Electronic Friday Folder -- February 21st, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • ***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)
  • Tuesday, 3/10 - Kindergarten Parent Information Session
    12:45-2:15pm, ASFS Library 
  • Wednesday, 3/11 - EARLY RELEASE 
  • Wednesday, 3/11 - ASFS Math Day
    9:00-10:30am, ASFS Library & Classrooms
  • Friday, 3/13 - ASFS T-Shirt Day
For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

The 2020 ASFS Auction is next Saturday, February 29th! We hope to see all of our ASFS parents and teachers for a fun night out at Don Tito from 7-11pm!

  • Purchase your tickets today, if you haven't already: ASFS2020.givesmart.com
  • Register your kids for Parents Night Out, hosted at ASFS by Baroody Camps: Parents Night Out Registration ​​​
  • Online bidding opens THIS SUNDAY, February 23rd at 9:00am! Be ready to get your sign-on party tickets and start bidding on some great teacher experiences and other amazing items & events!

​​​​Last Week! Complete the Your Voice Matters Survey by Friday, February 28th. 

  • We're getting there! 10% of ASFS families have completed the APS Your Voice Matters Survey (up from 6% last week)! Just one week 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.

Save the Date! March ASFS PTA Meeting - Tuesday, March 3rd 7:00-8:30pm: Mark your calendar for an overview of Computation and Fact Fluency, by ASFS Math Coach, Kelly Stephenson. Come to learn how math is taught at ASFS, and how you can help your kids at home!

"Gunna Make a Difference" Thanks to the ASFS 4th graders for their inspiring concert last night, including this wonderful message in the finale song with lyrics by our very own Ms. Taylor: "Kindness, hard work, empathy... Gunna make a difference, wait and see. I know it all will start with me!"

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2020 ASFS Auction News & Updates

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

The ASFS Online Auction will open Sunday, February 23rd @ 9:00am! Preview opens today, Friday, February 21st!

Go to ASFS2020.givesmart.com to start your bidding! (Online bidding will close Saturday, February, 29th @ 9:00pm.)


The 2020 ASFS Kids Raffle will be held next week, Monday, February 24th-Friday, February 28th! (Instructions & list of prizes are included below.)


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! Ticket prices are $35 at the door- so buy now!

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 ​​​

HOW CAN YOU HELP? 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.

2020 ASFS STUDENT RAFFLE: Next week (Monday, February 24th-Friday, February 28th) students can participate in the fun surrounding the ASFS Auction through the Student Raffle.

  • Every student will receive (5) free raffle tickets.
  • Please cut the tickets into individual tickets, and put your child’s name & teacher's name on each ticket. 
  • There will be many chances to win different prizes. See the complete list: 2020 ASFS Student Raffle Prizes
  • Students can play in the morning from 8:30-8:55am in the atrium. Ms. Hall will have the cans in her office during the school day if your child cannot make it in the morning. 
  • Contact Shannon Thorgersen with any questions. GOOD LUCK! 


WTOP Click for Kids Contest - Vote Daily Starting Monday, 3/2

Help ASFS win up to $10,000 as part of the 2020 WTOP Click for Kids Contest!
  • Starting Monday, March 2nd, visit WTOP.com and search “Kids"
  • Vote once per day through Wednesday, March 11th
  • Set a daily calendar reminder to vote each day!
  • Just 10 days = 10 votes per person
  • Send to friends & family to help ASFS win!*
  • The three schools with the most votes at the end of the voting period win! (Grand Prize: $10,00; First Place: $7,500; Second Place: $5,000)

2020 WTOP Click for Kids Contest Flyer

* All voters must be 13 years of age to qualify. One vote per person per day.

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

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

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APS News & Updates

Arlington School Board Meeting Updates: Watch highlights from last night's Arlington School Board meeting - Arlington School Board Meeting - Thursday, February 20th

Elementary School Planning for 2021: For the latest updates on APS Elementary School Planning for 2021, visit the APS Engage Elementary School Planning Process​​​​​​ webpage, and read the APS News Release (2/7/20): School Board Adopts Superintendent’s Recommendation to Move Schools.

The 2020 Your Voice Matters Survey: 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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PTA Reminders

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