Electronic Friday Folder -- January 17th, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Friday, 1/17 - 1st/2nd Grade Parent Coffee
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Friday, 1/17 - ASFS Color Guard Yorktown Performance
    6:45-7:00 PM, Yorktown High School
  • Monday, 1/20 - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Wednesday, 1/22 - ASFS PTA Family Night at The Simple Greek
    5:30-7:30pm, The Simple Greek (Rosslyn - 1731 Wilson Blvd.)
  • Thursday, 1/23 - ASFS SCA Bingo Night
    6:30-8:00pm, ASFS Multipurpose Room
  • Friday, 1/24 - ASFS Color Guard W-L Performance
    6:45-7:00 PM, Washington-Liberty High School
  • Monday, 1/27 - 3rd Grade Parent Coffee
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library
  • Wednesday, 1/29 - ASFS ELA Day
    9:00-10:00am, ASFS Library & Classrooms
  • Friday, 1/31 - NO SCHOOL (Grade Preparation Day)
  • Monday, 2/3-Friday, 2/7 - Community Service Week
  • Tuesday, 2/4 - February ASFS PTA Meeting
    7:00-8:30pm, ASFS Library (Child care available)
  • Thursday, 2/6 - 4th/5th 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

Thank you for a great ASFS PTA meeting on Tuesday night. So grateful for all the support from our community for our follow up letter to the Arlington School Board on behalf of the ASFS PTA, and for the many parent volunteers helping to coordinate our upcoming programs and events as we kick off the new year! A few notes:

Enjoy your Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, and hope to see you this Wednesday (1/22) at ASFS Family Night at The Simple Greek!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


ASFS Family Night at The Simple Greek - Wednesday, 1/22

Join us to show your school spirit at ASFS Family Night at The Simple Greek! Bring your entire family and feel free to invite friends on Wednesday, January 22nd between 5:30-7:30pm to The Simple Greek in Rosslyn (1731 Wilson Blvd).

Show the attached flyer and ASFS will receive 20% of sales. Plus, the first 25 families to arrive can enter a raffle for a free Greek Family Pack - hope to see you there!

ASFS Family Night at Simple Greek Flier

ASFS SCA Family Bingo Night - Thursday, 1/23

Join us on Thursday, January 23rd from 6:30-8:00pm for Family Bingo Night, sponsored by the ASFS Student Council (SCA)! This is a FREE event for the family! There will even be small prizes for winners. We will have a concession stand with pizza, popcorn, drinks, and other snacks. Bring the whole family out for a night of fun! This is a very casual evening that you can drop in and out any time between 6:30 and 7:45pm. There is limited space and bingo cards will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Taylor or Ms. Mintzer. Hope to see you there!

ASFS SCA Bingo Night Flier

You're Invited! 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


Volunteers Needed! ASFS STEM Night - Wednesday, 2/12

Save the Date! Family STEM Night, Wednesday, February 12th (6:30-8:00pm)

Please join us for our annual Family STEM Night on Wednesday, February 12th from 6:30-8:00pm! Some of the highlights of the event include: engineering challenges, coding activities, a simulated mission with the space shuttle simulator, demonstrations from our two First Lego League teams, and more! Our school was awarded a grant from the National PTA this year to help fund additional activities, so we'll be adding some fun science experiment stations as well!

Volunteers Needed! Parents, your help is greatly needed to help make our Family STEM Night a success!

Because we have the addition of science experiment stations this year, we are looking for as many volunteers as possible. If you can help with either set-up, greeting, manning the different STEM challenges/stations, and/or clean-up, please click here to sign-up: ASFS STEM Night Volunteer Sign-up, or you can e-mail Ms. Lin. We split up the night into two shifts (6:15-7:15pm and 7:15-8:15pm) so that you have some time to enjoy the STEM night with your child. Thanks so much!

STEM Night PTA Planning Team: We are thrilled to have won the National PTA STEM + Families Science Festival Grant sponsored by Bayer! If you are interested in joining the planning team to coordinate the extra activities we will be supporting at STEM Night this year, including a welcome table, student passports, raffle prizes, decorations, photos, and more, please email Dena Porter - thank you!

ASFS Auction 2020: Submit Your Family Donations!

Do you have something amazing that you would like to donate to the ASFS Auction? We would love your support! We welcome desirable, unique, and high-quality donations of all sizes, such as:

  • Sports / special events/ theater tickets
  • Vacation rentals
  • Professional services
  • Special experiences/ tours
  • Teach a class/ workshop in your area of expertise
  • Gift certificates

To donate an item or service, please complete the form below and return it to the ASFS front office, OR email it to Carrie Hill by February 3rd. You may also submit your donations online: 2020 ASFS Auction Family Online Donation Form

ASFS Auction Family Donation Form


Looking for another fun and easy way to contribute to ASFS and meet other families?  Be a single host or gather your friends to host together - BBQ, wine tasting, ice skating outing, theme party - the possibilities are endless! Auction-goers will have the opportunity to buy tickets to your party then all you have to do is host the fun! Please contact Kris Humphrey with ideas or questions!

