Electronic Friday Folder -- October 25th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Friday, 10/25 (tonight!) - ASFS Color Guard Yorktown Performance
    6:45-7:00pm, Yorktown HS
  • Monday, 10/28 - ASFS Tree Trunk Sculpture Event
  • Thursday, 10/31 - ASFS Halloween Parade
    2:00pm (Followed by classroom parties; reminder: no siblings, please)
  • Tuesday, 11/5 - NO SCHOOL (Grade Preparation Day)
  • Tuesday, 11/5 - ASFS PTA Meeting
    7:00-8:30pm, 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
  • Monday, 11/11 - NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)
  • Thursday, 11/14 - 2nd Grade Concert
    2:30pm (for students) and 7:00pm, ASFS Multipurpose Room
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

Thank you for an amazing turnout at ASFS Silver Diner Family Night this week! It was great to see so many ASFS families enjoying time together as a fun way to support our school!

Thank You from the ASFS PTA: We are so grateful for our amazing volunteers!  October has been a busy month at ASFS, and the PTA couldn’t support all that we do without such great parents:

  • Fall Grade Level Picnics
    • Kindergarten - Grace Carlson and Puja Valiyil
    • 1st Grade - Julie Olcott and Rabia Oubenadi
    • 2nd Grade - Sarah Leonard, Heather McIntire, and Kelley Schaufelberger
    • 3rd Grade - Christine Hanke, Olga Kaysan, and Patricia Wilson
    • 4th Grade - Diane Lee, Heather McIntire, Shaudy Ridgway, and Kelley Schaufelberger
    • 5th Grade - Kris Humphrey
  • Hanover Volunteer Day - Alex James for coordinating Hanover Research volunteers to support projects to beautify our school grounds
  • Costume Swap - Sylvia Cacciato and Amy Hodges for hosting a fun “green” event
  • School Picture Day - Karrie Beaudry and all the parent volunteers who made the day run smoothly
  • Silver Diner Family Night & No-Frills Fundraising - Kristi Tsiopanas for hosting, coordinating, and so much more! 
  • Parent-Teacher Conference Meals - Rabia Oubenadi and those who contributed food for our well-deserved teachers
  • Room Parents - For volunteering to support our teachers and classrooms, including planning the upcoming Halloween Parties!

And there are many others working hard to plan and lead events and programs that support our school and all of our students. We cannot thank you enough! To get involved, you can always submit your ASFS PTA Volunteer Form anytime, or look for ways you can help out in the eFF.  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


ASFS Principal News: Notes from Ms. Begley 

Halloween at ASFS

Halloween at ASFS is a lot of fun. However we understand that some families choose not to have their child involved in the afternoon activities from 2-3:35pm. If you do not want you child involved in the Halloween activities, email your child’s teacher by this Friday, October 25th. We will provide alternate activities with a teacher in another area of the building.  Thank you.

On Thursday, October 31 we will begin our Halloween parade at 2:00. All guests can stand in the front circle to watch the parade. If you are brining treats, we ask that you bring them to the classroom by 1:30 pm. After 1:30 we will not let people in the building while we get ready for the parade. The parade will be approximately 30 minutes. The festivities in the classroom will be about 30 minutes, and clean up about 30 minutes. SIBLINGS may NOT come to the classroom. We do not have enough space and if you are volunteering to help, you will need to focus on volunteering. In order to volunteer, you must have completed and received clearance for being a volunteer and registered in our Visitors program machine in the office. If you have not registered, you will not be allowed to go to the classroom. Please come to the office BEFORE October 31st and register.

If your child chooses to dress up, please following these guidelines:   

  • Costumes need to be child friendly and the child must be able to put their costume on independently.
  • NO part of a costume should be worn to school, including make-up or colored hair.
  • The costume must fit in a bag and the student will change into the costume before the parade.
  • Students are not to wear make-up, hair gels, wigs, artificial nails, false teeth, hair dye as part of their costume.
  • No frightening masks or costumes containing liquid such as "blood."
  • No sharp objects, play guns, or weapons are permitted.

