Electronic Friday Folder -- May 15th, 2020

Greetings from the ASFS PTA

So grateful for the support of our community! Besides the support from families for our students, teachers, and school during this time apart, thank you so much to all who are helping out in so many ways. Whether donating books, helping out with the ASFS gardens, or volunteering to take on a PTA role next year, we are all in this together. Please read below to see how you can get involved, and feel free to reach out with any questions.

Hope to 'see' many of you at our last ASFS PTA meeting of the school year, this Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00pm via video conference. Enjoy a wonderful weekend! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Books Needed! New & Used Book Donation Drive

Thank you to those have dropped off book donations already! We are thrilled to provide books to students during the school closure, and appreciate any extra or unused books you may have to donate. Please spread the word to help support our families and community!

If you are interested in volunteering, and have daytime availability on M/W/F, please contact Dena Porter to support this community effort - thank you!

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Virtual May ASFS PTA Meeting - Tuesday, 5/19

Our last ASFS PTA Meeting of the year is coming up THIS Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00pm via video conference (details to be sent prior to the meeting). Hope you can join us for the latest updates and school news from ASFS Principal, Ms. Begley.  In order to make sure we cover all key topics and questions for discussion, we'd love your input. Please share your thoughts via the link below, or feel free to email Dena Porter directly.

Submit Your Questions & Topics for the May ASFS PTA Meeting

Electronic Elections for the 2020-21 ASFS PTA Officers will open Tuesday, May 19th through end of day on Wednesday, May 20th. Look for the voting ballot via email on the morning of the 19th!

Reminder: 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)

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Open 2020-21 ASFS PTA Committee Chair Roles 

WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?! Looking to get involved? NOW SEEKING PTA COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR 2020-2021

Even though school is closed for the year, the ASFS Nominating Committee is looking to recruit Committee Chairs for the 2020-2021 school year! The goal of the Nominating Committee is to enlist the talents of as many ASFS parents and families as possible. The Nominating Committee’s responsibility is to consider all interested persons for a particular positions. 

You can make a difference! The value of volunteering is priceless. Why step up? You will have access to your school community, friendships, camaraderie, and support first rate programs at ASFS.

The following positions are available: 

  • COUNTY COUNCIL OF PTA’s 
  • SEPTA LIASON
  • PTA DIRECTORY
  • PTA MEMBERSHIP
  • WELCOME COMMITTEE CHAIR
  • ASFS BUDDY PROGRAM CHAIR 
  • HOLIDAY HELPERS CHAIR
  • FOOD BUS
  • AQUARIUM & POND CHAIR
  • BIKE TO SCHOOL CHAIR
  • KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATE CHAIRS

Please see the description for the different chair positions: ASFS PTA Officer and Committee Chair Descriptions

Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have, to the ASFS Nominating Committee at oubenadi@icloud.com.

Last Day to Order Your 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook

Last Day to Order! 2019-20 ASFS Yearbook Orders are Due TODAY, 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. 

Virtual ASFS 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run!

The ASFS PE department would like to invite all families to participate in our annual running event in a virtual format this year. Here’s a little intro video of Ms. Hall: https://youtu.be/SEc2T2UQLr8
 
We posted it as an activity for students this week in Seesaw, but we wanted to let parents know as well. You can run or walk with your family in your home, or safely in your neighborhood any day this week.
 
Send a photo on your child’s seesaw account or reply to Jenn Hall (jennifer.hall@apsva.us) any time by Sunday, May 17th and we will create a slideshow to share with families via Twitter and Seesaw.
 
So choose your distance- 1 mile or 3 miles, choose your speed- run or walk, and let us know how you did! Have fun! Ms. Hall, Mr. Ludwick, and Mr. Walker

Volunteers Needed! Keep Our ASFS Gardens Beautiful

We need your help to keep ASFS beautiful! Thanks to the parents who have signed up through the month of May! We would love volunteers to help with weeding our ASFS gardens for the month of June!

Click below to sign up for a week at a time to weed the front gardens and raised garden beds by the trailers. Come anytime during your assigned week as it fits into your schedule! A great way to spend time outside and support our school, and all instructions and supplies will be provided. Please contact Stephanie Lin with any questions.

Click to Sign Up: ASFS Garden Volunteers

ASFS Courtyard Volunteers: We also would love help weeding the ASFS Courtyard. If you have availability on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays between 8:30am-12:00Noon, and would be interested in volunteering, please let Ms. Lin know. Thank you for your help!​​​​​​

Support My Job Bags for Arlington Children in Need

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A huge thank you to My Job Bags for supporting our ASFS English Learner (EL) students who will be receiving 'job' bags this spring!

Who will receive these ‘job’ bags? Arlington County children in need who have been identified by schools and/or local organizations. With COVID-19, families are forced to home-school and so many children don’t have items that they need to continue using their imagination, creating, learning and playing.

How can you help?

  • Monetary donations can be made through the following link: My Job Bags GoFundMe. Through bulk purchasing, each bag can be filled for approximately $6.50.
  • Donate items: Have your kiddos donate used Legos and books! School supplies are also welcome. Donations can be dropped off at: 1410 N Herndon St Arlington, VA 22201

Questions? Contact Amanda Sutton

For more details about My Jobs Bags:​​​​ My Job Bags Flyer 

Running Against Racism: 5K Virtual Walk/Run 2020

The COVID crisis has shined a light on the huge disparities and inequities in our nation rooted in institutional racism. People of color are some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Given the urgency of this issue today, we believe it is timely now for our communities to take visible and collective stand against all forms of racism. Challenging Racism's Annual 5K can be a way to do that.

HOW DOES A VIRTUAL 5K WORK?  Runners and walkers may complete their 5K anywhere, anytime by May 16th, with racers encouraged to upload photos to our web and social media pages which is where sponsors will be recognized. Through our shared effort and photos, we can show our solidarity for an inclusive and equitable community.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Click for more details: 5K Registration and Sponsorship Details 

To view the flyer: Challenging Racism Running Against Racism 5K 2020

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 FY 2021 Budget: The School Board unanimously approved the FY 2021 APS Budget to fund operations for the 2020-21 school year. The FY 2021 budget totals $670,274,629. View the APS Budget & Finance page for details.

APS Plans for End of School Year & Summer School:  APS announced a proposed modification to the end of the 2019-20 school calendar. The proposed last day of school is Friday, June 12th. The School Board is expected to take action on May 21st. For complete details: APS Plans for End of School Year & Summer School

New APS Superintendent: The Arlington School Board named Dr. Francisco Durán as the new Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools. For more information: Arlington School Board Names New APS Superintendent

APS Continuous Learning: Visit the APS APS Continuous Learning page for complete details, including the latest "At Home With APS" Videos.

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.