Electronic Friday Folder -- September 27th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Friday, 9/27 - ASFS 2nd Grade Fall Picnic
    5:00-7:00pm, Hayes Park
  • Friday, 9/27 - ASFS Color Guard W&L Performance
    6:45-7:00pm, Washington-Liberty HS
  • Sunday, 9/29 - ASFS 1st Grade Fall Picnic
    2:30-4:30pm, Rocky Run Park
  • Monday, 9/30 - ASFS 1st/2nd Grade Parent Coffee
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Tuesday, 10/1 - ASFS PTA Meeting -- Monique O'Grady
    7:00-8:30pm, ASFS Library (Childcare provided)
  • Wednesday, 10/2 - APS Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day
  • Friday, 10/4 - ASFS 3rd Grade Parent Coffee
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Friday, 10/4 - ASFS 3rd Grade Social Event
    5:00-7:00pm, Hayes Park
  • Friday, 10/4 - ASFS Color Guard Wakefield Performance
    6:45-7:00pm, Wakefield HS
  • Tuesday, 10/8 - ASFS 4th/5th Grade Parent Coffee
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Monday, 10/14 - NO SCHOOL (Columbus Day)
  • Wednesday, 10/16 - EARLY RELEASE
  • Thursday, 10/17 - ASFS 5th Grade Social Event
    4:30-6:30pm, Rocky Run Park
  • Friday, 10/18 - ASFS School Picture Day
  • Friday, 10/18 - ASFS 4th Grade Fall Picnic
    5:00-7:00pm, Hayes Park
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

Mark your calendar for our October PTA Meeting coming up on Tuesday, 10/1 at 7:00pm in the Library. We are fortunate to welcome special guest speaker, Monique O'Grady, our ASFS liaison to the Arlington School Board. Please submit any questions for Monique by Sunday, 9/29: October PTA Meeting Questions for Monique O'Grady

Thanks to everyone who submitted input on our ASFS PTA meetings and how to make them the most useful and easiest to attend. Based on feedback, we'll keep the meeting start times at 7:00pm with the goal to make them as informative and efficient as possible. We always welcome thoughts and ideas, so please reach out anytime & we'll continue to work on ways to keep everyone engaged and informed.

Thanks for a great turnout at the Kindergarten Fall Picnic and Parent Coffee, and look forward to the next events for the 1st through 5th grades coming up over the coming weeks!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

ASFS Principal News: Notes from Ms. Begley

Can Your Child Independently Tie His/Her Shoes?

We have many of our students wearing tie shoes.  If they cannot tie them independently, many times they fall and get injured.  Please work with your child at home to make sure they know how to tie shoes.  Thank you.

Every Student Has an Identification/Student Number

All APS students have an identification or student number.  Please work with your child so that he/she is able to punch this number into the keypad for lunch.  We have been using cards for our kindergarten students, but need to transition to the keypad in October.  It is very easy to weave this into your day by asking the child to tell you their number once they have learned it.  Kindergarten and first grade parents received a cardboard keypad to practice on.  This will be their ID number through 12th grade, so it is very important for each child to be proficient with their identification/student ID.  Thank you for your help.

PTA Participation Update - Thank You, ASFS Families!

Thank you to all who have joined the ASFS PTA (over 31% of families!), submitted their PTA Volunteer Form (15% of families), and already donated to the No-Frills fundraiser (5%)! We appreciate your support for our school! 

We are very grateful for our ASFS community - click below to show your support: 

Parents/Guardians: Are You Fully Registered?

