Electronic Friday Folder -- December 18, 2020

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming ASFS Dates
  • Monday, December 20th - Friday, January 1st - NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
  • Monday, January 4th - School Resumes
  • Monday, January 4th & Friday, January 8th - Art/Music/Library Supplies Pick-Up, 3:00-5:00pm (ASFS Driveway)
  • Tuesday, January 12th - January ASFS PTA Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm (via Zoom)

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


Greetings from the ASFS PTA

Wishing our ASFS community a wonderful holiday season and very happy new year! Stay safe & healthy this winter break, and look forward to a great 2021 together, whatever it may bring! --Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

Note: The ASFS Electronic Friday Folder (eFF) will return after winter break on Friday, January 8th, 2021.

ASFS Family Holiday Traditions Celebration Video

Join us for a virtual celebration of ASFS Family Holiday Traditions! If you missed the 'live' video during morning announcements, you can enjoy it anytime with your family! Thanks to everyone who shared photos of their favorite family holiday traditions, to Courtney Davison for collecting photos, and to ASFS PE Teacher, Ms. Hall, for putting together this wonderful video. Click below to watch & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

ASFS Family Holiday Traditions Video


Art/Music/Library Supplies Pick-Up - Monday, 1/4 & Friday, 1/8

We are happy to announce that a bag of art and music supplies for grades K-2 will be available to be picked up at ASFS on Monday, January 4th and Friday, January 8th between 3-5 p.m.
Kindergarten – 2nd grade music packets had been awaiting a missing item. Parents of students grade 3-5 who were previously unavailable for our first pickup of art and music supplies in November may also come at this time. Please contact the front office if you are unable to pick up supplies at this time and you may pick up supplies during regular school hours. 
Library books can be picked up on Monday, January 4th at the same time as art and music. Library books may also be picked up on Friday, January 8 from 1pm-3pm.
Please remember to wear a mask when picking up supplies. To help speed up the process please have a piece of paper with the number of children you are picking up supplies for, and what grade levels they are in. Have a restful winter break and we look forward to seeing you when you return!
Kind Regards, The Music, Art, and Library Team

ASFS Virtual Book Fair Thank You's

Thank you to our ASFS community for supporting our first ever Virtual Book Fair, in partnership with READ (Read Early And Daily)! Thanks to your generosity as well as with the support of our PTA, we were able to provide ASFS classroom and special area teachers with the books they requested on their wish lists, books for ASFS students in need, as well as new books for young children in Arlington who need them the most, as part of READ's mission. Since we are unable to show our gratitude to ASFS teachers in person this holiday season, being able to provide classroom books is a wonderful way to say thank you for all they are doing for our students so far this year, and we are very grateful for your support.

A huge thanks to ASFS Librarian, Christine A'Hearn, and Book Fair Leads, Michelle Brydges and Amelia Gay, for coordinating the ASFS Book Fair this year, and providing such a fun virtual event for our families!


National PTA Reflections Program County Level Winners

The Arlington CCPTA (County Council of PTAs) announced the National PTA Reflections Program winners at the county level in an APS News Release: Arlington County Council of PTAs Announced the 2020-21 Reflections Winners

  • Congratulations, ASFS 2nd Grader Sebastian Chung, for winning the “Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme” award in the Visual Arts category for the Primary division (K-2nd) at the Arlington County level of judging and advancing to the Northern Virginia District PTA contest.
  • Congratulations to ASFS 5th Grader Molly Keng and ASFS 3rd Grader Mira Shomali for winning “Awards of Merit” at the county level, and to all 2020 ASFS Reflections Program participants!

