Electronic Friday Folder -- November 1, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • 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
  • Wednesday, 11/20 - ASFS Coat Swap
    5:30-7:00pm, ASFS Front Lobby
  • Wednesday, 11/20 - ASFS SCA Tasty Tales Night
    6:30-7:30pm, ASFS Multipurpose Room
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.

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PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

Thank you for a great afternoon of Halloween festivities! It was wonderful to see the kids having so much fun, and thanks to all teachers, staff, parents, and room parents for making the parade and classroom parties such a success.

Hope to see you on Tuesday, November 5th for our ASFS PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in the Library. Our ASFS PE team will provide an overview of Family Life Education in Kindergarten-5th Grade, and come to learn about some exciting new project proposals for our school as well as the latest school and APS news.

On Wednesday, November 6th, join us for a special parenting event: Celebrate Calm With Kirk Martin, that we are co-sponsoring with the Taylor PTA at Taylor Elementary School from 7:00-9:00pm. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy a great weekend as we ‘fall back’ with daylight savings time on Saturday night! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

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This Wednesday! Celebrate Calm With Kirk Martin - Wed, 11/6

Join us on Wednesday, November 6th for Celebrate Calm, presented by Kirk Martin, from 7:00-9:00pm at Taylor Elementary School. We are thrilled to partner with the Taylor PTA to host this FREE special parenting event: "Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling" perfect for parents with kids ages 2-22. See the event flyer below for more details:

Celebrate Calm With Kirk Martin Event Flyer

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

Support Our School: ASFS No-Frills Fundraiser

Thank you to all of the families who have donated to our ASFS No-Frills Fundraiser!

Kindergarten has pulled ahead with 13 families participating. 2nd grade and 4th grade are close behind with 12 families each. Overall, we've had 51 families donate and we are almost halfway to our goal.

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!

Spread Kindness With the 2019 Kindness Challenge Calendar

It’s time to be kind! With the season of giving around the corner and in the spirit of spreading kindness, print out the 2019 Kindness Challenge Calendar and post it on your fridge, or keep handy for your kids to take the challenge and complete one kind gesture each day beginning on November 7th as part of the 30 days leading up to the Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Gift Giving Fair.

2019 Gifts That Give Hope Kindness Challenge Calendar

The 9th Annual Gifts That Give Hope Fair is a community event hosted at ASFS on Saturday, December 7th from 10am-2pm, and all are welcome. Kids can your completed calendar to the fair to receive a special Kindness Badge.  More details at: giftsthatgivehope.org/arlington

Last Chance: ASFS Fall Clothing Collection for The Clothesline!

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 

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Still Time to Register: 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.

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ASFS Tree Trunk Sculpture Highlights

​​Thanks to Andrew Mallon, renowned Chainsaw Carver, for creating the brand-new sculpture from the tree trunk in front of our school on Monday, October 28th. Students were able to observe the art creation in process, and ASFS ITC Mr. Harvey is working on a stop-motion video to show the project from start to finish.

To enhance this special experience, ASFS art teachers, Ms. Suarez and Ms. Garfield have been working with students outside to create ephemeral (temporary) art using the materials they collected last week. Take a look at some of the beautiful student artwork below:

ASFS Picture Re-Take Day - Friday, November 8th

PHOTO RE-TAKES: If you are not satisfied with the original photo your child took on Picture Day, please feel free to have a re-take on Picture Make-up Day Friday, November 8th. Please email Karrie Beaudry with your child’s name and teacher so that we can ensure your child takes his/her re-take photo. 

NOTE: YOU MUST RETURN THE ORIGINAL PHOTOS YOU ORDERED (minus the class picture) when your child comes for his/her make-up photo. No additional payment is necessary.

IF YOUR CHILD MISSED PICTURE DAY: Your child will have his/her individual photo taken on Friday, November 8th. Even if you don’t order a photo package, the individual photos are included in the ASFS yearbook. If an order form with payment was sent in it will be applied.

Questions? Please contact Karrie Beaudry. Thank you!

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APS News: Elementary School Boundary Process Updates

APS Unveils Two Proposals that Explore Moving Some Elementary Schools in 2021-22

On October 31st, Arlington Public Schools shared two proposals for relocating some elementary schools in advance of the Fall 2020 Elementary Boundary Process. The proposals are available online for community input and will be reviewed and potentially revised as APS gathers stakeholders’ ideas and suggestions. School Board action on a final proposal is scheduled for February 6, 2020. Changes take effect for the 2021-22 school year.

For complete details, see the APS News Release (10/31/19): Unveils Two Proposals that Explore Moving Some Elementary Schools in 2021-22

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 News: Middle School Options and Transfers Information

For the 2020-21 secondary options and neighborhood transfers application process, there will be two separate application timelines for middles school option programs and neighborhood transfers, as follows:

  1. Middle School Options: Families interested in attending an option school or program will be able to apply between Nov. 4, 2019 – Jan. 17, 2020.
  2. Neighborhood Transfers: After the Superintendent’s Annual Update on enrollment is published in January, the availability of neighborhood transfers will be shared with families. If there is availability for neighborhood transfers, families will be able to apply between Feb. 24, 2020 – March 16, 2020.

All options and transfers applications are available through the online application portal. Additional information on the application timeline, options offered, and application process is available on the options and transfers webpage.​​​​

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Arlington SEPTA Updates

Take a look and mark your calendar for these upcoming Special Education PTA (SEPTA), Parent Resource Center (PRC), and Therapeutic Recreation events coming up: Upcoming Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Events

Please contact ASFS SEPTA Liaison Susan Shuckra with any questions.

Four Rs with the ABC’s: A Forum - Wednesday, 11/13

Are you frustrated by the waste in your school?  Then come join us at the Four Rs with the ABC’s: A Forum!

When: Wednesday, November 13th
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Where: Central Library, Bluemont Meeting Room (1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington)
Who: APS sustainability liaisons, parents, students, teachers, administrators, PTA members, and environmentalists

In this action-based meeting we will:
• SHARE effective best practices based on experiences within APS schools
• LEARN about resources and materials available to help a school get started on waste reduction strategies
• CONNECT with others who are motivated to create change

4Rs Forum Flyer

4th Grade "Every Kid in a Park" Campaign

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the school year.

Every year, beginning September 1, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov. This pass provides free access to national parks across the country.

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 4th grade school year, until August 31, 2020. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting www.everykidinapark.gov.​​​​

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