Electronic Friday Folder -- January 24, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Friday, 1/24 - ASFS Color Guard Performance
  • 6:45-7:00pm, 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
  • Saturday, 2/8 - ASFS SCA Dog Walk
    10:00am-12:00pm, ASFS
  • Wednesday, 2/12 - EARLY RELEASE
  • Wednesday, 2/12 - ASFS Family STEM Night
    6:30-8:00pm, ASFS Multipurpose Room
  • Friday, 2/14 - ASFS Valentine's Day Parties
    2:30-3:30pm, ASFS Classrooms
  • 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, ASFS Families! With so many initiatives already underway to start off 2020, we are grateful to all of you who are able to show your support, whether volunteering your time (especially for STEM Night!), being engaged in the elementary planning process (hope to see many of you at the Public Hearing on Jan. 30th), attending programs and events, and supporting your children at ASFS. 

As always, please set aside a few minutes to read through this week's eFF - lots of important information and key updates included. Feel free to reach out with any questions, or to get involved!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

ASFS Principal Notes from Ms. Begley

Parents, I am reaching out to you to ask for help and support from home.  We are having increasing difficulties with students cleaning up after him/herself in the cafeteria.  As part of our focus on cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control, we ask that you have conversations at home about cleaning up from the school “dinner” table and throwing away all trash.  I am sure that at home, each child is responsible to carry their dishes away and throw out trash and we ask that as you have those dinner conversations to please include discussion about their school cafeteria and being responsible to respect the property.  Thank you for your help.


2020 ASFS Auction Updates: Tickets Now Available!

2020 Auction Tickets Now Available

Tickets for the 2020 ASFS Auction Mardi Gras Masquerade are now on sale! Tickets are $25 per person which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, one free drink ticket, live entertainment, online and live auction items, and a cash bar! You can purchase your tickets online at https://ASFS2020.givesmart.com

*For a limited time we are offering an Early Bird Special - your purchase of a $25 ticket will also include a raffle ticket ($20 value) - the Early Bird special goes through Feb. 3rd.*

Host a Sign-on Party

Another fun way to get involved is to host a "sign-on" party for the auction. 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!

Submit Your Family Donations

Do you have season tickets to the Nationals? Caps? Redskins? OR a beautiful beach house or romantic villa?  Are you an amazing chef?  Do you own a unique business or offer professional services?

Well, the ASFS Auction needs YOU!  We are looking for families who would like to donate cool, fun, interesting or luxurious items to help us raise money for our school. Items could include things like sporting or theater tickets,  offering your vacation home for a weekend or week, unique or VIP experiences, "behind the scenes tours", just to give a few examples.

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

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


Your Help Needed! ASFS STEM Night - Wednesday, 2/12

Still Seeking Parent Volunteers for STEM Night!!!

Parents, your help is greatly needed to help make our Family STEM Night a success! Because we have the addition of 10 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!

Plastic Water Bottles Needed for STEM Night: In an effort to reduce waste and also save on costs, we are looking for small plastic water bottles (8 oz./12 oz.) to use for one of our STEM Night activities. If you could save them for us, we’d appreciate it! Please bring in any water bottles to Ms. Lin in Investigation Station as soon as you have them so we know how much more we need to get. We will also accept 16 oz. water bottles but prefer the smaller ones.

Mark Your Calendar! 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!

ASFS Family STEM Night Flyer 2020


Join the ASFS Marathon Challenge - Register by Thursday, 1/30


How does it work?
Run/Walk at any location you want. You can use the treadmill, run outside, your own course, another race, or get a running group together. You can run/walk any day, any time, or any place you want and you have the whole month of February to finish 26.2 miles! Then you simply log in your miles each day until you complete 26.2 miles. It’s easy and fun!

What do I get?
Every participant that completes 26.2 miles will receive a finisher’s medal and a commemorative certificate. At the same time you will receive the benefit of being active with a little extra motivation provided by the ASFS community.

Cost: $10 for individual participant or $20 for whole family (up to 7 family members). Proceeds will benefit the ASFS Physical Education department special fitness and wellness programs.

To Register: Complete and return the attached Registration Form by Thursday, January 30th to the ASFS PE Department: ASFS Marathon Challenge 2020 Registration Form

ASFS Marathon Challenge Flier

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Volunteers Needed: ASFS PTA New/Open Roles

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

  • 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.  

And if you missed the ASFS Special Education/PRC Parent Coffee last week, attached is the presentation from the PRC with an overview of the services and resources they offer: Arlington Parent Resource Center Overview Presentation

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. 



Spots Still Available: 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!


Support ASFS: Box Tops for Education

We're Still a Box Tops School - Get Scanning! ASFS still raises money with Box Tops for Education, but instead of clipping, now you'll be scanning...your store receipt! If you haven't already, please download the Box Tops app on your phone, and select ASFS as your school.  You only have to do that part one time. Do it now!

  • Each time you shop and buy products with the Box Tops symbol on them, you can use the app to scan your store receipt after you shop.  That's all you have to do (the app will count the "digital Box Tops" for you).  You have to scan within 14 days of your purchase.
  • So no more clipping is required.  Of course, if you do still have the old fashioned little pink Box Tops certificates, you should send them in to school ASAP.  I'll be sending in a batch of paper Box Tops at the end of February.
  • It doesn't matter where you shop...Costco, CVS, Safeway, Whole Foods...any time you buy a product with the Box Tops symbol, make sure you scan your receipt with the app.  Look for the symbol on your General Mills cereal, Annie's, Nature Valley, Fiber One, and more. 

