Electronic Friday Folder -- February 28th, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • ***TOMORROW! Saturday, 2/29 - ASFS Annual Auction***
    7:00-11:00pm, Don Tito (Clarendon)
  • Tuesday, 3/3 - NO SCHOOL (*NEW* Presidential Primaries)
  • 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.

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PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

​​The 2020 ASFS Auction is TOMORROW, Saturday, February 29th! Join us for a Mardi Gras Masquerade at Don Tito from 7-11pm! More info below - and remember to KEEP BIDDING on the online auction through Saturday @ 9pm!

​​​​​March ASFS PTA Meeting - Tuesday, March 3rd 7:00-8:30pm: Join us this Tuesday night 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. Plus, get the latest updates on school news & events and connect with ASFS parents and staff. Free childcare will be available in the gym for ASFS students.

​​​​​Last Day to Complete the APS Your Voice Matters Survey! See details below about how you can provide your feedback on safety, health and well-being, voice, and engagement through your personalized survey link (more details here).

Hope to see you tomorrow night at Don Tito! Whether you are new to ASFS or have attended many auctions in the past, the annual auction is our biggest social event of the year, and such a great way to celebrate our school with our whole community!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

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Tomorrow Night! 2020 ASFS Auction - Saturday, 2/29

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

THANK YOU to the families, teachers and businesses in our community and beyond who have generously donated some amazing experiences, products and services. We hope you will join us to check them out: 2020 ASFS Auction Catalog

  • Parent Sign-On Parties
  • Teacher Experiences
  • Camps & Classes
  • Theater and Sporting Events
  • NEW Luxury Travel Packages
  • Raffle Prizes and so much more!!!

THE ONLINE AUCTION IS OPEN! ***Online bidding will close Saturday, February, 29th @ 9:00pm.*** Go to ASFS2020.givesmart.com to keep bidding on amazing experiences and items all to support ASFS this school year! 

LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR TICKETS!! Purchase your tickets now @ ASFS2020.givesmart.com 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! TICKETS AT THE DOOR ARE $35 – so buy TODAY ☺

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 ☺ )

NEED A BABYSITTER? 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 ​​​

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Support Our Teachers! Parent-Teacher Conference Meals (3/5-3/6)

Parent-Teacher Conference Meals - Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th! 

During Parent-Teacher Conferences, PTA will be hosting a dinner for our hardworking teachers and staff on Thursday, March 5th and breakfast on the morning of Friday, March 6th. The PTA provides funds for these meals as a way to say thank you, and we appreciate parent support to make them extra special because we value how much our teachers do for our children each and every day. There is no pressure at all to contribute, but we are grateful for any and all donations from our generous community.

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

All food and drinks need to be dropped off by 2:00pm on Thursday, 3/5. Gift cards are needed by Wednesday, 3/4 to purchase breakfast the morning of Friday, 3/6.

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

Starting Monday, 3/2: WTOP Click for Kids Contest - VOTE DAILY!

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.

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Read Across America: Complete March Activities to Win a Prize!

Read Across America Day is Monday, March 2nd! Classes will have varied activities such as cuddle up and read. Complete the activity worksheet at home during the month of March (see below, or download here):

Contact ASFS Librarian, Christine A'Hearn, with any questions. Happy Reading!

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

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! Come for an intro 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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APS News & Updates

APS Superintendent's Proposed FY2021 Budget: Watch highlights from last night's Arlington School Board meeting (2/27/20) where the Superintendent's Proposed FY2021 Budget was presented.

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.

2020 APS Your Voice Matters Survey: Today is the last day to complete the APS Your Voice Matters Survey. 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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Arlington School Board Candidate Night - Monday, 3/9

The Lyon Village Civic Association is hosting a School Board Candidate Night on Monday, March 9th at 8:00pm at the Lyon Village Community House (1920 N. Highland St.)  This is your opportunity to hear from all six School Board candidates and ask questions on the issues you are most concerned about. This is an unusual year as two current School Board members are not running for re-election, so two new School Board members will be elected.

Note: The ASFS PTA is not sponsoring this event, does not support or endorse any particular candidate or political party, and is a non-partisan, non-political organization.

    Be SMART Program: Gun Safety at Home

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    The Be SMART program focuses on education and awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries. To learn more, here is an article about how to ask about guns in the homes of others: Asking About Secure Gun Storage

    Additional details can be found on the Be SMART website: besmartforkids.org

    PTA Reminders

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