Electronic Friday Folder -- January 31st, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Monday, 2/3-Friday, 2/7 - Community Service Week
  • Tuesday, 2/4 - ASFS School Board Liaison Visit with Monique O'Grady
    6:30-7:00pm, ASFS Library
  • Tuesday, 2/4 - February ASFS PTA Meeting
    7:00-8:30pm, ASFS Library
  • 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
  • Monday, 2/17 - NO SCHOOL (President's Day)
  • Thursday, 2/20 - 4th Grade Concert
    2:30pm (for students) and 7:00pm, Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday, 2/27 - 5th Grade Pyramid Concert
    7:00pm, Washington-Liberty High School
  • Saturday, 2/29 - ASFS Annual Auction
    7:00-11:00pm, Don Tito (Clarendon)
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

Thanks to the ASFS ELA Team for a great Family Literacy Day event this week, and to everyone who was able to come learn about the Reading Workshop model and enjoy a morning of reading with your child(ren).

Next week is National School Counseling Week! Please make sure to say THANK YOU to our wonderful ASFS School Counselors, Marion Hawthorne and Olivia Proietti! We are so grateful for all they do each and every day to support our students.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 4th! Join us at 6:30pm in the Library for a visit with ASFS School Board liaison, Monique O'Grady, followed by our monthly February ASFS PTA Meeting from 7:00-8:30pm. See APS News & Updates below for more details, and please submit your questions and comments by Monday, February 3rd: Submit Your Questions and/or Comments for Monique O'Grady

With so many ways to get involved with ASFS this month, from Community Service Week and STEM Night to the upcoming Valentine's Day class parties and Annual Auction, thank you for your engagement and support!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


2020 ASFS Auction: Get Your Tickets Today!

Get Your 2020 ASFS Auction Tickets TODAY! 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.*

We also have some great Auction packages that include raffle tickets and/or additional drink tickets - check out:

  • Sponsor a Teacher! ($25) - This donation will go toward the ticket of an ASFS Teacher/Staff member. ($25 donation is tax-deductible) 
  • ASFS Krewe Sponsorship ($100) - Includes admission for TWO (2) to the 2020 ASFS Auction including appetizers, two free drink tickets, entertainment, online and live auction items, and a cash bar.  ($50 sponsorship is tax-deductible)
  • Rex Sponsorship ($200) - This package has it all! It includes admission for TWO (2) to the 2020 ASFS Auction including appetizers, four free drink tickets, entertainment, 5 raffle tickets, online and live auction items, and a cash bar. This sponsorship also includes recognition on the auction website! ($150 sponsorship is tax-deductible)

Need Child Care for Auction Night? Baroody Camps is hosting a Parents Night out at ASFS for kids age 4 through 5th grade from 6:30-10:30pm (until 11:30pm for an extra fee), and will donate 50% of the proceeds to our school! See the Auction Parents Night Out Flyer for more details, and register online here: Baroody Camps Auction Parents Night Out Registration

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 Family Donation Form 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

Donate to the ASFS Wine Cellar: Want a quick and easy way to contribute to the 2020 ASFS AUCTION? Each year we auction off a variety of wine packages. So, donate your FAVORITE BOTTLE OF WINE!  All price points and varieties are welcome! Please email Patricia Wilson to coordinate drop-off by February 10th. 

Volunteer to HelpWe still need volunteers to help organize during the month of February and the night of the auction, Saturday, February 29th.  Contact Jennifer Berenbaum, Auction Chair for more information.


Mark Your Calendar! ASFS STEM Night - Wednesday, 2/12

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!

Not Too Late to Sign Up! 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.

ASFS Family STEM Night Flyer 2020

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Next Week! National School Counseling Week ​​​(2/3-2/7)
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February 3-7th is National School Counseling Week! Show your appreciation for our hardworking ASFS School Counselors, Ms. Hawthorne & Ms. Proietti!!! ASFS is blessed to have them as our school counselors.  Please take a moment to thank them for all they do! The week will be observed under the theme: School Counselors build better humans! National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous role school counselors play in helping students achieve school success!