Please send any questions to Amy Hodges, Box Tops Chair

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 News & Updates

Elementary School Planning for 2021

ASFS needs your support as the School Board is scheduled to take action on Thursday, February 6th as part of the Elementary School Planning Process:

  • APS Community Webinar on Elementary Planning: Friday, January 24th from 12:30-1:30pm, focusing on staff analyses of the Superintendent’s recommendation and proposals submitted by the community. Submit your questions by Wednesday, January 22nd to APS Engage.
  • APS School Board Public Hearing on Elementary Planning: Thursday, January 30th beginning at 7:00pm (Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd, 2nd Floor) [Snow Date: February 6th 6:00pm] We encourage all ASFS community members to attend this important session. The more representation we can have from ASFS families, the more our voices can be heard.
  • You may also sign up to speak at the school board meeting and/or public hearing, visit School Board members during Open Office Hours, and/or send any feedback to APS Engage at any time.

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/

APS Superintendent Search Online Survey Now Open

The Arlington School Board is seeking community input through an online survey to help shape search criteria for the next superintendent. The survey is now open on the APS Engage webpage through midnight on Sunday, Feb. 2, for all members of the school community, including parents, staff, teachers, students, business partners and residents. The School Board’s goal is to have the next superintendent in place by this spring. A full search timeline and other details can be also be found here.

APS 2020-21 School Calendar

The proposed APS 2020-21 School Calendar was presented as an Information Item at the January 23, 2020 School Board Meeting. Attached is the presentation with the Superintendent's Recommended Calendar: APS 2020-21 School Year Calendars (January 23, 2020)

The board is scheduled to vote on next year's calendar at the February 6, 2020 School Board meeting. For more information, visit: https://www.apsva.us/engage/school-year-2020-21-calendar/

​​Ways to Engage: 

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


APS Summer Activities Fair - Friday, 2/7

Join APS and the Arlington County Council of PTAs (CCPTA) for the annual Summer Activities Fair on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 (Snow Date: Feb. 14) from 6 - 8 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd.). The summer fair is free to attend and features close to 100 summer activity program exhibitors, including Arlington Aquatics and the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

For more information, visit: https://www.apsva.us/post/annual-summer-activities-fair-set-for-feb-7/

APS Summer School 2020 and Parks & Recreation

This year summer school for Arlington Public Schools has changed. Summer Laureate, Global Village, Math Academy, and all enrichment classes have been canceled. The SEED program will be available for students in need of reading and math support. Students with ESY in their IEP will also have a summer school.  In place of the enrichment summer schools programs will be an increase in the offerings from Parks and Recs Camps.  If your child qualifies for summer school, our site will be Barrett Elementary School.

Summer Camp Website: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/programs/summer-camps/

All of the below programs are eligible for families to receive fee reductions as well. Here is a link to learn more: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/fee-reduction-policy-overview/

Global Village: Study of different cultures, geography, history

  • Abrakadoodle- World Art, Kids on Canvas & Creative Time Machine (art history)
  • DPR- A Solders Life, A Spy’s Life, Battlefield Explorers, Civil War Solider, Civil War Spy, Farm History Camp
  • Tiny Chefs- Cooking Around the World (Cooking and food from different cultures)
  • Engineering for Kids- STEAM into Ancient Egypt

Summer Laureate: Coding, Robotics, Project and Problem-Based Learning

  • AlphaBEST- Adventures in Engineering, Coding with Bloxels & Robots, Chemistry Crimes, Makerspace Gadgets, Gizmos, & Hacks
  • Boolean- Coding Challenges Fundamentals, Coding Challenges Beyond the Fundamentals, Code and Connect-Electrical Engineering & Coding, Minecraft programming: introduction to Python
  • Engineering for Kids- Mobile App Development, Sun & STEAM Beach Week, STEAM into Ancient Egypt, Junior Robotics Simple Machines Unite
  • SciGenius- Safari Camp Robotics, Drone & Aviation, Hands-On Science, Mission Moon Robotics, Circuit Makers Lab
  • Silver Knights- Chess Camp, LEGO robotics Camps (multiple to choose from), Scratch Coding (multiple to choose from)

Fun with Coding: Coding

  • AlphaBEST- Adventures in Engineering, Coding with Bloxels & Robots,
  • Boolean- Coding Challenges Fundamentals, Coding Challenges Beyond the Fundamentals, Code and Connect-Electrical Engineering & Coding, Minecraft programming: introduction to Python
  • Engineering for Kids- Mobile App Development

Math Academy: Mathematical Thinking

  • SheEO-Business Girl, Girl Boss
  • SPARK Business Academy- My First Lemonade Stand, Dollars & Sense, Junior CEO’s Future Millionaires, Sports Management, Budding Entrepreneurs

Additionally, all of the ones listed under Summer Laureate could apply:

  • AlphaBEST- Adventures in Engineering, Coding with Bloxels & Robots, Chemistry Crimes, Makerspace Gadgets, Gizmos, & Hacks
  • Boolean- Coding Challenges Fundamentals, Coding Challenges Beyond the Fundamentals, Code and Connect-Electrical Engineering & Coding, Minecraft programming: introduction to Python
  • Engineering for Kids- Mobile App Development, Sun & STEAM Beach Week, STEAM into Ancient Egypt, Junior Robotics Simple Machines Unite
  • SciGenius- Safari Camp Robotics, Drone & Aviation, Hands-On Science, Mission Moon Robotics, Circuit Makers Lab
  • Silver Knights- Chess Camp, LEGO robotics Camps (multiple to choose from), Scratch Coding (multiple to choose from)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Please send all eFF submissions to Puja Valiyil. All content will be subject to approval by ASFS administration and the ASFS PTA.