Electronic Friday Folder -- April 17th, 2020

PTA Updates: News from the ASFS PTA

Thank you to everyone who attended our first 'virtual' ASFS PTA meeting on Tuesday evening. It is a true testament to our community to have such an engaged group of parents and teachers, and appreciate all the feedback and ideas as we adjust to home learning and continue to work together to give our students the best possible learning experience this spring. We are very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our ASFS teachers, and to our families for all their support and flexibility during this unprecedented time.

We're all in this together - please reach out anytime, and take care of yourself and your families to stay healthy and safe!  --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President


Thank You, ASFS Office Staff!

Administrative Professionals Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd! Even from afar, our ASFS office staff is continuing to work hard to support us in so many ways, and we are very appreciative of all they do each and every day.

THANK YOU to our amazing ASFS front office team: Loren Fuentes, Stacia Griffin, Teresa Smiroldo, and Jaqueline Torres!!!  

We miss being able to see you in person, and we are sending our heartfelt gratitude your way! 


Proposed 2020-21 ASFS PTA Officers

Thanks to the ASFS PTA Nominating Committee, below is the slate of proposed ASFS PTA Officers for 2020-21​:

  • President - Dena Porter
  • Secretary - Courtney Davidson
  • Treasurer - Kristi Tsiopanas
  • VP Community Service - Kristen Jeffreys
  • VP External Affairs - Leigh Rex
  • VP Fundraising - Lindsey Englerth

Notice to Self-Declare Candidacy: As stated in the Virginia PTA guidelines, any active ASFS PTA member may choose to 'run from the floor' by self-declaring their candidacy for one of the above ASFS PTA officer positions. Candidates will be accepted through Sunday, May 17th.

If you would like to self-declare candidacy, please email Dena Porter by the end of day on Sunday, May 17th in order to be added to the electronic voting ballot. ASFS PTA Officer Elections for 2020-21 will open electronically on Tuesday, May 19th and close at the end of day on Wednesday, May 20th.

For additional details from the Virginia PTA: VA PTA Statement on Virtual Meetings and Email Voting (3/23/20)

Send Your Ideas & Feedback: ASFS PTA Meeting Follow-up

Missed the ASFS PTA Meeting on Tuesday night? Take a look at the Draft April ASFS PTA Meeting Minutes (4/14/20) for the highlights.

The results are in: Thanks to the PTA members who voted to approve the March ASFS PTA Meeting Minutes (3/3/20), and helped to confirm that our electronic voting process works!

Looking for ideas and feedback! As we continue to work together to foster the education for our students this spring, please share your ideas for how ASFS could look to enhance learning, while staying within the APS curriculum and guidelines. In addition, we are seeking feedback from all of our parents and teachers on interest in advocating for new content in the 4th quarter (see details below in the APS Continuous Learning Plans).

Please submit your input by EOD Wednesday, April 22nd, so that we can determine next steps as a PTA, and ASFS teachers and staff can continue to develop plans for the rest of this academic school year:

Submit Your Ideas & Feedback to the ASFS PTA

If you prefer to send ideas and feedback directly, feel free to email Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President. Thank you!

APS Continuous Learning Plans

The APS Department of Teaching and Learning has posted details on how learning will continue through the rest of this school year on the APS Continuous Learning Plans webpage. APS Interim Superintendent, Cintia Johnson, shared the following in her April 15th APS School Talk Message

During this public health emergency, our commitment is to engage students in learning activities that reinforce mastery of topics for the current school year, while lessening the impact of learning loss for our most vulnerable students.

Based on Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) guidance, we focused on delivering an equitable plan that: 

  • Addresses students’ academic, social and emotional needs at each grade level;
  • Provides students a solid foundational knowledge of concepts introduced but not mastered in the first three quarters of the year;
  • Includes new learning activities in multiple formats – paper, online and video – as well as accommodations for our English Learners and Special Education students;
  • Aligns with our commitment to equity by ensuring all students have access to resources and new learning opportunities; and
  • Offers extension and enrichment opportunities designed to challenge and engage students at every grade level. 

***For more information, APS published a Podcast (Episode 31) on Distance Learning: https://soundcloud.com/user-203154489, or you can read through the Transcript here.

Parents may contact APS Engage and Bridget Loft, APS Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, with any questions and feedback.


New Elementary School Principal Search - Submit Your Input & Interview Panel

APS has posted a New Principal Search Page on the APS Engage Site for the new elementary school at the current Key site scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.

Community Survey Open Through Sunday, April 26th: APS is looking to collect feedback via a community questionnaire about the opportunities and challenges with opening a new school, and the attributes and characteristics desired in a principal. All community members are encouraged to submit input by Sunday, April 26th:

New APS Elementary School Community Survey

Seeking ASFS Parent Representatives for Principal Interview Panel: The ASFS PTA Executive Board is seeking two parent representatives to serve on the cross-sectional panel for the second round of interviews.  Interested candidates should submit a brief write-up explaining how they would be able to represent the ASFS community across a diverse range of student groups, needs, and interests.

Interviews will be held virtually during the week of April 27th via Microsoft Teams.  Please send your application to Dena Porter by EOD Wednesday, April 22nd, so the board can confirm and notify parent representatives by the end of the week. Thank you!

Please see the APS School Talk message sent on April 14th from APS Superintendent, Human Resources, Dan Redding, and the APS Tentative Timeline for the Selection of the New Principal for additional details.

The Great Outdoor Lab Camp-In - Saturday, 5/2

APS School Closure: How You Can Help

Looking for ways to volunteer during this time? Here is a list of options for how you can support our community:

As we all work together through this challenging time, please send any other programs and initiatives to Dena Porter to post for our families. Thank you!

APS School Closure: Resources for Families

​During this period of APS School Closure, here is a list of resources where families can get assistance and find additional information:

Food, Financial, and Medical Assistance

Other Useful Sites

Please send other resources you are aware of 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.

Extended Day Registration Open to All Families

Extended Day Logo

On April 16 registration opened to all families and lotteries will be held at schools for which registration exceeds capacity by April 30. For more details on registration, please visit the Extended Day Program webpage.

If you do not have access to the online registration or need assistance, please contact the Extended Day office at extended.day@apsva.us or 703-228-6069 and leave a message. Extended Day staff will respond and provide assistance.

APS News & Updates

Arlington School Board Meeting: Watch last night's April 16th Arlington School Board Meeting for the latest APS updates, including updates and Q&A on the APS Distance Learning Plan, and an overview of the Interim Superintendent’s REVISED 2021 Proposed Budget, now facing a $53.0M deficit. The Arlington School Board is scheduled to adopt the FY 2021 Budget on May 7th, so we encourage everyone to take the time to review the potential budget cuts and stay engaged with the upcoming work sessions and public hearings. You can find dates in the revised APS Budget Calendar, and learn more on the APS Budget & Finance page.

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

Elementary School Planning for 2021: Visit the APS Engage Elementary School Planning Process​​​​​​ webpage for details and additional information.

​​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.