Electronic Friday Folder -- September 4th, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming ASFS Dates
  • Tuesday, 9/8 - First Day of School!
    • 8:50-9:00am ASFS Morning Announcements
    • 9:00am Classroom Morning Meetings Begin
  • Wednesday, 9/16 - ASFS Back to School Night (details TBD)
  • Save the Date: Tuesday, October 6th - ASFS PTA Meeting, 7:00pm (with special guest Reid Goldstein, ASFS Arlington School Board Liaison)

Please visit the ASFS Master Calendar for all 2020-21 school year dates.


Greetings from the ASFS PTA


Welcome to 2020-21, ASFS! We invite you to introduce yourselves to our community with our Arlington Science Focus School Kudoboard. If you'd like, please share a photo, greeting, drawing, or video to kick off another great year, even virtually. Whether a summer vacation memory, your "first day of school" photo, or anything else, we'd love to welcome all of our families to ASFS!

Share Your Photos & Messages: Welcome to 2020-21, ASFS Kudoboard!

It was great to see so many families this week at our pick-up windows on Monday and Tuesday, and a special thanks to those who helped make it a smooth process and special event! Hope you have enjoyed meeting classroom teachers during your orientation sessions this week, and please continue to reach out anytime with questions, or any support we can provide as we all adjust to virtual learning to start the year.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and great first day of school on Tuesday! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Principal Notes from Ms. Begley: Immunizations Needed

Does your child(ren) have all of their immunizations?

If not, you need to call 703-228-1200 to make an appointment with the Department of Human Services located at 1200 Washington Boulevard.  They are open from 8am-5pm, Monday thru Friday. All students must have complete immunizations.  Our nursing assistant, Hajar Hamad, can be reached at school at 703-228-7670.


September ASFS PTA Meeting Follow-up

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our September ASFS PTA Meeting on Tuesday night! If you missed the meeting or would like more information, you can find the Zoom recording and other materials here: ASFS PTA Meeting Materials (9/1/20). You can also take a look at the Draft September ASFS PTA Meeting Minutes (9/1/20) for the meeting highlights. 

Thank you to all of the PTA members who voted to approve the August meeting minutes, Mystery Science Annual Membership, and 2020-21 ASFS PTA Budget. We appreciate your support!

Also, here is the link to the How to Login to Canvas Video from Ms. Currie, and see below for Technology Tips and Resources from Mr. Harvey.

Finally, save the date for our October ASFS PTA Meeting on Tuesday, October 6th at 7pm when our ASFS Arlington School Board Liaison, Reid Goldstein, is scheduled to join us as a special guest.


Opt-in to the 2020-21 ASFS PTA Directory

Remember to opt into the PTA Directory when you complete the APS Annual Online Verification Process through ParentVUE to connect with ASFS families!

Select 'Yes' for each of your ASFS students under PTA Directory Information:

The online ASFS PTA Directory for 2020-21 will be available in September 2020. With virtual learning this fall, the PTA Directory will be a great way to reach out to parents in your class. You can search by grade, class, or name, and set your preferences for what information you would like displayed.

Here is a message from the Arlington County Council of PTAs (CCPTA) on the value of opting into the PTA directory. Please reach out to Dena Porter with any questions.

Stay Engaged & Support ASFS

Join the PTA: We'd love to have all ASFS community members participate in the PTA to support our school and vote on PTA matters. You can join online, mail your ASFS PTA Membership Form/Dues to ASFS (1501 N Lincoln St Arlington, VA 22201), or contact Dena Porter for information on PTA Membership Sponsorships, new this year so that all families can be part of the PTA.

Support Our School: Click below, or visit Shop for ASFS for details on how you can support our school with your every day shopping, especially Amazon Smile. Select ASFS as your charitable organization and always use the smile.amazon.com link when you shop!

Support Our School: Shop for ASFS Flyer

Shop for ASFS Spirit Wear: Visit the online ASFS PTA Spirit Wear Store to purchase your ASFS t-shirts, hats, hoodies, and magnets to show your school spirit! 

Volunteer to Help: Share your interests for the coming year: ASFS PTA Volunteer Form (2020-21), or download the ASFS PTA Volunteer Form (2020-21) and drop-off/mail your completed form to ASFS.


Need Books? Visit the ASFS Book Cabinet

Stop by the ASFS Book Cabinet outside the front doors at ASFS for another way to enjoy free books for students, thanks to your donations. You may return your books, or donate new books in good condition (for Kindergarten-5th Grade) to the Returns Bin, so the books may be sanitized before we restock the cabinet. Thank you for your support, and happy reading!

Technology Tips and Resources

Charles Harvey, ASFS ITC

Thanks to Mr. Harvey, our ASFS Information Technology Coordinator (ITC), see below for some helpful technology resources, troubleshooting links, and how to get assistance with IT and device issues during virtual learning at home:

For Tech Assistance

Parent iPad Guidelines: In order to save space on the iPad there should be no home videos or pics unless directed by a teacher. Do not install updates unless advised to do so by Mr. Harvey. Do not install apps from the APS App Store. Students cannot delete apps once installed and may run out of space. Do not set pass codes or use Non-APS logins to set things up in iCloud. Mr. Harvey will be remotely adding or deleting apps as required by teachers. If you need a password for a site required for homework please contact your student’s teacher.
Parent Information Sheet


One other known issue is that if the date/time and/or time zone settings are incorrect the iPad will experience connection and/or time out issues with Global Protect. Please check and reset as necessary.

