Electronic Friday Folder -- October 4th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • 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 Back to School Picnic
    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
  • Wednesday, 10/23 - ASFS Silver Diner Family Night
    5:00-8:00pm, Clarendon Silver Diner
  • Thursday, 10/24 - EARLY RELEASE (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
  • Friday, 10/25 - NO SCHOOL (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
  • SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, 11/6 - Celebrate Calm with Kirk Martin
    7:00-9:00pm, Taylor Elementary School (co-sponsored by ASFS and Taylor PTAs)
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

Thanks to all parents and teachers who attended our October PTA Meeting on Tuesday night with special guest speaker, Monique O'Grady, ASFS Liaison to the Arlington School Board, who shared her School Board Update - October 2019 presentation and answered questions from ASFS parents.

Missed the PTA meeting? Check out the ASFS PTA Meeting Minutes for the highlights, and feel free to reach out with any questions.

Save the Date! We are thrilled to partner with the Taylor PTA to host a special event: Celebrate Calm, presented by Kirk Martin, on Wednesday, November 6th from 7:00-9:00pm at Taylor Elementary School. Mark your calendars, and see the Celebrate Calm with Kirk Martin Event Flyer for more details.

Lots of fun events coming up over the next few weeks - read through below for more details, and enjoy a wonderful weekend!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


Support Hands-On Learning


Pollinators, Streams, and Tadpoles -- Oh My!

Many kids learn best by doing. The ASFS PTA supports hands-on learning environments for our children by providing a stream, pond, aquariums, and a variety of gardens (native plants, sensory, pollinator, and vegetables). These environments directly support our curriculum, including many of the science standards of learning (SOLs) under the strands:

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic​
  • Life Processes
  • Living Systems

Over the years, our PTA has built these great learning resources. If we value them we need to continue to invest in them. 

How can you help?

You can support hands-on learning and maintain these resources by volunteering with our grounds committee and/or by donating to our PTA in three easy ways: 

  1. Online: asfspta.com/donate
  2. Complete our form and return to the office with cash or check (payable to ASFS PTA)
  3. In-person at upcoming PTA meetings or parent coffees (cash, check, or credit card) 

All donations will receive an email receipt. Donations to the ASFS PTA are 100% tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Many companies will match charitable donations; be sure to ask your employer.

Yes! I want to support hands-on learning!​​

ASFS Halloween Costume Swap - Today! Friday, October 4th

Join us today, Friday, October 4th, for our annual ASFS Costume Swap & Celebration from 6:00-7:30pm in the ASFS multipurpose room!

Calling all costumes! Drop off your unused costumes in the box next to the office, or bring them with you when you arrive. You don't need to bring a costume to get one... just come! 

Join in the fun! The Big Cheese Food Truck will be on site if you'd like to purchase dinner as part of the festivities. The ASFS PTA Green Committee will have music, games & healthy snacks to give you ideas on how to keep your Halloween green! 

Volunteers Needed! Click if you can help out: ASFS Costume Swap & Celebration Volunteer Sign-up

For more details: See the ASFS Costume Swap Flyer, or contact the ASFS PTA Green Committee. Look forward to seeing you there!

3rd-5th Grade Families: ASFS Grade Level Social Events

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

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 (1109 N. Barton St.)

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 (1109 N. Barton St.)

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.


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!

ASFS School Picture Day is Friday, October 18th!   All students will be photographed for the yearbook.  Class pictures are only taken on October 18th.  If your child is absent, rest assured they can attend make-up picture day (Friday, November 8th) 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​​​​​.


ASFS Yearbook Helpers Needed

Do you enjoy taking photos? Do you attend classroom events, field trips, and other school activities?

We are looking for parent volunteers to take photos for the annual ASFS Yearbook. Very little extra time required if you are already attending school events! If you might be interested in taking pictures to support Ms. Caven, ASFS Yearbook Lead, send an email to Dena Porter to join the ASFS Yearbook team. We would love parents in all grade levels, but we especially are looking for volunteers for 1st Grade and 5th Grade. Thank you!

Odyssey of the Mind

Calling all those interested in joining the creative problem-solving competition that teaches students from kindergarten through college CREATIVITY with the use the Arts, STEM, Critical Thinking and Teamwork as tools to think beyond the box! 

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment.  It allows them to learn how to evaluate ideas, work with budgets and deadlines, and improves their communication skills. It also increases their self-esteem and confidence, and develops their critical thinking skills.   If interested in being a Contestant, a Coach, a Judge and/or a Volunteer, this is the time to sign-up! Please submit the attached Interest Form by October 12th electronically to Dima Hakura
Please note Volunteer Coaches and Judges will be trained! The number of teams we have is limited by the number of volunteers we have. The competition will be held on March 14, 2020.  


Thank You, Hanover Research Volunteers!

Thank you to Hanover Research who supported ASFS on Thursday, October 3rd as part of their annual Volunteer Week! A group of 30 volunteers helped with projects in our school courtyard, beautified the blacktop with new paint, and sanded the playground railings. We are so grateful for our ASFS partnerships, and very appreciative of Hanover's support for our school!

Parents/Guardians: Are you registered to volunteer at ASFS this year?

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.

Not in the ASFS PTA Directory? Opt in through ParentVUE!

ASFS Room Parents are creating classroom email lists for 2019-20... if you'd like to be included, make sure you have opted into the 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. 


SEPTA (Special Education PTA) Updates

Below are a few upcoming SEPTA (APS Special Education PTA) events:

  • Friday, Oct. 4, 6:30-8:00pm: Family Fun Night – Halloween Spooktacular @ Langston Brown Community Center, Learn More Here
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6:30-9:00pm: ADHD Parent Series @ Syphax Education Center, 5-part series for parents with kids with ADHD, Details Here
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 7:00-9:00pm: SEPTA Monthly Meeting @ Syphax Education Center, Details Here

For more SEPTA events and resources, check out www.arlingtonsepta.org

Questions? Please contact ASFS SEPTA Liaison, Susan Shuckra

ACI Subject-Matter Advisory Committees

The Arlington Council on Instruction (ACI) includes 13 subject-matter advisory committees, which make annual recommendations to the School Board. You do not need to be a subject-matter expert or an ACI member to join, and there is no limit on the number of people from any school who can join any of the committees, all of which welcome new members.

See the ACI Subject-Matter Advisory Committees Flyer for the list of committees, and contact our ASFS ACI Reps, Sylvia Cacciato and Kate Merrill with any questions. 

To join a Subject-Matter Advisory Committee, please go to: Advisory Council Application FormsTo learn more about ACI, please visit: apsva.us/aci

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!

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.


The Big Build at the National Building Museum

The Big Build at the National Building Museum is coming on Saturday, October 12th 10 am–5 pm, FREE for all ages. Build, discover, play, make, climb, and design alongside architects, hobbyists, artisans, and crafts people. All Museum exhibitions are open and free to the public on this day. Participate in activities including:

  • Virtual and augmented reality in the new Tech Lab
  • Decorative arts, woodworking, spackling, nail driving, and brick laying
  • Story time with author of BRICK Who Found Herself in Architecture
  • Lounge for Museum members to take a break and recharge
  • Much more!

National PTA Reflections Contest - Entries Due 10/29

Calling all ASFS student artists! There is less than a month left to enter the Reflections Contest sponsored by the National PTA. The theme for this year’s contest is “Look Within." 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

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