Electronic Friday Folder -- November 13, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming ASFS Dates
  • Friday, 11/13 (3rd-5th Grade) - Art and Music Supply Kit Distribution (ASFS Circle Driveway, 2:00-4:00pm)
  • Wednesday, November 25th-Friday, November 27th - No School (Thanksgiving Break)

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


Greetings from the ASFS PTA


Wishing all veterans in our ASFS community a very Happy Veteran's Day! We are very grateful for your service.

November 9th-13th is also National School Psychology Week! Thank you to our ASFS Psychologist, Amy Nemeth, for supporting our students and ASFS community.

Principal Notes from Ms. Begley


1.  Be on time.

  • School begins at 8:50 am. Students should be entering the classroom between 8:45 and 8:50 am. Morning announcements are launched promptly at 8:50 am.    
  • Students also need to return to the virtual classroom on time after mini-breaks and lunch in order to hear the day’s mini-lessons and directions for independent work. 

2.  Be present and ready to learn -- in all ways. 

  • Attendance: Use the same criteria for taking your child out of the virtual classroom that you would use for the physical classroom (medical appointments, illness, and family observance of religious holidays).
  • Distractions: Work with your child to remove their personal distractions, especially other electronic devices.  
  • An organized and quiet workspace. Students should have the following items in their workspace every day: iPad and charger; Fourth grade folder; Math/ELA journal; sharp pencils with erasers; and a “just-right” book (appropriate for fourth grade reading).
  • Wear headphones: We are quickly learning how ESSENTIAL headphones are if your child is sharing a workspace with other students or you. Everyone in that space must wear headphones to minimize the background noise. The class struggles to hear your fourth grader speak when other people in the same space are not using headphones due to the excessive background noise.
  • iPads: Must be fully-charged at the start of each school day.

3.  Important iPad Maintenance

  • On a regular basis, students should LOG OUT of Teams and then LOG IN.  

Is your child’s battery running low quickly each day? If so, they probably have other programs running at the same time as Teams and Canvas. Students must regularly clear their browser! They should tap on safari on the iPad and close the windows they have open. Having too many apps open has a significant impact on how long the battery holds and the student’s ability to load new learning materials.


Support ASFS Families: Donate to Holiday Helpers

Through the ASFS Holiday Helpers program, our generous school community helps ensure ASFS families have a great holiday season. This year, we are asking for gift cards to donate to families in need. Please sign up below to donate $25 gift card(s) to be delivered to ASFS families this holiday season. 

Donate to ASFS Holiday Helpers

Gift card donation delivery reminders:

  • All gift cards need to be received by Friday, December 11th. 
  • Please place your gift card(s) in an envelope labeled "ASFS Holiday Helpers."
  • You may either:
    • Drop off at ASFS during office hours (M-F 8am-4pm)
    • Mail to ASFS: Arlington Science Focus School (Attn: Holiday Helpers) 1501 N. Lincoln St. Arlington, VA 22201

Thank you for your generosity in supporting Arlington Science Focus School families!

3rd-5th Grade Art & Music Supply Kit Distribution - Today (Friday, 11/13)

If you haven't already, today (Friday, November 13th) from 2:00-4:00pm, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students can pick up an art supply and music supply kit. Please drive through the circular driveway, and we will bring the two supply kits to your car for your 3rd, 4th, or 5th Grade ASFS student(s). The supplies for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade students have not arrived.  We look forward to seeing you.  ​​​​


ASFS PTA Meeting Follow-up


Thanks to everyone who attended our November ASFS PTA Meeting on Tuesday evening. For those who were unable to attend or would like more details, you may find the complete meeting materials here: ASFS PTA Meeting Materials (11/10/20), including the draft meeting minutes. Our ASFS PTA membership voted to approve the October ASFS PTA Meeting minutes via electronic voting - thanks for your support! 

Thank you also to Ms. Hawthorne and Ms. Proietti for sharing an overview of Social-Emotional Learning at ASFS. Click below for a copy of the presentation, with many useful resources for parents to use at home, and visit the ASFS Social-Emotional Learning webpage for more information.

