Electronic Friday Folder -- October 18th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Friday, 10/18 (today!) - ASFS School Picture Day 
  • Friday, 10/18 (tonight!) - ASFS 4th Grade Fall Picnic
    5:00-7:00pm, Rocky Run 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)
  • Friday, 10/25 - ASFS Color Guard Yorktown Performance
    6:45-7:00pm, Yorktown HS
  • Thursday, 10/31 - ASFS Halloween Parade
    2:00pm (Followed by classroom parties; reminder: no siblings, please)
  • Tuesday, 11/5 - NO SCHOOL 
  • Tuesday, 11/5 - ASFS PTA Meeting
    7:00-8:30 PM, ASFS Library (childcare provided)
  • Wednesday, 11/6 - Celebrate Calm with Kirk Martin
    7:00-9:00pm, Taylor Elementary School (co-sponsored by ASFS and Taylor PTAs)
  • Friday, 11/8 - ASFS Make-up School Picture Day
  • Friday, 11/8 - ASFS Color Guard Washington-Liberty Performance
    6:45-7:00pm, Washington-Liberty HS
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

It's a busy time of year at ASFS! A few highlights about some upcoming events:

  • ASFS Silver Diner Family Night (Wednesday, 10/23) - A great chance to bring your whole family to dine together with fellow ASFS families and friends! Come anytime between 5:00-8:00pm, and feel free to invite others!
  • ASFS Halloween Parade (Thursday, 10/31) - One of our most fun and biggest events of the year! Families are welcome to watch the parade outside beginning at 2pm, followed by class parties in the classrooms (no siblings please).
  • Celebrate Calm with Kirk Martin (Wednesday, 11/6) - We are thrilled to co-sponsor this entertaining and engaging parenting event with Taylor ES, hosted at Taylor Elementary School. Click for details: Celebrate Calm With Kirk Martin Event Flyer, and hope you can make it.

We also have fall Parent-Teacher Conferences coming up on Thursday, 10/24-Friday, 10/25 and the November ASFS PTA meeting on Tuesday, 11/5 - look forward to seeing you there! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


ASFS Prima Ballerina Raffle: Entries due today!

ASFS students across all grade levels enjoyed a visit from renowned prima ballerina, Viktoria Tereshkina, on Wednesday, October 9th, as part of her trip to DC while she is performing at the Kennedy Center with the famous Mariinsky Ballet.  Ms. Tereshkina has generously donated two (2) pairs of autographed pointe shoes that she wore for Opening Night performance of Paquita at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to support our school! We are hosting a special raffle so two lucky ASFS students have the chance to win. 

Enter to win one of the two (2) pairs of autographed pointe shoes by:

  • Buying raffle tickets ($5 for 1 ticket; $20 for 5 tickets) and/or
  • Submitting a Viktoria Tereshkina-inspired drawing by your child (details below) 


  • Buy raffle tickets online at https://asfs-pta.square.site. Online sales end on Friday, October 18th at 10pm. 
  • Drop off or send in an envelope labeled "Prima Ballerina Raffle" with your name and email address. Enclose cash or check ($5 for 1 entry; $20 for 5 entries). Increase your chances of winning by buying multiple tickets! Must be in the ASFS office by Friday, October 18th at 4pm.  


  • Submit a Viktoria Tereshkina-inspired ballerina drawing as your raffle entry. Make sure to list your child's name & teacher and parent name & email address on the back. Must be in the ASFS office by Friday, October 18th at 4pm. 
All entries are due today (10/18)!


No-Frills Fundraiser Update
Thank you to families who have already donated!

Reminder: The grade level with the highest number of families who participate will receive an extra thank you - a fun Cookies & Cocoa Party in January! Currently, Kindergarten and 2nd grade are in the lead! They each have had 12 families donate so far! 


We are about 40% of the way to our goal of $25k by December 13th: 

If haven't donated yet and you would like to support the many wonderful programs and events we have planned for 2019-20, please donate today. Donations are 100% tax-deductible and go directly to benefit our students, teachers, and community! 

