Electronic Friday Folder -- November 15th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • TODAY: Friday, 11/15 - ASFS Make-up School Picture Day 
  • 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)
  • Tuesday, 12/3 - December ASFS PTA Meeting (Gifted Services Overview)
    7:00-8:30pm, ASFS Library (Childcare provided)
  • Wednesday, 12/4 - ASFS Outside the Box Day
    9:00-11:00am, ASFS Classrooms
  • SAVE THE DATE! ASFS Annual Auction - Saturday, 2/29 (Don Tito)
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

Thank you to all ASFS families and veterans who attended the 2nd Grade Veteran's Day reception and concert! What a wonderful celebration honoring those who serve or who have served in our Armed Forces, and thanks to the ASFS 2nd Graders, Color Guard, and music teachers Ms. Shine and Ms. Taylor for such a special night.

Provide Your Input! APS is collecting feedback on the 2020-21 School Year Calendar and Elementary School Planning for 2021-22. Read below for more details - we encourage all parents to submit your input by the dates below:

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and enjoy this issue of the eFF with a lot of special programs and events to look forward to over the coming month before the holidays!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Four Weeks Left for ASFS No-Frills Fundraiser! 

Our annual fall check-writing campaign is down to the last 4 weeks!​​​​​​ P​​​​lease support the many wonderful programs and events we have planned for this school year (2019-20) by donating today. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and go directly to benefit our students, teachers, and community (no overhead to a 3rd party). 

Please donate by Friday, Dec 13th. 

Yes! I want to support our students this year!

​​​​​​No-Frills Fundraiser Updates:

  • ALL donors will receive a special thank you from an ASFS student!
  • So far, only 10% of families have donated (56 out of 550+ families) 
  • We are only halfway to our $25,000 fundraising goal 
  • Kindergarten is still in the lead with 15 families participating; 2nd grade and 4th grade are close behind.

Your special thank you will be arriving soon.

Support ASFS Families in Need This Holiday Season

Donate to the ASFS Holiday Helpers program to support ASFS families in need this holiday season! 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. 

Donate Online to Holiday Helpers Today

We are asking for monetary contributions only this year. To help ensure all ASFS families have a great holiday season, please send in your Holiday Helpers donations by Friday, December 6th!

  • Donate online at asfspta.com/holiday-helpers
  • Send cash/check donations (payable to ASFS PTA) with your child in a marked envelope
  • Drop off donations in the box in the front office labeled HOLIDAY HELPERS

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


ASFS Coat Swap - 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/

ASFS Tasty Tales Night - Wednesday, 11/20

Join us this Wednesday, November 20th from 6:30-7:30pm for Tasty Tales Night and ASFS Food Drive, sponsored by the Student Council Association! This is a family evening event to come and enjoy dinner with your favorite books and other ASFS families from 6:30-7:30pm in the multipurpose room. Please bring your favorite book, your dinner, and blankets to the MP room. Families are welcome to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the ASFS Food Drive!

The SCA will have a light snack bar to raise funds for future programs this year. If you have questions, please contact: Ms. Liz Taylor or Ms. Lori Mintzer.

Now Available: Order Your 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook Today

Some new and exciting news about Yearbooks! This year we are using the same system for ordering Yearbooks as last year. There are two ways to order and five different Yearbook “packages” to choose from:

  1. Complete the paper order form (looks similar the Picture Day order form) that your child will bring home on Friday, 11/15. (Cash or Check payable to ASFS PTA)
  2. Place your order online: ybpay.lifetouch.com (Yearbook IB Code: 13273620)
  • Order Deadline: April 3, 2020 (Note: We are not ordering any extra yearbooks this year, so make sure to place your order early to ensure that you receive your copy.)
  • Autograph Inserts are being provided with each yearbook ordered.

Contact Ms. Caven with any questions or concerns. Thank you for supporting our school!


'Tis the Season for Shutterfly
Ordering holiday cards, calendars, or other photo gifts from Shutterfly?

Please use our ASFS link every time you order from Shutterfly to earn 8% for ASFS:

It's an easy way to support our students!

FYI - there is a big sale - up to 50% off on everything - through Sunday!

Mark Your Calendar: Gifts That Give Hope Fair - Saturday, 12/7

The 9th Annual Arlington Gifts That Give Hope Fair is coming up on Saturday, December 7th from 10am-2pm, hosted at Arlington Science Focus School. This year, the alternative gift giving fair is supporting 18 nonprofits, including a special Kids Fair with a $5 Children's Shopping List and activities provided by Tiny Chefs and Skill Builders for kids to enjoy while you shop. Visit giftsthatgivehope.org/arlington for more details, or view the event flyer below:

Gifts That Give Hope Fair - Saturday, December 7th

Remember to be kind! Take the 2019 Kindness Challenge and complete one kind gesture each day. You can use the suggested activity or make up your own. Kids may bring their completed calendar to the fair to receive a special Kindness Badge, and post your acts of kindness on Twitter using #NOVAKINDKIDS to spread the word. 

Contact Gifts That Give Hope with any questions, or if you would like to get involved. Hope to see you there!


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!


Outside the Box Day - Wednesday, 12/4: Recyclables & Volunteers Needed

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

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

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!

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

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!


APS 2020-21 School Year Calendar Survey

APS is currently seeking community input on the 2020-2021 calendar. Community members are asked to provide input by November 22, 2019 on three proposed drafts by participating in the community survey. For a general description of the three draft options and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), visit www.apsva.us/engage/school-year-2020-21-calendar/. Calendar recommendations will be presented to the School Board for approval in January.

APS News: Elementary School Planning for 2021-22

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 Wed, Oct. 30, APS shared proposals for moving some elementary schools as a first step in a countywide elementary school planning and boundary process for the 2021-22 school year. Community engagement regarding the proposed school moves begins now and continues through January 2020.

There are several ways to get up to speed on this process, the challenges that APS faces, and these proposals to move schools:

Please participate in a Questionnaire (English/Spanish) on these proposals at APS Engage, available through November 24, 2019. These proposals may be revised as APS gathers ideas and suggestions from community members before School Board action on Feb. 6, 2020. Any changes made would take effect in Sept. 2021. To learn more, visit www.apsva.us/engage/planning-for-2020-elementary-school-boundary-process/.

Send questions via engage@apsva.us or Twitter at #APSPlans2021.

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.


Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Updates

Arlington SEPTA Monthly Meeting: School Board Work Session on PCG's Evaluation of Services for Students with Special Needs - Wednesday, November 13, 2019: 6:00pm
Syphax Education Center, Rooms 452/454 (6:00pm-6:30pm) and School Board Rooms - 2nd Floor (6:30pm)
2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204. Contact espaciohispano@arlingtonsepta.org for more details.  

Arlington Public Schools Annual Transition Fair - Thursday, November 14, 2019: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Arlington Career Center, 816 South Walter Reed Drive Arlington, VA 22204

Learn about a variety of community resources for individuals with special needs. There will be more than 30 organizations sending representatives, and a wealth of additional information available to support students as they begin to plan and prepare for their transition from Arlington Public Schools. Don't miss this great opportunity. Read more about the final program and participating agencies/organizations here.  

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.