Electronic Friday Folder -- May 1st, 2020

Greetings from the ASFS PTA

We miss and love our ASFS teachers! If you haven't seen it already, check out the ASFS Virtual Parade that our wonderful teachers put together, including a special song by our very own Ms. Taylor!

Click to Watch: ASFS Virtual Parade Video

Next week (May 4th-8th) is Teacher Appreciation Week! See below for some ideas on how you can say thank you from afar during this time apart. We cannot wait to show our appreciation in person once we return to school!

Enjoy your weekend, and Happy May Day! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Next Week! Teacher Appreciation Week - May 4th-8th


Staff Appreciation 2020 will look a little different this year! Staff Appreciation is one of the favorite times of the year at ASFS. It is more important then ever to stay connected and show we care. Though it has been a while since our children have been in the classroom, the teachers and staff have been working hard to educate them in new ways. In a matter of days they changed their learning plan, learned new technologies and constructed a new way of schooling. We can’t bring a bouquet of flowers but we can show our appreciation during this unprecedented time. With that in mind, here are some simple ways to show we care from afar! The teachers and staff will appreciate that we are thinking of them, now more than ever.

E- CARDS: Electronic greeting cards are a small gesture, but greatly appreciated!

Thank a Teacher: Sponsored by the VA Department of Education, send a thank you note to your teacher, and he or she could win a Virginia vacation and prizes for ASFS!

E- GIFT CARDS: Gift cards are always a teacher favorite. If you choose to do this, please send directly to the teacher or staff member via email. E-Gift Card ideas:

  • Movie Night In! GooglePlay gift card or any movie streaming gift card. They can’t go to the movies, but you could bring the movies to them, so they could watch at home.
  • Send them dinner! Restaurant food delivery gift card; UberEats, GrubHub, or DoorDash, so teachers may order their favorite meal.
  • Gift cards: Amazon, Target, Walmart, or VISA are always a good idea too!

Any gift card would be appreciated! Please keep in mind the APS Guidelines on Gifts from Families.

USING TECHNOLOGY: Making use of technology is a great way to show appreciation.

  • Send a video! Students can make a THANK YOU VIDEO, and email it to the teacher or staff member.
  • Drawings: Students could draw a picture or make a card and parents could take a photo and send it to the teacher via email. Or use whatever app the teachers use to communicate with parents.
  • Presentations: Older students could also make a PowerPoint, or make a video of reasons they appreciate their teachers.

To look up teacher and staff email addresses: ASFS Staff Directory

HEARTFELT IOU from the PTA: ​Normally the PTA host luncheons during the week of Staff Appreciation. We can’t do it this year, but as soon as things return to normal, the PTA plans to host a luncheon or two!

Feel free to show your appreciation any way you choose! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to oubenadi@icloud.com. Thank you for your continued support!  --Rabia Ismail Oubenadi, ASFS STAFF APPRECIATION CHAIR

Happy Birthday, ASFS Students!

During this time apart, Ms. Begley would like to wish our ASFS students celebrating recent birthdays a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday Wishes (Mid-April)

Happy Birthday Wishes (End of April & 1st Week of May)

Remember to follow ASFS on Twitter at @ASFSOnline for lots of fun updates from teachers and staff, including the ever popular #asfschallenge!

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

Thank you to Bayou Bakery for supporting our ASFS teachers as part of Teacher Appreciation Week! Drop off your decorated bags today between 10am-2pm, and #HAPPYBAGS will be distributed to APS families receiving free meals during Teacher Appreciation Week between May 4th-8th!


2019-20 ASFS Yearbook Deadline Extended to Friday, 5/15

Still Time to Order! 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. 


Ideas from the Virginia Department of Education

Thank A Teacher! 

For the fifth year, the Virginia Lottery is encouraging students, parents and the general public to send thank you notes to Virginia's deserving public school teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4 – 8. Your favorite teacher could win a Virginia vacation and prizes for your school! Make your favorite teacher smile with a digital thank-you note featuring custom artwork by the three student art contest winners.

Digital Content Provided by Arts for Learning 

Arts for Learning has created “Take 10!” to make the arts virtually accessible to youth and families through live and recorded performances and workshops. Ten minute sessions for dance, music, and storytelling will be live streamed every Tuesday and Thursday, and the sessions can be accessed after they air. Check it out today!

Physical Activity, Nutrition and Movement Resources

Check out these awesome Action for Healthy Kids resources. Learn ways to keep moving and stay healthy while learning from home.

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

APS School Closure Resources & How You Can Help

During this period of APS School Closure, here is a list of resources where families can get assistance, find additional information, and volunteer to support our community:

Food, Financial, and Medical Assistance

Other Useful Sites

Volunteer Opportunities

Please 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.

APS News & Updates

APS 2021 Proposed Budget: See the latest highlights in the APS News Release: Arlington School Board Approves Proposed FY 2021 Budget (4/24/20) and the APS Budget & Finance page for complete details. Key upcoming FY 2021 Budget dates:

  • 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:

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

Elementary School Planning for 2021/New Elementary School at Key Site: Visit the APS Engage Elementary School Planning Process​​​​​​ webpage for details and additional information, and the APS New Principal Searches page for information on the new elementary school scheduled to open in the fall of 2021 at the Key site.

​​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.