Electronic Friday Folder -- November 22nd, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • 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
  • Friday, 12/6 - ASFS T-Shirt Day
  • Monday, 12/9-Friday, 12/13 - ASFS Book Fair
  • Wednesday, 12/11 - EARLY RELEASE (Dismissal at 1:26pm)
  • Wednesday, 12/11 - ASFS Family Night @ The Book Fair
    6:00-7:30pm, ASFS Library
  • Friday, 12/13 - ASFS Color Guard Performance
    6:45-7:00pm, Wakefield HS
  • 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 the ASFS Student Council Association (SCA) and Green Committee for a fun Tasty Tales Night and Coat Swap this week!

APS Survey Reminder: Just a reminder to submit your feedback on the 2020-21 School Year CalendarElementary School Planning for 2021-22, and search for the APS Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer by the dates below. You may also send any thoughts directly to APS Engage or email engage@apsva.us:

December ASFS PTA Meeting: Mark your calendar for our next ASFS PTA Meeting coming up on Tuesday, December 3rd. ASFS RTG, Mr. Villacrusis, will provide an Overview of Gifted Services, and we will also review the APS Elementary School Planning Process and current APS proposals, talk through potential impacts to ASFS, and collect feedback and questions for follow up. Hope you can join us for these important topics, and please feel free to reach out anytime with questions.

With the holiday break next week, the weekly eFF will return on Friday, December 6th. Wishing each and every one of you a very happy Thanksgiving! We are very grateful for our ASFS community during this season of giving thanks. Enjoy a wonderful holiday and safe travels with your families!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Three Weeks Left for No-Frills Fundraiser
Support the many wonderful programs and events we have planned this year!

Art Show, STEM Night, Guest Authors/Musicians, Outside-the-Box Day, Language Arts, Math Tools, Field Trip Buses, Field Day, Art in the Classroom, Investigation Station, Habitat Day, 5th Grade Promotion

Staff Development, Classroom Supplies, Teacher Appreciation, Books, PE Equipment, Pond, Stream, Aquariums, Grounds

Back-to-School Picnic, Holiday Helpers, 5K/1M Fun Run, Parent Socials, Book Swap & Ice Cream Social, Community Service

If 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 this school year (2019-20)! 

Yes! I want to support ASFS this year!


Two Weeks Left to Donate! Support ASFS Families in Need This Holiday Season

Donate by Friday, December 6th 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. Last year we provided gifts to 30 children who are part of ASFS. 

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!

Send them in with your child, deposit them in the box in the front office labeled HOLIDAY HELPERS or give online using the button above.  

Email Kirsten Mallonee at kirstenw1@gmail.com with any questions. We greatly appreciate your help.

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

Coming Soon! ASFS Book Fair - December 9th-13th

Mark your calendar! The ASFS Book Fair will run from Monday, December 9th through the morning of Friday, December 13th. Daily hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:00p.m., and a little later, 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday December 11th for Family Night, when we will have story readers to help entertain children while families shop. Book fair proceeds fund books for the library and classrooms.

Book Fair Helpers Needed! Work with other ASFS parents to help students select books and check out. Click to sign up: ASFS Book Fair 2019 Volunteer Sign-up

Questions? Contact ASFS Book Fair Leads Michelle Brydges and Amelia Gay.


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!

Letters of Support for Ms. Worley, ASFS Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Ms. Lauren Worley, ASFS Teacher of the Year! 

The staff of ASFS has nominated Ms. Worley as our ASFS Teacher of the Year, and she will be honored with representatives from each school in May. For this process Ms. Worley is going to need letters of support from current/former students and their families by Wednesday, December 11th. If you or your child are able to write a letter, it should be addressed to:

State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Commonwealth of Virginia
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Va 23218-2120

DO NOT MAIL OR SEND THE LETTERS OF SUPPORT DIRECTLY TO THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT. Instead, please return the letters to either Ms. Hall or Ms. Worley directly. The deadline for letters is Wednesday, December 11th.

ASFS Hats and Hoodies

As it gets colder, you need to keep your kiddos warmer. Why not do it in ASFS style? We are excited to offer ASFS Hats and Hoodies this winter. A great way to stay warm, show your school spirit, and support the school. As you start thinking about the perfect holiday gift for your kids, think about these!

We encourage you to place your order quickly as only a limited, special edition quantity has been ordered. All orders will be placed on our online store at https://asfs-pta.square.site/home and will be delivered to your child at school. 

