Electronic Friday Folder -- October 2, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming ASFS Dates
  • Tuesday, 10/6 - ASFS PTA Meeting, 7:00pm (with Reid Goldstein, ASFS Arlington School Board Liaison)
  • Monday, 10/12 - No School for Students (Columbus Day)
  • Thursday, 10/22 - Early Release (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
  • Friday, 10/23 - No School for Students (Parent-Teacher Conferences)

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


Greetings from the ASFS PTA

Wishing our amazing ASFS custodial staff a very happy National Custodian Appreciation Day today, Friday, October 2nd! We cannot thank them enough for all their hard work and dedication to ASFS. Especially this year, we are so grateful for all they do to go above and beyond each and every day to support our school. THANK YOU, Olga Almengor, Walter Marin, Elva Turcios, and Ebert Velasquez!!!

Thanks to everyone who attended our virtual Grade Level Coffee Chats this week, and a huge thanks to the teachers who took the time to answer parent questions as well as Ms. Hawthorne and Ms. Proietti who provide so much support as our ASFS counselors. Hope to see many of you at our ASFS PTA Meeting this Tuesday, October 6th (details below). Thank you! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President​


Acceptable Use Policy Forms Due TODAY - Friday, 10/2

It is that time of year where students complete the Annual APS Acceptable Use Policy form for Student Devices! This year it will be completed online at home by you and your student(s). Directions for completing the form through APS Student Vue are attached. The process takes 5 minutes or less. Please complete the form with your student by the end of the Day Friday October 2nd.

APS Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Directions

October ASFS PTA Meeting - Tuesday, 10/6

Join us on Tuesday, October 6th for our October ASFS PTA Meeting at 7pm via Zoom. In addition to PTA updates, the latest ASFS news from Ms. Begley, and ways to learn more about the new elementary school at the Key site, we are fortunate to have Reid Goldstein, ASFS Arlington School Board Liaison, join us to present APS highlights for the upcoming year as well as answer questions about the Elementary School Boundary Process, Virtual Learning and the Return to School, and any other topics. Click below to submit your questions: 

Submit Your Questions for Reid Goldstein & the ASFS PTA Meeting

Zoom Meeting Details:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82402311385?pwd=MzJJbXVwenhsc0RrNmhnd05PMlRGQT09

  • Meeting ID: 824 0231 1385
  • Passcode: 193259
  • One tap mobile
  • +19292056099,,82402311385# US (New York)
  • +13017158592,,82402311385# US (Germantown)

Look for meeting materials and the link to the electronic voting ballot in the PTA Meeting Reminder on Tuesday morning, October 6th. Thank you! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President​

Volunteers Needed! Keep Our ASFS Gardens Beautiful

We need your help to keep ASFS beautiful! Click below to sign up for a week at a time to weed the front gardens. 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.

ASFS Gardening Volunteer Sign-Up

Please contact Rebecca Ferree with any questions.

Walk, Bike, and Roll! ASFS Walktober Challenge

If you haven't already heard, October is WALKTOBER for all Arlington schools, as a way to celebrate our annual Walk, Bike and Roll to School event 2020 style -- i.e. a little differently, safely, yet with spirit! 

We'll be seeing activity ideas and safety resources from County organizers all month long, but here at ASFS we thought we'd kick things off with a CHALLENGE. 

The ASFS PTA hereby challenges you to make the most of what should be a beautiful month outdoors. Set a mileage goal for your family, and if you feel like it, challenge other friends and neighbors! You could compete mile for mile, or percentage of goal reached, for example, anything you like as long as it is in the spirit of fun.

You can set your family's goal, make a challenge and track progress here, and be sure to post some photos on our Celebrating ASFS 2020-21 KudoboardLet's see how far we can travel together. Happy Walktober!​​

Connect With Families: Online ASFS PTA Directory 2020-21

The online 2020-21 ASFS PTA Directory is available for ASFS families! With virtual learning this fall, the PTA Directory is 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. Click below to view the directory, also available from top menu on the PTA website and accessible on your mobile device:

2020-21 ASFS PTA Directory

​​​​​You can opt in to be included in the ASFS PTA Directory anytime, and your information will be included in the next ASFS PTA Directory update:

  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.

APS has requested that all parents complete the Annual Online Verification Process (AOVP) by October 30th, and we encourage all ASFS families to opt into the PTA Directory as part of this process in order to connect with fellow ASFS families!


ASFS Grab & Go Library Book Pick-up

Christine A'Hearn, ASFS Librarian

ASFS Grab & Go Library Book Pick Up Instructions

  • Location – Front door of ASFS
  • Date and Times – Please come only on these days and times:
    • Mondays from 2:00 - 6:00 pm
    • Thursdays from 11:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Books can be returned at the same time and location.
  • If you cannot come, please email thomas.mcguire@apsva.us.

All book requests must be made by Thursday night – they will be ready for pick up on Monday. We will send an email on Monday letting you know what books are ready for pick up. For more information, please visit the ASFS Library Grab and Go webpage, and click below for instructions: 

ASFS Grab and Go Library Books Video

APS Expanded Walk Zones for Return to School

Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, APS buses will only be able to carry 11 students at a time; for routes that typically carry a heavy load of bus riders, this will require several trips back and forth to school.  This is a big change from what we usually carry and means that we must make some changes to where and how we pick up bus riders so we can focus our bus service on routes that are farthest from school and allow them to move quickly between stops and school.

For Science Focus, the expanded ASFS walk zone is below (in the pink and blue shaded areas), and may also be found online: ASFS Expanded Walk Zone SY20-21 MapStudents who live in the expanded walk zone will not be assigned a bus route. 

APS is highly encouraging families to walk or bike to school from the expanded zones.  Not only will it allow families to avoid vehicle congestion and the need to find a parking space around their school, but it will give students an opportunity for some movement before the start of what will otherwise be a fairly sedentary day. More information can be found on the APS SY20-21 Expanded Walk Zones page.


APS News & Updates

Leigh Rex, VP External Affairs

Review the APS Superintendent's Return to School Status Update (9/24/20), and watch the September 24th Arlington School Board Meeting to hear Dr. Duran's presentation on the 2020-21 School Year Monitoring Report, including a proposed return to school timeline:

Here are a few key APS links relevant to ASFS families. For the latest updates and changes, bookmark the ASFS PTA APS Updates page. ​​​​​

APS Initiatives and Items to Watch for October

Ways to Engage: 


Enrichment Opportunities for Interested Families


Looking for additional activities outside of the school day and ways to connect with other Arlington families? Here are some enrichment opportunities for those interested:

For questions or to learn more, please reach out to the contacts listed directly, and if you are aware of additional programs that may be of interest, feel free to share any ideas!

Virginia 4-H STEM Month

The youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, 4-H is rich with learning experiences in which young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.  To learn more, visit VA Cooperative Extension 4-H.

Virginia 4-H is hosting a ton of free online STEM activities for K-12 youth throughout October in honor of STEM month. Activities will be interactive and live each Thursday at 7:00pm., targeted at all K-12 youth! The Tuesday programs at 2:00pm are recorded so for those registered they will receive the recording. 

See the 4H STEM Month Flyer for more details, and click below to sign up:

Register Online Here

​​​​​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.