Electronic Friday Folder -- November 20, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming ASFS Dates
  • **Canceled** Monday, November 23rd - NO Library Grab and Go
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 25th-27th - No School (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Sunday-Thursday, December 6th-10th - ASFS Virtual Book Fair
  • Tuesday, December 8th - December ASFS PTA Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm (Gifted Services Overview with ASFS RTG, Mr. Villacrusis)

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


Greetings from the ASFS PTA

Wishing all of our ASFS Families, Teachers, Staff, and Community a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Stay safe and healthy, and enjoy time with your families during this season of giving thanks and counting our blessings. --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President (Note: The eFF will return the week of November 30th.)

Elementary Report Cards Available Today (11/20) in ParentVUE

Report card & Progress report dates - Linden STEAM

Report cards will be available on Fri, Nov. 20 for families of elementary students through ParentVUE and StudentVUE, both available at https://vue.apsva.us. Report cards provide families with a “snapshot” of student academic progress at the end of the marking period. Families are encouraged to review the report card together and confirm that students are making desired progress.

Throughout the first marking period teachers have spent time establishing community, routines, and acclimating to technology use in full distance learning. While teachers are instructing new content and formatively assessing students, they have not had the opportunity to gather sufficient data to support defined letters grades of A, B, C, D or E in Grades 3-5 at this time.

On the Quarter 1 report card, achievement in Grades 3-5 will be reported as: “P”-  Making Expected Progress or “N”- Not Making Expected Progress, just as it is on the existing report cards for Grades 1 and 2. We plan to return to reporting letter grades (A-E) in future marking periods for Grades 3-5 once we have been able to administer additional assessments and have more data to inform these designations for academic progress.

Directions for Accessing Report Cards in ParentVue


Canceled for Monday, 11/23: No Library Grab and Go

Canceled for Monday, November 23rd: We will resume the ASFS Library Grab and Go the week after Thanksgiving, Monday, November 30th from 3:00-5:00pm and Thursday, December 3rd from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Help Our ASFS Families Have a Happy Holiday Season!

Thank you to those who have donated gift cards to ensure all of our ASFS families have a great holiday season! We would love to be able to support all of our students in need this year, so if you are able, please consider signing 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!


Announcing the ASFS Equity Team

Thank you to ASFS Equity Team Lead and 5th Grade Teacher, Ms. Mavity, for leading the new ASFS Equity Team as part of the APS Equity and Inclusion Initiative. Click below for more information, including details on the APS Dialogues on Race and Equity. If you are interested in joining the ASFS Equity Team, please email Aileen Mavity and Dena  Porter.

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

New Details! ASFS Virtual Book Fair - December 6th-10th


Updated Fair Dates! The ASFS Virtual Book Fair, in partnership with Read Early And Daily (READ), will open for online purchases on Sunday, December 6th, and close Thursday, December 10th at Noon. This adjustment in timing is to limit potential shipping delays. 

Enter to Win! Everyone who places an online order by midnight on Wednesday, December 9th will be entered into a RAFFLE FOR A FREE BOOK OF CHOICE!

FAMILY STORY NIGHT! Save the date for Monday, December 7th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. when ASFS students will be invited to a story night with Pajama Mama (more about Pajama Mama below...)! Details will be provided to the students via Canvas during asynchronous Monday.

Teacher Gift Cards! If you are looking for a way to thank your teacher at the holidays, teacher gift cards for classroom books will be available for purchase. These gift cards are in the same spirit as the teacher wish lists, just a different approach aligned with the virtual fair format.

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

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, as part of READ's mission

Learn more how all children benefit reading mirror and window books, and meet READ's founder, Jennifer Sauter-Price (aka "PajamaMama"): Introduction of READ and Pajama Mama

ASFS Winter Clothing Drive for The Clothesline

The Clothesline

Support ASFS families and Arlington kids with your winter clothing donations! 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.​​​​


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!


Opens Monday, 11/23! 2020 Gifts That Give Hope Online Fair

Arlington's 10th Annual Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Giving Fair will open on Monday, November 23rd! Visit ARLGivesHope.org to support charitable giving for 18 deserving nonprofit organizations by donating gift items 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. Make sure to visit the online Kids Fair as well, to teach children the importance of giving.

Remember to follow us on Twitter (@novagiveshope) & Instagram, 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! 