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Volunteers Needed: ASFS PTA New/Open Roles

New year, new chance to volunteer! The ASFS PTA is looking for interested parents to fill the below roles:

  • STEM Night PTA Planning Team: Help Ms. Lin with the extra activities we will be supporting at STEM Night coming up on February 12th, thanks to the STEM + Families Grant from the National PTA we won this year.
  • Family Dining/Restaurant Lead: Coordinate ASFS family restaurant nights and other local area opportunities
  • Habitat Days Co-Chair: Help coordinate and lead ASFS Habitat Days, coming up in April 2020!
  • New Family Parent Liaisons: Do you speak another language? Would you be willing to be a point person for new parents to reach out to with questions?
  • Grant Writing Committee: Seeking parents interested in serving as part of a new group to research and write grants on behalf of ASFS
  • Parent Resource Library Lead: Expand the resources included as part of the new PTA library with parent materials available to borrow

And it’s never to late to submit your interests on the ASFS PTA Volunteer Form! Visit asfspta.com/volunteer to learn more. Contact Dena Porter if you have any questions, or would to volunteer. Thank you for your support!

Join the ASFS Special Education Parent Group

Are you trying to navigate your child's IEP or 504, and need support? Do you have "lessons learned" from your experience parenting a child with special needs and want to help other parents?  Are you looking for additional resources outside of ASFS to augment your child's special needs development? If so, please reach out to ASFS parent Susan Shuckra to request to join this informal group that will meet at the school on a monthly basis.  

On Sale Now: ASFS Winter Gear

Stay warm this winter with cozy ASFS hats & hoodies!

All orders will be sent home in your child's backpack within 2 weeks. 



Registration Open: Teacher Work Day Camp - Friday, 1/31

With no school for students on Friday, January 31st, if you are looking for child care, or would like a fun option for your child(ren) to spend time with ASFS friends, Baroody Camps is offering a one-day camp to be hosted at Arlington Science Focus School. Kids will spend the day engaged in a variety of programs that will foster children’s development and curiosity in a challenging and structured environment. All classes are held on-site in a familiar setting, at a convenient location, and with lots of fun planned! Core camp hours are 9:00am-3:00pm with before and after care available. Click to register: Baroody Enrichment Teacher Work Day Camp Registration

Baroody Teacher Work Day Camp Flyer

Please contact Baroody Camps with any questions.

ONE T.E.A.M. Hands to Hearts: ASFS COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK (2/3-2/7)

As part of the upcoming week of Community Service, all grades will be participating in a service project. Please consider donating to any one or all of the charities. Items of need are noted below in box. Collection box can be found in the ASFS lobby through Tuesday, February 4th.

  • K & 1st: A-SPAN offers meals, shelter and support services to Arlington’s homeless.  The students will create drawings and make bag lunches to be served the same day to the homeless.
  • 2nd: Operation Turbo which creates and ships comfort “boxes from home” to deployed U.S. military. The students will write letters of kindness to be included in their "boxes from home".
  • 3rd: Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation which rescues and helps find “forever” homes. We are seeking t-shirts for the students to repurpose into diy dog toys.
  • 4th: Comfort Cases which provides a personal bag with essentials for children going into foster care.
  • 5th: Cherrydale Health & Rehab - students will make cozy blankets for their residents.

The Collection box can be found in the ASFS lobby through Tuesday, February 4th.

Volunteer for day of project: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084CADAB2EAAFB6-community

Travel size Toiletries

Bars of soap (no Irish Spring)

Books for ages 0 - 12

Baby shampoo

Men’s deodorant


Baby washcloths

Full size toothpaste

Coloring books and crayons

Toothbrush (baby, youth and/or adult) 

Peanut butter 16 oz. only or

Tuna packets

Used backpacks or bags which close/zip - clean and in good working condition

Please contact Karrie Beaudry with any questions​​​​​.

Reminder! Order Your 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook by April 3rd

Just a reminder to order your ASFS Yearbook by Friday, April 3rd! There are two ways to order and five different Yearbook “packages” to choose from:

  1. Place your order online: ybpay.lifetouch.com (Yearbook IB Code: 13273620)
  2. Complete the paper order form (looks similar the Picture Day order form, extra copies available in the front office), and return with Cash or Check (payable to ASFS PTA).

***Order Deadline: April 3rd, 2020*** (Note: We are not ordering any extra yearbooks this year, so make sure to place your order by April 3rd to ensure that you receive your copy.)

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

From the Green Committee: Monthly Green Tips

The holiday season is behind us, and an inspired, clutter-free 2020 is in sight! Here are some ways to help:

  • Recycle: So much merry & bright can burn out your decorative lights. MOM's Organic Market will safely recycle your old holiday lights through January 31. 
  • Clean Up: Join EcoAction Arlington and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service on January 20 by cleaning up 4-mile run and spending time outdoors with this family-friendly project.
  • Unsubscribe: Call or email companies that send holiday catalogs to your home or office.  To make it easy, catalogchoice.org will allow you to cancel nearly all in one location.
  • Donate: Bring your unused toys to our next PTA Meeting on Tuesday, February 4 for an informal swap. Leave the kiddos in the gym and let the parents decide; remaining items will be donated. 