Social-Emotional Learning at ASFS

Announcing the ASFS Equity Team

Thank you to ASFS Equity Team Lead and 5th Grade Teacher, Ms. Mavity, for sharing an overview of the new ASFS Equity Team as part of the APS Equity and Inclusion Initiative at this week's ASFS PTA Meeting. Click below for the presentation, including details on the APS Dialogues on Race and Equity, and email Aileen Mavity and Dena  Porter if you would like to join the ASFS Equity Team.

APS Equity and Inclusion Initiative (ASFS PTA Meeting 11/10/20)


Celebrating Walktober at ASFS Video

October was 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! ASFS families traveled together well over 1300 miles!  That's the equivalent of walking from ASFS to Dallas, Texas!

Click to View: Walktober at ASFS Video

ASFS Winter Clothing Drive for The Clothesline

The Clothesline

Support ASFS families and Arlington kids with your winter clothing donations! Beginning Monday, November 16th, drop off your everyday WINTER school/home clothes in sizes 4T-Adult (teen styles) in excellent condition in the marked bin at ASFS for donation to The Clothesline for Arlington Kids​​We will collect donations through Friday, December 11th.

  • Only winter clothing is accepted at this time
  • Everyday school/home clothes in EXCELLENT condition (free of stains, free of damage, free of pet hair)
  • Size 4T – Adult (Teen Styles Only)
  • Coats, jogger pants and bras are particularly needed
  • Clean sneakers in excellent condition (currently unable to accept other types of shoes)
  • NO used underwear or socks
  • NO Baby/toddler clothes (0-3)
  • NO Toys, books, hangers, uniforms, promo/event T’s

If interested in helping with sorting, labeling, and delivering ASFS donations to The Clothesline, email ASFS PTA VP Community Service, Kristen Jeffreys, to help out.

You may also donate funds to support The Clothesline: Your monetary donation helps purchase new underwear and socks as well as cover the regular expenses of our volunteer-run non-profit. Importantly, a recurring donation helps us to plan for future growth in services. Click here to support The Clothesline.

The Clothesline helps low-income families keep their kids warm - free of charge. This fall and winter, The Clothesline expects to provide assistance to over 500 kids, including Arlington Science Focus School families. However, we need your support to make this happen! Families that need clothing can complete an online form in English or in Spanish.​​​​

Volunteers Needed: Help Take Care of Baby Box Turtles over Breaks

We need your help in taking care of the baby box turtles (currently in Investigation Station) over longer school breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break). If you will not be traveling for any of the breaks, please consider helping us out! Taking care of the box turtles just involves a few steps every day. All supplies and instructions will be provided! Click on this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4BAFAA29A2FD0-help1

Congratulations, ASFS National PTA Reflections Program Winners!


Primary Division (K-2nd Grade)

  • Visual Arts - Sebastian Chung, 2nd Grade (Ms. Cherubim)

Intermediate Division (3rd-5th Grade) 

  • Film - Mira Shomali, 3rd Grade (Ms. Anderson) (link to video)
  • Literature - Mira Shomali, 3rd Grade (Ms. Anderson)
  • Photography - Mira Shomali, 3rd Grade (Ms. Anderson)
  • Visual Arts - Molly Keng, 4th Grade (Ms. Lewis)

2020 ASFS National PTA Reflections Program Winners

Congratulations to the winners who will advance to judging at the county level, and to all Arlington Science Focus School participants in the 2020 National PTA Reflections Program!

Save the Date: ASFS Virtual Book Fair - December 7-11th

In case you missed it, ASFS is partnering with Arlington nonprofit Read Early And Daily (READ) to host a virtual Book Fair from December 7-11th!

READ’s mission is ensuring babies and young children have new, quality, culturally relevant books of their own that are mirrors and windows into their everyday lives and communities. The cool and unique way READ operates is that all the revenue earned from book sales goes directly back into its programming to get new, FREE books into the hands of the vulnerable young children it serves here in Arlington.

So, when you buy a book at the book fair, you will be supporting more books for our ASFS library and classrooms, as well as providing new books for young children who need them the most.

Importantly, READ's books are curated for their cultural understanding and diverse and inclusive representation. Learn more how all children benefit reading mirror and window books.

Meet READ's founder, Jennifer Sauter-Price (aka "PajamaMama"): Introduction of READ and Pajama Mama

Check out one option for receiving your book fair books: READ's Fabulous BOOK BUS (Arlington Co Fair)

Please stay tuned for more details!