Yes! I want to support ASFS!

Tonight! ASFS 4th Grade Fall Picnic - Friday, 10/18

ASFS 4th Grade Families, join us tonight, Friday, October 18th from 5:00-7:00pm at Rocky Run Park (1109 N. Barton St.) 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.


ASFS Silver Diner Family Night - Wednesday, 10/23

Join us this Wednesday, October 23rd for ASFS Silver Diner Family Night from 5:00-8:00pm! Bring your whole family, invite your friends, and come dine at the Clarendon Silver Diner for a fun family event with our ASFS community! Located at 3200 Wilson Blvd, the Clarendon Silver Diner is very close to ASFS with plenty of parking and walkable from the Clarendon Metro Station. ASFS will receive a portion of sales to support our school - hope to see you there!

Every time you visit or order out: Sign Up for the Silver Diner Eat Well Do Well Rewards Program to Support ASFS

For kids 12 & under: Join the Silver Diner Kids Club for Prizes & Coupons

ASFS Silver Diner Family Night Flyer

ASFS Silver Diner Rewards Program Flyer

Volunteers Needed for Parent-Teacher Conference Day Meals

The PTA will be providing dinner and breakfast on Parent-Teacher Conference Days! The teachers will be working late on Thursday night, and starting early on Friday morning with back to back conferences. Providing dinner and breakfast makes the task a bit easier for our hard working teachers. 

Your help is needed! If you are able to contribute, please sign up using the link below. All contributions need to be dropped off in the staff lounge by 3pm on Thursday, 10/24 and 7am on Friday, 10/25. Perishables may be left in the refrigerator labeled “for Staff Meals." Feel free to drop off contributions the day before.

  1. Go to the signup page: ASFS Parent-Teacher Conference Day Meals Sign-Up 
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Please contact Rabia Oubenadi with any questions - thank you!


ASFS Girl Scouts Information Session - Tuesday, 10/22

Calling all girls interested in Girl Scouts! Join ASFS Girl Scouts Membership Specialist Maxine Laberge on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6:00-7:00pm in the Art Room to learn more. See the event flyer for more details: ASFS Girl Scouts Information Event Flyer. Please contact Maxine Laberge with any questions - thank you!

ASFS Tree Trunk Sculpture Event - Monday, 10/28

We are thrilled to host renowned Chainsaw Carver, Andrew Mallon, on Monday, October 28th at ASFS to create a brand-new sculpture from the tree trunk in front of our school. The students will enjoy learning about the process and observing the project as part of this special event to create art and celebrate school spirit.

Stay tuned for details about a livestream link to watch Andrew's work in action on the 28th, and thank you to ASFS ITC, Mr. Harvey, and Art Teacher, Ms. Garfield, for supporting this project and making it a special experience for all of our students!

Andrew Mallon is a full time Chainsaw Carver working out of Northern Virginia.  Andrew is an APS graduate and began chainsaw carving in 2012. After 15 years as a professional carpenter, he left the field to follow his passion. ​​Learn more about Andrew Mallon and see samples of his chainsaw art on his website: amsculptures.com

ASFS Wins National PTA STEM + Families Grant

Congratulations to ASFS on being selected as a recipient of the 2019 STEM + Families Science Festival grant, sponsored by Bayer. Congratulations to all of the 2019 winners, and we look forward to using this grant to make our annual STEM Night (coming up on February 12th, 2020) that much more special! A huge thank you to Stephanie Lin, lead Investigation Station teacher, for supporting our STEM programs at ASFS and helping our school to earn this special honor.


Costume Swap 2019 - Costumes Still Available

Costume Swap 2019 in the books! Parents cleaned out closets, kids left with new costumes, and an eco-friendly celebration was enjoyed by all. There are still some costumes left! As long as costumes remain, the swap box will remain next to the office through conferences. If you see one you like, please feel free to take it home! Contact The Green Committee with any questions.

