Electronic Friday Folder -- December 13th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Monday, 12/16 - 1st Grade EL Parent Math Workshop
    8:30-9:30am, ASFS Library
  • Monday, 12/16 - ASFS 5th Grade Orchestra Performance (DHMS)
  • Tuesday, 12/17 - Gifted Services Parent Q&A 
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Thursday, 12/19 - 2nd Grade EL Parent Math Workshop
    8:30-9:30am, ASFS Library
  • Friday, 12/20 - ASFS Global Celebrations (See times by grade level below)
  • Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Holiday Break (NO SCHOOL)
  • Monday, 1/6 - School Resumes
  • Tuesday, 1/7 - January PTA Meeting
    7:00-8:30pm, ASFS Library (Childcare available)
  • 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

Thanks to all families who supported the ASFS Book Fair this week! Thanks to your generosity, book fair proceeds provided books to our ASFS classrooms and the school library. A special thank you to Michelle Brydges, Amelia Gay, ASFS Librarians Ms. A'Hearn and Mr. McGuire, and all the parent volunteers for their hard work to make the book fair a success.

The ASFS No-Frills Fundraiser ends today - Friday, December 13th! Thank you to all families who have donated, and if you haven't already, we appreciate donations in any amount to support the many wonderful programs and events we have planned for this year. See below for more details on how to donate.

Have you read the latest issue of the ASFS Electric News yet? This bi-monthly newsletter contains important school information from all of our ASFS teachers and staff across grade levels and special areas, with lots of ideas for activities you can do with your kids over the holiday break.

ASFS Electric News - December/January

We have many events coming up next week before the holiday break - take a few minutes to read through, and enjoy!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


LAST DAY for No-Frills! 
Donate TODAY to Support ASFS!!

Today is the last day of our No Frills Fundraiser and we are closing in on our goal of $25k with 113 families (21% participation) donating $21,470. Please consider donating to support all of our great events, programs, and capital expenses we have planned for this school year. 

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!

Thank you to all families who have already donated!


Ends Today! ASFS Book Fair - Friday, 12/13

The ASFS Book Fair closes today at 12:00 Noon - Friday, December 13th! Stop by to shop, and remember the ASFS Teacher Wish Lists! Book fair proceeds fund books for the library and classrooms.

Thank you to all parents who have volunteered their time this week to support the annual Book Fair, and to all families who attended Family Night!

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

ASFS Global Celebration Schedule by Grade Level

ASFS Global Celebration is coming up on Friday, December 20th! See below for the schedule by grade level, and contact your classroom teacher and/or room parents with any questions. (Reminder: no siblings please.) Hope to see you there!

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

ASFS parents, join ASFS RTG (Resource Teacher for the Gifted), 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!

EL (English Learners) Math Workshops for 1st/2nd Grade Families

Many EL (English Learner) families this time of year ask how they can support their children in math.  During math workshop, students practice skills, strategies and math standards through a variety of learning stations, in addition to receiving small group instruction from their teacher.  When visiting classrooms, you may notice students engaging in mental math, using white boards to show their thinking, or using a variety of math manipulatives in their learning stations.

One way to support your child at home is by engaging in some of the same math learning stations students use at school.  This will give students an opportunity to practice a variety of skills and share their math thinking with you.

We would like to invite EL 1st Grade families to a morning session on December 16th, 2019 from 8:30-9:30am and EL 2nd Grade families on December 19th from 8:30-9:30am to learn some math stations and take home those activities to practice with your child.  This is a great opportunity to help your child practice and improve as a mathematician.

Please let us know if you will be able to make it.  We look forward to sharing a variety of math learning stations with you.

APS Elementary School Planning Process Updates

APS released the latest update on the APS Elementary School Planning Process on 12/10/19: https://www.apsva.us/post/update-to-aps-elementary-school-planning-process/

  • Focus narrows to one proposal in planning process that explores moving some elementary schools before developing new school boundaries
  • During the 12/9/19 APS community meeting on Elementary School Planning for 2021, APS presented an update on two proposals for moving some elementary schools, and on stakeholder input received to date. Based on an analysis of the information received to date, staff recommended focusing on Proposal 1 and shared that Proposal 2 will not advance in this planning process. At the meeting, staff reviewed several ideas proposed by community members and explained the factors that kept those ideas from becoming new proposals.

NEW! APS Community Questionnaire: Share Your Input on the Elementary School Planning Process (Survey open through December 18th)

Thanks to the support of our ASFS community, the ASFS PTA sent a letter to the Arlington School Board to share our top concerns and asks. We encourage all parents to provide their own feedback to APS directly in order to help support ASFS with our three requests: 

  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, 12/13: 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.

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


After-School Enrichment Winter Registration - Closes Sunday, 12/15

Online registration for the upcoming Winter 2020 session closes this Sunday, 12/15!

Visit Baroody Camps Enrichment Registration - Winter 2020 for more details and to register. 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.

ASFS Extended Day Staff Holiday Gift Collection

Please help us brighten the season for our Extended Day Staff!  We are collecting contributions through Wednesday, December 18, so that we can send our Extended Day Staff home with a little extra "holiday cheer" before the break begins!

There will be a box for contributions under the Extended Day Bulletin Board in the Multipurpose room the rest of this week and the beginning of next week.  Checks can be made out to Mary Schmergel, or please feel to Venmo@Mary-Schmergel. Thanks! Click for more details: ASFS Extended Day Staff Holiday Collection Flyer

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

If you do not see your teacher on the list, Amazon, Target, VISA, and Starbucks seem to be a good idea for a gift cards! Please 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, contact Rabia Oubenadi, ASFS Teacher & Staff Appreciation Chair

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.   


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


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 OR KID sized 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.


Gifts That Give Hope - Shop Online Through Friday, 12/20

Support alternative gift giving this season - online shopping is open through Friday, December 20th!

Shop Online - Support Gifts That Give Hope

Thanks to everyone who attended the Gifts That Give Hope Fair last weekend! If you missed the fair, you can still shop online. Make a donation to one of our 18 nonprofits, personalize a Gifts That Give Hope greeting card for a loved one, and give an act of kindness as a gift. 

Visit giftsthatgivehope.org/arlington for more details, and to shop online through Friday, December 20th.

Softball Spring 2020 Registration: Sign Up Now!

Registration is open for girls softball, grades K-12!  No prior softball experience is necessary -- all you need is a glove! Practices start in March -- hope to see you there!

. Softball Registration Flier


Arlington Winter Break Camps

Baroody Camps is offering Winter Break Camps for Arlington residents over Winter Break at the Unitarian Universalist Church.  These camps are open to anyone in Arlington, not just students from ASFS.  See the attached flier for more information on how to register.  

. Winter Break Camp Flier

Arlington Scholastic Chess Tournament - Saturday, 12/21

Do you have students who love to play chess? Wakefield HS and Arlington Student Chess are holding the 2nd annual Winter Solstice Scholastic Chess Tournament on December 21, 2019 at Wakefield HS, and would like to extend an invitation to your students to compete.

This tournament is open to all K-12 students in Arlington, VA. This event is a low-stress way to show students how competitive chess tournaments operate..  We also hope to have some fun as our winter break begins!  This event is for individual students, but we would like to open a team section for each school.  If you have 4 or more players interested in becoming an organized team, please contact Dan Redmond. (One tournament goal is to form competitive chess teams for each APS school.)

Students apply as individuals on our website, and pay the $10 registration fee on the tournament date.  Details and registration for this tournament are at: arlingtonstudentchess.orgTo learn about the chess program at Wakefield, visit: www.wakefieldchess.com

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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