Electronic Friday Folder -- March 20th, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Key Upcoming Dates

APS schools are currently closed through April 13th, 2020. The present plans are to remain closed through Spring Break (Monday, April 6th-Friday, April 10th), with students scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020.

For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar. Note: All dates are tentative pending addtional updates from APS.


PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

ASFS Families, hope you are all staying healthy and safe during this first week of school closure. Please feel free to reach out anytime with questions (not that we'll have all the answers!), and thank you again to our ASFS teachers and staff for supporting our students with home learning over these coming weeks. As APS Interim Superintendent Cintia Johnson shared, "Even from afar, we’re in this together."  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

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ASFS Trailers for 2020-21: Proposed ASFS PTA Letter to the Arlington School Board

​Even during this uncertain time, we continue to consider the best interests of our ASFS students. With four new trailers confirmed for next year to support our growing enrollment, APS has communicated that they will be placed on the blacktop, which will significantly reduce the outside play space for our students.

With the support of our ASFS community, the ASFS PTA Executive Board would like to send the below letter to the Arlington School Board on behalf of the ASFS PTA to request that APS places the new trailers on the ASFS parking lot, rather than school blacktop as currently planned.

DRAFT ASFS PTA Letter to Arlington School Board (March 2020)

Please take a few minutes to read the draft letter, and reply to Dena Porter with any questions or concerns by the end of day on Wednesday, March 25th. Parents are also welcome and encouraged to contact the School Board directly or email engage@apsva.us with your thoughts and feedback. Thank you for your support! 


Intent to Return Forms Due March 30th


Please email your response to Stacia Griffin by Monday, March 30th. Thank you!

Greetings from ASFS School Counselors

​ASFS Families, we know that these are challenging times and we wanted to offer some suggestions to consider about having your child(ren) at home for an extended period of time. ​​​​


Please keep healthy and keep the learning going. --Marion Hawthorne and Olivia Proietti, ASFS School Counselors

Volunteers Needed: ASFS Courtyard & Gardens

Even with school closed, spring is arriving quickly, and the ASFS courtyard and gardens need your support to prepare for the warmer weather. If you have free time on your hands and would be willing to help out, please email ASFS Investigation Station teacher, Stephanie Lin, and PTA Grounds Committee lead, Alex James, to volunteer or with any questions. We will make sure to follow CDC recommendations to restrict the number of people on site at one time with at least 6 feet distance. Thank you for keeping ASFS beautiful!

Registration Open: After-School Enrichment Spring Session

Online registration is open for the after-school enrichment spring session. Visit Baroody Camps Enrichment Registration - Spring 2020 to view the schedule and sign up for classes.

Classes are scheduled to be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 3:45-5:00pm beginning April 15th (after spring break). However, please note that we will adjust the spring schedule as needed, pending updates from APS. All classes are held onsite at ASFS (with the exception of tennis at the YMCA and basketball at Hayes Park).

Click below for additional information, including the Spring 2020 Schedule: 

ASFS After-School Enrichment Flyer - Spring 2020

Visit the Baroody Camps FAQs page, or contact Baroody Camps with any questions.


2019-20 ASFS Yearbook Orders Due by Friday, 4/3

ASFS Yearbook orders (***ONLINE ONLY***) are due by Friday, April 3rd!

Order Your 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook Online: ybpay.lifetouch.com (Yearbook ID Code: 13273620)

  • We are not ordering any extra yearbooks, so make sure to order ONLINE by Friday, April 3rd to ensure you receive your copy. If you are unable to order online, please contact Ms. Caven with options for returning the paper order form and cash/check payment.
  • ​​​​Yearbooks are $20/each, or choose from packages available with additional options, including Personalization, Current Event Inserts, and Yearbook Stickys.   
  • Autograph Inserts are being provided with each yearbook ordered.
  • All yearbooks will be delivered to ASFS in the spring 2020 to your student’s classroom.
  • Contact Ms. Caven with any questions. Thank you for supporting our school!


APS COVID-19 Update: Social Distancing

Please Read: The latest APS COVID-19 Update on the importance of social distancing: APS News Release COVID-19 Update: Social Distancing (posted on 3/17/20)

Click here to watch: Special Video Message from APS Interim Superintendent Cintia Johnson (posted on 3/17/20)

The APS COVID-19 web page contains the latest updates and offers a wide range of resources on Learning at Home, Meal Services and updated FAQ.

Social Distancing Reminders:

  • Avoid group gatherings, such as play dates, sleepovers, parties and visiting each other’s homes.
  • Those in need of childcare should limit the number of families involved as much as possible.
  • Get outside, take walks, ride bikes, or go on hikes, but maintain 6 feet of distance between individuals. Limiting germ exposure to your family’s is reasonable practice.
  • Cook meals at home, if possible.
  • Limit visits to stores and restaurants or coffee shops; try to plan grocery store trips during non-peak hours if/when possible.
  • Practice prevention like covering coughs, hand washing and social distancing techniques with children and have them practice among themselves.
  • Remember that there are many safe activities to explore – family game nights, reading books, listening to music, going for walks and spending time outside, checking on a friend and group video chats are a few.

As the weather continues to improve, outdoor gatherings of fewer than 10 are viewed as appropriate at the moment, but social distancing techniques must still be practiced. Teens are included in this group, and activities like bike riding and hiking/walking are viewed as better alternatives to gathering in groups.

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Extended Day Registration Begins April 1st

Extended Day Logo

The Extended Day Program has adjusted the registration process to make it easier for families based on input received from the community and best practices in other school divisions. Registration runs April 1-15 for returning families, guaranteeing slots for students currently enrolled. Registration for new families begins April 16. For more details on registration, visit the Extended Day Program webpage.   

APS News & Updates

APSGo! Triennial Travel Survey

  • ​​APS conducts the APSGo! survey every three years to help guide transportation planning and resource allocation over the next few years and track progress toward our transportation plan goals.
  • The survey is available online in English and Spanish. The survey will be available through midnight until Fri, April 3rd.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey in order to better help APS with its transportation planning.
  • For more information on APSGo!, including results from our two previous surveys visit, https://www.apsva.us/aps-go/. Results will be available in Spring 2020.

APS Interim Superintendent's Proposed Needs-Based FY 2021 Budget

At the February 27 School Board Meeting, Interim Superintendent Cintia Johnson presented her proposal for the FY 2021 Arlington Public Schools Budget to fund operations for the 2020-21 school year. The proposed budget totals $725.9 million, an overall increase of 8.4 percent, as APS prepares to welcome more than 1,100 additional students next fall. More information at https://www.apsva.us/post/arlington-interim-superintendent-proposes-needs-based-fy-2021-budget/

FY 2021 Budget Information: All materials related to the FY21 Budget, including the FY21 budget calendar; the FY21 budget development process; the Interim Superintendent’s Proposed Budget and February 27 School Board presentation, are available online. Visit www.apsva.us/engage to provide your feedback and input throughout the process, and use #APSBudget on social media to join the conversation.

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.

​​Ways to Engage: 

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

PTA Reminders

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