November/December Volunteers - ASFS Gardening Help

Even with the colder months ahead, we need your help to keep the ASFS gardens 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.

Support Our Community: Food and Book Donations

Donate Food to the Food Pantry: Drop off canned goods to support the Food Pantry at Key ES in the bin outside ASFS from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Canned Items in Demand include: Vegetables, Protein (mostly beans), Fruit, Whole Meals (i.e. Chef Boyardee, canned pasta). 

Donate Books to the ASFS Book Cabinet: Drop off your Kindergarten-5th Grade level books in the bin outside the front doors at ASFS, so that we can continue to provide books for students to read this school year.


This November: Enjoy Colony Grill Pizza to Support ASFS

Want to get out of the house? Try something new? Colony Grill Pizza recently opened in the heart of Clarendon and their thin crust pizza is a staple in New England. During the month of November (from 11/1-11/30), try it out for yourselves and mention Arlington Science Focus when you check out. Colony Grill will send a donation to ASFS to support our school! 

Colony Grill Pizza is conveniently located at 2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201. Spread the word to friends and family, and thanks for supporting ASFS!


Spread Kindness: Gifts That Give Hope Kindness Calendar

As part of Arlington's 10th Annual Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Giving Fair, spread kindness with the Gifts That Give Hope Kindness Calendar! Click below to download, and beginning this weekend, complete an act of kindness each day with your family.

Gifts That Give Hope Kindness Calendar 2020

Mark your calendar for November 23rd when the 2020 Gifts That Give Hope Online Fair will open. Give back to our community during this time of more needs than ever, by supporting charitable giving for 18 deserving nonprofit organizations. With a variety of gift items to donate on behalf of a loved one, this year you can choose a digital download to print or email, or receive a card in the mail to personalize and send. We are also excited to introduce our first ever online Kids Fair, to teach children the importance of giving this holiday season. 

Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@novagiveshope) & Instagram, and like us on Facebook! Visit us at ARLGivesHope.org to learn more, and spread the word to your friends & family! Thank you for your generosity and giving gifts of hope this holiday season!


APS Meal Service Adjustments for Thanksgiving

Arlington Public Schools is adjusting meal services for the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 23-27:

  • Thanksgiving Week: Meals served on Fri, Nov. 20 and Tue, Nov. 24. Families will receive meals for Friday, Saturday and Monday on Nov. 20. Tuesday's service will include 5 meals for Tuesday-Saturday.

Parents and guardians may pick up meals for children. Meal pick up is available at Key Elementary and Washington-Liberty High School. More information, including locations, is available online.​​​

America Recycles Day Celebration - Monday, 11/16

Join EcoAction Arlington in a celebration of America Recycles Day on Monday, November 16th from 3:00-3:45pm (via Zoom). This free, virtual program is designed for elementary students in grades K-5 to explore how we can minimize our waste and lessen our impact on the planet. The event will include movement-based learning and an interactive game. We will also provide some ideas for crafts to celebrate America Recycles Day by creatively reusing items you might have in your trash or recycling bin. Registration required.

Register here

Eat Chipotle, Help The Outdoor Lab

Chipotle Logo

Calling all burrito lovers, foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 4520 Lee Hwy in Arlington for our fundraiser on Saturday, November 21 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. We're raising money to support The Outdoor Lab (Arlington Outdoor Education Association), so just mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause! ​​​​​Click here for more details, and find more information at www.outdoorlab.org

National Park Service - Free Access for 5th Graders

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior managed public lands and waters for free! Many 4th graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 school year. A new voucher is now available for 5th grade students for the rest of the school year! 

5th graders and their families will have free access to national parks and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior from October 28, 2020 through August 31, 2021. For your free voucher, visit: https://www.nps.gov/kids/fifthgrade.htm

APS News & Updates

Leigh Rex, VP External Affairs

***For the latest on the APS Elementary School Boundary Process, watch last night's School Board Work Session (11/12/20) and review the Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process: School Board Work Session Presentation (11/12/20), which includes updates on the Superintendent's Recommendation, grandfathering, transfers, and current ASFS PU 24031.***

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

Some Useful Sites to Bookmark and Follow:

Ways to Engage: 


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