It's as easy as 1-2-3! See the ASFS Parent Registration Information Flyer for details:

  1. Have you completed the new Annual Online Verification Process? This new system replaces the First Day Packet students previously received on the first day of school.  Your completion of the AOVP is vital for updating and maintaining accurate student information for our students. This new process utilizes ParentVUE, the online tool that families can use to track the latest information regarding their students. With online verification, families will now be able to update information for each of their students through their ParentVUE account at the start of school.  If you haven’t done it yet, please do so by October 31.  And if you need help, just call the ASFS office at 703-228-7670 - we’re always here to help.
  2. Have you been registered for the ASFS building? This is another new system this year.  All parents and guardians must be registered at the main office with their official ID—a driver’s license or other governmental ID is the most common.  Come into the main office and Ms. Fuentes will register you with your ID.  Once you are registered, when you come to school you can sign in with your ID at the kiosk in the front office and get a personalized nametag.  Anyone coming into the school must stop and get a nametag.  Just remember your ID every time you come in, and you’ll be all set!
  3. Have you signed up online to volunteer/chaperone this year? Finally, there is a new process for signing up to volunteer or chaperone.  All volunteers, even if they filled out paperwork in previous years, need to be registered through the online system.  Go to the APS Volunteer Application Process page and fill out the online volunteer application.  After you apply, there’s a short training to complete, and then your application will be approved. If you have questions about this process, please talk to Ms. Griffin in the office at 703-228-7670.

Mark Your Calendar! ASFS Grade Level Social Events

ASFS 2nd Grade Fall Picnic - TODAY! Friday, September 27th from 5:00-7:00pm at Hayes Park

ASFS Second Grade Families, join us for food and fun with fellow 2nd grade families! Please bring a dish to share:

  • Last Name between A-G: Bring a main dish*
  • Last Name between H-L: Bring a dessert*
  • Last Name between M-Q: Bring cold drinks (water, juice, etc.)
  • Last Name between R-Z: Bring a side dish*

* Please remember to bring serving utensils and no nuts – thanks!

Questions? Contact Sarah Leonard, Heather McIntire, or Kelley Schaufelberger. Thank you!

ASFS 1st Grade Fall Picnic - Sunday, September 29th from 2:30-4:30pm at Rocky Run Park

The start of the new school year is a great time to reconnect with friends and meet new families. Come join other first grade families to meet and mingle while the kids play. Drinks and paper goods will be provided. Please sign up to bring snacks to share: ASFS 1st Grade Fall Picnic Snacks Sign-Up. Feel free to reach out with any questions: oubenadi@verizon.net and julieolcott@verizon.net 

ASFS 3rd Grade Fall Picnic - Friday, October 4th from 5:00-7:00pm at Hayes Park

To all ASFS 3rd grade families, you are invited to the ASFS Third Grade Fall Picnic! Join fellow ASFS 3rd grade families for fun, food, and to celebrate the start of a new school year! It's a potluck! Please bring enough to share with others. Please contact Christina HankePatricia Wilson, or Olga Kasyan with any questions.

  • 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 

ASFS 5th Grade Back to School Picnic - Thursday, October 17th from 4:30-6:30pm at Rocky Run Park

The start of the new school year is a great time to reconnect with friends and meet new families. Come join other fifth grade families to meet and mingle while the kids play. Pizza will be provided. Please bring drinks or sides to share! Hope to see everyone there! Feel free to reach out with any questions: kristenjhumphrey@gmail.com​​​​

ASFS 4th Grade Fall Picnic - Friday, October 18th from 5:00-7:00pm at Rocky Run Park

ASFS 4th Grade Families, mark your calendar to celebrate the start of the year with fellow 4th grade families! Please bring a dish to share with others:

  • Last Name between A-G: Bring a main dish*
  • Last Name between H-L: Bring a dessert*
  • Last Name between M-Q: Bring cold drinks (water, juice, etc.)
  • Last Name between R-Z: Bring a side dish*

* Please remember to bring serving utensils and no nuts. Contact hosts Diane Lee, Heather McIntire, Shaudy Ridgway, or Kelley Schaufelberger with questions, and see the 4th Grade Fall Picnic Flyer for more details.


Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day - Wednesday, 10/2

Kick off the new school year on foot or on wheels! Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day is coming up on Wednesday, October 2nd! Students who walk, bike or roll to school will earn prizes and snacks! Click for more details: ​​​Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day Flyer - Fall 2019, and hope to see you on Wednesday morning!


ASFS Halloween Costume Swap - Friday, October 4th

CALLING ALL COSTUMES! Celebrate National Costume Swap Day & the arrival of Fall at our annual ASFS Costume Swap & Celebration next Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm.

