Electronic Friday Folder -- November 8th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • 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
  • Friday, 11/15 - ASFS Make-up School Picture Day (NEW DATE!)
  • 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
  • Wednesday, 11/27-Friday, 11/29 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
  • SAVE THE DATE! ASFS Annual Auction - Saturday, 2/29 (Don Tito)
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 to everyone who attended the November ASFS PTA Meeting this week! A special thanks to ASFS PE teachers Mr. Ludwick and Ms. Hall for their informative Family Life Education (FLE) Presentation (attached). To learn more about the APS Family Life Education curriculum, including the complete Standards of Learning (SOLs) for all grades, visit the APS Family Life Education webpage.

If you missed the meeting, feel free to read through the Draft November ASFS PTA Meeting Minutes (attached), always posted on our PTA website as well.

ASFS Parent Teacher Code of Conduct: As Ms. Begley reminded our community during the PTA meeting, please take a moment to review the ASFS Parent Teacher Code of Conduct, a good reminder for all of us to show respect and kindness to everyone in our community, both in daily interactions and via email communications.

Welcome, Ms. Stodel and Ms. Carillo! We are thrilled to welcome our new Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Stodel, and Kindergarten Assistant, Ms. Carillo, to ASFS as they lead our new Kindergarten class which started this week in the music room, now a beautiful new kindergarten classroom. And a tremendous thank you to Ms. Taylor and Ms. Shine for their flexibility, and continuing to lead an amazing music and instrumental music program for our students!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and Veteran's Day!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Important: APS Winter Weather Procedures

In preparation for “winter weather” months, please take a moment to read the below letter from APS Interim Superintendent, Cintia Johnson, on the Arlington Public Schools (APS) Winter Weather Procedures for closings, delayed openings and early dismissals, review the Winter Weather FAQs, and keep the attached APS documents handy for your reference.

APS Winter Weather Procedures Letter

APS Winter Weather FAQs

APS Winter Weather Procedures

​​​​​APS Snow Days: What They Mean

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 15 families participating. 2nd grade and 4th grade are not far behind. Overall, we've had 55 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! No-Frills runs until December 13th. 

Yes! I want to support ASFS!

 

Last Day! 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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Thank You, ASFS Parent Volunteers!
Thank you to the 96 ASFS parents who have submitted their ASFS PTA Volunteer Forms! Of the 96 forms, 84 parents signed up for at least 2 initiatives and 6 parents volunteered for more than 10 events. Congratulations to our Kindergarten families for submitting the most forms!
 
We could not support our many PTA programs and events without your support. You are always welcome to indicate your interests on the online ASFS PTA Volunteer Form, or drop off a paper copy in the PTA mailbox (forms available in the office). Thank you!
 

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ASFS Holiday Helpers Kick-off Today! Friday, 11/8

Through the Holiday Helpers program, our supportive school community helps ASFS families identified as needing a hand in putting together a happy winter holiday celebration. Last year we provided gifts to 30 children who are part of ASFS. 

We are asking for monetary contributions only this year. To help ensure all ASFS families have a great holiday season, please send in your donations by Friday, December 6th! Send them in with your child, deposit them in the box in the front office labeled HOLIDAY HELPERS or give online at: http://www.asfspta.com/holiday-helpers.

Email Kirsten Mallonee ​​​with any questions. We greatly appreciate your help.

Spread Kindness With the 2019 Kindness Challenge Calendar

It’s time to be kind! Starting now, download and print the 2019 Kindness Challenge Calendar and complete one kind gesture each day for the next 30 days leading up to the 9th annual Gifts That Give Hope Fair. You can use the suggested activity or make up your own. Kids may bring their completed calendar to the Gifts That Give Hope Fair on Saturday, December 7th from 10am-2pm at Arlington Science Focus School to receive a special Kindness Badge, and post your acts of kindness on Twitter using #NOVAKINDKIDS to spread the word. 

2019 Gifts That Give Hope Kindness Challenge Calendar

The Kindness Challenge is sponsored by 9th Annual Arlington Gifts That Give Hope Fair, an alternative gift giving fair that supports 18 nonprofits this year, including a special Kids Fair with a $5 Children's Shopping List and crafts and activities for kids to enjoy while you shop. Visit giftsthatgivehope.org/arlington for more details.

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ASFS School Picture Re-Take Day - Friday, 11/15 (New Date)

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 15th. 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 15th. 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!

