Electronic Friday Folder -- December 20th, 2019

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • 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)
  • Friday, 1/10 - ASFS Reflections Contest Reception
    9:00-9:30am, ASFS Library
  • Monday, 1/13 - Kindergarten Parent Coffee
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Tuesday, 1/14 - Special Education/PRC Parent Coffee
    8:30-9:30am, ASFS Library
  • Wednesday, 1/15 - EARLY RELEASE
  • Thursday, 1/16 - 5th Grade Concert
    2:30pm (for students) and 7:00pm, ASFS Multipurpose Room
  • Friday, 1/17 - 1st/2nd Grade Parent Coffee
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • 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
Wishing all of our ASFS families, teachers, and staff a wonderful holiday season and very happy New Year! 

Enjoy the holiday break with your family, and see you in 2020 - looking forward to a great year ahead together as ONE T.E.A.M. --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Note: The weekly Electronic Friday Folder (eFF) will return on Friday, January 10th.


ASFS Global Celebration Schedule by Grade Level

ASFS Global Celebration is today! 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!

Calling All Amazon Shoppers! 

Shopping on Amazon this holiday season? If you select "Arlington Science Focus PTA" as your charitable organization for Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate a portion of each of your purchases to ASFS. It's an easy way to support our school at no expense to you!

Link to ASFS today and use Amazon Smile to shop:

And, please use our ASFS link every time you order from Shutterfly to earn 8% for ASFS: http://asfs.shutterflystorefront.com


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 Wish List 2019

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

Congratulations, ASFS Reflections Contest Winners

Congratulations to our ASFS Reflections Contest winners - especially to Ariana Losos, who won Outstanding Interpretation for Literature. Her entry will go onto compete at the Northern VA District level!  We will honor all of the participants on Friday, Jan. 10th at our Reflections Contest Reception.


  • Primary Division (Kindergarten-Grade 2) - Award of Excellence: Mira Shomali
  • Intermediate Division (Grades 3-5) - Outstanding Interpretation: Ariana Losos


  • Intermediate Division (Grades 3-5) - Award of Merit: Ananda Taggart


  • Primary Division (Kindergarten-Grade 2) - Award of Merit: Mira Shomali
  • Intermediate Division (Grades 3-5) - Award of Merit: Yara Shomali
Visual Arts
  • Primary Division (Kindergarten-Grade 2) - Award of Merit: Felix Losos
  • Intermediate Division (Grades 3-5) - Award of Merit: Sana Agarwal


Thank You for Supporting the ASFS Book Fair

Thanks to to our generous community, the annual ASFS Book Fair was a great success last week, raising nearly $15,000 in book sales. With our proceeds, we provided additional books for the ASFS Library, contributed funds for 47 ASFS teachers to purchase books for their classrooms, and supported the PTA with funding for school programs and events.

A huge thank you to Michelle Brydges and Amelia Gay for their hard work to coordinate the Book Fair, and a special thank you to Ms. A'Hearn and Mr. McGuire for all of their support as well.  And we want to thank all of the volunteers who helped out during the week - we are very grateful!

Save the Date: ASFS ELA Day - Wednesday, 1/29

Join us for a morning of learning about ELA (English/Language Arts) and spend time reading with your child(ren) on Wednesday, January 29th from 9:00-10:00am, hosted by the ASFS ELA Team!

  • 9:00-9:30am: Parent Coffee in the library to learn about the use of the ELA workshop model to teach reading and writing
  • 9:30-10:00am: Opportunity to see the reading workshop in action in your child’s classroom

Click for more details: ASFS ELA Day Flyer​​​, and hope to see you there!  --The ASFS ELA Team

APS Elementary School Planning for 2021-22

On December 9, APS staff shared that they will be focusing on Proposal 1. Proposal(s) 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/

The ASFS PTA encourages all parents to provide feedback to APS 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: 

To Learn More: 


Gifts That Give Hope - Last Day for Online Shopping

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

Shop Online - Support Gifts That Give Hope

Shop online to 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 the end of day today - Friday, December 20th.

Arlington Student FilmFest 2020

If you have children who enjoy making short films, help them submit to ASFF 2020. Submission is free. Students must be enrolled in an Arlington Public School to enter. Submission deadline is April 1, 2020 at 11:59pm. For more information, including FAQs and the SUBMIT FILMS BUTTON, visit: Arlington Student FilmFest 2020. Keep making films!


Arlington Softball Spring 2020 Registration Now Open

Registration is open for Arlington Girls Softball, grades K-12!  No prior softball experience is necessary -- all you need is a glove! Practices start in March - click for more details: AGSA Spring Registration 2020 Flyer


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 Today!

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


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