child's creations at ASFS as part of our school's participation in this annual contest.

Questions? Contact ASFS PTA Reflections Chair Noosha Tayebi - thank you!


International Astronautical Congress (IAC) - Friday, 10/25

Public Day at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is coming up on Friday, October 25th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. As part of this week-long celebration, families are invited to attend this special event titled "SPACE: The Power of the Past, The Promise of the Future." For more information and to register, visit: IAC Public Day Event Registration

Arlington Soccer Association Kindergarten Registration

Last chance to register by September 4th! If your Kindergartener is interested in soccer, now is the time to register to play in the fall season! It is a great way for kids to get outside and make friends. The only required gear is shin-guards! Arlington Soccer Association provide the uniforms and practice balls and everything else. We are also always looking for parents who might be interested in coaching, or even in helping someone else coach. No "serious" soccer experience is necessary. We provide a new coach orientation, free training, AND weekly lesson plans! It is a unique chance to get to know your child and their friends in a new, fun setting!

Kindergarten registration is open and we will be adding teams up to September 4. Register here: Arlington Soccer Association - Fall 2019 Registration. Thank you!


Please send all eFF submissions to Puja Valiyil. All content will be subject to approval by ASFS administration and the ASFS PTA.