ASFS and Food Bus – WE NEED YOU! ​​​​

ASFS and Food Bus have again partnered this year to reduce food waste and feed the hungry in our community! Each school day we ask the students to collect unopened/unused food that they would otherwise throw in the trash after lunch.  ASFS then donates this food to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).

We could use your help – for LESS THAN AN HOUR IN TOTAL: At the end of each school week, a parent volunteer is needed to collect the food from the Food Bus refrigerator, sort it into bins and deliver the food to AFAC. The pick-up and drop off process typically takes less than an hour in total! If you can help, please sign up using this link: https://signup.com/go/YJavMKL

For more information, please email Jackie Java.Thank you in advance for your support!

ASFS Coat Swap with Tasty Tales - Wednesday, 11/20

Fall weather has arrived! The Green Committee will host its annual Coat Swap in the ASFS lobby from 5:30-7:00pm on Wednesday, November 20th. Drop off items in the box at the lobby or bring your outgrown coats and any cool weather accessories on the 20th. Winter weather attire can include, but not be limited to: hats, gloves, scarves, under shirts/pants, sweaters, hoodies, etc. We will accept adult items as well! 

You do not have to donate an item to participate. Items need to be clean and in good condition. All leftover items will be donated. Email Amy or Sylvia with any questions at asfsgogreen@gmail.com

Did you know November 15th is America Recycles Day? If you’re not sure how to recycle an item, or would like more info, check out: https://americarecyclesday.org/find-recycling/

Announcing the 2020 ASFS Auction!

Please mark your calendars for the 2020 ASFS Auction, which will be held on Saturday, February 29th from 7pm - 11pm at Don Tito (3165 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA)! The ASFS Auction is our school's biggest fundraiser for the year with all proceeds benefitting our school programs, student field trips, equipment, teacher projects and more!  This is a fun evening and a chance to take the night off and enjoy food, friends, dancing and of course a chance to win cool auction items donated by our families and local businesses. To donate to the auction, volunteer for the committee or for more information please contact ASFS Auction Chair, Jennifer Berenbaum - thank you!

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Outside the Box Day: Save the Date & Recyclables/Volunteers Needed

Save the Date: Outside the Box Day – Wednesday, December 4th, 9:00-11:00am

Please join us for Outside the Box Day on Wednesday, December 4th from 9 – 11 a.m.! We hope you will enjoy watching the students engage in one of the many children's engineering projects that will be taking place at ASFS. The students will be presented with a challenge, the criteria they will need to meet, and the materials they’ll get to work with. Then they’ll brainstorm possible solutions, choose the best one, and execute it. Be especially on the lookout for the children’s incredible problem-solving skills when they run into a problem, and encourage them to find solutions to their obstacles by thinking outside the box! You will be amazed by the children’s creativity!

Parents, please meet in the library at 9 a.m. before being dismissed to the classrooms. At this event, we ask that you not bring siblings as we want you to be able to fully participate with your child and his/her classmates in the classroom. Thank you!

Recyclables and Help Needed for Outside the Box Day

In order for the children to complete their engineering projects on Outside the Box Day, each grade level will need specific recyclables. Please check the attached document to see what your child’s grade level needs, and if you can save other materials on the list for other grade levels, we would greatly appreciate that as well! Please send the recyclables in to your child’s classroom (if they are for that specific grade level) or Investigation Station (if you have materials for multiple grade levels) as soon as you can. It is important for us to know how much we have/how much we still need early on. Thank you for helping to contribute to the success of Outside the Box Day!

Recyclables Needed for Outside the Box Day

We also need help from parent volunteers to sort these recyclables before and after the event is over. If you are able to spare some time to help us out, please click on this link to sign up: Outside the Box Day Volunteer Sign-up

Need Volunteers to Help Take Care of Baby Box Turtles over Breaks

We need your help in taking care of the baby box turtles (currently in Investigation Station) over longer school breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break). If you will not be traveling for any of the breaks, please consider helping us out! Taking care of the box turtles just involves a few steps every day. All supplies and instructions will be provided! Click on this link to sign up: Volunteer to Take Care of ASFS Turtles During Holiday Breaks

November 2019 Physical Education Activity Calendar

From the ASFS PE team, take the November 2019 Physical Education Challenge! Print out the Activity Calendar below, and complete the challenge for each day of the month. Your child can bring it to his/her PE teacher at the end of the month.  Have fun!