APS Help and Expectations

Additional Technology Tips

For all ASFS device and technology issues and questions, please contact Mr. Harvey.

APS Distance Learning Resources


APS has developed new elementary and secondary guides that provide tips to help you navigate distance learning and to support your student(s) as we begin the new school year. The guides provide information about instruction, social-emotional learning, student expectations, attendance, technical support, and more. APS has also created videos and tutorials to help parents understand how to use learning apps and how best to support your children this upcoming year.

Join the ASFS New Family Buddy Program

Are you a new family at Arlington Science Focus School this year? Are you a current ASFS family interested in welcoming new families to our community? Sign up for the ASFS New Family Buddy Program! New families will be paired with current families to help answer questions, make friends, and get connected to ASFS. ​​​​​​

Sign up for the ASFS New Buddy Program

​​​​​​To learn more see the ASFS New Family Buddy Program Flyer, or contact Dena Porter with any questions.


Register for Cub Scouts at ASFS

Kindergarten - 5th Grade, Boys and Girls

Covid got you cooped up?  Join the organization with over 100 years experience getting kids outdoors!  New scouts can register for the 2020-2021 school year. Our small den of boys and girls participate in organized activities (with safety precautions):

  • Hiking
  • Family camping
  • Fishing
  • Camp fires (with s’mores of course!)
  • Building and racing Pinewood Derby cars
  • Service Projects
  • Archery, crafts, rock climbing and more!

Learn more at our virtual information meeting Monday, September 21 at 7PM. Direct questions to Alice Brennan or Karrie Beaudry.

Register to Attend Information Meeting

Interested in Girl Scouts for 2020-21?
Girl Scout Troops Now Forming At ASFS!

For more information, come to the virtual Troop Formation Meeting - Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:00 PM

Contact Maxine Laberge for Login Link, or see the ASFS Girl Scouts Flyer for more details.

3rd-5th Grade Girls, Sign Up for Girls on the Run!


  • Positive youth development program for girls in grades 3-5
  • Team of 6-20 girls
  • 8-week curriculum teaches girls to be strong, confident, and healthy
  • Discuss topics like positive thinking, standing up to peer pressure, positive body image, and healthy relationships
  • Celebratory 5K event to end the season- open to friends and family!

REGISTER ONLINE: August 31 – September 22 at www.gotrnova.org

FALL 2020 SEASON: September 28 – November 20

PRACTICE INFO: Location: Online! (Video platform TBD) on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8:00am-8:45am

For more information, including program fees and what's included: ASFS Virtual Girls on the Run Fall 2020 Flyer

Contact Head Coaches Emily McKean & Shannon Noble with any questions.

Get Your Lunch: APS Meals Sites, MySchoolBucks & FARM Registration

Starting on September 8th, APS will be operating 21 meals sites at schools and other distribution locations in the community. All families are welcome to purchase meals whether using MySchoolBucks, FARM benefits, or other payment methods. The sites closest to ASFS will be Key Elementary School (2300 Key Blvd) and The Heights (1601 N Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn). Click for more details about APS Food Services, and consider taking advantage of the chance to support APS Food Services while you take a walk and get outside during the lunch/recess period.

Reminder to Apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Families need to submit a new household application at the start of each school year. Sign up for the FARM program by October 19th. The application to apply can be found here, and is available in multiple languages (see drop box box in top right of homepage).

National PTA Reflections Contest 2020

Calling student artists! All ASFS students are invited to participate the 2020 National PTA Reflections Contest in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because....

Click for more information: National PTA Reflections Program, and stay tuned for details on submitting your entries at ASFS. Contact ASFS Reflections lead, Noosha Tayebi, with any questions.


Support Our Community

Kristen Jeffreys, VP Community Service

We need parent volunteers to help with grounds upkeep and painting our new trailers at ASFS. If you are able to help or donate supplies, please reach out to communityservice@asfspta.com.

    APS News & Updates

    Leigh Rex, VP External Affairs

    Here are a few key APS initiatives relevant to ASFS families. Points to help you stay engaged through the school year:

    Some Useful Sites to Bookmark and Follow:

    ​​​​​​Ways to Engage

    Arlington County Library MyBook Program

    Drawing of a hand with a book in the palm, over the words My Book.

    Grow Your Home Library through the Arlington County Library MyBook Program: By reading regularly with your child, you give them the biggest boost toward a successful education. MyBook provides every child who qualifies, in kindergarten through 2nd grade, with five free, carefully selected books to keep. Each month, from September through December, a new, book will be available for pick up. All you have to do is sign up, pick up a new book each month, and read with your child!

    Who is Eligible? Children who meet all three requirements:

    1. Enrolled in a APS elementary school
    2. In kindergarten, first or second grade
    3. Live in a household that participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, FARM, or Head Start

    Baroody Camps Programs - Fall 2020

    Click below to view the Fall 2020 Baroody Camps catalog to see their list of offerings for this fall. Programs include in-person small group camps, online learning assistance, homework help & tutoring, virtual day camps, and enrichment. 

    Baroody Camps Fall 2020 Catalog

    For additional information, visit www.baroodycamps.com, or email Baroody Camps.

    PTA Reminders

    Get Started: Join the PTA / PTA Directory / New Family Buddy Program

    ​​​​​Get Involved: Donate / StoreShop / Volunteer / APS Volunteer Process

    Stay Informed: PTA WebsitePTA Communications / ASFS Calendar

    Stay Connected: ASFS on Twitter / PTA on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

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