'Tis the Season for Amazon
Earn money for ASFS with every order with Amazon Smile!

An easy way to support ASFS is to pick Arlington Science Focus PTA as your charitable organization for Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate a portion of each of your purchases to ASFS.


  1. Go to Amazon Smile and select Arlington Science Focus PTA as your charitable organization.
  2. Bookmark Amazon Smile and always use that link for all your Amazon shopping.  

Tip from experienced ASFS Amazon Smile shoppers: If you shop on your mobile phone, make sure to use the Amazon Smile link (rather than the Amazon App). Or you may fill your cart in the app and then make your purchases via the Amazon Smile site. You must check-out with Amazon Smile for Amazon to donate to ASFS.

Amazon Smile Supports ASFS!

It's an easy way to support our students!

Congratulations, ASFS National PTA Reflections Contest Winners

Thank you to all ASFS students who participated in the National PTA Reflections Art Contest this year: Sana Agarwal, Ariana Losos, Felix Losos, Mira Shomali, Yara Shomali, Ananda Taggart, and Kelly Zhang

And congratulations and good luck to the following students who advanced to the next round at the county level:

Primary (Pre-K-Grade 2):
  • Felix Losos - Visual Arts
  • Mira Shomali - Literature 
  • Mira Shomali - Photography 
Intermediate (Grades 3-5):
  • Sana Agarwal - Visual Arts
  • Ariana Losos - Literature 
  • Yara Shomali - Photography 
  • Ananda Taggart - Music ​​​​


ASFS Spreading LOVE in the Community

Candy and Card Collection: Ronald McDonald House was thrilled to receive Halloween candy and notes from ASFS for their families!  The sweet notes and candy will put a well-needed smile on the faces of families who could really use it!  

Holiday cards for Deployed Troops: A huge KUDOS to the many students who created holiday cards for deployed Troops.  These folks designed 300 cards so that ALL 300 people receiving a "Holiday Box from Home" sent by Operation Turbo will also receive a beautifully designed holiday card.  We appreciate the teachers working this special task into their day(s)!  Take a look at the gorgeous designs!


We NEED Your New or Old T-SHIRTS!!

One of our Community Service projects this year will be DIY dog toys.  Help us collect over 100 new or used ADULT t-shirts.  Any color or size, stained or not, as long as they are clean.  Look for the box in the Lobby starting December 2nd thru Global Celebration, December 20th.  Questions?  Contact Karrie Beaudry.


MLK Literary and Visual Arts Contest - Entries Due Friday, 12/20

Join students across Arlington County to Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about his dream for what the world should be like. His dream was to have a fair and peaceful world where everyone is equal to one another. On August 28, 1963, Dr. King shared his dream in the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  Arlington County is sponsoring a contest for Arlington County students to submit literary and visual arts pieces inspired by Dr Martin Luther King's legacy.  Please see the below flyer for more details.  Entries are due by December 20, 2019.  

MLK Literary and Visual Arts Contest Flyer


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!


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

Report Cards Available in ParentVUE Today (No More Printed Report Cards)

Fall report cards will be posted TODAY, November 22, 2019. APS 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. 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!

Date Extended to Monday, 11/25: 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 Monday, November 25, 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 - Survey Closes Sunday, 11/24!

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.


APS Community Coding Event - Tuesday, 12/10

Mark your calendar for a free Community Coding Event hosted by APS on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:30-8:00pm at Kenmore Middle School, with activities designed for Pre-K through 5th Grade. See the flyer below for more details, and contact APS K-12 STEM Specialist Jacqueline Firster with any questions.

APS Coding Event Flier

W-L High School Holiday Bazaar - Saturday, 12/7

Washington-Liberty H.S. Holiday Bazaar is on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Free admission! Over 70 local artisans will be displaying for sale quality handcrafted and other gift items -- jewelry, ceramics, glassware, pet items, clothing, accessories, and more. Enjoy homemade multi-ethnic food while you shop. Take home baked goods, a holiday wreath, or a poinsettia plant. Live musical performances by the WL Chamber Choir and other school musical groups. Proceeds help to buy caps and gowns for the graduating Class of 2020. Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 North Stafford St, Arlington 22201. Free parking and easy access from the I-66 parking garage off Stafford Street.

W-L High School Holiday Bazaar Flier

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