Electronic Friday Folder -- April 24th, 2020

Greetings from the ASFS PTA

ASFS families, hope you were able to enjoy the spring weather and some time outside for Earth Day this week!

ASFS PTA Ideas & Feedback Follow-up: As we continue to adjust to home learning, thank you to everyone who sent ideas for how ASFS could enhance learning, while staying within the APS curriculum and guidelines. ASFS teachers and staff will use your input to continue to look for ways to increase interaction and offer optional activities for students. We are grateful for everyone's feedback, and we look forward to continuing the conversation this spring as well as plan for the longer-term if needed.

Of the survey responses received, a majority would not support advocating to APS for new content in the 4th quarter. With varying perspectives within our community, we don't have consensus to send a letter on behalf of the PTA, but encourage all parents to reach out to APS via APS Engage and Bridget Loft, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, to share your thoughts.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or for additional details. Knowing this is such a challenging time for all of us, we are thankful to our ASFS teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication to our students, and appreciate all your support as we work through this together.

Thank you! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Bayou Bakery Supports ASFS Teacher Appreciation Week​​​​​​

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Still Time to Order! 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook Deadline Extended

Good News! 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook Order Deadline Extended to Friday, May 15th

Click to Order Online by FRIDAY, MAY 15TH: ybpay.lifetouch.com (Enter the ASFS Yearbook ID Code: 13273620)

  • Online ordering has been reopened, so make sure to order ONLINE by Friday, May 15th to ensure you receive your copy. (Note: Due to the school closure, only online orders will be accepted - no cash/check payments.)
  • ​​​​Yearbooks are $20/each, or choose from packages available with additional options, including Personalization, Current Event Inserts, and Yearbook Stickys.   
  • 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. 

Weekly Read Along PBS Show: Mondays With Michelle Obama

Thanks to the ASFS English Language Arts (ELA) Team, see below for details on Mondays with Michelle Obama, a new weekly read along show on airing on PBS during COVID-19. Parents looking for ways to entertain their kids during the day just got a little help from former first lady Michelle Obama. Starting Monday, April 20, for four weeks Obama will read aloud from one of her favorite children's books.

Mondays With Michelle Obama: PBS Weekly Read Along Show

New Principal Search at Key Site - Survey Open Through 4/26

As part of the process for the New Principal Search at the Key Site scheduled to open in the fall of 2021, 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. You may submit your input via the online survey through this Sunday, April 26th:

New APS Elementary School Community Survey

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.

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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.

APS News & Updates

APS School Board: Watch last night's Arlington School Board Meeting (April 23rd) for the latest updates from the Interim Superintendent and highlights of the FY 2021 Proposed Budget (Rev 2).

APS 2021 Proposed Budget: See the APS Budget & Finance page for complete details, including a new FY 2021 Budget Questions and Responses document. Key upcoming FY 2021 Budget dates:

  • April 23 – Board Action Item – School Board’s Proposed FY 2021 Budget
  • May 5 – Budget Work Session #5, 5 p.m. (TENTATIVE)
  • May 5 – Public Hearing on the School Board’s Proposed FY 2021 Budget, 7 p.m.
  • May 7 – Board Action Item – School Board’s Adopted FY 2021 Budget

APS Continuous Learning: Visit the APS APS Continuous Learning page for complete details, including the new page with Additional Information on the APS Continuous Learning Plans, and see Bridget Loft's APS School Talk Message (4/21/20) for the latest updates from APS.

You can also listen to the APS Podcast: “Distance Learning” – What’s Up, APS? Podcast Episode 31 for more information, or read the transcript.

***NEW*** AETV, Dept. of Teaching and Learning Debut “At Home with APS” Video Series for K-2 Learners

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.