ASFS Yearbook 2020-21: Submit Your Virtual Learning Photos

We need your help to submit your virtual learning photos for the 2020-21 ASFS Yearbook! Thanks to this year's ASFS Yearbook Lead, Michelle Shine, send pictures of your students learning at home and participating virtually in school activities for use in the 2020-21 yearbook. Please be mindful of the following when submitting a photo:

  • Photos should only be of current ASFS students
  • Photos should focus on ASFS Distance Learning or other School Activities (no non-school related events)
  • Photos should relate to the ASFS Curriculum, Specials, Band/Orchestra, School Events, or other ASFS Activities and Groups
  • Photos submitted should be centered around one student. If you have multiple children at ASFS, then you will need to submit a separate form for each child. You may submit as many forms as you'd like. We will be collecting photos until mid March 2021.
  • Submitting photos does not guarantee that all will be used in the yearbook.

Click the link below to submit your yearbook photos, and email Ms. Shine-Flaus with any questions, and stay tuned for details on ordering your 2020-21 ASFS Yearbook in January 2021. Thank you!

2020-21 ASFS Yearbook Photo Submission Form

APS Winter Break Meal Service

APS will provide winter break meal service to ensure students have access to meals while school is on break. Students will receive three days of meals on Fri, Dec. 18 at all current locations. On Tue, Dec. 22, students will receive five days of meals at the following locations: Barcroft, Barrett, Campbell, Drew, Gunston, Hoffman-Boston, Kenmore, Key, Randolph, Swanson, Wakefield, W-L and Yorktown. Parents and guardians may pick up meals for children between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Regular meal service will resume on January 4, 2021.


12 Days of Active Winter Break

Wondering how you'll keep your kids active & entertained over winter break? BikeArlington, WalkArlington, the APS Safe Routes to School Program, and Kidical Mass Arlington invite you to join us for 12 Days of Active Winter Break.

Every child counts down the days until Winter Break, but parents and caregivers may feel like they are counting the days until it is done! This year, the pandemic presents even greater challenges in keeping everyone sane during the holidays. County staff and local residents will be offering 12 different activities that you and your family can participate in to stay active and entertained. Arlington has so much to offer and what better time to experience it than over the long break. Each activity will be free, physically distant, accessible, and walk/bike friendly. 

Visit @WalkArlington @APSsaferoutes & @KidicalMassARL on Twitter to learn more! #12DaysofActiveWinterBreak

APS & Arlington County Seeking Feedback on Race & Equity Through Community Questionnaire

Arlington Public Schools, in partnership with Arlington County and Challenging Racism, is requesting students and families complete the Perspectives on Race and Equity in Arlington Community Questionnaire. The community questionnaire is part of Arlington County’s new Dialogues on Race & Equity (DRE) Initiative and broader commitment to improve racial equity in Arlington.

Students and families are encouraged to complete the community questionnaire to provide feedback on the systemic race and equity issues in the Arlington community based on their individual experiences, backgrounds, insights, opinions, and beliefs about race and equity. The community questionnaire is available online until Thursday, December 31. If you are interested in completing the questionnaire, please visit the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G9YWWP9

Additional information on the Perspectives on Race and Equity in Arlington Community Questionnaire and DRE community conversations is available on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage under the community engagement tab. 

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: 


Share Your Feedback: Instructional Vision for the New School

Claire Peters, Principal at the New Elementary School

​​I am so excited to welcome students and families to the new elementary school at the Key site in the fall of 2021. As part of the collaborative process of developing our instructional vision, I am asking for your feedback. Please help as we consider possibilities by answering a few questions. Thank you for your valuable input!

Instructional Visioning Feedback for New ES


APS New Elementary School Naming Committee

The ASFS PTA Executive Board has selected Rabia Oubenadi to represent the ASFS community as part of the APS Naming Committee for the New Elementary School at the Key Site. Rabia, we are grateful for your dedication to our community, and look forward to your leadership through this process!

The APS Naming Committee held its first meeting this week. Heather McIntire, ASFS Transition Lead, is also part of the committee as the RAFOM (Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights) Civic Association representative. Stay tuned for details on how to submit your feedback and learn more about next steps. Click for more information about the School Board policy for naming facilities and the policy implementation procedure for naming facilities, or please feel free to reach out to Claire Peters.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.