2020 Gifts That Give Hope Online Fair Flyer


New Elementary School Naming Committee - December 2020

The APS School Board will be seeking input on the naming of the New Elementary School at the Key Site via a Naming Committee. This committee will be comprised of representatives from civic associations, the community, and any school that has had its boundary redrawn to create the new attendance zone. One spot on the naming committee is reserved for a parent from each school whose boundaries are redrawn to create the new attendance zone. You can click on these links for more information about the School Board policy for naming facilities and the policy implementation procedure for naming facilities.
One parent representative will be selected to represent the ASFS community. They will need to attend three virtual night meetings over the course of three months (December-February). In between each meeting, they will be required to gather feedback on the work of the naming committee. The naming committee meetings are open to the public to view. The first meeting is planned for Wednesday, December 16th. The naming committee will make recommendations to the School Board, who will decide on a name for the New Elementary School. If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to reach out to Claire Peters.

Once the Arlington School Board takes action on the new ES boundaries on Thursday, December 3rd, look for details in the Friday, December 4th eFF for how you can submit your interest to the ASFS PTA Executive Board by Friday, December 11th. The board will select one ASFS parent representative by Monday, 12/14 to represent the ASFS community.

APS Proposed Calendar for 2021-22 School Year

Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán presented the proposed calendar for the 2021-22 school year at the Tue, Nov. 17 School Board meeting. The proposed calendar starts the school year on Aug. 30, 2021 and ends on June 17, 2022 and will include four additional cultural/religious holidays. The Superintendent is also proposing to align the Barcroft Elementary School calendar with the calendars of all other APS elementary schools, beginning in the 2021‐22 school year. The School Board is expected to act on the proposed 2021-22 calendar at the Dec. 3 meeting.​​​​​

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.​​​


Arlington CCPTA Holiday Book Donation Drive


Support books for Arlington students this holiday season! The Arlington CCPTA Holiday Book Donation Drive is collecting new or used ES level books (PreK-5th Grade) to donate to students before holiday break. Click below for the list of drop-off locations, and please drop off your book donations by Friday, December 11th. Thank you for donating books and supporting our community! 

Arlington CCPTA Holiday Book Donation Drive Flyer

Questions? Contact Dena Porter (CCPTA Partnerships Committee)


Donate to Arlington CCPTA Fresh Food for Families


The Arlington County Council of PTAs (CCPTA) is partnering with FRESHFARM to provide fresh food to seven school-based distribution sites serving approximately 900 Arlington families. Donate by Friday, December 4th! A $22 donation covers a week’s worth of produce for a family of four. 

Donate to Arlington CCPTA Fresh Food for Families

See the Arlington CCPTA Fresh Food For Families Flyer for more details, and contact ccptapartnershipsarlington@gmail.com with questions or to get involved.

Arlington Winter Clothing Drive

Warm Coat Drive 10/2-10/16 – Pointers Run Elementary School PTA

The Key School PTA, with the help of local Girl Scouts, is organizing a clothing drive to help those without access to new winter wear during these times.

When:  Boxes will be placed outside collection sites from 11/13 to 11/21. Drop of your gently used (or new!) winter gear whenever is most convenient for you.

Where:  Labeled collection boxes will be placed outside these locations:

  • 3508 21st Avenue N (22207)
  • 117 S Buchanan Street (22204)
  • Key School- 2300 Key Blvd (22201)
  • **Do not take from these bins, the are for collection only.**

Arlington Winter Clothing Drive Flier

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


Upcoming Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Events

Click for the latest news on upcoming SEPTA support and events:

Upcoming SEPTA Support and Events

Highlights include:

  • Parenting in a Pandemic: Virtual Parent Support Group
  • Crisis Intervention Training for Parents/Caregivers
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
  • Arlington SEPTA’s Annual Superintendent Chat
  • Access to SPY: Opening Our Virtual Doors to the Autism Community (SPY Museum)
  • Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC)
  • Austism Society Support, including a new podcast "Onward: The Formed Families Forward"
  • Keeping Up with Medicaid Waiver Contacts Resource Form
  • Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Contact ASFS SEPTA Liaison, Karrie Beaudry, with any questions.

APS News & Updates

Leigh Rex, VP External Affairs

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

APS Initiatives and Items to Watch

Some Useful Sites to Bookmark and Follow:

Ways to Engage: 


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.