Electronic Friday Folder -- February 7th, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • 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
    9:30am (for students) and 7:00pm, Multipurpose Room
  • 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

Key PTA Highlights for the week...

  • What a great ONE T.E.A.M. Hands to Hearts ASFS Community Service Week! Wonderful to see all of the kids helping others through their grade-level service projects this week.
  • Thanks to everyone who joined us for our visit with ASFS School Board liaison, Monique O'Grady, on Tuesday night for a good discussion on elementary planning.
  • Missed the February 4th ASFS PTA Meeting? Click to read the draft meeting minutes for the highlights. Congratulations to Ms. Lewis' 4th grade class for earning an extra recess for having the highest parent attendance!
  • Make sure to read the latest issue of the ASFS Electric News - February/March for news and updates from Ms. Begley & Ms. Jones, and all of the ASFS grade-level and special area teachers.
  • Finally, two important votes at last night's Arlington School Board meeting: The School Board approved the Superintendent's Recommendation for the 2020-21 School Calendar and to move forward with Proposal 1 for Elementary School Planning, where the Key site will become a new neighborhood school in the fall of 2021. Thank you again to our ASFS community for providing your support for more urgently needed seats in our area, and we will continue to work together as APS begins the next phases of this process.

Hope to see you at the SCA Dog Walk tomorrow morning and Family STEM Night next Wednesday, February 12th!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


2020 ASFS Auction News & Updates

Stay up to date on all things auction: asfspta.com/2020auction


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 MONDAY, February 10th. 

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


This year, our auction theme is "Mardi Gras Masquerade". Theme inspired costumes are encouraged, but not required. ​  Come join us for an evening of friends, food and Mardi Gras festivities!  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!   

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 ​​​

Details Coming Soon! Kids’ Raffle drawing week of Monday, February 24th – Friday, February 28th

Tomorrow! ASFS SCA Dog Walk - Saturday, 2/8

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, February 8th from 10:00am-Noon at Science Focus for the ASFS Dog Walk, hosted by the ASFS SCA! This is the first community service project of the year for the Student Council Association and you don’t want to miss out on the fun!  We will begin with a walk around the block followed by activities, such as a best trick contest, a peanut butter race, a chance for a family portrait, and other activities for the dogs.

We will be collecting supplies to donate starting FEBRUARY 7th! Please read the list below for what can be donated to local shelters and animal organizations in our community. Items can be brought to your child’s classroom or brought to the Dog Walk on Saturday, February 8th!

  • FOR DOGS: Collars - all sizes, Leashes, Crates - all sizes (plastic or wire), Biscuits and Treats, Chew Toys - Nylabones, rawhides, rope toys, etc. Dog Beds, Stainless steel bowls, Baby Gates - for our Fosters , Towels and Blankets , Bandanas - pink and blue for adoption events
  • FOR CATS: Collars - all sizes, Carriers, Cat Food -any kind, Cat Treats, Toys, Small Litter Boxes, Litter Scoops, Litter , Towels and Blankets, Cat Beds, Bowls - food/water
  • GENERAL SUPPLIES: Paper Towels, Large Trash Bags, Disposable Plastic Gloves, Disinfectant Cleaner


All ASFS Families Invited! ASFS STEM Night - Wednesday, 2/12

THIS WEDNESDAY! Please join us for our annual Family STEM Night on Wednesday, February 12th from 6:30-8:00pm. Bring your entire family to come enjoy engineering challenges, coding activities, a simulated mission with the space shuttle simulator, demonstrations from our two First Lego League teams, and more! 

ENTER TO WIN! Come to STEM Night return your ASFS Student Passport (complete 5 or more stations) for a chance to win a raffle prize!

  • Kindergarten-2nd Grade: 1) Science Experiment Kit, or 2) Stomp Rocket
  • 3rd-5th Grade: 1) Snap Circuit Set, or 2) Geodes Kit
  • Complete the STEM Night Survey as you leave the event for a chance to win: 1) Color Chemistry Set, or 2) Growing Crystals Set

Click below for more details on the prizes you can win!


ASFS Family STEM Night Raffle Prizes

STEM Night Volunteers: There are still spots available! Please click to sign-up: ASFS STEM Night Volunteer Sign-up, or contact Ms. Lin. Thank you!

ASFS Family STEM Night Flyer 2020

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ASFS Special Education & SEPTA News

Art in the Classroom: Volunteers Needed

Art in the Classroom is a PTA program designed to increase the exposure of visual arts. Parent volunteers lead an hour-long workshop providing a quick background about the artist and also leading a fun, hands-on art project with the students. It’s a fun way to engage with students in the classroom. No experience or previous knowledge of art is necessary! The PTA provides project guides and art supplies. For more information please visit https://www.asfspta.com/PTA/art/index.html.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child's classroom teacher to schedule your workshop. If you have any questions, please contact the ASFS Art in the Classroom Coordinator, Olga Kasyan.

Fall 2020 Kindergarten Now Registering!

We are already starting to build our 2020-21 Kindergarten classes!  Registration for kindergarten started February 1 and is ongoing.  If you have a child who will be five by September 30, 2020, then please come register them for kindergarten.  To register, just come into the office during normal business hours.

ASFS will have two kindergarten parent information sessions:

  • Tuesday, March 10, from 12:45-2:15pm
  • Thursday, April 2, from 9:15-10:45am

Sessions are open to any parent of a rising kindergartener who is interested in ASFS.  These events are for adults only, and childcare is not provided.  Please RSVP by calling the ASFS main office at 703-228-7670.

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.

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APS News & Updates

Watch the Arlington School Board Meeting from last night (Thursday, February 6th) for lots of updates, including:

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/

​​Ways to Engage: 

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

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Tonight: 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/


Upcoming Arlington Special Education/PRC Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Arlington Special Education/PRC Events:

  • Arlington A.C.E.S. (American Sign Language/Cued Language Education Sessions): Fridays, February 7 – February 28, 2020: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Registration is required. Register online now, or contact the PRC at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us.
  • Your Child’s IEP: What Parents Need to Know: February 5, 2020: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Register online, or call the PRC at 703.228.7239.
  • Adaptive Family Swim - NEW DATE: February 8, 2020: 4pm-6pmPlease register online. If you have any questions, please contact Helena Machado at 703-228-6264 or by email at helena.machado@apsva.us.
  • Arlington SEPTA’s Monthly Meeting: Growing Up with Learning Challenges: Impact on Emotions and Behavior - February 13, 2020: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Register online: https://tinyurl.com/SeptaFeb2020Mtg
  • PRC Drop-In: Tuesday, February 18, 2020: 10:00 am to Noon - Please let us know you’re coming by registering online or contacting us at prc@apsva.us or 703.228.7239.
  • Mind in the Making: Wednesdays, February 19 – April 1: 10:00 am to Noon - Read more about Mind in the Making. Registration is required. Register online now, or contact the PRC at 703.228.7239
  • Your Child’s Development 2020: A Resource Fair for Arlington Parents and Caregivers of Infants and Preschoolers: Saturday, February 22, 2020: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. View event flier and register online here

See more events here: https://www.apsva.us/special-education/parent-resource-center/prc-events/

PTA Reminders

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