Reminder from The Green Committee: The E-Care Fall Arlington Recycling event for electronics, hazmat, bikes, etc. is coming up this Saturday, October 19th from 8:30am-3:00pm around the corner from ASFS at 1425 N. Quincy Street. For more information, visit: Arlington E-CARE Event Details

ASFS Fall Clothing Collection to benefit The Clothesline!

Our bi-annual clothing collection for The Clothesline is here! Please bring in clean, gently used Fall and Winter clothing, shoes and accessories size 4T - adult size 18. They also accept new in package socks and underwear. Please consider a donation to The Clothesline.  Look for the collection box in ASFS lobby. 

Since opening in August 2018, The Clothesline has helped over 500 kids “shop” for a full wardrobe of clothing for school – totaling over 12,000 items of clothing!  All free of charge in a lovely and welcoming retail store experience. "We’ve been gratified by the support of the community and how happy our clients are to receive high quality clothes."


ASFS Teacher Work Day Camp - Tuesday, 11/5

With no school for students on Tuesday, November 5th, if you are looking for child care, or would like a fun option for your child(ren) to spend time with ASFS friends on election day, Baroody Camps is offering a one-day camp to be hosted at Arlington Science Focus School on Tuesday, November 5th.

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.

Special Event: Celebrate Calm With Kirk Martin - Wed, 11/6

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 event flyer below for more details:

Celebrate Calm With Kirk Martin Event Flyer

Learn more about Kirk Martin at celebratecalm.comFriends & family are welcome - please feel free to invite others. Hope to see you there!


Reminder: New APS Volunteer Process

Reminder to all ASFS Volunteers and Chaperones, please complete the new APS Volunteer Process! The new APS Volunteer Process Application is required for field trip chaperones as well as any parent volunteers at ASFS. 

A few key reminders:

  • Everyone must complete the new process this year, even if you were approved through the old system last year.
  • However, you may not need to complete the SafeSchools Training again. The training is good for two years; Stacia Griffin will confirm whether it's required once you submit your application.
  • You also need to be registered in the Visitor Management System to be considered an approved volunteer.  Please bring your ID to the front office next time you go to ASFS (and every time you arrive!) to register in the system.

Please contact Stacia Griffin in the ASFS front office with any questions - thank you!


APS Updates

APS 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process: APS posted an update to the APS Engage website on Planning for 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process, including a "What If" boundary scenario that shows what boundaries could potentially look like in September 2021, given the challenges APS faces today. A summary can also be found on the ASFS PTA APS Updates page, including a high-level timeline by phase that shows APS will develop new boundaries by December 2020 that will go into effect in the Fall of 2021.

Draft APS Equity Policy: APS is requesting feedback on the draft APS Equity Policy, attached for review: APS Equity Policy Draft. Please send any comments to Dena Porter by Sunday, 10/20 so that all ASFS feedback may be collected and sent to the CCPTA. Thank you!

APS Dash Robotic Competition
All interested APS students (K-5th grade) are invited to participate in the APS Dash Robotic Competition, presented by Taylor Elementary School. Teams are forming now, and the competition will be held on Saturday, March 7th. Student participants as well as parent volunteer coaches are needed.
For additional details, please see the APS Dash Robotic Competition Flyer
If you are interested, please email Dena Porter to coordinate with the Taylor leads. And if you have questions about the program itself, please contact Taylor's ITC, Atleacia Gibson, the APS Head Coach for the competition.

APS Outdoor Lab Open House: Sunday, October 20th

Friends and families, come out to the Arlington Outdoor Lab for our Fall 2019 Community Open House. It is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th from 12:00-4:00pm. We will have activities including: boating, fishing, cookout, hiking and the visits to the animal lab.  Check the Outdoor Lab website in case of inclement weather (rain date will be Oct. 27th.) Hope to see you there!

Outdoor Lab Open House Flier

National PTA Reflections Contest - Entries Due 10/29

Calling all ASFS student artists! There are less than three weeks 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.