Electronic Friday Folder -- February 14, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Friday, 2/14 - ASFS Valentine's Day Parties
    2:30-3:30pm, ASFS Classrooms (Reminder: No siblings please)
  • 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)
  • Tuesday, 3/3 - ASFS PTA Annual Spring Swap
    6:00-7:00pm, ASFS Multipurpose Room
  • Tuesday, 3/3 - ASFS PTA Meeting
    7:00-8:30pm, ASFS Library (Child Care provided)
  • Thursday, 3/5 - EARLY RELEASE (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
  • Friday, 3/6 - NO SCHOOL (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
  • Saturday, 3/7 - Toy Takeback Day (Co-sponsored by ASFS, Taylor & DHMS)
    9:30-12:30pm, Taylor ES (2600 N. Stuart Street)
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope to see many of you at the ASFS Valentine's Day classroom parties at 2:30pm in your child(ren)'s classrooms. Thank you to all Room Parents and volunteers for planning and hosting such a fun afternoon for our kids!

Thank You for an Amazing ASFS Family STEM Night! We had over 500 parents and students in attendance on Wednesday night, including 35% of ASFS families!  What an incredible turnout, and wonderful to see so many teachers, parents, and volunteers supporting a fun event for the whole family to celebrate STEM together!  Read below for more thank-you's to the many people who helped make the night a success...

It's Important! Please complete the APS Your Voice Matters Survey by Friday, February 28th. 

  • As of this week, the ASFS participation rate is under 6% - there are only 2 weeks left to provide your feedback on safety, health and well-being, voice, and engagement (more details can be found here).
  • Look for your personalized survey link sent from Panorama Education, the survey vendor.  The first email was sent on January 13th, and reminders will continue to be sent to families who have not yet completed the survey.
  • If you need the survey to be re-sent to you, you can email support+arlingtonva@panoramaed.com to request your personalized survey link.

Enjoy your long weekend with no school on Monday for President's Day!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


2020 ASFS Auction News & Updates

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



Tickets are $25 per person, which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, a free drink ticket, a DJ and live band (ASFS’ own dad band “Relaxed Fit”!) , online and live auction items, raffle prizes, photo booth and a cash bar!  So, join us for an evening of friends, food and Mardi Gras festivities! 

Our auction theme is "Mardi Gras Masquerade." Casual Cocktail or Mardi Gras inspired attire encouraged, but not required.  (But there will be prizes for best theme attire! Get creative ☺ )

Baroody Camps is hosting a Parents Night Out at ASFS for kids 4 years old-5th grade from 6:30-10:30pm (until 11:30pm for an extra fee), and Baroody 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 ​​​


DONATE TO THE ASFS WINE CELLAR! 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 this FRIDAY, February 14th. 

WE NEED DAY OF VOLUNTEERS: 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.


  • The online Auction will open Sunday, February 23rd @ 8:00pm.
  • The Kids’ Raffle will be held Monday, February 24th-Friday, February 28th. 
  • More details to follow! asfspta.com/2020auction/help

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Thank You, ASFS Family STEM Night Volunteers!

A huge THANK YOU to Ms. Stephanie Lin, Investigation Station Teacher, and all the ASFS Staff on the STEM Night Committee for hosting an amazing ASFS Family STEM Night on Wednesday night! A special thanks to:

  • Our partners, CNA, Hanover Research, and NextUp Solutions, for volunteering their time to support our event as well as the Yorktown HS volunteers who came to run an experiment station!
  • The ASFS Tech Crew for supporting the space shuttle simulator during STEM Night.
  • The ASFS Lego Robotics Teams for hosting engaging Lego Robotics demonstrations throughout the event.
  • Jen Bethel and Shaudy Ridgway for selling ASFS spirit wear and supporting our school.
  • Olga Kasyan, Deirdre McDermott, Nahid Popal, and Toni Wexler for their coordination and preparation ahead of time as well as helping out at the event.
  • All of the many parent volunteers who supported such a successful evening by running an experiment station. We couldn't host these family events without your help!
  • The National PTA for awarding ASFS with the STEM + Families Science Festival Grant to be able to host such a fun evening for our community, and to the NOVA District PTA for all of their support as well.
  • All of the ASFS families who attended, and congratulations to the winners of the STEM Night Raffle for completing your student passport and/or event survey!

If you haven't already, please complete the National PTA STEM Night Survey. The National PTA relies on feedback to continue to support grant and other National PTA programs:


Need Your Help: Parent-Teacher Conference Meals (3/5-3/6)

Parent-Teacher Conference Meals - Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th! The PTA will be hosting a dinner on Thursday, March 5th for the teachers who will be working late because of conferences. On Friday, March 6th breakfast will be served, because teachers will be holding conferences early the morning again. We need help completing the meals for our hardworking teachers. 

If you are able to contribute, please sign up here: ASFS Parent-Teacher Conference Meals Sign-up

All contributions need to be dropped off by 2:00pm on Thursday, March 5th. Gift cards need to be dropped off by Wednesday March 4th. The gift cards are needed in advance and will be used to purchase breakfast.

Please contact Rabia Oubenadi with any questions - thank you for your support! 

