Electronic Friday Folder -- December 6th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • 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
  • Monday, 12/16 - ASFS 5th Grade Orchestra Performance (DHMS)
  • Tuesday, 12/17 - Gifted Services Parent Q&A 
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Friday, 12/20 - ASFS Global Celebrations (Classrooms, time varies by grade)
  • Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Holiday Break (NO SCHOOL)
  • 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, ASFS Families, Teachers, and Staff, for such a supportive community! We appreciate all your support for our school at this week's PTA meeting. A huge thank you to ASFS RTG, Mr. Villacrusis, who provided an Overview of Gifted Services, and thanks to our PTA for approving two new projects to update our pond in the courtyard and provide a new set of fitness equipment for the playground. Take a minute to read through the highlights in the Draft ASFS PTA Meeting Minutes (12/3/19) for more details.

With regards to ASFS' current overcrowding and need for more neighborhood seats, we are grateful for all the positive feedback we have received so far on our letter to APS, as we shared in the ASFS PTA Email on 12/5/19. In order to send this letter on behalf of our PTA to the Arlington School and County Boards, we want to make sure we have full support. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by end of day on Sunday, December 8th.

***Please note one update to the ASFS PTA Letter to APS (attached below), based on feedback received today. To ensure we are all-inclusive in our consideration of the need for seats in our area, we have updated the letter to say Rosslyn-Ballston corridor (rather than Rosslyn/Courthouse).

Updated: ASFS PTA Letter to APS (December 2019)

If you have any questions or other feedback, or would like to learn more and see how you can get involved, please feel free to reach out to me directly, or use the link below if you prefer:

Submit Your Questions & Feedback to the ASFS PTA

Thanks again! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

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ASFS Takes Action: Elementary School Planning Process

As part of the APS Elementary School Planning Process, we encourage all ASFS community members to provide your feedback. The more our voices are heard, the more of a difference we can make. You are also welcome to use the messages included the ASFS PTA Letter to APS (Updated 12/5/19) to advocate directly to APS and the School Board with any additional thoughts you may have. The ASFS PTA requests to APS include: 

  1. For the 2019-20 school year, provide immediate relief of current capacity challenges by providing ASFS with an additional relocatable classroom that does not interfere with green space or outdoor physical education space for students.
  2. For the 2020-21 school year, provide ASFS with an additional relocatable classroom and work with ASFS administration to provide additional solutions to offset the projected overcrowding expected with continued increased enrollment.
  3. As part of the Fall 2020 APS Elementary School Boundary Process, ​commit to providing more neighborhood seats ​in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

Ways to Engage: 

Upcoming Key DatesMark Your Calendar for these upcoming APS events where you can show your support for ASFS and learn more about the Elementary School Planning Process:

  • Friday, 12/6: "Friday Facebook Live"Video with new FAQs
  • Monday, 12/9: School Board Office Hours - Tannia Talento, 5:00-7:00pm
  • Monday, 12/9: Community Meeting - Swanson MS, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, 12/10: Community Meeting - Central Library, 6:30pm
  • Friday, 12/13: Online Webinar, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Monday, 12/16: School Board Office Hours - Nancy VanDoren, 5:00-7:00pm
  • Monday, 12/16: Community Meeting - Kenmore MS (Spanish), 7:00pm
  • Thursday, 12/19: School Board Meeting, 7:00pm (2110 Washington Blvd.)

To Learn More: Visit the APS Planning for 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process website for more information on the process, proposals, FAQs, and additional resources.

More Messages from APS on the Elementary School Planning Process:

Check out the ASFS PTA APS Updates page for more updates on the APS Elementary School Planning Process.

LAST WEEK! Donate by Friday, 12/13 to Support ASFS
Thank you to families who have already donated!

We are down to our LAST WEEK of No Frills and are approaching our goal of $25k by December 13th with 85 families (15% participation) donating $17,970 (3/4th of goal). We also have three company matches so far - thank you for those too! 

The grade level with the highest number of families who participate will receive an extra thank you - a fun Cookies & Cocoa Party in January. Currently, Kindergarten is still in the lead, but the other grade levels can still catch up. ALL GIFTS COUNT - even a modest donation could win that warm cocoa on a cold January day.

If you would like to support the many wonderful programs and events we have planned for 2019-20, please donate today. Donations are 100% appreciated, 100% tax-deductible, and go directly to benefit our students, teachers, and community this school year (2019-20)! 

​​​​As always, donations in any amount are greatly appreciated! 

All donors will receive a special thank you from an ASFS student. 

Yes! I want to support ASFS this year!

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LAST DAY! Donate Today to Support ASFS Families in Need

DONATE TODAY 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. 

Click below to donate online, or drop off your cash/check donations (payable to ASFS PTA) in the marked box in the front office.

Donate Online to Holiday Helpers Today 

Email Kirsten Mallonee with any questions. Thank you for helping to ensure all of our ASFS families have a great holiday season!

Next Week! ASFS Book Fair - December 9th-13th

The ASFS Book Fair is next week from Monday, December 9th through the morning of Friday, December 13th. Daily hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:00p.m. Book fair proceeds fund books for the library and classrooms.

