Electronic Friday Folder -- March 27th, 2020

PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

We miss our ASFS families and teachers! Remember to check out @asfsonline on Twitter, especially the fun #asfschallenge posts, as a way to stay connected! Thanks to our amazing ASFS teachers for sharing these great challenges, and we'd love to hear from YOU!

How are your families learning, taking care of yourselves, or helping others during this time? Email your photos or short videos (up to 20 seconds) to Jenn Hall: Jennifer.hall@apsva.us, or send via text to asfsphysed@gmail.com if you have an iPhone.

You can also follow ASFS on Instagram and the PTA on Facebook and ASFS PTA Twitter (@AsfsPta).

Even if our kids aren't able to enjoy it yet, spring is arriving at ASFS... the new stream in front of our school is finished and looks beautiful! Keep taking care to stay healthy & safe - we will get through this together.  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


2019-20 ASFS Master Calendar Updates 

Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam announced that all public schools in the Commonwealth will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

Unfortunately, all school-wide and PTA social events are canceled for the remainder of the school year. However, per updated Virginia PTA guidelines, we plan to host the rest of our ASFS PTA meetings for 2019-20 via video conferencing. Please keep Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00pm on your calendar for the April ASFS PTA Meeting, and stay tuned for details.

For the complete 2019-2020 calendar, please visit the ASFS Master Calendar

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.

Thanks to the support of our ASFS community, the ASFS PTA Executive Board has sent 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.

ASFS PTA Letter to Arlington School Board (March 2020)

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! 


Home Learning for ASFS Specials - Weekly Schedule Posted

The ASFS webpage has a tab titled “Home Learning”. This is where all the special areas will be posting information and assignments at this time. We know that processing all of this information and content from the classroom teachers as well as specials can be overwhelming, so we are providing this pacing guide for you and your child/children. Our intent is for one special to occur daily following a schedule which will look like this:

Intent to Return Forms Due March 30th


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

APS School Closure: Resources for Families

​During this period of APS School Closure, here are a number of useful sites where you can find additional information. By no means a comprehensive list, feel free to send other resources to Dena Porter to post in future eFFs and share with ASFS families:

Please contact Ms. Begley or ASFS School Counselors Marion Hawthorne and Olivia Proietti with any questions or specific concerns.


Canceled: After-School Enrichment Spring Session

In light of the APS announcement that school will be closed through the end of the school year, the spring 2020 after-school enrichment spring session has been canceled.

Please contact Baroody Camps regarding refunds or any other questions. Thank you!

Last Week to Order Your 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook!

Last Week to Order! All ASFS Yearbook orders 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.
  • Contact Ms. Caven with any questions. Thank you for supporting our school!

NOTE: With school closed through the end of the school year, stay tuned for details on yearbook delivery. 


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

Arlington School Board Meeting

Watch the video of the School Board Meeting from Wednesday, March 25th for the latest School Board updates and announcements from APS Interim Superintendent, Cintia Johnson.

Interim Superintendent's Proposed 2021 Budget

The public hearing scheduled for 3/25/20 was postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. APS Interim Superintendent, Cintia Johnson, shared that the timeline for the FY 2021 Budget will be revised. See the Schedule Changes for the FY 2021 Budget presented at the March 25th School Board meeting. 

APS COVID-19 Updates

APS News Release (3/26/20): COVID-19: An Update from the Interim Superintendent

APS News Release (3/23/20): Gov. Northam Closes Schools for the Remainder of Academic Year

APS News Release (3/23/20): COVID-19 Instructional Update

Visit the APS COVID-19 web page for the latest updates and additional resources.

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.

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.

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