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

Tuna packets 

Peanut Butter 16 oz. only 

Soap bars (other than Irish Spring)

Men’s deodorant 

Toothpaste (full size)

Adult toothbrushes only 

Baby shampoo

Baby soap

Baby washcloths, new

Bibs, new


Travel size toiletries 

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


It's Not Too Late! Join the ASFS Marathon Challenge

It’s not too late!! Send in your registration for the ASFS Marathon Challenge by Wednesday, February 5th, and you’ll still have plenty of time to finish the challenge! You can even start logging your miles this weekend and add them to the spreadsheet when you get it.

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

Register for Girls on the Run Spring 2020


Calling all ASFS 3rd through 5th grade girls interested in running! Join Girls on the Run NOVA for the winter/spring 2020 session. Meet on the ASFS track on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 am for this youth development program that teaches girls to be strong, healthy and confident.

Program registration will be open through February 25th (at midnight) at Girls on the Run NOVA. For more details: see the Girls on the Run Spring 2020 Information Flyer

Contact Head Coaches Emily McKean & Shannon Noble with any questions.

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.  

The Simple Greek - Thank You & Kids Eat Free (Every Monday)

Thank you to all of the ASFS families and teachers who came out to support ASFS for Family Night at The Simple Greek last week! And congratulations to Wendy Williams for winning the Greek Family Pack raffle prize!

The Simple Greek offers a special Kids Eat Free Every Monday deal where you get a free kids bowl with every purchase of an adult bowl or pita.  A great option for Presidents Day (Monday, February 17th) when there is no school, or any Monday evening! See flyer for details: The Simple Greek - Kids Eat Free Flyer

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. 



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

Dorothy Hamm MS Academic Planning Night - Thursday, 2/6

All interested parents are invited to the Dorothy Hamm MS Academic Planning Night on Thursday, February 6th at 6:30pm at Dorothy Hamm MS (4100 Vacation Lane). Whether your plans for 6th grade are confirmed yet or not, all parents are guardians are welcome to attend. The Dorothy Hamm MS DHMS staff will review course information and graduation requirements. This is an opportunity to meet the staff and get any questions answered in regards to next year’s course selections. See the attached flyer for additional details, including grade level meeting locations.

DHMS Academic Planning Night Flier


APS News & Updates

Elementary School Planning for 2021

The School Board is scheduled to take action on the Superintendent's Recommended Proposal on Thursday, February 6th as part of the Elementary School Planning Process:

  • Watch the APS School Board Public Hearing on Elementary Planning, held on Thursday, January 30th where the Arlington School Board listened to community feedback. Thanks to the ASFS community members who came to show support for our school!
  • Join us on Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30pm in the ASFS Library for a visit with ASFS School Board liaison, Monique O'Grady, for a chance to ask questions and share thoughts related to the Elementary Planning Process. This is a chance for her to listen to our priorities, concerns, and feedback as the School Board prepares to vote on the Superintendent's Recommended Proposal on February 6th.

    Please submit your questions and comments ahead of time (by Monday, February 3rd) as we have a short window of time, and want to make sure everyone who would like to speak has a chance to do so. You are also welcome to submit comments anonymously.

    Submit Your Questions and/or Comments for Monique O'Grady

The 2020 Your Voice Matters Survey - Open Through Feb. 28th

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/

Closing Feb. 2nd - Share Your Input in Questionnaire on Superintendent Search

A Community Questionnaire is available through Sunday, Feb. 2, on the desired characteristics for a permanent Superintendent. Community members can complete the questionnaire either online or in print in English, Amharic, Arabic, Mongolian or Spanish. For more information about the School Board’s national search for a permanent Superintendent, visit APS Engage.  

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/

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