 Happy new year from your ASFS Green Committee!

2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest Winners​​​​​

2020 MLK Contest Winner Grades 9-12

Congratulations to our two ASFS winners who received recognition for their Literary Arts submissions to the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest this year!

  • Leela Lakhani, 2nd Grade
  • Nora Mehenni, 2nd Grade

APS received close to 1,000 entries from every school and program. Using words from the famous, “I Have A Dream Speech,” students were asked to describe in writing or through visual arts why peace is important to them or how they can communicate peace. All entries were meaningful and expressed individual student ideas about peace. For complete details, visit: https://www.apsva.us/post/2020-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-literary-and-visual-arts-contest-winners-announced/


APS 2020 Elementary School Art Exhibit 

The APS 2020 Elementary School Art Exhibit is on display through February 12th. Visit the Syphax Education Center School Board Gallery on the 2nd Floor (2110 Washington Blvd.) to see a selection of artwork from students at Ashlawn, Claremont, Barcroft, Glebe, Montessori, Randolph, Science Focus, and Tuckahoe Elementary Schools. Gallery Hours are 7:45am-5:00pm & evenings during public meetings. For more information, call the Arts Ed Office at 703.228.6299.

We are very proud of the ASFS students who were selected to have their artwork on display, and their work will be honored at the Artists' Reception on January 29th from 6:30-8:00pm.


Virginia PTA Citizenship Essay Contest & Power Plates Recipe Competition

Citizenship Essay Contest - Entries due by February 1st
Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2020 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “What Does It Take To Be A Good Citizen?”

Click for details: National PTA Citizenship Essay Contest Entry Form

Power Plates Program Recipe Competition - Entries due by February 3rd

Are You Ready to Challenge Your Culinary Skills? The Virginia Power Plates Program is designed to encourage students to practice healthy eating habits by submitting their own, healthy recipes for competition in five categories: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, and Snack. The competition is open to students in grades Pre-K through 12, and entries are due February 3, 2020.

Click for details: Power Plates Program Recipe Competition Entry Form

APS Kindergarten Information Night - Monday, 1/27

Do you know someone who has a rising kindergarten student, or do you have a rising kindergarten student for 2020-21? Join Arlington Public Schools (APS) for Kindergarten Information Night on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. (Snow Date: Feb. 3). Parents and families of students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2020 will receive an overview of APS elementary schools, the registration process, school transfers and options, application deadlines and procedures, school information sessions, available resources, and more. To learn more, visit: https://www.apsva.us/post/annual-aps-kindergarten-information-night-set-for-jan-27/

APS Updates: Elementary Planning for 2021, Your Voice Matters Survey, and Superintendent Search

Elementary School Planning for 2021

During the Jan. 9 School Board meeting, Planning & Evaluation staff presented the Superintendent’s Recommendation for School Moves as part of Elementary School Planning Process for 2021-22. The Superintendent’s recommendation (formerly staff Proposal 1) would result in moving the principal and staff of the following schools, along with: a majority of McKinley students to the Reed site; Arlington Traditional School (ATS) students to the McKinley building, and Key Immersion students to the ATS building. This recommendation would repurpose the Key building into a neighborhood school. Read more here.

Upcoming Key Dates and the Elementary School Planning Timeline include:

  • Jan. 30, 2020: School Board Public Hearing on the final proposal(s)
  • Feb. 6, 2020: School Board is scheduled to take action on final proposal(s)

School moves and boundary changes all take effect in Sept. 2021.

The 2020 Your Voice Matters Survey is open through February 28, 2020

Please help shape the future of the APS community by completing the survey that was emailed on January 13, 2020 by Panorama Education.

Additional information about Your Voice Matters can be found here: https://www.apsva.us/engage/your-voice-matters-survey-2020/

Search for New Permanent APS Superintendent

The Arlington School Board has initiated the search for a new superintendent. To provide counsel in this important process, the Board has retained the services of BWP & Associates, a national executive search firm.

Community engagement is a very important step in this process, and the Board is seeking your input on desired qualifications for the new superintendent. Community input will be used to assist the Board in developing an in-depth profile for the position and identifying a highly qualified leader who will enhance our positive culture of learning and promote excellence and equity for all students.

The School Board invites all members of the community to participate in a meeting facilitated by BWP. Please attend one of the following forums, which are open to everyone:

  • Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. (Spanish), Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road
  • Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m., Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N. Stafford Street
  • Saturday, January 25 at 10 a.m., Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie Street
  • Saturday January 25 at 10 a.m., Dorothy Hamm Middle School, 4100 Vacation Lane

Please note that if you cannot attend one of the community forums listed above, you will have the opportunity to share your input with the search firm through a survey scheduled to open on January 21st.

Additional information about the superintendent search can be found on the APS website at https://www.apsva.us/engage/search-for-new-aps-superintendent/

​​Ways to Engage: 

To Learn More: ​​​​​Check out the APS Updates page on the ASFS PTA Website for more updates.


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