Our goal for the parade is to enjoy dressing up for Halloween and celebrating together.​​​​​


Last Chance to Enter! National PTA Reflections Contest

All entries for the Reflections Contest sponsored by the National PTA are due by Tuesday, October 29th! The theme for this year’s contest is “Look Within." Entries are due (along with the completed student info 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

This Monday! ASFS Tree Trunk Sculpture Event

The countdown to our special ASFS Tree Trunk Sculpture Event coming up this Monday, October 28th to host renowned Chainsaw Carver, Andrew Mallon, as he creates a brand-new sculpture from the tree trunk in front of our school continues. To enhance this special experience, this week all students have been able to observe Mr. Mallon's artwork during their art classes. To connect with his process of working with found materials in nature, Ms. Suarez and Ms. Garfield have been taking students outside to collect rocks, leaves, sticks, stones, and other natural materials outside as well as looking at other artists that use natural materials such as Andy Goldsworthy. Next week students will be working in groups outside to create ephemeral (temporary) art using the materials they collected this week. 

Stay tuned for details about how to watch Andrew's work in action on the 28th, and thank you to Mr. Harvey, Ms. Hall, and our ASFS art teachers for supporting this project for our school! Learn more about Andrew Mallon and see samples of his chainsaw art on his website: amsculptures.com


ASFS Fall Clothing Collection to benefit The Clothesline!

Our bi-annual clothing collection for The Clothesline is here! Through Friday, November 1st please bring in clean, gently used Fall and Winter clothing, shoes and accessories size 4T - adult size 18. Currently, boys pants size 4-10 are especially in need.  New in package socks and underwear are also accepted.

Please consider a monetary donation to help purchase new socks and underwear; every child goes home with these items twice a year. Look for the collection box in ASFS lobby. 

Halloween Candy Collection for Ronald McDonald House​​​​

Trick or Treat! Wondering what to do with all the Halloween candy coming your way? Consider sharing some or ALL with Ronald McDonald House.

ASFS is collecting Halloween candy and encouraging notes/drawings for the children hospitalized as well as the families staying at RMH.  Look for the collection bin in ASFS lobby November 1st - 8th. 

Encouraging note suggestions below.  Feel free to write in your native language with an English translation!

  • You are stronger than you think
  • Yes you can!
  • Someone is sending you a big/huge/gigantic hug!
  • It may be tough but you got this!
  • You could also write a joke or riddle.

Please contact Karrie Beaudry with any questions karrie@onyxav.com 

Special Event: 123 Andres Performance at ASFS

Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés, and their songs and concerts get the whole family singing and learning, in Spanish and English.

Thanks to the ASFS FLES team, Señora Ferree, Señora Moran, and Señora Rubiano, ASFS students enjoyed a special performance by 123 Andres on Thursday, October 17th in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. It was a thoroughly engaging and culturally enriching performance, which included Spanish, sign language, geography, music and dancing. Such an enriching experience for all of our ASFS students and staff to enjoy - click to learn more About 123 Andres.


Congrats to Viktoria Tereshkina Pointe Shoes Raffle Winners!

Two weeks ago, Viktoria Tereshkina visited ASFS and generously donated two pairs of her special pointe shoes worn on opening night of Paquita with the Mariinsky Ballet at the Kennedy Center. Many families entered the raffle to win, and we received many great drawings as entries for the raffle. Congratulations to the winners!

  • Nora Mehenni (Ms. Maniace's 1st grade)
  • Sisters Adelaide Henderson (Ms. Hansrote's 5th grade) and Scarlett Henderson (Ms. Dykstra's 4th grade)

Thank you again to ASFS parent, Melis Varban, for coordinating this special opportunity for our school!

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 News: Online Information Session and Community Questionnaire on Elementary School Planning for 2021
In 2021, APS is projected to welcome more than 30,000 students, and will open a new elementary school and add high school seats. On Nov. 5, 2019, families can view an Online Information Session in English or Spanish that presents information and answers questions received to date from community members on the planning phase of the 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process; also, a questionnaire will open Nov. 5.

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.

Halloween Safety Tips from ACPD

Make this Halloween in Arlington as fun as it is safe with these trick-or-treating tips and frighteningly fun events. See the attached flier for tips from the police on having a safe and fun holiday! Happy Halloween!

Halloween safety tips

APS Outdoor Lab Open House: Sunday, October 27th (New Date)

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

Outdoor Lab Open House Flier

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