Electronic Friday Folder -- September 6th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Sunday, 9/8 - ASFS Back to School Picnic
    4:00-6:00pm, ASFS Blacktop, Families Welcome
  • Wednesday, 9/11 - ASFS Back to School Night
    7:00-8:30pm, Adults Only 
  • Friday, 9/20 - ASFS Kindergarten Fall Picnic
    5:00-7:00pm, Kindergarten Families Welcome
  • Monday, 9/23 - ASFS Kindergarten Coffee
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Wednesday, 9/25 - ASFS 1st/2nd Grade Coffee
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Friday, 9/27 - ASFS Color Guard W&L Performance
    6:45-7:00pm, Washington-Liberty HS
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.

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PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

What a great first week of school! Thank you to all parents, teachers, and staff who joined us at the September PTA meeting on Tuesday night - such a good turnout and a great way to get started as ONE T.E.A.M. this year. As Ms. Begley shared with the photo below, we "aim high" at ASFS!

We'd love everyone in our community to attend PTA meetings, as well as all of our school programs & events. As we brainstorm for the year ahead, take a minute to share your thoughts in this brief survey: 1) do you have a preference for PTA meeting start times? and 2) the PTA would love your feedback and ideas for this year.

We hope you will get involved in the areas that interest you. Remember to submit your ASFS PTA Volunteer Form, and you'll learn about more ways to provide help in your child's classroom at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 11th from 7:00-8:30pm. Make sure to line up child care so you can attend this important adults-only evening!

Hope to see you this Sunday, September 8th at the Back to School Picnic! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President​​​

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This Weekend! ASFS Back to School Picnic - Sunday, 9/8

Hope you see you this Sunday, September 8th from 4:00-6:00pm for our annual ASFS Back to School Picnic! 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). 

We need your help! If you can spare even an hour to help with the grill, food tables, games, or set up/clean-up, please click to sign up: ASFS Back to School Picnic Volunteer Sign-up

For more details, see the ASFS Back to School Picnic Flyer. Email Rabia Oubenadi with any questions.

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Help Needed: ASFS Phonics Kits Assembly Volunteers (9/9)

The new ASFS Phonics Kits have arrived! Join us on Monday, September 9th at 8:30am (or anytime you can arrive) to support new ASFS EL teacher, Danielle Anctil, assemble the kits for classroom teachers to use with our K-2nd classes. Click to sign up to volunteer: ASFS Phonics Kit Assembly Sign Up 

Questions? Contact Dena Porter or Ms. Anctil. Thank you for your help!

Help Needed: ASFS T-shirt Sales Volunteers (9/11)

​​​We need helpers for Back to School Night on Wednesday, Sept. 11th from 6:30-8:30pm to help with ASFS t-shirt and magnet sales. If you are available to lend a hand, please contact Shaudy Ridgway and Jen Bethel - thank you!

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Looking for Hosts: Grade Level Social Events

Interested in helping to coordinate a fun social event for your child's grade level? We are looking for hosts to plan  informal gatherings for each of our ASFS grade levels as a fun way to get together to celebrate the start of the new year and get to know ASFS families and new friends. Thanks already to the parents in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 3rd Grade who have already volunteered - stay tuned for event details, coming soon!

We are looking for hosts to lead the 2nd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade Social Events, and you are welcome to work together with a few friends. If you might be interested, please contact Dena Porter - thank you!

ASFS Kindergarten Fall Picnic - Friday, 9/20

To all ASFS Kindergarten families, you are invited to a picnic on Friday, September 20th from 5-7pm at Hayes Park (across the street from ASFS) to celebrate the start of a new school year! 

It's a potluck! Please bring enough to share with others:

  • Last Name between A-G: Bring a side dish
  • Last Name between H-M: Bring a main dish
  • Last Name between N-R: Bring a dessert
  • Last Name between S-Z: Bring cold drinks 

Please contact Grace Carlson or Puja Valiyil with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Opt-in to the ASFS PTA Directory Today!

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.

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. 

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 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.

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). Mark your calendars, and join us to stay informed and connect with our community!

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.

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From the Grounds Committee: ASFS Courtyard Updates 

If you missed this week's PTA meeting, take a look at the ASFS Courtyard Garden Initiative for the upcoming school year - an exciting, nature-based, learning space designed to support ASFS’s educational mission. Stay tuned for details coming soon on how you can learn more and help out! If you have questions or would like to get involved, please contact ASFS PTA School Grounds Co-chairs, Alex James - thank you!

ASFS Courtyard Garden Initiative 2019-20

Thank you, Classic Cottages!

Have you noticed the beautifully new paved track surrounding our turf field? We send a huge and special thank you to Classic Cottages for partnering with ASFS PTA to pave and refinish our track so our students and the community can have a safe surface to run, walk and play on. In the heat of the summer, the Classic Cottages team was working hard to get the track ready for the students' first day of school. Please join us in thanking them for their support.
 
Classic Cottages, LLC is an experienced Virginia based Real Estate, Design and Construction firm that specializes in residential new construction in Northern Virginia. Their primary markets for building include Arlington, McLean, Vienna, Alexandria and the city of Falls Church.Their philosophy is to build high quality homes that meet modern lifestyle needs.  Learn More at  http://ccottages.com/

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!  
 
Have you downloaded the Box Tops for Education app yet?  I'll be at the ASFS Picnic this Sunday and Back to School Night if you have questions.
 
Remember, Box Tops is 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.
 
Each time you shop and buy products with the Box Tops symbol on them, 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 me any questions. Amy Hodges, Box Tops Chair

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Join ASFS Cub Scouts Pack

Calling all KIDS to Cub Scouts Pack 167! Are you interested in geology, engineering, animals? Hiking and camping under the stars with a fun group of friends? Our dynamic group meets twice a month to build leadership, courage, teamwork, kindness and many other skills in our children.  All elementary grades and genders are welcome!! Come by our table at the Back to School Picnic to learn more about Pack 167 or contact Rajesh Vasisht.

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 - Entries Due 10/29

The Reflections Contest is a national arts contest sponsored by the PTA. The theme for this year’s contest is “Look Within." All ASFS students are encouraged to enter; please see details in the attached flyer and student packet. Entries are due (along with the completed student packet) to the submission box in the ASFS Library by Tuesday, October 29th. Contact Noosha Tayebi or Andrew Losos with questions. 

National PTA Reflections Flyer

PTA Reflections Student Info Packet

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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, view the IAC Public Day Flyer, and to register, visit: IAC Public Day Event Registration

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