Electronic Friday Folder -- May 22nd, 2020

Greetings from the ASFS PTA

Congratulations to the new 2020-21 ASFS PTA Executive Board! The new officers were confirmed via electronic voting. Thanks to all PTA members who voted, and to everyone for their support at our ASFS PTA meeting this week:

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

The ASFS PTA membership also voted to approve the April ASFS PTA meeting minutes via electronic voting this week.

THANK YOU to the 2019-20 ASFS PTA Executive Board for all of their hard work and dedication this year!

  • Chris Brown - With a graduating 5th grader, we will miss you at ASFS next year! We cannot thank you enough for your many hours of time and effort serving as Treasurer for the last two years.
  • Karrie Beaudry - Thank you for your endless dedication & commitment as well as building great new partnerships as VP Community Service, on top of everything else you do to volunteer at ASFS!
  • Kate Merrill - Thanks for all you have done as VP External Affairs, not only for keeping our families up to date on all things APS related, but for your amazing support for our school and board.
  • Kristi Tsiopanas - We are very grateful for your leadership as VP Fundraising, not only with the auction and no-frills fundraiser, but the endless ways you do so much for our school! We will be fortunate to have you as Treasurer next year!
  • Lindsey Englerth - Thank you for all your support on the board as Secretary and many other ways you always step up to help out whenever needed. We are very thankful you can continue on the board in 2020-21!

Missed the ASFS PTA Meeting? See the highlights in the Draft May ASFS PTA Meeting Minutes, and also take a look at Ms. Begley's ASFS Principal Highlights with updates on end of the year activities, summer plans, FY2021 Budget implications for ASFS, and parent reminders.

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Support Our Book Donation Drive for Arlington Families!

Thanks to your generosity, books are available at the Key Grab-n-Go site for families to pick up on M/W/F from 11am-1pm and ASFS between 8:30am-Noon! We are still collecting books, and would ​​​​appreciate any new or books in good used condition you have to donate. Please spread the word to help support our families!

Book Donation Drop-off Locations:

  • 2412 13th Court N (Dena Porter)
  • 2012 N Monroe St (Erin Freas-Smith)
  • 2115 N Quinn St (Christa Mansur)
  • Arlington Science Focus School - M/W/F 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon (Please drop off books in marked donations box.)

Book Donation Drive Drop-off Locations Flyer

THANK YOU to One More Page Books for their very generous donation of new books to support our donation drive and provide books to Arlington families! 

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Calling ASFS Garden Volunteers for This Summer!

We need your help to keep ASFS beautiful! Thanks to those who have signed up through the end of the school year! We have updated the sign-up list for volunteers to help out with weeding our ASFS gardens through the month of July!

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!​​​​​​

Rising K-5th Families: Order Your 2020-21 School Supply Kits

Online ordering is now open! Click below to order your 2020-21 School Supply Kits for next year:

  • Order by July 6th for the best prices and delivery to your child(ren)'s classroom on the first day of school.
  • Order by August 6th for an additional fee. Your kit(s) will be delivered to your home shortly before school begins.

Click to Order Your 2020-21 School Supply Kit(s)

EduKit ASFS School Supply Kit Flyer (Order Info & Price List)

You may also view the list of required supplies by grade level: ASFS School Supply Lists (2020-21)

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.

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Support Arlington Families! PTA/Schools Community Support Efforts

With so many needs across our community, and thanks to the generosity of Arlington PTAs and schools, the Arlington County Council of PTAs (CCPTA) has put together a centralized list of all the ways you can support Arlington families.

​​​Help make a difference and show your support for Arlington families by contributing to the many efforts that Arlington PTAs and schools have established to support our community. Whether donating funds, gift cards, food, books, or other supplies, or volunteering your time, your generosity is very appreciated during this time!

Click to View: PTA/School Community Support Efforts for Arlington Families

Thank you to Arlington PTAs, schools, and families for supporting our community!

Questions? Please contact ccptacommarlington@gmail.com

FLYER: PTA/School Community Support Efforts for Arlington Families

"At Home With APS" Broadcast: New Episodes Weekly for K-2nd Grade

Have you seen the latest "At Home With APS" Videos? At Home with APS is a weekly broadcast designed to bring teacher-led instruction into the homes of APS students and families. Each episode features instruction that is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) for students in grades K-2, in addition to the instructional resources made available to them as part of the APS Continuous Learning. New episodes are aired each Monday: "At Home With APS" Videos and Broadcast Schedule

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

Arlington School Board Meeting: Watch last night's Arlington School Board Meeting (5/21/20) for the latest APS news and updates, including confirmation on the APS Plans for End of School Year & Summer School, Return to School Considerations for Fall 2020Interim Superintendent’s Proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2021 and Future CIPs, and an update on the Boundary Process Timeline for 2020.

Virtual Town Halls with the New Superintendent: The community is invited to a series of virtual town halls to ask New APS Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán questions and learn a little about him. Community members can submit questions in advance at engage@apsva.us. Details on how to participate will be announced at a later date. Additional virtual town halls are being scheduled for students and staff. 

  • Fri, June 12 from 4-5 p.m. 
  • Sat, June 13 from 10-11 a.m. (Spanish)
  • Tue, June 23 from 7-8 p.m. 

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.

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Join Us in Aachen! Arlington-Aachen Elementary Exchange

The organizers for the 2020/2021 Arlington-Aachen 5th grade Exchange Program is now gathering names for those interested in participating. If your family wants to be a part of this 26-year partnership with our German sister city, let us know! Rising 5th grade families are invited to take part in the exchange, where you can host a family from Aachen, Germany October 8-13, 2020, then visit their home March 23 - April 1, 2021. It is an amazing education in culture and the beginning of life-long friendships. 

We are hosting a Zoom Information Meeting on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00pm. You can learn more about the event and ask questions there. 

  • Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83343812642?pwd=SElUSDcvRGxoaGJ1Zll6SEJINzFMQT09
  • Meeting ID: 833 4381 2642 / Password: 393964

If you are unable to make the meeting and would like more information, please email aachenexchange@gmail.com. Registration will begin in June; an application link will be emailed to you. The Arlington-Aachen Elementary Exchange is part of the Arlington Sister Cities Association.

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