ASFS Math Day: Wednesday, 3/11 9:00-10:30am

You’re invited to join us at Arlington Science Focus School for our annual celebration of math at ASFS Math Day on Wednesday, March 11th from 9:00-10:30am! Come for an introduction on math workshop, and then engage in the fun of it in your child’s classroom.

  • 9:05-9:20am: “What is Math Workshop?” (Library)
  • 9:25-10:30am: Number Sense Routine, Mini-Lesson, Math Stations, and Reflection (Your Child’s Math Classroom)

ASFS Math Day Flier

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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.

ASFS PTA Annual Spring Swap - Tuesday, 3/3

The ASFS PTA Green Committee's Spring Swap will take place Tuesday, March 3rd at 6PM in the Multipurpose room, right before the PTA Meeting.

Spring is early this year; time to clean out your gear!  Kindly drop off any gently used spring activity or sports gear you no longer need in the box at the school entrance lobby, or bring it with you when you stop by on Tuesday, 3/3 between 6-7pm. Then, stay for the PTA meeting at 7!   

The swap is for stuff that goes along with any spring activities that need clothes or equipment like rain jackets, pants & boots, soccer, softball, baseball, LAX, hockey, dance, track, etc.  Anything from clothes to gear is welcome. You don't have to donate items in order to pick up items, but it's a great way to amp up spring cleaning if you have items lingering in your closets, garages, cars (under the bed!).  Send items with your kids or drop off on your stop at school. This is easy and low-key. Best of all, you walk out with some great items for free! 

Thanks from the Green Team - saving us time, energy and $

Hasbro & Lego Toy Takeback Day - Saturday, 3/7

Spring Sustainability Hasbro & Lego Toy Takeback Day: Saturday, March 7th 9:30am-12:30pm

ASFS, Taylor ES, and Dorothy Hamm MS are partnering to bring you a great opportunity to recycle and reuse your well loved Hasbro toys and Lego bricks and mini figures. All you need to do is bring your Hasbro branded toys, like Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony, and Beyblades (see the attached for a complete list of acceptable Hasbro toys) and/or Lego bricks and mini-figures to Taylor School's Music Room (enter through front lobby), 2600 N. Stuart St, Arlington, VA 22207, anytime between 9:30am and 12:30pm on Saturday, March 7th.  The Hasbro toys will be sent to TerraCycle for recycling (separated by composition (plastics, metals, organics) and processed into raw materials), and the Legos will be cleaned and re-used by APS library and technology programs. Give your old things new life! There is no cost to participate in this program - shipping is provided by Hasbro and Terracycle. Contact green@taylorpta.org for more information.

Volunteers Needed! We also need donations of flattened shipping boxes and volunteers to sort the toys and take them to the post office; children are welcome to participate.  If you can help, please click to sign up: Hasbro & Lego Toy Takeback Day Volunteer Sign-up

Toy Takeback Day Flyer - Saturday, March 7th

APS News & Updates

Highlights from the February 6th Arlington School Board meeting: 

  • The Arlington School Board adopted, by a vote of 4-1, the Superintendent’s recommendation to move three schools as part of the Elementary School Planning Process for the 2021-22 school year: School Board Adopts Superintendent’s Recommendation to Move Schools
  • The Arlington School Board approved the 2020-21 school year calendar with a pre-Labor Day start on Aug. 31, 2020: School Board Approves 2020-21 School Year Calendar with Pre-Labor Day Start
  • BWP & Associates updated the Board on the search for the new Superintendent and provided a summary of survey and community engagement forum results. The summary included division strengths and challenges, as well as the qualities and characteristics the next superintendent needs to possess and demonstrate. The report included a leadership profile and next steps in the process. The Board confirmed that the interview process will be confidential in order to attract the best candidate pool and is anticipating introducing the new superintendent in May. The full report is available online. For more information: New Permanent Superintendent Search

Celebrate Black History Month at the We Are Arlington Event

Join us for the Black History Month Celebration, We Are Arlington, on Thu, Feb. 13 at Kenmore Middle School, 6:30–8:30 p.m. The event will celebrate black student leaders from our high schools, recognize first families of Arlington County  and a host of other highlights. Click here to RSVP. 

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

If you haven't already, please complete the APS Your Voice Matters Survey by Friday, February 28th. Topics include safety (school and community climate), health and well-being, voice, and engagement. The results are used to inform work across both the school division and the County. The data also provides APS with new benchmarks for measuring progress with stakeholders on the 2018-24 Strategic Plan.

  • Look for your personalized survey link sent from Panorama Education, the survey vendor.  The first email was sent on January 13th, and reminders will continue to be sent to families who have not yet completed the survey.
  • If you need the survey to be re-sent to you, you can email support+arlingtonva@panoramaed.com to request your personalized survey link.
  • Additional details can be found at APS Engage: 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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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.
  • 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/

Community in Conversation - Thursday, 2/20

Mark your calendar for Community in Conversation: Promoting Diversity and Collaboration in Arlington, on Thursday, February 20th from 7:00-8:30pm at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Auditorium.

To register: RSVP for Community in Conversation - Thursday, 2/20

See the event flyer for additional details:

Community in Conversation Event Flyer

PTA Reminders

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