Electronic Friday Folder -- September 18, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming ASFS Dates
  • Grade Level Virtual Coffee Chats - Week of September 28th
    • Tuesday, 9/29 8:15-8:45am - 5th Grade
    • Tuesday, 9/29 2:15-2:45pm - 2nd Grade
    • Wednesday, 9/30 8:15-8:45am - 3rd Grade
    • Wednesday, 9/30 2:15-2:45pm - 1st Grade
    • Thursday, 10/1 8:15-8:45am - 4th Grade
    • Friday, 10/2 8:15-8:45am - Kindergarten
  • Tuesday, 10/6 - ASFS PTA Meeting, 7:00pm (with Reid Goldstein, ASFS Arlington School Board Liaison)

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

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Greetings from the ASFS PTA

Thanks to everyone who joined us for ASFS Back to School Night on Wednesday night! And a special thank you to our amazing ASFS teachers and staff for hosting such an informative evening for us in this new virtual world. You may find the Back to School Night presentations on the ASFS webpage under each grade level section.

We'd still love to see your photos and messages to welcome all of our families to the new year. Click to post: Welcome to 2020-21, ASFS Kudoboard!  Thank you! ​​--Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President​

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Grade Level Virtual Coffee Chats - Week of 9/28

Mark your calendar for the next round of ASFS Grade Level Virtual Coffee Chats, coming up the week of September 28th. Join Principal Ms. Begley and a grade level teacher to have a chance to get your questions answered about virtual learning and the upcoming school year.

The schedule is below, and meeting links will be sent out in the eFF on Friday, 9/25:

  • Tuesday, 9/29 8:15-8:45am - 5th Grade
  • Tuesday, 9/29 2:15-2:45pm - 2nd Grade
  • Wednesday, 9/30 8:15-8:45am - 3rd Grade
  • Wednesday, 9/30 2:15-2:45pm - 1st Grade
  • Thursday, 10/1 8:15-8:45am - 4th Grade
  • Friday, 10/2 8:15-8:45am - Kindergarten

If you have questions and/or key topics you'd like to make sure are covered during the sessions, please feel free to email Dena Porter by Monday, September 28th. Thank you!

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2020-21 ASFS PTA Directory - Opt-in by Tuesday, 9/22

Opt-in to the PTA Directory by Tuesday, 9/22 to be included in the initial launch of the online 2020-21 ASFS PTA Directory, coming next week!

  1. Login to ParentVUE to complete the APS Annual Online Verification Process.
  2. Select 'Yes' for each of your ASFS students under PTA Directory Information:

To date, 45% of ASFS students have opted into the PTA Directory. Opt in today to connect with fellow ASFS families!

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.

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Stay Engaged & Support ASFS

Join the PTA: The ASFS PTA has reached over 100 members for the 2020-21 school year, including 14 ASFS teachers and staff! You can join the PTA online, or mail in/drop off your PTA Membership Form. New this year, we are now offering sponsorships, so that all families can be part of the PTA.

Support Our School: Visit Shop for ASFS for details on how you can support our school with your every day shopping, especially Amazon Smile

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.

ASFS Library Services - Distribution Begins Monday, 9/21

Christine A'Hearn, ASFS Librarian

Thanks to ASFS Librarians, Ms. A'Hearn and Mr. McGuire, students may begin placing books from the ASFS Library on hold, for pick-up on Mondays between 2-6pm. Visit the ASFS Library Grab and Go webpage for more details, and click below for instructions: 

ASFS Grab and Go Library Books Video

Contact Ms. A'Hearn and Mr. McGuire with any questions. Thank you, and happy reading! 

APS Distance Learning Tool Kits

Bridget Loft, APS Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Now that distance learning is underway, your child will receive a tool kit of content related materials that are meant to support this learning.  Kit contents will vary based on grade level and discipline but generally will include math and science manipulatives and literacy supports for Kindergarten, first and second graders.  (Art and PE equipment will be available in October.)  Pre-K students, students enrolled in Career and Technical Education classes in 6th-8th grade and students with disabilities who receive Orton-Gillingham interventions or who are enrolled in Functional Life Skills or MIPA programs will also receive tool kits targeted toward their specific instructional needs. These kits are meant to support the virtual instruction your child is receiving.  