Your unused costumes & capes could be perfect for someone else! Drop them off in the box next to the office between now and next Friday, or just bring them with you when you join in for the fun. You don't need to bring a costume to get one...just come! We'll have music, games & healthy snacks to give you ideas on how to green your classroom Halloween! We'd love it of you could lend a hand, too. Sign up below & see you on 10/4!

ASFS Costume Swap & Celebration Volunteer Sign-up


Register for ASFS Teacher Work Day Camp - Monday, 10/14

Are you looking for child care on Monday, October 14th? With no school for students, if you need child care or would like a fun option for your child(ren) to spend time with ASFS friends this Columbus Day, Baroody Camps is offering a one-day camp to be hosted at Arlington Science Focus School on Monday, October 14th.

Kids will spend the day engaged in a variety of programs that will foster children’s development and curiosity in a challenging and structured environment. All classes are held on-site in a familiar setting, at a convenient location, and with lots of fun planned! Core camp hours are 9:00am-3:00pm with before and after care available.

ASFS Teacher Work Day Camp Flyer

Beginning Sunday, September 22nd, click to register: Baroody Enrichment Teacher Work Day Camp Registration. Please contact Baroody Camps with any questions.

ASFS School Picture Day - Friday, October 18th

Mark your calendars for School Picture Day coming up on Friday, October 18th!

Look for the order form in your student(s) backpack today. All students will be photographed for the yearbook.  Class pictures are only taken on October 18th.  If your child is absent, they can attend make-up picture day however they will not be included in the class picture.

If you choose to order a school picture package kindly do so by Friday, October 18th Midnight. Order via one of the following methods:

  • Online at mylifetouch.com
    • Online orders will receive a free Shutterfly photo album and child's drawstring backpack,
    • "LifeTouch Rewards" program - Providing LifeTouch is the photography company used by schools serving your children, the reward program applies across elementary, middle and high schools!!  Sign up online.
  • At school:  Send with your child the order form and payment (exact cash or check) by October 18thIf your child is absent, don't worry, make-up pictures will be held on Friday, November 8th (individual photos only). 

Please direct any questions to Karrie Beaudry​​​​​.


Enter To Win: WTOP Junior Reporter Contest
Beginning September 30th, submit a video and photo to WTOP's Junior Reporter Contest. Click for more information, including how to enter: WTOP Junior Reporter Contest Details & Rules
Voting runs from November 2nd to November 10th, and the winner will receive $1000 as well as $1000 for ASFS, and VIP treatment at the WTOP Studios. Please let us know if you enter, so we can help spread the word to vote!


Girls Tech Day -- Saturday, September 28th
Girls’ Tech Day, hosted by Amazon Web Services, is a one-day event designed to inspire and empower young girls from grades 3 to 12, and young women 18 to 24 years of age, to pursue interests and careers in technology.  It is a series of learning workshops focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM), as well as the arts, and drives a positive AWS brand experience with community stakeholders.
The Virginia event is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th in Manassas, VA.  To learn more and register, visit: https://www.awsgirlstechday.com/

Book It for Books 5K Run/Walk - Saturday October 12th

The Book It for Books 5K Run/Walk is coming up on Saturday, October 12th - 9:00am at Bluemont Park, hosted by Reading Is Fundamental Northern Virgina. See the Book It for Books 2019 Flyer for more details.

Help make a tangible impact in your community by providing deserving children with books that will encourage an early and sustained love of reading. For run information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.rifnova.org or email bookitforbooks@gmail.com.

Arlington CCPTA School Safety Forum - Tuesday, October 15th

The Arlington CCPTA is hosting a School Safety Forum on Tuesday, October 15th from 7:00-9:00pm at Kenmore Middle School on "Keeping our kids safe from school gun violence and other threats: Prevention, Assessment, & Response." Doors open at 6:30pm with presentations beginning at 7:00pm and audience Q&A at 8:30pm.

Please see the Arlington CCPTA School Safety Forum Flyer for more details.

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