November 2019 Physical Education Activity Calendar

APS ParentVUE Reminder: No More Printed Report Cards

Arlington Public Schools has announced that starting now, there will be no more printed report cards.  All report cards will be sent electronically beginning this year.  Report cards will be available through ParentVue, APS’s online tool for monitoring your student’s education.  Fall report cards will be posted on November 22, 2019.  Parents must have activated their account in Parent Vue in order to view their child’s report card.  For the first quarter this year, which ends today, we will send home further instructions on how to receive the report card information. 

If you have not activated your ParentVue account, you will need an activation code in order to start an account.  Each parent has an individual code.  Please call the office to receive your code.  For more information on ParentVUE, please visit https://www.apsva.us/family-access-center/.

If you have further questions about this new procedure, please call the school office at 703-228-7670.  Thank you for your cooperation with our new online systems!

Donate Your Old Cell Phone (for school experiences)

Donate Your Old Cell Phone (to be used for Virtual Reality Experiences at School)

Parents, if any of you have old cell phones that are collecting dust because you upgraded to the new phone and thought that the trade-in value was not worth it, we'd love to put your old phones to use at school! We can use those old cell phones in conjunction with VR cardboard viewers to have the students experience virtual reality with an app called Google Expeditions. Expeditions requires devices that have Android 4.4 KitKat or later or Apple® iOS® 9.0 or later. You can wipe your phone before turning it in, or we can do that step for you before we use it. If you still have the charging cable that goes with the phone, we'd love to have that as well. Please turn in all phones (+ chargers) to Ms. Lin in Investigation Station. Thanks! We're excited to bring the students on a new adventure!

APS News: Elementary School Boundary Process Updates

Learn More about the Elementary School Planning Process and Share Your Input in a Questionnaire by November 24th

Community members can get information resources and participate in a questionnaire about two proposals that explore moving some elementary schools to address challenges that APS will face when beginning the process in Fall 2020 to develop new boundaries for Sept. 2021. The proposals may be potentially revised as APS gathers stakeholder ideas and suggestions through a community engagement process, underway now until School Board action on Feb. 6, 2020. The questionnaire is open through Nov. 24, 2019. Changes would take effect in Sept. 2021.

  • Find more information—including the boundary challenges, proposals to move schools, FAQs, community engagement timeline and more at APS Engage
  • View a video and an Information Session that explain the proposals and address some common questions
  • Share your input using a bilingual community questionnaire available through November 24 at APS Engage 

View the Nov. 6 School Board Work Session on the 2021-30 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which will address future school infrastructure needs. English Infographic: Pages 1-2 (Infográfica en español: páginas 1-2)

Be sure to check out the ASFS PTA APS Updates page, which includes important information regarding the proposals and key dates for the Elementary School Boundary Process.

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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: 7:00pm-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

Advisory Council on Instruction Mental Health Panel Information

The Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) recently held a mental health panel that included several APS staff and partners. Among the materials provided were the following documents, which include information on local support groups and organizations that are available to assist families with mental, physical, and emotional health concerns.

Information on Parent Support Groups


Information on Parent Support Centers

​​​​​ Flier for Arlington Partnership for Youth and Families

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APS News: 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.

The schedule for applying for an option is:

  • ​​​​​January 17, 2020: The Secondary Options application closes.
  • January 29, 2020: Lotteries for all secondary options and transfers applications will be held at the APS Welcome Center.
  • February 7, 2020: Families will be notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist.
  • February 21, 2020: Families must confirm or decline attendance to a school or program.

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.​​​​

PTA Parent Education Night on Vaping: Tuesday, 11/19

Arlington County Public Schools are committed to ensuring that our students, parents, community, and staff, are provided with education about the dangers of vaping. According to the CDC, each day ~2,000 kids under 18 start using tobacco products. Electronic cigarettes, or vapes, have become one of the most popular methods to utilize tobacco products in the past few years. These dangerous devices have become popular because of strategic marketing directed at youth. The devices are easy to conceal and the chemical vapor, often fruity and sweet, dissipates rapidly.

Join us for a FREE PTA Parent Education Night on Tues. Nov. 19th from 6:30-8:00pm at Arlington Traditional School (ATS, 855 N. Edison St., Arlington, VA 22205). We invite all parents, as well as 4th/5th grade students to attend with their parents. REGISTER to attend: https://tinyurl.com/NoVaping

Anti-Vaping Event Flier

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