Custom school supply kits were purchased by donors through an online store facilitated by APS.  These kits will be made available to students who are eligible to receive free or reduced lunches. The kits include colored pencils, glue stick, highlighter, paper, pencils, ruler, scissors, sharpener, and markers. School staff will notify parents of students who are eligible to receive these kits.

Middle school families will receive information from their schools regarding when and how to pick up their tool kits and other instructional materials on Monday, September 28th.  Elementary school families will receive information from their schools regarding the date and time to pick up their tool kits. 

Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions regarding these tool kits.  Thank you for your ongoing support for your child as we navigate this new distance learning experience together.

Bridget Loft, APS Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning​​​​​​

Technology Tips and Resources

Charles Harvey, ASFS ITC

From our ASFS ITC Mr. Harvey, see below for important technology resources, troubleshooting links, and how to get assistance with IT and device issues during virtual learning at home:

***NOTE: The Annual APS Acceptable Use Policy for student devices process will begin next week. This year the process will be completed online at home. Parents will be sent instructions on how to complete this process with their student. All online forms should be completed by October 1st.

IMPORTANT: Parents, please do NOT to set or allow students to set passcodes on their iPads. When students lock themselves out of their iPads by setting passcodes and forgetting them, the iPad needs to be returned to Apple to be unlocked. Unfortunately APS is not able to turn this IOS feature off, so the only fix is for students to return their locked iPad and be issued a new one. 

For Tech Assistance

Technology
Resources

APS Help and Expectations


Additional Technology Tips

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

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Are You Familiar With SEPTA?

SEPTA is Special Education Parent Teacher Association. Arlington SEPTA serves students, families and staff across all of Arlington Public Schools. Why is there a PTA for parents of kids with special needs? Because parents of children with special needs have special needs themselves. Arlington SEPTA has a very active support offering and listserve found here http://www.arlingtonsepta.org/ and does the following:

  • facilitates events and resources relating to special education services and learning differences in the Arlington Public Schools (APS) system and Arlington community.
  • provides a voice of advocacy for the good of our children and families.
  • supports APS teachers and administrators to achieve the best outcomes for students with special needs, including mini-grants for educators.
  • raises awareness and acceptance of disabilities and special needs
  • hosts social events with for special needs families

The Arlington Public Schools’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) and the Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) work together to provide a liaison to each school in the District.  

-Liaisons support and encourage the flow of information between each of the schools, the PRC, SEPTA and the community.

-Liaisons serve as points of contact for families interested in connecting with another parent of a child with special needs in individual schools.

SEPTA Survey closes midnight September 20th

Now that we are one week in, SEPTA is asking our members to please fill out this brief survey <https://tinyurl.com/SEPTAVirtualSchoolSurvey> about the start of distance learning for students with disabilities. The information you provide will help to identify early successes, in the hope that they can be replicated, as well as emerging needs, so we can better advocate for improvements.

If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at karrie@onyxav.com

Karrie Beaudry, ASFS SEPTA Liason​​​​​

Cub Scouts Virtual Info Session - Monday, 9/21

Calling all 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). 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

Last Chance to Register: Girls on the Run

Registration closes on September 22nd! Register online at www.gotrnova.org for the fall 2020 season (9/28-11/20). Online practices will be hosted virtually on Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:30am-8:15am.

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.

Project Headphones - Connecting All APS Students

The goal of Project Headphones is to ensure that all APS students have headphones for the 2020-21 school year. The headphones will be compatible with school issued iPads and/or Mac Books, will include a microphone and will be distributed before the beginning of the school year. Project Headphones has officially partnered with Arlington Public Schools to help provide all students with headphones. Check out our fundraising page and please consider donating: https://gf.me/u/yk5cuy. You can also follow Project Headphones on Facebook and Twitter.

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APS News & Updates

Leigh Rex, VP External Affairs

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

Some Useful Sites to Bookmark and Follow:

Initiatives:

Ways to Engage: 

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.