Mark Your Calendar: Wednesday December 11th from 6:00-7:30pm is Family Night at the ASFS Book Fair, when we will have story readers to help entertain children while families shop.

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.

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Support the ASFS PE Department - Seeking Popper Toys

The PE Department is seeking these winter themed poppers! If anyone has one of these popper toys that the PE department could have, we would like to use them for our annual Winter Wonderland PE activity during the week before winter break. If you have one or are able to purchase one from the PE Department Amazon Wish List, please contact Ms. Hall. Thank you!

After-School Enrichment Winter Registration - Opens Sunday, 12/8

Online registration opens Sunday, December 8th! Baroody Camps and the ASFS PTA are excited to offer a variety of after-school enrichment classes for the upcoming Winter 2019 session.

Visit Baroody Camps Enrichment Registration - Winter 2019 for more details and to register for classes beginning December 8th. (Registration will close on Sunday, December 15th.)

Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 3:45-5:00pm, starting the week of January 13th. All classes are held onsite at ASFS (with the exception of tennis at the YMCA).

Click below for additional information, including the Winter 2020 Schedule:

ASFS After-School Enrichment Flyer - Winter 2019

Visit the Baroody Camps FAQs page, or contact Baroody Camps with any questions.

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.

Order Your 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!

Click for more details: ASFS Hats and Hoodies Flyer

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. 

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Attention ASFS English Learner Families

Are you looking for a way to be involved at ASFS?  We are looking for more families whose children are English Learners who can volunteer on either Tuesday or Thursday afternoon from 3-4pm with Danielle Anctil, ASFS English Learner teacher.  It's a great way to meet other ASFS parents, talk about activities going on at school and help complete projects for teachers. We would love to have you even if you can only volunteer once a month. Email Danielle Anctil or stop by Room 185 if you are interested in learning more or have any questions.   

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New ASFS Parent Resource Library

Announcing our new ASFS Parent Resource Library! Check out parent resources from the ASFS front office to borrow for up to 2 weeks.

Now available: Celebrate Calm by Kirk Martin, A Collection of Audio CDs.  Borrow one of nine audio CDs for parents (and one that speaks to kids). See the complete list and details on the checkout process below, or visit Kirk Martin Audio CD Collection for more details. 

ASFS Parent Resource Library - List of Materials

December Fitness Calendar from the ASFS PE Department

If your child completed a November calendar, return it to the PE Department next week! Below, you’ll find the calendar for December!

December Fitness Calendar

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.

ASFS Staff Holiday Gift Wish List

Thinking about what to get for your hardworking teachers and ASFS staff this holiday? Take a look at what is on their Wish Lists!

ASFS Teacher & Staff Holiday Wish Lists

THE LIST WILL BE UPDATED WEEKLY! If you do not see your teacher on the list, Amazon, Target, VISA, and Starbucks seems to be a good idea for a gift card! Please keep in mind non teaching staff. Keep in mind our Principal, Asst. Principal, office staff (4), counselors (2), extended day staff, custodians (4), cafeteria staff (4), and nurses (2). Non teaching staff gifts may be dropped off in the office. 

Keep in mind APS gift guidelines: https://www.apsva.us/post/holiday-gifts-vendors-contractors/

Happy Holidays! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rabia Oubenadi, ASFS Teacher & Staff Appreciation Chair

Gifted Services Parent Q&A - Tuesday, 12/17

ASFS parents, come and join ASFS RTG, Mr. Villacrusis, on Tuesday, December 17th from 9:00-10:00am in the Library for Questions, Conversations, Cookies and Coffee, a Gifted Services Parent Q&A. Click for more details: Gifted Service Parent Coffee Flyer

Looking forward to continuing our conversation on services, identification and assessment! 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

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ASFS Auction 2020: Mardi Gras Masquerade - Saturday, 2/29

The annual ASFS Auction is coming up on Saturday, February 29th at Don Tito in Clarendon from 7-11pm! We are thrilled to announce this year's theme: Mardi Gras Masquerade! Look for more details coming soon at , and contact Jennifer Berenbaum with any questions or if you'd like to get involved in our biggest social event and fundraiser of the year!

Order Your 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook

Order your 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook today! 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!

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Tomorrow! Gifts That Give Hope Fair - Saturday, 12/7

Hosted at Arlington Science Focus School tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th from 10am-2pm, join us for the 9th Annual Arlington Gifts That Give Hope Fair! 

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

Online shopping is now open! Visit giftsthatgivehope.org/arlington for more details, and to shop online through Friday, December 20th.

Contact Gifts That Give Hope with any questions - hope to see you there!

Tomorrow: 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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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

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

Support APS: Provide Input in County Budget Questionnaire

Arlington County wants to hear your thoughts on how to spend taxpayer dollars. What should our priorities be? Where should we be investing more? Where, if anywhere, should we be looking to scale back?  The Arlington county budget directly affects the amount of funds and resources available for our school. 

Please take a minute to let the county know how important schools are to the community!

. County Budget Questionnaire

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